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Joe Biden. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Joe Biden has won Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes, AP projects

Why it matters: The massive victory pushes Biden over the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to win the presidency.

The big picture: With Pennsylvania in hand, Biden no longer needs to win outstanding swing states like Nevada, Georgia or Arizona — a state that has been declared for Biden by the AP and Fox News, but which the Trump campaign and other networks insist is still too close to call.

  • Pennsylvania has been at the center of attention this election due to its significant number of mail-in ballots, which officials were not allowed to start counting until Election Day. Trump won the state by less than a point in 2016.
  • On Wednesday morning, Trump had a lead of over 11% in Pennsylvania thanks to the strong turnout of his supporters during in-person voting. Over the next 36 hours, that lead narrowed bit by bit, as mail-in ballots overwhelmingly favoring Biden continued to be reported.

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Updated Jan 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Arizona Republicans censure Cindy McCain and GOP governor

Combination images of Cindy McCain and Gov. Doug Ducey. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic for U.S.VETS/Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Arizona Republican Party members voted on Saturday to censure prominent GOP figures Cindy McCain, Gov. Doug Ducey and former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who've all faced clashes with former President Trump.

Why it matters: Although the resolution is symbolic, this move plus the re-election of the Trump-endorsed Kelli Ward as state GOP chair shows the strong hold the former president has on the party in Arizona, despite President Biden winning the state in the 2020 election.

Updated 6 hours ago - Politics & Policy

U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.

CNN fires Chris Cuomo

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CNN

CNN said Saturday evening it has fired one of its star anchors, Chris Cuomo, following new revelations from a legal review made by the company into Cuomo's involvement in the management of his brother's sexual harassment scandal.

Why it matters: Saturday's firing speaks to how much pressure CNN was under by employees and critics to address Cuomo's behavior.

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