What Happens When Neither Party Gets To Celebrate The Election?
Like two teams that meet in the seventh game of a World Series, both the Democratic and Republican parties bought Champagne for election night. But in this instance, it was hard for either to pop the corks. Days went by. The bubbly got warm and went flat.
It was not just the delay that spoiled the party. And this is not a case of post-election hangover. This was simply a sobering election.
This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, senior editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and senior editor & correspondent Ron Elving.
Trump Relents, Paving Way For Biden Transition To Formally Begin
President Trump is still not conceding that he lost the election, but he’s getting closer. On Monday the president tweeted that he had directed the General Services Administration to begin the process of transferring the government to President-elect Joe Biden.
Plus, we take a look at the coalition Biden formed to win the election and discuss the odds of it sticking together under the new administration.
This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political correspondent Asma Khalid, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and political reporter Juana Summers.
Biden Taps Historic Nominees As He Begins To Fill His Cabinet
President-elect Joe Biden has begun to make his selections for key roles in his cabinet. He announced his picks for secretary of state and the ambassador to the United Nations. And he chose the first Latino to head the Department of Homeland Security, and the first woman for to be the director of national intelligence.
This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and state department correspondent Michele Keleman.
Trump is sitting down with the leaders of the Michigan legislature ahead of the state canvassing board meeting on Monday, where the election results are expected to be certified. He apparently hopes the GOP-controlled Legislature will appoint their own electors and overturn the popular vote.
At a White House press briefing Friday, the press secretary Kayleigh McEnany denied Trump would be pressuring the Michigan lawmakers.
Sidney Powell, a member of Trump’s legal team, told Lou Dobbs of Fox Business on Thursday, “The entire election frankly in all the swing states should be overturned, and the legislatures should make sure that the electors are selected for Trump.”
Also, what will the Department of Justice look like under Joe Biden?
This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.
Trump Doesn't Have To Win In Court To Erode Trust In Voting
President Trump has found little success in court, though he has continued to sew disinformation online and last night fired a top cybersecurity official who had worked to bolster public confidence in the electoral system.
This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and voting reporter Miles Parks.
As Coronavirus Again Breaks Records, Dem Relief Bill Hopes Hinge On Georgia
Coronavirus is surging ahead of the holidays and a much-awaited relief bill is no closer to passage than it was months ago. Joe Biden hopes for an aggressive relief package, but that comes down to two January Senate elections in Georgia.
This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, health correspondent Allison Aubrey, and WABE reporter Emma Hurt.
Why Did Republicans Rack Up Wins Despite Trump's Loss?
Republicans gained seats in the House of Representatives and could very well hold onto the Senate. That’s despite Joe Biden’s broad presidential win. We talk about a comparatively diverse GOP freshman class and other factors that could be behind their wins.
The episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.
Joe Biden Projects Calm As Trump And GOP Allies Spread Disinformation
President-elect Joe Biden is attempting to lower the temperature on transition uncertainty and Donald Trump and his Republican allies continue to spread disinformation about election results. As election officials in both parties have maintained, the election was conducted fairly and transparently across the country.
This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, correspondent Asma Khalid, and voting reporter Miles Parks.
Supreme Court Hears Affordable Care Act Case; AG Breaks With DOJ Precedent
With Obamacare once again on the chopping block at the U.S. Supreme Court, comments from the justices appeared to suggest Tuesday that a majority is inclined to leave the bulk of the Affordable Care Act in place. Also, Attorney General William Barr wrote a memo authorizing federal prosecutors to pursue any “substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities.” There is no evidence of substantial election fraud.
This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.
As coronavirus cases again surge in the United States, Joe Biden has announced his own response taskforce. And Pfizer announced promising news about its vaccine, which testing shows is highly effective at preventing the virus.
This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and science correspondent Joe Palca.
This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, campaign reporter Juana Summers, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.
Yeah, They're Still Counting. No, There's Nothing Suspect About That.
Election workers are still diligently counting votes. Joe Biden has a narrow edge of counted votes so far in Georgia and Pennsylvania, while Donald Trump is expected to carry North Carolina. Despite conspiracy theories and lawsuits, the process remains legitimate and on track.
Biden Needs Arizona And Any Other State To Win The Presidency
If the Associated Press call for Biden in Arizona is correct, Joe Biden needs just one more state to top 270 electoral votes; Donald Trump would need to win all the remaining states. Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and North Carolina continue their counts and remain too close to call.
Joe Biden has 264 electoral votes, while Donald Trump has 214. There are 60 votes outstanding.
Biden Looks Strong After Wisconsin Win, But Both Candidates Still Have A Path
Joe Biden has won Wisconsin. The races in Nevada, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina have yet to be called. Counting continues as the Trump campaign ramps up legal challenges amid baseless accusations of fraud.
Joe Biden has 248 electoral votes, while Donald Trump has 218. There are 76 votes outstanding.
Be Patient: Vote Counting Continues, Key States Remain Outstanding
As election officials predicted, high numbers of mail-in ballots and state processing restrictions have drawn out the vote counting process. Florida and Ohio have been called for Donald Trump. Arizona has been called for Joe Biden. Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania all remain outstanding.
With millions of votes still to be counted, neither candidate has been declared the winner. Despite that, Trump raised conspiracies about electoral fraud and falsely claimed victory. Joe Biden said he’s feeling optimistic and looking forward to all of the votes being counted.
This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.
Here's What We'll Be Watching For On Election Night
Voting ends tomorrow. It could take time to know results. We talk about what we’re watching for, how we’ll report who won, and the moments that stood out in a campaign cycle none of us could have foreseen.
Tomorrow, we will be live on NPR.org starting at 7PM ET. We will publish an episode here late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.
This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.