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THE BIG NEWS
Trump Arraigned for Conspiracies to Overturn 2020 Election
Trump pleaded not guilty on Thursday to four counts surrounding his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, including, but not limited to, inciting the January 6th Capitol riot.
Mr. Trump said it was “a very sad day for America,” after the hearings. Not for me though.
The arraignment itself was rather routine, despite the grave subject matter and semi-large crowd outside the courthouse, taking only 30 minutes, according to the New York Times. At the request of Trump's lawyers, Magistrate Judge Moxila A. Upadhyaya set a date of August 28th (the latest option provided) to appear before the trial judge Tanya S. Chutkan.
Chutkan will play a central role in how the trial plays out. Here's what to know about her, per NBC News:
- She's the only judge to sentence January 6th participants beyond what prosecution requested.
- She's served as a federal judge since 2014, when she was confirmed 95-0 in the Senate.
- She's an Obama appointee, donated to his presidential campaigns, and volunteered for Lawyers for Obama.
- She refused Trump's request to block the House January 6th committee from obtaining White House documents, writing “Presidents are not kings, and Plaintiff is not President.”
- She temporarily blocked Trump's resumption of federal executions.
Expect the conservative smear machine to go into full gear for Chutkan, a Black woman originally from Kingston, Jamaica, particularly if things don't go well for Trump – and it looks like they won't.
MORE STORIES TO WATCH
Mexico Finds Two Dead in Rio Grande, One Confirmed Near Texas's Floating Border
Mexican authorities found two bodies in the Rio Grande this week, according to Politico. At least one of the bodies was spotted near Texas's floating barrier wall, which was illegally constructed under the orders of Abbott. Mexican officials have yet to identify the bodies. The Texas Department of Public Safety asserts that the person found near the barrier "drowned upstream" and implied the drowning migrants would have been spotted by Texas border police and saved. A bombshell internal email released to the media last month revealed that Texas troopers had been order to push children back into the river. In 2020, the Department of Homeland Security opted not to purchase and install a buoy barrier system because it increased migrants' risk of drowning. The DOJ is currently suing Texas and Abbot to remove the buoys, but the governor is determined to take the fight to court.
U.S. to Put Marines on Commercial Ships in Straight of Hormuz
In response to an uptick in Iranian attacks on commercial vessels, the U.S. military is making plans to place marines and other personnel on private ships, according to the Washington Post, increasing the odds of a hot confrontation with Tehran. The plans seem very likely to be approved as WaPo reports they have "buy-in" from senior officials in the Biden White House and Marines have been flown into Bahrain for training for the assignment. The Associated Press emphasized the move would be highly confrontational:
The contemplated move also would represent an extraordinary commitment in the Mideast by U.S. forces as the Pentagon tries to focus on Russia and China. America didn’t even take the step during the so-called “Tanker War,” which culminated with the U.S. Navy and Iran fighting a one-day naval battle in 1988 that was the Navy’s largest since World War II.
The tensions over Hormuz, a critical channel for the world's supply of oil, are an off-shoot of the failed diplomacy over the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump exited little over five years ago. Iran now has enough uranium for "several" nuclear bombs, according to reporting by AP. However, U.S. intelligence assesses that Tehran is not currently pursuing a nuclear weapon.
- Diane Feinstein's Daughter Has Power Of Attorney Over the Senator It is unclear when Katherine Feinstein was given power of attorney over her mother, but she's filed a lawsuit on her mother' behalf to access funds from her late stepfather's estate. via the San Francisco Chronicle.
- Justice Democrats Lay Off Staff Signalling Financial Troubles The left-wing electoral organization fueled the rise of AOC and others. via HuffPost.
- Lebanon Warns of Military Intervention if Factional Clashes in Palestinian Refugee Camps Continue Fighting over the past several days has left twelve dead. via AlJazeera.
- FCC Issues $300 Million Fine on "Largest" Robocall Operation Ever See Unfortunately, fines like these are rarely ever paid. via ArsTechnica.
That's how much the "Hipster Crypto Couple" stole in the largest crypto heist to date. via the Daily Beast.
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-- Ron DeSantis, speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire. He does give off serial killer vibes. via the The New Republic.
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