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'Venue matters': Trump charges could come from Florida federal grand jury

‘Venue matters’: Trump charges could come from Florida federal grand jury
by Rebecca Beitsch - 06/08/23 1:32 PM ET

The late-stage presentation of evidence to a Florida grand jury is the latest sign that former President Trump may face trial in Miami as prosecutors work to insulate the Mar-a-Lago case from legal challenges stemming from the location of the proceedings.

Special counsel Jack Smith has for months been calling witnesses before a Washington, D.C., grand jury on the matter, but a recent flurry of activity in the case — just days after Trump’s attorneys met with Justice Department prosecutors in D.C. — has instead been in Florida.

This week, a handful of witnesses have been appearing in Florida, including Trump aide Taylor Budowich, who tweeted Wednesday that he was compelled to answer questions in the probe.

The move is a sign Smith is weighing filing charges there in addition to or instead of D.C., as defendants have a right to face trial where the alleged crime took place.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jun 8, 2023, 03:57 PM (4 replies)

Breaking: Biden sending fire fighting assets to help extinguish Quebec wildfires.

Breaking: Biden sending fire fighting assets to help extinguish Quebec wildfires.
Thursday, June 08, 2023 at 9:40:05a EDT

Scripps news service:

President Joe Biden pledged additional help for Canada as wildfires fume, especially in Quebec, causing unhealthy air quality levels throughout much of the Eastern U.S.

In a readout of a call between President Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the president “directed his team to deploy all available Federal firefighting assets that can rapidly assist in suppressing fires impacting Canadian and American communities.”

The White House said 600 firefighters and support personnel have been sent to Canada.

Vedant Patel, spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, said the over 600 personnel came from the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of the Interior. He said this is in addition to several states sending help to Canada.

“The U.S. is supporting Canada as it faces extreme wildfires, which based on our assessments is on track to be one of the largest natural disasters in Canadian history,” Patel said.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jun 8, 2023, 12:18 PM (23 replies)

House Republicans in Conflict


House Republicans in Conflict
June 7, 2023 at 6:53 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

“The realities of the current House Republican Conference — and the knotty institutional issues facing the GOP leadership — are screaming back into full view this week, providing a neat encapsulation of what Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s team will need to contend with for the rest of the 118th Congress,” Punchbowl News reports.

“The GOP conference has once again devolved into nasty internecine conflict between hardline conservatives and everyone else. This split calls into question how Republicans can ever coalesce around their agenda or even whether they can govern at all over the coming six months.”

“This is all fallout from the endgame for the Fiscal Responsibility Act, and comes despite pleas from McCarthy to focus on the ‘next play’ now that the debt-limit crisis has ended.”

Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jun 7, 2023, 08:37 AM (11 replies)

"We Were Very Stoned"

“We Were Very Stoned” Pete Davidson Learns A Hard Lesson About Online Shopping After Buying That Staten Island Ferry Boat
You might say he has a boatload of regrets.

By Kase Wickman
June 6, 2023

We would say it happens to the best of us, but like…most of us don’t buy entire boats on the internet. Pete Davidson and Colin Jost, however, do. And it seems like they’re finally ready to admit that maybe buying a decommissioned Staten Island ferry boat wasn’t a well thought-out plan.

"I have no idea what's going on with that thing," Davidson told Entertainment Tonight at the premiere of the latest Transformers movie. "Me and Colin were very stoned a year ago and bought a ferry. And we're figuring it out."

Some people have oopsie eBay moments buying Beanie Babies under the influence, or VHS tapes of old favorite movies, forgetting that they don’t have VCRs while others spend over a quarter of a million dollars on what Davidson has called “the windowless van of the sea.” The pair paid $280,100 for the vessel as part of a group that bought the ferry in a bit of online shopping tomfoolery last year, and though there was initially talk of turning it into a sort of floating entertainment venue, Davidson now appears to be praying for its demise, no longer cherishing his role as captain.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jun 6, 2023, 09:57 PM (1 replies)

Mark Meadows Has Testified Before Grand Jury in Trump Probe: Report


Mark Meadows Has Testified Before Grand Jury in Trump Probe: Report
Matt Young
Night Editor
Published Jun. 06, 2023 7:36PM ET

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Trump’s final right-hand-man while he held office, has testified before a federal grand jury hearing evidence into the investigations brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith, according to The New York Times. It remains unclear when he testified and which investigation Meadows was specifically questioned about—or whether he assisted with more than one. Meadows, the last White House chief of staff before Trump’s 2020 loss, is a key line of inquiry into the former president’s attempts to stay in office in the days leading up to the Jan. 6 riots. A second investigation surrounds Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents as he left office—as well as possible obstruction of justice. Rumors surrounding Meadows’ recent low profile led many to speculate over his involvement with the probes. A lawyer for Meadows, George Terwilliger, told the outlet: “Without commenting on whether or not Mr. Meadows has testified before the grand jury or in any other proceeding, Mr. Meadows has maintained a commitment to tell the truth where he has a legal obligation to do so.”
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jun 6, 2023, 08:41 PM (2 replies)

EPA Ends Trump-Era Bid to Kill Pollution Rules for Plastics Recycling


5 hours ago
EPA Ends Trump-Era Bid to Kill Pollution Rules for Plastics Recycling
“This is a big deal,” says one nonprofit clean air expert.
James Bruggers
This story was originally published by Inside Climate News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.


“This is a big deal,” said James Pew, director of clean air practice at the environmental group Earthjustice. The abandoned proposal “would have reversed the regulatory definition that has been in place since 1995,” he noted, “and its effect would have been that pyrolysis and gasification incinerators do not have to install pollution controls, meet emission limits, or monitor or report their pollution.”

“They wouldn’t be accountable to the communities where they operate, or anyone else,” Pew said. “That is why the industry was pushing so hard for this redefinition.” Even the state laws that have been passed with a goal similar to what Trump’s EPA was seeking do not supersede the Clean Air Act, he added.

Jane Williams, executive director of California Communities Against Toxics, an environmental group, said the EPA’s decision would be an important safeguard as pressure for chemical recycling grows.

“The fossil fuel industry will have to get permits and follow an emission speed limit if it wants to polka dot the country with a new fleet of plastic incinerators,” she said.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jun 6, 2023, 11:00 AM (1 replies)

How Biden's Policy Wins Impact Your Community


How Biden’s Policy Wins Impact Your Community
June 6, 2023 at 6:32 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

“The White House on Tuesday is launching a website to map and track tens of thousands of infrastructure projects and private manufacturing investments, an effort by the administration to show the positive impact of its policies on the U.S. economy to a skeptical public,” the AP reports.

“The site, Invest.gov, documents roughly 32,000 infrastructure projects and more than $470 billion worth of investments in the production of electric vehicles, batteries, computer chips, biotech, clean energy and other sectors.”
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Jun 6, 2023, 06:59 AM (6 replies)

Mary Trump Shows GOP Wannabes How To Give 'Loser' Trump A Lesson In 'Humiliation'


Mary Trump Shows GOP Wannabes How To Give 'Loser' Trump A Lesson In 'Humiliation'
The niece of the former president urged 2024 GOP candidates to stop going easy on her "thin-skinned baby" of an uncle.
Ed Mazza
Jun 5, 2023, 03:56 AM EDT

Mary Trump, estranged niece and longtime critic of Donald Trump, said the 2024 Republican hopefuls are too afraid of her uncle’s loyal supporters to take him on directly ― but urged them to do so anyway.

“If they were serious people they would understand that they have a huge opportunity to take Donald out without having to contradict him in terms of policy,” she told MSNBC’s Katie Phang. “Just call him what he is: He’s a loser. He loses constantly. He has never legitimately won anything in his life. He is a thin-skinned baby who has nothing to offer but white grievance.”

She even suggested a stunt a candidate could pull at a debate: Show up with a bowl of mashed potatoes.

“That was his very first experience of humiliation was when he was being a total brat before my grandmother put dinner on the table,” she said. “My dad, just in order to shut him up and stop him from tormenting his little brother Robert, took a bowl of mashed potatoes and dumped it on Donald’s head.”

She added: “He hates that story.”
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jun 5, 2023, 08:49 AM (15 replies)

Casey DeSantis Is the Walmart Melania

Ouch. She fancies herself like Jackie O, but that's another story.

Casey DeSantis Is the Walmart Melania
She’d better hope that pleather is pudding-proof.
Katie Baker
Executive Editor
Updated Jun. 04, 2023 4:03PM ET / Published Jun. 04, 2023 3:58PM ET

The First Lady of Florida showed up on the campaign trail in Iowa this weekend wearing a ghastly black leather jacket—American flag on front, an alligator and the silhouette of her state on the back, with the sneering words, “Where Woke Goes to Die”—that brought to mind nothing so much as the racks of a Red State big-bin store where it would be retailing for $24.99.

To be fair, Casey DeSantis wore the bomber to a charity biker rally and I’m sure the campaign intended it to be a viral moment, like Melania Trump’s infamous “I Really Don’t Care” coat that the former First Lady donned to check out the border crisis.


By contrast, Casey DeSantis’ coat is just like her husband Ron DeSantis’ campaign: Crude. Grasping. Saying the ugly part out loud. Whereas Trump would wink-wink at the fascists—who can forget his dog whistle to the “very fine people on both sides” at Charlottesville—DeSantis wants to peel off Trump’s base by being even more explicit about who he intends to target. You can see it right there on his wife’s jacket: DeSantis’ Florida is where the woke go to die—and a lot of other people die as well.
Florida under DeSantis has had one of the highest COVID death rates in the nation, even as he’s exulted in his anti-mask policies. And as the governor whips up anti-LGBT sentiment and bans books on race, Casey’s jacket and its message of death also bring to mind the horrific Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, not to mention the state’s shameful history of Jim Crow-era lynch mobs and the Rosewood massacre. But of course, DeSantis and his cronies want to prevent kids from learning about any of that by censoring their library books and AP curricula.

The jacket, then, is a warning: Watch out, America.


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Jun 5, 2023, 08:10 AM (16 replies)

100-year-old Grace Linn tells the Martin County School Board to stop banning books

Posted by babylonsister | Sun Jun 4, 2023, 09:15 AM (4 replies)
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