President Trump's legal team is a 'national embarrassment,' Chris Christie says
As the court losses continue to mount, President Donald Trump’s ally and informal adviser Chris Christie called the commander-in-chief’s legal team a “national embarrassment.”The former New Jersey governor said it was time for the president to face reality.“If you have got the evidence of fraud, present it,” Christie said on ABC Sunday morning.“Quite frankly, the conduct of the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment,” he said, referring to Trump attorney Sidney Powell’s accusations against Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a fellow Republican.“This is outrageous conduct by any lawyer,...
New York Daily News
Judge dismisses Trump's last Pennsylvania lawsuit capable of significantly disrupting election results
PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge in Williamsport rejected President Donald Trump’s legal bid to disrupt certification of Pennsylvania’s election results on Saturday, delivering an all but certain death blow to his campaign’s ambitions of reversing President-elect Joe Biden’s victory through the courts.In a 37-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann dismissed the lawsuit, describing it as a “Frankenstein’s Monster” of tortured legal claims that sought an “unhinged” remedy that would effectively disenfranchise all voters in the state.“One might expect that when seeking such a startling o...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Michigan GOP leaders after White House meeting: 'We will follow the law'
WASHINGTON — Michigan’s top two legislative leaders vowed Friday that the presidential candidate with the most votes will win the state’s electoral votes after departing a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House.With the eyes of the nation on them and criticisms flying from Democrats, seven Michigan lawmakers traveled to meet with Trump for about an hour. The visit came as supporters of the president have moved in recent days to overturn the results of the state’s election, which Democratic President-elect Joe Biden won by more than 154,000 votes in unofficial returns.“We have n...
The Detroit News
Beijing's misgivings with tech billionaire Jack Ma, as seen by Chinese social media
Xinhua's cryptic line: “Don’t talk casually, don’t do things casually, and people should not be casual”. Image from the Stand News. Used with permission.Earlier this month, the financial world was shocked by the sudden suspension of Ant Group's initial public offering (IPO), set to debut on the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock market on November 2. With 34 billion USD in proceeds, it would have been the world's biggest stock debut in history.Ant Group, formerly known as Alipay, isthe world's highest-valued fintech company. It has over 730 million users, mainly located in mainland China, who rely o...
Ivanka Trump distances self from dad's election fraud claims as her own legal jeopardy grows
Ivanka Trump is among a growing number of President Donald Trump’s close advisers who want nothing to do with his legal efforts to subvert the results of the Nov. 3 election, according to a new report.These advisers may publicly act as though they believe Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani can pull some kind of courtroom miracle to prove widely debunked claims of election fraud, Axios reported.“But talk to them privately, and many say Rudy Giuliani and his team are on a dead-end path,” Axios writers Jonathan Swan and Alayna Treene said.“Even Jared and Ivanka think this is going nowher...
The Mercury News
Michigan lawmakers can't intervene in presidential result, Biden adviser says
DETROIT — Bob Bauer, a legal adviser for President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign, said Friday it’s “not possible” for the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature to redirect the state’s electoral votes to President Donald Trump.During a briefing for Biden’s campaign, Bauer blasted the Republican president for holding a meeting with the Republican leaders of the Michigan House and Senate on Friday afternoon as the state prepares to certify its election results as early as Monday.“It’s an abuse of office,” Bauer told reporters. “It’s an open attempt to intimidate election officials. It’s absolut...
The Detroit News
An internet with borders: A perspective from Pakistan
Image credit: Nick Youngson via Pcipedia.org (CC BY-SA 3.0).This article was written by Farieha Aziz, co-founder of digital rights advocacy group, Bolo Bhi.In Pakistan, social media has become an informational battleground for regional and domestic politics.We have seen foreign disinformation campaigns on Twitter, and heavy government pressure on platforms to adjust moderation policies to suit its own agenda. This has been backed by repressive new rules targeting speech, and even bans on platforms, restoring access to them only if they toe the line. There have even been instances where politic...
Editorial: Judgeships should be awarded based on merit, not Ron DeSantis's political whims
A Florida Supreme Court justice once tore an incriminating piece of evidence into 17 pieces and flushed it down a toilet.That kind of foolishness prompted Gov. Reubin Askew to reform how judges are hired in Florida. He created Judicial Nominating Commissions, which would recommend judges based on merit, not politics and patronage.A half-century later, Ron DeSantis is continuing Rick Scott’s legacy of eroding the system’s integrity. Political ideology is now the key qualifier for judges.Since the governor and majority of legislators share that notion, they’re not likely to clean up this mess. I...
Michael Smolens: Biden plans big changes in immigration system — some won't be easy
Nearly 15 years ago, then-Sen. Joe Biden voted to fund hundreds of miles of new fencing along the border with Mexico.He was joined by Sens. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and other Democrats.One of the first things President-elect Biden said he will do after being sworn in on Jan. 20 is halt the construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall, though he doesn’t plan on tearing down what has been built so far.About $15 billion has been spent on the project and 450 miles of wall have been constructed, all but 12 miles of it replacing some kind of existing barrier.Biden has pledged to quickly...
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GOP canvassers try to rescind votes to certify election in Michigan's Wayne County
DETROIT — Two Republican canvassers in Wayne County have signed affidavits saying they regret their votes Tuesday to certify the Nov. 3 election, arguing that “intense bullying and coercion” plus bad legal advice forced them to agree to certify the election after they had voted no.Canvassers Monica Palmer and William Hartmann have claimed the promises made to them of a “comprehensive audit” of the Nov. 3 election should they certify “will not be fulfilled.” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Thursday her office would conduct some local performance audits, but did not say in which juri...
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