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Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Trump seemed to go along with Biden's transition only after aides told him he didn't have to admit he lost


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Biden to unveil economic team next week as transition moves ahead (Yahoo Politics)
Biden expected to deliver Thanksgiving address ahead of holiday (CNN Politics)

Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Biden says the White House is cooperating fully with his transition but Trump still won't speak with him


Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
GSA tells Biden team it can begin formal transition process


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Biden Announces Cabinet Picks, Calling Them an ‘Incredible Team' (NYT Homeland Press Releases)

Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Biden receives congratulations from China's Xi, to address Americans on COVID-19


BBC PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Spending review: Backlash over Rishi Sunak's overseas aid cut
A junior minister resigns over the chancellor's decision to ditch the Tories' aid spending promise.

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Spending Review: SNP's Alison Thewliss on Sunak spending plans (BBC Politics)

Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Plagued by COVID-19 outbreaks, the meatpacking industry could be forced to change under Biden


Washington Post PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Biden's national security rollout doesn't include a Pentagon pick
Former Obama official Michèle Flournoy, often mentioned as Biden's most likely choice, said to remain in the running.

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Trump reportedly has plans to pardon Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russia (Yahoo Politics)

Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Trump loyalist pushed out of White House now leading a shake-up at the Pentagon


The Daily BeastNov 25, 2020
Who Needs Dinner Reservations When Instant Pots are $60 Off This Black Friday?
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/AmazonIf you've never cooked with an Instant Pot, you're doing it wrong. The eight-in-one pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sterilizer, steamer, yogurt maker, warmer and cake maker serves up to six quarts of goodness, making it perfect for getting big batches of dinner on the table during busy weeknights, or meal prepping ahead of a hectic week. For Black Friday, Instant Pot is serving up a sweet sale, dropping their price by $60 down to $89.99. It comes complete with accessories like a stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup and condensation collector, so you're all set to try one of their 1,000 delicious pre-programmed recipes.

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CNN PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Trump's trip to join Giuliani at Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers' baseless voter fraud event is cancelled
President Donald Trump's planned trip to join his attorney Rudy Giuliani in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday has been canceled, two sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.

Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
White House reporter overheard calling Trump's minute-long press conference 'weird as s---'


Washington Post PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Live updates: Biden to deliver Thanksgiving address ahead of the holiday
President-elect Joe Biden "will discuss the shared sacrifices Americans are making this holiday season and say that we can and will get through the current crisis together," his transition team said.

The Daily BeastNov 25, 2020
The Instant Pot Duo Nova Is Under $100 for Black Friday
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonI've been cooking a lot more recently and plan to cook even more into the holidays. I've been looking for ways to still make the same delicious food, while making my life a little easier. Enter the Instant Pot. With the Duo Nova, you can cook just about anything and through several different methods. Steam, saute, pressure cook, or even slow cook—just set it and forget it. Best of all, the Duo Nova is under $100 now, and through Black Friday.

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The Daily BeastNov 25, 2020
Trump's COVID Task Force Is Petrified That The Public Will Ignore Its Thanksgiving Warning
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyWhen the Centers for Disease Control last week announced that Americans should not celebrate Thanksgiving with people outside of their household, officials working on the federal government's COVID-19 response had already begun planning for the inevitability that family and friends would do just that, according to two senior officials familiar with the situation.

The CDC announcement Nov. 19 was viewed internally by health officials as a last-ditch attempt by the agency to try and convince Americans to stay home for the holiday and to advise those who would travel on how to reduce transmission. And there's some evidence that the plea worked. A recent New York Times survey showed that only 27 percent of those who were polled were spending the holiday with people outside their household. But officials said they felt the CDC announcement came too late—people had already made their travel plans and those who had previously refused to adhere to public health guidelines during the pandemic were not going to suddenly change their habits.

With hospitalizations and new cases spiking in more than a dozen states across the country, doctors say the Thanksgiving holiday is likely to worsen an already terrible crisis. In the last week alone there were a reported 1.1 million Americans infected with the virus. About 1,200 people died on average per day, according to data collected by The New York Times.



PoliticoNov 25, 2020
How 9 governors are handling the next coronavirus wave
State leaders are balancing rising case numbers with pressure to keep society open.

The Daily BeastNov 25, 2020
Slip Into Sweet Dreams with 25% Off Everything at Nest Bedding for Black Friday
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/Nest BeddingThere's something about the recent clock change that's gotten our circadian rhythms in a funk. Treat yourself to the gift of a better night's sleep with any of Nest Bedding's top-rated products, from plush luxury mattresses, cozy sleep apparel, pet accessories, and so much more while it's on sale for Black Friday. New to the Nest family is a selection of minimalist-yet-durable bedroom furniture, like a rustic nightstand and matching platform that'll make you look forward to staying in bed all day. After all, we have nowhere else to be.

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CNN PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Trump's outcasts in the civil and foreign service may get a second chance under Biden
It's been a hard four years for many career government servants. Their expertise was set aside for President Donald Trump's flashy political appointees, and their fellow professionals were marginalized, derided as "Deep State' interlopers and even fired.

Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
A Timeline of the Presidential Certification Process That Trump Is Trying to Disrupt


Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Politics live updates: China's President Xi congratulates Joe Biden, Russia's Putin still a holdout


The Daily BeastNov 25, 2020
Here's What to Shop From Lululemon's Black Friday Sale
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/LululemonI've been wearing Lululemon's ABC Pants pretty much all of quarantine, and I bet I'm not alone. I've heard their leggings are extremely comfortable, and I believe it because just about every men's item I've tried is fantastic. Lululemon is currently having a Black Friday teaser where they're taking up to 50% off an array of leggings, pants, tops, shirts, and much much more. Looking for your new outfit? Head to Lululemon, but be quick! It's going fast.

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Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Who is Tony Blinken? Biden taps close confidante, longtime aide for secretary of state


BBC PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Spending Review: Key points from Rishi Sunak's statement
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out what the government will spend next year. Here are the headlines.

Democracy NowNov 25, 2020
Barbara Ransby & David Sirota Warn of Close Links Between Biden's Cabinet Picks & Corporate Power
President-elect Joe Biden declared "America is back" this week as he revealed some of the people who will staff his administration in key national security posts, vowing to roll back Donald Trump's "America First" foreign policy and embrace multilateralism. Among his picks are longtime adviser Tony Blinken for secretary of state, diplomatic veteran Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the United Nations, and former Secretary of State John Kerry for a new Cabinet post as climate czar. Historian, author and activist Barbara Ransby says Biden's picks so far mostly come from the centrist establishment of the Democratic Party and lack progressive voices. "We need people who have compassion, who have accountability to the most vulnerable, who pledge to defend the planet, people who have a clear understanding and commitment to fighting white supremacy and police violence," says Ransby. We also speak with investigative journalist David Sirota, who says Biden's picks represent "an attempt to restore the old Washington." Sirota served as an adviser and speechwriter for Senator Bernie Sanders during his presidential campaign.

Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Biden to name longtime confidant Antony Blinken as secretary of state


Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Biden's team has made contact with Dr. Fauci, and the president-elect said he has been 'very, very helpful' in briefings with staff


CNN PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Biden appears to pour cold water on Warren and Sanders joining Cabinet
President-elect Joe Biden appeared to pour cold water on the idea of nominating Sens. Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders to his Cabinet, suggesting he would instead like to keep them in the US Senate to help him carry out a progressive agenda.

Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
U.S. weekly jobless claims rise as COVID-19 infections surge


Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Flournoy could be first woman to run Pentagon, may pick many women for top roles


Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Trump to join Rudy Giuliani at a hotel in Pennsylvania for a Republican hearing into baseless voter-fraud claims


Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Biden picks a Goldilocks Cabinet, neither too left or right


PoliticoNov 25, 2020
Jobless claims rise to 778,000 as pandemic worsens
Most economists warn that without more government aid, the hardships will deepen for jobless individuals.

Fox PoliticsNov 25, 2020
NJ Dem called out for 'nasty' bar complaint against Giuliani, other Trump lawyers
Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., announced that he had filed complaints with various state bars calling for the disbarment of Rudy Giuliani and other attorneys representing President Trump's campaign, only to be accused of being a "political hack" whose actions will likely be meaningless.

CNN PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Georgia secretary of state says Trump threw him under bus despite his support
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Wednesday lambasted President Donald Trump, saying that the commander in chief threw him under the bus although he voted for him.

Democracy NowNov 25, 2020
Feminism Not Militarism: Medea Benjamin on the Movement to Oppose Michèle Flournoy as Pentagon Chief
President-elect Joe Biden has introduced key members of his national security team this week, including his picks for secretary of state, national intelligence director, national security adviser, homeland security chief and ambassador to the United Nations. Biden has yet to announce his defense secretary, but progressives are already raising alarm over reports that he intends to nominate Michèle Flournoy, a hawkish Pentagon veteran with close ties to the defense industry. If nominated, Flournoy would become the first woman to lead the Department of Defense. "She represents the epitome of what is worst about the Washington blob, the military-industrial complex's revolving door," says CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin. "Her whole history has been one of going in and out of the Pentagon … where she supported every war that the U.S. engaged in, and supported increases in the military budget."

Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Biden laid out his first 100 days in office and said he wouldn't use DOJ as his personal 'vehicle' to investigate Trump


Yahoo PoliticsNov 25, 2020
Lou Dobbs Still Believes in Sidney Powell: When Will the Trump Presidency Be ‘Saved?'


Fox PoliticsNov 25, 2020
NY GOP House candidate Claudia Tenney blasts handling of vote count in disputed race
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is at least partially to blame for the chaos surrounding the uncalled U.S. House election in New York's 22nd Congressional District, Republican candidate Claudia Tenney told "The Ingraham Angle" Tuesday.

Fox PoliticsNov 24, 2020
Live Updates: Wisconsin GOP files emergency petition to stop final certification of election results
The GOP suit alleges that illegal votes exceed the number by which President-elect Joe Biden won the state, 20,608. 

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Election 2020 live updates: Biden is first candidate in US history to cross 80M votes (Yahoo Politics)

Fox PoliticsNov 24, 2020
Live Updates: Georgia Dems to resume door-to-door canvassing amid pandemic
Georgia's runoff elections will determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress. Republicans currently hold 50 seats versus Democrats' 48.

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Why Stacey Abrams Is Confident Georgia Will Stay Blue (Yahoo Politics)
Georgia Democrats to resume door-to-door canvassing ahead of Senate runoff elections (Fox Politics)

Washington Post PoliticsNov 24, 2020
Pa. and Nevada certify Biden's wins; president-elect introduces national security team
Trump insisted he would "never concede" just hours after the General Services Administration paved the way for president-elect Joe Biden to tap public funds, receive security briefings and gain access to federal agencies.

Democracy NowNov 24, 2020
Juan González Remembers NYC's Only Black Mayor David Dinkins & Vieques Activist Carlos "Taso" Zenón
We speak with Democracy Now! co-host Juan González about the deaths of two leading figures he reported on: New York City Mayor David Dinkins and beloved Puerto Rican social leader Carlos "Taso" Zenón. "Most people forget [Dinkins] was a Democratic Socialist before democratic socialism was in vogue," notes González. He also recalls how Dinkins backed the movement against apartheid in South Africa, ordering the city to divest its pension fund from companies doing business there, and brought Nelson Mandela to the city right after he was freed. González also recalls how Zenón was a longtime activist who for decades led the fight against the U.S. Navy's occupation of the island of Vieques, his hometown, where the U.S. government tested weapons and held military training exercises.

The Daily BeastNov 24, 2020
Roger Stone-Tied Group Threatens GOP: If Trump Goes Down, So Does Your Senate Majority
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyConservative operatives and a super PAC with ties to infamous GOP dirty trickster Roger Stone are calling for Trump supporters to punish Republicans by sitting out Georgia's crucial Senate runoffs or writing in Trump's name instead. And though their efforts remains on the party's fringes, the trajectory of the movement has Republicans fearful that it could cost the GOP control of the Senate.

The most aggressive call to boycott or cast protest ballots in the two runoff races has, so far, come from a dormant pro-Trump super PAC with ties to Stone, which unveiled a new initiative to retaliate against the Republican Party's supposed turncoats by handing Democrats control of the U.S. Senate.

The group, dubbed the Committee for American Sovereignty, unveiled a new website encouraging Georgia Republicans to write in Trump's name in both of the upcoming Senate runoff elections, which could determine the party that controls the upper chamber during President-elect Joe Biden's first two years in office. The PAC argued that doing so will show support for the president in addition to forcing Republicans to address the wild election-fraud conspiracy theories floated by Trump supporters and members of his own legal team.



BBC PoliticsNov 24, 2020
Coronavirus: How much will it cost the UK and how will we pay?
The pandemic will cost the government hundreds of billions of pounds. Where will it all come from?

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AOC, Ted Cruz spar over coronavirus aid stalemate as clock ticks for Congress to make deal (Fox Politics)

Yahoo PoliticsNov 24, 2020
Biden eyes New Mexico governor, Obama surgeon general for health secretary


Drudge ReportNov 24, 2020
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New York Times PoliticsNov 24, 2020
Biden Transition Gets Underway as Team Fans Out Across Capital
Within hours of the Trump administration's decision to stop blocking the process, representatives of the president-elect began coordinating the handover of power.

New York Times PoliticsNov 24, 2020
Fox News Reaches Settlement With Parents of Seth Rich
A lawsuit they filed in 2018 over the network's coverage of the murder of Mr. Rich, who had been a Democratic aide, comes to an end.

Yahoo PoliticsNov 24, 2020
Joe Biden picks for top jobs: A spy chief who fixes cars, an envoy who practices 'gumbo diplomacy'


Yahoo PoliticsNov 24, 2020
U.S. resets execution date for only woman on federal death row


Fox PoliticsNov 24, 2020
Biden secretary of state pick Blinken admitted Obama administration 'failed' in Syria
Anthony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden's pick for secretary of state, admitted earlier this year that the Obama administration "failed" in Syria — although he also panned the Trump administration for "pulling out" of the country entirely.

PoliticoNov 24, 2020
Rubio calls Biden's national security team 'polite & orderly caretakers of America's decline'
The Florida senator said he has "no interest in returning to the ‘normal' that left us dependent on China."

Yahoo PoliticsNov 24, 2020
Immigration advocates celebrate Alejandro Mayorkas as Biden's pick to run Homeland Security


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Biden's Homeland Security Pick Is No Border Softie... (Drudge Report)

Fox PoliticsNov 24, 2020
Latino, Black leaders demand Newsom choose woman of color for Senate seat
California progressives are hoping to influence Gov. Gavin Newsom's pick for someone to fill Kamala Harris' Senate seat when she becomes vice president in January.

Washington Post PoliticsNov 24, 2020
Trump will soon leave the White House. How long before he stops dominating the conversation?
Essentially since he announced his candidacy, Donald Trump has hogged the public's attention.

Yahoo PoliticsNov 24, 2020
Yellen would need Congress to approve use of clawed-back Fed loan funds, Treasury says


Yahoo PoliticsNov 24, 2020
Biden seeks swift Cabinet votes, but GOP Senate stays silent


Politics - U.S. HouseNov 24, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving to All Those Who Told the Truth in This Election
Civil servants, elected officials and judges did their jobs and protected democracy.

New York Times PoliticsNov 24, 2020
Yellen Would Assume Vast Policy Portfolio as Treasury Secretary
From trade and sanctions to tax policy and financial regulation, the former Fed chair will be at the center of the new administration's agenda.

New York Times PoliticsNov 24, 2020
5 Ways That David Dinkins Shaped New York City
The former mayor was remembered as a mentor who inspired Black leaders to run for office and began to bring down the crime rate.

Politics - U.S. SenateNov 24, 2020
YouTube, under pressure over election falsehoods, suspends OAN for Covid-19 misinformation.
The company, which has largely escaped the scrutiny faced by other social media outfits, is being pushed to restrict misleading videos.

PoliticoNov 24, 2020
Biden urges Senate to take up confirmation process for cabinet picks
The path to confirmation for Biden's nominees remains unclear as control of the Senate will be decided by two runoff elections in Georgia early next year.

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Biden Cabinet picks may face rough Republican reception in Senate (Yahoo Politics)

Politics - U.S. HouseNov 24, 2020
Democratic senators urge YouTube to remove election misinformation videos.
The senators sent a letter urging action to the company, which has largely escaped the scrutiny of other social media companies.

The Daily BeastNov 24, 2020
A Fox News Host Got COVID, and Staffers Say They Were Never Told
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyFox News' apparent split personality—a more polite term here than "hypocrisy"—doesn't simply describe the disconnect between its straight-news anchors, who regularly call Joe Biden "the president-elect," and the primetime and other opinion hosts touting Donald Trump's baseless claims of a stolen election.

The case of Fox & Friends First co-anchor Todd Piro, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, highlights a potentially dangerous contradiction between the network's stated safety policies and the allegedly cavalier way that management is carrying them out, according to staffers of the top-rated, right-leaning cable outlet.

Current Fox News employees, who asked not to be further identified out of fear of retaliation, told The Daily Beast that they received no official alert or explanation after Piro stopped showing up for work at the network's Midtown Manhattan studios as of Nov. 9, while his co-anchor, Jillian Mele, has continued to host the early morning broadcast in close quarters with members of the production staff.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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PoliticoNov 24, 2020
‘People are pissed': Tensions rise amid scramble for Biden jobs
Veterans of the Democratic primary campaign fear they're being squeezed out of plum posts by later arrivals.

PoliticoNov 24, 2020
David Dinkins, New York's first Black mayor, dies at 93
He led the nation's largest city during a difficult period.

NYT Homeland Press ReleasesNov 23, 2020
Biden Nominates Alejandro Mayorkas to Lead Homeland Security Dept.
Alejandro N. Mayorkas, a former deputy homeland security secretary, would be tasked with restoring faith in a department that carried out the Trump immigration agenda.
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