Pennsylvania

Regional News • Americas • United States
All 50 US states prepare for possible violence ahead of Biden's inauguration
All 50 US states prepare for possible violence ahead of Biden's inauguration
Credit: The National Guard / via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

After the FBI issued a warning of potential violence in all 50 state capitals ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 29, state officials are preparing for potentialyl armed and violent protests. National Guard forces have been activated in California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Florida. Washington, DC is bracing for further violent protests following the attack on the US Capitol earlier this month.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Federal appeals court rejects Trump campaign's efforts to challenge Pennsylvania election results
Federal appeals court rejects Trump campaign's efforts to challenge Pennsylvania election results
Credit: The White House from Washington, DC, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Third Circuit Court has rejected the Trump campaign’s latest efforts to challenge Pennsylvania's election results on Friday, after Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani argued the case in a lower court last week. Giuliani had insisted that "Pennsylvania continues to cover up the allegations of massive fraud."

"Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here," so Judge Stephanos Bibas, who Trump nominated to the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Pennsylvania: Judge dismisses Trump's lawsuit that sought to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots
Pennsylvania: Judge dismisses Trump's lawsuit that sought to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots
Credit: The White House from Washington, DC, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

On Saturday, Pennsylvanian Judge Matthew W. Brann dismissed a lawsuit by the Trump campaign that sought to delay the certification of Pennsylvania’s vote results, claiming widespread improprieties with mail-in ballots in the state.

Brann stated that his "court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusation" and that "this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state."

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, said in a statement he would appeal against the ruling: "Today's decision turns out to help us in our strategy to get expeditiously to the US Supreme Court."

Regional News • Americas • United States
New York Times reports that Rudy Giuliani has been put in charge of Trump's election lawsuits
New York Times reports that Rudy Giuliani has been put in charge of Trump's election lawsuits
Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Rudy Giuliani has been put in charge of the Trump campaign's legal challenges contesting the outcome of the 2020 election, the New York Times reports. Citing four people familiar with the matter, Giuliani is now responsible for overseeing the lawsuits to throw out ballots and turn around Trump's election loss. President Trump's lawsuits to delay or block the election result were turned aside in cases in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arizona

Regional News • Americas • United States
Polls: Biden leads leads Trump 54% to 43%
Polls: Biden leads leads Trump 54% to 43%
Credit: Illustration: Pendect, Ashley Winkler. Images The White House (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

In the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, the former vice president Joe Biden leads Donald Trump 54% to 43% among likely voters. It's the highest difference between both candidates since this poll began testing the Biden-Trump matchup in February.

In 2016, Donald Trump had 46% of the votes nationally but clinched a victory in key states in the Electoral College. The current poll shows Biden ahead in several key states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Biden calls for an end of "era of shareholder capitalism" and higher taxes
Joe Biden in Kosovo
Joe Biden in Kosovo Credit: David Lienemann (Public Domain)

At an event in Pennsylvania the presumptive presidential nominee for the democratic party, Joe Biden, has announced that he wants to implement higher taxes for corporations in case he gets elected as president of the United States.

He stated that "If I am fortunate enough to be elected president, I’ll be laser-focused on working families, the middle-class families I came from here in Scranton. Not the wealthy investor class. They don’t need me" and that we wants to end the "era of shareholder capitalism".

Regional News • Americas • United States
Pennsylvania becomes third US state to outlaw underage marriage

Previously children under 16 years could marry with court approval and children between the ages 16 and 18 could do so with the consent of their parents. Under the new law, all marriages under the age of 18 are banned. Since 2014 over 2,300 children between age 15 and 17 were married in Pennsylvania, according to the organization Unchained that actively works towards ending underage and forced marriages.