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    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his allies are taking increasingly frantic steps to subvert the results of the 2020 election, including summoning state legislators to the White House as part of a longshot bid to overturn Joe Biden’s victory. Among other last-ditch tactics: personally calling local election officials who are trying to rescind their certification votes in Michigan, suggesting in a legal challenge that Pennsylvania set aside the popular vote there and pressuring county officials in Arizona to delay certifying vote tallies. Election law experts see it as the last, dying gasps of the Trump campaign and say Biden is certain to walk into the Oval Office come January. But there is great concern that Trump’s effort is doing real damage to public faith in the integrity of U.S. elections. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, one of Trump’s most vocal GOP critics, accused Trump of resorting to “overt...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his allies are taking increasingly frantic steps to subvert the results of the 2020 election, including summoning state legislators to the White House as part of a longshot bid to overturn Joe Biden’s victory. Among other last-ditch tactics: personally calling local election officials who are trying to rescind their certification votes in Michigan, suggesting in a legal challenge that Pennsylvania set aside the popular vote there and pressuring county officials in Arizona to delay certifying vote tallies. Election law experts see it as the last, dying gasps of the Trump campaign and say Biden is certain to walk into the Oval Office come January. But there is great concern that Trump’s effort is doing real damage to public faith in the integrity of U.S. elections. “It’s very concerning that some Republicans apparently can’t fathom the possibility that they legitimately lost this election,” said...
    Two Republican senators - Mitt Romney of Utah and Joni Ernst of Iowa - voiced harsh criticism on Thursday of voter fraud allegations made by President Trump’s allies as part of a long-shot attempt to overturn the results of the November 3 election. With a late-night tweet, Romney hit out at the president, who has been unable to get the courts to stop the counting of votes in several key states that he lost to President-elect Joe Biden. Ernst on Thursday blasted a suggestion by a lawyer working on Trump’s legal team who claimed that Republicans and Democrats may have ‘paid to have the system rigged to work for them.’ Trump has alleged he lost due to widespread voter fraud, though his campaign has yet to produce evidence to support the claim. Senator Mitt Romney (left) of Utah and Senator Joni Ernst (right) of Iowa were critical of...
    By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will meet with the Republican leaders of the Michigan state legislature on Friday at the White House, as his campaign pursues an increasingly desperate bid to overturn the Nov. 3 election amid a series of courtroom losses. Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to meet with the Democratic leaders in Congress, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, after spending most of the week huddled with advisers as he plans his administration. The Trump campaign's latest strategy, as described by three people familiar with the plan, is to convince Republican-controlled legislatures in battleground states that Biden won, such as Michigan and Pennsylvania, to undermine the election results and deliver those states to the Republican president's corner. Trump's attempts to reverse the outcome via lawsuits and recounts have met with little success. A hand recount of Georgia's roughly...
    By COLLEEN LONG, ZEKE MILLER, JILL COLVIN and DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his allies are taking increasingly frantic steps to subvert the results of the 2020 election, including summoning state legislators to the White House as part of a longshot bid to overturn Joe Biden’s victory. Among other last-ditch tactics: personally calling local election officials who are trying to rescind their certification votes in Michigan, suggesting in a legal challenge that Pennsylvania set aside the popular vote there and pressuring county officials in Arizona to delay certifying vote tallies. Election law experts see it as the last, dying gasps of the Trump campaign and say Biden is certain to walk into the Oval Office come January. But there is great concern that Trump's effort is doing real damage to public faith in the integrity of U.S. elections. “It’s very concerning that some Republicans...
              ATLANTA, Georgia – President Trump’s top lawyers hosted a press conference saying they have more than enough evidence to overturn the election. Attorneys Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis gave the joint preliminary presentation. Giuliani offered state-by-state breakdowns outlining evidence of voter fraud; Powell delved into the fraud committed using electronic voting systems, including Dominion Voting Systems; and Ellis explained how the legal process would work to investigate the alleged multi-tiered orchestration of fraud that occurred. A few minutes prior to the legal team taking the stage, a staffer moved a blank board to reveal a map of the country reading, “Multiple Pathways to Victory.” The states colored in red were Nevada, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia – six of the states in contention currently. Giuliani stepped up first to speak. He mentioned that their affidavits may cause nearly 700,000 mail-in ballots in...
    BARACK Obama has revealed he isn't shocked that President Donald Trump is trying to overturn Joe Biden's victory and "didn't enjoy" congratulating him after the win. Obama, 59, expressed his dismay at Trump's refusal to concede defeat in the 2020 presidential election during an exclusive interview with MSNBC on Thursday night. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 6Obama expressed his dismay at Trump's refusal to concede defeat in the 2020 presidential electionCredit: MSNBC 6President Trump refused to handover the presidency to Joe BidenCredit: AP:Associated Press 6Obama was interviewed by MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart on Thursday nightCredit: MSNBC The sit-down interview event was titled A Promised Land: A Conversation with Barack Obama. As Obama discussed Trump's voter fraud claims to MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart, he said: "These are just bald assertions, they have been repeatedly rejected by the courts, and I think I’m,...
    (CNN)Two prominent Republican senators on Thursday ripped President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election in Michigan, with one going so far as to call the President's strategy "undemocratic."Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse -- two of the few lawmakers in their party who are willing to criticize Trump -- released statements late on Thursday night, taking the President to task for his attempts to overturn his loss in Michigan. Romney's statement was the most direct criticism of Trump's chaotic post-election strategy aimed at overturning President-elect Joe Biden's win of any Republican lawmaker to date. Inside Rudy Giulianis attempt to sow chaos on behalf of Trump and steal the election"Having failed to make even a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the President has now resorted to over pressure on state and local officials to subvert the...
    Photo credit: Zach Gibson, Getty Images Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) slammed Donald Trump for his heavy-handed attempts to meddle in the vote certification process in Michigan, calling out the president for inviting two of the state’s top legislators to the White House. In a Tweet posted on Thursday night, Romney, a Michigan native, hit back at Trump’s ongoing efforts to overturn the voters’ intentions there —which gave President-elect Joe Biden 150,000 more votes — by convincing the state legislature to appoint a set of pro-Trump electors. “Having failed to make even a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the President has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election,” Romney wrote. “It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President.” pic.twitter.com/S3kFsIRGmi — Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November...
    Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBarack Obama memoir tops Michelle's in first-day sales Palin responds to Obama: 'He is a purveyor of untruths' Obama-Trump swing counties largely stuck with the president MORE said in a Thursday interview that Americans should be “troubled” by Republican attempts to overturn the results of the presidential election in key states. “Look, Joe BidenJoe BidenManufacturers association calls on GSA to begin transition process Biden vote tally getting close to 80 million AOC, progressive Dems attack corporate greed during health care discussion MORE’s going to be the next president of the United States. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOn The Money: 12 million to lose federal unemployment benefits after Christmas | Warren urges Biden to cancel student debt | Stocks close with losses as states, cities reimpose COVID-19 restrictions OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental...
    By COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Poll book problems, unbalanced precincts and false reads are at the heart of the GOP's long shot efforts to toss out thousands of votes in Detroit and other largely Black cities that contributed to Joe Biden's victory in Michigan. Experts say those issues are present in all elections and almost never indicate any serious threat to the integrity of the results. There has been no evidence of widespread voting fraud in Michigan or any other state. And federal and state officials from both parties have declared the 2020 election safe and secure. But President Donald Trump and his allies have spent two weeks raising false claims of fraud, pressuring GOP officials and refusing to concede to Biden. A state canvassing board is expected to begin certifying election results Monday from each of Michigan’s 83 counties, including Wayne County, where two Republican county...
    DETROIT – Poll book problems, unbalanced precincts and false reads are at the heart of the GOP's long shot efforts to toss out thousands of votes in Detroit and other largely Black cities that contributed to Joe Biden's victory in Michigan. Experts say those issues are present in all elections and almost never indicate any serious threat to the integrity of the results. There has been no evidence of widespread voting fraud in Michigan or any other state. And federal and state officials from both parties have declared the 2020 election safe and secure. But President Donald Trump and his allies have spent two weeks raising false claims of fraud, pressuring GOP officials and refusing to concede to Biden. A state canvassing board is expected to begin certifying election results Monday from each of Michigan’s 83 counties, including Wayne County, where two Republican county canvassers this week grudgingly certified the...
    By Colleen Long, Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin and David Eggert | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his allies are taking increasingly frantic steps to subvert the results of the 2020 election, including summoning state legislators to the White House as part of a longshot bid to overturn Joe Biden’s victory. Among other last-ditch tactics: personally calling local election officials who are trying to rescind their certification votes in Michigan, suggesting in a legal challenge that Pennsylvania set aside the popular vote there and pressuring county officials in Arizona to delay certifying vote tallies. Election law experts see it as the last, dying gasps of the Trump campaign and say Biden is certain to walk into the Oval Office come January. But there is great concern that Trump’s effort is doing real damage to public faith in the integrity of U.S. elections. “It’s very concerning that some...
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    President-elect Joe Biden won the state of Michigan. Donald Trump summoned Michigan's Republican legislative leaders to the White House for a meeting Friday amid a longshot GOP push to overturn the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the battleground state. Two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that Trump invited Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield. They agreed to go, according to a state official aware of the leaders' plans. The two officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were discussing private conversations. It was not immediately clear what the meeting would be about. Neither Shirkey nor Chatfield commented.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — AP sources: Trump invites top Michigan lawmakers to White House, amid longshot bid to overturn election result. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    President Donald Trump’s legal team held a press conference Thursday afternoon, explaining the alleged evidence of voter fraud they believe would have impacted the results of the 2020 presidential election. The press conference was led by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was joined by Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis, lawyer Sidney Powell, and lawyer Joe Digenova. Giuliani, explained that they believe there is “direct evidence” to show there was voter fraud in the presidential election. Giuliani specifically mentioned Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia throughout the presser. In the presser, Giuliani said the evidence they have is “enough to overturn any election.” “The recount in Georgia will tell us nothing because these fraudulent ballots will just be counted again,” Giuliani said about the recount effort in the state of Georgia. Trump’s lawsuits thus far do not allege voter fraud on a large enough scale to flip a state. WATCH:  During the presser, Giuliani...
    House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Wednesday on CNN’s “Situation Room” that President Donald Trump was attempting “to overturn the results of a perfectly fair and well-executed election.” Blitzer said, “The president claims he won the election and tweeting all about that and congratulated Republicans in one Michigan county for initially refuse to go certify the election, but a couple of hours today they did, in fact, certify. He is pursuing a very flimsy argument in various courts, and most of them already have been rejected. This may be simply a bumbling attempt. Is the sitting president of the United States trying to overturn the legitimate results of this election?” Schiff said, “I think without question that is exactly what he is trying to do. He is failing, but, nonetheless, it’s staggering that a sitting president of the United States would try to overturn the results of a...
    (Reuters) - As established law firms withdrew from representing President Donald Trump in his long-shot challenges to U.S. election results, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has spearheaded the continuing effort, despite a lack of evidence of widespread fraud and a string of losses. The following lawyers are among those on the latest legal team: RUDY GIULIANI He led the U.S. Attorney's office in the Southern District of New York in the 1980s and later gained acclaim while mayor of New York steering the city through the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the aftermath. Giuliani began representing Republican Trump in April 2018 in connection with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Giuliani was a key figure in the 2019-2020 impeachment inquiry into whether Trump abused his office for personal political gain in his dealings with Ukraine. Giuliani began an investigation into now President-elect Joe...
    Rudy Giuliani returned to federal court for the first time since 1992 to argue for his client Donald Trump Tuesday, as the president ran out of lawyers and legal options, and was left using the former mayor as his frontman. But the hearing was far from smooth or convincing, with Giuliani stumbling over the law and the facts, calling his opponent 'that man who was angry at me' and needing the meaning of 'opacity' explained to him by the judge. 'In the plaintiffs' counties, they were denied the opportunity to have an unobstructed observation and ensure opacity,' Giuliani said. 'I'm not quite sure I know what opacity means. It probably means you can see, right?' 'It means you can't,' said U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, PA. 'Big words, your honor,' Giuliani, 76, said. The case is one of Trump's few remaining opportunities to stop hundreds of thousands of...
    Reuters November 18, 2020 0 Comments U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will meet with healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis in a virtual event on Wednesday, as outgoing President Donald Trump expands his campaign to overturn the election results. Trump has refused to concede the Nov. 3 election, blocking the smooth transition to a new administration. Biden has pledged to make the pandemic, which has killed more than 247,000 people in the United States and cost millions their jobs, a top priority when he takes office on Jan. 20. Biden and his senior advisers have said that Trump’s defiance could jeopardize efforts to contain surging COVID-19 cases and inhibit vaccine distribution planning. That sentiment was echoed by three leading U.S. healthcare organizations on Tuesday that addressed the president directly in an open letter, urging him to share critical COVID-19 data with the Biden team. “As providers of...
    DONALD Trump has canceled his annual Thanksgiving trip to Mar-a-Lago and will stay in chilly Washington, DC, amid his desperate bid to overturn the presidential election. The White House Chief of Staff and Spokesperson for First Lady Melania Trump tweeted a "Holiday Scheduling Update" on Tuesday evening. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 5President Trump speaks at the White House in November 2017 with his son Barron Trump and first lady Melania TrumpCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5Spending the holiday at the White House will be something new for President Trump and the first ladyCredit: AP:Associated Press 5Credit: Twitter "The @POTUS & @flotus will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday at the @WhiteHouse this year," the update read. Spending the holiday at the White House will be something new for President Trump and the first lady. The president and Melania normally...
    By Trevor Hunnicutt and John Whitesides WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden will meet with healthcare workers on the front lines of the raging coronavirus health crisis in a virtual event on Wednesday, while President Donald Trump faces further legal hurdles to overturn his election loss. Biden has pledged to make the pandemic, which has killed more than 247,000 people in the United States and cost millions their jobs, a top priority when he takes office on Jan. 20. As COVID-19 cases surge across the country, Biden and his top advisers have warned Trump's refusal to cooperate with a White House transition could jeopardize the battle to contain the virus and inhibit vaccine distribution planning. The General Services Administration, run by a Trump appointee, still has not recognized Biden's victory in the Nov. 3 election, preventing the Democrat's team from gaining access to government office space and funding normally...
    Sidney Powell, left, and Michael Flynn leave federal court on June 24, 2019. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Sidney Powell, an attorney for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, is using bogus and outlandish claims about election fraud to raise money for what she says is an effort to overturn Joe Biden’s victory through litigation. Trump identified Powell on Saturday as part of a legal team, led by Rudy Giuliani, that is helping him challenge election results in key states he lost to Biden. But that wasn’t Powell’s first involvement in post-election controversy. Earlier last week, Powell used a Fox Business appearance to solicit donations to a new nonprofit entity. Appearing last Tuesday on Lou Dobbs’ show, she directed viewers to a website for an organization called...
    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will spend Thanksgiving at the White House this year.  The first couple generally spends Thanksgiving and Christmas at Mar-a-Lago, nicknamed the 'winter White House' through the president's nearly four years in office.  Trump has been basically out of sight in the 10 days since the major networks called the presidential election for his rival, President-elect Joe Biden - as he bunkers down for an extended legal fight to overturn the results. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will spend Thanksgiving at the White House, the first lady's spokeswoman tweeted. The president has largely stayed out of sight since the election was called for his rival, President-elect Joe Biden  The first lady's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham tweeted the news Tuesday night.  'Holiday Scheduling Update: The @POTUS & @FLOTUS will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday at the White House this year,' she wrote,...
    The South Carolina senator asked the Georgia secretary of state to toss out legally cast ballots. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is trying to get Donald Trump's loss in Georgia overturned by asking the state's top election official to simply throw away legally cast ballots, the Washington Post reported Monday night. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said Graham asked whether he could simply invalidate every mail-in ballot in counties that had high rates of nonmatching signatures — a move that would have tossed out legally cast ballots as well. "It sure looked like he was wanting to go down that road," Raffensperger told the Post.
    By Jan Wolfe (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will bring his floundering efforts to overturn President-Elect Joe Biden's victory to a court in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, where another legal setback would likely doom his already long-shot prospects. U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann, who sits in Williamsport, will hear arguments in a lawsuit the Trump campaign brought on Nov. 9 that seeks to halt the state's top election official from certifying Biden, a Democrat, as the winner. The campaign and Trump supporters have filed a flurry of lawsuits in multiple states challenging the Nov. 3 election but have yet to overturn any votes. Pennsylvania has been a fixture of those efforts and any hope of reversing the election hangs on outcome in the state. The Trump campaign, after narrowing the scope of the case, is focusing on a claim that voters were improperly allowed to fix ballots rejected because of technical...
    MONROE, La. (AP) — Louisiana landlords have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn a moratorium on some rental evictions ordered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus. "The CDC’s eviction moratorium represents a sweeping assumption of power by an administrative agency that it simply does not possess," says the suit filed Thursday in Monroe, the location of a company that manages 725 rental units in several northeast Louisiana cities. Landlords in Georgia, Ohio and Tennessee have filed similar lawsuits against the CDC moratorium, and those in 13 other states and the District of Columbia are trying to overturn state or city eviction moratoriums, according to information assembled by John Pollock at the National Coalition for the Civil Right to Counsel and provided by the Seattle-based Housing Justice Project. The Pacific Legal Foundation filed the Louisiana challenge for Chambless Enterprises LLC, of...
    Trump attorney Sidney Powell said a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, Peter Neffenger, is also a member of the board of directors for a company that committed election fraud that could cause the results of the 2020 election to be overturned. “He is president and on the board of directors of Smartmatic, and it just so happens he's on Mr. Biden’s presidential transition team that’s going to be nonexistent, because we’re fixing to overturn the results of the election in multiple states,” said Powell during an appearance on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo. “President Trump won not just hundreds of thousands of votes but by millions of votes that were shifted by this software that was designed expressly for that purpose. Powell said Neffenger had knowledge that the software provided by Smartmatic was designed to rig elections. “We have sworn witness testimony of why the software...
    President Trump is running out of time to implement his ‘Hail Mary’ plan to overturn the results of the November 3 election as key battleground states that determined the outcome are set to certify a win for Joe Biden within nine days. While the news networks project Biden as the winner of the presidential election, Trump and his Republican allies have so far refused to concede, arguing that the results were tainted by rampant voter fraud. So far, the president and his allies have been unable to produce evidence in court of alleged widespread voting irregularities and nearly all legal challenges have so far failed. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking, as Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania - three states that tipped the scales to Biden and handed him the White House - are due to certify the results in just nine days. President Trump (seen above in the Rose Garden...
    Leading Off ● 2020 Election Litigation: Donald Trump's presidential campaign has lost all but one of the 21 lawsuits and counting it has filed since Election Day in a last-ditch attempt to overturn Trump's Electoral College loss, with judges repeatedly rejecting them as frivolous in unsparing terms. Given the exceedingly low likelihood that these cases will affect the outcome, Daily Kos Elections will hold off on covering any individual suit in this edition of the Voting Rights Roundup, but that doesn't mean these cases don't matter. While Trump has lost almost every case trying to stop Democratic votes from being counted, the deeper aim of his post-election litigation isn't to secure Trump a second term but rather to delegitimize Joe Biden's victory and our very democracy itself. Trump's scorched-earth tactics will help falsely convince tens of millions of Republicans that the election was stolen from them, endangering the stability of...
    Donald Trump has privately raised the idea of subverting the Electoral College to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and remain in office, a new report claims. In the days since news networks called the race for Democratic candidate Joe Biden, Trump has refused to accept the apparent outcome and has repeatedly raised unfounded claims of widespread fraud. Though his legal team has been dealt a series of court defeats as they attempt to challenge vote counting in several contests, the president has not yet given a public indication that he plans to concede. A new report from the New York Times (via Business Insider) claims that Trump may be considering other options to stay in office. Business Insider — which characterized the plan as “wild” — noted that he has been asking aides about the possibility of using Republican-controlled state legislatures to appoint Trump-friendly electors who would...
    President Donald Trump continues to rage about the Russia probe raise unfounded claims about voting systems – even as he told longtime friend Geraldo Rivera he will 'do the right thing.' The president, who hasn't spoken in public for nearly a week, reached out for a 'heartfelt phone call' with longtime talk host Rivera.  He said Trump told him he is a 'realist' who would 'do the right thing' but also wants to see 'what states do in terms of certification,' he wrote. President Donald Trump told Geraldo Rivera as a 'realist' who would 'do the right thing,' according to the talk host and TV personality He also said Trump 'seemed particularly aggrieved by the savage attacks on his presidency from the minute he was elected' – an indication Trump is still on the political warpath. The comments come in the context of Trump's multi-state legal attack on the...
    A law firm representing the Trump campaign in its claims of fraud seeking to overturn the election results in battleground Pennsylvania has withdrawn from the case.  The law firm of Ohio-based Porter Wright Morris & Arthur had brought the suit claiming Pennsylvania's 'two-tiered' voting system was illegal. Its expansive case called into question millions of votes cast by Pennsylvania residents who voted by mail in accordance with state law. The firm was facing a backlash for its legal work, was facing public pressure from the Lincoln Project, a group of Republicans that worked to defeat President Trump, for seeking to 'overturn the will of the American people.'   The suit came as President Trump continues to raise allegations of the election being 'rigged' but has yet to produce proof of his widespread allegations of voter fraud.  Porter Wright Morris & Arthur has withdrawn from its efforts to help the Trump campaign...
    When in July the Supreme Court sided with the Little Sisters of the Poor against an Obama-era contraception mandate, the Trump administration claimed it as another win for its religious liberty agenda. "Behind every court victory and every successful administrative reform are dedicated people working to protect our lives and freedoms as promised by the Constitution and protected by our laws," Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar wrote in the Washington Examiner. "That dedicated work is why we can say Trump is the most pro-life, pro-religious liberty president in American history." Trump supporters heaped similar praise on the administration throughout the president's term — and not without good reason. Trump and his aides often cited religious liberty as one of their top priorities, and the executive branch frequently released guidance and executive orders protecting the freedom of conscience for religious people and created several departments dedicated specifically to religious...
    The popular video-sharing app TikTok, its future in limbo since President Donald Trump tried to shut it down earlier this fall, is asking a federal court to intervene. TikTok's Chinese owner, ByteDance, has until Thursday to sell off its U.S. operations under an executive order that Trump signed in August. Trump in September gave his tentative blessing to a ByteDance proposal meant to resolve U.S. national security concerns by placing TikTok under the oversight of American companies Oracle and Walmart, each of which would also have a financial stake in the company.  But TikTok said this week it's received 'no clarity' from the U.S. government about whether its proposals have been accepted. The popular video-sharing app TikTok, its future in limbo since President Donald Trump tried to shut it down earlier this fall, is asking a federal court to intervene RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has announced his choice of longtime adviser Ron Klain to be his White House chief of staff. Klain previously served as Biden’s vice-presidential chief of staff during the administration of President Barack Obama, and was the official Obama put in charge of the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in 2014. “His deep, varied experience and capacity to work with people all across the political spectrum is precisely what I need in a White House chief of staff as we confront this moment of crisis and bring our country together again,” Biden said in a statement Wednesday. Klain called the new appointment “the honor of a lifetime.” Biden is continuing to meet with his transition advisers, who include experts familiar with issues he will face early in his administration, as he plans for taking control of the American government when he is inaugurated on January 20.  The projected winner of the November 3...
    British journalist Nafeez Ahmed used a Wednesday piece in Byline Times to outline the purported strategy Donald Trump is taking to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which all major media outlets have given to Joe Biden. The writer noted that U.S. election law expert Edward B. Foley predicted that Trump would create a break in the constitutional order by rejecting the validity of the vote count in Pennsylvania — as he is doing now. “Part of the problem is that if political party interference is hell-bent on denying the legitimacy of a vote count, it’s possible to disrupt the election outcome,” Ahmed wrote. Nevertheless, the columnist pointed to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll that found only 3 percent of Americans believe Trump won the election, suggesting he does not have the sway over public opinion necessary for his plan to work. But Ahmed argued that Trump’s current strategy is...
    President Donald Trump has not yet conceded to Democrat Joe Biden, who was projected the winner of the 2020 presidential race last week. Instead, Trump has deemed the contest fraudulent, mounting legal challenges in several key states. Meanwhile, Republicans have stood by him, refusing to acknowledge Biden as president-elect. According to Vox journalist Andrew Prokop, Trump could still overturn the results. In a report published on Wednesday, Prokop explained that Trump still has a path to winning another term in the White House, even though he finished behind Biden in a number of critical battlegrounds. To achieve his objective, Trump would need the support of officials and judges, as well as concrete proof of widespread electoral fraud, according to the reporter. “The dangerous scenario would be if some combination of Republican state officials, Republican legislators, and Republican-appointed judges attempts to block the certification of results in key states Biden won,...
    Conservative radio host Erick Erickson appeared on Fox & Friends and assessed that President Donald Trump has yet to produce any evidence to successfully challenge the 2020 election results. As Erickson broke down how the election played out in Georgia, he rejected the idea that the country will unify under President-Elect Joe Biden after how Democrats have acted in the last 4 years. Steve Doocy noted that Trump has kept an unusually low profile as he disputes the election results, so he asked Erickson for what he tells people about how this will go for the president. Erickson’s answer: I tell them I was an elections lawyer and I don’t see evidence of enough fraud to overturn the election outcome. There is a mathematical formula that’s going to be used. I don’t think they’ll use it in a place like Michigan where you’ve got to throw out 180,000 votes...
    SAN FRANCISCO — A onetime Oakland resident who is trying to overturn his murder conviction on the basis that he qualifies for a 2019 change in California’s penal code should have been provided an attorney, a state appeals court ruled. Richard I. Cooper, 44, was 18 when he allegedly participated in the rape and murder of 29-year-old Trenda Whitten, an Oakland woman who was pregnant when Cooper and another man, Emilio Mitchell, Jr., attacked her. Now, 21 years into his prison stay, Cooper is arguing that he qualifies for legal relief under SB 1437, a change in the murder law designed to protect people involved in crimes related to a homicide but who weren’t the actual killer. Cooper’s prospect’s seem bleak; he pleaded no contest to murdering Whitten, and prosecutors said at the time he raped her and then slashed her throat after Mitchell dropped a cinderblock on her head....
    Several Supreme Court justices, including conservative Trump appointees, appeared suspicious Tuesday of arguments by the Trump administration and red states that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should be overturned after Congress in 2017 removed the financial penalty associated with the individual mandate to purchase health insurance.  During oral arguments on California v. Texas, the much-hyped case in which a group of states led by Texas is trying to overturn the law also known as ObamaCare, Justices Brett Kavanaugh, John Roberts and even Samuel Alito assailed the Trump administration and red state lawyers on their arguments that the individual mandate cannot be excised from the rest of the law under the "severability" doctrine. Meanwhile, Justices Clarence Thomas and Amy Coney Barrett seemed suspicious that the red states, whose lawsuit led to the politically charged hearing on Tuesday, even had the standing to bring their suit in the first place.  President Donald Trump...
    Donald Trump is preparing to announce a new leadership political action committee as early as this week, officials said Monday, in a potential attempt for the president to retain power within the Republican Party even after leaving office. 'The president always planned to do this, win or lose, so he can support candidates and issues he cares about, such as combating voter fraud,' Trump campaign's Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh told The New York Times. Although Murtaugh says plans for the PAC have been in the works for some time now, the announcement will come just days after outlets have called the 2020 election for Joe Biden and Trump has refused to give into calls for him to concede to the former vice president. The formation of the new group is a sign that Trump realizes his legal attempts to overturn Biden's lead are unlikely to be successful and this...
    Texas, leading a coalition of Republican states, heads to the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday morning to argue that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and should be struck down in its entirety. On Texas’ side: the Trump administration. On the other side: A coalition of Democratic states led by California.What’s at stake?Health insurance and popular benefits for millions of Americans, including some 1 million in Texas who have subsidized health insurance plans under the law. The sprawling health law touches nearly every facet of the American health care system — from popular protections for individuals with preexisting conditions to no-cost benefits for certain health services to allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance through age 26. Experts say it’s almost impossible to imagine the chaos that would come from ending the law without a replacement, particularly during the worsening coronavirus pandemic. Texas already has the nation’s highest uninsured...
    Donald Trump announced Sunday evening that he is putting Representative Doug Collins in charge of the effort to recount ballots in Georgia after Joe Biden became the projected winner there by only 10,000 votes. 'During the coming recount, we are confident we will find evidence of improperly harvested ballots and other irregularities that will prove that President Trump won Georgia fairly again on his way to re-election as President,' Collins said in a statement released by Trump's campaign team on Sunday. 'Georgians deserve a free and open process, and they will get one.' The recount comes as part of a concerted effort from Trump to show that the election was 'rigged' and 'stolen' by Democrats. 'Republicans stand by the ideal that every eligible voter should be able to vote legally and have it be counted,' Collin said. The 16 Electoral College votes in Georgia, a state that went red in...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Fox News on Sunday claimed he has “a lot of evidence” to overturn the election results in states including Pennsylvania. Giuliani said he had facts of ballot fraud on the network’s Sunday Morning Features show with anchor Maria Bartiromo, who had several other Trump allies on as guests urging Trump not to concede.  ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 5Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo asked President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to comment on evidence of ballot fraudCredit: Fox News Bartiromo started by asking Giuliani, “What is the evidence the president has alluded to in terms of ballot fraud?” Trump’s lawyer replied, “first of all, there’s a lot of evidence, let me see if I can summarize it by state,” and went into detail about Pennsylvania, which news outlets called for Democrat...
    Denver citizens voted to overturn a ban on pit pulls that had been in place for more than 30 years, approving a ballot measure permitting ownership of the dog breed, according to The Hill. The ballot measure, 2J, removed an ordinance that had banned the dog breed in the city of Denver since 1989, The Hill reported. It was approved following a 65 percent to 35 percent vote. Denver’s ordinance was enacted 31 years ago after 20 people were injured by pit bulls in the state of Colorado over a span of several years in the 1980s. In February, Denver City Council went forward with an end to the ban, even with a veto from Mayor Michael Hancock due to his concerns about the possibility of pit bulls causing harm to people. Denverites voted to repeal the city’s 30-year-old ban on pit bulls. Passing the measure will allow the city...
    There is so far no evidence of massive voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election as President Trump has claimed, Fox News' Chris Wallace said Friday. “You heard John Roberts just said there is a debate in the White House. Some people are saying give up gracefully, talk about the unity of the nation and concede the election. That doesn’t seem to be certainly based on what the president said around 6:30 eastern last night,” the host of "Fox News Sunday" told “America’s Newsroom.” Wallace said Trump has “every right to challenge the election count in a lot of these states.” “So far, you’re not seeing the kind of mass fraud of a scale that would be enough to overturn an election that would lead to victory,” Wallace said. Wallace said the difference between the 2000 Bush-Gore legal dispute over the Florida electoral process and the current situation is that it had a legitimate issue: the margin...
    Finally, You Can Get a Porsche 911 Turbo S to Match Your Private Jet US hits 100,000 new COVID cases in a single day Trump’s path to electoral victory is disappearing. So are his legal avenues. In the two-plus days since Election Day, President Trump has combated an increasingly grim electoral map by offering vague, baseless and almost completely nonspecific claims about potential voter fraud. It’s been evident for weeks and months that this would be his play if he lost, and now he’s doing the thing we knew he would do. His campaign’s legal adviser on Thursday even pointed to the fact that Trump had appointed three Supreme Court justices while urging them to “step in and do something” — as if they owed Trump favorable legal decisions. © Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post President Trump and Jesse Barrett watch as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas swears...
    Facebook apparently took down a “Stop the Steal” group accusing Democrats of trying to “nullify Republican votes” and steal the election—but not until the group had gotten hundreds of thousands of members, directing them to an outside page to maintain strength when Facebook did shut it down. What’s more, the takedown didn’t come until after there were multiple thinly veiled calls to violence and after Mother Jones reported the group’s ties to Republican operatives, making it look a whole lot like an astroturf operation. That outside website that “Stop the Steal” used Facebook to funnel people to was registered by a conservative digital consulting firm, Liberty Lab. Stop the Steal’s website and Facebook page also suggest links to the group “Women for America First,” which is led by the former chief executive of the Tea Party Express. Women for America First was started to protest Trump’s impeachment. Facebook’s policy on post-election claims would seem to bar Stop the Steal on multiple...
    Californians voted on Tuesday to keep a long-standing affirmative action ban, as efforts to overturn it appear to be failing. With a majority of the vote counted, California the vote to keep the ban is winning 56-43%, according to the Associated Press. “The people are saying we want to be treated as equals,” said Ward Connerly, the activist leading the fight against overturning the ban. Connerly argued that affirmative action actually puts minorities at a disadvantage in education. The ban, which was instituted in 1996, bars entities receiving government funds to discriminate based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin. The proposition to overturn it was raised this summer after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. When introducing the bill, state Assemblywoman Shirley Weber cited the “ongoing pandemic, as well as recent tragedies of police violence” as major reasons why Californians should accept a measure that...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court refused to reinstate a lawsuit filed by a man whose ex-girlfriend ended her pregnancy, and four members of the all-Republican court used the decision Friday to argue the U.S. Supreme Court should overturn past rulings that allowed abortion nationally. Associate Justice Jay Mitchell, in a special concurrence as the nine-member court turned away an appeal by Ryan Magers in his suit against Alabama Women’s Center Reproductive Alternatives, said the U.S. Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade, the decision that legalized abortion in 1973, and a later decision. While the legality of abortion was not directly an issue in Magers' case, Mitchell said he wanted to state his view — politically popular among Alabama Republicans — “because abortion is a subject that does not frequently come before our Court.” Three other justices concurred with Mitchell. Conservatives emboldened by an expanded majority on...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee prosecutor’s office is asking a judge to overturn the conviction of man serving life in a 1998 slaying after finding new evidence. The Davidson County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion Thursday in the case of Joseph Webster, who was convicted of murder in the killing Leroy Owens, The Tennessean reported. The move comes after a unit in the prosecutor’s office investigated the case and found new evidence not presented at trial. “The Conviction Review Unit no longer has confidence in the conviction of Mr. Webster,” the motion states. “We recommend Mr. Webster’s conviction be vacated and the charges against him dismissed.” Evidence not presented at trial includes several allegations against another suspect and DNA evidence that excludes Webster as a contributor. “Mr. Webster is immeasurably grateful to those who took the time to conduct a thorough reinvestigation of his case and see that...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee prosecutor's office is asking a judge to overturn the conviction of man serving life in a 1998 slaying after finding new evidence. The Davidson County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion Thursday in the case of Joseph Webster, who was convicted of murder in the killing Leroy Owens, The Tennessean reported. The move comes after a unit in the prosecutor's office investigated the case and found new evidence not presented at trial. “The Conviction Review Unit no longer has confidence in the conviction of Mr. Webster,” the motion states. “We recommend Mr. Webster’s conviction be vacated and the charges against him dismissed.” Evidence not presented at trial includes several allegations against another suspect and DNA evidence that excludes Webster as a contributor. “Mr. Webster is immeasurably grateful to those who took the time to conduct a thorough reinvestigation of his case and see that...
    Dr. Dre’s estranged wife Nicole Young is trying to force three of his alleged mistresses to spill on her soon-to-be-ex husband, court documents claim. The women, singer Jillian Speer, model turned skin care entrepreneur Kili Anderson and Crystal Rogers, aka Crystal Sierra - who is known as the ‘Queen of Latin hip-hop' - have all been named in the latest court filing in the bitter divorce. But all three are fighting Nicole’s legal efforts to subpoena them as witnesses in the legal war with Dre after 24 years of marriage. The couple’s nasty fight over the music tycoon’s estimated $1billion empire centers on a pre-marital agreement they signed in 1996. Dr. Dre’s estranged wife Nicole Young is trying to force three of his alleged mistresses to spill on her soon-to-be-ex husband, court documents claim. Pictured, the couple in 2018 Crystal Sierra - who is known as the ‘Queen...
    The full appeals court in the nation’s capital rejected Judicial Watch’s request for a rehearing on being allowed to depose Hillary Clinton after a three-judge appeals court panel overturned a district court ruling granting the conservative watchdog the ability to put the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee under oath. Of the 10 members of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit who considered Judicial Watch’s request, no circuit judge said they wanted to rehear the case that a trio of their colleagues had ruled on in August by overturning a March order by a district court judge that had granted a deposition and further discovery in the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit related to Clinton’s improper use of a private email server at the State Department and the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack. The judges declining to take up Judicial Watch’s appeal included one George H.W. Bush nominee...
    Joe Biden said Saturday that Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump's choice to succeed liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, wants to overturn Obamacare. A number of Democratic senators pressed Barrett about her stance on the Affordable Care Act during confirmation hearings, but she refused to give any indication of how she might rule. BIDEN PITCHES 'BIDENCARE' AS HE SPARS WITH TRUMP ON HEALTH CARE AT DEBATE "Trump’s dream of wiping out Obamacare off the books is well underway because his [Supreme Court] nominee has said in the past the law should be struck down," Biden said at a rally in Bristol, Pa. "If they get their way, over 100 million Americans, including 5.3 million Pennsylvanians, will lose their protections for preexisting conditions that we worked so hard to provide." Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrive at a campaign stop at Bucks County Community College, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Bristol,...
    SACRAMENTO —  Supporters of a coming ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products in California asked the state attorney general on Tuesday to investigate complaints that people gathering signatures for a referendum to overturn the law have misrepresented the effort. An attorney for the group Tobacco Free Kids Action Fund filed a complaint with state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra asking for an investigation of “numerous instances of illegal signature-gathering tactics,” noting that it is a misdemeanor for signature gatherers to intentionally misrepresent a referendum petition. “In several instances, petition circulators for this referendum have approached voters and asked them to sign this petition under the pretense that signing the petition would support banning flavored tobacco,” attorney Lance Olson wrote. “This is categorically false, as this referendum seeks to overturn the law prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products.” The American Heart Assn. also signed on to the complaint. The...
    NFL referees almost made one of the worst calls in football history during Sunday’s Los Angeles Rams-San Francisco 49ers game. Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season featured some pretty questionable calls. The prime example happened during the early afternoon game between the Washington Football Team and the New York Giants, where cornerback Kendall Fuller was determined to have intercepted quarterback Daniel Jones in the end zone, despite the fact his elbow hit out of bounds. NFL fans almost had a heart attack during the Sunday Night Football game, because a terrible call was almost confirmed by the officiating crew following a review. In the second quarter, San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon hit the turf back first, and let go of the ball a handful of seconds later because he was down. However, the Los Angeles Rams recovered the ball and the referees ruled it a fumble! This...
    "Real Time" host Bill Maher closed Friday night's show by sounding the alarm on the pending Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.  Maher began by deriding Democrats for threatening to pack the Supreme Court, saying it's "already packed -- with Catholics." "Roberts, Thomas, Alito, Kavanaugh, Sotomayor and Gorsuch -- who I count as Catholic because he was raised Catholic and is now an Episcopalian, which is just a Catholic who flunked Latin," Maher quipped. "And once when Mitch McConnell and company are done FedExing Amy Coney Barrett to the bench, seven of the nine justices will be Catholics." The HBO star noted that Roman Catholics were only "20 percent" of the U.S. population, suggesting there should be a "healthier balance on our highest court" that represents the people and stressing atheists were "the fasting growing denomination" in the country.  BILL MAHER RIPS AMY CONEY BARRETT: 'SHE'S A F---ING NUT' "We are...
            by Thomas Catenacci  The United Auto Workers union abandoned a lawsuit over a Michigan law, which mandates that public sector union workers reauthorize their union membership annually. Judge George C. Steeh of the Eastern District Court of Michigan approved the United Auto Workers’ (UAW) request, and stipulated agreement with defendants, to dismiss the case entirely Wednesday. UAW filed the lawsuit on Sept. 3 along with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU). “That union officials so quickly dropped their attempts to scuttle the rule speaks to the strength of the legal case for it, namely that the Supreme Court clearly delineated in Janus v. AFSCME that union dues can only be taken from public employees’ paychecks with their affirmative and knowing consent,” said National Right to Work Foundation (NRTW) president Mark Mix in statement Thursday. In July, the four-person Michigan Civil Service...
    The United Auto Workers union abandoned a lawsuit over a Michigan law, which mandates that public sector union workers reauthorize their union membership annually. Judge George C. Steeh of the Eastern District Court of Michigan approved the United Auto Workers’ (UAW) request, and stipulated agreement with defendants, to dismiss the case entirely Wednesday. UAW filed the lawsuit on Sept. 3 along with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU). “That union officials so quickly dropped their attempts to scuttle the rule speaks to the strength of the legal case for it, namely that the Supreme Court clearly delineated in Janus v. AFSCME that union dues can only be taken from public employees’ paychecks with their affirmative and knowing consent,” said National Right to Work Foundation (NRTW) president Mark Mix in statement Thursday. Workers leave an auto plant amidst the coronavirus pandemic...
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the state of Idaho's bid to overturn a case involving a transgender inmate who sued state officials to obtain sex reassignment surgery. The Court had ruled 7-2 in May that it would not block a lower court's ruling requiring Idaho to pay for Adree Edmo's surgery, Boise State Public Radio reported. Edmo received her surgery in June and was transferred to a women's prison shortly thereafter, becoming the first transgender inmate in the country to do so through a court order, KBSX-FM reported. State officials have spent over $450,000 of taxpayer money as of October to fight this case in court. “The taxpayers of Idaho should not have to pay for a procedure that is not medically necessary," Gov. Brad Little said in a statement. "From the start, this appeal was about defending taxpayers and I will continue...
    I. The biggest trend at platforms this month is changing your mind. Facebook belatedly banned QAnon. Twitter tapped the brakes on retweets. And on Monday, Facebook made one of the biggest policy reversals in its history, banning posts that deny or distort the Holocaust. Today, let’s talk about the company’s long journey to doing the right thing — and what other platforms might learn from Facebook’s experience. First, the news. Here’s Sheera Frenkel in The New York Times, featuring a quote from CEO Mark Zuckerberg: In announcing the change, Facebook cited a recent survey that found that nearly a quarter of American adults ages 18 to 39 said they believed the Holocaust either was a myth or was exaggerated, or they weren’t sure whether it happened. “I’ve struggled with the tension between standing for free expression and the harm caused by minimizing or denying the horror of the Holocaust,” Mr....
    SUPREME Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is sparring over her views on abortion and has refused to say whether she'd support overturning Roe v Wade. Speaking during her nomination hearing on Tuesday, Barrett said she "can’t pre-commit" to how she would rule on abortion if she's confirmed to the top court. 1Judge Amy Coney Barrett during her Supreme Court nomination hearing on TuesdayCredit: Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. "I can’t pre-commit or say yes I’m going in with some agenda, because I’m not," she said in response to questioning from Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. "I don’t have any agenda. I have no agenda to try to overrule Casey," she said, referring to Planned Parenthood v Casey, a landmark Supreme Court case from 1992. Barrett, who is conservative, told the hearing room, however, that if she's confirmed to the Untied States' highest court, the US "would not...
    Getty/Susan Walsh Amy Coney Barrett, in Day 2 of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings, refused to answer if she would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Judge Amy Coney Barrett, in Day 2 of her confirmation hearing to take the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court, refused twice to commit to a position on whether Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that enshrined a woman’s right to an abortion. Here’s what you need to know: Feinstein Called it ‘Distressing’ That Barrett Would Not Say if She Believed Roe v. Wade Was Wrongly Decided, a Question Ginsburg Did Answer in Her Confirmation Hearing Amy Coney Barrett won’t say if she believes Roe was wrongly decided as Scalia believed. Says “its contours” could come up before the court and says “I don’t have any agenda.” Feinstein says “it’s distressing not to get a straight answer.” —...
    Tuesday brings day two of hearings in the Republican drive to get Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court before voters can have their say. What to expect as Barrett faces actual questions? Time will tell if Sen. Mike Lee’s unmasked presence in the hearing, despite having coronavirus, will create a new superspreader event, but a few things are guaranteed: Republicans will continue trying to portray Democrats as attacking Barrett’s religion while Democrats don’t talk about Barrett’s religion. Democrats will continue pointing out that part of the rush to get Barrett on the court is to put her in position to strike down the Affordable Care Act immediately after the elections. And Barrett will continue trying to portray herself as a nice lady who is not here to take away your health care and force women into back alleys for abortions—even though she totally is. “Republicans finally realized the ACA is...
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg paid nearly $11 million in hopes of striking down a law that caps property taxes, which some say has limited the amount of funding that can go to schools and housing, according to Recode. Proposition 13 puts a ceiling on residential and commercial property taxes by essentially evaluating the worth of based on the value in 1976. Homeowners and business owners like the measure, critics have said schools and other social services have taken an economic hit. Through his wifes Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Zuckerberg has given millions of dollars to kill the bill, including more than $4.5 million this month alone. The social media mogul is promoting the Prop. 15 measure, which would raise between $6.5 billion and $11.5 billion in property taxes for business property owners in the next six years. "If he thinks more money should go to education, why doesnt he pull in...
    Senate Democrats have decided to make the ongoing court battle over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act the centerpiece of their argument against the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. In her opening statement, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, pointed to repeated statements by President Trump promising to nominate judges who would overturn the law, popularly called Obamacare, during Senate confirmation hearings Monday morning. “Health-care coverage for millions of Americans is at stake with this nomination,” Feinstein said, noting that on Nov. 10 the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case California v. Texas, wherein 20 Republican-led states have sued to have the law struck down. The Trump administration has declined to defend the law in court. “The president has promised any judge he nominates will overturn the ACA,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, in his opening remarks. “Judge...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The former Chicago police officer imprisoned for the 2014 murder of Laquan McDonald on Friday ended an effort to overturn his conviction.An Illinois appellate court allowed Jason Van Dyke to withdraw his appeal, meaning he will serve out his sentence without further court proceedings."It shows that maybe Mr. Van Dyke and his team kind of understands that people do things in their life that they are not proud of, but at some point we have to take responsibility for those things that we have done," said Pastor Marvin Hunter, Laquan McDonald's great uncle.Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times while the 17-year-old was walking away from him with a knife nearly six years ago. Video of the shooting sparked protests, the firing of CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy, and an investigation into the Chicago Police Department by the U.S. Justice Department that resulted in the consent decree the department...
    CHICAGO (AP) — The former Chicago police officer imprisoned for the 2014 murder of Laquan McDonald on Friday ended an effort to overturn his conviction. An Illinois appellate court allowed Jason Van Dyke to withdraw his appeal, meaning he will serve out his sentence without further court proceedings. Van Dyke’s attorney filed a motion with the court Sept. 29, 2020, asking that his appeal be dropped. Attorney Jennifer Blagg said Van Dyke decided to withdraw his appeal because he is trying to move on with his life. “He thought it was in the best interest of all the parties involved, including the McDonald family, that there be some finality,” Blagg said. Van Dyke was convicted in 2018 of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery in McDonald's killing. He was sentenced to six years, nine months in prison. Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon was appointed special prosecutor in...
    CHICAGO (AP) — The former Chicago police officer imprisoned for the 2014 murder of Laquan McDonald on Friday ended an effort to overturn his conviction. An Illinois appellate court allowed Jason Van Dyke to withdraw his appeal, meaning he will serve out his sentence without further court proceedings. Van Dyke’s attorney filed a motion with the court Sept. 29, 2020, asking that his appeal be dropped. Attorney Jennifer Blagg said Van Dyke decided to withdraw his appeal because he is trying to move on with his life. “He thought it was in the best interest of all the parties involved, including the McDonald family, that there be some finality,” Blagg said. Van Dyke was convicted in 2018 of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery in McDonald’s killing. He was sentenced to six years, nine months in prison. Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon was...
    CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court has expressed unease with some landmark rulings, including ones that established a right to abortion, and has suggested in her academic writing that she may be willing to reconsider those decisions. The question of whether Amy Coney Barrett, a one-time clerk to former conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, would actually try to overturn Roe v. Wade, the high court’s 1973 ruling recognizing a woman’s right to an abortion, and other long-established precedents looms large as she heads into Senate confirmation hearings next week. A review of Barrett’s writings and speeches as a Notre Dame law professor for the 15 years before she became a federal appeals court judge in 2017 reveal a nuanced thinker cautious about stating her personal views. She has never said publicly she would overturn Roe, or other precedents expanding abortion rights. But she has clearly left...
    By MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court has expressed unease with some landmark rulings, including ones that established a right to abortion, and has suggested in her academic writing that she may be willing to reconsider those decisions. The question of whether Amy Coney Barrett, a one-time clerk to former conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, would actually try to overturn Roe v. Wade, the high court’s 1973 ruling recognizing a woman’s right to an abortion, and other long-established precedents looms large as she heads into Senate confirmation hearings next week. A review of Barrett's writings and speeches as a Notre Dame law professor for the 15 years before she became a federal appeals court judge in 2017 reveal a nuanced thinker cautious about stating her personal views. She has never said publicly she would overturn Roe, or other precedents expanding...
    CHICAGO – President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court has expressed unease with some landmark rulings, including ones that established a right to abortion, and has suggested in her academic writing that she may be willing to reconsider those decisions. The question of whether Amy Coney Barrett, a one-time clerk to former conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, would actually try to overturn Roe v. Wade, the high court’s 1973 ruling recognizing a woman’s right to an abortion, and other long-established precedents looms large as she heads into Senate confirmation hearings next week. A review of Barrett's writings and speeches as a Notre Dame law professor for the 15 years before she became a federal appeals court judge in 2017 reveal a nuanced thinker cautious about stating her personal views. She has never said publicly she would overturn Roe, or other precedents expanding abortion rights. But she has...
    CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court has expressed unease with some landmark rulings, including ones that established a right to abortion, and has suggested in her academic writing that she may be willing to reconsider those decisions. The question of whether Amy Coney Barrett, a one-time clerk to former conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, would actually try to overturn Roe v. Wade, the high court’s 1973 ruling recognizing a woman’s right to an abortion, and other long-established precedents looms large as she heads into Senate confirmation hearings next week. A review of Barrett’s writings and speeches as a Notre Dame law professor for the 15 years before she became a federal appeals court judge in 2017 reveal a nuanced thinker cautious about stating her personal views. She has never said publicly she would overturn Roe, or other precedents expanding abortion rights. But she...
    PHILADELPHA (CBS) — An exit ramp on the Pennsylvania Turnpike is currently closed due to hazardous leakage from an overturned tractor trailer. Officials say the tractor trailer overturned on the northbound exit ramp at Quakertown, Exit 44, just after 11 a.m. Officials are working to reopen Exit 44 at this time. ???? The northbound exit ramp at Quakertown (Exit 44) is now CLOSED due to a possible hazardous leakage from the trailer.⚠️ https://t.co/7C880t5Yfu — PA Turnpike Alerts (@PATurnpikeAlert) October 8, 2020 Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates to this developing story.   
            by Mary Margaret Olohan  Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that making Roe v. Wade the law of the land is the only “responsible response” to possible attempts from Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to overrule Roe. Biden discussed the possibility that Barrett will be confirmed to the United States Supreme Court during a Monday NBC town hall. “I knew whenever I was graduating high school and entering college that I wanted to obtain my degree and start a career before starting a family,” a woman asked Biden. “Having access to birth control and safe reproductive health care was imperative in making that come true for me. Considering the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, what are your particular plans to protect women’s reproductive rights in the U.S.?” “Number one, we don’t know exactly what she will do, although the expectation is...
    Vice President Pence slammed Democrats Wednesday night for spending “the last three and a half years” trying to “overturn the results” of the 2016 election, after being asked whether the Trump administration would accept the results of the 2020 race should they be defeated. “When you talk about accepting the outcome of the election, I must tell you, Senator, your party has spent the last three and a half years trying to overturn the results of the last election,” Pence said during Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate. DNI RATCLIFFE DECLASSIFIES BRENNAN NOTES, CIA MEMO ON HILLARY CLINTON 'STIRRING UP' SCANDAL BETWEEN TRUMP, RUSSIA “It’s amazing,” Pence said. “When Joe Biden is vice president of the United States, the FBI actually spied on President Trump and my campaign.” “There were documents released this week that the CIA made a referral to the FBI documenting that those allegations were coming from the...
    An anti-masker in Kansas spoke out about the discrimination she faces for her decision not to wear a mask during a recent vote on whether the state’s face covering mandate should be extended in her county. Nicole Atwood was among dozens of Johnson County residents who addressed the board of commissioners during a public meeting on September 17 ahead of their vote on the mandate. She claimed she is ‘discriminated against every single day in my county now, sometimes multiple times a day’, as she urged to board to get rid of masks and stop her from being treated like a ‘second-class citizen’. Atwood added that she ‘loves my fellow Americans’ but that masks were dividing the community and causing people to treat her ‘like I’m some sort of diseased leper’ because she chooses not to wear one.  Scroll down for video  Anti-masker Nicole Atwood was among dozens of...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made a forceful plea for national unity on Tuesday as he took aim at “extremist White supremacist groups menacing our communities.” In a 22-minute address at the historic Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - where more than 150 years ago the defeat of the Confederate Army by Union forces was the turning point in the Civil War and helped preserve the nation -  Biden warned of “unrelenting partisan warfare” and he urged a revival of “a spirit of bipartisanship.” BIDEN UP 9 POINTS OVER TRUMP IN NATIONALS POLLS, BUT SURVEYS IN KEY BATTLEGROUNDS SHOW CLOSER CONTEST Taking aim at President Trump without mentioning the president by name, Biden charged that America’s “paid a high price” for partisan disputes as the nation combats the coronavirus pandemic. He pleaded to “end the politics” and instead “follow the science.” Standing at Gettysburg, the former vice president pointed to President...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that making Roe v. Wade the law of the land is the only “responsible response” to possible attempts from Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to overrule Roe. Biden discussed the possibility that Barrett will be confirmed to the United States Supreme Court during a Monday NBC town hall. (RELATED: Here’s A List Of Democrats Who Have Attacked Amy Coney Barrett For Her Faith) “I knew whenever I was graduating high school and entering college that I wanted to obtain my degree and start a career before starting a family,” a woman asked Biden. “Having access to birth control and safe reproductive health care was imperative in making that come true for me. Considering the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, what are your particular plans to protect women’s reproductive rights in the U.S.?” “Number one, we don’t know exactly what she...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Teachers Union wants Chicago Public Schools to take action on an arbitrator’s finding of unsafe conditions in schools, but CPS plans to have the ruling reconsidered. On Friday, an arbitrator ruled that CPS clerks, clerk assistants, and technology coordinators should be allowed to work remotely when feasible, rather than be required to report to work in person. “The arbitrator, in effect, found that CPS schools are not currently safe from infection by COVID-19,” CTU general counsel Robert Bloch said. The union said the arbitrator’s ruling affects 1,000 people working inside CPS buildings since Aug. 31. “It’s tragic that this ruling — which irrevocably establishes that CPS schools are not yet safe to reopen — has come too late to have helped protect Olga’s life or protect other workers from COVID infection,” CTU President Jesse Sharkey said in a statement on Friday. “We expect CPS to...
    President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to overturn a U.S. Navy Special Warfare Command decision to get rid of gendered-terms like “brotherhood” and “man” in the ethos and creed statements of Navy SEAL and Navy Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) in favor of “gender-neutral” terms. “I will be overturning this ridiculous order immediately!” Trump tweeted. I will be overturning this ridiculous order immediately! https://t.co/sFIX5Y667v — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2020 For example, the SEAL ethos was changed from, “A common man with uncommon desire to succeed,” to “Common citizens with uncommon desire to succeed,” according to a report from American Military News (AMN). “Naval Special Warfare continues to deliberately develop a culture of tactical and ethical excellence that reflects the nation we represent, and that draws upon the talents of the all-volunteer force who meet the standards of qualification as a SEAL or SWCC,” Naval Special Warfare spokesman Lt. Cmdr....
    President Trump pledged Thursday to reverse an initiative by the U.S. Navy SEALs to make its ethos statement general-neutral. The Navy SEALs and the Navy Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewmen (SWCC) recently altered their ethos and creed statements to remove gender-specific references, American Military News reported earlier this week. Words such as “man” and “brotherhood” were replaced with gender-neutral phrases such as “warrior” and “group of maritime warriors.” "I will be overturning this ridiculous order immediately!" Trump tweeted. MCENANY: TRUMP HAS CONDEMNED WHITE SUPREMACY BUT MEDIA WON'T COVER IT The White House declined to comment. The SEAL Ethos posted on the U.S. Navy’s website currently reflects the gender-neutral language. It’s currently unclear how quickly a reversal would take effect if Trump opts to follow through on his pledge. In one example, the phrase “a common man with uncommon desire to succeed” was changed to “Common citizens with uncommon desire to succeed.” CLICK...
    AMANDA Knox has joined a bid to overturn sex-cult leader NXIVM sex-cult leader Keith Raniere's conviction, it was reported. Knox has signed a petition demanding prosecutors answer questions about alleged evidence tampering, jury and witness tampering in his sex-trafficking case. 4Keith Raniere is facing life in prison Credit: KEITH RANIERE CONVERSATIONS/ YOUTUBE 4Amanda Knox's was cleared of murder Credit: Alamy The 32-year-old, who was sensationally acquitted of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy, insists her support for the petition doesn’t mean she believes Raniere is innocent. Raniere is currently facing life in prison as he was found guilty of two counts of sex trafficking, racketeering and forced labor conspiracy in 2019. He is being held at a federal jail in Brooklyn, New York as he awaits sentencing.  Knox told the Albany Times Union she was contacted by some former members of NXIVM who claim that Raniere was wrongfully convicted and...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) refused to answer if she would impeach Attorney General William Barr to slow down the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s “State of the Union.” Anchor Jake Tapper said, “So, Speaker Pelosi, it sounds as though you’re almost resigned to the fact that Judge Barrett will become Justice Barrett. And you’re saying very clearly that your message to viewers right now is vote, vote, vote — vote November 3 or early voting or whatever. That would seem to suggest that you are not on the program when it comes to individuals like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who this week did not rule out this long-shot effort to try to stall the confirmation of Judge Barrett by impeaching Attorney General Bill Barr. Now, you haven’t ruled it out.” Pelosi said, “Well, I’m not familiar with what suggestion...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE said he thinks his conservative Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett could tip the court toward a decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, potentially by allowing states to decide whether to ban abortion.  “She is certainly conservative in her views, in her rulings, and we’ll have to see how that all works out but I think it will work out,” Trump said in an interview with “Fox & Friends Weekend” that aired on Sunday.  “It's certainly possible. And maybe they do it in a different way. Maybe they'd give it back to the states. You just don't know what's going to happen,” he said in response to a question about whether a potential 6-3...
    Joe Biden has warned that Donald Trump's choice of new Supreme Court justice would get rid of Obamacare, repeating once again his demand that a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg not be appointed until after the election. Biden said that Amy Coney Barrett, officially announced as Trump's nominee on Saturday evening, was known to be against Obamacare. '[Barrett] has a written track record of disagreeing with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the Affordable Care Act,' he said in a statement posted on his website. Amy Coney Barrett was nominated to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump on Saturday Barrett is a 48-year-old devout Catholic who clerked for Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia Joe Biden warned that Barrett had a track record of disagreeing with Obamacare He pointed out that Trump 'has been trying to throw out the Affordable Care Act for four years' and that Republicans have...
    PACIFIC GROVE — Within days of elected officials in Pacific Grove green-lighting a retail cannabis store in the city, a notice of referendum has been filed that could take the hot-button issue to voters. The City Council in the coastal community of 15,000 approved a city ordinance on Sept. 16 to permit one cannabis license to be issued. That was followed on Sept. 22 by the city issuing a request for applications for a single license. But a notice of referendum has been filed with the city of Pacific Grove announcing the beginning of a process that, if successful, would place a referendum on the ballot next year to reverse the council decision. The difference between a referendum and an initiative is an initiative creates legislation by the people and a referendum allows people to veto legislation passed by a legislative body. Debby Beck, with the Debby Beck Real Estate...
    Former independent counsel Ken Starr told Fox News’ “Your World” that it would “folly to predict” that a potential right-leaning 6-3 Supreme Court majority would overturn Roe v. Wade. “Abortion is what this is really all about, and Roe v. Wade,” Starr told anchor Neil Cavuto in a Thursday afternoon interview. “But here too you have voices on both sides of the ideological aisle saying stare decisis, stay the course, don’t overrule cases is very, very important.” “And so it’s folly, I think, to predict going in how a ‘conservative’ court that might think Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided would in fact deal with it because Roe v. Wade has been on the books for a half century, and that is a real factor that will be weighing in the balance for any and all of the justices,” he continued. WATCH: “Chief Justice Roberts has been the leader...
    VIDEO1:4401:44Tesla sues U.S. over certain China tariffsSquawk Alley Tesla is suing the U.S. government and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer over the Trump administration's tariffs on items Tesla imports from China. The electric car maker wants the court to declare two batches of Trump administration tariffs to be void, and refund Tesla the tariffs it paid with interest, according to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. Court of International Trade. The specific tariffs at issue are known as List 3 and List 4. List 3 went into effect on 2018 and currently places 25% duties on $200 billion of imported goods from China. List 4 went into effect in 2019 and currently consists of a 7.5% tariff on $120 billion of Chinese imports. Both lists contain hundreds of very specific items, ranging from raw materials to electronic components. The lawsuit did not describe which items Tesla paid tariffs on, nor...
    The discourse after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing shows that Americans across every inch of the political spectrum have become more keenly attuned than ever to potential SCOTUS nominations. Ginsburg, diminutive in stature but a giant in the world of civil rights, left a remarkable legacy. Now, as President Donald Trump plans to announce a replacement nominee to succeed Justice Ginsburg, there is much talk that the next SCOTUS justice will mean the end of the Roe v. Wade era—specifically, if presumed front-runner Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett joins the Court. It may mean the end to the constitutional right to have an abortion. Contrary to Roe v. Wade being overturned “automatically,” as Trump said during the 2016 presidential debate, it would be something of a process. Let’s discuss how it would work. First, some important background: Regulation of abortion, is primarily a state – as opposed to federal...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Allegheny County Judge Mark Tranquilli, who was accused of making racially insensitive comments, has petitioned the court to overturn his suspension. Tranquilli was suspended without pay from the state after being charged with judicial misconduct. He’s now petitioned the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline to overturn that ruling. In a court filing, he says he was suspended without due process, “without any argument, hearing or briefing.” He says the decision is causing significant hardship for his family in lost salary and health insurance. Tranquilli is facing six counts of judicial misconduct, most of which concern alleged racially insensitive remarks directed at jurors and defendants. He was relieved of his duties after allegedly using a racial slur against a Black juror. RELATED STORIES: Allegheny County Judge Mark Tranquilli Suspended Without Pay, Denies Calling Black Juror ‘Aunt Jemima’ More Appeals Expected After Judge Throws Out Pittsburgh...