The New York Times is really punching itself in the face giving space to Ann Coulter. I can't remember the last time the paper's Opinion section got attention for something valuable as opposed to something shameful or stupid. Blame the publisher! - Corey
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THE BIG NEWS
C'mon, Smile! Meet Inmate No. P01135809
Donald Trump opted for a tough guy pose for his mugshot taken during booking yesterday at the jail in Fulton County, Georgia, where he's answering racketeering and other charges related to his attempt to overturn the 2020 election. Here it is, for posterity's sake:
Trump has previously told aides he thinks the scowl makes him look "like Churchill." I dunno about that. He shared the photo with a fundraising appeal in his first Twitter/X post in more than two years, writing "Never surrender!" (although he did, in fact, surrender for arrest). He was back in Bedminister, New Jersey by 11:20pm last night.
The Washington Post reports, in its most-read story yesterday, that Trump's height was recorded as 6-foot-3 and his weight at 215 pounds — slightly taller and "nearly 30 pounds lighter than his disclosed weight at the time of his last official White House physical." However, "the numbers may not be reliable" and the person doing data entry at the jail may not have even been looking at Trump, relying instead on provided information. Trump says the jail staff treated him "very nicely."
Trump's bond was set at $200,000, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution says it was posted by "Lawrenceville-based Foster Bail Bonds LLC"; Trump reportedly paid up $20,000 up front, a standard rate. Per the Los Angeles Times:
As a condition of his bond, Trump has been instructed to not make direct or indirect threats — including through social media — against potential witnesses, victims or the unindicted co-conspirators mentioned, but not named, in the indictment. He is also barred from communicating about the facts of the case with any known witnesses except through legal counsel.
Honestly, I'll be shocked if Trump gets through any of the four criminal cases now against him without getting slapped for contempt of court. Per the Washington Post, it's unclear exactly who is representing Trump in the Georgia case; yesterday the lawyers who signed his bond release conditions had not filed formal notice in the court docket to represent him, and Drew Findling, Trump's lead counsel in Georgia, was "no longer part of the team."
House Republicans are trying to come to Trump's rescue by opening an inquiry into Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, the New York Times reports. Willis has requested an October date for the start of the trial. Let's goooooo!
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Law and Order Roundup
- Retired California Cop Kills 3, Injures 6 in Bar Shooting Retired Ventura police Sgt. John Snowling shot his estranged wife and others in a bar Wednesday night, then fired at responding deputies outside. via the Los Angeles Times.
- Plainclothes NYPD Sgt. Kills Motorcyclist By Throwing Cooler at His Head The New York Attorney General's office is investigating Sgt. Erik Duran, who has been suspended without pay. via the Associated Press.
- 75 Pittsburgh Cops on Leave After Eviction Turns Into Hourslong Shootout "It's unclear how many bullets were fired as numerous local and federal agencies responded to the scene." via NBC News.
- Far-Right 'Constitutional Sheriffs' Group Spreads to 30-Plus States Experts warn the group promotes an "insurrectionist ideology" that places county law enforcement on "war" footing against the federal government. via the AP.
Putin Spares a Few Words for Prigozhin
Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told reporters yesterday that Wagner Group mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, whose plane fell out of the sky on Wednesday, two months after he launched a mutinous march to Moscow, was likely killed. Per the New York Times:
General Ryder did not state a theory for the crash, but said the United States had no information to indicate that a surface-to-air missile brought down the plane. Other officials said American satellite intelligence did not detect a missile launch, and there was no other evidence to suggest a surface-to-air weapon took out the plane. Western governments continue to explore the possibility that an air-to-air missile could have been used, even if an explosion on board remained the more likely scenario.
Aviation experts consulted by the Washington Post concurred, saying the evidence has "all the earmarks of an explosion on board." Aspiring Tsar Vladimir Putin addressed the crash for the first time yesterday, calling Prigozhin "a talented businessman" who "made some serious mistakes in life."
- Maui Officials Sue Utility for Negligence Leading to Lahaina Fire The lawsuit says Hawaiian Electric ignored warnings and failed to de-energize power lines even though they knew that live wires were falling into dry vegetation. via the New York Times.
- Research Says Carbon Credits Are Worthless and Could Worsen Climate Change Prices and demand are down, "with signs that some carbon credit traders are writing off investments that would have been worth hundreds of millions of dollars as recently as last year." via the Guardian.
- Six Countries to Join BRICS Bloc of Nations Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were invited at a summit this week to join the diplomatic grouping led by Brazil, Russia, India and China. via Al Jazeera.
- Justice Department Sues SpaceX Over Hiring Discrimination The civil rights lawsuit says obnoxious billionaire Elon Musk's rocket company, a major NASA and Pentagon contractor, systematically refused to hire qualified refugees and asylum seekers. via the Washington Post.
That's how many sexual harassment and discrimination complaints the CIA's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity has logged so far this year, already double last year's total. The Associated Press reports that at least two dozen women who work for the agency have come forward with complaints of abuse, saying the agency has tried to silence them.
ON THE SHOW TODAY
8/25: It's Casual Friday! Emma speaks with Jamelle Bouie, opinion columnist at the New York Times and co-host of the Unclear and Present Danger podcast, to round up the week in news. Then, she's joined by David Doel, host of The Rational National!
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