The Supreme Court hands Trump a small victory in Pennsylvania’s vote count.

first_imgA similar case in Michigan was thrown out.In Nevada, the Trump campaign has sued to stop the processing of mail ballots, claiming that its monitors had inadequate access. A judge denied the request, citing a lack of evidence. Another Republican suit claimed lax authentication of ballots; a judge dismissed it.An Arizona lawsuit claims that ballots filled out with felt-tipped pens were being discarded; state and federal officials say that is false. A case in Georgia claims that a few dozen late-arriving ballots — which the state does not allow, even if they are postmarked by Election Day — were not properly set apart, raising the possibility that they would be counted. A judge threw out the complaint, saying there was no evidence that the ballots in question had arrived late. Nearly a dozen lawsuits filed by President Trump and his allies are working their way through the courts in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, trying — so far unsuccessfully — to stop ballot counting and invalidate enough votes to erase Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s leads there. Here is a look at those cases.In Pennsylvania, the biggest fight has been over ballots that were postmarked by Election Day but arrive later. In September, the state Supreme Court ruled, over Republican objections, that election officials could accept ballots arriving up to three days later. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intercede, but left open the possibility that it could revisit the question. – Advertisement – One of several other Pennsylvania disputes involves people from both parties who observe the tabulation in Philadelphia, where they were told to stay 10 feet away from the vote counters. Some Trump allies have claimed, falsely, that no observers were allowed. In response to a Republican complaint, a judge ruled on Thursday that they could stand within six feet, but refused to stop the counting.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Separately, the Supreme Court did grant the Trump camp a minor victory in Pennsylvania on Friday evening, when Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. ordered election officials there to keep the late-arriving ballots separate from other ballots, and not to include them, for now, in announced vote totals. But the victory was essentially in name only: Pennsylvania’s secretary of state had already given that instruction.The entire dispute over the late-arriving ballots could be moot, because Mr. Biden has taken the lead in Pennsylvania even without them. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Trump overperformed the polls twice. Could this be the reason why?

first_imgThere’s nothing “shy” about these people or their support for Trump, yet pollsters aren’t catching them. They turn out for Trump, but they didn’t turn out for Republicans in 2017, 2018, or 2019. Remember, last year Democrats picked up governorships in the blood-red states of Louisiana and Kentucky. xTrump on Nov. 4 in KY, regarding the election of a Dem Gov. “[Y]ou can’t let that happen to me!” per @voxdotcom Result: Dem electedTrump Thursday in Louisiana: “You got to give me a big win, please, O.K.” per @nytimesResult: Dem re-elected#SundayThoughts #VoteBlue— Stay Home or Mask Up (@MnMarches) November 17, 2019No amount of personal begging and pleading from Trump could get Republicans to the polls in those red states, nor did his extensive campaigning help his party during the 2018 Democratic wave year.- Advertisement – From the start, let’s dispense with the notion of a “shy Trump voter.” These people aren’t shy, yet they certainly exist. They’re the assholes trying to run the Biden campaign bus off the road in Texas. They’re the anti-government militias in Michigan. They’re these people: xA Fox News anchor briefly paused mid-segment on Saturday after a sign carried by a demonstrator at the so-called “Million MAGA March” in Washington, D.C. appeared on the screen bearing a racist threat. “Shows their a Bunch of Racists!”#DemVoice1https://t.co/NhGwL0nSmc— Mexi-‘Can’ Marine💪🇺🇸🇲🇽(F🖕U TRUMP!) (@Jay_USMC2) November 15, 2020- Advertisement – The hidden deplorables aren’t Republican. They aren’t even conservative. They’re apolitical, otherwise ignoring politics, because their lives legitimately suck. They live in meth country, with dim job prospects (in fact, those two factors are highly correlated). Institutions have failed them—corporations abandoned them for cheaper labor overseas, government seems and feels distant, and it’s certainly not improving their lives. Cities feel like walled gardens—unattainable, unaffordable, yet that’s where all the jobs are, the culture, the action. These deplorables have been left behind. So their attitude? “Fuck them all.” Trump shows up in 2016 and gives them hope for change, saying the quiet part out loud—that their lives suck not because of their own choices and that of those decamped corporations, but because all that sweet, sweet government money is going to “illegals” and “thugs” in those cities. He puts uppity Black and brown people and women in their place. He offers them hope that, if he can’t improve their lives, that at least he’ll hurt all those others. “I voted for him, and he’s the one who’s doing this,” she said of Mr. Trump. “I thought he was going to do good things. He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.”Their lives suck, but Trump was supposed to be bringing everyone else down to their level. That’s why all that nonsense about “economic uncertainty” was such bullshit. None of these people ever thought Trump would bring back the factories, paying good middle-class wages. They can do the same math that the corporations have. But it would all be worth it if Trump would just hurt the people he needed to be hurt.And then he did. He put brown kids in cages. He sent federal troops against the Black Lives Matter “mobs.” He nominated judges hostile to a woman’s right to have agency over her body.And above else? He destroyed. He tore shit down. Norms, traditions, entire agencies. So 2020 rolled around, and Trump no longer offered hope of economic revival in these economically devastated meth counties. Instead, he was the personification of their rage made real, in the Oval Office itself. We saw this in Georgia, where Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins were locked in a battle to make it to the January runoff in the state’s special election. Loeffler was originally chosen to try and appeal to the very white moderate college-educated suburban women that were abandoning the GOP and endangering the party’s electoral chances. Collins is a right-wing ideologue, a staunch Trump ally, and the clear favorite of the Freedom Caucus wing of the GOP. So how did Loeffler fend him off? By moving to Collins’ right, like this ad that claimed she was “More conservative than Attila the Hun” and had a ”100 per cent Trump voting record.” Loeffler literally said she was worse than a king best known for raping, pillaging, plundering, and extorting the Roman Empire into near insolvency. There are no Hun ruins you can visit today because they built no civilization, created no lasting art or culture. So truly, Loeffler couldn’t have picked a better representative of the modern Trumpian Republican Party—destructive, barbaric, and corrupt. Now given their hatred for institutions like government and the media, is it any wonder that these hidden deplorables wouldn’t answer pollsters’ questions? Any attempt to survey them would likely be met with a middle finger and a “fuck you.” So the last four years have shown us that they only turn out when Donald Trump is in the battle. We’ll have an early test of my Hidden Deplorables theory in January, when the two Senate seats in Georgia are decided. Given the essentially tied result in the presidential race (we won by a sliver), that special election will come down to the party that suffers the last amount of drop-off from their November turnout. Trump got a remarkable 369,000 more votes in the Peach State this year compared to 2016, when he won the state by 5%. That should’ve been enough to seal the deal again. Yet Stacey Abrams, her volunteers, and an army of allied organizations did the near-impossible: Biden got 594,000 more votes than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. That is beyond mind-blowing!If I’m right, Republican turnout among those new Trump voters could very well be catastrophic for the GOP. Now to be clear, no one should expect this. We assume they get every single one of their voters out. We need to out-hustle them, and they’ll be working their assess off to turn those people out. So to be 100% clear, this isn’t a prediction, nor is it even a hope. If Republicans can get these hidden deplorables out, then the political picture the next few cycles will be rough—more closely fought elections, control of Congress and the White House balancing on a razor’s edge. Making progress will be a tough slog. On the other hand, if the hidden deplorables only come out when Trump is on the ballot, then that gives us some breathing room in the next few cycles ahead. That is, until a Trump ends up back on the presidential ballot in 2024. Now this is an evolving theory, and it may be bolstered or undermined as additional data and information emerges (not to mention the Georgia runoff results will reveal a great deal). But regardless, Trump is likely the single greatest campaigner in modern presidential history. Hillary Clinton didn’t lose because she was a terrible candidate, she lost because she faced a political prodigy, someone whose ability to tickle the darkest recesses of the white American’s lizard brain is unparalleled, in a country that doesn’t elect its presidents by popular vote, but by a system that overrepresents white rural states. Joe Biden cobbled together enough of a coalition to defeat Trump, but the damage was deep down-ballot precisely because so many of the House, Senate, and state legislative battles were fought in disproportionately white and rural states and districts—the places most excited by Trump’s candidacy. So take a man who has criminally mismanaged the country, enriching himself at the expense of its people and his donors, killed a quarter million Americans due to negligence, leading to the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression, and didn’t even bother to have a campaign platform because neither he nor his party cares about issues anymore … and he gets 10 million more votes than the last time? That number is a testament to his power as a vote-getter. Let’s hope no other Republicans reverse engineers that formula anytime soon. And let’s pray that these hidden deplorables, seeing their vote cast for a loser (and a loser who claims the vote was stolen!) decide to return to whatever dark crevices they emerged from.  Yet with the national environment only worsened from the COVID-19 pandemic and other Trump self-inflicted wounds (like his failed trade war against China), Republicans stormed back this year, dealing Democrats painful down-ballot losses in the House, Senate, and state legislatures. Not only will those loses hamstring a Biden administration, even if we win both Senate runoffs in Georgia in January, but Republicans will have a free hand to redraw U.S. House and state legislative maps to their enduring, decades-long advantage. All because Trump was at the top of the ballot. So again, who are these people who only vote for Trump, otherwise ignore the Republican Party (despite Trump’s pleading), and don’t talk to pollsters? – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

CLS looks forward to big millennium growth

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PREMIUMJakarta develops drop-off areas for online motorcycle taxis at four railway stations

first_imgFacebook Linkedin The Jakarta administration, in partnership with state-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), is developing pick-up and drop-off spaces for app-based ojek (motorcycle taxis) at four railway stations in Central Jakarta as part of its efforts to ease traffic congestion.The project, expected to be completed by the end of March, is being developed at Tanah Abang Station, Sudirman Station, Senen Station and Juanda Station — four busy Commuter Line stations whose land is owned by KAI.”We will redirect [online motorcycle taxis] inside the railway stations so that there is no traffic congestion outside,” KAI executive vice president of Jakarta operational region Dadan Rudiansyah told The Jakarta Post by phone on Thursday. “We want to facilitate railway passengers in moving to other modes of transportation.People living in Jakarta and its surrounding citi… Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Topics : #commuter commuter Greater-Jakarta #Jakarta ojek-service #ridehailing ride-hailing-service online-ojeklast_img read more

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno says Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga dominance is ‘boring and sad’

first_imgArsenal and Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno (Picture: Getty)Arsenal and Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno has described Bayern Munich’s dominance in the Bundesliga as ‘boring and sad’.Bayern look set to win an eighth successive Bundesliga title, having moved seven points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund since the season resumed last month.Hansi Flick’s side have won 22 of their 30 matches so far this season and require a maximum of two more victories from their final four matches to clinch the title.Leno spent seven years in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen before joining Premier League club Arsenal in 2018 and has bemoaned the lack of competitiveness at the top of the German division.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Bayern is already a champion, as always. It is boring and sad,’ Leno told the SWR podcast ‘Steil’.‘One wishes an exciting championship fight, but I don’t see any exciting championship in the near future. Bayern is too strong there.’Leno has developed into a key player for Arsenal since his £22.5million move from Germany, making 66 appearances for the Gunners. Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 9 Jun 2020 12:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.4kShares Comment Bayern Munich are set to win their eighth Bundesliga title (Picture: Getty)Explaining his decision to join Arsenal, Leno added: ‘I really wanted to go abroad, London is a mega city for me.’Meanwhile, Arsenal’s shot-stopper revealed last month that he regularly ‘studies’ Premier League rivals Alisson, Ederson and David de Gea.He said: ‘To be honest I study every time I’m watching football. I look at the keepers, the game and the strikers.‘In the Premier League we have the best goalkeepers because there are so many top goalkeepers here.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The top goalkeeper last season was Alisson from Liverpool. He’s good with his feet, good at crosses and is playing high with a high defence, which you need at Liverpool.‘Ederson’s also very good with his feet and De Gea has unbelievable reflexes and reactions.‘When I watch the games – and I like watching the games – I always study them. I don’t want to copy them, though, it’s only to see how they play.‘We’re all different to each other, so it’s just about finding our own style.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Thomas Partey’s team-mate explains why he should join ArsenalMORE: RB Leipzig give ultimatum to Arsenal transfer target Dayot Upamecano Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno says Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga dominance is ‘boring and sad’last_img read more

Colin Craig: I smack my child

first_imgNZ Herald 13 January 2014Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has admitted that he smacks his daughter if they misbehave, despite the law being clear there is no justification for the use of force as part of parental or caregiver discipline.His party is a possible coalition partner for National after this year’s general election and Mr Craig said – were he in the position to – he would want to negotiate repealing the so-called anti-smacking law that came into effect in 2007.The legislation removed the defence of “reasonable force” for parents prosecuted for assault on their children.During an interview on RadioLive today, Mr Craig was asked if he would start to smack his own children if the law was reversed.“I occasionally do it now,” he replied.Mr Craig told APNZ he did not expect any backlash from the admission.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11185451last_img read more

MPs vote to remove abortion clinic safe zones from Bill

first_imgRadio NZ News 11 March 2020Family First Comment: “In a confused vote in Parliament, MPs have done away with all sections of the Abortion Legislation Bill that would have made legally protected ‘safe areas’ possible outside clinics.”Whoops! The bill had its second reading in Parliament last night, in which possible changes were debated and voted on ahead of the third and final reading.ACT leader David Seymour’s proposal was voted for in two parts – the first, to have the definition of Safe Zones removed from the bill, was narrowly voted down 59 votes to 56.However, MPs seemed unprepared for a second vote on the substance of his changes – doing away with all the provisions that would put safe zones in place.Up for debate were 150-metre safe zones that could be established around abortion clinics on a case-by-case basis, to prohibit intimidating or interfering behaviour.That second vote was on removing all the legal provisions for safe zones, including the ways in which the police could administer them so as to protect women from harassment as they sought abortions.That vote, to delete sections 15 through 17 of the bill, was taken in a voice vote only, and it passed – rendering the definition of ‘safe area’ redundant in the law.Deputy Speaker Anne Tolley passed it on a verbal vote.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/411409/mps-vote-to-remove-abortion-clinic-safe-zones-from-billAndrew Little will not try to re-insert ‘safe zones’ into abortion bill after procedural snafuStuff co.nz 11 March 2020Justice Minister Andrew Little will not try to re-introduce “safe zones” into his abortion legalisation bill after a procedural snafu saw them removed on Tuesday night.The proposed safe zones would set up a regime where protest and harassment of those seeking abortions could be barred within 150 metres of clinics.But some MPs are against the safe zones on free speech grounds, including several who support the wider abortion legalisation bill.Abortion is generally treated as a “conscience issue” – meaning MPs can vote freely of their parties, which can make things much more chaotic.On a late night sitting on Tuesday night those against the safe zones actually lost their first attempt to remove them, when an amendment deleting the definition of safe zones lost 59 votes to 56.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/120177061/andrew-little-will-not-try-to-reinsert-safe-zones-into-abortion-bill-after-procedural-snafulast_img read more

DOH to LGUs: Organize contact tracing teams

first_img* Negros Occidental – 296 (trained)* Iloilo province – 1,403 (687 trained, 716 untrained)* Capiz – 52 (trained)* Bacolod City – 26 (trained)* Iloilo City – 60 (trained)* Guimaras – 81 (trained)* Antique – 782 (262 trained, 520 untrained)* Aklan – 737 (trained)As of July 12, Western Visayas had a total of 461 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 11 deaths  and 178 cases who recovered – leaving the region with 272 active cases, DOH-6 data showed. According to Juanico, the 3,437 contact tracers represent 34 percent of the target 9,958 tracers DOH-6 hopes LGUs would be able to hire. The ideal ratio is one contact tracer per 800 population, she added. These LGUs should not wait for COVID-19 cases to surge in their turfs before organizing their contact tracers, she stressed. As of last week, DOH-6 counted 3,437 contact tracers across the region. Of these,2,201 completed training conducted by the regional health office. These people could be suspect or probable COVID-19 cases, she explained. The more contact tracers the faster it gets to identify suspect and probable COVID-19 cases and isolate them, said Dr. Jane Juanico, head of DOH Region 6’s Infectious Disease Section. Here’s the breakdown of the contact tracers: “Active surveillance” of people with respiratory illness is important, said Juanico, in curbing the spread of COVID-19 cases. ILOILO City – The Department of Health (DOH) ordered local government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas to form contact tracing teams  on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Juanico said it appears that LGUs with no COVID-19 cases do not have or have very few contact tracers. Here’s the breakdown of the 461 cases – Aklan, six; Antique, 15; Capiz, six; Guimaras, zero; Iloilo province, 42; Negros Occidental, eight; Bacolod City, 11; Iloilo City, 36; and repatriates, 337. Contact tracing teams may be made up of barangay officials, Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams, midwives, nurses, and Philippine National Police members, among others,  said Juanico./PNlast_img read more

Fergie: Nani’s future in his own hands

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson wants to keep Nani – but warned the Manchester United winger his performances will dictate whether he gets his wish for a regular first-team berth. Press Association Ferguson added: “He is one of the best match winners in the game – and I am including the whole of Europe. He has scored the most incredible goals. The boy has a talent for winning matches.” Never was that more in evidence than on Monday, when Nani’s emergence from the bench inspired United’s FA Cup win over Reading. The 26-year-old scored the Red Devils’ opener against Brian McDermott’s men, then provided the cross from which Javier Hernandez netted his 15th goal of the season to seal a home quarter-final with either Chelsea or Middlesbrough. It is the kind of intervention that has been seen all too rarely at Old Trafford in recent times, even if Ferguson acknowledges injuries have not been kind. “We sent him back to Portugal for treatment on a hamstring injury that kept him out for more than six weeks,” the Scot said. “Before that, he never had an injury. Now he is back, fit and training well. “He is a consideration and it gives me a headache because Antonio Valencia has been a fantastic player for us and we also have Ashley Young and Ryan Giggs, so our options are fantastic.” Talks about a new contract have been ongoing for quite a while now without resolution. The likelihood still appears that the player will choose to leave in the summer. “We have been speaking to Nani’s agent for quite a few weeks now but it is entirely up to the boy himself,” Ferguson said. “I would prefer to keep him until the end of his contract. He wants guaranteed first-team football. Performances like the other night can guarantee that. We are trying our best because he is such a match-winner.” center_img For the past 18 months Nani’s influence on United has waned, while there have also been wranglings over contracts, with the Red Devils apparently unwilling to offer the Portugal international the kind of terms he wants. With 18 months left on his present deal, Zenit St Petersburg made an inquiry during the recent transfer window, while the completion of Wilfried Zaha’s move from Crystal Palace next summer has been viewed as a clear signal of impending departure. Yet Ferguson said: “I would definitely prefer to keep him.” last_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli, No.1 in cricket is now the most valuable celebrity brand in India

first_imgMumbai: Virat Kohli has topped the list of the most valuable celebrity brand in the country for the second year in a row, with an 18 percent increase in his brand value at USD 170.9 million in 2018, according to a report. The cricketer endorsed 24 brands as of November 2018, the global valuation and corporate finance advisors Duff & Phelps said in its fourth edition of the report on India’s most valuable celebrity brands on Thursday. He is followed by Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who jumped a place higher from the last ranking, with a valuation of USD 102.5 million. She endorsed 21 brands as of November 2018.       The top two are the only celebrities with a valuation of over USD 100 million. The total value of the top 20 celebrity brands stands at USD 877 million, with the top 10 contributing more than 75 per cent of the total value. Endorsers such as Virat Kohli and Deepika Padukone have been structuring endorsement deals with an equity element, which in turns helps them maintain a long-term association with the brand and share the upside from the performance of the company, it said.    Read More | If I achieve half of what Sehwag did, I will be happy: Mayank Agarwal”The celebrity endorsement market in India has matured from vanilla endorsement deals to full-fledged partnerships through innovative routes such as equity deals and strategic partnerships… Millennial celebrities continue to be the first choice for brand endorsements as companies want to have a greater focus on the youth segment fuelled by demand in sectors such as e-commerce, retail, FMCG and smartphones, among others,” Duff & Phelps managing director and Asia Pacific leader for valuation services Varun Gupta said.   Read More | India to play 5 ODIs, 2 T20Is at home vs Australia in February-MarchBollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Ranveer Singh too improved their rankings by a place, to occupy the third and fourth position with a valuation of USD 67.3 million and USD 63 million, respectively. Actor Shah Rukh Khan slipped to the fifth place from the second position, with a valuation of USD 60.7 million. “While Bollywood celebrities dominate the rankings of the top 20 celebrities, sportspersons provide tough competition. Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and PV Sindhu collectively contributed almost USD 241 million, which is over 27 per cent of the cumulative brand value of the top 20 celebrities pegged at USD 877 million,” Duff & Phelps managing director Aviral Jain said.       As per ESP Properties data, over the past decade celebrity-led endorsements increased in number from 650 in 2007 to 1,660 in 2017, representing a steady CAGR of 10 per cent. Further, TV ad spends with celebrity endorsers rose from Rs 1550 crore in 2007 to Rs 6660 crore in 2017 at a CAGR of 16.1 per cent.       TV ads with celebrity endorsers represented close to 24 per cent of the total TV ad spends in 2017, which represents a 5 per cent uptick from 2007. The report noted the rising trend of power couples, as brands can target each partner’s unique following and voice by tapping into a power couple’s reach and impact.       “The coming together of a power couple creates a larger platform that brands want to leverage to target the youth. This year, power couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have endorsed around 40 brands together such as Head and Shoulders, Manyavar, Pepsi, Celkon, Boost, Audi, Fastrack,  Goinee, Wrogn and Polaroid,” it said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more