The U.S. election is over. Democrat Joe Biden is president-elect, and incumbent Donald Trump has not acknowledged that. And there's a lot still going on — in the courts, in the recount arena, and in the limbo of transition from one American chief executive to another.
Julie Pace, Washington bureau chief for The Associated Press, oversaw AP's election coverage. Here, she breaks down some of what's still percolating in the aftermath of the presidential election and what it might mean.
IT'S MORE THAN 10 DAYS AFTER ELECTION DAY, AND LOTS IS STILL GOING ON. WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE BE WATCHING TODAY?
There are a few things. One, we are watching the response of the Republican party right now. We have seen some signs that Republicans are moving toward accepting the results and accepting that Joe Biden will be the president. It's not the majority of Republicans, and it's more those in the states than those in Washington, but you do get the sense that the Republicans get that this is an untenable long-term position for them — that they are going to have to accept reality so that Americans can accept reality. They're encouraging patience, but we're seeing signs that the patience they have for Donald Trump is waning.
We're also watching world reaction. This is the week that world leaders are really moving on, and that they're looking forward to working with Joe Biden. There's one notable exception — Vladimir Putin. But we've seen China come out and accept results. We've seen the pope call Biden. A lot of that has happened now.
The other things you want to watch for are some of the things that are happening in the states. Georgia is having a hand audit, not because anything has gone wrong or that there's any question — it's just a new state law. But that process will play out in the next couple days. And then there are these things that Trump's lawyers are doing. Keep an eye on those.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNPOSTS OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS THAT MATTER THE MOST ON THE PATH TO INAUGURATION DAY?