Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville flubs basics of the Constitution, World War II and the 2000 election.

first_imgAsked to opine on the key takeaways from the election, Mr. Tuberville said he was concerned that Mr. Biden, a mainstream, centrist Democrat, had promoted a vision that he claimed “leads more to a socialist type of government.”“That’s concerning to me, that we’re to the point now where we’ve got almost half the country voting for something that this country wasn’t built on,” Mr. Tuberville said. “I tell people, my dad fought 76 years ago in Europe to free Europe of socialism.”World War II was a global battle against fascism.- Advertisement – Mr. Tuberville also said he planned to use his Senate office to raise money for two Republican senators in Georgia who are facing runoff elections that will determine control of the chamber. Senate ethics rules bar the use of official resources for campaign purposes.And in another exchange, he erroneously said that Mr. Gore, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2000, was president-elect for 30 days during an intense, protracted recount and legal battle. Neither Mr. Gore nor George W. Bush were considered the president-elect during that process. – Advertisement – Asked if he thought Republicans could still use their potential Senate majority to pass legislation in divided government, with Democrats controlling the White House and House of Representatives, Mr. Tuberville replied that he had been given a mandate to “help people,” adding, “I don’t care if you’re a Republican or Democrat.”“Our government wasn’t set up for one group to have all three branches of government — wasn’t set up that way,” Mr. Tuberville said. “You know, the House, the Senate, and the executive.” The three branches of the federal government, as laid out in the Constitution, are the legislative, including both the House and Senate; the executive, or presidency; and judicial, which includes the Supreme Court.- Advertisement – The interview amounted to the most in-depth remarks Mr. Tuberville had given since he was elected last week. He cut a low profile on the campaign trail, rarely making himself available to reporters other than those at conservative outlets, but had positioned himself as a staunch supporter of President Trump. In his first big interview as a senator-elect, Tommy Tuberville, Republican of Alabama, misidentified the three branches of the federal government, claimed erroneously that World War II was a battle against socialism and wrongly asserted that former Vice President Al Gore was president-elect for 30 days.Mr. Tuberville, a former Auburn University football coach who decisively defeated Senator Doug Jones, a Democrat, last week, gave the remarkable interview to The Alabama Daily News on Thursday after attending orientation for new senators in Washington.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Chelsea Set to Halt Liverpool Premier League Run

first_imgLiverpool have never had a better start to their Premier League season, winning their first seven league matches and would be hoping to extend the run as they come against a Chelsea side that is hoping to make a statement this season having failed to make it to the top-four last season. The Blues inflicted Liverpool their first defeat this season in all competitions in the League Cup on Wednesday and would want to consolidate on it in today’s encounterBoasting arguably the best player in the Premier League in Eden Hazard and an unbeaten start under new coach Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea have emerged as surprise challengers for the title ahead of their meeting with leaders Liverpool today.In a chaotic summer at Stamford Bridge, Sarri was only officially announced as Antonio Conte’s successor a month before the new season got underway, FIFA’s goalkeeper of the year Thibaut Courtois went AWOL to force a move to Real Madrid and Hazard also expressed interest in a move to the Spanish giants. Yet, rather than fall further behind after finishing sixth and 30 points adrift of Manchester City last season, Chelsea have stolen a march on Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal to nestle alongside City just two points behind leaders Liverpool.A soft start with Huddersfield, Arsenal, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Cardiff and West Ham in his first six Premier League games have helped Sarri settle in.However, the acid test for where Chelsea’s title ambitions stand will come when Liverpool visit today looking to extend their 100 per cent start to the Premier League season.Sarri has repeatedly insisted his side can’t yet be compared to City or Liverpool in their third full seasons under Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.“We have started to work together 40 days ago. So for us, I think it is a bit early,” said the Italian. “We have to work, we need to improve and then maybe, in one year, we will be at the same level of Liverpool.”However, his transformation of Chelsea’s style from the cautious approach of Antonio Conte to a side that asphyxiates opponents by dominating possession has been so seamless; a title challenge can’t be ruled out.“The biggest change I ever saw in such a short space of time. Wow. Style completely different. What a manager he is, to be honest,” said Klopp admiringly this week.While Chelsea struggled in Conte’s second season, they also boast much more title-winning experience than Liverpool with many of the same squad having won the Premier League in 2014/15 and 2016/17.“People were always talking about City being clear, and completely forgot Chelsea,” added Klopp.“This team is really experienced. It won the title before, 80 per cent won it twice, and they know how it works. That’s a really strong football team.”Chelsea also have Hazard, who showed his class by coming off the bench to score an incredible solo goal to inflict Liverpool’s first defeat of the season in all competitions in the League Cup on Wednesday.The Belgian believes the League Cup win will boost the Blues. “This result will give us more confidence because we drew with West Ham a few days ago, but the game on Saturday is more important. We have got to try and beat Liverpool,” Hazard said.Sarri has challenged the Belgian to follow the example of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah last season by scoring 40 goals in a campaign for the first time in his career.Salah was let go by Chelsea after making just 19 appearances, mainly as a substitute, but fulfilled his potential in an incredible 44-goal debut campaign at Anfield that saw him finish ahead of Hazard and Lionel Messi in third place for FIFA’s Best Player of the Year on Monday.The Egyptian hasn’t been in such sparkling form at the beginning of thisseason, but looked back close to his best by scoring in a 3-0 cruise past Southampton last weekend.Klopp will be hoping that upward trajectory continues in what is also a massive week of Liverpool’s ambitions both for a first Premier League title in 29 years and in Europe.After facing Chelsea, Liverpool travel to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday before hosting City at Anfield next Sunday.Klopp’s men took just one point from five away games against the rest of the top six last season. Having already won at Tottenham a fortnight ago, another big win on the road will be a strong statement of intent.Meanwhile, all eyes would be on Paul Pogba as Manchester United visit West Ham today for the latest chapter in the saga. Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Pogba plummeted to new depths this week.United, already eight points behind leaders Liverpool give the impression they are lurching from game to game and on the cusp of a full-blown crisis.The team appeared to have turned the corner after an indifferent start to the season with three away wins on the bounce but a draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers and a shock League Cup defeat on penalties to Championship side Derby have set alarm bells ringing.The Pogba factor is the big talking point but there are plenty of other issues to give United fans sleepless nights ahead of the game against newly resurgent West Ham.Mourinho stripped Pogba of the vice-captaincy this week after the French World Cup star said the side should attack more, an implicit criticism of perceived negative tactics.Mourinho, speaking after Tuesday’s League Cup exit, for which Pogba was rested, said there was “no fallout at all, no problem at all” regarding the decision. But it does not look like that.On Wednesday the pair were filmed in a tense-looking exchange at the club’s training ground and it is difficult to see how they can rebuild trust after the events of the past few days, particularly with fresh rumours linking Pogba with a move to Barcelona.Pogba’s demotion is the latest twist in an acrimonious relationship dating back to last season, when Mourinho routinely dropped him for big games.United, famed for their gung-ho attacking flair under Alex Ferguson, often give the impression there is no coherent plan.While Liverpool and Manchester City have a team shape and identity, United often appear reliant on one of their stars to conjure something special to make the difference.Mourinho has an enviable list of attacking talent at his disposal, with Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard all competing for forward places, but there is no settled combination and often little flow to their attacking play.Out of the top nine sides in the Premier League, United, currently seventh, have scored the fewest goals, with nine so far. Last season, they scored 38 goals fewer than champions City over the 38-game Premier League campaign.Meanwhile, Arsenal Manager, Unai Emery believes restoring Gunners’ confidence has been the key to his side’s revival as they look to make it seven successive wins when they face Watford today.When Emery took charge at the Emirates Stadium in the close-season, the Arsenal manager found his squad’s morale was at a low ebb after the disastrous final years of the Arsene Wenger era.Emery’s job was to restore his players’ belief while convincing them to buy into his football philosophy of high-tempo pressing from all areas.Initially, it seemed the former Paris Saint Germain boss was struggling to get his message across as Arsenal were swept away by champions Manchester City on the opening weekend before squandering a two-goal comeback in a 3-2 defeat at Chelsea.While it is far too early to proclaim Emery has solved all of Arsenal’s problems, they still have a creaky defence with only one clean-sheet and the club are locked in a contract stalemate with Aaron Ramsey – the Spaniard has at least steadied the ship.“It’s very good work for continuing to improve and continuing also individually the players taking confidence into the next matches,” Emery said of the win against second-tier Brentford.“It was good to continue working on our tactical things and our individual things, also for taking responsibility for the players, for taking confidence in the players.”Watford are without a win in their last three matches after losing a penalty shoot-out in the League Cup against Tottenham on Wednesday.Nigerian forward Isaac Success scored one of Watford’s goals in that loss and he warned Arsenal his side will not be feeling sorry for themselves.“I think with the performance we brought out today, getting the victory would have been something precious for the team, but we keep our head up and get ready for the weekend’s game against Arsenal,” he said.Head to Head06/05/18 Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool25/11/17 Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea31/01/17 Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea16/09/16 Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool11/05/16 Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea31/10/15 Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool10/05/15 Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool08/11/14 Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea27/04/14 Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea29/12/13 Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool21/04/13 Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea11/11/12 Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool08/05/12 Liverpool 4-1 Chelsea20/11/11 Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool06/02/11 Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool07/11/10 Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea02/05/10Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea04/10/09Chelsea 2-0 LiverpoolPremiership TableTeam P GD PtsLiverpool 6 12 18Man City 6 16 16Chelsea 6 10 16Watford 6 5 13Tottenham 6 5 12Arsenal 6 3 12Man Utd 6 0 10Bournemouth 6 -1 10Leicester 6 1 9Wolves 6 0 9Crystal Palace 6 -2 7Everton 6 -3 6Brighton 6 -3 5Southampton 6 -3 5Fulham 6 -5 5Burnley 6 -3 4West Ham 6 -6 4Newcastle 6 -4 2Cardiff 6 -11 2Huddersfield 6 -11 2FixtureTodayWest Ham v Man Utd 12:30Arsenal v Watford 15:00Everton v Fulham 15:00Huddersfield v Tottenham 15:00Man City v Brighton 15:00Newcastle v Leicester 15:00Wolvers v Southampton 15:00Chelsea v Liverpool 17:30SundayCardiff v Burnley 16:00Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Carlini’s status unknown

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoThe biggest question for the University of Wisconsin volleyball team this weekend is the status of senior floor captain and outside hitter Maria Carlini.As Carlini sat out last weekend with a foot injury, Wisconsin lost on the road to No. 14 Ohio State and No. 2 Penn State.While the Badgers will be seeking to get back on track in the Big Ten race this weekend against No. 9 Purdue Friday and Indiana Sunday, much of their success will depend on Carlini’s availability, which is still day-to-day.”She hasn’t practiced this week,” UW head coach Pete Waite said of Carlini. “We’re just looking at how she feels tomorrow since she’s wearing the boot.”Without Carlini in practice, Waite has prepared for this weekend’s matches as if Carlini will not be available. Either sophomore Morgan Salow or freshman Caity DuPont will play in her place if she is not ready.”We’re training without [Carlini],” Waite said. “We’re putting other people in her spot, but it’s just practice as usual.””But just like she’s trying to prepare for the weekend by watching film and doing pool work, we’re trying to prepare for the weekend ourselves up here on the court,” senior assistant captain and middle blocker Amy Bladow added. “Everybody’s bringing a bit more fire to pick up in her absence.”However, if Carlini is the least bit able to go, her teammates will welcome her back with open arms.”She’s one of our go-to players and any time that she’s not in, it hurts us not only offensively, but she’s also in there bringing a really tough serve and passing nails,” Bladow said. “It also affects just the mood on the court.”Wisconsin tips off Homecoming weekend against the Purdue Boilermakers (15-2, 5-1), whose only Big Ten loss was to top-ranked Penn State. However, they just came off a close 3-2 victory at Iowa — combine that with the Field House crowd and the Badgers are feeling very confident about their chances this weekend, with or without Carlini.”Any time we play at home, it’s a great environment to play here,” Bladow said. “We have the best crowd in the Big Ten and one of the best in the nation, so it’s so much easier to play at home, especially here in the Field House.”Nevertheless, Wisconsin’s practice schedule this week has been just as hard as any other week, as Waite knows this is a very strong Purdue team on almost every level.”Purdue’s a real solid team,” Waite said. “They have very good ball handlers, good servers, they’re pretty deep and it’s the kind of team that we have to be on our game to be there with them and have a shot at beating them.”But at the same time, our team is practicing hard, playing with confidence on the court, and we’re making some improvements to be a better team.”Wisconsin will have to look out for the Boilermakers’ sophomore duo of outside hitter Danita Merlau and middle blocker Stephanie Lynch. Merlau leads the team with 4.12 kills per game while Lynch chips in 2.30 kills per game while leading the team with .309 hitting percentage and 1.14 blocks per game.But the biggest adjustment Waite’s squad will have to make is in regards to Purdue head coach Dave Shondell’s 6-2 offense. The Boilermakers start two setters: freshman Sam Gray and Shondell’s daughter, senior Lindsay Shondell. The two setters average 8.66 and 5.63 assists per game, respectively.While Purdue will be Wisconsin’s biggest challenge this weekend, the team will have to make sure it doesn’t overlook Indiana on Sunday.”Indiana’s record is one you look at and it looks like they’re struggling in the conference,” Waite said. “But they’ve had some really close matches and beat a very good team in Michigan on the road. They’ve got some good weapons, and we’ll prepare for them like we would anyone else.”Sunday’s match at the Field House is expected to reach a big crowd with various promotions going on. Not only is it Team and Scout Day — free admission for high school, junior high and club teams, as well as all scout troops — but there is also free admission for those with a ticket stub from either Friday night’s game, the UW football game or one of the hockey games.”We made a point of trying to make this a big one and getting a lot of bodies in here,” Waite said. “It’s always a great environment, and we have a lot of fun.”last_img read more