Georgia Secretary of State: Trump Lost State Because He ‘Depressed’ GOP Vote

87-year-old Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa tests positive for COVID-19

  • Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa tested positive for COVID-19, he announced via Twitter on Tuesday.
  • Grassley, 87, was self-quarantining after exposure to the coronavirus earlier this week. It was not immediately clear how he was exposed.
  • "I'm feeling good + will keep up on my work for the ppl of Iowa from home," the Republican senator wrote in the tweet. "I appreciate everyone's well wishes + prayers &look fwd to resuming my normal schedule soon."
  • Grassley serves as president pro tempore of the Senate and is currently the longest-serving senator of a major party. He was elected to the Senate in 1980.
  • By being in quarantine for COVID-19, the Iowa Republican is breaking his 27-year-streak of never missing a congressional vote. He last missed a vote in 1993 while assisting flooding relief efforts in Iowa, The Associated Press reported.
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Barr Seeks Dismissal of Case Against Mexico’s Ex-Defense Chief

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that he would seek the dismissal of drug trafficking charges against Salvador Cienfuegos, Mexico’s former defense minister, who was arrested in Los Angeles last month.

“In recognition of the strong law enforcement partnership between Mexico and the United States, and in the interests of demonstrating our united front against all forms of criminality, the U.S. Department of Justice has made the decision to seek dismissal of the U.S. criminal charges against former Secretary Cienfuegos, so that he may be investigated and, if appropriate, charged, under Mexican law,” Barr said in a statement.

On Nov. 5, Cienfuegos, who was being held without bail in Brooklyn, pleaded not guilty to charges that he helped a narcotics ring while he was defense minister.

He was accused of aiding the H2 cartel by targeting its rivals for military action and warning it of U.S. investigations, among other acts.

He had been scheduled to appear at a hearing in Brooklyn Federal Court on Wednesday.

Dell Alann Appointed As L.A. Deputy Bureau Chief Of CBS News

Dell Alann will join CBS News as its Los Angeles Deputy Bureau Chief. The news network announced the hire on Tuesday.

“He has great knowledge and contacts around the region and the network,” CBS News West Coast Bureau Chief Mark Lima said. “He runs an efficient and responsible desk, and he is a tireless worker.”

Alann joins CBS News’s Los Angeles arm from the network’s New York Broadcast Center. He has years’ worth of experience producing morning and evening broadcasts at a number of stations including Washington, DC. The CBS exec has also taken on various roles as WUSA, WNCN and FiOS1 in New York.

Before joining CBS News, Alann worked at NBC, where he field produced and served as an occassional DJ. Throughout his career he has covered a number of national stories including the Parkland High School shooting, Hurricane Harvey and more.

“Dell understands and appreciates every member of every crew and the wise technical wizards that keep us together,” added CBS News president and senior executive producer Susan Zirinsky. “Everyone I have talked to is thrilled.  There’s one other trait that Dell has shown over the years …it’s his humanity.”

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GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley Tests Positive For COVID-19

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced Tuesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19. 

Grassley, 87, is the president pro tempore of the Senate and the second oldest member of the upper chamber.

He said in a statement that he was “feeling good” and would be quarantining per his doctor’s orders. The senator added that he would continue to work from home.

As president pro tem, Grassley is the third in the line of succession to the presidency following Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

On Monday, Grassley had urged Iowans to do their part to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

“Although promising vaccines for the coronavirus is more important than ever, it is important to stop the surge,” he said, according to Politico. “I ask every Iowan to continue to do their part to keep their family and neighbors safe. Wash your hands, limit your activity outside your household, social distance, wear a mask.”

Grassley’s announcement came just days after Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said he had come into contact with someone who later tested posted for COVID-19.

On Monday, at least two members of the House of Representatives ― Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) and Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) ― said they had tested positive for the virus. 

Georgia Secretary of State: Trump Lost State Because He ‘Depressed’ GOP Vote

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says President Donald Trump could have won the state by 10,000 votes ― if he hadn’t discouraged the votes of his own supporters.

Instead, Democrat Joe Biden won the state by 14,000 votes. Trump has refused to concede the election to Biden and has made unfounded accusations of voter fraud.

Raffensperger, a Republican, ordered a recount. But he also told Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB that the president hurt his own cause by discouraging mail-in voting, which he portrayed as a “scam.”

Raffensperger told the station that 24,000 Republican voters who voted absentee in the primary did not vote in the general election.

“Those 24,000 people did not vote in the fall,” Raffensperger said. “They did not vote absentee because they were told by the president, ‘Don’t vote absentee. It’s not secure.’ But then they did not come out and vote in person.”

“He actually depressed, suppressed his own voting base,” he added.

On Monday, Raffensperger also made news by accusing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) of pressuring him to find ways to throw out legal ballots. Graham has denied that he did so.