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Ginni Thomas meets in person with House Jan. 6 committee
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Ginni Thomas meets in person with House Jan. 6 committee

Conservative activist Ginni Thomas arrives at Capitol, where she is to be interviewed by House select Jan. 6 committee, Sept. 29, 2022. Screen grab from pool video Washington — The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is meeting in person Thursday with conservative activist Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas was spotted by reporters arriving at a House office where the panel's investigators have been gathering throughout their probe and told those assembled, "Thank you for being here." NEW: Ginni Thomas walked into her interview with the January 6 Cmte she did not respond to questions when asked why...
Ethics, law, and politics in palaeontological research: The case of Myanmar amber
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Ethics, law, and politics in palaeontological research: The case of Myanmar amber

Fossils entombed in amber provide exceptional and unique insights into the morphology and evolution of organisms that inhabited past forest ecosystems1. Amber, which is fossilised plant resin, of various geological ages can be found in several parts of the world, including the Baltic region of Europe, Alaska, Madagascar, Lebanon, the Dominican Republic, and Canada. Amber from Myanmar (formerly Burma) is particularly famous for preserving the remains of insects, plants, and reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs during the mid-Cretaceous, approximately 99 million years ago2. However, Myanmar amber has more recently gained international attention due to legal and ethical issues in the discovery, collection, trade, and research of this material3,4,5.Myanmar has a rich palaeontological he...
Ginni Thomas to speak to House Jan. 6 committee this week, chair Thompson says
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Ginni Thomas to speak to House Jan. 6 committee this week, chair Thompson says

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol will speak to conservative activist Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, this week, committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson said Wednesday.Thompson did not say whether the committee will be speaking to Thomas on Thursday or Friday. The committee asked Thomas to appear voluntarily before the panel after it learned that she had corresponded with John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who helped come up with the legal strategy to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to unilaterally toss out state electoral votes.    Thomas also sent emails to at least two Wisconsin Republican legislators days after the presidential election, pushing them to name an alt...
Opinion | Politics ain’t beanbag. It isn’t philanthropy, either.
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Opinion | Politics ain’t beanbag. It isn’t philanthropy, either.

Editorial writer and columnist |AddFollowSeptember 28, 2022 at 4:59 p.m. EDT(Washington Post illustration; images by iStock) The magnitude — $1.6 billion — of Chicago business executive Barre Seid’s gift of his company’s stock to a new conservative “social welfare” nonprofit, or 501(c)(4), caused jaws to drop when the New York Times brought it to light last month.Perhaps the only thing more impressive than its size was how this gift to a group that may spend significant sums on political ads sidestepped, perfectly legally, hundreds of millions of dollars in capital gains or gift taxes that might have applied if Seid had disposed of the assets otherwise, according to a recent Wall Street Journal analysis.Seid’s donation is just an extra-large illustration of an undeniable trend: The tax la...
McConnell says he’ll “proudly” support Senate bill to reform Electoral Count Act
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McConnell says he’ll “proudly” support Senate bill to reform Electoral Count Act

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday announced he'll "proudly" support bipartisan legislation in the Senate to reform the Electoral Count Act, a move intended to prevent a recurrence of the events of Jan. 6, 2021. A similar effort passed in the House last week. Eleven Senate Republicans have already announced they are co-sponsoring the measure, more than enough for passage. The Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday voted to advance the bill, with GOP Sen. Ted Cruz being the only committee member to object. "I strongly support the modest changes that our colleagues in the working group have fleshed out after literally months of detailed discussions," McConnell said on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon. I'll proudly support the legislation, provided that nothing more than t...
Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics — 9.28.22
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Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics — 9.28.22

Good Wednesday morning. As Hurricane Ian approaches, two state universities have decided to shift their game day plans. The Gators, fresh off their second L against a conference opponent, decided to postpone their gimme game against Eastern Washington from noon Saturday to noon Sunday. The last time a hurricane messed up the schedule in the Swamp was in 2017 when Hurricane Irma forced UF to nix the Northern Colorado game. Hurricane Ian throws a wrench in the Gators’ plans. Image via AP. UCF’s home game against Southern Methodist University is also being postponed from 3:30 p.m. Saturday to 1 p.m. Sunday. The broadcast details are up in the air, but UCF said in a tweet that it will air on a “TBD” ESPN network. The USF Bulls’ game against the East Carolina Pirates will hang on to the 3:30 p....
California attorney general warns town against abortion ban as governor signs 13 reproductive health bills
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California attorney general warns town against abortion ban as governor signs 13 reproductive health bills

A city in California is considering legislation that would ban abortions within the city. In response, California Attorney General Rob Bonta warned Temecula's city council not to pass such legislation, threatening legal action if it attempts to go above state law. In a letter sent Friday to the city's mayor and council, Bonta emphasized that local laws cannot conflict with state laws. "The California Legislature and the California Supreme Court have declared time and again that California is a reproductive freedom state and that Californians have a right to access abortion," the letter said. Earlier this month, during a Temecula City Council meeting, member Jessica Alexander proposed the creation of a resolution barring abortions."Let Temecula be...
Tyson Foods announces high-level exec moves
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Tyson Foods announces high-level exec moves

Tyson Foods Chief Financial Officer Stewart Glendinning will become the company’s group president over prepared foods, succeeding Noelle O’Mara who left the job Sept. 23. A Tyson great grandson will step into the CFO role. The Springdale-based meat processing, packaging and distribution company announced the executive changes Tuesday (Sept. 27). O’Mara, according to the company, is seeking other opportunities. Glendinning will officially be in the new job on Oct. 2. Tyson said Glendinning is uniquely equipped to run the prepared foods segment having spent  five years at the company and more than decade at Molson Coors International where he served as president and CEO. He also managed businesses in the United Kingdom and Canada. Glendinning will remain an executive officer for th...
Maryland Navy engineer Jonathan Toebbe and wife Diana Toebbe plead guilty in submarine secrets sale case
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Maryland Navy engineer Jonathan Toebbe and wife Diana Toebbe plead guilty in submarine secrets sale case

FILE: These booking photos released Oct. 9, 2021, by the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority show Diana Toebbe, left, and Jonathan Toebbe.  West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority via AP, File A U.S. Navy nuclear engineer and his wife entered new guilty pleas Tuesday in a case involving an alleged plot to sell secrets about nuclear-powered warships, a month after their previous plea agreements that had called for specific sentencing guidelines were rejected. Jonathan and Diana Toebbe of Annapolis, Maryland, pleaded guilty in federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia, to one felony count each of conspiracy to communicate res...
Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics — 9.27.22
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Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics — 9.27.22

Good Tuesday morning. There’s plenty of news on Hurricane Ian below, but for those looking to pass the time while they hunker down, the Florida Chamber of Commerce has released some excellent reading material. The business is debuting its 2022 General Election Voter Guide, previewing the choices Florida voters face on a packed ballot that includes a U.S. Senate seat, the entire congressional delegation, the Florida Cabinet, state Legislature and three proposed constitutional amendments. The 43-page guide includes a rundown of who will be facing who in each race alongside a quick breakdown of the partisan lean in the district. Though the Chamber does not offer its endorsement in congressional or judicial races, the guide does indicate who the organization is backing for Governor, Cabinet po...