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.
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 • 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.”
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.
The Bulwark • William Kristol • January 3 • thebulwark.com
It's Time to Speak for America - The Bulwark
I was surprised to hear nothing from Mr. Chamberlain during the whole of September 2, which was a day of intense crisis. . . . However, when Parliament met in the evening a short but very fierce debate occurred, in which the Prime Minister’s temporising statement was ill-received by the House. When Mr. Greenwood rose […]
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution • Greg Bluestein • January 3 • ajc.com
Trump demands Georgia elections official overturn his defeat in hourlong call
President Donald Trump badgered and berated Brad Raffensperger in a call Saturday, insisting that he overturn Joe Biden’s roughly 12,000-vote victory in Georgia.
POLITICO • Burgess Everett, Marianne LeVine • January 3 • politico.com
The war within the GOP
Republicans are clashing fiercely with each other over the challenge to Biden’s Electoral College win.
The Atlantic • David Frum • January 3 • theatlantic.com
Trump Crosses a Bright-Red Line
The president’s nonstop abuse of power seems determined to force a reckoning.
The New York Times • Ben Smith • January 3 • nytimes.com
They Seem to Think the Next Four Years Will Be Normal
A Beltway school of journalism wants to get back to just-the-facts-ma’am reporting. But how do you cover this Republican Party?
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 Atlantic • Peter Wehner • December 31, 2020 • theatlantic.com
The Unbearable Weakness of Trump’s Minions
Senator Josh Hawley isn’t just engaging in civic vandalism—he is an emblem of a weak and rotten Republican Party.
MarketWatch • Associated Press • December 31, 2020 • marketwatch.com
U.S. government checks constituted 40% of farmers’ income in 2020: USDA
Iowa farmer says that without federal money it would have been difficult to make ends meet but that it began to feel as if the government checks were...