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4:40 PM ET, November 28, 2020

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New York Times:
Aides' Ties to Firms Present Biden With Early Ethics Test  —  Some of the president-elect's choices for top posts have done work for undisclosed corporate clients and aided a fund that invests in government contractors.  —  WASHINGTON — One firm helps companies navigate global risks …
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David Sirota / The Daily Poster:
Potential Biden Officials' Firm Is Promising Big Profits Off Those Connections  —  Former government officials Tony Blinken, Michele Flournoy & Lloyd Austin may run Biden's national security agencies — their firm is telling investors it expects to profit off ties to those officials.
Discussion: TheGrio, Outside the Beltway and Axios
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Already Gaming Out a 2024 Run—Including an Event During Biden's Inauguration  —  He's not yet conceded 2020 but is already looking at keeping Republicans in line and making Biden's life miserable.  —  In the twilight of his presidency, Donald Trump is discussing different ways …
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Jeffrey Rodack / Newsmax:   Newsmax/McLaughlin Poll: Big Majority Wants Trump to Run in 2024; Don Jr. Emerges
New York Times:
In Key States, Republicans Were Critical in Resisting Trump's Election Narrative  —  They refuted conspiracy theories, certified results, dismissed lawsuits and repudiated a president of their own party.  —  The telephone call would have been laugh-out-loud ridiculous if it had not been so serious.
CNN:
Supreme Court's scientifically illiterate decision will cost lives  —  Jeffrey D. Sachs is a professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author; view more opinion on CNN.
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
'I'm Sick Of It': GOP Rep. Denver Riggleman Unloads On Republican Colleagues, Trump  —  Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) pulled no punches against President Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress in an interview with Forbes, accusing them of a “massive grift” in refusing to acknowledge …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump loses again  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  HAPPY SATURDAY MORNING.  ICYMI ... THE HOUSE overhauled its schedule for the month of December.  It will come into session Wednesday evening, and the last votes of the week will come Friday.  Lawmakers are being asked to stay …
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New York Times:
Top Contenders for Biden's Cabinet Draw Fire From All Sides
Jan Murphy / PennLive:
26 Pa. House Republicans call for withdrawing certification of presidential electors  —  Declaring the results of statewide electoral contests in the 2020 general election to be in dispute, a group of House Republican lawmakers have announced their intention to introduce a resolution calling …
Patrick Hipes / Deadline:
Donald Trump Sets Fox News Interview For Sunday As He Backtracks On White House Exit Comments  —  A day after President Donald Trump said he would “certainly” leave the White House if the Electoral College casts its votes for President-elect Joe Biden, he offered a caveat on Twitter on Friday amid …
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Politico:
Biden's other health crisis: A resurgent drug epidemic
publichealth.lacounty.gov:
Public Health to Add Additional Safety Modifications to Health Officer Order - Targeted Safer at Home Order Comes After 5-Day Average of New Cases is 4,751  —  As new COVID-19 cases remain at alarming levels and the number of people hospitalized continue to increase, a temporary Los Angeles …
Wall Street Journal:
Biden, Iran and the Bomb  —  Will he throw away Trump's Mideast gains to return to a bad nuclear deal?  —  By The Editorial Board  —  The Democratic establishment will soon be back in charge of U.S. foreign policy, and the question is how much they've learned in exile.
Discussion: Iran, The New Neo and Reuters
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Associated Press:
Iran's supreme leader vows revenge over slain scientist
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Trump wants to throw out ballots from 238,000 Wisconsin voters  —  Molly Beck Bill Glauber Andrew Mollica Patrick MarleyMilwaukee Journal Sentinel  —  In an election decided in Wisconsin by about 20,000 votes, President Donald Trump wants to throw out more than 200,000 ballots.
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Alison Dirr / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Milwaukee County presidential recount wraps up with Biden adding to his margin over Trump
Patrick Basham / Spectator USA:
Reasons why the 2020 presidential election is deeply puzzling  —  To say out-loud that you find the results of the 2020 presidential election odd is to invite derision.  You must be a crank or a conspiracy theorist.  Mark me down as a crank, then.  I am a pollster and I find this election to be deeply puzzling.
Catherine Philp / The Times:
Joe Biden expected to name Cindy McCain ambassador to UK  —  She is the widow with a sting in her tail.  Her renunciation of Donald Trump was a factor in helping to deliver the presidency to his rival, Joe Biden.  —  Now Cindy McCain, wife to the late senator John McCain, the senator for Arizona …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
How Democrats Suffered Crushing Down-Ballot Losses Across America  —  In statehouse races, suburban voters' disgust with President Trump failed to translate into a rebuke of other Republicans, ensuring the party's grip on partisan mapmaking.  —  WEXFORD, Pa. — Just a few seats shy of a majority …
Discussion: Boston Herald, CNN and Washington Post
David Siders / Politico:
GOP finds silver lining in Trump's landslide California loss  —  LOS ANGELES — Joe Biden trampled Donald Trump by nearly 30 percentage points in California.  But down-ticket in this heavily Democratic state, the Republican Party found new life.  —  Republicans are poised to win as many as four …
Discussion: New York Post and The Guardian
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
Online Anti-Vax Communities Have Become A Pipeline For QAnon Radicalization  —  The far-right conspiracy theory has been seeping into anti-vaccination pages all over social media.  —  Last week, Facebook axed the biggest anti-vaccine group on its platform.
Discussion: Raw Story
Lyz Lenz / Washington Post:
White women vote Republican.  Get used to it, Democrats.  —  Lyz Lenz is a journalist and the author of “God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America.”  —  On Jan. 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of women flooded Washington and other cities across the United States …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
House Republicans call for censure of NJ Dem who filed bar complaints against Trump lawyers  —  Rep. Bill Pascrell had sought to disbar Rudy Giulani.  —  Trump legal team meets with Pa. lawmakers over election results  —  EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans on Friday introduced a resolution seeking …
Discussion: Raw Story and New Jersey Globe
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Richard Norton Smith / Washington Post:
Transitions are never easy. Especially this one.
Joshua Caplan / Breitbart:
Alan Dershowitz: Trump ‘Absolutely Right’ to Pardon Michael Flynn
Financial Times:
UK set to approve Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine within days
Discussion: Bloomberg and Marginal REVOLUTION
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Overstock CEO Says He's Put Together an ‘Army of Various Odd People’ to Save Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Aims to Appoint Liberal Judges After Trump's Conservative Push
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Politico
Alec MacGillis / New York Times:
The Loneliness of One-Click Shopping
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
‘Historically strange’ spike in incomplete Nevada voter files, casinos as ‘home’
Mary Chastain / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
NY22: Democratic Incumbent Brindisi Reportedly Leads Challenger Tenney by Only 13 Votes
Megan Henney / Fox Business:
Mnuchin plans to move $455B in coronavirus relief out of Biden's reach
Discussion: Salon and IJR
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A.'s Final Deregulatory Rush Runs Into Open Staff Resistance
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Covid Overload: U.S. Hospitals Are Running Out of Beds for Patients