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Politics Round-Up: Biden’s Cabinet Picks, Trump’s Legal Fights And More

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani listen while US President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing at the White House September 27, 2020, in Washington, DC. - US President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016, the year he won the election, The New York Times reported September 27, 2020, citing tax return data extending more than 20 years. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
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Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani listen while US President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing at the White House September 27, 2020, in Washington, DC.

In a scathing ruling late Saturday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann — a Republican and Federalist Society member in central Pennsylvania — compared the Trump campaign’s legal arguments to “Frankenstein’s Monster,” concluding that Trump’s team offered only “speculative accusations,” not proof of rampant corruption.

In a scathing ruling late Saturday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann — a Republican and Federalist Society member in central Pennsylvania — compared the Trump campaign’s legal arguments to “Frankenstein’s Monster,” concluding that Trump’s team offered only “speculative accusations,” not proof of rampant corruption.

The campaign on Sunday filed notice it would appeal the decision to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a day before the state’s 67 counties are set to certify their results and send them to state officials. And they asked Sunday night for an expedited hearing Wednesday as they seek to amend the Pennsylvania lawsuit that Brann dismissed.

Meanwhile, president-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team’s planning.

We check in on the latest on the national political scene. 

With files from the Associated Press. 

Guests:

Meridith McGraw, White House reporter for Politico; she tweets

Zach Courser, co-director of the policy lab and visiting assistant professor of government at Claremont McKenna College

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