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Senin, 30 November 2020

US politics live updates: Arizona certifies election results as Donald Trump clings to baseless 'fraud' claims - ABC News

Why do we say there isn't any evidence?

You said Trump lawyers were arguing without evidence while the AZ governor certified the results. How do you know they had no evidence when the hearing was not even finished?

-Rodney

Heya Rodney. A few other people have said this about other states too, so I thought I'd explain why I say this.

In Arizona specifically, both the Republican Governor and Democratic Secretary of State have said that the election was secure and there was no evidence of wrongdoing. In a lawsuit in Phoenix, Arizona last week a judge rejected a bid to delay the certification. The Trump campaign dropped other lawsuits in the state of its own volition.

The "hearing" you're mentioning also isn't legally binding in any way. It's best to think of it as just a meeting. It was hosted by nine Republican state politicians, and they were denied the permission to make it a formal process. It's basically a press conference.

Going broader than Arizona, and in lawsuit after lawsuit after lawsuit the Trump campaign just hasn't turned up any evidence of widespread fraud. The judges rulings in these cases have said as much. Here's Judge Matthew Brann's words from a decision in one case in Pennsylvania:

"One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption, such that this Court would have no option but to regrettably grant the proposed injunctive relief despite the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens. That has not happened. Instead, this Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence."

And leaving the courts, Donald Trump's own Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which is in charge of keeping the election secure, said this about the 2020 election:

"There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised. While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too."

So when I say there's no evidence, it's because there's no evidence. And I'm not making that up off my own bat. I'm taking the words of Democratic and Republican state officials, secretaries of states, governors, judges and top US cybersecurity agencies.

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US politics live updates: Arizona certifies election results as Donald Trump clings to baseless 'fraud' claims - ABC News

What did Trump and Biden get up to today?

For the President, not a whole lot.

The only event on his publicly-listed schedule was a lunch with Vice-President Mike Pence. He has been tweeting, of course. Most of them involve the same baseless claims about election fraud you've seen several times over in the past few weeks.

The president-elect unveiled his economic team, but we didn't get to see him in person. Today was also the day the Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris received their first Presidential Daily Briefing.

The Biden team has already called a lid (from a very rainy Wilmington, Delaware I'm told), so we don't expect anything more from him today. We also have spied that moon boot either, after he picked up a hairline fracture playing with his dog Major at the weekend. Nevertheless, here's a photo of Biden and Major the day he was adopted:

Joe Biden walks out of a building with his newly-adopted dog Major
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2020-11-30 20:42:00Z
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Moderna reveals vaccine is 100%, applies for FDA approval - The New Daily

Americans could receive a jab to protect them against the coronavirus before Christmas after Moderna found its vaccine is 100 per cent effective at preventing severe cases.

Results from its phase three trial also showed the vaccine, which the US pharmaceutical company designed in just two days, is 94.1 per cent effective at protecting people from the virus.

The first injections could be given as early as Decemnber 21 if approval is granted, Moderna chief executive St├ęphane Bancel said.

In a statement on Tuesday morning (Australian time), Moderna said it would seek emergency use authorisation from the US Food and Drug Administration.

It comes just over a week after Pfizer applied for the same authorisation.

Moderna’s chief medical officer Dr Tal Zaks said he became emotional when he learnt of the “striking” results from their final trial.

He was quoted by The Associated Press as saying, “it was the first time I allowed myself to cry”.

“We have a full expectation to change the course of this pandemic.”

Moderna will become only the second company to request FDA approval for a COVID-19 vaccine, which would allow its vaccine to be used in emergency cases.

“We have already, just in the trial, have already saved lives. Just imagine the impact then multiplied to the people who can get this vaccine,” Dr Zaks said.

The results from its late-stage trial came from vaccinating 11 of the 196 infected people in its study.

The other 185 received the placebo, 30 of whom had become severely ill. Moderna said the 11 COVID-cases who got the real vaccine were protected by it.

“This positive primary analysis confirms the ability of our vaccine to prevent COVID-19 disease with 94.1 per cent efficacy and importantly, the ability to prevent severe COVID-19 disease,” the company said.

Moderna said its application for emergency use authorisation would be reviewed by the FDA when its advisory committee meets on December 17.

In the meantime, Moderna said it was preparing to apply for authorisation from the European Medicines Agency on Tuesday.

Rush to get vaccine out within days of approval

US Health Secretary Alex Azar said if the drug-makers were approved,  Americans could receive a shot before Christmas.

The US has a plan to start shipping out the drug within 24 hours of approval.

The Food and Drug Administration’s outside advisers will meet on December 10 to consider authorising Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine.

That vaccine could be approved and shipped within days, with Moderna’s following a week after, Mr Azar said.

“We could be seeing both of these vaccines out and getting into people’s arms before Christmas,” Mr Azar said on CBS.

He aid the US federal government would ship the vaccines through its normal distribution system, with state governors determining where they should go first.

“They will be determining which groups to be prioritised. I would hope that the science and the evidence will be clear enough that our governors will follow the recommendations that we will make to them,” Mr Azar said.

He said he and Vice-President Mike Pence will speak to all the country’s governors later on Tuesday (Australian time) to discuss the vaccines and which groups of people should get them first.

‘Next phase in the war against COVID’

The White House has moved quickly to take credit for the Moderna vaccine’s development.

“President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed is rapidly advancing on a trajectory of success to save millions of American lives – five times faster than any other vaccine in history,” Mr Trump’s spokesman Michael Bars said in an emailed statement to The New York Times. 

The vaccine progress comes at a critical time for the US as authorities brace for a spike in cases following the Thanksgiving holiday, when millions of people travelled to see friends and family.

Hospitals across the country are being stretched to their limits, with more than 160,000 new cases and 1400 new deaths every day in the US.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo said the pandemic had got so bad, that New York city was entering a new phase of the fight, which he likened to a “war”.

“I think of this as a war. It’s a war of attrition … COVID is an enemy that we’re dealing with. It’s attacking people. It’s killing people,” he said.

Mr Cuomo said the city would have to start to lean on retired doctors and nurses if the crisis kept getting worse.

He requested that officials start locating retried health workers to take some of the load off hospitals.

New York had already received help from medical personnel from across the US who travelled to the city last spring. But rising case numbers meant they had to return.

“We’re not going to live through the nightmare of overwhelmed hospitals again,” Mr Cuomo said.

“This was a serious issue last time.”

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2020-11-30 20:15:00Z
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Joe Biden names Janet Yellen as pick to head Treasury Department which will make her the first woman in the role - ABC News

US President-elect Joe Biden has announced his senior economic team, including his plans to nominate the first woman to head the Treasury Department as well as several liberal economists and policy specialists who established their credentials during the previous two Democratic administrations.

In a statement Mr Biden said he would nominate Janet Yellen, the former Federal Reserve chair, to lead the Treasury Department, and former Clinton and Obama adviser Neera Tanden to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

He also named Wally Adeyemo, a former Obama administration official and the first CEO of the former president's non-profit foundation, as his nominee for deputy treasury secretary before he unveiled his White House economic team, consisting of economists Cecilia Rouse, Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey.

Mr Biden, who has placed a premium on diversity in his selection of Cabinet nominees and key advisers, is looking to notch a few firsts with his economic team selections.

Ms Yellen would be the first woman to lead the Treasury Department and Mr Adeyemo the first Black deputy secretary.

Ms Tanden would be the first woman of colour to lead OMB and Ms Rouse the first woman of colour to chair the Council of Economic Advisers.

Ms Yellen became Federal Reserve chair in 2014 when the economy was still recovering from the Great Recession.

In the late 1990s, she was President Bill Clinton's top economic adviser during the Asian financial crisis and under Mr Biden she would lead the Treasury Department with the economy in the grip of a surging pandemic.

If confirmed, Ms Yellen would become the first woman to lead the Treasury Department in its nearly 232-year history.

She would inherit an economy with still-high unemployment, escalating threats to small businesses and signs that consumers are retrenching as the pandemic restricts or discourages spending.

Biden and Harris to receive briefings

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are to receive intelligence briefings.(AP: Andrew Harnik)

Meanwhile Mr Biden and vice-president elect Kamala Harris will begin receiving the nation's most sensitive secrets on Monday as they prepare to assume office on January 20.

The pair are to receive the highly classified Presidential daily brief, a summary of the most important information collected across the US intelligence community that is prepared and delivered by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Outgoing President Donald Trump approved the briefings for Mr Biden last Tuesday, a day after his administration approved the formal transition process to his successor.

It was not immediately clear how Mr Biden and Ms Harris would receive the briefing, which is tailored to the needs and interests of its top recipient.

For Mr Trump, that has meant a focus on visuals and a preference for paper, his predecessor, Barack Obama, came to embrace the briefing being presented on a modified secure tablet.

Given its sensitivity, the briefing is usually delivered in person by a career member of the intelligence community, though Mr Trump has increasingly let that process lapse.

The PDB, as it is known, is just one component of the intelligence briefings presented to an incoming administration.

Mr Biden and Ms Harris will also be able to receive in-depth subject matter briefings from intelligence experts, as well as a run-down of extremely classified covert operations underway during the Trump administration, the latter necessary to determine if they want to maintain or modify those operations once they assume office.

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2020-11-30 18:10:00Z
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Anonymous Republican insiders pan Trump legal team’s ‘insane’ election fraud conspiracy theories - NEWS.com.au

Republicans have opened up about the internal chaos in three weeks between Donald Trump’s election loss to Joe Biden and his not-quite concession, with one mocking his legal team’s “insane” conspiracy theories.

The Washington Post, citing interviews with 32 anonymous “senior administration officials, campaign aides and other advisers to the President, as well as other key figures in his legal fight”, characterised the period as “20 days of fantasy and failure”.

“Sequestered in the White House and brooding out of public view after his election defeat, rageful and at times delirious in a torrent of private conversations, Trump was, in the telling of one close adviser, like ‘Mad King George, muttering, ‘I won. I won. I won,’” the newspaper writes.

The paper quotes the same adviser describing Mr Trump’s aides as “clear-eyed” about the election loss to Mr Biden but nevertheless “happy to scratch his itch” by encouraging him to keep fighting. “If he thinks he won, it’s like, ‘Shh … we won’t tell him,’” the adviser allegedly told The Washington Post.

The story recounts how Mr Trump effectively handed control of his campaign and legal apparatus – which had professional lawyers and an “army of attorneys” standing ready to file “legitimate court challenges” – to “loyalists who were willing to tell him what he wanted to hear”.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his protege Jenna Ellis staged what a senior administration official described as “a hostile takeover” of what remained of the campaign, according to the newspaper.

On Friday, November 13, Mr Trump called his personal lawyer from the Oval Office while other advisers were present, including Vice President Mike Pence, White House counsel Pat Cipollone, director of presidential personnel Johnny McEntee and deputy campaign manager Justin Clark.

On speakerphone, Mr Giuliani reportedly told Mr Trump he could win and that his other advisers were lying to him. Mr Clark swore at Giuliani and said he was feeding the President bad information.

The next day Ms Ellis reportedly “startled” aides by entering the campaign’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia and instructing staffers that they must listen to her and Mr Giuliani.

“They came in one day and were like, ‘We have the President’s direct order. Don’t take an order if it doesn’t come from us,’” a senior administration official told The Washington Post.

Things culminated with the new legal team’s bizarre press conference on November 19, attended by Mr Giuliani, Ms Ellis, former Assistant US Attorney Sidney Powell and husband-and-wife team Joe DiGenova and Victoria Toensing.

Mr Giuliani laid out sweeping allegations of voter fraud by “crooks” in Democrat-run cities where Mr Trump saw his leads evaporate after election day – before handing over to Ms Powell, who went even further by doubling down on conspiracy theories surrounding voting machine company Dominion.

“The Dominion Voting Systems, the Smartmatic software and the software that goes in other computerised voting systems here as well, were created in Venezuela at the direction of Hugo Chavez to make sure he never lost another election,” Ms Powell said.

A Republican official facetiously told The Washington Post, “I, like everyone else, have yet to see any evidence of it, but it’s a thriller – you’ve got Chavez, seven years after his death, orchestrating this international conspiracy that politicians in both parties are funding. It’s an insane story.”

With most headlines focusing on the hair dye running down Mr Giuliani’s sweat-drenched face, Mr Trump was reportedly unhappy with the press conference and felt the presentation made him “look like a joke”, according to an anonymous campaign official said to have discussed it with him.

He was even more upset with Ms Powell after watching a segment by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who said he had invited her to come on his show to discuss her allegations but that she had refused to provide any evidence.

Three days later she was dumped from the legal team, which announced in a terse Sunday night statement that she was “practising law on her own” and was also “not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity”.

The following day Mr Trump formally authorised the General Services Administration to initiate the transition process for Mr Biden, ending a weeks-long stand-off, amid growing pressure from Republicans and former national security officials.

The move would allow the Biden-Harris team to access public funding and receive security briefings. According to The Washington Post, Mr Trump was reluctant, feeling that authorising the transition would be in effect conceding the election.

It took “multiple days” for White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Mr Cipollone and Jay Sekulow, one of Mr Trump’s personal lawyers, to explain to the President that the transition had nothing to do with conceding and that his legal challenges could continue.

Announcing the decision in a tweet, Mr Trump insisted that “our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail”, but said “in the best interests of our country” he was recommending the GSA “do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols”.

Since then Mr Trump has continued to rail against the “rigged” election, despite confirming on Thanksgiving Day that he would leave the White House if the electoral college votes for Mr Biden on December 14.

“Certainly I will,” Mr Trump replied. “Certainly I will. And you know that. But I think that there will be a lot of things happening between now and January 20. Massive fraud has been found. We’re like a third-world country.”

As the Trump campaign’s court losses continue to mount, his legal team continue to claim he has a path to victory, either through the Supreme Court or by convincing Republican-controlled state legislatures to override the popular vote and appoint their own pro-Trump electors.

In his first interview since November 3, Mr Trump phoned into Maria Bartiromo’s Sunday morning Fox News show, where he again refused to accept the loss – going as far as to suggest the FBI and Department of Justice may be involved in a plot to “rig” the election.

“Missing in action, can’t tell you where they are,” Mr Trump said, when asked why federal authorities were not investigating his allegations. “This is total fraud and how – the FBI and Department of Justice, I don’t know, maybe they’re involved – but how people are allowed to get away this with this stuff is unbelievable. This election was rigged. This election was a total fraud and it continues to be as they hide.”

He continued, “You would think if you’re in the FBI or Department of Justice, this is the biggest thing you could be looking at. Where are they? I’ve not seen anything. I mean, they just keep moving along, and they go on to the next President.”

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Joe Biden announces first all-female presidential communications team - ABC News

US president-elect Joe Biden has announced that for the first time in history, the White House communications roles will be filled entirely by women.

"I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women," Mr Biden said in a statement.

"These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better."

So who has made the cut?

Jen Psaki

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki
Jen Psaki will be the new White House press secretary.(AFP: Paul J. Richards)

Former Obama State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki will take on the role of White House press secretary, replacing Kayleigh McEnany, who has been the latest person to work in the role during Donald Trump's administration.

Ms Psaki, 41, paid tribute to the incoming team, saying they were "some of the most talented, battle-tested communicators out there".

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Kate Bedingfield

Kate Bedingfield will take on the role of White House communications director, having worked in the same role for Mr Biden when he was vice-president.

She said she was "unspeakably proud" to get the job.

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"It will also be an honour to work alongside the incredible women who are taking on these roles together," she said.

Symone Sanders

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Ms Sanders was national press secretary for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential campaign.(AFP: JP Yim)

Senior adviser to the Biden-Harris campaign, Symone Sanders, will be vice-president-elect Kamala Harris's chief spokeswoman.

She said working for Mr Biden and his team had been "the honour of my life".

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Elizabeth Alexander

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Ms Biden served as second lady when her husband was vice-president to Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017.(AP: Andrew Harnik)

Elizabeth Alexander, who was Mr Biden's press secretary when he was vice-president, will be first lady Jill Biden's communications director.

Dr Biden said she had "long admired Elizabeth's intellect, grace and optimism during her many years on the Biden team".

Karine Jean Pierre and Ashley Etienne

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Karine Jean-Pierre says she is "profoundly honoured to be the principal deputy press secretary" for Joe Biden.(AFP: Miikka Skaffari)

Senior campaign advisers Karine Jean Pierre and Ashley Etienne — who is also a former senior adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — will serve as deputy White House press secretary and communications director for the vice-president, respectively.

Pili Tobar

Ms Tobar, a former media director for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, will serve as deputy communications director.

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Donald Trump says he will concede if the electoral college elects Joe Biden.

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Tigray forces claim to have taken back Ethiopian town after Government announces end to military offensive - ABC News

Rebel soldiers from Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray say they have shot down a military plane and retaken a town from federal forces.

The announcement came a day after the Ethiopian Government said its military offensive was over.

There was no immediate comment from the Government or the military on the claims made by Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

Claims from all sides are difficult to verify because phone and internet links to Tigray have been down and access tightly controlled since the conflict began on November 4.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Government has been trying to quell a rebellion by the TPLF, a powerful ethnically-based party that dominated the central government for nearly three decades until Mr Abiy came to power in 2018.

The flow of refugees and rocket attacks by the TPLF on neighbouring Eritrea also threaten to destabilise the wider Horn of Africa region.

Mr Abiy, who has rebuffed international offers to mediate, said on Saturday evening (local time) federal troops had taken control of the Tigrayan capital Mekelle, allaying fears of protracted fighting in the city of 500,000 people.

He said police would try to arrest TPLF "criminals" and bring them to court.

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Police then issued arrest warrants for 17 military officers on charges of treason and embezzlement of public properties. Arrest warrants already exist for 117 other senior officers with alleged ties to the TPLF.

Thousands of people are believed to have been killed since the fighting began, nearly 44,000 have fled to neighbouring Sudan, and there are reports of militias targeting civilians.

The conflict has been a major test for Mr Abiy, a leader who pledged to unite the myriad ethnic groups that make up Ethiopia's 115 million population, but who has faced repeated bouts of violence across the country.

TPLF chairman Mr Debretsion told Reuters in a series of text messages on Saturday that the group was withdrawing from Mekelle but would fight on.

In text messages on Sunday, he said that his forces had shot down an Ethiopian military plane and captured the pilot, and had also retaken the town of Axum.

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Refugees from Ethiopia's Tigray region stand on a hill top overlooking Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan.(AP: Nariman El-Mofty)

Also on Sunday, the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation said 70 graves, some holding individual and some multiple bodies, were found in the Tigrayan town of Humera.

Human rights investigators and civilians fleeing the conflict say fighters from both sides, including civilian militias supporting more formal security forces, have carried out mass killings.

Both the government and the TPLF deny their forces were involved.

Ethiopian Lieutenant General Bacha Debele told Fana TV the military was engaged in "stabilisation activities", including assisting people displaced by the fighting to return to their villages.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Mekelle was quiet on Sunday, but that hospitals were running low on supplies such as gloves to care for the wounded, and one hospital lacked body bags for the dead.

Regional diplomats and experts said that a quick military victory in Mekelle might not mark the end of the conflict.

"Although it's not clear how depleted Tigrayan security forces are by the conflict, armed resistance to federal rule may well be backed by much of the regional government and party apparatus, including local militia, as well as by other Tigrayan nationalist elements," Will Davison, a senior analyst on Ethiopia at the International Crisis Group think tank, said.

The TPLF has a history of guerrilla resistance. Tigray's mountainous terrain and borders with Sudan and Eritrea helped the group during its long struggle against Marxist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, whom it eventually toppled in 1991.

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Conflict in Tigray has sparked fears it could draw in neighbouring Eritrea, which only recently reached peace with its larger neighbour.(AP: F Duckett)

The TPLF and Eritrean forces fought together against Mengistu, and Eritrea secured its independence from Ethiopia with his departure.

But relations soured soon after. The two nations went to war over a border dispute in 1998-2000.

Mr Abiy won a Nobel Peace Prize last year for making peace with Eritrea, but the TPLF continues to regard the country as a mortal enemy.

Six explosions were reported in the Eritrean capital Asmara on Saturday night, the US State Department said in a statement.

It did not mention the cause or location of the explosions. However, three regional diplomats said they were either rockets or missiles.

There has been no response to requests for comment on the latest explosions.

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Tens of thousands of refugees from Tigray have crossed a river border to Sudan.

The TPLF previously accused Eritrea of sending troops into Tigray in support of the Ethiopian Government and said it fired rockets at Asmara on November 14.

Mr Abiy's government launched the offensive in Tigray after what it described as an attack by local forces on federal troops stationed there.

The TPLF accuses Mr Abiy of wanting to centralise control at the expense of Ethiopia's 10 regions, which exercise wide-ranging powers over matters such as taxation and security. Mr Abiy denies this.

Tensions escalated after Tigray held a regional election in September in defiance of the federal government, which had postponed voting nationwide in August because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government called the Tigray vote illegal.

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2020-11-30 04:02:00Z
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Biden names ‘historic’ team hours after health scare - Herald Sun

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2020-11-30 02:58:50Z
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Biden names ‘historic’ team hours after health scare - Herald Sun

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2020-11-30 01:40:24Z
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The latest on US election recounts and court challenges: Wisconsin recount confirms Joe Biden beat Donald Trump - ABC News

US President Donald Trump's team was dealt another blow on the weekend as recounts in Wisconsin's two largest counties confirmed Joe Biden won the hotly contested state by more than 20,000 votes.

Trump's team has vowed to challenge the results, alleging problems with voting legality without elaborating or providing any evidence.

Trump's legal challenges have already failed in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania.

However, Trump is still vowing to take the Pennsylvania challenge to the Supreme Court, despite his lawyers saying they are still weighing up whether it would be worth it.

Meanwhile, Georgia is working to complete its third recount. The state has already delivered victory to Biden twice.

A number of states have already certified their results.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin has finished its recount, confirming Biden's victory over Trump in the key battleground state.

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President-elect Joe Biden will have a difficult task in his first term.(AP/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Alexandra Wimley)

Dane County was the second and final county to finish its recount, reporting a 45-vote gain for Trump.

Milwaukee County reported its results on Friday local time, giving Biden a 132-vote gain.

Taken together, the two counties barely budged Biden's winning margin of about 20,600 votes, giving him a net gain of 87 votes.

Trump vowed to challenge the outcome in court even before the recount — for which he had paid $US3 million — ended.

On Saturday he again tweeted allegations of voter fraud, which experts widely agree does not exist.

"The Wisconsin recount is not about finding mistakes in the count, it is about finding people who have voted illegally, and that case will be brought after the recount is over, on Monday or Tuesday," Trump said.

The deadline to certify the vote is Tuesday local time.

The Wisconsin Voters Alliance, a conservative group, has already filed a lawsuit against state election officials, seeking to block certification of the results.

Another suit filed over the weekend by Wisconsin resident Dean Mueller argued that ballots placed in drop boxes before polling day were illegal and must not be counted.

Pennsylvania

Trump is still vowing to take his challenge over Pennsylvania's results to the Supreme Court, even though he himself acknowledged it might be difficult to make a case.

"The problem is it's hard to get it to the Supreme Court," the President told Fox News on Sunday.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani spent five hours in court last week arguing unsuccessfully and without proof that the election had been marred by widespread fraud in Pennsylvania.

He said the legal team was still weighing which case might be appropriate to pursue in the top court.

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The former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani is Donald Trump's personal lawyer.(Reuters: Mike Segar)

Trump's Pennsylvania challenge was a particularly poor vehicle for getting to the high court because at its core it involved a procedural question about whether his campaign should have been allowed to expand the case, said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

"There is nothing for the Supreme Court to decide," she said.

Trump said he would continue to fight the results of the election after he is due to leave office, saying: "My mind will not change in six months."

Georgia

Georgia is continuing its third recount of votes, which have twice delivered victory to Biden.

The initial close result triggered a second count by hand.

The state's results show Biden beating Trump by 12,670 votes out of about 5 million votes cast, a margin of about 0.25 per cent.

Under state law, a side can call for a recount if the margin is less than 0.5 per cent.

All 159 counties in Georgia have until midnight on Wednesday local time to complete the latest machine recount, which is being conducted by high-speed scanners.

What happens next?

The states have until December 8 to resolve election disputes.

After that, each state's electors have a further six days to vote by paper ballot before Congress meets to count the electoral votes on January 6.

Once a candidate has received 270 or more electoral votes, the President of the Senate will officially announce the results on December 14.

The winning candidate will then be officially sworn in as president on Inauguration Day — January 20.

Mr Trump said last week he would leave the White House if, as expected, the electoral college confirms Mr Biden has won the 2020 election.

It is the nearest Mr Trump has come to a concession.

Some US states are still yet to certify results but are expected to do so in coming days.

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2020-11-30 00:21:00Z
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President-elect Joe Biden twists ankle while playing with dog Major - NEWS.com.au

Joe Biden’s doctor said on Sunday US time that the president-elect had sustained a sprain of his right foot after twisting his ankle while playing with his dog, Major.

“Initial X-rays are reassuring that there is no obvious fracture and he will be getting an additional CT for more detailed imaging,” Dr Kevin O’Connor said in a statement.

The statement came a few hours after Mr Biden’s team confirmed his injury, saying that the 78-year-old twisted his ankle while playing with his dog Major and would be examined by an orthopaedist “out of an abundance of caution”.

A Biden spokesperson said that arrangements were made for the president-elect to “receive an x-ray and then additional CT Sunday afternoon … to avoid disrupting scheduled appointments on Monday.”

Meanwhile, US reporter Molly Nagle said in a tweet Mr Biden has “small hairline fractures” in his foot and that it was expected he would require a “walking boot” for several weeks.

Reporters covering the president-elect were not afforded the opportunity to see Mr Biden enter the doctor’s office, despite multiple requests.

Leaving the doctor’s office to head to an imaging centre for his CT scan, Mr Biden was visibly limping, though he walked without a crutch or other aid.

Mr Biden was still under examination more than two hours after arriving at the office Sunday afternoon.

Major is one of Joe and Jill Biden’s two German shepherds and will be the first rescue dog to live in the White House. The Bidens adopted him from the Delaware Humane Society in 2018. They have had their other dog, Champ, since 2008.

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2020-11-29 22:24:44Z
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President-elect Joe Biden twists ankle while playing with dog Major - NEWS.com.au

President-elect Joe Biden was hurt on Saturday and is expected to be examined by an orthopaedist “out of an abundance of caution”, according to officials.

Mr Biden’s team released a statement saying the 78-year-old slipped “while playing with his dog Major, and twisted his ankle”.

“Out of an abundance of caution, he will be examined this afternoon by an orthopaedist,” his office said.

Major is one of Joe and Jill Biden’s two German shepherds and will be the first rescue dog to live in the White House. The Bidens adopted him from the Delaware Humane Society in 2018. Their other dog, Champ, they have had since 2008.

The Bidens have also said they plan to get a cat.

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2020-11-29 22:21:11Z
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China 'can take off-ramp in WTO fight' - The Australian

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2020-11-29 21:22:30Z
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Rudy Giuliani’s daughter Caroline shares tips to help dad accept Trump defeat - NEWS.com.au

Rudy Giuliani is the man tasked with the seemingly impossible job of trying to prove Donald Trump was the alleged victim of voting fraud.

The President’s personal lawyer has been scrambling around in a desperate bid to overturn the US election results since Joe Biden was announced president elect on November 8.

But it seems his daughter Caroline – a loud and proud Democrat (and major fan of Kamala Harris, the first ever female vice-president elect) – thinks her dad should let it go.

The 31-year-old has penned a humorous list of “self-care tips” to help “Trumpworld” accept defeat.

And in light of her dad’s recent public downfall, which include the former 9/11 hero and New York mayor suffering an embarrassing hair dye fail and a humiliating cameo in the latest Borat film, people are urging Mr Giuliani to take note.

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Among the many zingers Caroline wrote in her piece for Vanity Fairis a plea to stay away from artificial dyes while making “false claims of voter fraud in Philadelphia” – a clear message for her dad who was photographed with dark steams of dye rolling down his face at a recent press conference.

She also urged to him to “take stock of your failures” – writing that “only sociopathic narcissists have delusions of grandeur, blaming others for their failings, often with tragic consequences”.

Caroline also poked fun at the Four Seasons Total Landscaping fiasco, which saw her dad holding a press conference at a garden centre situated between a crematorium and an adult sex shop called Fantasy Island, rather than at – as had been expected – Philadelphia’s Four Seasons hotel.

Some of her helpful nuggets of advice appear to be aimed at social media fan Donald Trump as she suggested staying off Twitter for a minimum of eight years, adding “forever” would be better.

“Pack up any and all belongings from the White House. Then trek into the wilderness until you lose cell service and Twitter will no longer refresh. Stay until America is back on track. This may take anywhere from eight years to forever,” she wrote.

She also implored sore losers to take up a new hobby, but stated “whining, lying, and grabbing women by the pussy are not skills”, which appears to be another not-so-subtle stab at the outbound president.

Among all the laughs seemed to be a personal plea from Caroline to her dad.

“Stop ignoring your relatives who just want you to allow the democratic process to unfold unobstructed. (Artsy daughters are especially insightful.)”

Understandably, Twitter has erupted over the “hilarious” piece with many branding it “clever and courageous”.

Last month Caroline went viral for another searing piece for Vanity Fair in which she publicly criticised her father and revealed she is voting for Joe Biden in a searing personal essay.

In the essay she called Mr Trump’s administration “toxic” and his presidency a “reign of terror”, and calls her father, the former Mayor of New York City, the “president’s personal bulldog”.

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2020-11-29 20:55:14Z
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Donald Trump refuses to accept election loss in first TV interview since November 3 - NEWS.com.au

A defiant Donald Trump has appeared on Fox News to make a string of fresh voter fraud allegations in his first television appearance since losing the November 3 election.

Speaking with the network’s Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo via telephone, the outgoing US President insisted he would not accept Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden’s victory.

Mr Biden clearly won the election, receiving 306 electoral college votes compared with Mr Trump’s 232, and also winning the popular vote by more than six million ballots.

But while Mr Biden won more electoral college votes in 2020 than Mr Trump did in 2016 when he claimed he had defeated Hillary Clinton by a “landslide”, he has continued to make unproven claims of voter fraud.

He told Ms Bartiromo the election results came down to “big massive dumps”.

“This election was over and then they did dumps—they call them dumps—big massive dumps in Michigan and Pennsylvania and all over,” Mr Trump said.

“If you take a look at, you just take a look at just about every state that we’re talking about, every swing state that we’re talking about. And they did these massive dumps of votes. And all of a sudden I went from winning by a lot to losing by a little.”

Unsurprisingly, Mr Trump’s awkward choice of words caused the hashtag #massivedumps to trend on Twitter in the wake of the interview.

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Meanwhile, the 74-year-old told Bartiromo he won’t be backing down.

“My mind will not change in six months,” Mr Trump said on air on Sunday.

“There was tremendous cheating here.”

“If Republicans allow it to happen, you’ll never have another Republican elected in the history of this country, at a Senate level or at a presidential level.”

He vowed to use “125 per cent of my energy” to fight the results of the election, but claimed it was “hard” to get the matter to the Supreme Court and slammed the judges who have already rejected some of his legal challenges so far.

“We’re not allowed to put in our proof. They say you don’t have standing,” Mr Trump said.

“I would like to file one nice big beautiful lawsuit, talking about this and many other things, with tremendous proof. We have affidavits, we have hundreds and hundreds of affidavits.

“You mean as President of the United States, I don’t have standing? What kind of a court system is this?”

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Mr Trump singled out Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp for criticism, saying he was “ashamed” he had personally endorsed him after Mr Kemp certified Mr Biden’s win in the crucial state.

During the interview, Mr Trump also disputed the fact that Mr Biden ended up with more than 80 million votes, the most ever recorded for a presidential nominee.

“Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes,” Mr Trump said without proof, claiming the election was “messed up”.

Mr Trump went on to tell host Maria Bartiromo in the exclusive interview that he has “not seen anything” from the DOJ or the Federal Bureau of Investigation on investigating the 2020 election.

“You would think if you’re in the FBI or Department of Justice, this is the biggest thing you could be looking at,” Trump said. “Where are they? I’ve not seen anything.”

“They just keep moving along and they go on to the next president,” he said.

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2020-11-29 20:15:00Z
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Trump’s recount backfires on him - Herald Sun

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2020-11-29 16:24:15Z
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Trump’s recount backfires on him - Herald Sun

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  3. Joe Biden has increased his vote numbers following a recount demanded by Donald Trump  SBS News
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