Joe Biden’s ads gave you all the feels, but they’re also what hurt other Democrats

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The challenge of putting character—not issues—on the ballot. Back in 1972, Joe Biden was a county councilman in Delaware making his first run at the United States Senate against the heavily favored two-term incumbent Republican Senator J. Caleb Boggs. It was an incredibly close race. The 29-year-old Biden received 50.5% of the vote, winning by a margin of just more than 3,000 votes. Read Full Story

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Biden stimulus update: When is my third IRS check, unemployment, or student loan forgiveness coming?

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After the Senate pulled an all-nighter, here’s the latest on coronavirus relief. So Joe Biden is now president, and he’s leading a Democrat-led Congress to pass a $1.9 trillion in stimulus aid. So deposits will be arriving in your bank account any day, right? Well, no. First comes the vote-a-rama. Here’s the latest as we head into the weekend: Read Full Story

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How to donate to the Georgia Senate runoff election: 8 ways to help the races before January

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Who will control the Senate next year? These runoff races (and lots of money) could decide. The biggest bang for your political buck (in this lifetime, anyway) awaits in Georgia, where the U.S. balance of power is at stake: As of this writing, runoffs for two Senate seats in January will determine whether or not Democrats control all three branches of government. If Republicans win one or both seats, then they will maintain control of the Senate. If Democrats win both seats, the Senate will be controlled by Democrats, who already have the House. And thanks to Joe Biden’s victory, they’ll also control the presidency, giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris tie-breaking votes in the Senate. Here’s where to donate to these high-stakes races: Read Full Story

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‘An electoral steroid for white candidates’: the troubling history of Georgia’s runoff elections

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In most of the 10 states that have runoff elections, the system was implemented to dilute the Black vote. All eyes are on Georgia January 4, as two runoff elections in the the state will decide the control of the U.S. Senate. Joe Biden’s win there in November has given Democrats hope for two more victories in a state that’s been in a tight Republican grip for decades. A grip that’s in no small part due to the fact that the state conducts these kind of runoff elections. Read Full Story

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How to watch Congress count the electoral votes live on CNN, MSNBC, elsewhere without cable

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A procedural affair that typically garners little attention. A joint session of Congress is meeting today to formally count the electoral votes and certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election. This procedural affair typically garners little attention in an election cycle, but the vote count this year will be marred by partisan politics as a number of Republicans are expected to object to the counts. Those objections will not change the results of the election—the states have already certified it—but it could hold up the process by forcing the House and Senate to debate the objections. Meanwhile, pro-Trump protesters are expected to gather in Washington, D.C., to protest the results and Biden’s victory. Read Full Story

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Biden stimulus checks are one small step closer: Here’s the latest after the Senate budget vote

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The vote sets the stage for a debate on the next COVID-19 relief package, which could ultimately pass without GOP support. Almost a year into the coronavirus pandemic , and with millions of Americans still waiting for some kind of relief, the Senate has voted to move forward with a budget resolution that would allow a measure to pass with only a simple majority. Read Full Story

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Joe Biden widens electoral vote lead against Donald Trump in decisive presidential race

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With Georgia added to his tally, Biden would have 306 electoral votes compared to Trump’s 232. President-elect Joe Biden widened his electoral vote lead against incumbent President Donald Trump on Friday after multiple decision desks called the state of Georgia in his favor. NBC News, CNN, and The New York Times made the call with projections that would add the state’s 16 electoral votes to the former vice president’s tally, giving him a total of 306 compared to Trump’s 232. Read Full Story

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Here’s where VP pick Kamala Harris stands on Big Tech, family leave, fair pay, and more

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Former vice president Joe Biden has picked Senator Kamala Harris of California to be his running mate in the 2020 presidential election. Former vice president Joe Biden has picked Senator Kamala Harris of California to be his running mate, a historic move that will make her the first woman of color to be nominated by a major party in a U.S. presidential election. Harris, one of Biden’s toughest rivals in the Democratic primary race, had been seen as one of the most likely choices throughout the months-long vetting process. Read Full Story

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