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Supreme Court Rejects Trump’s Efforts To Block Biden Win In Pennsylvania 

This week the Supreme Court denied a request made by Pennsylvania Republicans to block the certification of the commonwealth election results. If they were successful, this would have invalidated and blocked Biden’s win in the state, however, the court’s rejection makes this a fatal blow for the Republican Party’s continuous attempt to deliver a reelection to Donald Trump. 

Trump has been frequently bragging online that he won his reelection, and was banking on Pennsylvania reversing their results to deliver him the potential that he actually could have won, however, the Supreme Court’s action, along with the moves from individuals in Trump’s administration to begin a transition of power, has confirmed that he will not be returning to office in 2021. 

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“Let’s see whether or not somebody has the courage, whether it’s legislators or legislatures or a justice of the Supreme Court or a number of justices of the Supreme Court. Let’s see if they have the courage to do what everybody in this country knows is right,” Trump said just hours before the court released their order that blocked the motion for the election results to be blocked. 

Tuesday’s one-line order was filed with no noted dissent or comment from any of the nine justices who have been combating Trump’s administration’s constant efforts to overturn the election since November. This order also marks Amy Coney Barrett’s first vote on an election-related dispute. This quick and one-line order suggests that the Supreme Court is no longer interested in being involved with Trump and his administration’s ongoing efforts to invalidate this election and Biden’s win. 

“The fact that the justices issued a one-sentence order with no separate opinions is a powerful sign that the court intends to stay out of election-related disputes, and that it’s going to leave things to the electoral process going forward,” said Steve Vladek, a Supreme Court analyst and law professor who spoke with the press recently about these results. “It’s hard to imagine a more quietly resounding rejection of these challenges from this court,” he concluded. 

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Representative Mike Kelly attempted to initially bring this issue to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, however, at the time he was rejected immediately for failing to file the election result challenge in a timely manner. Kelly’s lawyers then stated that the courts violated his right to petition and “right to due process, guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, respectively, by closing all avenues of relief for past and future harms.”

The Pennsylvania courts responded to these claims by calling them “fundamentally frivolous. No court has ever issued an order nullifying a governor’s certification of presidential election results. The loss of public trust in our constitutional order resulting in this kind of judicial power would be incalculable,” said Justice Bart Delone, the state’s chief deputy attorney general. 

Tuesday’s action from the Supreme Court comes after weeks of Trump and his team spreading inaccuracies regarding the election and creating a highly contentious political divide in a country that is also still enduring a global health crisis. Trump and his team have focused their energy on reversing the already finalized election results while hundreds of thousands of Americans continue to be infected with Covid-19. While a vaccine is likely to begin distribution soon, the way America is currently running is causing its citizens to die at astronomical rates, continue to stay inside and wear a mask whenever necessary.

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Global Tech And Health Stock Markets Climbing As Biden Gets Closer To Presidency

As Joe Biden gets closer to becoming the next President of the United States, shares in major technology and health stocks are climbing. Shares in Asia Pacific, for example, have already climbed to their highest point in three years within the past 24 hours. 

Biden currently only needs six electoral college votes to secure the presidency. Investors on the other side of the world have been closely monitoring and betting on Biden getting to 270 votes. Asia Pacific shares climbed by 1.3% which is the highest it has increased since February 2018. Japan technology firm Nikkei rose by 1.1%, the highest it’s been in nearly a year. 

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China’s blue chips stocks gained .8% due to the possibility of Biden taking Trump’s place in the White House and therefore reversing his trade war tariffs as well. Edward Moya is a spokesperson for OANDA who recently spoke with the press about how even the possibility of a Biden presidency is helping boost the global stock market. 

“The contest is not over, and President Trump will not go down without a fight, but financial markets are confident to price in a Biden presidency along with a Republican controlled Senate.”

A Biden win with a Republican controlled Senate would mean there’s less risk for regulation and corporate/personal taxes being raised. The stock market’s reaction to the past 48 hours also is showing “US growth stocks outperforming on prospects of less economic aid,” according to market analysts. 

“Technology and healthcare stocks duly led the charge higher overnight while those leveraged to consumer demand lagged. With tech stocks accounting for such a large share of the indices, the S&P 500 gained 2.20% and the Nasdaq 3.85%.”

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Bond markets in the US are running under the assumption that a divided government would reduce the possibility of debt-funded spending on things like stimulus and infrastructure support for the country. If this were to happen there would also be a reduced bond supply as well. 

10-year US Treasury has dropped down .74% so far after remaining at a .93% peak for five months. Additionally, “the Dow jumped 1.3%, or some 360 points, while the S&P opened up 1.6%. The Nasdaq rallied 1.9%. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite are on track for their best week since April. For the Dow, it’s shaping up to be the best week since June,” according to media reports

Shares in major tech companies have also continuously risen within the past two days. For example Facebook and Google parent company Alphabet traded more than 2% higher while Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft gained more than 3% each. Because these tech companies work with international governments, mainly China, the prospect of a divided US government has investors on all sides assuming taxes won’t increase. This would also mean the current trade war with China would stabilize. 

As the results continue to be counted throughout the country, and Biden gets closer and closer to a presidency, stocks will likely continue to increase in the tech and healthcare sectors, as those are two areas that will likely see a massive spike in investments should Biden win and enact his policies for Covid-19 and the current economy in the US.

U.S. Stocks Climbing Despite Uncertainty Surrounding Presidential Election

Tech-led stocks in the US began climbing when the market opened up on Wednesday morning, despite there being a lack of clarity in terms of who will win the 2020 presidential election. 

According to reports, The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 500 points, or 1.7%. The S&P 500 traded 2.3% higher while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite increased by 3.2%. Mike Lewis is the managing director of US equity cash trading at Barclays, and spoke with the press this morning about these surges. 

“I think that the outlook going forward for markets is this is going to be more about policy and the Fed than it’s going to be about politics, which is a good thing for markets.”

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Key swing states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania could take a while to fully determine how the votes will lean. Both candidates and their camps are confident in their paths to victory this week.

Amazon, Microsoft and Apple all saw spikes of at least 3% in their stocks while Facebook increased by 7%, and Google-parent company Alphabet jumped more than 5%. Traders on Wall Street attribute these spikes to a multitude of factors. The possibility that Republicans will maintain control of the Senate is a positive for the groups, as a Democrat congress could have weighed down on the high-growth sector, according to Barry Bannister, Stifel Head of Institutional Equity Strategy.

“It appears investors may be satisfied with at least half a Republican Senate and no tax increase, knowing they have a ‘Fed put’ if fiscal assistance is slower in coming. This favors Growth stocks over Value near-term.”

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Traders are also still grappling with the idea of a contested election, as Wall Street strategists claim that could have major consequences for the stock market. “News of a contested election could cause a sharp drop in stocks in the very short term, but we do not see it as a bearish gamechanger,” Tom Essaye, founder of the Sevens Report, said.

Traders are also watching the Senate race closely as the result of that race will have major implications on the future of the market as a whole. A Democrat win in the Senate and a Biden presidency has a lot of traders worried about the higher tax rates that would impact technology shares especially. 

On the other hand, some traders think a blue wave in the Senate and White House could lead to a larger stimulus package for Americans as we continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic; which would also boost stocks linked to the larger economy. 

“When this is all said and done, I still believe equities will move higher regardless of who wins the Oval Office. The coronavirus pandemic and U.S. monetary policy will be bigger market drivers over the long haul,” said Ryan Nauman, market strategist at Informa Financial intelligence.

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2020 Presidential Election Still A Close Race As Of Wednesday Morning

(9:00 a.m.) It’s the morning after Election Day and it’s still too early to call who the winner will be. Votes are still being counted in Alaska, Arizona, North Carolina, Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine, Georgia and Pennsylvania. 

“Biden holds the lead in the Electoral College at this stage in the count, with 224 electoral college votes. Donald Trump has 213 electoral college votes. Both candidates still have pathways to get to 270 electoral votes – the number of votes needed to win the presidency.”

Currently Biden’s camp is confident that they’re on the right track based on the states they’ve already won and the states whose votes have yet to be counted. Biden is currently ahead in Wisconsin after trailing right behind Trump all night. Trump had been leading in the state by about 100,000 votes all night but as of this morning Biden is leading by 21,000 votes due to all the mail in absentee ballots being counted. 

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Georgia is one of the crucial states that could help either candidate in their race to the White House. The state reported that they’ve begun counting absentee ballots in Fulton County: Georgia’s most populated county with more than a million residents. There are about 48,000 absentee votes still to be counted in the county as well. 

If one thing’s for sure, this race is nowhere near how close it was in 2016, it’s closer. CNN’s Phil Mattingly recently discussed the ways in which both candidates can still win this election. “If Trump wins Alaska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Georgia, and if Biden holds on to his lead in Wisconsin, Nevada, Arizona and Maine, and overtakes Trump in Michigan, that’s Biden’s path.” 

On the other end, “If Trump wins Pennsylvania, holds his lead in Michigan and flips Nevada, because it’s currently a very close race, he will have the votes he needs.” Both candidates will need to dig into each other’s territories that are more traditionally red or blue in order to secure the votes they need. 

(9:17 a.m.) 8% of the vote remains to be counted in Georgia, 14% of the overall vote in Michigan needs to be counted as well. The Michigan Secretary of State recently told the press this morning that hundreds of thousands of votes are still to be counted. 3% of the vote remains to be counted in Wisconsin, and in Pennsylvania, 25% remains. Pennsylvania also allows mail-in votes to be received and counted up until Friday.

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“The simple fact is there are still votes to be counted … votes cast legally still to be counted in states where the margins are thin,” according to CNN’s Jim Sciutto. The absentee ballots are one of the most crucial aspects of this election process. 

As of 9:00 a.m this morning it’s now being reported that Biden could overtake Trump in Michigan due to the absentee ballot votes being counted, yet again. Additionally, a senior official in Governor Tom Wolf’s administration recently spoke with the press about how Pennsylvania is still at play as well even though Trump is leading in the state currently. 

“As of this morning there were 1.4 million absentee ballots still to be counted. The margin of difference between Trump and Joe Biden currently stands at just over 618,000 with 75% of the state’s votes counted.”

65% of the mail-in ballots from Pennsylvania came from registered Democrats as well, but that doesn’t mean they all voted for Biden. Biden’s camp, however, does see a clear path of victory for the former Vice President. According to a senior adviser on the campaign they are confident that they’ll win Wisconsin and Michigan based on the current vote-by-mail numbers. 

They’re also confident that they can overtake Trump in Pennsylvania due to the amount of registered Democrats that voted via mail. While Trump is still leading in the state by 618,000, there are around 1 million absentee ballots still to be counted, and as we’ve seen with Wisconsin and Michigan, the absentee ballots could change everything. The camp is still unclear as to how they think Georgia will move as well. “We feel good,” the senior adviser said. “We’re going to win today.”

America Braces For Impact As Election Day Approaches This Week

An extremely divided nation will be voting for their next president this week as both candidates continue last stitch efforts to gain crucial votes while also dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic that has now killed more than 220,000 Americans and infected more than 8 million.

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Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed As Supreme Court Justice, One Week Before Election Day 

Justice Amy Coney Barrett could easily spend three decades sitting on the Supreme Court, however, the way in which she got to her position of power will not soon be forgotten by the American people who have had quite the year watching their current administration mishandle a global pandemic and further dividing the country politically. 

Barrett will begin her tenure one week before Election Day in what’s being referred to as one of the most rushed Supreme Court appointments in history. Barrett has received a wave of critiques from Americans and politicians who believe Trump pushed for Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a means of maintaining a Republican-controlled Senate, and now, her presence in the 6-3 conservative-liberal bench could transform the law in America for generations. 

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Barrett won the Senate vote 52-48; one of the closest Justice votes in history. Trump made it clear, however, that this was a divisive move as he knew putting Barrett in quickly would allow the high court to make crucial case decisions that would affect the outcome of the election between him and Joe Biden. Several challenges to voting rules in the key states of Pennsylvania and North Carolina are pending, just one week before Election Day. 

“The oath that I have solemnly taken tonight means at its core that I will do my job without any fear or favor and that I will do so independently of both the political branches and of my own preferences.”

Americans aren’t convinced of Barrett’s oath, however, as they know she has extremely conservative values when it comes to things like abortion and religious rights, LGBTQ+ protections, and federal funding for things like the environment or workplace protections. The other discrepancy citizens are having with this nomination is the fact that Justice Barrett has little to no experience being a court justice especially when compared to the seven other individuals sitting on the bench with her.

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Beyond that, the fact that Trump has now been able to appoint three Supreme Court Justices, making the bench predominantly conservative, has Americans fearing that his right-winged policies will survive for years and years, regardless of who’s in the White House. 

In traditional circumstances new Justices’ are sworn in at the Supreme Court, and in recent decades most of the new Justices’ struggle with how to respond to presidential invitations. Supreme Court Justices are meant to hold power in their own right, and should loath being seen as a prop for the president, as their judicial power is meant to rise above any one political ideal and instead abide by the law itself. 

Barrett and Trump’s “collaborative” type relationship, and Trump’s presence at her swearing in, could be fraught on by voters and the electoral college come Election Day. Chief Justice John Roberts is scheduled to administer the judicial oath to Barrett in a private event held at the Supreme Court this Tuesday, after which she will be able to assume her duties on the Court. 

For the newest justice, however, Covid-19 will likely postpone any other rituals or personal gestures that are typically offered to new Justices. These rituals normally involve a welcome dinner for the newest member which is a black-tie affair, and while the postponement of a party may not seem like a huge deal, the breaking of traditions surrounding this entire judicial process is staggering in terms of American history. 

Biden Gains Momentum In Polls As Key Demographics Switch To Vote Democrat

We’re a little more than a week away from Election Day and Joe Biden’s goal of reaching the White House in 2021 could be dependent on two crucial demographics who’s previous loyalty to Trump led him to his presidency back in 2016.

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Biggest Takeaways From The Final Trump-Biden Debate 

The second and final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden took place Thursday night in what experts are calling a “more normal” debate when compared to the original showdown between the two candidates. 

Trump entered the debate and maintained a relatively calm presence, under the advice of his administration who pleaded with the president to cool down this round. The basis of his arguments remained the same as the previous debate: he downplayed the coronavirus pandemic and took no personal responsibility for America’s failings in handling it, threw personal attacks at Biden, and lacked an overall sense of substance in his answers. For example when asked about a health care agenda for his second term, Trump avoided the question and yet again made it through the night without mentioning a plan.

Additionally, the first question Trump was asked regarded how he would lead during the next stage of the coronavirus pandemic, to which the president reflected on the “success” he’s already had within the past year. The centerpiece of Trump’s arguments focused on the mentality that “it could be worse,” despite the fact that more than 220,000 Americans have now died. 

“It will go away and as I say, we’re rounding the turn, we’re rounding the corner. It’s going away.”

Trump made the above claim while avoiding discussing the multiple surges in cases occurring all across the nation currently. He did optimistically claim that a vaccine would be arriving “within weeks,” despite having no real evidence that that’s true. In a later portion of the debate he backtracked and mentioned that there was no “guarantee” one would be ready but he’s hopeful one will be ready by the end of the year. 

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Biden then offered a much darker, more realistic, painting of America’s handling of this virus, claiming we’re heading toward a very “dark winter” due to the action’s of Trump. Biden accused Trump of denying responsibility for Covid’s spreading in the US and downplaying the virus for months despite the piles of evidence being presented to him. 

“Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths [over 200,000] should not remain as President of the United States of America.”

When discussing how he would handle the virus, Biden was able to list out some more specifics in terms of a concrete plan of action. He said he would establish a national standard for the reopening of schools and businesses and stimulus payments to get the nation as a whole back on track. He also projected that a vaccine wouldn’t realistically be available in America until at least the middle of next year, which is more on par with what public health experts are claiming, so instead he knows the biggest concern will be minimizing the spread. 

Trump, however, already has 50 million votes cast for him, and as he nears the same position he was in four years ago when he was going up against Hilary Clinton, he’s decided to resort to the same tactics he used back then to hopefully secure him another win. He tried to paint Biden to be a typical politician, like he did with Clinton, and pointed out that he’s been in office for nearly 50 years and America still has the same issues it did 50 years ago, like systemic racism. Trump continued to try to place every systemic issue America has experienced within the past five decades on Biden, which only gave Biden an opening to discuss all the successes that occurred under the Obama administration. 

Trump then continued to attack Biden and brought up the allegations made against his son Hunter and his involvement with the Ukraine, to which Biden just turned it back around and mentioned that “the guy who got in trouble in Ukraine was this guy,” pointing to Trump, “trying to bribe the Ukrainian government to say something negative about me, which they would not do.” Remember, it was Trump’s actions in the Ukraine that led to his impeachment. 

Biden then fully flipped the attack on Trump by going down the list of all his failings, specifically in terms of his administration’s economic, health care, and immigration policies. This was the moment in the debate that viewers really saw the difference between their two candidates. One answered every policy related question with a series of detailed proposals that explained how each would impact the average American household while the other kept the statements short, general and in high praise of the current administration. 

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Biden continued to assert his position byt slamming Trump for trying to have the Supreme Court undo the Affordable Care Act and all of its protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions; a pool of people that Biden mentioned will soon include those who suffered from Covid-19. Trump has long promised a new health care plan that would protect all Americans regardless of their current health status, but hasn’t even mentioned the specifics of a new plan once within the past four years. 

Biden, on the other hand, detailed his already existing proposal that would allow Americans to buy into a public health insurance program, he called the proposal “Bidencare.” He also asserted that minimum wage should be nationally raised to $15 an hour while Trump said the matter was up to the states. 

Then, more importantly, the issue of immigration was brought up, to which Biden immediately mentioned the 545 children that were separated from their parents at the border this week, to which Trump responded that they were being “very well taken care of,” despite the fact that some haven’t seen their families in months, which made Biden very upset. 

“They got separated from their parents, and it makes us a laughingstock and violates every notion of who we are as a nation.”

The issue of race and systemic racism was then raised, to which Trump claimed he’s done more for African Americans than any previous president since Abraham Lincoln, claiming to be the “least racist person in the room.” Biden then cast Trump and his entire administration as one that has consistently sought out to divide the country racially. 

“Abraham Lincoln here is one of the most racist presidents we’ve had in modern history. This guy has a dog whistle as big as a fog horn.” The night then ended with Biden claiming he would transition the country away from the oil industry because of how much it pollutes the earth. As of right now the race is stagnant, so the most important thing to remember is to get out and vote!! 

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Trump Returns To A Coronavirus-Filled White House Despite Expert Concern

President Donald Trump eagerly returned to the White House this Monday after spending three nights in the Walter Reed Medical Center fighting Covid-19.