Here’s what’s happening Tuesday in Election 2020 and President-elect Joe Biden’s transition.
TODAY’S TOP STORIES:
ECONOMIC TEAM: With unemployment still high and a new economic slump possible this winter, President-elect Joe Biden has announced a liberal team of economic advisers. His picks have long focused on workers, inequality and the disadvantaged. Biden’s nominee for treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, served as chair of the Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018, when she placed a greater emphasis than previous Fed chairs on maximizing employment and less focus on price inflation.
EMANUEL WEIGHED: Biden is considering Rahm Emanuel to serve as his transportation secretary. The former Chicago mayor is a substantial and somewhat divisive figure in Democratic Party politics. Some party progressives are critical of Emanuel’s handling of the police shooting death of Black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white officer when Emanuel was mayor.
TOP SECRET: Biden is getting his first look as president-elect at the President’s Daily Brief, a top secret summary of U.S. intelligence and world events — a document former first lady Michelle Obama has called “The Death, Destruction, and Horrible Things Book.” Biden has already seen different iterations of the PDB, which is tailored to the way each president likes to absorb information.
TRUMP TO STUMP: Some establishment Republicans are sounding alarms that President Donald Trump’s conspiratorial denials of his own defeat could threaten the party’s ability to win a Senate majority and counter Biden’s administration. The concerns come ahead of Trump’s planned Saturday visit to Georgia to campaign alongside Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Republicans uniformly acknowledge Trump as the GOP’s biggest turnout driver. But some Republicans worry about potential fallout should Trump use the platform to amplify his baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud.
CERTIFIED: Two battleground states, Wisconsin and Arizona, have certified their presidential election tallies in favor of Biden, even as Trump’s legal team continues to dispute the results. Biden’s victory in Wisconsin was certified following a partial recount that only added to his 20,600-vote margin over Trump, who has promised to file a lawsuit seeking to undo the results. Arizona officials certified Biden’s narrow 10,400-vote victory in that state.
QUOTABLE: “Followers of Trump will follow Trump, but they’re not blind to the huge stakes. And neither is he. He knows to keep his legacy. He’s got to get these people reelected.” — Former U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, a Trump ally, as the president heads to Georgia this weekend to campaign for two Republican Senate candidates.
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