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Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg pleads guilty to all charges in tax fraud scam

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NEW YORK — The Trump Organization’s long-serving financial gatekeeper pleaded guilty to 15 felonies Thursday and directly implicated former President Donald Trump’s family real estate business in a multiyear criminal tax fraud scheme.

Allen Weisselberg admitted to receiving more than $1.7 million in off-the-books perks while chief ...Read more

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Trump search affidavit should be partly unsealed, judge says

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Portions of the FBI affidavit used to secure a search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate should be unsealed, a federal judge in Florida said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart on Thursday said the Justice Department hadn’t “met its burden” for keeping the entire document sealed and asked the government to ...Read more

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Trump search affidavit should be partly unsealed, judge says

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Portions of the FBI affidavit used to secure a search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate should be unsealed, a federal judge in Florida said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart on Thursday gave the Justice Department one week to propose what information in the document should be kept secret.

“I’m not prepared...Read more

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Anti-abortion group's data trove represents 'serious concern' post Roe

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Heartbeat International, an Ohio-based nonprofit, has spent years collecting data on pregnant women to develop better ways to make sure women carry pregnancies to term and to persuade them from getting an abortion.

Based in Columbus, it says that it provides support services to the world’s largest network of “pro-life pregnancy resource ...Read more

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Judge orders Justice Department to prepare Trump affidavit redactions, leans toward disclosure

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Florida said Thursday he is likely to order the release of a key court document behind the search of former President Donald Trump’s home, despite warnings from the Justice Department that its disclosure could “irreparably harm” an ongoing criminal investigation.

The legal fight is over an affidavit, ...Read more

If Kansas counties underestimated abortion recount cost, they must pay the difference

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Taxpayer dollars will likely be spent on the voter-imposed recount of Kansas’ landslide abortion rights ballot initiative.

Wichita anti-abortion activist Mark Gietzen and Colby election denier Melissa Leavitt put up a roughly $120,000 bond Monday to cover the cost of a full hand recount in nine of Kansas’ 105 counties.

The cost was ...Read more

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Betsy DeVos compares Joe Biden touching her forehead to sexual harassment under Title IX

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Former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday compared an encounter she had with President Joe Biden to sexual harassment under new definitions for colleges and universities proposed by his administration.

DeVos said that the first time she met Biden in early 2019 she had recently broken her pelvis and was using a wheelchair.

Biden ...Read more

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Madison Cawthorn's campaign disclosure woes continue after misreporting his own donation

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s troubles with the Federal Election Commission continued Wednesday when he reported to the agency that he had failed to disclose an additional $235,566 he gave his campaign in the most recent quarter beyond what he told them three days earlier.

Cawthorn already drew the regulatory agency’s ire by ...Read more

Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg pleads guilty to all charges in tax fraud scam

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NEW YORK — The Trump Organization’s long-serving financial gatekeeper pleaded guilty to 15 felonies on Thursday and directly implicated Donald Trump’s family real estate business in a multi-year criminal tax fraud scheme.

Allen Weisselberg admitted to receiving more than $1.7 million in off-the-books perks while chief financial officer of...Read more

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Often in sync, Nadler and Maloney split on these nine key votes

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WASHINGTON — Longtime Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney and Jerrold Nadler are facing off in a Democratic primary next week for New York’s 12th District after their current districts, which each has represented for nearly 30 years, were redrawn into one. The state lost a seat during reapportionment following the 2020 census.

Maloney and Nadler have ...Read more

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Editorial: When it came to banana republic behavior, Trump wrote the book

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A new book about former President Donald Trump’s relationship with the Pentagon’s top military commanders offers a vivid glimpse into the way he misconstrued the military as just another asset in his political inventory, a tool to be used for whatever personal objective he sought. And he actually wondered out loud why his generals couldn’t...Read more

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Commentary: Think women ought to have abortion rights? Don't talk about it on Facebook

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The case of Facebook’s parent company, Meta, turning over private message data to Nebraska investigators, who then used it to prosecute a teenage girl who induced an abortion, is the latest proof that our sense of privacy is an illusion.

Celeste Burgess and her mother, Jessica Burgess, have been charged with one felony count of prohibited ...Read more

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Biden called Cheney after her loss to Trump-backed challenger

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden called Liz Cheney on Wednesday after the Wyoming congresswoman and vocal critic of former President Donald Trump was defeated in her state’s Republican primary.

Biden reached out to Cheney, who earned the ire of the former president when she voted to impeach him over his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, ...Read more

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Can a California Republican who voted to impeach Trump avoid Liz Cheney's fate?

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And then there were two.

A day after Wyoming Republican primary voters booted Liz Cheney from her congressional seat, only two of the 10 GOP members of Congress who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection remain clinging to their seats.

One is from eastern Washington. The other is from California’s...Read more

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Trump ruffles feathers by endorsing Democrats Dan Goldman, Carolyn Maloney in key NYC congressional races

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NEW YORK — Though he’s not on Twitter anymore, former President Donald Trump still knows how to troll.

The twice-impeached former president ruffled political feathers in his native New York City late Wednesday by offering head-scratching endorsements of Dan Goldman and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., in their respective Democratic ...Read more

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Prospects dim in House for Sen. Joe Manchin's federal permitting measure

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WASHINGTON — A federal permitting deal between Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., is facing pushback from environmentalists and would be difficult to get through the House, lawmakers said.

As part of a deal to secure Manchin’s support for the climate, health care and tax bill President Joe ...Read more

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Prosecutors can't enforce Michigan abortion ban until judge decides on injunction

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PONTIAC, Mich. — Oakland County Circuit Judge Jacob Cunningham signed an order Wednesday keeping his temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of Michigan's abortion ban in “full force and effect” until he decides on a broader request for a preliminary injunction.

Cunningham made the announcement at the start of what is expected to...Read more

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4 Kansas counties complete abortion recount with minimal vote count changes

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Four of the nine counties ordered to undergo a hand recount of votes in Kansas’ abortion ballot initiative have finished their tallies with minimal changes to the overall vote total.

Johnson County had not yet begun counting its ballots Wednesday afternoon.

Mark Gietzen, a Wichita anti-abortion activist, and Melissa Leavitt, a Colby election...Read more

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Georgia Gov. Kemp blasts Fulton County DA's office for playing politics as he fights subpoena in 2020 election probe

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ATLANTA — A long-simmering clash between two branches of Georgia government exploded into public view Wednesday when an attorney for Gov. Brian Kemp moved to kill a subpoena seeking the Republican’s testimony before the Fulton County special grand jury studying potential criminal interference in Georgia’s 2020 elections.

The 121-page ...Read more

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Biden's freeze on oil, gas leases on public land is reinstated -- for now

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden won temporary permission to once again pause energy leasing on federal lands and waters, after a U.S. appeals court found a trial judge’s order against the moratorium too vague to review.

The court on Wednesday threw out the judge’s nationwide injunction forcing a restart of leasing from the Gulf of Mexico...Read more