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Biden mounts lobbying blitz to crack GOP resistance to his transition

Biden mounts lobbying blitz to crack GOP resistance to his transition

They're avoiding open warfare with Trump, while highlighting the public health and national security risks of delay.Behind the scenes, President-elect Joe Biden’s advisers are in the midst of a fierce lobbying blitz to get President Donald Trump’s allies to crack. | Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesJoe Biden’s transition team has tried to project calm as President Donald Trump refuses to concede and many Republicans — and even one key part of the federal government — continue to have his back.But behind the scenes, Biden’s advisers are in the midst of a fierce lobbying blitz to get Trump’s allies to...

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Grief, relief, and jubilation: How Biden's team survived a wild five days

Grief, relief, and jubilation: How Biden's team survived a wild five days

A tense, at times angry three days of waiting for the race to be called finally comes to an end.The families of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris join them on stage after their victory speech. | Andrew Harnik/AP PhotoWILMINGTON, Del. — In the hours and days after Election Day, top advisers and Joe Biden himself were glued to the TV as messages flew across an internal group chat.With frequency and precision, his analytics team delivered a picture of what was happening in each of the remaining states. They knew what the returns were showing, who voted from where...

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‘This f---ing virus’: Inside Donald Trump’s 2020 undoing

‘This f---ing virus’: Inside Donald Trump’s 2020 undoing

How Biden prevailed and Trump fell short in an unforgettable election, according to conversations with 75 insiders.President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows arrive in Michigan for a campaign rally. | AP Photo/Evan VucciBrad Parscale was on the phone with President Donald Trump and top White House officials in mid-February when someone on the line asked the campaign manager what worried him the most.Parscale, speaking from his Arlington, Va. apartment, had just told the president how good his internal poll numbers looked. But now he had an...

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Biden expands paths to victory by pulling ahead in Pennsylvania, Georgia

Biden expands paths to victory by pulling ahead in Pennsylvania, Georgia

The former vice president is on the verge of victory as Trump tries to discredit the electoral process.Joe Biden pulled narrowly ahead of Donald Trump in Pennsylvania on Friday, hours after doing the same in Georgia, making it more certain than ever that Democrats will reclaim the White House.After trailing Trump by hundreds of thousands of votes on Election Day in Pennsylvania, Biden steadily ate into his margins as more mail-in ballots were tallied in the state and put him in the lead for the first time after 32,000 ballots from heavily Democratic Philadelphia were counted.Biden’s new...

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Joe Biden on cusp of clinching victory

Joe Biden on cusp of clinching victory

New results are expected from Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania as Trump pins hopes on Arizona.Joe Biden has pulled closer to President Donald Trump in Georgia and Pennsylvania, slowly expanding his pathways to victory as the campaigns brace for the release of results Thursday that could put the contest out of reach for the president.Biden remains on pace to overcome Trump in Pennsylvania, where Democratic elected officials expect the former vice president to finish ahead by 100,000 or more votes in a tight race. Biden already clinched Michigan and Wisconsin in overtime ballot-counting,...

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‘Keep back!’: How the Biden campaign obsesses over Covid

‘Keep back!’: How the Biden campaign obsesses over Covid

The former vice president’s team goes to extraordinary lengths to keep him safe.Joe Biden departs St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church with his grandchildren Natalie Biden and Robert “Hunter“ Biden in Wilmington, Del., on Sept. 13, 2020. | Patrick Semansky/AP PhotoWILMINGTON, Del. — Joe Biden’s chartered airplanes and SUVs are meticulously sprayed with disinfectant and scrubbed. The microphones, lecterns and folders he uses are wiped down in the moments before his arrival. News reporters covering the campaign have their temperature taken. People he meets are scanned in advance...

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DNC overhauls debate requirements, opening door for Bloomberg

DNC overhauls debate requirements, opening door for Bloomberg

The Democratic National Committee is drastically revising its criteria to participate in primary debates after New Hampshire, doubling the polling threshold and eliminating the individual donor requirement, which could pave the way for former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg to make the stage beginning in mid-February. Candidates will need to earn at least 10 percent in four polls released from Jan. 15 to Feb. 18, or 12 percent in two polls conducted in Nevada or South Carolina, in order to participate in the Feb. 19 debate in Las Vegas. Any candidate who earns at least one delegate to...

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‘No discipline. No plan. No strategy:’ Kamala Harris campaign in meltdown

‘No discipline. No plan. No strategy:’ Kamala Harris campaign in meltdown

Kamala Harris’ campaign is careening toward a crackup. As the California senator crisscrosses the country trying to revive her sputtering presidential bid, aides at her fast-shrinking headquarters are deep into the finger-pointing stages. And much of the blame is being placed on campaign manager Juan Rodriguez. Story Continued Below After Rodriguez announced dozens of layoffs and re-deployments in late October to stem overspending, three more staffers at headquarters here were let go and another quit in recent days, aides told POLITICO. Officials said they’ve become increasingly...

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Gavin Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president

Gavin Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president

Kamala Harris won the endorsement of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who announced to a national television audience on Friday that he was backing his home-state senator for president.“I’m very enthusiastic about Kamala Harris,” Newsom said in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. “I’ve known her for decades, not only as district attorney where she did an extraordinary job with a very progressive record, but I watched her up close as lieutenant governor, when she served as attorney general, and I have the privilege of working with her as a U.S. senator.”Story Continued Below“I think the...

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