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The Electoral College decisively confirmed Joe Biden on Monday as the nation’s next president, ratifying his November victory in an authoritative stateby-state repudiation of President Donald Tr u m p ’s r e f u s a l t o concede he had lost. T h e p r e s i d e n t i a l electors gave Biden a solid majority of 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232, the same margin that Trump bragged was a landslide when he won the White House four years ago. Heightened security was in place in some states as electors met to cast paper ballots, with masks, social distancing and other pandemic precautions the order of the day. The results will be sent to Washington and tallied in a Jan. 6 joint session of Congress over which Vice President Mike Pence will preside. Fo r a l l Tr u m p ’s unsupported claims of fraud, there was little suspense and no change as every one of the electoral votes allocated to Biden and the president in last month’s popular vote went officially to each man. On Election Day, the Democrat topped the incumbent Republican by more than 7 million in the popular vote nationwide. C a l i f o r n i a ’ s 5 5 electoral votes put Biden over the top. Vermont, with 3 votes, was the first

state to report. Hawaii, with 4 votes, was the last. “ O n c e a g a i n i n America, the rule of law, our Constitution, and the will of the people have prevailed. Our democracy — pushed, tested, threatened — proved to be resilient, true, and strong,” Biden said in an evening speech in which he stressed the size of his win and the record 81 million people who voted for him. H e r e n e w e d h i s campaign promise to be a president for all Americans, whether they voted for him or not, and said the country has hard work ahead on the virus and economy. But there was no concession from the White House, where Trump has continued to make unsupported allegations of fraud. Tr u m p r e m a i n e d in the Oval Office long after the sun set in Washington, calling allies and fellow Republicans while keeping track of the running Electoral College tally, according to White House and campaign aides. T h e p r e s i d e n t frequently ducked into the private dining room off the Oval Office to watch on TV, complaining that the cable networks were treating it like a mini-Election Night while not giving his challenges any airtime. The president had

g r ow n i n c r e a s i n gly d i s a p p o i n t e d w i t h the size of “Stop the Steal” rallies across the nation as well as efforts for the GOP to field its own slates of electors in states. A presidential w i s h f o r a f i e r c e administration defense led to TV appearances early Monday by Stephen Miller, one of his most ferocious advocates, to tr y to downplay the importance of the Electoral College vote and suggest that Trump’s legal challenges would continue all the way to Inauguration Day on Jan. 20. Late in the day, he took to Twitter to announce that Attorney General William Barr was leaving t h e a d m i n i s t r at i o n before Christmas. Barr’s departure comes amid lingering tension over Trump’s unsupported fraud claims, especially after Barr’s statement t h i s m o n t h t o T h e Associated Press that the election results were unaffected by any fraud. I n a Fo x N e w s interview taped over the weekend, Trump said that “I worry about the country having an illegitimate president, that’s what I worry about. A president that lost and lost badly.” O n M o n d a y i n A r i z o n a , G e o r g i a , M i c h i g a n , N eva d a , P e n n s y l v a n i a a n d

Donald Trump's Original Pick For VP Is Causing A Stir

By Naaz Modan

Perhaps one of the most important decisions a p r e s i d e n t m a k e s takes place even before his or her election — who will govern if the Commander-in-Chief is rendered unfit for office? The seat of the vice president, who is chosen as a running mate during a candidate's campaign prior to the election, can dramatically change the direction of a candidacy. Oftentimes, candidates choose running mates who balance out their qualities and are likely to bring positive attention to the campaign. Take the example of John McCain, who chose Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008 — a decision that "shook up the presidential race," according to CNBC. Or Joe Biden, whose choice of Kamala Harris reverberated with countless women, Black Americans, and South Asians across the nation and pushed him to win against President Donald Trump. Then there was Obama's choice of Joe Biden, whose age and style complemented Obama's reputation as a young, idealistic political rookie who challenged t h e s t a t u s q u o i n Washington, D.C. Maybe it is because of the significance of the position that many look to the president's decision as a telltale sign of what the rest of the presidency might hold. And it was also this decision-making process that turned many heads during Trump's turn as president. P r e s i d e n t Tr u m p wanted to keep his VP pick in the family L i k e m a n y appointments in Donald Trump's administrations, t h e 4 5 t h p r e s i d e n t was apparently going t o c h o o s e a c l o s e acquaintance to be his vice president. According to a book released in October 2020 by Rick Gates, a

former political consultant who went on to be a Trump campaign a i d , T r u m p w a s considering his daughter, Ivanka Trump, as his companion on the ticket, per Just Jared. " D u r i n g a V P discussion that included Jared and the other kids all assembled in one room, Trump said, 'I think it should be Ivanka. What about Ivanka as my VP?' There was silence," Gates recalled in Wicked Game: An Insider's Story on How Trump Won, Mueller Failed and America Lost, according to Bloomberg. It seems like even Ivanka wasn't prepared for the suggestion. "All heads turned toward her, and she just looked surprised. We all knew Trump well enough to keep our mouths shut and not laugh," Gates continued. "He went on: 'She's bright, she's smart, she's beautiful, and the people would love her!'" The author thought at the time, "He's not joking." President Trump has made headlines with comments about Ivanka in the past That wouldn't be the first time President D o n a l d Tr u m p h a s said or done something potentially controversial tied to his daughter and raised eyebrows. In 1996, the two posed for a Vanity Fair cover, with young adult Ivanka Trump sitting on her dad's lamp with him straddling her hips. The both of them posed on a statue of parrots that may or may not be engaging in sex, according to a compilation by Indy 100. Tr u m p h a s a l s o p r e v i o u s l y c a l l e d

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