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3:45 PM ET, November 30, 2020


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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.”
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Georgia Senate runoffs: The final battles for control of the US Senate
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 …
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Arizona certifies Biden's win  —  Arizona officials certified the state's presidential election results on Monday, paving the way for President-elect Joe Biden to be awarded its 11 electoral votes.  —  Why it matters: The move deals yet another blow to President Trump's efforts to block …
Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
Arizona certifies Biden's narrow victory over Trump  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona officials certified the state's election results Monday, formalizing Democrat Joe Biden's narrow victory over Donald Trump even as the Republican president's attorneys continued making baseless claims of fraud in the state's vote count.
Andrew Oxford / Arizona Republic:
Arizona secretary of state certifies election results with Biden winning state's 11 electoral votes  —  Arizona officials certified the results of the state's election on Monday, confirming Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the state and clearing the way for Mark Kelly to take his seat in the U.S. Senate this week.
New York Times:
Presidential Transition Live Updates: Arizona Certifies Biden's Victory and Wisconsin Is Expected to Certify Within Hours
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.
Discussion: USA Today, HuffPost, Raw Story and Mediaite
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Fox News Anchor Maria Bartiromo's Farcical Interview With Trump Marks the End of Her Days as a Journalist  —  Do you believe in magic?  —  Maria Bartiromo seems to.  During her interview with President Donald Trump on Sunday, the Fox News and Fox Business anchor promoted a Federalist article titled …
Discussion: Washington Post, HotAir and Vox
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:   Fox News needs to reinvent itself for the post-Trump era. Here's one radical idea.
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, Washington Post and CNN
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
John Poulos / Wall Street Journal:
Fake Claims About Dominion Voting Systems Do Real Damage  —  Our machines have no secret ‘vote flipping’ algorithm.  We have no ties to dictator Hugo Chávez.  —  Accurate, transparent and accessible elections—this is the objective that motivated me to create Dominion Voting Systems 18 years ago in Canada.
Discussion: Axios and HotAir
Marie Albiges / Spotlight PA:
Pa. counties reported no major issues with Dominion voting machines, a target of Trump and his campaign
Discussion: Breitbart, WXIA-TV and TheBlaze
Helen Branswell / STAT:
Divisions emerge among U.S. officials over when first Covid-19 vaccine doses will be available — and for whom  —  Divisions are emerging among top U.S. officials over when the country's first Covid-19 vaccine will be authorized — and who should be at the front of the line to get vaccinated.
Discussion: The Verge
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Post:
The Health 202: Obese Americans could be prioritized for coronavirus vaccine
Discussion: Vanity Fair and National Review
Jon Cohen / Science:
‘Absolutely remarkable’: No one who got Moderna's vaccine in trial developed severe COVID-19
Grading candidates for Biden's foreign policy team: Michèle Flournoy  —  Background: Flournoy, a candidate for secretary of defense, was an undersecretary of defense in the Obama administration, where she played a big role in designing the Afghanistan “surge.”
Discussion: Common Dreams and IJR
Associated Press:
Iran says Israel killed military nuclear scientist remotely
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 …
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
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Federal Judge Advances Lawsuit Accusing Felix Sater of Laundering Loot Through Trump Properties  —  A federal judge on Monday partially advanced a lawsuit accusing Russian mafia-tied businessman Felix Sater of laundering millions stolen from Kazakhstan's BTA Bank through Trump Organization properties.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Tyler Van Dyke / Washington Examiner:
Supreme Court hears arguments on Trump attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from census  —  The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday regarding whether the Trump administration can exclude undocumented immigrants in the population counts used to apportion seats in the House …
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
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.
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 …
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
How to protect our democracy from a future Donald Trump  —  American democracy has spent the past four years under attack — from the White House itself.  President Trump's authoritarian populism has damaged the foundations of the republic.  —  Yet Trump's efforts to undermine the system have an unintended benefit.
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Walther / The Week:
How camp explains Trump  —  Less than two months before Joe Biden's inauguration as our 46th president, it is time to begin seriously taking stock of our current one.  A great deal has already been written about Donald Trump's legacy by his detractors, nearly all of it hysterical and unfocused.
Discussion: Foreign Policy
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.
Data For Progress:
Voters Reject the Politics of Austerity  —  This blog is the third in a series of posts that explore likely voters' attitudes towards the national debt and deficit-financed spending.  In our first post, we discussed the results of an October survey where we found that likely voters support deficit-spending …
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Francesca Mari / New Yorker:
Using the Homeless to Guard Empty Houses
Julia Azari / FiveThirtyEight:
What Makes A One-Term President?
Tom Benning / Dallas Morning News:
Former Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Trump's NATO ambassador, pledges ‘smooth’ transition to Biden administration
Discussion: Forbes
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Cuomo orders emergency hospital protocols as COVID capacity dwindles
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Trouble at Treasury  —  Will Wall Street control the key subcabinet jobs?  The early signs are not encouraging.
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Chuck Grassley cleared by doctors to return to work following COVID-19 diagnosis
Discussion: Forbes
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Labor Department Published ‘Flawed Estimates’ of Weekly Jobless Claims, Watchdog Says
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
The Electoral College is only getting worse
Discussion: Fortune, IJR and National Review
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Andrew Yang, said to be considering mayoral bid, tested in new online poll
Discussion: Business Insider and Forbes
Mike Dunford / The Bulwark:
The ‘Kraken’ Lawsuit Was Released And It's Way Dumber Than You Realize
Charles Fain Lehman / Washington Free Beacon:
American High Schools Go Woke