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Trump names Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee

Trump names Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee

President Trump officially named Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee in a White House event Saturday afternoon, setting up a contentious nomination fight in the final few weeks before the presidential election.

“Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court. She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution,” Trump said.

Barrett, accompanied by her husband and seven children, joined Trump in the Rose Garden for the event.

“Should I be confirmed, I will be mindful of who came before me. The flag of the United States is still flying at half-staff in memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to mark the end of a great American life,” said Barrett, praising the late justice, who died eight days ago at 87.

“Justice Ginsburg began her career at a time when women were not welcome in the legal profession,” Barrett said. “But she not only broke glass ceilings, she smashed them. For that she has won the admiration of women across the country, and, indeed, all over the world.”

In front of Republican senators and the US attorney general, Bill Barr, whose roles supporting Trump have attracted immense criticism, Barrett said Ginsburg’s “life of public service serves as an example to us all”.

“I fully understand that this is a momentous decision for a president, and if the Senate does me the honor of confirming me, I pledge to discharge the responsibilities of this job to the very best of my ability,” Barrett said. “I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution. I am truly humbled by the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will vote on Mr. Trump’s nominee, four years after he blocked President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court because the vacancy occurred in an election year. There were only eight justices on the court for over a year after Scalia’s death, until Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed in 2017.

In a statement on Saturday, McConnell said that the Senate “will evaluate this nomination on the basis of Judge Barrett’s objective qualifications.”

“The Court, the Senate, and the American people — not to mention the nominee and her family — deserve a fair process that is focused on Judge Barrett’s qualifications. I hope all 100 Senators will treat this serious process with the dignity and respect it should command,” McConnell said.

At a campaign rally in Pennsylvania later Saturday night, Trump celebrated his newly named nominee, basking in the opportunity to deflect attention away from the coronavirus pandemic and a floundering economy that have been red marks on his presidency.

“I just came from the Rose Garden of the White House,” Trump said, pausing for effect while the crowd erupted in chants of “Fill That Seat!”

“This is our third nomination. We have Justice Gorsuch, Justice Kavanaugh — and now we have Amy.”

Michigan Driver  Performs Dukes of Hazzard Drawbridge Jump and got arrested

Michigan Driver Performs Dukes of Hazzard Drawbridge Jump and got arrested

Man does a ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ over Fort Street bridge, survives uninjured but is arrested

A Michigan man was arrested Wednesday night after apparently jumping a Detroit drawbridge in “Dukes of Hazzard” fashion, according to multiple reports.

The Allen Park driver, 26, was behind the wheel of a Dodge sedan when he accelerated and attempted to cross the Fort Street bascule bridge around 7 p.m. on Wednesday — as it was rising.

“I looked, I said, ‘No he ain’t,’” drawbridge operator Andre Locke told Detroit’s WDIV-TV. “Over he went, blew out all four of his tires, and then he crashed into the other gate.”

Detroit police mentioned the incident as something from “Dukes of Hazzard” when dispatching the call, while Locke said it was more like the 1980s comedy “The Blues Brothers,” according to the station.

Police said the driver miraculously made it to the other side of the bridge without injury.

They didn’t know why the man tried the jump.

The charges brought against him haven’t been made public yet

Still, it wasn’t exactly like in the ’80s action-comedy show, in which the two good ol’ boy cousins running moonshine made gravity-defying jumps in their 1969 Dodge Charger to get away from Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane.

Trump says every American will get coronavirus vaccine by April

Trump says every American will get coronavirus vaccine by April

President Donald Trump said Friday that every American will have access to a coronavirus vaccine by April, the latest in a series of ever more optimistic predictions about a vaccination program that has yet to secure FDA approval.

When Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said earlier in the week that the general public was unlikely to get access to a vaccine until the second and third quarters of 2021, echoing other scientific leaders in the administration, Trump said he’d misspoken.

“I think he made a mistake with that statement,” Trump said Wednesday. “When he said it, I believe he was confused. I’m just telling you we’re ready to go.”

“As soon as a vaccine is approved the administration will deliver it to the American people immediately,” Trump said at a White House news briefing on Friday. “Distribution will begin with 24 hours after notice.”

The federal government’s Operation Warp Speed program for developing a vaccine earlier this week made the same promise. But Trump went further.

“We’ll have manufactured at least 100 million vaccine doses before the end of the year, and likely much more than that,” he said. “Millions of doses will be available every month, and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April.”

Distribution is likely to be complicated and time consuming as well, experts have told CNN.

But Trump’s newest adviser on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Scott Atlas, echoed the April promise at the news briefing.

“By April every single American who wants to be vaccinated will have the ability to be vaccinated,” Atlas said.

Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, noted that there currently isn’t a vaccine known to be effective and safe. 

“And we probably won’t have that information until end of the year at earliest,” he said. “At that point how quickly the vaccine can be rolled out depends on which one works, and these have different degrees of storage complexity.” 

“Anybody who believes anything he says about vaccines is an idiot,” said former Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, who briefly challenged Trump for the GOP presidential nomination.

Elon Musk ‘Forgets’ Son X Æ A-12’s Name in Interview [VIDEO]

Elon Musk ‘Forgets’ Son X Æ A-12’s Name in Interview [VIDEO]

When a journalist asked Elon Musk “How’s X Æ A-12?” the Tesla CEO appeared to have been caught off-guard.

Having a family member momentarily forget your name isn’t that uncommon, especially if you have siblings.

There have been occasions when my grandmother has listed everyone in my extended family before finally getting it right, but I don’t take it personally, because there’s quite a few of us.

Things might be different, however, if the person who forgot my name was my own father, and if he did so just a few months after I was born. Oh, and if I had the not-so-forgettable name of X Æ A-12.

The SpaceX CEO was in Germany recently, when he met with some journalists. And, when one of the journalist’s there asked him “How’s X Æ A-12?” the Tesla CEO was left confused for a second.

In the clip, Musk seems to be caught off-guard and even asked the person to repeat his question. On understanding what the reporter was asking, Musk laughed it off, and said, “Oh, oh you mean my kid? That sounds like a password.” He added, “Yeah, he’s great. I think next time I am going to bring him, maybe come back in a few months and bring him along.”

The short moment from a nearly 10-minute long interaction with the press started doing the rounds on social media and has been widely shared on Facebook and YouTube.

Tesla plans to sell up to $5B in new stock shares

Tesla plans to sell up to $5B in new stock shares

Tesla shares have surged 81% from the company’s Aug. 11 stock-split announcement and have more than quintupled this year.

Amid Tesla’s incredible rise that has seen shares soar to new highs, the electric auto maker said Tuesday it will sell up to $5 billion in new stock.

The additional shares will be sold “from time to time” and “at-the-market” prices, Tesla said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It said banks will sell shares based on directives from Tesla.

“We intend to use the net proceeds, if any, from this offering to further strengthen our balance sheet, as well as for general corporate purposes,” Tesla said. 

The stock was about 4% lower during the first few minutes of trading on Tuesday, then regained some of the losses.

The decline hardly dents shares’ rapid appreciation this year. Through Monday’s close, the electric car maker has gained nearly 500% in 2020. In the last year, shares have gained 1,004% compared with the S&P 500’s 20% rise.

Tesla’s market cap now stands around $464 billion meaning the new offering represents about 1% of the company’s value, according to FactSet.

Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note to investors Tuesday that the timing of the equity offering is good in order to shore up the Palo Alto, California, company’s balance sheet. There is strong demand from investors at present to buy Tesla after a huge rally, he wrote.

CEO Elon Musk is “raising enough capital to get the balance sheet and capital structure to further firm up its growing cash position and slowly get out of its debt situation,” Ives wrote. The added capital “throws the lingering bear thesis for Tesla out the window for now,” he added.

Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Barclays, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, SG Americas, Wells Fargo and BNP Paribas are listed as the sales agents for the offering.