Mo Brooks plans to challenge Electoral College vote

Rep. Mo Brooks says he plans to challenge the Electoral College vote when Congress is expected to officially certify President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory on Jan. 6.

The Alabama Republican says he is also looking for a GOP senator to join him in the effort, though he said he has had no direct communication with any senator thus far.

“In my judgment, based on what I know to be true, Joe Biden was the largest beneficiary of illegally cast votes in the history of the United States,” Brooks said in a phone interview with today. “And I can either ratify that illegal vote system, or I can object to it, in hopes that our election system will become more secure in future elections.”

Brooks said he may still object to the vote counting process by himself, even though he acknowledged to Politico that would be more of a symbolic protest.

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2 ‘well-being breaks’ for winter semester up for University of Michigan regents vote

ANN ARBOR, MI — Two “well-being breaks” for students in February and March on all three campuses will go before the University of Michigan Board of Regents.

The regents will vote at their Dec. 3 meeting to adopt these days to replace the spring break that’s been canceled on the university’s winter semester calendar.

The “well-being breaks” for the Ann Arbor and Flint campuses would be Feb. 24 and March 23, while the Dearborn campus would have days off on Feb. 25 and 26, according to the regent’s agenda.

In September, UM modified its calendar to eliminate spring break for the winter 2021 semester. Several other schools, including Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and Michigan State University, also eliminated spring break from their schedules.

However, CMU and MSU added “wellness days” to their schedules to give students a short break. CMU students will get five days off and

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Inching toward exit, Trump says he’ll leave if Biden wins Electoral College vote

WASHINGTON/REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, the closest he has come to conceding the Nov. 3 election, even as he repeated unfounded claims of massive voter fraud.

Speaking to reporters on the Thanksgiving holiday, Republican Trump said if Democrat Biden – who is due to be sworn in on Jan. 20 – is formally declared the winner by the Electoral College, he will depart the White House.

Asked if he would leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Biden, Trump said: “Certainly I will. Certainly I will. And you know that.”

But Trump said it would be hard for him to concede because “we know there was massive fraud.”

“It was a rigged election … at the highest level,” Trump insisted

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Trump says he will leave White House following Electoral College vote for Biden

Nov. 26 (UPI) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, but continued to cast doubt on the election result.

Trump took questions from reporters from the Diplomatic Room of the White House following a series of video conferences with military service members on Thanksgiving, assuring he would leave the White House on Jan. 20.

“Certainly I will, and you know that,” he said.

The president, however, went on to say “it’s going to be a very hard thing to concede” and declared that the Electoral College would be making a “mistake” by voting for Biden.

He also continued to allege “massive fraud” related to the election and said his challenges in key states would continue.

“You’re going to see things happening over the next week or two that are going to be shocking to people,”

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Majority of Faculty at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts Vote to Unionize

Despite pushback from their administration, faculty members at the University of the Arts (UArts) in Philadelphia voted overwhelmingly for a union. In a ballot count yesterday, November 24, 356 adjunct and full-time faculty (99% of the votes) supported joining the United Academics of Philadelphia (UAP), an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

The art professors first announced their intention to form a union on Labor Day, September 7, calling for “accountability, transparency, and shared decision making.” Some of them rallied outside the school’s Hamilton Hall, asking the university to voluntarily recognize their union.

They were soon disappointed when David Yager, UArts’s president and CEO, declined to voluntarily recognize the union on September 10. Instead, Yager called for a “fair and transparent” union election and expressed his confidence in the faculty’s “ability to do thorough research and make a quality decision about what they want for their future.”

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How the Electoral College works in Wisconsin, and why it’s unlikely go against the popular vote

Joe Biden has won the popular vote by over 5 million votes, but in the United States, it’s the Electoral College count that really matters. Biden has more than the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win, although recounts are happening in several states. 

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The electors meet Dec. 14 to officially cast their ballots.


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Here’s how that process works in Wisconsin, and why it’s unlikely to go against the popular vote.

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How the Electoral College works in Wisconsin

The Electoral College was established in the U.S. Constitution and later modified by the 12th and 23rd Amendments.

Results: Statewide results, county breakdowns and more

Full coverage: Wisconsin election section

The Electoral College has 538 members, a number determined by adding the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the 100 members of

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The Electoral College vs. Popular Vote Explained

Today, electors meet in their respective states on the first Monday after the second Wednesday of December — Dec. 14 this year — to cast separate ballots for president and vice president, with the candidates who receive a majority of votes being elected.

Electors are chosen every four years in the months leading up to Election Day by their respective state’s political parties. Processes vary from state to state, with some choosing electors during state Republican and Democratic conventions. Some states list electors’ names on the general election ballot.

The process of choosing electors can be an “insider’s game,” said Kimberly Wehle, a professor at the University of Baltimore and the author of “What You Need to Know About Voting and Why.” They are often state legislators, party leaders or donors, she said.

The important number is 270. A total of

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When the election results will be certified and the Electoral College will vote to make Trump’s defeat official

a close up of text on a white background: A Pennsylvania elector holds her ballot for President Donald Trump on December 19, 2016. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

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A Pennsylvania elector holds her ballot for President Donald Trump on December 19, 2016. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

  • On November 6, Insider and Decision Desk HQ projected that now President-elect Joe Biden had won the Electoral College and defeated President Trump. 
  • But the results won’t be official until every state fully canvasses and certifies its president election results, which occurs on a different timeline in every state.
  • After certification, the slate of presidential electors selected by every state’s voters will gather and cast their votes in each state and the District of Columbia on December 14 in 2020. 

Voting in the 2020 presidential election ended on November 3, with now President-elect Joe Biden projected to win more than the 270 Electoral College votes required to secure the presidency.

But while Insider and Decision Desk HQ and other major news outlets projected Biden to be the winner on November

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What the California vote to keep the ban on affirmative action means for higher education

<span class="caption">Public universities in California cannot consider race in admissions.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mark Ralston / Getty">Mark Ralston / Getty</a></span>
Public universities in California cannot consider race in admissions. Mark Ralston / Getty

Editor’s note: On Nov. 3, California voters rejected Proposition 16, a proposed amendment to the California Constitution which would have reinstated affirmative action in the state’s public institutions. Here, Vinay Harpalani, an expert on affirmative action in university admissions, discusses the history of this debate in California and what the rejection of this measure in 2020 will mean for the state.

Why did California ban affirmative action in higher education?

During the 1990s, the ban was part of a larger backlash against growing racial and ethnic diversity in California. Then-Governor Pete Wilson attacked affirmative action, arguing that any consideration of race was unfair discrimination, even if it helped underrepresented minorities. In June 1995, Governor Wilson issued an executive order that began to phase out affirmative action. Shortly thereafter, the regents of the University of California voted to

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New Jersey vote would allow sports betting on all college games

ATLANTIC CITY, N.,J. – New Jersey lawmakers want to amend the state constitution to allow sports betting on all major collegiate games, removing a big restriction in a wagering market that is smashing national sports betting records.

A bill calling for a public referendum in 2021 was amended Monday to significantly expand collegiate sports betting in the state. Current state law prohibits betting on college games played anywhere in New Jersey, and it also bans betting on games played in other states involving New Jersey teams.

The measure was approved by the Senate Budget Committee, the first of several steps required before it can be placed on next year’s general election ballot.

Sen. Paul Sarlo, a northern New Jersey Democrat who represents the area including MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, where the NFL’s Giants and Jets play, said lawmakers decided to move forward with a more sweeping college sports betting

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