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12:55 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 …
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
Wisconsin recount confirms Biden's win over Trump, cementing the president's failure to change the election results  —  The recount of presidential ballots in Wisconsin's two largest counties finished Sunday, reconfirming that President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Trump in the key swing state by more than 20,000 votes.
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Dane County recount will show Biden won Wisconsin, but Trump is planning a lawsuit  —  MADISON - Dane County will wrap up its recount Sunday, affirming Democrat Joe Biden's victory in Wisconsin as President Donald Trump prepares a lawsuit.  —  The completion of Dane County's recount comes …
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 …
Dante Chinni / NBC News:   Trump underperformed in most counties with large rallies
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Lieutenant governor: Trump campaign would get its ‘clock cleaned’ if it appeals Pennsylvania ruling to Supreme Court  —  Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor said late Saturday that he is hopeful President Trump's campaign appeals lawsuits thrown out by judges in the state to the U.S. Supreme Court …
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit against mail ballots with prejudice in another defeat for Trump
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 …
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Ossoff warns McConnell would cause paralysis in federal government if GOP holds Senate  —  Democratic Georgia Senate candidate Jon Ossoff warned on Sunday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would cause paralysis in the federal government if the Republicans hold onto the Senate.
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 …
Discussion: Forbes
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 …
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
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,, NBC News and The Week
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, Daily Kos 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.
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.
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.
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
 Earlier Items: 
Quad City Times:
Miller-Meeks' lead shrinks to six votes after Clinton County recount
Discussion: Business Insider
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
Groups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs
Discussion: RedState and Fox News
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden
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