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Biden, Harris to meet in person with Pelosi and Schumer

Trump, for the first time in days, has public events on his schedule, which include remarks on lowering prescription drug prices.

Nov. 20, 2020, 7:04 AM EST / Updated Nov. 20, 2020, 7:45 AM EST

By Rebecca Shabad

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will meet in person Friday with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in Wilmington, Del.

Their meeting comes as Congress finishes up its lame-duck session and Democrats and the White House have been unable to find a compromise for another Covid-19 relief package. Biden and Harris will be working closely with both Democratic leaders in the new Congress in their efforts to pass some of the new administration's legislative proposals.

Biden served with both Pelosi and Schumer in Congress and Harris has been in the Senate representing California since 2017. Biden also spent his time as vice president during the Obama administration using his experience on Capitol Hill to help negotiate legislation.


Trump is on an island

Alayna Treene, Jonathan Swan

Most of President Trump's closest advisers have completely distanced themselves from his legal effort and are avoiding his lawyers to avoid being swept into their courtroom dramas.

Why it matters: Some of the president's advisers act like they think he can still overturn the election results — because they remain on the payroll and don't have another choice. But talk to them privately, and many say Rudy Giuliani and his team are on a dead-end path.

The true believers are Giuliani and his sidekicks — Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell — and not many others. Even Jared and Ivanka think this is going nowhere, people who’ve spoken to them told Axios.

* Some administration officials say it’s borderline impossible to have a serious policy conversation these days without Trump turning it into a rant about the Dominion voting machine conspiracy.

* Most hardcore Trump sources have psychologically bailed, and are just waiting out the storm.


Last Gasps of a Dying Campaign

November 20, 2020 at 7:53 am EST By Taegan Goddard

“President Trump and his allies are taking increasingly frantic steps to subvert the results of the 2020 election, including summoning state legislators to the White House as part of a longshot bid to overturn Joe Biden’s victory,” the AP reports.

“Among other last-ditch tactics: personally calling local election officials who are trying to rescind their certification votes in Michigan, suggesting in a legal challenge that Pennsylvania set aside the popular vote there and pressuring county officials in Arizona to delay certifying vote tallies.”

“Election law experts see it as the last, dying gasps of the Trump campaign and say Biden is certain to walk into the Oval Office come January. But there is great concern that Trump’s effort is doing real damage to public faith in the integrity of U.S. elections.”



EXCLUSIVE: New Delays In Final Stage Of Census Could Foil Trump's Plan To Rig It

By Tierney Sneed|November 19, 2020 12:09 p.m.

The Census Bureau has identified issues in the data from the 2020 decennial census that will take an additional 20 days or so for it to fix, and thus delay the release of survey’s apportionment data until after President Trump leaves office, TPM has learned.

According to a person inside the Census Bureau, the additional time it will take to reprocess the data in question has pushed back the target date for release of the state population counts until Jan. 26 – Feb. 6.

That would mean President-elect Joe Biden will be in the White House when the Census Bureau delivers to him the numbers for him to transmit to Congress for the purposes of determining how many House seats each state will get for the next decade.

President Trump had been seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants from that count, with a policy that several lower courts have deemed illegal in rulings Trump is hoping the Supreme Court will overturn. Excluding undocumented immigrants from that count would decrease the House seats given to immigrant-rich states like California, and increase the representation for whiter, more Republican parts of the country.


CDC recommends against Thanksgiving travel amid surge of coronavirus cases

Source: Washington Post

By Brittany Shammas
November 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EST


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With Thanksgiving a week away and coronavirus cases exploding across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended against traveling or gathering for the holiday, urging Americans to consider celebrating in their own households instead.

In the agency’s first news briefing in months, officials said they were alarmed to see 1 million new cases reported across the United States within the past week. As the nation’s death toll since the start of the pandemic reached 250,000, officials spoke of the risks in stark terms, warning that as friends and relatives get together over the holidays, they could inadvertently bring the deadly disease with them. Tragedy could follow, they said.

“At the individual household level, what’s at stake is basically the increased chance of one of your loved ones becoming sick and then being hospitalized and dying,” said Henry Walke, the CDC’s covid-19 incident manager.

Beyond that, he said, holiday-related infections could spread through communities, reaching other vulnerable individuals and accelerating the already dire outbreak

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/11/19/cdc-thanksgiving-travel-covid/

Pat Robertson prays for Satan to stop making people believe Joe Biden won the election

"In the name of Jesus, I bind the spirit of delusion that has come across our land... I still think Trump’s gonna ultimately win.”

By Alex Bollinger Thursday, November 19, 2020

Televangelist Pat Robertson is praying that the U.S. prayed for God to end “the spirit of delusion” that is making people think that Joe Biden won the election.

“In the name of Jesus, I bind the spirit of delusion that has come across our land,” he said on The 700 Club. “We will not surrender our nation. We will not give up this great country.”

“And Satan, you cannot have it, in the name of Jesus,” he continued, implying that Biden is being made president by the devil. “I believe God has heard” his prayers, he said. “And I’m asking everybody in this audience to pray.”

“It isn’t over yet. And I do not think, again, He wants to turn this nation over to socialism and Bernie Sanders and oh- AOC and those people are pure socialist and they want to take over control of everything.”


Trump Reached Out To GOP Canvassers Before They Flip-Flopped On Wayne County Ballots

By Cristina Cabrera|November 19, 2020 8:51 a.m.

President Donald Trump contacted the Republican officials on Michigan’s Wayne County Board of Canvassers before they backpedaled yet again on certifying the county’s election results, which includes votes from the majority Black city of Detroit, according to the Associated Press.

On Wednesday night, GOP canvassers Monica Palmer and William Hartmann filed affidavits seeking to “rescind” their votes certifying the election from the day before.

“I rescind my prior vote to certify Wayne County elections. I fully believe the Wayne County vote should not be certified,” Monica Palmer, one of the two GOP members of the four-person board, wrote in her affidavit.

Palmer and Hartmann asserted that they had expected Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to honor the board’s resolution that she audit the votes in exchange for the two Republicans agreeing to certify the election.


GOP Sen After Trump Fires DHS Official: 'I Don't Even Know What's Normal Anymore'

By Cristina Cabrera|November 18, 2020 2:36 p.m.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) — who’s dutifully condoned President Donald Trump’s corrupt antics like the rest of the GOP for the past four years — is baffled by the chaos that’s emerged for some inexplicable reason in recent weeks.

After President Donald Trump fired Chris Krebs, the top cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the GOP senator gently rebuked Trump on Wednesday, then puzzled over the tumultuous state of affairs.

“It’s the President’s prerogative, but I think it just adds to the confusion and chaos,” Cornyn told reporters, per Politico. “And I’m sure I’m not the only one that would like some return to a little bit more of a…I don’t even know what’s normal anymore.”

“We’ll call it the next normal,” he added. “It’s not the new normal, it’s the next normal.”

Like his GOP colleagues, Cornyn has allowed Trump to get away with virtually everything his entire presidency, including the Ukraine scandal that led to the President’s impeachment and his disastrous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Sex, Lies, And Regret: Giancarlo Granda Reels From Eight Years With The Falwells

The onetime Miami pool attendant who says he had an affair with Becki Falwell as her husband Jerry watched gives his most detailed account yet of eight years with the evangelical couple.

By Josh Kovensky | November 17, 2020 12:20 p.m.

Giancarlo Granda first noticed that something was off about Becki Falwell while in bed with her.

It was around three or four in the morning, Granda recalls, when he woke up and noticed Becki staring at him without blinking.

It’s what he’d later come to call “the look” — something that, eight years later, still creeps him out.

But Granda is neither squeamish nor skittish. And nor was he, as a 21 year old, primed to let something a little odd like Becki’s “dark, black eyes” fixating on him in the night give him pause.

After all, he was waking up at Cheeca Lodge, an exclusive resort on the Florida Keys’s Islamorada, just weeks after having first met Becki poolside at Miami’s glitzy Fontainebleau hotel.


Rudy Giuliani is a mess - By Robin Givhan

By Robin Givhan
Senior critic-at-large
November 18, 2020 at 7:20 p.m. EST

To be clear, Rudy Giuliani was never America’s mayor. That nickname was a bit of media gloss that was spread so thickly and indiscriminately that Giuliani had no trouble dining out on it for years. Many Americans lapped it up, too.

President Trump has been like a steady stream of acid on that veneer. And now Giuliani is a raw, smoldering mess.

His return to federal court as a practicing attorney, for the first time in nearly three decades, would not be the worst of Giuliani’s water-carrying for Trump, but it was, perhaps, the saddest. It was so small and petty. He was in Pennsylvania court Tuesday not to tell a convoluted tale of international intrigue about shadowy figures and powerful people skulking around in Ukraine. His story of malfeasance was closer to home and it was simply mean. Giuliani argued that a vast swathe of perfectly reasonable, good-hearted Americans masterminded a huge scheme that cheated Trump out of reelection. Giuliani couldn’t offer any evidence that this awful plot existed, but nevertheless he was sure it did and it just so happened to be centered in places like Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Detroit, which have substantial populations of Black and brown people.

As a culture, we like to believe that with age comes wisdom. The truth of it may be that age only makes people more obviously what they’ve always been. Freed of the urgent need to prove and define themselves for a future that’s yet to unfold, people can simply be. Giuliani, at 76, has revealed himself to be a man who believes that he can summon truth from falsehoods, bend the law to his will and conjure whatever reality suits him simply by speaking his hopes and dreams aloud.


Robin Givhan
Robin Givhan is senior critic-at-large writing about politics, race and the arts. A 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner for criticism, Givhan has also worked at Newsweek/Daily Beast, Vogue magazine and the Detroit Free Press

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