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2:45 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  —  President-elect Joe Biden appeared in Wilmington, Del., to formally introduce his economic team.  Rudolph Giuliani is said to have discussed receiving a pre-emptive pardon from President Trump.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Georgia Republicans beg Trump to release them from his prison of lies  —  By now, it's been widely established that President Trump's nonstop lies about the election being stolen from him have created a potential problem for Republicans.  If GOP voters believe the system is rigged …
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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  —  (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
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 …
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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.
CNN:
Biden readies major stimulus push and flurry of executive actions in first 100 days
Rep. Ken Buck / Washington Examiner:
Georgia is our last defense against Democrats' growing extremism
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's making a list, checking it twice
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.
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 …
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CNN:
Trump attorney issues call for violence against truth-telling former election cybersecurity official  —  Washington (CNN)An attorney for the Trump campaign on Monday issued a call for violence against Chris Krebs, a former cybersecurity official who was unceremoniously ousted from his post …
TODAY.com:
Former US election security chief reacts to comment that he should be ‘shot’
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Trump Lawyer: Former DHS Senior Official Should Be Executed
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's campaign ends as his first one began, surrounded by outcasts and cranks
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump campaign to file Wisconsin lawsuit, claiming ‘abuse’ of absentee voting affected 220K ballots
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.
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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 …
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Why Hasn't Biden Named a Secretary of Defense Yet?
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Megan Henney / Fox News:
Biden's OMB pick Neera Tanden angers Bernie Sanders-allied progressives  —  Sanders has not responded publicly to Biden's decision  —  Should Neera Tanden be in charge of Office of Management and Budget?  —  Progressives allied with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are fuming …
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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 …
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 …
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: Business Insider and Politico
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 …
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.
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.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Attorney Lin Wood Says President Trump Should Take Action to Correct Controversial Election Results  —  The We The People Convention published a full page ad in the Washington Times on Tuesday calling on President Donald Trump to take extreme actions to correct controversial election results.
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.
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: Snopes.com
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 …
Ben Crump / USA Today:
Biden needs attorney general with integrity, proven record on civil rights  —  Tap former Clinton, Obama appointee for pick committed to comprehensive sentencing, policing reform and restoration of voting rights.  —  As this most unusual year draws to a close, I'm reflecting on how exhausting 2020 …
Discussion: The Week
 
 
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Obama says Dolly Parton not getting medal of freedom was ‘screwup’: 'I'll call Biden'
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
Nisa Khan / Detroit Free Press:
Election lawsuit cites fraud in Michigan county that does not exist
Discussion: Business Insider and ABC News
Daniel Horowitz / TheBlaze:
Republicans have a moral obligation to support the Pennsylvania lawsuit against universal mail-in ballots
David Corn / Mother Jones:
While Kelly Loeffler Opposed New COVID Aid, Her Husband's Firm Sought to Profit Off the Pandemic
Brad Polumbo / Foundation for Economic Education:
Top 20% Gets 6x More Benefits from Student Debt Cancellation than Bottom 20%, New Study Finds
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: A New York Times embarrassment
Discussion: Breitbart, Twitchy and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Supreme Court weighs child-slavery case against Nestlé USA, Cargill
David Armstrong / ProPublica:
States With Few Coronavirus Restrictions Are Spreading the Virus Beyond Their Borders
Discussion: Coeur d'Alene Press
Graeme Massie / The Independent:
Ivanka Trump ‘Not Wanted’ posters appear across New York City
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: FDA chief called to West Wing
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Dr. Scott Atlas resigns as special adviser to Trump on coronavirus