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Trump is ignoring the advice to stop talking with current and former aides, including Mark Meadows: CNN

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Trump MeadowsThen-President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office with, from left, then-Vice President Mike Pence, then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, on July 20, 2020.

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  • Trump is ignoring legal advice to stop talking to his former and current aides, including Mark Meadows, CNN reported.
  • The DOJ is investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot and has been in communication with Trump’s attorneys.
  • Meadows could potentially turn out to be a key witness in the department’s investigation.

Former President Donald Trump has been ignoring legal advice from his lawyers to stop speaking with current and former aides — including former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, CNN reported.

The Department of Justice is investigating the January 6 Capitol riot, and sources told CNN that Trump’s legal team is in talks with the DOJ in relation to their investigation, the first known interaction between the two camps.

Trump’s lawyers have advised the former president not to talk to his current and former aides, per CNN, specifically Meadows, whose former aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified before the House select committee that is also investigating the events of January 6, 2021.

Though a source told CNN that Trump and Meadows have communicated on several occasions, another source noted that Trump and Meadows’ relationship is “not the same as it once was” compared to when they were both still in the White House.

“There is clearly a concerted effort to undermine the vital, Constitutionally-rooted Executive and Attorney-Client Privileges through partisan, political persecution,” a Trump spokesman told CNN in a statement. “How can any future President ever have private conversations with his attorneys, counselors, and other senior advisors if any such advisor is forced, either during or after the Presidency, in front of an Unselect Committee or other entity, and be forced to reveal those privileged, confidential discussions?”

The spokesman added: “President Trump will not be deterred by witch hunts or kangaroo courts from continuing to defend and fight for America, our Constitution, and the Truth.”

Former White House aides, including Hutchinson, Alyssa Farah Griffin, Sarah Matthews, and Matthew Pottinger, have previously testified before the committee, revealing bombshell details about Trump’s response to the January 6, 2021, riot.

In the wake of the testimonies from his former aides Hutchinson and Griffin, there still remains the chance the DOJ could seek Meadows as a witness in their probe.

In a statement to CNN, Meadows’ attorney George Terwilliger said “all of that is idle and uninformed speculation, apparently by people that know little but talk a lot.”

Nonetheless, former White House attorney Ty Cobb told CNN that Meadows is “perfectly positioned to be the John Dean of this mess,” alluding to the former aide of former President Richard Nixon whose public testimony was crucial to the Senate committee investigating the Watergate scandal.

“The reason [Meadows] is valuable is also the reason he is in jeopardy: He was basically at Trump’s right hand throughout all these exercises and participated in key meetings and phone calls,” Cobb said.

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All 50 Democrats reach agreement on Manchin’s Inflation Reduction Act, Schumer says, saving Biden’s agenda

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Democratic senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin talk in a Senate elevator.Democratic senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin talk in a Senate elevator.

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  • Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is ready to “move forward” with Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act.
  • The update comes after days of silence from the Arizona moderate, who was the last holdout.
  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the final version of the bill will be introduced on Saturday.

Democrats in array.

After nearly a year and a half of turmoil that left them stalled on the size and scope of their economic ambitions, Senate Democrats had clinched an agreement to approve a legislative package, carrying many of their domestic priorities on climate, healthcare, and taxes.

“I am pleased to report that we have reached an agreement on the Inflation Reduction Act that I believe will receive the support of the entire Senate Democratic conference,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement, referring to the $740 billion spending bill he secretly negotiated with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Schumer said the deal “preserves the major components” of the legislation. The package would still allow Medicare to negotiate the price of some prescription drugs, establish over $300 billion in clean energy tax credits, and extend financial assistance so Americans can purchase health coverage under the Affordable Care Act for three more years. Those made up the core pieces of the Manchin and Schumer bill.

Democrats like Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii hailed the agreement. “It’s happening,” he wrote on Twitter.

—Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) August 5, 2022

But Manchin and Schumer had to accommodate Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, the lone Democratic holdout at this stage. Without her vote, Senate Democrats can’t approve the bill  over GOP opposition using the budget reconciliation process. All 50 Democratic senators must band together to pass the legislation with a simple majority, wielding the tiebreaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris.

In a statement, Sinema said Democrats had ejected a provision to narrow the carried interest loophole benefiting private equity and hedge fund managers. She had been long opposed to closing the loophole, conflicting with Manchin’s ardent desire to narrow it.

“We have agreed to remove the carried interest tax provision, protect advanced manufacturing, and boost our clean energy economy in the Senate’s budget reconciliation legislation,” Sinema said in a statement.

She added that she was willing to advance the “Inflation Reduction Act” pending further review from a top Senate official that ensures it complies with reconciliation’s strict rules. Sinema said that she wanted to deal with carried interest at a later date. But it seems unlikely Republicans would lend support for either narrowing or closing the loophole. 

Removing carried interest knocks out roughly $14 billion in revenue from Manchin’s bill. But a Democrat familiar said that a 1% stock buyback tax had been added to the legislation. It would impose a 1% tax when a public firm purchases its own shares trying to enrich shareholders. It’s expected to raise a lot more money, the person said on condition of anonymity.

Schatz praised the climate provisions that appear to be on a path to final passage sometime early next week. “We have a climate deal that is equal to the moment,” he wrote on Twitter. “It is both enormous and not enough, it is both historic and only a down payment. This is the fight of our political generation, so this isn’t over.”

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Democrats Nominate Twelve Candidates for Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice; Groundbreaking Slate Reflects Diversity of Borough

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The Judicial Convention of the Kings County Democratic Party, chaired by Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, convened successfully on Thursday evening to officially nominate twelve candidates to run on the party’s line in the 2022 election for Justice of the New York State Supreme Court. The Judicial Convention, which took place at the Marine Park Golf […]

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Alex Jones Ordered To Pay Sandy Hook Parents More Than $4M

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(AP) — A Texas jury on Thursday ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay more than $4 million in compensatory damages to the parents of a 6-year-old boy who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, marking the first time the Infowars host has been held financially liable for repeatedly claiming the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history was a hoax.

The Austin jury must still decide how much the Infowars host must pay in punitive damages to Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse Lewis was among the 20 children and six educators who were killed in the 2012 attack in Newtown, Connecticut.

The parents had sought at least $150 million in compensation for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Jones’ attorney asked the jury to limit damages to $8 — one dollar for each of the compensation charges they are considering — and Jones himself said any award over $2 million “would sink us.”

It likely won’t be the last judgment against Jones over his claims that the attack was staged in the interests of increasing gun controls. A Connecticut judge has ruled against him in a similar lawsuit brought by other victims’ families and an FBI agent who worked on the case.

The Texas award could set a marker for other cases against Jones and underlines the financial threat he’s facing. It also raises new questions about the ability of Infowars — which has been banned from YouTube, Spotify and Twitter for hate speech — to continue operating, although the company’s finances remain unclear.

Jones conceded during the trial that the attack was real and that he was wrong to have lied about it. But Heslin and Lewis told jurors that an apology wouldn’t suffice and called on them to make Jones pay for the years of suffering he has put them and other Sandy Hook families through.

Jones’ media company Free Speech Systems, which is Infowars’ parent company, filed for bankruptcy during the two-week trial.

The post Alex Jones Ordered To Pay Sandy Hook Parents More Than $4M appeared first on The Jewish Voice.


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The IRS about to go ‘beast mode’?

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Just how bad is the Biden administration’s and Democrat Congress’s grossly misnamed “Inflation Reduction Act” of 2022?

The Wall Street Journal has a shocking lead editorial titled “The IRS Is About to Go Beast Mode” about the particulars of its $80-billion expansion of the IRS:

The $80 billion is more than six times the current annual IRS budget of $12.6 billion. The money will be ladled out over nine years and comes with few strings attached. The main Democratic command is for the tax agency to bring the hammer down on taxpayers.

The bill earmarks $45.6 billion for “enforcement,” including “litigation,” “criminal investigations,” “investigative technology,” “digital asset monitoring” and a new fleet of tax-collector cars. The result will be far more audits, civil suits and criminal referrals.

The main targets will by necessity be the middle- and upper-middle class because that’s where the money is. The Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress’s official tax scorekeeper, says that from 78% to 90% of the money raised from under-reported income would likely come from those making less than $200,000 a year. Only 4% to 9% would come from those making more than $500,000.

The IRS knows the super-wealthy employ lawyers and accountants who make litigation time-consuming and risky. It also knows that Democrats would howl if the agency pursues fraud in the earned-income tax credit program, despite what the IRS has estimated are $18 billion in improper payments each year.

The Journal points out that customer service will not improve under this new money-gusher, and the government isn’t actually running short on cash from taxpayers:

The new wave of audits will hit taxpayers even as tax revenue as a share of GDP is back close to its historic norm of 18.5% and may be going higher as corporate and individual tax revenue soars. Tax receipts were up 25% in the first nine months of fiscal 2022 after rising 18.3% in fiscal 2021.
The federal government isn’t starving for revenue. Congress wants more tax revenue because it can’t control its appetite for spending. That’s why it wants a tax agency in beast mode.

So instead of improving the tax system by simplifying it, as in “low flat tax,” and kickstarting the economy so that revenues flow in, the Bidenites are going for the Full Lenin — crushing the middle class.

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The politics and science of the monkeypox pandemic – WSWS

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The politics and science of the monkeypox pandemic  WSWS

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Monkeypox vaccine supply expands in surrounding areas – WSAV-TV

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Monkeypox vaccine supply expands in surrounding areas  WSAV-TV

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NPR News: 08-04-2022 11PM ET

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NPR News: 08-04-2022 11PM ET

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Inflation Reduction Act drops most of Biden’s proposals to tax the rich trib.al/Ex9GRV2

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Inflation Reduction Act drops most of Biden’s proposals to tax the rich trib.al/Ex9GRV2

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Biden tests COVID-19 positive for sixth straight day trib.al/LCriThF

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Biden tests COVID-19 positive for sixth straight day trib.al/LCriThF

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