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11:46 AM ET, December 5, 2020


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Washington Post:
Just 25 congressional Republicans acknowledge Biden's win, Washington Post survey finds  —  Just 25 congressional Republicans acknowledge Joe Biden's win over President Trump a month after the former vice president's clear victory of more than 7 million votes nationally and a convincing electoral-vote margin …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The size of Joe Biden's victory matters.  And it is huge.  —  The refusal by Republicans to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden's election victory is remarkable in its contempt for democracy and defiance of reality.  But while much time has been spent trying to get Republicans to admit that Biden won …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Violet Ikonomova / Deadline Detroit:
Giuliani's Michigan Witness Mellissa Carone Harassed, Sent Sex Videos To Boyfriend's Ex  —  Two years before she'd become the breakout star of the clown show Rudy Giuliani brought to Lansing this week, Mellissa Carone was sending her then-boyfriend's ex-wife graphic videos of the two of them having sex.
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Donald Trump's brutal day in court  —  President Donald Trump and his legal allies earned a platinum sombrero Friday, striking out five times in a matter of hours in states pivotal to the president's push to overturn the election results — and losing a sixth in Minnesota for good measure.
Washington Post:
Judges turn back claims by Trump and his allies in six states as the president's legal effort founders  —  President Trump and his allies faced a crush of defeats in post-election litigation Friday, a further sign of their ongoing failure to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory through …
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Local TV Investigation Thoroughly Debunks ‘Smoking Gun’ Conspiracy Theory Pushed by Rudy Giuliani About GA Ballot Counting Video
Discussion: @politifact
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
ICE Is Trying To Force BuzzFeed News To Divulge Its Sources  —  “This is embarrassing for ICE,” the former acting director of the agency said.  “When you're trying to intimidate the press, you cross a line.”  —  Copy  —  Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators issued a subpoena …
Washington Post:
Pentagon blocks visits to military spy agencies by Biden transition team  —  The Trump administration has refused to allow members of President-elect Joe Biden's transition team to meet with officials at U.S. intelligence agencies that are controlled by the Pentagon, undermining prospects …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Boing Boing
New York Times:
Judge Orders Government to Fully Reinstate DACA Program  —  Up to 300,000 additional undocumented immigrants could be allowed to apply for protection from deportation under a new court ruling.  President Trump had sought to cancel the program.  —  A federal judge on Friday ordered …
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Federal judge restores DACA, orders DHS to accept first-time applications from immigrants
Discussion: HotAir and Business Insider
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Federal judge orders Trump administration to restore DACA
NBC News:
‘Havana Syndrome’ likely caused by microwave energy, government study finds  —  The mysterious neurological symptoms experienced by American diplomats in China and Cuba are consistent with the effects of directed microwave energy, according to a long-awaited report by the National Academies …
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
New Mexico shut down nearly everything to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed by covid.  It wasn't enough.  —  The governor had been sounding the alarm for more than a month.  But by mid-November, it was clear to Michelle Lujan Grisham that she would need to take extreme measures to head off the …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mark Naymik / WKYC-TV:
Dennis Kucinich files ‘Re-Elect Mayor Kucinich’ paperwork for potential 2021 mayoral bid  —  Filing allows him to raise money for the race though Kucinich has not formally declared candidacy.  —  CLEVELAND — Editor's note: Video at the top of this story was originally published on Nov. 24, 2020.
New York Times:
A Gathering Political Storm Hits Georgia, With Trump on the Way  —  With two crucial Senate seats up for grabs, Mike Pence and Barack Obama joined the fray in support of their party's candidates, and President Trump is headed there on Saturday.  —  ATLANTA — Some of the biggest names …
ABC News:
As lawyers keep pushing Trump election challenges, calls for sanctions mount  —  Some legal experts say attorneys have crossed the line with unsupported claims.  —  Attorney general declares no evidence of widespread voter fraud  —  Despite President Doanld Trump's claims …
Discussion: Raw Story
Sunny Oh / MarketWatch:
Wall Street and finance workers could get COVID vaccines before most Americans  —  Financial industry workers could be second in line after healthcare workers and nursing home residents  —  Wall Street could get a shot in the arm in the coming months, while much of Main Street waits months for their COVID inoculations.
Mark Niquette / Bloomberg:
Biden Clinches Electoral College Win as California Certifies  —  Joe Biden now officially has more than the 270 Electoral College votes he needs to claim the presidency after California certified its election results on Friday evening.  —  Secretary of State Alex Padilla approved the results …
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Clyburn flexes muscle on DNC pick  —  Rep. Jim Clyburn, one of President-elect Joe Biden's most influential allies, is pushing hard for Jaime Harrison to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee.  —  The House majority whip has spent the last few weeks publicly …
Las Vegas DSA:
We celebrate the decisive victory of DSA member, public defender, and District Judge-Elect Erika Ballou, one of seven female public defenders elected as judges in Clark County  —  Las Vegas … The year 2020 will be remembered as a watershed moment for racial and criminal justice in the United States.
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Joe From Scranton Didn't Win Back the Working Class  —  An economic analysis of the counties that Joe Biden won and lost shows how the two parties are continuing to realign.  —  For years, Democrats have preached the gospel of changing demographics.  —  As the country grew more diverse …
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
The U.S. Has Passed the Hospital Breaking Point  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  Since the beginning of the pandemic, public-health experts have warned of one particular nightmare.
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors and The Verge
Biden ‘Blitz:’ The case for flooding the zone with executive orders on Day One  —  How can Joe Biden break through the wall of bad faith opposition that is certain to greet him when he takes office?  Vox's David Roberts makes the case for trying to do everything, all at once, on Day One.
Dylan Scott / Vox:
How Melbourne eradicated Covid-19  —  Life is almost back to normal in Melbourne, Australia.  Here's how they did it.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  In July and August, the Australian state of Victoria was going through a second Covid-19 wave.  Local leaders set an improbable goal in the face of that challenge.
Angel Au-Yeung / Forbes:
Tony Hsieh's American Tragedy: The Self-Destructive Last Months Of The Zappos Visionary  —  When the business icon died in a fire last week, questions abounded.  The answers seem rooted in a Covid-period spiral, where he turned to drugs and shunned old friends.
Aaron Mak / Slate:
We'll Be Stuck With Trump's Postmaster General for a While  —  One of President Donald Trump's most controversial officials is very likely to keep his job under the Biden administration: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.  Over the summer, the former logistics executive and major Trump donor …
New York Times:
The Virus Is Devastating the U.S., and Leaving an Uneven Toll  —  The United States saw the most new coronavirus cases of the pandemic on Thursday, with deaths and hospitalizations also rising.  Underlying conditions largely determine who survives.  —  HOUSTON — The United States is winding …
Erin Burnett Out Front / CNN:
Hear what a protest organizer said to a CNN reporter  —  Conspiracy theories and misinformation about the election are being used to raise money from Trump supporters.  Websites supporting “Stop the Steal” ask for cash, and since election day the Trump campaign and other related groups have pulled in hundreds of millions of dollars.
ED News:
Secretary DeVos Extends Student Loan Forbearance Period Through January 31, 2021, in Response to COVID-19 National Emergency  —  Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576,  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the extension of the federal student …
Discussion: The Hill, NBC Los Angeles, Axios and UPI
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‘Old-school revolving door’: Private-sector ties complicate Biden's efforts to staff incoming administration
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Vitol Inc. Agrees to Pay over $135 Million to Resolve Foreign Bribery Case
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John Nolte / Breitbart:
Specter of Joe Biden Presidency and Lockdowns Kills Job Market
Discussion: Townhall
The Times of Israel:
‘Israel has tape of slain Iran nuke chief talking about building five warheads’
How key decisions slowed FDA's review of a Covid-19 vaccine — but also gave it important data
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Steven Nelson / New York Post:
FBI lawyer who lied to surveil Trump aide asks judge to spare him from prison
Discussion: The Right Scoop
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
China has lost its confidence
Meet the thorn in the Biden transition's side
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Trump Orders All American Troops Out of Somalia
Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
Conspiracy Theories Are Incompatible With Conservatism
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
How Do You Solve a Problem Like John Durham?
Discussion: HotAir
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The GOP Is Fighting to Block Red-State Bailouts