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Trump Considering Holding “Victory Rally” This Weekend, Advisers Say

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering holding a “victory rally” this weekend to raise the spirits of his supporters.

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President Donald Trump is reportedly considering holding a “victory rally” this weekend to raise the spirits of his supporters as all indicators reveal that rival Democratic candidate Joe Biden has more than enough electoral votes to be declared the winner of the 2020 presidential elections, according to the New York Times.

The news comes as the Trump campaign continues to insist that the election is “not over,” even as Biden has swung into the lead in crucial battleground states like Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Trump’s advisers reportedly remain divided over the next steps he should take as the vote count draws to a close at a glacial pace.

Discussions at the White House included Trump holding a rally this weekend, according to one person close to the talks.

However, a number of advisers were reportedly crestfallen over his narrow chance to eke out a victory after he gave a rambling, 17-minute speech on Thursday filled with baseless claims of fraud.

“If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” Trump said while sounding tired and unusually passive. “This is a case where they’re trying to steal an election … They’re trying to rig an election, and we can’t let that happen.”

“We’re hearing stories that are horror stories,” he added. “We think there is going to be a lot of litigation because we have so much evidence and so much proof.”

The speech dismayed even some members of his own team, as well as his supporters and surrogates like former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“I talk tonight now not as a former governor but as a former U.S. attorney — there’s just no basis to make that argument tonight,” Christie said on ABC News. “There just isn’t.”

The president is said to have not accepted that he may be a one-term president, and has shown no sign that he plans to concede his defeat in the hotly-contested election.

The president’s subordinates, including as chief of staff Mark Meadows, have reportedly not attempted to convince him to accept the encroaching defeat and have instead backed his claim that the election is being stolen from him through a vast conspiracy involving big tech, local government officials, and the mainstream media.

Some of his most fervent support has come from his two sons, Don Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, who have been frantically speaking at press conferences in a bid to keep morale high in Trump’s base and signaled that they will wage a bitter fight to cling to the White House by any means.

Trump’s public appearances since Election Day have stood in sharp contrast to those of Biden, who has been urging his supporters to remain calm while expressing cautious optimism about how the electoral process will play out.

A number of Republican officials – including Republican Senators Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney and Pat Toomey, and the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump – have either failed to endorse the president’s fabricated assertions, or have condemned them. This has left Trump’s sons, his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and a number of MAGA activists alone to do the heavy lifting of defending the president’s claims.

The president’s sons have both expressed dismay over Republicans’ attempts to distance themselves from their father’s claims, accusing them of being “RINOs” (Republican in name only) and cowards.

“The total lack of action from virtually all of the ‘2024 GOP hopefuls’ is pretty amazing,” Don Trump Jr. tweeted. “They have a perfect platform to show that they’re willing & able to fight but they will cower to the media mob instead.”

“Where are Republicans!” Eric Trump later tweeted. “Have some backbone. Fight against this fraud. Our voters will never forget you if your sheep!”

Associated Press and Fox News currently have Biden with 264 electoral college votes (other outlets have him at 253) versus Trump’s 214. If Biden reaches the 270 mark, he will be declared president-elect. Other media outlets that have endorsed Biden still have his count at 253 as Arizona’s continues to tally in the remaining ballots.

Business Insider has declared Joe Biden the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election with 273 electoral votes, noting that he had over 4 million more popular votes than Trump as of Friday and had already flipped Pennsylvania.

For months, Biden led Trump in polling on the statewide and national levels, but the polls in many key states exaggerated his lead and the possibility of a Democratic “Blue Wave” sweeping across the electorate.

President Trump has reportedly recognized in private that the electoral math simply doesn’t favor his chances, according to people close to the Oval Office, but he is still hoping that a protracted legal battle and the continued spread of unsubstantiated rumors and claims of fraud would give him the space to challenge the results.

However, the thin lead that Biden has in Wisconsin and Georgia will likely give Trump’s team the ability to request a recount.

The Trump campaign and Republican officials have also filed legal challenges in a number of states, with very mixed results.

The Biden campaign has announced that the 77-year-old former vice president will give a speech on Friday evening, but have given no indication about what he plans to say.

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Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

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A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.

In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.

“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.

Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.

Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.

Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.

Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.

However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.

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Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son

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A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.

The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.

The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.

“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.

“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.

The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.

The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.

“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.

The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.

The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.

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Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter

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The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.

However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.

In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.

It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.

The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.

Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.

The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.

Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.

The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.

The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.

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