The Supreme Court, Trump, Biden and the Election Explained

first_imgJustices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh said they would have granted a stay blocking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision. On the other side were Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the court’s three-member liberal wing: Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who joined the court on Oct. 27, did not take part in the decision not to fast-track the case. A court spokeswoman said Justice Barrett had not participated “because of the need for a prompt resolution” and “because she has not had time to fully review the parties’ filings.” Pennsylvania officials have instructed county election officials to segregate ballots arriving after 8 p.m. on Election Day through 5 p.m. three days later. That would as a practical matter allow a ruling from the Supreme Court to determine whether they were ultimately counted.Justice Alito’s statement in the Pennsylvania case echoed an earlier concurring opinion by Justice Kavanaugh in a voting case from Wisconsin. Justice Kavanaugh also said that state legislatures, rather than state courts, have the last word in setting state election procedures.Taken together, the Oct. 17 deadlock and statements from four justices suggest that Justice Barrett could cast the decisive vote if the Pennsylvania dispute holds the key to the election. Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 12:06 p.m. ET Late last month, the justices refused a plea from Republicans in the state to fast-track a decision on whether the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had acted lawfully.- Advertisement – The U.S. Supreme Court has not hesitated to block orders from federal judges that sought to alter state rules for conducting elections. Rulings from state courts present more difficult questions because the Supreme Court generally defers to them in cases concerning interpretations of state law, while the Constitution empowers state legislatures to set the times, places and manner of congressional elections.In a statement issued when the court refused to speed the Pennsylvania case, Justice Alito, joined by Justices Thomas and Gorsuch, criticized his court’s treatment of the matter, which he said had “needlessly created conditions that could lead to serious postelection problems.”“The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has issued a decree that squarely alters an important statutory provision enacted by the Pennsylvania legislature pursuant to its authority under the Constitution of the United States to make rules governing the conduct of elections for federal office,” he wrote, adding that he regretted that the election would be “conducted under a cloud.”“It would be highly desirable to issue a ruling on the constitutionality of the State Supreme Court’s decision before the election,” Justice Alito wrote. “That question has national importance, and there is a strong likelihood that the State Supreme Court decision violates the federal Constitution.”But there was not enough time, he wrote. Still, Justice Alito left little doubt about where he stood on the question in the case. The court’s refusal to move more quickly came a little more than a week after it deadlocked, 4 to 4, on an emergency application in the case on Oct. 19. – Advertisement –center_img Should the vote in Pennsylvania have the potential to determine the outcome in the Electoral College and should those late-arriving ballots have the potential to swing the state — two big ifs — the U.S. Supreme Court might well intercede.The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered a three-day extension for ballots clearly mailed on or before Election Day and for those with missing or illegible postmarks “unless a preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that it was mailed after Election Day.” WASHINGTON — President Trump promised early Wednesday morning to ask the Supreme Court to intervene in the election. “We’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said. “We want all voting to stop.”The first statement was premature. The second did not make sense.- Advertisement – The Supreme Court decides actual disputes, not abstract propositions, and then only after lower courts have made their own rulings. While there have been countless election cases filed around the nation, it is not clear which of them might reach the court in the coming days.But one candidate is already on the court’s docket. Last month, the court refused to put a case from Pennsylvania on a fast track, but three justices indicated that the court might return to it later if need be.As far as voting is concerned, it stopped on Election Day. But some states allow votes cast by mail on or before Election Day to be counted if they are received up to several days afterward. In Pennsylvania, for instance, the state Supreme Court extended the deadline for receiving ballots from Election Day to three days later. “The provisions of the federal Constitution conferring on state legislatures, not state courts, the authority to make rules governing federal elections would be meaningless,” he wrote, “if a state court could override the rules adopted by the legislature simply by claiming that a state constitutional provision gave the courts the authority to make whatever rules it thought appropriate for the conduct of a fair election.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Young adults majority of new virus cases in Canada

first_img“Younger Canadians are not invincible” to the disease, Tam warned, noting that it is not only the elderly who are at risk of serious health problems if infected. She pointed out that, of the cases of COVID-19 reported to public health last week, 63 percent involved people under 39 years of age, of whom roughly one-third were hospitalized.There was an average of 485 new cases reported daily across the country last week. As Canada continues to lift lockdown restrictions, Tam called on fellow citizens to be cautious and to respect social distancing and hygiene measures. Canadians under the age of 39 make up a clear majority of new cases of COVID-19 in Canada, health authorities said Sunday, warning young adults they are not “invincible” against the disease.”Recent national surveillance data show that young adults aged 20-39 years of age account for the highest incidence rates across all ages in Canada,” Canada’s chief public health officer Theresa Tam said in a statement. For the week ending July 22, the incidence rate was highest among young men and women aged 20-29 (14.4 and 13.8 cases per 100,000 people respectively), followed by those aged 30-39.  “In the absence of a vaccine, living with COVID-19 is not without risk,” she added. According to the latest available figures, Canada has so far recorded some 113,800 cases of the new coronavirus and 8,900 deaths.Public health guidelines are widely respected in Canada, but even so, several hundred people protested in Quebec City Sunday against the wearing of face masks, which are now compulsory in the French speaking province. center_img Topics :last_img read more

UW ends recent slump, manages split

first_imgAJ MACLEAN/Herald photoDULUTH, Minn. — In a series highlighting both the youth of Duluth and the experience of Wisconsin, it was the freshmen from both teams that made big impacts throughout the two-game series, as Wisconsin pummeled Duluth 7-2 Friday night before falling 4-1 Saturday at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. In Saturday’s contest, Duluth jumped on the board first when senior Tim Stapleton beat Connelly on a power-play one-timer for his 12th goal of the year and a 1-0 lead.The Badgers responded with a power-play goal of their own, as Joe Pavelski cashed in a rebound off senior goaltender Isaac Reichmuth to tie the score at 1-1.However, the youth of the Bulldogs would dominate the experience of Wisconsin for the rest of the night. The Bulldogs responded 4:01 into the second period when freshman Mason Raymond fired a puck at the Wisconsin net that deflected off of a UW defender’s stick and over Connelly’s shoulder to put Duluth ahead for good at 2-1.Freshman MacGregor Sharp extended the Bulldog lead to 3-1 when he buried a rebound for a power-play goal halfway through the second period for his second goal of the series, and another freshman, Nick Kemp, closed out the scoring with a tip-in power-play goal in the third period.”Even though we lost a lot of games, I am really proud of their effort,” Duluth head coach Scott Sandelin said. “We did much better as a team tonight, and we scored some power-play goals. They went out tonight, and I was really impressed with what we saw. Hopefully, this can give our team a boost.”Along with the superb play of the Duluth freshmen, the story of the night for Wisconsin was its lack of success on the penalty kill, which led the WCHA at 88 percent.Duluth, which has the second worst power play in the league (14 percent), was an outstanding 3-for-6 on the power play and scored those three goals on only seven shots. On the night as a whole, Wisconsin out shot UMD 32-21, but behind junior goalie Isaac Reichmuth’s 31 saves, UMD broke its seven-game losing streak.”It was a tough night,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “I thought we could have been better on the penalty killing and could have executed better on the power play. Their power play beat our power play tonight.”It was a different story on Friday night, as Wisconsin came out the aggressor, pummeling Duluth goalie Josh Johnson early and often with 19 shots in the first period. Coupled with Duluth’s leading-scorer Michael Gergen receiving a game misconduct for checking from behind, Wisconsin was able to break out of an offensive slump that had plagued them over the past two weeks.The seven goals Wisconsin put up equaled its offensive output from the past four games combined, as defenseman Tom Gilbert, center Andrew Joudrey, left wingers Robbie Earl and Ross Carlson, and right winger Adam Burish scored goals in the Badgers victory, as they regained first place in the WCHA over idle Minnesota and Denver.Additionally, freshman Ben Street had his first three-point game as a Badger, adding two goals in the third period and an assist in the Wisconsin victory.The turning point for Wisconsin came in terms of a coaching change midway through the second period with Wisconsin up 3-2. Not pleased with how his lines were performing, Eaves decided to switch Jack Skille to Ben Street’s line in hopes of boosting the offense. Eaves’ gamble paid off, as the ensuing goal proved to be the back-breaker for Duluth. Skille made a touch pass to the Duluth native Carlson, who fired the puck between Johnson’s legs to give Wisconsin a two-goal advantage.”We decided to roll the dice,” Eaves said. “I think [that] we had a good first period with the lines we had [and] it was pretty solid. In the second period, we lost what we had and rather than sit around to see if something happens, let’s be proactive and see if we can set ourselves up here by making some changes.”However, the real topic of conversation Friday was the play of Shane Connelly and his superb goaltending in the net. After four consecutive defeats, Connelly stopped 28 shots and allowed two goals off deflections to earn his first collegiate win.When Wisconsin was struggling in the second period, Connelly proved to be the rock of the Wisconsin defense, stopping 17 of 18 Bulldog shots, allowing the Badgers to find their niche and retake control of the game. “It’s hard for a freshman goalie to come in and play Denver and Minnesota right away,” Street said. “He stayed positive through the whole thing, and he had a lot of support around him. It’s been a little tough going 0-4 but, as coach said, Curtis Joseph didn’t have a good start, and it turned out all right for him, too. I am just so happy and so proud of him.””I’m a little happier and upbeat to experience a win after the last four,” Connelly said. “It’s always more fun when you win. It just felt good as a team. We had lost four in a row and finally got some wind back. We put up seven goals tonight, and it’s a big lift for the whole team. It feels really good.”last_img read more

AFCON 2013: Black Stars receive a massive welcome in Port Elizabeth

first_imgGhana’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations arrived in Port Elizabeth Thursday afternoon.Kwesi Appiah and his 23-man squad have checked into their hotel in Port Elizabeth.The Black Stars touched down in Johannesburg Wednesday evening from Dubai and flew out of the OR Tambo Airport Thursday morning for their official base camp in Port Elizabeth.Ghana will be based in Port Elizabeth where they will play their Group B matches at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.The Black Stars will start their group campaign on 20 January when they take on DR Congo.They will also play Mali and Niger in the grouplast_img

Kobe Bryant’s pep talk boosted Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs

first_img“I think it’s a great starting point for him,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “It looked like he just picked up where he left off.”The Angels haven’t set a target date for Skaggs’ first regular season start. At least, he isn’t aware of one yet. For now the first innings are in the books, a huge check mark in a rehab process full of them. By coincidence, this one came 24 hours after Skaggs crossed a big item off his bucket list.“I grew up idolizing the Lakers,” he said. “I’m going to tell my kids that I met Kobe.”Ethier’s rehab beginsDodgers outfielder Andre Ethier returned to the clubhouse two days after he was diagnosed with a fractured right tibia. Ethier is still walking in crutches and probably will be for six weeks. That’s how long he was told not to put any pressure on his broken leg.“It never felt right,” he said. “Still isn’t.”The Dodgers are preparing to be without Ethier for 10 to 14 weeks from the time he fouled a ball off his leg Friday in a Cactus League game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. That projects to a return sometime between late May and late June.In the meantime Ethier will have the option of doing his rehab in Arizona, where he lives and where the Dodgers hold extended spring training. Manager Dave Roberts said that Ethier will join the team in San Diego on April 4 for Opening Day, then again the following week for the Dodgers’ home opener.“If he wants to do his rehab here until he starts doing baseball-related activities, there’s really no need for him to be with us,” Roberts said. “I’d rather him be comfortable and keep his mind right on as he’s rehabbing.”Ethier said his leg will be immobilized in a removable fitted brace, not a cast, and he’ll wear a small bone-stimulating device during the process.AlsoTests on the right forearm of Yasmani Grandal showed “no significant damage,” in Roberts’ words, but the Dodgers’ catcher will refrain from hitting or throwing until Sunday. Roberts couldn’t confirm that Grandal will have enough time to be ready by Opening Day. … The news was better for Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, who got four at-bats in minor league games at Camelback Ranch. Seager, who’s recovering from a sprained left knee, has yet to run the bases in a competitive game. … Carlos Frias will start for the Dodgers against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. The right-hander is vying for the fifth starter’s job along with Zach Lee.Angels 5, Chicago White Sox 4Angels starter Matt Shoemaker tossed six innings, allowing six hits and four runs — one a wind-aided solo homer by Jimmy Rollins and a longer two-run blast by Brett Lawrie. Mike Trout hit a three-run home run against Chicago left-hander Chris Sale, and Yunel Escobar had two hits for the Angels (12-8-4). “He just was explaining how it’s all about winning,” Skaggs said Thursday after his first appearance in a competitive game since July 2014. “You push your teammates to become better. You push yourself to become better. You can’t cut any corners in the rehab process. That’s exactly what he was saying to everybody.”Skaggs said he slept well Wednesday night, slept in Thursday morning, then got really nervous on the way in to Camelback Ranch to face the Chicago White Sox — something he hadn’t felt in one year, seven months and 25 days.It was the first time Skaggs had faced major league opponents since he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow on July 31, 2014. The 24-year-old missed the final two months of that season and all of 2015 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.“A lot of days have felt (lousy) but you have to push through it,” Skaggs said. “Today I felt great. I feel very happy with myself that I put in the hard work, put in the time. I didn’t cut any corners.”The feeling in Skaggs’ left elbow matters more than his results. For the record, he struck out two batters, walked none, and scattered all his pitches among a rough total of 30. Skaggs allowed one hit, a line-drive single to right field, which scored an unearned run. GLENDALE, Ariz. >> You don’t have to look too far into the future to imagine Kobe Bryant as a motivational speaker, standing on an auditorium stage and speaking to rows of eager corporate folks wearing pressed khakis.For now, imagine this: Wednesday night in Phoenix, Bryant was on a trainer’s table getting treatment inside Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix. The Lakers had just lost to the Suns. Bryant’s audience was a small group of baseball players.“Me, (Mike) Trout, (Garrett) Richards, Weav (Jered Weaver), James Shields and Matt Kemp,” said Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, a Los Angeles native and a diehard Lakers fan.Bryant, like any good motivational speaker, made Skaggs feel like he was speaking directly to him.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Faris Handzic: I will try to Show my Best in Westerlo

first_imgA 19 year-old BH football player, Faris Handzic, recently left FK Sarajevo and signed for Beligan Westerlo. Speedy and skilled young player didn’t have a significant playing time on Kosevo, due to which he decided to change the club. His goal is to show his best in Westerlo and to deserve an invitation to U21 National team of BiH.“Sarajevo offered me contract extension, which was correct, but I want to play and I think that it is time to change my environment, I had a few offers from BiH, as well as from Slovakia and Hungary. I had a contact with all of them, but I didn’t enter into the specific negotiations“, said Handzic.Contact with the leaders of Westerlo started with the former BH national team player, Adnan Mravac, after which the cooperation had been agreed.“Former BH national team player Adnan Mravac have been watching me on one tournament and mediated in my contact with the people from Westerlo. They offered me a cooperation and we have agreed very quickly. I signed a contract for a year and half with the option of extension to two more years. I am very satisfied with the conditions“, said now former player of FC Sarajevo.(Source: read more

Palm Beach County continues to lead Florida with 33 coronavirus deaths

first_imgPalm Beach County is still leading Florida in the number of coronavirus deaths. The number rose from 27 to 33 in one day, according to the state Department of Health.The deaths in Palm Beach County include 17 men and 16 women. The additional deaths that were announced on Friday are men 80 and 87, and women 62, 74, 85 and 90. The youngest fatality is a 64-year-old woman and the oldest a 94-year-old man.Palm Beach County leads Florida in number of coronavirus deaths Palm Beach County’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases are at 858. There are 3,364 positive cases in Miami Dade and 1,598 ones in Broward. Miami Dade has reported 25 deaths and Broward has reported 22 deaths.Over 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases statewide and a total of 170 coronavirus deaths have been reported in the entire state of Florida, according to the state’s department of health.last_img read more

NFL agrees to remove cap on concussion damages

first_imgIn this Nov. 9, 2013, file photo, former Pittsburgh and NFL Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett stands on the sideline before the start of an NCAA football game between Pittsburgh and Notre Dame in Pittsburgh. Dorsett is one of more than 4,500 former players that have filed suit, some accusing the NFL football league of fraud for its handling of concussions. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)A revised concussions settlement between the NFL and former players could shrink the league’s coffers. Only marginally, though, and not for a long time.The NFL agreed Wednesday to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims. A federal judge who originally questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players still must approve the new terms.The settlement is designed to last at least 65 years and cover retired players who develop Lou Gehrig’s disease, dementia or other neurological problems believed to be caused by concussions sustained during their careers. Removing the cap might lead to the NFL paying out more money to ailing former players, even though the league and lawyers for the plaintiffs believe the $675 million won’t be surpassed.“If exceeding that number happens, it is well down the road,” said Marc Ganis, president of Chicago-based consulting firm SportsCorp and a close observer of league business. “I don’t foresee anything in the next four or five years.“This has the benefit of getting money to the families and people who need it now. If the actuarials are wrong, the additional money would not be paid for a while down the road. By then, there will be new TV contracts, the league will have grown more (financially).”Although the original settlement was trumpeted by both sides, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody denied preliminary approval last January. Her concerns centered, simply, on whether there was enough money in the pot to satisfy all the legitimate claims; some 4,500 retired players were part of the lawsuit. Projections indicate many more will need help.Dozens of ex-players also have said they would not take part in the original settlement, against the advice of the plaintiffs’ attorneys.“Some of the players were concerned and asking questions about whether they could be in a deal if they weren’t sure there’d be money there for them 40 years from now if they get sick, God forbid. … That’s what drove these changes,” plaintiffs’ lawyer Christopher Seeger said.The original settlement included $675 million for compensatory claims for players with neurological symptoms; $75 million for baseline testing; and $10 million for medical research and education. The NFL also would pay an additional $112 million to the players’ lawyers, for a total payout of more than $870 million.The revised settlement eliminates the cap on overall damage claims, but retains a payout formula for individual retirees that considers their age and illness. A young retiree with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, would receive $5 million. A 50-year-old with Alzheimer’s disease would get $1.6 million. An 80-year-old with early dementia would get $25,000.Where will the money come from? The NFL isn’t exactly hurting for income as it approaches $10 billion in annual revenues.“This comes out of their bottom line, although it is not a huge part of their bottom line,” said David Orentlicher, a law professor at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law. “But anytime a business’ prices and costs increase, they try to pass off as much as they can. If they can pass it all off, they will. Sometimes you have to eat some of it.“The questions become, have they already maxed their prices for tickets and broadcast rights and sponsorships and the like?”With new TV deals upcoming and the surging popularity of pro football, it seems unlikely the NFL has maxed out its earning potential.Critics of the deal have said the league is getting off lightly. Others point out, as did Ganis, that the timing of getting payments to the injured or ill is the most crucial element.One of the plaintiffs is Kevin Turner, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots and is now battling ALS.“The compensation provided in this settlement will lift a heavy burden off of the men who are suffering,” he said in a statement. “I am also personally comforted by the knowledge that this settlement is guaranteed to be there for any retired player who needs it.”Orentlicher projects the NFL will surpass the payouts of the original settlement agreement.“It would be very surprising if their ultimate payoff is not significantly greater,” Orentlicher said. “I think they will spend more money as a result of this. It’s just the nature of these kinds of settlements.“If this is all the NFL has to pay, the owners will be very happy. When you add up all the damage these players are suffering and all the money teams have earned as a result, this isn’t sufficient to compensate for the harm.”___Associated Press Writer Michael Rubinkam contributed to this story.last_img read more