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Biden Certified As 2020 Winner In Pennsylvania and Nevada

Pennsylvania and Nevada, two key 2020 battleground states, both certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory on Tuesday -- while President Donald Trump kept seeking to contest election results in court and insisted that he "will never concede."

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Bookvar, a Democrat, reported that she had certified the results after receiving certifications from all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties yesterday. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted that he had fulfilled the legal requirements and "signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris." The final vote total showed Biden with a lead of 80,555 votes in the commonwealth.

Meanwhile the Nevada Supreme Court unanimously confirmed Biden as the winner of its state's six electoral votes on Tuesday. Under Nevada law, the decision by the seven justices will be sent to Gov. Steve Sisolak for confirmation. He will then issue a proclamation declaring the election's winning candidates.


Biden won Nevada by more than 33,000 votes over President Trump, according to results approved by election officials in the state's 17 counties.

#EndorseThis: New Randy Rainbow Parody Sees Off Trump And McEnany

Randy Rainbow has waited on this bright moment for four years:

Bless this day, so glorious and grand

Donald just canned!

And he wasn't about to squander the opportunity to bid a tuneful farewell to his big fat target. "Don't Tell Donald He's Not Re-elected Today" is a Rainbow tour de force that displays all of his musical and comedic talents, But the highlight is his "Kayleigh Schmeckenany" impression. "If you're looking for concessions, there're some peanuts in the lobby," the White House press secretary! airily informs a reporter, also Randy, who dares to ask why Trump won't admit Biden won.

It's golden. Click and chortle.


#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Exposes Trump's Latest Grift

Seth Meyers specializes in an entertainment category that might be called "investigative humor." In his newest "A Closer Look," the Late Night host examines the fundraising scam currently under way in the White House, where Donald Trump still refuses to acknowledge the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.

The segment opens with an amusing vignette of Prime Minister's question time in the British Parliament, where erstwhile pal Boris Johnson chucked Trump under the bus and threw in an "extra little burn."

But Seth then slashes relentlessly through the bogus claims of vote fraud and election rigging, until he finally reaches the inevitable nub of every Trump story: What's the grift?

You may not be surprised, but you will laugh.


Trump Suddenly Gives Top Defense Policy Job To Bigoted Crank Tata

A former Fox News commentator loyal to Trump has been moved into the Pentagon's top policy job, only months after the Senate rejected his nomination due to numerous offensive and deranged comments he has made.

Defense officials said that Anthony Tata, a retired Army one-star general, will be "performing the duties" of undersecretary for defense policy. His temporary appointment followed the resignation of James Anderson, who had been acting undersecretary, after Donald Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday.

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SNL: Why Did Rudy Giuliani Show Up At 'Four Seasons' Landscaping?

We can always depend on Rudy Giuliani, the Count Chocula of right-wing paranoia, to provide comic relief at moments of great political tension. Or at least we could until now, when the booze-addled former New York City mayor may finally be going to the sanatorium he deserves.

But we will never forget Kate McKinnon's impressions of Rudy, even if we must give up the habit someday soon. In this episode of Weekend Update she plays off the skilled straight man Colin Jost with all her mad brilliance. Don't miss the naughty allusion to Borat 2.


#EndorseThis: SNL Hails Biden-Harris Victory And Disses 'Loser' Trump

If there is any downside whatsoever to the election result, it is bidding a fond farewell to Alec Baldwin's Trump impression -- which has sustained the Saturday Night Live audience in good cheer during these awful years.

Not that he's accepting defeat. Never!

Still, we'll probably see much less of Baldwin and much more of Jim Carrey's Joe Biden and Maya Rudolph's sparkling Kamala Harris, both in excellent form as they tweak that loser still haunting the White House.

They all look quite happy in this sketch for some reason.


CNN And Associated Press Project Biden-Harris Victory As Pennsylvania Votes Roll In

After four days of counting, CNN and Associated Press projected victory for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the 2020 presidential election. The network's decision desk called the election after Biden and Harris passed a 30,000-vote margin in Pennsylvania. According to CNN, the Keystone State's 20 electoral votes brought the Democrats' total to 273, with 270 votes required to win. Other major news organizations, including the New York Times, chimed in moments later.

The Democratic victory meant the historic ascendance of Harris, a woman of Indian and African descent, to the nation's second highest office.

Said CNN anchor Jake Tapper: "Our long national nightmare is over."


WATCH: Biden Confident That When Every Vote Is Counted, He And Harris Will Win

Joe Biden spoke briefly about the ongoing vote counting and his prospects for victory, which he confidently predicted lies ahead. While he avoided any explicit declaration of victory, the Democratic nominee reviewed the counts in the remaining states, noting that he feels "very good about Pennsylvania." He noted specifically that the 2020 presidential election marked the largest turnout of voters in American history -- and that he and Kamala Harris expect to match that landmark with the largest popular vote mandate ever.

"Government of, by, and for the people is very much alive in America," said Biden. "Every vote must be counted. Nobody is going to take our democracy away from us, not now, not ever."

But he also struck a conciliatory note, promising that he would honor a duty of care for all Americans, whether or not they voted for him. And he expressed hope that after "a long and difficult campaign...we will hear each other again, respect and care for each other, unite, heal and come together as a nation;."

Listen to Biden's speech:


#EndorseThis: Mark Hamill Says Every Military Absentee Vote Must Be Counted

In "Absentee," a powerful new Lincoln Project ad that runs nearly two minutes, Mark Hamill delivers a short course in American political history. The beloved actor reminds us all how absentee voting began during the Civil War as a way for Union Army troops to cast their ballots, far from home -- and how everything they fought to defend is at stake today.

"Nothing is more important than counting every vote, especially those that are serving our country. Suppressing any vote is un-American," says Hamill. If Trump gets his way and tosses out millions of absentee ballots, he warns, then many thousands of military absentee voters "will be deprived of their most sacred right.

"It cannot be allowed to happen."

Be ready to join Mark Hamill, the Lincoln Project, and millions of Americans to defend every ballot.


#EndorseThis: Hometown Genius Stevie Reaches Out To 'Wonderful Michigan' Voters

Growing up in Motown, Stevie Wonder was a childhood prodigy who became known all over the world as a musical genius, activist, and philanthropist. Over the final weekend before Election Day, he spoke at a big hometown rally with Joe Biden and Barack Obama -- who rescued Detroit with the auto bailout -- and played new songs while urging everyone to vote "in the most important election of our lifetimes."



Today MeidasTouch released "Wonderful Michigan," an inspiring new video featuring the great Motown artist with a message to his home state, which will again be so crucial in determining this election's outcome. He's got that burst of energy we all need right now. "This is the moment to show the power of our state and the character of its people."

Watch. Listen. Vote. And share this message with friends.


#EndorseThis: Taylor Swift's Anti-Trump Anthem Scores Bold New Biden Ad

This bold new music video from Eleven Films opens with Kamala Harris asking, "Why are so many powerful people trying to make it so difficult for us to vote?"

Then footage of the past four tormented years unrolls, from family separations to mass shootings, demonstrations against racism, and a maskless Trump unrolls, juxtaposed with hopeful images of Harris, Joe Biden, and ordinary Americans. And behind the montage swells Only the Young, Taylor Swift's protest anthem, recorded for her Netflix documentary Miss Americana. (In that film she declared, "I want to be on the right side of history.")

Released by California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell's re-election campaign, the video was posted today in his tweet and marks the first time that the singer has licensed her work for an election message.

In her verses, that message couldn't be more plain: Young people must stand up and vote as a matter of survival:

They aren't gonna help us

Too busy helping themselves

They aren't gonna change this

We gotta do it ourselves







#EndorseThis: In Debate With Perdue, Ossoff Says 'It's Not Just That You're A Crook'

Have you been hoping someone would punish obnoxious racist Sen. David Perdue? Ever since he mockingly mispronounced the first name of Kamala Harris, millions of Americans have awaited the Georgia Republican's comeuppance.

Last night his Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff faced Perdue in debate – and made a big, loud down payment on what the world owes him.

Answering the Republican's hackneyed charge that he wants to impose "a radical socialist agenda," Ossoff reminded Georgia voters how and why their senator came under federal investigation – and then unloaded on him.

"Perhaps Senator Perdue would have been able to respond properly to the Covid-19 pandemic," said the Democrat, turning toward him, "if you hadn't been fending off multiple federal investigations for insider trading." While insisting last winter that coronavirus was no worse than the flu, Perdue was profiting from scores of stock trades that indicated awareness of the imminent pandemic and the economic upheaval it would bring.

"It's not just that you're a crook," continued Ossoff. "It's that you're attacking the health of the people that you represent." That moment of unvarnished truth went viral, gaining over three million views; it was, as one observer noted, "the most West Wing moment I've ever seen in real life." The look on Perdue's face as he stands stiff and silent is an indictment of himself.

Recent polls show Ossoff drawing even with Perdue, so perhaps in this election he'll be able to give the incumbent what he truly deserves: early retirement.





#EndorseThis: Trump's Cruelty To Children Must Never Happen Again

Next to the massive negligent homicide caused by Trump's response to coronavirus, the criminal mistreatment of immigrant children is his administration's worst offense. Caged, terrorized, deprived of medical treatment and adequate sanitation, even food, the innocents who crossed the border fell into a nightmare created by the White House. Some will never awake from that nightmare because they died, but others – at least 545 at last count – have been left effectively orphaned because their parents cannot be found.

That is what the "family separation" perpetrated by Trump and his law enforcement apparatus has meant. It is a gross offense to human rights, American traditions, and the reputation of the United States among the world's nations.

Watch "Cruel" for one minute as People for the American Way and the Lincoln Project remind us why we are all so angry at this government for tormenting children and shaming our country. Then go out and do something about it.


#EndorseThis: An Ominous Glimpse Of Women's 'Handmaid' Future -- If Trump Wins

With the Supreme Court confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, women's equality and reproductive rights are under a greater threat than at any time in the past 50 years. As the producers at MeidasTouch suggest, the future under a Trumpist regime -- authoritarian, brutal, and misogynist -- could be even worse than the bad old days.

"Traffic Stop" shows what could happen to young women in our society when Barrett and her far-right cohort gain the power to impose their religious views on all Americans. It's short but extremely disturbing. Share it.




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#EndorseThis: Sarah Cooper Delivers Trump And Stahl On Climate Denial

Now that we know how badly Donald Trump screwed up his 60 Minutes moment – he couldn't wait for us to find out the usual way – all that's left is commentary. And who better to comment on any Trump interview than comic Sarah Cooper? She mimes both the president and Lesley Stahl with a manner suited perfectly to the topic: "How to climate change."

Never mind that this encounter actually occurred a couple of years ago. Nothing has changed, except that Cooper is here to deliver righteous scorn. You will enjoy, and meanwhile her lip-syncing serves the ultimate good cause of saving the planet from its would-be destroyer via World War Zero.

"I don't know why Lesley Stahl even gives Trump the time of day," Cooper wonders. Good question!

Click and chortle.


#EndorseThis: Trump Flack Jason Miller Eviscerated In 'Deadbeat'

Nobody knows how to take down a Republican hack like another Republican (or former Republican) hack. Which is why we clicked instantly when this Lincoln Project video about Jason Miller popped up on the screen. What, you've never heard of Jason Miller, the Trump campaign spokesman? Most days you can find Miller on TV, spouting vicious nonsense about his betters, like Col. Alexander Vindman or Sen. Kamala Harris.

Of course the Lincoln Project team knows their old colleague Miller well – and what they find amazing is that anyone would employ him, invite him as a guest, or listen to him for more than ten seconds. It's even more amazing that he still opens his loud mouth to criticize anyone else after what he has done and confessed.

But you can decide what to make of Jason Miller after watching "Deadbeat." Warning: It's R-rated and extremely funny.


#EndorseThis: Borat And Daughter Inflict 'Virus Inspection' On Kimmel

You may have heard by now that Sacha Baron Cohen is about to release his new movie -- Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, or Borat 2 for short – on Amazon Prime. You may also have heard that this film includes a "beyond cringe" bedroom scene starring the real Rudy Giuliani and a very young woman posing as a reporter.

More on that later. For the moment, here's Borat himself appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he subjects the late-night comic to an intrusive "coronavirus inspection." This episode of comedic anarchy is in fact a send-up of QAnon, the vicious, anti-Semitic conspiracy craze that has devoured the Republican Party.

It gets pretty wild, with a clip from the new movie and an appearance by Borat's "daughter" Tutara (the would-be seducer of Rudy).

Enjoy -- and just imagine what's yet to come.