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The G.O.P. Lines Up Behind Trump

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first_imgIn Republican-held state governments across the country, officials have collectively turned toward embracing Trump’s denials of the election result. Ten Republican attorneys general filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to hear a dispute over the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling allowing mail-in ballots to be received up to three days after Election Day. “I can’t in good countenance continue showing you this,” Cavuto said, adding that he would willingly cut back to McEnany if she presented any verifiable evidence to support her assertions. Representative Cheri Bustos of Illinois announced yesterday that she would not seek another term as the head of the House Democrats’ campaign arm, acknowledging in a letter to colleagues that she had been “gutted at the losses we sustained.” In Georgia, the Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, is under fire from members of his own party — essentially for counting votes. As elections officials have tallied some of the final ballots, Biden’s margin has only grown, and Trump’s campaign has increasingly pressured Raffensperger to stop the counting. Biden is moving ahead with planning for Day 1 of his presidency, despite Trump’s efforts to dig his heels into the Oval Office carpet. But there is a range of crucial national security information that Biden still doesn’t have access to; he has yet to receive a daily briefing on national security, as is customary for presidents-elect, and Trump’s refusal to concede could complicate Biden’s access to federal security until his inauguration. Gabriel Sterling, the secretary of state’s voting system implementation manager, said that the election hadn’t been tainted by irregularities and in fact had run smoother than usual. “The facts are the facts, regardless of outcomes,” he said. “In this state, this time, this election on Election Day was an amazing success.” – Advertisement – On Fox News, even the conservative commentator Neil Cavuto cut away from the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, as she spoke at a news conference yesterday, making broad and unfounded claims about election mismanagement in Pennsylvania. The defense secretary had long appeared to be on the chopping block, especially after publicly breaking with the president over whether to deploy active-duty federal troops against protesters in American cities. Trump has little sway over how Raffensperger runs the election in Georgia, but the president relishes his ability to fire members of his own team. He put that firepower to use again yesterday as he ousted Mark Esper, the defense secretary, announcing abruptly on Twitter that Esper “has been terminated.” – Advertisement – William Barr, the attorney general, told federal prosecutors on Monday that they could investigate accusations of voter fraud before the results of the presidential race were certified, though he cautioned that “specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims should not be a basis for initiating federal inquiries.” In an extraordinary letter, citing no specific evidence, the two Republican Senate candidates in Georgia, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, argued that Raffensperger had “failed the people of Georgia,” and called on him to step down. He replied at a news conference yesterday afternoon, saying that he wouldn’t resign and that he was just as unhappy as other Republicans about Trump’s loss. While Democrats had expected to build on the sweeping gains they made in 2018, they instead wound up losing seats in the House, while picking up fewer Senate seats than expected and making no major gains in state legislatures.center_img Susan Collins, the moderate senator from Maine who won re-election last week, became only the fourth Republican in the Senate to break ranks with her party and acknowledge Joe Biden’s win. In a statement, she congratulated him on his “apparent victory” and argued that it was important to begin the transfer of power. “He loves this country, and I wish him every success,” Collins said. – Advertisement – Accusations have flown throughout the party, with centrist Democrats arguing that the party’s left wing had left them open to being mischaracterized as socialists, while the more progressive incumbents have accused their moderate counterparts of lazy campaigning and ineffective messaging. Speaking on the Senate floor yesterday for the first time since the election, Mitch McConnell threw his weight behind President Trump’s efforts to cast doubt on the outcome of the presidential race, saying that Trump was “100 percent within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options.” Biden announced a 13-member task force yesterday to lead his administration’s effort to confront the coronavirus pandemic, convening the group for a video conference call alongside the vice president-elect, Kamala Harris. Barr’s move prompted the Justice Department official who oversees investigations of voter fraud, Richard Pilger, to resign nearly immediately, our reporters Katie Benner and Michael Schmidt wrote. Pilger told colleagues he would move to a nonsupervisory role working on corruption prosecutions. Speaking immediately after him, the Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, called Trump’s claims “extremely dangerous, extremely poisonous to our democracy,” and called on his Republican colleagues to reject them. “Republican leaders must unequivocally condemn the president’s rhetoric and work to ensure the peaceful transfer of power,” Schumer said. The nation is now left hanging between the apparent completion of a successful, generally well-run election amid difficult circumstances, and unfounded claims of fraud and mismanagement. As is often true of Trump’s falsehoods, they’re difficult to refute because they’re not founded on much of anything, other than a pattern of earlier fictions. – Advertisement – In brief public remarks after their meeting, Biden urged Americans to help contain the virus. “It doesn’t matter your party, your point of view,” he said. “We can save tens of thousands of lives if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few months.” At the General Services Administration, the Trump-appointed director has also refused to officially acknowledge the election results, a significant impediment to the transition process. McConnell, the majority leader, openly celebrated the Republican Party’s victories in key Senate races — victories that relied upon the same ballots Trump has baselessly called fraudulent.last_img read more

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Bruno Fernandes arrives Carrington for Man Utd medical

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first_imgBruno Fernandes has arrived at Carrington to have his Manchester United medical this morning – and bring to an end the longest-running transfer saga of the season. The long-awaited move is set to finally get over the line today after the Red Devils yesterday confirmed that a deal had been agreed with Sporting Lisbon. A van, believed to have Fernandes in the back, was spotted arriving at Carrington this morning ahead of the player’s medical. And boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also arrived at Man United’s training ground to meet his new signing. Fernandes, 25, yesterday flew over to England sporting a Homer Simpson t-shirt after a £55million fee was settled upon between the clubs. Personal terms are not believed to be an issue, with the medical itself the last detail to thrash out before the move is finally complete.Advertisement Read Also: Bruno Fernandes: Man United confirm £68m deal with Sporting ahead of medical The Red Devils finally confirmed the deal yesterday, with a statement reading: “Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes. “The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. “A further announcement will be made in due course.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 After flying over in a private jet flanked by his agent, Fernandes was transported to Manchester United’s regular haunt The Lowry Hotel, where he stayed last night before being whisked off to Carrington.center_img Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Timelast_img read more

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George McGinnis

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first_imgGeorge McGinnis attended Indianapolis Washington High School from 1966-69.  His Washington High School team was the 1969 state champions in basketball.  His coach at Washington was Bill Springer who I knew personally because he was a coach at Jennings County before he went to Washinton.  From there he attended one year at Indiana University where he averaged 29.9 points per game and was named an All-American.  George then went pro with the Indiana Pacers.  He led them to back-to-back ABA championships and was the league’s MVP in 1973.Why am I giving you all of these statistics?  It is because it took almost 50 years after his time at Washington High School in Indianapolis and all of these accolades before he was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.  Why is this significant?  Four other members of the Indiana Pacers are already members of this Hall of Fame and most of them played after McGinnis.  Bobby Leonard, who was George’s coach while he played for the Pacers thinks it was politics.  Leonard did not divulge what he meant by this.  I saw McGinnis play basketball, and few (if any) Indiana players were better than he was at any level.  (Information for this article came from article that appeared in the Indianapolis Star.last_img read more

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Anderson sets personal best; freshmen show stuff

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first_imgFreshmen formidable in openerTheBadger freshmen, coming off a strong exhibition season, got their chance tounveil themselves at the collegiate level Friday. Although exhibition starsAlyssa Karel and Lin Zastrow didn’t fill out the stat sheet, Tara Steinbauerposted nine points and eight rebounds to go along with two assists.At itwas their first real game and first game away from the Kohl Center, nervousjitters were expected from the Badger youth.”I don’t think they were nervous. [Playing on the road] is just different,”Stone said. “Tara really stepped out, and it was a game for her to shine. Shegot on the glass, she has great hands, and she can finish inside.”Asidefrom playing in front of a small and opposing crowd, Zastrow and Karel had tobecome accustomed to playing different roles. Zastrow was forced to the outsidedue to the size matchups, while Karel had to share the court with startingguard Rae Lin D’Alie.”Alyssaended up in a position she’s not familiar with at the end of the game,” Stonesaid. “I liked having Rae Lin and Alyssa on the floor at the same time.”Theversatility of these up-and-coming Badger stars will prove vital to the teamthe remainder of this young season and come mid-March.”Theyare the first players off the bench, [and] they give us a lot of options,”Stone said about the freshmen. “I’m very excited about our freshman class.” Thewomen’s basketball team traveled to Cleveland Friday, earning a season-openingroad victory over host Cleveland State, 82-62. Senior guard Jolene Andersoncontinued to shine, posting a career-high 37 points, third all-time for asingle game in UW history.Althoughthe final score was a wide margin, the game was close throughout. CSU was downonly three with six minutes remaining until UW went on a raging 21-4 run toclose out the game. The atmosphere was quite different than the Badgers wereused to as they played in front of hundreds — instead of thousands — of fans,the most notable of whom was Wisconsin football alumnus and current ClevelandBrown Joe Thomas.”Wedemonstrated a lot of character on the road in a tough environment — not a lotof people were there,” head coach Lisa Stone said regarding what most impressedher about Friday’s game. “Going against a team under the radar, [and] fiveplayers from Wisconsin, [CSU] was really inspired to play us.”TheVikings posted a defiant test for the Badgers, offering a different look thanthe team was used to seeing. CSU played five guards for most periods during thegame. These size differences and variable skill sets posed a serious matchupproblem for the formidable Badger forwards and centers, ultimately reducingtheir playing time.”We hadto go small,” Stone said. “[It was] more a game for Tara Steinbauer andBrittany Heins, coming off the bench.”Anderson’sperformance undoubtedly was the difference in the game. Her performances todate have earned her national recognition as she has been nominated for the2007-08 Women’s Wooden Award.”Thelast seven minutes of the game we played very well, and Jolene put the team onher back, no question,” Stone said. “She got some things done for us, and I wasvery encouraged by that.” Plenty of time to improve beforenext gameWisconsinwill next face off against Marquette this Saturday, giving the team anunprecedented week off from game play. With some extra time off, the goal is totie up the loose ends and perfect each individual aspect of the game.”[Coming]off the exhibition season and the first one on the road, this week to preparefor Marquette is necessary,” Stone said about the timing of this early break.”It’s nice to go back on some things, and in terms of teaching, to get back towork defensively.”Comingoff a fairly solid statistical performance, winning by 20 and only turning theball over 13 times, the question is where the focus will be aimed in practice.There are some things that cannot be taught on the practice floor, such aspoise and mentality late in close games.”Defensively,we need to work on our on-ball defense, something that I think every coach inAmerica is addressing,” Stone said. “[We] need to develop a mentality on theroad.”Whilethe rest of the Big Ten teams plays their third or fourth game this week, theBadgers will be content knowing they are getting better.”We needto work on our individual needs as far as our team defense,” Stone said. “Ithink it’s a great week for us to watch film, learn and grow together.”last_img read more

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