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

Fifteen Indonesian billionaires make Forbes 2020 rich list

first_imgFifteen Indonesians have amassed fortunes surpassing US$1 billion, with the Hartono brothers remaining the country’s wealthiest people, according to Forbes magazine’s 2020 World’s Billionaires List.Prominent businessmen Budi and Michael Hartono are listed as Indonesia’s richest people with fortunes of $13.6 billion and $13 billion, respectively. Globally, Budi was ranked the 80th  richest, while Michael was ranked 86th.As noted by Forbes Indonesia, the Hartono Brothers source more than 80 percent of their wealth from their investments in Bank Central Asia. The family rose to prominence after their father Oei Wie Gwan founded the Djarum cigarette firm, which is now run by Budi’s son Victor Hartono. Topics : Indonesia’s remaining top five billionaires are Indorama Corporation founder and owner Sri Prakash Lohia, who ranks 414th globally with $4.3 billion; Mayapada Group founder Dato Sri Tahir, who ranks 437th with $4.1 billion; and PT Barito Pacific Timber head Prajogo Pangestu, who ranks 538th globally with $3.5 billion.Forbes 2020 rich list recorded 2,095 billionaires, eight fewer than last year as the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic bites the businesses and assets of the world’s wealthiest people.Of the billionaires who remain, 51% are less rich than they were last year. In raw terms, the world’s billionaires are worth $8 trillion, down $700 billion from 2019.Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos was named the world’s wealthiest person for the third year in a row in Forbes’ list. He’s worth $113 billion, buoyed by a 15 percent rise in Amazon’s shares since the magazine’s 2019 list.last_img read more