Donald Trump called on the Supreme Court to have the “courage” to overturn the results of the election, repeating claims he won the key swing states that tipped the projected results in favour of Joe Biden.
The plea has so far fallen on of deaf ears with Scotus rejecting a last-ditch GOP challenge to the Pennsylvania results.
It comes as Texas attorney general Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court arguing that Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin should not be permitted to cast votes because the states unconstitutionally altered mail-in ballot voting procedures.
Speaking of “courage”, the Arizona Republican Party asked supporters if they were willing to die to get Trump reelected as the GOP continued its rhetoric since the 3 November election.
Biden, meanwhile, backed a mask mandate at an event to reveal his nomination to the lead the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Trump defends hosting White House holiday parties during pandemic
At a vaccine event on Tuesday, the president defended the White House’s decision to maintain a packed calendar of holiday parties during the pandemic, even as medical authorities discourage such gatherings amid Covid’s continued devastation.
“They’re Christmas parties and, frankly, we’ve reduced the number very substantially as you know,” Mr Trump told reporters on Tuesday. “And I see a lot of people at the parties wearing masks and I would say that I look out at the audience at those parties and we have a lot of people wearing masks and I think that’s a good thing.”
Jenna Ellis, a Trump campaign legal adviser, recently tested positive for the virus, The Hill reported on Tuesday, and had travelled recently with the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was hospitalised on Monday with the disease. Ms Ellis was pictured at a White House holiday party without a mask.
Josh Marcus has the story.
Justin Vallejo9 December 2020 00:30
Trump signals he expects Amy Coney Barrett to rule in his favour on election issues
Donald Trump has once again telegraphed that he expects recently confirmed Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett to rule in his favour on any Supreme Court cases that emerge from his challenge to the results of the 2020 election.
On Tuesday, Mr Trump retweeted an image of Justice Barrett that had been photoshopped to show glowing golden starbursts over her eyes. The Twitter user Mr Trump retweeted – who has also posted about John Lennon being killed for trying to thwart schemes hatched by George H W Bush before his presidency and has signal boosted QAnon conspiracy theorists – wrote that “the wheels are coming off” and that the Democrats cheated “so big” that they went mad in a “fraud frenzy”.
Justin Vallejo9 December 2020 00:10
Covid killing one-two Americans every minute, says WHO chief
New coronavirus cases and deaths are reaching levels not seen since the peak of the first wave in April, with just weeks to go until families and loved ones gather for the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Covid-19-related deaths have climbed to more than 2,200 a day, while new infections are being recorded at an average of 200,000 every 24-hours for the first time, official figures show.
States from California to Massachusetts are reporting growing numbers of cases, as hospitals in cities across the country edge towards breaking point.
Some 284,000 Americans have died with Covid-19, with 100,000 more currently hospitalised with the disease. CDC officials are due to meet with Pfizer this week to discuss an emergency approval application for the company’s vaccine.
Justin Vallejo8 December 2020 23:55
House puts Congress on collision course with Trump over Section 230 by approving NDAA
Congress escalated its latest showdown with Donald Trump when the House essentially dared him to veto a sweeping military policy bill by passing the measure in defiance of the president’s repeated threats to block the legislation over legal protections for social media companies.
The chamber approved the measure, 335-78-1 (one Democrat voted president), on Tuesday evening without tacking on language he is demanding be added to strip away legal protections for social media giants like Twitter, Facebook and others. Mr Trump contends those “big tech” firms are “censoring” his and other conservatives’ views – even contending they helped Joe Biden defeat him in last month’s presidential election.
John T Bennett has the latest.
Justin Vallejo8 December 2020 23:40
BREAKING: Rudy Giuliani insists ‘you can overdo the masks’ despite being hospitalised with Covid
Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted “you can overdo the masks” despite being hospitalised with Covid
The Independent’s Graeme Massiehas more.
Justin Vallejo8 December 2020 23:25
Georgia Senate GOP push for end to no-excuse absentee voting
Republicans in Georgia’s state Senate are calling for an end to absentee voting without cause and want to ban ballot drop boxes, after an increase in mail voting helped propel Democrat Joe Biden to a narrow victory over President Donald Trump in the state.
Trump has for months made unsubstantiated claims about the integrity of mail-in votes and has made baseless claims of widespread fraud in Georgia’s presidential election. GOP election officials have vehemently and repeatedly disputed those claims, saying there is no evidence of systemic errors or fraud in the November election.
Democrats and voting rights groups say the effort by Republicans is anti-Democratic and, if successful, will disenfranchise lawful voters.
The state Senate Republican Caucus said in a statement Tuesday that they would push for the changes the next time the legislature convenes, while also shooting down the idea of a special legislative session — which Trump has repeatedly called for in the hopes of subverting the election results. The 2021 legislative session is set to begin 11 January.
Senate Republicans are also calling for a photo ID requirement for absentee voters who have a specific reason to vote by mail. – AP
Justin Vallejo8 December 2020 23:10
Instagram is accused of trolling Trump by flagging his Pearl Harbor post to say Biden won the election
Instagram has been accused of trolling Donald Trump after his post marking the 79th anniversary of Pearl Harbor was flagged to point out that Joe Biden had won the election.
The president posted an image on Monday of him saluting a wall filled with the names of victims of the 1941 attack.
Soon after, what looked like a fact-checking label appeared.
“Joe Biden is the projected winner of the 2020 US Presidential Election,” it read.
Supporters of Mr Trump were angered by what they perceived as yet another attack on the president by the tech giants.
The Independent’s Harriet Alexander has more.
Justin Vallejo8 December 2020 22:55
BREAKING: SpaceX Starship launch aborted before launch
SpaceX has attempted to perform the first high-altitude flight test of its Mars-bound spacecraft Starship.
Starship SN8 was ready to liftoff after days of delays, but as the countdown reached zero there appeared to be an issue with one of the engines. SpaceX scrubbed the launch but could try again on Wednesday.
“Raptor auto-abort at T-1 second,” SpaceX tweeted.
Anthony Cuthbertson reports.
Justin Vallejo8 December 2020 22:54
Covid relief package stands at $916bn, says Steven Mnuchin
It will include funds for state and local governments and protections for business, schools and universities, according to Mnuchin.
Justin Vallejo8 December 2020 22:51
Don’t be ‘surprised’ if people start dying from Covid vaccine says CNN report, as 91-year-old who took Pfizer vaccine goes viral
Days after publishing a report informing people not to be “unnecessarily alarmed” if the frail elderly start dying a few days after taking the Covid-19 vaccine, CNN airs an interview with a 91-year-old taking the Covid-19 vaccine.
On Friday, CNN interviewed Dr Kelly Moore of the Immunization Action Coalition saying Americans need to understand that deaths after taking the vaccine won’t necessarily have anything to do with the vaccine.
“We would not at all be surprised to see, coincidentally, vaccination happening and then having someone pass away a short time after they receive a vaccine, not because it has anything to do with the vaccination but just because that’s the place where people at the end of their lives reside,” Moore said.
“One of the things we want to make sure people understand is that they should not be unnecessarily alarmed if there are reports, once we start vaccinating, of someone or multiple people dying within a day or two of their vaccination who are residents of a long-term care facility. That would be something we would expect, as a normal occurrence, because people die frequently in nursing homes.”
After that casual assessment, there has been great interested in their interview with 91-year-old Martin Kenyon after he took his first Pfizer/BioNTech jab in London on Tuesday.
The interview has clocked almost 2 million views within hours and Mr Kenyon seems to be doing well, saying: “I hope I’m not going to get the b***** bug now. I don’t intend to have it because I’ve got granddaughters. I intend to live a long time to enjoy their lives,” he told CNN’s Cyril Vanier. “There’s no point in dying now when I’ve lived this long,” he added.
Here’s hoping all the best for Mr Kenyon.
Justin Vallejo8 December 2020 22:34