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

O’Brien has International options

first_imgAidan O’Brien has a host of top-class options for Wednesday’s Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday. Roger Charlton’s Al Kazeem has been one of the success stories of the season with wins in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and Eclipse and he will aim to add another Group One to his growing list of achievements. Richard Hannon has left in Sussex Stakes winner Toronado, who would be stepping up to 10 furlongs for the first time if he is allowed to take his chance. Jim Bolger’s Irish Derby winner Trading Leather and Sir Michael Stoute’s Royal Ascot winner Hillstar are other three-year-olds engaged while James Toller’s Rewarded is the final contender. As expected, French runner Cirrus Des Aigles will not be making the journey over following his defeat last weekend. The Ballydoyle handler’s quartet includes last year’s dual Derby winner Camelot, though he has finished behind likely market leader Al Kazeem twice already this season. O’Brien also has the option of running Queen Anne winner Declaration Of War, Epsom Derby hero Ruler Of The World and one of last year’s leading juveniles Kingsbarns, although he is also entered in the Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes on the same day and is yet to run this term. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Morgan was on the U.S. team that won the World Cup last summer in France. She hopes to return to the team following her maternity leave in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 10, 2020 Just 0.7% of MLB employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19. Results were based on about 5,600 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. Samples were obtained on April 14 and 15.The start of the baseball season has been delayed because of the virus outbreak. There’s no timetable for when the season might begin.Sixty people tested positive in the raw data, and adjustments were made for false positives and false negatives.One of the study’s leaders says the survey had a 0.5% false positive rate and demonstrates MLB employees have been less affected than their surrounding communities have been.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: Associated Press — The British government says tennis courts and golf courses in England can reopen starting Wednesday, but people can only play with members of their own household. Gyms and swimming pools remain closed, although swimming in the sea or lakes will be allowed. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave no indication when professional sports can resume competition. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can set their own stance on tennis courts and golf courses, and they have already indicated a more stringent version of the lockdown will be maintained.— The president of the University of Virginia says he hopes college football can be played this fall, but he doesn’t expect it to seem like “normal football seasons.” James Ryan told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that athletic director Carla Williams and football coach Bronco Mendenhall are committed to a safe return to play. But Ryan says nothing will proceed until medical officials say it’s safe to resume workouts. Ryan says school officials are taking things day by day. He says students need to be back on campus before football can begin.— The Spanish soccer league is not changing its plan to resume competing after five players from clubs in the first and second divisions tested positive for COVID-19. The league confirmed the positive tests on Sunday but said it was not going to alter the practice protocol that got underway last week. Players from most clubs began individual training sessions on Friday after nearly two months of confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic.— A player for English Premier League team Brighton has tested positive for the coronavirus as clubs prepare for talks on how to resume competition during the pandemic. The southern England club told The Associated Press there is no need for other members of the squad or coaches to self-isolate since players have only worked in isolation when at the training base. The Premier League has government support for “Project Restart” and it will be trying to secure agreement among the 20 clubs on the plans during a conference call with them on Monday.— America’s Cup teams are returning to the water in varying degrees nearly two months after the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of what would have been an impressive global road show for sailing. Defending champion Emirates Team New Zealand has returned to training on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbor with its half-size test boat after a mandatory lockdown was lifted. By Monday or Tuesday, the New York Yacht Club’s yacht Defiant will be headed from Pensacola, Florida, to Auckland on a 500-foot ship. The Ducks also signed forward Sam Carrick to a one-year extension worth $700,000.SOCCER-MORGAN-BABYUS soccer star has babyUNDATED (AP) — U.S. national soccer team star Alex Morgan has become a mom just in time for Mother’s Day.Morgan announced Saturday on social media that she gave birth to daughter Charlie Elena Carrasco at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. — Chinese Basketball Association president and former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming says his league has three options for resuming a season that has been on hold since Feb. 1 over the pandemic. Yao says the league might play out the full schedule, play a shortened season with some games dropped, or end the regular season and go straight to the playoffs based on teams’ current rankings. Yao told state broadcaster CCTV that he hopes as much as the season can be played as possible, but that public health and fairness are the key considerations.— The president of the French Tennis Federation says holding the French Open without fans later this year is an option. The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7 but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4. Bernard Giudicelli tells a French newspaper (Le Journal du Dimanche) that organizing it without fans would allow a part of the economy to keep turning.NHL-DUCKS-CONTRACT EXTENSIONSDucks extend Guhle, CarrickANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Brendan Guhle (GOO’-lee) to a two-year, $1.6 million contract extension. Guhle has four goals and eight points in 30 games this season for the Ducks this season. He was acquired by Anaheim from the Sabres in February 2019. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMLB has low percentage of employees test positive for coronavirus antibodiesUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball appears to have successfully handled the first wave of the new coronavirus.last_img read more

Molly Nethercott seeks expanded role after SU loses its top 2 defenders

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments “Every time a coach is saying something to Clarke, I’ll listen in and make sure I get that information,” Nethercott said. “That way, we can both work on it.”Although Nethercott has yet to start since the season-opener, SU head coach Phil Wheddon refers to the sophomore as the type of player he tries to build his program around: a positive individual on and off the field.“One of the things we talk a lot about is character and trying to bring in good players who are also good people,” Wheddon said.Awaiting ACC matchups with No. 5 Virginia, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 13 Duke and No. 17  North Carolina State, Nethercott will soon get her first taste of conference action this season, whether it’s via start or substitution. Wheddon knows that she’s athletic enough to compete in the ACC going forward. Now, Nethercott wants to take the responsibility and help navigate freshmen at SU.“I think just having that experience under your belt,” Aviza said of Nethercott, “you’re able to lead better.” A sophomore defender at Syracuse, Nethercott finds herself with an opportunity to crack the SU (3-6, 0-1 Atlantic Coast)  rotation after the Orange lost their top two defenders from last season in Jessica Vigna and Alana O’Neill. Though Nethercott appeared in only 5 games last year, she started her first career game in the season-opening loss against La Salle and registered a career-high 46 minutes in the Orange’s first victory of the season against Connecticut.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMany of Nethercott’s early memories in soccer are with close friends and family. She grew up playing with her best friends. Her father was her coach. Nethercott said her father helped her throughout her entire journey in soccer, including when she hurt her ankle. After the injury, she set a goal for the years ahead.“I realized that I wanted to go far in this and not let it end in two years,” Nethercott said,She didn’t. As a senior, she helped lead her team to a 21-3 record, including 14-2 in league play. That was the Tigers’ best record during her time there, and it earned Ridgefield the No. 2 ranking in the state of Connecticut.When it came time to pick a school, the choice seemed simple, Nethercott said. Her dad is an alumnus of Syracuse, and her sister, Caroline, is a student at SU. When Caroline visited Syracuse, Nethercott often accompanied her and attended SU soccer camps.Two years after arriving to Syracuse, Nethercott is focused on filling the gaps left behind by two key defenders who graduated last spring.Last season, Vigna and O’Neill started every game for SU. In their combined 146 games played over their collegiate career, they started all but three and were the backbones of the Syracuse defense. Nethercott often reflects on the advice they gave her.“Be confident, and you can achieve whatever you set yourself to,” Nethercott said of their message. “If you keep working out a goal and are tough, you’re going to get time.”Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorNethercott spent much of her summer on the field to improve the technical aspects of her game — footwork and clearing — which she considers her weaknesses. A central defender for most of her career, she changed her position to right back because the SU coaches said the position was open. She worked in that position all summer to fill the role. Sophomore defender Shannon Aviza said she can see Nethercott taking one of the spots vacated by O’Neill and Vigna.Her main competitor for playing time this year is sophomore Clarke Brown. But for the best friends on and off the field, Nethercott said in order for the team to succeed in its ACC schedule, she and Brown need to push each other and improve together.center_img Published on September 18, 2018 at 7:41 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew When Molly Nethercott was a sophomore at Ridgefield (CT) High School, she suffered a broken ankle and was forced to spend time away from the soccer field. During that absence, the defender realized her desire to continue her soccer career was too strong to resist.“When I was out, I was like ‘I really miss this,’” Nethercott recalled.Throughout the remainder of her time at Ridgefield, Nethercott saw her minutes on the field increase as she took on a larger role. And now she may have the opportunity to do the same.last_img read more

Asian Champions League : Al Ain leaves Asamoah Gyan behind

first_imgGhana striker Asamoah Gyan was left behind as the Al Ain team travelled to Uzbekistan on Monday evening for their Asian Champions League match against Pakhtakor.The UAE giants claim the 29-year-old has suffered an infection as the reason for his exclusion from the 20-man squad for Wednesday’s clash in Tashkent.Gyan had picked up a thigh strain in the lead up to Al Ain’s 1-1 draw at Al Dhafra on Friday.He has however been training lightly since.Al Ain coach Zlatko Dalic could thus be thought to be saving the prolific Ghanaian striker as a precautionary measure.The Boss are third in Group B ahead of their third game in this season’s continental contest against Pakhtakor.last_img