US Elections 2020

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Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Joe Biden on election as U.S. president
President Xi Jinping
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The Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message on Wednesday to congratulate Joe Biden on being elected U.S. president.

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General Services Administration has informed President-elect Joe Biden's team that they can begin formal transition process
General Services Administration has informed President-elect Joe Biden's team that they can begin formal transition process
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Emily Murphy, head of the General Services Administration, informed President-elect Joe Biden and his team in a letter on Monday that her office is ready to begin the formal presidential transition.

"Please know that I came to my decision independently, based on the law and available facts. 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. To be clear, I did not receive any direction to delay my determination," so Murphy, adding she did not make a decision "out of fear or favoritism."

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Twitter and Facebook to transfer presidential accounts to Biden on Inauguration Day
Twitter and Facebook to transfer presidential accounts to Biden on Inauguration Day
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Twitter has said it would transfer all accounts associated with the White House, including the @POTUS account, to President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, the company told Politico. Facebook has also stated it would transfer control of all presidential accounts on its platform to the Biden adminstration.

"Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021. As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration," a Twitter rep said.

The @realDonaldTrump account will remain under Donald Trump's control after Biden's inauguration, but will lose the special protections it gets due to Trump's status as a world leader and therefore will be subject to the same rules as the majority of the users on the platform.

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Biden to announce his firs cabinet picks on Tuesday
Biden to announce his firs cabinet picks on Tuesday
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President-elect Joe Biden is set to announce his first cabinet appointments on Tuesday, his incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Sunday in an interview on ABC’s “This Week".

Klain further added that the inauguration events on January 20 would be downsized due to Covid-19 and involve virtual aspects similar to the Democratic National Convention in August.

"Obviously this is not going to be the same kind of inauguration we had in the past. We know people want to celebrate. There is something here to celebrate. We just want to find a way to do that as safely as possible," so Klain.

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Pennsylvania: Judge dismisses Trump's lawsuit that sought to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots
Pennsylvania: Judge dismisses Trump's lawsuit that sought to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots
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On Saturday, Pennsylvanian Judge Matthew W. Brann dismissed a lawsuit by the Trump campaign that sought to delay the certification of Pennsylvania’s vote results, claiming widespread improprieties with mail-in ballots in the state.

Brann stated that his "court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusation" and that "this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state."

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, said in a statement he would appeal against the ruling: "Today's decision turns out to help us in our strategy to get expeditiously to the US Supreme Court."

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Biden wins Georgia recount by 12,284 votes

Georgia has finished its statewide audit of the presidential race, confirming that US President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. The final results show that Biden beat Trump by 12,284 votes.

"Georgia's historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state's new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results," Georgia's Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger (R) said in a statement. "This is a credit to the hard work of our county and local elections officials who moved quickly to undertake and complete such a momentous task in a short period of time."

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US Democrat Pelosi secures nomination for house speaker
US Democrat Pelosi secures nomination for house speaker
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At the beginning of January - shortly before the swearing-in of newly elected President Joe Biden, who is also a Democrat the United States House of Representatives will hold a vote for the Speaker of the House of Representatives. US Democrat Nancy Pelosi has now secured her caucus’ nomination to lead the House for a fourth term.

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New York Times reports that Rudy Giuliani has been put in charge of Trump's election lawsuits
New York Times reports that Rudy Giuliani has been put in charge of Trump's election lawsuits
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Rudy Giuliani has been put in charge of the Trump campaign's legal challenges contesting the outcome of the 2020 election, the New York Times reports. Citing four people familiar with the matter, Giuliani is now responsible for overseeing the lawsuits to throw out ballots and turn around Trump's election loss. President Trump's lawsuits to delay or block the election result were turned aside in cases in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arizona

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US reports 184,000 new Covid-19 cases, highest daily record

The United States has reported over 184,000 new Covid-19 cases on Friday. Amid surging case numbers, Donald Trump promised imminent distribution of a vaccine - except to New York, which he threatened to leave out for political reasons - while the president-elect Joe Biden pleaded with Americans to follow basic mitigation measures.

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Zuckerberg says Bannon has not violated enough policies for suspension
Zuckerberg says Bannon has not violated enough policies for suspension
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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg defended this decision to not ban Donald Trump's former advisor Steve Bannon after he called for the beheading of former FBI director Christopher Wray and pandemic expert Anthony Fauci in a video broadcast. In a conversation with employees Zuckerberg stated that Bannon was "close" to "crossing that line" but did not break enough rules to justify banning him, so his account will remain available.

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China congratulates Biden on his election victory
China congratulates Biden on his election victory
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China has finally congratulated Joe Biden on his projected win in the US presidential election, indicating China have accepted the result and expect Joe Biden to be inaugurated as president in January despite legal challenges from the Trump campaign.

"We respect the choice of the American people. We extend congratulations to Mr Biden and Ms Harris," a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday.

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Biden picks Ron Klain as White House Chief of Staff
Ron Klain (left)
Ron Klain (left) Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

President-elect Joe Biden has named Ron Klain, a veteran Democratic operative, a lawyer and a decades-long confidant, as his White House chief of staff. Klain has served as a top aide to Biden since the 1980s, was a senior White House aide to Barack Obama and also VP Al Gore's chief of staff.

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Biden announces transition plans as Trump refuses to concede
Biden announces transition plans as Trump refuses to concede
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President-elect Joe Biden projected confidence about a transition effort that he said is "well underway" even as outgoing President Trump and his administration refuse to concede and decline to give access to Biden's team.

Biden called Trump's refusal to concede the election that he lost "an embarrassment" that "will not help the President's legacy." The Trump administration's refusal to initiate the transition process "does not change the dynamic at all in what we're able to do," Biden said.

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Georgia announces recount of all votes by hand
Georgia announces recount of all votes by hand
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Georgia's Secretary Brad Raffensperger has announced that all votes within the state will be hand recounted.

While Joe Biden currently sits approximately 14,000 votes ahead of Donald Trump, Secretary Raffensperger said "It's an audit, recanvass and recount all in one. It'll be a process that gets it all." He went on to say that he 'understood the national significance of this', and "We're doing this because it's really what makes the most sense... We have to run a statewide audit."

At the time of writing, currently projected President-elect Biden leads the popular votes by over 5 million. (JB: 77,320,00 / DT: 72,220,000)

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Richard Pilger, Director of the US Election Crimes Branch steps down

Following the clearance for federal prosecutors to investigate "specific allegations" of voter fraud by Attorney General William P. Barr, the official overseeing investigations of voter fraud, Richard Pilger, steps down. According to an internal email that the New York Times has obtained, Pilger "would move to a nonsupervisory role working on corruption prosecutions".

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Election legal fund donations to Trump would also go towards paying off his campaign's debt
Election legal fund donations to Trump would also go towards paying off his campaign's debt
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Donations made to President Donald Trump's "official election defense fund" would also be used to pay off the campaign's debt, according to the fine print on the donation pages.

Trump's website links to a donation paged for an "Official Election Defense Fund," and asks supporters to donate. According to the fine print lower on the page, 60% of the donation would go towards "the retirement of general election debt".

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Jair Bolsonaro loses interest in re-election after Trump's defeat
Jair Bolsonaro
Jair Bolsonaro

Following Trump's defeat, Jair Bolsonaro broke his silence to announce that he might not run for re-election because "there is an advance from the left" in South America.

“See how the world is. In South America, there are several countries again painted in red. Many times, the President has no way to change, as I would like to happen, the destiny of Brazil. Some people want the destination to be another, and they may be right," Bolsonaro said on Facebook.

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Trump campaign press conference surprised live by Biden's win announcement, lighting up Twitter

As Donald Trump played golf on Saturday morning, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was surprised on camera during a press conference by the announcement of Joe Biden's win in the presidential election.

Earlier confusion regarding the location of the press conference had led the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia to tweet that it was not being held at their premises, but at an unrelated outdoor area, described by the Deutsche Welle news agency as "a parking lot between a crematorium and an adult book store."

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Joe Biden elected president
Joe Biden elected president
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Democrat Joe Biden has won the 2020 US presidential election, according to projections by CNN, Fox News, Associated Press. The former Vice President has been elected the 46th president of the United States, as vote tallies in several swing states were slowed by an unprecedented surge in mail-in ballots.

The race was called for Biden on Saturday when predictions that Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes put him over the 270-vote threshold needed to win the Electoral College, pending the outcome of any legal challenges.

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Recreational marijuana legalized in four more states in the US
Recreational marijuana legalized in four more states in the US
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Arizona, New Jersey, South Dakota and Montana all passed legislation Tuesday permitting the possession of marijuana by adults, which means 15 states have legalized recreational weed or voted to legalize it.