Good morning. Georgia’s secretary of state said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham asked him if it was possible to throw away legal ballots after Donald Trump’s close defeat in the state.
In an explosive interview with the Washington Post, Brad Rafensperger said he was “stunned” by the question in which Graham seemed to be proposing to find a way to reject legally submitted absentee ballots. “It certainly looked like he wanted to go that route,”
Pennsylvaniathe court will hear Trump’s fraud lawsuit today, in the president’s latest attempt to overturn the election result. Trump’s team had asked for a delay, but Judge Matthew Bran told lawyers they had to appear and “be prepared for arguments and interrogations.”
Trump’s refusal to step down could be a deliberate strategy to sustain the energy of Republican voters for Georgia’s Senate run-offs, political strategists said. But others warn it could backfire, prompting Republicans to wonder, “If this election wasn’t legitimate, why should Georgia’s election be different?” Daniel Strauss explores the impact Trump’s approach with his head in the sand could have. .
“This is a very calculated political move to maintain the base’s energy and demonstrate the kind of ‘battle’ mentality of the ‘other man is the enemy,'” said Beth Novek, who serves on Barack Obama’s transition team.
Trump is considering a strike against Iran
Donald Trump asked his aides last week about the possibility of a strike on Iranian nuclear facilities in the final weeks of his presidency, according to a New York Times report. Senior officials reportedly “dissuaded the president” from taking the move, warning that it could lead to wider conflict.
It is estimated that the outgoing president also plans to reduce the US military presence in Afghanistan by almost half, from 4,500 to 2,500, before Joe Biden takes over the presidency in January. The plans come just a week after senior Pentagon officials were replaced en masse by relatively inexperienced Trump loyalists. These reports suggest that earlier warnings from political analysts that the last weeks of Trump’s presidency may be the most dangerous could materialize.
After his divorce from Fox News, Trump has found new networks to promote. The latest is the far-right One America News Network (OANN), which has repeatedly promoted a number of baseless conspiracy theories and spread unusual misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. Jason Wilson learns more about OANN.
Biden warned that “more people could die” without Trump’s help
Joe Biden warned that Trump’s refusal to recognize the election and thus allow for a smooth transition to the next administration could cost lives. Without co-operation between the outgoing and incoming administrations, “more people can die,” he said. “It’s a very dark winter. “Things will get a lot harder before they get easier,” Biden added. Currently, the virus kills about 1,000 Americans every day.
Yesterday, California was forced to pull the “emergency brake” at the opening of plans after an alarming jump in the number of coronavirus cases. In the first week of November, California recorded the fastest growth rate since the onset of the pandemic, and the incidence has doubled in the state in the last 10 days.
However, there is some good news. The American biotechnology company Moderna announced that its candidate for a coronavirus vaccine, from which the United States has been promised 100 million doses, is almost 95% effective. Moderna’s vaccine is easier to store and distribute than Pfizer’s, which was declared more than 90% effective last week, and news of the success of the process has led to soaring stock prices around the world.
Pfizer has launched a trial to deliver vaccines to four US states. The experiment is designed to address the spread problems caused by the requirement to keep the vaccine at extremely low temperatures.
The United States has registered nearly 245,000 deaths from coronavirus and more than 11 million cases. Follow the latest pandemic updates in the United States with our coronavirus map, which offers country-specific information.
In other news …
The CEOs of Twitter and Facebook are testifying again because of claims that their platforms have an anti-conservative bias. Although investigations found no evidence for this claim, a Senate hearing was called in response to a New York Post article about Joe Biden.
Obama said he was “sympathetic to a kind of conservatism,” saying he shares the “religious critique of modern society” that the country has lost its sense of community. He also targeted Trump, saying, “If we had a right-wing populist in this country, I would expect someone a little more attractive.”
Statistics of the day
While Trump has pursued a number of anti-Muslim policies during his presidency, he still enjoys relatively strong support among Muslims. A study by the Associated Press revealed this 35% of Muslims said they voted for Trump, and the difference between Trump and Biden among Muslims was closer than experts had predicted.
Do not miss this
In this long reading, Gary Junge examines Trump’s attempts to prevent blacks from counting their votes by applying “old-school racism to new demographics.” It examines the history of racism in voting and how voters fought it in 2020.
It is important to remember that the United States has been a slave state for more than 200 years – and a state of apartheid, after the abolition of slavery, for another century. During this time, in certain parts of the country, all black votes were by definition illegal, and conservatives worked hard to keep it that way. This has been a non-racial democracy for only 55 years. And this short reign now hangs in the balance.
One last thing: Hollywood is coming to … Wrexham
It’s not just Joe Biden who is working to improve relations with US allies. Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhaney are in the process of deepening their ties with a small town in Wales, where their offer to buy a local football club has been accepted. The two have already started courting local businesses by releasing a video message promoting the trailer manufacturer, the club’s main sponsor.
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