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    Washington (CNN)In the last few weeks, more details about how former President Donald Trump tried to overturn the 2020 election have come to light, specifically about an effort by his campaign to subvert the Electoral College process and install fake GOP electors in seven swing states. The situation is far from self-explanatory. It involves arcane laws governing the presidential transition process and a behind-the-scenes effort by Trump's allies to exploit weaknesses in the system so he could remain in office. This all played out more than a year ago, but it's still extremely relevant, because both state and federal prosecutors are looking into the matter. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know about the "fake electors" plot:What are we talking about?This was an attempt by Trump campaign officials, led by Trump's then-attorney Rudy Giuliani, to subvert the Electoral College process. In plain English, this was an attempted coup of sorts. Read MoreVoters go to the polls in November, but that's only the first step of a convoluted process to formally pick the next president and initiate the transfer...
    The January 6 Committee is poised to hold former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt after he failed to show up to testify on Wednesday. In a letter to his lawyer, Committee Chair Bennie Thompson recapped some eyebrow-raising documents Meadows had provided to the committee, but now refuses to testify about. Meadows is invoking vague and sweeping claims of privilege to defend his no-show. He has filed a lawsuit in a last-ditch attempt to avoid testifying. But as Thompson noted in his letter, Meadows didn’t think the following items were privileged when he handed them over to the committee. So he has no legal basis to refuse to testify about them: November 7 email discussing a plan to send “alternative” (i.e., fake) Trump electors as part of a “direct and collateral attack” and a text message to a member of Congress in which Meadows writes that he “loves” the fake elector plan. January 5 email discussing an 38-page PowerPoint presentation entitled “Election Fraud, Foreign Interference, and Options for Jan 6,” that was to be...
    White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia White House communications director: 'Biden is not going to be breaking news at 1am on Twitter' MORE said Friday that President Biden has not thought about the color scheme of Air Force One. Psaki told reporters during Friday's White House press briefing that Biden "has not spent a moment" thinking about the the color scheme, referring to former President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE's proposal to exchange the aircraft's baby blue color for a new red, white and blue design. White House press sec. Jen Psaki comments on proposal for "reconsidering the color scheme of Air Force One.""I can confirm for you here: the...
    The episode of The Young and the Restless that aired on Friday, November 6, featured Victor calling for family unity to help Adam, whom he feared was teetering on the edge of something bad. Elsewhere, Amanda noticed Billy and Lily’s flirtation. A struggling Faith ended up telling off her Uncle Adam, and her friend tempted her with something dangerous in the park. Victor (Eric Braeden) visited Victoria (Amelia Heinle) at her office. He broached Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), visiting Johnny, and Victoria said no. She also noted that Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) left town. Then Victor changed the subject to Adam (Mark Grossman) and tried to get her to have a family meeting to help his youngest son. Nick (Joshua Morrow) came in and wondered if his dad was kidding. They argued back and forth for a bit, and then Victoria suddenly agreed, which made Nick reluctantly agree. After Victor left, Nick asked his sister what her angle was, and she said she wanted to ambush Adam with paperwork to cut ties with his Newman inheritance officially. Nick thought her...
    Most years, the vast majority of Americans — and probably even political reporters — would be unable to name the postmaster general. But in 2020, Louis DeJoy has become a household name for overseeing a dramatic decline in the U.S. Postal Service’s performance, the result of policies that many fear may intentionally or unintentionally interfere with the processing of mail-in ballots during the November election. With DeJoy already in the spotlight, a new report from the Washington Post about the longtime Republcian donor’s shady fundraising schemes on Sunday has further sullied his reputation. But it’s not just his public standing under threat — the allegations suggest he maybe be vulnerable criminal charges for a vast election finance crime. The Post explained: Five people who worked for DeJoy’s former business, New Breed Logistics, say they were urged by DeJoy’s aides or by the chief executive himself to write checks and attend fundraisers at his 15,000-square-foot gated mansion beside a Greensboro, N.C., country club. There, events for Republicans running for the White House and Congress routinely fetched $100,000 or more apiece. ...
    Cook Out, Darlington Raceway partner on entitlement for Cook Out Southern 500 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time The Truth About How the Dow is Constructed As is the case for sausage and legislation, if you like the Dow Jones Industrial Average you shouldn't look too closely at how it's made. © TheStreet The Truth About How the Dow is Constructed If you fall in this queasy category, you should stop reading this column now. Load Error For the rest of you, I start with shining a spotlight on the big change to the DJIA's composition that will take effect this coming Monday. The picture isn't pretty. That change, as no doubt you've heard by now, replaces Exxon Mobil with Salesforce.com , Raytheon Technologies with Honeywell International , and Pfizer with Amgen . The primary reason for the change, according to the press release announcing it from Dow Jones S&P Indices, was "Apple Inc.'s decision to split its stock 4:1, which will reduce the [Dow Industrials] index's weight in the… Information Technology sector. The...
    Steve Bannon joked about We Build The Wall founder Brian Kolfage stealing money from the fund and boasted about the triple amputee veteran's 'million-dollar yacht' in a video shot one year before the two men were arrested over the alleged massive fraud scheme.  Bannon, Kolfage and two others - Timothy Shea and Andrew Badolato - were charged this week with conning donors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay to build a section of border wall. The funds were allegedly stolen from the We Build The Wall GoFundMe account and used to fund their lavish lifestyles. Bannon, Donald Trump's former aide and one of the key players in the president's 2016 White House campaign, was arrested Thursday when investigators swooped on a 150-foot yacht off the coast of Connecticut and charged him with pilfering $1 million from the scheme, some of which he kept for himself. Kolfage, a Purple Heart veteran who lost an arm and two legs in Iraq in 2004, was arrested at his home in Florida and is accused of being the main beneficiary of...
    The White House flatly denied Saturday a report that claimed President Trump did not act on information from US intelligence officials that Russia allegedly offered bounties to the Taliban for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan. “The CIA Director, National Security Adviser and the Chief of Staff can all confirm that neither the President nor the Vice President were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said. The statement did not confirm that the intelligence existed, in keeping with ordinary practice, she said, but was a comment on “the inaccuracy of The New York Times story erroneously suggesting that President Trump was briefed on this matter.” The report claimed that the president and the National Security Council were informed of the covert operations in March, but had taken no action in response. Both the Taliban and Russia’s foreign ministry denied the allegation. Joe Biden called the story “a horrifying revelation” in an online town hall Saturday, shortly before the White House  released its denial. “I’m disgusted on behalf of those families, their commander in chief turning...
    As the coronavirus spread across the US this spring, authorities warned people not to purchase N95 respirator masks, lest they contribute to a shortage of the masks for medical personnel. The N95 respirators are considered the most effective masks to filter out droplets in the air that may transmit the virus. Sites like Amazon suspended sales of N95 masks to the general public and cracked down on sellers who tried to sell counterfeit versions. But a ProPublica investigation uncovered an operation in Texas that was repackaging masks marked as “prohibited” for medical use into unlabeled bags. A man who answered an ad for a TaskRabbit gig told ProPublica what he witnessed: …five or six other “Taskers” earning about $20 an hour were ripping Chinese masks out of plastic bags and stuffing them into new ones that were identical but for one potentially deadly difference. The old packages were labeled in all caps “MEDICAL USE PROHIBITED,” meaning not to be used by doctors and nurses who need the strongest protection from tiny particles carrying the novel coronavirus. The new bags,...
    The chairman of Harvard University’s chemistry department was indicted on charges he lied to the US government officials about his work for a Chinese technology school while receiving federal research funds, according to the Justice Department. Charles Lieber was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of making false statements about his association with Wuhan University of Technology, where he became a “Strategic Scientist” in 2011, while his Lieber Research Group received $15 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Defense Department, the Justice Department press release issued Tuesday says. The grants require the disclosure of all sources of financial support, potential financial conflicts of interest and collaboration with foreign entities. Lieber, the documents allege, became involved between 2012 and 2015 in China’s “Thousand Talents Plan” that seeks to “lure Chinese overseas talent and foreign experts to bring their knowledge and experience in China, and they often reward individuals for stealing proprietary information.” The Ivy League professor received a salary of up to $50,000 US each month, living expenses of roughly $158,000 US and...
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