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The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday found 815 remaining ballots in court-ordered sweeps in several Texas facilities, according to a federal court filing. They have now been delivered to election officials,

The big picture: U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan set a deadline on Wednesday to have USPS sweep facilities in Texas for outstanding ballots and have them delivered to election officials by 5 p.m. local time.

  • This comes after USPS failed to meet a court-ordered deadline on Tuesday to conduct sweeps of some of its facilities in key battleground states for remaining mail-in ballots and to rush delivery because the order delayed "preexisting activities on the day of the election."
  • USPS noted it had a review process scheduled for Election Day between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. "to ensure that Inspectors are on site to ensure compliance at the critical period before the polls close."

Sullivan, who issued the initial deadline, accepted the USPS' schedule on Tuesday and denied a request from the plaintiffs, the NAACP, for an emergency motion for a telephone conference to address next steps.

Yes, but: During a court hearing on Wednesday, Sullivan said he was not pleased that USPS could not comply with his Election Day deadline and wanted Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to testify under oath.

  • "Someone may have a price to pay about that," the judge said, per CNN.
  • "I am concerned about your clients, each and every one starting at the top of the food chain," Sullivan told a Justice Department attorney representing the USPS.
  • A DOJ attorney told the judge that USPS could not meet the deadline because "it took some time for this information to get to the right people."

Background: The NAACP sued USPS in August alleging that mail delays could have "grave consequences" for Americans ability to vote, per the New York Times.

Worth noting: President Trump has made mail-in ballots a focus throughout his re-election campaign, saying, without evidence, that mail voting can lead to fraud.

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Trump: "Time will tell" who won the 2020 election

President Trump. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump said Friday that “time will tell” who won the 2020 election, declining to concede the race in his first public remarks since it became clear he’d lost the election to Joe Biden.

What he's saying: "This administration will not be going into a lockdown," Trump said, insisting that so long as he is president there will not be a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. "Hopefully, whatever happens in the future — who knows which administration it will be. I guess time will tell," he added.

Nov 13, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Pennsylvania secretary of state says she won't order recount

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Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said on Friday that based on unofficial returns, she will not order a recount or recanvass of ballots cast in the 2020 election, including in the presidential race.

Why it matters: President Trump, who has not publicly conceded to President-elect Joe Biden, continues to litigate election results, including in Pennsylvania.

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U.S. exceeds 100,000 COVID-related hospitalizations for the first time

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More than 100,200 Americans were hospitalized as of Wednesday due to the coronavirus for the first time since the outbreak began in early 2020, per the COVID Tracking Project.

The big picture: The milestone comes as health officials anticipated cases to surge due to holiday travel and gatherings. The impact of the holiday remains notable, as many states across the country are only reporting partial data.