They’re all in on the election fraud conspiracy hobbling Biden’s transition

first_img– Advertisement – In the meantime, Attorney General Billy Boy and GOP Leader Mitchy Mitch put their heads together to go all in on Trump’s delusions—anything to lift the spirits of the Dons. In the absence of even a single credible allegation of voter fraud, Barr went ahead and authorized federal prosecutors on Monday to investigate any “substantial allegations” of irregularities just in case. Who knows, Rudy G might still cook up a little something. Stay tuned for his next destination presser nestled somewhere between a fantasy sex shop and an outward-bound crematorium—either way, it’s an otherworldly experience.And back on the Senate floor, Mitchy Mitch held yet another ceremonial betrayal of oath, country, and the integrity that apparently escaped him at incarnation. “The president has every right to look into allegations and to request recounts under the law,” McConnell explained Monday of Trump’s imaginary voting “irregularities.” The press, McConnell continued, doesn’t “get veto power over the legal rights of any citizen, including the President of the United States.” In other words, McConnell’s totally on board with giving Trump, Billy Boy, and Rudy G the space to tilt at windmills, particularly since he needs Trump’s frenzied supporters in Georgia in a lather over their imaginary disenfranchisement. The gamble? They’ll rush back to the polls in a couple months after being told the election was stolen out from under them.- Advertisement – But the conspiracy ran into a little unforeseen snag back in Georgia. After the two GOP senators facing January runoffs accused Georgia’s Republican secretary of state of failing the state’s residents and called for his resignation, he got a little huffy. First off, Sec. Brad Raffensperger said no resignation was in the offing. Second, Sens. Kelly Loefler and David Perdue might want to concentrate on actually winning the election rather than pointing fingers at others for why they didn’t.“As a Republican, I am concerned about Republicans keeping the U.S. Senate,” Raffensperger said. “I recommend that Senators Loeffler and Perdue start focusing on that.”  But outside of Raffensperger, Washington Republicans are giving Trump’s baseless voter fraud claims as much oxygen as possible while hobbling the transition of power to Joe Biden. It’s a national security nightmare but, hey, Republicans never give a damn about anyone but themselves. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Chart of the Week: Sterling’s troubled path since the Brexit vote

first_imgSource: SchrodersHowever, while the currency’s weakness may have made travelling overseas more expensive for UK holidaymakers, it has provided a boost to many UK companies. More than two thirds of the revenues generated by FTSE All Share companies are generated overseas, according to Schroders.The UK-listed asset manager said the FTSE All Share index rose by 28.1% between 23 June 2016 and 15 June 2019. UK equity returns outstripped those of Japan, Europe and emerging markets indices in that period, Schroders’ data showed, but lagged behind the US and China.“The relatively stable global economic backdrop has been helpful,” Schroders stated in a commentary published earlier this week. “Global investors have bought into the so-called Goldilocks scenario: a ‘not too hot, not too cold’ combination of stable growth, benign inflation and low interest rates.“Support for the UK market and the economy came from the Bank of England, which has kept monetary policy loose, ensuring businesses and markets have access to funding.”How global markets have performed since the Brexit voteChart MakerHowever, with Brexit itself still unresolved, Schroders’ senior European economist Azad Zangana warned of “real risks” to the UK economy ahead.Economic growth “remains sluggish”, he said, and could be hampered further when companies seek to reduce the inventories they have built up in preparation for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. Sunday 23 June marked three years since the UK voted to leave the European Union.While the method of exit is still uncertain, the impact on the UK’s currency is clear. In the space of those three years, sterling has fallen 14% against the dollar and 13% against the euro, according to Schroders.As of this morning, £1 is worth €1.12 and $1.27. On 24 June 2016, the day the referendum’s result was confirmed, these values stood at €1.23 and $1.37, according to Bloomberg data.This is marginally higher than the pound’s post-Brexit low point of €1.08 on 25 August 2017, shortly before the third round of negotiations between the UK and the EU began. Source: US State DepartmentBoris Johnson, the frontrunner for the next UK prime minister“The resignation of prime minister Theresa May has raised the risk of a no-deal Brexit,” Zangana added. “If the bookmakers’ favourite… Boris Johnson becomes the new prime minister, then the hard-line Brexiteer could take the UK out of the EU without a deal.“If this were to happen, we would anticipate the economy to slow and fall into recession around the turn of the year. While the Bank of England would probably cut interest rates eventually, the expected depreciation in the pound would cause inflation to spike.“The household sector has already run down its safety buffer in the form of its savings rate, therefore a contraction in demand is very likely.”last_img read more

NSRI Moves to Branch Out with New Board Members

first_imgThe National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) has elected two new board members as it looks to expand its capabilities in the growing renewables, mining, defence and aquaculture sectors.Following a strategic review, NSRI identified the need to restructure in order to reflect the global energy transition.Although still heavily focused on the oil and gas market, the organisation will be looking to enhance its offerings to better support other offshore sectors.Simon Cheeseman, of the ORE Catapult and Claus Hjoerringgaard of Wood Clean Energy have joined the board of NSRI to support the organisation’s plans to support UK companies break into multiple energy markets.Under the leadership of NSRI chairman, Peter Blake, the newly elected board members should ensure the organisation continues to foster strong links with the UK supply chain and academia to address the technology needs of the current and future energy mix.Blake, commented: “With our new board in place, our main focus for 2018 is to ensure that we continue to help companies and developers overcome the barriers of diversification to make their mark in the wider offshore sector. While oil and gas is likely to hold strong and dominate the global energy supply for years to come, subsea companies also need to look at how they can adapt and expand their presence across multiple markets.”last_img read more

How to Prepare Your Pet in Case of an Emergency

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWith Hurricane Florence currently taking over the south Dr. Jill reminds pet owners to be prepared in any kind of natural disaster. Dr. Jill said having an emergency kit also plays a major role.One procedure to think about is having your pet micro-chipped just in case you become separated. Other materials you should place your important belongings includes: waste clean up supplies, medical and vaccination records, and updated contact information.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Elementary students get the hands-on experience at Alpena Wildlife SanctuaryNext Local Couple Prepares to Take on Hurricane Florencelast_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: The best social media reactions after USWNT wins back-to-back titles

first_imgMegan Rapinoe is cold-blooded.Her PK gives #USWNT a 1-0 lead.pic.twitter.com/MdL9gtmy0H— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) July 7, 2019Speechless, @roselavelle🔥🌹🔥🌹🔥🌹 pic.twitter.com/m0qQnOCWpM— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 7, 2019With the team’s fourth World Cup win under its belt, here are some of the biggest reactions to the victory.*extreme DJ Khaled voice* ANOTHER ONE pic.twitter.com/5uOAImiJj5— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 7, 2019I said it before. I’ll say it again. BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD. Congrats @USWNTPlayers @USWNT This was an amazing match. 🇺🇸❤️ Well deserved. #AllEyesOnUS #PayThem pic.twitter.com/4PRD6Zp4NT— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) July 7, 2019Congrats to this team! Well done @USWNT !!! https://t.co/O4wdPBY09U— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) July 7, 2019Awesome win for #USWNT! Congrats to #TeamUSA for securing its place at the top of the world! Your success proves how with clear vision, strong leadership, resolute drive and teamwork make the dream work. Enjoyed watching you score again for USA on Earth this time! pic.twitter.com/WCNwhzRLKK— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) July 7, 2019Come on!! The @USWNT won their 4th World Cup securing their championship w back-to-back #FIFAWomensWorldCup wins!! Thank you for being such an inspiration and for repping our country like the GOATS you are. Sipping tea for all of you today! ☕️ ⚽️ 🙌 https://t.co/fA8RDWpuUS— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) July 7, 2019The @nyliberty’s Tanisha Wright is HYPED UP for the @USWNT! #BossWomen 👏 pic.twitter.com/dOztlZOy48— WNBA (@WNBA) July 7, 2019Let’s goooo! Congratulations to the @USWNT on their second straight World Cup victory! 🇺🇸🏆 https://t.co/OgGk7O1YiT— Mo Bamba (@TheRealMoBamba) July 7, 2019YESSSSSSSSS!!! CONGRATULATIONS @USWNT !! What a great time to win this!! 🎉⚽️❤️🎉⚽️💙🎉 https://t.co/ICzEVZAzor— Angie Harmon (@Angie_Harmon) July 7, 2019Yes! Fourth star. Back to back. Congrats to the record breakers on the @USWNT, an incredible team that’s always pushing themselves—and the rest of us—to be even better. Love this team. #OneNationOneTeam— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 7, 2019⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Congrats to the @USWNT for winning their FOURTH #FIFAWWC! #OneNationOneTeam https://t.co/H6SGZV5Mqt— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 7, 2019Point made. Nothing else needs to be said. The @USWNT are #WorldcupChamps again! #puppyapproved pic.twitter.com/jSbxY7G9F2— Ron Rivera (@RiverboatRonHC) July 7, 2019Congratulations to 2019 Women’s World Cup Champions @TeamUSA! ⚽️🇺🇸— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 7, 2019Back-to-back champs!Congratulations, @USWNT!#OneNationOneTeam https://t.co/oqngOvZAug— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) July 7, 2019Congratulations to our back-to-back World Cup Champions! You make America proud. 📷: @USWNT pic.twitter.com/2LxiCJ2srM— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 7, 2019Incredibly inspiring World Cup by our @USWNT 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 so fun to watch 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸!!!! #FIFAWomensWorldCup #legacy #leadersonandoffthepitch #EqualPay— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) July 7, 2019YEEEESSS!! Congrats Jill Ellis!! WARRIORS @USWNT @mPinoe pic.twitter.com/8OZxCOa3x4— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) July 7, 2019Congratulations to the #USWNT on their 4th World Cup win! These athletes have brought more attention, support, & pride to women’s sport than perhaps any other team in history. It is long past time to pay them what they rightly deserve. 🇺🇸🏆🏆🏆🏆 #USAvNED #WorldCupfinal #EqualPay— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) July 7, 2019The #USWNT are the CHAMPS 🏆 and Kansas City CELEBRATES. @kctv5 pic.twitter.com/xB8kiZLVTM— Dani Welniak (@KCTVDani) July 7, 2019Congratulations @uswnt! Bringing home a #WorldCup title for an unprecedented four straight times & inspiring a generation of women (and men) around the world. One little girl in particular is currently outside practicing ⚽️ https://t.co/skoECBMg47 pic.twitter.com/bPDb5ig9s3— Alexis Ohanian Sr. 🚀 (@alexisohanian) July 7, 2019Nothing like that championship feeling.CONGRATS, @USWNT! #OneNationOneTeam https://t.co/hLCCK8l3mD— New England Patriots (@Patriots) July 7, 2019Big congrats to the @USWNT! World Cup champions! #WorldCupfinal— Matt Ryan (@M_Ryan02) July 7, 2019WORLD CHAMPS @USWNT— Eric Weddle (@weddlesbeard) July 7, 2019CONGRATS, @USWNT! 🇺🇸🏆 https://t.co/ChgltPRpY5— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) July 7, 2019 It took a penalty kick to get things going, but the United States women’s national team got a second-half surge to defeat the Netherlands, 2-0, and earn their second Women’s World Cup title in a row, and fourth total.Megan Rapinoe’s penalty kick in the 61st minute kicked things off for the U.S., with Rose Lavelle’s shot in the 70th minute adding insurance to the team’s eventual win.last_img read more

Friday is deadline for requesting absentee ballot for Primary

first_imgDES MOINES — Almost 400,000 Iowans have asked for an absentee ballot for the June 2nd Primary and early voting is likely to set an all-time record for a primary.“People have listened and they heard. They got the message: let’s vote safe, let’s vote from home right now,” says Secretary of State Paul Pate, the state’s commissioner of elections.His office mailed absentee ballot request forms to every registered Iowa voter, encouraging Iowans to ask their county auditor for the vote-by-mail option rather than in-person voting on Primary Day.“I think the pandemic has put a much stronger emphasis on voting,” Pate says. “People are at home. They’re paying attention to what the government’s doing.”The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is Friday at 5 p.m. and officials suggest any request sent through the U.S. Postal Service be mailed today to ensure it gets to the county auditor on time. Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald says in Iowa’s largest county, an average of about 9000 people typically ask for an absentee ballot for a Primary. His office has already processed 10,000 “and we still have 54,000 requests,” Fitzgerald says.While there will be in-person voting available on Primary day, election officials like Fitzgerald are encouraging Iowans to use this vote-at-home option.“We are in the pandemic,” Fitzgerald says. “You have people now that are voting safely, making sure they don’t spread the virus.”Pate says Iowa National Guard soldiers distributed personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to county auditors last week that will be used by poll workers at precinct voting sites on June 2nd. Each voting booth will be cleaned between uses. Some counties plan to offer voters gloves. In Polk County, each Primary Day voter will be given their own pen to use and take with them after they cast their ballot.“We want Iowans to be able to vote,” Pate says. “We want them to be able to vote safely and we want our poll workers to be safe.”Fitzgerald says in Polk County — and most others — the number of precincts have been reduced, to ensure there’s enough space inside for social distancing and to make sure there are enough poll workers.“I don’t want to wake up like they did in Wisconsin and find out that 400 people have quit, so we’re constantly training,” Fitzgerald says. “We’re constantly talking to our poll workers.”Pate predicts as many as 70 percent of ballots cast in the June Primary, however, will be absentee ballots. He says Iowans can track their absentee ballots on www.voterready.iowa.gov.“When the auditor’s office receives your request i’ll show that. It’ll show when the auditor sends (the absentee ballot) out. It’ll show when it got back to the auditor’s office, Pate says, “so you know it got there.”The two election officials made their comments this weekend on the “Iowa Press” program on Iowa PBS. They both are urging Iowans voting by mail to avoid a common mistake — and remember to sign and date the ballot.last_img read more