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Beth LeBlanc / Detroit News:
Wayne Co. canvassers deadlock on certifying Nov. 3 election results  —  The Wayne County Board of Canvassers deadlocked 2-2 Tuesday along party lines on whether the county's Nov. 3 election results should be certified as at least four state and federal lawsuits sought to stop the process.
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Washington Post:
Board in key Michigan county fails, then agrees, to certify vote totals by deadline  —  DETROIT — The Wayne County Board of Canvassers unanimously certified its ballot count Tuesday evening, reversing itself just hours after Republicans on the board blocked the typically uneventful task …
Clara Hendrickson / Detroit Free Press:
GOP members of Wayne County Board of Canvassers vote against certifying election results  —  The two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers cast an unprecedented vote Tuesday against certifying the county's November election results for the county's 43 jurisdictions …
MIGOP:
Cox Statement on Wayne County Board of Canvassers Meeting  — Cox Statement on Wayne County Board of Canvassers Meeting  —  The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox, regarding the Wayne County Board of Canvassers meeting today where they failed to certify the election results in Wayne County.
Jacques Billeaud / Associated Press:
GOP seeks to postpone Maricopa County election certification
Discussion: The Hill
Ed White / Associated Press:
Michigan county fails to certify vote, stalling outcome
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Raw Story
New York Times:
Giuliani Is Said to Seek $20,000 a Day Payment for Trump Legal Work  —  Last week, the president put the former New York mayor in charge of the court challenges to his loss in the election.  Since then they have suffered nothing but setbacks.  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, who has helped oversee …
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Washington Post:
In reversal, GOP officials in key Michigan county certify ballot count after striking a compromise with Democrats  —  Please note: The Washington Post is providing this important election information free to all readers.  Get election results and other major news delivered to your inbox by signing up for breaking news email alerts.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham's one-man voting probe prompts confusion  —  Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) started off the day by saying he had talked with the secretaries of state in Arizona and Nevada, in addition to the conversation he had acknowledged earlier with Georgia's top election official.
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
Georgia secretary of state had witnesses on call when Lindsey Graham plotted to ‘throw out’ ballots
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Second Georgia county finds previously uncounted votes  —  ATLANTA (AP) — A second Georgia county has uncovered a trove of votes not previously included in the election results, but it doesn't change the overall outcome of the presidential race, the secretary of state's office said Tuesday.
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David Clemons / WaltonTribune.com:
Votes added in recount
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Oosting / Bridge Magazine:
Joe Biden won, Michigan elector coup ‘not going to happen,’ GOP leader says  —  LANSING — Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect, and while Michigan's Republican-led Legislature is investigating the election, it will not award the state's 16 electors to GOP President Donald Trump …
CNN:
Trump fires director of Homeland Security agency who had rejected President's election conspiracy theories  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired the Department of Homeland Security official who had rejected Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud.
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NBC News:
Trump fires head of election cybersecurity who debunked conspiracy theories
Washington Post:
Trump fires top DHS official who refuted his claims that the election was rigged
Discussion: Associated Press and abc7NY
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Trump ousts Homeland Security cyber chief Chris Krebs, who called election secure
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects Trump campaign claim of problems with ballot observers  —  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the Trump campaign's claim that Philadelphia violated state election law in the way it handled observers at a city ballot counting center.
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
House asks justices to put off case over Russia grand jury
Jake Bleiberg / Associated Press:
AP Sources: FBI is investigating Texas attorney general  —  DALLAS (AP) — The FBI is investigating allegations that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton broke the law in using his office to benefit a wealthy donor, according to two people with knowledge of the probe.
WAGA-TV:
FOX 5 Poll: Senate runoff extremely tight, Gov. Kemp's approval rating slips  —  ATLANTA - A new exclusive InsiderAdvantage/FOX5 Atlanta Poll released on Tuesday takes a look at Georgia's Senate races, Gov. Brian Kemp's approval rating, and if Georgians believe the last election was fair.
Discussion: Raw Story
Allan Smith / NBC News:
McConnell says there will be ‘orderly transfer’ of power … Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said there will be an “orderly transfer” between administrations on Jan. 20, though he did not mention President-elect Joe Biden or President Donald Trump, who is refusing to concede, by name.
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Washington Post:
Senate blocks Judy Shelton nomination to the Fed
Breaking911:
Pair Charged With Voter Fraud Allegedly Submitted THOUSANDS of Fraudulent Applications on Behalf of Homeless People  —  CALIFORNIA — Two men have been charged in a 41-count criminal complaint for allegedly submitting thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications on behalf of homeless people …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
An Ex-Cop for Mayor?  Eric Adams Wants to Find Out.  —  “I am not the Ivy League guy in this race, you know.  I mean, I am CUNY,” Eric Adams says with a laugh on a late-morning F-train back to Borough Hall in Brooklyn after a rally for more mental-health beds at a Park Slope hospital.
US Food and Drug Administration:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Test for Self-Testing at Home  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first COVID-19 diagnostic test for self-testing at home and that provides rapid results.
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Immunity to the Coronavirus May Last Years, New Data Hint  —  Blood samples from recovered patients suggest a powerful, long-lasting immune response, researchers reported.  —  How long might immunity to the coronavirus last?  Years, maybe even decades, according to a new study …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Fumes That Biden Will Get the Praise He Craves for a COVID Vaccine  —  The president had big plans for a vaccine introduction.  But the rallies, celebrations and told-ya-sos for the media are now shelved.  —  As prospects for an effective vaccination for the coronavirus have improved …
Evelyn Douek / Wired:
Why Isn't Susan Wojcicki Getting Grilled By Congress?  —  YouTube is a major vector for election and other disinformation.  But its CEO isn't with Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey on Capitol Hill today.  —  THERE ARE MANY important questions that could be asked at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing …
CNN:
Trump remains bunkered in the White House as the world spins on  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's agenda listed “no public events” on Tuesday — the 10th time since the election that those words have appeared on his daily schedule.  —  He has answered no questions from reporters …
Clayton Guse / New York Daily News:
‘An end to the New York way of life’: MTA proposes catastrophic service cuts amid COVID-19 budget crunch  —  A 40% cut in weekday subway service and layoffs of more than 9,000 transit workers are on the table as MTA honchos battle a COVID-19 financial catastrophe, the Daily News has learned.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon Mom Arrested For Murder of Fringe Legal Theorist  —  Neely Petrie-Blanchard allegedly shot the amateur legal expert who she'd turned to to reclaim custody of her kid.  —  A once murky alliance forged in a world of internet conspiracy theories appears to have ended in murder this past Sunday …
Discussion: Raw Story
Senator Mitt Romney:
Romney Statement on Proposed Troop Withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today released the following statement after the Pentagon announced that the U.S. plans to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq by January 15, 2021.
Garance Burke / Associated Press:
Financially troubled startup helped power Trump campaign  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection campaign was powered by a cellphone app that allowed staff to monitor the movements of his millions of supporters, and offered intimate access to their social networks.
 
 
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Luke Savage / Jacobin:
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Discussion: Fox News
The Hill:
Haaland being vetted by Biden team for Interior secretary
Discussion: Political Wire
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Discussion: Forbes
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
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