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12:50 PM ET, December 1, 2020

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New York Times:
Presidential Transition Live Updates: Lawmakers Unveil Stimulus Package, and Biden Introduces Economic Team  —  The worsening coronavirus pandemic and its toll on the economy will challenge President-elect Joe Biden, who has warned of a “very dark winter.”  Rudolph Giuliani is said to have …
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 …
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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.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
RNC ramps up staffing, volunteers in Georgia, vows to spend at least $20M ahead of Senate runoffs
Discussion: Politico and National Review
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 …
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Politico:
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.
Rep. Ken Buck / Washington Examiner:
Georgia is our last defense against Democrats' growing extremism
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Trump Lawyer: Former DHS Senior Official Should Be Executed  —  On Monday President Trump's campaign lawyer and former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova said that fired Trump cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs should be executed for saying that the election was the “most secure in United States history.”
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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 …
CNN:
Trump attorney issues call for violence against truth-telling former election cybersecurity official
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.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Washington Post
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Washington Post:
Trump raises more than $150 million appealing to false election claims
Politico:
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.
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CNN:
Biden readies major stimulus push and flurry of executive actions in first 100 days
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's making a list, checking it twice
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 …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Dr. Scott Atlas resigns as special adviser to Trump on coronavirus  —  Atlas was considered a Special Government Employee (SGE) serving a 130-day detail, which expires this week  —  Dr. Scott Atlas slams Dr. Anthony Fauci over newfound COVID optimism  —  EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Scott Atlas …
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
Scott Atlas resigns as Trump's coronavirus adviser
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 …
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and The Daily Caller
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 …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump campaign to file Wisconsin lawsuit, claiming ‘abuse’ of absentee voting affected 220K ballots  —  Campaign alleges tens of thousands of votes were cast ‘well outside of the bounds of Wisconsin law’  —  Trump slams judges' election decisions  —  EXCLUSIVE: The Trump campaign is filing …
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American Greatness:   The Badger State's Ballot ‘Fix’ Was In
Betsy McKay / Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Likely in U.S. in Mid-December 2019, CDC Scientists Report  —  New analysis of blood donations finds virus was present on West Coast earlier than previously believed  —  The new coronavirus infected people in the U.S. in mid-December 2019, a few weeks before it was officially identified …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Attorney Lin Wood: President Trump Should Declare Martial Law to Hold New Election  —  The We The People Convention published a full page ad in the Washington Times on Tuesday calling on President Donald Trump to declare a limited martial law and hold a new election if the US Courts and Congress do not follow the US Constitution.
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump lays the groundwork for a massive government purge on his way out the door  —  Again and again, outgoing Trump officials have demonstrated their intention to salt the earth.  —  They've tried to jam through Senate confirmations of partisan cranks while planting regulatory time-bombs scheduled …
Yashar Ali / Yashar's Newsletter:
Scoop: Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to Name Tina Flournoy as Chief of Staff  —  Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is set to name Tina Flournoy, who currently serves as chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton, as her chief of staff, according to two sources involved in transition planning.
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Axios
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
GOP silence on Trump's false election claims recalls McCarthy era  —  (CNN)The silence of congressional Republican leaders as President Donald Trump's unfounded claims of election fraud grow wilder and more venomous increasingly resembles the party's deference to Sen. Joe McCarthy during …
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Supreme Court weighs child-slavery case against Nestlé USA, Cargill  —  Despite years of promises by the chocolate industry, child labor remains widespread on cocoa farms  —  An effort to hold U.S. chocolate companies responsible for child labor on farms supplying their cocoa goes …
Jonathan Guyer / American Prospect:
The Lucrative Afterlife of a Trump Official  —  Trump's former appointees are profiting from their time in the White House—H.R. McMaster most of all.  —  When Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, many started turning away from the president.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Kayleigh McEnany Says WHCA Should Investigate Playboy's Brian Karem for Shouting ‘Demeaning, Misogynistic Questions’ at Her  —  Kayleigh McEnany appeared on Fox & Friends in her official capacity as White House Press Secretary and called for the investigation into Playboy's Brian Karem …
David Armstrong / ProPublica:
States With Few Coronavirus Restrictions Are Spreading the Virus Beyond Their Borders  —  Lax states are attracting shoppers and students from stricter neighbors — and sending back COVID-19 cases.  The imbalance underscores the lack of a national policy.
Discussion: Coeur d'Alene Press
Libby Watson / Sick Note:
Welcome to Sick Note.  —  A newsletter about America's broken healthcare system.  —  Hello, friend, and thanks for clicking.  I'm Libby Watson, and this is the introductory edition of Sick Note, a new newsletter about American healthcare, which will begin publishing regularly in January.
Oversight Board:
Announcing the Oversight Board's first cases and appointment of trustees  —  Today, the Oversight Board is announcing the first cases it will be deliberating and the opening of the public comment process.  —  The Board is also announcing the appointment of five new trustees.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Why Hasn't Biden Named a Secretary of Defense Yet?  —  The biggest mystery surrounding the Biden transition this week: Who will be the next secretary of defense?  —  For months, the odds-makers tagged Michèle Flournoy as a shoo-in for the job.  Smart, experienced, strategically minded …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Ohio GOP lawmakers are trying to impeach Gov. Mike DeWine over his covid-19 rules.  He says they're ignoring reality.  —  While trying to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) has faced throngs of armed protesters at the statehouse and crowds outside his own home.
Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:
Executive at nonprofit that helped in Georgia audit has history of anti-Trump tweets  —  Exec slammed Trump as ‘ultimate xenophobe,’ GOP as ‘rotten to its core’  —  Gingrich: Georgia swing voters will turn against ‘radical’ Democrats  —  The executive director of a San Francisco-based nonprofit …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: FDA chief called to West Wing  —  White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has summoned FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn to the West Wing for a 9:30am meeting Tuesday to explain why he hasn't moved faster to approve the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, two senior administration officials told Axios.
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
Anti-Mask Guv's Grandmother Died in Nursing Home Ravaged by COVID  —  'IT'S EVERYWHERE' … And yet Kristi Noem continues to downplay the virus, refuse a mask mandate, and ignore the terrible price her state is paying.  —  On Monday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem buried her grandmother …
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: A New York Times embarrassment  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  A NEW YORK TIMES EMBARRASSMENT.  On Monday evening, the Times' Paul Krugman posted a column declaring …
Discussion: Breitbart, Twitchy and New York Times
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
White House planning a packed season of holiday parties  —  The White House began the annual holiday party season on Monday afternoon, officials said, kicking off a spate of indoor holiday parties that commemorate various religious traditions over the season.
 
 
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Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
California's prisoner unemployment fraud now estimated at $400 million, officials say
Discussion: American Prospect and Mercury News
Jarrett Dieterle / Washington Examiner:
New York is seriously running stings and fining bars for not serving enough food
Discussion: Reason
James Hookway / Wall Street Journal:
After Culling Millions of Mink to Combat Covid, Denmark Weighs Digging Them Up Again
David Shepardson / Reuters:
U.S. capital may end weekend subway service in 2021
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Miles Taylor spoke out against Trump as ‘Anonymous.’ Now he's gone public and is hiding out.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
A Question for Donald Trump: What Do You Call Someone Who Loses to ‘a Loser’?
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
Graeme Massie / The Independent:
Ivanka Trump ‘Not Wanted’ posters appear across New York City
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
The MAGA Coalition Rallying Behind Trump's Post-Election Mischief Is Already Cracking
Discussion: Raw Story
American Greatness:
Gearing Up for Round 3 of the Great Trump War
Jordan Pascale / DCist:
WMATA Proposes Reducing Service, Cutting Weekend Trains In 2021
Noa Shpigel / Haaretz:
'It's a Jewish City': Court Rejects Lawsuit by Arab Students, Citing Israel's Nation-state Law
Discussion: middleeastmonitor.com