US Elections

US election 2020: Get the latest news, comments and analyses on the battle between US President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

Jon Ossoff speaks in Stonecrest, Ga., Dec. 28, 2020. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Everything you need to know about Jewish Democratic senator Jon Ossoff

Jon Ossoff, a Jewish 33-year-old former executive of a documentary film company, has done what seemed nearly impossible just a few years ago.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
07/01/2021
Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in Washington

Claims US is ‘third world, banana republic’ misread history - analysis

Only one hundred years ago most western countries were full of the kind of chaos and coup attempts that many claim they saw in Washington.

Joint session of Congress to certify Joe Biden as the next U.S. president in the US Capitol

World stunned by Trump supporters storming US Capitol in Washington

"What happened in America showed what a failure Western democracy is..." Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said.

07/01/2021

Can Trump be removed from office before his term ends on Jan. 20?

There are two ways to remove a president from office: the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution and impeachment followed by a Senate conviction.

By REUTERS
07/01/2021

Joe Biden approved by US Congress as next president of United States

Biden will be the next president of the United States.

By REUTERS
07/01/2021
Protesters and police clash at the foot of the US Capitol, January 6, 2021.

White House officials resign after Capitol violence

The melee delayed the certification process of Biden's victory for hours. Biden will be inaugurated on Jan. 20.

By REUTERS
07/01/2021

Raphael Warnock: 'Heschel and King ‘are smiling in this moment'

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel made the news Wednesday morning when Raphael Warnock, the Democrat who won one of two Georgia Senate elections Tuesday, invoked the rabbi during an interview on CNN.

By SHIRA FEDER/JTA
07/01/2021
US President Barack Obama (not pictured) announces Judge Merrick Garland (R) of the United States Co

Merrick Garland nominated as Biden’s attorney general

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Merrick Garland to be his attorney general more than four years after Senate Republicans blocked the judge from serving on the US Supreme Court.

By BEN SALES/JTA
07/01/2021
Security forces respond with tear gas after the US President Donald Trumps supporters breached the U

Orthodox Jewish Trump supporters decry violence, not movement behind mob

Heshy Tischler, the pro-Trump provocateur of Orthodox Brooklyn, wasn’t at the US capitol when a mob stormed it Wednesday — but not because he didn’t want to be.

By SHIRA HANAU
07/01/2021
Donald Trump and Joe Biden

Biden calls on Trump to “demand an end to this siege”

“This is an assault on our Democracy,” Biden said.

Democrat Warnock wins in Georgia; second runoff, Senate control undecided

Democrats must win both contests in Georgia to take control of the Senate.

By REUTERS
06/01/2021

Despite Trump pressure, Pence will not block Biden's election certification

Pence, a loyal lieutenant during the four years of Trump's often chaotic presidency, has no plans to intervene and has told Trump he does not have the power to do so.

By REUTERS
06/01/2021
Democratic US Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock look on as they appear together

RJC and JDCA in a last-ditch effort to win Jewish vote in Georgia

“With Joe Biden winning Georgia by just over 12,000 votes, we knew that the Jewish vote played a critical role as part of the coalition that ensured his victory."

Former US defense chiefs: No role for military in Trump's efforts to contest defeat

The group said the time had come to accept that the Republican president had lost the Nov. 3 election and that Biden would succeed him on Jan. 20.

By REUTERS
04/01/2021

Nancy Pelosi narrowly re-elected as Speaker of the US House of Representatives

The House voted 216-209 to reinstate Pelosi, after Democrats lost 11 seats in the November elections to command a narrower 222-212 majority.

By REUTERS
03/01/2021
Vice President Mike Pence (Left) and Democratic presidential nominee, former VP Joe Biden (Right)

US court rejects lawmaker's bid to have Pence overturn Biden's win

US law requires Congress to formally count the electoral vote on Jan. 6.

By REUTERS
03/01/2021

Georgia’s Jewish vote could decide control of the US senate

Voters in Georgia will not just be deciding the state’s political trajectory on Tuesday, but the country’s as well.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
03/01/2021
Vice President Mike Pence (Left) and Democratic presidential nominee, former VP Joe Biden (Right)

Unrealistic effort underway to unseat President-elect Joe Biden

If these votes were granted to President Trump by Pence in the procedure, there would be enough to overturn the result of the election and hand him victory.

US President-elect Joe Biden delivers a speech alongside US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris after

Progressive challenge to Biden administration foreign policy underway

Biden’s foreign policy challenge emerges from a progressive coalition petitioning him to stack the second tier of his foreign policy administration with left-wing progressives.

By MICHAEL FENENBOCK/THE MEDIA LINE
29/12/2020
US PRESIDENT-ELECT Joe Biden delivers an address ahead of Thanksgiving at his transition headquarter

Mexico's president says spoke by phone with US President-elect Biden

The two leaders said they shared a desire to address the reasons for migration in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and southern Mexico.

By REUTERS
20/12/2020

Biden unveils diverse team tasked with ambitious climate agenda

"Today's nominees are ready on day one, which is essential because we literally have no time to waste," Biden said

By REUTERS
20/12/2020
Representative Deb Haaland

Biden picks US Representative Deb Haaland to be Interior Secretary -report

“Leasing practices need to be changed. We need to make sure we’re promoting and increasing clean-energy leases,” said Haaland.

By REUTERS
18/12/2020

Trump snaps at Mitch McConnell for congratulating Biden

"The Electoral College has spoken," McConnell said on Tuesday morning, before adding he wanted to "congratulate the President-elect Joe Biden" and VP-elect Kamala Harris.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris jointly named Time's 'Person of the Year'

Electoral College formally elects Joe Biden as next president

“In America, politicians don’t take power — the people grant it to them,” Biden plans to say in his address to the nation on Monday night.

15/12/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr participate in a presentation ceremony

US Attorney-General Barr steps down as Trump election defeat confirmed

Barr, who had angered Trump by not supporting his incorrect claims that the Nov. 3 election result had been tainted by widespread fraud, said he would leave office on Dec. 23.

By REUTERS
15/12/2020
Joe Biden salutes supporters next to the slogan ‘Battle for the soul of the nation’ during a pre-ele

Electors meet across US to confirm Biden's presidential win

Election results show Biden, the Democratic former vice president, won 306 electoral votes - exceeding the 270 needed to win.

By REUTERS
14/12/2020

Rival protesters clash around US, Proud Boys allegedly assault bystanders

Organizers of Stop The Steal, linked to pro-Trump operative Roger Stone, and church groups urged supporters to participate in "Jericho Marches" and prayer rallies.

By REUTERS
13/12/2020

Proud Boys leader wasn't invited to White House, took public tour

Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio posted photos taken inside the White House gates on the conservative platform Parler, adding that he had received a "last minute invite to an undisclosed location."

By REUTERS
13/12/2020

Pro-Trump groups to march and pray to protest president's election loss

Organizers Stop The Steal, which is linked to pro-Trump operative Roger Stone, and church groups urged supporters to turn out to "Jericho Marches" and prayer rallies.

By REUTERS
12/12/2020
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris jointly named Time's 'Person of the Year'

Kamala Harris, first vice president named Time's 'Person of the Year'

The vice president-elect was chosen alongside President-elect Joe Biden - the first time two running mates have been chosen together.

11/12/2020
US President Donald Trump rallies with supporters at a campaign rally in Minden, Nevada, September 1

Nevada's top court rejects Trump campaign's appeal to overturn election results

It was the latest court failure for Trump and his allies, who have lost dozens of cases in state and federal courts in an unsuccessful attempt to nullify the result of the Nov. 3 election.

By REUTERS
09/12/2020
Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana

Biden considering possible China ambassadorship for former mayor Buttigieg

Buttigieg, an Afghanistan war veteran who battled Biden for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, was among the top contenders for the role of ambassador to the United Nations.

By REUTERS
09/12/2020

Biden chooses retired general Lloyd Austin to be defense secretary -report

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was named as Biden's chief medical adviser on the virus.

By REUTERS
08/12/2020
Rudy Giuliani delivers remarks before Donald Trump rallies with supporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa,

Rudy Giuliani tested positive for coronavirus, Trump says

After news of Giuliani's test, the Arizona state legislature said it would close both chambers this week out of caution "for recent cases and concerns relating to COVID-19."

By REUTERS
07/12/2020

Kushner's synagogue rabbi optimistic about DC’s transition

The only thing giving Rabbi Levi Shemtov any anxiety right now is the fate of the Abraham Accords.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
06/12/2020
Democratic US Senate candidate Jon Ossoff attends a campaign event at the Georgia State Railroad Mus

RJC, JDCA, trade barbs over Georgia Senate runoff

"That Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff rely on Johnson to boost their campaigns is a direct endorsement of Johnson’s bigoted statements about the citizens of the only Jewish country in the world.”

Trump's campaign, RNC have raised $207.5 million since Election Day

The fine print made clear most of the money would go to other priorities, including retiring the debts of Trump's campaign.

By REUTERS
04/12/2020

Why Joe Biden's Middle East and Israel policy is not Obama's

Israel and the Middle East will not be a top priority for action by a Biden administration

By MICHAEL FENENBOCK/THE MEDIA LINE
02/12/2020

Fakhrizadeh assassination is about far more than Biden - analysis

What would Iran stand to gain by taking actions against the US at this time, or turning a cold shoulder to Biden, especially since this did not take place under his watch?

29/11/2020
US President Donald Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return to

Trump to announce 2024 candidacy during Biden's inauguration - report

Trump told Fox, “This election was a fraud. It was a rigged election!”

A poll worker processes mail-in absentee ballots the night of Election Day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Recount in Wisconsin county demanded by Trump increases Biden's margin

After the recount in Milwaukee County, Biden had a net gain of 132 votes, out of nearly 460,000 cast. Overall, Biden gained 257 votes to Trump's 125.

By REUTERS
28/11/2020
Donald Trump and Joe Biden

US appeals court rejects Trump campaign's Pennsylvania election case

"Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so," wrote Stephanos Bibas.

By REUTERS
27/11/2020

Fox News settle, false claim Seth Rich was killed for leaking information

The conditions of the settlement and any payment were not revealed.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
25/11/2020
Dianne Feinstein

Feinstein will step down as top Democrat on Senate Judiciary Committee

The 87-year-old lawmaker had come under fire from other Democrats for her friendly questioning of Amy Coney Barrett during the Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation hearings last month.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
25/11/2020

'Biden has a very complex and broad coalition to manage'

The results exposed a divided party, with moderates and progressives exchanging barbs in the past couple of weeks about the reasons for the absence of a “blue wave.”

Trump finally gives the green light to proceed with Biden transition

On Monday, the GSA, the federal agency that must sign off on presidential transitions, told Biden he could formally begin the hand-over process.

24/11/2020
Donald Trump and Joe Biden

Trump campaign says it will continue legal fight after Michigan certification

Michigan officials on Monday voted to certify the results of the Nov. 3 US presidential election that showed Democrat Joe Biden winning the state.

By REUTERS
24/11/2020

Biden inauguration will be scaled down amid COVID, aide says

"Obviously, this is not going to be the same kind of inauguration we had in the past," said incoming White House Chief of Staff.

By REUTERS
22/11/2020

Putin says ready to work with any US leader, wants formalities settled

"We will work with anyone who has the trust of the American people," said Russian President Putin.

By REUTERS
22/11/2020

Pollsters wrong estimations on Republicans turnout harmed Trump

Some polls predicted that Republican turnout wouldn't be more than 30% in 2020 – it was 36%.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump

US judge: Trump claim challenging Biden win in Pennsylvania like 'Frankenstein Monster'

The Trump campaign had sought to prevent state officials from certifying the results of the election in the state.

By REUTERS
22/11/2020

Confidence in US elections split along party lines - poll

The majority of voters (57%) want the Trump campaign to stop efforts to challenge election results, but the vast majority (85%) of Trump supporters wants these efforts to continue.

US President Donald Trump taps the screen on a mobile phone at the approximate time a tweet was rele

Twitter to transfer @POTUS account to Biden on inauguration day

The @POTUS account is associated with the office of the president and separate from the personal Twitter account often used by US President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump and Joe Biden

Trump faces stinging setbacks two weeks after Biden named President-elect

Trump has refused to concede and is seeking to invalidate or overturn the results claiming - without proof - widespread voter fraud.

By REUTERS
21/11/2020

Five reasons Trump's election challenge will not lead to civil war

Without a doubt, the president’s attempts to undermine faith in the integrity of the election are dangerous to democracy.

By REUTERS
20/11/2020
  Democratic US Senate candidate Jon Ossoff greets a supporter after speaking at a campaign event at

Georgian Democratic candidate defended by Jon Ossoff over Israel comments

“Reverend Warnock is a beloved friend and ally of Georgia’s Jewish community and a friend of Israel,” said Ossoff “Kelly Loeffler’s baseless attacks on the reverend make me sick."

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
20/11/2020

Joe Biden's victory brings Palestinians a sigh of relief

PALESTINIAN AFFAIRS: While Palestinians are divided on Biden, the vast majority agrees the departure of Donald Trump is the best gift they could have hoped for.

Comedian Bill Maher speaks during ceremonies unveiling his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Bill Maher: Democrats must 'drop the s**t' before GA run-off elections

"Figure out why some voters say 'you're good enough, you're smart enough but doggone it we don't like you,'" said Maher.

19/11/2020

Trump election campaign asks judge to declare him winner in Pennsylvania

Trump's legal team also sought permission from the judge to refile legal claims that it dropped on Sunday from the lawsuit.

By REUTERS
19/11/2020
A poll worker processes mail-in absentee ballots the night of Election Day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Georgia, Wisconsin recounts unlikely to change Trump election defeat

"I don't believe at the end of the day it'll change the total results," Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, told CNN.

By REUTERS
19/11/2020

91% of Israelis think Joe Biden will support Israel, new study finds

73% worried about the continued distance in views between Israel and American Jewry, particularly over widespread Israeli support for Donald Trump and American Jewish support for Joe Biden.

18/11/2020

Dennis Ross: Biden has a practice of managing, working out disagreements

“Throughout the time that I was in the Obama administration, vice president Biden was a consistent questioner of those who wanted to put pressure on Israel or were demanding only moves from Israel.”

President Reuven Rivlin with President-elect Joe Biden

Netanyahu, Rivlin to Biden: ‘US-Israel ties beyond partisan politics’

The president said that US-Israel “friendship is based on values that are beyond partisan politics.”

Donald Trump and Joe Biden

US medical leaders rebuke Trump, urge COVID-19 cooperation with Biden team

The extraordinary rebuke, weighing in on the White House post-election transition fray, came in an open letter from three leading healthcare organizations.

By REUTERS
18/11/2020

Where do Joe Biden's potential cabinet members stand on Israel?

In the next 65 days, Biden is expected to announce his cabinet nominees for his forthcoming government.

Biden taps close campaign aides, US congressman for White House roles

Biden presidential campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon, the first woman to lead a winning Democratic presidential bid, will be named a deputy chief of staff.

By REUTERS
17/11/2020

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tells Trump 'the time has come' to concede

The governor fiercely criticized the president in the outcome of the elections.

More changes in Trump's legal team in Pennsylvania election challenge lawsuit

The lawyers — Linda Kerns, John Scott and Douglas Bryan Hughes — made the request in a court filing on Monday, adding that the campaign consented to their withdrawal.

By REUTERS
17/11/2020

Trump campaign drops suit against Wisconsin NBC affiliate over ad

The ad quoted outgoing President Trump saying "We have it totally under control," and "One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear" as a graph showed the rising number of coronavirus cases.

By REUTERS
17/11/2020

Trump campaign abandons parts of Pennsylvania election lawsuit

Legal experts say the lawsuits have little chance of changing the outcome of the election.

By REUTERS
16/11/2020

Trump to soon file 'big cases' challenging election results

The tweet comes following the president's longstanding refusal to accept the results of the election, which have been almost universally acknowledged as being in favor of Joe Biden.

16/11/2020
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) hosts a town hall in Rochester, Michigan, U.S., December 16, 2019.

Elissa Slotkin: Warfare among Democrats would be a ‘shanda’

Slotkin and several others who flipped Republican seats in 2018 kept their districts, but many others are out; Republicans have gained at least 15 seats this election.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
16/11/2020
US President Donald Trump speaks about early results from the 2020 US presidential election in the E

Trump backtracks on acknowledging Biden won election: 'I concede nothing!'

He first tweeted "He won because the Election was Rigged," then only "in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA."

15/11/2020
Supporters of U.S. President Trump protest against election results, in Washington

Proud Boys clash violently with Antifa at Trump rally

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to condemn Antifa while praising his supporters, including Proud Boys, who fought back.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump

Jewish activists fired up as control of Senate hinges on Georgia runoffs

Biden is currently leading by 14,000 votes, pending recount.

Supporters of US President Trump protest against election results, in Washington

Trump supporters march in Washington to support his election claims

Organizers have given the pro-Trump rallies various names, including the Million MAGA March, the March for Trump and Stop the Steal.

By REUTERS
15/11/2020

Trump Pennsylvania campaign hits snag as law firm drops case

The case was filed on Monday, three days before the law firm dropped it.

14/11/2020

Why some Jews are worried about Trump’s last months in power

Trump's failure so far to even acknowledge Joe Biden as the president-elect means Biden is missing out on critical national security briefings.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
14/11/2020

US Elections: Biden projected to win 306 Electoral College votes

Georgia and South Carolina results called by Edison Research

By REUTERS
14/11/2020

Biden legal team confident Georgia recount won't change results

The Biden team said they were confident the process would be completed in time, citing a timeline from the secretary of state that expects the hand recount to be finished on Wednesday.

By REUTERS
14/11/2020

What are Jews watching in Trump’s chaotic lame-duck period?

Here’s a glance at what’s at stake in the next 10 weeks.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
13/11/2020
FBI investigator

Staten Island man arrested over killing threats targeting FBI, politicians

“Mr. Maiorana’s online posts called for violence against our entire community—protestors, politicians and law-enforcement officers alike," FBI said.

Biden's transition team considers Clinton for UN ambassador - report

Clinton is reportedly being considered because she could potentially raise the standing of the US in the world following President Donald Trump's term.

13/11/2020
US DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL candidate Joe Biden arrives at a campaign event in Hermantown, Minnesota,

Biden reaffirms campaign promise to increase US admissions of refugees

“We’re safer, stronger, a better country because of their contributions,” said Biden on the impacts of accepting more refugees.

13/11/2020
US Vice President Joe Biden (R) is joined by Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain (L) in the Eisenho

Klain: Trump's refusal to acknowledge Biden's victory endangers Americans

"Trump Administration's denial could interfere into the President-elect team's transition preparation on crucial matters, such as the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine."

Christiane Amanpour

CNN's Christiane Amanpour compares Trump-era to Kristallnacht

“After four years of a modern-day assault on those same values by Donald Trump, the Biden/Harris team pledges a return to norms, including the truth,” she said.

What's behind Trump's refusal to concede?

Concessions that used to be a part of the political process have been replaced by baseless allegations of voter fraud and election stealing.

By REUTERS
13/11/2020

Biden wins Arizona, cementing presidential win

Biden's win in Arizona gives the Democrat 290 electoral votes in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the winner, more than the 270 needed to claim victory.

By REUTERS
13/11/2020
Joe Biden and Donald Trump

Republicans urge Trump to allow Biden briefings

Most Republican officials and lawmakers have publicly supported President Donald Trump's effort to overturn the election results.

By REUTERS
13/11/2020

Pope Francis congratulates Biden for apparent election win

Francis has clashed with Trump on a number of issues, including China, climate change, Cuba and immigration.

By REUTERS
12/11/2020

Saying goodbye to Donald Trump and his legacy of highs and lows

MIDDLE ISRAEL: This column, after four years of lambasting him for all the bad things he did, said, tweeted and embodied, now happily waves him goodbye with one hand, and salutes him with the other.

US Vice President Joe Biden (R) is joined by Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain (L) in the Eisenho

Joe Biden to appoint Ron Klain as chief of staff

Klain served as Chief of Staff for two vice presidents: Joe Biden and Al Gore, before being appointed as Ebola Response Coordinator for Obama administrations.

A militia group from Ohio protests against the state's extended stay-at-home order to help slow the

Officials predicted violence due to US election. It hasn’t happened — yet

Security analysts all stress that while violence hasn’t happened yet, it still very well could, especially if leaders continue to sow doubt about the democratic process.

By BEN SALES/JTA
12/11/2020
3D printed ballot boxes are seen in front of a displayed Facebook logo in this illustration taken No

Facebook, swamped with misinformation, extends political ad ban

The ban, one of Facebook's measures to combat misinformation, was supposed to last about a week but would likely last another month, raising concerns from campaigns in Georgia eager to reach voters.

By REUTERS
12/11/2020
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