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First 7 jurors seated in Trump trial as judge warns former president about comments

Updated on: April 16, 2024 / 6:32 PM EDT Seven Manhattan residents were selected to serve on the jury in former President Donald Trump's criminal trial on Tuesday, as lawyers for both sides clashed over which potential jurors should be seated and the judge warned the defendant to remain quiet. During the selection process, the anonymous members of the jury were known only by letters and numbers, like B400 and B280. There are four men and three women, ranging from young to middle-aged. They in ...


Trump lawyers acknowledge civil fraud bond was issued without 'certificate of qualification'

Apr 16th, 2024, 9:01 am The saga of Donald Trump’s efforts to secure a $175 million bond so he can appeal his massive civil fraud judgment continues, as attorneys on behalf of Knight Speciality Insurance Company (KSIC) and the former president have rejected the New York attorney general’s complaints about the “sufficiency of the surety to the undertaking.” In early April, Knight and its owner Don Hankey entered the case to prevent New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) from collecting o ...


Senate Democrats and allies have plans for over $300 million in fall ad reservations

Published 10:21 AM EDT, Tue April 16, 2024 CNN — Senate Democrats are planning to reserve $79 million in fall airtime for key battleground races, which, paired with plans by a top Democratic super PAC to spend hundreds of millions more, would give Democrats more than $300 million in fall reservations as they fight to defend their Senate majority. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Tuesday announced plans for the campaign — which will include spending on TV, radio and digital ad ...


Republican governors from six states condemn UAW campaigns, citing potential for layoffs

Published Tue, Apr 16 2024 1:36 PM EDT | Updated An Hour Ago DETROIT — Republican governors of six states on Tuesday condemned the United Auto Workers’ push to organize automotive factories in the South, warning the union’s efforts could lead to layoffs and fewer future investments. The joint statement — signed by governors in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas — comes a day before Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, begin voting on whether to join th ...


Russia's Putin urges restraint in call with Iran's Raisi as tensions soar

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for restraint as Israel weighs its response to Iran’s unprecedented weekend drone and missile attack. Putin made the remarks in a phone call with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Tuesday. The leaders discussed what the Kremlin called “retaliatory measures taken by Iran” after an Israeli attack on the Iranian consulate in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on April 1. Putin urged all sides to refrain from action that would trigger a new confrontation tha ...


White House declines Comer testimony invite, declaring impeachment investigation 'over'

(The Hill) President Biden declined to appear before House impeachment investigators, writing in a Monday letter through an attorney that the investigation “is over.” Though brief, the letter tears into the impeachment investigation being led in part by House Oversight Chair James Comer (R-Ky.), which has yet to uncover any wrongdoing by President Biden.


Johnson gambles on plan separating Israel aid from Ukraine funds

(Washington Post) After months of inaction, House Speaker Mike Johnson unveiled on Monday evening an outline of his plan to address the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, defying Republicans who threatened to oust him from the speakership if he moved forward with funding for Ukraine. But Johnson (R-La.) risks appeasing no one with a convoluted plan to placate his critics on the right while also giving national security hawks a chance to advance billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.


Reality of Being a Criminal Defendant Dawns on Trump

(Political Wire) “Donald Trump is learning a hard lesson: Criminal defendants don’t get to set their own schedules,” Politico reports. “Three times on Monday the former president asked Justice Juan Merchan to cut him loose from his hush money trial to attend to other matters — some personal, some political and some legal. Three times the judge responded with, essentially, ‘eh, we’ll see.’ It’s a jarring new reality for Trump, who has been accustomed to setting the agenda for most of his adult life — and, in the years since his presidency, has bounced between his sunny Florida resort and political rallies brimming with adoring fans. But this spring, he’ll have to spend most weekdays in a drab 15th floor county courtroom in a city with very little MAGA.”


Donald Trump was already a mess -- now he's falling asleep during his own trial

(Salon) Being in court every day is hard enough for normal people, but Trump is likely to make it much harder on himself with his bad personal habits, starting with his well-documented unwillingness to sleep like a normal person. While most of us were sound asleep at 5:30 on Monday morning, Trump was going full-tilt on Truth Social, with his usual mix of hysterical lies, poor grammar and random capitalization. He's also frequently known to post social media tirades at 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning.

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Baltimore suing owner and operator of cargo ship involved in Key Bridge collapse

34 min ago - 8 hours ago The City of Baltimore has decided to take legal action against the owner and operator of the cargo ship that caused the Key Bridge collapse, according to Mayor Brandon Scott. The city “is taking legal steps to proactively and aggress ... (UK Independent)

PepsiCo recalls sugar-free Schweppes Ginger Ale for containing 'full sugar'

1 hr ago - April 16, 2024, 7:56 PM PepsiCo Inc has initiated a voluntary recall of some sugar-free and caffeine-free Schweppes Ginger Ale products because they contain "full sugar," according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA said in a report ea ... (ABC News/GMA)

UnitedHealth says Change Healthcare cyberattack cost it $872 million

1 hr ago - Updated on: April 16, 2024 / 5:18 PM EDT A cyberattack earlier this year against a UnitedHealth Group subsidiary has proved costly for one of the nation's largest employers. The health insurance giant on Tuesday noted $872 million in "unfavorable cy ... (CBS News)

Bob Graham, former Florida governor and US senator with a common touch, dies at 87

3 hrs ago - Bob Graham, perhaps the most peculiar and popular politician of modern Florida history, died Tuesday. The Democratic two-term governor (1979-87) and three-term U.S. senator (1987-2005) was 87. He passed away at 8:30 p.m. of old age with his wife Adel ... (Yahoo/USA Today)

Kari Lake suggests supporters 'strap on a Glock' to be ready for 2024

5 hrs ago - Lake told people that “the next six months is going to be intense” and urged attendees to be “ready for action,” calling out to military and law enforcement veterans in the crowd. April 16, 2024, 1:48 PM CDT By Alex Tabet LAKE H ... (nbc news)

San Diego mayor to pay $10,500 fine for not disclosing donations he solicited, including to his nonprofit

5 hrs ago - One of the lesser-known privileges of being an elected official in California is the right to ask corporations and wealthy individuals to make donations to one’s favorite charities. The contributions, which are known as behested payments, can co ... (San Diego Union-Tribune)

USC says it is canceling its valedictorian speech because of safety concerns

6 hrs ago - The University of Southern California will no longer have its valedictorian speak at its commencement ceremony because of safety concerns, the school said Monday. Asna Tabassum was selected as this year's valedictorian. But student groups called for ... (NPR)

Powell Dials Back Expectations on Rate Cuts

6 hrs ago - Firm inflation during the first quarter has called into question whether the Federal Reserve will be able to lower interest rates this year without signs of an unexpected economic slowdown, Chair Jerome Powell said Tuesday. His remarks indicated a cl ... (Wall Street Journal (gift link))

Trump Media launching Truth Social streaming service, where it says creators "won't be cancelled"

7 hrs ago - Trump Media & Technology Group on Tuesday announced plans to start a streaming TV platform to air news, film and other content the company claims other media outlets refuse to show. -snip- Key to building a major media company will be building an ... (CBS News)

Report: Trump, Kennedy camps were in VP talks as recently as last week

7 hrs ago - Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. claimed Monday that Donald Trump’s “emissaries” asked him to be the former president’s running mate. Those conversations may have occurred as recently as last week and invol ... (Deseret News)

House approves resolution condemning Palestinian rallying cry as antisemitic

7 hrs ago - The House on Tuesday adopted a resolution condemning as antisemitic the phrase “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” a Palestinian rallying cry. The chamber voted 377-44-1 on the measure, with 43 progressives and Rep. Thomas ... (The Hill)

What we know so far about the jurors in Trump's New York hush money trial

9 hrs ago - Juror #B400 This juror gets his news from the New York Times, the Daily Mail, as well as “some” Fox News and MSNBC. “I’ve heard some of them,” the juror said about Trump’s other cases. He hails from Ireland but now lives ... (Washington Post)

Whistleblower says Boeing should stop production of 787 Dreamliner due to safety issue

9 hrs ago - A Boeing engineer-turned-whistleblower who contends that the aerospace giant’s 787 Dreamliner is unsafe to fly due to assembly flaws doubled down on his claims Tuesday, saying that the plane could fall apart and “drop to the ground” mi ... (NBC)

Finance Dems accuse Republican AGs of abusing authority to get records of transgender minors

9 hrs ago - 04/16/24 3:58 PM ET Republican attorneys general in at least four states have abused their oversight authorities to demand the private medical records of transgender minors and adults as part of a broader effort to restrict access to gender-affirming ... (The Hill)

Biden admin shares proposal for new student debt relief plan

10 hrs ago - 17 mins ago The Biden administration on Tuesday released a draft of its new plan to provide student debt relief to millions of borrowers. The big picture: Biden has continuously promised to find ways to deliver more student loan forgiveness after the ... (Axios)

Donald Trump Lawyers Expose Potential Jurors' Social Media Posts

10 hrs ago - Published Apr 16, 2024 at 2:51 PM EDT | Updated Apr 16, 2024 at 3:30 PM EDT Lawyers for former President Donald Trump exposed social media posts from a potential juror on Tuesday. Trump appeared in Manhattan court on Tuesday for the second day of h ... (Newsweek)

WATCH: Biden announces tax plan at campaign event in Scranton, PA

10 hrs ago - Updated on Apr 16, 2024 6:48 PM EDT — Published on Apr 16, 2024 11:56 AM EDT SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday made a nostalgic return to the house where he grew up in working-class Scranton, kicking off a multi-day swing ... (PBS News Hour/AP)

Biden set to block Alaska road key to accessing planned mine

11 hrs ago - April 16, 2024 at 6:02 p.m. EDT The Biden administration is set to block a controversial road crucial to operating a planned copper and zinc mine in northern Alaska, saying it would threaten Indigenous communities and fragment wildlife habitat, accor ... (Washington Post)

Judge temporarily blocks Ohio's gender-affirming care ban

11 hrs ago - April 16, 2024 5:11 PM EDT Updated an hour ago April 16 (Reuters) - An Ohio judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Republican-backed state law banning gender-affirming care, such as puberty blockers and hormones, for transgender minors from taking ef ... (Reuters)

Coal miners have long faced risk of black lung disease. Now they're getting new protections

12 hrs ago - Updated 5:24 PM EDT, April 16, 2024 WASHINGTON (AP) — Coal miners will be better protected from poisonous silica dust that has contributed to the premature deaths of thousands of mine workers from a respiratory ailment commonly known as black lu ... (AP)


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