Rome (AFP) - Saint Peter's Basilica throws its doors open to visitors on Monday, marking a relative return to normality at the Vatican and beyond in Italy, where most business activity is set to resume.Public masses also resume throughout the predominantly Catholic country after a two-month hiatus, while restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and hairdressers, among other businesses, are all expected to reopen.In the face of much opposition, including from Pope Francis, churches in Rome were shuttered at the beginning of the coronavirus emergency in early March.Most, however, opened shortly thereafte...
It was revealed by a local Michigan county clerk that President Donald Trump's lawyers were behind an effort to get alternate electors shoved into place in key states. Those electors would then try to bring down the legitimately elected slate of electors, but most were blocked from entering the rooms.
Still, those fake electors signed official papers that were filed with the federal government claiming that they were "duly elected and qualified" electors. One attorney who penned an op-ed about the incident said that it's time for those 59 people who signed falsified documents should be prosecuted.
Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot told the Detroit News that he was asked to show up in Lansing to sign the document. He said he didn't know who called him and told him to do it, and claims it was merely "a call from an attorney working on behalf of Trump in Washington, D.C."
That fact links the fraud to the Trump effort, and some of the president's past tweets seem to indicate he had knowledge of the plot.
On Jan. 6 at 6:00 a.m. Trump proclaimed that "many states want to decertify."
Another tweet from Trump that day said, "The States (sic) want to redo their votes. They found out they voted on a FRAUD. Legislatures never approved. Let them do it. BE STRONG!"
Legislatures never approve an election's outcome, people vote and those people send electors to follow their votes. Lawmakers have nothing to do with the process.
"States want to correct their votes," Trump also tweeted. "Which they know now were based on irregularities and fraud, plus corrupt process never received legislative approval. All Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the States, AND WE WIN. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!"
In a Dec. 2020 report, White House aide Stephen Miller claimed that an "alternate" slate of electors would vote in key swing states. The moment came when Miller appeared on Fox News.
"As we speak, today, an alternate slate of electors in the contested states is going to vote, and we're going to send those results up to Congress. This will ensure that all of our legal remedies will remain open," Miller said. "That means that if we win these cases in the courts, that we can direct that the alternate slate of electors be certified."
Texas electors also pressured other states' "alternate electors" to try and turn over the election using their power.
"The call from the Texas electors came in the form of a resolution they passed 34-4, but it had no impact on the results," reported the Texas Tribune. "The four states — Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Pennsylvania — had already cast their votes by that time, and soon after, California cast its 55 votes for Biden and pushed him over the 270 number he needed to win the presidency."
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Those behind bars in Washington, D.C. for their participation in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, are complaining that they don't have access to haircuts or a shave.
The inmates have complained to the court through their attorneys. According to Scott MacFarlane, the NBC News reporter following the trials, the U.S. Marshals Service federal detention monitor has filed a response.
According to the federal detention monitor, the men could have access to a haircut and shave if they're vaccinated. But the men aren't vaccinated.
"I am further aware that CTF is providing access to COVID-19 vaccines," the filing says. "I also understand that CTF will provide grooming services to prisoners in advance of jury trials. Individuals in unit C2B at CTF also complained that they are not permitted to have personal visits with family and friends. I am aware that CTF does not permit unvaccinated individuals to have personal visits. Again, I am aware that CTF is providing access to COVID-19 vaccines."
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US Marshals Service federal detention monitor makes court declaration in Jan 6 case. Jan 6 defendants have complained about lack of access to haircuts, shaves and visits in DC jail\n\nHere's how the federal detention monitor sees it ===>pic.twitter.com/2mINYCS961— Scott MacFarlane (@Scott MacFarlane) 1642475400
One county in Texas turns down 7 times as many vote-by-mail applications after new suppression laws: report
The 2022 primary elections in Texas will come on March 1, but the voter suppression bills are already having an impact on those who hoped to participate.
The Harris County Judge, who manages elections in the largest county in the state, tweeted that she has been forced to refuse seven times as many vote by mail applications as last year.
Linda Hidalgo explained that because of the new laws, people must register to vote with their driver's license number and if you use your social security number with your mail-in ballot, it gets rejected.
In Harris County percentage-wise we\u2019re rejecting 7 times more mail ballot apps than before, because of new TX voter suppression laws that create a maze of technicalities. Example: if you register to vote with your DL number but request a mail ballot with your SSN, you\u2019re rejected— Lina Hidalgo (@Lina Hidalgo) 1642453225
Another person noted that the new ballot application was also "written to cause confusion and uncertainty." He said that it requires people to know their VUID or precinct number. The VUID is a Voter Unique Identifier. He explained it can be found by going to the Secretary of State's website input an ID or license number with date of birth. It would then spit out the VUID. The same can be said with the precinct number.
Vote.com also has a precinct location number for folks.
Many responded that one of the biggest problems is that not everyone is tech-savvy and not everyone has access to computers. For that, the Texas Secretary of State is accepting phone calls at (512) 463-5650 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who don't know it and want it -- go to this website and put in your ID or license number with date of birth. It will give you the VUID number if you are already registered. Same with precinct number. https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do— \ud83c\udd82\ud83c\udd83\ud83c\udd78\ud83c\udd7d\ud83c\udd70 \ud83c\udd7b\ud83c\udd88\ud83c\udd7d\ud83c\udd7d (@\ud83c\udd82\ud83c\udd83\ud83c\udd78\ud83c\udd7d\ud83c\udd70 \ud83c\udd7b\ud83c\udd88\ud83c\udd7d\ud83c\udd7d) 1642462603