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Today's headlines: Giuliani is a target in the Trump Election inquiry, while Trump claims FBI agents took 3 of his passports during the Mar-a-Lago raid. Also, three people have been injured at a shooting at Six Flags, while The DOJ is investigating Southern Baptists following a sexual abuse crisis. Finally, Polio Has Been Detected in New York City Wastewater, Officials Say. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Washington Post: Giuliani is target in Ga. criminal probe of 2020 election, lawyer says NY Times: Giuliani Is Told He Is a Target in Trump Election Inquiry in Georgia Business insider: Trump claims FBI agents took 3 of his passports during the Mar-a-Lago raid Chicago Sun Times: Three people injured when shots are fired in parking lot of Six Flags Great America in Gurnee NPR: The DOJ is investigating Southern Baptists following sexual abuse crisis NY Times: Polio Has Been Detected in New York City Wastewater, Officials Say
Today's headlines: The most recent updates in the Mar-a-Lago Trump search have been revealed. Meanwhile, the FBI and DHS have warned that threats towards federal law enforcement have skyrocketed since the Mar-a-Lago search, as armed Trump supporters have staged a protest outside the FBI office in Phoenix. Finally, a man has fatally shot himself following a car crash into a barricade near the Capitol Building, and Trump's former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chaom (Mitch McConnell's wife) has reportedly met with the January 6th Committee. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: Read the Search Warrant for Trump's Mar-a-Lago Home NY Times: Trump Lawyer Told Justice Dept. That Classified Material Had Been Returned NBC News: FBI and DHS warn threats to federal law enforcement have spiked since Mar-a-Lago search Business insider: Armed Trump supporters protest outside FBI office in Phoenix following Mar-a-Lago raid: reports CNN: Man fatally shoots self after crashing car into barricade near US Capitol Building Twitter: Kyle Griffin Status - NBC News confirms: Ex-Trump Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao — who resigned the day after the Capitol riot — met this month with the Jan. 6 Committee.
Today's headlines: Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke for about 2 minutes about the Mar-a-Lago search warrant, and announced that the DOJ has filed a motion to unseal the search warrant and FBI property receipt. The FBI has searched Trump's home to look for nuclear documents and other items, while Judge Bruce Reinhart has been consistently attacked and doxed by Trump's base since Monday. Finally, the C.D.C. has eased Covid guidelines, noting that the virus Is ‘Here to Stay,' while some school districts in rural Texas have been switching to 4 day weeks. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: Read the full transcript of Merrick Garland's comments on the F.B.I.'s search of Trump's home. Washington Post: FBI searched Trump's home to look for nuclear documents and other items, sources say Forward: Judge who approved Trump search warrant attacked for synagogue involvement NY Times: C.D.C. Eases Covid Guidelines, Noting Virus Is ‘Here to Stay' Texas Tribune: Rural Texas districts struggling to attract teachers are switching to four-day school weeks
Today's headlines: Inflation eased in July from a year ago, but energy prices have fallen. Donald Trump has invoked the Fifth Amendment rights and declines to answer questions from the New York attorney general. New reporting has revealed that they had been subpoenaed to turn over surveillance videos from Mar-a-Lago several months ago. Pennsylvania state senator Doug Mastriano met with the January 6th House committee earlier this week and reportedly did not answer a single question, cutting the virtual meeting off after 15 minutes. Finally, the Justice Department charged a member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, while Alex Jones has apparently shared a nude photo of his own wife with Roger Stone. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Washington Post: Inflation eased in July from a year ago, as energy prices fell CNN: Former President Donald Trump invokes Fifth Amendment rights and declines to answer questions from NY attorney general Independent: Department of Justice obtained Mar-a-Lago surveillance tapes after subpoenaing Trump Organization Daily Beast: Trump Ally Doug Mastriano Cuts Off Jan. 6 Interview After Just 15 Mins NY Times: Justice Dept. Charges Iranian in Plot to Kill John Bolton Guardian: Alex Jones sent nude photo of wife to Roger Stone, Sandy Hook lawyer reveals
Today's headlines: FBI is searching Trump safe at Mar-a-Lago for possible classified documents, while Congressman and Trump ally Scott Perry is saying that the FBI has seized his cellphone. Then, A DC Circuit court of appeals ruled unanimously yesterday that the House Ways and Means Committee can access Trump's tax returns. The January 6th Committee met yesterday with Trump's former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while Trump had dinner with 12 of his most loyal Republican lawmakers last night at Bedminster. Finally, President Biden signed the $280 billion bipartisan CHIPS bill into law, which is intended to boost domestic high-tech manufacturing. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Washington Post: FBI searches Trump safe at Mar-a-Lago for possible classified documents Guardian: Congressman and Trump ally Scott Perry says FBI seized his cellphone Washington Post: House can view Trump's tax records, appeals court rules CNN: Mike Pompeo meets with January 6 committee Yahoo! News: A dozen House Republicans plan to dine with Trump in Bedminster on Tuesday, a day after the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago CNBC: Biden signs China competition bill to boost U.S. chipmakers
Today's headlines: Alex Jones' texts have been turned over to the January 6 committee. The FBI has executed a search warrant at Trump's Mar-a-Lago for document investigation and has found files in Trump's toilet. Then, Trump apparently asked an aide why his generals couldn't be like Hitler's, while Paul Manafort has admitted he passed Trump campaign data to a suspected Russian asset. Finally, the UK is in for its second major heatwave of the summer. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: CNN: First on CNN: Alex Jones' texts have been turned over to the January 6 committee, source says CNN: FBI executes search warrant at Trump's Mar-a-Lago in document investigation Axios: Exclusive photos: Trump's telltale toilet NY Times: Trump Asked Aide Why His Generals Couldn't Be Like Hitler's, Book Says Insider: Exclusive: Paul Manafort admits he passed Trump campaign data to a suspected Russian asset CNN: McMichaels sentenced to life terms, William 'Roddie' Bryan gets 35 years for federal hate crime convictions in Ahmaud Arbery's killing Sky News: UK weather: Second highest health alert level issued for England as another heatwave to last longer than one last month
Today's headlines: The Senate has approved the Inflation Reduction Act, a long-delayed health and climate bill, while Friday's jobs report exceeded expectations by showing that the US economy added 528 thousand jobs in July, and unemployment is down to 3.5 percent. Then, Alex Jones was sentenced to pay an additional 42.5 million dollars in punitive damages, North Carolina announced on Friday that it plans to put AR-15 guns in every school in Madison County, and Indiana has officially become the first state to pass a new abortion ban since Roe was struck down. Finally, Hungary's Viktor Orban fired up Texas conservatives at CPAC this weekend, and President Biden is cleared to come out of isolation since he tested negative for covid yesterday. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Washington Post: Senate approves Inflation Reduction Act, clinching long-delayed health and climate bill CNBC: Payrolls increased 528,000 in July, much better than expected in a sign of strength for jobs market NPR: A jury tags Alex Jones with $45.2 million in punitive damages for 2 Sandy Hook parents Axios: North Carolina school district plans to put AR-15s in every school Washington Post: Abortion law in Indiana leads to fallout for state, politics BBC News: Hungary's Viktor Orban fires up Texas conservatives CNN: President Joe Biden officially cleared to emerge from isolation following rebound Covid-19 case
Today's headlines: Alex Jones is charged $4 million in damages to two Sandy Hook parents following his defamation case. Then, the Louisville police officers that killed Breonna Taylor have been federally charged, while Brittney Griner has been found guilty of drug smuggling in Russia and sentenced to 9 years in prison. Finally, the White House has officially declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: CNN: Jury finds Alex Jones caused $4 million in damages to two Sandy Hook parents CNN: Four current, former Louisville police officers federally charged in Breonna Taylor's death NY Times: Brittney Griner Is Sentenced to 9 Years in a Russian Penal Colony CNBC: Biden administration declares monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency in the U.S.
Today's headlines: Representative Peter Meijer became the second House Republican who voted for Trump impeachment to lose the primary. New election results have arrived out of Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Washington. Indiana Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski has died in a car accident that also killed two staffers. According to new reports, Phones of top Pentagon officials were wiped of January 6th messages. Finally, Alex Jones' lawyer accidentally sent the contents of Jones' phone revealing InfoWars' financials and texts he claimed didn't exist, while the Jan. 6 Committee Prepares to Subpoena those texts as well as other emails. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: CNN: Rep. Peter Meijer becomes second House Republican who voted for Trump impeachment to lose primary NY TImes: Live Primary Results: Last Night's Key Races CNN: Indiana Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski dies in car accident that also killed 2 staffers Washington Post: Phones of top Pentagon officials were wiped of Jan. 6 messages Insider: Alex Jones' lawyer accidentally sent the contents of Jones' phone, revealing InfoWars' financials and texts he claimed didn't exist: Sandy Hook parents' attorney Rolling Stone: Exclusive: Jan. 6 Committee Prepares to Subpoena Alex Jones' Texts, Emails
Today's headlines: Kansas voters rejected a measure that would remove the right to an abortion from the state constitution, while a bipartisan group of senators have introduced legislation that would codify the right to an abortion into federal law. Then, The DOJ has filed its first lawsuit since Roe was overturned against a state abortion ban, Florida's abortion plan is being challenged in new lawsuits by 7 religious leaders in the state, and the senate voted last night to pass legislation expanding health care benefits the millions of veterans. Finally, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has decided to take her trip to Taiwan against China's wishes. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NPR: Voters in Kansas decide to keep abortion legal in the state, rejecting an amendment NY Times: Bipartisan Abortion-Rights Bill Sets Up a Midterm Debate Washington Post: Justice Dept. sues Idaho over near-total abortion ban coming Aug. 25 Washington Post: Clerics sue over Florida abortion law, saying it violates religious freedom CNN: Senate passes long-sought bill to help veterans affected by burn pits Washington Post: White House scrambles to avoid crisis amid Pelosi visit to Taiwan
Today's headlines: President Biden announced last night that the current leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman Al-Zawahri was killed by a US counterterrorism drone strike in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, new reports reveal that Prince Charles accepted £1m from Osama Bin Laden's family, while Pelosi's upcoming trip to Taiwan may test relations with China. A former high level Russian official who had been a former mentor and now critic of Putin has been hospitalized in Europe. Finally, Senator Lindsey Graham is fighting the subpoena he was served by the grand jury in Georgia, while the White House Digital Service, which is responsible for matching sick patients with potential organ donations, is severely flawed. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: Live Updates: U.S. Drone Strike in Kabul Kills Top Qaeda Leader BBC: Prince Charles accepted £1m from Osama Bin Laden's family - report NY Times: A Pelosi Trip to Taiwan Would Test China's Appetite for Confrontation CNN: Former high-level Russian official who left Putin's government reportedly hospitalized AP News: Sen. Graham challenges 2020 Georgia election probe subpoena Washington Post: Thousands of lives depend on a transplant network in need of ‘vast restructuring'
Today's headlines: At least 28 people have died due to extreme flooding in Kentucky, and at least 7 people have died due to a severe heat wave in California. Then, Democrats tried to include $400 billion into funding veterans' health care bills. Finally, the New York State Health Commissioner has officially declared monkeypox an emergency in New York, and President Biden tested positive for covid 19 again on Saturday morning. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: CNN: Death toll in Kentucky floods rises to 28 as area braces for more rain Axios: California wildfire explodes in size amid "critical" risk Axios: Toomey: Dems tried to "sneak" $400B funding into veterans' health care bill Patch: NY Declares Monkeypox Emergency As Cases Continue To Rise CNN: President Joe Biden tests positive for Covid-19 again
Today's headlines: A G.D.P. report shows that the U.S. Economy has shrunk again, while Democrats in the House are preparing legislation that would ban stock trading by Congress. Then, the DOJ said Wednesday that a Pennsylvania mortgage company owned by Warren Buffet discriminated against potential Black and Latino homebuyers. Finally, judges in both Wyoming and North Dakota temporarily blocked the states' abortion bans, and the Biden Administration is urging the FDA to approve MDMA and psilocybin within the next two years as potential therapies for PTSD and depression. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: G.D.P. Report Shows U.S. Economy Shrank Again Business Insider: Democrats planning legislation to ban stock trading in Congress after Insider exposed widespread wrongdoing AP News: DOJ: Buffett company discriminated against Black homebuyers The Intercept: BIDEN ADMINISTRATION PLANS FOR LEGAL PSYCHEDELIC THERAPIES WITHIN TWO YEARS
Today's headlines: The DOJ has confirmed that it is investigating Trump himself in their January 6th criminal probe, while also investigating numerous arms of criminality, including the pressure campaign against Pence. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform committee found that gun manufacturers that sell assault style rifles have purposely employed ethically questionable tactics. Instagram head Adam Mosseri stated that the company does not intend to take predominant feedback from users into account. Senator Joe Manchin announced yesterday that he plans to support a deficit reduction package that will address climate change and prescription drug reform. Meanwhile, WNBA star Brittney Griner testified in Russian court yesterday, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the administration has made an offer to the Kremlin to exchange Griner and American Paul Whelan for convicted Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout. Finally, Dr. Oz failed to report his ownership of a Garden State apartment, home to friends tied to groups involved in Armenian genocide denial. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NBC: Merrick Garland calls Justice Department's Jan. 6 probe the ‘most wide-ranging investigation in its history' Washington Post: Justice Dept. investigating Trump's actions in Jan. 6 criminal probe CNN: 'The gun industry has flooded our neighborhoods': House hearing highlights assault-style weapons Washington Post: Instagram knows you don't like its changes. It doesn't care. Axios: Manchin announces support for climate, tax, health care deal CNN: Brittney Griner testifies she signed documents without understanding what they said after being stopped at Moscow airport Daily Beast: Dr. Oz's Turkish Nationalist Pals Living in His Secret N.J. Condo
Today's headlines: The Biden administration is still deciding whether to extend student loan payment pause past August 31, while Disney's Hulu has refused to air political ads that deal with controversial issues like abortion and the January 6 attack. Then, the senate has voted 64-32 on a package to fund domestic production of semiconductor chips. Finally, Mike Pence's former chief of staff appeared before a January 6th grand jury last week, and Russia has announced that they'll be pulling out of the international space station in 2024. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: CNN: Biden administration is still deciding whether to extend student loan payment pause past August 31 Washington Post: Dems fume at Disney's Hulu for blocking ads on abortion, guns NPR: A bill to reduce reliance on China for semiconductors moves closer to a Senate vote People: Pence Chief of Staff Is Now Highest-Ranking White House Official Known to Have Testified for Jan. 6 Grand Jury NY Times: Russia Says It Will Quit the International Space Station After 2024
Today's headlines: the prime minister of Moldova told CNN in an interview that she is concerned Russia is going to invade them next. Meanwhile, two people were shot in the middle of the day in Whistler, Canada yesterday while a 37 year old woman opened fire inside Dallas Love Field Airport. A group of Republican state legislators sent a letter to law firm Sidley Austin, threatening the company and its lawyers with disbarment and protection if they facilitate abortions. Finally, Democrats in the Michigan state House called for a federal investigation into 11 republican lawmakers for seditious conspiracy, while a former republican congressman from Indiana has been charged with insider trading by federal prosecutors and the SEC. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Business Insider: Moldova says it fears a Russian invasion as more neighbors ring alarm over Ukraine war Washington Post: Deadly shootings in Whistler and Langley rock British Columbia NY Times: Woman Opens Fire at Dallas Love Field and Is Shot and Arrested Daily Beast: Texas Republicans Threaten Lawyers with Prosecution and Disbarment if They Facilitate Abortions Michigan Radio: Michigan House Dems call for federal investigation into GOP colleagues CNBC: Former GOP Rep. Stephen Buyer charged with insider trading by federal prosecutors, SEC
Today's headlines: Steve Bannon was found guilty in court on 2 counts of contempt of congress for his refusal to comply with a subpoena and appear before the House committee. 24 Secret Service officers have all retained private counsel in regards to the January 6th Hearings, while a husband of a Colorado woman who has been missing for more than two years pleaded guilty last Thursday to casting her mail-in ballot for Trump. Then, California governor Gavin Newsom signed a new gun control bill on Friday while Madison Cawthorn illegally spent over 200 thousand dollars of donor money. Finally, a dutch reforestation company which aims to offset carbon emissions started what has become a thirty-five thousand acre forest fire in Spain. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: Bannon Found Guilty of Contempt in Case Related to Capitol Riot Inquiry CNBC: Trump aides at heart of explosive Jan. 6 claims have hired private lawyers, committee member says NY Times: Colorado Man Pleads Guilty to Casting Missing Wife's Ballot for Trump Washington Post: New California gun control law mimics Texas abortion measure Yahoo! News: Madison Cawthorn spent campaign donations he was supposed to return on 'egregiously' frequent trips to Chick-fil-A and other businesses and now can't pay donors back, report says Vice: Corporate Carbon Offset Company Accidentally Starts Devastating Wildfire
Today's headlines: The biggest takeaways from last night's January 6th hearing, which focused on how Trump did not only *fail* tell the mob to go home after 4pm - he *chose* not to. Then, the department of homeland security is conducting a criminal probe into the deleted texts by the secret service, and President Biden tested positive for covid yesterday. Health officials in New York reported its first case of polio in almost a decade yesterday, the DHS under the Trump administration had used mobile location data on a much larger scale than was previously known, and it was revealed that the Trump administration spent years trying to add a citizenship question to the census. Finally, the House of Representatives voted on a bill that would protect access to birth control. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: Jan. 6 Live Updates: 187 Minutes of Violence and Trump's ‘Complete Dereliction' of His Duty NBC: DHS watchdog has launched criminal probe into destruction of Jan. 6 Secret Service text messages, sources say CNN: Biden tests positive for Covid-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms Washington Post: Unvaccinated man in Rockland County, N.Y., diagnosed with polio Politico: Homeland Security records show 'shocking' use of phone data, ACLU says NPR: Documents detail the secret strategy behind Trump's census citizenship question push CBS: House passes bill to protect access to birth control in latest answer to Supreme Court
Today's headlines: A bipartisan group of senators announced yesterday that they have reached agreement on 2 potential bills meant to strengthen the administration of elections, while the Defense of Marriage Act was passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a judge has ordered Rudy Giuliani to testify before the Fulton County grand Jury on August 9th, Donald Trump is still trying to get the 2020 election decertified, and Kremlin Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Russian state media yesterday that Russia's ambitions extend further south into Ukraine. Finally, the EU proposed plans for all member states to reduce gas consumption by 15 percent until Spring, and more than 100 million households in the US are currently under heat warnings. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NPR: A bipartisan Senate group announces a deal on reforming the Electoral Count Act Washington Post: Amid GOP support, Senate Democrats see hope for same-sex marriage vote NY Times: Giuliani Ordered to Testify in Georgia Criminal Investigation CNBC: Trump urged Wisconsin Assembly speaker in July to decertify Biden 2020 election win CNN: Lavrov says Russia's objectives in Ukraine now extend beyond eastern Donbas region Axios: EU asks member states to start rationing gas due to Russia "blackmail" Washington Post: Extreme heat prompts alerts in 28 states as Texas, Oklahoma hit 115
Today's headlines: Secret Service cannot recover texts between January 5th and 6th for the January 6th Hearing Committee. Then, news out of the DOJ, and The House of Representatives voted on Monday over the question of whether Finland and Sweden should be able to join NATO. The UK hit an all time record high temperature of over 104 degrees yesterday, with the country experiencing a huge surge in fires due to the heat wave. An Indiana doctor who helped perform an abortion for a 10 year old girl in Ohio who became pregnant after being raped, has filed a claim against the Indiana Attorney General for his comments in the wake of the incident. Finally, more than a dozen members of congress were arrested yesterday at an abortion rights protest in front of the Supreme Court, and the House of Representatives passed a bill codifying same sex and interracial marriage yesterday. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Washington Post: Secret Service cannot recover texts; no new details for Jan. 6 committee Washington Post: What the Garland memo really means for investigating Trump The Hill: Justice Department probe into Trump won't stop if he announces 2024 run: Deputy AG Rolling Stone: Trump Tells Team He Needs to Be President Again to Save Himself from Criminal Probes Business Insider: 18 Republicans — including MTG, Matt Gaetz, and Lauren Boebert — voted against Sweden and Finland joining NATO CNBC: UK shatters record for its hottest day ever; London fire service declares ‘major incident' Washington Post: Doctor in 10-year-old's abortion case takes legal step against Indiana AG CNN: Democratic lawmakers including Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, Speier and more arrested in abortion rights protest in front of the Supreme Court ABC News: House passes bill codifying same-sex marriage right, with some Republicans joining Democrats
Today's headlines: Extensive reporting from the New York Times post Roe reversal paints a dire picture of women whose lives were put at extreme risk due to doctors' refusal to act, for fear of being prosecuted. In similar news, the Idaho Republican Party voted on their platform over the weekend and rejected a proposal to add language that would allow abortions to save the life of the mother. Then, the Republican candidate for the governor of New York is facing claims that he submitted fake signatures to get an additional line on the ballot in the November election, and Dr. Fauci announced yesterday that he plans to retire by the end of 2025. Finally, Yesterday was the first day of Steve Bannon's trial for his failure to comply with subpoenas from the House January 6th committee, and Bennie Thompson is asking the DOJ to investigate the ex-governor of Mississippi. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: They Had Miscarriages, and New Abortion Laws Obstructed Treatment AP News: Idaho GOP rejects abortion exception to save mother's life Huffpost: Trump-Supporting GOP Congressman Faces Election Fraud Accusations Washington Post: Fauci says he will retire from government post by the end of Biden's term CNN: Jury nearly seated in Bannon trial over failure to comply with Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Mississippi Free Press: Rep. Thompson Asks DOJ To Investigate Ex-Gov. Bryant For Favre TANF Payments
Today's headlines: A special committee in the Texas state House released a comprehensive 77-page report about the police response to the elementary school shooting in Uvalde. Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of senators has agreed to a series of provisions to reform the Electoral Count Act, while the UAE has detained the American lawyer who had previously represented Jamal Khashoggi. Senator Joe Manchin has backed out yet again on negotiations for a democratic budget package, and a small town library in Vinton, Iowa has closed due to what they said was harassment by conservative residents over the display of LGBTQ books and staff. Finally, Betsy DeVos stated at a conservative education summit yesterday that she believes the Department of education should not exist. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: Report on Uvalde Shooting Finds ‘Systemic Failures' in Police Response NBC: Senators are close to releasing a bill to stop candidates from stealing elections US News: UAE Detains U.S. Lawyer for Khashoggi on Money Laundering Charges NPR: Biden urges Democrats to pass slim health care bill after Manchin nixes climate action Yahoo! News: Iowa Library Shuttered After Anti-LGBTQ+ Sentiments Flare Axios: Betsy DeVos calls for abolishing the Department of Education
Today's headlines: Texas attorney general Ken Paxton is suing the Biden Administration over the recent reminder that federal law requires emergency medical treatment supersede any state restrictions on abortion, while a mile long procession of 52 school buses drove to Ted Cruz's house in Houston. Meanwhile, Europe is currently undergoing a severe heat wave, the euro and the dollar are worth the same amount for the first time in two decades, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced that he will resign. Finally, President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid held a 1-on-1 where they declared that they would not allow Iran to become a nuclear power, and Donald Trump's ex wife Ivana Trump, has passed away at the age of 73. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Washington Post: Texas sues Biden administration for requiring abortions in medical emergencies Buzzfeed News: A Mile-Long Procession Of Buses Carried Items From School Shooting Victims To Ted Cruz's House Axios: Europe faces deadly, record-breaking heat wave NY Times:Euro Falls to Equal the U.S. Dollar for the First Time in 20 Years Washington Post: Italy in crisis as president rejects premier Draghi's offer to resign AP News: Italy in crisis as president rejects premier Draghi's offer to resign CNN: Ivana Trump, an ex-wife of former President Trump, dies at 73
Today's headlines: June inflation numbers are out, and prices have jumped 9.1 percent over the last 12 months. Democrats in Congress have introduced legislation to protect interstate travel for abortion, while the department of health has reminded pharmacies that they cannot stop patients from accessing prescribed medication in states with abortion bans. Finally, the justice department announced that they are establishing a Reproductive Rights Task Force, and a formerly unseen video taken from inside the Robb Elementary School in uvalde Texas has been released. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: AP News: US inflation surges again in June, raising risks for economy NY Times: Democrats Introduce Bill To Protect Interstate Travel For Abortion Care Justice.gov: Justice Department Announces Reproductive Rights Task Force Washington Post: Judge rejects Bannon's bid to delay trial, executive-privilege claim Reuters: Senator Graham ordered to testify in front of grand jury in Trump election probe
Today's headlines: News from yesterday's January 6th hearing, which focused on showing how Trump and his advisors were directing the specific actions of extremist groups before and during the insurrection. The second half of the hearing involved testimony from 2 live witnesses, who represented the average voters and violent extremists that Trump relied upon. Finally, A federal judge has refused Steve Bannon's request to delay his criminal trial to October for his contempt of congress charges, and a judge in Georgia has ordered Senator Lindsey Graham to testify in front of a grand jury. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Washington Post: ‘Unhinged': The White House meeting that preceded Trump's ‘will be wild' tweet NY Times: Trump Sought to Conceal Plans for March to Capitol, Panel Says Washington Post: Twitter went easy on Trump because it ‘relished' the power, ex-employee says Washington Post: Judge rejects Bannon's bid to delay trial, executive-privilege claim Reuters: Senator Graham ordered to testify in front of grand jury in Trump election probe
Today's headlines: The next long awaited January 6th hearing is today. The Biden Administration has issued a directive to hospitals stating that they must provide abortion services if the life of a mother is at risk, and there's a new covid variant on the loose. Finally, the Uber whistleblower who released over 124 thousand private company documents has been identified as Mark McGann, and Texas's state power grid operator is warning residents to conserve electricity as temperatures are hitting 100 degrees across the state. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NBC: Ex-Oath Keepers spokesperson to appear as witness at Tuesday's Jan. 6 hearing AP News: Biden admin: Docs must offer abortion if mom's life at risk NPR: A new dominant omicron strain in the U.S. is driving up cases — and reinfections Washington Post: Mark MacGann, former top executive, comes forward as Uber Files leaker Axios: Texas risks summer blackouts with broiling 100-degree days
Today's headlines: Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated on Friday. New York lawmakers have passed a provision that changes how applicants will be screened for gun permits. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled against the use of most ballot drop boxes. and a 3-judge panel in Tennessee rejected a lawsuit by a Jewish couple who sued the state government for discrimination. The European Parliament has condemned the US Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v Wade, and Steve Bannon has agreed to testify to the House January 6th committee. Finally, Twitter is pursuing legal action against Elon Musk after he pulled out of his 44 billion dollar deal to buy the company. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: What We Know About the Shinzo Abe Assassination Patch: Gun Applicants In NY Will Have To Hand Over Social Media Accounts Washington Post: Ballot drop boxes not allowed in Wisconsin, state Supreme Court rules Christian Post: Jewish couple's discrimination lawsuit dismissed after rejection from Christian foster home Axios: EU parliament votes to condemn overturning of Roe v. Wade CNN: Here's what's in Biden's executive order on abortion rights NY Times: Bannon, Facing Jail and Fines, Agrees to Testify to Jan. 6 Pane Washington Post: Twitter plans to take its fight against Elon Musk to the courts
Today's headlines: WNBA athlete Brittney Griner pleading guilty in Russia to drug charges. New reporting that FBI Directors Andrew McCabe and James Comey were both selected for an extremely invasive and rare IRS tax audit during Trump's administration. Intelligence agencies from the UK and the FBI made a rare joint address warning of Chinese economic espionage. Finally, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken the hint and resigned. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: Russia Hints at Linking Griner's Case to Fate of ‘Merchant of Death' NY Times: Comey and McCabe, Who Infuriated Trump, Both Faced Intensive I.R.S. Audits Washington Post: IRS asks Treasury watchdog to probe Comey, McCabe tax audits Aljazeera: MI5, FBI chiefs warn of ‘game-changing' challenges from China FBI: The Threat Posed by the Chinese Government and the Chinese Communist Party to the Economic and National Security of the United States BBC News: Johnson will stay on but only as caretaker PM, new cabinet agrees
Today's headlines include new information on the Highland Park shooting, news of the deal Pat Cipollone made with the January 6th committee to testify in a transcribed video interview, and news that Lindsey Graham is fighting the Fulton County DA. Finally, gas and median rent prices have dropped, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is refusing to resign. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: Highland Park Shooting Reveals Limits of Illinois's Gun Restrictions PBS: Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone to testify to Jan. 6 panel Politico: Judge holds Cushman & Wakefield in contempt, orders fines in Trump probe AP News: Sen. Graham to fight Georgia election subpoena, lawyers say NY Times: Global oil prices dip below $100, a sign that recession fears are taking hold. Axios: Huge rent price spikes may be coming to an end AP News: Britain's Boris Johnson battles to stay as PM amid revolt
Today's headlines include new information on the Highland Park shooter, WNBA athlete Brittney Griner's handwritten letter to President Biden, New Jersey enacting new gun legislation, and Senator Lindsey Graham's potential testimony before the little election fraud investigation that could. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: Parade Shooting Live Updates: Suspect Charged With 7 Counts of Murder Axios: Highland Park shooting suspect charged with 7 counts of first-degree murder CNN: 'I'm terrified I might be here forever': Brittney Griner pens handwritten letter to Biden AP News: Murphy signs 7 new bills aimed at tightening NJ gun laws AP News: Georgia subpoenaing Giuliani, Graham in Trump election probe
Today, we start with the terrible news that a shooter is in custody after opening fire at a holiday parade in Highland Park, Illinois, while Uvalde Texas is still grappling with the aftermath of the country's last most traumatic shooting. Then, a curfew and a ‘state of emergency' has been issued in Akron, Ohio, Trump's ‘Save America' has paid half a million dollars to law firms involved in the January 6th committee, and 2 bills were signed to bolster abortion rights in New Jersey. Finally, same sex marriage became legal in Switzerland this past Friday. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Chicago Sun Times: Horror on the Fourth: Suspect in custody after 6 killed, dozens wounded at Highland Park Fourth of July parade Texas Tribune: Uvalde schools police Chief Pete Arredondo resigns from City Council Huffington Post: Police Are Harassing Mom Who Pulled Kids From Uvalde School Shooting, Lawyer Says NBC: Ohio police release graphic bodycam video in fatal shooting of Jayland Walker NBC: Akron, Ohio, sets downtown curfew, cancels fireworks in wake of Jayland Walker protests NY Times: Trump Group Pays for Jan. 6 Lawyers, Raising Concerns of Witness Pressure ABC: Trump PAC paid nearly half a million to law firms representing allies subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee Bloomberg: New Jersey's Murphy Signs Laws to Protect Out-of-State Abortion Patients NBC: In Switzerland, first same-sex couples say 'I do'
Today, we start with the latest SCOTUS news (and only one piece of it's good). Then, judges in Kentucky and Florida have temporarily blocked their state's near total ban on abortion, and Trump's top White House lawyer has been subpoenaed by the January 6th committee. Finally, New Zealand has officially declared the American Proud Boys a Terrorist Organization while Bill Gates is officially the largest farmland owner in the country. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: CBS: Supreme Court limits EPA's authority to regulate power plants' greenhouse gas emissions Washington Post: Supreme Court clears Biden to end Trump's ‘Remain in Mexico' policy Washington Post: Supreme Court to review state legislatures' power in federal elections AP News: Judge to block Florida abortion ban; Kentucky ban on hold NY Times: Liz Cheney calls Trump ‘a domestic threat that we have never faced before.' RNZ: New Zealand designates American Proud Boys and The Base terrorist organisations Daily Beast: Controversial Farmland Sale Linked to Bill Gates Is Green-Lit by State Official
Today, we start with results from Tuesday's primary elections and news that the Supreme Court issued two decisions yesterday. Then, three men are in custody after 53 migrants were found dead inside of a tractor-trailer near San Antonio, Texas, Finland and Sweden have been formally invited to join NATO, and R Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking. Finally, Bernie Sanders called to fine airlines $55 thousand dollars per passenger for flight cancellations. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: Live Primary Results: Last Night's Key Races CNN: Supreme Court says states can be sued for discriminating against veterans Axios: supreme court oklahoma indian tribes Axios: Finland and Sweden formally invited to join NATO AP News: R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in sex trafficking case NPR: Sen. Bernie Sanders calls on DOT to start fining airlines for disrupted flights
Today, we start with news from yesterday's last minute January 6th hearing. Then, John Eastman's phone was seized by federal agents carrying out a search warrant, while a judge in Texas issued a temporary restraining order to block the enforcement of the state's abortion ban. Finally, six justices issued an unsigned, unexplained shadow docket order for Louisiana, and Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiring with Jeffrey Epstein. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Washington Post: Trump sought to lead armed mob to Capitol on Jan. 6, aide says NY Times: Federal Agents Seized Phone of John Eastman, Key Figure in Jan. 6 Plan Reuters: Abortions can resume in Texas after judge blocks pre-Roe v. Wade ban CNN: Supreme Court allows Louisiana to use congressional map that lower court said likely violates Voting Rights Act NY Times: Ghislaine Maxwell Receives 20 Years for Aiding Epstein in Sex Trafficking
Today, we start with laws and bans against abortion being put into effect across the nation. Then, The Supreme Court released a 6-3 ruling that a former Washington state high school football coach had a right to pray on the field immediately after games, while the January 6th House committee is holding an emergency hearing at 1pm eastern time tomorrow. Finally, news on the war in Ukraine, and Russia has set the trial for WNBA player Brittney Griner to begin on Friday, July 1st. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NBC: Supreme Court rules for former coach in public school prayer case NPR: Jan. 6 committee schedules last-minute hearing for Tuesday AP News: Russia strikes Kyiv as Western leaders meet in Europe AP News: Russian missile strike hits crowded shopping mall in Ukraine Washington Post: Brittney Griner will stand trial starting July 1 in Russia
Today, we start with the news that the Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade in a 5-4 ruling on Friday. Next, bans or severely restrictive legislation went into effect in 11 states immediate after the ruling, while several lawmakers in congress were calling for a federal bill allowing the right to abortion, but it is unlikely to hold up with this Supreme Court. Finally, Attorney General Merrick Garland also announced on Friday that the justice department would combat any efforts to restrict access to abortion pills. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: Thousands Protest End of Constitutional Right to Abortion NPR: Here's where abortions are now banned or strictly limited, and where they may be soon Washington Post: Democrats plead for action to codify Roe v. Wade: ‘It's high time we do it' NBC: Garland signals brewing battle with GOP-led states over access to abortion pills
Today, we start with congress somehow passing the most comprehensive gun legislation in decades, while the government is managing to ban juul e-cigarettes. Finally, stories from the fourth day of the January 6th committee hearings. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Reuters: U.S. Senate passes gun safety bill as Supreme Court knocks down handgun limits Bloomberg: Juul's Vaping Products Are Ordered Off the Market in the US Axios: Here's who's testifying at the fifth Jan. 6 committee hearing NY Times: Federal Authorities Search Home of Trump Justice Dept. Official CNN: January 6 committee showed particular interest in Ivanka Trump footage, filmmaker says
Today, we start with President Biden asking congress to suspend the federal gas tax through the end of September, while A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan Wednesday. Then, following the Uvalde shooting, Police Chief Pete Arredondo has been placed on administrative leave, congress seem to be getting some traction in passing legislation to help prevent future shootings, and a Georgia republican candidate said that his Democratic opponent could leave the state if she wasn't happy there. Finally, the January 6th Committee hearing is happening today at 3pm eastern, and the fate of Roe vs. Wade could be announced at any moment. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: Biden Pushes Congress for Three-Month Gas Tax Holiday NY Times: At Least 1,000 Killed in Afghanistan Earthquake, Officials Say Twitter: Shimon Pro Status Update CNN: House GOP leaders oppose bipartisan gun deal as Senate moves toward passage Huffington Post: Herschel Walker Says There Are 52 States Newsweek: Jan 6 Hearing Schedule: When Will the Next Committee Hearings Be Televised?
Today, we begin with a summary of the events that transpired at the third January 6th hearing this afternoon, including revelations and many testimonies. Finally, an aide to Senator Ron Johnson stated that he would be needing an "alternate slate of electors for Michigan and Wisconsin” during the insurrection, and the head of the Texas State Police stated that the police response to the Uvalde shooting was “an abject failure.” Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Washington Post: 4 takeaways from the fourth Jan. 6 hearing Yahoo News: 'I need 11,000 votes, give me a break': Raffensperger details Trump's election demands ABC News: Mother-daughter election workers targeted by Trump say there's 'nowhere' they feel safe Axios: Sen. Johnson's office sought to hand-deliver fake electors to Pence NY Times: Head of State Police Calls Response to Uvalde Shooting an ‘Abject Failure'
Today, we begin with news that the fourth January 6th hearing session starts today at 1pm eastern time, while news rolls in for a few international elections. Then, Missouri Senate candidate Eric Greitens released a campaign video where he's holding a shotgun, the average price for a gallon of gas has fallen back below 5 dollars, and Biden teases that he'll be adding a federal gas tax holiday. Finally, more scary weather reports continue across the nation. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Axios: Jan. 6 committee wants to talk to Pence and may subpoena him Reuters: French election: Macron loses absolute majority in parliament in 'democratic shock' AP News: Israel to dissolve parliament, call 5th election in 3 years Axios: Colombia elects Gustavo Petro as country's first leftist president AP News: Facebook removes GOP Senate candidate's ‘RINO hunting' video NPR: Gas prices fall below $5 per gallon in the first weekly drop since April NPR: Gas tax holiday? Biden says a decision could come by the end of the week Axios: Heat wave to migrate from Midwest to the South this week
Today, we begin with emerging details on the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and news that gas prices are up while Bitcoin is down. Then, the House January 6th committee says they're cooperating with the Justice Department to share transcripts of interviews, a republican member of the house committee says that “there is violence in the future,” and Trump privately admitted he knew he lost to Biden. Finally, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been cleared for children ages 6 months to 5 years old, NATO's chief warned yesterday that the conflict in Ukraine could potentially drag on for years, and voting has restricted the participation of transgender athletes in elite women's swimming competitions. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: Uvalde Officer Passed Up Shot at Gunman for Fear of Hitting Children Axios: U.S. gas tax holiday is "worth considering," Yellen says Washington Post: Bitcoin price falls below $20,000 for first time since 2020 NY Times: Jan. 6 Panel Could Start Sharing Transcripts With Justice Dept. as Soon as July Washington Post: GOP member of Jan. 6 committee warns that more violence is coming NPR: CDC clears the way for vaccinations for children 6 months to 5 years old AP News: Zelenskyy Father's Day post spotlights family ties amid war Axios: FINA restricts transgender women from elite swimming competitions
Today, we begin with the biggest takeaways from yesterday's January 6th hearing, and Biden saying that a recession is ‘not inevitable.' Then, The leaders of France, Germany and Italy met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky yesterday, expressing support for granting Ukraine entry to the European Union. Finally, thousands of cattle in Kansas have been reported dead of heat-stroke, and Elon Musk has addressed twitter's employees for the first time in a while. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: AP News: Jan. 6 panel sends letter asking Ginni Thomas to testify AP News: AP Interview: Biden says a recession is ‘not inevitable' Axios: Leaders of Germany, France and Italy endorse Ukraine's EU bid after meeting Zelensky in Kyiv AP News: Heat stress blamed for thousands of cattle deaths in Kansas NPR: Elon Musk addresses Twitter staff about free speech, remote work, layoffs and aliens