U.S. election result live | Yet to determine if "a winner is clear": federal agency delays Biden team's official transition

The election verdict isn’t the last step in selecting an American President.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Tackling COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery, racial equality and climate change are the four top priorities for the Biden administration, his transition team said on Sunday, a day after Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris won the November 3 U.S. election.

Also read: The Hindu Editorial on India-U.S. ties post Trump

Biden won the U.S. presidential election late on Saturday after a bitter campaign, sparking street celebrations among his supporters in major cities even as President Donald Trump refused to accept defeat. Harris has scripted history by becoming first woman, Black and Indian-American Vice President–elect of the United States.

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Here are the live updates (all times IST):

6.00 pm

Bush congratulates Biden, Harris; calls election ‘fundamentally fair’

Former Republican U.S. President George W Bush has said that the American people can have confidence that the 2020 presidential election was “fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear“.

Mr. Bush, however, also said that outgoing President Donald Trump has the right to request recounts and pursue legal challenges, with any unresolved issues to be properly adjudicated.

In a statement after speaking to President-elect Joe Biden over phone, Mr. Bush said he extended his warm congratulations to Mr. Biden and thanked him for the patriotic message in his national address after being declared the election winner.

Mr. Bush, 74, who was the U.S. President from 2001 to early 2009, said that while he and the 77-year-old Democrat leader have political differences, he knows Mr. Biden to be good man who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country.

He also called Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to congratulate her on her “historic” achievement.

Mr. Bush in his statement also congratulated Mr. Trump and his supporters on a hard-fought campaign.

12.00 pm

For Biden, how to help mangled economy is next obstacle

Joe Biden will inherit a mangled U.S. economy — one that never fully healed from the coronavirus and could suffer again as new infections are climbing.

The once robust recovery has shown signs of gasping after federal aid lapsed. Ten million remain jobless and more layoffs are becoming permanent. The Federal Reserve says factory output dropped.

Biden will also be facing an American public with decidedly different views about their own financial well-being, with higher income families weathering the pandemic reasonably well and those earning far less in increasing economic peril.

AP VoteCast, a survey of more than 110,000 voters, found that the recession’s harm has mostly struck lower-income households. Biden received more support than Trump from households earning less than $50,000. Voters in higher income households were more closely split between the two candidates. - AP

11 am

Biden campaign urges federal agency to approve official transition

President-elect Joe Biden's campaign urged the Trump political appointee who heads the U.S. General Services Administration to approve an official transition of power despite President Donald Trump's refusal to concede.

The Biden campaign warned that U.S. national security and economic interests depended on a clear signal the country would engage in a “smooth and peaceful transfer of power.”

GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, appointed to the job by Trump in 2017, has not yet determined that “a winner is clear,” a spokesperson said, delaying the Biden team's access to millions of dollars in federal funding and the ability to meet with officials at intelligence agencies and other departments.

The spokesperson declined to say when a decision could be made. - Reuters

10 am

Kamala Harris books surge in popularity after election

Books by and about Kamala Harris proved to be a popular purchase following the election. The Vice President-elect was the subject or author of four books on Amazon’s top 10 Sunday.

They included her own children’s book Superheroes Are Everywhere, her memoir The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, a children’s book by her niece Meena Harris called Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea and Nikki Grimes’ illustrated Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice.

President-elect Joe Biden also got a spot on the charts just outside of the top 10. Dr. Jill Biden’s children’s book Joey: The Story of Joe Biden landed in 14th place.

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9.30 am

Former WH officials urge cooperative transition

A bipartisan group from the last three White Houses is urging the Trump administration to move forward to immediately begin the post-election transition process.

The call from the Centre for Presidential Transition advisory board comes as the General Services Administration has yet to formally recognise Democrat Joe Biden as the President-elect. That’s a necessary move to free up money for the transition and clear the way for Biden’s team to begin putting in place the transition process at agencies.

This was a hard-fought campaign, but history is replete with examples of presidents who emerged from such campaigns to graciously assist their successors, members of the advisory board said in a statement.

The statement was signed by Bush White House chief of staff Josh Bolten and Health and Human Services secretary Michael Leavitt as well as Bill Clinton-era chief of staff Thomas Mack McLarty and Obama Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. - AP

8.30 am

What’s next? Saturday’s election verdict isn’t the last step

Saturday’s election verdict isn’t the last step in selecting an American President. Under a system that’s been tweaked over two centuries, there is still a weeks-long timeline during which the 538-member Electoral College picks the President.

When American citizens vote for a presidential candidate, they really are voting for electors in their State. Those electors in most cases are committed to support the voters’ candidate of choice. The number of electors is equal to the number of electoral votes held by each State.

After Election Day, States count and certify the results of the popular vote. When completed, each governor is required by law to prepare as soon as practicable documents known as Certificates of Ascertainment of the vote. The certificates list the electors’ names and the number of votes cast for the winner and loser. The certificate, carrying the seal of each State, is sent to the archivist of the United States.

December 8 is the deadline for resolving election disputes at the State level. All State recounts and court contests over presidential election results are to be completed by this date.

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8 am

Stacey Abrams credited for boosting Democrats in Georgia

Stacey Abrams spent years working to convince political power players that Georgia is a genuine two-party battleground, a Deep South state where the left could compete if it organised Black voters, other sporadic voters and stopped apologising for being Democrats.

She was right.

President-elect Joe Biden is on track to become the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the State in nearly three decades. The State’s two U.S. Senate seats are heading to a runoff after Democratic candidates mounted strong challenges to Republican incumbents, and the outcome is likely to determine which party controls the chamber. - AP

7 am

Experts want more U.S. action on climate change from Joe Biden

United States President-elect, Joseph Biden has committed to getting his country back into the 2015 Paris Climate Change Treaty, which commits countries to prevent a 2C rise in global temperature by the end of the century.

However, experts in India say the U.S. ought to be doing more.

Several developed countries and regions including the United Kingdom, Japan, and the EU have committed to achieve ‘net zero emissions’ by 2050. China, too, has committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2060 with a greenhouse gas levels peaking by 2030.

The U.S. — the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases — is exceptional in not committing to a deadline.

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6 am

Fraud claims aimed in part at keeping Trump base loyal

The Trump campaign’s strategy to file a barrage of lawsuits challenging President-elect Joe Biden’s win is more about providing President Donald Trump with an off-ramp for a loss he can’t quite grasp and less about changing the election’s outcome, according to senior officials, campaign aides and allies who spoke to The Associated Press.

Trump has promised legal action in the coming days as he refused to concede his loss to Biden, making an aggressive pitch for donors to help finance any court fight. Trump and his campaign have levelled accusations of large-scale voter fraud in Pennsylvania and other states that broke for Biden, so far without proof.

But proof isn’t really the point, said the people. The AP spoke with 10 Trump senior officials, campaign aides and allies who were not authorised to discuss the subject publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump aides and allies also acknowledged privately the legal fights would — at best — forestall the inevitable, and some had deep reservations about the president’s attempts to undermine faith in the vote. But they said Trump and a core group of allies were aiming to keep his loyal base of supporters on his side even in defeat. - PTI

04:30 a.m.

Biden begins transition as Trump refuses to concede

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden took the first steps towards moving into the White House 73 days from now, as Donald Trump again refused to admit defeat and tried to sow doubt about the election results.

With congratulations pouring in from world leaders and supporters nursing hangovers after a day of celebrations, Mr. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris launched a transition website, BuildBackBetter.com, and a Twitter feed, @Transition46.

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump played golf at his course near Washington, the same place where he was on Saturday when the U.S. television networks delivered the news that Mr. Biden had secured enough Electoral College votes for victory.

“Since when does the Lamestream Media call who our next president will be?” Mr. Trump complained in a tweet on Sunday.

10.15 pm.

Biden’s first full day as President-elect

Mr. Biden began his first full day as President-elect the same way he does nearly every Sunday, heading to church near his home.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7, 2020, after being declared the winner of the U.S. presidential election.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7, 2020, after being declared the winner of the U.S. presidential election.   | Photo Credit: AFP

 

Mr. Biden entered St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Wilmington, Delaware, shortly after the start of 10.30 a.m. Mass. He typically arrives a bit late and leaves a few minutes early so the presence of Secret Service agents doesn’t bother other attendees.

It felt like any other Sunday, except for a huge swarm of media camped near the church entrance, having anticipated Mr. Biden’s arrival.

Mr. Biden entered with his daughter, Ashley, and his grandson, Hunter, the son of the President-elect’s late son, Beau, a former Delaware Attorney-General.

Mr. Biden has no other public events on his schedule but is expected to swiftly move to begin appointing key members of his team for the transition to the White House, including a chief of staff.

9.45 pm

Trump hits the golf course

Mr. Trump arrived at his Virginia golf club just before 10 a.m. local time on Sunday for the second day in a row. He was welcomed by several protesters, including one who held a sign that read, “Orange Crushed”.

Mr. Trump was also on the golf course on Saturday when news outlets called the race for his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, because he had won enough votes to deny Trump a second term.

Mr. Trump is yet to concede the race and is continuing to baselessly dispute the results even though there is no evidence of widespread fraud.

 

8.40 pm

 

‘Trump should concede’

The highest-ranking Black member of Congress says Mr. Trump should concede the presidency to Mr. Biden, although he says it’s more crucial what the rest of the Republican Party does in the wake of the 2020 election.

U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina told CNN on Sunday that the GOP “has a responsibility here” and that he’s watching to see “whether or not the Republican Party will step up and help us preserve the integrity of this democracy”.

Mr. Clyburn also said he sees the United States as “teetering” following Trump’s term, advising that “we had better get a hold of ourselves and this country and stop catering to whims of one person”.

Mr. Clyburn also talked about his endorsement of Mr. Biden ahead of South Carolina’s early primary, a nod that helped boost Mr. Biden to win that contest, gain momentum and ultimately clinch the nomination. Saying the field was full of good candidates, Mr. Clyburn said he “came to the conclusion that Joe Biden was our best bet”.

8 pm

 

Biden to launch ‘agency review teams’

Mr. Biden will launch an “agency review teams” this coming week. It’s the group of transition staffers that have access to key agencies in the current administration to smooth the transfer of power.

The teams will collect and review information such as budgetary and staffing decisions, pending regulations and other work in progress from current staff at the federal departments.

The teams are meant to lay much of the groundwork so that the thousands of new staffers and appointees who will take over in January will have a road map and guidelines for how to continue the federal government’s work without pause, and how to shift the departments toward Mr. Biden’s priorities.

Mr. Biden’s campaign launched a transition team in May, and they’ve been working alongside designated staffers in Mr. Trump’s administration on transition planning for months. But the agency review process begins in earnest after a new president is elected. Mr. Biden has just over 10 weeks to prepare before he is inaugurated.

On November 9, he plans to announce a team of scientists and experts that will work to craft a coronavirus response plan that can be enacted when he takes office.

Mr. Biden’s transition team has also come out with a transition-focused website — BuildBackBetter.com — and is launching transition-focused social media accounts under the username “Transition46”.

5.40 pm

Will not rest until Americans have the honest vote count they deserve, Trump says

Refusing to concede the election, U.S. President Donald Trump has said that he will not rest until the American people have the honest vote count they are entitled to.

Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris defeated incumbent President Trump and his deputy Mike Pence on Saturday in the bitterly-fought presidential election that attracted a record number of Americans to cast their votes.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly attempted to question the validity of vote counts in key swing states and made unfounded claims that the election is being “stolen” from him.

Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media, Mr. Trump said in a statement on Saturday, refusing to concede defeat in the presidential election to his Democratic rival Mr. Mr. Biden, who was declared winner by major media outlets on Saturday morning.

Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated, Mr. Trump said on Saturday.

As per major news outlets, Mr. Trump has lost the election to Mr. Biden, who now has more than 270 electoral college votes required to win the November 3 presidential elections.

The American people are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots, said the outgoing president who alleges that the Democrats along with the big media and big tech companies have worked against him in this election. The Democrats and the Biden Campaign have refuted the allegations.

5.10 pm

Kamala Harris as vice president was long overdue: Biden

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has said that he would be honoured to be serving with a “fantastic vice president” Kamala Harris, who scripted history by becoming the first woman and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to national office in this country.

The 56-year-old Democratic Senator from California, who on Saturday became America’s first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president-elect, represents a new face of political power.

“I will be honoured to be serving with a fantastic vice president — Kamala Harris — who will make history as the first woman, first Black woman, first woman of South Asian descent, and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to national office in this country,” Mr. Biden said in his victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday night.

“It’s long overdue, and we’re reminded tonight of all those who fought so hard for so many years to make this happen. But once again, America has bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice, he said.

“Kamala, Doug — like it or not — you’re family. You’ve become honorary Bidens and there’s no way out, he said.

Mr. Biden, 77, and Harris would be sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States on January 20, 2021.

4.10 pm

Biden recites deceased son’s favourite Catholic hymn in victory speech

US President-elect Joe Biden concluded his victory speech by reciting his deceased son Beau’s favourite popular Catholic hymn “On Eagles’ Wings”, hoping that the carol will give comfort to many Americans grieving the loss of their loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Biden, 77, who is a practising Catholic, said the hymn has inspired him through the final days of his election campaign.

He would be the second Catholic to hold the office of the President after John F Kennedy in 1960.

The Democrat leader lost Beau, an Iraq war veteran who had served as Delaware’s attorney general, in 2015 to a brain tumour at the age of 46.

Mr Biden defeated Donald Trump in a bitter and closely-fought presidential election — billed as one of the most divisive in recent American history.

The President-elect gave his victory speech before a drive-in audience in his hometown, Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday night, nearly ending the uncertainty over the outcome of Tuesday’s election.

Mr. Biden said he hoped the song would give comfort to the many Americans who are grieving a loved one as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reported.

“My heart goes out to each and every one of you,” he said, adding “hopefully this hymn gives you solace as well.”

He then recited the hymn: “He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn and make you to shine like the sun and hold you in the palm of his hand.”

“Now together, on eagle’s wings we embark on the work that God and history has called upon us to do,” said Mr. Biden.

“With full hearts and steady hands, with faith in America and in each other, with love country and a thirst for justice, let us be the country we know we can be,” he said.

3.10 pm

Donald Trump becomes 11th sitting President to lose reelection bid

President Donald Trump’s reelection defeat has made him the 11th sitting president in US history to lose the White House in a general election campaign.

Ten of those were outright reelection bids. Gerald Ford, who ascended to the presidency following Richard Nixon’s resignation, also lost his campaign to remain president in 1976.

The last President to lose a reelection bid was George H.W. Bush in 1992.

Grover Cleveland lost his reelection campaign in 1888 but won back the White House four years later by defeating sitting President Benjamin Harrison. He is the only president to have served two nonconsecutive terms, CNN reported.

This list does not include sitting Presidents who did not receive their party’s nomination for the next general election, it said.

Democratic Party’s nominee Joe Biden defeated Mr. Trump, a Republican in the November 3 presidential election after the former US vice president secured 279 electoral college votes, three more than the required 270 votes.

1.15 pm

Media reports say Jared Kushner approached Donald Trump about conceding the election

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has approached the President about conceding the closely-fought election to his Democratic rival Joe Biden, according to media reports on Sunday.

 The move comes following Mr. Trump’s assertion in a statement from his campaign — after major U.S. media outlets projected that President-elect Biden will become the 46th president of the United States — that Mr. Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner and that the race is far from over.” 

Mr. Kushner has approached the President about conceding the election, CNN quoted two unidentified sources as saying.

Mr. Kushner has told others that he has urged the President to accept the outcome of the race — even if Mr. Trump won’t come to terms with how it was reached, the Associated Press also reported on Sunday.

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12.20 pm

Kamala Harris's husband Doug Emhoff to be first ‘second gentleman’

Kamala Harris with Doug Emhoff, Cole and Ella.

Kamala Harris with Doug Emhoff, Cole and Ella.   | Photo Credit: Twitter/Doug Emhoff

 

When Kamala Harris makes history as the first woman and first Black US vice president, her husband Doug Emhoff will break his own new ground: as the original “second husband.”

Harris and Emhoff, who married in 2014 — she for the first time, he for the second — will also be the first mixed-race couple to occupy their positions. He is white while she is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants. Both are 56.

The contours of Emhoff's new role as the nation's “second husband” — some prefer “second gentleman” — have yet to be determined; he has been vague about his plans so far.

Traditionally, the spouses of Presidents and Vice Presidents have been expected to forge a careful balance of supportiveness and independence. Many pick a charitable cause to promote.

Emhoff, who was credited as a “secret weapon” on the campaign trail for his wife -- even earning his own following on social media -- is an accomplished lawyer specializing in media, sports and entertainment law. -- AFP

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11.40 am

Joe Biden plans to host a global Summit for Democracy in first year of presidency: policy paper

During his first year of presidency, Joe Biden plans to bring together the democracies of the world by hosting a global Summit for Democracy to renew the spirit and shared purpose of the nations of the Free World, according to a policy paper issued by his campaign during the U.S. presidential election.

India, being the world’s largest democracy, is likely to play an important role in such a summit.

During his first year in office, President Biden will bring together the world’s democracies to strengthen our democratic institutions, honestly confront the challenge of nations that are backsliding, and forge a common agenda to address threats to our common values, according to the policy document issued by his campaign. - PTI

10.50 am

Biden administration likely to provide US citizenship to over 500,000 Indians

US President-elect Joe Biden will work towards providing a roadmap to American citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants, including over 500,000 from India, and will also establish a minimum admission number of 95,000 refugees annually.

As a largely immigrant community, but in some cases with American roots reaching back generations, Indian-Americans know firsthand the strength and resilience that immigrants bring to the United States of America, according to a policy document issued by the Biden campaign.

“He (Biden) will immediately begin working with Congress to pass legislative immigration reform that modernises our system, with a priority on keeping families together by providing a roadmap to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants — including more than 500,000 from India,” it said.

The Biden administration will support family-based immigration and preserve family unification as a core principle of the US’ immigration system, which includes reducing the family visa backlog, it said.

“And, he will increase the number of refugees we welcome into this country by setting the annual global refugee admissions target to 125,000 and seek to raise it over time commensurate with our responsibility, our values, and the unprecedented global need. He will also work with Congress to establish a minimum admissions number of 95,000 refugees annually,” the policy document said.

10.40 am

Trump does not plan to concede any time soon, aides and allies indicate

After the declaration on Saturday that Democrat Joe Biden had won the race for the White House, Republican President Donald Trump and his allies made one thing clear: he does not plan to concede any time soon.

The President, who has spent months trying to undermine the election results with unproven allegations of fraud, pledged on Saturday to go forward with a legal strategy that he hopes will overturn state results that gave Mr. Biden the win in Tuesday's vote. Mr. Trump aides and Republican allies, while somewhat conflicted on how to proceed, largely supported his strategy or remained silent.

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10.20 am

Trump campaign files lawsuit over rejected vote claims in Arizona

Hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump rallied in downtown Phoenix on Saturday to contest Joe Biden's election as U.S. president, charging the media with conspiring to steal the election and calling the results a “coup.”

The Trump campaign lent support to protests questioning the current vote tally, filing a lawsuit in Arizona Saturday over rejected ballots that Arizona's Secretary of State said was ”grasping at straws.”

Trump's campaign alleged the Southwestern state's most populous county incorrectly rejected votes cast on Election Day by some voters in the U.S. presidential race. The lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in Maricopa County, said poll workers told some voters to press a button after a machine had detected an “overvote.”

Pro-Trump protesters have been assembling outside the Maricopa County Elections Department and at the Arizona State Capitol for days, espousing unsubstantiated claims that Democratic operatives had interfered with the election to illegitimately deliver Arizona to Biden.

They have chanted Count the legal votes! We are watching you! outside the building where election workers continue to count votes. -- Reuters

10.10 am

Joe Biden vows to tackle coronavirus; to name advisers on Monday

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has assured Americans that his first task is to get the raging coronavirus pandemic under control with a definite plan that will be “built on bedrock science,” as the deadly disease has killed over 237,000 people in the country.

“That’s the only way we can get back to living,” Mr. Biden said in his victory speech, hours after he was declared the winner of the November 3 presidential election held amidst the pandemic.

He also announced that on Monday he will form a group of leading scientists and experts to bring the pandemic under control.

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9.30 am

Biden plans to increase H-1B visa limit and remove country quota for green cards

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to increase the number of high-skilled visas, including the H-1B, and eliminate the limit on employment-based visas by country, both of which are expected to benefit tens of thousands of Indian professionals impacted by some immigration policies of the outgoing Trump administration.

With Kamala Harris as his deputy, Mr. Biden is expected to reverse the move of the outgoing Trump administration to revoke work permits to the spouses of H-1B visas, which had adversely impacted a large number of Indian families in the U.S.

All these are part of a comprehensive immigration reform that the Biden administration plans to work on, either in one go or in separate pieces.

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9.15 am

Biden administration to place high priority on strengthening Indo-U.S. relationship

The Biden administration will place high priority on strengthening the Indo-US relationship by pushing India to became a permanent member of the UN Security Council, continuing co-operation on terrorism, climate change, health and trade, according to a policy paper released by the Biden campaign during the presidential election.

Mr. Biden, 77, defeated incumbent President Donald Trump in the bitterly-fought presidential election that attracted a record number of Americans to cast their votes.

By becoming the U.S. president, Mr. Biden has an opportunity of fulfilling his 14-year-old dream to strengthen the India-US ties that he wants to achieve in 2020.

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9 am

Indians in Harris' ancestral home wake up to her victory

After rooting for Kamala Harris, people in her small ancestral village woke up on Sunday morning to the news of her making history. Most of them had gone to sleep by the time Biden clinched the winning threshold of 270 Electoral College votes.

“Congratulations Kamala Harris. Pride of our village. Vanakkam (Greetings) America,” one female resident wrote in color powder outside her residence.

"We all have been waiting for this day. Congratulations,” Aulmozhi Sudhakar, a village councilor, said. The village of Thulasendrapuram, population 350, planned to celebrate Harris’ success with singing, dancing and firecrackers at a temple later Sunday. Already in the morning hours, groups gathered at street corners reading newspapers and chatting about the Democrats’ victory before moving to the temple for prayers. -AP

8.30 am

Building a Biden government

The Biden team's top priority in the 10 weeks before Inauguration Day on January 20 will be building a staff and assembling the pieces needed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden said he would unveil a group of scientists and experts on Monday to help him craft a plan to tackle the pandemic. Biden said that “our work begins with getting COVID under control,” adding that Americans “cannot repair the economy, restore our economy or relish life’s most precious moments” without doing so.

Biden is likely to move quickly in announcing Cabinet picks and top aides central to his pandemic response, including leaders of the departments of the Treasury and Health and Human Services, and a National Economic Council director. That’s according to people involved in transition planning who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Biden’s campaign declined to comment.

Outgoing President George W. Bush worked for more than a year to prepare federal agencies for a transition and personally promised to help the process go smoothly. How Trump handles the transition is an open question. - AP

7.15 am

I don't see red States and blue States, only the United States: Joe Biden

Biden declares victory in U.S. Presidential polls. This is his first address to the nation as the Presidenti-elect.

"Folks, the people of this nation have spoken. They've delivered us a clear victory, a convincing victory," Biden says, referring to a record breaking 74 million votes he won.

"I pledge to be a President who seeks not to divide, but to unify... who doesn't see Red States and Blue States but the United States," he says in a speech that placed thrust on science, unity, hope and decency. He says he wants a Cabinet that looks like America.

President-elect Joe Biden addresses a motorcade rally at Delaware.

President-elect Joe Biden addresses a motorcade rally at Delaware.  

Addressing Trump supporters, Biden says: “I understand the disappointment. I’ve lost a couple times myself. But now let’s give each other a chance... listen to each other again... we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies.”

I will spare no effort to turn around this pandemic: Biden on COVID-19. "Don't just keep the faith, spread the faith," says Biden, concluding the speech. His wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and family members, all wearing masks, join him on stage. He is later joined by Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff, both wearing masks.

7 am

Kamala Harris says voters ushered in 'new day for America'

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said voters had brought a “new day for America” as she opened a victory speech on Saturday with President-elect Joe Biden.

U.S. election result live | Yet to determine if "a winner is clear": federal agency delays Biden team's official transition
 

“Tonight I reflect on their struggle, their determination and the strength of their vision to see what can be unburdened by what has been,” Harris said, wearing a white suit in tribute to women’s suffrage.

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” Harris said in her first post-election address to the nation.

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6.45 am

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are expected to speak at a motorcade rally in Wilmington, Delaware soon.

6.30 am

Why are questions being raised about the viability of America’s electoral system?

 The 2020 U.S. presidential election has been one of the most bitterly polarised democratic exercises in recent memory. The winner, Democrat and former Vice-President Joe Biden, has won over 74 million votes, and his rival, incumbent Republican president Donald Trump, has garnered over 70 million votes.

The fact that this election has seen one of the highest turnout numbers since 1960 suggests that voters and both campaigns pushed hard to get their chosen candidate elected. But despite the presence of both a ‘blue wave’ and a ‘red wave’, the final outcome came down to the wire, and hinged on narrow vote margins in a handful of ‘swing States’.

These circumstances have fuelled anger over the lack of direct representation in the electoral system and has raised questions surrounding the viability of the institution, the ‘Electoral College’, that renders the popular vote insufficient to determine the victor.

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6 am

Kamala Harris breaks barriers as America’s next Vice-President

First time Senator Kamala Devi Harris has scripted history by becoming first woman, Black and Indian-American Vice President of the United States.

 

Harris was picked by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as his running mate in August, months after she suspended her own presidential dreams, saying she lacked the financial resources to continue her campaign.

A fierce critic-turned ally of her former rival Biden, the 56-year-old California Senator is one of only three Asian Americans in the Senate and she’s the first Indian-American ever to serve in the chamber.

Harris is known for many firsts. She has been a county district attorney; the district attorney for San Francisco — the first woman and first African-American and Indian-origin to be elected to the position. - PTI

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