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Selasa, 08 Desember 2020

US elections news: Texas asks US Supreme Court to help Donald Trump upend election in long-shot lawsuit - ABC News

The state of Texas has asked the US Supreme Court to throw out the voting results in four other states in a long-shot legal gambit intended to help President Donald Trump upend his election loss to president-elect Joe Biden.

Also, Trump has signed an executive order in which the secretary of Health and Human Services is directed to ensure that Americans have priority access to a coronavirus vaccine.

And Biden has called for urgent action on the coronavirus pandemic as he introduced a health care team that will be tested at every turn while striving to restore normalcy to the nation.

Wednesday's key updates

Texas lawsuit demands other states change

Texas has asked the US Supreme Court to throw out the voting results in four other states — Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — in a long-shot legal gambit intended to help President Donald Trump upend his election loss to president-elect Joe Biden.

Officials from the four named states called the lawsuit a reckless attack on American democracy while legal experts gave it little chance to succeed.

The case was filed directly with the Supreme Court rather than with a lower court, as is permitted for certain litigation between states.

The lawsuit argued that changes made by the four states to voting procedures amid the coronavirus pandemic to expand mail-in voting were unlawful.

Texas makes the remarkable request of the Supreme Court to immediately block the four states from using the voting results to appoint presidential electors to the Electoral College, essentially erasing the will of the voters.

Trump signs executive order

Donald Trump has celebrated the expected approval of the first US vaccine for coronavirus as the White House worked to instill confidence in the massive distribution effort that will largely be executed by Joe Biden.

Trump celebrated at the event for "Operation Warp Speed," his administration's effort to produce and distribute vaccines for COVID-19.

While deaths from the coronavirus in the US have soared to more than 2,200 a day on average, President Trump is defending the decision to host holiday parties at the White House.

"Frankly, we have reduced the number very substantially," Trump told reporters, adding that he saw a lot of people at the parties wearing masks.

Trump used the event to sign an executive order in which the secretary of Health and Human Services is directed to ensure that Americans have priority access to the vaccine.

A senior administration official said the order would restrict the government from delivering doses to other nations until there is excess supply to meet domestic demand, but it was not immediately clear what the practical impact would be.

The Food and Drug Administration's panel of outside vaccine experts is to meet Thursday to conduct a final review of the Pfizer drug, and it will meet later this month on the Moderna vaccine.

The White House did not invite members of the Biden transition team to the vaccine summit.

Trump, who has asserted allegations of widespread electoral fraud without evidence, repeated his claims when asked about why Biden officials had not been included.

Biden's top three COVID-19 priorities

President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday called for urgent action on the coronavirus pandemic as he introduced a health care team that will be tested at every turn while striving to restore normalcy to the nation.

Biden laid out three COVID-19 priorities for his first 100 days in office: a call for all Americans to voluntarily mask up during those 100 days, a commitment to administer 100 million vaccines and a pledge to try to reopen a majority of the nation's schools.

"Out of our collective pain, we are going to find a collective purpose: To control the pandemic, to save lives and to heal as a nation," Biden said.

Topping the roster of picks was health secretary nominee Xavier Becerra, a Latino politician who rose from humble beginnings to serve in Congress and as California's attorney general.

Others include a businessman renowned for his crisis management skills and a quartet of medical doctors, among them Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious-disease specialist.

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