Judge orders unsealing of redacted affidavit in Trump search
WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has ordered the Justice Department to release a redacted version of the affidavit it relied on when federal agents searched former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate for classified documents. The directive from US Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart came hours after federal law enforcement released under seal the parts of the affidavit they wish to keep secret as their investigation progresses. The judge said the department must file its redacted version by noon Friday. The redactions proposed by the department are likely to be significant, so it is unclear how much new information about the investigation will come to light.
Putin orders troop replenishment in face of Ukraine losses
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be trying to replenish his military by ordering a 13% increase in the country’s troop strength. Russian forces have suffered heavy losses in six months of war in Ukraine. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian official said the death toll from a Russian rocket attack on a train station and its surroundings on Ukraine’s Independence Day had risen to 25. Russia says it targeted a military train and claims to have killed more than 200 Ukrainian reservists. At the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, a transmission line was damaged and the plant was temporarily cut off from the power grid. The incident heightened fears of a nuclear disaster.
Student loan relief highlights burden on black borrowers
On average, black borrowers carry a heavier burden of student debt than white borrowers. The disparity reflects a racial wealth gap in the United States – a gap that some supporters say the debt relief plan does not do enough to reduce. One in four black borrowers would see their debt wiped out entirely under the administration’s plan, which forgives $10,000 of federal student loan debt for those with incomes below $125,000 a year or households earning less of $250,000. Wisdom Cole, national director of the NAACP Youth & College Division, said more work needs to be done to make higher education accessible and affordable.
California is phasing out gas-powered vehicles in fight against climate change
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is on a path to ending the era of gas-powered cars in the state. The policy approved Thursday by the California Air Resources Board is the world’s strictest set of rules for transitioning to electric vehicles. It does not prohibit the use of gasoline cars or the sale of used cars. But 100% of new passenger car, truck and SUV sales would need to be powered by electricity or hydrogen by 2035, with a fifth allowed to be plug-in hybrids. The transformation will require 15 times more car chargers across the state and a more robust energy grid.
Biden rallies with Democrats, denounces ‘semi-fascism’ in GOP
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — President Joe Biden is calling on Democrats “to vote to literally save democracy again” in the midterm elections — and comparing Republican ideology to “semi-fascism” — as he leads a launch rally and fundraiser in Maryland. Biden addressed a crowd of thousands at a high school in Rockville on Thursday. He told his supporters: “You have to choose. Will we be a country that advances or a country that retreats? Democrats have seen their political hopes rebound in recent months amid a burst of decisive action from Congress and the president. The Republican National Committee called Biden’s comments “despicable.”
Shattered trust is still felt in Uvalde as the school year approaches
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The firing of the beleaguered Uvalde school police chief has not satisfied or reassured many Uvalde residents as a new school year approaches. Pete Arredondo is the first officer to lose his job due to law enforcement’s clumsy response to the May 24 school massacre. His dismissal follows months of pressure from Uvalde residents and investigations that found nearly 400 law enforcement officers at the scene waited more than an hour to shoot the gunman. 18 years old in a fourth grade class. The school year starts in Uvalde on September 6 and a big question is how many students will return. A dad says he’s putting his son back in the neighborhood, but with an iPhone so he can track his location and ask for help if needed.
Meadows and Powell testimony sought in Georgia election probe
ATLANTA (AP) — The prosecutor investigating whether Donald Trump and others unlawfully tried to influence Georgia’s 2020 election is seeking to compel testimony from more of the former president’s allies, including the former chief of staff Mark Meadows and attorney Sidney Powell. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis filed petitions Thursday asking Meadows and Powell, as well as Meadows contact James “Phil” Waldron and former Trump campaign adviser Boris Epshteyn, to testify before a special grand jury in Atlanta next month. Meadows and Powell are among the most prominent members of Trump’s inner circle to be called to testify in the investigation, joining other high-profile figures including Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.
Three more GOP-led states pass abortion ‘trigger laws’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three other Republican-run states banned nearly all abortions this week. This is another result of the United States Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. To date, 13 states have passed so-called trigger laws designed to ban nearly all abortions if the High Court strikes down the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. The majority of those states began enforcing their bans soon after the June 24 ruling. But Idaho, Tennessee and Texas had to wait 30 days beyond that when judges formally delivered judgment, which happened several weeks after the decision was announced. That deadline was until Thursday. A trigger ban in a fourth state, North Dakota, was blocked on Thursday by a judge who is evaluating the legal challenge of an abortion clinic.
Insulin cap for Medicare patients is a sign of hope for others
WASHINGTON (AP) — The recent passage of legislation that would cap the cost of insulin for Medicare patients has rekindled hope among those pushing Congress to do more. This provision, a longstanding priority for Democrats, is estimated to bring relief to nearly 2 million people with diabetes across the country. But due to Republican opposition, a provision that would have included privately insured patients was removed moments before the bill passed in early August. Now advocates and lawmakers say a bipartisan proposal would extend coverage to millions more patients in need of the life-saving drug.
2 plead guilty in scheme to sell Biden’s daughter’s diary
NEW YORK (AP) — Two Florida residents have pleaded guilty to a scheme to sell a diary and other items stolen from President Joe Biden’s daughter to the conservative group Project Veritas. The US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said on Thursday that Aimee Harris and Robert Kurlander pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property. Harris’ attorney says she has accepted responsibility. Kurlander’s attorney declined to comment. Project Veritas has not been charged with any crime. The group claims that its activities were information gathering and that they were ethical and legal. Although authorities have not identified Biden, the stolen property or the organization that paid, details of the investigation have been public for months.
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