Tuesday, August 16

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Mar-a-Lago search warrant released, reveals FBI seized top-secret classified documents
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Mar-a-Lago search warrant released, reveals FBI seized top-secret classified documents

The federal government is investigating former President Trump for potential violation of three criminal statutes, including the Espionage Act, according to the unsealed search warrant that was executed at Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence Monday and reviewed by CBS News. The FBI seized 11 sets of classified documents, including four sets that were classified "top secret," according to the warrant.According to the unsealed warrant, the FBI collected boxes marked top secret, secret and confidential, as well as documents marked "top secret/sensitive compartmented information," photos, and information about the president of France, among other things. The ex-president's defense team on Friday did not object to the warrant's release. Trump himself said late Thursday in a statement that he e...
Abortion, Abbott, guns: What would Molly Ivins say about Texas politics in 2022?
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Abortion, Abbott, guns: What would Molly Ivins say about Texas politics in 2022?

Syndicated columnist, humorist, author and political commentator and Texan Molly Ivins passed away 15 years ago. Mimi Swartz, the executive editor of Texas Monthly, recently wrote an article that looked back at Ivins, her career and her legacy.Swartz recently spoke with TPR's Jerry Clayton about the article. This conversation has been condensed and edited for clarity.Clayton: How was Molly was on the forefront of issues 50 years ago that we're looking at today?Swartz: Absolutely. I've sort of taken that for granted. Someone in California pointed it out to me — she was particularly on the forefront of reproductive rights and gun control, or, as we now call it, gun safety and corporate money and politics. She was way on top of it, way ahead of everyon...
Senators who suffered strokes urge public to prioritize wellness: “You’ve got to look out for your health”
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Senators who suffered strokes urge public to prioritize wellness: “You’ve got to look out for your health”

Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman is scheduled to make his return to the campaign trail for the first time since suffering a stroke in May. His circumstance has sparked a conversation with other lawmakers who've also had strokes about the pressures of working in today's fiercely partisan and divided field. "We do have very stressful jobs," Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland told CBS News congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane. "We're running in a million different directions."On May 15, Van Hollen announced that he suffered a "minor stroke" while delivering a speech.  "I felt lightheaded," he recalled. "I had a pain in my neck and my ears were popping." Doctors later found a tear in one of Van Hollen's veins in the back of hi...
Trump, Mar-a-Lago, Inflation Reduction Act: politics news this week
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Trump, Mar-a-Lago, Inflation Reduction Act: politics news this week

Trump, Mar-a-Lago, Inflation Reduction Act: politics news this weekNews Sports Entertainment Life Money Tech Travel OpinionThe search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate topped a busy week in politics, which included passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and primaries.The House passed the Inflation Reduction Act, sending it to President Joe Biden.National gas prices fell below $4 per gallon. Biden signed the PACT Act and toured Kentucky floods.Rep. Ilhan Omar barely won her primary. Trump pleaded the Fifth in a deposition."This week has been monumental." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's statement – given to reporters ahead of voting to pass the Inflation Reduction Act – feels like an understatement. Between the FBI search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, passage and signa...
Now back on trail, Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman admits his “life could have ended”
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Now back on trail, Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman admits his “life could have ended”

Democratic Senate candidate Lt. Gov. John Fetterman takes photos with supporters following a rally at the Bayfront Convention Center on August 12, 2022 in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Nate Smallwood/Getty Images Erie, Penn. – John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania, returned to the campaign trail in-person Friday night for the first time since he suffered from a stroke days ahead of the primary three months ago.  "Three months ago my life could have ended. It's the truth," Fetterman said to the packed room in Erie. "But I'm so grateful to be here tonight with all of you."Fetterman, who currently is Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor, has been carrying out h...
Rival Shia groups square off over Iraq leadership vacuum | Politics News
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Rival Shia groups square off over Iraq leadership vacuum | Politics News

Rival Iraqi factions took to the streets of Baghdad to call for a new government with supporters of religious scholar Moqtada al-Sadr demanding early elections and his Iran-backed opponents saying the results of last October’s poll should be honoured. Thousands of al-Sadr’s followers prayed outside parliament on Friday in a show of support for the populist leader who has called on the judiciary to dissolve parliament by the end of next week. Hours later, supporters of Iran-backed groups opposed to al-Sadr rallied on the edge of the fortified Green Zone, where parliament and foreign embassies are located, insisting they should form the new government based on the October election. Followers of al-Sadr stormed the parliament last month and have since been holding a sit-in outside the assembl...
Ex-police officer Sgt. Thomas Robertson gets more than 7 years in prison in Jan. 6 case
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Ex-police officer Sgt. Thomas Robertson gets more than 7 years in prison in Jan. 6 case

Washington — An off-duty Virginia police officer who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan, 6, 2021, with a fellow officer was sentenced Thursday to more than seven years in prison, matching the longest prison sentence so far among hundreds of Capitol riot cases.Former Rocky Mount Police Sgt. Thomas Robertson declined to address the court before U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper sentenced him to seven years and three months in prison. Cooper also sentenced Robertson to three years of supervised release after his prison term. Federal prosecutors had recommended an eight-year prison sentence for Robertson. His sentence equals that of Guy Reffitt, a Texas man who attacked the Capitol while armed with a holstered handgun. Robertson gets credit for th...
ReAwaken America Tour to mix far-right politics, religion in Batavia this weekend
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ReAwaken America Tour to mix far-right politics, religion in Batavia this weekend

At the ReAwaken America Tour’s stop in Virginia Beach last month, emcee Clay Clark opened the event by asking a raucous crowd two questions.“Ladies and gentlemen, how many of you out there agree that Jesus is King? How many of you believe that President Donald J. Trump is the president?” he said amid chants of “U.S.A.” from the audience.That mix of religion, politics and conspiracy theories is what Western New Yorkers can likely expect during the tour’s stop at Cornerstone Church in Batavia Friday and Saturday.Originally scheduled to be held in Rochester, the controversial, far-right roadshow has been denounced by area activists, faith leaders and even New York’s top law enforcement official.Critics argue the event, which spreads misinformation on C...
Trump team weighs releasing Mar-a-Lago search warrant, inventory, video and photos
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Trump team weighs releasing Mar-a-Lago search warrant, inventory, video and photos

Former President Donald Trump's legal team is weighing whether to release the search warrant and inventory of material seized at Mar-a-Lago before a federal judge rules on the matter, according to a Florida-based attorney for Trump, Lindsey Halligan.Earlier Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Justice Department had filed a motion to unseal the warrant and related documents, "absent objection from the former president." Trump has until 3 p.m. Friday to respond.His legal team is also discussing whether to release video and photos of the search, Halligan said. Two sources familiar with Trump's legal strategy said that before FBI agents executed the warrant, they asked that Mar-a-Lago's private security cameras be turned off. Trump's team refused to comply.  ...
US 67 projects making progress | Government and Politics
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US 67 projects making progress | Government and Politics

Summer’s more than halfway over, and as thoughts turn to school year beginnings, drivers all over the Parkland have expressed curiosity as to when two major projects will be finished on US 67. Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) officials recently provided an update on the projects, and also issued news concerning the Chester, Illinois, bridge which many in Southeast Missouri use to cross the Mississippi.J-Turn at US 67, Route HChris Crocker, area engineer with MoDOT’s southeast district, said the US 67 J-turn at Highway H is expected to be completed by late summer or early fall. ...