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Congress certifies Biden’s win

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence talk before joint session on Wednesday. Associated Press photo by J. Scott Applewhite

Congress certifies Biden’s win

After the U.S. Capitol faced a day of violent unrest, Congress early on Thursday confirmed Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. The Senate and House had reconvened after 8 p.m. on Wednesday once police secured the building with the help of the National Guard. “Criminal behavior will never dominate the United States Congress,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told the Senate. “This institution is resilient.” The legislators worked into the early morning hours to certify that Biden secured 306 electoral votes to President Donald Trump’s 232 votes. Challenges against the votes from Arizona and Pennsylvania both failed. Some GOP senators who had said they would accept efforts to overturn the results from key swing states changed their minds after the rioting. “The events that have transpired today have forced me to reconsider,” said Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., who was defeated in a runoff election in Georgia the day before.

What comes next? Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in at noon on Jan. 20. In a statement released by social media aide Dan Scavino, Trump said “there will be an orderly transition,” although he still objected to the election’s outcome. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram locked Trump’s accounts over policy violations.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s account in The Stew of her experience inside the Capitol during the lockdown.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.



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Mrs D

GaryG, Well put.


I'm impressed by Vice President Pence's position on the Electoral College vote count, his duties regarding that count, and the letter he wrote.  

Pence may be considered a traitor by Trump's most extreme supporters, but Pence is definitely not a traitor to the American People or the Constitution. 

And a note to GaryG, HANNAH, and NEWS2ME, and any others who are disappointed with World magazine:  no human institution can ever be perfect, and only disappointment can follow expectations of perfection. I think World is still the best at showing us news that's hard to find elsewhere, and with a viewpoint informed by the Lord and His Word rather than man's wisdom. And I believe this holds true even when World must use information sourced from non-Christians. 

Thank You, World Reporters, Editors, and Staff!


True, News2me, (about there being "Christian stuff to be gleaned from [World] magazine"). I remember Sharon Dierberger's article about the eye-opening documentary on illegal immigrants. Perhaps when I've processed my grief over the past days' events, I'll consider more than a "guest" relationship with World News Group.



I'm sure you're right.

He has had a tough time of it, as have many others who have tried to help Trump while he TRIED to do the right thing.

We have always wondered just how close we are to what comes next. Death does not scare me, but I don't like pain and don't want to be put out of my home because people have decided on revenge. I haven't figured out what their cause for revenge could be. 

I'm keeping my eye on Israel to see what Biden, controlled by people like Ilhan, does next. She got lots of pork for Pakistan in the latest pork payout. I'm sure they will spend it on whatever they want and not what Congress claims it's for. All that PORK?!



My subscription ends in February, and I will not be renewing. I'll be viewing other news sites, peeking in here occasionally to see the perspective of the Associated Press. Eventually, once I'm no longer a World member, I will not be able to comment. (And I can hear the cheers from some quarters.)


2020 is the year I mostly stopped reading World.  I still subscribe and glance over daily emails, but on covid and the election, World has become barely distinguishable from mainstream media.  Disappointing.