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posted by martyb on Saturday November 07 2020, @07:10PM   Printer-friendly

Fox News (among many other outlets[*]) is reporting: Biden wins presidency, Trump denied second term in White House:

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has defeated President Trump, denying him a second term after a bitter campaign and dramatic, prolonged vote count in battleground states that sparked a flurry of lawsuits.

The Fox News Decision Desk projected Saturday that Biden will win the state of Nevada and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, giving the former vice president the electoral votes he needs to win the White House.

[...] "I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris," Biden said in a statement. "In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America."

He added: "With the campaign over, it's time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation."

Biden's campaign announced that the president-elect and Harris, his running mate, will speak at an event in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware at 8 p.m. ET.

Joseph Biden would become the 46th President of the US; U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California, the 49th Vice President.

Also at: NY Post, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, CNBC, and USA Today.

IMPORTANT: There are still votes to be counted, a recount has been requested in one state, and there are numerous court challenges launched by the Trump campaign. Further, nothing is official until the actual vote by the Electoral College.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Grishnakh on Saturday November 07 2020, @10:50PM

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Saturday November 07 2020, @10:50PM (#1074370)

    I think you meant "selling Florida to Cuba", because otherwise your sentence doesn't parse.

    Anyway, that still makes no sense. Trump has no such power on his own. Congress might be able to sell Florida to Cuba, after getting the President to sign it, and also having it somehow get past the Supreme Court. I imagine the legal challenges would be huge. Personally, I'd love to sell southern Florida to Cuba: it's going to be largely underwater in a century anyway, and we should build a wall to keep FloridaMan (and his buddy Trump) in southern Florida and out of the rest of America. But I don't think it's going to happen.

    I don't believe the President can unilaterally order a nuclear strike either. I'm pretty sure the DOD would stop that: there's numerous levels of command there, and while the military has been sitting back while Trump has made a fool of himself these last 4 years, that doesn't mean they're going to blindly obey an order that would set off WWIII. Heck, even if it were technically illegal to disobey such an order, they could do so, place Trump under arrest, and wait for Biden to be sworn in, at which time they'd surely be pardoned.

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