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12:40 PM ET, November 30, 2020


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Tom Jones / Poynter:
President Trump's interview is an embarrassing low mark for him, Fox News and, especially, interviewer Maria Bartiromo  —  Once a respected journalist and top business reporter, Bartiromo has seemingly sold her journalistic soul to become a sycophant for President Trump.
Glenn Greenwald:
Biden Appointee Neera Tanden Spread the Conspiracy That Russian Hackers Changed Hillary's 2016 Votes to Trump  —  How can Democrats and allied media outlets credibly oppose unhinged conspiracy theories and attacks on U.S. election legitimacy while empowering its worst purveyors?  —  1 hr ago
Wall Street Journal:
Joe Biden Fills Out His Economic Team
NBC News:
Biden to receive his first presidential daily briefing
Discussion: The Daily Caller and MSNBC
Brian Stelter / CNN:
‘Firehose of falsehood:’ How Trump is trying to confuse the public about the election outcome
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Biden hires all-female senior communications team, names Neera Tanden director of OMB
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
The GOP Is a Propaganda Party  —  Media parasites have taken control of the host.  —  Cymothoa exigua is a terrifying creature.  —  The parasite enters a fish through its gills, attaches to its tongue, consumes the tongue, and then becomes a sort of new tongue.
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Ben Smith / New York Times:
The King of Trump TV Thinks You're Dumb Enough to Buy It  —  Chris Ruddy, the C.E.O. of Newsmax, has found a business opportunity in feeding Trump supporters the fantasy that the president could still win the election.  —  In 2004, Hillary Clinton was in the Senate and Christopher Ruddy had some making up to do.
National Review:
Trump's Disgraceful Endgame  —  The Supreme Court Got Church Restrictions Right  —  Biden's Cabinet: What a Hillary Clinton Administration Would Have Looked Like  —  You Have a National Adoption Month Date on Monday Morning  —  President Trump said the other day that he'd leave office …
Discussion: The Week, HotAir and
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Post:
The Health 202: Obese Americans could be prioritized for coronavirus vaccine  —  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisers will meet tomorrow to discuss who should get coronavirus vaccines first.  —  One population they may consider prioritizing: Americans who are obese …
Discussion: National Review
Jon Cohen / Science:
‘Absolutely remarkable’: No one who got Moderna's vaccine in trial developed severe COVID-19  —  Science's COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation.  —  Continuing the spate of stunning news about COVID-19 vaccines, the biotech company Moderna announced …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Donald Trump Jr. aides launch super PAC as Georgia worries mount  —  Advisers to Donald Trump Jr. are launching a super PAC to prod the president's supporters to vote in the upcoming Georgia Senate runoffs, as Republicans grow concerned that Trump's backers will boycott the elections.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp to Trump: Georgia law blocks him from ‘interfering’ with elections  —  Gov. Brian Kemp's office responded Monday to President Donald Trump's demands to help him overturn Georgia's election results with a reminder that state law “prohibits the governor from interfering in the election.”
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
The Mastermind Behind Biden's No-Drama Approach to Trump  —  When Julián Castro wasn't given a speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention in August, he complained that Joe Biden's campaign wasn't showing proper respect to Latino voters.  The real explanation for the snub is much simpler …
Kushner heading to Saudi Arabia and Qatar amid tensions over Iranian scientist killing  —  Senior White House adviser and his team to travel this week for talks with Saudi crown prince and emir of Qatar  —  White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week …
POLITICO Playbook: The lame-duck checklist
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Live updates: Biden names inauguration planning committee, is receiving first intelligence briefing  —  The Washington Post is providing this important election information free to all readers.  Get election results and other major news delivered to your inbox by signing up for breaking news email alerts.
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Behind Trump's final push to limit immigration
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
The Electoral College is only getting worse  —  The Electoral College is a political abomination.  As I have written before, rather than protecting the influence of small states, it grants overwhelming power to a handful of states that randomly happen to have a close partisan balance, which are mostly fairly large.
Discussion: Fortune, IJR and National Review
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Biden's Favorability Rises to 55%, Trump's Dips to 42%
Discussion: The Hill
Scott Pelley / CBS News:
Fired director of U.S. cyber agency Chris Krebs explains why President Trump's claims of election interference are false  —  Chris Krebs, a lifelong Republican, was put in charge of the agency handling election security by President Trump two years ago.  When Krebs said the election …
Mike Dunford / The Bulwark:
The ‘Kraken’ Lawsuit Was Released And It's Way Dumber Than You Realize  —  Every time you think you have a grasp of how preposterous the Trump team's election lawsuits are, another one comes out, dumber and more conspiracy-filled than the last.  —  The Pennsylvania monstrosity that was submitted …
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Hannah Knowles and By Hannah Knowles  —  National reporter covering law enforcement and criminal justice  —  Samuel Little guided his car to a stop in a secluded area off Route 27 near Miami and cut the engine.  Before long, Mary Brosley had straddled his lap.  He started playing with her necklace.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Bipartisan Senate group revives coronavirus relief talks  —  A bipartisan group of senators is trying to jump-start stalled coronavirus stimulus talks during the lame duck, with congressional leaders still at odds over providing more relief as cases and deaths spike ahead of the coming winter.
Discussion: Axios and The American Independent
Jochen Bittner / New York Times:
1918 Germany Has a Warning for America  —  Donald Trump's “Stop the Steal” campaign recalls one of the most disastrous political lies of the 20th century.  —  HAMBURG, Germany — It may well be that Germans have a special inclination to panic at specters from the past, and I admit that this alarmism annoys me at times.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Liberal Hyperbole About Trump's Authoritarianism Was Never the Problem  —  As Donald Trump started shambling toward the exit of the U.S. presidency last week, the U.S. left confronted the pivotal question hanging over our newfound interregnum: Who gets to say, I told you so?
Discussion: Power Line
Charles Fain Lehman / Washington Free Beacon:
American High Schools Go Woke  —  Consultants cash in on radical changes to curricula nationwide  —  In July, the leadership of Los Angeles's elite Harvard-Westlake School issued a 20-page confessional about the school's role in perpetuating “racism and injustice” and promised changes.
Gov. Larry Hogan / Washington Examiner:
Vote Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue to uphold moderation and compromise in the US Senate  —  As a Republican governor in a deep-blue state, I know firsthand how one-party monopoly can wreak terrible consequences.  In 2014, I ran for governor because I was fed up with career politicians …
Discussion: Washington Times and Twitchy
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will step down on January 20  — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will step down from his post on January 20, the day President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated, he announced Monday.  — The announcement means that the FCC could reach …
Discussion: Politico, Common Dreams and Deadline
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Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Chuck Grassley cleared by doctors to return to work following COVID-19 diagnosis
Wall Street Journal:
Labor Department Published ‘Flawed Estimates’ of Weekly Jobless Claims, Watchdog Says
Tyler Van Dyke / Washington Examiner:
Supreme Court hears arguments on Trump attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from census
Janet Yellen / President-Elect Joe Biden:
Economy Nominees and Appointees
Discussion: NPR
Doina Chiacu / Reuters:
Biden taps Yellen for Treasury, announces other members of economic team
Discussion: New York Post
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Andrew Yang, said to be considering mayoral bid, tested in new online poll
Zaid Jilani / Wall Street Journal:
Canceling Student Debt Would Be a ‘Brahmin Bailout’
Emily Badger / New York Times:
Most Republicans Say They Doubt the Election. How Many Really Mean It?
 Earlier Items: 
Biden weighs history-making picks for defense secretary
Discussion: Political Wire
David Dayen / American Prospect:
A Bright Spot Amid Biden's Middle-of-the-Road Approach
Andrew L. Yarrow / USA Today:
Biden has white men to thank for putting him in the White House
Molly McCann / The American Mind:
The Big Tech Occupation
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
'They'll freeze them out': Democrats fear Senate Republicans will block Biden's judges
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Examiner
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
The House members already facing the redistricting chopping block
Discussion: Washington Post and Mother Jones
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
We Won't Forget and We Won't Forgive What Trumpists Did to America
Discussion: Raw Story and TheBlaze