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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
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
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.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
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New York Times:
Top Contenders for Biden's Cabinet Draw Fire From All Sides
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
The inexorable rise of Jake Sullivan
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
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
Discussion: Political Wire
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Pennsylvania State Judge Upholds Halt To Certification, Finds Likelihood Mail-In Balloting Procedures Violate PA Constitution  —  Upholds injunction issued earlier in the week, finds “Petitioners appear to have a viable claim that the mail-in ballot procedures set forth in Act 77 contravene Pa. Const.
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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Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Carter Page sues James Comey, Andrew McCabe, the FBI, and others for $75M
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
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.
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: CNN, Boston Herald and Washington Post
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.
Discussion: Summit News and The Gateway Pundit
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Overstock CEO Says He's Put Together an ‘Army of Various Odd People’ to Save Trump  —  After resigning in 2019 following claims that he'd romanced a Russian agent, Patrick Byrne is back and he says he's funding a team of “hackers and cybersleuths” to rescue Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
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
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: The Guardian
Matt Margolis / pjmedia.com:
Johns Hopkins Study Saying COVID-19 Has ‘Relatively No Effect on Deaths’ in U.S. Deleted After Publication  —  Conventional wisdom is that COVID-19 has caused thousands of deaths in the United States and nearly 1.5 million worldwide.  This perception has been directly challenged by a study published …
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 …
 
 
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New York Post:
Dr. Fauci, Andrew Cuomo, AOC nominated for Time's ‘Person of the Year’
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Perdue traded hundreds of thousands worth of bank stocks while on Senate Banking Committee
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Alec MacGillis / New York Times:
The Loneliness of One-Click Shopping
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
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A.'s Final Deregulatory Rush Runs Into Open Staff Resistance
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Washington Post:
The United States has closed at least 10 bases around Afghanistan. But drawdown details remain murky.
Emily Atkin / MSNBC:
What we should know about Biden's appointment of Kerry as climate czar
Chiara Giordano / The Independent:
James Goddard given restraining order after calling Independent journalist ‘vile scum of the earth’ in court confrontation
Axios:
Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief