With so many crazy things happening, sometimes things fall through the cracks. Here are some headlines that you may find interesting and worth discussing.
- The Electoral College voted and Spoiler Alert: Trump lost the 2020 election. Joe Biden will become our next president.
- Many of the congressional Republicans who for weeks have resisted referring to Joe Biden as president-elect are now acknowledging the contest for the White House is over.
- “It’s time for everybody to move on,” said John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 2 Senate Republican. While there is an opportunity for lawmakers to contest the electors’ votes, that effort is “not going anywhere.”
- Others include: John Cornyn, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst of Iowa; and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.
- Lindsey Graham said Trump has run out of options but did not explicitly state Biden won the election but claims he spoke to President elect Biden and the two discussed issues they could work on together.
- Moscow Mitch has yet to say Biden won the election.
- U.S. surpasses 300,000 deaths as first vaccine shots are given.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed the first known case of coronavirus in a wild animal in a Utah mink.
- Top Republicans are warning against President-elect Joe Biden picking former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates to helm the Justice Department.
And just to remind everyone:
And then there are Susan’s trips around the world . . . .Receipts, Mike?
We The People Pay the Salaries of These People Holding Pandemic Holiday Parties
“. . . .While the country is plenty familiar with President Trump’s reckless campaign rallies—and the likely superspreader event at the Rose Garden tied to his own diagnosis—many other politicians living off taxpayer money are themselves planning to indulge in crowded holiday cheer.
“. . . . .Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is hosting an indoor Christmas party on Dec. 15 for 900 guests, at which he plans to enforce social distancing and mask-wearing, according to a spokesperson for the department. The Washington Post reported that Pompeo invited almost 1,000 people to the event and that, separately, the State Department hosted about 200 guests on Tuesday night at the presidential guesthouse for another holiday gathering. Many of these events—planned by the top officials in the U.S. government—were announced the same week that COVID-19 was reported as the leading cause of death in the country for the first time. (More in The Daily Beast)
WH Staffer released after 3 months in hospital after catching COVID at maskless WH function
“Crede Bailey, the director of the White House security office, was the most severely ill among dozens of Covid-19 cases known to be connected to the White House. Bailey’s family has asked the White House not to publicize his condition, and President Donald Trump has never publicly acknowledged his illness”
BREAKING—White House official who fell ill with #COVID19 in September is recovering after 3 months in the hospital—and lost his right foot & lower leg in his battle against the virus, sources say. Crede Bailey is the director of the WH security office. https://t.co/E6FxnntEGa
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) December 14, 2020
Allen West denies he floated secession over election results
The chairman of the Texas Republican Party denied he suggested the state secede from the United States after the Supreme Court tossed out a lawsuit from officials there seeking to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election in other states.
“This decision establishes a precedent that says states can violate the US constitution and not be held accountable,” Chairman Allen West said in a statement following the Friday-night ruling. “Perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the constitution.”
Supreme Court puts off ruling on Trump census case to exclude undocumented immigrants