President-elect Joe Biden has twisted his ankle while playing with his dog, Major, in Delaware on Sunday.
In a brief statement, the 78-year-old vice president’s office said he had slipped and was being taken to an orthopedist out of an “abundance of caution.”
Mr Biden has two dogs, both Alsatians, Champ and Major, and according to reports Jill Biden has hinted she would like to bring a cat to the White House.
Champ is the older of the two dogs, having been bought from a breeder as a puppy shortly after the 2008 election.
Major was fostered by the Bidens in March 2018 from the Delaware Humane Society – the American equivalent of the RSPCA. The family adopted him eight months later.
Mr Biden has had a long association with the breed. “I’ve had German shepherds from the time I was a kid. And I’ve actually trained them and shown them in the past, my past life,” Mr Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in December 2008.
Donald Trump is one of the few American presidents not to have had a pet while at the White House.
It was something seized upon by Mr Biden during the election campaign.
US President Donald Trump has admitted he faces an uphill struggle to persuade the Supreme Court to overturn his defeat by Joe Biden in the recent election.
In his first full interview since the November 3 vote, Mr Trump said it was “very hard” to get to the Supreme Court, even though “that’s what everyone is fighting for”.
“I’ve got the best Supreme Court advocate that wants to argue the case if it gets there,” he told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo in an hour-long interview littered with unsubstantiated claims about the election.
Nearly every case brought by the Trump campaign in a blizzard of legal action has been thrown out by federal and state judges – many appointed by Republican presidents – who have given his allegations of irregularities short shrift.
The US president still hopes to reverse the result by persuading the Supreme Court to consider cases brought by his legal team, which has challenged the results in several battleground states.
But despite the Supreme Court now having a 6-3 conservative majority, legal experts believe that it will be reluctant to become embroiled in the election.
With several important states due to certify their results shortly, the president refused to say when he would give up fighting his legal battles. “I’m not going to set a date,” he said.
Mr Trump could scarcely contain his anger at the judiciary in the wake of more than 30 defeats in the courts.
“We are trying to put the evidence in, but the judges won’t allow us to do it.”
For the sake of simplicity, Mr Trump added, he would like his campaign to file what he described as “one big beautiful lawsuit.”
Despite having just over seven weeks left in office, the president added that he would consider appointing a special prosecutor to investigate what he repeatedly described as a “rigged election.”
Even the FBI and the Department of Justice could have been involved in the attempts to “rig” the election, Mr Trump claimed.
“This is total fraud and how – the FBI and Department of Justice, I don’t know, maybe they’re involved – but how people are allowed to get away from this with this stuff is unbelievable,” he continued.
The latest legal blow to the Trump campaign was in Pennsylvania on Friday, when the state’s Supreme Court overturned a ruling which put the certification of the election results on hold.
Republicans had argued that the use of mail-in ballots was unconstitutional and should therefore be discounted, which would have flipped Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral college votes from Mr Biden to Mr Trump.
The court said the case was filed months after the deadline for challenging the rules, adding that the Republicans had failed to provide evidence of a single vote being cast illegally.
It was not only the courts which attracted Mr Trump’s ire, but also Brian Kemp, the Republican governor of Georgia who along with the secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, had approved the rules for the election which Mr Biden won.
“The governor’s done nothing. He’s done absolutely nothing. I’m ashamed that I endorsed him. But I look what’s going on. It’s so terrible.”
Mr Trump was similarly dismissive of the media and big tech companies for failing to give his allegations of electoral fraud the attention he felt they deserved.
“The media doesn’t even want to cover it,” he added. “We don’t have freedom of the press in this country, it is suppression by the press.
“You can’t have a scandal if nobody reports about it.”
Republican senator Roy Blunt, who leads the committee for the presidential inauguration, yesterday said he did not believe the election was rigged in an interview on CNN.
Most of the Republican leadership has yet to acknowledge Mr Biden’s victory.
According to the Washington Post one White House insider HAS likened Mr Trump’s behaviour in the aftermath of his defeat to “mad King George”, repeatedly muttering: ‘I won. I won. I won.’”
Joe Biden is not a ‘tariff man’, but he inherits a trade war with the world’s next largest economy that will make him one by default if he isn’t careful.
The President-elect has said he would prefer to focus on returning the US to health and prosperity – as China already has. But alas, the legacy of Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ trade agenda will be hard to shake off as the hostility towards Beijing on which it is based is now shared by much of Congress and the American public, as well as the unions and left-wing groups to whom Mr Biden owes his victory.
Having helped China join the World Trade Organisation, paving the way for it to become a manufacturing superpower, and having as recently as May last year laughed off the suggestion that “China’s going to eat our lunch”, Biden will need a shrewder eye on the competition in 2021.
As a parting gift, Mr Trump will leave Mr Biden a trap. Phil Levy, a former trade official in the George W Bush administration and chief economist at Flexport, warns: “Just as he takes office, he will face these numerical targets, which the Chinese won’t meet.”
Part of Mr Trump’s Phase One deal with Beijing demanded China purchase an extra $200bn (£150bn) worth of American goods and services in two years. However, less than a half of this year’s target had been bought 10 months into 2020, according to the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
“So, does Biden reject the whole process because it was misguided and hurt Americans more than anyone else? If he does, he will be pilloried for being weak on China,” says Mr Levy. “Or does he stick with Phase One? Then all of a sudden he’d have adopted Trump trade policy.
“Unlike many of his predecessors, if President Biden does not change course, that in itself is a major decision.”
A metal monolith that appeared in the heart of Utah’s Red Rock Desert over a week ago has gone.
The disappearance of the structure was as unexplained as its arrival in the first place.
According to Utah’s Bureau of Land Management, the object – which has baffled Americans and triggered fevered speculation about extraterrestrial visitors – was removed on Friday evening.
The organisation said it was not responsible for the monolith’s removal, which had been illegally installed in the first place.
“We do not investigate crimes involving private property which are handled by the local sheriff’s office,” it said in a statement.
“IT’S GONE!” the state’s Department of Public Safety said on Instagram. Almost as quickly as it appeared it has now disappeared.”
The department mused that perhaps the aliens who placed the 3- to 4-metre high structure in the first place had reclaimed it.
Pennsylvania’s highest court on Saturday night threw out a lower court’s order preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests on its Nov. 3 election ballot in the latest lawsuit filed by Republicans attempting to thwart President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the battleground state.
The state Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, threw out the three-day-old order, saying the underlying lawsuit was filed months after the expiration of a time limit in Pennsylvania’s expansive year-old mail-in voting law allowing for challenges to it.
Justices also remarked on the lawsuit’s staggering demand that an entire election be overturned retroactively.
“They have failed to allege that even a single mail-in ballot was fraudulently cast or counted,” Justice David Wecht wrote in a concurring opinion.
The state’s attorney general, Democrat Josh Shapiro, called the court’s decision “another win for Democracy”.
Harvey Weinstein’s appeal against his rape and assault convictions has been hampered after the disgraced former movie mogul’s two ex-wives reportedly froze £4.5 million of his remaining assets.
Weinstein, who was given a 23-year jail term at a court hearing in New York in March after being convicted of rape and sexual assault, is allegedly no longer able to pay the lawyers working on his appeal.
Weinstein’s two ex-wives, Eve Chilton, whom he divorced in 2004, and Georgina Chapman, a British fashion designer who left the producer after assault allegations against him emerged in 2017, have reportedly taken legal action to freeze his accounts.
According to the Daily Mail, the pair filed a motion in April raising concerns over the state of Weinstein’s finances and provided evidence in July in the form of private jet receipts and expenses related to his criminal trial.
The two women also reportedly provided the court with evidence of large deposits that had been made into Weinstein’s bank account as well as proof of insurance fees he was set to collect.
America’s great experiment in “remote learning” during the pandemic has proved disastrous for many children as the first figures from one of its largest school districts showed an explosion in failing grades, and a widening gulf between thriving and struggling pupils.
Unlike in the UK, thousands of schools across the United States have still not reopened, having been closed since March. Children from age five up are instead being taught on computer screens at home. Many will end up missing an entire academic year of in-person schooling.
An internal report from Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, just outside Washington DC, which has 188,000 pupils, was released this week following a Freedom of Information request by a local parent. It confirmed what many families around the country had feared for months.
Among children aged 11 to 18 there was an 83 per cent jump in those with two or more ‘F’ grades, in the first quarter of the 2020-21 academic year, which has just ended.
The younger the age group the worse it was. For those aged 11 to 13 the increase was 300 per cent. Among girls in that age group it was 600 per cent.
For children with special needs the jump in failing grades was 111 per cent. And for those with English as a second language, it was 106 per cent.
A recount in Wisconsin’s largest county demanded by Republican President Donald Trump’s election campaign ended Friday with Democratic President-elect Joe Biden gaining votes.
After the recount in Milwaukee County, Mr Biden had a net gain of 132 votes, out of nearly 460,000 cast. Overall, Mr Biden gained 257 votes to Mr Trump’s 125.
Mr Trump’s campaign had demanded recounts in two of Wisconsin’s most populous and Democratic-leaning counties, after losing Wisconsin to Mr Biden by over 20,000 votes.
The two recounts will cost the Trump campaign $3 million. Dane County is expected to finish its recount on Sunday.
Overall, Mr Biden won the November 3 US presidential election with 306 Electoral College votes – many more than the 270 needed for victory – to Mr Trump’s 232. Mr Biden also leads by more than six million in the popular vote tally.
After the recount ended, Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson said: “The recount demonstrates what we already know: that elections in Milwaukee County are fair, transparent, accurate and secure.”
The Trump campaign is still expected to mount a legal challenge to the overall result in Wisconsin, but time is running out. The state is due to certify its presidential result on Tuesday.
The top US cybersecurity official fired by Republican President Donald Trump for saying the November 3 election was the most secure in American history said on Friday that voter fraud allegations made by Mr Trump and his allies are “farcical”.
Chris Krebs, the former director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told the CBS 60 Minutes program that allegations of US voting machines being manipulated by foreign countries were baseless.
Sidney Powell, a Trump attorney cut loose by the Trump legal team this week, had put forward a conspiracy theory that election systems created in Venezuela at the behest of the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez helped tip the US election to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.
She and others have also alleged that voting machines had flipped votes from Mr Trump to Mr Biden and some US voting information was stored on servers in Germany.
Donald Trump vowed to go to Georgia to campaign for the state’s Republican Senate candidates as the race to determine control of the chamber heated up.
The US president announced he would lend his support to the hotly contested race, where Republicans are hoping to capture the state’s two seats and secure a 52-48 majority in the US Senate.
He made the comments as he committed to leaving the White House in January, the closest he has come to conceding defeat in the presidential election.
Mr Biden, the president-elect, is also expected to travel to Georgia in the coming weeks.
The race will be determined in a runoff on January 5 after candidates in both seats failed to secure 50 per cent of the vote in November’s general election.
In one, Republican senator Kelly Loeffler faces Democrat Raphael Warnock, a black pastor at the church where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr preached. In the other, Republican senator David Perdue faces Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 33-year-old media executive.
If Democrats took both of Georgia’s seats it would tie the Senate at 50-50. The vice president casts the tie-breaker vote in the Senate, meaning that as vice president, Kamala Harris would give Democrats control of the chamber.
In such a scenario Democrats would hold the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives, giving them complete control of Washington.
If Republicans win the seats, they will be able to block large parts of Mr Biden’s legislative agenda and appointees to his cabinet.