Can Trump Still Win? No. He’s Already Lost.

first_imgThe largest margin to be overturned in a recent recount came in Minnesota’s 2008 Senate contest, when a 215-vote margin for Senator Norm Coleman, the incumbent Republican, was reversed, becoming a 312-vote advantage for Al Franken, the Democratic candidate, after a court ruled that hundreds of absentee ballots were wrongly rejected.In the days since the election, Mr. Trump and his top aides and some supporters have claimed that the vote in key states was marked by rampant fraud, but they have yet to document any evidence of widespread voting malfeasance. Elections officials in all 50 states told The New York Times this week that they were unaware of any fraud or other election improprieties in their states. Mr. Biden’s winning margins in the key battleground states he has captured — 20,000 votes in Wisconsin, 54,000 votes in Pennsylvania and 148,000 votes in Michigan — are well above the thresholds of votes that have been changed in previous recounts.Even in Georgia, where officials are preparing for a hand recount of the ballots, Mr. Biden leads by 14,000 votes, a margin that is unlikely to be reversed.(Mr. Biden also leads by 11,000 votes in Arizona, but elections officials there are still counting absentee votes that arrived by mail.) With no chance to change the popular vote outcome in battleground states, lawyers said Mr. Trump’s legal strategy, such as there is one, appeared to be an attempt to delay state elections officials’ certification of Mr. Biden as the winner, which could throw the question of appointing delegates to the Electoral College to Republican-controlled state legislatures.Even this theory relies on a series of one-in-a-hundred legal bank shots all being successful in multiple states simultaneously — which would certainly result in broad public outrage over reversing the results of a decided election.“Those are the kind of things you wake up thinking about in the middle of the night. It would really blow the roof off if they tried to steal an election in that fashion,” Mr. McDonough said. “If people were to so blatantly disregard the fundamentals of democracy, God knows what would happen, how people would react to it.”Most states are set to certify their election results and declare winners by the end of November — a process that may lead to more official recounts this month but also formal conclusions about the results.“At some point it becomes obvious even to the most ardent supporters of the president that there’s no pathway,” said Lanhee Chen, who was the policy director for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. The New York Times and other news media outlets have not anointed Mr. Biden the winner of the presidential election, but have just done the math: The former vice president has won enough states by enough votes that Mr. Trump cannot overcome those deficits through legal challenges or recounts.“He has no chance of overturning the result — it’s just impossible,” said Gerry McDonough, a Democratic elections lawyer who worked for Vice President Al Gore’s legal team on the 2000 Florida recount. “I’m a recount lawyer here in Massachusetts and I get requests from people all the time and they say, ‘I’m just 50 votes behind and we’re sure there were these bad actors.’ I won’t take a case like that.”That 2000 Florida recount came after George W. Bush held an unofficial lead of just 1,784 votes over Mr. Gore the morning after Election Day; his final winning margin in the state was 537 votes.- Advertisement – Five days after television networks and other major news organizations called the presidential election for Joseph R. Biden Jr., President Trump continues to maintain that he “will win.”That is false.- Advertisement – Each day that passes without Mr. Trump providing a court evidence of voting fraud makes his legal odds longer, Democratic and Republican lawyers said.“The path for him winning is being able to back up his rhetoric and find sufficient fraud and irregularities in enough individual states to overturn their results,” said Ben Ginsberg, a Republican lawyer who worked for Mr. Bush in the 2000 election, and who retired this year and turned against Mr. Trump. “So far, they’ve utterly failed to do that and, based on their court filings, are not anywhere close.” – Advertisement – Updated Nov. 12, 2020, 1:52 p.m. ET – Advertisement –last_img read more

Peru president bans family gatherings, extends lockdowns, as coronavirus infections spike

first_imgTopics : In recent days, the Andean country has registered a daily average of 7,000 confirmed infections and 200 deaths, according to official data.There have been 489,680 confirmed cases while the dead totaled 21,501 by Tuesday, the Ministry of Health said.The first case of coronavirus appeared in Peru on March 6 and a week later the government imposed a strict quarantine, halting almost all productive activity in the world`s second-largest copper miner, whose economy is expected to contract this year by 12%, according to central bank projections.In July, in a bid to stave off the worst economic performance in a century, the government began a staged reopening which included resumption of mining, industry and commerce, including restaurants and shops. Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra on Wednesday banned family gatherings and extended lockdowns to five more regions of the country amid a fresh spike in cases of the novel coronavirus.Fifteen of Peru’s 25 regions were already covered by rolling lockdowns. Vizcarra announced the return of a blanket Sunday curfew as figures revealed a 75% surge in infections among children and adolescents.”Now those who are infecting us are the people we know, the relatives who come to visit us, the friends who get together to kick a ball around or enjoy a barbecue,” Vizcarra said in a speech broadcast from the Government Palace in Lima. “It is a problem that together we have to solve.”last_img

Brisbane inner-city apartment big enough to rival any family home

first_img1/6 Tilbrook Street, Teneriffe, is so large a motorbike in the living room doesn’t appear out of place.If you have always dismissed the idea of living in an apartment on account of size, this property in Teneriffe may change your mind.Possibly one of the largest apartments in Brisbane, it covers a staggering 921 sq m of internal floor space, with lofty ceilings and voids that transcend multiple levels.It is owned by Dan and Janet Williams, who not only designed the apartment but also developed the entire building of which the apartment is the crowning glory. The apartment is part of a former wool store building conversion.Known as House 1 of the Macquarie Residences, the building was part of Brisbane’s Woolstore precinct, which sprang up in 20th century when the riverside was abuzz with trade and the area was dominated by wharves, warehouses and factories.Over time the buildings fell into a state of urban decay and it wasn’t until the 1990s that a project to regenerate the area into a predominantly residential district began. Yet the arrival of the global financial crisis in the late 2000s meant that this particular building, one of the last to be developed, sat empty for years. The apartment is full of design features.Mr Williams, who is an industrial developer, said the fact that it was heritage listed but lacked the bounding character of the other wool stores had made it too problematic a venture for many prospective buyers.“We decided to look at it and, yes, it did have problems, but we thought, for goodness sake, it is a magnificent space, several thousand square metres in the middle of Tenerife. It really offered quite a unique opportunity,” he said.“We were looking for a home at the time, and we have five children and several grandchildren, so we wanted somewhere big enough for them to come and stay.” It was built and designed by the owner Dan Williams, an industrial developer.Mr Williams said his original idea was to build nine two-storey apartments, but consent to raise the wool store roof by an additional 5m led the final plans to include seven two-storey apartments and two three-storey apartments with full city and river views. One of these has been the Williams’s home for more than five years.The converted apartment spans three storeys, with the entrance level taking in the kitchen, living and dining areas, a master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, study, gym, cellar, two balconies and guest accommodation suite. The home’s extensive cellar.Ascend the stairs, or take the internal lift (you decide), to the second floor and you will find four further bedrooms, most with ensuites, a main bathroom, utility room, theatre room and balcony.On the top level, which juts into the air space above the main roofline, is an entertaining area, with a kitchenette, bar and powder room, flanked either side by balconies and offering stunning views of the city and river. Large windows and the use of glass throughout the spaces allow light to pour in, creating a bright and warm home, while capitalising on the views. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoThe penthouse apartment has its won private garage at entrance level.Unlike many apartments and despite this one being at the very top of a multi-storey building, 1/6 Tilbrook Street has a garage at entrance level, thanks to the road that winds up behind the building.“In most of the buildings in Teneriffe you have to drive into a basement, then get out with all your shopping bags and things on public display before struggling into the lift. With ours you drive straight up to the back door and into the garage, so whatever you have is your own private business. It’s very discreet, very private and looking at the building from the front you would never imagine you could do it.” The home has extensive city and river views.With the Williams’s also owning a house on the Sunshine Coast, the couple have decided their time spent in Brisbane is more suited to a smaller bolt hole in their beloved suburb of Teneriffe rather than a family-sized home and so they have put the apartment on the market, open to expressions of interest.While Mr Williams said it would be difficult to leave the property behind, the couple were used to a semi-nomadic lifestyle.“After a career in property development, my wife counted up that we’ve had something like 28 homes over the span of our 44 years, and Tilbrook Street was not the final, but certainly the biggest we have ever done,” he said. The home spans three storeys and has an internal lift.“It was spectacular and a culmination of 44 years of experience, desire, needs and understanding. Yet it wasn’t mean to be posh, or all white shiny marble, it was meant to be liveable and comfortable, so when you walk in you feel like you belong there.” The Williams’s have certainly made it their home over the years, filling it with some of their favourite things, including a 1927 Indian motorbike, which sits pride of place in an alcove of the living room. How it came to be there, however, is a whole other story.last_img read more