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Urging calm, DC mayor calls in National Guard for protests

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 4, 2021

Washington, D.C.'s mayor urged calm Monday as some 340 National Guard troops were being activated while the city prepared for potentially violent protests surrounding Congress' expected vote to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

Spin Control: Some awards to mark 2020’s political highs and lows

Before slamming shut the book on 2020 – a year the numerical equivalent of perfect vision but which often made us wish we could close our eyes and keep them shut – Spin Control wants to keep with tradition and award some of the political and government highlights and lowpoints of 2020.

Missouri senator to contest Electoral College win for Biden

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 30, 2020

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said Wednesday he will raise objections next week when Congress meets to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the election, forcing House and Senate votes that are likely to delay — but in no way alter — the final certification of Biden's win.

Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies from COVID-19

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 30, 2020

The death of a newly elected U.S. representative from Louisiana of complications related to COVID-19 stunned the state's political circles Wednesday and became the latest brutal reminder of how dangerous the coronavirus can be.

Company targeted by vote fraud claims strikes back at Trump

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 14, 2020

The head of an electronic voting company being targeted by allies of President Donald Trump said baseless claims that it helped flip the 2020 election for Joe Biden threatens to undermine Americans’ faith in democracy.

Wisconsin Supreme Court tosses Trump election lawsuit

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 14, 2020

A narrowly divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday rejected President Donald Trump’s lawsuit attempting to overturn his election loss in the battleground state about an hour before the Electoral College cast Wisconsin's 10 votes for Democrat Joe Biden.

Early in-person voting begins in Georgia Senate runoffs

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 14, 2020

What could be the main event in Georgia's twin U.S. Senate runoffs — early in-person voting — got underway Monday, with lines trending shorter than during the first days of early voting for the general election.

Electoral College makes it official: Biden won, Trump lost

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 14, 2020

The Electoral College formally chose Joe Biden on Monday as the nation’s next president, giving him a solid electoral majority of 306 votes and confirming his victory in last month’s election. The state-by-state voting took on added importance this year because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede he had lost.

AP sources: Biden picks Fudge for housing, Vilsack for USDA

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 9, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden made two key domestic policy picks, selecting Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge as his housing and urban development secretary and former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reprise that role in his administration, according to five people familiar with the decisions.

Election security official fired by Trump sues over threats

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 8, 2020

The U.S. election and cybersecurity official who was fired last month by President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday over threatening remarks by a lawyer for the president that prompted a wave of death threats against him.

Tuesday’s safe harbor deadline is boost for Biden

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 8, 2020

A deadline set Tuesday under federal law essentially locks in President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, even though President Donald Trump is still falsely claiming he won reelection.

Biden eyes defeated candidates for key administration roles

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 3, 2020

In politics, there can sometimes be an upside to losing. President-elect Joe Biden is eyeing several Democrats who lost congressional reelection races last month for key positions in his administration. They include outgoing Reps. Abby Finkenauer of Iowa and Donna Shalala of Florida and Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama.