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Trump backers drop Biden vote challenge case in Wisconsin

first_imgWhen the suit was filed, the plaintiffs argued that there was evidence of enough illegal mail-in ballots counted in the three counties to invalidate the election results.The case was one of several filed by allies of President Donald Trump and Trump’s own campaign as part of an effort to reverse Biden’s projected win in the national race for the White House.Those efforts have largely failed to gain traction and it is not clear that Trump has any chance of overturning his loss through legal actions. But that has not stopped the president both from claiming otherwise and from falsely claiming that he won the election.- Advertisement – The Wisconsin suit was filed just last Thursday in U.S. District Court in Green Bay. The named defendants included the clerks of the three counties, Wisconsin’s elections director and Elections Commission chair, Gov. Tony Evers, and other officials.The plaintiffs had argued that votes in the counties of Milwaukee, Dane and Menominee should be tossed out because “the sudden flood” of mail-in ballots had left election workers unable to carefully review those ballots for fraudulent ones.James Bopp, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, when asked why the case was dismissed, told CNBC in an email, that because of attorney-client privilege “and because I do not telegraph  my next moves, I cannot comment.”Lawyers for defendants in the case did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The law firm Law Forward, which was founded to challenge challenge conservative election and voting-related legal efforts, said the dismissal was “an exercise in efficiency.”“This case was entirely without merit and the plaintiffs saved the court the trouble of saying so,” said Jeff Mandell, president of Law Forward, in a statement.Biden, the Democratic former vice president, narrowly defeated the Republican Trump in Wisconsin, which has 10 Electoral College votes.Biden received 1.63 million votes to 1.61 million votes for Trump, a margin of 49.5% to 48.8%.Trump has said he wants a recount of the votes in Wisconsin.Milwaukee County went heavily for Biden, giving him more than 69% percent of the ballots cast. The actual vote margin in that county was more than 180,000 ballots for Biden.Biden also far exceeded Trump in Dane County, which Biden won by 75.5% of the ballotsIn Menominee County, which had relatively few voters, Biden crushed Trump with 1,303 votes to just 278 votes for the incumbent.Even if Trump could somehow reverse the official vote results in Wisconsin, it would not be enough, on its own, to undo Biden’s projected victory in the Electoral College.With all 50 states results projected as of last Friday, Biden has 306 Electoral College votes, compared to just 232 votes for Trump. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Three plaintiffs whose federal lawsuit sought to invalidate all of the ballots in three Wisconsin counties that gave President-elect Joe Biden well more than his approximately 20,000 vote margin of victory in that state told a judge Monday that they were dismissing their case.The court filing by lawyers for plaintiffs, Michael Langenhorst, Michael LeMay and Stephen Fifrick, did not say they were voluntarily dismissing their claim in the case, which was backed by the conservative election group True the Vote. The notice of dismissal filed Monday said the claim was being dropped “without prejudice against” the defendants, which means the plaintiffs reserved their right to make the claims again.- Advertisement – Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign speech at the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, U.S., September 21, 2020.Mark Makela | Reuterslast_img read more

Clippers crushed by 42 in 2nd preseason game in China

first_imgSHANGHAI — Al Jefferson scored 17 points and Nicolas Batum added 14 with 10 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Hornets over the Los Angeles Clippers 113-71 Wednesday in the second preseason NBA game between the teams in China.The Hornets went on a 36-8 run after halftime and took a 36-point lead with 8:26 remaining.Charlotte also won the first game between the teams in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Sunday and improved to 4-0 in the preseason. The Clippers fell to 1-3.Clippers point guard Chris Paul played with two fingers taped together on his non-shooting left hand after fracturing his index finger during a scrimmage on Saturday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Paul still led the Clippers with 17 points, while Blake Griffin added 14 points and 14 rebounds.Jeremy Lin added 13 points for the Hornets, who shot nearly 45 percent from the field and went 14-of-25 from 3-point range.Lin, whose parents are from Taiwan and grandparents were born and raised in mainland China, got a huge ovation from the crowd when the starting lineups were announced and an even bigger cheer when he addreseed the crowd in Mandarin before tip-off.For the first quarter, the Shanghai crowd also got a taste of Linsanity.Playing with his hair spiked in a Mo-hawk, Lin scored the first basket of the game — a 3-pointer — about one minute into the game. He then hit a fadeaway jumper, landing on his back on the court, followed by a layup and another 3-pointer in the next three minutes, accounting for all of the Hornets’ first 10 points.center_img “I was in the zone after the first 3-pointer went in, I felt all the shots would go in,” Lin said. “It was such a fun trip. I got to show my teammates China, my culture. . And we’re exited to go home and get some rest.”Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said his team looked frustrated from the first quarter when they began missing easy shots and it only worsened after hafltime. The Clippers went a miserable 4-for-23 from 3-point range in the game and finished with 22 turnovers.Paul Pierce missed all five of his shots — including three 3-pointers — in 15 minutes and starting center DeAndre Jordan finished with just three points and four rebounds in 25 minutes.Still, as poorly as his team played, Rivers said the China trip was positive from a bonding standpoint.“Our guys have been going out to different restaurants together and just enjoying each other,” he said. “The one thing about going abroad for all teams, Charlotte as well, is I think it allows you to team-build sooner than if you were at home. So mission accomplished.”last_img read more

Weah invites Wenger for Liberia swearing-in ceremony

first_imgAlthough he was handed a three-game touchline ban on Friday for his conduct after Arsenal’s draw at West Brom, Wenger will be back pitch-side by mid-January.“What’s important is when you look at his life, and I think the life of this guy is a real film, it’s unbelievable. You can make a fantastic film.“I remember when I saw him for the first time in Monaco, coming in a bit lost, not knowing anybody, not being rated by anybody as a player and after, in 1995, becoming the best player in the world.“Now he’s president of his country — it’s an unbelievable story. But it’s down to the fact that one thing that was common in George’s attitude is being strong mentally, absolutely unbelievably convinced that he has a mission.”Wenger said Weah, who entered politics in 2002, suffered for his country and showed care for other people.“I didn’t think at that point that he would become president of his country, but today when I look back, I must say I’ve seen him crying when war was on in Liberia.“It’s a happy story and I wish that he has a happy presidency. I would like to say this guy is an example for everybody who plays football today, for all the players.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Weah hails Wenger at the 1995 World Footballer of the year awardsWenger compares George Weah’s life to film scriptLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Arsene Wenger has compared the life of George Weah to a film script following his former player’s election as president of Liberia.Weah, who played for Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan during a glittering career, last week secured a stunning run-off victory in the West African country’s first democratic transfer of power in decades.Idolised in Liberia as “Mister George”, Weah, 51, is to be sworn in on January 22, replacing Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who in 2006 took the helm of the nation first founded for freed US slaves.Arsenal boss Wenger has been invited to Weah’s inauguration but expects to be too busy to attend — the date falls two days before the second leg of Arsenal’s League Cup semi-final against Chelsea.Wenger signed Weah in 1988 when he was manager of Monaco, guiding his career for the next four years, and views the 1995 FIFA world player of the year as a shining example to the rest of the game.“I have been invited by George to come to the day where he will be president. I believe I will be busy. Maybe if I’m suspended I’ll have time to go,” Wenger joked.last_img read more