‘There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration’

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first_imgSecretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department, October 14, 2020, in Washington, DC. - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on October 14, 2020 encouraged Saudi Arabia to recognize Israel, in what would be a massive boost for the Jewish state amid normalization by two other Gulf Arab kingdoms. (Photo by Manuel Balce CENETA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MANUEL BALCE CENETA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) – Advertisement – In a smirking exchange with reporters, Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which Pompeo was just asked whether his State Department will be cooperating with the the transition team of President-elect Joe Biden. Pompeo’s response: “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”Pompeo, an arch-conservative ex-House Republican who refused to testify to Congress about impeachable acts by Donald Trump that he himself was involved in, chose to give the answer of a corrupt autocrat’s lackey rather than defend this nation’s elections. By falsely calling Trump’s loss into question, each statement like this one escalates the likelihood of domestic terrorism by Trump’s addled base.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Bubba Wallace’s admission of intentional spin hurts his wallet

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first_imgAVONDALE, Ariz. — Deciding whether a competitor has spun deliberately to cause a caution is one of the most difficult judgment calls NASCAR has to make.Of course, if a competitor admits it to a national reporter, then NASCAR’s job is a lot easier. “Hopefully, they can know that the possibility of this happening is out there if it’s very blatant and don’t do it.”Richard Petty Motorsports, which fields Wallace’s cars, declined to appeal the penalties.Reid Spencer writes for the NASCAR Wire Service. That was the case with Bubba Wallace, who acknowledged to Dustin Long of NBCSports.com on Friday that he had spun on purpose last Sunday at Texas to try to make the best of a flat tire.MORE: Updated points standings after Texas playoff raceNASCAR reacted quickly, fining Wallace $50,000 and docking him 50 driver points on Saturday.”The reaction today was after a complete admission of guilt,” said NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller. “That’s really what led to the penalty happening today.”All we can do is wait and watch and see how we need to react next. Hopefully, we don’t. Hopefully, it cleans itself up.”In Miller’s view, NASCAR had no choice after the confession.”Here’s the deal: It’s not very straightforward to determine whether that is done on purpose. We’ve all watched the cars drive down the straightaway with a flat tire, weaving all over the place. For us to make a definitive call that a guy spun out on purpose when he can barely keep his car straight is a big call — and it’s a judgment call, and it’s a call we would like to not have to be able to make.last_img read more