Trump just can’t catch a break in court with his nuisance election lawsuits

first_imgIt’s all premised on the repeated lies we heard from Trump when he emerged from his bunker Thursday night to rant about how Democrats rigged the vote, with “mystery ballots” and “secret count rooms.” There is not great mind at work here, anywhere. (That’s made obvious by the fact that they’re letting Rudy Giuliani out there in front of cameras.) But it really can’t be overstated just how bad their false claims in front of actual judges are.Like in a hearing in front of Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens, who reviewed a witness affidavit the Trump team brought in which a Republican poll watcher in Wayne County said the she’d heard that an election worker was told to backdate late-arriving absentee ballots. “The witness claimed another poll observer, who wasn’t named, heard from the election worker, also unnamed, about the issue,” Buzzfeed’s Zoe Tillman reports. “The witness reported that she then spoke with the poll worker, who gave her a handwritten note that read, ‘entered receive date as 11/2/20 on 11/4/20.’”- Advertisement – The key thing to remember in Pennsylvania is that all the ballots they’re trying to hang their fraud claims on are being segregated from the Election Day ballots, and haven’t been counted yet. Trump is losing Pennsylvania on Election Day votes. “‘I heard somebody else say something’—how is that not hearsay? Come on now,” Judge Stephens told Trump lawyer, saying it was secondhand hearsay at that. Trump lost that one. Then there was the Chatham County, Georgia, case, one of the silliest, in which a poll watcher saw 53 ballots separated from other ballots and put on a table and so clearly, the campaign asserted, they had arrived late and were proof of fraud. An elections official testified that those 53 ballots “were, in fact, received by GA’s Election Day deadline, saying they were handled separately because they didn’t show up on a manifest of absentee voters so they had to be checked.” For 53 ballots, the Trump campaign wasted all that time and effort and money to have the case summarily dismissed.One of the “victories” the Trump campaign claimed out of one of their many Pennsylvania suits was in getting election observers into a Philadelphia ballot-counting process. That allowed them to move from 10 feet away from the process to 6 feet away, provided they complied with social distance measures put in place. That was their big win in Pennsylvania. They’re not going to give it up, however. They just filed one more in Montgomery County Pennsylvania arguing over 600 absentee ballots they say should not be allowed.Everything they are trying to do in Pennsylvania appears to be hoping that something will stick so that they can take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court, where three of the court’s conservatives made it clear that they would welcome Republicans coming back if the vote is close enough, or Trump asks for it. The Trump campaign has been saying it out loud, like when a campaign lawyer went on Lou Dobbs’ show on Fox and said: “We’re waiting for the United States Supreme Court—of which the President has nominated three justices—to step in and do something. And hopefully Amy Coney Barrett will come through.” Which I’m sure will work. It’s not like saying out loud “Amy Coney Barrett is on the court to subvert democracy” is going to put a spotlight on her or anything, making her anxious to distinguish herself in her first major case by allowing a Trump coup. – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Overworked, underpaid Brazil nurses risk lives to care for patients

first_imgHans Bossan is 40 hours into his 72-hour work week, but despite his marathon nursing shifts and the pandemic claiming an alarming number of his colleagues’ lives in Brazil, he barely looks tired.Bossan works three jobs to provide for his wife and two-year-old daughter — at two different hospitals and a mobile emergency unit.Double and triple shifts like his are not unusual in Brazil, where the average salary for nurses, nursing assistants and health care technicians is just 3,000 reals ($600) a month for a 30- to 44-hour work week. Around 18,000 nurses in Brazil have been infected with COVID-19, and at least 181 have died — among the highest numbers in the world, according to the International Council of Nurses.Last month, nurses protested in the capital, Brasilia, against the poor working conditions they blame for contributing to their colleagues’ deaths.Brazil accounts for nearly one-third of the 600 deaths among nurses and other health professionals registered worldwide by the International Council of Nurses, though the organization says many countries are not doing enough to track the real number. The coronavirus pandemic, which has thrust health care workers into the spotlight around the world, has in Brazil also highlighted the plight of nurses, who often face bad working conditions and are now getting sick and dying from COVID-19 at a startling rate.”Nursing was always an overworked profession, and this pandemic has just made things worse,” said Bossan, 41.”We’re highly undervalued. Nurses deal directly with patients, with the virus, we’re on the front lines of the war. But not everyone realizes that,” he told AFP at his home in a poor neighborhood on the eastern outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.Nurses have been hit particularly hard as Brazil has become the latest epicenter in the pandemic, with 39,680 deaths, behind only the United States and Britain. Heroes without capes One of Bossan’s jobs is in the intensive care unit at Che Guevara Hospital in Marica, about 60 kilometers outside Rio.Working behind a face shield with a mask underneath, he monitored the constantly beeping machines helping to keep his patients alive.One of them, 56-year-old Eliane Lima, thanked her health care team from behind her oxygen mask.”The doctors and nurses are excellent here. They take care of us with a lot of love. It’s badly needed in a place like this,” she said.Outside, in the semi-intensive care ward, nurse technician Flavia Menezes summed up her profession thus: “It’s the art of caring for people.””Not all heroes wear capes,” she added.center_img ‘Anxiety and depression’ More than 80 percent of Brazil’s 2.3 million nurses are women.Often they work double and triple shifts caring for patients and then go home to care for their own families — now with the added worry of infecting them.”It’s a time of great anxiety and depression” for the profession, said Nadia Mattos, vice president of Brazil’s Federal Nursing Council (Cofen).When the initial flood of cases hit Brazil’s hospitals, health care workers faced shortages of protective equipment and inadequate training on dealing with the new virus, she said.Although the situation has improved with time, “we’re still getting lots of complaints about lack of protective gear or low-quality equipment,” she said.The council has set up virtual psychological counseling for nurses, available 24 hours a day.The group has also pushed for years for nurses’ minimum salary to be increased to $1,200 a month, double the current average. Topics :last_img read more

Djokovic Dismisses Rift with Federer, Nadal

first_imgNovak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal met in the 2012 Australian Open final with Djokovic winning in five sets in five hours 53 minutes Novak Djokovic has dismissed suggestion of a rift with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal over the on-going fall-out from Chris Kermode’s removal as ATP chairman.The Serb, who is the president of the 10-member ATP Player Council, is understood to have been part of a group of players keen for Kermode to leave his position, when his current term finishes at the end of this year. Federer was critical of Djokovic after the world No 1 refused to meet ahead of the vote which saw Kermode ousted as ATP chief when players’ representatives on the ATP Board decided against endorsing an extension of the Englishman’s contract.Speaking ahead of the Miami Open, Djokovic sought to direct focus onto tennis rather than the sport’s politics and said: “I saw Roger today, we were in the opening ceremony cutting the ribbon on centre court. “We had a small chat there was no time to talk about the political stuff. That is hopefully something we will have time in the next few days to go through.“It’s not necessary for you guys to create any tensions between us. In contrary I have a very good relations with both of them.”Federer said he now saw no rush for the pair to discuss the matter because a decision has been made on Kermode’s future.“A lot of stuff has been decided already so we’ll see if this week is going to happen or not but we are not chasing each other at this point,” said Federer. “If it happens, it happens.”Djokovic also invited Federer or Nadal to voice their “extremely important” opinions, but offered a reminder that it was the three players representatives on the ATP board that voted not to renew Kermode’s contract and not the player council.“The player council is only part of the structure,” said Djokovic. “We are not part of the board or deciding anything that is voted on later on.“We are in consultation and collaboration with our player board representatives. Board members are the ones voting on what they think is appropriate for the players side.“Federer and Nadal have been icons of our sport for so many years and their opinions are extremely important to everyone. If they want to be active and part of it, either officially or unofficially, I think it’s only positive news for us.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Women of Troy look to end agonizing skid

first_imgThe Women of Troy take a short road trip this Sunday to play Cal State-Northridge, a school that the women’s soccer program has never lost to. With USC (2-3-0) recovering from three straight comeback losses, that sounds like an ideal opponent for the Women of Troy.But according to the Matadors’ record (3-1-1) so far this season, this is not the same team that USC is 3-0 against all-time; after all, they haven’t played each other since 2008.And Northridge has already claimed victories over Michigan (5-2) and San Diego (3-3), whom USC lost to 2-1 in their last match on Sunday.The deflating defeat, which saw the Women of Troy give up a 1-0 lead for the third straight game, left a bad taste in the mouth of USC coach Ali Khosroshahin.“We keep leaking goals like this, it’s not good,” Khosroshahin said after the loss. “We’ve got to figure this out in a hurry.”“After we get one goal, we can’t be satisfied,” said freshman defender Marlee Carrillo. “We need to just keep on going, keep pushing for more.”The Women of Troy have allowed eight goals off of 31 shots in the second half this season, compared to only three scores from 33 shots in the first half.Getting their own shots off hasn’t been the problem for the Women of Troy- they’ve outshot their opponents 50-39 during the three-game skid. But they’ve been outscored 8-3 in that same period.Over the whole season, 10 of the team’s 93 shots have found the back of the net for a .108 shot percentage.“We just need to learn to finish our chances,” Carrillo said. “We had a lot of shots, a lot of opportunities, we just need to capitalize on them. That’s what we’re working on this week [in practice].”Khosroshahin says he also wants his team to control the ball more often than they have been.“We’ve created chances, [but] our possession needs to be better,” Khosroshahin said. “But it’s a young group that hasn’t played together very long, so that part of the game takes a little longer to get better at.”USC will need to find some more offensive firepower against the stingy Matador defense, which has shut out opposing offenses in three out of their five matches. Northridge senior goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo, last year’s Big West Goalkeeper of the Year, has made 23 saves with three goals allowed. Jacobo sports a 0.57 goals-against average.The Women of Troy won’t want to dig themselves in a deep hole against the Matadors; since the start of the 2008 season, Northridge is 23-1-1 when scoring at least two goals.Luckily for the Women of Troy, the Matadors haven’t been as imposing on offense as they have been on defense. Only seven of their 80 shots have provided pay dirt for a .088 shot percentage.Statistically, the Matadors are led on offense by senior midfielder Stephanie Galarze (two goals) and senior defender Stephanie Norton (three assists).Junior midfielder Jordan Marada and freshman midfielder Megan Borman both lead USC with two goals, and Marada also leads the squad with four assists.Although the Women of Troy were disappointed with their missed opportunities against Duke and San Diego, they seem confident that they can rebound against the Matadors to get another streak going.“We have to move on and keep our heads up,” said freshman forward Jamie Fink, who says she has extra motivation to win this weekend since her old club coach is now managing the Matadors. “We’ve just got to punish them.”last_img read more