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Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes tried to contact Trump during the January 6 Capitol attack, court documents reveal
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Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes tried to contact Trump during the January 6 Capitol attack, court documents reveal

Washington – A member of the far-right Oath Keepers group pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the high-level charges of seditious conspiracy and obstructing Congress' certification of the Electoral College votes on January 6, 2021. William Todd Wilson of North Carolina admitted to joining other Oath Keepers, including leader Stewart Rhodes, in planning to use force to halt the peaceful transfer of power from then-President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden.Wilson is now the third member of the militia group to admit to seditious conspiracy – the most severe charge so far brought against alleged members of the January 6 mob – but he is the first to reveal that Rhodes attempted to contact Trump on the evening of the riot.  As part of Wednesday's plea agreem...
Last Call for 5.4.22 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics
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Last Call for 5.4.22 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics

Last Call — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics. First Shot Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a multistate agreement with the company behind TurboTax that will claw back millions of dollars for Floridians. The agreement settles allegations that Intuit, the company behind TurboTax and other financial software such as QuickBooks, tricked consumers into paying for tax services that should have been free. “As a result of this multistate investigation, Intuit will have to pay more than $140 million in restitution for allegedly advertising free tax-preparation products and then directing many consumers to pay for upgrades in the service,” Moody said. “Not only have we secured millions for those who were misled into paying for services that they could have obtained fo...
A timeline of the abortion debate at the Supreme Court, from Roe v. Wade to now
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A timeline of the abortion debate at the Supreme Court, from Roe v. Wade to now

Washington — Since the Supreme Court ruled nearly 50 years ago in the case Roe v. Wade that the Constitution protects the right to an abortion, the debate over the issue has raged at the federal and state levels. But the fight over the constitutional right to an abortion will reach its zenith in the coming weeks, when the Supreme Court will issue its highly anticipated decision in a legal fight over a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.Mississippi officials called for the court, now with a 6-3 conservative majority, to use the case known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization as a vehicle for overturning its past abortion decisions, and a draft majority opinion circulated among the justices in February that was published by Politico this week sug...
UT/Texas Politics Project Poll: Texans’ Attitudes Toward Population Growth and State’s Future Sour
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UT/Texas Politics Project Poll: Texans’ Attitudes Toward Population Growth and State’s Future Sour

AUSTIN, Texas — After two decades of explosive population growth in Texas and amid growing economic disruptions, a majority of Texans said the state is headed in the wrong direction, with more viewing the state’s dramatic population growth as bad for Texas, according to a new University of Texas at Austin/Texas Politics Project Poll. The survey found that a majority of Texas voters now view the state’s sustained population growth either negatively or with uncertainty. By a wide margin, Texans reported being aware of the state’s recent population growth. However, only 34% viewed that growth as good for the state, while 40% said that it has been bad for the state, with the remaining voters unable to offer an opinion, positive or negative. Skepticism about the effects of the s...
One day after draft abortion opinion, Harris says “women’s rights are under attack”
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One day after draft abortion opinion, Harris says “women’s rights are under attack”

Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a clear message Tuesday night to protect women's rights while speaking to a packed room of pro-abortion rights elected leaders, officials and candidates from across the country, one day after a draft opinion leaked that suggested the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade. "Roe v. Wade in its power has protected a woman's right, her right, to make decisions about her own body for nearly half a century," the vice president said.  "If the court overturns Roe v. Wade, it will be a direct assault on freedom, on the fundamental right of self-determination to which we are all entitled as Americans."Her remarks were delivered to an energized crowd gathered at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington for the annual We are EMILY Gala. 700 people were exp...
Trump should not run in 2024 and GOP should “move on,” resist “cheap impersonation,” Hogan says
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Trump should not run in 2024 and GOP should “move on,” resist “cheap impersonation,” Hogan says

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said former President Donald Trump should not seek the White House in 2024 and urged fellow Republicans to resist nominating a "cheap impersonation" of Trump in the 2024 presidential primary race."I don't think he should run," Hogan told CBS News in a recent interview at the governor's mansion in Annapolis, Maryland. "It'd be better for the party if we moved on and looked toward the future."Hogan, 65, taunted Trump, musing about whether the 75-year-old former president would be inclined to give up his retirement and risk losing another election. "I just think he's enjoying playing golf five or six days a week. I think — his ego wouldn't take losing another election," Hogan said. "And I think he's not getting any younger." ...
J.D. Vance wins Republican Senate race after Trump endorsement
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J.D. Vance wins Republican Senate race after Trump endorsement

CBS News has projected J.D. Vance has won the Republican nomination for Senate in Ohio, after he soared to the lead when former President Donald Trump endorsed him. Most of the Republicans vying for the nomination for the open Senate seat sought Trump's endorsement, including former state Treasurer Josh Mandel, who ran as a pro-Trump politician. Ohio has long been seen as the perennial swing state. But Trump won the state by 8 points, and once  Vance won the former president's endorsement, his popularity  soared. A Fox News poll released last week, conducted after Trump endorsed,, showed Vance leading with 23%, over twice the 11% he had registered in a Fox News poll from early March. Vance was once a Trump critic, but earned the former president's endorsement by embracing Trump's views on ...
Ukrainian children in U.S. custody find unlikely sponsors as war rages back home
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Ukrainian children in U.S. custody find unlikely sponsors as war rages back home

It was not a reunion, but it looked like one. They had never met before in-person, but they hugged like close friends after a prolonged separation. One of them was an American citizen born in Ghana and the other was a Ukrainian teenager released from U.S. government custody. On April 29, Sharon Fletcher traveled to New York's LaGuardia Airport to pick up Yelyzaveta, a 17-year-old Ukrainian girl who had been living in a government shelter for unaccompanied minors in federal custody. Yelyzaveta said she teared up when she hugged Fletcher, who had agreed to sponsor her so she could be released from U.S. custody."I was crying," Yelyzaveta said, recalling their encounter at the airport's baggage claim area. "I was so happy." CBS News is not disclosing Yelyzaveta's surname because she is...
Harris, one day after draft abortion opinion, says “women’s rights are under attack”
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Harris, one day after draft abortion opinion, says “women’s rights are under attack”

Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a clear message Tuesday night to protect women's rights while speaking to a  a packed room of pro-abortion rights elected leaders, officials and candidates from across the country, one day after a draft opinion leaked that suggested the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade. "Roe v. Wade in its power has protected a woman's right, her right, to make decisions about her own body for nearly half a century," the vice president said.  "If the court overturns Roe v. Wade, it will be a direct assault on freedom, on the fundamental right of self-determination to which we are all entitled as Americans."Her remarks were delivered to an energized crowd gathered at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington for the annual We are EMILY Gala. 700 people were ...
Biden visits factory making the Javelins Ukraine is using to kill Russian tanks
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Biden visits factory making the Javelins Ukraine is using to kill Russian tanks

President Biden is visiting an Alabama Lockheed Martin facility that makes Javelins, the weapon known as a "tank killer." The U.S. has donated more than 5,500 Javelins to Ukraine since the Russian invasion began.Videos of the missiles destroying Russian tanks have spread online, including by the Ukrainian military. The Javelin is known as the "tank killer" because its top attack capability means it pops up into the air before diving down and targeting the top of tanks, where the armor is the thinnest.  Mr. Biden's visit on Tuesday comes as the Pentagon and Congress are discussing the long-term impact for the United States of giving so many of these and other weapons to the Ukrainians so quickly. The administration's supplemental budget request includes $550 million to establish the Critica...