The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over whether the Trump administration can exclude people in the country illegally from the count used for divvying up congressional seats
Biden Urges Americans to ‘Recommit’ Themselves to Fight Against COVID-19. On Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden delivered a Thanksgiving address from Wilmington, Delaware. . He spoke about the country’s fight against COVID-19, urging Americans to stick together. . I know the country's grown weary of the fight. But we need to remember, we're at war with the virus, not with one another. Not with each other … Let's remember: We're all in this together, Joe Biden, via CBS News. Biden called for Americans to “steel [their] spines” and “recommit” to fighting the virus. . We still have months of this battle ahead of us ... America is not going to lose this war … Don’t let yourself surrender to the fatigue, Joe Biden, via CBS News. He also spoke about Thanksgiving, saying it was “so very important” to forego “family traditions.” . We have to try and slow the growth of this virus. We owe it to the doctors and the nurses and other frontline workers … we owe that to our fellow citizens … we owe it to one another. It’s literally our patriotic duty as Americans, Joe Biden, via CBS News
It’s two starkly different worlds on display in Georgia, where the national political spotlight is on twin Senate runoffs that will determine which party controls the chamber to open President-elect Joe Biden’s administration
Joe Biden Becomes First Presidential Candidate to Receive 80 Million Votes. President-elect Joe Biden has officially received the most votes cast for a presidential candidate in U.S. history. As of November 25, he has earned 80 million votes. . Former President Barack Obama previously held the record after receiving 69.5 million votes in 2008. Donald Trump has earned the second-most votes of all time, having received 74 million in the 2020 presidential election. The turnout rate for the 2020 presidential election was the highest in more than a century. More than 156 million Americans cast their ballots. That is estimated to be 66.5 percent of the eligible voter population. . The final vote total will likely be around 158 million. . That is 20 million more votes than the record 137 million that were cast in 2016.
The Supreme Court is for now staying out of a dispute involving the state of Louisiana and a Baton Rouge-area pastor charged with violating state coronavirus restrictions by repeatedly holding large church services
President-Elect Joe Biden to Deliver Thanksgiving Address. On Wednesday, Joe Biden is expected to deliver a Thanksgiving address from Wilmington, Delaware. . In a press release, his transition team detailed two major elements of Biden's expected speech. He will touch on the “shared sacrifices" being made by Americans this holiday season. . He will also deliver a message of hope, reassuring Americans that “we can and we will” get through the COVID-19 pandemic “together.” . Biden’s address comes as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has surpassed 12.5 million. . According to Johns Hopkins University, the death toll is approaching 260,000. Over 88,000 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.
Pennsylvania and Nevada Certify Election Results for Biden . On Tuesday, the two battleground states formally awarded a total of 26 electoral votes to President-elect Biden. Though Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican, officially certified Nevada's results Tuesday morning. she did not publicly acknowledge Biden as the winner. North Carolina certified its results in favor of Donald Trump, awarding the president 15 electoral votes. Other states are to certify their results by Dec. 8. On Tuesday, the Trump administration approved the start of a formal transition to Biden.
The Justice Department is quietly amending its execution protocols, no longer requiring federal death sentences to be carried out by lethal injection and clearing the way for other methods like firing squads and poison gas
Trump Administration Authorizes Biden Transition . On Monday, President Donald Trump’s administration officially authorized President-elect Joe Biden to begin the formal transition process. Biden will now be able to access millions of dollars in federal funds and other resources that had since been delayed for weeks. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy informed Biden of the approved transition process in a letter on Monday. She denied that her delay was due to any pressure from the White House, saying she came to her decision “independently.”. I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official — including those who work at the White House or GSA — with regard to the substance or timing of my decision … my decision was not made out of fear or favoritism. , Emily Murphy, via 'NYT'. That same day, Trump thanked Murphy on Twitter for her “steadfast dedication and loyalty,” saying he had directed her to begin “initial protocols.”. In the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same, Donald Trump, via Twitter. Hours later, Trump sent out another message saying he would “never concede” to fake ballots and that Murphy’s actions were just “preliminarily work with the Dems.” . What does GSA being allowed to preliminarily work with the Dems have to do with continuing to pursue our various cases on what will go down as the most corrupt election in American political history? , Donald Trump, via Twitter
A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has rejected President Donald Trump’s latest effort to challenge the election results in a case expected to reach the U.S. Supreme Court if Trump appeals
Joe Biden's Cabinet Picks Include John Kerry, Alejandro Mayorkas, Avril Haines . The president-elect's transition team shared his picks on Monday. Mayorkas, who served as deputy Homeland Security secretary from 2013 to 2016. would be the first Latino — and immigrant — to run the Homeland Security Department. Haines, who has worked with Biden for over a decade, served as principal deputy national security adviser under President Obama from 2015 to 2017. She's been tapped to become the highest-ranking woman to serve in the intelligence community as Director of National Intelligence. Former Secretary of State John Kerry is set to fill the role of special presidential envoy for climate and have a seat on the National Security Council. These individuals are equally as experienced and crisis-tested as they are innovative and imaginative. , President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. Their accomplishments in diplomacy are unmatched, but they also reflect the idea that we cannot meet the profound challenges of this new moment with old thinking and unchanged habits — , President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. — or without diversity of background and perspective. It’s why I’ve selected them, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. Biden's picks will first require Senate approval to serve in their respective posts. Reema Dodin and Shuwanza Goff were also announced as deputy directors of the White House legislative affairs office
Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Democrats, Republicans and their supporters plan to flood Georgia neighborhoods with staff and volunteers to knock on doors and rally their bases to vote in the state's pivotal U.S. Senate runoffs on Jan. 5
Biden To Nominate Antony Blinken , as Secretary of State. Blinken, 58, was a deputy secretary of state during the Obama Administration. He is known as a defender of global alliances. Blinken's first priority will be to reestablish international relations with U.S. allies that have cooled under the Trump Administration. Simply put, the big problems that we face as a country and as a planet [...] none of these have unilateral solutions, Anthony Blinken, via 'The New York Times'. Even a country as powerful as the United States can’t handle them alone, Anthony Blinken, via 'The New York Times'. Sources say another priority will be to assemble an international effort to compete with China. Blinken and President-elect Biden have had a close working relationship for nearly two decades
Florida Senator Rick Scott Tests Positive for COVID-19. On Friday, Florida Senator Rick Scott revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19. . Although the Republican senator is experiencing “very mild symptoms,” he said he was otherwise “feeling good.” . After several negative tests, I learned I was positive for COVID-19 this AM. I’m feeling good & experiencing very mild symptoms, Rick Scott, via Twitter. Scott went on to say that he would be “working from home” until it was safe for him to return to D.C. He then followed up with a second tweet urging people to “wear a mask” and “socially distance.” . We will beat this together, but we all must be responsible. I want to thank all the incredible health care workers who are working around the clock to care for patients, Rick Scott, via Twitter. The Senator first announced his possible exposure to COVID-19 on November 14. . At the time, Scott said that he had come into contact with someone while traveling who “subsequently tested positive” . After arriving in Florida last night, I came into contact with someone who subsequently tested positive for COVID. , Rick Scott, via Twitter. I was tested this morning and the result was negative. I have no symptoms, but out of an abundance of caution, I will be immediately quarantining, Rick Scott, via Twitter
Authorities say an Iranian scientist named by the West as the leader of the Islamic Republic’s disbanded military nuclear program has been killed in an ambush on the outskirts of Tehran
Trump Admin Cuts off Emergency Lending Programs, Overruling Fed Chair. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has asked the Federal Reserve to return $455 billion in unused pandemic program funds. A number of pandemic lending programs are set to expire on Dec. 31. Mnuchin made the request on Thursday, saying that the programs "have clearly achieved their objective.". Fed Chair Jerome Powell criticized the request, preferring the funds continue to be used "as a backstop for our still-strained and vulnerable economy.". Powell has stated that it is too soon to draw the pandemic programs to a close. When the right time comes, and I don't think that time is yet or very soon, we will put those tools away, Jerome Powell, Fed Chair, via CNN. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also rebuked the Trump administration's request, saying that it "unnecessarily ties the hands of the incoming administration."