They're baaack: Trump and allies still refuse…

Even though Monday seemed like the end of President Donald Trump's relentless challenges to the election, his claims are coming back

The Latest: Mask mandate spurs Idaho official to…

A county commissioner in northern Idaho has proposed defunding the local health district after the district instituted a mask mandate to slow the spread of the coronavirus as it surges in the area

Biden Urges Americans to ‘Recommit’ Themselve…

Biden Urges Americans to ‘Recommit’ Themselves to Fight Against COVID-19. On Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden delivered a Thanksgiving address from Wilmington, Delaware. . He spoke about the country’s fight against COVID-19, urging Americans to stick together. . I know the country's grown weary of the fight. But we need to remember, we're at war with the virus, not with one another. Not with each other … Let's remember: We're all in this together, Joe Biden, via CBS News. Biden called for Americans to “steel [their] spines” and “recommit” to fighting the virus. . We still have months of this battle ahead of us ... America is not going to lose this war … Don’t let yourself surrender to the fatigue, Joe Biden, via CBS News. He also spoke about Thanksgiving, saying it was “so very important” to forego “family traditions.” . We have to try and slow the growth of this virus. We owe it to the doctors and the nurses and other frontline workers … we owe that to our fellow citizens … we owe it to one another. It’s literally our patriotic duty as Americans, Joe Biden, via CBS News

Biden seeks unity as Trump stokes fading embers…

President-elect Joe Biden is summoning Americans to overcome their divisions and join in common purpose against the coronavirus pandemic and the raw divisions left by the election

High court blocks NY virus limits on houses of…

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo foresees little practical effect from a Supreme Court ruling that bars the state from enforcing certain attendance limits at houses of worship in pandemic hot zones

Joe Biden Becomes First Presidential Candidate to…

Joe Biden Becomes First Presidential Candidate to Receive 80 Million Votes. President-elect Joe Biden has officially received the most votes cast for a presidential candidate in U.S. history. As of November 25, he has earned 80 million votes. . Former President Barack Obama previously held the record after receiving 69.5 million votes in 2008. Donald Trump has earned the second-most votes of all time, having received 74 million in the 2020 presidential election. The turnout rate for the 2020 presidential election was the highest in more than a century. More than 156 million Americans cast their ballots. That is estimated to be 66.5 percent of the eligible voter population. . The final vote total will likely be around 158 million. . That is 20 million more votes than the record 137 million that were cast in 2016.

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Police: Suspect in church stabbings has criminal…

Officials say a man suspected in the fatal stabbings of two people and the wounding of three others at a San Francisco Bay Area homeless shelter has a history of domestic violence and had been deported at least three times

Paper shredding drives false election claims in…

Routine paper shredding pickups of non-relevant election materials and tax documents in a Georgia county are being distorted on social media to raise questions around the vote

President-Elect Joe Biden to Deliver Thanksgiving…

President-Elect Joe Biden to Deliver Thanksgiving Address. On Wednesday, Joe Biden is expected to deliver a Thanksgiving address from Wilmington, Delaware. . In a press release, his transition team detailed two major elements of Biden's expected speech. He will touch on the “shared sacrifices" being made by Americans this holiday season. . He will also deliver a message of hope, reassuring Americans that “we can and we will” get through the COVID-19 pandemic “together.” . Biden’s address comes as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has surpassed 12.5 million. . According to Johns Hopkins University, the death toll is approaching 260,000. Over 88,000 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

Stephen Bannon switching lawyers in border wall…

A prominent Washington lawyer defending President Donald Trump's former chief strategist against charges that he cheated donors to a southern border wall says he's no longer the right lawyer for the job

Vatican: Pope prays for Maradona, fondly recalls…

The Vatican says Pope Francis has remembered Diego Maradona in his prayers after learning of the soccer legend's death

Pennsylvania and Nevada Certify Election Results…

Pennsylvania and Nevada Certify Election Results for Biden . On Tuesday, the two battleground states formally awarded a total of 26 electoral votes to President-elect Biden. Though Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican, officially certified Nevada's results Tuesday morning. she did not publicly acknowledge Biden as the winner. North Carolina certified its results in favor of Donald Trump, awarding the president 15 electoral votes. Other states are to certify their results by Dec. 8. On Tuesday, the Trump administration approved the start of a formal transition to Biden.

Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia…

President Donald Trump has pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn despite Flynn’s guilty plea to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts

Rationales shift as Nevada considers future of…

Nevada’s decision to send all active voters mail-in ballots ahead of the November election put the swing state at the center of the nationwide debate over voting procedures

Trump Administration Authorizes Biden Transition

Trump Administration Authorizes Biden Transition . On Monday, President Donald Trump’s administration officially authorized President-elect Joe Biden to begin the formal transition process. Biden will now be able to access millions of dollars in federal funds and other resources that had since been delayed for weeks. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy informed Biden of the approved transition process in a letter on Monday. She denied that her delay was due to any pressure from the White House, saying she came to her decision “independently.”. I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official — including those who work at the White House or GSA — with regard to the substance or timing of my decision … my decision was not made out of fear or favoritism. , Emily Murphy, via 'NYT'. That same day, Trump thanked Murphy on Twitter for her “steadfast dedication and loyalty,” saying he had directed her to begin “initial protocols.”. In the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same, Donald Trump, via Twitter. Hours later, Trump sent out another message saying he would “never concede” to fake ballots and that Murphy’s actions were just “preliminarily work with the Dems.” . What does GSA being allowed to preliminarily work with the Dems have to do with continuing to pursue our various cases on what will go down as the most corrupt election in American political history? , Donald Trump, via Twitter

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VIRUS TODAY: Americans travel as Biden addresses…

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have been shooting up all week and are now averaging more than 1,600 a day

Judge reduces prison sentence for former Alabama…

A judge has reduced the time that former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard must spend in prison

Joe Biden's Cabinet Picks Include John Kerry…

Joe Biden's Cabinet Picks Include John Kerry, Alejandro Mayorkas, Avril Haines . The president-elect's transition team shared his picks on Monday. Mayorkas, who served as deputy Homeland Security secretary from 2013 to 2016. would be the first Latino — and immigrant — to run the Homeland Security Department. Haines, who has worked with Biden for over a decade, served as principal deputy national security adviser under President Obama from 2015 to 2017. She's been tapped to become the highest-ranking woman to serve in the intelligence community as Director of National Intelligence. Former Secretary of State John Kerry is set to fill the role of special presidential envoy for climate and have a seat on the National Security Council. These individuals are equally as experienced and crisis-tested as they are innovative and imaginative. , President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. Their accomplishments in diplomacy are unmatched, but they also reflect the idea that we cannot meet the profound challenges of this new moment with old thinking and unchanged habits — , President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. — or without diversity of background and perspective. It’s why I’ve selected them, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. Biden's picks will first require Senate approval to serve in their respective posts. Reema Dodin and Shuwanza Goff were also announced as deputy directors of the White House legislative affairs office

As economy struggles, Fed weighs boosting bond…

At their meeting earlier this month, Federal Reserve officials discussed possible future adjustments to the central bank's monthly bond purchases to boost the economy

Some California counties winding down hotels for…

Some California counties are pushing ahead with plans to wind down a program that's housed homeless people in hotel rooms amid the coronavirus pandemic

Biden To Nominate Antony Blinken as Secretary of…

Biden To Nominate Antony Blinken , as Secretary of State. Blinken, 58, was a deputy secretary of state during the Obama Administration. He is known as a defender of global alliances. Blinken's first priority will be to reestablish international relations with U.S. allies that have cooled under the Trump Administration. Simply put, the big problems that we face as a country and as a planet [...] none of these have unilateral solutions, Anthony Blinken, via 'The New York Times'. Even a country as powerful as the United States can’t handle them alone, Anthony Blinken, via 'The New York Times'. Sources say another priority will be to assemble an international effort to compete with China. Blinken and President-elect Biden have had a close working relationship for nearly two decades

GOP candidate clings to 8-vote lead in US House…

The historically close race for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District seat has gotten even closer

Trump administration denies planned mine near…

The Trump administration has effectively killed a proposed gold and copper mine near the headwaters of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in southwest Alaska

Florida Senator Rick Scott Tests Positive for…

Florida Senator Rick Scott Tests Positive for COVID-19. On Friday, Florida Senator Rick Scott revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19. . Although the Republican senator is experiencing “very mild symptoms,” he said he was otherwise “feeling good.” . After several negative tests, I learned I was positive for COVID-19 this AM. I’m feeling good & experiencing very mild symptoms, Rick Scott, via Twitter. Scott went on to say that he would be “working from home” until it was safe for him to return to D.C. He then followed up with a second tweet urging people to “wear a mask” and “socially distance.” . We will beat this together, but we all must be responsible. I want to thank all the incredible health care workers who are working around the clock to care for patients, Rick Scott, via Twitter. The Senator first announced his possible exposure to COVID-19 on November 14. . At the time, Scott said that he had come into contact with someone while traveling who “subsequently tested positive” . After arriving in Florida last night, I came into contact with someone who subsequently tested positive for COVID. , Rick Scott, via Twitter. I was tested this morning and the result was negative. I have no symptoms, but out of an abundance of caution, I will be immediately quarantining, Rick Scott, via Twitter

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Sen. Alexander nears finish line of decades in…

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says the “internet democracy” in which an angry president can quickly tweet to tens of millions of people has driven division in the U.S. But he says it's something Americans need to figure out if they are going to solve big problems

Suspect in Swiss knife attack had tried to travel…

Swiss federal police say a woman suspected of carrying out a knife attack that injured two other women and is being investigated as possible terrorism had formed a relationship online with a jihadi in Syria, and had attempted to travel there

Trump Admin Cuts off Emergency Lending Programs…

Trump Admin Cuts off Emergency Lending Programs, Overruling Fed Chair. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has asked the Federal Reserve to return $455 billion in unused pandemic program funds. A number of pandemic lending programs are set to expire on Dec. 31. Mnuchin made the request on Thursday, saying that the programs "have clearly achieved their objective.". Fed Chair Jerome Powell criticized the request, preferring the funds continue to be used "as a backstop for our still-strained and vulnerable economy.". Powell has stated that it is too soon to draw the pandemic programs to a close. When the right time comes, and I don't think that time is yet or very soon, we will put those tools away, Jerome Powell, Fed Chair, via CNN. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also rebuked the Trump administration's request, saying that it "unnecessarily ties the hands of the incoming administration."