Trump to appear in public for first time since failed reelection bid

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♦ Joe Biden defeated President Trump in the 2020 presidential race, according to national news organizations, with a win in Pennsylvania.

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Biden marks Veterans Day with visit to Korean War Memorial in Philadelphia — 11:30 a.m.

By The Associated Press

Joe Biden is marking Veterans Day with a visit to the Korean War Memorial in Philadelphia.

The president-elect is making a brief foray out with his wife, Jill, to the memorial, where he is laying a wreath.

Biden’s son Beau was a major in the Delaware Army National Guard and died in 2015 of brain cancer. Biden often spoke emotionally of his son’s service on the campaign trail.

Jill Biden made military spouses and families one of her signature issues when Biden served as Barack Obama’s vice president, and aides say that may be one of her focal points as first lady.

Biden otherwise is spending his Wednesday in private briefings with his transition team.

Boris Johnson calls Trump the ‘previous’ president — 11:27 a.m.

By The Associated Press

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called Donald Trump the “previous president” of the United States and said it was “refreshing” to talk to President-elect Joe Biden.

Johnson has had a warm relationship with Trump. He congratulated Biden on his election victory in a phone call on Tuesday.

Johnson told British lawmakers on Wednesday that he and Biden discussed plans to “stick up for NATO and to work together in the fight against climate change” — issues on which Trump and the British leader have starkly different views.

Johnson says it was “refreshing” to have that conversation and he looks forward to “many more.”

He says he has had “a good relationship with the previous president” and it’s “the duty of all prime ministers to have a good relationship with the White House.” But he says he was “delighted to find the many areas in which the incoming Biden-Harris administration is able to make common cause with” British lawmakers.

Georgia officials announce a hand recount of the presidential election results — 10:58 a.m.

By The Associated Press

Georgia election officials have announced an audit of presidential election results that will trigger a full hand recount.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said at a news conference Wednesday that his office wants the process to begin by the end of the week and he expects it to take until Nov. 20.

After results from the hand recount are certified, the losing campaign can then request another recount, which will be performed by machine, Raffensperger said.

President-elect Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by about 14,000 votes in the state.

Biden warns Johnson of Brexit risk to Northern Ireland peace — 10:22 a.m.

By The Washington Post

Joe Biden used his first phone call with Boris Johnson as U.S. president-elect to warn the British leader not to compromise peace in Northern Ireland in his pursuit of Brexit.

During the course of a 20- to 25-minute conversation on Tuesday, Biden “reaffirmed his support” for the 1998 deal that put an end to the violence in Northern Ireland, according to a statement from the president-elect’s team.

A British official confirmed that Biden raised the Good Friday Agreement in the context of Brexit negotiations, and that Johnson responded by promising the president-elect that Britain would uphold the peace accord. Biden spoke later to Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin, and again made a point of emphasizing his backing for peace in the region.

 

Pence postpones trip to Florida island as Trump fights election — 9:42 a.m.

By Bloomberg News

Vice President Mike Pence is postponing his a trip to Sanibel, Florida — a regular vacation spot for his family — as President Donald Trump fights to try to reverse his re-election defeat, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The vacation had been planned since before the election, but will be postponed until later this fall, according to one of the people, who asked not to be named to discuss information not yet public.

Pence said in a February speech that he’s been vacationing in Sanibel for 30 years. “The president goes to Palm Beach; I go to Sanibel Island,” he said.

Barack Obama to give first interviews since the election — 9:03 a.m.

By Shannon Larson, Globe Staff

Barack Obama will be interviewed on “60 Minutes” and “CBS Sunday Morning” for segments airing this Sunday, according to CBS News, in what will be the former president’s first interviews since the presidential election.

His vice president, Joe Biden, defeated incumbent Donald Trump to win the presidency, national news outlets projected on Saturday.

Obama appeared with his wife Michelle on “60 Minutes” after he was elected president exactly 12 years ago, according to CBS News. He will speak with Gayle King for “CBS Sunday Morning,” and Scott Pelley for “60 Minutes.”

Both interviews are being conducted in Washington, D.C., according to CBS News, and focus on the upcoming release of Obama’s new book, “A Promised Land.”

What went wrong with polling? Some early theories — 8:27 a.m.

By The New York Times

Asking for a polling post-mortem at this stage is a little bit like asking a coroner for the cause of death while the body is still at the crime scene. You’re going to have to wait to conduct a full autopsy.

But make no mistake: It’s not too early to say that the polls’ systematic understatement of President Donald Trump’s support was very similar to the polling misfire of four years ago, and might have exceeded it.

 

Trump to emerge from White House to mark Veterans Day — 8:26 a.m.

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Trump will participate in the Veterans Day observance at Arlington National Ceremony on Wednesday, emerging in public for the first time since his failed reelection bid to take part in the annual presidential rite.

Trump has spent the last several days holed up at the White House tweeting angry, baseless claims of voter fraud after his election loss.

 

Trump campaign sues to stop Michigan from certifying election — 8:13 a.m.

By Bloomberg News

President Trump’s campaign has filed another lawsuit in Michigan challenging the election results.

The federal lawsuit, which the campaign said it filed late Tuesday, seeks to stop the state from certifying results that show Democrat Joe Biden leading by almost 146,000 votes.

The campaign asked a judge to stop Michigan from certifying fraudulent ballots, those received after Election Day, those processed when observers weren’t present, and any counted with defective tabulating machines or software. At least two prior suits contesting the state’s election results have already been rejected by Michigan judges.

 

Postal worker recants ballot-tampering claims — 8:11 a.m.

By The Washington Post

A Pennsylvania postal worker whose claims have been cited by top Republicans as potential evidence of widespread voting irregularities admitted to U.S. Postal Service investigators that he fabricated the allegations, according to three officials briefed on the investigation and a statement from a House congressional committee.

Richard Hopkins’s claim that a postmaster in Erie, Pa., instructed postal workers to backdate ballots mailed after Election Day was cited by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in a letter to the Justice Department calling for a federal investigation. Attorney General William Barr subsequently authorized federal prosecutors to open probes into credible allegations of voting irregularities and fraud before results are certified, a reversal of long-standing Justice Department policy.

 

These are the races that haven’t been called yet — 5:20 a.m.

By Maggie Astor, New York Times

A week after Election Day, ballots are still being counted in many states.

This isn’t unusual. But because of how many people voted by mail, the process isn’t as far along as it would normally be at this point, and that means the outcomes of quite a few races remain unclear.

Here’s an overview of the results we were waiting for as of Wednesday morning.

 

Some big, early shifts on immigration expected under Biden — 2:50 a.m.

By The Associated Press

Some dramatic moves on immigration are expected in the early days of the Biden administration. Joe Biden will likely use executive orders to reverse some of President Donald Trump’s most controversial actions, rolling back moves that were a central feature of his administration and important to his base.

The Biden administration plans to restore protection for people brought to the U.S. illegally as minors and stop using Pentagon funds to build a border wall. Biden unveiled a detailed, highly ambitious plan on immigration, but it will take time to undo many actions taken by Trump.

The incoming president will also likely face a divided Congress, making it difficult to enact any kind of sweeping, comprehensive changes to the nation’s immigration system. Here’s a look at what to expect:

 

Kamala Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, poised to break stereotypes — 12:14 a.m.

By The Associated Press

In the Biden White House, the first lady wants to keep her job teaching and the second gentleman plans to quit his law firm to support the vice president’s career.

When it comes to political marriages, we’ve reached a new moment.

Doug Emhoff, the 56-year-old husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, will leave his private law practice by Inauguration Day to focus on his role at the White House, a spokesperson said Tuesday. He’s said little so far about how he’ll approach the role and is still working with the transition team on what issues he’ll tackle.

 

Dems clinch House control, but majority likely to shrink — 11:10 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Democrats clinched two more years of controlling the House on Tuesday but with a potentially razor-thin majority, a bittersweet finale to last week’s elections that has left them divided and with scant margin for error for advancing their agenda.

The party has now nailed down at least 218 seats, according to The Associated Press, and could win a few others when more votes are counted. While that assures command of the 435-member chamber, blindsided Democrats were all but certain to lose seats after an unforeseen surge of Republican voters transformed expected gains of perhaps 15 seats into losses potentially approaching that amount.

 

Election officials nationwide find no evidence of fraud — 8:48 p.m.

Election officials in dozens of states representing both political parties said that there was no evidence that fraud or other irregularities played a role in the outcome of the presidential race, amounting to a forceful rebuke of President Donald Trump’s portrait of a fraudulent election.

Over the last several days, the president, members of his administration, congressional Republicans and right wing allies have put forth the false claim that the election was stolen from Trump and have refused to accept results that showed Joe Biden as the winner.

But top election officials across the country said in interviews and statements that the process had been a remarkable success despite record turnout and the complications of a dangerous pandemic.

 

GOP presses ahead after election with Russia probe review — 8:45 p.m.

By The Associated Press

President Donald Trump may have lost his bid for reelection, but that hasn’t stopped Senate Republicans from pressing forward with their politically charged probe of the FBI’s Russia investigation.

The latest burst of activity came Tuesday when the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee grilled former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe about an investigation that was begun even before the 2016 presidential election.

 

CNN tops cable ratings for election week, Biden’s speech — 8:37 p.m.

By The Associated Press

CNN and Fox News Channel battled for viewers on the election day that turned into an election week and then some, each earning bragging rights.

CNN edged Fox among total viewers for the week, averaging 5.9 million viewers to Fox’s 5.7 million. The latter was dominant on Tuesday as President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off at the polls.

Fox averaged 14.1 million viewers Tuesday to CNN’s 9.4 million, with MSNBC drawing 7.6 million, according to Nielsen figures. But CNN was tops among those watching Biden’s Saturday evening speech after the race was called in his favor, with 13.5 million tuning in.

 

Biden is expected to keep scrutiny of tech front and center — 7:19 p.m.

By The New York Times

The tech industry had it easy under President Barack Obama. Regulators brought no major charges, executives rotated in and out of the administration, and efforts to strengthen privacy laws fizzled out.

The industry will have it much harder under President-elect Joe Biden.

Bipartisan support to restrain its power has grown sharply during the Trump administration and shows no signs of going away as Democrats regain control of the White House. Biden is expected to take on the Silicon Valley giants on misinformation, privacy, and antitrust, in a sharp departure from the polices pursued while he was vice president under Obama.

 

Does Trump’s defeat signal the start of populism’s decline? — 6:18 p.m.

By The New York Times

When Hungary’s populist prime minister, Viktor Orban, joined a parade of foreign leaders in congratulating President-elect Joe Biden this week, he conspicuously failed to note that Biden had actually beaten his friend, President Donald Trump.

Like other right-wing populists, from Britain and Brazil to Poland and Germany, Orban was still coming to grips with the defeat of populism’s flamboyant standard-bearer in the White House. The Hungarian leader acknowledged that a victory by Trump was his “Plan A.” There wasn’t really a Plan B.

While Trump’s defeat is a stinging blow to his populist allies, its consequences for populism as a global political movement are more ambiguous. Trump, after all, won more votes than any American presidential candidate in history aside from Biden, which attests to the enduring appeal of his message.

 

Cal Cunningham concedes to Senator Tillis in North Carolina — 4:35 p.m.

By Associated Press

Democrat Cal Cunningham conceded to incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina on Tuesday, saying “the voters have spoken” and it was clear Tillis had won.

With Cunningham’s concession, all eyes turned to Georgia, where two U.S. Senate runoff races in January are likely to determine the balance of the upper chamber.

With votes still uncounted and the races in North Carolina and Alaska still too early to call Tuesday, the Senate remained tied 48-48. Alaska GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan is favored for another term against Al Gross, an independent running as a Democrat. If the Senate ended up tied 50-50, Democratic Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would wield the tiebreaking vote.

 

Ted Cruz is encouraging Trump’s election lawsuits despite being on the receiving end of his fraud claims in 2016 — 3:40 p.m.

By Victoria McGrane, Globe staff

Among those loudly defending the president’s right to question the election results is GOP Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

“I believe President Trump still has a path to victory,” Cruz said on Fox News Sunday.

Though far from the only prominent Republican official to support Trump’s series of legal challenges and baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, Cruz’s defense of Trump is particularly noteworthy because four years ago, the Texas Republican was on the receiving end of Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of electoral misconduct.

 

Biden calls Trump’s refusal to concede ‘an embarrassment’ — 3:05 p.m.

By The Associated Press

President-elect Joe Biden says “nothing going to stop” his administration’s moving forward despite President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the race, calling Trump’s refusal “an embarrassment.”

“I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly,” Biden said Tuesday as he made remarks in Delaware. “I think it will not help the president’s legacy.”

Biden said that his transition is “well underway” and that he is reviewing potential Cabinet picks and other positions.

Biden said some Republicans’ denial of his victory “is not at much consequence in our plan and what we’re able to do between now and Jan. 20.”

Asked by a reporter what he would say to Trump, Biden said, “Mr. President, looking forward to speaking with you.”

Biden also told reporters Tuesday that “I don’t see a need for legal action, quite frankly.”

Much of the formal transition work doesn’t begin until the administrator of the General Services Administration ascertains the “apparent successful candidate” in the election, and that has not happened yet amid legal challenges by President Donald Trump to election results in some states.

The GSA’s failure to designate Biden the official winner bars the Democrat and his team from receiving federal funds for his transition and from getting access to the agencies they’ll need to work with to smooth the transition of power.

He also is not receiving a daily classified briefing on security threats typically afforded to the president-elect.

Biden said that the briefing “would be useful, but it’s not necessary,” and that his transition team didn’t need the federal funds to continue their work. He says, “We don’t see anything slowing us down.”

Pompeo brushes aside results showing Trump lost — 2:18 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is brushing aside results of last week’s presidential election showing that President Trump lost his bid for a second term.

Pompeo told reporters Tuesday with a grin that the “transition” to a second Trump term would be “smooth,” but later said the State Department was prepared for any eventuality. Trump has refused to concede to President-elect Joe Biden.

Pompeo ignored results showing that Biden had won the election, and he also dismissed as “ridiculous” questions about whether the U.S. had lost credibility as a judge of other countries’ election because of Trump’s unproven claims of fraud at the polls.

“There will be a smooth transition to second Trump administration, ” Pompeo said with a chuckle, before reverting to a more nuanced response. “We’re ready. The world is watching what’s taking place here. We’re going to count all the votes.”

He said the “world should have every confidence” that the State Department is “successful today” and that it will be “successful with the president who’s in office on Jan. 20 a minute after noon.”

McConnell says Electoral College will determine president — 1:51 p.m.

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday there’s “no reason for alarm” as President Donald Trump, backed by Republicans in Congress, pursues legal challenges to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

Republicans are increasingly pointing to a December deadline as they give Trump time and space to exhaust his legal challenges. That’s when the states face a deadline to certify results and a Dec. 14 deadline for the Electoral College to cast its votes. It’s also about the time it took to resolve the 2000 election dispute between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore.

“Until the Electoral College votes, anyone who is running for office can exhaust concerns,” McConnell told reporters on Capitol Hill.

 

Legal experts weigh in on Trump team’s election challenges — 1:28 p.m.

By Travis Andersen and Christina Prignano Globe Staff

Efforts by President Trump and his allies to challenge Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory, while disruptive in the short term, likely won’t succeed in keeping the polarizing Republican in the White House past January, legal and political scholars said Tuesday.

“If it succeeded, it would be a coup,” said Charles Fried, a Harvard Law professor and former US solicitor general in the Reagan administration. “There’s no indication it will succeed, or that anybody expects it to succeed.”

Fried’s comments came one day after US Attorney General William Barr authorized federal prosecutors to probe any “substantial” allegations of voter irregularities and election fraud, though no widespread evidence of either has been reported in the 2020 election.

 

Biden talks to Johnson as UK-US relations enter new era — 1:08 p.m.

By Bloomberg News

President-elect Joe Biden held a 20-25 minute phone call with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday, in which the two leaders outlined their priorities on defense, trade and climate change.

The conversation was Biden’s second official call to a national leader after speaking to Canada’s Justin Trudeau. It will be seen as a welcome signal in London that the incoming White House team still regards Britain as a vital international ally. Biden also spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday.

 

Turkey’s President Erdogan congratulates Biden on his win — 12:55 p.m.

By The Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday, expressing Turkey’s determination to work closely with the new administration.

“I believe that the strong cooperation and alliance between our countries will continue to contribute to world peace in the future, as it has done so far,” Erdogan said in his congratulatory message, made available by his office.

Turkey was one of a handful of countries, along with Russia, that had not commented on Biden’s victory, which was announced Saturday. A senior Turkish official said Monday that Ankara would wait until legal challenges to the US election results were resolved and for the outcome to be finalized. It was not clear what made Erdogan change his mind.

Harris’ husband to quit law firm for White House — 11:50 a.m.

By The Associated Press

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, will leave his job as a partner with a high-profile law firm to focus on his role in the new Biden administration.

A campaign spokeswoman said Tuesday that Emhoff will sever ties with DLA Piper by Inauguration Day. Emhoff took a leave of absence from the firm in August, when Harris was named Joe Biden’s running mate. Biden and Harris will be inaugurated Jan. 20.

While Emhoff is not a lobbyist, the firm has lobbied the federal government on behalf of a range of corporate clients. Ethics experts say that connection could have presented an appearance of conflicts of interest as the Biden administration tries to restore trust and ethics in government following President Donald Trump’s norm-shattering presidency.

Emhoff is working with the transition team to determine the issues he will take on as the vice presidential spouse. He is the first man to hold that role, as Harris is the nation’s first female vice president.

Top Pentagon adviser resigns after Esper firing — 11:29 a.m.

By The Associated Press

US defense officials said James Anderson, the top policy adviser at the Pentagon, submitted his resignation Tuesday, a day after President Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Anderson has been the acting undersecretary for policy since June. Previously he served as the deputy undersecretary since his confirmation for that job in August 2018.

Trump’s firing of Esper comes as he has refused to concede his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.

Defense officials spoke about Anderson’s resignation on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters.

A wide range of policy staff positions in the Pentagon have been filled with people on an acting basis over the past year or more, as a number of staff have left or have not been confirmed.

Chris Miller, who was tapped to serve as the Pentagon chief on Monday after Esper was fired, was in his second day in the building, meeting with top staff.

GOP unveils $1.4T spending bill amid post-election turmoil — 11:06 a.m.

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Republicans controlling the Senate unveiled a government-wide, $1.4 trillion spending bill on Tuesday, a mostly bipartisan measure that faces uncertain odds during this period of post-election tumult in Washington.

The GOP-drafted measure contains funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall and other provisions opposed by Democrats, but top leaders in both parties want to try to mount a drive to enact the unfinished spending bills — which, along with a separate COVID-19 relief effort and annual defense policy bill, represent the bulk of Capitol Hill’s unfinished business for the year.

 

Germany seeks ‘new deal’ with US under Biden — 9:58 a.m.

By The Associated Press

BERLIN — Germany’s foreign minister says the election of Joe Biden as the next US president is an opportunity for a “new deal” in trans-Atlantic relations that would revive the close cooperation between America and Europe, but also see Europeans shoulder greater responsibility on the world stage.

“Joe Biden’s election victory means one thing in particular: new opportunities for the trans-Atlantic partnership,” Heiko Maas told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.

“We need a kind of new deal in the trans-Atlantic partnership, the basis of which would consist of responding to international challenges with international solutions and not with a policy of America First or Europe First.”

 

Trump plans PAC in hopes of keeping hold on GOP — 5:40 a.m.

By Maggie Haberman, New York Times

President Donald Trump is planning to form a so-called leadership political action committee, a federal fundraising vehicle that will potentially let him retain his hold on the Republican Party even when he is out of office, officials said Monday.

The announcement is expected as soon as this week, just days after the major news networks and newspapers, as well as The Associated Press, called the 2020 election for former Vice President Joe Biden.

 

Indigenous candidates’ wins in Congress give hope for change — 1:17 a.m.

By The Associated Press

Internet access, health care, and basic necessities like running water and electricity within Indigenous communities have long been at the center of congressional debates. But until recently, Congress didn’t have many Indigenous members who were pushing for solutions and funding for those issues.

Hope is growing after the Native delegation in the US House expanded by two on Election Day: Yvette Herrell, who is Cherokee and prevailed in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, and Kai Kahele, a Native Hawaiian who won that state’s 2nd District.

 

Trump administration removes head of federal climate program that oversees key reports — 10:48 p.m.

By Washington Post

The White House removed the official in charge of the federal program that produces the U.S. government’s definitive reports on climate change, three people familiar with the situation said.

The official, Michael Kuperberg, a climate scientist who had been executive director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) since July 2015, was told Friday evening to return to his previous position as a scientist at the Energy Department. He had been expected to stay on through the production of the fifth edition of the congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment.

The climate assessment examines the present-day harms that climate change is having on the United States and makes projections about future damage down to the local level from greenhouse-gas emissions from burning fossil fuels.

 

Trump books will continue after Trump leaves office — 9:44 p.m.

By Hillel Italie, Associated Press

One of publishing’s most thriving genres of the past four years, books about President Donald Trump, is not going to end when he leaves office.

In 2021 and beyond, look for waves of releases about the Trump administration and about the president’s loss to Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Works already planned include the anti-Trump “Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response,” by former Obamacare head Andy Slavitt. There’s a campaign book from New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns. And former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale is reportedly working on a memoir.

 

Biden defends health care law as high court mulls its fate — 9:30 p.m.

By The Associated Press

President-elect Joe Biden is planning to deliver a speech defending the Obama administration’s signature health care law amid a case before the Supreme Court that could overturn it.

Biden will speak on the Affordable Care Act from Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. He campaigned for months on the law, arguing that President Donald Trump and top Republicans opposed it and therefore wanted to wipe out its mandated health insurance coverage for people with preexisting conditions even though they had no alternative to replace it.

A lawsuit challenging the law is being considered by the Supreme Court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority after Trump’s appointment of Amy Coney Barrett.

 

International observers see no fraud in US vote — 9:25 p.m.

By The Associated Press

International observers from the Organization of American States say they saw no instances of fraud or voting irregularities in the U.S. presidential election.

The delegation included 28 experts and observers from 13 countries who observed the election process in in Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and the District of Columbia. COVID-19 prevented a broader coalition of experts.

The OAS says the Election Day was peaceful, although there were efforts to intimate poll workers as the votes were counted, and says the country’s mail-in ballots were a secure system.

The report says the OAS supports “the right of all contesting parties in an election, to seek redress before the competent legal authorities when they believe they have been wronged.”

“It is critical however, that candidates act responsibly by presenting and arguing legitimate claims before the courts, not unsubstantiated or harmful speculation in the public media,” the OAS says.

The end of ‘America First’: How Biden says he will reengage with the world — 9:20 p.m.

By David E. Sanger, New York Times

President-elect Joe Biden makes no secret of the speed with which he plans to bury “America First” as a guiding principle of the nation’s foreign policy.

He says he will reenter the Iran nuclear deal, assuming the Iranians are willing to reverse course and observe its limits.

He would sign up for another five years of the only surviving nuclear arms treaty with Russia and double down on US commitments to NATO after four years of threats from President Donald Trump to withdraw from the alliance, which guided the West through the Cold War.

 

Barr authorizes DOJ to probe allegations of voting irregularities despite little evidence — 7:03 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors across the U.S. to pursue “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities before the 2020 presidential election is certified, despite little evidence of fraud.

Barr’s action comes days after Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump and raises the prospect that Trump will use the Justice Department to try to challenge the outcome. It gives prosecutors the ability to go around longstanding Justice Department policy that normally would prohibit such overt actions before the election is formally certified.

Trump has not conceded the election and is instead claiming without evidence that there has been a widespread, multi-state conspiracy by Democrats to skew the vote tally in Biden’s favor.

 

Massachusetts House plans vote on expanding abortion access — 6:30 p.m.

By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff

The Massachusetts House, anticipating the possibility that a newly conservative Supreme Court could threaten abortion rights, plans to take up a measure this week that would remove barriers to abortion access, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said on Monday.

Sought by reproductive rights activists for nearly two years, the proposal would allow an abortion after 24 weeks of gestation if the fetus is diagnosed with a fatal anomaly and is not expected to survive. It would also lower the age limit on abortion, requiring parental consent or a judicial order only for those younger than 16, the age of consent, rather than 18, as it stands under current law.

 

Loeffler, Perdue call on Georgia secretary of state to resign over election ‘mismanagement,’ without detailing any accusations — 4:28 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Some Republicans are renewing their attacks on President-elect Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump in Georgia, with Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler taking the extraordinary step of calling for the resignation of the Republican secretary of state, though they did not detail any specific accusations of mismanagement.

Republicans laid out a strategy to investigate but still presented no evidence of large-scale voter fraud in the balloting, saying Monday that they were still looking into ways to overturn Biden’s lead of more than 10,000 votes in Georgia.

Georgia is one front in a nationwide scramble by Trump forces to question his national defeat. The Associated Press has not yet called the race for Georgia’s 16 electoral votes.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office is defending the conduct of the elections, saying that while there may be scattered illegal votes, officials are very confident in the overall outcome.

Loeffler and Perdue, who face a pair of Jan. 5 runoffs against Democrats that will determine control of the Senate, blamed Raffensperger for “mismanagement and lack of transparency,”

 

Republican surrogates for President Donald Trump resumed their legal fight Monday to try to stop the vote count in key battleground states, including Pennsylvania and Michigan, but faced long odds given the Electoral College tally and recent court rulings that found no evidence of widespread vote fraud.

While some Republican state officials invoked the Trump mantra that only “legal votes” should be counted, others emerged to counter the campaign narrative and urge voters, and perhaps the president, to support the results.

 

McConnell says Trump is ‘within his rights’ to question results — 3:47 p.m.

By The Associated Press

Despite President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump is “100% within his rights” to question election results and consider legal options.

The Republican leader said Monday the process will play out and “reach its conclusion.”

Trump has declined to concede the presidential race and is mounting legal fights, but there has been no indication or evidence of voter irregularities or fraud in the election.

McConnell’s comments were his first public remarks after Biden was declared the winner on Saturday.

 

Collins congratulates Biden but says Trump should have opportunity to challenge results — 2:18 p.m.

By Christina Prignano, Globe staff

Republican Senator Susan Collins, newly re-elected after a tough race in Maine, congratulated President-elect Biden and Vice president-elect Harris on their “apparent” victory Monday, but also said President Trump should have the opportunity to challenge the results consistent with the “process in place.”

 

By The Associated Press

The US Chamber of Commerce says it would like to see a major infrastructure bill as the first order of business for a Biden-Harris administration and a new Congress in 2021.

The powerful business lobby group had teamed up with the AFL-CIO and other groups during Donald Trump’s presidency to push for significant new investments in roads, bridges and broadband but could not get legislation over the finish line. How to pay for such investment remains a huge stumbling block.

Neil Bradley, an executive vice president at the business group, says the chamber will continue to push the Trump administration and Congress to get an economic relief bill passed before the end of the year to help businesses survive during the coronavirus pandemic.

He says the economic recovery is “uneven across industries and across communities, and we have to focus on those who will be the last to recover from this pandemic induced recession.”

White House wants job-seeking appointees fired — 1:45 p.m.

By The Associated Press

The White House is instructing federal agencies to fire political appointees of President Trump who are looking for job opportunities after Trump’s election defeat to President-elect Joe Biden.

A senior administration official says presidential personnel director John McEntee, the president’s former personal aide, told White House liaisons at departments that they should terminate any political appointees seeking new work while Trump has refused to accept the electoral results.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Trump’s term ends at noon on Jan. 20. Several thousand political appointees across the government will see their jobs end by that date.

Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election on Saturday.

UN Secretary-General congratulates Biden, Harris — 1:35 p.m.

By The Associated Press

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris while reaffirming the US-UN partnership as “an essential pillar of the international cooperation needed to address the dramatic challenges facing the world today.”

The message, delivered Monday by UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, also congratulated the American people “for a vibrant exercise of democracy in their country’s elections last week.”

Dujarric said in response to a question on Harris’ historic victory as the first woman to be elected vice president that the secretary-general is always pleased and welcomes a woman getting “to break a new ceiling.”

General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir tweeted his warmest congratulations to Biden, citing his “long history” of supporting the United Nations, and to Harris for her historic election, which he called “a milestone for gender equality.”

President Trump says he has fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper — 1:00 p.m.

By The Associated Press

President Trump has fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper, a stunning move on the heels of Trump’s failed reelection bid.

Presidents who win reelection often replace Cabinet members, including the secretary of defense, but losing presidents have kept their Pentagon chiefs in place until Inauguration Day to preserve stability in the name of national security.

Trump announced the news in a tweet, saying that “effective immediately” Christopher Miller, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will serve as acting secretary, sidestepping the department’s No.2-ranking official, Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist.

“Chris will do a GREAT job!” Trump tweeted. “Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service.”

Biden used his first remarks since his victory speech to implore people to wear masks — 12:50 p.m.

By The Associated Press

President-elect Joe Biden gave a lengthy plea for Americans across the country to wear masks as he gave his first remarks since delivering his victory speech, framing it as a short-term sacrifice that would save lives and allow American life to return to normal.

“A mask remains the most potent weapon against the virus,” Biden said in remarks Monday following a COVID-19 briefing in Delaware. “It doesn’t matter who you voted for…. We can save tens of thousands of lives if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few months. Please, I implore you, wear a mask. Do it for yourself. Do it for your neighbor.”

Biden has said he would work with governors to push for mask mandates in each state, but did not address that strategy on Monday, instead framing it as a personal choice that can accelerate a return to normalcy if widely adopted.

Ben Carson tests positive for COVID-19 — 12:25 p.m.

By Bloomberg News

US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has tested positive for coronavirus, according to the agency’s deputy chief of staff, Coalter Baker.

Baker said that Carson attended an election night party at the White House on Tuesday. President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, tested positive for coronavirus the day after he attended the same party.

Few of the attendees at the crowded party were seen wearing masks. ABC News reported Carson’s positive test earlier on Monday.

 

Pence plans travel to Florida vacation island — 11:34 a.m.

The Associated Press

One week after Election Day, Vice President Mike Pence appears ready to take some time off.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Pence is scheduled to travel to Sanibel, Florida, Tuesday through Saturday. Pence has vacationed on the island along Florida’s Gulf Coast several times previously. Pence’s office didn’t immediately comment on the trip on Monday.

The trip comes as President Donald Trump has pledged to continue trying to contest the outcome of the election and as President-elect Joe Biden is ramping up his transition efforts.

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are being briefed virtually on the coronavirus pandemic by a task force of experts their transition team announced Monday.

Biden, Harris receive COVID-19 briefing — 11:15 a.m.

The Associated Press

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are being briefed virtually on the coronavirus pandemic by a task force of experts their transition team announced only hours earlier.

The Democratic president-elect and vice president-elect sat at separate, individual socially distanced tables and took notes as the members introduced themselves on Monday.

Biden is also planning to give a speech on his planned response to the pandemic. Then Biden and Harris will hold hours of internal meetings about transitioning to the White House in January.

The task force briefing was at the Queen, a theater in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, where Biden’s campaign built a studio and other communications infrastructure and has spent months organizing virtual meetings and speeches.

The first to speak during the briefing was former Food Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. David Kessler. He is co-chairing the task force with former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a Yale University associated professor and associate dean whose research focuses on promoting health care equality for marginalized populations.

Also part of the group is Rick Bright, a whistleblower who was demoted after criticizing the Trump administration’s pandemic response. Bright had been head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.

Journalists could watch only about two minutes of the proceedings and heard only the participants introducing themselves.

Putin won’t congratulate Biden until legal action resolved — 8:43 a.m.

By The Associated Press

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t congratulate President-elect Joe Biden until legal challenges to the U.S. election are resolved and the result is official, the Kremlin announced Monday.

Putin is one of a handful of world leaders who have not commented on Biden’s victory, which was called by major news organizations on Saturday. But President Donald Trump’s team has promised legal action in the coming days and refused to concede his loss, while alleging large-scale voter fraud, so far without proof.

When Trump won in 2016, Putin was prompt in offering congratulations — but Trump’s challenger in that election, Hillary Clinton, also conceded the day after the vote. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday that this year is different.

 

Ousted vaccine expert on Biden virus task force — 8:01 a.m.

By The Associated Press

President-elect Joe Biden has announced the members of his coronavirus task force, which will put together a blueprint for fighting the pandemic.

The co-chairs are former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, former Food Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. David Kessler and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a Yale University professor and researcher.

Notable among the task force members is Rick Bright, a vaccine expert and former head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. Bright filed a whistleblower complaint alleging he was reassigned to a lesser job because he resisted political pressure to allow widespread use of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug pushed by President Donald Trump as a COVID-19 treatment.

Other members include Luciana Borio, a biodefense specialist; Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, an oncologist and bioethics chair at the National Institutes of Health; Dr. Atul Gawande, a Clinton administration health advisor and surgery expert; Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease expert who has studied HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis; Dr. Julie Morita, a pediatric and immunization specialist; Dr. Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert and epidemiologist; Loyce Pace, a global health specialist; Dr. Robert Rodriguez, an emergency medicine expert who has researched mental health of COVID-19 responders; and Dr. Eric Goosby, an infectious disease expert who has worked in AIDS/HIV.

President-elect Biden announces coronavirus task force made up of physicians and health experts — 7:58 a.m.

By The Washington Post

WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced the members of his coronavirus task force, a group made up entirely of doctors and health experts, signaling his intent to seek a science-based approach to bring the raging pandemic under control.

Biden’s task force will have three co-chairs: Vivek H. Murthy, surgeon general during the Obama administration; David Kessler, Food and Drug Administration commissioner under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton; and Marcella Nunez-Smith, associate dean for health equity research at the Yale School of Medicine. Murthy and Kessler have briefed Biden for months on the pandemic.

Biden will inherit the worst crisis since the Great Depression, made more difficult by President Trump’s refusal to concede the election and commit to a peaceful transition of power. The Trump administration has not put forward national plans for testing, contact tracing and resolving shortages in personal protective equipment that hospitals and health-care facilities are experiencing again as the nation enters its third surge of the virus.

 

Merkel: US, Germany must stand together on climate change — 6:37 a.m.

By The Associated Press

The US and Germany must stand “side by side” in handling the coronavirus pandemic, fighting global warming and terrorism, and in working for “an open global economy and free trade,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday.

President-elect Joe Biden brings decades of experience in domestic and foreign policy to the job, and “he knows Germany and Europe well,” Merkel said in her first comments in person on the election outcome. The chancellor had congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in writing on Saturday.

 

EU moves ahead with tariffs on US but hopes for Biden change — 5:32 a.m.

The European Union pressed ahead Monday with plans to impose tariffs and other penalties on up to $4 billion worth of US goods and services over illegal American support for plane maker Boeing, but expressed hope that trade ties would improve once President Donald Trump leaves office.

EU trade ministers were discussing the move on a videoconference, after international arbitrators last month gave the EU, the world’s biggest trade bloc, the green light to do so.

A year ago, the World Trade Organization authorized the United States to slap penalties on EU goods worth up to $7.5 billion – including Gouda cheese, single-malt whiskey and French wine – over European support for Boeing rival Airbus.

 

Referendum on Trump shatters turnout records — 12:25 a.m.

With votes still being counted, turnout in the 2020 presidential election has hit a 50-year high, exceeding the record set by the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama — an extraordinary engagement in what amounted to a referendum on President Donald Trump’s leadership.

As of Sunday, the tallied votes accounted for 62% of the eligible voting-age population in the U.S. That’s a 0.4 percentage point increase so far over the rate hit in 2008, when the nation elected its first Black president.

 

A ‘terrifying’ COVID surge will land in Biden’s lap — 10:01 p.m.

Hours after President-elect Joe Biden declared the coronavirus a top priority, the magnitude of his task became starkly clear Sunday as the nation surpassed 10 million cases and sank deeper into the grip of what could become the worst chapter of the pandemic yet.

The rate of new cases is soaring and for the first time is averaging more than 100,000 a day in the United States, which has reported more COVID-19 cases than any other country. An astonishing number — 1 in 441 Americans — have tested positive for the virus just in the last week.

With 29 states setting weekly case records, the virus is surging at a worrisome level in more than half the country. Nationwide, hospitalizations have nearly doubled since mid-September, and deaths are slowly increasing again, with few new interventions in place to stop the spiraling outbreak.

 

Can Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell get it done? — 9:21 p.m.

By Carl Hulse, New York Times

In late July 2011, with an economy-shaking Treasury default only a few days away and Congress flailing, Senator Mitch McConnell received a Saturday phone call from Joe Biden, then the vice president.

“I think it’s time we talk,” Biden told McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, who was then the minority leader.

That opening, recounted by McConnell in his memoir, “The Long Game,” initiated the second in a series of one-on-one tax and budget negotiations that produced agreements that rescued the government from imminent fiscal disaster while drawing mixed reviews from fellow Democrats.

President-elect Biden could be making a lot more of those phone calls in the years ahead.

 

Former WH officials urge cooperative transition — 8:04 p.m.

By The Associated Press

A bipartisan group from the last three White Houses is urging the Trump administration to move forward “to immediately begin the post-election transition process.”

The call from the Center for Presidential Transition advisory board comes as the General Services Administration has yet to formally recognize Democrat Joe Biden as the president-elect. That’s a necessary move to free up money for the transition and clear the way for Biden’s team to begin putting in place the transition process at agencies.

“This was a hard-fought campaign, but history is replete with examples of presidents who emerged from such campaigns to graciously assist their successors,” members of the advisory board said in a statement.

The statement was signed by Bush White House chief of staff Josh Bolten and Health and Human Services secretary Michael Leavitt as well as Bill Clinton-era chief of staff Thomas “Mack” McLarty and Obama Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.

Mass. Republican Party, which tied itself to Trump, hopes amid the reckoning — 7:32 p.m.

By Brian MacQuarrie, Globe Staff

The Massachusetts Republican Party is no stranger to struggling for relevance. And this year, with President Trump on the ballot in one of the bluest of blue states, the portents held more than the usual peril.

But after losing two seats overall in the State House and Senate, a sense in GOP circles was that Election Day could have been worse.

 

Kamala Harris’s local sorority sisters celebrate her rise to the White House — 7:30 p.m.

By Gal Tziperman Lotan, Globe Staff

On an uncharacteristically warm November afternoon — as if Mother Nature knew there was something to celebrate — about 30 women from the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority’s Boston chapter gathered in front of the State House to rejoice for one of their sisters: Kamala Harris, who is ascending to the nation’s second-highest political seat.

 

Parties gird for ferocious Georgia runoffs — 6:51 p.m.

By Sean Sullivan, Annie Linskey and Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post

Within minutes of Joe Biden becoming president-elect Saturday, top Democrats and Republicans raced to the front lines of 2020′s last battlefront: a pair of January Senate runoffs in Georgia where the country’s racial, economic, and cultural crosscurrents could help determine whether Democrats complete their takeover of Washington.

Republicans looking to turn the page on President Trump’s defeat shifted their attention to the runoffs, framing them as a last line of defense against a left-wing agenda. Democrats, seeking to capitalize on their momentum and celebratory mood, promoted the races as the best way to advance Biden’s policies.

 

Top Republicans decline to acknowledge Biden win as Trump refuses to concede — 6:48 p.m.

By Luke Broadwater, New York Times

More than 24 hours after President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner of the election, the nation’s Republican leaders and scores of party lawmakers refrained Sunday from acknowledging his victory, either remaining silent or encouraging President Trump to forge ahead with long-shot lawsuits to try to overturn the results of the election in battleground states.

 

Business leaders eye wish lists for Biden and Harris — 6:47 p.m.

By Jon Chesto, Globe Staff

Ask leaders of Boston’s business associations what they want to see a Biden administration tackle first, and the wish lists vary tremendously. One common theme: Most seem buoyed by a sense of optimism that the federal government can find common ground as it confronts the twin crises recession and pandemic.

 

Rally celebrates VP-elect Harris as activists prepare to challenge Biden administration — 5:48 p.m.

By Lucas Phillips, Globe Correspondent

Boston was mostly quiet a day after the presidential race was called, but a group of activists held a Black Lives Matter rally outside City Hall Sunday morning to celebrate president-elect Joseph R. Biden’s win and assert that their work will continue.

“In this moment, we had something historic happen — and we can have the joy of that moment and also continue to fight for accountability,” Monica Cannon-Grant, a Boston organizer, told a crowd of about 50 people.

 

Lame duck Congress and lame duck president face huge challenges in coming weeks — 3:12 p.m.

By Erica Werner and Paul Kane, The Washington Post

Lawmakers return to Washington on Monday for Congress’ lame duck session confronting a government shutdown deadline and crucial economic relief negotiations at a moment of extraordinary national uncertainty. President Donald Trump is refusing to concede the presidential election even as Democratic President-elect Joe Biden moves forward quickly with transition plans and coronavirus cases spike nationwide.

Even before Biden takes office on January 20, Congress must contend with a Dec. 11 government funding deadline. Failure to reach a deal would result in a government shutdown. Trump would have to sign the legislation as one of his final acts in office – but he has not signaled whether he will do so.

 

Jennifer Lawrence celebrates Biden’s win by running through the streets of Boston — 2:53 p.m.

By Rachel Raczka, Globe Correspondent

Where were you when you heard that Joe Biden had been declared the winner of the presidential election on Saturday? Well, we know where Jennifer Lawrence was.

Running through the streets of Boston, screaming and cheering, while blasting Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” in her pajamas and a face mask.