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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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Iowa voters wrongly listed as inactive under new state law

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Polk County’s auditor failed to give Korolina Ogle credit for voting in November’s election, according to information Axios confirmed with the Iowa Secretary of State.

  • The mistake resulted in Ogle receiving a "no activity notice" last month, the first step toward cancelling her voter registration under a law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds in March.

Why it matters: 294,147 other voters in Iowa — roughly 13% of the state's registered voters — received similar notices last month.

Liz Cheney: GOP is "at a turning point"

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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) doubled down on her break from former President Trump in an op-ed for the Washington Post on Wednesday, warning the Republican Party must decide whether it's going to "choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution."

Why it matters: The editorial is her most extensive comment since leadership turned on her. Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, has continued to speak out against Trump since her vote to impeach him for inciting the Capitol riots, much to the aggravation of some GOP leaders who now look to oust her.

Trump says he'd "certainly" consider DeSantis as 2024 running mate

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Former President Trump told Fox Business on Thursday that he is "100%" thinking about another presidential bid in 2024, and that he would "certainly" consider making Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) his running mate.

Why it matters: Trump and DeSantis see eye-to-eye on many policy issues. But the Florida governor has also been floated as a 2024 contender on his own, having gained massive popularity among Republicans during the pandemic.

New evidence leads judge to revoke bail for Proud Boy leaders involved in Capitol riot

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

A federal judge will revoke bail for two leaders of the Proud Boys, a paramilitary right-wing extremist group, after they were released while awaiting trial for their involvement in the Capitol insurrection, Politico reports.

Why it matters: The judge said he was swayed by new evidence from prosecutors showing encrypted messages and profanity-laden social media posts from the defendants that vowed violence against lawmakers who planned to certify the election.

Supreme Court rejects Pennsylvania GOP election rules challenge

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The Supreme Court won't take an appeal by Pennsylvania Republicans claiming that the state's secretary of state exceeded its authority when expanding deadlines for mail-in ballots last year due to the pandemic, according to NBC News.

Why it matters: This is another refusal by the Supreme Court to take up litigation regarding the 2020 presidential election, despite the efforts of GOP leaders and supporters of former President Trump to push baseless claims of voter fraud.

Trump: Georgia voting law doesn't go far enough

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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

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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.

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