Pennsylvania certifies Biden election win
New York (AFP) - Pennsylvania officially certified Democrat Joe Biden's election victory in the state over Donald Trump on Tuesday, a day after the president agreed to a transition but stopped short of conceding.Governor Tom Wolf tweeted that the Pennsylvania Department of State had "certified" the results of the November 3 vote, after Michigan did the same on Monday, in the latest setback to Trump's attempts to overturn his defeat."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, referring to Penns...
URGENT: Dow tops 30,000 for 1st time on transition hope
New York stocks soared Tuesday, briefly sending the Dow above the 30,000 threshold for the first time in U.S. history, as investors grew optimistic about the economic outlook following the start of the transition of power from U.S. President Donald Trump to President-elect Joe Biden.
Trump Skips Final G-20 Summit Meetings To Go Golfing
On Saturday, President Donald Trump skipped a virtual COVID-19 global response session of the G-20 summit, despite being the leader of the country with the highest COVID-19 death count. The G-20 Summit, where the 20 leaders of major economies join together to discuss international issues, is held just once a year.Leaders who participated in the COVID-19 preparedness session were from countries including Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, Italy and South Korea. It was unclear if anyone representing the U.S. was present for the session, and Trump was not in attendance, despite attending opening cere...
Biden likely to help states increase health care access
President Donald Trump has spent four years trying to undermine the Affordable Care Act. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to bolster the law and give states new tools to expand coverage.Among them: more money and additional guides to help people buy health insurance on the ACA exchanges; support for states that want to allow more people onto Medicaid rather than fewer; and a crackdown on health care plans that don’t offer the minimum benefits required by Obamacare.Unlike the Biden health care idea that has attracted the most attention — the addition of a Medicare-like public option to the...
Lame duck Trump to pardon White House turkey
Washington (AFP) - Lame duck President Donald Trump hosts the annual White House turkey pardon Tuesday, sparing a farm bird from the Thanksgiving table -- and maybe previewing pardons for some of his human friends.The bizarre presidential ritual ahead of Thursday's national holiday, when more than 45 million turkeys are eaten nationwide, dates back decades.This year, though, the light-hearted stunt comes in the midst of Trump's unprecedented refusal to concede defeat to Democrat Joe Biden in the election. He was still at it early Tuesday, retweeting a picture of himself glowering over the Reso...
Trump finally agrees to Biden transition - but still not conceding
President Donald Trump came his closest yet to admitting election defeat on Monday after the government agency meant to ease Joe Biden's transition into the White House said it was finally lifting its unprecedented block on assistance.Trump acknowledged it was time for the General Services Administration to "do what needs to be done."In the same tweet he insisted that he was still refusing to concede, saying: "Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!"But for the Republican to sign off on the GSA's decision to work with the Biden transition tea...
OpEd: Trump, Bibi stand at edge of illegitimacy
By Ira SharkanskyIra SharkanskyJERUSALEM — We’ve long known about the problems at the top of government. Democracy or not, it ain’t easy holding together large and–inevitably– complex societies.And now the issue is highlighted in the two countries closest to me: Israel and the United States.In both cases the Prime Minister or President have reached the extreme of illegitimacy.Donald Trump has expressed his conclusion that the election was stolen, and that he should be heading for a second term.His doubtful claims are mirrored in the attitudes of Republicans. Most of them say that• there was a ...
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Durbin seeks top Democratic spot on Senate Judiciary Committee
CHICAGO — Illinois senior Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday he’ll seek the position of top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee — a spot that could become the chairmanship following two Georgia contests early next year that will decide party control of the chamber.Durbin, who won a fifth term in the Senate on Nov. 3 and turned 76 on Saturday, made the announcement after the ranking Democrat on the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, announced she would not seek a return to her role in the next Congress.The 87-year-old Feinstein had come under internal party criticism for not playi...
Chris Christie Calls Trump’s Legal Team ‘A National Embarrassment’
On Sunday, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) stated that President Donald Trump’s legal team is “a national embarrassment” on ABC’s This Week.Trump and his team have been hard at work to convince the country that the results showing that Joe Biden winning the 2020 election are false, creating a narrative that voter fraud and illegal activity was rampant, despite the DHS saying that this was the “most secure election” in American history. Judges have also been dismissing Trump’s lawsuits for recounts in multiple states.“If you’ve got the evidence of fraud, present it,” said Christie. “Q...
Commentary: The 3 nuclear threats facing President-elect Biden
Four years ago, President Barack Obama warned Donald Trump on his visit to the Oval Office two days after the election that the biggest national security threat he would face was North Korea’s impending ability to fire nuclear missiles against the United States.President-elect Joe Biden is unlikely to see the inside of the Oval Office until after his inauguration on Jan. 20. But had Trump invited his successor, as all his postwar predecessors did, he might have warned Biden that he could face not just one, but possibly three nuclear crises in the coming years.Not only has North Korea continued...