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Drug use allegations rock Navy SEALS amid investigation into recruit's death - ABC News

ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz has the latest on investigation and what’s next for the SEALS.

DOJ Says Trump May Have Hidden, Moved Classified Documents - NBC News

Ken Dilanian, Marc Caputo, Danny Cevallos and Carol Lam join Meet the Press NOW to discuss the legal jeopardy Donald Trump could be in after the Department of Justice suggests the former president’s advisors may have misled government officials.

Ice cave transforms into rainbow fairytale in Mount Rainier - ABC News

An ice cave in Mount Rainier transformed into a dreamy fairytale, as the light from the rising sun refracted off the ice sheets to create a prismatic, rainbow-like appearance throughout the cavern.

DOJ responds to Trump's request for a special master - ABC News

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl breaks down the latest developments in the legal battle between the Justice Department and former President Donald Trump following a search at Mar-a-Lago.

Investigating parents of transgender youth has agency on 'brink of collapse,' staff warns

AUSTIN — Continuing to investigate the parents of transgender youth could put Texas’ child protection agency over the brink of collapse, a group of its staffers said in a new court filing.

In an Aug. 25 brief filed with the Austin appeals court, 16 current and former employees at the Department of Family and Protective Services said there has been an exodus from the agency that could hamper its ability to perform basic and necessary functions. They urged the court to keep the abuse investigations on hold while the policy continues to be litigated.

The Austin-American Statesman first reported on the court filing.

“As career DFPS employees,” they wrote to “respectfully advise the Court that DFPS is on the brink of collapse, and that the politically motivated decision to compel DFPS employees like themselves to investigate nonabusive loving and supportive families who merely rely in good faith on their doctor’s advice would put DFPS over that brink.”

They noted that age appropriate and individualized gender-affirming care, including puberty blockers and hormone therapy, are supported by the state and nation’s largest medical organizations. These treatments are meant to help treat gender dysphoria, the feeling of discomfort or distress that can occur for those who identify as a gender different from the gender or sex assigned at birth.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/public-health/2022/08/31/investigating-parents-of-transgender-youth-has-agency-on-brink-of-collapse-staff-warns/

Abortion Is On The Ballot In Kentucky - More Perfect Union

After the end of Roe v. Wade, state legislative races have never been more important. In Kentucky, Kate Turner is running for General Assembly to defeat a Republican who supports the state’s near-total abortion ban. Her message is winning over Republicans and Democrats alike.

Texas' cotton industry is facing its worst harvest in years -- costing the state more than $2 billion

by Jayme Lozano, Texas Tribune

LUBBOCK — Cotton production has been decimated by drought and extreme heat this year, costing Texas High Plains farmers and other agricultural industries at least $2 billion, according to one estimate.

“There’s just not much crop out there,” said Brad Heffington, a cotton farmer in Littlefield. “A lot of cotton burned up and a lot of it never even made it up to begin with.”

Heffington’s farm is about 40 miles northwest of Lubbock in the state’s High Plains, an area that stretches from Lubbock to the tip of Panhandle and covers 42 counties. The region produces an abundance of cotton and cottonseed, accounting for 66% of the state’s total yield. It’s more than a third of the nation’s total crop. It’s 4% globally.

In a good year, cotton production can net $4 billion to $5 billion for the High Plains economy alone. The International Center for Agricultural Competitiveness at Texas Tech University estimates cotton production in the High Plains will be down by $2 billion this year.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2022/08/31/texas-drought-cotton-farming-economy/

This Evil Company Owns ALL The Food In Your House - More Perfect Union

The salt on your table, the turkey in your sandwich, the egg in your Egg McMuffin: “the worst company in the world” makes money off all of them.

You may not have heard of them, but Cargill Inc is the biggest privately owned company in America, and they have near complete control over how and what you eat, and how working people in the agricultural system are treated.

Their power and breadth has kept wages down, squashed worker power, and pushed family farms to the brink of non-existence, while manipulating prices for the consumer.

And it’s made one family—the Cargills—very, very rich.

We worked with Second Thought to show you how exactly they amassed all that wealth, and what it means for you.

Republicans Launch Plan To Impeach Biden After Midterms - Ring of Fire

Republicans in the House of Representatives are laying out a plan to impeach President Biden if they win back a majority in the House after the midterms. While they don't have any actual "crimes" to go after Biden for, they are hellbent on making his life a living hell if they get the chance to do it. They've already tried multiple impeachment efforts in the past year, all of which went nowhere due to their minority status, but that could change after November. Ring of Fire's Farron Cousins discusses this.

Abbott claims raising the age to buy an assault-style rifle is "unconstitutional" based on recent

Abbott claims raising the age to buy an assault-style rifle is “unconstitutional” based on recent court rulings

by Sneha Dey, Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that it would be unconstitutional to increase the minimum age to buy assault-style rifles from 18 to 21 years old — a key proposal Uvalde parents have called for after an 18-year-old gunned down their children’s school in May.

“It is clear that the gun control law that they are seeking in Uvalde — as much as they may want it — has already been ruled as unconstitutional,” Abbott said at a reelection campaign event in Allen.

The gunman in Uvalde bought two AR-15-style rifles days after he turned 18, the legal purchasing age in Texas, and used the weapons to kill 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Texas Senate Democrats have asked for a special legislative session to increase the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle. Advocates call the proposal a compromise with GOP lawmakers — a three-year increase to the legal age instead of an outright ban on the style of weapon.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2022/08/31/greg-abbott-assault-rifle-raise-age/
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