Headline RoundupNovember 10th, 2020

AG Barr Authorizes DOJ Probe Into Election Irregularities

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Attorney General William Barr authorized the Justice Department to investigate allegations of voting irregularities before the 2020 presidential election officially concludes, according to a memo obtained by the Associated Press. The memo, addressed to U.S. attorneys, said investigations may be conducted if there are "clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State." Barr's authorization comes after President Donald Trump and lawyer Rudy Giuliani made allegations about voter fraud in the past week. All election disputes, including legal challenges and recounts, must be resolved before Dec. 8; the Electoral College will meet on Dec. 14 to decide the final results of the election. The story was widely covered by media outlets across the political spectrum; coverage from left- and center-rated outlets tended to frame claims of voter fraud as dubious.

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