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Biden as President-elect - Challenges for #46 and other WTFery

It is a hero story, that part of American History that we can be proud of, and Biden is choosing his Cabinet people with this in mind.

Read this moving story…

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It’s time for T to set up the Biden transition funds. Opinion piece written by Sen Rob Portman (R-OH)

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) wrote in an op-ed for The Cincinnati Enquirer that while he supports legal checks on the 2020 presidential election, the General Services Administration should provide the funds and infrastructure for a Biden transition to begin.

Why it matters: Portman was a co-chair of Trump’s re-election campaign in Ohio and rarely steps out of line with party leadership. He wrote in the op-ed that “there is no evidence as of now of any widespread fraud or irregularities that would change the result in any state.”

What he’s saying: “Based on all the information currently available, neither the final lawful vote counts nor the recounts have led to a different outcome in any state. In other words, the initial determination showing Joe Biden with enough electoral votes to win has not changed,” Portman wrote.

  • " I voted for President Trump … But I also believe that there is no more sacred constitutional process in our great democracy than the orderly transfer of power after a presidential election. It is now time to expeditiously resolve any outstanding questions and move forward."
  • “[T]he Biden team should receive the requested intelligence briefings and briefings on the coronavirus vaccine distribution plan. This is only prudent.”

The state of play: A handful of Republicans have broken rank with President Trump and fully acknowledged Joe Biden as the president-elect. Others are calling for Biden to receive transition resources, but have stopped short of referring to him as the winner of the election.

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Despite moves by Republicans to subvert the results of the presidential election, Michigan is set to consider certifying its vote count on Monday, and individual counties in Pennsylvania are scheduled to do the same.

The certifications, which would come amid a string of legal losses for the Trump campaign, would all but ensure the futility of President Trump’s challenges to the election results. > President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s electoral vote count — 306 to Mr. Trump’s 232 — mirrors the total by which the president defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The electors will meet in their respective states and the District of Columbia to formally cast their votes on Dec. 14.

Georgia on Friday became the first contested state to certify Mr. Biden’s victory, after a hand recount of the results, technically an audit, confirmed Mr. Trump’s defeat by more than 12,000 votes. It was the first time a Democratic presidential candidate had won the state since 1992.

A federal judge dismissed a Trump campaign challenge to Pennsylvania’s results on Saturday, eliminating the last major effort to delay certification there. The campaign and the case’s other plaintiffs filed a notice of appeal on Sunday.

Other key states, including Michigan and Nevada, also have to certify their results. The Board of State Canvassers in Michigan is scheduled to meet on Monday to consider the certification of results that have already been certified by county canvassing boards. The state board is made up of two Republicans and two Democrats.

Mr. Trump invited Michigan Republican leaders to the White House last week, as members of the party sought to stop the certification process. After the meeting, the state’s top two Republican lawmakers — Mike Shirkey, the leader of the State Senate, and Lee Chatfield, the speaker of the State House — said they had not “been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election.”

The leaders of the Republican National Committee and the Michigan Republican Party have asked the Michigan board to delay the state’s certification for two weeks.

Mr. Shirkey and Mr. Chatfield said in a statement that they “will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors.”

Even without Michigan’s electoral votes, Mr. Biden would surpass the 270-count threshold to win.

And the controversy surrounding the MI canvassers’ vote

The people have spoken. They delivered Joe Biden a decisive electoral victory, including a 150,000-vote margin in Michigan. Yet Republican Party officials have asked the Michigan Board of State Canvassers to delay certification on Monday. These calls follow last week’s tumultuous Wayne County meeting where, after improper interference by a candidate, Republican appointees tried to recant their decision to certify.

This is unduly chaotic, but we shouldn’t bet against democracy. A canvassing board may not legally refuse to certify an election where no legitimate evidence undermines valid ballots. Michigan courts have repeatedly rejected wild claims of election fraud or improprieties as “incorrect and not credible.” The votes, at this point, speak for themselves. Should a member of the state canvassing board seek to misuse their authority, that obstruction won’t actually deliver a different result. First, understand what state canvassers do: certification just involves adding county tallies and declaring a winner. Michigan law provides a separate space to review the election process — a post-election audit, which does not delay or stop certification. The canvassers have one job. State courts can step in to make sure it gets done. Canvassers failing to do their duty may delay the inevitable for a moment — but not much more than that.

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Chris Christie calls Trump’s legal team a ‘national embarrassment’

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Michigan - Here’s the Board of Canvassers - Will they certify the votes today or will the requests for delay win out? T’s last stand perhaps

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At an event in Wilmington, Del., Mr. Biden will announce plans to nominate Alejandro Mayorkas to be his homeland security secretary, his transition office said, and Avril Haines to be his director of national intelligence. He intends to name Mr. Kerry as a special presidential envoy on climate. The transition office also confirmed reports on Sunday night that Mr. Biden will nominate Antony J. Blinken to be secretary of state and Jake Sullivan as national security adviser.

Mr. Biden will also nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be ambassador to the United Nations and restore the job to cabinet-level status, giving Ms. Thomas-Greenfield, who is African-American, a seat on his National Security Council.

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Janet Yellen will be nominated for Treasury

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BIden uses this promo piece to introduce his new cabinet picks.

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In Michigan, the vote for Certification on the total votes is about to be certified, barring any problems…

But here’s a comment from a local RNC chair who acknowledges all the disenfranchisement going on on behalf of the R’s. Clear as day…he knows, they know that there was NO evidence of fraud, just a whole lot of R interference, suggesting that there was.

Remarkable.

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MI certifies the votes!!11

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GM just flipped from Trump to California in Trump’s lawsuit against California fuel emissions regs.

Finally! GSA has gone ahead and moving along with transition.

Trump just unblocked the transition process by tweet.


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The President’s lawyer…

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