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Republicans and Democrats are expressing concern over China’s influence in U.S. farming, but those concerns aren’t stopping most of them from taking donations from one of China’s largest state-owned agricultural companies.
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May 29, 2024 04:17 PM
On its first day of deliberation, the jury deciding Donald Trump’s fate in the Manhattan criminal court went home without a verdict Wednesday. While the jury wasn’t exactly expected to come to a decision in a single day, it’s a signal to both the prosecution and the defense that the case wasn’t so convincing — for either side — that it was open-and-shut for the jurors. Deliberations will continue on Thursday.
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May 29, 2024 03:37 PM
Justice Samuel Alito sent a letter to Sens. Dick Durbin and Sheldon Whitehouse on Wednesday telling them he won’t be recusing himself, as they requested, for Supreme Court cases pertaining to Jan. 6 or the 2020 election. Alito, who’s wrapped up in a controversy over his wife flying controversial flags connected to Jan. 6 rioters and the Christian nationalist movement, said his wife is a private citizen who decided on her own to fly those flags. A “reasonable person,” Alito said, would conclude that his wife’s flag practices “do not meet the applicable standard for recusal.”
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May 29, 2024 11:55 AM
Hours after former Capitol Police officer Michael Fanone spoke on Tuesday outside the Manhattan criminal courthouse, where he called Trump “an authoritarian,” his mother had a SWAT team called to her address responding to a potentially active shooter, according to NBC News. Fanone, who was violently attacked on Jan. 6 and became a national figure speaking out against the Capitol riot, told NBC that incidents like this were “the reality of going up against or challenging Donald Trump.”
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May 29, 2024 11:31 AM
Justice Juan Merchan has finished instructing the jury on the legal questions before them, and they are now off to determine whether or not to convict Donald Trump on any of the 34 charges against him in the case.
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May 28, 2024 08:13 PM
The prosecution’s closing arguments went for hours, but the end is now near. The jury is expected to receive instructions from the judge when they return Wednesday, and then begin deliberations.
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May 28, 2024 03:38 PM
The DNC is preparing for a “virtual roll call” to officially renominate Joe Biden to lead the party’s presidential ticket, a move intended to sidestep an Ohio deadline that could otherwise leave him off the state’s ballot.
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May 28, 2024 02:13 PM
With the defense finished, the prosecution is now beginning its summation of the government’s case against Donald Trump. The argument is expected to last several hours but should end today.
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May 28, 2024 11:56 AM
Donald Trump’s defense team is arguing, in part, that Michael Cohen is central to the government’s case and is too unreliable for the jury to believe. The prosecution’s closing argument is expected to begin later today.
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May 24, 2024 10:11 AM
The International Court of Justice, which is the top court of the United Nations, said Friday that Israel must “immediately halt” its military operation in Rafah.
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May 23, 2024 02:41 PM
The Louisiana Senate approved a bill Thursday that would classify abortion medication as a controlled substance. Gov. Jeff Landry is expected to sign it into law. NOTUS’ Oriana González previously reported on how the bill is a novel way to curb abortion pills and could be copied in other states.
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May 23, 2024 02:15 PM
The Justice Department and states sued Ticketmaster’s parent company, Live Nation, on Thursday. The suit alleges that the company has an unfair monopoly on ticketing. It could lead to the entertainment giant being broken up.
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May 23, 2024 09:02 AM
After months of calling former President Donald Trump dangerous, Nikki Haley said Wednesday that she’ll vote for him in November.
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May 22, 2024 05:26 PM
Sen. Rick Scott told his colleagues in a letter that he’s putting himself forward for Senate GOP leader, The Wall Street Journal reported. Sens. John Thune and John Cornyn are already in the race to replace Sen. Mitch McConnell.
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May 22, 2024 04:16 PM
The tax charge trial for President Joe Biden’s son Hunter was postponed until Sept. 5. It was originally scheduled to start in June, but the defense asked for more time because the younger Biden is facing trial in a separate case beginning early next month.
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May 22, 2024 11:45 AM
The Republican National Committee headquarters on the Hill was put on lockdown on Wednesday morning. NBC News reported that someone sent vials of blood to the building; the source of the package is under investigation.
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