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Texts Show That Census Supervisor In Alabama Told Counters To Use Fake Answers

The texts from an Alabama census supervisor had an urgent tone. “THIS JUST IN …,” one of them began. It then laid out how census takers should fake data to mark households as having only one resident even if they had no idea how many people actually lived there. The goal of the texts from October, obtained by The Associated Press, was to check off as many households as possible on the list of homes census takers were supposed to visit because residents never had filled out census questionnaires....
Tags: Florida, Cook, News, Maryland, Supreme Court, Alabama, Ap, Associated Press, Social Security Administration, Donald Trump, Baltimore, Justice Department, Irs, Trump, Bureau, San Jose California


Trump Losses Keep Piling Up As Judge Smacks Down Campaign Lawsuit In PA

Pennsylvania officials can certify election results that currently show Democrat Joe Biden winning the state by more than 80,000 votes, a federal judge ruled Saturday, dealing President Donald Trump’s campaign another blow in its effort to invalidate the election. U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, turned down the request for an injunction by President Donald Trump’s campaign, spoiling the incumbent’s hopes of somehow overturning the results of the presidential cont...
Tags: News, Joe Biden, PA, Pennsylvania, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, State, United States of America, Capitol, Tom Wolf, Brann, Josh Shapiro, Harrisburg Pennsylvania, Williamsport Pennsylvania, Boockvar


Wisconsin Election Officials Accuse Trump Observers Of Jamming Up Recount

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Election officials in Wisconsin’s largest county accused observers for President Donald Trump on Saturday of seeking to obstruct a recount of the presidential results, in some instances by objecting to every ballot tabulators pulled to count. Trump requested the recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties, both heavily liberal, in hopes of undoing Democrat Joe Biden’s victory by about 20,600 votes. With no precedent for a recount reversing such a large margin, Trump’s strategy is wid...
Tags: Dane, Florida, News, Milwaukee, Joe Biden, Ap, Wisconsin, Donald Trump, Trump, Dec, David Taintor, George Christenson, Posnanski, Tim Posnanski, Joe Voiland, Voiland


No Take Backs! Blackburn Spox Says GOPer Didn’t Mean To Call Biden President-Elect

The list is so short that these days it counts as news when a Republican lawmaker calls Joe Biden, the decisive winner of the 2020 election, President-elect. So it was Friday night when Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) referred to President-elect Biden in an interview with ABC News. But Blackburn campaign spokesperson, Abigail Sigler, told the Tennessean that the senator didn’t mean it. “She simply misspoke — it’s nothing more,” Sigler told the paper. A Republican senator walking back a statement of...
Tags: News, Joe Biden, Tennessee, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump, Blackburn, Kamala Harris, Trump, HARRIS, Lisa Murkowski, Sigler, Marsha Blackburn, Ben Sasse, David Taintor, Sen Marsha Blackburn R TN


We’ll Know More About Biden’s Cabinet Soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is moving quickly to fill out his administration and could name top leaders for his Cabinet as early as next week. Biden told reporters on Thursday that he’s already decided on who will lead the Treasury Department. That pick, along with his nominee for secretary of state, may be announced before Thanksgiving, according to people close to the transition who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Th...
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Trump Takes Another L: Michigan GOPers Say No To Election Steal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to leverage the power of the Oval Office on Friday in an extraordinary attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, but his pleas to Michigan lawmakers to overturn the will of their constituents appeared to have left them unswayed. Trump summoned a delegation of the battleground state’s Republican leadership, including the Senate majority leader and House speaker, in an apparent extension of his efforts to persuade judges and election offi...
Tags: News, Minnesota, Washington, Senate, White House, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Ap, Pennsylvania, Gop, United States, House, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan


Don Jr. Catches COVID-19

President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has tested positive for COVID-19, Bloomberg first reported Friday evening. Trump Jr. tested positive at some point earlier in the week, according to Bloomberg, and he claims to be asymptomatic. He is currently quarantining. Trump Jr.’s infection comes a little over two weeks after President Trump held a packed Election Night event in the wee hours of the morning at the White House, where the President declared premature and false victory. A number ...
Tags: News, Nbc, White House, Bloomberg, Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Trump Jr, Don Jr, David Taintor, COVID-19, Congress Sen Rick Scott R FL


ICYMI: Your TPM Weekend News Roundup

Stop The (Trump) Steal! President Trump has ratcheted up his efforts to steal victory from an election he decisively lost. After losing in court over and over again, he has set his sights on strong-arming state Republican lawmakers to appoint electors who would overrule the will of voters in states Trump lost. On Thursday, news broke that Trump had reached out to GOP members of Michigan’s Wayne County Board of Canvassers before they attempted to backtrack on their votes to certify the county’s ...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, White House, Joe Biden, Dhs, Gop, House, Michigan, Republican, Giuliani, Rudy Giuliani, Committee, Trump, Rnc, Tierney Sneed


Worth Your Time

Two weeks ago, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow announced that she had been exposed to COVID-19 and would be stepping away from the network’s post-election coverage to quarantine. Last night, Maddow revealed that her partner of more than two decades, Susan Mikula, has been battling a severe case of the coronavirus. “At one point, we really thought there was a possibility that it might kill her,” Maddow said, adding that Mikula is thankfully now on the road to recovery. It was a powerful and authentic momen...
Tags: Rachel Maddow, News, Msnbc, Maddow, Mikula, David Taintor, Susan Mikula, Editors' Blog


BuzzFeed Buying HuffPost In Surprising Media Move

BuzzFeed is buying HuffPost from Verizon as part of a bigger deal that has the wireless giant investing in the digital-media company. BuzzFeed and Verizon did not disclose terms of the deal. Verizon will be a minority shareholder in BuzzFeed and the two companies will partner on content and ads. A downturn in advertising due to the pandemic has hurt both traditional and digital-only media organizations, resulting in layoffs and furloughs. Digital newsrooms had been consolidating even before t...
Tags: Verizon, News, Yahoo, Arianna Huffington, Buzzfeed, Digital, Aol, Vox, Jonah Peretti, Huffington Post, New York Magazine, HuffPost, Peretti, David Taintor, Facebook That Verizon Media


Trump Tries Desperate And Damaging New Tack As He Refuses To Accept Loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting nowhere in the courts, President Donald Trump’s scattershot effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory is shifting toward obscure election boards that certify the vote as Trump and his allies seek to upend the electoral process, sow chaos and perpetuate unsubstantiated doubts about the count. The battle is centered in the battleground states that sealed Biden’s win. In Michigan, two Republican election officials in the state’s largest county initially ref...
Tags: News, Washington, Time, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Ap, Pennsylvania, Gop, House, Arizona, Palmer, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Michigan, Las Vegas


New York City Closes Public Schools As COVID-19 Cases Spike

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is shuttering schools to try to stop the renewed spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday in a painful about-face for one of the first big U.S. school systems to bring students back to classrooms this fall. The nation’s largest public school system will halt in-person learning Thursday, the mayor and schools chancellor said. The city had said since summer that school buildings would close if 3% of all the coronavirus tests performed citywide ov...
Tags: New York, News, New York City, Ap, Schools, Bill De Blasio, De Blasio, David Taintor, COVID-19


Moderna Says Its COVID Vaccine Appears To Be 95% Effective

Moderna said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be highly effective in a major trial, a second dash of hope in the global race for a shot to tame a resurgent virus that is now killing more than 8,000 people a day worldwide. The company said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from Moderna’s ongoing study. A week ago, competitor Pfizer Inc. announced its own COVID-19 vaccine appeared similarly effective — news that puts both companies on track to seek p...
Tags: Asia, Europe, News, National Institutes of Health, Associated Press, Pfizer, Vaccine, Pfizer Inc, Cambridge Massachusetts, Hoge, Moderna, David Taintor, Associated Press Health and Science Department, COVID-19, Stephen Hoge Moderna


Federal Judge Rules That Acting DHS Chief Didn’t Have Authority To Suspend DACA

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York ruled Saturday that Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf assumed his position unlawfully, a determination that invalidated Wolf’s suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields young people from deportation. “DHS failed to follow the order of succession as it was lawfully designated,” U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis wrote. “Therefore, the actions taken by purported Acting Secretaries, who wer...
Tags: New York, News, Senate, Joe Biden, Ap, Dhs, Nielsen, Donald Trump, Trump, Wolf, U S Supreme Court, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Government Accountability Office, DACA, Chad Wolf, Ken Cuccinelli


Dear Leader Drive-By: Trump Motorcade Parades Past Million Meh-AGA March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fervent supporters of President Donald Trump rallied in Washington on Saturday behind his spurious claim of a stolen election and swarmed his motorcade when he detoured for a drive-by on his way out of town. “I just want to keep up his spirits and let him know we support him,” one loyalist, Anthony Whittaker of Winchester, Virginia, said from outside the Supreme Court, where a few thousand assembled after a march along Pennsylvania Avenue from Freedom Plaza, near the White Hous...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Washington, White House, Virginia, Georgia, Joe Biden, Ap, Dc, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Pennsylvania Avenue, Sebastian Gorka, USA USA, Chris Rodriguez


Biden Likely To Take Historic Step In Choosing Woman To Lead Pentagon

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is expected to take a historic step and select a woman to head the Pentagon for the first time, shattering one of the few remaining barriers to women in the department and the presidential Cabinet. Michele Flournoy, a politically moderate Pentagon veteran, is regarded by U.S. officials and political insiders as a top choice for the position. Her selection would come on the heels of a tumultuous Pentagon period that has seen five men hold the top job...
Tags: News, Washington, North Korea, Senate, China, America, Joe Biden, Ap, Transition, Afghanistan, Hillary Clinton, United States, Middle East, Korea, Army, Pentagon


Bloomberg’s Big Election Spending Was Pretty Much A Bust

WASHINGTON (AP) — After pouring more than $1.2 billion of his personal fortune into presidential politics this election, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has little to show for it. His only win during a short-lived Democratic bid for the White House was in the territory of American Samoa. And after pledging to spend “whatever it takes” to defeat President Donald Trump, he routed $110 million to Florida, Ohio and Texas — all states that President-elect Joe Biden lost. Bloomberg, who built ...
Tags: Florida, New York, Texas, News, Washington, Senate, White House, Massachusetts, New York City, Elizabeth Warren, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Ap, Gop, House, PAC


Giuliani Time: Trump Taps Rudy To Lead Legal Challenges That Are Going Nowhere

One-term President Donald Trump has tapped his loyal bag man and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to lead his campaign’s long-shot legal challenges to the election results, the New York Times reported Friday evening. The Times said Giuliani was brought in as the face of the increasingly desperate effort to overrule the will of the American people, who delivered a decisive win for President-elect Joe Biden in both the Electoral College and popular vote, after the campaign’s efforts in Arizona fizz...
Tags: News, Politico, Joe Biden, Ukraine, New York Times, Arizona, Philadelphia, Biden, Times, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Philly, Bidens, Electoral College


‘Life-Or-Death Situation’: Governors Order New Restrictions As COVID Rages

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The governors of Oregon and New Mexico ordered near-lockdowns Friday in the most aggressive response yet to the latest wave of coronavirus infections shattering records across the U.S., even as many of their counterparts in other states show little appetite for reimposing the hard-line restrictions of last spring. “We are in a life-or-death situation, and if we don’t act right now, we cannot preserve the lives, we can’t keep saving lives, and we will absolutely crush our ...
Tags: Texas, News, Minnesota, Supreme Court, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Milwaukee, Brown University, Joe Biden, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Nevada, New Mexico, Republican, Johnson


ICYMI: Your TPM Weekend News Roundup

Trump Hampers Biden Transition In a sign that the Trump White House isn’t accepting the reality of a Biden victory, General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy has yet to sign a letter needed for the former VP to formally begin the transition process to the White House. The White House also reportedly directed officials not to cooperate with the Biden team. Nevertheless, Biden is moving ahead in building his staff. On Wednesday night, Biden announced that Ron Klain would se...
Tags: News, Obama, White House, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Hud, Biden, Republican National Committee, Ben Carson, Trump, Corey Lewandowski, General Services Administration GSA, Trump White House, Ron Klain, Klain, David Taintor


China Finally Congratulates Biden On Election Victory

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday became one of the last major countries to congratulate U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who is expected to make few changes to U.S. policy in conflicts with Beijing over trade, technology and security. China, along with Russia, avoided joining the throng that congratulated Biden last weekend after he and vice presidential running mate Kamala Harris secured enough Electoral College votes to unseat President Donald Trump. “We respect the choice of the American peop...
Tags: Hong Kong, News, Washington, White House, China, Russia, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Ap, Beijing, Hillary Clinton, United States, Biden, Donald Trump, Huawei, Kamala Harris


Georgia Secretary Of State To Quarantine After Wife Tests Positive For COVID-19

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia secretary of state to quarantine, wife tests positive for coronavirus as state starts audit of presidential race. [Author: David Taintor]
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Biden-Harris Transition Names Agency Review Teams

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have named their agency review teams. Below is the full list of names the transition team has announced: Arts and Humanities The Arts and Humanities group includes the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution. Name Most Recent Employment Source of Funding Courtney Chapin...
Tags: News, US, Joe Biden, United States, National Security Council, Kamala Harris, San Juan, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board, American Federation of State County, EOP, United States International Trade Commission, Linda Thomas Greenfield, Phillips LLP, Brian Nelson, Richard Stengel


Biden Announces Members Of COVID-19 Task Force

President-elect Joe Biden has announced the members of his coronavirus task force, which will put together a blueprint for fighting the pandemic. The co-chairs are former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, former Food Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. David Kessler and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a Yale University professor and researcher. Notable among the task force members is Rick Bright, a vaccine expert and former head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. Bright...
Tags: News, Joe Biden, National Institutes of Health, Biden, Donald Trump, Robert Rodriguez, Clinton, Yale University, Atul Gawande, Celine Gounder, Vivek Murthy, Luciana Borio, Ezekiel Emanuel, Julie Morita, Food Drug Administration, Michael Osterholm


Biden Inches Ever Closer To Presidency As Lead In Pennsylvania Grows

As vote-counting continues into the weekend, all eyes are on Pennsylvania as the state likely to be decisive in determining who the next president will be. The slow drip of results has required patience from both sides as mail-in ballots continue to be tabulated. The state’s remaining mail-in ballots are projected to expand Biden’s lead and quite possibly make him the winner of a state whose 20 electoral votes would push him past the 270 needed to claim the White House. Biden was leading in the...
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National Guard Taps Units To Respond To Potential Civil Unrest

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Guard has designated military police units in two states to serve as rapid reaction forces so they can respond quickly to any potential civil unrest around the country, following violent protests that rocked the nation’s capital and several states this summer. Military leaders don’t explicitly tie the changes to concerns about possible election-related violence, but the nation is bracing for unrest surrounding the tumultuous presidential campaign, particularly if v...
Tags: News, Washington, Defense, Alabama, Ap, United States, Arizona, Wisconsin, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Defense Department, Mccarthy, Guard, Phoenix, Floyd, National Guard


Legendary Actor Sean Connery Dies At 90

LONDON (AP) — Scottish actor Sean Connery, the first actor to play James Bond on film and for many fans the best, has died. He was 90. Bond producers EON Productions confirmed his death, first reported by the BBC. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said they were “devastated by the news.” “He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words — ‘The name’s Bond… James Bond,’...
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It All Comes Down To This: Days Left To Preserve American Democracy

The nation is on edge as President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden deliver closing arguments in a race that amounts to a fight to preserve American democracy amid bitter battles of voter disenfranchisement in the final hours before Election Day. Both candidates will fight for battleground state of Pennsylvania on Saturday, which earlier this week was delivered a Supreme Court ruling that came as a partial win for Democrats to allow extended deadlines for receiving mail-in ballot...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Michigan, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Lafayette Square, 2020 Election, David Taintor


ICYMI: Your TPM Weekend News Roundup

Courts Inject Politics Into Final Days Of Campaign Courts handed down a number of decisions this week related to voting rights. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a restriction on absentee ballot counting in Wisconsin. TPM’s Tierney Sneed detailed how two Trump-appointed justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, used the ruling to lay out their hardcore approach to voting rights cases. Kavanaugh wrote a concurrence in the Wisconsin case, which contained a number of errors and misr...
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