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7:55 AM ET, November 29, 2020

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Washington Post:
20 days of fantasy and failure: Inside Trump's quest to overturn the election  —  The facts were indisputable: President Trump had lost.  —  But Trump refused to see it that way.  Sequestered in the White House and brooding out of public view after his election defeat …
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit against mail ballots with prejudice in another defeat for Trump  —  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed with prejudice a Republican lawsuit seeking to invalidate more than 2.5 million votes cast by mail in the general election …
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CBS Pittsburgh:
Pa. Supreme Court Dismisses Request From Mike Kelly And Sean Parnell To Declare Mail-In Voting Unconstitutional In State, Deny Results From 2020 Election Mail-In Ballots  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA/AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has dismissed the lawsuit from Congressman Mike Kelly …
Jeremy Roebuck / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court tosses GOP congressman's suit seeking to throw out all ballots cast by mail  —  The final remaining legal challenge to Pennsylvania's election results was tossed Saturday by the state's highest court, which balked at a request from one of President Donald Trump's top boosters …
NBC News:
Pennsylvania high court throws out challenge to mail-in ballots
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Supreme Court's scientifically illiterate decision will cost lives
Discussion: RedState
Bryan Pietsch / New York Times:
Utah Monolith Mysteriously Disappears From Desert  —  The metal structure has been removed, Utah officials said on Saturday, adding that they had not taken it down.  —  As mysteriously as it arrived, a metal monolith that was discovered last week by Utah public safety workers is now gone, officials said on Saturday.
Barbara Slavin / New York Times:
A Scorched Earth Strategy on Iran  —  The assassination of a top nuclear scientist isn't about stopping a bomb — it's about preventing diplomacy.  Joe Biden doesn't have to let it work.  —  Ms. Slavin directs the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council.
Discussion: Raw Story, JNS.org, NBC News and Twitchy
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Simon Tisdall / The Guardian:
Was scientist's killing the opening shot of a Trump-led war on Iran?
Discussion: New York Times and Slate
Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:
Right-wing media feud erupts over Trump lawyer Sidney Powell's bonkers election conspiracy theories  —  When it turns out Alex Jones is the peacemaker here, you're in trouble.  —  Right-wing media now have to grapple with a strange new internal conflict: whether to endorse the set …
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John Whitehouse / Media Matters for America:
After praising the Trump campaign's unhinged press conference last week, Rush Limbaugh now says it was a failure
Washington Post:
For Trump advocate Sidney Powell, a playbook steeped in conspiracy theories
Patricia Murphy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
What counts for Brad Raffensperger  —  Faith, family and the loss of a child prepared him for the Trump storm  —  President Donald Trump lashed out at Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Thanksgiving night as “an enemy of the people,” furious that he had certified the 2020 election in Georgia for President-elect Joe Biden.
Discussion: Business Insider and Mediaite
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 …
Quad City Times:
Miller-Meeks' lead shrinks to six votes after Clinton County recount  —  Clinton County completed its recount of the 2nd Congressional District race Saturday, narrowing the tightest contest in the country.  —  Rita Hart gained a net of two votes in her home county after a recount of close to 6,000 votes …
Washington Examiner:
Voters punished the Pelosi Democrats  —  Joe Biden won, but it was a lonely victory.  House Democrats lost about a dozen seats, clinging to their majority by the skin of their teeth.  If it hadn't been for some friendly court-ordered redistricting, they'd have done even worse.
New York Times:
Even as Trump Claimed Fraud, These Republicans Didn't Bend  —  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.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
As Georgia Republicans aim to unite, Trump's ‘rigged’ claims drive a wedge  —  At a gun range in north Georgia, Republicans roared in applause Saturday as once-bitter rivals Doug Collins and Kelly Loeffler shook hands and then embraced over shared determination to keep the U.S. Senate …
Discussion: Election Law Blog
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Marty Johnson / The Hill:
Groups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs  —  Activist groups in Georgia that were the backbone of the effort to turn Georgia blue this election cycle haven't slowed down, their newest goal being to drive Georgians to the polls once again on Jan. 5 for the state's Senate runoff elections.
Discussion: Fox News and RedState
CNN:
Biden's cabinet picks send a clear message  —  Keilar calls out Rubio for attacking Biden's Cabinet over their education  —  Julian Zelizer, a CNN political analyst, is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and author of the book, “Burning Down the House …
Natalie Colarossi / Newsweek:
Trump Calls Fox News ‘Virtually Unwatchable,’ Points Followers to OANN and Newsmax  —  President Donald Trump called Fox News “virtually unwatchable” on Saturday, and pointed his followers to instead watch conservative media outlets One America News Network (OANN) and Newsmax.
Discussion: Business Insider
Richard Luscombe / The Guardian:
Trump supporter who gave $2.5m to fight election fraud wants money back  —  Businessman Fredric Eshelman sues pro-Trump ‘election ethics’ group citing ‘disappointing results’ of effort to expose cheating  —  A Donald Trump supporter who donated $2.5m to help expose and prosecute claims …
New York Times:
A Rush to Expand the Border Wall That Many Fear Is Here to Stay  —  Despite the president-elect's vow to halt the project, the Trump administration is expanding the wall at a breakneck pace.  —  DOUGLAS, Ariz. — Four years ago, President Trump took office with a pledge to build a towering wall …
Discussion: Defense One
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Ex-Trump campaign aide sues over Russia probe surveillance  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Trump campaign associate who was the target of a secret surveillance warrant during the FBI's Russia investigation says in a federal lawsuit that he was the victim of “unlawful spying.”
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Biden Creates Diverse Covid-19 Advisory Board To Contrast With Trump  —  President-Elect Joe Biden on Saturday announced three new additions to his coronavirus advisory board who contrast with the current White House coronavirus task force in their medical backgrounds and diversity.  —  KEY FACTS
Discussion: Boston Herald and Alternet.org
Parker Molloy / Media Matters for America:
Conservatives' complaints about media calling presidential elections are desperate nonsense  —  The same people chiding news networks for calling the race were fine with it in 2016  —  On Saturday, after days of uncertainty, CNN became the first major news network to call the presidential race for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Julius Young / Fox News:
Eric Clapton slammed after past racially insensitive remarks surface amid release of anti-lockdown song  —  The new single will be released on December 4th  —  Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for November 27  —  Eric Clapton is in hot water after it was announced on Friday …
 
 
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Jordan Williams / The Hill:
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Discussion: UPI
Washington Post:
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Associated Press:
Biden plans swift moves to protect and advance LGBTQ rights
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
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Discussion: USA Today and New York Post
 Earlier Items: 
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell suspends in-person GOP lunches
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Raw Story
Andrew Blake / Washington Times:
Michael Flynn: Donald Trump beat Joe Biden in a ‘massive landslide’
Discussion: The Mahablog and Spectator USA
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David Siders / Politico:
GOP finds silver lining in Trump's landslide California loss