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Fight to vote: William Barr finally contradicts Trump on election fraud

There’s reason for some optimism in the face of the president’s false claims of a rigged voteGood morning Fight to Vote readers,Hope you all had a safe and healthy Thanksgiving break. I’m particularly thankful that I came back to a slightly more optimistic week for voting rights. First, there’s the fact that Donald Trump finally said he would leave the White House if the electoral college confirmed Joe Biden as president on 14 Deember. Then, there’s the surprising about-face from William Barr, t...
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US sets records for Covid deaths and hospitalizations as it nears 14m cases – live updates

More than 3,000 deaths recorded on Wednesday, data showsFauci suggests UK has not scrutinized vaccine data ‘carefully’Biden team to meet with Latino lawmakers over cabinet picksIvanka Trump was quizzed as part of inauguration fund lawsuitSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 2.21pm GMT Good Day from Baltimore!I’m Kenya Evelyn kicking off the blog from stateside and there’s much to follow today, including the continued fallout from former president Barack Obama’s Snapch...
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From Martha Washington to Melania Trump: 250 years of first lady portraiture

Portraits of presidents’ wives have evolved with the role, and although it remains highly gendered, a new exhibition aims to celebrate their contribution and to ‘rectify the absences of women in US history’Bess Truman, US first lady from 1945 until 1953, has not become the sort of historical figure people quote on Instagram. “A woman’s public role is to sit beside her husband, be silent, and be sure her hat is on straight,” she said, even though, behind the scenes, she was nicknamed “the Boss” a...
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Democrats took a risk to push mail-in voting. It paid off

Analysis: the 2020, conducted during a pandemic, led to a change in voting habits that could have ended in disaster, but didn’tWhen America began shutting down this spring because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it transformed the already high-stakes 2020 race into a precarious high-wire balancing act. Continue reading...
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Ivanka Trump quizzed as part of inauguration fund lawsuit

Outgoing US president’s daughter interviewed by lawyers alleging 2017 inauguration committee misused donor fundsIvanka Trump was interviewed by attorneys alleging that Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration committee misused donor funds, a new court filing reveals.The document, first reported by CNN on Wednesday, shows that Ivanka Trump, the president’s oldest daughter and a senior White House adviser, was interviewed on Tuesday by attorneys from the Washington, DC, attorney general’s office. Continu...
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'Defund the police' slogan risks turning voters away, says Obama – video

Former US president Barack Obama has criticised Democratic political candidates for using 'snappy' slogans such as 'defund the police', arguing they could turn voters away and defeat the original objective. In an interview with Good Luck America, a political show on social media platform Snapchat, Obama said the slogans can isolate potential voters. 'You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done,' he sa...
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Joe Biden warns of 250,000 further Covid deaths 'between now and January' – video

President-elect Joe Biden has warned there may be 250,000 further deaths due to Covid-19 between 'now and January'. The warning came in a virtual event on the economic impact of Covid-19, with Biden stressing the importance of remaining vigilant during the holidays. 'We're likely to lose another 250,000 people dead between now and January,' Biden said. 'You hear me? Because people aren't paying attention'Covid deaths at highest level since April as Biden pledges to 'fight like hell' for US inves...
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Covid deaths at highest level since April as 100,000 Americans are hospitalized - live

President-elect says economic relief is his top priorityCDC reduces quarantine period for asymptomatic exposuresBarr: no evidence of fraud that would change election outcomeUS braces for Covid surge in aftermath of ThanksgivingSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 12.40am GMT As of today, 100,226 Americans are currently hospitalized with Covid-19, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project. This is the highest number yet recorded, and nearly twice as many people...
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Donald Trump releases video statement repeating baseless vote fraud claims

President claims electoral system ‘under coordinated assault’Justice department found no evidence of significant fraudFacebook and Twitter have placed warnings on a 46-minute video statement released by Donald Trump on Wednesday, in which the president repeats baseless claims of voter fraud in November’s election, which he lost to Joe Biden. Continue reading...
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Covid deaths at highest level since April as Biden pledges to 'fight like hell' for US investment – live

President-elect says economic relief is his top priorityBarr: no evidence of fraud that would change election outcomeUS braces for Covid surge in aftermath of ThanksgivingUK approves vaccine for rollout next weekSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 4.05pm GMT Joe Biden, in his New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, was also asked about his plans for Iran and China after Donald Trump cracked down on the US’ relationship with the two countries. Biden said that he p...
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US Covid deaths soar as Barr dismisses Trump's election conspiracy theories – live

Barr: no evidence of fraud that would change election outcomeUS braces for Covid surge in aftermath of ThanksgivingUK approves vaccine for rollout next weekJustice department investigates alleged ‘bribery for pardon’ schemeSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 3.07pm GMT Christopher Krebs, the former director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (Cisa) who was fired by Donald Trump last month after pushing back on th...
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Donald Trump suggests 2024 presidential bid: 'I'll see you in four years'

President makes comments to Republicans at a White House reception, where video shows dozens of people crammed together without masksDonald Trump has floated the idea of running for president again in 2024 at a holiday reception at the White House on Tuesday evening.“It’s been an amazing four years,” Trump told the crowd, which included many Republican National Committee members. “We’re trying to do another four years. Otherwise, I’ll see you in four years.” Continue reading...
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UK and US lock in behind Australia in China row

Australia’s allies take aim at China’s campaign of ‘disinformation’The British government has vowed to stand with Australia to “protect our key interests and values” and push back at “disinformation” amid a deepening rift in Canberra’s relationship with Beijing.The American ambassador to Australia also accused a Chinese foreign ministry official of spreading “disinformation through fabricated images and disingenuous statements” about Australia. Continue reading...
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'Help is on the way,' says Joe Biden as he announces new economic team – video

US president-elect Joe Biden has formally introduced his choices for top economic advisers. ‘Our message to everybody struggling right now is this: help is on the way,’ Biden said. Biden’s nominations would put several women in top economic roles, including Janet Yellen, who if confirmed by the Senate would be the first woman to lead the US treasury in its 231-year history.  Yellen said the economic impact of the pandemic was ‘an American tragedy''Help is on the way': Joe Biden introduces econom...
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Georgia Republican warns Trump is inciting violence over election: 'Someone will get hurt'

Gabriel Sterling tells president to soften his language or ‘someone is going to get killed’One of Georgia’s top election officials has made an impassioned plea to Donald Trump to tone down his rhetoric disputing the election results, saying the president is “inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence”.Gabriel Sterling, a Republican who oversaw the implementation of the state’s new voting system, also issued the stark warning that if Trump does not rein in his supporters then “someone ...
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US justice department investigating 'bribery-for-pardon' scheme – live

Potentially criminal scheme revealed in newly unsealed court documentTrump and Giuliani reportedly discussed ‘pre-emptive pardon’Bipartisan group pitches $908bn Covid-19 relief to break deadlockSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 1.23am GMT Donald Trump has discussed granting “pre-emptive pardons” to his children and son-in-law in addition to his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, the New York Times reports. The lame duck president is concerned that Joe Biden’s justic...
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US justice department investigates alleged 'bribery for pardon' scheme

Heavily redacted court filing, which does not name Trump, comes as president reportedly considers series of pardonsAn alleged “bribery for pardon” scheme at the White House is under investigation by the justice department, according to a court filing unsealed on Tuesday.The heavily redacted document does not name Donald Trump or other individuals and leaves many unanswered questions, but comes amid media reports that the US president is considering sweeping pardons before he leaves office next m...
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US justice department investigates alleged 'bribery for pardon' scheme at White House

Heavily redacted court filing, which does not name Trump, comes as president reportedly is considering sweeping pardonsAn alleged “bribery for pardon” scheme at the White House is under investigation by the justice department, according to a court filing unsealed on Tuesday.The heavily redacted document does not name Donald Trump or other individuals and leaves many unanswered questions, but comes amid media reports that the US president is considering sweeping pardons before he leaves office ne...
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Top Georgia election official warns Trump is inciting violence: 'Someone will get hurt'

Republican Gabriel Sterling tells president to soften his language or ‘someone is going to get killed’One of Georgia’s top election officials has made an impassioned plea to Donald Trump to tone down his rhetoric disputing the election results, saying the president is “inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence”.Gabriel Sterling, a Republican who oversaw the implementation of the state’s new voting system, also issued the stark warning that if Trump does not rein in his supporters the...
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William Barr: no evidence of voter fraud that would change election outcome

Attorney general’s comments come despite Trump’s repeated claims election was stolen and his refusal to concede to Joe BidenUS politics – live coverageWilliam Barr said on Tuesday the US Department of Justice has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Related: Trump lawyer: ex-election security chief Krebs should be 'taken out and shot' Continue reading...
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Barr says no evidence of fraud that would change US election outcome – live

‘We have not seen fraud that could have effected a different outcome’Trump and Giuliani reportedly discussed ‘pre-emptive pardon’Bipartisan group pitches $908bn Covid-19 relief to break deadlockSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 8.33pm GMT It is not all bad news for the Trump-Barr relationship. Barr also told the AP today that he had given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.Barr told the Associated Pr...
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'Help is on the way': Biden introduces economic team as pandemic rages

Janet Yellen calls for urgent action amid ‘American tragedy’Team demonstrates Biden’s commitment to diversityJoe Biden, the US president-elect, formally introduced his top economic advisers on Tuesday, as his incoming administration prepares to deal with the worst financial crisis in decades and a resurgent coronavirus pandemic. Related: Bipartisan group pitches $908bn Covid-19 relief to break deadlock in Congress Continue reading...
Tags: Business, US, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, US economy, Janet Yellen, Biden, Congress Continue, Biden Administration, diversityJoe Biden


Mary Trump to release new book on ‘America’s national trauma’

Book by president’s niece will be published in July 2021The Reckoning follows tell-all of her dysfunctional familyDonald Trump’s niece Mary Trump will follow her bestselling exposé of her dysfunctional family life with a new book on “America’s national trauma”, her publisher has announced. Related: Too Much and Never Enough review: Mary Trump thumps Donald Continue reading...
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Giuliani discussed ‘pre-emptive pardon' with Trump, report says – live

New York Times reports discussions between Trump and Rudy GiulianiScott Atlas resigns as pandemic adviser after controversial tenureCongress races to avoid government shutdown amid pandemicSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 4.20pm GMT Scott Atlas, the controversial coronavirus adviser who resigned Monday, had been repeatedly denounced by faculty at Stanford University for his “falsehoods and misrepresentations of science.” Stanford is home to the conservative Hoover...
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US election results 2020: Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump to win presidency

Biden’s victories in Arizona and Wisconsin are officially recognised, handing Trump six defeats out of six in his bid to stop states certifying their results. Continue reading...
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Scott Atlas resigns as Trump pandemic adviser after controversial tenure

Neuroradiologist who has no expertise in infectious diseases downplayed the threat of coronavirusScott Atlas has resigned as special adviser to Donald Trump, a White House official said on Monday, after a controversial four months during which he attacked science-based public health measures and clashed repeatedly with other members of the coronavirus taskforce.“I am writing to resign from my position as Special Advisor to the President of the United States,” Atlas said in a letter to Trump date...
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Scott Atlas resigns as Trump's pandemic adviser after controversial tenure

Neuroradiologist who has no expertise in infectious diseases downplayed the threat of coronavirusScott Atlas has resigned as special adviser to Donald Trump, a White House official said on Monday, after a controversial four months during which he attacked science-based public health measures and clashed repeatedly with other members of the coronavirus taskforce.“I am writing to resign from my position as Special Advisor to the President of the United States,” Atlas said in a letter to Trump date...
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Arizona and Wisconsin certify Joe Biden's win as Trump continues to challenge results – live

State effectively puts to rest any doubt that Biden wonBiden names diverse economic teamExperts warn of Covid surge after widespread Thanksgiving travelSupreme court considers Trump census gambitSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 10.21pm GMT Hi everyone, this is Julia Carrie Wong in Oakland, picking up the blog for the rest of the afternoon. In the annals of “why your vote matters”, the state of Iowa has just certified the election of a Republican congressional cand...
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Arizona certifies Joe Biden's win as Trump continues to challenge election results – live

State effectively puts to rest any doubt that Biden wonBiden names diverse economic teamExperts warn of Covid surge after widespread Thanksgiving travelSupreme court considers Trump census gambitSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 7.09pm GMT More on Arizona certifying the election results. Here’s Arizona governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, tweeting about it. Today, we signed the canvass for the 2020 election in Arizona. I’m grateful to the voters, the county election ...
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Biden announces economics team as US Covid hospitalizations reach new record high – live

Biden will receive presidential daily briefing today and meet with transition advisersBiden announces all-female media team at his White HouseModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 3.15pm GMT The president is once again criticizing Georgia governor Brian Kemp, a Republican, for his stewardship over Georgia’s secretary of state and the vote counting process in Georgia. Why won’t Governor @BrianKempGA, the haple...
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