Column: Trump will leave, but his toxic politics are here to stay
More than a week after election day, Trump is still refusing to accept the simple arithmetic of the electoral vote: He lost to Joe Biden. Instead of accepting defeat, the president is charging fraud, even though his lawyers have failed to produce any evidence of significant errors. The two GOP candidates in Georgia’s Senate runoff have promised to pursue charges of election fraud even though Republicans ran the election there. But by keeping the myth of election fraud alive, the president is doing something his modern predecessors never did: He’s actively damaging his successor’s prospects of success. He will leave the White House the same way he governed: gracelessly, chaotically, putting his own interests first — and heedless of the damage he does to American democracy along the way.latimes.com
It's here: What to watch on Election Day in America
Election Day is finally here. Or at least what we still call Election Day, since nearly 100 million Americans had already cast ballots by Tuesday. Here's what to watch as the final votes for President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are cast:WHAT DO AMERICANS WANT FROM A PRESIDENT? So it’s an open question how aggressive those official poll watchers will be in monitoring voters or even challenging eligibility. Trump is likely to counter with a lead among Election Day voters.
6 key questions going into the 2020 presidential election
Here are some key questions we are considering as the final votes are cast and counted:WHAT DO AMERICANS WANT FROM A PRESIDENT? Democrats can point to their early voting success, including from notable slices of new voters. Biden’s expected to lead comfortably among early voters, for example. Trump is likely to counter with a lead among Election Day voters. ___AP’s Advance Voting guide brings you the facts about voting early, by mail or absentee from each state: https://interactives.ap.org/advance-voting-2020/.
Former Democratic power broker James A. Johnson dies at 76
MINNEAPOLIS – James A. Johnson, a former Democratic campaign operative who was CEO of housing lender Fannie Mae in the 1990s and served as chairman of Walter Mondale's presidential bid, died Sunday at his home in Washington. David O. Maxwell, former head of Fannie Mae, hired Johnson as vice chairman in 1990, after Johnson had helped the company hold off privatization efforts by the Reagan administration. Johnson immediately set his sights on maintaining Fannie Mae’s lucrative government privileges and ensuring that new regulations were not overly burdensome. Bush that aimed to reduce the chance of an expensive taxpayer bailout if Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had bad loans on their books. After retiring from Fannie Mae at the end of 1998, Johnson served on the boards of several companies, including UnitedHealth Group, KB Home and Target, and was vice chairman of the Washington private-equity firm Perseus.