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Monday December 14, 2020 - Times viewed: 852
Bill Cassidy warns GOP 'can't stand if we are divided'
Sen. Bill Cassidy acknowledged on Sunday that Joe Biden won the Nov. 3 presidential election and urged the Republican Party to unify as the Electoral College votes Monday on the election. "As Abraham Lincoln said, a house divided against itself cannot stand," the Louisiana Republican said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Our nation, our conservative movement, our Republican Party can't stand if we are divided against ourselves. So, at some poin ...
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Monday December 14, 2020 - Times viewed: 835
Trump rejects plan for early vaccination at White House
President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday night that White House officials will not necessarily be given the first shot at the new Covid-19 vaccine. "People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary," Trump tweeted. "I have asked that this adjustment be made. I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time. Thank you!" The presi ...
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Saturday December 12, 2020 - Times viewed: 890
Supreme Court rejects Texas-led effort to overturn Biden's victory
The Supreme Court has rejected a longshot bid by Texas and other Republican-led states to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in last month’s election, dashing President Donald Trump’s last-ditch hope that the justices effectively hand him a second term. In a brief order Friday evening, the justices summarily refused the unusual case Texas filed Monday against four swing states whose voters favored Biden. “Texas has not demonstrate ...
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Friday December 11, 2020 - Times viewed: 893
Senator Ron Johnson just can't keep his mouth shut (opinion)
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) should not be arrested for TREASON and probably for a good reason. Mentally impaired morons are exempt. To be honest, I've never known of anyone who was more of a scum bucket other than the man Sen. Ron Johnson probably wishes he could share the men's room with. It would appear o me that Sen. Johnson has that John Wayne complex, loving to suck up to men of power, no matter their intellect. Johnson actually sai ...
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Thursday December 10, 2020 - Times viewed: 876
President Elect Joe Biden Selects Susan Rice for White House domestic  Council
President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Barack Obama’s former national security adviser Susan Rice to run the White House Domestic Policy Council, according to people familiar with the decision. Rice, who also served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was vetted to serve as Biden’s vice president and was a contender to be secretary of State, a position that went to Antony Blinken. The director of the Domestic Policy Council is not a ...
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Wednesday December 9, 2020 - Times viewed: 841
Republicans plot their first and last Trump rebellion
Sen. Jim Inhofe is among Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters. But with Inhofe and legions of other Republicans preparing to defy the president on a major defense bill, Trump decided to make one last push. In a 30-minute phone call Monday night, Trump told Inhofe (R-Okla.) that he still planned to veto the National Defense Authorization Act because it doesn’t bend to his whims — targeting social media companies and maintaining bases named for ...
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Tuesday December 8, 2020 - Times viewed: 864
Safe harbor law locks Congress into accepting Biden's win
WASHINGTON (AP) — Happy Safe Harbor Day, America. Other than Wisconsin, every state appears to have met a deadline in federal law that essentially means Congress has to accept the electoral votes that will be cast next week and sent to the Capitol for counting on Jan. 6. Those votes will elect Joe Biden as the country’s next president. It’s called a safe harbor provision because it’s a kind of insurance policy by which a state can lock in i ...
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Tuesday December 8, 2020 - Times viewed: 849
Kerry's climate job scrambles Biden's org chart
He’s been a national figure since his days as a Vietnam vet protesting the war. He carried his party’s banner in 2004. And as secretary of State, he negotiated a major nuclear deal involving the world’s most powerful countries. Now John Kerry is reporting for duty as Joe Biden’s climate envoy, and the exact parameters of his new role remain undefined, raising concerns that he might create confusion and complicate the Biden administration’s dip ...
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Tuesday December 8, 2020 - Times viewed: 893
Lawmakers vow to override Trump veto of defense bill
President Donald Trump is on a collision course with congressional Republicans and Democrats over the annual defense policy bill, setting up what will likely be the first and only veto override of Trump’s presidency. Trump, who has said he will veto the defense bill because it does not contain a repeal of legal protections for social media companies, has stood his ground against a House and Senate that have all but blown off an eleventh-hour d ...
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Tuesday December 8, 2020 - Times viewed: 845
Biden picks retired general Lloyd Austin to run Pentagon
"General Austin is a southerner, has impeccable credentials given his military career and would be an outstanding secretary for the department,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), a CBC member who is close to Biden, told POLITICO earlier Monday. A person familiar with Biden’s decision said the president-elect chose Austin because he is crisis-tested and respected across the military. Biden also trusts Austin, as they worked together when Biden se ...
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Saturday December 5, 2020 - Times viewed: 895
Pelosi eyes combining Covid aid with mammoth spending deal
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she wants to attach a coronavirus relief bill to a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package that would avert a government shutdown later this month, raising the prospects of long-stalled stimulus relief finally being signed into law. The California Democrat said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed with her about combining the annual spending measures with coronavirus relief during their conversati ...
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Friday December 4, 2020 - Times viewed: 917
Dangerously viral: How Trump, supporters spread false claims
The cellphone video shot in the dark by a woman in a parked car appeared to show something ominous: a man closing the doors of a white van and then rolling a wagon with a large box into a Detroit election center. Within hours, the 90-second clip was being shared on news sites and conservative YouTube accounts, offered as apparent proof that illegal votes were being smuggled in after polls closed. Prominent Republicans, including Eric Trump, on ...
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Friday December 4, 2020 - Times viewed: 868
Trump's looming 2024 bid leaves Republicans in a bind
President Donald Trump’s mounting spitefulness toward allies within his own party has unnerved Republicans fretting about the prospect of a Trump 2024 bid. In recent weeks, Trump has started attacking any Republican who has not fully embraced the false narrative that he won the 2020 election, leaving party officials, lawmakers and donors wondering about the repercussions they might face for not immediately endorsing a Trump 2024 White House ru ...
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Thursday December 3, 2020 - Times viewed: 898
'One of the nuttier things I've seen' - MAGA civil war erupts in Georgia
Georgia’s Republican civil war just got a lot messier. A new schism — this one between MAGA forces — is taking shape, further threatening GOP unity in advance of the Jan. 5 runoffs for the state’s two Senate seats. At the center of the conflict is pro-Trump trial lawyer Lin Wood. His advocacy for President Donald Trump — and his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud — have been so extreme that he’s now taken to publicly discouraging peop ...
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Wednesday December 2, 2020 - Times viewed: 864
GOP objects to Biden nominees, a sign of what's to come
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks are quickly running into the political reality of a narrowly controlled Senate that will leave the new Democratic administration dependent on rival Republicans to get anything done. Under leader Mitch McConnell, the Republican senators will hold great sway in confirming Biden’s nominees regardless of which party holds the majority after runoff elections in January. Biden will have lit ...
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Tuesday December 1, 2020 - Times viewed: 886
Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud
WASHINGTON (AP) — Disputing President Donald Trump’s persistent, baseless claims, Attorney General William Barr declared the U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election. Barr’s comments, in an interview Tuesday with the The Associated Press, contradict the concerted effort by Trump, his boss, to subvert the results of last month’s voting and block President-elec ...
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Tuesday December 1, 2020 - Times viewed: 1003
Congress readies final rebuke of Trump foreign policy
Congress will soon have its final chance to rein in President Donald Trump’s foreign policy agenda, with lawmakers preparing to force votes to block a massive new weapons sale to the Middle East. Trump’s most contentious foreign-policy decisions have often drawn bipartisan rebukes; now the Trump administration’s 11th-hour proposed arms transfer to the United Arab Emirates is coming under scrutiny from members of both parties. Critics say it’s ...
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Saturday November 28, 2020 - Times viewed: 865
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The top U.S. cybersecurity official fired by Republican President Donald Trump for saying the Nov. 3 election was the most secure in American history said on Friday voter fraud allegations made by Trump and his allies are “farcical”. Chris Krebs, the former director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told the CBS 60 Minutes program that allegations of U.S. voting m ...

Saturday November 28, 2020 - Times viewed: 877
Recount in Wisconsin county demanded by Trump increases Biden's margin
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A recount in Wisconsin’s largest county demanded by Republican President Donald Trump’s election campaign ended Friday with Democratic President-elect Joe Biden gaining votes. After the recount in Milwaukee County, Biden had a net gain of 132 votes, out of nearly 460,000 cast. Overall, Biden gained 257 votes to Trump’s 125. Trump’s campaign had demanded recounts in two of Wisconsin’s most populous and Democratic-lean ...
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Saturday November 28, 2020 - Times viewed: 886
In fresh blow to Trump, U.S. court rejects Pennsylvania election case
(Reuters) -A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt by U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of Pennsylvania, dealing another significant setback to Trump’s bid to overturn the Nov. 3 election. “Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so,” wrote Stephanos Bibas on be ...
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Friday November 27, 2020 - Times viewed: 893
Where Trump beat the stuffing out of Biden
Donald Trump may have lost the popular vote, but he likely won by a landslide in the place that produced your Thanksgiving turkey. In a sign of his dominance in rural America, the president roasted Joe Biden in the nation’s top turkey-producing areas, carving out big victory margins in every one of the top 20 congressional districts ranked by the number of turkeys sold. Overall, the president won 4 of the top 5 turkey producing states — Ark ...
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Friday November 27, 2020 - Times viewed: 903
Trump still refuses he lost the election
WASHINGTON (AP) — Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump’s relentless challenges to the election, after the federal government acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden was the “apparent winner” and Trump cleared the way for cooperation on a transition of power. But his baseless claims have a way of coming back. And back. And back. On Thursday, after a Thanksgiving evening conversation from the White House with troops stationed o ...
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Friday November 27, 2020 - Times viewed: 984
Trump says he'll leave if Electoral College seats Biden
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory — even as he insisted such a decision would be a “mistake” — as he spent his Thanksgiving renewing baseless claims that “massive fraud” and crooked officials in battleground states caused his election defeat. “Certainly I will. But you know that,” Trump said Thursday when asked whethe ...
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Thursday November 26, 2020 - Times viewed: 896
Biden seeks unity as Trump stokes fading embers of campaign
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — On a day of grace and grievance, President-elect Joe Biden summoned Americans to join in common purpose against the coronavirus pandemic and their political divisions while the man he will replace stoked the fading embers of his campaign to “turn the election over.” Biden, in a Thanksgiving-eve address to the nation, put the surging pandemic front and center, pledging to tap the “vast powers” of the federal government a ...
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Monday November 23, 2020 - Times viewed: 1092
Trump aims to box in Biden abroad, but it may not work
WASHINGTON (AP) — On its way out the door, the Trump administration is enacting new rules, regulations and orders that it hopes will box in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration on numerous foreign policy matters and cement President Donald Trump’s “America First” legacy in international affairs. Yet, the push may not work, as many of these decisions can be withdrawn or significantly amended by the incoming president when he takes office ...
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Monday November 23, 2020 - Times viewed: 1119
Trump GSA Appointee Accused of Sabotaging 'Peaceful Transfer' of Power by Refusing to Sign Off on 'Critical' Transition Document
The head of an obscure government agency that plays a key role in when Joe Biden gets full access to transition resources is refusing to sign a letter allowing the president-elect's team to formally begin work, according to a Sunday report. The head of the General Services Administration, an appointee of President Donald Trump, has—like the president himself—refused to acknowledge Biden's victory two days after it was apparent that the former ...
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Sunday November 22, 2020 - Times viewed: 1088
Judge Dismisses Trump Campaign's Bid To Delay Vote Certification In Pennsylvania
A federal judge handed the Trump campaign a definitive loss on Saturday in its final attempt to delay the certification of votes in Pennsylvania, where President-elect Joe Biden leads by more than 81,000 votes. In a blistering decision, U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Matthew Brann dismissed the campaign's lawsuit alleging that Republicans were disadvantaged because election officials in Democratic-leaning counties ...
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Sunday November 22, 2020 - Times viewed: 1090
Trump Appointee Unconstitutionally Interfered With VOA, Judge Rules
The chief executive over the Voice of America and its sister networks has acted unconstitutionally in investigating what he claimed was a deep-seated bias against President Trump by his own journalists, a federal judge has ruled. Citing the journalists' First Amendment protections, U.S. Judge Beryl Howell on Friday evening ordered U.S. Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack to stop interfering in the news service's news coverage and editoria ...
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Friday November 20, 2020 - Times viewed: 1199
Georgia certifies Biden's win
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified election results Friday that formally declared President-elect Joe Biden as the winner in the state. Biden won the state by more than 12,000 votes. President Donald Trump’s campaign is still entitled to request a recount, because of the narrowness of the result. “Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie,” Raffensperger, a Republican, said in ...
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Friday November 20, 2020 - Times viewed: 1126
After Trump meeting, Michigan GOP leaders say Biden's win still stands
A delegation of Republican state lawmakers from Michigan came to Washington on Friday as part of President Donald Trump’s Hail Mary attempt to usurp the results of the election he lost. But when the day ended, the lawmakers were unequivocal: President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Michigan was still intact. Trump has baselessly cast doubt on the presidential election in Michigan, which he lost Biden by approximately 150,000 votes, and has wa ...
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