McConnell congratulates Biden on his victory for the primary time, whereas Biden is down in Georgia making an attempt to claw the Senate majority away from him. It’s Wednesday, and that is your politics tip sheet. Join right here to get On Politics in your inbox each weekday.
Supporters gathered on the route for Biden’s motorcade in Atlanta as he campaigned for the Democratic Senate candidates in Georgia.
What it was wish to be the one Republican on Philadelphia’s elections board this yr.
Till this yr, being a member of a county board of elections was a reasonably low-key bureaucratic position.
However this yr, as James Verini reveals in his profile of Al Schmidt, the one Republican on the Philadelphia County Board of Elections, doing all of your job additionally meant withstanding loss of life threats whereas making momentary choices that would have an effect on the whole nation’s view of the election outcomes. And Schmidt put in lots of sleepless nights whereas he was at it.
As they went by way of the method, officers counting (and recounting) ballots labored within the Philadelphia conference middle, the place they have been entombed from the skin world in a windowless hangar. James writes of Schmidt:
The conference middle began to remind him of sure settings, none of them pleasing: a on line casino, a tomb. “We’re on this monumental room,” he mentioned. “It has no home windows. Everybody’s working day and evening. And there’s all kinds of issues occurring within the exterior world. You don’t know if it’s darkish, you don’t know if it’s mild. It’s very disorienting. And it’s additionally a bit such as you’re in a fortress, as a result of we’ve all this safety, and also you’re beneath siege by political actors on the skin.”
On the identical time, Schmidt was on Twitter, pushing again towards the president’s false claims that he had received Pennsylvania. Learn on in The Instances Journal for the total profile, which follows Schmidt by way of the tumultuous election course of.
DealBook: Methods to revive the economic system
As a part of the DealBook D.C. Coverage Mission, The Instances gathered a digital panel of consultants early this month to debate the priorities for financial coverage within the months and years forward. The consensus was that an enormous help bundle is critical to maintain households and companies afloat.