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Trump Reportedly Won’t Concede Defeat if Biden is Officially Declared President-Elect

Trump has reportedly not even considered conceding the election or drawing up notes for a concession speech.

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As votes continue to be tallied on Friday in key swing states, it increasingly appears that former Vice President Joe Biden is in the lead and edging closer to sealing Trump’s fate as a one-term president. However, the incumbent president has shown no sign that he plans to concede defeat, according to people close to the White House.

As the vote count continued at a glacial through the week, Trump has reportedly not even considered conceding the election or drawing up notes for a concession speech, raising the possibility that he will wage a bitter fight to cling to the White House by any means.

The president’s subordinates, such as White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, have also 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.

A refusal to offer a concession speech to his Democratic rival if the former vice president wins the 2020 election would mark a sharp break from a 124-year tradition in U.S. politics that is largely ceremonial and by no means required.

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.

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.

With vote counts ongoing in several states, it increasingly appeared clear that Biden, 77, would eke out a narrow victory in crucial swing states. In the meantime, the Trump campaign and a handful of Republican allies repeatedly made claims that the president had prevailed in the race, citing “legal votes” versus ostensibly illegal votes (by dead people, fraudulent voters, and the like).

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 spreading of conspiracy theories about fraud would give him the space to refuse to accept the results.

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

However, AP reports: “Trump has produced no evidence of systemic problems in voting or counting. In fact, the ballot-counting process across the country has been running smoothly for the most part, even with the U.S. in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic.”

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.

This has left Trump perplexed about why he’s not receiving more support from Republicans, and why his claims aren’t being corroborated by widespread allegations of voter irregularities similar to his own.

Biden’s campaign, in the meantime, has taken Trump’s angry tweets and claims of fraud in stride.

“As we said on July 19, the American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House,” said campaign spokesman Andrew Bates in a statement.

In the meantime, the Biden campaign says that he is likely to give a speech on Friday evening, but have given no indication about what he plans to say.

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Man Who Spent Decades in Prison Gets $6 Million After Cop Found to Have Faked Evidence

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A North Carolina man who spent decades in prison was awarded $6 million in damages by a federal jury after it was found that he was wrongfully convicted thanks to evidence fabricated by a detective.

Darryl Howard languished in prison for over 20 years on double murder and arson charges in 1995 for killing a woman and her teen daughter in 1991. Last Wednesday, a jury in Winston-Salem found that former Durham police detective Darryl Dowdy simply faked the evidence that resulted in his conviction.

In 2016, Howard’s 80-year sentence was stricken down by a Durham County judge who cited the misconduct of police and prosecutors. The $6 million award was the result of a 2017 federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Howard, reports the News & Observer.

Dowdy, 65, denied the accusations in the lawsuit. The former detective was a 36-year veteran of the Durham Police Department before he retired in 2007.

Howard and his legal team have expressed satisfaction that the jury recognized the grave injustice he faced, but are disappointed that the $6 million is a mere fraction of the $48 million in damages they requested.

Attorney Nick Brustin, who represented Howard, said that Dowdy’s defense attacked Howard for his past gunshot wounds and history of selling and using drugs.

“I think to some extent the racist defense that they have been implementing since the beginning of the ligation has in some ways succeeded,” Brustin said. “I think the verdict doesn’t value the suffering that Darryl went through.”

Howard himself noted that the heavy damage dealt by his long incarceration have completely altered his life.

“I am happy about the verdict, but I am kind of upset about the damages,” Howard told the News & Reporter.

“Just imagine, 23 years I stayed in prison,” he added.

Brustin also highlighted the systemic nature of the injustice his client suffered as a result of Dowdy’s police work.

“The kinds of misconduct are pattern misconduct,” he noted, adding that Durham police need to review other cases handled by the crooked cop.

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Happy Holidays? Billionaire CEO Fires 900 Workers in Zoom Call

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The boss of an online mortgage lending company has come under fire as callous and heartless after he unceremoniously fired about 900 staff members in the run-up to the holidays – all on one single Zoom call.

Vishal Garg, the chief executive of New York-based mortgage firm Better.com, didn’t mince words in the call, telling employees:

“This isn’t news that you’re going to want to hear … If you’re on this call, you are part of the unlucky group that is being laid off. Your employment here is terminated effective immediately.”

Adding that he did “not want to do this,” he explained that “this is the second time in my career I’m doing this … The last time I did it, I cried.” 

While the 43-year-old CEO claimed that the mass sacking was a painful ordeal, he also noted that the “market has changed” and the company required streamlining to deal with the cool-off in the recent housing boom.

However, Garg neglected to mention that the company recently received $750 million from investors just last week.

According to Fortune, the chief executive also was the anonymous author of a blistering blog post to professional network Build that put his own employees on blast.

“You guys know that at least 250 of the people terminated were working an average of 2 hours a day while clocking 8 hours+ a day in the payroll system?” Garg wrote, adding that “they were stealing from you and stealing from our customers who pay the bills that pay our bills. Get educated.”

Garg also has come under fire for his poor management approach and history of abusing workers after an email he sent to employees was published by Forbes last year.

“You are TOO DAMN SLOW,” the CEO wrote. “You are a bunch of DUMB DOLPHINS… SO STOP IT. STOP IT. STOP IT RIGHT NOW. YOU ARE EMBARRASSING ME.”

Regardless of his personal frustrations with employees, social media users were stunned by news of the mass firing, calling the move “cold,” “a horrible move,” and “harsh” – especially with Christmas around the corner.

Employment law and business experts have also lambasted Garg’s actions, noting that such mass firings run counter to the law in most countries, and are not only abusive but destructive toward morale, despite being perfectly legal in the United States.

“Existing employees will look to how the company treats people as a signal to how it will treat them in the future,” Gemma Dale of the Liverpool John Moores University in the UK told the BBC.

“There are ways to do these things which, even in difficult conditions, are empathetic and decent,” she added. “There is a right way to do these things both morally and legally.”

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China Was Just Caught Literally Changing The Weather For Communist Party Celebration: Study

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In recent years, China has made a number of head-turning and downright dazzling technological advances. Now, according to a new study, the East Asian giant has successfully managed to literally change the weather.

According to a recent report from the South China Morning Post, scientists at Tsinghua University say that during the 100-year anniversary of the Communist Party of China, authorities succeeded in modifying the weather in Beijing to clear the sky and improve air quality for the masses gathered to celebrate the party’s centenary in Tiananmen Square.

The large-scale operation involved lacing the clouds above the capital with chemicals to usher in rainfall over suburban parts of Beijing before the July 1 centennial event. According to the Tsinghua researchers, eyewitnesses report rockets being launched from mountains outside the city in the run-up to the event.

The Beijing researchers claim that the artificial rain managed to reduce the level of PM2.5 air pollutants by over two-thirds, bringing air quality to “good” conditions from “moderate” levels per World Health Organization Standards.

The use of chemicals to modify weather conditions is a practice that dates back to at least the 18th century, when European states used gunfire to shoot at storms in hopes to prevent hail from harming crops.

By the turn of the 20th century, dozens of hail cannons were deployed for commercial purposes despite the unproven nature of such primitive geo-engineering methods.

Fast forward to the 2020s, and the People’s Republic of China has reportedly invested vast resources into weather modification programs that will be tested in a region spanning 5.5 million square miles by the year 2025. The impact of such geo-engineering efforts could lead to regional tensions with China’s increasingly nervous neighbors.

Meanwhile, as the potential for a new cold war with the people’s republic continues to grow, professional China skeptics have stoked fears that the ruling Communist Party could use its newfound ability to manipulate the weather for military purposes. However, it’s worth noting that the United States military has been hoping to weaponize the rain since at least 1967.

However, with arid conditions and extreme drought threatening the food security of populations across the globe, the ability to literally make rain fall may not be as frightening as some make it out to be.

Additionally, some researchers have claimed that geoengineering could play a role in mitigating the impact of rampant climate change. However, it remains far too early to know the long-term impact of lacing skies with chemicals on a widespread, regular basis.

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