Trump’s Lawsuits Are Being Tossed out of Courtrooms by Judges Across the Country

25 Nov

As Donald Trump’s “elite strike force” legal team and their allies lose one case after another — over 35 at last count — they’re not just losing, their baseless claims are being laughed out of court as one judge after another shreds Trump and his allies’ debunked arguments.

From a conservative judge in Pennsylvania dismissing a Trump lawsuit as having “no merit” and being “without evidence” to a Michigan judge calling claims from Trump allies “not credible,” the Trump team’s legal efforts are facing backlash from judges “to a degree rarely seen.”

Judges across the country are demolishing Trump and Giuliani’s conspiracy theories.

Washington Post: “Trump lawyers suffer embarrassing rebukes from judges over
voter fraud claims”

New York Times: “Mr. Trump’s campaign keeps getting routed in case after case. Challenges keep getting tossed out by exasperated judges. Entire legal teams have quit en masse. Claims better suited to random Twitter feeds (or the president’s) have been laughed out of court after court.”

Associated Press: “The strategy may have played well in front of television cameras and on talk radio to Trump’s supporters. But it has proved a disaster in court, where judges uniformly rejected their claims of vote fraud and found the campaign’s legal work amateurish.”

ABC News: “In court hearings and opinions around the country, judges are voicing similar frustrations with the Trump campaign’s legal filings to a degree rarely seen in venues where political rhetoric is generally unwelcome, experts and courthouse veterans said.”

A conservative federal judge in Pennsylvania threw out another Trump lawsuit on Saturday, saying it was “not how the Constitution works.”

Associated Press: “In blistering ruling, judge throws out Trump suit in Pa.”

Washington Post: “The judge’s decision, which he explained in a scathing 37-page opinion, was a thorough rebuke of the president’s sole attempt to challenge the statewide result in Pennsylvania.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: “‘Not how the Constitution works’: Federal judge tosses Trump suit seeking to disrupt Pa. election results”

In case after case, judges, even ones appointed by Donald Trump, have roundly and pointedly rejected Trump’s claims and lawsuits. 

Washington Post: “Under sharp questioning from Judge Paul S. Diamond, however, they conceded that Trump in fact had ‘a nonzero number of people in the room,’ leaving Diamond audibly exasperated. ‘I’m sorry, then what’s your problem?’ asked Diamond, who was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush.”

ABC News: “In dismissing the Bucks County lawsuit, Judge Robert O. Baldi said it would be ‘an injustice to disenfranchise these voters’ based on the technical errors with the ballots. Baldi noted repeatedly that the Trump team ‘specifically stipulated’ that ‘there exists no evidence of any fraud, misconduct, or any impropriety with respect to the challenged ballots.’”

ABC News: “Even those dissenting were not partial to the Trump campaign’s argument. In his dissenting opinion, Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor wrote that the campaign’s request to cancel large numbers of ballots “based on isolated procedural irregularities” was ‘misguided.’ ‘I fail to see that there is any real issue,’ Saylor wrote.”

WWMT: “While the lawsuit claimed election officials should block certification of election results from Wayne County, Stephens cited a lack of evidence to support the claim. ‘The Trump campaign’s lawsuit demonstrates either a failed attempt by plaintiffs to cobble together a legitimate claim, or their clear lack of understanding of Michigan’s election laws,’ Stephens said.”

KNAU: “Judge Daniel Kiley refused Trump’s allegations, saying he agreed with election officials that the public, quote, ‘has a right to know how flimsy [the] Plaintiffs’ evidence actually is.”

ABC News: “When Republican lawyers in Nevada complained their observers were not close enough if they could not hear everything poll workers were saying, U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon pushed back. ‘At what point does this get ridiculous?’ the exasperated judge, an appointee of President Barack Obama, asked before ruling against the Republicans.” “Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny ruled claims that Wayne County and Detroit election officials purposely cheated the system to swing the election for Joe Biden are ‘not credible’ and denied a request to stop Michigan’s election results from being certified on Friday.”

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Trump To Hold Sham Theatrical Performance Despite Already Losing Pennsylvania

25 Nov

Today, Trump and Rudy Giuliani plan to continue their failed legal “strategy” and election fraud farce by holding a sham theatrical performance in Pennsylvania, despite the fact that Trump has already lost. 

Pennsylvania officially certified its election results and President-elect Biden won by over 80,000 votes — almost double Trump’s margin in 2016.

New York Times: “But the certification in Pennsylvania, a state Mr. Biden won by more than 80,000 votes, resonated as it officially marked the state as having moved from red to blue, and was yet one more rebuke to the many efforts of the Trump campaign and its Republican allies to overturn the election results in a state Mr. Biden won by more than 80,000 votes.”

The Trump campaign lost five lawsuits before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in one day this week alone.

ABC News: “Trump campaign loses 5 more cases in Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision”

A conservative judge tossed out the Trump campaign’s suit saying it’s “not how the Constitution works” and calling their claims “unhinged.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: “‘Not how the Constitution works’: Federal judge tosses Trump suit seeking to disrupt Pa. election results”

Philadelphia Inquirer: “U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann described the case put forth by the president’s campaign as a tortured ‘Frankenstein’s Monster’ and the remedy it sought — effectively disenfranchising nearly seven million voters in the state — as ‘unhinged.’”

Despite the Trump campaign’s baseless claims of voter fraud, Giuliani admitted to a Pennsylvania court that it was “not a fraud case.”

New York Times: “Under questioning from a federal judge in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Mr. Giuliani made a different admission: ‘This is not a fraud case,’ he said.”

Pennsylvania judges have repeatedly ruled against Trump and his allies on nearly every case they brought before the courts.

ABC News: “Two more Pennsylvania legal challenges by President Donald Trump’s campaign appear to have failed, insuring that more than 2,700 ballots that had been contested over technicalities would, in fact, be counted.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Republican monitors observing vote counting in Philadelphia were given sufficient access under state law to view the proceedings.”

Trump’s legal escapade devolved into farce as his campaign tried to replace the entire team handling his baseless lawsuit hours before a hearing. 

Politico: “The game of musical chairs among lawyers pursuing President Donald Trump’s court challenges to the election results continued on Monday evening, as the campaign tried to replace the entire team handling the campaign’s federal lawsuit seeking to block certification of Pennsylvania’s results. A court filing said Marc Scaringi, a Harrisburg, Pa., attorney, conservative talk radio host and former Senate candidate, was taking over the case. The move came just hours before a potentially make-or-break court hearing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon on motions by Pennsylvania state and county officials to dismiss the lawsuit. The legal escapade devolved into farce on Monday night as the federal judge rejected a move by the campaign to postpone that key hearing.”

The Trump campaign dropped its request to halt vote counting after they were forced to admit in court that observers had not actually been barred.

New York Times: “At a hastily scheduled hearing Thursday night, however, Mr. Trump’s campaign admitted that ‘a nonzero number’ of Republican observers had in fact turned up. ‘Then what’s the problem?’ Judge Paul S. Diamond asked. The Trump campaign ultimately agreed to drop its request to halt the vote count after Judge Diamond, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, allowed for a total of 120 observers at the convention center — 60 for the Democrats and 60 for the Republicans.”

Rudy Giuliani’s now infamous press conference outside Four Seasons Total Landscaping featured a convicted sex offender.

Philadelphia Inquirer: “Trump announced: ‘Lawyers News Conference Four Seasons, Philadelphia, 11 a.m.,’ only to delete his post minutes later and replace it with one changing the venue from the upscale Center City hotel to a similarly named business: Four Seasons Total Landscaping on industrial State Road, next to Fantasy Island Adult Books and Novelties and across the street from the Delaware Valley Cremation Center.”

Politico: “Man featured at Giuliani press conference is a convicted sex offender”

Republican Senator Pat Toomey said Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options in Pennsylvania and urged him to accept that President-elect Biden won the election.

Senator Pat Toomey: “President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania.”

Senator Pat Toomey: “I congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory… President Trump should accept the outcome of the election and facilitate the presidential transition process.”

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Update: WHO revision of pain management guidelines

25 Nov


This is an update of the August 2019 information brief on WHO’s revision of the two following guidelines:

  • Ensuring balance in national policies on controlled substances: Guidance for availability and accessibility of controlled medicines (2011)
  • WHO guidelines on the pharmacological treatment of persisting pain in children with medical illnesses (2012)



WHO guideline on ensuring balanced national policies for access and safe use of controlled medicines

Guideline on the management of chronic pain in children

Guideline Stage Lead WHO technical unit Access to Medicines and Health Products
Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing
Planning WHO GRC planning approval received March 2020 January 2020
 Scope The proposed scope for this guideline has been developed and is available here.
The proposed scope for this guideline was developed following the public hearing in which stakeholders expressed their views.
The proposed scope for this guideline has been developed and is available at the following link:
WHO Guideline for the management of chronic pain in children 
 Public hearing A public hearing regarding the scope of the guideline took place on 19 February 2020. The written statements submitted on the guideline have been consolidated and can be found here. A public hearing in relation to the scope of the guideline for the management of chronic pain in children was held on 16th January 2020. Views were expressed on the proposed scope by 49 different stakeholders across the different WHO regions. These included academic groups, NGOs, practitioners and patient representatives.
 Appointment of GDG The list of Guideline Development Group members has been confirmed and is available here.
Public comments on the proposed list were accepted until 9th February 2020.
The list of Guideline Development Group members for the guideline for the management of chronic pain in children is available here.
Public comments on the proposed list were accepted until 14 January 2020.
 Planning- initial GDG meeting The first GDG meeting was held in June 2020 to finalise the scope of the guideline.
A second GDG meeting is scheduled for 15th December 2020 to prioritise outcomes.
The first GDG meeting was held on 24th January 2020 to finalise the scope of the guideline and prioritise outcomes. 
The guideline will answer the following key question: among children with chronic pain (population), would giving pharmacologic, physical, psychological or a combination of these (intervention), compared to standard care or active comparators (comparator), result in change of pain experience, functional disability, health-related quality of life and other critical outcomes (outcomes)?
 Synthesis of evidence WHO Procurement issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from specialist technical experts. A systematic review team has been selected. WHO Procurement issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from specialist technical experts. A systematic review team was selected.
Systematic and comprehensive evidence retrieval and synthesis on the effectiveness, safety and sociocultural acceptability of the possible interventions is being done by the Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care (PaPas) group, Cochrane Qualitative Implementation methods Group (QIMG) and the Cochrane Response team.
Development Development- GDG meeting A GDG meeting is planned for May 2021 to review the outcomes of the systematic review and evidence synthesis A second meeting of the GDG took place on 14-18 September 2020 wherein they formulated recommendations based on the evidence and other explicit considerations.
Editing / peer review External Review Group An External Review Group (ERG) has been appointed for consultation and peer review An External Review Group (ERG) has been appointed for consultation and peer review.
Finalisation Expected publication date The final guideline will be submitted to the WHO Guideline Review Committee for final approval.
The guideline is expected to be published Mid 2021
The final guideline was submitted to the WHO Guideline Review Committee on 15 October 2020 and have been approved.
The guideline is expected to be published in December 2020


Interim guidance: Whilst the documents are being updated, countries in need of guidance on pain management can:

Related information briefs:

January Update here.

27 August 2019: WHO revision of pain management guidelines

20 June 2019: Web statement on pain management guidance(

Document updated on 21 January 2020 with further details on the Policy guideline.


Suriname National Day

25 Nov

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I send greetings to the people of Suriname as you celebrate the 45th anniversary of your nation’s independence.

This year has had many challenges, but also opportunities. Even as you confronted the impact of COVID-19, you went to the polls in a historic and important election. The United States remains a steadfast partner of Suriname, whether it is working together to fight the pandemic or sharing expertise and tools to support your new government and civil society in the fight against corruption. My visit to Suriname earlier this year reaffirmed our long-standing partnership and cooperation on key issues such as regional security, sustainable economic development, and increased transparency.

I extend best wishes for health and prosperity to the people of Suriname on this anniversary of your declaration of independence.


Bosnia and Herzegovina National Statehood Day

25 Nov

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

As Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrates its Statehood Day, I extend congratulations on behalf of the United States Government and the American people.

This year we also commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Agreement, which brought peace to Bosnia and Herzegovina and made it possible for a deeper relationship between our two countries to flourish, a relationship that forms the foundation for peace in the Western Balkans.

The United States commends Bosnia and Herzegovina’s progress toward greater democratization, as demonstrated by the important agreement that will allow the citizens of Mostar to vote in upcoming local elections for the first time since 2008.  We also stand by Bosnia and Herzegovina as it pursues further Euro-Atlantic integration.

Finally, I wish safety and health to all the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina as we work together to overcome the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.



Upcoming Constitutional Committee Meetings Offer Hope for Advancing Syria Peace Process, Deputy Special Envoy Tells Security Council

25 Nov

Despite slow progress in peace talks and a worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitment by the Government and opposition to two upcoming meetings of the Constitutional Committee presents a real opportunity for the warring sides to advance the political process, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Envoy for Syria told the Security Council during a video conference meeting today.

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

25 Nov

A new United Nations Children’s Fund report shows that 320,000 children and young people under the age of 20 were infected with HIV in 2019 – about one every 100 seconds, bringing the total number of children living with HIV to 2.8 million.  About half of children worldwide had access to life-saving treatment; nearly 100,000 children died of AIDS.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi Confirmed by General Assembly Decision

25 Nov

Following the recommendation of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, after consultation with Member States, the General Assembly confirmed Filippo Grandi of Italy as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for a further two‑and‑a‑half‑year term, beginning 1 January 2021 and ending 30 June 2023.  While the Secretary‑General had intended to request the General Assembly to elect Mr. Grandi for a further term of five years, Mr. Grandi was agreeable, owing to personal reasons, to the shorter term.  Mr. Grandi is currently serving an initial five‑year term as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Economic and Social Council Completes Bureau, Adjusts Session of Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations amid COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions

25 Nov

The Economic and Social Council adopted the provisional agenda for the 2021 session of the Committee on Non‑Governmental Organizations today, adopting a decision that adjusts the subsidiary body’s meeting schedule in response to the impact of the COVID‑19 pandemic.