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Police officer hailed for steering Capitol mob from Senate chamber

Police officer hailed for steering Capitol mob from Senate chamber

By (Reuters) - A police officer is being hailed for his role steering an angry mob away from the Senate chambers in Wednesday’s deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman, identified by CNN reporter Kristin Wilson, can be seen getting rioters to move away from the Senate as police raced to secure the chamber.In the confrontation, Goodman puts himself between a man wearing a black T-shirt for the QAnon conspiracy movement and a hallway leading to the Senate chambers, then shoves the person to induce him and the crowd to...

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'The people have spoken': Judges reject two more U.S. election challenges

'The people have spoken': Judges reject two more U.S. election challenges

By , (Reuters) - U.S. judges on Monday rejected bids led by an ally of President Donald Trump to decertify President-elect Joe Biden’s victories in Michigan and Georgia because of unsubstantiated election irregularities and to have Trump declared the winner in both states, the latest failed efforts to upend the election results.Both lawsuits were filed on Nov. 25 by Sidney Powell, a former lawyer for the Trump campaign, on behalf of groups of Republican voters. Trump and his allies have lost numerous cases aimed at overturning election results in states Trump lost in the Nov. 3 election...

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Dec 7
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U.S. Appeals Court rejects bid to block Georgia win for Biden

U.S. Appeals Court rejects bid to block Georgia win for Biden

By , (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Saturday rejected a bid by a conservative lawyer to block President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia and left in place procedures that will make it easier for voters to cast absentee ballots in January when two Senate seats are up for grabs.U.S. District Judge Steven Grimberg, who was nominated by Trump, rejected attorney L. Lin Wood’s arguments and found in a Nov. 20 opinion that the lawyer had no standing to sue.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta agreed with the lower court, saying Wood had failed “to allege a...

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Dec 5
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In fresh blow to Trump, U.S. court rejects Pennsylvania election case

In fresh blow to Trump, U.S. court rejects Pennsylvania election case

By (Reuters) -A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt by U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of Pennsylvania, dealing another significant setback to Trump’s bid to overturn the Nov. 3 election.“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so,” wrote Stephanos Bibas on behalf of a three-judge panel.“Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” wrote Bibas, who was nominated by Trump.The...

Nov 27
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In fresh blow to Trump, U.S. court rejects Pennsylvania election case

In fresh blow to Trump, U.S. court rejects Pennsylvania election case

By (Reuters) -A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt by U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of Pennsylvania, dealing another significant setback to Trump’s bid to overturn the Nov. 3 election.“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so,” wrote Stephanos Bibas on behalf of a three-judge panel.“Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” wrote Bibas, who was nominated by Trump.The...

Nov 27
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U.S. judge calls Trump claim challenging Biden win in Pennsylvania 'Frankenstein's Monster'

U.S. judge calls Trump claim challenging Biden win in Pennsylvania 'Frankenstein's Monster'

By , (Reuters) - A federal judge on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit critical to President Donald Trump’s long-shot bid to overturn his Nov. 3 election loss to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, calling his legal claim a “Frankenstein’s Monster.”The Trump campaign had sought to prevent state officials from certifying the results of the election in the state.U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, described the case as “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations.”Brann said that he “has no authority to take away the right to vote of even a...

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Nov 21
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U.S. judge calls Trump claim challenging Biden win in Pennsylvania 'Frankenstein's Monster'

U.S. judge calls Trump claim challenging Biden win in Pennsylvania 'Frankenstein's Monster'

By , (Reuters) - A federal judge on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit critical to President Donald Trump’s long-shot bid to overturn his Nov. 3 election loss to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, calling his legal claim a “Frankenstein’s Monster.”The Trump campaign had sought to prevent state officials from certifying the results of the election in the state.U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, described the case as “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations.”Brann said that he “has no authority to take away the right to vote of even a...

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Nov 22
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Explainer: 'Dueling electors' pose risk of U.S. vote deadlock

Explainer: 'Dueling electors' pose risk of U.S. vote deadlock

By (Reuters) - In the United States, a candidate becomes president by securing the most “electoral” votes rather than winning a majority of the national popular vote. Known as the Electoral College, the system allots electors to the 50 states and the District of Columbia largely based on their population.It is theoretically possible for the governor and legislature, each representing a different political party, to submit two different election results, leading to so-called “dueling slates of electors.”Below are details of how that might play out.What are electors?The U.S. president is...

October 16, 2020
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U.S. to ramp up rapid deportations with sweeping new rule

U.S. to ramp up rapid deportations with sweeping new rule

United States (Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Monday it will expand and speed up deportations of migrants who enter the United States illegally by stripping away court oversight, enabling officials to remove people in days rather than months or years. Set to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, the rule will apply “expedited removal” to the majority of those who enter the United States illegally, unless they can prove they have been living in the country for at least two years. Legal experts said it was a dramatic expansion of a program already used along the...

July 23, 2019
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Tesla chief Elon Musk's trial postponed due to coronavirus

Tesla chief Elon Musk's trial postponed due to coronavirus

Elon Musk’s expected defense of a $2.2 billion deal in court was postponed on Friday from its expected Monday start, due to the coronavirus outbreak. A new trial date has not be set. The case relates to Tesla’s purchase of SolarCity in 2016, a deal that was criticized by shareholders as benefiting Musk at the expense of Tesla Inc, and the outcome may depend as much on the chief executive’s temperament as on the facts of the case. The electric vehicle maker’s unconventional CEO has shown two sides in recent court proceedings — one polite and respectful, the other evasive and taunting. It...

March 13, 2020
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