Joe Biden 2020

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  1. Legal

    8 false Trump electors have accepted immunity deals, lawyer says

    The new revelation is the latest sign that a Georgia prosecutor is advancing her investigation into Donald Trump’s bid to subvert the 2020 election.

    Eight Republican activists who falsely claimed to be legitimate presidential electors for Donald Trump have accepted immunity deals from the Atlanta-area district attorney investigating Trump’s bid to subvert the 2020 election.

    Kimberly Debrow, a lawyer for the false electors, revealed the arrangement — reached last month — in a court filing Friday, opposing a bid by District Attorney Fani Willis to disqualify her from representing the large group.

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  2. Elections

    How Jill Biden helped Joe get to yes on running for reelection at 80

    She is the not-so-secret weapon behind her husband. And unlike four years ago, she didn’t have reservations before he chose to run.

    Four years ago, Jill Biden was hesitant about her husband making a White House run, fearing the toll it could take on him and the family.

    In the months before Joe Biden formally announced he'd make a reelection bid, she had no such reservations.

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  3. White House

    Dems want to cut Fox off after lawsuit revelations

    The icing of Fox News — the ratings-leading network — would include starving the company of advertising dollars and pulling the biggest Democratic stars from the airwaves.

    The thunderclap of stories showing Fox News’ role in pushing 2020 election fraud conspiracies and aiding Donald Trump’s campaign has intensified calls among Democrats to black out the network.

    The revelations, made public as part of a $1.6 billion lawsuit brought against Fox by Dominion Voting Systems, showed that some network hosts and executives endorsed lies about Trump's loss, hosted conspiracy theorists who they thought were unhinged, and overtly prioritized the company’s profit over truth. A related deposition of the media empire’s chair, Rupert Murdoch, revealed that he shared private intel about Joe Biden’s campaign TV ads and provided debate strategy with top Trump advisers.

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  4. Elections

    Judge releases part of Georgia grand jury report on alleged 2020 election tampering

    "No widespread fraud took place in the Georgia 2020 presidential election," grand jury says in final report.

    A Georgia grand jury believes at least one witness may have lied under oath as it pursued an investigation into Donald Trump's efforts to subvert the 2020 election, according to excerpts of the panel's final report released Thursday.

    The handful of pages that a state judge ordered released do not identify precisely whom the panel recommended for prosecution, but the excerpts do reveal that the entire special grand jury rejected Trump’s repeated claims that extensive fraud tainted Joe Biden’s win in the state.

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  5. Legal

    ‘A f--king idiot’: Man who breached Pelosi suite says he’s guilty of bluster, not crime

    The Jan. 6 defendant famously propped his feet on a desk in then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Capitol suite.

    A Jan. 6 defendant who famously propped his feet on a desk in then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Capitol suite urged jurors Friday to consider his behavior the actions of a “fucking idiot” — not a criminal.

    Richard “Bigo” Barnett, who took the stand in his own defense, grew heated with prosecutor Michael Gordon after Gordon spent hours picking apart Barnett’s story. Gordon pressed Barnett whether he believed he would get away with his actions because of his hubris. A frustrated Barnett shot back: “I think the jury’s going to do what they want to do.”

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  6. Legal

    Judge dismisses Meadows lawsuit against Jan. 6 committee

    The ruling could have implications for similar suits filed against the House select committee by Trump allies.


    A federal judge has thrown out Mark Meadows’ year-old lawsuit over subpoenas from the House’s Jan. 6 select committee, concluding that the former White House chief of staff was constitutionally barred from bringing it in the first place.

    In a 27-page ruling issued Monday night, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols said that the Constitution’s “speech or debate” clause — which prohibits lawsuits against lawmakers for anything associated with their legislative work — applied in the case of the committee’s subpoenas to Meadows issued in the fall of 2021.

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  7. legal

    Sex, guns and sedition: Prosecutors describe Oath Keeper road trip to D.C.

    Jurors hear vivid details about weapons stashes and Rhodes' relationship with key lawyer.

    Prosecutors on Monday entered the sex, guns and road trip portion of their sprawling seditious conspiracy case against five leaders of the far-right Oath Keepers, presenting a new pile of vivid, granular and, at times, R-rated evidence to the jury.

    Justice Department attorneys, who have charged Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and several allies with plotting to forcibly prevent Joe Biden from taking office, reconstructed the group’s movements in the days before Jan. 6, 2021, as members from across the country drove to Washington, D.C., with a massive arsenal of firearms in tow.

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  8. legal

    Judge refuses Lindell motion to dismiss suit brought by voting machine company

    The complaint is one of a flurry of cases filed after the 2020 election by Smartmatic and Dominion against Trump allies and media outlets who have spread false allegations about the companies’ voting systems.

    A Minnesota District Court judge on Monday denied MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s motion to throw out a lawsuit brought by a voting technology company that claims he defamed it by pushing the false narrative that the 2020 election was stolen.

    Smartmatic, a company that provided election technology and services to Los Angeles in the 2020 election, alleges in the complaint that both Lindell and MyPillow defamed the voting tech company by falsely promoting the theory that its machines had been hacked or rigged in favor of President Joe Biden. Lindell is a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump and has falsely maintained since 2020 that Trump won the election over Biden.

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  9. Bidenology

    ‘You Believe This S--t?’ Biden’s Complicated Friendship With Obama

    Joe Biden’s 2020 run took him back to the painful intraparty strife that led up to 2016.

    A few days after Barack Obama visited Joe Biden at the White House this spring, a whisper started circulating. Biden’s inner circle stayed mum about it, even when The Hill published the apparent revelation that the president had spoken with his old boss about the 2024 election and confirmed his plans to run again. The report landed just as annoying and politically toxic questions about Biden’s reelection intentions swirled, so none of his aides or close allies had a big problem with it. It bolstered their exasperated reminders that the president always says he intends to run again.

    The issue: It wasn’t true. To this day, Obama and Biden have yet to discuss the next election.

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  10. Legal

    Wray: Allegations ‘troubling’ about FBI agent covering up Hunter Biden information

    Timothy Thibault is accused of partisan social media activity and efforts to suppress information in the probe into the president's son’s business activities.

    FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Thursday that allegations of an FBI agent’s partisan social media posts and efforts to suppress information in the investigation into Hunter Biden’s business activities were “deeply troubling.”

    Speaking at a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing, Wray appeared to condemn the alleged actions of Timothy Thibault, who he said was an FBI assistant special agent in charge at the Washington field office until “relatively recently.”

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  11. congress

    Cheney: Scott Perry sought pardon for role in trying to overturn 2020 election results

    The new details surfaced during the Jan. 6 select committee's first public hearing, as it launched the unveiling of its findings of a yearlong investigation into the insurrection.

    Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, as well as multiple other Republican lawmakers, contacted the White House in the weeks after Jan. 6, 2021, to seek presidential pardons for their roles in attempting to overturn the presidential election results, the Jan. 6 select committee revealed Thursday in its prime-time hearing on the Capitol attack.

    “Rep. Scott Perry … has refused to testify here,” Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), vice chair of the select committee, said as she opened its case to the American public. “As you will see, Representative Perry contacted the White House in the weeks after Jan. 6 to seek a presidential pardon. Multiple other Republican congressmen also sought presidential pardons for their roles in attempting to overturn the 2020 election”

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  12. Legal

    Eastman provides new details of Trump’s direct role in legal effort to overturn election

    The court filing describes the direct role of Trump himself in developing strategy, detailing “two hand-written notes from former President Trump about information that he thought might be useful for the anticipated litigation.”

    John Eastman, the attorney who architected Donald Trump’s last-ditch legal strategy to overturn the 2020 election, revealed Friday that he routinely communicated with Trump either directly or via “six conduits” during the chaotic weeks that preceded the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

    In a late-night court filing urging a federal judge to maintain the confidentiality of his work for Trump, Eastman provided the clearest insight yet into the blizzard of communications between Trump, his top aides, his campaign lawyers and the army of outside attorneys who were working to help reverse the outcome in a handful of states won by Joe Biden.

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  13. legal

    'Provide some cover': New Eastman emails shed light on his push to overturn Biden's win

    He suggested a way for Pennsylvania legislators to cancel Joe Biden's win.


    Attorney John Eastman urged Republican legislators in Pennsylvania to retabulate the state’s popular vote — and throw out tens of thousands of absentee ballots — in order to show Donald Trump with a lead, according to newly unearthed emails sent in December 2020, as Trump pressured GOP lawmakers to subvert his defeat.

    This recalculation, he posited in an exchange with one GOP state lawmaker, “would help provide some cover” for Republicans to replace Joe Biden’s electors from the state with a slate of pro-Trump electors, part of a last-ditch bid to overturn the election results.

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  14. elections

    Muslim voter turnout grew in 2020

    Nearly three-quarters of registered Muslim Americans voted in 2020, according to a new report.

    Nearly 1.1 million Muslim voters cast a ballot in the 2020 election, turning out in numbers large enough to swing the presidential race in key battleground states, according to a new report.

    The analysis by Emgage, a Muslim American civic group, found that 71 percent of registered Muslim voters in the U.S. went to the polls that year — an uptick of 2 percentage points compared to 2016, and 4 points higher than the nationwide turnout level in 2020.

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  15. Elections

    Democrats turn to their Gen Z whisperer as youth support wobbles

    Biden's numbers with young voters took a staggering dive at the end of 2021, dipping lower than any Democratic president in decades.

    Democratic senators had two charts waiting at their chairs when they arrived at a caucus luncheon in February. They showed youth participation in national elections since the 1980s, with two impossible-to-miss spikes: 2018 and 2020, when huge turnout among 18- to 30-year-olds propelled Democrats into power in Washington.

    Those graphs led off pollster John Della Volpe’s myth-busting tour on young people and politics across the top levels of the Democratic Party. Young people do vote, he told the senators, and they’re not policy purists, snowflakes or socialists, either. Perhaps the most important point Della Volpe could make for that audience, though, is that young voters are not locked up for Democrats.

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  16. California

    California State Bar probes Trump-connected attorney over 2020 election role

    Attorney John Eastman is the subject of a California ethics investigation.


    The California State Bar revealed on Tuesday that it has been investigating whether attorney John Eastman violated the law or ethics rules in advising former President Donald Trump on how to contest the results of the 2020 election.

    Chief Trial Counsel George Cardona said the legal overseer has been examining Eastman’s actions since September of last year. Eastman could potentially be stripped of his ability to practice law in California as a result of the investigation.

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  17. Insurrection Fallout

    The Jan. 6 puzzle piece that's going largely ignored

    Rep. Louie Gohmert sued then-Vice President Mike Pence on Dec. 27. Donald Trump’s involvement in the case remains unclear.

    As Donald Trump and his allies squeezed then-Vice President Mike Pence to single-handedly stop Joe Biden’s presidency in the weeks ahead of Jan. 6, they used one particular tool that’s been largely ignored ever since.

    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) sued Pence on Dec. 27, just as Trump was ratcheting up his pressure campaign against his vice president. Backed by a squad of lawyers associated with Trump ally and conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell, Gohmert argued Pence should assert unilateral control over certification, governed only by the vague wording of the Twelfth Amendment.

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  18. White House

    Symone Sanders to leave the VP’s office

    The departure, which is set for the end of the month, is the second major exit from Harris’ office in the last few weeks.

    Symone Sanders, the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is expected to leave the White House at the end of the year, according to five administration officials familiar with the matter.

    It was not immediately clear where Sanders is heading next or when she will be leaving the vice president’s office. Sanders is the highest profile exit and the second high-profile one from the Harris team in the last month. Ashley Etienne, Harris’ communications director, is also set to depart in the coming weeks.

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  19. White House

    'No time for parlor games': Buttigieg denies rivalry with Harris

    The Transportation secretary denied any strains on his dealings with the vice president and dismissed developing narratives on a rivalry between the two.

    Pete Buttigieg insists things are good with Kamala Harris.

    Asked Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" about recent headlines speculating a rivalry with the vice president, the Transportation secretary emphasized the two make a strong team.

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  20. Elections

    New report details how Biden won 2 key states — and what Dems can learn from it

    The Democratic data firm Catalist dug into who voted and how the electorate broke down in Wisconsin and Nevada.

    Recreating President Joe Biden’s winning coalition is an all-important mission for Democrats working to protect their razor-thin House and Senate majorities in 2022. But they’re still digging through the data to figure out what that really looks like.

    Catalist, a Democratic data firm, took a fine-tooth comb to the 2020 results out of Nevada and Wisconsin, two battleground states that backed Biden by narrow margins, in an analysis released on Wednesday. The top takeaways in its report include some surprises for Democrats’ conventional wisdom: Latinas drifted away from Democrats in Nevada at a higher rate than Latino men compared to the last presidential election; white voters who didn't graduate from college didn’t help Biden as much in Wisconsin as they did nationally; and first-time voters of color are not necessarily voting just for Democrats.

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