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9:35 AM ET, November 28, 2020

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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: The New Neo
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Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Iran scientist's assassination appears intended to undermine nuclear deal  —  Analysis: shooting of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh will do more harm to diplomacy than it does to Iran's nuclear programme  —  The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh may not much have impact on the Iranian nuclear programme …
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 …
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
US is ‘rounding the corner into a calamity,’ expert says, with Covid-19 deaths projected to double soon  —  (CNN)As Thanksgiving week draws to an end, more experts are warning the Covid-19 pandemic will likely get much worse in the coming weeks before a possible vaccine begins to offer some relief.
Discussion: NMDOH, Forbes and CBS Baltimore
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Washington Post:
In nine states, at least 1 in 1,000 people have died of coronavirus-linked causes  —  As daily covid-19 deaths climb to levels not seen since early in the pandemic, nine states have hit one more grim marker: more than 1 in every 1,000 people dead of coronavirus-related causes.
Alison Dirr / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Milwaukee County presidential recount wraps up with Biden adding to his margin over Trump  —  Milwaukee County's recount of the presidential election vote tally came to an end Friday, with Democratic President-elect Joe Biden adding 132 votes to his margin of victory over President Donald Trump in Milwaukee County.
New York Times:
McKinsey Proposed Paying Pharmacy Companies Rebates for OxyContin Overdoses  —  Court filings reveal consultants' talk of a records purge during the opioid crisis, and shed new light on sales advice given to the billionaire Sackler family and their drug company, Purdue Pharma.
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Politico, Boston Herald and CNN
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Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Carter Page sues James Comey, Andrew McCabe, the FBI, and others for $75M
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Trump moves to strip job protections from White House budget analysts as he races to transform civil service  —  The outgoing Trump administration is racing to enact the biggest change to the federal civil service in generations, reclassifying career employees at key agencies to strip …
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Covid Overload: U.S. Hospitals Are Running Out of Beds for Patients  —  As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the country, hospitals are facing a crisis-level shortage of beds and staff to provide adequate care for patients.  —  In excruciating pain with lesions on her face and scalp …
Megan Henney / Fox Business:
Mnuchin plans to move $455B in coronavirus relief out of Biden's reach  —  Moving the money into the General Fund would make it harder for Biden administration to access it  —  Pelosi, Mnuchin ‘getting closer’ on stimulus deal: Tyler Goodspeed  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is expected …
Discussion: IJR
CBS Pittsburgh:
Pennsylvania Republican Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Disputing 2020 Election Results  —  HARRISBURG (KDKA) — Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers have introduced a resolution intending to dispute the 2020 election results on Friday.  —  The resolution intends to declare the 2020 election results as being …
Discussion: Israpundit and Washington Examiner
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A.'s Final Deregulatory Rush Runs Into Open Staff Resistance  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency was rushing to complete one of its last regulatory priorities, aiming to obstruct the creation of air- and water-pollution controls far into the future, when a senior career scientist moved to hobble it.
Toluse Olorunnipa / Washington Post:
Republicans lob accusations of elitism at ‘Middle Class Joe’ — a sign of the upended politics of populism  —  President-elect Joe Biden, a state-college graduate who was once the poorest man in the U.S. Senate, is facing accusations of elitism from Republicans after defeating a billionaire incumbent …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Are you on the list?  Biden's democracy summit spurs anxieties — and skepticism  —  President-elect Joe Biden has promised to host a gathering of the world's democracies next year, hoping to show that a post-Donald Trump America will be committed to democracy abroad and at home.
Democracy Docket:
🚨ALERT: NEW LAWSUIT IN GEORGIA  —  Latest Republican lawsuit challenging the 2020 election results has been filed in Georgia.
Axios:
Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief  —  Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.
Jon Swaine / Washington Post:
Federal appeals court panel rejects Trump request to block certification of Pennsylvania's election results  —  A federal appeals court panel on Friday rejected President Trump's request for an emergency injunction to overturn the certification of Pennsylvania's election results.
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Politico:
‘Voters, not lawyers, choose the president’: Appeals court shoots down Trump suit in Pennsylvania
Mary Chastain / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
NY22: Democratic Incumbent Brindisi Reportedly Leads Challenger Tenney by Only 13 Votes  —  “[State Supreme Court] Judge [Scott] DelConte has already verbally ruled that ballots invalid that are in [Brindisi's] count.”  —  Incumbent Democrat Anthony Brindisi for New York's 22nd Congressional District leads …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
‘Historically strange’ spike in incomplete Nevada voter files, casinos as ‘home’  —  An analysis of Nevada votes has uncovered an unprecedented jump in problem voter registrations, likely providing the Trump campaign with another avenue to challenge Joe Biden's victory in the critical state.
Emily Atkin / MSNBC:
What we should know about Biden's appointment of Kerry as climate czar  —  Of all the messes President-elect Joe Biden is tasked with cleaning up, the climate crisis is the most high stakes.  If aggressive decarbonization doesn't begin soon, climate scientists see little chance of preventing permanent ecological catastrophe.
 
 
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Washington Post:
The United States has closed at least 10 bases around Afghanistan. But drawdown details remain murky.
New York Times:
The Virus Won't Stop Evolving When the Vaccine Arrives
Chiara Giordano / The Independent:
James Goddard given restraining order after calling Independent journalist ‘vile scum of the earth’ in court confrontation
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
The inexorable rise of Jake Sullivan
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Paul Demko / Politico:
How One of the Reddest States Became the Nation's Hottest Weed Market
Denis Campbell / The Guardian:
Hospitals in England told to prepare for Covid vaccine rollout in 10 days' time
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Wall Street Journal:
Secret Meeting in Desert Between Israeli, Saudi Leaders Failed to Reach Normalization Agreement
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Race And Ideology Take Center Stage In Scramble To Succeed Kamala Harris
Discussion: Mercury News
New York Times:
Coronavirus Strands Millions of Migrants
Zoë Beery / New York Times:
The Rich Kids Who Want to Tear Down Capitalism
Discussion: HotAir
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Blame game erupts over Trump's decline in youth vote
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite