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Reply to the Electoral College Symposium

For the Balkinization Symposium on   Alexander Keyssar, Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? (Harvard University Press, 2020), and Jesse Wegman, Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College (St. Martin's Press, 2020). Jesse Wegman I hope you will forgive my extremely belated response to this excellent and thought-provoking symposium. I read the contributions when they were published, and I intended to write my response immediately. At the lat...
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The Capitol Mob Was Only The Finale Of Trump’s Conspiracy To Overturn The Election

T he mood was already tense in Detroit’s expansive ballot-counting hall when President Trump tweeted on Nov. 4 that “a terrible thing” was “happening” in Michigan. It was the third day of processing ballots, and that morning Chris Thomas had heard a weird rumor traveling around the counting floor. A fellow election worker told Thomas, who was advising Detroit on its election after serving for 36 years as the state’s election director, that calls were welling on social media and email list...
Tags: Texas, News, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Kentucky, Senate, White House, Defense, America, Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Biden, Features, Getty Images


House transmits article of impeachment against Trump to the Senate, setting the stage for his second impeachment trial

Trump speaks at the "Stop The Steal" Rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images The House of Representatives on Monday transmitted its article of impeachment against Trump to the Senate. Trump was impeached in January for "incitement of insurrection" related to the Capit...
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, House, House Of Representatives, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Trump, Capitol, Democratic House, Pelosi


GOP Sen. Josh Hawley wrote a column in defense of the Oklahoma City bomber when he was 15

Sen. Josh Hawley makes a statement on October 22, 2020, in Washington, DC. Samuel Corum/Getty Images Sen. Josh Hawley wrote a column defending militia members when he was 15 years old.  The column was published in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing.  Hawley supported Trump's voter-fraud claims in the wake of the 2020 presidential election. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, who backed former President Donald Trump's voter fraud claims follow...
Tags: New York Post, Politics, News, Washington, Senate, Los Angeles, Trends, Gop, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Cruz, Trump, Oklahoma City, Capitol, Simpson, Electoral College


GOP Sen. Josh Hawley wrote a column in defense of militia members in the wake of Oklahoma City bombing when he was 15

Sen. Josh Hawley makes a statement on October 22, 2020, in Washington, DC. Samuel Corum/Getty Images Sen. Josh Hawley wrote a column defending militia members when he was 15 years old.  The column was published in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing.  Hawley supported Trump's voter-fraud claims in the wake of the 2020 presidential election. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, who backed former President Donald Trump's voter fraud claims follow...
Tags: New York Post, Politics, News, Washington, Senate, Los Angeles, Trends, Gop, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Cruz, Trump, Oklahoma City, Capitol, Simpson, Electoral College


Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who sought to overturn Biden's win, acknowledges the election 'was not fraudulent'

CNN's Pamela Brown interviewing Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina. Screenshot/CNN GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn's long-standing claims of voter fraud collapsed Saturday. Cawthorn maintained that he contested the election "to hold up the Constitution." When pressed by CNN's Pamela Brown to cite specific cases of fraud, Cawthorn was unable to do so. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina entered office pledging to contest Joe Bid...
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who sought to overturn Biden's win, admits that the election 'was not fraudulent' on CNN

CNN's Pamela Brown, left, interviews Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina. Screenshot/CNN GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn's longstanding claims of voter fraud collapsed on Saturday. Cawthorn maintained that he contested the election "to hold up the Constitution." When pressed by CNN's Pamela Brown to cite specific cases of fraud, Cawthorn was unable to do so. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina came into office pledging to contes...
Tags: Politics, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Pennsylvania, Democrats, Gop, Arizona, Wisconsin, Republican Party, Biden, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Madison, Trump, Brown


Thousands of members of the National Guard will remain stationed in DC during Trump's impeachment trial

Members of the National Guard are given weapons before Democrats begin debating one article of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, U.S., January 13, 2021 Joshua Roberts/Reuters About 5,000 members of the National Guard will remain stationed in DC through Trump's impeachment trial. The trial is set to begin in early February, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said. Members of the National Guard were stationed in DC after the insurrection at...
Tags: Politics, New York, Washington, Senate, White House, Politico, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Democrats, Washington Dc, Dc, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters


A Republican congressman from Pennsylvania was instrumental in Trump's plan to shake up the Justice Department and overturn the election

Th House Homeland Security Committee's Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee Chairman Scott Perry (R-PA) holds a hearing about the possibility of transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees out of Cuba and into the United States on Capitol Hill April 28, 2016. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images A little-known GOP congressman from Pennsylvania helped former President Donald Trump with a plan to oust the acting attorney general in an effort to overturn the election, reported. Republi...
Tags: Politics, Guantanamo Bay, Supreme Court, Congress, Senate, US, Trends, Georgia, Fraud, Pennsylvania, Gop, United States, House, Ted Cruz, The Times, Capitol Hill


5 people died in the Capitol insurrection. Experts say it could have been so much worse.

Rioters clash with police using big ladder trying to enter Capitol building through the front doors. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Five people died in the Capitol insurrection on January 6, including a Capitol Police officer.  But experts told Insider that the insurrection could have been much deadlier.  Experts said that swift thinking to bring Congress members and staff to safety likely saved lives.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One hundred f...
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5 ways the Biden administration can bridge the divide between rural and urban America

A worker eats behind plexiglass screens at a cafeteria in Guymon, Oklahoma in May 2020. Reuters Rural and urban America are experiencing a cultural, economic, and ideological divide that has only grown wider in recent years. Law professors Ann Eisenberg, Jessica A. Shoemaker, and Lisa R. Pruitt say the Biden administration can help bridge this divide by allocating government resources to the programs that distressed rural communities need. Improving K-12 schools, providing internet access ...
Tags: Politics, Justice, Obama, Congress, Opinion, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Policy, US Postal Service, Federal Communications Commission, US Senate, Biden, Rural America, Nordic


Microsoft president Brad Smith candidly confesses politics are pay-to-play in response to criticism over the company's donations to lawmakers who objected to US election results

Microsoft president Brad Smith. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson Microsoft president Brad Smith defended the company's political contributions, reported. Microsoft paused donations amid criticism of its gifts to GOP lawmakers who objected to election results. But Smith said donations are vital for getting invited to events so Microsoft can lobby lawmakers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Microsoft CEO Brad Smith offered his employees a candid take this week on why the company g...
Tags: Politics, News, Enterprise, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Congress, US, America, Trends, Markets, Joe Biden, Gop, United States, Citizens United, PACs, Money In Politics


There was almost a Trump coup at DOJ, part of scheme to overthrow election

"He met with Mr. Trump over the weekend, then informed Mr. Rosen midday on Sunday that the president intended to replace him with Mr. Clark, who could then try to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College results." Incredible Katie Benner scoop. — Read the rest
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A former Trump White House spokesperson said the Capitol riots gave the ex-president's legacy a 'black eye'

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Hogan Gidley, Trump's former deputy press aide, called the Capitol siege a "black eye" on his legacy.  Five people died when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6.  Trump has since been impeached on charges of "inciting an insurrection," his second impeachment.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A former White House deputy press secretary said the Capitol siege will be a "black eye," on former President Donald Trump's legacy. In an i...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Senate, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, House, Ted Cruz, Showtime, Republican Party, Republican, Donald Trump, Cruz, Trump


Josh Hawley is definitely not sorry

It's been two weeks since a violent mob -- egged on by ex-President Donald Trump and a complicit Republican Party -- stormed the US Capitol amid formal counting of the Electoral College vote to confirm Joe Biden had won the White House.
Tags: Joe Biden, Cnn, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Electoral College, US Capitol, Josh Hawley


7 Democratic senators call for ethics probe into Cruz and Hawley to determine whether their electoral college objections contributed to the Capitol siege

Josh Hawley is the subject of an ethics complaint from seven Democratic senators. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Seven Democratic senators have now called for a probe into Republican Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz's role in the Capitol siege.  The Democrats filed an ethics complaint to investigate if Hawley's and Cruz's objections to the Electoral College vote on January 6 contributed to the violence that led to five deaths.  Cruz and Hawley have previously faced critic...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Senate, Trends, House, Ted Cruz, Associated Press, Biden, Donald Trump, Cruz, Trump, Capitol, Sherrod Brown, Electoral College, Hawley, Sen Joe Manchin


Biden's unrivaled ability to work with Senate Republicans like Mitch McConnell will define his presidency

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell looks on as US President Joe Biden delivers his inaugural address at the US Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images Democrats now have control of the White House and Congress after Joe Biden's inauguration and the Georgia Senate elections. This makes things easier for Biden's administration, but don't be fooled, as he'll still need to exhibit an ability to be bipartisan. Biden's relationship with Senate Minority Leader Mi...
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Seven Senate Democrats request ethics probe into Cruz and Hawley over Capitol riot

Seven Senate Democrats filed an ethics complaint on Thursday against Republican Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas and called for the Ethics Committee to investigate how their objections to the Electoral College votes on January 6 may have contributed to inciting the violent Capitol insurrection.
Tags: Texas, Senate, Cnn, Missouri, Ted Cruz, Ethics Committee, Cruz, Capitol, Electoral College, Hawley, Sens Josh Hawley


Ted Cruz claims Joe Biden is 'more interested' in Paris than Pittsburgh, weeks after attempting to overturn Pennsylvania's election results

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at a campaign rally in Georgia on January 2, 2021. Brynn Anderson/AP Sen. Ted Cruz criticized President Biden with a comparison that may have missed the mark. He said Biden rejoining the Paris climate agreement showed he cared more for Paris than Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is in fact doing well on climate targets, though Cruz did recently challenge its election results. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas kicked off Joe B...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Science, Climate Change, France, China, US, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Paris, Capitol Hill, Republican


Corporate America is pausing its financial support for the 147 GOP lawmakers who challenged Biden's victory. Here are all the S&P 500 companies who gave them money - and then stopped.

Erin Schaff/Getty Images S&P 500 companies gave $23 million to the 147 GOP lawmakers who contested Electoral College results. After GOP efforts to overturn Biden's victory led to violence, some companies paused their support. Here's a list of how much each corporate PAC had given and whether they've paused contributions. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On January 6, Congress convened a joint session to formally certify President Joseph Biden's Electoral College victory...
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Republicans pledge to set aside differences and work with Biden

17 freshmen House Republicans, some who rejected the Electoral College certification, congratulated him.
Tags: House, Biden, Electoral College


Vice President Harris escorted to inauguration by Capitol Police officer hailed as hero

By Harmeet Kaur | CNN Eugene Goodman has been hailed as a hero ever since he lured rioters away from the Senate chambers during the January 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill. The Capitol Police officer’s courageous actions were recognized again on Wednesday when he escorted Kamala Harris to the inauguration ceremony. He was there in his new role as acting deputy House sergeant at arms, CNN’s Jeff Zeleny reported. Goodman became the face of resistance to the insurrection when shortly after the Capit...
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Expensify CEO slams corporate America's response to the Capitol riots: 'Defending the free market does not mean standing by as people destroy it'

David Barrett. David Barrett Expensify CEO David Barrett slammed corporate America's response to the attacks on the US Capitol. Barrett told Insider that defending free markets requires first defending democracy. He also told Protocol most CEOs are "cowards" for refusing to take those stands. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As more companies publicly condemn the violent attacks on the US Capitol and pause their financial support for the lawmakers who helped fuel an atte...
Tags: Politics, Enterprise, Finance, US, America, Trends, Markets, Corporate Social Responsibility, Joe Biden, Money In Politics, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump, Coinbase, Expensify, Trump


Even Though Biden Won, Republicans Enjoyed The Largest Electoral College Edge In 70 Years. Will That Last?

Going into the presidential election, we expected President Trump to have an advantage in the Electoral College because the key...
Tags: Biden, Trump, Electoral College


McConnell: Trump ‘fed lies’ to the crowd about election

By Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell opened the Senate on Tuesday saying the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol was “fed lies” by the president and others in the deadly riot to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s election. McConnell’s remarks are his most severe and public rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump. The Republican leader vowed a “safe and successful” inauguration of Biden on Wednesday at the Capitol, which ...
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An accused Capitol rioter threatened to kill his children if they turned him in, FBI says

Guy Reffitt pictured at the Capitol siege. FBI/Fox News video Guy Reffitt, of Wylie, Texas, was arrested by the FBI on Sunday in connection to the January 6 US Capitol riot. According to a charging affidavit, Reffitt threatened to kill his children if they told the FBI he had taken part in the riot.  Video from the insurrection cited by the FBI shows Reffitt standing on the US Capitol's steps as rioters who support President Donald Trump stormed the building. Visit Business Insider's homep...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Crime, News, Congress, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, Gop, Washington Dc, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Smith, Donald Trump, Capitol Police, Trump


127 GOPers Who Voted To Overturn Election Results Are Now Praising MLK

By refusing to certify the Electoral College results, these lawmakers denied the voices of Black voters.
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Trump is planning to sneak away to Florida instead of attending the Biden inauguration, FAA data reveals

President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP President Donald Trump appears to be heading south to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida instead of attending Joe Biden's inauguration.  The Federal Aviation Administration issued temporary flight restrictions over the private club for January 20, indicating the president's arrival. One of Trump's final tweets confirmed suspicions that he wouldn't be at the Biden inauguration.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for m...
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The man accused of breaking the window Ashli Babbitt tried to climb through when she was shot during the Capitol insurrection has been arrested

Riots at the US Capitol Building. Michael Nigro/Pacific Press:LightRocket/Getty Chad Barrett Jones, 42, of Coxs Creek, Kentucky, was arrested in Louisville on Saturday, the FBI said in a news release. Jones is accused of breaking a window of the Capitol building moments before Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot during the insurrection earlier this month.  He's facing multiple charges, including assault on a federal officer, destruction of government property, obstruction of justice, unlawful e...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Crime, News, Congress, Washington Post, Kentucky, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, Washington Dc, House, Biden, Donald Trump, Jones, Louisville


Rep. Brad Sherman town hall on Covid-19 issues, impeachment and the Biden administration, Jan. 21

  WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: A protester is seen hanging from the balcony in the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. Pro-Trump protesters have entered the U.S.Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation’s capital. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)   Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) holds a telephone town hall, 7-8 p.m. Jan....
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