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7:15 PM ET, November 29, 2020

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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.
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Washington Post:
Biden hires all-female senior communications team, names Neera Tanden director of OMB  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — Jennifer Psaki, a veteran Democratic spokeswoman, will be Joe Biden's White House press secretary, one of seven women who will fill the upper ranks of his administration's communications staff.
Transition / President-Elect Joe Biden:
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris Announce Members of White House Senior Communications Staff  —  WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris today announced new members of the White House staff who will serve in senior communications roles.
Discussion: CNBC, Talking Points Memo and IJR
Errin Haines / The 19th:
Women lead communications teams for Biden and Harris  —  Kate Bedingfield, Jen Psaki, Karine Jean-Pierre and Symone Sanders will be among those overseeing communications for the incoming administration.  —  Editor-at-large  —  Several veteran Democratic, women political strategists …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:   Biden Expected to Name Top Economic Officials This Week
Politico:
Biden unveils diverse economic team as challenges to economy grow
Discussion: Axios
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.
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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 …
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Trump slams judges' election decisions: ‘What kind of a court system is this?’
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
GA Sec of State Responds to Threats He and His Wife Have Received: Why Won't Republicans Condemn ‘Wild Mob’ on Our Side?
Discussion: Law & Crime, Vanity Fair and HotAir
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 …
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Justine Coleman / The Hill:   Ossoff warns McConnell would cause paralysis in federal government if GOP holds Senate
Mark Scolforo / Associated Press:
Source: Pa. lawmaker gets a positive test at Trump meeting  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state senator abruptly left a West Wing meeting with President Donald Trump after being informed he had tested positive for the coronavirus, a person with direct knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press on Sunday.
Discussion: The Hill and Twitchy
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 …
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
CNN Panel Blasts Fox's Bartiromo Over ‘Delusional’ Trump Interview: ‘Not Much Daylight Between Maria and Alex Jones’
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: HotAir, Spectator USA and The Guardian
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
Political lying as tribal signaling  —  It's like getting a tattoo to prove you're in a gang  —  Why have so many Republicans and right-wing media figures embraced Donald Trump's obviously made-up claims of voter fraud?  Rationally, they must know that all of the allegations are lies.
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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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.
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Biden sprains ankle while playing with his dog Major, office says  —  President-elect Joe Biden sprained his right foot Saturday while playing with his dog, his transition team said Sunday after Biden was taken to an orthopedist “out of an abundance of caution.”
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
Steve Inskeep / New York Times:
Trump Looms Large Now, but Maybe Not Forever  —  One-term presidents generally don't leave big footprints.  And the last four years may be seen as a reaction to the game-changing presidency of Barack Obama.  —  Mr. Inskeep, co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, is the author of “Imperfect Union …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Dante Chinni / NBC News:
Trump underperformed in most counties with large rallies  —  WASHINGTON — As the 2020 campaign wound down, President Donald Trump criss-crossed the country, holding rallies to fire up his supporters and get them out to vote.  Many saw the rallies as a sign of big enthusiasm for Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Fox News:
Bobby Jindal & Wes Anderson: Hispanic support for Republicans growing as Democrats move leftward  —  Hispanics are following generations of immigrants before them, assimilating into American culture and voting based on their beliefs, not ethnicity.  —  Steve Cortes on Obama criticizing Hispanics who voted for Trump: ‘Drips hypocrisy’
 
 
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Reuters:
France must review COVID-19 crowd limits on church attendance
Discussion: The Hill
Kristin Tate / The Hill:
San Francisco wealth tax will fuel next blue exodus for rich earners
David Harrison / Wall Street Journal:
State, Local Governments Slashed Spending After Covid. Next Year Could Be Worse.
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Restaurant Holdouts Defy Covid-19 Shutdown Orders
USA Today:
To this Supreme Court, religious freedom trumps public health — even amid COVID-19 plague
Discussion: CNN
Mairead McArdle / National Review:
Biden's Cabinet: What a Hillary Clinton Administration Would Have Looked Like
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Trump floats appointing a ‘special prosecutor’ in addition to Durham to investigate Trump-Russia investigators
Discussion: Raw Story
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Discussion: Big League Politics
 Earlier Items: 
Max Stier / USA Today:
Make America incompetent again? Trump wants to ruin our merit-based federal jobs system.
Discussion: CNN and Alternet.org
New York Times:
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The Guardian:
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Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
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