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4:00 PM ET, December 1, 2020


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Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Barr: No evidence of fraud that'd change election outcome  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
New York Times:
Barr Finds No Evidence of Fraud That Could Have Swayed Election  —  The attorney general made the comments in an interview with The Associated Press.  President-elect Joe Biden formally introduced his economic team.  Rudolph Giuliani is said to have discussed receiving a pre-emptive pardon from President Trump.
Associated Press:
Barr appoints special counsel in Russia probe investigation  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, giving him the authority of a special counsel to complete his work without being easily fired.
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Barr says he hasn't seen fraud that could affect the election outcome  —  Attorney General William P. Barr told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he has “not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” undercutting claims that President Trump …
New York Times:
As Trump Attacks Georgia Republicans, Party Worries About Senate Races  —  Some Republicans in the state fear that the doubt President Trump is sowing about the fairness of the election could depress turnout for the crucial Senate runoff races.  —  President Trump's sustained assault …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive: Don Jr. tells Georgia Senate voters that Trump is on the ballot  —  In a six-figure radio ad being released in Georgia today, Donald Trump Jr. tells the state's voters that the U.S. Senate — and his father's accomplishments — are on the line during January's special election, according to audio obtained by Axios.
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
GOP silence on Trump's false election claims recalls McCarthy era
Discussion: Raw Story
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Georgia's lieutenant governor joins state GOP officials in rejecting Trump's ‘misinformation’
Washington Post:
Bipartisan group of Senators prepares $908 billion stimulus plan, aiming to break partisan logjam  —  Package comes amid signs economy is weakening but so far does not have buy in from White House, congressional leaders  —  A bipartisan group of senators is expected to unveil …
Lawmakers restart pandemic relief effort but deal remains elusive  —  After months of stalemate, there's finally a flurry of congressional activity as the coronavirus crisis worsens.  But whether that's enough to get a major relief package approved in December remains to be seen.
Biden readies major stimulus push and flurry of executive actions in first 100 days
How Trump's Hill allies could take one last shot to overturn the election  —  President Donald Trump's arsenal for overturning the election will soon be down to one final, desperate maneuver: pressing his Republican allies on Capitol Hill to step in and derail Joe Biden's presidency.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Trump sues to try to reverse Wisconsin's election results
Trump sues to reverse Biden win in Wisconsin
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump campaign to file Wisconsin lawsuit, claiming ‘abuse’ of absentee voting affected 220K ballots
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Fired cybersecurity chief hints at legal action after Trump campaign lawyer said he should be executed  —  WASHINGTON — Christopher Krebs, who was recently fired by President Donald Trump as the head of the federal government's election cybersecurity efforts, suggested Tuesday that he might …
Former US election security chief reacts to comment that he should be ‘shot’
New York Times:
Trump Raises $170 Million as He Denies His Loss and Eyes the Future  —  The president's campaign has ratcheted up its appeals for cash, but the first 75 percent of every contribution is going to a new political action committee that could fund his next political move.
Washington Post:
Trump raises more than $150 million appealing to false election claims
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
‘White Women Voted for Trump’ Is the Worst Election Trope  —  White women voted for Trump.  Or so you have probably heard.  In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's 2016 victory, the finding from early exit polls that 53 percent of white women voted for Trump formed the basis …
New York Times:
Another Official Is Ousted From the Pentagon  —  The Defense Department said Christopher Maier resigned, but his supporters say he was forced out of a job leading military efforts to combat ISIS.  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon policy official overseeing the military's efforts to combat …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Why Hasn't Biden Named a Secretary of Defense Yet?
ABC News:
White House vetting pardon requests as some push Trump to preemptively pardon family  —  Vetting has already commenced in some cases by White House lawyers, sources say.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  As White House aides come to terms with the election results …
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
Biden elevates Economic Advisers chair to Cabinet  —  President-elect Joe Biden announced Tuesday that the chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) would have a seat on his Cabinet.  —  Historically, the CEA chair — often seen as the country's most influential economist …
Discussion: Political Wire
Melissa Quinn / CBS News:
Biden introduces economic team, telling Americans “help is on the way”
Discussion: Bloomberg and KVIA-TV
Military Times:
This retired three-star falsely claims US soldiers died attacking a CIA facility in Germany tied to election fraud  —  It is a scenario that makes the antics of animated spy Archer seem plausible by comparison, spun by the former third in command of the U.S. Air Force.
Discussion: Task & Purpose and
Kate Aronoff / New Republic:
The Problem With Putting a BlackRock Alum in Charge of Greening the Economy  —  This week, the Biden campaign is expected to announce officially that it's tapped former Obama adviser and current BlackRock executive Brian Deese to head the National Economic Council.
ABC News:
President-elect Joe Biden announces key members of his economic team
Discussion: Townhall and Chicago Sun-Times
BBJ on the web:
Fidesz MEP admits he was present at illegal party  —  Prominent Hungarian MEP József Szájer has confirmed he was at a party in Brussels that was raided by police on Friday (November 27) for being in breach of Belgian lockdown regulations banning gatherings of more than four people.
Discussion: euronews and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Trump allies to ask Supreme Court to block Pennsylvania ruling on mail-in ballots  —  President Trump's allies said Tuesday they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a decision by Pennsylvania's highest court dismissing a challenge of the state's mail-in voting system.
Discussion: Political Wire
Daniel Horowitz / TheBlaze:
Republicans have a moral obligation to support the Pennsylvania lawsuit against universal mail-in ballots
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Republican Mark Walker announces candidacy in 2022 North Carolina Senate race  —  Announcement sets up possible showdown with Lara Trump, who is considering a run for the seat  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for December 1  —  EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina is running …
NBC Bay Area:
San Jose Mayor Ignored Health Protocols During Holiday Celebration  —  San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo appears to have broken health protocols in celebrating Thanksgiving with family members outside of his own household.  —  The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has learned Liccardo celebrated …
Bill Melugin / FOX 11 Los Angeles:
LA County Supervisor dines at restaurant hours after voting to ban outdoor dining  —  (Photo by Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Pres  —  SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Just hours after Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl voted to ban outdoor dining at L.A. County's 31,000 restaurants …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Obama says Dolly Parton not getting medal of freedom was ‘screwup’: 'I'll call Biden'  —  Former President Obama says it was a major “screwup” of his administration that he failed to honor Dolly Parton with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  —  “That's a mistake.
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney / The Hill:
Anonymous shell companies fund crime and terror; it's time to crack down  —  For nearly 30 years, a 36-story office building in the heart of midtown Manhattan — around the corner from Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Center — was secretly owned by the government of Iran.
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