Supreme Court denies Texas attempt to overturn election results…

Date: December 12, 2020

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“In a closely watched decision the U.S. Supreme Court late Friday denied an attempt by the state of Texas, supported by a large number of Republicans, to overturn the election results and President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in four states. Judy Woodruff spoke with John Yang, Lisa Desjardins and Yamiche Alcindor to discuss.”

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Texas sues battleground states where Joe Biden won, calling results ‘unlawful’…

Date: December 12, 2020

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“Texas’ Republican attorney general, Ken Paxton, on Tuesday announced a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate presidential election results in four key swing states that helped secure Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump.

The unusual lawsuit, which was filed directly to the Supreme Court, asserts that “unlawful election results” in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan — all of which Biden won — should be declared unconstitutional.

Legal experts quickly dismissed the case as political theater without precedent in American history.

The filing argues that those states used the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to unlawfully change their election rules “through executive fiat or friendly lawsuits, thereby weakening ballot integrity.”

“Any electoral college votes cast by such presidential electors appointed” in those states “cannot be counted,” Texas asks the high court to rule.

The Lone Star State’s attempt to discount other states’ electoral votes follows a slew of long-shot legal challenges with similar goals that have been brought in lower courts by Trump’s campaign and other attorneys. Those lawsuits have repeatedly failed to invalidate ballots cast for Biden.

The claims in Texas’ lawsuit “are false and irresponsible,” Georgia’s deputy secretary of state, Jordan Fuchs, said in a fiery statement shortly after Paxton announced the legal action.

“Texas alleges that there are 80,000 forged signatures on absentee ballots in Georgia, but they don’t bring forward a single person who this happened to. That’s because it didn’t happen,” Fuchs’ statement said.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel called the suit a “publicity stunt” and “beneath the dignity” of Paxton’s office. Josh Kaul, the attorney general of Wisconsin, said in a statement the case was “genuinely embarrassing.”

Experts in election law were also quick to dismiss the likelihood of the nine Supreme Court justices taking the case. Paul Smith, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center who has argued voting rights cases at the Supreme Court, said the case was “wacko.”

“There is a whole system in Pennsylvania and the other states for contesting the election — that’s all been done,” said Smith, who also serves as vice president of litigation and strategy at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. “I don’t think the Supreme Court will have interest in this.”

The professor added that Texas could run into trouble in proving that it has grounds to sue, known in legal terms as “standing.”

“It’s totally unprecedented, the idea that one state would, at the Supreme Court, claim that other states’ votes were cast in the wrong way — that’s never happened,” he said. “What is the injury to the state of Texas because Pennsylvania’s votes were cast for Mr. Biden instead of Mr. Trump? There is no connection there.”

Rick Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine, wrote on his popular legal blog that the suit was “utter garbage” and also disputed the idea that Texas had standing, noting that “it has no say over how other states choose electors.”

Paxton wrote in the brief that Texas has standing because of its interest in which party controls the Senate, which it says “represents the States.”

“While Americans likely care more about who is elected President, the States have a distinct interest in who is elected Vice President and thus who can cast the tiebreaking vote in the Senate,” he wrote.”

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Amazing Ideas That Will Upgrade Your Home…


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Date: December 12, 2020

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“Home upgrades are essential and what better way to do it than learning to “Do It Yourself ”. We have an inspirational video packed with incredible home upgrades and ideas that are easily affordable and achievable for us all to take part in. Here at Quantum Tech HD, we believe that learning is an essential life skill and that we must use it to keep evolving, so let’s take a tour and find out what all the fuss is about at home!

We hope you enjoy this review of Home Upgrades!”

Love the fake brick wall.

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Medieval cottage encased within new home embraces layers…

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Date: December 12, 2020

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“When Kate Darby and David Connor were told they had to preserve the 300-year-old cottage on their property or lose the right to build there, they chose not to repair the crumbling structure, but to encase it in a new house and live with the decaying remains.

The new home mirrors the old: in places, there are two walls or two roofs, while at other spots the floor or roof drops away and the white shell reflects the memory of what was.

The architect/designer couple clad the new home in black corrugated iron to resemble the farm buildings surrounding Herefordshire. Inside, everything is preserved of the old building, even dead ivy, rotten timbers, cobwebs, dust, and a bird’s nest.

The Croft Lodge Studio sits at the edge of a commons which means anyone can walk right up to the building and catch a glimpse of the coexisting layers of time. Connor says he invites people inside for a closer view. “Architecture is a public art,” he explains. “It’s something that people outside the building have a right to interface with.”

This is a trip.

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Professor Wolff On The Economics And Vulgarity Of Corporate Welfare…

Date: December 10, 2020

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“Julianna welcomes back recurring guest, Economist Professor Richard D. Wolff to the show, to discuss how as growing income inequality continues to eat away at the middle class and enrich the wealthiest Americans, it has become clear that it’s the American taxpayer who is responsible for subsidizing all of the corporate handouts that this country provides. Professor Wolff asks when will corporations pay their fair share? And can we hold their CEOs accountable for their due taxes?

Professor Wolff is an American Economist, known for his work on economic methodology and class analysis. He is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York. Wolff has also taught economics at Yale University, City University of New York, University of Utah, University of Paris I (Sorbonne), and The Brecht Forum in New York City.”

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