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With provocations, Donald Trump tries to avoid defeat to Joe Biden

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São Paulo – In a quick speech on Thursday afternoon (5), Democratic candidate for president of the United States, Joe Biden, responded to the provocations of Republican Donald Trump and asked his voters for patience. “Each vote needs to be counted. Democracy sometimes gets a little confused, it requires patience, ”said Biden. “We have no doubt that when the countdown is over, we will be the winners. Stay calm, the count is being completed ”, he added.

Hours later, in a speech of almost 18 minutes, ended shortly after 9 pm (Brasília time), the current president returned to expose conspiracy theories, accusations of fraud, corruption and “theft” in the electoral process, citing states like Michigan (where suffered the turn) and Georgia, admitting that it can lose in that state. He made all the hints without providing any evidence. He promised that the lawsuits will continue. “We want an honest count, an honest election,” he said. There will be a lot of fighting in the courts, because we cannot allow an election to be stolen this way ”, added the Republican.

Earlier, Donald Trump sent journalists covering the White House and the US election an email in which he continues his teasing strategy to Joe Biden, seeking to sow confusion and misinformation. “If you count the legal votes, I win the election easily! If you count the illegal and late votes, they can steal the election from us! ”, He wrote in the message, written in capital letters. On Twitter, the current president calls for the counting of votes to be stopped. “STOP THE COUNT!” (“Stop the count”), tweeted.

Trump contests in court the count in all states where he is at a disadvantage or could suffer a turnaround. In Michigan and Georgia, judges denied the president’s requests to stop the investigation. The Republican asked for the same thing in Nevada. In Philadelphia, the count was temporarily suspended.

Decisive states

Biden remains more likely to be elected, but the outcome of the election is still uncertain. The results remain undefined in four important states and the number of votes cast is unclear: Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona.

In Georgia (16 delegates), with an estimated 98% of the votes cast. Trump is just 0.2% ahead and the gap continues to fall as the votes arrive. In the early evening in Brazil, he is the Republican who leads by only 9 thousand votes. Georgia is the state that is closest to defining the election, if Biden gets the turnaround.

In Pennsylvania, the largest yet undefined state, which takes 20 delegates to the Electoral College, the distance narrows as the count progresses, mainly with the votes of Philadelphia, a Democratic stronghold.

At a news conference early in the evening (Brasília time), Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar declined to say how many votes were definitively totaled. Estimates are that, with 90% counted, the difference was less than just over 78 thousand votes, 1.2% in favor of the Republican. At 3 pm, Trump had 115,000 votes in the lead, shortly after 8 pm. If he wins in Pennsylvania, Biden gets 284 votes and will be elected, regardless of results in any other state, including Arizona.

In Nevada, Biden leads
and the margin in his favor increased from 8,000 to 11,000 votes this Thursday. At
projections indicate that he should get the six state delegates, which
would take the Democrat to the “magic number” of 270 votes in the Electoral College,
exactly the count needed for the election. Nevada promises 51 thousand more votes
for tomorrow, but you have until the 12th to add those sent by mail,
since they are posted until the 3rd.

North Carolina is considered to be won by Trump in the projections and, therefore, is not seen as a priority by analysts. Alaska, with just three delegates, will

The Arizona Factor

The verification in the state of
Arizona has become the most controversial of the election. Since the beginning of the dissemination of
results, the Associated Press agency supports Biden’s victory, which
today it would have 264 delegates at the electoral college. Fox News, a broadcaster considered
Trump’s ally also indicates a Democratic victory.

However, more cautious, The New York Times and CNN do not nail Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in Arizona, which, if it occurs, will be tight. So, in the count of the New York newspaper and the TV station, the Democrat appears with 253 votes in the Electoral College. As in Pennsylvania, counting in Arizona takes longer.

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more unemployment and more informality

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São Paulo – Government, businessmen and some parliamentarians were in tune with the defense of the bill that, if approved, would lead to the creation of Law 13,467 in 2017. The so-called labor reform, after all, would lead to the creation of millions of jobs. This would happen to the extent that it would end the rigidity of the legislation, which they treated as being “plastered”, facilitating hiring and giving the much-needed “modernization” to the Brazilian labor market.

Because the law completed three years on November 11 “and nobody celebrated, not even timidly”, recalls analyst Marcos Verlaine, from the Inter-Union Department of Parliamentary Advisory (Diap). “Among the expectations generated by the authors, the government of that time, the businessmen, who sponsored, defended and acted strongly in Congress to approve it, the media and reality, remained the harsh reality”, he says, in an article. He defines the measure passed by Congress as a “capital Trojan horse” to implode labor rights.

Collective bargaining?

The insistent defense of the “negotiated over the legislature”, a recurring expression at the time, was not to privilege negotiation, notes the analyst. “It was to remove rights, since the negotiations – both CCT (ccollective labor agreements) and ACT (collective labor agreements) – they never prevented, on the contrary, that the conventions surpass the CLT, nor that the agreements surpass the conventions. ”

The “millions” of jobs did not come, even before the pandemic. The growth in occupation was basically due to informal work. In 2016, the year before the “reform”, the country had 10.1 million unpaid employees in the private sector and 22.4 million self-employed workers. Last year, they were 11.6 million and 24.2 million, respectively (check table). The data are from the National Household Sample Survey (Pnad) Continua, from IBGE.

Modernization or precariousness?

Employment with a wallet fell. And the Gini index at work, which measures inequality, which until 2015 fell, rose again the following year and has not stopped.

The “reform” introduced hiring modalities, such as intermittent work. They were also presented as items of the necessary “modernization”, but union members and researchers identify them as additional signs of precariousness in the market. Although still small, the participation of the intermittent modality has been growing.

This week, the Federal Supreme Court (STF) began to judge direct actions of unconstitutionality against intermittent work. In his vote, the rapporteur, Minister Edson Fachin, considered the item unconstitutional and causing damage to workers’ health. But his colleagues Kassio Nunes Marques and Alexandre Moraes were in favor of the sport. The trial was interrupted by a request for view from Minister Rosa Weber.

If it is impossible to revoke the law in its entirety, Verlaine suggests specific changes, citing intermittent hiring. “It is necessary to negotiate with all political and social actors in order to bring about changes in this scorched earth scenario” he argues.

read more: ‘Labor Reform’: Stories of a False Promise and Changes in ‘Endless Destruction’

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