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Wednesday Executive Summary

Chris Krebs fired, Judy Shelton nomination quashed, voting irregularity updates, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • Trump fires Chris Krebs, a top cyberofficial who refused to back election claims of fraud (Examiner)

  • Senate fails to advance the contentious nomination of Judy Shelton to Federal Reserve (NR)

Re: Voting Irregularities

  • A second Georgia county finds thousands of uncounted ballots (Washington Times) | Georgia investigating vote counting delayed by nebulous flooding in Fulton County (Fox News)

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules against Trump campaign in ballot observers claim (Daily Caller)

  • Trump campaign files Nevada lawsuit arguing mass “discrepancies and irregularities” (Examiner)

  • Wayne County, Michigan, certifies election results after initially handing win to GOP (Examiner)

  • Republicans focus on tightening election laws as lawsuits fizzle (Examiner)

Election Debrief

  • Detailed turnout data shows how Georgia turned blue (NY Times)

In summary: “Joe Biden put Georgia in the Democratic column for the first time since 1992 by making huge gains among affluent, college-educated and older voters in the suburbs around Atlanta. … The findings suggest that Mr. Biden’s win in Georgia may not yet herald a new progressive majority in what was a reliably red state, as Democrats still depend on the support of traditionally conservative voters to win statewide.”

  • How the Electoral College map has changed after the 2020 election — for good and ill (Examiner)

  • Here’s who has been named so far to the Biden administration (NPR)

For the Record

  • A Biden presidency will make cops’ lives even more dangerous (PJ Media)

  • Nancy Antoinette snuck $350 million for 50 richest zip codes into COVID relief bill (FEE)

  • The FBI still won’t come clean about having spied on Trump (RealClearInvestigations)

  • Stacey Abrams was again lauded as an election hero. But Georgia saw its lowest share of black vote since 2006 (Daily Wire)

  • Tens of millions of ARs and magazines would be taxed under Biden proposal (Free Beacon)

Editor’s note: All together now: What guns?

Elsewhere in Politics

  • Double standards: As America locks down, 20 lawmakers from three states really just flew to Maui to mingle with a bunch of lobbyists at a posh resort for four days (Not the Bee)

  • BLM demands Gavin Newsom appoint black woman to fill Harris’s Senate seat (Fox News)

Editor’s note: And if he doesn’t? Well, BLM will burn down America. Actually, wait. Newsom says you can’t gather in large groups. Crisis averted!

  • Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, 87, tests positive for COVID (Fox News)

  • Trump reverses Arlington National Cemetery’s decision to cancel Wreaths Across America (Just the News)

  • Trump seeks final stamp on drug prices with sweeping rule (Politico)

Leftmedia

  • Six takeaways as Facebook and Twitter CEOs testify at Senate hearing (Daily Signal) | Easy to say now: Twitter CEO (sort of) admits he screwed up in censoring Hunter Biden bombshell (Post Millennial)

  • Washington Post editorial board says Electoral College “no longer tenable” (Daily Caller)

Health

  • Pfizer will seek authorization for COVID vaccine “within days” (Time)

  • FDA authorizes first COVID test for self-testing at home (FDA)

  • Federal judge approves landmark $8.3 billion Purdue Pharma opioid settlement (NPR)

National Security

  • Trump formally orders Pentagon to pull 2,500 troops from Afghanistan and Iraq (The Hill)

  • U.S. military ranked “marginal” as Russia and China expand their forces (Washington Times)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • New York man allegedly staged hate crime against himself (Post Millennial)

  • Colin Kaepernick calls for release of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal (Fox News)

  • Author accuses Target of caving to “woke activists” by briefly pulling book deemed “transphobic” (Fox News)

Education

  • DC public school handouts blamed the pandemic on racism and capitalism (Free Beacon)

  • California school district bans four classic books that deal with racial issues (Disrn)

  • Mississippi governor proposes “Patriotic Education Fund” to combat indoctrination (Examiner)

Around the Nation

  • Andrews Cuomo gets pay raise despite horrible decision-making and $63 billion budget deficit (Fox Business)

  • FBI investigating Texas AG Ken Paxton for allegedly abusing power of his office (Examiner)

Around the World

  • UK will end the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2030 (Examiner)

  • Millions in Africa are being sacrificed on the altar of “green energy” (Daily Signal)

Stranger Than Fiction

The long and short of it: “A birdwatching group concerned with banning pesticides and preventing drilling on federal lands has … a zero percent chance of being filled with crypto-racists. But 2020 is a time where all are called to ‘reckon’ with racism… And so the passion of the Audubon Society has come. Per Politico, it began with ‘a botched diversity meeting’, which sounds like the setup for an episode of The Office. From there, things spiraled out of control.”

  • Man wanted in Ponzi scheme tried to flee FBI by using underwater “sea scooter” (Daily Mail)

On a Lighter Note…

  • American Spirit: Man removes his prosthetic leg, crab-walks into Newark Bay to save man’s life (Disrn)

  • A botched statue in Spain is gaining global attention (CBS News)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The Biden threat to law enforcement (City Journal)

  • Policy: Student loan forgiveness is a regressive scheme that hurts the working class (The Daily Signal)

  • Humor: Hard-working plumber looking forward to paying for his neighbor’s gender studies degree (Babylon Bee)

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