'I know one thing, Joe Biden didn't get 80 million votes'
President Trump on Thursday said it would be “very hard” to concede if the Electoral College elects Joseph R. Biden as the next president, insisting that the election results are “a massive fraud.”
“It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede,” Mr. Trump said when reporters at the White House asked what he would do after an Electoral College vote for Mr. Biden. “If they do, they made a mistake.”
“No one wants to see the kind of fraud this election has come to represent,” he said. “I know one thing, Joe Biden didn’t get 80 million votes.”
Unofficial election results show Mr. Biden with more than 80 million votes nationwide to Mr. Trump‘s nearly 74 million votes.
Trump says Twitter censorship is a national security issue
President Trump took aim at Twitter late Thursday, saying it was putting out false trends, censoring Republican lawmakers and creating a matter of national security.
He called for Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides a legal shield for publishers on third-party content, to be terminated.
“Twitter is sending out totally false “Trends” that have absolutely nothing to do with what is really trending in the world. They make it up, and only negative “stuff”. Same thing will happen to Twitter as is happening to @FoxNews daytime. Also, big Conservative discrimination!” the president tweeted.
Scientist seen as architect of Iran's nuclear program assassinated
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is referred to as Iran's Robert Oppenheimer, the American scientist who helped father the atomic bomb in 1945.
A leading Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated near the capital Tehran on Friday, Iran's Defense Ministry announced on state television.
"Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote later on Twitter.
"This cowardice — with serious indications of Israeli role — shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators," Zarif wrote, referring to Iran's arch-enemy Israel. "Iran calls on international community — and especially E.U. — to end their shameful double standards and condemn this act of state terror."
A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office told NBC News they were "not commenting" on the reports.
Andrew Cuomo blasts Supreme Court ruling on religious gatherings as 'irrelevant' political statement
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted the Supreme Court’s ruling blocking his restrictions on religious gatherings as an “irrelevant” political statement.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 5-4, with newly confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the majority, to temporarily block Mr. Cuomo from enforcing capacity limits at churches and synagogues in certain state-designated coronavirus hot spots.
“The decision isn’t final, in the first place,” Mr. Cuomo said Thursday. “It goes back to the second circuit appeals court, so it’s not even a final legal decision.”
He added that the decision is “irrelevant of any practical impact because of the zone they were talking about is moot. It expired last week.”
Newsmax/McLaughlin Poll: Two-Thirds of Nation Back Trump on Recounts
More than two-thirds of the nation says it is fair for President Donald Trump to ask for a recount in key states, according to a new Newsmax/McLaughlin & Associates poll released Thursday.
Sixty-seven percent of likely voters backed Trump's recounts where the vote margins in his race with Joe Biden were 1% or closer, which applies to states like Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Arizona.
Despite the close contests, 65% of Americans say the election will ultimately be decided honestly. But fully a third of all voters, 35%, said that there was significant fraud.
"This seems to be a very disturbing and high number for the country that always prided itself to be the world's leading democracy," pollster John McLaughlin said. "The highest level of fraud concerns are among Trump voters at 70% and Republicans at 65%."
'I breathe freedom and liberty today': Michael Flynn reflects on pardon by Trump
Former national security adviser rips Trump critics, praises Sidney Powell
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn denounced critics of President Trump and praised attorney Sidney Powell as an angel in a Thanksgiving Day statement, his first words since he won a presidential pardon.
Mr. Trump pardoned his first national security adviser a day earlier of his convictions for lying to the FBI in the Robert Mueller investigation, charges that Mr. Trump and others denounced as an Obama administration frame-up.
The lengthy and personal statement, which began with “By Almighty God’s grace,” also denounced the four-year legal ordeal growing out of his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the Trump transition period, which became grist for the Mueller probe.
Barrett confirmation sparks flood of Supreme Court-bound challenges from pro-gun groups
Pro-gun groups have flooded the federal courts with challenges to various firearms restrictions, expecting the cases will work their way up to the newly constituted 6-3 conservative Supreme Court.
The high court generally has declined to take up major gun cases in recent years, but activists are banking that the recent addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett will help force the court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to weigh in sooner or later.
Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said his group immediately started lining up plaintiffs and crafting a flow chart of cases they wanted to file after President Trump nominated Justice Barrett to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
FT Credits Trump's 'Warp Speed' for COVID Vaccines
The Financial Times says President Donald Trump's Operation Warp Speed is responsible for the coronavirus vaccines becoming available so soon.
In an article posted Thursday, the Times noted the "vaccine push is now hailed as the bright spot in the Trump administration's COVID-19 response, as products from Pfizer and BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca and Oxford University move closer to approval."
The key achievement of Operation Warp Speed had been speeding up investment in manufacturing, Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Columbia University School of Public Health, told the Times.
Trump plans Georgia visit to campaign for Senate runoffs
President Trump plans to campaign for Georgia Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue; political analyst Ron Meyer reacts.
President Trump said Thursday that he plans to visit Georgia to campaign for incumbent Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue ahead of their Jan. 5 runoff elections.
“Speaking of Georgia, we’re going there. I spoke with the two great senators today. I’ll probably be going on Saturday,” Trump told reporters on Thanksgiving after a virtual call with U.S. troops stationed abroad.
Trump said that he intends to hold some type of campaign rally, although details remain unclear.
South Korean chat room operator gets 40 years for blackmail
The operator of online chat rooms in South Korea was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison on charges of blackmailing dozens of women, including minors, into filming sexually explicit videos and selling them to others.
The Seoul Central District Court convicted Cho Ju-bin, 24, of violating laws on protecting minors and organizing a criminal ring, court spokesman Kim Yong Chan said.
The court ruled Cho “used various methods to lure and blackmail a large number of victims into making sexually abusive contents and distributed them to many people for an extended period,” according to Kim. “He particularly disclosed the identities of many victims and inflicted irreparable damage to them.”
Thousands of mink culled over COVID fears rise from a mass grave in Denmark
A rushed cull of Denmark's mink over concerns about a coronavirus mutation has left the country facing a new horror, as cadavers of the animals re-emerge from the earth. The macabre phenomenon was observed in a military training field outside the western town of Holstebro, where thousands of mink had been put into an improvised mass grave.
The carcasses rose to the surface, lifted by pressure from gases released by the decomposition, according to local police.
The environment ministry said mink should be covered by at least five feet of soil, but according to public broadcaster DR they were only buried about three feet deep in the field outside Holstebro.
Joe Biden and the 'Strolling Bones'
John Kerry and Joe Biden are getting the band back together for a reunion tour
They’re the Rolling Stones without the roadies. Or the great music. Or any music, actually.
The Strolling Bones reunion tour.
John Kerry and Joe Biden are getting the band back together again.
Collectively, they have been getting things wrong in Washington for nearly 100 years. Literally, two of the dumbest people on earth … but they do love to hear themselves speak!
COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder to return to faith and family
Finding extra thankfulness in a difficult year
Happy Thanksgiving. It may sound odd, but I am extra thankful this year.
While dealing with the global pandemic, I have become more attentive to my faith, my family, my friends and my freedoms.
At the start of March, I learned of my exposure at a national conservative conference to someone who had tested positive for coronavirus. I was frustrated with the prospect of being stuck in self-quarantine for 14 days.
Over time, however, it gave me time to place a renewed focus on my devotional and scripture reading time each morning. I carved out more time for praying to God each day, too.