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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS/AP) — Members of the Electoral College in Illinois cast all 20 of their ballots for Joe Biden for president on Monday in Springfield, as electors across the country are expected to officially declare the winner of the race for president. “It’s my fervent hope that we are indeed seeing the dawn of a very bright new day,” elector Julia Kennedy Beckman, of Darien, said as she cast her vote. Mayor Lori Lightfoot presided over the ceremony in the Illinois House chamber. “The election is affirmed. It is now time for us as a country to move forward, transition in full, and embrace the promise of a new administration …,” Lightfoot said. “Their success is our success, and we need desperately to unite as a people. Our democracy and our residents deserve no less.” The electors, meeting in the Illinois House chamber while observing social-distance rules because of...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arizona's 11 electors voted for Democrat Joe Biden for president on Monday, confirming the president-elect's victory in the Southwestern state in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, according to a spokesperson for the secretary of state. The Arizona Republican Party had challenged the ballot count in the battleground state's most populous county, arguing that it had been conducted in a manner that violated Arizona law, but a state court judge threw out the lawsuit. (Reporting by Julia Harte; editing by Jonathan Oatis) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, ArizonaGalleriesNewsCartoons on President Donald TrumpPhotosPhotos: Daily Life, DisruptedPhotosArmenia-Azerbaijan Conflict EscalatesNewsThe Week in Cartoons: Dec. 7-11RecommendedHealthiest Communities Health NewsACOG: Pregnant Women Should Be Offered VaccineCitiesCommentary: Why Biden Must Embrace ‘Resilience’Health NewsFirst Americans Get Virus VaccineHealth NewsGermany to Receive 11M Doses of Pfizer VaccineBest CountriesOp-Ed: U.S. Should Maintain Iran PolicyCoronavirus Bulletin Stay informed daily on the latest news and advice on...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Georgia's 16 electors voted for Democrat Joe Biden for president on Monday, confirming the president-elect's victory in the Southern state in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. President Donald Trump and his allies had sought to block Monday’s electoral vote in Georgia and three other battleground states where he lost the election, but the U.S. Supreme Court rejected that lawsuit from Texas on Friday. (Reporting by Jan Wolfe and Nandita Bose; editing by Jonathan Oatis) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, TexasGalleriesNewsCartoons on President Donald TrumpPhotosPhotos: Daily Life, DisruptedPhotosArmenia-Azerbaijan Conflict EscalatesNewsThe Week in Cartoons: Dec. 7-11RecommendedHealthiest Communities Health NewsACOG: Pregnant Women Should Be Offered VaccineCitiesCommentary: Why Biden Must Embrace ‘Resilience’Health NewsFirst Americans Get Virus VaccineHealth NewsGermany to Receive 11M Doses of Pfizer VaccineBest CountriesOp-Ed: U.S. Should Maintain Iran PolicyCoronavirus Bulletin Stay informed daily on the latest news and advice on COVID-19 from the editors at U.S. News...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP/KDKA) — Pennsylvania has cast its 20 electoral votes for Democrat Joe Biden, the native son whose win in the state last month cemented his overall victory against President Donald Trump. The 20 electors were socially distanced in a cavernous auditorium near the Capitol, meeting there instead of the floor of the state House because of the pandemic. The vote was 20 for both Joe Biden as president and Kamala Harris for vice president. The 20 Biden electors include county, city and statewide elected officials, among them Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Scranton Mayor Paige Gebhardt Cognetti. The state House Democratic whip, Jordan Harris, is an elector, along with labor leaders, an elections lawyer, former state Sen. Connie Williams and the chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, Nancy Patton Mills. Janet Diaz Temin, a medical analyst from Lancaster and an elector for the first time, said Saturday...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland electors cast their official ballots in the 2020 Presidential Election and unanimously voted for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Gov. Larry Hogan certified the electors’ ballots and it’s the 59th time Maryland has participated in the Electoral College vote for the President and Vice President of the U.S. A total of 538 ballots are being cast across the country Monday. Maryland is one of just six states that has participated in every Electoral College vote since 1789 when George Washington became our nation’s first president. WATCH: Gov. Hogan Certifies Maryland Electoral College Ballots “As Governor of Maryland, It is my responsibility to officially declare and certify the winning votes of our state selectors by executing seven certificates of ascertainment under the seal of our great state,” Hogan said Monday. The Maryland electors took an oath and signed to certify their ballots. The...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nevada's six electors voted for Democrat Joe Biden for president on Monday, confirming the president-elect's victory in the state in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Biden's win in the battleground state was challenged in Nevada district court by President Donald Trump's campaign but a judge dismissed the suit, ruling that the campaign had not supported its claims of fraud and wrongdoing with proof. (Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Julia Harte) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, NevadaGalleriesNewsCartoons on President Donald TrumpPhotosPhotos: Daily Life, DisruptedPhotosArmenia-Azerbaijan Conflict EscalatesNewsThe Week in Cartoons: Dec. 7-11RecommendedHealthiest Communities Health NewsACOG: Pregnant Women Should Be Offered VaccineCitiesCommentary: Why Biden Must Embrace ‘Resilience’Health NewsFirst Americans Get Virus VaccineHealth NewsGermany to Receive 11M Doses of Pfizer VaccineBest CountriesOp-Ed: U.S. Should Maintain Iran PolicyCoronavirus Bulletin Stay informed daily on the latest news and advice on COVID-19 from the editors at U.S. News & World Report.Sign UpSign...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) — It’s Decision Day for the 2020 Election. After a record-setting Election Day, today, state electors will gather to fulfill their U.S. Constitutional duty. This process will seal the deal, confirming Joe Biden as the 46th President-elect of the United States and Senator Kamala Harris as Vice President-elect. Electors from the nation’s fifty states and District of Columbia will gather to cast their ballots. 20 electors will do that here in Pennsylvania. The ceremony will take place in Harrisburg at the Capitol Complex. The electors’ ballots are then sent to Congress, where they will be read into the official record by Vice President Mike Pence during a joint session on January 6. The number of electoral votes to win an election is 270. The ballots cast today will confirm that President-elect Biden surpassed that number needed. In some states, electors will be escorted by police for their protection...
    Joe Biden’s dogs are playing tug-of-war with a President Donald Trump chew toy as the former vice president appeals for national “unity.” The Instagram account “first_dogs_usa” posted several photos it claims Naomi Biden, Joe Biden’s granddaughter, took:     View this post on Instagram   A post shared by The Oval Pawffice (@first_dogs_usa) “I hope you’ll enjoy these pics of me, Champ & Charlie First Grandpupper,” the post read. @NaomiBiden took these during our #TugOfWar match. Champ was the champion – some names are predestined. Just like winning, in a landslide, by a record number of votes.” The post included the hashtags “#ByeDon” and “#YoureFired”. As Biden’s canines attempt to shred the incumbent president, Biden has called for “unity” after the disputed election. “We’ve won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket … and we’re seeing all over this nation, and in all cities in all parts...
    President-elect Joe Biden expressed support for his son Hunter Biden on Friday in his first public comment on the matter since the presidential transition team disclosed that the 50-year-old businessman’s “tax affairs” were under federal investigation. Reporters shouted questions at the president-elect as he left the stage at an event to introduce several Cabinet appointees in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden ignored a question from Fox News’ Peter Doocy on whether Hunter Biden had committed a crime, but responded when asked if he had spoken to his son since the investigation was revealed. HUNTER BIDEN 'TAX AFFAIRS' UNDER FEDERAL INVESTIGATION “I’m proud of my son,” Biden said as he exited the stage. VideoEarlier Friday, the transition team’s virtual weekly press briefing concluded without a single question regarding the investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes. The Biden-Harris team has not commented on the situation beyond its initial statement. Hunter Biden disclosed earlier this week...
    Even one of President Trump’s harshest critics has joined the chorus calling for a special counsel to investigate President-elect Joe Biden’s son. Lawyer Richard Painter — who served as the chief ethics lawyer for then-President George W. Bush — told the New York Times on Friday that the Hunter Biden probe needs to be completely independent of the incoming administration. “That should not be investigated by someone appointed by the president any more than if one of his cabinet members is accused of something or his national security adviser,” Painter said. Hunter Biden, 50, unexpectedly disclosed Wednesday that he is under investigation for potential tax fraud in Delaware, where The Post exclusively revealed in October that the FBI had seized a laptop containing his emails and other records from a Wilmington repair shop. Some of the emails detailed his overseas business dealings, including in China and Ukraine, where he...
    More On: hunter biden Liberal media teamed up for ‘smear campaign’ to dismiss The Post’s Hunter Biden story AG reportedly spent months hiding two federal probes into Hunter Biden Repair shop owner at center of Hunter Biden scandal spills ‘the truth’ in YouTube video Surprised by Hunter Biden criminal probe? Blame media collusion One of President Trump’s harshest critics has jumped on the bandwagon that’s calling for a special counsel to investigate President-elect Joe Biden’s son. Lawyer Richard Painter — who served as the chief ethics lawyer for then-President George W. Bush — told the New York Times on Friday that the Hunter Biden probe needs to be completely independent of the incoming administration. “That should not be investigated by someone appointed by the president any more than if one of his cabinet members is accused of something or his national security adviser,” Painter said. Hunter Biden, 50, unexpectedly...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Lawyers for Pennsylvania responded in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to Texas’ effort to overturn the election result in four states for President-elect Joe Biden, calling it a “seditious abuse” of the courts that rests on conspiracy theories and falsehoods. Texas lacks standing to bring the challenge, and its claims are not only barred by time limits, but are meritless and dangerous, lawyers for Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, wrote in the 43-page court brief. Texas is using bogus and false claims in a legally indefensible effort to disenfranchise huge numbers of voters and anoint its preferred candidate for president, Donald Trump, Pennsylvania’s lawyers said. “Texas’s effort to get this court to pick the next president has no basis in law or fact,” they wrote. “The court should not abide this seditious abuse of the judicial process, and should send a clear and...
    TIME Magazine announced on Thursday that it has named its four finalists for the title of ‘Person of the Year’ - President-elect Joe Biden, President Donald Trump, Dr. Anthony Fauci and healthcare workers, and racial justice protesters. The winner will be announced on Thursday night during a television special that will air nationally on the NBC network beginning at 10pm Eastern Time. That is when TIME editors will reveal who they believe is deserving of the title, which goes to the individual or group of people who have made the most significant impact - both positive and negative - across the globe. Edward Felsenthal, the editor-in-chief of TIME, appeared on NBC’s TODAY show on Thursday morning to announce the finalists. He said 2020 was a ‘really challenging year to make this call.’ President-elect Joe Biden (left) and President Trump (right) are two of four finalists for TIME Magazine's...
    More On: joe biden Ric Grenell calls out CNN’s Jake Tapper for belatedly covering Hunter Biden story The Biden family put national security at risk: Devine Seventeen states, Trump join Texas SCOTUS suit to toss Biden electors Hunter Biden under federal investigation for possible tax fraud ​President-elect Joe Biden will travel to Georgia next week to stump for the Democratic candidates trying to unseat two Republican incumbents in the Senate, his campaign said Thursday. The former vice president will land in Atlanta next Tuesday. The two are locked in showdowns with Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, respectively, in closely watched elections that will determine on Jan. 5 which party controls the Senate next year. If Ossoff and Warnock win, they would effectively give Democrats control of the chamber — creating a 50-50 split that would be broken if necessary with a vote from Vice President-elect Kamala Harris....
    Imagine for a moment that Donald Trump had won the US election last month? I don't mean won it in the increasingly absurd way HE thinks he won it – i.e. that Joe Biden's entirely legitimate victory was invalid because uncorroborated 'mass voter fraud' made it a 'rigged' and 'stolen' election. Only a bonkers conspiracy theorist actually thinks that, someone like the President himself whose pathetic elongated temper tantrum is turning into the most unedifying episode of The Biggest Loser ever aired. No, I mean imagine if Trump had actually won fair and square and was now preparing to be inaugurated for his second term of office? Then imagine that his victory was quite narrow, like Biden's, and came down to a few thousand votes in the swing states? And then imagine that just before the election, a major US newspaper had published an explosive story about his son Donald...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 7 a.m. President-elect Joe Biden is heading to Georgia to campaign for the Democratic candidates in the state's two critical U.S. Senate runoffs. Biden says he'll travel to Atlanta on Tuesday to support Jon Ossoff, the Rev. Raphael Warnock and the Democratic ticket in the Jan. 5 runoffs, which will determine which party controls the Senate at the outset of his presidency. Ossoff faces Republican Sen. David Perdue. Warnock faces GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Republicans need one seat for a Senate majority. Democrats need both to make Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote. President Donald Trump used a weekend rally in Valdosta, Georgia, to push supporters to turn out for Perdue and Loeffler. Georgia has long been a Republican stronghold but may be on the road to swing state status, particularly after Biden became the first Democratic...
    WASHINGTON – The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 7 a.m. President-elect Joe Biden is heading to Georgia to campaign for the Democratic candidates in the state's two critical U.S. Senate runoffs. Biden says he'll travel to Atlanta on Tuesday to support Jon Ossoff, the Rev. Raphael Warnock and the Democratic ticket in the Jan. 5 runoffs, which will determine which party controls the Senate at the outset of his presidency. Ossoff faces Republican Sen. David Perdue. Warnock faces GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Republicans need one seat for a Senate majority. Democrats need both to make Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote. President Donald Trump used a weekend rally in Valdosta, Georgia, to push supporters to turn out for Perdue and Loeffler. Georgia has long been a Republican stronghold but may be on the road to swing state status, particularly after Biden became the first Democratic presidential...
    Black Lives Matter seemed to knock President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday after it was revealed that he didn't include them in a meeting where multiple civil rights groups laid out their recommendations for his Justice Department. "Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Rep. Cedric Richmond met with several civil rights groups yesterday," the group tweeted. "@blklivesmatter — as the largest social and justice movement in history— was not invited." According to Politico, the wide-ranging discussion covered topics like voting rights, judges, and executive-level appointments. It also touched on criminal justice reform and racial equity — two issues that the BLM movement has been emphasizing in the wake of George Floyd's death in May. BIDEN CLARIFIES POSITION ON DEFUNDING THE POLICE AS REPUBLICANS CONTINUE ATTACKS Biden's inaugural team did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. The meeting came at a pivotal time as Democrats struggled to achieve a consensus on the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 2:05 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden says he is asking Congress for a waiver to allow for the confirmation of retired four-star Army general Lloyd J. Austin as secretary of defense because the moment calls for it. Biden said Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware, that he “would not be asking for this exemption if I did not believe this moment in our history didn’t call for it. It does call for it.” If confirmed by the Senate, Austin would be the first Black leader of the Pentagon and would need to obtain a congressional waiver to serve as defense secretary. Congress intended civilian control of the military when it created the position of secretary of defense in 1947 and prohibited a recently retired military officer from holding the position. Austin retired in 2016. Biden said there is “no doubt” in...
    WASHINGTON -- Americans waiting for Republicans in Congress to acknowledge Joe Biden as the president-elect may have to keep waiting until January as GOP leaders stick with President Donald Trump's litany of legal challenges and unproven claims of fraud.Tuesday's deadline for states to certify their elections - once viewed as a pivot point for Republicans to mark Biden's win - came and went without much comment. Next week's Dec. 14 Electoral College deadline may produce just a few more congratulatory GOP calls to Biden.Increasingly, GOP lawmakers say the Jan. 6 vote in Congress to accept the Electoral College outcome may be when the presidential winner becomes official. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled Jan. 20 as the certain date when the country is "going to have the swearing-in of the next president."See All National ResultsThe result is a risky standoff like none other in U.S. history. The refusal to...
    WASHINGTON -- Americans waiting for Republicans in Congress to acknowledge Joe Biden as the president-elect may have to keep waiting until January as GOP leaders stick with President Donald Trump's litany of legal challenges and unproven claims of fraud.Tuesday's deadline for states to certify their elections - once viewed as a pivot point for Republicans to mark Biden's win - came and went without much comment. Next week's Dec. 14 Electoral College deadline may produce just a few more congratulatory GOP calls to Biden.Increasingly, GOP lawmakers say the Jan. 6 vote in Congress to accept the Electoral College outcome may be when the presidential winner becomes official. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled Jan. 20 as the certain date when the country is "going to have the swearing-in of the next president."See All National ResultsThe result is a risky standoff like none other in U.S. history. The refusal to...
    President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly considering his former competitor Pete Buttigieg ambassador to in China after ruling him out as his ambassador to the United Nations, Axios reported. China isn’t the only foreign post that Buttigieg could be selected for, and the former Democratic Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has communicated his interest in foreign policy and national security positions in the incoming administration, according to Axios.  Breaking Axios: Joe Biden is considering a high-profile ambassadorship for Pete Buttigieg, possibly sending him to China, people familiar with the matter tell Axios. https://t.co/yuJ0nPKRVA — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 9, 2020 Buttigieg was a top contender for U.N. Ambassador, but Biden selected Linda Thomas-Greenfield for the position, a 35-year veteran of the foreign service who also oversaw the Bureau of African Affairs under the Obama administration.  The U.S. ambassador to China has typically been someone who is in the middle or...
    Be afraid, be very very afraid that this woman is in charge of the federal budgeting process.Ron Sachs/CNP via ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Here is Jim Geraghty writing in National Review about Joe Biden’s cabinet choices. He says they were going fine for a while, but then Biden went nuts: First, Biden nominated Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget, a combative figure who has alienated policymakers and activists on the left, right, and center. Then Biden nominated California state attorney general Xavier Becerra to be the next secretary of Health and Human Services. As John McCormick lays out, in Becerra, Biden has selected a hardline partisan with no health-care experience to run HHS during a pandemic. ….Personnel is policy. Biden may envision a calmer, less...
    President-Elect Joe Biden tapped retired four-star general Lloyd Austin to be his secretary of defense Tuesday, rounding out a series of appointments. Biden made the announcement through an article in The Atlantic, specifically touting Austin’s role in bringing 150,000 troops home from the Middle East under the Obama administration. Biden also highlighted Austin’s race, saying he is only the sixth African-American to attain the rank of Army four-star general. “In his more than 40 years in the United States Army, Austin met every challenge with extraordinary skill and profound personal decency,” Biden wrote. “He is a true and tested soldier and leader. I’ve spent countless hours with him, in the field and in the White House Situation Room.” (RELATED: Defense Secretary Says Trump Is Wrong — ‘I Do Not Support’ Mobilizing Military To Police Floyd Protests, Riots) Like President-elect Biden, General Lloyd Austin believes we have the strongest military in...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA/AP) — President Donald Trump personally called Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler twice, asking him to look into overturning the state’s election results. The Washington Post first reported Monday that the president made the calls, which were confirmed by a spokesperson for Cutler. That spokesperson said the president brought up his objections to Pennsylvania’s election laws. The spokesperson also said the president asked, “What can we do to fix it?” Cutler reportedly told the president that Pennsylvania’s Legislature does not have the power to override the will of the voters. On Friday, 75 Republicans in Pennsylvania’s Legislature, including Cutler and Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, signed a statement urging members of Congress to block Pennsylvania’s electoral votes from being cast for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. Gov. Tom Wolf signed a certificate of ascertainment to show the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris...
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    Washington (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden could return to the nation's capital for his inauguration ceremony the way he long bridged his life at home and his job in politics: On an Amtrak train from Wilmington, Delaware, to Washington, DC.It would be a fitting moment for the man who took roughly 8,000 round trips on that same route during his time as senator and vice president -- earning him the moniker "Amtrak Joe" -- and who four years ago left Washington by train on his final day as vice president.Biden's inauguration team is eyeing a rail arrival as one of a number of plans being discussed for the January celebration, Democrats familiar with the planning told CNN. The plan is far from finalized and there is a great deal of uncertainty around all inauguration planning given the coronavirus pandemic, the Democrats cautioned. A spokesperson for Biden's presidential inaugural committee declined to comment.Biden's...
    President-elect Joe Biden was on the cusp of winning Georgia for a fourth time Monday, as the state's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said he would be re-certifying President Donald Trump's defeat.  'We have now counted legally-casted ballots three times and the results have remained unchnaged,' Raffensperger said at a Monday morning press conference.  On top of those three counts, the state's Republican governor and Raffensperger had already certified Biden's win in the state once.  Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the state would be re-certifying its presidential election results Monday, making Joe Biden the winner for a fourth time  President Donald Trump, photographed campaigning in Georgia Saturday for the two Republican Senate candidates, boasted then that he had won the state, which he had not   President-elect Joe Biden leads Trump in Georgia by 12,670 votes, a number that is expected to change, but not substantially enough to change...
    A retired Catholic archbishop has said that Joe Biden should not receive Holy Communion because of his stance on 'evil' abortion and same-sex relationships.  Charles J. Chaput, 76, is the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and stepped down as archbishop of Philadelphia earlier this year. He claims that the president-elect's pro-choice support has created a 'scandal' for the faithful, and means 'he is not in full Communion with the Catholic Church.'  When he is sworn in Biden, 78, will become the second baptized Catholic to serve as president, after John F. Kennedy, and has frequently cited his faith as a source of strength and guidance in his life.  But his continued support for Roe v Wade, which first protected a woman's right to abortion in the US in 1973, as well as same-sex marriage, which was legalized federally in 2015, has caused a schism between Catholic...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden is facing increasing pressure to expand the racial and ideological diversity in his choices for Cabinet and other top jobs. A month and a half before he takes office, he's drawing rebukes from activists who fear he'll fall short on promises to build an administration that looks like the country it governs.Of the nine major picks Biden has made so far, only two - Secretary of State choice Antony Blinken and chief of staff Ron Klain - are white men. That's a historic low that so far outpaces the historically diverse Cabinet that Barack Obama assembled in 2009.But civil rights leaders are grumbling that none of the "big four" Cabinet positions - the secretaries of state, defense and treasury and the attorney general - has yet gone to a person of color. And Biden is declining to commit to doing so."I promise you, it'll be...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden says it is important that President Donald Trump attend his inauguration only in the sense that it would demonstrate the nation's commitment to a peaceful transfer of power between political rivals.Trump aides have expressed skepticism that the president would attend Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration. Trump has continued to falsely claim victory and spread baseless claims of fraud to try to explain away his loss.Speaking Thursday to CNN, Biden said, "It is totally his decision." He added, "It is of no personal consequence to me, but I think it is to the country."Biden lamented Trump's refusal to concede, saying, "These kinds of things happen in tin-horn dictatorships."He said he hoped Trump would attend the inauguration to set an example to other nations on the democratic process.SEE ALSO: Among first acts, Biden to call for 100 days of mask-wearingEMBED More News Videos Joe Biden said Thursday that...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said he accepted 'on the spot' an offer from Joe Biden to be his chief medical adviser and warned Americans may continue to need to wear face masks beyond the 100 days the president-elect advocated. 'I said yes right on the spot,' Fauci told NBC's 'Today Show' on Friday morning about Biden's offer. Fauci also will remain the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He also praised Biden's plan to ask Americans to wear face masks for 100 days but said it may need to go beyond that.   'It's a good idea,' Fauci said. 'He's saying hey, folks, trust me, everybody for 100 days. Now it might be that after that we're still going to need it but he just wants everybody for a commitment for 100 days. I told him I thought that was a good idea.'  The infectious disease expert also...
    New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.In the final minute of Jake Tapper's sit-down with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Thursday, Harris put it all in perspective:"There couldn't be a more extreme exercise in stark contrast between the current occupant of the White House and the next occupant of the White House. And I do believe our country's going to be the better for the outcome of this election, and the election of Joe Biden as president."The "stark contrast" is even more evident when Biden and Harris speak with the press. Thursday represented the pair's first joint interview, and CNN aired it as a prime time special at 9pm ET. "No fake news"Read MoreRight after the interview, Tapper talked with 10pm host Don Lemon, who said "it feels like we are watching ......
    President-elect Joe Biden said President Trump should attend his inauguration. The two-term vice president and 36-year Delaware senator explained the Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremony was "important in the sense that we are able to demonstrate the end of this chaos that he’s created." "The protocol of the transfer of power, I think, is important. But it is totally his decision, and it’s — it has no personal consequence to me. But I do think it is for the country,” Biden told CNN on Thursday. "That there is peaceful transfer of power with the competing parties standing there, shaking hands, and moving on." With or without Trump's involvement, inauguration formalities this cycle will be different from the past given the Biden team's concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump is reportedly considering skipping the event entirely and instead announcing his 2024 White House bid. When pressed on policies, both Biden and...
    Joe Biden was not wearing his medical boot on Thursday, less than a week after fracturing his right foot. He was wearing mismatched shoes when he arrived at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, to tape an interview with CNN. The president-elect was wearing a slip-on suede shoe on his injured foot and a black dress shoe on his healthy foot.  It's unclear why the change in foot wear. The president-elect's team did not respond to DailyMail.com's inquiry on the matter.  Biden suffered small fractures in his right foot this weekend playing with his German Shepard Major. His doctor said he'd have to wear a medical boot for 'several weeks.'  Joe Biden was not wearing his medical boot on Thursday, less than a week after fracturing his right foot The president-elect was wearing a slip-on suede shoe on his injured foot and a black dress shoe on his...
    President-elect Joe Biden said he will ask Americans to mask up for 100 days as soon as he takes the oath of office and noted he asked Dr. Anthony Fauci to be his chief medical adviser on the pandemic.  'On the first day I'm inaugurated I'm going to ask the public for 100 days to mask - just 100 days to mask. Not forever,' Biden told CNN's Jake Tapper on Thursday.  'And I think we'll see a significant reduction' in COVID cases when that happens, he said. Inauguration Day is January 20th. Biden has pushed for Americans to wear the face coverings, even suggesting he may do a national mandate, to combat the disease. President-elect Joe Biden said he will ask Americans to mask up for 100 days as soon as he takes the oath of office Biden said he's spoken to Dr. Anthony Fauci and asked him...
    President Trump is personally suing Wisconsin for 'unlawful and unconstitutional acts' during the presidential election in his latest legal bid to overturn Joe Biden's win in the battleground state.  The Trump campaign on Wednesday announced the president filed a lawsuit in 'his personal capacity,' accusing the Wisconsin Elections Commission as well as local and state officials of undermining the election by disregarding 'safeguards meant to prevent absentee ballot fraud.' The complaint repeats many of Trump's allegations against the mail-in ballot process that he has made in other lawsuits contesting state results, such as ballot tampering and lack of voter information certifications.  The Trump campaign on Wednesday announced the president is suing Wisconsin in a 'personal capacity' The suit accuses the Wisconsin Elections Commission as well as state and city officials of engaging in 'unlawful and unconstitutional acts' during the November 3 election He has also accused the mayors...
    Arizona Gov Doug Ducey has confirmed that the person calling him on Monday as he certified the state's vote for Joe Biden was indeed President Donald Trump calling him from the White House.  During an interview on Wednesday, Ducey told reporters: 'So it was the White House calling during the election results.' Ducey then explained that the call came from the White House through a switchboard so he didn't actually know who it was at the time.  'So I was at a public ceremony doing an official act so regardless of who was calling I was not going to answer the phone at that moment. But immediately after the event I called back to the White House and it was the president,' Ducey said.  Ducey didn't say what he and the president discussed during their call later that day.  Scroll down for video   Arizona Gov Doug Ducey has confirmed...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Ingraham Angle,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) stated that Joe Biden “ought to be prepared for a rocky, rocky time in the United States Senate,” with his nominees and “every nominee should be subjected to rigorous, rigorous vetting and questioning.” Hawley said, “I tell you, again, if Joe Biden ends up being sworn in as president, he should prepare for hard vetting of every single nominee. And no Republican ought to be out there saying, oh, we’re going to fast-track. We’re not going to fast-track anything. If Joe Biden ends up as president, every nominee should be subjected to rigorous, rigorous vetting and questioning.” He later added, “If he is president, come January, and these are the people that he puts up, he ought to be prepared for a rocky, rocky time in the United States Senate, if the Republicans are doing their...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden arrived at an event Tuesday wearing a walking boot for his injured ankle. The former vice president traveled to The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, to announce two members of his White House economic team — Janet Yellen for treasury secretary and Neera Tanden for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director. After stepping out of his motorcade SUV, Biden pointed to his walking boot, lifting it up to show it to the press. US President-elect Joe Biden arrives for an event at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, on December 1, 2020. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images) When reporters asked him how his foot felt, he replied, “Good. Thank you for asking,” and flashed a thumbs-up sign. US President-elect Joe Biden arrives for an event at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, on December 1, 2020.  (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty...
    President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday showed off his booted foot for the first time in public — and said he feels “good.” The Dem fractured his right foot while playing with one of his dogs Saturday. Biden pointed to his injured foot as soon as he saw reporters as he got out of a black SUV in front of The Queen theater in Wilmington, where he was to formally announce his economic team. Asked by a journalist how he was feeling, the country’s next president lifted his right knee and said, “Good, thanks for asking,” and gave a thumb’s up before heading inside the building. Doctors have said Biden will likely have to wear the boot for the next several weeks. President-elect Joe Biden wears a boot to protect his injured foot today.Leah Millis/Reuters Filed under delaware ,  joe biden ,  politics ,  12/1/20
    President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are set to introduce people picked to be "key members" of their economic team. A statement released on Monday said former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen will be Biden's nominee for treasury secretary and longtime Democratic operative Neera Tanden will be his nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget, among other nominees and appointees. The Tuesday event is scheduled to start around 12:30 p.m. EST. News Joe Biden Kamala Harris
    President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his inaugural team on Monday as preparations continue for the swearing-in ceremony as COVID cases are on the rise. But organizers are warning the January 20th inauguration ceremony will be different than any in modern history - face masks are expected to be worn and the number of people receiving a coveted ticket to the event will be drastically cut.  As the swearing-in platform is being built on Capitol Hill, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have formed their Presidential Inaugural Committee, a group of people who will organize all the activities around the ceremony. President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his inaugural team - the committee that will help plan the events surrounding his swearing-in Tony Allen, the President of Delaware State University (top left); Maju Varghese (top right); Nevada state Sen. Yvanna Cancela (bottom left); and Erin Wilson, the Biden-Harris campaign’s national political director (bottom...
    Associated Press WASHINGTON — Arizona officials have certified Joe Biden’s narrow victory over President Donald Trump in the state. Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey stood up for the integrity of the election even as lawyers for Trump were across town Monday arguing without evidence to nine Republican lawmakers that the election was marred by fraud. Ducey says, “We do elections well here in Arizona. The system is strong.” Biden won Arizona by 0.3% of the nearly 3.4 million ballots cast, a margin of just under 10,500 votes. He’s the second Democrat in 70 years to win the state. The certification also paves the way for Democrat Mark Kelly to take his seat in the U.S. Senate, formalizing his victory in a special election to replace the late John McCain. Kelly is scheduled to be sworn in on Wednesday in Washington.
    President-elect Joe Biden introduces key foreign policy and national security nominees and appointments at the Queen Theatre on November 24, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.Mark Makela | Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden will likely have to wear a walking boot for several weeks after suffering hairline fractures in his foot, his personal physician said on Sunday. Biden slipped and twisted his ankle while playing with this dog Major on Saturday. The president-elect sprained his right foot and initial x-rays did not show any obvious fracture, Dr. Kevin O'Connor said. However, more detailed imaging also revealed small fractures in his mid-foot. "Initial x-rays did not show any obvious fracture, but his clinical exam warranted more detailed imaging," O'Connor said. "Follow-up CT scan confirmed hairline (small) fractures of President-elect Biden's lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, which are in the mid-foot. " "It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden intends to name Neera Tanden, head of the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress (CAP), as the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, presuming he takes office as president. Tanden leads the George Soros-backed organization, which also provided staff and policies to the Obama administration. She is a frequent and controversial figure on cable news. In 2018, for example, she said that “no reasonable person” should have any further questions about claims by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to have Cherokee ancestry after she took a DNA test. (The test suggested that Warren had very little Cherokee ancestry, and she later apologized to the Cherokee Nation.) The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday: Mr. Biden will nominate Neera Tanden, the president and chief executive officer of the Center for American Progress, a center-left think tank, to serve as director of the Office of Management...
    Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Republican Senator John McCain who crossed party lines to endorse President-elect Joe Biden, is reported to be in line to be named the next US ambassador to the United Kingdom. Cindy McCain, 66, is said to be the frontrunner for the job as a reward for helping deliver the traditionally Republican state of Arizona and its 11 electoral college votes to Biden. The UK ambassadorship is ‘hers if she wants it,’ a source close to Biden told The Times of London. ‘She delivered Arizona. They know that.’ Cindy McCain (left), 66, the widow of the late Senator John McCain, is reported to be the frontrunner for the post of US ambassador to the United Kingdom under incoming President-elect Joe Biden. Biden is seen right with Cindy McCain in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 8 A source close to Biden tells The Times...
    The Catholic Archbishop of Washington DC says he hopes to have a positive relationship with President-elect Joe Biden.   Wilton Gregory - who has just been nominated by Pope Francis to become America's first black cardinal - made the remarks from Rome, where he is currently quarantining ahead of his meeting with the head of the Catholic Church.  'I want to begin whatever conversations ensue in a positive vein, rather than in an adversarial mode,' Gregory told CBS This Morning on Friday.  Biden will be the country's second Catholic president, and the first in more than half a century. John F. Kennedy, who served as Commander-in-chief from 1960 until his assassination in 1963, has been the only Catholic to hold America's highest office.  The President-elect is a devout Catholic, who attends Mass each Sunday and frequently references his faith in his public speeches and interviews.  Gregory says that while he and...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A registered nurse in Chicago received a very special thank you phone call from Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Thursday."You know, I just wanted to see you to say happy Thanksgiving and just for everything you do every day," Harris said. "I've been reading about you and just all that you do in service of so many people."Talisa Hardin is among several frontline workers across the country who got a phone call this Thanksgiving.RELATED: Joe Biden appeals for unity in Thanksgiving-eve addressEMBED More News Videos President-elect Joe Biden appealed for unity Wednesday in a Thanksgiving-eve address to the nation asking Americans to "steel our spines" for a fight against the coronavirus. The vice president-elect said she and her husband wanted to express their gratitude for the work being done to fight COVID-19 across the country.In a time of plague and raw division, President-elect Joe Biden appealed for...
    The American president had just presented his wishes to the armed forces for the great American Thanksgiving holiday, when he was arrested by reporters. Is he ready to formally admit defeat if the college of grand voters confirms Democrat Joe Biden will be the next US president? “It will be something very difficult to accept, because we know there has been massive fraud,” he replied. Will he then leave the White House on January 20, the swearing-in day of the next President of the United States? “Of course I will. And you know it,” he replied lip service. These words, in the mouth of Donald Trump, are important, because his refusal to admit the victory of his opponent is unique in the history of the country. Even if the handover between him and Joe Biden at the beginning of next year was no longer in...
    President Trump said Thursday he will visit Georgia to campaign for incumbent GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, likely this weekend ahead of their Jan. 5 run-offs. The commander in chief announced his plans while speaking to reporters following a Thanksgiving video conference with military members stationed abroad, saying he would head out “probably Saturday.” “Speaking of Georgia, we’re going there. I spoke with the two great senators today. I’ll probably be going on Saturday,” Trump said, adding that he planned to hold some type of campaign rally. He went on to argue that people in the Peach State felt “very disappointed we were robbed,” appearing to allude to his losing Georgia to President-elect Joe Biden. Asked about his challenges to election results in Georgia and elsewhere, as well as whether he would eventually concede the 2020 election, Trump was steadfast in his assertion that the race was...
    President-elect Joe Biden thanked voters on Thanksgiving for giving him the chance to serve as the country's 46th president come January. In an op-ed for CNN, Biden and his wife Jill touched on how the coronavirus pandemic has upended the holiday season and thanked healthcare workers and scientists in their efforts to corral the coronavirus, which has infected over 12 million people nationwide. "Like millions of Americans, we are temporarily letting go of the traditions we can't do safely," the Bidens wrote. "It is not a small sacrifice. These moments with our loved ones — time that's lost — can't be returned. Yet, we know it's the price of protecting each other and one we don't pay alone." They also issued gratitude to workers, teachers, and parents across the country who have dealt with the inconsistencies of education and the workplace brought by the pandemic. They added that...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As we get closer to Inauguration Day, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Wednesday, Nov. 25President Trump grants full pardon to Michael FlynnPresident Trump issued a pardon for his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, taking direct aim at the Russia investigation.The president announced the pardon in a tweet saying "it is my great honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a full pardon." Flynn admitted to lying to the FBI about the Russia investigation. Officials from the Department of Justice said they were "not consulted" and they "were given a heads-up today."Biden appeals for...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — In a time of plague and raw division, President-elect Joe Biden appealed for unity Wednesday in a Thanksgiving-eve address to the nation asking Americans to “steel our spines” for a fight against the coronavirus that he predicted would continue for months. But even as he implored Americans to join in healing and common purpose, President Donald Trump asserted that the election should be overturned, a futile call but one that stokes the divisions Biden is trying to overcome. With COVID-19 cases surging nationwide, Biden called on Americans to take precautions to try to stem the tide of the virus, by wearing masks and practicing social distancing. While he said the federal government has “vast powers” to combat the virus, “the federal government can’t do it alone.” “Each of us has a responsibility in our own lives to do what we can to slow the virus,” he...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday addressed Americans ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.Read his remarks, as prepared for delivery, below.
    President-elect Joe Biden said Wednesday that his priorities for the first 100 days of his administration will be “a pathway to citizenship” for 11 million illegal immigrants and overturning a number of President Donald Trump’s executive orders which pertain specifically to climate change concerns. “I will send an immigration bill to the United States Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America,” Biden told NBC Nightly News. “I will also be moving to do away with some of the, I think, very damaging executive orders that have significantly impacted on making the climate worse and making us less healthy, from methane to a whole range of things the president has done [that have] eviscerated the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency.” (RELATED: ‘Pro-Labor, Pro-Worker Administration’: Labor Leaders Expect Union Resurgence Under A Biden Presidency) During the second presidential debate, Biden emphasized his commitment to...
    President-elect Joe Biden told NBC News’ Lester Holt that he would consider nominating a Trump supporter for a cabinet position — in what was hopefully a reflexive nod to the principles of healing and forgiveness, and not something he’s serious about. During his interview with the President-elect, which aired Tuesday night on NBC Nightly News, Mr. Holt punctuated his quizzing about the emerging Biden cabinet with this record-scratch-sound-effect-inducing question: “Have you considered, for the sake of national unity, selecting or nominating a Republican, someone who voted for President Trump?” Biden responded with an equally record-scratch-sound-effect-inducing “Yes.” He went on to add that “We still have a lot more appointments to make,” that “I want this country to be united,” and that “The purpose of our administration is once again to unite the, we can’t keep this virulent political dialogue going. That has to end.” Holt then leaned in...
    Members of the 'squad' – who don't have a formal say in either cabinet selections or White House staff – are weighing in with a demand that President-elect Biden not appoint Bruce Reed as head of the White House budget office. The lawmakers have signed onto a petition calling talk of Reed's potential selection 'concerning.' Reed previously served as Biden's chief of staff when he was vice president, and was the top staffer on the Bowles-Simpson commission on deficit reduction. That has the left-wing squad members worried. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is among the 'squad' members urging President-elect Joe Biden not to name Bruce Reed to head the Office of Management and Budget 'OMB sets the President’s budgetary agenda. Putting someone who will prioritize paying down the deficit ahead of all other concerns in charge is a recipe for cutting our earned benefits and turning the COVID recession into...
    President-elect Joe Biden has made clear he supports few, if any, of Trump's last-minute policy pronouncements. 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 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 on Jan. 20. In recent weeks, the White House, State Department, and other agencies have been working overtime to produce new policy pronouncements on Iran, Israel, China, and elsewhere that aim to lock in Trump's vision for the world. Some have attracted significant attention, while others have flown largely under the radar.
    President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his national security team on Tuesday, declaring 'America is back' and ready to lead the world, demonstrating the changed diplomatic tone his administration will take compared to President Donald Trump's.  Biden named his staff for the nation's security first, stressing the importance of the positions, but additional Cabinet picks are expected to be announced in the next few weeks.  'It's a team that reflects the fact that America is back,' the president-elect said as his six choices stood behind him on a stage at The Queen theater in downtown Wilmington, spread out in order to socially distance and wearing face masks. President-elect Biden's National Security Team Antony Blinken, Secretary of State Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate He said his choices -...
    General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra is cheering on Joe Biden’s climate change agenda as the multinational automaker drops its support for President Trump in a legal battle with California over their strict emission rules. Last year, Trump dropped a waiver allowing California to have strict fuel emission rules. Subsequently, California officials filed suit against Trump. GM, at the time, sided with Trump in the legal battle. In a letter released on Monday, though, Barra wrote that GM was dropping its support for the Trump administration in the legal battle and asked Toyota and Fiat Chrysler to also drop their support. Barra said she is “confident” that Biden can usher in an “all-electric future.” Barra writes: President-elect Biden recently said, “I believe that we can own the 21st-century car market again by moving to electric vehicles.” We at General Motors couldn’t agree more. We are inspired by the President-elect’s Build...
    A federal judge said the Trump campaign's latest lawsuit 'strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations.' Democrat Joe Biden has been certified as the winner of the presidential election in Pennsylvania, culminating three weeks of vote counting and a string of failed legal challenges by Donald Trump, state officials said Tuesday. The Pennsylvania State Department "certified the results of the November 3 election in Pennsylvania for president and vice president of the United States," Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, tweeted. "As required by federal law, I've signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris," Wolf wrote.
    Pennsylvania officially certified its election results, declaring President-elect Joe Biden as the state’s winner. “Today the Pennsylvania State Department certified the results of the Nov. 3 election in Pennsylvania for president and vice president of the United States,” Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted Tuesday. Today @PAStateDept certified the results of the November 3 election in Pennsylvania for president and vice president of the United States. As required by federal law, I’ve signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. — Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) November 24, 2020 Biden will receive the state’s 20 electoral votes as a result. Though the state was viewed by forecasters as the possible tipping point state in the presidential election, Biden won it by over 80,000 votes. Pennsylvania was also the focus of multiple lawsuits from President Donald Trump attempting to overturn the results in...
    Reuters November 24, 2020 0 Comments Pennsylvania has certified its Nov. 3 election results, finalizing Democrat Joe Biden as winner of the U.S. presidential contest, the state’s governor said on Tuesday, cementing Biden’s victory in the key political battleground state. “Today @PAStateDept certified the results of the November 3 election in Pennsylvania for president and vice president of the United States. As required by federal law, I’ve signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Governor Tom Wolf wrote in on Twitter. (Reporting by Susan Heavey)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump directs his team to cooperate on transition for President-elect Joe Biden but vows to keep up fight. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoHillicon Valley: Trump fires top federal cybersecurity official, GOP senators push back | Apple to pay 3 million to resolve fight over batteries | Los Angeles Police ban use of third-party facial recognition software OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee MORE (R-W.Va.), an adviser to the Senate Republican leadership, on Monday said there’s “no indication” that voting irregularities are widespread enough to change the outcome of the presidential election. Capito, who won re-election earlier this month, said “the window for legal challenges and recounts is rapidly closing” and pledged to “respect the certified results” once they are reported. She is the third Senate Republican since...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE on Monday named Linda Thomas-Greenfield as his pick for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, assigning a career diplomat and former high-ranking State Department official to a key post in his administration. The appointment also puts a Black woman in a highly visible and influential position among Biden’s foreign policy leadership, after the president-elect promised to promote racial equity and investing in America’s diplomatic corps.  Thomas-Greenfield, who served 35 years in the Foreign Service, is also an expert on Africa, having served as the assistant secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs during the Obama administration. She is currently head of the Biden transition team’s Agency Review team for the State Department.  Most recently she was senior vice president at the Albright...
    The bishop of Knoxville, Tennessee, has urged Catholic to pray for Joe Biden’s soul, begging God that he may undergo a “conversion of heart.” In a Sunday evening message on Twitter, Knoxville bishop Rick Stika begins by recommending a 2013 film called Parkland that recounts the events surrounding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, America’s first Catholic president, before going on to appeal for prayers for Biden. “Now Biden is the second Catholic President,” Bishop Stika writes. “We too must pray for him but also now that he holds the life and death of the yet to be born, those who believe in religious liberty and freedom of conscience, parental rights in regards to the education of their children and the religious persecution by the national media and so called liberals and progressives, pray for his conversion of heart.” “Pray for his soul,” the bishop concludes. In his...
    Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is being considered for President-elect Joe Biden's Transportation secretary, but his racial justice record will have progressives mad with that pick.  Fox News Channel pointed out Sunday that detractors will point to the 2014 police shooting of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, which Emanuel's administration was accused of covering up so he could be elected for a second term.  One of Capitol Hill's top progressives, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, already warned The New York Times earlier this month that she'd be against Emanuel joining the new Democratic administration.  Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago who served in the Clinton and Obama administrations, is being considered for President-elect Joe Biden's secretary of Transportation, but progressives don't like his record on racial justice  The October 2014 murder of Laquan McDonald will likely come back to haunt Emanuel, whose administration was accused of burying the dashcam footage...
    Rep. Devin Nunes has claimed former President Barack Obama is President-elect Joe Biden's 'overlord' and called for a special counsel to take over the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. Nunes, a California Republican and staunch ally of President Donald Trump, appeared on Fox Business Network's Sunday Morning Futures in an interview with host Maria Bartiromo.  'President Obama is the only president that I know that only moved about a mile from the White House – set up shop, has all his people there,' Nunes said, referring to the Obama family's rented mansion in Washington DC. 'Most of his people were promoting Kamala Harris to run before she bombed out, wasting hundreds of millions of dollars, and then they propped up Joe Biden,' Nunes claimed. Nunes, a California Republican and staunch ally of President Donald Trump, appeared on Fox Business Network's Sunday Morning Futures He claimed former President...
    PRESIDENT-elect Joe Biden attended mass as Catholic leaders urged him to 'repent' over his support for abortion and gay marriage. Experts have warned that Biden - a practicing Roman Catholic - could be barred from taking part in Holy Communion because of his controversial support for abortion rights. 7Joe Biden has long voiced support for women's rights, and same-sex marriageCredit: AP:Associated Press 7People stand outside St. Ann Parish as President-elect Joe Biden attends church on November 21Credit: AP:Associated Press 7Joe Biden told reporters people should be able to attend services as long as they follow safety precautions during the Covid pandemicCredit: AFP or licensors He was pictured in Wilmington, Delaware, after going to Saturday night mass at St. Ann's church. Asked by reporters waiting outside whether all Americans should be able to attend religious services during the coronavirus pandemic, Biden replied: “Yes, safely”. His laidback visit comes amid concern among...
    Last month’s heroic rescue of a US hostage, Philip Walton, in Nigeria serves as a sharp reminder: Other Americans remain in captivity abroad unjustly, too, and the nation shouldn’t rest until every one of them is home. Walton’s rescue was absolutely spectacular: The elite SEAL team parachuted down a few miles from the target and killed a number of Walton’s captors, without suffering any US casualties. President Trump rightly praised “our country’s brave warriors” for the “daring nighttime rescue.” “The kidnappers wished they had never done it. We got our American citizen . . .  but the other side suffered gravely,” he said. Yet Walton’s rescue shines a bright light on other Americans being held hostage around the world, several in Syria alone: •  Austin Tice, a former Marine officer, freelance journalist and Georgetown University Law Center student who disappeared in 2012 after spending a summer reporting there. • Majd Kamalmaz, a...
    Bill Maher suggested the United States' staggering number of coronavirus deaths were because its an 'incompetent country,' quipping 'it wasn't just Trump that led to those deaths,' The remarks came amid a panel discussion on this year's final episode of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.   During the segment, Maher sparred with Jon Meacham, a speechwriter for President-elect Joe Biden, former MSNBC contributor and historian.  Biden adviser/journalist @JMeacham: Trump admin’s “fundamental incompetence has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.” @BillMaher pushed back: “Everybody’s incompetent. It wasn’t just Trump that led to those deaths” #RealTime pic.twitter.com/vOrwDiPjJ1— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) November 21, 2020 While discussing the ill-fated Rudy Giuliani press conference this Thursday, which discussed unfounded claims of voter fraud launched by the Trump administration, Meacham compared it to 'if the Marx Brothers did a coup.'   'It's easy, because it seems so incompetent, to make fun of it, but...
    President-elect Joe Biden is considering Federal Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland for the Attorney General position under his administration, according to a new report.  Sources told NPR that Garland, 68, is among the names that Biden is considering for the position, which is currently held by William Barr.  Garland was the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit until his seven-year term ended in February 2020 and continues to be a circuit judge, a position he has held since 1997.  A new report says that Federal Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland (center with Joe Biden, left, and Barack Obama, right) is on President-elect Biden's short list for Attorney General RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Trump 'wants to end birthright citizenship before he leaves... Donald Trump returns to the White House briefing room... Share this article Share...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia secretary of state certifies election results that show state’s voters chose Joe Biden for president. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    President Donald Trump spent Friday morning blasting tweets that touted his chances for overturning the election even as his top staff, including Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, abandoned him on his legal attempt to change the results. 'We have great support on the Election Hoax!,' Trump wrote in one of dozen tweets, many of which were flagged by Twitter for having incorrect information. 'The Election was a HOAX,' he charged. Trump is making an increasingly desperate bid to stay in the White House after a disastrous news conference by his legal team on Thursday, a completed hand recount in Georgia confirming Joe Biden's win in that state, and losses in three more court cases. Biden lawyer Bob Bauer said Friday morning there 'is no chance whatsoever that Trump can be successful' in his attempt to overturn the Democrat's victory. Many Trump advisers believe privately that Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney,...
    One America News (OAN) CEO Robert Herring called out presumptive President-Elect Joe Biden for acting “like he’s going to be president when he knows the Dem cheating has been uncovered,” Thursday. “Why is Biden still trying to act like he’s going to be president when he knows the Dem cheating has been uncovered?” tweeted Herring. “He should be working on a way to clear all the charges he faces.” Why is Biden still trying to act like he’s going to be president when he knows the Dem cheating has been uncovered? He should be working on a way to clear all the charges he faces. @realDonaldTrump @OANN — Robert Herring (@RobHerring) November 19, 2020 President Donald Trump has repeatedly alleged that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged” and a “hoax,” after Biden was projected to be the winner, and he has upped his attacks on Fox News —...
    GUN-TOTING militias are arming themselves across America as they fear a coming "Civil War" as Joe Biden prepares to become president. Hundreds of far-right groups have sprung up across the US and are ramping up recruitment in the fallout from the highly charged election and the coronavirus pandemic. 14Protesters in military fatigues stand at the Capitol building in Salem Credit: AP:Associated Press Online forum My Militia - which promotes itself as an "American Patriot Network" - has more than 20,000 users and has seen a flurry of activity in recent weeks. The network claims there are 544 militias currently active in the US, carries instructions on how to make explosives and improvised weapons, survivalist tips, threads dedicated to conspiracy theories, and lists of names of members of "Antifa". It come as President Donald Trump refuses to concede as he claims - without evidence - that the election is being...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As we get closer to Inauguration Day, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Thursday, Nov. 19Biden meets with governorsJoe Biden expressed concern Thursday that President Donald Trump's unprecedented attempt to block the peaceful transition of power at the White House has hindered the flow of information about programs to fast-track a coronavirus vaccine."Unfortunately, my administration hasn't been able to get everything we need," the president-elect said during a video conference with the National Governors Association's leadership team, which includes five Republicans and four Democrats.He specifically cited Operation Warp Speed, the federal government's partnership with private pharmaceutical companies to develop a COVID-19...
    President-Elect Joe Biden will meet with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday. This will be Biden’s first in-person meeting with the Democratic leaders since being elected, Bloomberg first reported. Biden has had conversations with Pelosi and Schumer over the phone but not in-person. The three will reportedly meet at The Queen, a theater in Wilmington. “On Friday, November 20, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will meet with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer in Wilmington, Delaware, which will include a photo spray,” the Biden-Harris Transition team said in an email. President-elect Joe Biden leaves the Queen Theater after participating in a virtual roundtable with frontline health care workers on November 18, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office confirmed that he has...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Maryland man was indicted late Wednesday for allegedly threatening former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris and supporters with a letter in Frederick in early October. A letter threatening candidates for President and Vice President — specifically Biden and Harris — was left on the doorstep of a Frederick home on the morning of October 4 at around 4:30 a.m. A person dropping off the letter was caught on a Ring doorbell camera. The resident said they didn’t know the man but had several signs in the yard supporting Biden and Harris. Caught On Camera: Maryland Man Allegedly Wrote Letter Threatening Joe Biden, Kamala Harris The letter reads in part: “This is a warning to anyone reading this letter if you are a Biden/Harris supporter you will be targeted. We have a list of homes and addresses by your election signs. We are the...
    While just about every other outlet has called the election for President-elect Joe Biden, Newsmax is hanging on to the idea that President Donald Trump could win. In a fiery rant on Wednesday night’s edition of Greg Kelly Reports, Newsmax host Greg Kelly completely went off on the media for calling Biden the election winner — even claiming the idea of a president-elect is “a media fabrication.” “We have not called the election. Why would we? We do not know who has won! This whole idea of a president-elect, it is a media fabrication,” Kelly said. “The results have not been certified. Joe Biden at one point promised he would not declare victory until the election was certified that has not happened — the electors have not met. We do not have a president-elect!” The Newsmax host then faulted the media for simply wanting to call it a day and move on from...
    (CNN)Joe Biden won't be sworn in for another 64 days, but the President-elect is already under pressure from activist groups to bring progressive leaders into his administration -- and close its doors to establishment figures with cozy relationships to Wall Street, defense contractors and the fossil fuel industry.The pressure campaign has played out in public, with the release of open letters and lists of acceptable candidates for top Cabinet positions, via private calls with potential nominees, and on social media, where progressive groups have warned the incoming administration against reneging on Biden's promise to forge an aggressive new path in the fight against climate change.Top progressives are, for now, sounding a cautiously optimistic tone following the release of Biden's "agency review teams" and his quick decision to name longtime adviser Ron Klain, who has built bonds across ideological lines, as his White House chief of staff. But there are potential...
    Joe Biden is reportedly considering leaders of the nation’s largest teachers’ unions to replace current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, should the former vice president be declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. According to a report at the New York Times Friday, the short list of contenders for the education cabinet post includes Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and Lily Eskelsen Garcia, recent past president of the National Education Association (NEA). The NEA represents 2.29 million members, while the AFT represents 1.7 million. Additionally, the Times report names U.S. House Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT), a former National Teacher of the Year, and several superintendents of large city school districts, such as Baltimore and Seattle, as possible candidates for the position. Though Weingarten said that she was honored to be included on the list of possible nominees, she added she would also be “really happy...
    Former first lady Michelle Obama shamed President Donald Trump and his administration for refusing to start the transition to the Biden-Harris administration because some things are 'bigger than anybody’s ego.'     'Donald Trump had spread racist lies about my husband that had put my family in danger. That wasn’t something I was ready to forgive,' the former first lady wrote in an Instagram post Monday. 'But I knew that, for the sake of our country, I had to find the strength and maturity to put my anger aside.'    Obama said that compelled her to reach out to incoming first lady Melania Trump and walk her through what the position entailed.  Former first lady Michelle Obama posted on Instagram Monday and said that while she couldn't forgive now President Donald Trump for his 'racist lies about my husband,' she met with incoming first lady Melania Trump 'for the sake of our...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 3:35 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden says the outgoing Trump administration’s failure to share specific plans on combating the coronavirus pandemic is stymying American businesses’ abilities to find ways to grow and survive in challenging circumstances. Biden said during a speech Monday in Wilmington, Delaware, that “the sooner we have access to the administration’s distribution plan, the sooner this transition will smoothly move forward.” Specifics that the administration has withheld, Biden said, like vaccine distribution, could help “small businesses and entrepreneurs that are the backbone of our communities but are teetering on the edge.” Biden says he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris had an “encouraging” virtual meeting with nine leaders of some of the country’s largest labor unions like the AFL-CIO and corporations, including Microsoft and Target. Biden says the leaders “all agree that means rallying the country behind...
    Former President Barack Obama said in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) that President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede even before the official elections results have been certified is “hurting the American people.” In the interview aired on various NPR programs, host Michel Martin claimed that not only is Trump not conceding, but he is interfering with the transition from a Trump administration to a Biden administration. “I want to talk more about that at the end of our conversation, but as we are speaking now, President Trump is refusing to concede, and he’s refusing to even to cooperate with the transition,” Martin said. “How do you understand that? What do you think that is? Some people are calling it a tantrum, other people take it a lot more seriously. How do you understand it?” “I take it seriously,” Obama said. “I don’t think he’ll be successful in denying...
    WASHINGTON – The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 3:35 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden says the outgoing Trump administration’s failure to share specific plans on combating the coronavirus pandemic is stymying American businesses’ abilities to find ways to grow and survive in challenging circumstances. Biden said during a speech Monday in Wilmington, Delaware, that “the sooner we have access to the administration’s distribution plan, the sooner this transition will smoothly move forward.” Specifics that the administration has withheld, Biden said, like vaccine distribution, could help “small businesses and entrepreneurs that are the backbone of our communities but are teetering on the edge.” Biden says he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris had an “encouraging” virtual meeting with nine leaders of some of the country’s largest labor unions like the AFL-CIO and corporations, including Microsoft and Target. Biden says the leaders “all agree that means rallying the country behind a...
    WILMINGTON, Del. -- Acknowledging that the nation is in a "dark" place, President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said his administration would strengthen the country's vulnerable economy despite the exploding pandemic as he pushed forward with the business of preparing to assume the presidency.Biden, who will take office on Jan. 20, offered an optimistic assessment of the next four years during a meeting with several business and labor leaders ahead of an afternoon economic address from his makeshift headquarters in Delaware."To state the obvious, we seem to be turning a pretty dark corner now," Biden told the group, their faces projected on video screens, as the meeting began."I don't want to be falsely optimistic," he continued. But "I think we can do this."Biden, a Democrat, has vowed to spend trillions of dollars to reinvigorate U.S. manufacturing, expand health care coverage and combat climate change, among other priorities. But his chief priority...