No, Joe Biden did not mysteriously gain 138,000 Michigan votes all at once
- False claims, retweeted by the president, about the Michigan vote tabulation exploited a counting error that’s been resolved.
- The tweet that the president amplified — which was later deleted — included side-by-side screenshots from the Decision Desk election map that appeared to show an unusual jump.
- Decision Desk HQ, a firm that collects and quickly reports election results, explained the brief confusion related to the viral maps.
- Twitter took action against Trump’s retweet, adding a label that hides the content, and the person who posted the original tweet has since deleted it.
- Notably, the tweet about Michigan vote counts was just one of several Trump posts that aimed to question the integrity of the vote-counting process following Election Day. This incident and others like it serve as a reminder that small snags in the electoral process can be quickly twisted into misinformation that can proliferate at a startling rate.
Biden unlikely to tap Democrats from Congress for administration posts
- Multiple sources familiar with the transition say that regardless of what happens in the two Senate runoff races in Georgia next month -- where even in the best case for Democrats, the Senate would be split evenly with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris serving as the tie-breaking vote -- the bar would be extremely high for Biden to appoint a Senate Democrat to an administration role and take them out of Congress.
- Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth was in the mix for the defense secretary job, but is now no longer getting a serious look given Biden's reluctance to create any vacancies in the Senate.
- New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall, who is retiring and won't be in the Senate when Biden takes office, is under consideration for interior secretary.
What’s really going on with the mail-in ballots the US Postal Service can’t trace
- US District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington, DC, had imposed a 3 pm deadline earlier on Tuesday as part of a lawsuit filed by plaintiffs including the NAACP against the USPS and Postmaster General DeJoy. The suit alleges DeJoy “impeded the timely distribution of mail, implemented crippling policies on postal workers, and sabotaged the United States Postal Service in a blatant attempt to disenfranchise voters of color.” The deadline was also in response to a USPS court filing from Monday indicating that just over 300,000 mail-in ballots nationwide had been scanned upon receipt at mail-processing plants but that there were no records indicating these ballots had been delivered.
- Lawyers for the USPS said in a court filing on Wednesday that postal workers were instructed to run continuous sweeps of their facilities on Election Day and get ballots to their destination by a state’s cutoff time.
Kwanza Hall wins special election to serve remainder of John Lewis' term in Congress
- Hall, a former Atlanta city councilman, will be sworn in after the election's results are certified and serve for about a month.
- He will represent Georgia's 5th Congressional District until early January, when Rep.-elect Nikema Williams takes over control of the seat, which she won in the November general election.
- Lewis, who served the Atlanta-based district for more than three decades and was viewed "as the conscience of Congress," was Hall's friend, neighbor and mentor.
- But because no candidate broke 50% of the vote, Hall and Democrat Robert Franklin advanced to a runoff election weeks later.
- Hall will serve until Williams is sworn in for the full two-year term on January 3 along with the rest of the new Congress.
- In November, Lewis' district had helped flip Georgia and its 16 electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden.
Mark Kelly to be sworn in as US senator, flipping Arizona seat from red to blue
- The special election victory marks a moment of triumph for Kelly, a retired Navy captain and NASA astronaut, that comes in the aftermath of tragedy.
- Mark Kelly is also a retired Navy captain and pilot who flew 39 combat missions in the first Gulf War. After prevailing over McSally in the special election, he will finish the rest of the late Sen. John McCain's term.
- McSally, the Air Force's first female pilot to fly in combat, was appointed to fill the seat after she narrowly lost a race to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema for Arizona's other Senate seat in 2018.
- President-elect Joe Biden won the state last month in another major victory for the Democratic Party.
- Kelly has said that serving the remainder of McCain's term is deeply significant to him, describing the late senator as someone he looked up to when he was a 22-year-old pilot in flight school.
Trump talks of 'another four years' during White House Christmas reception
- CNN reported last month that people in Trump's orbit have said they expect the President to tease a 2024 run when he does finally acknowledge the results.
- But as Trump publicly denies he lost the election while continuing to push his legal challenges, he sees the scoreboard and understands he has no chance of hanging on to the presidency, two White House advisers told CNN on Monday.
- Still, one person familiar with the situation said they believe Trump's advisers will strongly encourage him to attend the January 20 inauguration, even if he doesn't concede the election, because it would better preserve his potential influence going forward -- including if he decides to run again in 2024 -- if he doesn't appear like a sore loser.
Jake Tapper to interview Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in first joint interview since winning election
- Washington (CNN) - CNN's Jake Tapper will interview President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Thursday in their first joint interview since winning the election, the network announced Tuesday.
- This week, Biden unveiled top members of his economic team who, if confirmed by the Senate, will spearhead an effort to rebuild an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic.
- During Biden's first 100 days in office after being sworn in on January 20, the President-elect and his team are expected to focus on passing a broad economic aid package and, where legislation is not necessary, put forth a series of executive actions aimed at advancing his priorities, CNN has reported.
- The scope of the stimulus legislation, the confirmation process of Biden's Cabinet nominees, and other legislative priorities will be affected by whether Republicans keep control of the Senate.
The oil industry narrowly avoided an election disaster. Now it's showing signs of life
- During Wall Street's blockbuster month of November, six of the top seven S&P 500 stocks were in the oil industry.
- The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF rallied 28%, the second-strongest month since the fund launched in 1998, according to Refinitiv, narrowly missing the record set in May. The resurgence makes sense given that US oil prices climbed 27% in November, marking one of the best months ever.
- The vaccine announcements by Pfizer and Moderna set off a rush on Wall Street to buy pandemic losers, including small-cap stocks and cyclical sectors such as energy.
- A blue wave -- on top of a pandemic -- would have been disastrous for the oil industry because Democrats vowed to ramp up regulation to fight the climate crisis.
- Bigger picture, the oil industry still has a massive climate problem, one that can't be solved by OPEC, vaccines or the election.
Mitch McConnell for the first time appears to accept Biden's election victory over Trump - Business Insider
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday for the first time referenced President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
- On November 9, even after Biden was declared the president-elect by nearly every major news organization, McConnell supported Trump's legal challenges efforts against the election results and declined to recognize the president-elect as the winner.
- While McConnell had a tumultuous relationship with former President Barack Obama, he has a long history of working with Biden.
- Biden served as a Senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009 and McConnell has served in the Senate since 1985.
- However, the pair's relationship will be tested by a closely-divided Senate and control of the chamber up for grabs pending two Senate runoffs in Georgia that will occur in January 2021.
Trump Wisconsin lawsuit would invalidate mail ballots because of COVID-19 - Business Insider
- The lawsuit, filed to the Wisconsin state Supreme Court Tuesday, asks that the court force the state to exclude ballots it argues were out of compliance with election laws.
- That would include the vote of Jim Troupis, the Trump campaign's top election lawyer in Wisconsin, who filed the lawsuit.
- Troupis told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in November that he voted using an "In-Person Absentee Ballot," which the lawsuit says should not be counted.
- The lawsuit also takes aim at "Indefinitely Confined Absentee Ballots," used by nearly 250,000 voters in the November election.
- Trump's campaign argues that the "Indefinitely Confined" designation has been used to circumvent state laws about photo ID requirements.
- The Wisconsin Elections Commission said it's up to voters themselves to decide whether they wanted to use the "Indefinitely Confined" ballot option and provides extensive guidance for people using those ballots but who don't have a valid photo ID available.