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4:50 PM ET, November 29, 2020


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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 …
Washington Post:
20 days of fantasy and failure: Inside Trump's quest to overturn the election
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
‘My mind will not change in six months’: In first post-election TV interview, Trump renews baseless claims of voter fraud  —  In his first television interview since the Nov. 3 election, President Trump suggested Sunday that he will never accept his loss to Democrat Joe Biden and continued …
Justine Coleman / The Hill:   Ossoff warns McConnell would cause paralysis in federal government if GOP holds Senate
Ken Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Biden to Name Rouse, Tanden to Economic Team  —  WASHINGTON—President-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate a diverse group of economic advisers to serve alongside Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen as he prepares to confront the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, people familiar with the decision said Sunday.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
From Terre Haute to Tehran to your grandma, Trumpism is revealed as a death cult in the end  —  For a man who too often talked and occasionally governed more like a mob boss than like the 45th president of a democratic republic, it's sadly fitting that the final days of Donald Trump's White House …
Discussion: Spectator USA and New York Times
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Kushner to visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar seeking deal to end crisis  —  Jared Kushner will travel in the coming days to Saudi Arabia and Qatar in a last-ditch effort to resolve the dispute between the Gulf countries.  —  Why it matters: Fixing the rift between Saudi Arabia and Qatar would bring …
Discussion: Reuters, Raw Story and Political Wire
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Trump Casually Suggests FBI, DOJ Could Be Involved in Imaginary Plot to Steal Election  —  President Donald Trump gave a wild interview on Sunday where he complained that federal law enforcement isn't doing anything to validate his unsubstantiated 2020 election claims, in addition to suggesting …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
CNN Panel Blasts Fox's Bartiromo Over ‘Delusional’ Trump Interview: ‘Not Much Daylight Between Maria and Alex Jones’  —  Minutes after Fox's Maria Bartiromo concluded her interview with President Donald Trump, a stunned Brian Stelter kicked off CNN's Reliable Sources with a segment slamming both Bartiromo and the “delusional” president.
USA Today:   To this Supreme Court, religious freedom trumps public health — even amid COVID-19 plague
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Trump slams judges' election decisions: ‘What kind of a court system is this?’
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Biden's Day 1 challenges: The immigration reset  —  President-elect Biden has an aggressive Day One immigration agenda that relies heavily on executive actions to undo President Trump's crackdown.  —  Why it matters: It's not that easy.  Trump issued more than 400 executive actions on immigration.
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.
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
New York City Will Reopen Elementary Schools and Reduce Hybrid Learning  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an abrupt shift in managing schools during the pandemic.  Officials had faced criticism that they prioritized activities like indoor dining over the well-being of children.
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Trump floats appointing a ‘special prosecutor’ in addition to Durham to investigate Trump-Russia investigators  —  President Trump said he would “consider” appointing a “special prosecutor” to investigate the Trump-Russia investigators, expressing frustration with U.S. Attorney John Durham …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
Nike and Coca-Cola Lobby Against Xinjiang Forced Labor Bill  —  Business groups and major companies like Apple have been pressing Congress to alter legislation cracking down on imports of goods made with forced labor from persecuted Muslim minorities in China.
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.
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.
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Fauci: There will ‘almost certainly’ be an uptick in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving travel
Discussion: and New York Post
Associated Press:
Faith takes the forefront as Georgia Senate runoffs heat up  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Bishop Reginald Jackson stepped to the microphone at a drive-in rally outside a church in southwest Atlanta as his voice carried over a loudspeaker and the radio to people gathered in, around and on top of cars that filled the parking lot.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
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Steve Inskeep / New York Times:
Trump Looms Large Now, but Maybe Not Forever
Jason Whitlock / OutKick:
Sarah Fuller Publicity Stunt Scores In Make-A-Wish Culture War
Discussion: Big League Politics
Max Stier / USA Today:
Make America incompetent again? Trump wants to ruin our merit-based federal jobs system.
Dante Chinni / NBC News:
Trump underperformed in most counties with large rallies
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Let's Talk About Higher Wages
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio is already suiting up for the politics of destruction
The Guardian:
A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel's Pick to Head Holocaust Memorial Stirs International Uproar
Washington Examiner:
Voters punished the Pelosi Democrats
Discussion: Politico
Natalie Colarossi / Newsweek:
Trump Calls Fox News ‘Virtually Unwatchable,’ Points Followers to OANN and Newsmax