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US President Donald Trump’s legal team has been rejected again by a Philadelphia appeals court upon challenging the state’s election results. Despite the court dismissing the case, citing the “campaign’s claims have no merit,” Trump’s lawyers are vowing to appeal to the US Supreme Court. Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, who is also the 3rd Circuit Judge, wrote for the 3 judge panel, which was all appointed by Republican presidents.

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”

Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s lawyers, argued the case last week in a lower court for 5 hours, insisting that the election was marred by widespread fraud in Pennsylvania. But Guiliani failed to offer any proof of such fraud. Furthermore, US District Judge Matthew Brann, a fellow Republican, said the campaign’s complaint was filled with errors and denied Giuliani the right to amend the complaint for a second time calling any revisions “futile.”

“Like Frankenstein’s Monster, has been haphazardly stitched together……”

Bibas also denied the campaign’s request to stop the state from certifying its results in a demand that he described as “breathtaking.”

“Voters, not lawyers, choose the president. Ballots, not briefs, decide elections.”

Pennsylvania officials announced Tuesday that they had certified their vote count for President-elect Joe Biden, who defeated Trump by more than 80,000 votes in the state, and more than 6 million nationally. But despite their findings, Trump says he hopes the Supreme Court will intervene in the race as it did in 2000, when it stopped the recount in Florida, giving the election to George W. Bush. Trump posted a tweet on November 5 asserting his faith in the Supreme Court…

The “US Supreme Court should decide!”

Trump and his allies have repeatedly said the election was flawed and filed a flurry of lawsuits to try to block the results in six battleground states. But judges have not taken the bait as almost all have dismissed the complaints about the security of mail-in ballots, who were largely Democratic-leaning. Brann also voiced his opinion by saying evidence of such fraud has not been put forward by Trump’s legal team.

“One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption.”

Trump said for the first time on Thursday, that he would leave the White House on January 20 if the Electoral College formalises Biden’s win. Despite his apparent admission of an election that may reveal a winner other than him, Trump took to Twitter on Friday citing Detroit, Atlanta and other largely Democratic cities as the sources of “massive voter fraud.” Furthermore, he claimed, without evidence, that a Pennsylvania poll watcher had uncovered computer memory drives that “gave Biden 50,000 votes” apiece.

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    Brian

    Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    The decision was political, and this article is propaganda. The court essentially ruled that the suit was filed too late. Had it been filed earlier, before injury, it would have been dismissed for lacking standing. This was basically expected. The strategy is to have it straightened out in the Supreme Court, and this development is a step toward that goal.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 8:27 pm

      Yes, “too late” – a year too late!

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    Vincent

    Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    There is no evidence. These briefs are pathetic and desperate. Trump’s team is attempting to use dictatorship like propaganda to steal an election. The people have spoken. Trump lost. Based on Supreme Court precedent they will decline to hear these cases. If you take time to read them there are specific statements citing no fraud or claims of illegal voting. This administration is claiming one thing in media but the opposite in these briefs.

    “The campaign never alleges that any ballot was fraudulent or cast by an illegal voter. It never alleges that any defendant treated the Trump campaign or its votes worse than it treated the Biden campaign or its votes”

    This is pathetic and embarrassing. They are banking on Trump supporters not reading these briefs verses listening to sound bites.

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A travel pass for passengers inoculated against Covid-19 or who have tested negative will be piloted on flights for Dubai’s Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways. With the travel pass issued by the International Air Transport Association, passengers can keep control of their data and share their test results with airlines and authorities for travel.

The travel pass will be offered on selected flights from Abu Dhabi in the first quarter, and will expand the pass to other destinations of the trail is successful. Emirates is going to implement phase 1 of the travel pass in April for flights departing from Dubai.

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It might be a while until tourists can visit Australia. Borders might not be fully reopen until at least 2022. Australia is rolling out its immunisation program next month, but even if most of the population is vaccinated against Covid-19, the Australian government says it will probably wait to make sure the vaccine prevents the transmission of the virus before fully reopening borders.

Australia’s borders are only open for citizens, residents, those with family in Australia and travellers who have been in New Zealand for the previous 14 days. All incoming travellers must quarantine for 14 days unless they come from an area classified as a “green safe travel zone.”

There are currently 1,881 active Covid-19 cases in Australia, according to Worldometers. No local Covid-19 cases were reported today. Since the start of the pandemic, Australia has reported more than 22,000 local cases and 909 deaths related to Covid-19.

The state of New South Wales is a main focus for Covid-19 prevention measures at this stage and some neighbouring states have imposed travel restrictions on those from the state. NSW state Premier Gladys Berejiklian floated the idea about allowing venues in the area to ban entry to those who aren’t vaccinated against Covid-19.

“Already airlines have indicated that if you’re not vaccinated you can’t travel overseas and I think that’ll be an incentive to a lot of people… We’ll also consider whether we allow venues … make up their own rules if they have a business or run a workplace about what they feel is Covid safe.”

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Corporate America is adding its weight in response to the insurgency at the Capitol building on January 6, and are pulling out from any association with the Trump brand after the storming of the capitol incidentwhich economists say will have a profound medium and long-term effect on his business interests. Recently, Signature Bank closed Trump’s personal accounts and the PGA of America stopped plans to hold its 2022 championship at Mr. Trump’s New Jersey golf course.

Such a parting of ways signals the business community’s weariness in being associated with a political figure that has attracted worldwide attention and is indicative of what may happen to the Trump brand. The president’s role in the incident, confirmed by his impeachment by the House this week, has gained criticism from the Business Roundtable to the AFL-CIO labour federation.

Michael D’Antonio, the author of a Trump biography, says the capitol incident has been a game-changer for the support of extreme politics.

“Trump’s name is really an albatross. He is the most disgraced president in history. This is a person who’s synonymous with a mob attacking the US Capitol. I just think this went a step too far.”

Other experts like Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, say Trump’s brand will inevitably suffer long-term.

“Before his term, Trump stood for wealth, success and over-the-top luxury. Now the brand has associations with anti-government views, racism and extremism. This makes the brand fairly toxic.”

Deutsche Bank, to which Trump reportedly owes around $400 million, is also planning to stop engaging in business with him. But the president dismissed any business challenges in an October 15 televised event by saying that the $400 million he owed was “a tiny percentage of my net worth.”

It appears true that some of Trump’s properties have benefitted from his presidency as taxpayer revenue has continuously flowed into his golf courses and clubs where he stays with his family, the secret service and the White House staff.

In fact, CREW estimates that Trump’s properties took in over $100 million from more than 500 visits by the president, according to a report in September 2020. But even that business transaction has received widespread criticism as many say Trump should not have mixed politics with his personal businesses.

D’Antonio predicts that Trump may sell current assets to pay off his Deutsche Bank debt, which means there could be fewer to none Trump hotels, golf courses or towers in the next 10 years.

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