Trump says ‘if you count the legal votes, I easily win’, accuses media & big tech of election interference

Donald Trump has called for the integrity of the election to be defended as votes are still being counted in some of the key states which could determine the outcome. The race is still too close to call, according to US media.

“I’ve decisively won many critical states, including massive victories in Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Ohaio, to name just a few. We’ve made these and many other victories despite election interference from Big Media, Big Money and Big Tech,” Trump said in a speech at the White House on Thursday evening.

Trump accused the media of “knowingly” circulating what he called “suppression polls” where he was trailing Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.

He then claimed that the alleged count irregularities might cost his campaign what otherwise would have been a certain election victory.

“If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try and steal the election from us.”

Trump has doubled down on his allegations of widespread voter fraud by Democrats and electoral officials, touting lawsuits challenging the counting process in litigation that “will shake even you people up.”

Speaking on the races in individual battleground states, Trump said that his campaign was “on track” to take Arizona. While the Associated Press and several other US media have already reported that Biden had flipped the historically red state blue, the GOP pins hopes on thousands of votes from Republican-leaning areas of the Sun Belt state that are still being counted.

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Ex-ESPN star Bob Ley rips former employer over reported layoffs, job cuts – Fox News

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Biden confronts a potential Cabinet obstacle: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – Politico

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Ari Melber fact checks Trump’s latest false claims about ‘illegal votes’

Without evidence of any illegality, President Donald Trump claims that ‘if you count the legal votes, I easily win.’ MSNBC Senior Legal Analyst Ari Melber says that’s false: “The votes that have been lawfully apportioned, meaning what we’ve been following in each of these states, do not show that. They actually show what we’ve found, which is some states going in both directions, no one to 270.”

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Aaron Jones injury updates: Packers' RB officially active for Week 9, could see reduced workload – CBS Sports

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FDA could move closer to approving first new Alzheimer's drug in nearly 20 years – CNN

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Here are the Xbox Series X/S and PS5 enhancements coming to Warframe next week – Eurogamer.net

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Federal watchdog probing Trump campaign’s use of White House: lawmaker

November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has opened an investigation into allegations that the Trump campaign’s use of the White House as an Election Day command center violated federal law, Democratic Representative Bill Pascrell said on Thursday.

In a statement, Pascrell said the federal watchdog responded on Thursday to his call for a probe, telling him a special unit “has opened an investigation into these allegations to determine if the Hatch Act was violated.”

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal and Tim Ahmann; Editing by Chris Reese)

SpaceX successfully launches GPS III space vehicle for the US Space Force – TechCrunch

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Pennsylvania official says several hundred thousand ballots need to be counted

November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said on Thursday that several hundred thousand ballots for the presidential election still need to be counted in the battleground state.

Boockvar also said she was unaware of any recent allegations of voter fraud.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Americans largely reject Trump’s victory declaration: Reuters/Ipsos poll

November 5, 2020

By Chris Kahn

(Reuters) – A bipartisan majority of Americans do not accept President Donald Trump’s premature victory declaration in the U.S. presidential election and most are willing to wait for all votes to be counted before deciding who won, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released Thursday.

The Nov. 4-5 survey also showed that the public has largely brushed aside Trump’s assessment of the election result as rigged to deny him a second term.

The Republican president trails Democrat Joe Biden in Arizona and Nevada and has seen his leads in Pennsylvania and Georgia shrink by the hour as those states count mail-in ballots. As his path to victory narrowed this week, Trump complained without proof that he is a victim of widespread voter fraud.

Trump asserted that he should be ahead in most of the states that are still counting ballots and prematurely declared victory in a rambling early morning speech that misread vote tallies across the country.

According to the poll, few Americans agree with the president’s view on the race: 16% of U.S. adults, including 7% of Democrats and 30% of Republicans, accept Trump’s victory declaration.

Another 84%, including 93% of Democrats and 70% of Republicans, said that “candidates should not be declaring victory until all of the votes are counted.”

Two-thirds of Americans say they trust their local election officials to do their job honestly, and 83% agreed that “our democracy can withstand waiting until all of the votes are counted to know who won the election.”

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online, in English, throughout the United States. It gathered opinions from 1,115 U.S. adults, including 524 Democrats and 417 Republicans, and has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of about 6 percentage points.

(Reporting by Chris Kahn; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

Experts spar over ethical question: Should we be paid to get COVID-19 shots?

November 5, 2020

By Kate Kelland

LONDON (Reuters) – A suggestion by an ethics professor at a leading UK university that governments should pay citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19 has sparked debate over whether such incentives are ethical, or dangerous, and would boost or limit uptake.

Arguing that governments should consider a “pay for risk” approach to encourage their populations to have COVID-19 shots when they become available, Julian Savulescu, a professor at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford University, said it would allow people to make an informed choice

“‘Anti-vaxxers’ may never be convinced to change their stance, but incentivising vaccination may persuade others who might not have done so to get the jab,” he wrote in an article in the BMJ British Medical Journal.

“The advantage of payment for risk is that people are choosing voluntarily to take it on. As long as we are accurate in conveying … the risks and benefits of a vaccine, then it is up to individuals to judge whether they are worth payment.”

With scores of potential COVID-19 vaccines in development, and a few expected to be ready for regulatory approval and possible deployment as early as next month, public health authorities are considering ways of addressing varying levels of vaccine confidence and hesitancy around the world.

Preliminary results of a survey conducted in 19 countries over the three months to August showed that only about 70% of British and U.S. respondents would get a COVID-19 vaccine. That echoed findings in May of a Reuters/Ipsos poll that found a quarter of Americans had little or no interest in taking a vaccine against pandemic disease.

Savulescu noted precedents for payment for “civic duty”: Blood donations are paid for in several countries, he wrote.

But other experts cautioned strongly against offering financial incentives.

“Paying people to get vaccinated would set a very dangerous precedent,” said Keith Neal, an emeritus professor of infectious disease epidemiology at Nottingham University.

“Social media falsehoods would have a field day suggesting it can’t be safe if you need to be paid to have it.”

When it comes to routine childhood vaccines – such as those against contagious diseases like measles – the World Health Organization says that making them mandatory is one of the best ways to boost coverage rates. But policies that incentivise or make vaccinations compulsory for adults are rare.

Helen Bedford, a professor of child public health at University College London, said the idea was “ill-thought-out and potentially counter-productive”.

“Apart from flu vaccine for healthcare workers there is little experience globally of mandating vaccines for adults, and even less experience of providing incentives,” she said.

She said a better investment would be in encouraging uptake of COVID vaccines with “full and transparent communication”.

(Reporting by Kate Kelland; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)