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12:05 PM 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 …
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump: 'I'm ashamed that I endorsed' Kemp in Georgia  —  President Trump on Sunday said he regretted endorsing Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), taking a swipe at the top Republicans in the state ahead of two critical Senate runoff elections.  —  The president decried the use of Dominion Voting Systems machines …
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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
Justine Coleman / The Hill:   Ossoff warns McConnell would cause paralysis in federal government if GOP holds Senate
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 …
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Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit against mail ballots with prejudice in another defeat for Trump
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.
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  —  Limbaugh said on Thursday that Sidney Powell had an “impeccable reputation.”  Now he says: “They promised blockbuster stuff, and then nothing happened. ...  It's not good.”
Washington Post:
For Trump advocate Sidney Powell, a playbook steeped in conspiracy theories
American Greatness:
Reality and the Narrative  —  Despite the blandishments of the narrative, which seek to seduce you into acquiescence with rumors of inevitability, we really do not know how this story, which seems so familiar, will end.  —  Oscar Wilde was such a card.  Sitting for his viva voce examination in Greek …
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
With the vote count now over, here's how Pennsylvania broke for Joe Biden  —  It's now official: President-elect Joe Biden won Pennsylvania by 80,555 votes, significantly larger than the 44,292-vote margin that helped carry President Donald Trump to the White House in 2016.
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Dante Chinni / NBC News:   Trump underperformed in most counties with large rallies
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
New York City Will Reopen Elementary Schools and Phase Out Hybrid Learning  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio had faced criticism that in responding to the pandemic, he was prioritizing activities like indoor dining over the well-being of the city's children.  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday …
Joanna Weiss / Politico:
‘Time For My Flag to Go Up’: How Anti-Trumpers Are Reclaiming the American Flag  —  About a month before the election, Curtis Woodall logged onto Amazon and ordered an American flag.  The 72-year-old Vietnam War veteran and retired infantry soldier had taken his old flag down about a year into the Trump administration.
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio is already suiting up for the politics of destruction  —  Let's say you're a Republican senator who claims to support democracy and U.S. leadership in the world.  —  Let's imagine, too, that you've spent four years excusing and supporting a president who fawned …
The Guardian:
A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story  —  Reports in state media signal an intensifying propaganda effort to place the birth of the virus in other countries  —  Nearly a year after doctors identified the first cases of a worrying new disease in the Chinese city of Wuhan …
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 UPI
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Assassination in Iran Threatens Fate of Nuclear Deal
ABC News:
Americans need to understand importance of not furthering spread of COVID-19: Fauci  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on ABC's “This Week” Sunday.  —  Hospitals struggle with growing number of COVID-19 cases  —  The U.S. has surpassed 13 million confirmed coronavirus cases, adding more than a million cases in just six days.
Discussion: Politico and New York Post
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel's Pick to Head Holocaust Memorial Stirs International Uproar  —  Critics are protesting the nomination of Effie Eitam, a retired general and far-right politician, to lead Yad Vashem, a hallowed Israeli institution.  —  JERUSALEM — For years, his name was synonymous with intolerance and right-wing extremism.
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.
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.
New York Times:
Let's Talk About Higher Wages  —  The nation, and the Democratic Party, desperately needs a replacement for the tired story that tax cuts drive economic growth.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.
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 …
 
 
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Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Kelly Loeffler's husband dumped his own stock this spring, breaking years-long pattern
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Biden Creates Diverse Covid-19 Advisory Board To Contrast With Trump
Discussion: The Hill
J.D. Tuccille / Reason:
Pandemic Rules Are Only for the Little People
Washington Examiner:
Voters punished the Pelosi Democrats
Quad City Times:
Miller-Meeks' lead shrinks to six votes after Clinton County recount
Discussion: Business Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
Groups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs
Discussion: RedState and Fox News
New York Times:
A Rush to Expand the Border Wall That Many Fear Is Here to Stay
Discussion: Defense One
Washington Post:
This state is shutting bars and gyms as the coronavirus surges — but not schools
Associated Press:
Biden plans swift moves to protect and advance LGBTQ rights
Discussion: Washington Post
Richard Luscombe / The Guardian:
Trump supporter who gave $2.5m to fight election fraud wants money back
Andrew Blake / Washington Times:
Michael Flynn: Donald Trump beat Joe Biden in a ‘massive landslide’
Discussion: The Mahablog