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Day 2 of Trump New York hush money trial
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Day 2 of Trump New York hush money trial

Donald Trump departs from Manhattan criminal court in New York, on April 16. Justin Lane/EPA/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesSeven people have been seated on the jury in the hush money trial against former President Donald Trump in Manhattan. Court is not in session Wednesday, and jury selection will continue Thursday until a panel of 12 New Yorkers and likely six alternates has been selected.But before anyone was seated Tuesday, jurors went through the questionnaire phase in which they were questioned by the district attorney’s office and Trump’s lawyers. As jurors spoke, Trump was frequently seen flipping through the jury questionnaire, often leaning back in his chair.Trump attorney Todd Blanche challenged several prospective jurors, calling for some to be dismissed for cause due to social media p...
State primary elections and Trump rallies in Wisconsin and Michigan
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State primary elections and Trump rallies in Wisconsin and Michigan

In this 2020 photo, people vote at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin, Wisconsin. Morry Gash/AP/FileRepublican lawmakers and activists in several presidential battlegrounds are pushing ballot measures to change how elections are run in their states. Critics say those efforts, if successful, could make it harder to administer voting in places that could decide key political contests.Today, Wisconsin voters are deciding whether to alter the state’s constitution and ban any private money in elections, one of two GOP-backed measures on the ballot focused on election administration. In Nevada, meanwhile, a GOP-aligned group is collecting signatures in the hopes of establishing new voter ID requirements in the Silver State.And in Arizona, a so-called ballot referral moving through ...
Trump and co-defendants ask appeals court to review ruling allowing Fani Willis to stay on Georgia election case
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Trump and co-defendants ask appeals court to review ruling allowing Fani Willis to stay on Georgia election case

Former President Donald Trump and eight other defendants accused of illegally trying to interfere in the 2020 election in Georgia on Friday submitted a formal application to appeal a judge's ruling allowing Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to remain on the case.Trump and other defendants had tried to get Willis and her office tossed off the case, saying her romantic relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade created a conflict of interest. Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee earlier this month found that there was not a conflict of interest that should force Willis off the case but said that the prosecution was "encumbered by an appearance of impropriety."McAfee's ruling said Willis could continue her prosecution if Wade left the case, and the special prosecutor resigned hou...
March 13, 2024 TikTok ban bill House vote
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March 13, 2024 TikTok ban bill House vote

Maria Cantwell during a hearing in Washington, DC, on February 9, 2023. Al Drago/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesDemocratic Sen. Maria Cantwell, the chair of a key Senate committee, is pursuing a different – and more complex – TikTok plan than the bill that passed the GOP-led House, the latest indication that cracking down on the popular app faces a convoluted path to President Joe Biden's desk this election year. It's also not clear if Democrats, who control the Senate and the White House, really have the will to take action against TikTok, which has 170 million users in the United States, many who are young voters who could be angered by a ban and may take it out on the many Democratic incumbents on the ballot this year.There are now two main approaches being considered in the Senate, according to...
Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry has resigned: Guyana president | Politics News
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Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry has resigned: Guyana president | Politics News

Announcement follows emergency CARICOM summit on the spiralling crisis in Haiti.Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry has resigned, according to Mohamed Irfaan Ali, Guyana’s president and the current chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The 74-year-old Henry tendered his resignation after CARICOM leaders held an emergency summit on the situation in Haiti where gang-led violence amid repeatedly postponed elections has caused chaos. “We acknowledge his resignation upon the establishment of a transitional presidential council and naming of an interim prime minister,” Ali said, thanking Henry for his “service to Haiti”. Henry, viewed as corrupt by many in Haiti, was not at the summit, which took place behind closed doors. The Associated Press said a spokesman for Henry’s office did not res...
President Biden’s 2024 State of the Union address
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President Biden’s 2024 State of the Union address

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, left, talks with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi before President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address. Shawn Thew/Pool/APSome Democrats applauded President Joe Biden's State of the Union address, while others said he could have gone further on certain issues. Here's how they reacted to the speech: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer praised Biden’s address for laying out “a bold vision” for the future.“What the American people heard tonight was a leader who spoke directly to them, acknowledging their needs and shared in their hopes for the future, reminding us why America is a beacon of hope to the rest of the world and the work that must be done to maintain that status,” he said in a statement. “President Biden laid out a bold vision to the American ...
Jamie Foxx planning comedy comeback after devastating illness | Entertainment
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Jamie Foxx planning comedy comeback after devastating illness | Entertainment

Jamie Foxx is planning a stand-up comeback after his devastating illness.The ‘Ray’ actor, 56, told fans on his Instagram he is going to get back to comedy – after he stayed out of the public eye from April to December 2023 after being stricken with a “medical complication” that left him hospitalised.He posted a video from one of his past stand-up specials that showed him doing an impression of the late musician Prince alongside the caption: “PRINCE singing the ‘Brady Bunch’ theme song was a moment… I’m planning on bringing more moments. “Going to get on somebody’s stage somewhere near you. I got some jokes, and a story to tell… .”The comedy clip was t...
Trump wins South Carolina’s GOP primary, defeats Haley
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Trump wins South Carolina’s GOP primary, defeats Haley

Former President Donald Trump attends a primary election night party at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia on Saturday. Andrew Harnik/APFormer President Donald Trump was projected winner in the South Carolina GOP primary, defeating former Gov. Nikki Haley on her home turf as he completed his sweep of the early voting states. These are five key takeaways from the contest: The race accelerates now: The slow march through the early voting states is over, and the primary is now a national one. By March 12, 56% of the delegates to the Republican National Convention will have been awarded. And in most states, Republicans’ delegates are winner-take-all — which means Haley gets no credit for strong second-place showings. With Haley winless so far, the finish line — 1,215 delegates ne...
As Thailand’s Thaksin goes free, questions about his political future loom | Politics News
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As Thailand’s Thaksin goes free, questions about his political future loom | Politics News

Bangkok, Thailand – Thailand’s jailed former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been released on parole after being detained for six months at a police hospital over corruption-related offences. Thaksin’s release, the culmination of a period of reconciliation between his populist movement and the country’s conservative establishment, raises questions about what role the former telecoms tycoon might play in Thai politics going forward. Thaksin, a towering but divisive presence in Thai politics whose populist policies appealed to rural dwellers who felt neglected by the country’s ruling elites, led Thailand between 2001 and 2006, when his government was toppled in a military coup. Even after fleeing the country in 2008 to avoid punishment for abuse of power and other offences while in off...
Trump hawks $399 branded shoes at ‘Sneaker Con,’ a day after a $355 million ruling against him
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Trump hawks $399 branded shoes at ‘Sneaker Con,’ a day after a $355 million ruling against him

Trump announces his own sneaker line at Sneaker Con 2024 in Philadelphia Trump announces his own sneaker line at Sneaker Con 2024 in Philadelphia 00:59 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As he closes in on the Republican presidential nomination, former President Donald Trump made a highly unusual stop Saturday, hawking new Trump-branded sneakers at "Sneaker Con," a gathering that bills itself as the "The Greatest Sneaker Show on Earth."Trump was met with loud boos as well as cheers at the Philadelphia...