With no evidence of fraud, Trump fails to make headway on legal cases.

first_imgBut none of the dozen or so lawsuits they had brought in battleground states appeared to be gaining any traction in the courts. And none seemed likely to give Mr. Trump the edge he would need in vote counts in the states that will determine the outcome.In seeking to foment widespread doubt about the legitimacy of the election, Mr. Trump and his surrogates seemed less focused on substantive legal arguments that could hold up in court, and more on bolstering the president’s political narrative, unsupported by the facts, that he was somehow being robbed of a second term. President Trump’s bellicose pledge to fight the outcome of the election in the courts crashed on Friday into skeptical judges, daunting Electoral College math and a lack of evidence for his claims of fraud.On a day that began with vote tallies in Georgia and Pennsylvania tipping in favor of Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Trump campaign declared, “This election is not over,” as the Republican National Committee announced it had activated “legal challenge teams” in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The Trump forces also named a new general to lead the effort, the hardened conservative political combatant David Bossie.- Advertisement – The most high-profile step of the day came when Pennsylvania Republicans asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and require election officials in the state to segregate ballots that arrived after Election Day and not to include them for now in the vote totals in the largest and most critical of the swing states.- Advertisement – On Friday evening, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. agreed to the request.But the move was almost entirely for show: Pennsylvania is already segregating those ballots, counting them separately and not including them in the announced vote totals. The secretary of state, over the objections of Republicans and Mr. Trump, has said they can be counted if they arrived by 5 p.m. on Friday, in line with a state court ruling that the Supreme Court has left open the possibility of reviewing again. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Lawson expresses concerns about cryptocurrency-related investments

first_imgConnie LawsonIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is again reminding Hoosiers to be cautious about investments involving Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrency-related investment products. She is also reminding those who seek to sell these products to be aware of the laws pertaining to these investments.“While not every ICO or cryptocurrency-related investment is a fraud, it is important for individuals and firms selling these products to be mindful that they are not doing so in a vacuum; Indiana laws or regulations may apply, especially securities laws. Sponsors of these products should seek the advice of knowledgeable legal counsel to ensure they do not run afoul of the law. A strong culture of compliance should be in place before, not after, these products are marketed to investors.”If these products qualify as securities, they should be registered with the appropriate regulatory agencies or qualify for an exemption from registration. The registration process provides some protection for investors by subjecting the offering to regulatory review. But even registered offerings can be fraudulent. Investors therefore should perform their own thorough due diligence before investing in any ICO or cryptocurrency-related product.“Be cautious when dealing with promoters who claim their ICO offering is exempt from securities registration but do not ask about your income, net worth or level of investing sophistication,” Indiana Securities Commissioner Alex Glass said. “Do your homework and contact the Secretary of State’s office with any concerns before parting with your hard-earned money – afterwards may be too late.”In May, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), of which the Secretary of State’s Office is a member, launched “Operation Cryptosweep.” This ongoing initiative is a coordinated series of investigations into ICOs and cryptocurrency-related investment products. To date, there have been 47 enforcement actions involving ICOs or cryptocurrency-related investment products throughout North America by state and provincial securities regulators.“My office is committing the necessary regulatory resources to protect investors in Indiana from financial harm involving fraudulent ICOs and cryptocurrency-related investment products and also is raising awareness among industry participants of their regulatory responsibilities,” said Secretary Lawson.last_img read more

Angels Q&A with Jeff Fletcher: Concern for Shohei Ohtani?

first_imgWith the Angels’ 2018 season officially underway, we accepted reader questions on our Angels Facebook page. Here are some of the questions and answers.PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Media document the arrival of Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani as he takes the field prior to the baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Media document the arrival of Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani as he takes the field prior to the baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, stretches before an opening day baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani stretches before an opening day baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani takes the field to warm up before an opening day baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through after hitting a single in his first major league at bat during the second inning of an opening baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through after hitting a single in his first major league at bat against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) is congratulated by first base coach Alfredo Griffin (4) after hitting a single in his first major league at-bat against the Oakland Athletics’ Kendall Graveman during the second inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, is congratulated by Mike Trout (27) at the end of the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through after hitting a single in his first major league at bat against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards follows through on a pitch to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)The Angels’ Kole Calhoun drops his bat after hitting a triple off A’s pitcher Kendall Graveman during the second inning of Thursday’s season opener in Oakland. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, is congratulated after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics’ Kendall Graveman in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, is congratulated by Luis Valbuena (18) after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics’ Kendall Graveman during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards works against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado connects for an RBI-double off Oakland Athletics’ Kendall Graveman during the second inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics’ Kendall Graveman during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, celebrates with Kole Calhoun (56) after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics’ Kendall Graveman during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani against the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani bats against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Media document the arrival of Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani as he takes the field prior to the baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 23Media document the arrival of Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani as he takes the field prior to the baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandQ: Angels fans are already saying Shohei Ohtani is a bust, but I’m not shocked about this coming from our fan base. But what is your take on his Spring Training? – Jared G. BrassA: Spring training is a whole different ballgame from the regular season. I think he showed some flashes of his talent as a pitcher. I don’t think he is going to be a dominant starter right away, but the same would be true even if he had a good spring. It’s just spring training. As a hitter, there are more questions. He certainly had fewer encouraging moments, but it’s still too early to judge him.I will add that he didn’t really get hit hard in spring training. In that Rockies game he gave up five singles that were not hit very hard. His biggest problem is his control, and part of that could be the difficulty in throwing a splitter in Arizona. I think it’s fair to stick with his talent and not be swayed by his ERA over 13 innings pitched with minor leaguers playing defense behind him, in thin, dry air. Just keep evaluating him as you get more info from major league games. A: They have Nick Tropeano and Parker Bridwell as 7th, 8th starters. They also believe Jaime Barria will be ready soon. John Lamb even showed some promise in the spring. I don’t think they’ll have the best rotation in the majors (or even their division, with the Astros) but they should have enough depth to contend, when combined with their offense and defense.Q: When will Andrew Heaney be back? Will he start in AAA? – Adam KnoxA: Too early to say. He threw a bullpen Tuesday, so he presumably isn’t far off. I would expect him to make a rehab start at Triple-A before he pitches in the majors.Q: Based off spring and other factors, who proved themselves to be the most consistent 6th starter for the halos for the season: Bridwell, Tropeano, or Ramírez? – Rob AspinallA: Since Tropeano is coming off Tommy John surgery and hasn’t pitched in the majors in a year and a half, it’s probably reasonable to let him get his legs under him at Triple-A. As for the other two, both performed well last year and for most of the spring. Ramirez has better stuff and is out of options, so it’s easy to make the case to go with him first. I am sure Bridwell will be up at some point, perhaps by April 12 (when they need a 6th starter).Our LA Angels coverage for this season can be found hereQ: Who will be the Halo closer in 2018? – Art CastroA: Blake Parker probably gets the first shot. However, I think it’s likely that Cam Bedrosian, and maybe even Jim Johnson, get some saves at some point. I doubt any of them will go wire to wire.Q: What has Blake Wood ever done to earn a roster spot? I really don’t understand him ever having been a lock for the roster, and I don’t understand him making the roster either. Sure, *Spring Training stats. But his regular season stats are terrible too … – Matt RuddA: The Angels like his strikeout rate (10.2 strikeouts per nine innings last year). Blake Parker’s numbers in the majors weren’t very impressive before last year, but the Angels saw something they liked.Q: Total win prediction? I say 92. Why do other columnists think they’ll only improve by 4-5 games? – Tim McMahanA: I think anything from 85 to 93 is possible. I think it’s hard to project them for too much of an improvement until we’ve seen the starters stay healthy. Also, it remains to be seen how effective the bullpen will be.Q: How long will Chris Carter stay at Triple-A? I really thought he had a great spring overall and is a proven threat. – Gary FelderA: The Angels got him mostly as insurance if someone gets hurt, so I suppose he’ll be there until someone gets hurt. Any injury to Albert Pujols, Jefry Marte or Luis Valbuena could get Carter to the majors.Editor’s note: Some questions may have been edited for clarity.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Q: Are the Angels privately concerned that Ohtani can’t hit? – Adam KnoxA: Not that I’ve heard. But plenty of scouts and other observers had reservations about his hitting, even before this spring. The bottom line is if Ohtani is a good pitcher, I think the anything he does offensively is a bonus. The Angels see him as a pitcher first.Q: Will Billy Eppler and Mike Scioscia put Ohtani in AAA if he becomes a liability around late May/early June? – Jorel AlfonsoA: I don’t know when this might happen, but I am sure they’ll be evaluating him every day. If they get to the point that sending him down is best for the team and for Ohtani, I’m sure they’ll do it.Q: Jeff, do u think the Angels’ rotation will hold up throughout the season? If not, who do you think they could bring up from the minors who’s MLB ready? – Christopher Brown Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more