The Washington Post • Amy Gardner • January 3 • washingtonpost.com
‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’: In extraordinary hour-long call, Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state to recalculate the vote in his favor
In a recording obtained by The Washington Post, President Trump alternately berated, begged and threatened Brad Raffensperger to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the state.
The Washington Post • Amy Gardner, Paulina Firozi • January 3 • washingtonpost.com
Here’s the full transcript and audio of the call between Trump and Raffensperger
In the hour-long conversation on Jan. 2, President Trump repeatedly tried to get Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to alter the outcome of the presidential vote.
The Washington Post • Ashton Carter, Dick Cheney, William Cohen, Mark Esper, Robert Gates, Chuck Hagel, James Mattis, Leon Panetta, William Perry, Donald Rumsfeld • January 3 • washingtonpost.com
Opinion | All 10 living former defense secretaries: Involving the military in election disputes would cross into dangerous territory
The time for questioning the results has passed; the time for the formal counting of the electoral college votes, as prescribed in the Constitution and statute, has arrived.
washingtonpost.com • January 3 • washingtonpost.com
Audio: Trump berates Georgia secretary of state, urges him to ‘find’ votes
In a one-hour phone call on Jan. 2 with Georgia election officials, President Trump insisted he won the state and threatened vague legal consequences if the officials did not act. These are excerpts from the call.
The New York Times • Eric Lipton • January 3 • nytimes.com
Trump Call to Georgia Official Might Violate State and Federal Law
The president’s demand for action to overturn the result of the election in the state raised questions about whether he violated election fraud statutes, lawyers said, though a charge is unlikely.
The Washington Post • Ashley Parker • January 3 • washingtonpost.com
Trump to give ally Nunes the Presidential Medal of Freedom
President Trump on Monday is expected to give Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, according to someone familiar with the plans.
The New York Times • David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth, Julian E. Barnes • January 2 • nytimes.com
As Understanding of Russian Hacking Grows, So Does Alarm
Those behind the widespread intrusion into government and corporate networks exploited seams in U.S. defenses and gave away nothing to American monitoring of their systems.
The New York Times • Luke Broadwater • January 2 • nytimes.com
Pence Welcomes Futile Bid by G.O.P. Lawmakers to Overturn Election
Vice President Mike Pence signaled his support as 11 Republican senators and senators-elect said that they would vote to reject President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory.
POLITICO • January 3 • politico.com
POLITICO Playbook: As Pelosi scrambles for her job, McConnell loses control
And it’s crunch time in the Georgia Senate runoffs.
POLITICO • Allie Bice, Kyle Cheney, Anita Kumar, Zach Montellaro • January 3 • politico.com
Trump’s pressure on Georgia election officials raises legal questions
In audio from a Saturday phone call, the president is heard urging the officials to reverse his loss.
The Washington Post • Perry Stein, Laura Meckler • January 2 • washingtonpost.com
How D.C. and its teachers, with shifting plans and demands, failed to reopen schools
A lack of trust between officials and the teachers union fueled failure at every turn.
POLITICO • January 1 • politico.com
POLITICO Playbook: I’ve got a feeling ’21 is gonna be a good year ...
And the Electoral College vote in Congress is set for fireworks.
The New York Times • Joseph Goldstein • January 1 • nytimes.com
Virus Numbers Are Surging. Why Is New York’s Vaccine Rollout Sluggish?
With a new variant of the virus emerging elsewhere in the country, it’s crucial to vaccinate New Yorkers quickly. But so far, only about 88,000 have received the shots.
The New York Times • January 1 • nytimes.com
Opinion | Horrified by the Blackwater Pardons
The F.B.I. agent who led the Blackwater investigation and two other letter writers are appalled by the pardon of men who killed innocent civilians.
POLITICO • Burgess Everett • January 2 • politico.com
At least 12 GOP senators to challenge Biden's win
The move to challenge the election results has left the GOP fractured.
The New York Times • Nicholas Kristof • January 2 • nytimes.com
Opinion | Starving Children Don’t Cry
For several years, each year was the best in human history. Then 2020 came along.
POLITICO • Kyle Cheney, Melanie Zanona • January 3 • politico.com
Congress adopts rules governing Jan. 6 Electoral College count
Trump allies had mounted a legal effort to block those rules in a bid to overturn the 2020 election.
The Washington Post • Dan Lamothe • January 3 • washingtonpost.com
The time to question election results has passed, all living former defense secretaries say
The former Pentagon chiefs, Republicans and Democrats, warned that using the military to resolve election disputes would be “dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional.”
The Atlantic • David Frum • January 1 • theatlantic.com
Is America Still the ‘Shining City on a Hill’?
If the eyes of all people are upon America now, they are not witnessing an edifying spectacle.
POLITICO • Sarah Ferris, Heather Caygle, Olivia Beavers • January 3 • politico.com
Covid worries overshadow first day of new Congress
There was none of the usual pomp and circumstance.