US Elections 2020

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Rep. Paul Mitchell quits GOP, calling party's response to the election "unacceptable"
Rep. Paul Mitchell quits GOP, calling party's response to the election "unacceptable"
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Representative Paul Mitchell of Michigan has quit the Republican Party over its refusal to accept a defeat in the US election, he said in a statement posted to Twitter on Monday.

"It is unacceptable for political candidates to treat our election system as though we are a third- world nation and incite distrust of something so basic as the sanctity of our vote. Further, it is unacceptable for the president to attack the Supreme Court of the United States because its judges, both liberal and conservative, did not rule with his side or that "the Court failed him." It was our Founding Fathers' objective to insulate the Supreme Court from such blatant political motivations," so Mitchell.

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Trump announces resignation of AG William Barr
Trump announces resignation of AG William Barr
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Attorney General William Barr will resign next week, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter shortly after the Electoral College confirmed Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. Barr has been one of Trump's closet allies, advancing the president's political agenda and carried the administration's "law and order" message, but later lost his standing with Trump after declaring that the claims that the election was littered with fraud were unfounded.

"Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job! As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family," so Trump on Twitter, adding that Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen will become Acting Attorney General.

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For 3rd time, Georgia reaffirms Biden's victory, while Biden's transition moves ahead
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The results reaffirmed that President-elect Joe Biden as the winner following three counts of ballots.

Monday's certification locks in the state's results for Biden before the Dec. 14 Electoral College vote.

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President-elect Joe Biden officially secures enough electors with California certification to become president
President-elect Joe Biden officially secures enough electors with California certification to become president
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After California certified its presidential election on Friday, assigning 55 electors to vote for the Democratic candidate, President-elect Joe Biden has officially secured enough electors to become the 46th President of the United States.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla's formally approved Biden's win in California, bringing Biden's tally of pledged electors to 279.

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Georgia election official Sterling (R) asks Trump to "stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence"
Georgia election official Sterling (R) asks Trump to "stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence"
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Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting system implementation manager and a Republican, has asked President Donald Trump to tone down his rhetoric disputing the election results to "stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence."

"Mr President, it looks like you likely lost the state of Georgia. We’re investigating, there’s always a possibility, I get it. You have the rights to go to the courts. What you don’t have the ability to do – and you need to step up and say this – is stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence. Someone is going to get hurt, someone is going to get shot, someone is going to get killed, and it’s not right. It’s not right," so Sterling at a press conference on Tuesday.

Sterling had received threats after election results were announced and had police protection around his home last week.

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Arizona, Wisconsin certified Biden's victories on Monday
Arizona, Wisconsin certified Biden's victories on Monday
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Arizona and Wisconsin certified President-elect Joe Biden's narrow victory on Monday. The two states are the latest to reject President Donald Trump's bid to stop states certifying their results, alleging widespread voter fraud without evidence.

"There’s no basis at all for any assertion that there was widespread fraud that would have affected the results," so Josh Kaul, Wisconsin’s Democratic attorney general.

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Arizona certifies Biden US election victory
Arizona certifies Biden US election victory
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Arizona has certified the results of the US elections after Arizona's Secretary of State Katie Hobbs announced that Biden was ahead of Trump by about 10,500 votes after the recount. Governor Doug Ducey has signed the documents.

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Biden names all-female senior press team
Kate Bedingfield and Jen Psaki
Kate Bedingfield and Jen Psaki Credit: Biden-Harris Transition

President-elect Joe Biden on Sunday tapped Jen Psaki, a former White House communications director in the Obama administration, to be the new White House Press Secretary. In addition, deputy Biden campaign manager Kate Bedingfield will serve as communications director as the head of an all-female communications team when Biden takes office on Jan. 20, 2021

"I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women," Mr Biden said in a statement. "These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better."

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AOC raises $200k for charity during Among Us stream
AOC raises $200k for charity during Among Us stream
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The US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has hosted a Twitch live stream of the game Among Us to raise awareness and money for charitable causes such as food pantries and eviction defense.

On her fundraising page she wrote that "This week, as some families celebrate Thanksgiving, others face food & housing insecurity at levels not seen since the Great Depression," and managed to raise over $200,000. In total, over 104,000 people watched the stream concurrently and she had been joined by multiple other popular streamers such as HasanAbi, Disguised Toast, Myth, Jacksepticeye, xQc and others.

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Federal appeals court rejects Trump campaign's efforts to challenge Pennsylvania election results
Federal appeals court rejects Trump campaign's efforts to challenge Pennsylvania election results
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The U.S. Third Circuit Court has rejected the Trump campaign’s latest efforts to challenge Pennsylvania's election results on Friday, after Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani argued the case in a lower court last week. Giuliani had insisted that "Pennsylvania continues to cover up the allegations of massive fraud."

"Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here," so Judge Stephanos Bibas, who Trump nominated to the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017.

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Trump says he will leave White House if Electoral College declares Biden the winner of the election
Trump says he will leave White House if Electoral College declares Biden the winner of the election
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President Donald Trump has said he would leave the White House on January 20 if the Electoral College declares President-elect Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

When asked whether he would leave the White House, Trump responded: "Certainly I will. And you know that. If they do, they made a mistake." He added that it would be "a very hard thing to concede" under the current circumstances and again claimed that the "election was a fraud" without giving concrete evidence.

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White House gives approval for Biden to receive President's Daily Brief
An Economic Daily Briefing meeting in the Oval Office, March 11, 2009.
An Economic Daily Briefing meeting in the Oval Office, March 11, 2009. Credit: The White House from Washington, DC, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The White House has formally approved for President-elect Joe Biden to receive the President's Daily Brief. The classified intelligence briefing typically contains information about pressing national security issues. It's unclear when Biden will receive his first briefing.

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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