WRAP | The US elections 2020

Pro-Trump protesters gathered during the "Million MAGA March" from Freedom Plaza to the US Capitol in Washington, DC, United States on November 14, 2020.
Pro-Trump protesters gathered during the "Million MAGA March" from Freedom Plaza to the US Capitol in Washington, DC, United States on November 14, 2020.
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BIDEN - 306 | 232 - TRUMP

These are according to CNN projections. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the US presidency. 

(Source: CNN)


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12 Nov 2020

Biden announces long-time aide Ron Klain as White House chief of staff

US president-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday announced he has chosen Ron Klain, a seasoned Democratic operative, as his chief of staff, his first public personnel choice for the White House.

"Ron has been invaluable to me over the many years that we have worked together," Biden said in a statement on Klain, who also served as the Democrat's first chief of staff when he became vice president in 2009.

"His deep, varied experience and capacity to work with people all across the political spectrum is precisely what I need in a White House chief of staff as we confront this moment of crisis and bring our country together again," Biden said.

Klain, 59, also worked with Biden when he was chairperson of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Afterwards he served as chief of staff to vice president Al Gore.

Under president Barack Obama, Klain coordinated the White House response to the Ebola crisis in 2014.

 - AFP

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12 Nov 2020

Upset and not accepting election results, Trump appears to have forgotten he still has to govern

 - US President Donald Trump appears to be neglecting his duties and has mostly been out of sight for the past week. 

 - Since losing the election, he's refused to concede to president-elect Joe Biden and is falsely alleging fraud.

 - Trump has not addressed the growing Covid-19 outbreak and other national concerns.

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<p><strong>Upset and not accepting election results, Trump appears to have forgotten he still has to govern</strong></p><p>&nbsp;- US President Donald Trump appears to be neglecting his duties and has mostly been out of sight for the past week.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;- Since losing the election, he's refused to concede to president-elect Joe Biden and is falsely alleging fraud. </p><p>&nbsp;- Trump has not addressed the growing Covid-19 outbreak and other national concerns.</p><p></p><p><em>(PHOTO: Getty Images)</em></p>
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12 Nov 2020

Republican Georgia secretary of state says no sign of widespread fraud in vote count

Georgia's Republican Secretary of State said on Wednesday there was no sign yet of widespread fraud in his state's vote count, where Democratic president-elect Joe Biden currently has a 14 000 vote lead over President Donald Trump.

Brad Raffensperger, in an interview with CNN, said he has ordered a hand recount because of the closeness of the vote count, but he believed votes had so far been tallied accurately. Biden's current lead, with nearly all votes counted, is 0.3%.

Asked about voter fraud, Raffensperger said: "We have ongoing investigations but we have not seen something widespread."

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12 Nov 2020

The Trump administration is reportedly withholding a stack of messages from foreign leaders to Biden

 - The State Department has several messages for president-elect Joe Biden from other world leaders, but the Trump administration is preventing access to them as President Donald Trump refuses to acknowledge Biden's win in the 2020 election, CNN reported on Wednesday.

 - Biden has independently been in contact with other foreign leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, since being projected as president-elect.

 - The State Department typically supports international relations for the president-elect, "which is why many countries began sending messages to State over the weekend," according to the CNN report.

 - The president and others in his circle, including State Secretary Mike Pompeo, have refused to acknowledge Biden as president-elect.

 - When asked about the election results and the transition of presidential power on Tuesday, Pompeo jokingly replied, "There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration."

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12 Nov 2020

Trump seen, not heard and files new election lawsuit

 - US President Donald Trump laid a ceremonial wreath at Arlington cemetery in commemoration of the United States' Veterans Day.

 - The president avoided speaking to reporters but kept up his tweeting, claiming "a mountain of corruption & dishonesty" in the US election.

 - President-elect Joe Biden laid his own wreath at a memorial in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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12 Nov 2020

Since US media declared Joe Biden's White House victory on Saturday, President Donald Trump has refused to concede and repeatedly made baseless claims of election fraud.

Trump's team has mounted legal challenges in at least five key states yet experts see the possibility of the courts overturning the result of the vote as vanishingly small. And a manual recount ordered in Georgia is unlikely to overturn Biden's slim lead.

Here is an update nine days from Election Day on how long the vote can be disputed and whether Biden's victory is at risk:

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13 Nov 2020

Biden takes Arizona, cementing presidential win despite Trump's refusal to concede

President-elect Joe Biden will win the battleground state of Arizona, Edison Research projected on Thursday, dealing another blow to President Donald Trump's struggling effort to overturn the results of the 3 November presidential election.

Biden's win in Arizona gives the Democrat 290 electoral votes in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the winner, more than the 270 needed to claim victory.

Biden is also winning the popular vote by more than 5.2 million votes, or 3.4 percentage points.

- Reuters

13 Nov 2020

China sends 'congratulations' to Joe Biden on US election win

China congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on Friday nearly a week after he was declared winner of the American election.US-China ties have grown increasingly strained in recent years under the administration of incumbent Donald Trump, and relations are as icy as at any time since formal ties were established four decades ago.

"We respect the choice of the American people. We express our congratulations to Mr Biden and Ms Harris," said foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin at a regular press briefing, referring to incoming vice president Kamala Harris.

Wang said China understands "the result of the US election will be determined in accordance with US laws and procedures".

China was previously among a handful of major countries including Russia and Mexico that had not congratulated the president-elect, with Beijing commenting earlier this week simply that it had "noticed Mr Biden declared he is the winner".

Since US media called the presidential race, Trump has not conceded to Biden as is traditional practice once a winner is projected.

Trump's four years in the White House have been marked by a costly trade war between the two powers, with Beijing and Washington also sparring over blame for the Covid-19 pandemic and China's human rights record in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.

Under his "America First" banner, Trump has portrayed China as the greatest threat to the United States and global democracy.

- Reuters

13 Nov 2020

EXPLAINER | Why recounts rarely change the results of US elections

President Donald Trump hopes a recount of votes will help keep President-elect Joe Biden out of the White House, but as common as recounts may be, especially for state and local candidates, only three in the last two decades have changed the result and none for a presidential election.

Here's how recounts work and the impact they have had:

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13 Nov 2020

EXPLAINER | Why Trump's lawsuits are unlikely to change the outcome of the election

US President Donald Trump's litigation campaign to discredit President-elect Joe Biden's victory is very unlikely to change the outcome of the election and is mostly about politics and fundraising, according to election law experts.

Trump has repeatedly made unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. He claims he won the 3 November election and accused Democrats of trying to "steal" it from him.

The Trump campaign has said it is fighting for a "free, fair, and fully transparent election in which every legal ballot is counted and every illegal ballot is not counted".

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13 Nov 2020

Biden rekindles American Dream for Africa's LGBT+ refugees

Joe Biden's electoral victory has revived the American Dream for scores of African LGBT+ refugees who fled persecution at home only to languish in Kenya when President Donald Trump denied them a fresh start in the United States.

Trump is due to leave office in January, with his Democratic successor promising to open the door wider to migrants and lead a more LGBT+-friendly administration.

Under his presidency, Trump lowered the cap on refugee admissions every year, culminating in an all-time low of 15 000 for the fiscal year 2021.

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13 Nov 2020

'No evidence' of lost or changed votes: US election officials

Senior US federal and state election officials said Thursday that there was "no evidence" that votes were lost or changed, or voting systems corrupted, in the presidential election.

The officials, responsible for election security across the country, rejected claims made by President Donald Trump and Republicans that fraud and lost ballots led to his loss to Democrat Joe Biden in last week's election.

"The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history," they said in a statement.

"There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised," they said.

"While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too."

The statement was issued by the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council, a public-private umbrella group under the primary federal election security body, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). It was signed by the heads of the National Association of State Election Directors and the National Association of Secretaries of State - the officials who manage elections at the state level - and by the chairman of the US Election Assistance Commission.

It came hours after Trump retweeted a baseless claim that an election equipment maker "deleted" 2.7 million votes for him nationwide and switched hundreds of thousand from him to Biden in Pennsylvania and other states. It was the latest in a series of bogus assertions Trump and Republicans have put forth in order to reject Biden's victory.

The company, Dominion Voting Systems, and the Pennsylvania Department of States flatly denied Trump's claims. The statement from the election security officials also came amid reports that Trump could fire the head of CISA, Chris Krebs, who has made a strong effort to stifle unsupported allegations of fraud that have surfaced while the votes have been counted around the country.

Despite that, rumours and conspiracy theories of a corrupted vote that allegedly "robbed" Trump have flooded the internet, and Republicans and the Trump campaign have filed multiple lawsuits around the country claiming irregularities.

So far none have been substantiated in court. The statement said that election officials across the country are currently "reviewing and double-checking" their state and local results prior to certifying the numbers.

"When states have close elections, many will recount ballots. All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary," the officials said.

- AFP

13 Nov 2020

Twitter says flagged 300 000 'misleading' election tweets           

Twitter labelled 300 000 tweets related to the US presidential election as "potentially misleading" in the two weeks surrounding the vote, making up 0.2 percent of election-related posts, the company said Thursday.

The social network said the labels were issued between October 27 and November 11, one week before and after the US presidential election on 3 November - which Democrat Joe Biden won over incumbent Donald Trump.

Of the 300 000 flagged tweets, 456 were covered over by a warning message and had engagement features limited - users could not like, retweet or reply to the posts, said Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head of legal, policy and trust and safety, in a blog post.

She estimated that 74 percent of people who saw the problematic tweets did so after they had been labeled as misleading or flagged with a warning message, and sharing of the posts, as a result, declined by about 29 percent.

During the election period, Twitter posted messages on American users' pages which were seen 389 million times that "reminded people that election results were likely to be delayed, and that voting by mail is safe and legitimate," Gadde added.

Nearly half of Trump's tweets were flagged by the platform in the days following the election, as the president claimed, without evidence, that he had won and that the process had been tainted by massive fraud.

- AFP

13 Nov 2020

More world leaders than US Republicans congratulate Biden

Officials in the election battleground state of Pennsylvania on Thursday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by US President Donald Trump's campaign seeking to prevent the state from certifying its results in the vote for president.

In court filings in the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, lawyers for the Pennsylvania secretary of state and seven of the state's counties said the case made vague and unsupported allegations "on the basis of repeatedly-rejected legal theories and no evidence."

"This Court should see this lawsuit for what it is: a transparent and premeditated attack on our electoral system that broadly seeks to disenfranchise all Pennsylvania voters who legally cast ballots in this election," four of the counties said in a court filing.

Pennsylvania officials said they "administered a proper, fair, and secure election" and would vigorously defend the case. They also said that the plaintiffs lacked standing for their suit.President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat, won the majority of the vote in all seven of Pennsylvania's counties cited in the lawsuit and is up more than 53 000 votes with an estimated 97% of ballots counted across the state.

Republican Trump's campaign said the "Democrat-majority counties" did not provide partisan election observers an opportunity to assess the processing of mail-in ballots, placed the observers too far from the tabulation of votes and allowed mail-in voters whose ballots were deficient to cast provisional ballots in what they say was a flouting of the state's electoral rules.

But Pennsylvania officials said the election observers were, in fact, allowed to assess the processing of mail-in ballots and that all of the state's counties were permitted to inform residents if their mailed-in ballots were deficient, even if it was not mandatory for them to do so.

Biden clinched the election on Saturday after media networks and Edison Research called him as the victor in Pennsylvania, putting him over the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

But Trump has refused to concede and has repeatedly and without evidence claimed there was widespread voter fraud. His campaign has filed a string of long-shot lawsuits in several battleground states.

Legal experts say the lawsuits have little chance of changing the outcome of the election. A senior Biden legal adviser has dismissed the litigation as "theatrics, not really lawsuits."

Pennsylvania is due to certify the election results on 23 November.

- Reuters

13 Nov 2020

Biden victory in Arizona puts Trump's longshot challenge further out of reach

President-elect Joe Biden cemented his US election victory by capturing the battleground state of Arizona late on Thursday, but the official transition to his administration remains stalled as President Donald Trump refuses to accept defeat.

Biden was projected to win Arizona after more than a week of vote counting from the 3 November election, Edison Research said.

He becomes only the second Democratic presidential candidate in seven decades to win the traditionally Republican state.

Biden's win in Arizona gives him 290 electoral votes in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the White House winner.

On Saturday, Biden had already cleared the 270-vote threshold to win the election, setting him on course to be sworn in on 20 January.

Arizona's 11 additional electoral votes put any longshot challenge by Trump even further out of reach.

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13 Nov 2020

US President Donald Trump laid out a detailed scenario in which he believes he can wrest an election victory from President-elect Joe Biden, declaring "Never bet against me.

"Trump, who has not conceded the race nor has spoken publicly since 5 November, described during a Thursday phone call with conservative Washington Examiner columnist Byron York how he sees recounts and litigation changing the outcome in his favour.

"We’re going to win Wisconsin," he told York, even though he is behind by just more than 20 000 votes out of nearly 3.3 million cast.

It is expected Trump will call for a recount there next week. In 2016, Trump won Wisconsin by 22 478 votes out of almost three million cast and a recount that year affected only 131 votes – in his favour.

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13 Nov 2020

The White House is planning for President Donald Trump to serve a second term despite his reelection loss, a top official said on Friday.

"We are moving forward here at the White House under the assumption that there will be a second Trump term," the outgoing president's trade advisor Peter Navarro said on Fox Business Network.

Trump has yet to concede nearly a week after US media announced that his Democratic challenger Joe Biden had defeated him in the 3 November presidential election.

The president has made few public appearances since then and launched legal challenges in several states, alleging election fraud, but without providing any proof.

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13 Nov 2020

President-elect Joe Biden has won 306 votes in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides who wins the White House, against 232 for Donald Trump, US media projected on Friday.

Biden solidified his victory over Trump in the US election with a victory in traditionally Republican-leaning Georgia, called in his favor by CNN, ABC and other networks.

Trump meanwhile claimed victory in North Carolina, CNN and NBC projected, putting his final tally at 232.

-AFP


14 Nov 2020

GOP poll watchers not excluded from Michigan count: Witnesses

United States President Donald Trump’s campaign filed a new lawsuit in the state of Michigan on Wednesday, alleging its poll watchers – known as "challengers" – were blocked from witnessing the ballot count at a convention centre in Detroit on 4 November.

The legal challenge in Michigan, where Joe Biden won by 146 000 votes, also asked the court to stop the certification of any votes that were processed when challengers were "excluded" from observing the count at the TCF Centre.

In Michigan, an election official and a Democratic challenger who were at the TCF Centre on 4 November told Al Jazeera the Trump campaign's claims are false.

Christopher Thomas, senior adviser to the Detroit City Clerk, and Democrat challenger Khalilah Gaston, who both signed affidavits, said Republican challengers were in the room at all times – and that more Republican challengers were present than Democratic ones, in fact.

- Al Jazeera

14 Nov 2020

Trump defiant, but says of his future: 'who knows'

Donald Trump said on Friday that "time will tell" if he remains president, in a momentary slip of his unprecedented refusal to concede his election defeat and help Democrat Joe Biden prepare to take power.

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14 Nov 2020

As Trump refuses to concede defeat, far right groups plan show of support in Washington

Far right groups and other backers of US President Donald Trump plan to rally in Washington on Saturday in a public show of support for his unsubstantiated claim of widespread voting fraud in the 3 November election.

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14 Nov 2020

Trump supporters rally in Washington

Donald Trump supporters rallied in Washington on Saturday to push the discredited theory that fraud denied him rightful victory in the election, though turnout for the protest was uncertain as further results cemented the president's defeat.

Trump expressed his thanks and suggested he might "stop by and say hello" at rallies held under the banners of "Stop The Steal," "Million MAGA March" and "Women for America First".

Right-wing militia groups such as the Proud Boys also planned to hold rallies, prompting a large security presence in the capital to prevent clashes with separate anti-Trump events that were scheduled outside the Supreme Court.

"The whole system's rigged... in the way that the information is getting to the people, it's filtered through these channels that makes it so that the truth never actually gets out," said marcher Darion Schaublin, 26, who drove to Washington from Columbus, Ohio.

"There is a good chance... he is not going to have a second term - and I'm not sure of the legitimacy of that."

The final two undeclared states were called on Friday by US television networks - with Democrat challenger Joe Biden winning the former Republican stronghold of Georgia in an extremely close race, and Trump getting North Carolina.

14 Nov 2020

14 Nov 2020

What it will take for Trump to concede, according to a psychologist who specialises in narcissism

The votes have been counted, accusations of a fraudulent election have been proven baseless, and Republicans are increasingly encouraging President Donald Trump to accept defeat and move on. 

And yet, a week after Business Insider and Decision Desk HQ called Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election, and six days after all other major news networks — including former Trump favourite Fox News — did the same, Trump has yet to concede.

But while that's unprecedented, it's not uncharacteristic. In fact, it's exactly what clinical psychologist Ramini Durvasula expected, given the president's personality type, which mental-health experts have long identified as textbook narcissism.

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15 Nov 2020

As president-elect, Biden makes diplomacy dull again

After Donald Trump in his first week as president spoke to Australia's prime minister, leaks of the call left many dumbfounded, with the new US leader haranguing and hanging up on the close ally.

When Joe Biden spoke by phone Thursday with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the president-elect's office said Biden hoped to work with him on "many common challenges" and the Australian leader said he would forward a study on how his country fought Covid-19 through contact tracing.

Following four years of presidential pique and chronic chaos in dealing with foreign leaders, Biden has already signalled a reversal -- he is making US diplomacy predictable, even dull, again.

His transition office -- which is not receiving customary assistance from the State Department as Trump refuses to concede the election -- is putting out the sort of soporific readouts that until the 2016 election were the primary means of US presidential communication.

With Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whom Trump derided over Twitter following a summit as "very dishonest & weak," a Biden statement after a congratulatory phone call said the pair "reaffirmed the close bonds between the United States and Canada" and pledged cooperation against Covid-19 and future biological threats.

After his conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom Trump had openly criticised for her welcome to migrants, Biden "noted his interest in working closely" to address the pandemic, climate change and other issues and "praised her leadership."

-AFP

15 Nov 2020

Trump loyalists mount last stand in Washington

Tens of thousands of President Donald Trump's supporters marched through downtown Washington on Saturday, echoing his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud and cheering as his motorcade drove past.

A week after Democrat Joe Biden clinched the election, Trump, a Republican, has refused to accept the outcome and has launched a flurry of dubious legal challenges to overturn the results. Election officials around the country have said they saw no evidence of serious irregularities.

Carrying flags and chanting "stop the steal," the protesters walked from Freedom Plaza near the White House to the US Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill as part of the "Million MAGA March," referring to Trump's campaign mantra of "Make American Great Again."

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15 Nov 2020

Conservatives flock to 'alt' social media in US election dispute

Conservatives backing President Donald Trump's claims of election malfeasance have sparked a migration to alternative social media sites which have refrained from filtering unverified claims.

The shift has boosted right-wing favourites like Parler, Newsmax and Rumble which have rejected the approach of Facebook and Twitter in labeling and limiting the reach of conspiracy theories.

Parler, founded in 2018, saw more than 3.3 million downloads from Apple and Google marketplaces since November 3 to reach 7.3 million installs globally, according to market tracker Sensor Tower.

Large gains were also seen for other conservative-friendly services such as Newsmax - which Trump himself endorsed - as well as MeWe and Rumble.

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15 Nov 2020

Trump admits Biden won for the first time

In a tweet on Sunday, US president Donald Trump for the first time admitted that Democrat candidate Joe Biden won the presidential election.

But the admission came with a number of unproven accusations:

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15 Nov 2020

Trump backtracks

President Donald Trump backtracked after appearing on Sunday to acknowledge for the first time that Joe Biden won the election, saying he conceded "nothing" and repeating his unfounded claims of widespread voting fraud.

Biden defeated Trump by winning a series of battleground states that the Republican incumbent had won in 2016. The Democratic former vice president also won the national popular vote by more than 5.5 million votes, or 3.6 percentage points.

Trump made his conflicting statements in a series of Twitter posts.

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15 Nov 2020

Obama said he won't serve in Biden's cabinet because Michelle would 'leave' him

Former US president Barack Obama said in an interview that aired Sunday with CBS News that he wasn't likely to show up in President-elect Joe Biden's cabinet but offered to help the incoming president in "any ways" he could.

When CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King asked if the former president had an interest in joining his former vice president's administration in an official capacity, Obama laughed.

"There are probably some things I would not be doing, 'cause Michelle would leave me," Obama said. "She'd be like, 'What? You're doin' what?'"

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16 Nov 2020

Donald Trump campaign abandons parts of Pennsylvania election lawsuit

US President Donald Trump's campaign on Sunday dropped a major part of a lawsuit it brought seeking to halt Pennsylvania from certifying its results in the presidential election, narrowing the case to a small number of ballots.

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16 Nov 2020

Women make up 52% of the Biden transition team

President-elect Joe Biden's transition team is primarily made up of women and people of colour, CNN reported. 

About half, or 46% of his transition staff, are people of colour, according to CNN, which reviewed diversity data from Biden's transition team. Women make up about 52% of his transition team. 

<p><strong>Women make up 52% of the Biden transition team</strong></p><p>President-elect Joe Biden's transition team is primarily made up of women and people of colour, CNN reported.&nbsp;</p><p>About half, or 46% of his transition staff, are people of colour, according to CNN, which reviewed diversity data from Biden's transition team. Women make up about 52% of his transition team.&nbsp;</p>
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16 Nov 2020

Obama: Sense of 'truth decay' in US as election shows a 'very divided' nation

Former President Barack Obama said during a "60 Minutes" interview that aired on Sunday that the election results show a "very divided" nation, and that there is a sense in the US that "the truth doesn't even matter".

In a wide-ranging interview, Obama also discussed why President Donald Trump should concede the election, the killing of George Floyd, and his decision to run in 2008. He was promoting his memoir, "A Promised Land," which will be released November 17.

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16 Nov 2020

Top US doctor Fauci warns lack of US transition ups Covid-19 threat

The US government's top infectious disease expert is warning that a lack of coordination between outgoing and incoming administrations puts American lives at greater risk from the rapidly spreading coronavirus.

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16 Nov 2020

US elections: Trump's national security adviser says 'obvious' that Biden has won

US President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said on Monday he will ensure a professional transition to the team led by Democrat Joe Biden if Biden is deemed the winner of the 2020 presidential election and "obviously things look like that now.

"The Republican Trump has insisted the 3 November election was "rigged" and that he will be declared the winner after a series of legal challenges in several states.

Speaking to the Global Security Forum, O'Brien said that while he hoped Trump would turn out to have won a second four-year term, he would work with a new administration headed by Biden and his vice presidential running mate, Kamala Harris.
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17 Nov 2020

ANALYSIS | Politics and trust: Biden’s fightback against Trump’s vaccine misinformation will hit SA

America’s president-elect, Joe Biden, has a herculean task ahead of him: He will have to repair the harm done by his predecessor’s perceived political interference with the registration of Covid-19 vaccines. That’s easier said than done. How well he confronts this battle will influence how willing his compatriots — and also some South Africans — are to take the shots. 

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17 Nov 2020

Wisconsin recount could cost Trump campaign about $7.9m

The Wisconsin Elections Commission said on Monday that a statewide vote recount would cost an estimated $7.9m, money that President Donald Trump’s campaign would have to pay in advance should it request one.

The bill is more than the $2m former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein paid for a recount.

President-elect Joe Biden won the crucial battleground state in the 3 November election by a margin of 0.7 of a percentage point, or about 20 000 votes, with 99% of ballots counted, according to Edison Research.

- Al Jazeera

17 Nov 2020

After Trump, Europe aims to show Biden it can fight for itself

The Donald Trump era may be coming to an end.

But European Union ministers meeting this week to discuss the future of the continent's defence will say the lesson has been learned: Europe needs to be strong enough to fight on its own.

EU foreign and defence ministers meeting by teleconference on Thursday and Friday will receive the bloc's first annual report on joint defence capabilities, expected to serve as the basis for a French-led, post-Brexit, post-Trump effort to turn the EU into a stand-alone military power.

President-elect Joe Biden will halt his predecessor's confrontational rhetoric toward allies, but he is not going to alter the underlying US message that Europe needs to contribute more to its own defence, European diplomats say.

- Reuters

17 Nov 2020

Joe Biden turns focus to building White House team as Trump legal efforts flounder

President-elect Joe Biden will focus on shaping his core White House team on Tuesday while outgoing President Donald Trump presses on with his increasingly tenuous legal fight to reverse his loss in the US election.

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17 Nov 2020

'More people may die', Biden says, if Trump blocks cooperation on virus planning

President-elect Joe Biden said on Monday "more people may die" if outgoing President Donald Trump continues to block efforts to plan for a US transition of power.

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17 Nov 2020

Lawsuits seeking to challenge Biden's electoral wins in 4 states were reportedly withdrawn

Lawsuits seeking to challenge President-elect Joe Biden's electoral wins in four states were withdrawn as President Donald Trump refuses to concede, CNN reported Monday.

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17 Nov 2020

Twitter slaps new label on Trump's tweets falsely claiming to have won the election

The move follows larger efforts by Twitter to crack down on election misinformation. In October, the company announced that it would be applying a new "civic integrity policy" on its platform, with the goal of preventing election interference, including voter suppression and premature declarations of victory.

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17 Nov 2020

Trump's fight to overturn election faces key test in Pennsylvania court

President Donald Trump will bring his floundering efforts to overturn president-elect Joe Biden's victory to a court in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, where another legal setback would likely doom his already long-shot prospects.

US district Judge Matthew Brann, who sits in Williamsport, will hear arguments in a lawsuit the Trump campaign brought on 9 November that seeks to halt the state's top election official from certifying Biden, a Democrat, as the winner.

The campaign and Trump supporters have filed a flurry of lawsuits in multiple states challenging the election but have yet to overturn any votes.

Pennsylvania has been a fixture of those efforts and any hope of reversing the election hangs on outcome in the state.

- Reuters

17 Nov 2020

How the 2020 election revealed 2 Americas, divided by wealth and opportunity

The 2020 election confirmed a divide between rural America and urban America. Big cities and dense suburbs went for Biden, and less-populated areas went for Trump, or to put it another way, wealthier regions were blue and less wealthy were red.

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18 Nov 2020

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