Summing up the week, UC Irvine law professor and election law analyst Rick Hasen tweeted, “I’m a heck of a lot less nervous about this election at the end of this week than I was at the beginning of it.” Yep, that tracks. It’s as if nearly everyone outside of GOP lawmakers and partisan hacks spent the week cutting off every single avenue available to Trump. He may not concede, but he has no legal leg left to stand on and no conspiracy left to sell that hasn’t been thoroughly destroyed and debunked. In fact, Trump is an even bigger loser in the courts than he was in the election. The only safe space snowflake Trump has left is within a Republican party still happily coddling the loser-in-chief to meet their craven political ends. Simply put, they need his voters. So, in yet another flagrant dereliction of duty, congressional Republicans have been privately relaying their congratulations to Joe Biden while publicly insisting the election isn’t decided yet even as Trump’s denialism jeopardizes national security.- Advertisement – On Friday evening, former Justice Department official Neal Katyal declared Trump an “unprecedented loser in the courts” after he logged nine losses in a single day. “No litigant has lost more, so much, so fast,” he said in an Instagram video parsing the losses. On top of that, Trump’s main law firm in the election disputes, Jones Day, dropped him as a client. More than a dozen federal prosecutors also urged Attorney General Bill Barr to rescind his memo authorizing them to investigate voting irregularities, saying they had found none and the directive “thrusts career prosecutors into partisan politics.”Additionally, on Thursday, a coalition of federal, state, and local election officials declared the 2020 election “the most secure in American history” mere hours after Trump tweeted out a baseless ALL CAPS conspiracy theory about votes being stolen from him.- Advertisement – Former Republican congressman David Jolly, who has since left the party, summed it perfectly Thursday on MSNBC.“This is about a political party that is defrauding the American people in real time,” Jolly said. “This is about a generation of Republican leaders who are committing a fraud upon American democracy.”Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt provided perhaps the clearest example of a lawmaker knowingly betraying the American people and his oath of office. On Sunday, Blunt, No. 4 on the Senate leadership team, went on ABC’s This Week and encouraged Trump’s lawyers to get on with their charade and “let the facts speak for themselves,” adding, “It seems unlikely that any changes could be big enough to make a difference, but this is a close election, and we need to acknowledge that.” The statement was about as close any Senate Republican had come last weekend to acknowledging Trump’s defeat.But then GOP Leader Mitch McConnell went to the Senate floor Monday and, in coordination with Attorney General Bill Barr, threw his full support behind Trump’s faux fraud charges and futile legal efforts. The political calculus had changed, most likely because Trump was threatening to throw the two Georgia GOP senators fighting for their seats to the wolves. By Tuesday, Blunt switched from almost-truth teller to fueling Trump’s fire. “You know the president wasn’t defeated by huge numbers in fact he may not have been defeated at all, we’ve gained seats in the House,” Blunt said.That right there is the vision of a man who knew better, said so on national television, and then sold out his country a couple days later for the GOP’s political gain. That’s a man whose moral compass went haywire and sacrificed his integrity on the altar of political expediency. In his world, protecting the Senate Republican majority is more important than protecting the country and safeguarding the institutional norms that keep our democracy in tact.Frauds and traitors—that’s damn close to all that’s left of the Republican party. It’s not just one or two fringe players in the House Freedom Caucus anymore, it’s the leadership team of Senate Republicans—a caucus once considered to be more firmly rooted in reality and therefore at least trustworthy enough to perhaps step in when something as critical as national security was on the line. If that was ever true, it’s not anymore. Prior to the election, it was hard to imagine Republican lawmakers could do worse by the country in the instance of a Trump defeat than they had done throughout his tenure. Now, just like with Trump, no low is too low for these miscreants. Total annihilation of the party is the only solution and, unfortunately, they didn’t suffer a convincing enough blow in the election to convince them voters have abandoned them in any real way. So what we have now is an ongoing battle for the soul of the nation, as Biden puts it. It’s clearly a long-term project that is going to require commitment and resolve in the face unrelenting moral rot. At the beginning of the week, one senior GOP official brushed off Trump’s legal exercise in futility as harmless enough, according to the Washington Post. “What is the downside for humoring him for this little bit of time? No one seriously thinks the results will change,” said the official. “He went golfing this weekend. It’s not like he’s plotting how to prevent Joe Biden from taking power on Jan. 20. He’s tweeting about filing some lawsuits, those lawsuits will fail, then he’ll tweet some more about how the election was stolen, and then he’ll leave.”By Wednesday, the Post alleged “widespread alarm” among congressional Republicans as Trump purged a group of administration officials from top national security posts and installed at least a handful of loyalist lackeys at some of the government’s most powerful intelligence posts. At that point, a smattering of Senate Republicans finally came out and admitted that Biden might be president and should at least be getting the intelligence briefings that Presidents-elect have routinely been getting for decades. But with the exception of a handful of Senate Republicans, GOP leadership and the rest of the caucus have continued to fuel Trump’s faux fraud charges and insist he might still have a path to victory. He. Does. Not. At least, not on planet earth. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
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He went on: “That’s Gareth Bale and he’s been the major difference between Tottenham and the teams they’ve played recently. “Not only has he scored very important goals, but they’ve been stunning goals at that. He’s going to need some looking after on Monday night.” Clint Dempsey, Lewis Holtby, Aaron Lennon and Mousa Dembele are all capable of popping up with goals for Spurs but Allardyce is keen for the club’s fans to get behind his players, who he believes are more than able to provide moments of magic themselves. He said: “If we can do that we nullify a threat that Tottenham have. Of course [Aaron] Lennon is a threat down the other side, but he doesn’t quite score as many goals as Gareth Bale. “We’re not sure yet whether Jermain Defoe will be fit, but certainly we’ve got to cope with that strike force. “Our home form has been excellent all season and so we’re going to hopefully make sure Tottenham worry about us for a long period of time on Monday night, rather than us worry about them too much.” The Welsh winger has been in scintillating form for Spurs this season, already scoring 17 goals and hauling Andre Villas-Boas’ side out of trouble on more than one occasion. Allardyce saw his side lose 3-1 at White Hart Lane in November, with Bale’s name on the scoresheet and a Jermain Defoe brace proving enough for Spurs to take the points. “They’ve been very good,” Allardyce said of Spurs’ season. “The team from an attacking point of view has been outstanding, Recently they’ve lost their leading goalscorer, who is Jermain Defoe, and (Emmanuel) Adebayor has been away at the Africa Cup of Nations, so from a goalscoring point of view they’ve had to rely on one man and one man only to come up with the goods.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes his side will have a greater chance of beating London rivals Tottenham on Monday night if they can stop Gareth Bale lighting up Upton Park. Press Association
Trotz coached Washington to its first Stanley Cup title in franchise history in 2018, then left in a contract dispute. Trotz went to the Islanders, while the Capitals hired his top assistant, Todd Reirden, as head coach. This is the first time they’ve faced off in a playoff series since.The Bruins will face the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round in a rematch of the 2019 East final. Boston won the Presidents’ Trophy as the top team during the NHL regular season that was cut short in March, but lost all three of its seeding games and fell to fourth in the East. NBA-SCHEDULEThunder keep Wizards winlessLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Darius Bazley scored a career-high 23 points of the bench, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Washington 121-103 today to keep the Wizards the only winless team inside the NBA bubble. August 9, 2020 Associated Press Update on the latest sports The 26-year-old Krueger, who is based in Texas, is ranked 195th.F1-70TH ANNIVERSARY GPVerstappen storms to unlikely victory over Mercedes duoSILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Max Verstappen has sprung what could be the surprise of the Formula One season by beating Lewis Hamilton to win the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver crossed the line at Silverstone 11.3 seconds clear of Hamilton, with Valtteri Bottas third. TENNIS-US OPEN-WITHDRAWALSPopyrin withdraws from US Open; Krueger gets wild-card spotNEW YORK (AP) — Alexei Popyrin withdrew from the U.S. Open on Sunday, allowing 2012 champion Andy Murray to move into the main draw.That means Murray can relinquish the wild-card invitation he received from the U.S. Tennis Association, which now will be given to American Mitchell Krueger.Popyrin is a 21-year-old Australian who is ranked 103rd. He joins Australians Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios as players who are skipping the U.S. Open, which is scheduled to be played without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic in New York starting on Aug. 31. Top Phillies prospect Spencer Howard takes the mound for his MLB debut in the second game of the doubleheader. Atlanta lefty Max Fried starts for Atlanta.MLB-NEWSPirates-Cardinals game slated for Monday postponedUNDATED (AP) — Another Cardinals game has been postponed while the team continues dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.Monday’s home opener of a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates has been called off. It’s the Cardinals’ 11th game to be derailed by the outbreak. It’s unclear whether the other two games in the series will be salvaged. NFL-NEWSReferees group has agreement with NFL on virus protectionsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL Referees Association has reached an agreement with the NFL for health protections along with a program allowing game and replay officials to opt out of the season.The association announced Sunday that the NFLRA’s board of directors unanimously endorsed the plan. Members will review the details Monday in a video conference call. Officials will be given until Thursday to opt out for a $30,000 payment with jobs guaranteed for 2021. The deal also gives officials protections if they test positive during the season or show symptoms after arriving for a game. The Cardinals haven’t played since July 30. In other MLB news:— Pittsburgh Pirates utility infielder Phil Evans will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a concussion and fracturing his jaw in a collision with teammate Gregory Polanco in foul territory. Evans was injured when Polanco’s right elbow hit Evans in the face while the two were chasing down a flyball hit by Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. Evans briefly lost consciousness on the play, but director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk says he is expected to make a full recovery. Evans was placed on the 45-day injured list, but the shortness of the 2020 season means he will not return this year.— The New York Yankees have placed slugger Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. The move was announced before Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Stanton was hurt in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader with the Rays while advancing from first to second base on a wild pitch. He hurt his right calf during spring training and had spent time during the coronavirus-caused shutdown rehabbing at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa. Stanton was limited to 18 games in 2019 due to several injuries. Infielder Thairo Estrada was recalled from the alternate training site.— Michael Wacha (WAH’-kuh) has been placed on the injured list because of right shoulder inflammation three starts into his one-year contract with the New York Mets. Manager Luis Rojas said before Sunday’s game with Miami that Wacha felt pain in his shoulder after allowing four runs in five innings on Friday. Wacha is 1-2 with a 6.43 ERA this season. He pitched five innings of one-run ball in his debut July 27 in Boston, but has allowed nine runs over nine innings in his past two starts. NBA fines Draymond Green $50,000 for Devin Booker commentsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green’s suggestion for Devin Booker’s future did not amuse the NBA. The league fined Green $50,000 on Sunday for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule with comments about Booker, who is the Phoenix Suns’ star guard.Green said Saturday during an appearance as an analyst for TNT: “Get my man out of Phoenix. It’s not good for him. It’s not good for his career.” Booker has not been to the playoffs with the Suns, who have not made the postseason in 10 years. The Suns are 5-0 so far inside the so-called bubble at Walt Disney World, which is playing host to the NBA’s restart, and that streak has moved Phoenix into playoff contention.The league tightened its rules before this season when it comes to matters such as player tampering. Bazley was 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 18 as Oklahoma City led from the opening bucket and improved to 3-2 in the seeding games. Mike Muscala also had 18 points, Chris Paul had 13 points and nine assists. The Wizards, who came into this game already eliminated from playoff contention, dropped to 0-6 since the NBA restarted the season. MLB-SCHEDULEUNDATED (AP) — Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. hit a two-run homer to put the Atlanta Braves ahead for good in a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday. The Braves scored five runs in the decisive fifth inning when they knocked out starter Vince Velasquez. Acuna went deep off reliever Deolis Guerra for a 2-1 lead. Adam Duvall hit a three-run double just below the 334-foot sign in left off Adam Morgan for a 5-1 lead. In other NFL news:— New Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson is sidelined indefinitely with a non-football injury. Coach Sean McVay won’t reveal the nature of Robinson’s condition, which isn’t coronavirus-related. Robinson is participating in the Rams’ team meetings, and he doesn’t need surgery or another medical procedure. McVay made it sound likely that Robinson will miss playing time this season. Robinson agreed to a two-year, $17 million contract with the Rams in March after leaving the Detroit Lions as a free agent.— The Washington Football Team has activated linebacker Reuben Foster off the physically unable to perform list. The team made the move days ahead of the start of on-field training camp workouts. Foster, now 26, tore the ACL in and caused additional damage to his left knee during offseason workouts in May 2019. He missed the entire 2019 season. Washington claimed him off waivers in November 2018. The San Francisco 49ers released Foster after a domestic violence incident at the team hotel on the road in Tampa, Florida. Prosecutors decided to drop charges citing insufficient evidence, and the NFL fined Foster but did not suspend him.— Wide receiver Chester Rogers has signed with the Miami Dolphins, providing a reinforcement at a position where two players earlier opted out for the season. Rogers started 22 games from 2016 to 2019 with the Indianapolis Colts. He has 111 career receptions for 1,221 yards and five touchdowns. Miami earlier signed receiver Ricardo Louis. Receivers Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns opted out because of the coronavirus.NBA-GREEN FINED Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-SCHEDULECapitals beat Bruins to earn East 3 seed, face Isles nextUNDATED (AP) — T.J. Oshie (OH’-shee) and Tom Wilson scored, Braden Holtby made 30 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 in round-robin play to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. That sets up a first-round matchup against former coach Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders. Mercedes had been expected to cruise to their fifth win from as many rounds this season. But both Hamilton and Bottas struggled with their tires to clear the way for Verstappen to take an unlikely win. Charles Leclerc finished fourth for Ferrari ahead of Red Bull’s Alexander Albon. Racing Point’s Lance Stroll was sixth. Hamilton will head to next week’s Spanish Grand Prix with a 30-point championship lead over Verstappen.