President-elect Joe Biden plans to appear Tuesday in Wilmington, Del., alongside leading members of the economic team he intends to bring to Washington, the latest in a series of introductions of major players in his incoming administration.
President Trump, meanwhile, is continuing to lash out over the election results. Some of his recent attacks have been aimed at Republican governors in Georgia and Arizona, who allowed tallies to be certified in their states despite Trump’s baseless claims that he was cheated of victory.
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Wisconsin and Arizona became the last two of six states where Trump has contested his defeat to finalize their vote counts, dealing a fresh blow to his quest to overturn Biden’s victory. On Tuesday, Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit with the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a bid to overturn the state’s election results.
Trump’s political operation has raised more than $150 million since Election Day, using a blizzard of misleading appeals about the election to shatter fundraising records set during the campaign.
Neera Tanden, Biden’s pick to lead the powerful White House budget office, has generated early controversy, emerging as an immediate target for conservatives and Republican lawmakers.
Biden’s economic team set to prepare ambitious recovery plan, challenging Republicans’ renewed debt worries
By David J. Lynch
Former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen speaks with Fox Business Network in 2019.
Former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen speaks with Fox Business Network in 2019. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
Biden’s choice of economic advisers highlights a commitment to spend whatever is needed to restore a full-employment economy, setting up a clash with Senate Republicans who are sounding alarms over a national debt they helped President Trump increase by nearly $7 trillion.
As the economic recovery shows signs of faltering amid rising coronavirus caseloads, even members of Biden’s economic team who have called rising government debt a problem support a generous new rescue package.
Former Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen, a deficit hawk Biden picked for treasury secretary, said earlier this year that the United States could afford new borrowing to help a wounded economy and would save money in the long run by preventing lasting damage to the labor market.
Trump campaign files lawsuit to overturn election results in Wisconsin
By Rosalind Helderman
Trump’s campaign on Tuesday asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to intervene in the state’s presidential election by throwing out hundreds of thousands of ballots in its two most Democratic-leaning counties and potentially overturning Biden’s victory in the state.
The lawsuit came a day after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) certified Biden’s more-than-20,000-vote victory in the state. Trump had requested a recount in the state’s two largest counties, which concluded Sunday and reconfirmed Biden’s win. Under state law, a candidate who loses a recount gets five days to file a lawsuit challenging the process.
During the recount, Trump’s attorneys attempted to challenge hundreds of thousands of otherwise valid ballots, arguing that election officials had improperly accepted them in the first place.
James Troupis, an attorney for the Trump campaign in Wisconsin, told Fox News on Tuesday that the campaign’s lawsuit would seek to invalidate 220,000 votes. The lawsuit targets ballots in the state’s two most Democratic-leaning counties — but the practices it challenges are in use statewide and have been in place since before the 2016 election, which Trump won and did not contest.
Troupis told Fox News that he did not believe the campaign’s lawsuit in Wisconsin would change the outcome of the national election — but could result in changes to how ballots are handled in the Badger State.
“Exposing exactly how the election processes were abused in Wisconsin holds enormous value for this election beyond a victory for President Trump, but the fact is, our state’s electoral votes likely won’t change the overall outcome,” he said. “Regardless, we’re demonstrating that the results of this election unequivocally ought to be questioned.”
Among other things, the lawsuit challenges more than 170,000 ballots cast early and in person in Milwaukee and Dane counties, arguing a form filled out by voters before casting such ballots is insufficient under state law. The form, however, is used throughout the state and has been in place for many election cycles.
Documents distributed during the recount showed that Troupis himself cast this kind of ballot.
The lawsuit also challenges a practice allowing clerks to correct tiny errors on the certification envelope of mail-in ballots and another practice, in place since 2011, that allows older and infirm voters to assert that they are “indefinitely confined” and vote without submitting a photo identification.
At a meeting Tuesday morning of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) objected to the Trump campaign’s attempt to throw out votes.
“These claims are obviously an egregious and floundering attempt to discredit this fair election,” he said.
Three more House races called for Republicans
By Felicia Sonmez
A trio of House races in New York and California were called Tuesday morning, with Republicans victorious in all three.
In California’s 21st Congressional District, former congressman David Valadao (R) defeated incumbent Rep. TJ Cox (D) in a rematch of their 2018 race. The victory means Valadao is on track to join two fellow Republicans — Darrell Issa of California and Pete Sessions of Texas — in returning to Congress after a hiatus.
In New York’s 2nd District, Republican Andrew Garbarino beat Democrat Jackie Gordon in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Peter T. King (R). Garbarino’s victory extends Republicans’ hold on the seat.
And in New York’s 24th District, Rep. John Katko (R) was reelected, defeating Democrat Dana Balter. Katko, who first won election in 2014, will return to Washington for a fourth term.
Schumer to meet with Blinken, Haines as broader battle over Biden Cabinet grows
By Seung Min Kim
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that he will meet with two of President-elect Biden’s top national security nominees, in what appears to be the first publicly disclosed conversation between a senator and incoming Cabinet picks.
Schumer will meet virtually with Tony Blinken, whom Biden plans to nominate as secretary of state, and Avril Haines, tapped by the president-elect to be the next director of national intelligence.
“I’m looking forward to asking both of them about their views on a range of issues concerning American diplomacy, foreign policy, national security and how to repair some of the damage to America’s reputation and relationships abroad done by the past administration,” Schumer said.
As the leader of the Senate Democratic ranks, Schumer will play a massive role in ensuring that Biden’s Cabinet picks emerge unscathed and confirmed. If Republicans retain their majority, Schumer will be the chief strategist on Capitol Hill defending Biden’s nominees from GOP attacks. If Democrats win a pair of January runoff Senate races in Georgia, they will control 50 votes, and Vice President Kamala D. Harris would be able to act as the tiebreaker.
Schumer has already called for Senate committees to hold prompt confirmation hearings for Biden’s picks in January — as is customary for incoming presidents — to ensure at least some Cabinet nominees can be confirmed on Jan. 20 and in the days after.