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Trump loses suit in Pennsylvania

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 11/29/20, 11:33 pm

President Donald Trump’s campaign requested the state throw out thousands of ballots due to allegations that officials restricted some poll watchers and unfairly let some voters cure their absentee ballots. But a panel from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the campaign on Friday after U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann blocked the lawsuit last week. “Calling an election unfair does not make it so,” wrote Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee.

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GOP flips another House seat in California

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 11/27/20, 05:29 pm

Republican David Valadao represented the 21st Congressional District for six years before Democratic Rep. T.J. Cox beat him in 2018. But Valadao took the seat back this year, giving Republicans their third pickup of a Democratic district in California. Valadao had not endorsed President Donald Trump in 2016 but supported him in 2020.

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Iranian scientist assassinated

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/27/20, 05:19 pm

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, whom Israel suspected was the leader of Iran’s disbanded military nuclear program, died on Friday in an ambush outside of Tehran. The scientist led a program that the International Atomic Energy Agency linked to “activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device” through the end of 2003. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has mentioned Fakhrizadeh in conjunction with Iran’s nuclear program in the past.

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