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CNN INVESTIGATES Florida police raid home of Covid data expert

Florida police raid home of former state Covid-19 data scientist​


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Florida police raided the home of a former state coronavirus data scientist on Monday, escalating a feud between the state government and a data expert who has accused officials of trying to cover up the extent of the pandemic.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement executed a search warrant Monday morning at the home of data scientist Rebekah Jones, who was fired by the state Department of Health in May. The agency is investigating whether Jones accessed a state government messaging system without authorization to urge employees to speak out about coronavirus deaths, according to an affidavit by an agent working on the case.

Jones told CNN that she hadn't improperly accessed any state messaging system and that she lost access to her government computer accounts after she was removed from her position.

About 10 officers with guns drawn showed up to her Tallahassee home around 8:30 a.m., Jones said. A video taken from a camera in her house, which she posted on social media, showed an officer pointing a gun up a stairwell as Jones told him her two children were upstairs. Jones said that the officer was pointing his gun at her 2-year-old daughter, 11-year-old son and her husband, who she said were in the stairwell, although the video doesn't make that clear.
 

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Former Trump official sues Trump attorney who called for his execution​


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Chris Krebs, the former cybersecurity chief who declared – against President Donald Trump’s wishes – that the 2020 election was the most secure ever, is filing a lawsuit against one of the President’s attorneys who called for his execution, New York Times staff writer Alan Feuer reports.

“Anybody who thinks that this election went well, like that idiot Krebs who used to be the head of cybersecurity [for Trump],” Trump attorney Joe diGenova said on “The Howie Carr Show,” which is simulcast on Newsmax. “That guy is a class A moron. He should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot.”

In his lawsuit Krebs accuses diGenova of “a calculated and pernicious conspiracy,” and says diGenova “issued an unlawful and inflammatory ‘call to action’ for” him to “suffer the fate of a convicted traitor.”

The lawsuit says Krebs “faces a genuine risk of imminent harm.”


Here’s The Times’ Alan Feuer with the scoop:

SCOOP: Chris Krebs, the former head of the US cybersecurity agency, has filed a lawsuit against the Trump lawyer Joe DiGenova accusing him, the Trump campaign & the TV outlet Newsmax of a “pernicious conspiracy” to harm GOPers who stood up to POTUS’ claims of election fraud. pic.twitter.com/lmAyR8IkL5
— Alan Feuer (@alanfeuer) December 8, 2020
 

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The time for a fundamental overhaul of the US intelligence and security architecture


It is Biden’s turn now. The time has come for a fundamental overhaul of the dysfunctional and disintegrating US intelligence and security agencies, which are supposed to be the backbone of international cooperation and the key to the effectiveness of any US foreign policy.

In the new Biden era, the attitude towards international partners cannot be the Trumpian “once we have our way with you, we’ll throw you to the wolves”, as I have argued previously at length – also in the New York Times and Euronews. Intelligence agencies such as the CIA and the FBI are at the root of international cooperation in the security and intelligence gathering and sharing field; they are the underlying framework. If transatlantic relations are to be rebuilt in the Biden era, the US repressive apparatus will have to be examined, discussed and revamped. This should be among Biden’s top priorities, stepping into the Oval Office.
 

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US Supreme Court rejects bid to overturn Pennsylvania vote​

Trump and Republicans hoped the court would throw out votes and flip Pennsylvania from Biden to Trump.
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The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Republicans’ last-gasp bid to reverse Pennsylvania’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the electoral battleground.


The court without comment refused to call into question the certification process in Pennsylvania.

There were no noted dissents from any of the justices on the court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority including three appointees of President Donald Trump. The president had urged the Republican-led Senate to confirm his most recent nominee, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, before the election so she would be able to participate in any election-related cases.

Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf already has certified Biden’s victory and the state’s 20 electors are to meet on December 14 to cast their votes for Biden.

Biden won 306 electoral votes, so even if Pennsylvania’s results had been in doubt, he still would have more than the 270 electoral votes needed to become president.
 

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Arizona’s Supreme Court unanimously rejected GOP case to change Trump’s loss​


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President Donald Trump has now lost 51 lawsuits attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Tuesday evening, Arizona’s state Supreme Court voted unanimously to reject the Republican Party’s attempt to change the result.

The GOP lawyer “fails to present any evidence of misconduct, illegal votes or that Biden Electors did not in fact receive the highest number of votes,” Reuters reporter Brad Heath tweeted with a screen capture of the decision.

“The November 9, 2020 hand count audit revealed no discrepancies in the tabulation of votes and the statistically negligible error presented in this case falls far short of warranting relief under A.R.S. § 16-672.”

Read the full case here.

Arizona's Supreme Court unanimously rejected a case by GOP Chair @kelliwardaz seeking to overturn its election, saying she "fails to present any evidence of misconduct, illegal votes or that Biden Electors did not in fact receive the highest number of votes." No fraud, either. pic.twitter.com/XVxYBlq9Yi
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) December 9, 2020
 

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What 'safe harbor day' is and why it's bad news for Trump​

Congress must count the electoral votes from states that meet the Tuesday deadline.


States that haven't yet certified their votes for president or that face legal challenges are rushing to resolve any remaining disputes by Tuesday, known as safe harbor day.

Under federal law, Congress must count the electoral votes from states that act by Dec. 8 to choose their presidential electors — the people who meet next week in each state to cast the actual votes for president — and to resolve any remaining legal disputes over their choices.


The Electoral Count Act was passed in 1887, after four states sent in votes from two different sets of electors from the 1876 presidential race between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden. Congress had established no mechanism to resolve fights over competing slates of electors, and it adopted the act in hope of heading off future disputes.

Under the law, Congress must count the electoral votes from states that chose their electors and resolve any legal disputes over the choices by the act's deadline, which is six days before the electors meet to vote. Of course, if a state fails to meet the safe harbor deadline but chooses its electors by Dec. 14, Congress can still count the votes.
 

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Biden names Susan Rice as key domestic policy adviser​

Biden is also nominating former Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough to be veterans’ affairs secretary.

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President-elect Joe Biden is naming Susan Rice as director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, giving her broad sway over his administration’s approach to immigration, healthcare and racial inequality and elevating the prominence of the position in the West Wing.

The move marks a surprising shift for Rice, a longtime Democratic foreign policy expert who served as President Barack Obama’s national security adviser and UN ambassador. She worked closely with then-Vice President Biden in those roles and was on his shortlist to become his running mate during the 2020 campaign.

Biden is also nominating Denis McDonough, who was Obama’s White House chief of staff, as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a sprawling agency that has presented organisational challenges for both parties over the years.

In selecting Rice and McDonough, Biden is continuing to stockpile his administration with prominent members of the Obama administration. He will make the formal announcements on Friday, along with his nominations of Ohio US Representative Marcia Fudge to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Katherine Tai as US trade representative and Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary. Vilsack filled that same role during Obama’s two terms.

Biden taps Susan Rice to steer domestic policy

 

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Texas AG hit by FBI subpoena as he tries to overturn the 2020 presidential election​

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On Thursday, Tony Plohetski of the Austin American-Statesman confirmed that FBI agents have served Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton with a federal subpoena as part of their criminal investigation into allegations he accepted bribes and abused his office.

 

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"For changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are TIME's 2020 Person of the Year," wrote Time's editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal.

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People Predict How Trump Will Flip Over Biden-Harris’ Time Person Of The Year Award​

“Stand by for lawsuit alleging the magazine’s selection process was fraudulent and rigged,” cracked actor Mark Hamill.

Time magazine on Thursday announced President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as its 2020 Person of the Year.

Also shortlisted were outgoing President Donald Trump; the movement for racial justice; healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic and infectious diseases specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci.


“If Donald Trump was a force for disruption and division over the past four years, Biden and Harris show where the nation is heading: a blend of ethnicities, lived experiences and world views that must find a way forward together if the American experiment is to survive,” Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal wrote of the magazine’s decision.

While some critics on Twitter railed against the publication for not honoring those tackling and treating the spread of COVID-19, others seized the opportunity to mock Trump and imagine how he will respond to a second loss to Biden in as many months.

“Stand by for lawsuit alleging the magazine’s selection process was fraudulent and rigged,” joked “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill.

 

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The impeached lame duck Orange Snollygoster aint going to like that.

Senate overwhelmingly passes defense bill despite Trump veto threat

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The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by an 84-13 vote on Friday, defying President Trump's threat to veto the bill if it does not repeal liability protections for social media companies.

Why it matters: Both the House and Senate have now passed the bill by a veto-proof two-thirds majority, though it's unclear if the same number of lawmakers that voted to pass the bill would vote to overturn a Trump veto. Overriding Trump's veto would serve as a rare Republican rebuke to the president in his last weeks in office.
 
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