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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

Joseph Mariathasan: How to make European venture capital grow

first_imgFor European VC to truly flourish, private sector funding must increase, argues Joseph MariathasanWhether European venture capital is falling behind the US or Asia is of importance for more than just venture capital investors. New companies at the forefront of innovation can act as catalysts for stimulating economies way beyond the immediate returns for the investors – the rise of the internet economy is testament to that.There is an opinion that Europe is falling behind in one key area – investing in big ideas, the breakthrough innovations and highly disruptive companies most talked about in the media. I wrote about this a few months ago. Joe Schorge, founder and managing partner of Isomer Capital, has come back to me rebutting this view, and his arguments certainly deserve a hearing.Schorge says much of the analysis and negative perceptions of European venture are based on outdated data. He argues that the way innovative companies are built and financed has changed since the financial crisis, driven largely by the rise of smart phones, app stores and cloud-based computing, yet it takes years for such results to be reflected in backward-looking performance indices. Meanwhile, he sees a great investment opportunity in funding the future, today. More recent analysis by the likes of the Boston Consulting Group in a 2015 report suggests VC performance is trending upwards, driven by high US investments in Europe. What is a worry, though, is that the average fund size of the more than 800 VCs is small, and small, nationally focused funds have often underperformed. What is very positive is the development of venture hubs in Europe, with Schorge seeing London, Paris, Berlin and Stockholm leading, and a range of other cities following closely.Where Schorge differs from others is in the view that Europe is falling behind in ground-breaking innovation. As he rightly points out, in recent years, European companies have led the way in areas such as gaming, music streaming, blockchain and smart cities, among others. A good example is the British artificial intelligence company Google Deepmind, which is at the forefront of artificial intelligence. It made global headlines earlier this year when its programme beat a human professional at the game Go, which has never been done before.But perhaps the flip-side of that is that the company was acquired by Google in 2014, its biggest acquisition in Europe to date. How effective can European innovation be at the creation of unicorns (private companies valued at more than $1bn) if any potential contenders are rapidly acquired by the US mega companies? There may be some hope in that BCG does estimate that, as of August last year, 13 of the 129 global unicorns were based in Europe, including global names such as Shazam and Spotify.Other reports claim even larger numbers, with GP Bullhound identifying 40 in Europe. The UK is by far the leading creator, with Germany some distance behind. What is interesting, they find that the vast majority of new additions are consumer-focused, with all new unicorns in Germany being consumer-orientated. The mix in the UK, they find, is more diversified, with software companies dominating the new additions. The strongest sectors are e-commerce, software and marketplace, with each representing 20% of the total number of European unicorns. The fintech share is growing the fastest, with seven companies, and more than half of the fintech companies are UK-based. As GP Bullhound points out, London’s unique position in global finance is driving this growth. Schorge sees London as being on track to earn the title Fintech Capital of the World, given its strong growth as a start-up hub, wide talent pool of finance industry executives and the presence of all the large global financial intuitions. A key issue, of course, will be the potential impact of a Brexit. Proponents of Brexit will argue there will be no detrimental impact, but, the truth is, no one knows.So, should we be complacent about the strength of European venture? GP Bullhound reports that the new generation of European unicorns has raised significantly more capital than in the past but adds that now it is more important than ever to keep momentum in “winner takes all” sectors. Yet, despite the glowing reports that they, Schorge and others are reporting on European venture, the fact remains that it is difficult to get private sector funding from large institutions such as European pension funds. There are many reasons for that, including the fact small fund sizes preclude many large institutional investors from taking stakes, given the amount of due diligence required for relatively small investments. Not surprisingly, as BCG reports, the absence of private investors has led to governments becoming the largest LPs in Europe, with 35% of the market. For European venture to truly flourish, that figure has to be reduced through increased private sector funding, rather than reduced government investment. And in the UK, a possible Brexit may very well become the more important issue.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPElast_img read more

My greatest achievement with Man City – Mancini

first_img Loading… Roberto Mancini believes winning the Premier League title with Manchester City is the greatest achievement of his managerial career. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsPink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t KnowTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be EnemiesThe Best Cars Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The ShowWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live The Brazil international-inspired an impressive turnaround for Thomas Tuchel’s men at Parc des Princes on March 11, opening the scoring in a match which was played behind closed doors due to the rising number of coronavirus cases across Europe at the time. Neymar imitated Haaland’s celebration for the cameras, and PSG went on to book their place in the quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate win after Juan Bernat doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time. The French champions celebrated wildly after the final whistle despite the absence of fans in the stadium, and Neymar led the entire squad in a mass-group photo copying Haaland’s pose once again. The 28-year-old then took to Instagram to post an image of himself celebrating in one final dig at the Dortmund star, accompanied with his own “Paris is our city, not yours” message.Advertisement PSG midfielder Marquinhos says Neymar’s actions were pre-meditated, admitting that a fellow countryman is not one to avoid any potential confrontations. “He likes that. Neymar is not just a football player, he is not afraid and always responds to provocations,” the 25-year-old said during an interview with YouTube channel Desimpedidos. “After his goal, I asked him if he had taken everything out. He warned me, I told him to wait until the end of the match, but he told me to leave it and not to stop it.” UEFA issued PSG with a formal warning for “unsportsmanlike conduct” after the match, but the club avoided a fine. read also:‘Football can wait’: Italy coach Mancini ready to play Euros in 2021 Tuchel’s side are now within sight of a maiden Champions League triumph, but it is not yet known whether it will be safe for the current season to resume amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis which has seen all major leagues and competitions shut down for the foreseeable future. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more