“You’re alleging that the two individual plaintiffs were denied the right to vote. But at bottom, you’re asking this court to invalidate more than 6.8 million votes, thereby disenfranchising every single voter in the Commonwealth. Could you tell me how this result could possibly be justified?”
On Saturday, the choose successfully answered his personal query by dismissing the lawsuit and saying, “this Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations…and unsupported by evidence.”
The Giuliani courtroom look got here on the identical day two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers quickly blocked certification of votes in Michigan’s most populous county, the place Biden outpolled Trump by greater than 332,000 votes. Both board members acquired a supportive name from the President afterward. It was additionally the day Trump fired Chris Krebs, the Homeland Security Department cybersecurity official whose sin, within the President’s eyes, was to declare there was no signal of systematic fraud on this yr’s election.
The Trump-Giuliani situation of a rigged election, which Joe Biden truly received with a convincing electoral faculty victory and a well-liked vote margin of greater than six million votes, appeared ripped from Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking-Glass,” the sequel to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” The Queen tries to steer Alice which you could consider unimaginable issues — and means that it helps when you observe. “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast,” she declares.
“When questioned, however, about specific allegations, governing legal standards, and individual pieces of evidence, Giuliani was forced to back down in crucial ways, in part because he possessed no relevant evidence supporting his claims, and in part because he appeared unprepared and lacked command of the law and governing standards.”
Truth vs. Trump
In Georgia, Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger stated that Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally who’s chairman of the Judiciary Committee, prompt to him in a cellphone name that legally solid ballots could possibly be thrown out. Raffensperger had ordered a hand recount of the vote, and on Friday, Georgia licensed the outcomes as initially projected: an upset win for Biden within the traditionally crimson state.
When Jim Kolbe first ran for Congress in southern Arizona as a Republican in 1982, he misplaced by lower than 3,000 votes. The future 11-term congressman nonetheless remembers the painful second when he known as his Democratic opponent to concede — the step Trump is refusing to take.
The Covid-19 information couldn’t be worse: The variety of new instances across the US hit a single-day document this week, and the day by day dying toll is rising.
But the Covid-19 vaccine information couldn’t be higher: There are two vaccines in improvement that seem like 95% efficient.
Getting from the terrible now to the hopeful future is a leap — and with Thanksgiving coming this week, there’s an actual threat that extra journey by Americans will unfold the virus even sooner.
“Americans sacrificed during the war, as they do today, for a wide range of reasons: altruism, food shortages, poverty, regulations, social pressure. The sort of sacrifices Americans made during WWII were, as often as not, mandatory and resented. They required not just laws but extensive propaganda campaigns, severe social sanctions, and regular exhortations that a little sacrifice on the home front would save countless lives on the frontlines.”
But on Thursday, the nation’s largest public college system, New York City, closed its college buildings and moved to totally on-line studying, attributable to a rising common of Covid-19 instances — whereas indoor eating and gymnasiums remained open.
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What Emily Murphy is not doing
On the day after the 2016 presidential election, Denise Turner Roth, the top of the US General Services Administration within the final years of President Barack Obama’s second time period, formally “ascertained” that Donald Trump had received.
But this yr, almost three weeks after the election received by Joe Biden, GSA administrator Emily Murphy is refusing to determine his victory. That is stalling the transition in worrisome methods, Turner Roth wrote. “The federal government comprises some 100 agencies and some 3.5 million employees. None of them can start cooperating with a new administration until the GSA makes its official ascertainment.”
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Hold Trump accountable?
When the tumultuous transition is lastly over, incoming President-elect Joe Biden’s administration should make a fateful determination: Should it attempt to maintain Donald Trump accountable?
Barack Obama’s finest vendor
“Obama ran an exciting campaign on restoring equity and opportunity to Americans, but he spent most of his difficult presidency holding off one disaster after another,” Suri wrote. “His recollections of his first term in office are filled with repeated frustrations and regrets, born of the crises that repeatedly took him off track.”
“The truth is that Obama was never in a position to implement a transformative reform agenda like Franklin Roosevelt or Lyndon Johnson. He lacked the legislative super majorities they had.”
Whether the Obama presidency will finally be seen as nice in its affect on American historical past will rely partially on what comes subsequent. “The alternative to his reasonable, rational, relativistic way of thinking — the alternative to the pluralistic world he seeks — is an angry world driven by people who think like absolutists and haters and zealots,” Harris noticed.
“Almost overnight, he is transformed from a pensive bachelor whose sister calls him ‘Eeyore’ into a dispassionate, inconsiderate and cruel failure of a spouse,” she wrote.
“In the time-honored fashion of British poshos, Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and co. manage to remain perpetually uncomfortable — physically, morally and emotionally. When they’re not trapping their children in tragic unions, they’re trudging up hills in the rain, ignoring the aesthetic disintegration of their palaces, or sacrificing loyal employees to save face. Their ingrained stiffness is matched only by the rigidity of their hair (Princess Margaret’s is the only mop that ever moves) — and by that of (Prime Minister Margaret) Thatcher, whose enormous, spherical coiffure may as well come with its own bio reading: ‘tough as the Queen, but with bigger brains.'”
The royal household’s public relations machine deserves credit score for resurrecting its picture prior to now decade across the youngsters of Diana and Charles — “the more accessible Princes William and Harry,” Thomas wrote. But the brand new season of “The Crown” is a “solid reminder that even comparatively recently, ‘The Firm’ was in a near-constant state of crisis — and begs the question of how much more controversy the family’s image can withstand.”