The United States presidential election is in 6 days.
Here is a summary of the top 5 political issues making headlines today.
1. Former top official who wrote critically of Trump reveals identity
A former Trump administration Department of Homeland Security chief of staff who has publicly endorsed Joe Biden for president now claims he is the author of the anonymous New York Times opinion piece that talked about “resistance” among officials working to block U.S. President Donald Trump’s agenda.
Miles Taylor’s 2018 column, penned under the Anonymous moniker, said “the root of the problem is the president’s amorality” and that the president “is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.”
The column created a firestorm in Washington and was the focus of a great media and political insider guessing game as well as a tell-all book, “A Warning.”
Taylor, who resigned from the Trump administration in 2019, tweeted on Wednesday: “Donald Trump is a man without character. It’s why I wrote “A Warning” and it’s why me & my colleagues have spoken out against him (in our own names) for months.”
“In times of crisis, I saw Donald Trump prove he is a man without character, and his personal defects have resulted in leadership failures so significant that they can be measured in lost American lives,” Taylor said.
Coming six days before the election, Taylor’s admission might answer the guessing game but have little political impact as he has already endorsed Biden and had helped form a group dedicated to defeating Trump, according to Politico.
a. What Does “A Warning,” by Anonymous, Really Tell Us? – New Yorker
b. ‘Anonymous’ urges a vote for Biden – Politico
2. Trump attacks the U.S. voting system once again
U.S. President Donald Trump rallied his Make America Great Again supporters one more time Wednesday over what he called a flawed U.S. election system
Speaking in Goodyear, Arizona, Trump said he was confident that he would win reelection but warned: “If they cheat with the ballots, that’s the only thing I worry about.”
“Every day, there’s cheating with the ballots,” the U.S. president said, offering no evidence in support of his claim.
Earlier in Nevada, Trump said: “They want to have the count weeks after November 3. How many is he going to add during those two weeks?”
The he, Trump’s Democratic opponent Joe Biden, who leads in the polls in Nevada and is neck and neck with the president in Arizona, continued to assail Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden also voted Wednesday in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, at the Carvel State Office Building.
“I’m not running on the false promise of being able to end this pandemic by flipping a switch,” Biden told an audience at a theater in the city. “But what I can promise you is this: We will start on Day 1 doing the right things. We’ll let science drive our decisions. We will deal honestly with the American people. And we will never, ever, ever quit.”
Biden also declared that Trump was “on a single-minded crusade to strip Americans of their health care.”
a. Biden and Trump spending final week in battleground states – New York Post
b. Trump Can Still Win. But His Position Is Dire. – Bloomberg
3. Hillary Clinton has an Electoral College vote in Biden-Trump race
Former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate, senator and first lady Hillary Clinton has a bit more of a vote in this year’s presidential race than most of the U.S. electorate.
Clinton has revealed that she is one of the 538 electors in the Electoral College.
“I’m an elector in New York,” Clinton, who lost to Republican U.S. President Donald Trump in the 2016 race, told SiriusXM’s “Signal Boost.”: “I’m sure I’ll get to vote for Joe (Biden) and (Kamala Harris) in New York. So, that’s pretty exciting.”:
Clinton, who won the popular vote against Trump by nearly 3 million votes but lost in the Electoral College in 2016, has called for it to be abolished.
Americans, under terms laid down in the U.S. Constitution, end up not voting directly for the U.S. president and vice president but for 538 electors, apportioned to each state by its number of congressional representatives.
These electors comprise the Electoral College. They will meet in their respective states after the November 3 election results are tabulated and vote for the president and vice president. 270 of the electoral votes are needed to become president.
On January 6, a joint session of Congress will be held to tally and certify the electoral votes.
There have been more than 150 so-called “faithless” electors who did not go the way of their party.
None of these faithless electors has ever altered the outcome of an election.
4. Supreme Court lets late ballot counting in Pennsylvania stand
The counting of the ballots in Pennsylvania received up to three days after the November 3 election will be allowed, as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene in the issue on Wednesday.
The justices denied a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to review the decision of the state Supreme Court allowing the late ballots to be counted.
Newly sworn-in Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate in the consideration of the motion.
CNN’s latest tracking of poll has Biden up by 7 percent in a state Trump won by 44,292 votes in 2016, or by less than one percent.
b. Will Trump Win Pennsylvania? – National Review
5. 20 Republican-appointed former U.S. attorneys come out for Biden
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has received what some might see as surprising endorsement and one that pushes U.S. President Donald Trump from his candidate of law and order pedestal.
Twenty former US attorneys who had been appointed by Republican presidents have said they are backing Biden to replace Trump as the U.S. president.
“We firmly believe that Vice President Joe Biden is the candidate who can — and will — provide the leadership we need to refocus the Justice Department on the cause of impartial justice and to address the deep-seated societal issues that are roiling our country today,” the former chief law enforcement officers said in a statement.
They also said Trump’s leadership poses a “threat to the rule of law.”
“As we watch the turbulent events unfolding in our country today, we are concerned that the President has departed from this traditional mandate in several troubling ways,” the statement said.
It adds, “He has politicized the Justice Department, dictating its priorities along political lines and breaking down the barrier that prior administrations had maintained between political and prosecutorial decision making — a barrier that has been fundamental to maintaining confidence among the American people that their Justice Department is acting as a fair and impartial arbiter of prosecutorial discretion.”
b. Will Andrew Cuomo Be Biden’s Pick for Attorney General? – Townhall Media