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There is no “best” time to release new Mandalorian episodes

For the last eight weeks, waking up on Friday morning has come with a gamble for many Star Wars fans: check Twitter to see the latest headlines or watch the new Mandalorian episode before anyone has a chance to spoil it?

This week’s episode of The Mandalorian is a perfect example. The second season finale includes some moments that Twitter’s trending tags and “news for you” curated topic sideline are already ruining. Without getting into spoiler territory here (and use this as a warning to stay away from Twitter if you haven’t seen the finale yet), one of the proposed solutions to this problem seems simple: release the episodes at a later time. Instead of dropping episodes at 3AM ET, why not pivot to 8 or 9PM ET, similar to how Game of Thrones used its 9PM slot on Sundays?

It’s complicated, and it’s important to remember the desire to change the time episodes drop is largely coming from a US audience. There are a couple of key factors to remember here that didn’t impact Game of Thrones quite as much:

  • Disney Plus is a global streaming service that debuts its originals at the same time in every region
  • The Mandalorian is a family show, enjoyed by young kids as well as adults
  • Having episodes up early on Friday gives people the weekend to enjoy if they don’t care about spoilers

Game of Thrones didn’t run into many of these issues. HBO is still a primarily domestic service, with episodes airing in international territories through other carriers (like Sky in the UK) the next day. HBO can focus on its American audience because that’s where the majority of its customers are. Disney can’t. About 25 percent of Disney Plus’ overall subscriber base is signed up through Hotstar in India, and the company is rapidly rolling out the streamer to other big regions, like Latin America. While the US is still a major market, it’s not the sole area Disney has to focus on. And 9PM ET on Sunday is too late or too early for a number of other countries.

Unlike The Mandalorian, Game of Thrones also isn’t a family show. Sure, families could watch it together, but it’s likely not the type of series that parents are sitting down with their seven-year-old child to watch. The Mandalorian is a show that families with young kids watch together — Baby Yoda is more than just a plot device — and 9PM ET is too late. This came up in The Verge’s Slack today when I was complaining about waking up at 6:30AM to watch the episode before starting work, which requires Twitter. 9AM ET is great for the UK crowd (5PM their time), but it’s still early, and it’s even earlier for the West Coast of the US. While it seemed like 7 or 8PM ET would be a good compromise, that means it’s 4PM PT for the West Coast crowd (a little early on Friday) and midnight for people in the UK. Better, and one that I prefer, but not perfect.

Then there’s the most obvious point: not everyone who is watching The Mandalorian is starting their days with Twitter or Instagram or TikTok. They might not even see the spoilers — or they possibly don’t care. What a blissful life! For these Mandalorian fans, having the episode drop early on Friday gives them Friday evening and the entire weekend to watch whenever they want. This question — “What is the best time to release new Mandalorian episodes?” — doesn’t apply to them, really, because they’re not bothered by spoilers.

Is there a good time to release new Mandalorian episodes? Depending on who you ask and where they live, the answer varies — but the reason people are asking for episodes at a certain time doesn’t. Fans want that feeling of appointment viewing back. It’s a phrase that we last used with Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad before it. It’s the anticipation of a new episode (Mandalorian certainly has that) and making sure you’re situated in front a TV or laptop or phone right when the episode begins.

By the time the episode ends, Twitter is full of jokes and gasps depending on what played out over the last few minutes. Friends who have gotten together for watch parties are bouncing. Memes start spreading. Watching a big show feels more like a communal affair than a solitary activity — something we really needed this year. People want The Mandalorian earlier or later because they want to experience it with the world.

The Mandalorian is the biggest TV event of the year. It’s the thing that rolls around every Friday and we bemoan our friends to hurry up and finish watching because we want to talk about it. People are waking up at different times, they’re busy with kids in the morning, or have any number of other priorities that mean they can’t sit down and watch The Mandalorian at 6 or 7 in the morning.

It’s nearly impossible to find a perfect time that works for everyone, so releasing episodes at midnight PT does make the most sense, especially in a streaming-dominant world where preference and choice define the watching experience. It just sucks that an event-type show as big as Mandalorian can’t really ever create the same beautiful, appointment TV, communal viewing experience that Game of Thrones provided. I predict it’s an issue we’ll see grow as the major streamers expand globally. Think Mandalorian and Stranger Things, but again and again.


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Carly Rose ‘Lets Loose’ In The New Video For ‘Change My Mind’: There Was A Lot Of Smashing & Jumping’

While living her full ‘Clare Danes’ ‘90s fantasy, singer Carly Rose comes to terms with the woman in the broken mirror in ‘Change My Mind,’ and she talks EXCLUSIVELY with HL about the new video.

“If you’re f-cked and you know it, clap your hands / If you’re thinking I am also, clap your hands,” sings Carly Rose towards the end of her song, “Change My Mind,” and after 2020, everyone should be clapping along. After eight or so months in lockdown, everyone should be feeling a little screwy and a little stir-crazy. That cabin fever and frustration is captured in Carly’s new video for “Change My Mind.” As the dreamy pop anthem plays, she finds herself bored out of her mind in her bedroom. But, nothing cures the doldrums better than wanton destruction, right?

“There was a lot of smashing and jumping and spray painting and madness involved in this shoot, so I would say it was the perfect way to let loose after lockdown,” Carly says in an EXCLUSIVE interview with HollywoodLife over email. Despite all the restrictions and cancellations, Carly has had a busy year. She released a handful of tracks – “birds & bees,” “getaway car,” “warned you” – that culminated in her ep, WILD. While chatting with HollywoodLife, Carly shared which songs on WILD are the “can’t miss” tracks, which King Krule song she’d love to cover, and what we can expect from this rising star in the next twelve months.

HollywoodLife: What can you share about the making of the “Change My Mind” video? Where was it shot, and was it fun to go crazy after a year of lockdown?

That was one hell of a day. I had so much fun! We shot it in the desert about 30 minutes from Palm Springs. The video is largely inspired by some of my favorite characters from 90s TV shows like My So Called Life and Freaks and Geeks. Claire Schmitt, the director, did an incredible job building a bedroom inspired by that aesthetic in the desert. We collaborated a lot on all aspects of design for the room, and I could not be happier with how it turned out. My brother Russ executive produced the video, and that made it all even more exciting. To have him there, every step of the way was so special. There was a lot of smashing and jumping and spray painting and madness involved in this shoot, so I would say it was the perfect way to let loose after lockdown.

Carly Rose, kicking back (Joyce Charat)

When it came to music videos this year, many musicians did their best to work around the pandemic. We saw a lot of animated videos, Zoom-based videos, and ones shot in empty locales. Do you see the video for “Change My Mind” being closer to what you would shoot if COVID-19 weren’t a thing?

Yes! I think the concept for this video was the closest we could possibly have gotten to the experience of making a video during regular times while being safe. Since the bedroom is set outside and the reveal at the end is to show this bedroom you have been watching for the past 2.5 minutes is actually set in the desert, we were able to pull this off in a really safe way.

How the magic is made (Joyce Charat)

You released your EP WILD this year. What would you say are the three “can’t miss” tracks on it? Like, what are the songs that – one or five years from now – you’re going to look back on and say, ‘these were the ones’?

This is a great question. I mean, the title track Wild is a really special song that I know I will remember forever because it was the name of my first EP. I love that song, and collaborating with Goody Grace on it was super fun. “Birds & Bees” will also always have a really special place in my heart because it is the first song I ever released. Every time I hear this song, it brings me back to that time of being so nervous and excited about what it would be like to finally have music out. I also love the song “I Don’t Like You When You’re Like This.” It is the furthest I have gone in the alternative rock direction, and I jam out to that song harder than anything.

You professed you’re “just an indie rock girl” at heart while sharing your love for such acts as King Krule. He released an album this year – if you were to cover (or join him) for any track from Man Alive!, which would it be? And which one of your songs would you love to hear him cover?

I love the song “Underclass from that record. I just feel everything that man says so hard. It’s soulful and classic but still new and captivating. In a dream world, I would love to sing that song with him. Oh wow, that’s an interesting thought. I’m actually going to have to go with a song nobody has heard yet. It’s my next single. He would crush that song…

Same, Carly, Same. ( Joyce Charat)

What do you hope to accomplish in the next twelve months? Like, what do you want to say you got “done” in 2021?
Well, I have lots of new music lined up, which I’m stoked about. Plus, an exciting collaboration that I am looking forward to putting out. Putting out quality music consistently is the mission. Aside from that, I hope 2021 will be the year I start to play shows. That was supposed to start happening this past Summer, but obviously, the pandemic put everyone’s plans for that on hold. Ugh, I miss concerts so much, haha. I’m hopeful about this coming year, though!

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There is no table for so many people: it is the restaurant crisis | The State

Businesses feel the impact of the pandemic.

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It is true that we need to be patient and abide by the measures to contain Covid-19 that has already infected more than 16 million and took the lives of almost 400 thousand people in the United States alone.

But it seems that not only the virus is attacking minorities such as Hispanics, because the measures to curb the pandemic are also more severe and harmful for small entrepreneurs such as restaurant owners.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo believe that banning diners from New York restaurants would help contain the pandemic; while forgetting that eating out was fun in the summer, but with the cold winter temperatures, who likes frozen food?

And although, fortunately, the shopping centers and department stores of big brands can open this holiday season, restaurant owners have to manage to offer hot food, keep customers, pay rent and payroll, among others.

We support decisions to end this health crisis, but it doesn’t make sense that restaurant owners, many of them Hispanic, who have struggled to survive in the Big Apple for years, now have to turn away their customers.

It is inexplicable that such a radical measure is required at a time when we all hope to survive and when, according to contact tracing, infections in restaurants are only 1.4%, while meetings in homes would be the culprit in 74% of cases.

It is not easy to control a virus as deadly and treacherous as covid-19, it sticks because it sticks: in the air, on the street, with the things we touch and even by shaking hands in a cordial greeting.

But if the authorities feel they cannot control the virus, it is also not fair that they shift the responsibility onto the shoulders of these merchants.

The National Restaurants Association shouted to the sky and complained arguing that some 11,000 businesses have already closed permanently due to the pandemic that took them out of combat in this 2020.

And like warriors in the middle of a battle, restaurateurs do everything they are required to do to stay in business: they lowered their clientele to 25% while they increased expenses to be able to serve with tables outside their premises, trying to avoid sending their employees. What else do you want!

(The author – who uses a pseudonym – is a journalist based in New York)

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‘We’re not going there, dude’: Trade advisor Peter Navarro produces his own election ‘fraud’ report

White House trade advisor Peter Navarro has produced a 36-page report on ‘irregularities’ in the presidential election – but refused to take a reporter’s question about a government watchdog who found his media appearances violated the Hatch Act.

‘We’re not going there, dude,’ Navarro said when DailyMail.com asked him about the letter from the Office of Special Counsel during a webinar on his new report.

‘Next question. Mute the guy. Mute the guy,’ Navarro said – before the webinar call was abruptly ended.    

White House trade advisor Peter Navarro has written a report on six ‘irregularities’ in the election

Navarro is director of the White House Office for Trade and Manufacturing Policy, and advised President Trump on the trade war with China.

But he also indicated he has a sideline in closely following the ‘Kraken’ lawsuits that so far have racked up more than 50 losses in court.

‘I’ve literally read thousands of affidavits. I’ve read every single court case. I’ve looked at all the testimony that’s been done at the state legislature level,’ Navarro said on the call to tout his election work product.

He drafted an analysis on the subject, and discussed it on a webinar Thursday where he was introduced as acting in his ‘personal capacity.’  

Navarro refused to discuss a report on him by the Office of Special Counsel while discussing a report he wrote on election 'irregularities'

Navarro refused to discuss a report on him by the Office of Special Counsel while discussing a report he wrote on election ‘irregularities’

Navarro's report catalogues 'abuses' of poll watchers in six states President Trump lost

Navarro’s report catalogues ‘abuses’ of poll watchers in six states President Trump lost

Navarro said he has 'literally read thousands of affidavits' in conducting his research for the report, while also advising the president on trade policy

Navarro said he has ‘literally read thousands of affidavits’ in conducting his research for the report, while also advising the president on trade policy

His 36-report relies on many of the same affidavits which have so far failed to persuade state and federal judges. But Navarro said he also reviewed additional affidavits that were not included.

He wants his report to be a ‘catalyst for a full investigation’ of irregularities. He also called for delaying the two Senate runoff elections in Georgia for a month – which would deny the Democrats the chance to gain control of the Senate when President-elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office.

The report claims ‘fake ballot manufacturing’ occurred.  

‘One of the most disturbing examples of possible fake ballot manufacturing involves a truck driver who has alleged in a sworn affidavit that he picked up large crates of ballots in New York and delivered them to a polling location in Pennsylvania. There may be well over 100,000 ballots involved, enough fake ballots alone to have swung the election to Biden in the Keystone State. Likewise in Pennsylvania,’ Navarro writes.

His day job is to advise President Trump on trade policy

His day job is to advise President Trump on trade policy

The Office of Government Ethics issued a report on Navarro stating he violated the Hatch Act in media appearances where he attacked Joe Biden

The Office of Government Ethics issued a report on Navarro stating he violated the Hatch Act in media appearances where he attacked Joe Biden

He cites testimony by Jesse Richard Morgan, who spoke at an event in Arlington, Virginia press conference organized by the Amistad Project and the Thomas Moore Society.

As the York Daily Record reported, state officials have rejected his claims. Morgan has ‘a lengthy history of drug abuse, mental health issues and allegations of domestic violence’ while also being an ‘an amateur ghost hunter’ whose video on sale on Amazon claims he and his brothers ‘have either had extreme paranormal events happen to them or currently have paranormal events happening to them.’

‘The big takeaways for me is there appears to be a coordinated strategy effectively to stuff the ballot box with Biden votes and at least some evidence of the destruction of Trump ballots,’ said Navarro.

Navarro has personal experience being on the ballot when numbers go the wrong way. He ran for office multiple times in the San Diego area, losing five times in races for Congress and county boards and councils.

The OSC report found Navarro 'attacked' Joe Biden during his own TV appearances

The OSC report found Navarro ‘attacked’ Joe Biden during his own TV appearances

His study looks at six battleground states that Joe Biden carried, but did not look at any of the states that Trump won. He repeatedly stressed the narrow margin, although in Michigan Biden won by 150,000 votes.

‘There’s a ton of evidence. There’s a mound of it,’ he said.

Navarro said the report is in the president’s ‘in-box’ but he doesn’t know if Trump has read it. 

He argues that at the ‘the stroke of midnight on Election Day’ Trump ‘appeared well on his way’ to winning, only to watch a flood of mail-in ballots that ‘began entering the count.’

Officials had long in advance predicted there might be a ‘red mirage’ that occurred before mail-in and absentee ballots were counted, after Trump urged his supporters to vote in person and Democrats stressed mail-in voting.

Navarro calls it an ‘astonishing reversal of Trump fortune.’

Navarro dismissed courts, legislatures, Republican officials, and Attorney General Bill Barr’s statement denying widespread fraud. 

‘Bill Barr had no business making the statement he did,’ said Navarro. ‘I thought that was premature particularly in light of the fact that we have what appears to be an FBI and Department of Justice that’s reticent about making any kinds of investigations … I’m still waiting for the Durham report,’ he said. He was referencing U.S. attorney John Durham’s probe of alleged FBI misconduct.

‘I think it’s criminal that Republicans holding majorities in state legislatures in both parties have not had the courage to use their power and authority to conduct the appropriate investigations,’ he said.

As a potential hedge against incurring another Hatch Act violation, the webinar included a disclaimer: ‘Now viewing Dr. Peter Navarro (private citizen’s) screen.’ Navarro is a PhD in economics.

An Office of Special Counsel report December 7 stated that Navarro violated the Hatch Act through tweets and interviews where he talked politics.

 ‘His comments were directed at undermining Mr Biden’s presidential candidacy and persuading voters not to support him in the 2020 election,” according to the OSC report.

He attacked Biden in a May Fox News interview where he said: ‘To brother Joe, I guess he forgot the eight years he was toadying up and kowtowing to the Chinese …’

In a Fox Business News interview Navarro said in China the ‘love’ Biden, brought up Hunter Biden.’

‘They know he can be bought. They know he’s compromised,’ said Navarro.

The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from engaging in political work while doing official duties – but also protects the right of employees to engage in politics. 

White House lawyers have defended his actions and said factual statements don’t count as political advocacy. 

The OSC disagreed. ‘Dr Navarro violated the Hatch Act because he engaged in that very activity,’ according to the report. 

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Cipriani leaves Gloucester but Cherry and Whites insist there was no bust-up

Danny Cipriani left Gloucester last night with immediate effect – and the club insisting there had been no bust-up.

The mercurial fly-half, who will be replaced by Scotland No.10 Adam Hastings, said he went with “mixed emotions”.

But any suggestion he had been forced out was dismissed by Cherry and Whites chief executive Lance Bradley.

“Mutual consent always makes it sound like there’s some big secret or that some terrible bust-up must have happened,” said Bradley.

“But that’s not the case. I understand why people must think there must be a bigger story here but there really isn’t.

“It’s more that both of us realised it wasn’t working and we’d be better off trying something else.”

Cipriani calls shots for Gloucester against Newcastle during his superb first season at Kingsholm

Adam Hastings (centre) has signed to replace Cipriani as Gloucester fly-half next season

The timing is strange, coming four games into the new season and with Hastings not arriving at the club from Glasgow for another nine months.

It is all the more strange for the fact that when George Skivington took charge of the team in June, Cipriani hailed it as “the most exciting announcement of a head coach I’ve seen in rugby… I’m very grateful I’ll get to play out my last years under him”.

In his farewell message to fans Cipriani made it clear that regard had not diminished, saying he had left with the “love, support and blessing of my coach and friend” and adding: “I know the club is in safe hands for the future under George’s leadership.”

Cipriani has found love with partner Victoria

So why now, just 18 months after the London-born playmaker inspired Gloucester to their first play-off appearance in eight years and was voted Player of the Year by his fellow pros?

It is no secret the occasional England star was hugely affected by the death of ex-girlfriend Caroline Flack, who took her own life in February. But he has since found happiness with his marriage to Victoria.

“There’s a lot that has happened in Danny’s personal life,” said Bradley. “Some fantastic, some not so fantastic. All of those things add up and this is where we’ve ended up.

Gloucester chief executive Lance Bradley

“But there wasn’t a massive falling-out, it’s not acrimonious. Danny will always have a place in this club’s heart.

“Some of the things he did, didn’t seem possible. He was a magician.

“I remember once he kicked the ball looking the other way. Anyone else and I’d have called it a shank – but it was Danny and it went straight to the winger who scored.

“I said to him later, ‘Did you mean that?’. He smiled. ‘What do you think?’ Those kind of memories live with you forever.”

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Michigan rep who said he couldn’t guarantee there wouldn’t be violence loses committee assignments

Michigan Republican state representative who said he couldn’t guarantee there wouldn’t be violence as Electoral College electors meet in capitol is kicked off committees by his own party

  • GOP Michigan State Rep. Gary Eisen got stripped of his committee assignments after he said he couldn’t guarantee there wouldn’t be violence on Monday 
  • Eisen went on a radio program and said that Michigan Republicans had planned some sort of ‘event’ as the Electoral College electors gathered in Lansing 
  • He called it ‘convenient’ that the state capitol and office buildings had been locked down due to ‘credible threats of violence’ 
  • He said if he and other Republicans got locked out of the capitol they’d move their event to a different location, but refused to give details 
  • Eisen insisted that supporters of President Donald Trump hadn’t exhausted their options and called what he would attempt a ‘hail Mary’ pass 
  • House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Speaker-elect Jason Wentworth, both Republicans, responded by kicking Eisen out of committees for the term

Republican Michigan State Rep. Gary Eisen got stripped of his committee assignments from the leaders of his own party after he said he couldn’t guarantee there wouldn’t be violence as Electoral College electors gather Monday at the state capitol. 

Eisen appeared on WPHM radio and was asked by host Paul Miller, ‘Can you assure me that this is going to be a safe day in Lansing, nobody’s going to get hurt.’ 

‘No,’ Eisen replied. ‘I don’t know because what we’re doing today is uncharted. It hasn’t been done.’ 

Republican Michigan State Rep. Gary Eisen was booted from committees by leaders of his own party after he told a radio host Monday morning that he couldn’t guarantee there wouldn’t be violence at the Michigan state capitol over the Electoral College vote 

The Michigan state capitol and office buildings are closed to the public Monday after state officials said it was under threat

The Michigan state capitol and office buildings are closed to the public Monday after state officials said it was under threat 

Two pro-Trump demonstrators stand outside the Michigan state capitol on Monday as Electoral College electors make Joe Biden's election win official

Two pro-Trump demonstrators stand outside the Michigan state capitol on Monday as Electoral College electors make Joe Biden’s election win official 

Eisen suggested Michigan’s Republican Party planned to hold some sort of ‘event’ in the capitol, but plans had been scuttled after there was a ‘bomb threat phoned in from Wisconsin,’ the GOP lawmaker said. 

‘So they’re going to lock us out of our offices, they’re going to lock us out of the capitol. How convenient is that? When they’re going to sit electors today, so that we can’t support our options,’ Eisen said. 

Eisen also said he didn’t know if the bomb threat rumor was true, but Amber McCann, the spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, a Republican, said there were ‘credible threats of violence,’ explaining why the capitol and its office buildings were being locked down in a statement Sunday. 

‘I come over last night to Lansing to help and give my support. And now all of the sudden we’re locked out of our offices, we can’t go into the capitol,’ Eisen complained. ‘So we are going to make an attempt because they technically can’t keep me from going into the capitol on official business, they can’t do that OK?’ 

If Eisen was blocked from entering the capitol, the representative said ‘than we are simply going to move our event to a different location and proceed with what we’re going to do today.’ 

Throughout the interview, Miller called out Eisen’s dubious claims about state lawmakers having the power to do anything to influence Monday’s vote and fretted about his actions causing violence. 

Eisen wouldn’t say when asked what event he was planning. 

‘It will be all over the news later on,’ the lawmaker said. 

Miller replied, ‘This sounds dangerous.’ 

Eisen referred to it as a ‘hail Mary’ and refused to agree with Miller who said, ‘every avenue has been exhausted.’ 

‘No it hasn’t,’ Eisen said. ‘It hasn’t alright. Maybe after today it wil. But at least we have one play left and we’ll throw that ball.’   

He also said the ‘event’ wasn’t his idea. 

‘It’s not me doing it it’s the Michigan, it’s the Michigan party, the Republican Party, I’m just there as a witness,’ the lawmaker said.

Shortly after the interview aired, Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Speaker-elect Jason Wentworth, both Republicans, announced their decision to remove Eisen from his committee assignments in the closing days of the two-year session. 

In a statement they said threats or suggestions of violence in politics are never acceptable including ‘when the public officials open the door to violent behavior and refuse to condemn it.’ 

‘We must do better,’ Chatfield and Wentworth said.   

Michigan’s Electoral College electors are expected to cast their votes for President-elect Joe Biden at 2 p.m. Monday. 

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There are no details of the investigation against the Colombian “hot judge”, but there are details of her red lace corset on Instagram | The State

Colombian judge Vivian Polanía Franco has become popular on Instagram, in part, for her “fitness” routine.

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On the results of the administrative investigation against Colombian judge Vivian Polanía Franco to which his superiors “judge” for allegedly compromising the administration of Justice with his explicit photos in networks there is no relevant information at the moment.

More than two months after the initiation of the inquiries by members of the Disciplinary Jurisdictional Chamber of the Sectional Council of the Judiciary, there are no details of the conclusion of the investigation; or at least, it has not reached the media.

What is evident in the magistrate’s Instagram account These are the sexy and scantily clad photos that he continues to share in defiance of the wake-up call made by the high command of the Branch he represents.

Polanía Franco, First Municipal Criminal Judge with ambulatory guarantee control functions in Cúcuta, must know very well the implications of the word censorship, but in terms of her daily routine, that word is dissonant, judging by the publications she shares daily in his account on the social network, where he has more than 183,000 fans.

This week, the Colombian, a regular at “Crossfit”, has been seen in a red and black lace corset from her bed, “topless” and flossing.

The also nicknamed “hot judge” or “fitness judge”, who seems to celebrate her toned body with each publication, also takes time to take the “rodadita” (walk) despite the quarantine, as revealed in her most recent publication in the net.

“Yesiii yesterday I gave myself the shot after much quarantine, shooting is living, outdated, but happy !!! #bunny #sexyred #harleydavidson #hareleydavidsonmotorcycles #vivianpolaniaf # vivianpolaniaf2 🐰☠️💋 ”, read the comment to the photo in which she appears resting on her bed in her underwear.

Polanía Franco’s message remains the same: she does not intend to change to please other members of the judiciary.

“I’m not the only person who has an Instagram profile where I show my results for CrossFit. If they see other women, they do the same, precisely when one achieves something through this sport, it is nice to show it for all the effort that is made, “she said previously in an interview with La Opinion de Cúcuta.

It was the highlight of his lifestyle outside the Court in that and other local media that led to the initiation of the investigation against him.

Amid the uproar caused by the reviews, CNN spoke with the judge, who said she does not plan to stop exercising the right to free development of personality.

“Regarding my clothes and the way I dress, it is the free development of the personality. I absolutely disagree. Not all judges, officials, employees, people are the same ”, stated the interviewee who has 37 tattoos.

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Juhi Chawla: There is no need to panic, I am ready to go out and work outdoors


Even as the number of Covid 19 positive cases continue to rise, Bollywood has been steadily getting back on it’s knees. The risk is quite evident, as we have seen, with the latest example being Neetu Kapoor and Varun Dhawan catching the virus while shooting for their film Jug Jug Jeeyo in Chandigarh.

Juhi Chawla is still all for working. “I am ready to go out and work, and fine with working outdoors. I would not like to be inside one studio. There were so many things we were battling there, like unhygienic conditions, not realising what we were up against,” she says.

Precautions of course are something that the 53-year-old will be keeping in mind. The actor continues, “There is no need to panic. I already went for the shoot of a commercial, and instead of a 100 odd people, the unit was scaled down to 60 people, and the work got done very efficiently. Everybody feels strongly about it, just proper hygiene is required, and arrange it in a way. We will be fine. I am not really paranoid (about working full time).” 

The actor had also been inn Dubai, for the Indian Premiere League cricket tournament, as her team Kolata Knight Riders had been one of the teams.

On the overall situation currently shaping up, Chawla has different opinions. In fact, as she herself puts it, they are “radical views”.

She explains, “One feels suffocated in masks… before that (covid 19), suffocation and carbon dioxide will get us. What is this? I feel very happy, proud and strong in saying I have Ayurveda, yoga, pranayama, homeopathy, what am I scared of? I advocate to everyone around me, do simple home remedies every day. Kya Covid kya virus kuch nahi hoga. I have another bent of mind.”

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Yes, there was an ethical breach

Uncovering fake news, verifying statements by politicians, finding the real numbers: our Bureau of Investigation, based in Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa, specializes in the art of setting the record straight. Every Saturday, our journalists and researchers present their findings to you so that you can see more clearly the news of the week.

THE STATEMENT

Deputy House leader Eric Caire defended Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon in the chamber on Wednesday. The latter was singled out in a report by the Ethics Commissioner for the second time in less than two months.

Caquist Minister Eric Cairo

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Caquist Minister Eric Cairo

” [La commissaire] says that, in fact, the Minister of Economy and Innovation has not been unethical, ”said Cairo, asking that he be shown the page of the report affirming the contrary .

FACTS

Contrary to what Mr. Caire insinuates, the Ethics Commissioner writes in her report that Pierre Fitzgibbon “committed a breach” of three articles of the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Members of the National Assembly.

According to the commissioner, the purpose of the Code is “to affirm the values ​​and ethical principles of the National Assembly to which the deputies adhere, to lay down the ethical rules that they must respect and to provide for the mechanisms of application and control of these rules ”.

The commissioner criticizes the minister for not divesting in time his interests in companies that have links with the government or a public body. He also intervened with Investissement Québec to refuse to provide financial assistance to one of them. Ultimately, Mr. Fitzgibbon did not report certain information, including his collectives. The Caquista government, however, refused to blame him.

– Sarah Daoust-Braun

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 12.4%

This is the average increase in the number of visits to the controversial Pornhub site in Canada between March 13, at the start of the pandemic, and July 13.

According to data from the site specializing in pornographic videos, the days of March 25 and 27 were particularly busy with increases of 22% and 20%.

Elsewhere in the world, for the day of March 25 only, there is an increase in consultation of 55% in Scotland and India, 53% in Russia and 42% in Mexico.

Pornhub has been heavily criticized this week following an article in the American daily New York Times which reported among other things a high number of rape videos and child pornography.

– Philippe Langlois

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Texas AG claims he DOESN’T have to show there was fraud for Supreme Court to overturn election

The Republican attorney general of Texas whose suit seeks to have the Supreme Court overturn the election claims in a new filing it is ‘impossible’ to know who won the election – and faults four states for failing to ‘show’ that Biden won.

AG Ken Paxton, who has been photographed with the Trump in the presidential limousine and who is under indictment but maintains his innocence, responds to the charge that his lawsuit seeks to ‘overthrow the votes of the American people.’

Although the suit seeks to overturn the vote in four states that went for Joe Biden, Paxton rejects the claim. 

‘Texas does not ask this Court to reelect President Trump, and Texas does not seek to disenfranchise the majority of Defendant States’ voters,’ according to the response. ‘To both points, Texas asks this Court to recognize the obvious fact that Defendant States’ maladministration of the 2020 election makes it impossible to know which candidate garnered the majority of lawful votes,’ according to the filing.

‘Texas IS likely to prevail’ according to the legal brief filed with the Supreme Court by the office of Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, seen here with Trump in June. 

The suit seeks to overturn the vote in Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania – which would be sufficient to award Trump the White House. The suit claims the states violated the constitution through major expansions of mail-in voting amid the pandemic. 

‘Texas IS likely to prevail’ according to the brief. 

After Georgia’s Republican lieutenant governor on Thursday night responded to the suit saying there had ‘not seen a single ounce of systemic or organized fraud,’ Paxton’s filing maintains the burden falls on the states to prove that their elections were legitimate.   

‘The balance of equities tips to the Plaintiff State,’ according to the filing. ‘Defendant States first assume that Mr. Biden won their States legitimately, then use that assumption to criticize Texas’s arguments for disenfranchising voters. If the flawed 2020 results stand, that result would disenfranchise voters,’ according to the filing.

‘At best for Defendant States, the balance of equities could be neutral. But because Defendant States cannot—or at least do not— seriously defend the merits or show that Mr. Biden actually prevailed, the equities tip in favor of Texas and of the lawful process for resolving contested elections ‘do precious little to defend the merits of their actions,’ according to the filing.

All four states have already certified their results for Joe Biden. Georgia already conducted multiple statewide recounts, and Wisconsin conducted a recount in two heavily Democratic counties at the request and cost of the Trump campaign. 

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Trump rival in 2016, called the Texas lawsuit ‘crazy.’

‘This is crazy. it will be killed on arrival. Why are smart people advancing this notion? Let it go. The election is over, he tweeted Thursday night.

The legal filing came  after the four states responded to the initial suit, which President Trump wants to join.  

Their filing shredded the effort to turn the vote as a ‘surreal alternate reality’ and ‘seditious’ abuse of the courts.

They attacked the lawsuit as an attempt to ‘overthrow’ the results of the election. 

It was a last-ditch argument Trump immediately latched onto in his effort to have courts and state legislatures ‘overturn’ the election. 

But the Texas suits arguments were ‘moot, meritless, and dangerous,’ argued the four states who would have their votes discounted.

‘Let us be clear. Texas invites this Court to overthrow the votes of the American people and choose the next President of the United States. That Faustian invitation must be firmly rejected,’ they asked the court.

Adding to the intrigue and farce of the situation, it was revealed just hours after the latest filing that Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton, who filed the suit, had his office served with a federal subpoena on Wednesday.

 FBI agents delivered ‘at least one’ subpoena to the AG’s office, the Austin-American Statesman reported Thursday, in connection to an ongoing investigation. The subpoena follows multiple aides in his office quitting and alleging abuse of his office and bribery. Paxton’s prominent role in the case, combined with his own legal troubles, has led to speculation he is seeking a presidential pardon – following Trump intends to dole out a slew of pardons to allies in his final weeks in office.

Paxton was among the Republican attorneys general who met with Trump at the White House Thursday amid his suit seeking to overturn the election. 

The Pennsylvania AG’s office described the Texas suit as a crass political maneuver to extend Trump’s term. 

‘Texas’s effort to get this Court to pick the next President has no basis in law or fact. The Court should not abide this seditious abuse of the judicial process, and should send a clear and unmistakable signal that such abuse must never be replicated,’ they urged.

Even so, 106 House Republicans – more than half the GOP’s majority – endorsed the suit in a friend of the court brief filed Thursday. 

Georgia’s lieutenant governor, Geoff Duncan, blasted the suit.  ‘This is not American, this is not democracy. This is not our finest moment. My hope is we quickly move past this,’ he told the PBS News Hour.

‘We have not seen a single ounce of systemic or organized fraud,’ he said. ‘I’m proud of that even though the person I supported didn’t win.

The lawyers for the four states, headed by Pennsylvania Josh Shapiro’s office, took aim at a major federalism flaw in the case – allowing one state to seek to ‘dictate’ the election laws of another, even as the Constitution grants states the authority to run their own elections.

‘Texas has not suffered harm simply because it dislikes the result of the election, and nothing in the text, history, or structure of the Constitution supports Texas’s view that it can dictate the manner in which four other states run their elections. Nor is that view grounded in any precedent from this Court. Texas does not seek to have the Court interpret the Constitution, so much as disregard it.’

The Pennsylvania AG even took time to dispatch a ‘statistical analysis’ provided by the Texas suit that the chance of Biden winning despite Trump’s “lead” at 3 am on election night was ‘less than one in a quadrillion.’

‘Texas also relies on a statistical analysis prepared by Charles J. Cicchetti, Ph.D., in support of the assertion that the results in the four defendant states were so improbable as to be evidence of misconduct. Bill of Complaint ¶¶ 9–12. Texas’s allegations and Dr. Cicchetti’s analysis are nonsense,’ according to the filing.

”It bases this astounding assertion on Dr. Cicchetti’s assessment, for each of the states, of the extremely low probability that the votes counted before 3 a.m. and those counted afterwards were “randomly drawn from the same population.” 

However the way the votes came in were not random.  

 ‘But the votes counted later were indisputably not “randomly drawn” from the same population of votes, as those counted earlier were predominantly in-person votes while those counted later were predominantly mail-in votes. And Texas’s own complaint shows why the later-counted votes led to such a strong shift in favor of President-Elect Biden: “Significantly, in Defendant States, Democrat [sic] voters voted by mail at two to three times the rate of Republicans.” Bill of Complaint at ¶ 39. Both this fact and the expectation that it would result in a shift in PresidentElect Biden’s favor as mail-in votes were counted were widely reported months ahead of the election,’ the filing notes.   

The claims by Texas ‘are neither serious nor dignified,’ according to the filing. The dispute ‘involves Pennsylvania’s interpretation of its own laws, and Texas’s disagreement with that interpretation.’

Texas ‘repeats the same false allegations of election fraud that have already been repeatedly rejected by other courts,’ according to the filing, following dozens of defeats by Trump and his allies in election lawsuits since Nov. 3.

‘And its request for relief—to disenfranchise tens of millions of voters who reasonably relied upon the law—is uniquely unserious.’

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a blistering response to the Texas AG's lawsuit seeking to overturn the election

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a blistering response to the Texas AG’s lawsuit seeking to overturn the election

The filing calls out a 'cacophony of bogus claims' and calls it 'legally indefensible'

The filing calls out a ‘cacophony of bogus claims’ and calls it ‘legally indefensible’

A total of 106 House Republicans signed onto a motion to file a friend of the court brief in favor of the suit – a demonstration of Trump’s continued hold over the party he has dominated since capturing the Republican nomination in 2016 and taking office. 

Included were Reps. Mike Johnson of Louisiana, Steve Scalise of Louisiana – the House minority whip, and Trump loyalists Jim Jordan of Ohio and Matt Gaetz of Florida.    

Trump kept up his bid to try to get the Supreme Court to overturn the election Thursday, tweeting about a ‘coup’ and a ‘corrupt election’ hours after another federal judge dismissed an election challenge by a Trump ally.

Trump met Thursday with state attorneys general have have followed his lead in seeking to intervene in a Texas lawsuit asking the high court to disregard millions of ballots in four states that Joe Biden Won.

And he continued to tout a conspiracy theory involving voting machines that Trump’s lawyers say were designed to rig the election, despite courts and state officials not buying it. 

‘Great. Most corrupt Election in history, by far. We won!!!’ Trump tweeted, as he blasted out post about Republican House members seeking a special counsel to probe the election, which Joe Biden won by more than 7 million votes. 

‘Voter Fraud!’ he wrote in another tweet, where he retweeted a Newsmax host who posted video purporting to show ‘mysterious ballots’ being counted in Georgia.

He also retweeted a ‘Trump rally fan’ he said appeared on Trump-loyalist network OAN who claimed a ‘coup’ was happening – hours after Trump himself tweeted ‘#OVERTURN.’ 

‘People are upset, and they have a right to be. Georgia not only supported Trump in 2016, but now. This is the only State in the Deep South that went for Biden? Have they lost their minds? This is going to escalate dramatically. This is a very dangerous moment in our history.. …The fact that our Country is being stolen. A coup is taking place in front of our eyes, and the public can’t take this anymore,’ the unidentified person said in the quote Trump tweeted.

President Donald Trump tweeted a quote from a fan who alleged an election 'coup,' hours after he called to 'OVERTURN' the election results

President Donald Trump tweeted a quote from a fan who alleged an election ‘coup,’ hours after he called to ‘OVERTURN’ the election results

The Supreme Court set an afternoon deadline for four states to respond to the Texas suit

The Supreme Court set an afternoon deadline for four states to respond to the Texas suit

Trump retweeted video purporting to show voter fraud that the Georgia Secretary of State said showed nothing improper

Trump retweeted video purporting to show voter fraud that the Georgia Secretary of State said showed nothing improper

THE 106 HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO WANT SCOTUS TO OVERTURN THE ELECTION RESULT

 Ralph Abraham Louisiana 

Rick W. Allen Georgia 

James R. Baird Indiana

Jim Banks Indiana

Jack Bergman Michigan 

Andy Biggs Arizona

Gus Bilirakis Florida

Dan Bishop North Carolina  

Mike Bost Illinois

Kevin Brady Texas

Mo Brooks Alabama 

Ken Buck Colorado 

Ted Budd North Carolina 

Tim Burchett Tennessee 

Michael C. Burgess Texas

Bradley Byrne Alabama 

Ken Calvert California 

Earl L. ‘Buddy’ Carter Georgia 

Ben Cline Virginia 

Michael Cloud Texas 

Mike Conaway Texas 

Rick Crawford Arkansas 

Dan Crenshaw Texas 

Mario Diaz-Balart Florida

Jeff Duncan South Carolina

Neal P. Dunn Florida

Tom Emmer Minnesota 

Ron Estes Kansas 

A. Drew Ferguson Georgia 

Chuck Fleischmann Tennessee 

Bill Flores Texas  

Jeff Fortenberry Nebraska  

Virginia Foxx North Carolina 

Russ Fulcher Idaho

Matt Gaetz Florida 

 Greg Gianforte Montana 

Bob Gibbs Ohio

Louie Gohmert Texas  

Lance Gooden Texas

Sam Graves Missouri 

Mark Green Tennessee

Michael Guest Mississippi 

Andy Harris Maryland 

Vicky Hartzler Missouri 

Kevin Hern Oklahoma 

Clay Higgins Louisiana 

Trey Hollingsworth Indiana 

Richard Hudson North Carolina 

Bill Huizenga Michigan

Bill Johnson Ohio   

Mike Johnson Louisiana 

Jim Jordan Ohio 

John Joyce Pennsylvania

Fred Keller Pennsylvania

Mike Kelly Pennsylvania 

Trent Kelly Mississippi 

Steve King Iowa 

David Kustoff Tennessee 

Darin LaHood Illinois 

Doug LaMalfa California 

Doug Lamborn Colorado 

Robert E. Latta Ohio

 Debbie Lesko Arizona

Blaine Leutkemeyer Missouri 

Kenny Marchant Texas 

Roger Marshall Kansas 

Tom McClintock California 

Cathy McMorris Rogers Washington

 Dan Meuser Pennsylvania  

Carol D. Miller West Virginia 

John Moolenaar Michigan    

Alex X. Mooney West Virginia 

Markwayne Mullin Oklahoma 

Gregory Murphy North Carolina 

Dan Newhouse Washington

Ralph Norman South Carolina

Gary Palmer Alabama 

Scott Perry Pennsylvania 

Guy Reschenthaler Pennsylvania

Tom Rice South Carolina 

John Rose Tennessee

 David Rouzer North Carolina

John Rutherford Florida

Steve Scalise Louisiana Minority whip 

Austin Scott Georgia

Mike Simpson Idaho 

Adrian Smith Nebraska 

Jason Smith Missouri

Ross Spano Florida 

Elise Stefanik New York 

Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson Pennsylvania 

Tom Tiffany Wisconsin 

William Timmons South Carolina 

Ann Wagner Missouri 

Tim Walberg Michigan 

Michael Waltz Florida 

Randy Weber Texas

Daniel Webster Florida 

Brad Wenstrup Ohio 

Bruce Westerman Arkansas

Roger Williams Texas

Joe Wilson South Carolina 

Rob Wittman Virginia 

Ron Wright Texas 

Ted S. Yoho Florida

Lee Zeldin New York 

 

‘A Trump fan at Georgia Rally on @OANBad!’  

The president’s push to rally against the election result came in advance of a 3 pm deadline for four states – Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Georgia – to respond to the suit by the Texas attorney general.     

Trump’s forces are running out of time. The Electoral College meets Monday, although the suit seeks to have the states delay their participation, despite the Constitution’s call for a single meeting. 

‘There are 20 million reasons’ the case will fail, Republican election lawyer Ben Ginsburg told CNN, referencing the number of people who would be disenfranchised if the Court decided as Texas proposes. ‘Now this is just a sour grapes case,’ he said.

Nebraska GOP Sen. Ben Sasse was among a few elected Republicans dissing the case, even as 17 state attorneys general sought to sign on. 

‘I’m no lawyer, but I suspect the Supreme Court swats this away. From the brief, it looks like a fella begging for a pardon filed a PR stunt rather than a lawsuit – as all of its assertions have already been rejected by federal courts and Texas’ own solicitor general isn’t signing on,’ he wrote.

ADULTERY AND AN FBI PROBE: MEET THE AG BEHIND HAIL MARY BID TO VOID ELECTION 

The FBI is investigating allegations that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton broke the law in using his office to benefit a wealthy donor.

Federal agents are looking into claims by former members of Paxton’s staff that the Republican committed bribery, abuse of office and other crimes to help Austin real estate developer Nate Paul.

The investigation was reported in mid-November by the Associated Press.

Paxton has denied wrongdoing and refused calls for his resignation since his top deputies reported him to federal authorities at the end of September.

Trump ally: Ken Paxton with Eric Trump and his wife Angela - who he admits cheating on

Trump ally: Ken Paxton with Eric Trump and his wife Angela – who he admits cheating on

It’s unclear how far the FBI is into investigating the allegations against Paxton. An agency spokeswoman in San Antonio declined to comment.

Paxton is accused of using his position as Texas’ top law enforcement official to benefit Paul in several ways.

Central to their claims is the fact that Paxton hired an outside lawyer to investigate the developer’s allegations that the FBI improperly searched his home and offices last year.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (right, with Trump in the Beast in 2018) has filed suit against four states that went for Joe Biden, asking the Supreme Court to have Republican-run state legislatures appoint electors and hand the presidency to Donald Trump

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (right, with Trump in the Beast in 2018) has filed suit against four states that went for Joe Biden, asking the Supreme Court to have Republican-run state legislatures appoint electors and hand the presidency to Donald Trump

Each of Paxton’s accusers has resigned, been put on leave or been fired since reporting him. Last week, four of them filed a state whistleblower lawsuit against the attorney general, claiming he ousted them as retribution.

The full nature of Paxton and Paul’s connection remains unclear. In 2018, Paul donated $25,000 to the attorney general’s reelection campaign. The developer also said in a recent deposition that Paxton recommended a woman for her job with his company.

Two people previously told The Associated Press that Paxton acknowledged in 2018 having an extramarital affair with the woman, who was then a state Senate aide. The people spoke on condition of anonymity due to fears about retaliation.

Paxton has spent most of his tenure in office maintaining his innocence in the face of an indictment on unrelated securities fraud charges. The case has been stalled for years over legal challenges.

His ‘begging for a pardon’ comment likely referenced Texas AG Ken Paxton, who was indicted in 2015 for alleged securities fraud and been accused by former aides of abuse of office and bribery. He is currently under FBI investigation.

And in Wisconsin, the chief federal judge of the district of the state, Pamela Pepper, dismissed one of conspiracy theory attorney Sidney Powell’s ‘Kraken’ lawsuits on Wednesday night ruling: Federal judges do not appoint the president in this country. 

‘One wonders why the plaintiffs came to federal court and asked a federal judge to do so. 

‘After a week of sometimes odd and often harried litigation, the court is no closer to answering the “why.”‘

In another federal court in the state Thursday, Trump’s lawyers tried to have the Wisconsin victory overturned on the basis that the voting system adopted by the state, including drop boxes for absentee ballots, was unconstitutional.

But they seemed to be facing almost certain defeat, first agreeing that they were in no way alleging fraud, and then facing Trump appointee Brett Ludwig suggesting that the ruling they were looking for was not on offer.

‘This would be a most remarkable proceeding and probably the most remarkable ruling in the history of this court or the federal judiciary,’ he said before hearing from Trump’s attorney.

The Supreme Court Texas case, filed this week, features an affidavit by Mellissa Carone, whose wild and antagonistic testimony went viral and got treated to a sketch on Saturday Night Live. It references a case filed in Michigan supported by the affidavit, and it includes her sworn statement in the appendix for the case. 

Carone was recently on probation after initially being charged with a computer crime.         

Trump on Wednesday night told a White House Hanukkah party that he is going to ‘win this election’ if Supreme Court judges have ‘courage and wisdom’ to overturn results. 

The mostly maskless crowd chanted ‘four more years’ after Trump told them that the help of ‘certain very important people’ was needed to prevent him from having to leave the White House. 

He appeared to be referencing the case filed by the Texas Attorney General on Monday and later joined by 17 other Republican-led states that is calling on the Supreme Court to overturn the results in four states. 

Yet, Texas senator John Cornyn spoke out against his AG Ken Paxton on Wednesday night, stating that he could not see the legal basis to the challenge. 

Paxton has claimed that the election results in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia are ‘tainted’ due to the elections processes in those states. 

Cornyn, who faced criticism in late November for saying the Senate is not obligated to confirm Biden appointees, told CNN that he believed states should not interfere in each other’s elections.

‘I read just the summary of it, and I frankly struggle to understand the legal theory of it,’ he said of Paxton’s case. 

‘Number one, why would a state, even such a great state as Texas, have a say so on how other states administer their elections,’ Cornyn added.  

‘We have a diffused and dispersed system and even though we might not like it, they may think it’s unfair, those are decided at the state and local level and not at the national level. So it’s an interesting theory, but I’m not convinced.’ 

Cornyn has previously refused to acknowledge that Biden has won the election yet has also spoken out about Trump’s failure to prove that there was any voter fraud. 

After Cornyn took a hit at AG Paxton on Wednesday, he was commended by Jeb Bush, who echoed the claim that the case has no legal base. 

‘Thank you Senator Cornyn. There is no legal theory and the conservative majority Supreme Court will reject it out of hand,’ he wrote. 

Yet Trump is firing ahead with the Hail Mary attempt to change the results of the election telling the crowd gathered at the White House on Wednesday night that it was a ‘historic fight’. 

‘It’s really for the soul of our country — because if somebody wins an election by a lot and they take the election away and they give it to people that shouldn’t be there, I think that’s a problem for our country,’ he said.   

This came after Trump’s new lawyer produced a filing claiming there is something ‘deeply amiss’ in the election results.

The lawyer, John Eastman, had also penned an op-ed this summer doubting whether Vice President-elect Kamala  Harris was eligible for office despite her being born in California. 

The new legal brief with Trump’s name on it, included a motion for Trump, identified as the president, ‘to intervene in his personal capacity as candidate for re-election’. 

The brief includes many of the same arguments Trump has put forward on his Twitter account – including Wednesday, when Trump tweeted no candidate has ever lost the White House while carrying Florida and Ohio.

‘The fact that nearly half of the country believes the election was stolen should come as no surprise,’ according to the filing. 

‘President Trump prevailed on nearly every historical indicia of success in presidential elections. For example, he won both Florida and Ohio; no candidate in history—Republican or Democrat—has ever lost the election after winning both States.’

It also relies on statistical claims about the vote, in a race Trump has claimed was ‘rigged’ despite Joe Biden getting 7 million more votes than he did.   

‘This, despite the fact that the nearly 75 million votes he received—a record for any incumbent President—was nearly 12 million more than he received in the 2016 election, also a record (in contrast to the 2012 election, in which the incumbent received 3 million fewer votes than he had four years earlier but nevertheless prevailed).’

‘These things just don’t normally happen, and a large percentage of the American people know that something is deeply amiss,’ according to the filing, which comes after passage of the ‘safe harbor’ deadline and after enough states certified their vote for Joe Biden to win the Electoral College. 

Trump has asked Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to argue the case if the Supreme Court decides to listen to its merit. 

Cruz argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court before he was elected to the Senate and been a loyal Trump defender, although he also ran for president in 2016.

By way of remedy, Trump asks that the vote be thrown out and for the high court to ‘direct’ that state legislatures ‘have the authority to appoint a new set of Electors in a manner that does not violate the Electors Clause, or to appoint no Electors at all’ – which would have the result of nullifying millions of votes in the four states.

It also seeks to award costs to the plaintiff for the intervention, as well as ‘such other relief as the court deems just and proper.’ 

It says the high court should ‘direct the defendant States to review their election results in compliance with pre-existing state law and count only lawfully cast ballots and thereby determine who truly won the contest for President of the United States.’

Federal judges overseeing cases by Trump allies in Michigan and other states have scoffed at remedies that would wipe away millions of votes. ‘The people have spoken,’ ruled U.S. District Court Judge Linda V. Parker in Michigan as she dismissed a suit. 

President-elect Joe Biden won 306 Electoral College votes compared to 232 for Trump, while winning 81 million votes nationwide compared to 74 million for Trump.  

Attorney John Eastman, pictured above, who filed the motion for Trump to intervene in the Texas lawsuit, penned an op-ed this summer doubting whether Vice President-elect Kamal Harris was eligible for office despite her being born in California

Attorney John Eastman, pictured above, who filed the motion for Trump to intervene in the Texas lawsuit, penned an op-ed this summer doubting whether Vice President-elect Kamal Harris was eligible for office despite her being born in California

Amid the rush by Republicans to back Trump, even after all 50 states and D.C. certified their votes, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah blasted the idea of having state legislatures overturn the will of voters.

‘It’s just simply madness. The idea of supplanting the vote of the people with partisan legislators is so completely out of our national character that it’s simply mad,’ Romney said.

‘Of course the President has the right to challenge results in court, to have recounts. But this effort to subvert the vote of the people is dangerous and destructive of the cause of democracy,’ he added.

The Electoral College meets Monday, in the next milestone toward Inauguration Day on January 20th.  

The case led by AG Paxton has also been joined by seventeen other state attorneys general – all Republicans and all hailing from states that Trump carried in November.

‘Encroachments on the authority of state Legislatures by other state actors violate the separation of powers and threaten individual liberty,’ wrote the states, who are seeking to have the court step in to overturn the vote in four other states. 

‘States have a strong interest in ensuring that the votes of their own citizens are not diluted by the unconstitutional administration of elections in other States,’ they write. 

Signing on were the top law enforcement officers of Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.  

But on Tuesday, the Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge to another case seeking to overturn the certification process in Pennsylvania by voiding its mail-in ballots. No justice registered a dissent – suggesting that the decision could have been 9-0 against Republican Mike Kelly, whose case would have also voided the presidential election result if it had succeeded.

And in Nevada late Tuesday, the state Supreme Court slapped down Trump’s bid to overturn the election unanimously, ruling he had provided no evidence of significant fraud. 

A DARING LAWSUIT – OR DOOMED TO HIT THE TRASH?

Texas AG Ken Paxton lawsuit makes a legal Hail Mary by going straight to the Supreme Court – meaning he can either win big, or he could simply be ignored.

The Supreme Court is the correct place for disputes between states to be played out, but usually such disputes are long-running, such as over water rights. In 2014, Oklahoma and Nebraska asked the Supreme Court to stop Colorado’s marijuana legalization – but it declined to hear the case.

That could be well be the justices’ first response to Paxton. 

To convince them to take the case, he has to convince them that the people of Texas – whom he represents – suffered harm from the election’s outcome, and that the four states either breached the Article 1 clause establishing how elections are run, or the Equal Protection clause, by making the votes of the people of Texas somehow less important than those of the swing states. 

The states themselves can point out that election law is dealt with in individual states, and that cases there have universally lost. They can also point to the results in federal circuit courts and – in Pennsylvania – federal appeals courts which have dismissed claims too. 

Even if the justices are convinced that they should take the case, it remains a severe uphill task for the Republican attorney general to win.

The usual approach the justices take to disputes between states is to set up their own special court, under a ‘special master’ to investigate both sides’ cases, take evidence, and approach the case like its own trial.

That is because, unusually, the Supreme Court is starting from scratch rather than dealing with a case which has already made its way through the courts system and is very well defined. This time, however the clock is ticking and the justices could opt to hear the case themselves.

Either way, Paxton would have to present voluminous evidence to back up his demand, that millions of ballots be voided and the results of four swing states’ elections be overturned.

The core of Paxton’s case is that the four states changed mail-in ballot rules before the election, then used those to fraudulently switch the result to Biden from Trump.   

The Supreme Court would have to rule both that the four states acted unconstitutionally, and then that the way to deal with those actions is by voiding their elections. Such an extreme act runs in the face of the Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this year on ‘faithless electors,’ which allowed states to punish or remove those who planned to vote against the states’ winning candidate.

During the case, Justice Brett Kavanaugh spoke about ‘the chaos principle of judging’ saying if it’s a ‘a close call…we shouldn’t facilitate or create chaos.’

As for his evidence, Paxton faces an obvious challenge: his submission relies on a string of claims about both the constitutional actions of the states in allowing more widespread access to mail-in voting, and of fraud, which have already been slapped down by state and federal judges in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Georgia. 

Among the ‘evidence’ is that Republicans were not allowed to watch ballots being counted in Philadelphia, which was laughed out of court when a Trump lawyer admitted there was a ‘non-zero’ number of observers.

He also claims that Georgia’s mail-in ballots would have gone to Trump if they had been rejected at the same rate as they were in 2016 – which the state has already ruled out happening.

In Michigan, the evidence includes the affidavit of Jessy Jacob, already dismissed by a Detroit judge, claiming that that election workers coached voters to either vote Biden or straight Democrat by standing beside them in the voting station, and that she was asked not to seek photo ID from voters. The judge dismissed her claims as ‘generalized,’ said she did nothing about it when she claimed it was happening, and only came forward when Trump lost.

In Wisconsin Paxton claims voting drop boxes were unconstitutional. The state’s attorney general can invoke what is known as ‘laches,’ a defense that Paxton should have sued at the time the boxes were authorized, rather than waiting to see the outcome of the vote. It also includes a claim from a USPS sub-contractor about ballots being backdated after polls closed – even though the state had already reported its result.

And in all four states Paxton quotes a statistical analysis: ‘The probability of former Vice President Biden winning the popular vote in the four Defendant States—Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin— independently given President Trump’s early lead in those States as of 3 a.m. on November 4, 2020, is less than one in a quadrillion, or 1 in 1,000,000,000,000,000.’ But its basis is undeclared and comes from an energy economist, not an elections expert. 

ANOTHER DEFEAT: THIS TIME NEVADA’S JUDGES SLAP DOWN TRUMP 

The Supreme Court of Nevada rejected an appeal late Tuesday from President Donald Trump‘s campaign to overturn the election results in the state, affirming President-elect Joe Biden‘s win in one of the battleground states

‘To prevail on this appeal, appellants must demonstrate error of law, findings of fact not supported by substantial evidence or an abuse of discretion in the admission or rejection of evidence by the district court,’ the order read. ‘We are not convinced they have done so.’ 

Trump says the result was fraudulent, but no court has found evidence to support his assertions.  

Last week, a district court in Nevada ruled that the Trump campaign had not proven a claim that there had been a malfunction in voting devices and the contest between Trump and Biden had been manipulated.    

‘We also are not convinced that the district court erred in applying a burden of proof by clear and convincing evidence, as supported by the cases cited in the district court’s order,’ Nevada’s Supreme Court said in its judgement. 

Nevada’s Republican Party said it was ‘extremely disappointed’ by the decision.

‘We were not afforded an opportunity to write our brief or argue the case in front of the Court,’ Nevada’s GOP said in a statement.

‘Full denial of legitimate due process and appellate rights is truly unprecedented, shocking and extraordinary,’ it said. 

One of the court’s justices, Elissa Cadish, recused herself from ruling on the appeal, saying she had a personal relationship with several of the Biden electors, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.   

Trump’s campaign wanted Justice James W. Hardesty to recuse himself because he congratulated Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske on ‘carrying out an extraordinary successful election,’ the paper also reported.   

Hardesty filed a motion saying that his comment was ‘an appropriate courteous and professional response and in no way reflects any predisposition or opinion by me concerning the facts or issues raised in this case.’ 

The Trump campaign lost that argument too.  

Biden won Nevada by a 33,596-vote margin, giving him the state’s six votes in the Electoral College which choses the president. 

Democrat Hillary Clinton also won the state over Trump in 2016. 

This has been true whether the judge has been appointed by a Democrat or a Republican, including those named by Trump himself.

The judicial rulings that have rejected Trump’s unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud have underscored not only the futility of the lame-duck president’s attempt to sabotage the people’s will but also the role of the courts in checking his unprecedented efforts to stay in power.

The rebukes have not stopped the litigation.

Even in the face of these losses in court, Trump has contended that, in fact, he won the election. 

And he’s moved out of the courts to directly appeal to lawmakers as his losses mount. He brought Michigan lawmakers to the White House in a failed bid to set aside the vote tally, and phoned Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, asking him to order a special legislative session to overturn the states results. Kemp refused. 

And Trump tweeted in all caps, ‘I WON THE ELECTION, BIG.’

While that is not the case, what is true is that Trump is rapidly running out of legal runway. 

Out of roughly 50 lawsuits filed, more than 35 have been dropped or dismissed. 

A great deal of the lawsuits highlight a lack of understanding of how elections actually work.

In Georgia, U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten, appointed by President George W. Bush, dismissed a lawsuit filed by Powell, who was dropped from the Trump legal team a few weeks ago but has still continued to spread faulty election claims.

Powell’s lawsuit claimed widespread fraud meant to illegally manipulate the vote count in favor of Biden. The suit said the scheme was carried out in different ways, including ballot stuffing, votes flipped by the election system from Trump to Biden and problems with absentee ballots. The judge summarily rejected those claims.

Batten said the lawsuit sought ‘perhaps the most extraordinary relief ever sought in any federal court in connection with an election.’

He said the lawsuit sought to ignore the will of voters in Georgia, which certified the state for Biden again Monday after three vote counts.

‘They want this court to substitute its judgment for that of two-and-a-half million Georgia voters who voted for Joe Biden and this I am unwilling to do,’ Batten said.

Much like Trump, his lawyers try to blame the political leanings of the judge after their legal arguments are flayed.

When a federal appeals panel in Philadelphia rejected Trump´s election challenge just five days after it reached the court, Trump legal advisor Jenna Ellis – who was revealed Tuesday to have COVID – called their work a product of ‘the activist judicial machinery in Pennsylvania.’

But Trump appointed the judge who wrote the Nov. 27 opinion.

‘Voters, not lawyers, choose the president. Ballots, not briefs, decide elections,’ Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote as the 3rd U.S. Circuit panel refused to stop the state from certifying its results for Democrat Joe Biden, a demand he called ‘breathtaking.’

All three of the panel members were appointed by Republican presidents.

And they were upholding the decision of a fourth Republican, U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann, a conservative jurist and Federalist Society member. Brann had called the campaign’s legal case, which was argued in court by Rudy Giuliani, a ‘haphazard’ jumble that resembled ‘Frankenstein´s monster.’

In state courts, too, the lawsuits have failed. In Arizona on Friday, Judge Randall Warner, an independent appointed in 2007 by Democratic former Gov. Janet Napolitano, threw out a bid to undo Biden’s victory.

Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward challenged of ballots in metro Phoenix that were duplicated because voters´ earlier ballots were damaged or could not be run through tabulators.

Warner wrote: ‘There is no evidence that the inaccuracies were intentional or part of a fraudulent scheme. They were mistakes. And given both the small number of duplicate ballots and the low error rate, the evidence does not show any impact on the outcome.’

In Nevada on Friday, Judge James Todd Russell in Carson City ruled that attorneys for Republican electors failed to provide clear or convincing evidence of fraud or illegality.

Nevada judges are nonpartisan. But Russell’s father was a Republican governor of the state from 1951-59.

Trump has clashed repeatedly with the court this year, after suffering some high-profile disappointments despite the court’s 6-3 conservative bent.

In June the court ruled against his administration’s decision to end DACA, in a blistering opinion that called the administration’s action ‘arbitrary and capricious.’ That led to a federal judge last week ordering the administration to begin accepting new applications.

Trump raged on Twitter it was ”NOT FAIR!’ after the 7-2 ruling.

Trump also called out Chief Justice John Roberts over the summer, after he joined with liberals in key rulings. ”Courts in the past have given ‘broad deference’. BUT NOT ME!’ he complained.

Roberts also joined Trump appointee Justice Neil Gorsuch in applying non-discrimination laws to LGBT employees.  Roberts also ruled the president should be subject to grand jury subpoenas – a matter close to Trump’s interest as he is pursued by prosecutors in New York and lawmakers seeking his tax return information.

Trump could hope he might do better after the installation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett – his third pick to the court and the sixth member of the conservative majority.

He spoke about the potential that the high court might decide the election even before she was confirmed just weeks before the election, in a move that Democrats warned could be part of a plan to decide the race from the bench.

 Trump retweeted a bizarre tweet Tuesday from ‘Major Patriot’ that featured Barrett with beaming eyes.

‘They got caught because we were leading by so much more than they ever thought possible. Late night ballot ‘dumps’ went crazy!’ Trump wrote.

The user wrote: ‘The wheels are coming off. Trump’s inspired massive MAGA tsunami turnout forced them to cheat so big they lost their minds in a fraud frenzy. Their Unconstitutional legal moves alone are dooming them.’

Twitter flagged it for ‘disputed’ claims of election fraud. The user had posted a variety of conspiracy theories.