The Supreme Court is struggling with whether to require new trials for potentially thousands of prisoners in Louisiana and Oregon who were convicted by non-unanimous juries before the court barred the practice
Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee political legend who forged a productive path as a Senate institutionalist after tours as governor and Cabinet secretary, has said goodbye to the chamber
Justice Dept Has Uncovered, No Evidence of Significant Voter Fraud, Says AG Barr . U.S. Attorney General William Barr made the comments on Tuesday during an interview with the Associated Press. To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election, Attorney General William Barr, via 'The New York Times'. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also referred to the "new administration" on Tuesday. The statements are in contrast to President Donald Trump's baseless claims that voter fraud tipped the election in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. Trump has extensively relied on both Barr and McConnell for political back-up during his administration. Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, responded to Barr's comments in an email, stating. "[Barr's] opinion appears to be without any knowledge or investigation of the substantial irregularities and evidence of systemic fraud.". Reports circulated on Monday that Giuliani and Trump have discussed a "pre-emptive pardon" for Giuliani, before the president leaves office
President-Elect Joe Biden Introduces Key Members of Economic Team. Biden announced his picks at an event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Dec. 1. Some of the key members include:. Janet Yellen, Yellen would become the first woman to serve as Treasury secretary. Adewale "Wally" Adeyemo, Adeyemo would be the first Black deputy Treasury secretary. Cecilia Rouse, Rouse would be the first woman of color to chair the Council of Economic Advisers. Neera Tanden, Tanden would not only be the first woman of color to become director of the Office of Management and Budget, but also the first South Asian American. Biden also intends to appoint Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey, who do not need Senate confirmation, as members of the Council of Economic Advisers. The team I am announcing today will play a critical role in shaping our plan for action starting on day one and move fast to revive this economy, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement
President-elect Joe Biden says he won’t immediately lift tariffs placed by President Donald Trump on many imports from China or break Trump’s initial trade deal
Bipartisan Lawmakers Unveil $900 Billion Coronavirus Stimulus Package . The new proposal was introduced on Dec. 1 after months of congressional idleness. . It consists of nearly $908 billion and includes $180 billion to fund a supplemental unemployment benefit of $300 per week through March. It also includes $160 billion in state and local government aid and $288 billion for small business relief. . $16 billion would be allocated to vaccine distribution, testing and contact tracing. $82 billion would go to education, and $45 billion would be put toward transportation. Money would also be provided for rental assistance, child care and broadband. . Unlike the first stimulus package, this proposal would not provide another direct payment to most Americans. Coronavirus-related lawsuits would also be temporarily barred on the federal level. . Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner has called the relief plan an "interim package" to aid America until President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office. According to those close to him, Biden intends to push for the passage of a broad economic aid package, . work toward containing the COVID-19 pandemic and strive to tackle racial inequality within his first 100 days in office
The European Union is grasping the imminent arrival of the Biden administration as a key moment to reset relations with the United States after four years of trans-Atlantic acrimony
Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris Selects Tina Flournoy as Her Chief of Staff. Harris' pick is according to a source with knowledge of the decision. . Flournoy, who is currently chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton. joins at least two other women of color who've secured senior roles in the vice president-elect's office. Those women are Symone Sanders and Ashley Etienne. They will serve as advisers as well as chief spokesperson and communications director, respectively. . Flournoy, a Georgetown Law graduate and assistant to the president for public policy at the American Federation of Teachers. has held several positions within the Democratic Party. In 1992, she was deputy campaign manager in the Clinton and Gore Presidential Transition Office and in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. In 2000, Flournoy served as traveling chief of staff to Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Joseph Lieberman and finance director for Al Gore's presidential campaign. In 2005, she was senior adviser to Howard Dean, the Democratic National Convention Chairman at the time
Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell says he’s sticking with his scaled-back COVID-19 relief bill with the goal of passing a significant down payment during the lame-duck session and then revisiting the topic next year
Biden Urges Americans to ‘Recommit’ Themselves to Fight Against COVID-19. On Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden delivered a Thanksgiving address from Wilmington, Delaware. . He spoke about the country’s fight against COVID-19, urging Americans to stick together. . I know the country's grown weary of the fight. But we need to remember, we're at war with the virus, not with one another. Not with each other … Let's remember: We're all in this together, Joe Biden, via CBS News. Biden called for Americans to “steel [their] spines” and “recommit” to fighting the virus. . We still have months of this battle ahead of us ... America is not going to lose this war … Don’t let yourself surrender to the fatigue, Joe Biden, via CBS News. He also spoke about Thanksgiving, saying it was “so very important” to forego “family traditions.” . We have to try and slow the growth of this virus. We owe it to the doctors and the nurses and other frontline workers … we owe that to our fellow citizens … we owe it to one another. It’s literally our patriotic duty as Americans, Joe Biden, via CBS News
Attorney General William Barr says the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud and has seen nothing that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election
Joe Biden Becomes First Presidential Candidate to Receive 80 Million Votes. President-elect Joe Biden has officially received the most votes cast for a presidential candidate in U.S. history. As of November 25, he has earned 80 million votes. . Former President Barack Obama previously held the record after receiving 69.5 million votes in 2008. Donald Trump has earned the second-most votes of all time, having received 74 million in the 2020 presidential election. The turnout rate for the 2020 presidential election was the highest in more than a century. More than 156 million Americans cast their ballots. That is estimated to be 66.5 percent of the eligible voter population. . The final vote total will likely be around 158 million. . That is 20 million more votes than the record 137 million that were cast in 2016.
President Donald Trump is threatening to veto a defense policy bill unless it ends protections for internet companies that shield them from being held liable for material posted by their users
President-Elect Joe Biden to Deliver Thanksgiving Address. On Wednesday, Joe Biden is expected to deliver a Thanksgiving address from Wilmington, Delaware. . In a press release, his transition team detailed two major elements of Biden's expected speech. He will touch on the “shared sacrifices" being made by Americans this holiday season. . He will also deliver a message of hope, reassuring Americans that “we can and we will” get through the COVID-19 pandemic “together.” . Biden’s address comes as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has surpassed 12.5 million. . According to Johns Hopkins University, the death toll is approaching 260,000. Over 88,000 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.
Pennsylvania and Nevada Certify Election Results for Biden . On Tuesday, the two battleground states formally awarded a total of 26 electoral votes to President-elect Biden. Though Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican, officially certified Nevada's results Tuesday morning. she did not publicly acknowledge Biden as the winner. North Carolina certified its results in favor of Donald Trump, awarding the president 15 electoral votes. Other states are to certify their results by Dec. 8. On Tuesday, the Trump administration approved the start of a formal transition to Biden.
A U.S. judge in California has struck down two Trump administration rules designed to drastically curtail the number of visas issued each year to skilled foreign workers
The Justice Department is investigating a secret scheme to lobby White House officials for a pardon as well as a related plot to offer a hefty political contribution in exchange for clemency
Trump Administration Authorizes Biden Transition . On Monday, President Donald Trump’s administration officially authorized President-elect Joe Biden to begin the formal transition process. Biden will now be able to access millions of dollars in federal funds and other resources that had since been delayed for weeks. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy informed Biden of the approved transition process in a letter on Monday. She denied that her delay was due to any pressure from the White House, saying she came to her decision “independently.”. I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official — including those who work at the White House or GSA — with regard to the substance or timing of my decision … my decision was not made out of fear or favoritism. , Emily Murphy, via 'NYT'. That same day, Trump thanked Murphy on Twitter for her “steadfast dedication and loyalty,” saying he had directed her to begin “initial protocols.”. In the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same, Donald Trump, via Twitter. Hours later, Trump sent out another message saying he would “never concede” to fake ballots and that Murphy’s actions were just “preliminarily work with the Dems.” . What does GSA being allowed to preliminarily work with the Dems have to do with continuing to pursue our various cases on what will go down as the most corrupt election in American political history? , Donald Trump, via Twitter