Politics: Live updates: Biden formally names health-care picks as Trump continues to falsely claim victory

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President-elect Joe Biden formally rolled out his nominations early Monday for key members of his health-care team, notably California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, as he forged ahead with his transition to the White House.

a man wearing a suit and tie: President- elect Joe Biden holds a virtual meeting with the National Association of Counties at the Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., on Dec. 4. © Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post President- elect Joe Biden holds a virtual meeting with the National Association of Counties at the Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., on Dec. 4.

President Trump, for his part, continues to falsely claim he won the election.

Here’s what to know:

  • Rudolph W. Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney and point man in his bid to overturn the results of the November election, has contracted the coronavirus but tweeted that he is “getting great care and feeling good.”
  • Attorney General William P. Barr has told associates in recent weeks that he may leave his post before the Trump administration ends next month.
  • Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Georgia) repeatedly declined to say who won the 2020 election during a debate in one of the U.S. Senate races that will determine the balance of power in Washington.

7:07 AM: Arizona legislature closes after Giuliani spent two days with maskless GOP lawmakers

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For more than 10 hours last Monday, Giuliani convened in a Phoenix hotel ballroom with more than a dozen current and future Arizona Republican lawmakers to hear testimony from people who supposedly witnessed election fraud.

Giuliani and other attendees were shown maskless and not social distancing, and the Arizona Republican Party tweeted an image of Giuliani and lawmakers flouting coronavirus guidelines.

That defiance of public health advice came to a head on Sunday when Trump announced on Twitter that Giuliani had contracted the coronavirus. Hours later, legislative staff in Arizona’s Capitol abruptly announced a week-long closure of the state Senate and House starting on Monday.

An email announcement to members of the Arizona House said the move was “out of an abundance of caution for recent cases and concerns relating to covid-19″ and noted that “no one will have permission to work or meet in the building.”

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By: Jaclyn Peiser

6:36 AM: Trump to award Medal of Freedom to former Olympic wrestler with successful coaching career

a man standing in front of a crowd: President Trump speaks with Dan Gable during a campaign rally at Des Moines International Airport on Wednesday. (Alex Brandon/AP) President Trump speaks with Dan Gable during a campaign rally at Des Moines International Airport on Wednesday. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Trump has made relatively few public appearances since Election Day, but he is continuing to exercise his power to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom in his waning weeks in office.

On Monday, Trump is scheduled to present the nation’s highest civilian honor to Dan Gable, a former wrestler who won a gold medal in the 1972 Olympics and went on to have a highly successful coaching career at the University of Iowa.

On Thursday, Trump bestowed the honor on Lou Holtz, a college football coach best known for leading Notre Dame to an undefeated season and the national championship in 1988.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

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In a news release Friday, the White House said Gable is “undoubtedly one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.”

Trump first announced plans to honor Gable during a campaign rally in Des Moines, where Gable joined him onstage.

By: John Wagner

6:35 AM: Biden formally names key members of his health team

Xavier Becerra wearing a suit and tie: In this 2018 file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra talks to reporters at UCLA. (Jae C. Hong/AP file) © Jae C. Hong/AP In this 2018 file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra talks to reporters at UCLA. (Jae C. Hong/AP file)

Early Monday, Biden formally announced key nominations for his health team, including Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general, as secretary of health and human services.

Others, most of whom were previously reported, include:

— Vivek H. Murthy as surgeon general. He was previously confirmed by the Senate to serve in the same capacity.

— Rochelle Walensky as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has served as chief of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and as a medical professor at Harvard Medical School.

— Anthony S. Fauci as chief medical adviser to the president on covid-19. He will also continue in his role as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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— Marcella Nunez-Smith as covid-19 equity task force chair. She is an expert in health-care disparities.

— Jeff Zients as coordinator of the covid-19 response and counselor to the president. Zients led the White House’s National Economic Council under President Barack Obama.

— Natalie Quillian as deputy coordinator of the covid-19 response. She is a former White House and Pentagon senior adviser.

By: John Wagner

6:33 AM: Giuliani, after testing positive for the coronavirus, says he is ‘feeling good’

Hours after Trump revealed that Giuliani had tested positive for the coronavirus, the president’s personal attorney and point man in his bid to overturn the results of the November election said on Twitter that he was “getting great care and feeling good.”

“Recovering quickly and keeping up with everything,” Giuliani tweeted.

The former New York mayor was being treated at Georgetown University Medical Center, according to a person with knowledge of his condition.

Giuliani traveled to Michigan, Arizona and Georgia last week and met indoors with state legislators in an effort to persuade them to overturn Biden’s victory. Videos of the appearances showed that Giuliani was not wearing a mask during the meetings.

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“Get better soon Rudy, we will carry on!!!” Trump tweeted Sunday.

The 76-year-old Giuliani appeared on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” where he repeated the president’s false claims of election fraud.

By: Felicia Sonmez and Josh Dawsey

6:31 AM: Loeffler repeatedly declines to say who won the presidential election

a woman wearing a suit and tie: Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) speaks Sunday during a debate in Atlanta with the Rev. Raphael Warnock, her Democratic challenger in a runoff election next month. © Ben Gray/AP Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) speaks Sunday during a debate in Atlanta with the Rev. Raphael Warnock, her Democratic challenger in a runoff election next month.

ATLANTA — Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) repeatedly declined to say who won the 2020 presidential election during a debate Sunday in one of the U.S. Senate races in Georgia that will determine the balance of power in Washington.

Loeffler was asked about President Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud in Georgia at least five times and ducked at every turn, highlighting the challenge she faces as she tries to court Trump supporters — and the president — without directly repeating his false claims that hundreds of thousands of votes were tainted by fraud in Georgia.

The debate between Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock aired on CNN, reflecting the national focus on a race that has been inundated with money, resources and star power. Fittingly, the event featured repeated mentions of polarizing figures such as Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), former state lawmaker Stacey Abrams and Trump.

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By: Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

6:30 AM: Armed protesters surrounded the home of Michigan’s secretary of state

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a close up of Jocelyn Benson: Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks in Detroit in September. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press) © Paul Sancya/AP Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks in Detroit in September. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson had just finished wrapping string lights around her home’s portico on Saturday evening and was about to watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with her 4-year-old son when a crowd of protesters marched up carrying American flags and guns.

About two dozen protesters chanted “Stop the Steal” and accused Benson, a Democrat and Michigan’s chief election officer, of ignoring widespread voter fraud — an echo of President Trump’s continued unfounded claims as he seeks to overturn the results of the election that President-elect Joe Biden won.

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By: Katie Shepherd

6:09 AM: Analysis: Trump’s final days in office could be the worst of the pandemic yet

Trump’s final days in office are expected to be marked by the worst effects yet of the pandemic, with a potentially record-setting number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations, infections and deaths in the United States before Jan. 20.

Trump’s top public health experts are begging Americans to take aggressive precautions to slow the surge of the virus. But the president and his allies remain unchastened by the virus that has already killed 281,000 people in the United States, and they continue to flout the advice and guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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By: Jacqueline Alemany

Fact check: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris — not China's Xi Jinping — are Time's 2020 Person of the Year .
Last week, after Time Magazine announced its annual "Person of the Year," an altered cover image including Chinese President Xi Jinping went viral.Some of the covers posted to Facebook featured three individuals: President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and Chinese President Xi Jinping, along with the text "Xi Jinping, Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris — Changing America's Story.

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