2020 election

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Inaugural address: Biden vows to be "a president for all Americans"

Biden also directly addressed Trump’s supporters and asked them to “hear me out."

Updated Jan 20, 2021 - Politics & Policy
The top Republicans who have acknowledged Biden as president-elect

The fact that so few have done so highlights Trump's lasting power in the GOP.

Updated Dec 7, 2020 - Politics & Policy
The latest: Biden's Georgia win

A quick rundown of the latest on the presidential election and other key races.

Updated Nov 11, 2020 - Politics & Policy
What matters for 2020 and beyond

Why we're going to focus on the long term, not the daily distractions.

Nov 3, 2019 - Energy & Environment

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Trump: Georgia voting law doesn't go far enough

Donald Trump in Feb. 2021. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday wrote in a statement that it was "too bad" that the GOP-sponsored law restricting voter access in Georgia "didn't go further."

Why it matters: The law has garnered widespread condemnation from civil rights activists, Democrats, and more than 100 businesses and CEOs for instituting stricter ID requirements and limiting the use of ballot drop boxes, among other restrictions.

Poll: Nearly half of Republicans believe false narratives about Jan. 6 siege

Trump supporters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo: Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty

About half of Republicans surveyed in a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll believed that the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol siege was a "non-violent protest or was the handiwork of left-wing activists trying to 'make Trump look bad,'" Reuters writes.

By the numbers: The poll also indicates that about 60% of Republicans believed former President Trump's unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 election was "stolen" from him. The same number of Republicans believe Trump should run for re-election in 2024.

Dominion Voting Systems demands ex-Michigan lawmaker retract baseless fraud claims

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Dominion Voting Systems demanded on Friday that ex-Michigan state Sen. Patrick Colbeck retract claims that the company rigged the 2020 election in Michigan, and accused the former lawmaker of waging a "disinformation campaign."

Why it matters: Dominion has so far filed four defamation lawsuits — with the latest against Fox News — in an effort to collect billions in damages from pro-Trump figures who pushed baseless conspiracy theories about its voting machines during the presidential election.

Hunter Biden "100% certain" he will be cleared from DOJ probe

Hunter Biden. Photo: Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images

Hunter Biden told CBS Sunday Morning he is "cooperating completely" with an ongoing Department of Justice investigation into his finances, and that he is certain that he will be cleared of any wrongdoing.

Why it matters: Hunter Biden's business dealings became a point of attack during the 2020 presidential election for Trump and other Republicans, who have tried to insinuate the presence of corruption in the Biden family. Biden confirmed last December that the probe is being run out of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware.

Ousted Democrats start PAC to defend moderates in 2022

Then-U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) speaks at the podium standing with members of the Problem Solvers Caucus in 2020. PHOTO: Cheriss May/Getty Images

Centrist congressional Democrats who were defeated in the 2020 election have banded together to create a political action committee to defend U.S. House moderates in the 2022 midterms.

Why it matters: A first-term president’s party historically has lost seats in Congress in the midterm elections, and the GOP just needs to flip a handful of seats in 2022 to regain control. Ousted centrist Democrats believe that they were defeated in 2020 by Republican challengers who distorted their records, and the unseated lawmakers need to defend their former colleagues.

Two Capitol Police officers sue Trump over Jan. 6 insurrection

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Two U.S. Capitol Police officers sued former President Trump Tuesday for physical and emotional injuries caused by what they describe as his "wrongful conduct" in inciting the riots on Jan. 6, which killed at least five people.

Driving the news: Officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby are seeking damages of at least $75,000 each, along with other punishments they did not specify. It's the first suit filed by law enforcement who defended the Capitol from Trump's supporters.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
Mar 29, 2021 - Podcasts

Dominion lawyer: We're looking at media lawsuits beyond Fox News

Voting machine maker Dominion last Friday filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, related to its coverage of the 2020 presidential election, and it's likely not done suing media companies.

What they're saying: "We're looking at other media outlets, and making sure we can meet all of the elements of defamation," Dominion attorney Thomas Clare tells the Axios Re:Cap podcast. "There were other outlets that played a similar role to Fox in spreading these lies. I expect that we're going to be holding them accountable as well."

U.S. military launched over 2 dozen cyber operations before 2020 election

Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 25.

The U.S. military conducted more than two dozen cyber operations before the 2020 election to prevent foreign threats from affecting the election, U.S. Cyber Command Commander Gen. Paul Nakasone told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.

Why it matters: Nakasone could not describe the nature of the operations in detail but said they were conducted "to get ahead of foreign threats before they interfered with or influenced our elections."

Fencing around U.S. Capitol comes down months after insurrection

Temporary security fencing outside the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The perimeter fencing that was raised around the Capitol Building in the aftermath of the January 6 siege has begun to come down, CNN reports.

Why it matters: The move signals an easing of security measures, and the public will once again gain access to the Capitol grounds. Some streets near the building have also reopened to traffic.

  • The decision to remove the fencing was made because "there does not exist a known, credible threat against Congress or the Capitol Complex that warrants the temporary security fencing," according to a memo obtained by CNN last week.

Julia Letlow wins House race in Louisiana to replace her husband

Members in January holding a moment of silence for Letlow. Photo: Erin Scott-Pool/Getty Images

Julia Letlow (R) on Saturday won Louisiana's 5th congressional district's special election for the U.S. House, AP reports.

Why it matters: Letlow will now replace her late husband, Rep.-elect Luke Letlow (R), who passed away from COVID-19 in December. He was just 41 years old. She received a resounding endorsement from former President Trump, who said she is "so outstanding."

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