On a day that began with warnings by a conservative pundit that Donald Trump’s final weeks in power could be his “most dangerous”, and the fallout from a 46-minute speech on social media branded as “one of his most dishonest ever”, the president continues to rail against the results of the 2020 presidential election.
While he refused to tell reporters whether he had any confidence in US Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department announced that it is suing Facebook for discriminating against Americans in its hiring practices.
Meanwhile, first daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump has hit out at the “vindictive” probe regarding her hotel work around the time of her father’s inauguration, calling it a waste of taxpayer dollars. Her older brother Donald Jr is reportedly planning his future as a potential head of the National Rifle Association.
Trump’s legal team has meanwhile suffered another embarrassing defeat at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which has refused to hear their case alleging election fraud.
Pfizer will only distribute half of promised Covid vaccines, reports say
The first doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the US are expected to be delivered to New York on 15 December with the Moderna vaccine to follow a week later if approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Alex Woodward3 December 2020 23:45
Georgia run-off elections: Warnock leading Loeffler other race deadlocked, poll says
Republican Senator Kelly Loeffeler is behind her Democrat challenger Raphael Warnock in one of two Georgia senate races, according to a poll from SurveyUSA commissioned by Atlanta’s WXIA-TV.
Graeme Massie breaks it down:
Alex Woodward3 December 2020 23:20
Biden may make 100-day mask plea and says he’d take vaccine on TV
Biden is considering using his Inaugural address next month to call on all Americans to wear a mask for 100 days to slow the latest spread of the coronavirus.
“Not forever,” he said of his possible call to his countrymen and countrywomen. “And I think we’ll see a significant reduction.”
Washington chief John T Bennett reports:
Alex Woodward3 December 2020 23:00
Joe Biden asks Dr Fauci to be part of his Covid response team
Biden told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he has asked Dr Anthony Fauci “to stay on the exact same role he’s had for the past several presidents, and I asked him to be a chief medical adviser for me as well, and be part of the Covid team.”
Alex Woodward3 December 2020 22:50
Alex Woodward3 December 2020 22:45
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has responded to criticism over a $58 sweatshirt that reads “Tax the Rich” for sale on her campaign website.
Chelsea Ritschel reports.
Oliver O’Connell3 December 2020 22:27
‘Time to delete your account’
A Republican congressman has suggested Donald Trump delete his Twitter account, amid criticism at a pre-recorded speech that alleged the 2020 election was “rigged” against him.
The US president shared the videotaped address to social media on Wednesday, in which he repeated previous attacks on the electoral process, alleged widespread voter fraud, and claimed Democrats were involved in a conspiracy against him.
Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Representative, shared the US president’s speech on Twitter and wrote that it was “Time to delete your account”.
Oliver O’Connell3 December 2020 22:04
Mitch McConnell comments on his call with Nancy Pelosi
Oliver O’Connell3 December 2020 21:46
Trump offers support for Electoral College vote challenge
Chris Riotta reports for The Independent on Donald Trump has offering a message of support to Mo Brooks, one of his House Republican allies who committed this week to contesting the results of the upcoming vote in the Electoral College.
Oliver O’Connell3 December 2020 21:34
Biden ditches boot
Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Jacobs today noticed that President-elect Joe Biden appears to have ditched the medical boot that doctors gave him to wear after his dog-related accident that caused hairline fractures in his foot.
Arriving to be interviewed by CNN’s Jake Tapper today, Mr Biden appeared to wearing an elastic slip-on shoe on one foot and a dress shoe on the other.
Oliver O’Connell3 December 2020 21:16