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Joe Biden on Tuesday traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, home to the Civil War battlefield where Abraham Lincoln once called for national unity, to ask Americans to come together to defeat racial injustice and the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Pennsylvania, a swing state that was crucial to President Trump's 2016 win, could deliver the election to Biden next month. A new Monmouth University poll out Tuesday shows Biden expanding his lead over Trump in the state.

The big picture: Biden is contrasting his approach with Trump's on two of the key challenges gripping the nation.

  • The president has positioned the racial justice debate as a choice between police and rioters. He continues to minimize the dangers and precautions around COVID-19 even after his hospitalization and treatment with experimental therapeutics.
  • On Tuesday, Trump also instructed Republicans to abandon stimulus talks with Democrats until after the election.

What they're saying: "We must come together as a nation," Biden said. "I believe in law and order. I don’t believe we have to choose between law and order and racial justice."

  • After Biden spoke, Trump tweeted: "How does Biden lead in Pennsylvania Polls when he is against Fracking (JOBS!), 2nd Amendment and Religion? Fake Polls. I will win Pennsylvania!"

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GOP voters choose Trump — again

Data: Ipsos/Axios survey; Chart: Axios Visuals

Republicans across the U.S. are siding with President Trump over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — big time — according to a new Axios-Ipsos poll.

The state of play: A majority of Republicans still think Trump was right to challenge his election loss, support him, don’t blame him for the Capitol mob and want him to be the Republican nominee in 2024.

Updated Jan 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Trump becomes first president to be impeached twice

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The House voted 232-197 to impeach President Trump for “incitement of insurrection" after a violent pro-Trump mob breached the U.S. Capitol last week while Congress met to count the Electoral College vote.

Why it matters: Trump is now the only president in history to have been impeached twice — his first impeachment happened just over a year ago in December of 2019. He has just one week left in his term before President-elect Biden is sworn-in on Jan. 20.

Jan 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Trump publicly calls for “no violence” and peaceful transition

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President Trump urged the American public on Wednesday to refrain from violence ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, again calling for a peaceful transition of power.

Why it matters: The statement was released as the House debated whether to impeach Trump for a second time, after the president was accused of inciting the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol and left five dead last week.