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From Politico a few minutes ago:

Supreme Court rejects Texas-led effort to overturn Biden’s victory

The Supreme Court has rejected a longshot bid by Texas and other Republican-led states to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in last month’s election, dashing President Donald Trump’s last-ditch hope that the justices effectively hand him a second term.

In a brief order Friday evening, the justices summarily refused the unusual case Texas filed Monday against four swing states whose voters favored Biden.

“Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” the court wrote in its unsigned order.

No justice indicated any endorsement of Texas' arguments. Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas issued a statement saying they would have allowed Texas’ to file its case under a rarely-used procedure for interstate disputes, but they said “would not grant other relief.”

The decision brings an abrupt, unceremonious end to Trump’s legal effort to essentially scrap the democratic process in order to preserve his presidency, a six-week-long crusade in which he has spread false conspiracies about voter fraud to drive up distrust of the U.S. election system. Trump dubbed the Supreme Court gambit “the big one” and had publicly pressed the justices to rule for him to “save America.”

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14 hours ago, TopBilled said:

From Politico a few minutes ago:

Supreme Court rejects Texas-led effort to overturn Biden’s victory

The Supreme Court has rejected a longshot bid by Texas and other Republican-led states to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in last month’s election, dashing President Donald Trump’s last-ditch hope that the justices effectively hand him a second term.

In a brief order Friday evening, the justices summarily refused the unusual case Texas filed Monday against four swing states whose voters favored Biden.

“Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” the court wrote in its unsigned order.

No justice indicated any endorsement of Texas' arguments. Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas issued a statement saying they would have allowed Texas’ to file its case under a rarely-used procedure for interstate disputes, but they said “would not grant other relief.”

The decision brings an abrupt, unceremonious end to Trump’s legal effort to essentially scrap the democratic process in order to preserve his presidency, a six-week-long crusade in which he has spread false conspiracies about voter fraud to drive up distrust of the U.S. election system. Trump dubbed the Supreme Court gambit “the big one” and had publicly pressed the justices to rule for him to “save America.”

For those who miss the point.  All three of Trump's appointees rejected the suit outright.  Alito and Thomas said it should be heard as a formality, BUT they would reject every issue raised by Texas AG.

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1 hour ago, ElCid said:

For those who miss the point.  All three of Trump's appointees rejected the suit outright.  Alito and Thomas said it should be heard as a formality, BUT they would reject every issue raised by Texas AG.

The audacity of Texas legislators (litigators) is unchecked.

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2 hours ago, TopBilled said:

The audacity of Texas legislators (litigators) is unchecked.

Maybe I am confused.  Did you mean to say audacity of Texas litigators is checked rather than unchecked?   Although I can see that you might have meant their audacity cannot be checked by the courts or anything else.  Not sure the Texas legislators as such were involved.  The TX AG filed the suit, but the legislator definitely stood behind him.

Now one of the leaders of the Texas Republican legislators is calling for "session."  Although he did not use that word.

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Just now, ElCid said:

Maybe I am confused.  Did you mean to say audacity of Texas litigators is checked rather than unchecked?  Not sure the Texas legislators as such were involved.  The TX AG filed the suit, but the legislator definitely stood behind him.

Now one of the leaders of the Texas Republican legislators is calling for "session."  Although he did not use that word.

I am connecting the litigators with the legislators in Texas. These are political people who don't seem to have enough to do policing their own state, now they are trying to police the rest of the nation.

And I did mean 'unchecked' because I don't think they'll stop.

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42 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

I am connecting the litigators with the legislators in Texas. These are political people who don't seem to have enough to do policing their own state, now they are trying to police the rest of the nation.

And I did mean 'unchecked' because I don't think they'll stop.

It was the attorney general, not the legislature, that brought the suit.  The legislature is not even in session and hasn't been since 2020.  They only meet every other year.  Their next session is in 2021.

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2 hours ago, txfilmfan said:

It was the attorney general, not the legislature, that brought the suit.  The legislature is not even in session and hasn't been since 2020.  They only meet every other year.  Their next session is in 2021.

Yes but the Republican legislators are a big part of the problem.

In Kansas The Jerk Republican attorney general brought up the lawsuit, but he is backed by the majority hardcore Republican legislature who tries to harass and prevent the Democratic governor from doing her job to protect Kansans from the pandemic.

In Kansas even when the legislature is not in session, a legislative committee from the majority still have power and control and can attack the Democratic Governors powers in a pandemic and can give support to the Republican attorney general in these stupid filings.

Republican state attorney generals and Republican state legislatures conspire to work against the realities of the country and the welfare of Americans.

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Paxton's a corrupt idiot who did this mainly to curry favor with Trump.   He's been in a state trial for securities fraud since 2015, and he's currently under Federal investigation.  I'm sure he was angling for a pre-emptive pardon.  Not to say that we don't have other crazy people in the state legislature.

At least the US Congressman from my district (a Republican) didn't sign on to the amicus brief.

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From CNN:

Joe Biden's Catholic faith will be on full display as the first churchgoing president in decades

Joe Biden rarely misses Sunday Mass. So it was notable when the President-elect didn't attend church on November 29, the first Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the season when Roman Catholics like Biden prepare for Christmas.

Biden's absence was understandable, since just a day earlier he had broken his foot. But the following weekend, Biden was back at his home parish in Wilmington, Delaware -- St. Joseph on the Brandywine -- for Saturday's vigil Mass. He was there again on Tuesday on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation.

That's a level of devotion to regular religious services not seen from recent presidents, who were professed Christians but intermittently attended church or worshipped privately while in office. Donald Trump has not had a habit of attending church services weekly, though he made several appearances at the Episcopal church in West Palm Beach near his resort as well as at various evangelical churches across the country.

Barack Obama would go to church for the occasional Christmas or Easter service in Washington or on vacation in Hawaii, but rarely during the rest of the year. And George W. Bush, despite being a high-profile born-again Christian, tended to worship privately as president and only attended church when back home in Texas.

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2 hours ago, hamradio said:

People  (CNN)  keeping tally of this too, goodness get a life.

 

Traditionally the country has been interested in the religion and the churchgoing of the President of the United States.

I believe this dates back before they had CNN, and Oh Gee, even before they had television. LOL

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3 hours ago, TopBilled said:

From CNN:

Joe Biden's Catholic faith will be on full display as the first churchgoing president in decades

Joe Biden rarely misses Sunday Mass. So it was notable when the President-elect didn't attend church on November 29, the first Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the season when Roman Catholics like Biden prepare for Christmas.

Biden's absence was understandable, since just a day earlier he had broken his foot. But the following weekend, Biden was back at his home parish in Wilmington, Delaware -- St. Joseph on the Brandywine -- for Saturday's vigil Mass. He was there again on Tuesday on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation.

That's a level of devotion to regular religious services not seen from recent presidents, who were professed Christians but intermittently attended church or worshipped privately while in office. Donald Trump has not had a habit of attending church services weekly, though he made several appearances at the Episcopal church in West Palm Beach near his resort as well as at various evangelical churches across the country.

Barack Obama would go to church for the occasional Christmas or Easter service in Washington or on vacation in Hawaii, but rarely during the rest of the year. And George W. Bush, despite being a high-profile born-again Christian, tended to worship privately as president and only attended church when back home in Texas.

I can remember how the Press made a big deal of this when President Kennedy was in office. There never had been a Catholic President before and they managed to photograph him every Sunday coming from mass.

Since his religion had been a political football, they seemed to make a big deal out of it. And there was always some talk that people didn't want to see a mass in the White House because that was somehow Un- American.

As I can recall the only mass the Kennedys ever had in the White House was after the assassination.

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1 hour ago, Princess of Tap said:

I can remember how the Press made a big deal of this when President Kennedy was in office. There never had been a Catholic President before and they managed to photograph him every Sunday coming from mass.

Since his religion had been a political football, they seemed to make a big deal out of it. And there was always some talk that people didn't want to see a mass in the White House because that was somehow Un- American.

As I can recall the only mass the Kennedys ever had in the White House was after the assassination.

The press would also make a big deal out of a president being a muslim and attending services at a mosque. Or if we had a president who was Mormon. They sort of fetishize religion when it comes to what the first family believes and practices.

But as you suggest, people are interested in it. Personally, I don't mind hearing about their cats, dogs and religious services since it makes them a bit more human.

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From Politico, two hours ago:

Electoral College affirms Biden's victory

The Electoral College officially voted on Monday to make Joe Biden the 46th president of the United States, formalizing his victory under constitutional procedure and dashing President Donald Trump's longshot hopes of reversing the 2020 election results.

The votes rolled in throughout the day, with electors gathering in all 50 state capitals and Washington, D.C., for incident-free ceremonies in line with the vote totals in those states, after legal challenges and attempts to delegitimize the election from Trump and his supporters.

Trump has spent weeks attempting to discredit the election results, and he goaded his supporters to "stop the steal," a rallying cry based on his false claims of widespread fraud. But there was little evidence of significant protests in response to those calls on Monday, even in the states where Trump has been contesting the results, including the battlegrounds of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. All six held straightforward ceremonies and recorded all of their votes for Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

California, the nation’s largest state with a slate of 55 Democratic electors, put Biden above the Electol College threshold to win the presidency later on Monday.

In some states Trump lost, his would-be electors gathered in unofficial ceremonies that they said were necessary to preserve Trump's ability to continue legal challenges against the election results. But as the official votes were recorded Monday, the finality of Biden's victory had set in — and Biden himself offered remarks intended to turn the page on the Trump-led tumult of recent weeks.

"In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed," Biden will say in a prime-time speech, according to remarks circulated by his campaign. "We the people voted. Faith in our institutions held. The integrity of our elections remains intact. And so, now it is time to turn the page. To unite. To heal."

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After Electoral College cements win,

Biden unleashes scathing attack on Trump's refusal to concede

The president-elect castigated the president with a ferociousness not seen since Election Day.
 
...........Biden called the president's election, which Trump and his supporters have attempted to overturn with scores of failed legal challenges, "honest, free and fair." And he called the attacks on the election and election officials "simply unconscionable" and Trump's attempts to overturn the election an "abuse of power."
 

"In America, politicians don’t take power — the people grant it to them," he said. "The flame of democracy was lit in this nation a long time ago. And we now know that nothing — not even a pandemic — or an abuse of power — can extinguish that flame."

"In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed," Biden added. "We the People voted. Faith in our institutions held. The integrity of our elections remains intact. And so, now it is time to turn the page. To unite. To heal."...........

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/electoral-college-set-vote-make-biden-s-2020-victory-official-n1251076?cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma

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From Business Insider:

Trump reportedly asked his lawyers if he could personally appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden before leaving office

  • President Donald Trump is considering personally appointing a special counsel in the waning weeks of his presidency to investigate Hunter Biden, the AP reported Tuesday.
  • Trump consulted the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows; the White House counsel, Pat Cipollone; and others on the possibility of appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the son of President-elect Joe Biden.
  • The report comes on the heels of Trump announcing Monday that Attorney General Bill Barr would be leaving the Justice Department before Christmas.
  • Trump was unhappy with Barr for not publicly announcing a federal investigation into Hunter Biden's taxes and, later, for saying the Justice Department and the FBI found no evidence of widespread voter fraud, contradicting baseless conspiracy theories from the president and his allies.
  • President Donald Trump asked his legal team whether he could personally appoint a special counsel in the waning weeks of his presidency to investigate Hunter Biden, the AP reported Tuesday.

Trump brought up the matter of appointing a special counsel to investigate the son of President-elect Joe Biden to the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows; the White House counsel, Pat Cipollone; and others, Trump officials and Republicans close to the White House told the AP.

The sources also told the AP that Trump was considering appointing a special counsel to investigate his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud.

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3 hours ago, TopBilled said:

From Business Insider:

Trump reportedly asked his lawyers if he could personally appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden before leaving office

  • President Donald Trump is considering personally appointing a special counsel in the waning weeks of his presidency to investigate Hunter Biden, the AP reported Tuesday.
  • Trump consulted the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows; the White House counsel, Pat Cipollone; and others on the possibility of appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the son of President-elect Joe Biden.
  • The report comes on the heels of Trump announcing Monday that Attorney General Bill Barr would be leaving the Justice Department before Christmas.
  • Trump was unhappy with Barr for not publicly announcing a federal investigation into Hunter Biden's taxes and, later, for saying the Justice Department and the FBI found no evidence of widespread voter fraud, contradicting baseless conspiracy theories from the president and his allies.
  • President Donald Trump asked his legal team whether he could personally appoint a special counsel in the waning weeks of his presidency to investigate Hunter Biden, the AP reported Tuesday.

Trump brought up the matter of appointing a special counsel to investigate the son of President-elect Joe Biden to the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows; the White House counsel, Pat Cipollone; and others, Trump officials and Republicans close to the White House told the AP.

The sources also told the AP that Trump was considering appointing a special counsel to investigate his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud.

I thought Barr had already appointed a special counsel with Trump's OK?  The reason for a special counsel is that neither Biden nor the new AG can fire him without cause.

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9 hours ago, ElCid said:

I thought Barr had already appointed a special counsel with Trump's OK?  The reason for a special counsel is that neither Biden nor the new AG can fire him without cause.

Not sure. It's all a bit complicated.

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9 hours ago, ElCid said:

I thought Barr had already appointed a special counsel with Trump's OK?  The reason for a special counsel is that neither Biden nor the new AG can fire him without cause.

Hard to find news about this expected from very biased right-wing networks.    E.g. I did a "search" at CNN's website for "Hunter Biden" and they didn't have one thing about the investigation etc...  Not one thing.

If Trump not conceding is news (for some,   not me),   isn't this Hunter Biden tax fraud investigation news?   (even if it is just a GOP witch hunt without merit).

 

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