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BREAKING: Michigan Board of Canvassers about to vote (4:25 PM)

Vote will be 3-1 in favor...

Trump fears Giuliani, other lawyers in Biden vote challenge are 'fools that are making him look bad'

Source: CNBC

President Donald Trump is sweating over his campaign lawyers’ dismal and often outlandish efforts to reverse President-elect Joe Biden’s projected electoral victory.

Trump is worried that his campaign’s legal team, which is being led by his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, is comprised of “fools that are making him look bad,” NBC News reported Monday.

That crew, which has unironically called itself an “elite strike force team,” to date has failed to win any legal victories that would invalidate votes for Biden, the former Democratic vice president, even as the legal eagles tout wildly broad claims of fraud for which they have offered no convincing evidence.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/23/trump-fears-giuliani-and-other-biden-vote-challenge-lawyers-are-fools.html

Christopher Thomas, former MI Elections Director, say Canvassing Board has no legal ability...

...to refuse to certify the completed Election canvass.

Utah builds a wildlife bridge....


Chicago: CTA to run holiday train and buses, but riders won't be able to board because of COVID-19

The CTA will run its holiday train and buses, despite the coronavirus pandemic, but only Santa, his elves and CTA workers, not regular riders, will be able to board this year because of COVID-19 dangers, the transit agency announced Friday.

The holiday train will start making its runs Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving, the agency said in a news release Friday. Holiday buses will start moving through Chicago’s neighborhoods Dec. 1.

“Santa and his elves will stay socially distanced this holiday season, meaning that customers won’t be able to board the CTA Holiday Train or the CTA Holiday Bus,” according to the release. “Instead, the CTA Holiday Fleet will run along each rail line and multiple bus routes, spreading holiday cheer across the city.”

The six-car holiday train will be “decorated with holiday scenes, thousands of sparkling lights and bright LED signage displays,” with Santa and his reindeer riding on a flatbed car in the middle of the train, according to the release.

Biden taps John Kerry as presidential envoy for climate

Source: CBS Marketwatch

President-elect Joe Biden has tapped former Secretary of State John Kerry as a special presidential envoy for climate, the Biden-Harris transition said Monday. Kerry will sit on the National Security Council, marking the first time the NSC will include an official dedicated to the issue, the transition said. Kerry's was one of several names released by Biden's team on Monday, along with secretary of state nominee Antony Blinken and nominee for United Nations ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Read more: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/biden-taps-john-kerry-as-presidential-envoy-for-climate-2020-11-23

John Kerry joins the Biden Adminstration...


Trump threatens to wreak havoc on GOP from beyond the White House


President Donald Trump has spent the three weeks since he lost the election savaging a pair of GOP governors for not backing his claims he was robbed.

Republicans are worried it’s just the start of what’s in store from the soon-to-be-former president.

Trump’s attacks on Govs. Brian Kemp of Georgia and Mike DeWine Ohio — both of whom are up for reelection in 2022 — has led to broader concerns within the party that he will use his post-presidency to exact revenge on perceived enemies and insert himself into races in ways that are not helpful.

While the 2022 midterm elections are a ways off, the president’s broadsides are giving fuel to would-be primary challengers in both states — raising the prospect that Republicans will be forced into ugly and expensive nomination fights that could jeopardize their hold on the two governors’ mansions.

Heitkamp's centrist path to USDA secretary


President-elect Joe Biden will name his first Cabinet nominees on Tuesday, and he’s promising that some of the picks (like his choice of Treasury Secretary) will be broadly appealing to Democrats of all stripes. That might be tricky to pull off when he picks someone to run the Agriculture Department.

As MA readers know, there’s already a heated debate among food and farm groups about who should get the job — including a fierce backlash from progressives against former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a moderate Democrat who is considered one of the frontrunners to oversee USDA under the Biden administration.

Amid criticism from the left that she’s too friendly with big agribusinesses and fossil fuel interests, Heitkamp is largely keeping her head down and leaning into her centrist credentials, our Helena Bottemiller Evich and Liz Crampton write this a.m. The former Senate Ag member who lost her seat in 2018 has since launched a bipartisan climate initiative, collected plaudits from Republicans and worked quietly to maintain her ties to Democratic ag insiders.

On a conference call with rural organizers earlier this month, including the Biden campaign’s rural engagement director, Heitkamp praised the campaign’s appeal to rural voters and said she wants to see those efforts continue under the Biden administration and into future elections.

Romney vs. Chachi? Actor Scott Baio threatens to run against Utah senator in 2024 over Trump rebuke.

Salt Lake Tribune

On Thursday, Romney ripped President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the presidential election, saying he could not “imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting president.” Romney also said Trump failed to make his case that the election was fraudulent.

Romney’s rebuke of Trump so angered actor Scott Baio, he took to Twitter where he threatened to run for Senate in 2024.

“Hey Mitt Romney, beautiful golf courses in Utah…...maybe I’ll move there, play a few rounds and unseat you,” wrote Baio.

Some found the idea of an actor known for “Happy Days,” “Charles in Charge,” “Bugsy Malone,” and “Diagnosis Murder” challenging the 2012 GOP presidential nominee ludicrous.

“Do it!,” said Will Ritter of POOLHOUSE, who consulted on Romney’s successful Senate campaign in 2018. “Nothing stopping you from declaring your candidacy next week, after you move to Utah and register to vote. Pro tip: might want to check the results from Romney’s 2018 election first.”

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