Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks says he will challenge Electoral College results

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., says he will challenge the tally of Electoral College votes when Congress officially certifies the results of the presidential election on Jan. 6.

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The move, while unlikely to succeed, has generated praise from the president.

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In an interview with Politico, Brooks said he’d challenge the election results, calling the process “badly flawed” without evidence and echoed false claims from President Donald Trump that mail-in voting is “unconstitutional.”

The congressman said he would pursue the effort if a member of the Senate also joined him in challenging the certification, though he noted none have so far come forward. Brooks said he has had “indirect” conversations with Republican senators about the matter.

Mo Brooks standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: In this March 22, 2017, file photo, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. is interviewed on Capitol Hill.

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In this March 22, 2017, file photo, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. is interviewed on Capitol Hill.

“In my judgment, if only lawful votes by eligible American citizens were cast, Donald Trump won the Electoral College by a significant margin, and Congress’s certification should reflect that,” Brooks claimed. “This election was stolen by the socialists engaging in extraordinary voter fraud and election theft measures.”


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“Thank you to Representative Mo Brooks” Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

Brooks’ comments come as the president and his close allies continue to challenge the legitimacy of the election with false claims of mass voter fraud or corruption.

There is no evidence to substantiate the claims made by Trump or Brooks, though the Trump campaign continues to file lawsuits claiming impropriety. The cases have almost uniformly been thrown out by courts.

A small but growing number of Republican officials at the state and federal level have begun to break with the president by acknowledging President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the election.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., told reporters he “can’t imagine” that Congress would overturn the Electoral College results, acknowledging that while a Republican “could” protest it is unlikely “that goes anywhere.” 

On Tuesday, Attorney General Bill Barr said the Justice Deparemhad found no evidence of wrongdoing in the 2020 election, further undermining Brooks’ attacks.

“A lot of time is being wasted in court … the Supreme Court does not have the lawful authority to determine whether to accept or reject a state’s Electoral College submissions,” Brooks told Politico, stating that “it’s the United States Congress that is the final judge and jury of whether to accept or reject Electoral College submissions by states.”

A move by Congress to overturn the results of the Electoral College, where Biden won by more than 200,000 votes in key swing states, would be highly unusual.

Brooks’ effort is unlikely to succeed. Although members of Congress can

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Hailiang Education Group Inc. Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2021

HANGZHOU, China, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hailiang Education Group Inc. (Nasdaq: HLG) (“Hailiang Education”, the “Company” or “we”), an education and management service provider of primary, middle, and high schools in China, announced its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 ended September 30, 2020.

“Hailiang Education has achieved remarkable results through the continual improvement of brand awareness and the development of innovation strategies, albeit the COVID-19 pandemic still has temporary impact on part of our business. We will continue to build a one-stop comprehensive service platform for primary, middle and high school education, in order to provide students with high-quality education and management services and to vigorously develop additional education services, such as online and onsite educational training services, study trip services and overseas study services. In the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, we recorded revenue of RMB298.5 million (US$44.0 million), increased by 29.8% from RMB229.9 million for the same period of last year. We generated revenue of RMB263.1 million (US$38.8 Million) from primary, middle and high school educational services, an increase of 36.1% compared to the same period of last year. The net profit attributable to the Company’s shareholders was RMB26.9 million (US$4.0 million), compared with the net loss attributable to the Company’s shareholders of RMB15.3 million for the same period of last year. The net profit attributable to the Company’s shareholders margin was 9.0%, and the net loss attributable to the Company’s shareholders margin was 6.7% for the same period of last year, demonstrating Hailiang Education’s significant profitability,” said Dr. Junwei Chen, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hailiang Education.

Dr. Chen said, “The first quarter of fiscal year 2021 was a critical period for the new school year enrollment. As of September 30, 2020, the number of students enrolled at our affiliated schools reached 26,869, an increase of about 10.8% year-on-year. The total student enrollment of 72,846 in our affiliated and managed schools increased by approximately 9.5% year-on-year. We added three affiliated schools to our school network, namely Lanzhou Hailiang Experimental School, Hailiang Overseas Chinese School, and Wuhu Hailiang Experimental School, all of which started their first year of enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. As of September 30, 2020, there were 568, 828 and 409 students enrolled in these three schools, respectively. The Company also acquired Jinhua Hailiang Foreign Language School (“JHFL”) and completed the transfer of sponsorship in September 2020. As of September 30, 2020, the number of students enrolled in JHFL reached 739, an increase of 164 from the same period of last year. The increase in the number of students enrolled in our schools has proved that the Company’s precautionary measures during the COVID-19 have been effective and recognized by the public. The Company has successfully seized the opportunity to develop amid the negative impact of the COVID-19 on the education industry and the public’s philosophy of education. In addition, as of September 30, 2020, the number of

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Boston College vs. Louisville: Live updates, score, results, highlights, for Saturday’s NCAAF game

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The best player on the turf between the Louisville Cardinals and the Boston College Eagles on Saturday ended up on the losing team. Although he couldn’t prevent a 34-27 defeat to BC, QB Macale Cunningham passed for two TDs and 294 yards on 31 attempts in addition to picking up 133 yards on the ground.

In addition to Cunningham, U of L got help from WR Dez Fitzpatrick, who caught eight passes for one TD and 182 yards. Near the top of the highlight reel was Cunningham’s 69-yard TD bomb to Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles’ success was spearheaded by the efforts of QB Dennis Grosel, who passed for two TDs and 44 yards on seven attempts in addition to picking up 49 yards on the ground, and RB David Bailey, who punched in two rushing touchdowns.

The Cardinals’ loss pushed them down to 3-7. The win bumped BC’s record up to 6-4.

U of L can take some time to mend their wounds since their next contest isn’t for a while. They will face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Cardinal Stadium at noon ET in three weeks. If the game is anything like U of L’s 62-59 victory from their previous meeting in October of last year, the scorekeeper will be kept real busy. As for the Eagles, they will go up against the Virginia Cavaliers at noon ET next Saturday at David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium. Like BC, Virginia is also coming into the matchup bolstered by a recent win.


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University COVID ‘outbreak’ due to more than 50 false positive results

Concordia University in California said more than 50 rapid COVID-19 tests offered to asymptomatic students and faculty came back with false positive results — sparking fears of a potential outbreak on campus.

The Lutheran university in Irvine reported six active cases — four students and two employees — as of Wednesday.

President Michael Thomas thought an outbreak was on the rise when he ordered the tests.

“We wanted to protect families so we offered the rapid, antigen test here at Concordia out of abundance of caution,” he told the Orange County Register. “It was the right thing to do for our students and their families.”

On Saturday, 48 students and 16 staff members tested positive in the last two days after they took the antigen exam, according to the university’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The students self-isolated while waiting for their results from the PCR test, which can detect the virus’ genetic material within days.

The school then canceled sports practices until the spring semester, and urged students not to travel out of state for Thanksgiving.

University officials said students will return to remote learning on Monday until the end of the semester.

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AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s vaccine is effective at preventing COVID-19, trial results suggest. Here’s everything we know so far.

Screen grab taken from video issued by Britain's Oxford University, showing a person being injected as part of the first human trials in the UK to test a potential coronavirus vaccine, untaken by Oxford University in England, Thursday April 23, 2020 Oxford University Pool via AP

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Screen grab taken from video issued by Britain’s Oxford University, showing a person being injected as part of the first human trials in the UK to test a potential coronavirus vaccine, untaken by Oxford University in England, Thursday April 23, 2020 Oxford University Pool via AP

  • On Monday, AstraZeneca and The University of Oxford released results for their large-scale trial, which showed their COVID-19 vaccine was 70% effective. 
  • The Oxford vaccine is administered in two doses at least one month apart, similar to both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines. 
  • The vaccine is being sold far cheaper than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, too — in part because AstraZeneca has pledged to make no profit from the vaccine, and to sell it at cost to developing nations on an ongoing basis. 
  • The European Medicines Agency (EMA), the regulatory body for Europe, has already started evaluating lab data produced by AstraZeneca and The University of Oxford vaccine as part of a “rolling review,” which could make approval faster.
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AstraZeneca and The University of Oxford announced Monday that large-scale trial results showed that their COVID-19 vaccine is 70% effective.

The results follow months of trials of more than 20,000 volunteers in the UK, Brazil, and South Africa, and showed that the vaccine stopped people from developing any COVID-19 symptoms in 70% of the cases on average. 

The results come after an “unexplained illness” in one UK trial participant paused the trials in September — but they restarted a few weeks later. 

AstraZeneca stock fell 2% after the announcement. The pharma firm’s stock was the worst-performing healthcare stock in Europe in early trading.

The news follows doses of optimism from vaccine candidates in the past few weeks. Earlier this month, both Pfizer and Moderna announced that trial results suggested their respective vaccines were 95% effective in preventing COVID-19, sending stock markets — and positive sentiments — soaring across the world. 

While the latest set of results from AstraZeneca and Oxford University are positive, further research is required before the vaccine can be approved by regulators around the world.

Here’s everything we know so far:

1. The vaccine is 70% effective, trial results suggest

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by pharma giant AstraZeneca and The University of Oxford is 70% effective, according to the latest trial results.

The vaccine is injected in two doses at least one month apart, similar to both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines. 

According to the trials, the effectiveness of the vaccine varies depending on the size of the doses. In cases where patients were given two full doses, the vaccine was found to be 62% effective — but when patients had a half-dose in their first shot, followed by a full dose in their second shot, the effectiveness rose to 90%.

Taking both these methods together, the vaccine produced an average effectiveness of 70%, AstraZeneca said. 

“These findings show that we have an effective vaccine that will save many

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States certifying results ahead of Electoral College meeting

States have begun certifying their results from the Nov. 3 presidential election in the run-up to the Electoral College meeting in mid-December.

Among the states certifying on Monday was Michigan, where President Donald Trump and his allies tried and failed to delay the process. The vote by a bipartisan state canvassing board in Michigan comes days after certification in Georgia, another hotly contested presidential battleground. Both states and their 16 electoral votes went to Biden.

A total of 16 states have so far certified their results, awarding President-elect Joe Biden 54 of his 306 Electoral College votes and Trump 73 of his 232 votes. Florida is the only one of the four most populous states to certify. Deadlines are early next month for the others: California, Texas and New York.

All states must certify before the Electoral College meets on Dec. 14, and any challenge to the results must be resolved by Dec. 8.

Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico and the District of Columbia, all won by Biden, are scheduled to certify on Tuesday, along with Indiana and North Carolina, which went to Trump.

Vote certification at the local and state level is typically a ministerial task that gets little notice, occurring after local election officials have conducted audits to ensure their vote tallies are accurate.

That changed this year with Trump’s refusal to concede and his unprecedented attempts to overturn the results of the election through a fusillade of legal challenges and attempts to manipulate the certification process in battleground states he lost.

Biden won by wide margins in both the Electoral College and popular vote, where he received nearly 80 million votes, a record.

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Michigan formally certified its Electoral College votes for Biden, another blow to Trump’s attempt to overturn the election results

a car parked in a parking lot: Motorists participate during a drive-by rally to certify the presidential election results near the Capitol building in Lansing. Paul Sancya/AP

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Motorists participate during a drive-by rally to certify the presidential election results near the Capitol building in Lansing. Paul Sancya/AP

  • Michigan’s four-member Board of State Canvassers voted on Monday to formally certify the state’s 16 Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden.
  • Democrats Jeanette Bradshaw and Julie Matuzak and Republican Aaron Van Langevelde voted to certify, while Republican Norman Shinkle abstained. 
  • The board heard over three hours of testimony and public comments from current and former election officials, party officials, and members of the public before taking a vote on certification. 
  • Michigan’s statewide certification marks the president’s latest failure in overturning his electoral defeat.
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Michigan’s four-member Board of State Canvassers voted on Monday to formally certify the state’s 16 Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, marking President Donald Trump’s latest failure overturn election results in key states. 

Biden won Michigan by 156,643 votes — a margin of 2.8 percentage points — over Trump, according to Decision Desk HQ. That result far surpasses the 10,704 vote margin by which Trump carried Michigan in 2016. 

After hearing over three hours of testimony from election and campaign officials, and members of the public, three members of the board — the minimum threshold required – voted to certify the results.

Both Democratic board members, Chairwoman Jeanette Bradshaw and Julie Matuzak, as well as Republican Aaron Van Langevelde voted in favor of certification. Republican Norman Shinkle abstained.

If the board had deadlocked along partisan lines, the matter would have immediately gone to the courts, which could then have ordered the board to certify the results, CNN reported.

A number of current and former election officials, including former state elections director Chris Thomas, former Detroit elections director Daniel Baxter, and former Board of State Canvassers member Jeff Timmer, testified in support of the board certifying the election.

Video: Wayne County Board of Canvassers member, “I’m confident that the election will be certified” (MSNBC)

Wayne County Board of Canvassers member, “I’m confident that the election will be certified”



Current officials who were in favor of the move included the state’s Bureau of Elections director Jonathan Brater, Detriot City Clerk Janice Winfrey, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope, Ingraham County Clerk Barb Byrum, and Livonia City Clerk Susan Nash. 

Laura Cox, representing the state Republican Party, and former GOP Senate candidate John James’ attorney, Charles Spies, testified in opposition and asked the board to delay certification pending further review of what they described as abnormalities in reporting of votes and exclusion of Republican poll observers. 

Van Langevelde appeared skeptical of arguments from GOP lawyers that the law gives the Board of State Canvassers authority to independently request audits and further review the results of the election before certification. A candidate can only request a recount after certification. 

“We can agree to disagree, but I think the law is on my side here,” Van Langevelde told Spiers, the James’ campaign lawyer. “Our duty

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Oxford University vaccine results show strong immune response in older demographic

LONDON — Oxford University this morning announced more promising news in the development of its COVID-19 vaccine. The results from Phase 2 of its AZD122 vaccine trial, published in the Lancet on Thursday, show that the vaccine is as effective for the older demographic as it is for the younger.

According to the Lancet report, “the vaccine causes few side effects, and induces immune responses in both parts of the immune system in all age groups.” This news was welcomed by the team at Oxford University as a significant next step in its path to producing a viable vaccine against COVID-19, and is particularly important as the elderly demographic is among the most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus.

Researchers are still awaiting data from the much larger Phase 3 trial — the last step before authorization or approval. But for now, researchers are celebrating this reassuring early data.

“The robust antibody and T-cell responses seen in older people in our study are encouraging,” explains the co-author of the study, Dr Maheshi Ramasamy from the University of Oxford. “The populations at greatest risk of serious COVID-19 disease include people with existing health conditions and older adults.” Adding that, “We hope that this means our vaccine will help to protect some of the most vulnerable people in society, but further research will be needed before we can be sure.”

There were 560 participants in the trial, 400 of whom were in the over-56-years-old category and the vaccine was shown to work just as effectively for them as it did the younger participants. The study also showed that adverse reactions to the vaccine were mild and the most common side effects were injection-site pain and tenderness, fatigue, headache, feverishness and muscle pain.

The Oxford University vaccine, which is being produced in conjunction with the pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca, was an original front runner in the race for a vaccine but it has since been outflanked by both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech which both announced their Phase 3 trial results in the last couple of weeks.

Those two vaccines use a similar technology known as mRNA. These vaccines genetic codes introduce an instruction manual comprised of genetic material called RNA or DNA. This instruction manual tells your cells to start churning out a protein normally found on the outside of the virus. When your body senses that viral protein, it activates an immune response.

These mRNA vaccines can be manufactured quickly but could face more distribution challenges and be slower to distribute than the Oxford vaccine. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine needs to be stored and transported at extremely low temperatures — around -94 degrees Fahrenheit — which means distribution to some parts of the world could be problematic. Similarly, the Moderna vaccine must be kept frozen — but only at -4 degrees Fahrenheit — but

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