President Trump, Gov. Greg Abbott visit Texas southern border

PHARR, TEXAS - JUNE 30: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott listens to former President Donald Trump's address during a tour to an unfinished section of the border wall on June 30, 2021 in Pharr, Texas. Gov. Abbott has pledged to build a state-funded border wall between Texas and Mexico as a surge of mostly Central American immigrants crossing into the United States has challenged U.S. immigration agencies. So far in 2021, U.S. Border Patrol agents have apprehended more than 900,000 immigrants crossing into the United States on the southern border. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott listens to President Donald Trump’s address during a tour to an unfinished section of the border wall on June 30, 2021 in Texas. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

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President Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) made a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday. The two visited Weslaco, Texas, where Trump held a roundtable with the governor and later visited a portion of unfinished border wall.

During the roundtable, the president said the country is in a “sick state,” citing the state of the southern border under Joe Biden and the integrity of the 2020 elections. “But we have a sick country in many ways. It’s sick in elections and it’s sick on the border,” said Trump. “If you don’t have good elections and if you don’t have a strong border, you don’t have a country.

Trump touted his own handling of the southern border, pointing out the border now is more dangerous than it has ever been, especially compared with the historically low numbers while he was president. He also added, at this point it is unlikely things will go back to the way they were under his administration.

Since entering the White House, Biden had done a number of things to peel back Trump’s border policies. This including halting the construction of the southern border wall and ending Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program.

Later in the day, Trump and Abbott both traveled to a segment of border wall where the 45th president briefly tore into Democrats for running disastrous elections. “Biden is destroying our country and it all started with a fake election,” stated Trump.

Trump then took aim at the trafficking crisis on the southern border, saying it was almost a non-issue under his leadership. “We stopped them. And the drug dealers, we did a job like nobody thought was possible,” said Trump.

Since May of last year, there has been a 700 percent increase in illegal border crossings.

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Rep. Ihan Omar remains unapologetic when equating Israel, U.S. to terrorist groups

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 29: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaks at an “End Fossil Fuel” rally near the U.S. Capitol on June 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. Organized by Our Revolution, demonstrators called on Congress to take action in ending fossil fuel subsidies. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) speaks at an “End Fossil Fuel” rally near the U.S. Capitol on June 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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Progressive squad member Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has stirred up controversy yet again after recent remarks about Israel. Like clockwork, Ilhan Omar is going viral for her latest remarks that unleashed a slew of criticism to what many are calling “anti-Semitic.”

In a Tuesday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the self-proclaimed progressive stood by her tweet from earlier this month, in which she compared the U.S. and number one ally Israel to that of terror groups Hamas and the Taliban.

Unable to take any accountability for her remarks, Omar instead blamed her Jewish Democrat colleagues, accusing them of “not being partners in justice.” Many of her GOP colleagues have called her comments “divisive,” saying she is the reason there is stark division within the Democrat Party.

Even the White House has distanced themselves with Press Secretary Jen Psaki saying, “any attempt to draw an equivalency between the United States and our close ally Israel with a terror group like Hamas or the Taliban is false and unacceptable.”

In the meantime, House GOP members urged calls for her removal from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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NYC election board reports ‘discrepancy’ with mayoral race

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 08: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who's running as a Democratic mayoral candidate, appears in Flushing, Queens to open a new campaign office on June 8, 2021 in the Queens borough of  New York City. In a new poll, crime has become a central issue for many New Yorkers leading to a rise in support for Adams, a retired police captain. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who’s running as a Democratic mayoral candidate, appears in Flushing, Queens to open a new campaign office on June 8, 2021 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Democrats in New York City are still waiting to find out who their nominee for mayor will be. On Tuesday evening, Eric Adams appeared to secure the nomination after running on a platform centered around supporting the New York Police Department.

However, after results from the ranked voting system were tabulated, the city’s election board announced there had been a discrepancy in the elimination round of tabulation. When tallying initially concluded, Adams had secured 51.1 percent of the vote with Kathryn Garcia coming in a distant second, while all other candidates had been eliminated.

Although, an update a few hours later showed Adams’ lead shrank before all tabulation data was deleted. The board of elections later admitted that 135 thousand test ballots were still in the system, saying “the board apologizes for the error and has taken immediate measures to ensure the most accurate up-to-date results are reported.”

Both Adams and Garcia’s campaigns released statements in the wake of the mix up, saying the candidates are both staying optimistic about their chances after the corrections are made.

In addition to the ranked voting hiccup, the board of elections still has to count the more than 125 thousand absentee ballots that have come in. This means GOP nominee Curtis Sliwa will likely have to wait until mid-next week to know who he’ll be facing off against in the general election.

However according to him, he’s ready for the fight whenever it comes. “I was out there with the Guardian Angels battling to protect property, to protect product and people. All throughout midtown Manhattan in Chelsea and down in Soho,” said Sliwa on the various riots that had taken place.

“I ended up getting a broken jaw. Many of the Guardian Angels were seriously injured. I know how to take on the shooters and looters and the enemies of society.”

The general election is set to take place on Nov. 3.

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Calif. bill decriminalizing psychedelics heads to State Assembly

LONDON - JULY 18: Magic Mushrooms sit in a fridge on July 18, 2005 in London, England. The sale of fresh mushrooms has been prohibited as of today due to the reclassification of the drug to Class A. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Magic mushrooms sit in a fridge. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

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California could soon become the second state in the U.S. to decriminalize psychedelic drugs like magic mushrooms. Reports have detailed a Democrat-led bill headed to the State Assembly after clearing the State Senate, that argues prohibition of these drugs is outdated and they could have beneficial effects.

The bill would allow those 21 and over to possess psilocybin, the hallucinogenic component of magic mushrooms, for personal use and social sharing. The bill also covers several other substances like DMT, LSD or acid, and MDMA which is more commonly known as ecstasy.

However, an effort to add the anesthetic ketamine to the list didn’t even find support within the party amid arguments it can be used as a date rape drug.

The Democrat behind the bill said people’s lives have been transformed by the use of psychedelics. Sen. Scott Wiener (D-Calif.) said, “the war on drugs needs to end. For 50 years, we’ve taken the approach to drug use of incarcerating as many people as possible and we have had no benefit.”

Medical experts have testified during the bill’s debates, claiming psychedelics have been tested as “an extremely promising approach to a variety of mental illnesses.”

The bill bans sharing the drugs with anyone under the age of 21 or possessing substances on school grounds. While the move would remove the criminal penalty for possessing the drugs in California, it would still be illegal under federal law.

Denver became the first city to decriminalize psilocybin in May 2019, while Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of all drugs in Nov. 2020, which took effect in Feb. this year.

State narcotics officials have warned the bill’s allowance of social sharing could bring an increase of overdoses and fatalities from contaminated drugs.

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Supreme Court wrapping up final week of term

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: A man walks up the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. Later today President Donald Trump is expected to announce his Supreme Court nominee to replace Associate Justice Antonin Scalia who passed away last year. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A man walks up the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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The Supreme Court’s term is wrapping up with only a few decisions left to be released. The Supreme Court has issued rulings on eminent domain, evictions and illegal immigration during its last week of the term.

In the case of PennEast Pipeline Co. V. New Jersey, a split five to four decision ruled the federal government could allow pipelines to seize public land so they could build their projects. This decision comes after the state of New Jersey sued the Pennsylvania-based PennEast Pipeline Company in 2019 for attempting to build a 116-mile pipeline from Pennsylvania to the Garden State.

Chief Justice John Roberts penned the majority opinion, arguing Congress gave pipelines the power to invoke eminent domain when they amended the Natural Gas Act in 1947. The PennEast Pipeline Company hailed the decision, claiming their project would immensely benefit consumers.

In another case, a split five to four decision in Alabama Association of Realtors V. Department of Health and Human Services resulted in the denial of an emergency request from landlords to lift the nationwide eviction moratorium.

This comes after a federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled that the moratorium was “legally unstoppable.” Roberts argued the CDC is expected to only keep the order in place through July. He also added this should give Congress enough time to dish out adequate assistance to renters.

Finally, in Johnson V. Guzman Chavez, the Supreme Court ruled six to three that some illegal immigrants are not entitled to a bond hearing while they’re being processed by the government.

It specifically affects illegal immigrants who were deported and detained again upon re-entry and who said they would face torture or persecution if returned to their home countries. Previously, a federal court sided with the immigrants, but the high court agreed to take up the case after the Trump administration contested that ruling.

The court will issue all remaining opinions on the last day of the term this Thursday.

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Prosecutors pursue grand jury probe into partial collapse

MIAMI, FL - MAY 14:  Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle speaks during a news conference to announce that sixteen Miami Beach Police officers exchanged numerous racist and pornographic emails on May 14, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  Prosecutors have launched an investigation into the officers who sent or received the e-mails, which included one email of an autopsy photo showing Raymond Herisse, a motorist shot and killed by officers in May 2011.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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The Miami-Dade District Attorney has tapped a grand jury to probe the Surfside condo collapse in Florida. As the search and rescue efforts continue in the rubble of the beachfront condos, Florida prosecutors are pursuing a grand jury investigation.

In a statement on Tuesday, Miami-Dade District Attorney Katherine Rundle said the investigation would examine factors which led to the partial collapse of the 12-story building, which was 40-years old. Previously, Rundle had already sent a senior prosecutor to the site on the morning of the collapse to collaborate with engineers and investigators.

Depending on the evidence, the grand jury would also have the power to bring forth criminal charges. Grand juries in South Florida have examined other major high-profile disasters such as the deadly pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University back in 2018.

According to reports, the bridge had numerous design flaws and killed six people when it collapsed.

As plans are in the works for a grand jury probe, a growing number of lawsuits have been launched against the condo association. Meanwhile, the Miami-Dade mayor has ordered an audit of all buildings more than 40-years old in the area following the building’s collapse.

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Rep. McCarthy: Lack of NSA Oversight Cause for Concern

Rep. McCarthy: Lack of NSA Oversight Cause for Concern Rep. McCarthy: Lack of NSA Oversight Cause for Concern (Getty Images)

By Nick Koutsobinas | Wednesday, 30 June 2021 10:35 PM

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy released a statement on Wednesday that he is seeing disturbing trends from the National Security Agency. Citing this concern, McCarthy asked House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Member Devin Nunes to investigate the matter.

"For the past several months, I have seen a disturbing trend at the National Security Agency," McCarthy stated. "Given this disturbing trend, I've asked HPSCI Ranking Member Devin Nunes to investigate and find answers on behalf of the American people. The NSA cannot be used as a political instrument, and House Republicans will ensure accountability and transparency."

McCarthy's concern revolves around the NSA not disclosing information requested by the Republican Members on the House Intelligence Committee who are trying to fulfill their oversight responsibilities.

McCarthy added that "now, there is a public report that NSA read the emails of Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Although NSA publicly denied targeting Carlson, I have serious questions regarding this matter that must be answered."

The rules governing NSA surveillance mention that the agency can surveil foreign actors but would need a warrant to surveil Americans, which it can get through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). However, according to Ashkan Soltani, a senior fellow at Georgetown University, the NSA's XKeyscore program enables analysts to review information indiscriminately so long as they are not tagged as belonging to an American. In other words, an analyst could inadvertently be viewing an American's information without penalty.

"Earlier this year, I sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Austin expressing concern over the politicization of the Agency through the sidelining of Michael Ellis as NSA General Counsel. I asked that Mr. Ellis be reinstated and expressed my concern regarding undue political influence in NSA placing Mr. Ellis on administrative leave," McCarthy said.

Trump Sick of ‘Fighting Constantly,’ But Country Needs Me

Trump Sick of 'Fighting Constantly,' But Country Needs Me donald trump sits incredulous during his texas border visit news conference wednesday Former President Donald Trump (Joel Martinez/AP)

By Eric Mack | Wednesday, 30 June 2021 10:37 PM

Just when he though he was out, former President Donald Trump says he is being pulled back into the political arena to fight for his America First view, because the "country needs it."

"It's not that I want to, the country needs it," Trump told Fox News' "Hannity" in a Texas border town hall Wednesday night, capping his border visit to McAllen, Texas. "We have to take care of this country.

"I don't want to, is this fun? Fighting constantly, fighting always, I mean, the country, what we have done is so important."

Trump was asked by a legal immigrant from the 1960s at the town hall about the cost of illegal immigration to America under the Biden administration's porous border policies.

"It is incalculable how bad this is," Trump said. "We have not hundreds of thousands, but millions of people storming into the country. Some of them, as we discussed, are from prisons and bad and murderers and all the things that I said before.

"There is no way to judge that kind of damage. You know, getting them out is an ordeal and all sorts of things will happen. It's going to be very hard."

Trump noted he cannot wait until the 2022 midterms or a potential 2024 reelection campaign to help save America.

"This has to be stopped now," he continued. "This cannot go until 2022. They all say, 'Oh, we're going to win Congress.' This can't go. They have to do something immediately. People storming up.

"You look at some of the caravans with 15,000, 25,000 people, and you don't know who is in those caravans. Dotted in those caravans are some of the worst people on Earth. So, it is a tremendous cost, also monetarily it is a tremendous. You are talking trillions and trillions of dollars."

President Joe Biden is not the only problem, Trump added, noting the officials around him might be calling the most dangerous shots.

"He is surrounded by vicious people that are very smart, but they don't stand for the values of the people in this room's," Trump said. "He didn't campaign or debate well and didn't make good speeches."

Trump will remain in the fight, particularly amid political prosecutions, including those seeking to indict his Trump Organization officials. Notably, the Biden Justice Department has effectively sought to weaken Trump backers with threats of prosecution, much as they managed to weaken former Attorney General William Barr.

"The Democrats get a pass; Hillary Clinton got a pass; the Democrats get a pass," Trump said. "A guy like bill Barr, they said they would impeach him. Once they said they were going to impeach him, he became afraid.

"I said, 'what's wrong with you?' He became scared. They go after people. They go after them so hard and so viciously – and all of a sudden that is what happens. Not in all cases. We have some people that are incredible. You have some people that get brought over the other side for fear.

"And we can't have that=. We have fight so strong. Look at me. They go after me with [special counsel Robert] Mueller, with this one, with that one, with impeachment one, with impeachment [two]. I call it impeachment hoax one and two and all of this – all of this nonsense, made-up stuff.

"In fact, they were the ones that were guilty. They would come after me, New York radical left prosecutors come after me. You've got to always fight, keep fighting.

"It's a disgusting thing."

Trump Sick of ‘Fighting Constantly,’ But Country Needs Me

Trump Sick of 'Fighting Constantly,' But Country Needs Me donald trump sits incredulous during his texas border visit news conference wednesday Former President Donald Trump (Joel Martinez/AP)

By Eric Mack | Wednesday, 30 June 2021 10:37 PM

Just when he though he was out, former President Donald Trump says he is being pulled back into the political arena to fight for his America First view, because the "country needs it."

"It's not that I want to, the country needs it," Trump told Fox News' "Hannity" in a Texas border town hall Wednesday night, capping his border visit to McAllen, Texas. "We have to take care of this country.

"I don't want to, is this fun? Fighting constantly, fighting always, I mean, the country, what we have done is so important."

Trump was asked by a legal immigrant from the 1960s at the town hall about the cost of illegal immigration to America under the Biden administration's porous border policies.

"It is incalculable how bad this is," Trump said. "We have not hundreds of thousands, but millions of people storming into the country. Some of them, as we discussed, are from prisons and bad and murderers and all the things that I said before.

"There is no way to judge that kind of damage. You know, getting them out is an ordeal and all sorts of things will happen. It's going to be very hard."

Trump noted he cannot wait until the 2022 midterms or a potential 2024 reelection campaign to help save America.

"This has to be stopped now," he continued. "This cannot go until 2022. They all say, 'Oh, we're going to win Congress.' This can't go. They have to do something immediately. People storming up.

"You look at some of the caravans with 15,000, 25,000 people, and you don't know who is in those caravans. Dotted in those caravans are some of the worst people on Earth. So, it is a tremendous cost, also monetarily it is a tremendous. You are talking trillions and trillions of dollars."

President Joe Biden is not the only problem, Trump added, noting the officials around him might be calling the most dangerous shots.

"He is surrounded by vicious people that are very smart, but they don't stand for the values of the people in this room's," Trump said. "He didn't campaign or debate well and didn't make good speeches."

Trump will remain in the fight, particularly amid political prosecutions, including those seeking to indict his Trump Organization officials. Notably, the Biden Justice Department has effectively sought to weaken Trump backers with threats of prosecution, much as they managed to weaken former Attorney General William Barr.

"The Democrats get a pass; Hillary Clinton got a pass; the Democrats get a pass," Trump said. "A guy like bill Barr, they said they would impeach him. Once they said they were going to impeach him, he became afraid.

"I said, 'what's wrong with you?' He became scared. They go after people. They go after them so hard and so viciously – and all of a sudden that is what happens. Not in all cases. We have some people that are incredible. You have some people that get brought over the other side for fear.

"And we can't have that=. We have fight so strong. Look at me. They go after me with [special counsel Robert] Mueller, with this one, with that one, with impeachment one, with impeachment [two]. I call it impeachment hoax one and two and all of this – all of this nonsense, made-up stuff.

"In fact, they were the ones that were guilty. They would come after me, New York radical left prosecutors come after me. You've got to always fight, keep fighting.

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Rep. Ronny Jackson to Newsmax: White House ‘Incompetent,’ Has ‘Bad Intentions’ on Border Crisis

Rep. Ronny Jackson to Newsmax: White House 'Incompetent,' Has 'Bad Intentions' on Border Crisis ("Stinchfield"/Newsmax TV)

By Charles Kim | Wednesday, 30 June 2021 10:25 PM

Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, told Newsmax Wednesday night that the White House demonstrated both "bad intentions" and "incompetence" in handling the southern border crisis.

“The White House is full of people with bad intentions and incompetent people,” Jackson said on “Stinchfield.” “We can see that, and so what they're doing right now is they're trying to get as many people over here as possible. Their ultimate goal, in my mind, is to get as many people over here as they can, if in the in the near future they're going to get all of them registered to vote.”

Jackson joined former President Donald Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in the Rio Grande Valley town of McClellan on the southern border Wednesday.

“President Trump came down here and (with Gov. Abbott) are providing some of the leadership that we need to solve this crisis,” he said. “This crisis that was made by the Biden administration.”

Jackson said Trump and Abbott met with a variety of groups including, law enforcement, landowners, and others that are being impacted by the surge of illegal immigrants streaming across the border.

“We had all kinds of interest from down here on the border, people that are just sick to death of what's going on, and they talked to the president,” he said. “(Biden and the Democrats) got rid of all the Trump policies that were working at the time, and it's just it's just horrible down here right now. We just got an epidemic of human trafficking and drugs and all kinds of stuff coming across the border.”

Customs and Border Patrol officials estimate increases of around 800%-1,000% in encounters with immigrants compared to the same time last year, especially in the Laredo Sector.

Trump said during his visit that it is either that Democrats and Biden want the borders completely open, or they are just incompetent.

“I mean, the real question is do they really want open borders, or are they incompetent,” Trump said. “There's only two things you're either incompetent, or for some reason, you have a screw loose and you want to have open borders.”

Jackson said Trump’s trip to the border was especially important, unlike the visit Vice President Kamala Harris paid a couple of days ago 1,000 miles away in El Paso.

President Trump came down here, and he did what the Biden administration, what President Biden and what Harris should have been doing down here,” he said. “Looking at the actual problem and thanking those hard-working law enforcement officers, and everybody else down here on the border, trying to deal with the mess they created.”

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AP Source: Trump Company, Executive Indicted in Tax Probe

AP Source: Trump Company, Executive Indicted in Tax Probe AP Source: Trump Company, Executive Indicted in Tax Probe (Dreamstime)

MICHAEL R. SISAK Wednesday, 30 June 2021 09:27 PM

Donald Trump’s company and his longtime finance chief have been indicted on charges stemming from a New York investigation into the former president’s business dealings, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

The charges against the Trump Organization and the company’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, remained sealed Wednesday night, but were expected to involve alleged tax violations related to benefits the company gave to top executives, possibly including use of apartments, cars and school tuition, people familiar with the case said.

The people were not authorized to speak about an ongoing investigation and did so on condition of anonymity. The Wall Street Journal was first to report that charges were expected Thursday.

The company and Weisselberg were expected to make their first court appearance Thursday.

The charges against Weisselberg and the Trump Organization would be the first criminal cases to arise from the two-year probe led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., a Democrat who leaves office at the end of the year.

Prosecutors have been scrutinizing Trump’s tax records, subpoenaing documents and interviewing witnesses, including Trump insiders and company executives.

A grand jury was recently empaneled to weigh evidence and New York Attorney General Letitia James said she was assigning two of her lawyers to work with Vance on the criminal probe while she continues a civil investigation of Trump.

Messages seeking comment were left with a spokesperson and lawyers for the Trump Organization. Weisselberg's lawyer, Mary Mulligan, declined to comment. The Manhattan district attorney's office declined to comment.

Trump’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Jason Miller, a longtime former senior adviser to the Republican, spun the looming charges as “politically terrible for the Democrats.”

“They told their crazies and their supplicants in the mainstream media this was about President Trump. Instead, their Witch Hunt is persecuting an innocent 80 year-old man for maybe taking free parking!” Miller tweeted, apparently referring to Weisselberg, who is 73.

Trump, who’s been critical of President Joe Biden’s immigration policies, was in Texas visiting the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday. He did not respond to shouted questions about the charges as he participated in a briefing with state officials.

Trump had blasted the investigation in a statement Monday, deriding Vance’s office as “rude, nasty, and totally biased” in their treatment of Trump company lawyers, representatives, and long-term employees.

Trump, in the statement, said the company’s actions were “things that are standard practice throughout the U.S. business community, and in no way a crime” and that Vance’s probe was an investigation was “in search of a crime.”

Trump Organization lawyers met virtually with Manhattan prosecutors last week in a last-ditch attempt to dissuade them from charging the company. Prosecutors gave the lawyers a Monday deadline to make the case that criminal charges shouldn’t be filed.

Ron Fischetti, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, told the AP this week that there was no indication Trump himself was included in the first batch of charges.

“There is no indictment coming down this week against the former president,” Fischetti said. “I can’t say he’s out of the woods yet completely.”

Weisselberg, a loyal lieutenant to Trump and his real estate-developer father, Fred, came under scrutiny, in part, because of questions about his son’s use of a Trump apartment at little or no cost.

Barry Weisselberg managed a Trump-operated ice rink in Central Park.

Barry’s ex-wife, Jen Weisselberg, has been cooperating with the investigation and turned over reams of tax records and other documents to investigators.

“We have been working with prosecutors for many months now as part of this tax and financial investigation and have provided a large volume of evidence that allowed them to bring these charges,” Jen Weisselberg's lawyer, Duncan Levin, said Wednesday. “We are gratified to hear that the DA’s office is moving forward with a criminal case.”

Allen Weisselberg has worked for the Trump Organization since 1973. The case against him could give prosecutors the means to pressure the executive into cooperating and telling them what he knows about Trump’s business dealings.

Prosecutors subpoenaed another long-time Trump finance executive, senior vice president and controller Jeffrey McConney, to testify in front of the grand jury in the spring. Under New York law, grand jury witnesses are granted immunity and can not be charged for conduct they testify about.

Prosecutors probing untaxed benefits to Trump executives have also been looking at Matthew Calamari, a former Trump bodyguard turned chief operating officer, and his son, the company’s corporate director of security. However, a lawyer for the Calamaris said Wednesday that he didn’t expect them to be charged.

“Although the DA’s investigation obviously is ongoing, I do not expect charges to be filed against either of my clients at this time,” said the lawyer, Nicholas Gravante.

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Lawmakers Want National Guard Reimbursed $521M for DC Deployment

Lawmakers Want National Guard Reimbursed $521M for DC Deployment Lawmakers Want National Guard Reimbursed $521M for DC Deployment (Getty Images)

By Charles Kim | Wednesday, 30 June 2021 09:19 PM

A bipartisan group of Congressmen are asking the House and Senate leadership to pass an emergency spending bill to reimburse the National Guard for deploying troops to Washington D.C., in the wake of the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot.

According to The Hill, the group consisting of 70 Republicans and Democrats sent letters to the leadership of both bodies this week asking for an emergency appropriation for the estimated $521 million cost of the deployment.

If no action is taken, military leaders said it would have to cancel planned training activities scheduled for later in the year.

“Department of Defense (DOD) leadership has stated that without a commitment to reimburse the Guard by July 1, 2021, preparations will begin to cancel August and September annual training and individual duty training assemblies,” Warnock and Bustos said in a press release of the letter. “Without immediate action, the brave volunteers of our National Guard will suffer, and the National Guard Bureau estimates its readiness will decrease by 15-20%. We urge you to swiftly come to an agreement on emergency appropriations that includes full reimbursement for the National Guard.”

Some 26,000 troops were deployed to the Capitol following the January 6 riot, around 5,000 stayed until last month when the deployment ended, The Hill report said.

The soldiers, according to the DOD, would not accrue enough time of service this year to get retirement credits if the training sessions end up being canceled.

“Approximately 2,000 training schools will be canceled, affecting their readiness, pay and career progression. Ground vehicle and rotary wing operations and maintenance will be halted. Facilities will degrade, including the delay of critical fire safety projects in Maryland, Minnesota and the Virgin Islands,” the letter to leadership states. “Air National Guard flying operations will be negatively impacted as they begin recovery from the negative readiness effects of the pandemic. Without reimbursement this fiscal year, it will take years to recover our readiness.”

During the deployment, troops had to withstand sleeping on the floor inside the Capitol, and in nearby parking garages, and later complaints in March of “inadequate” meals provided by private caterers.

The troops finally left the post at the end of May.

The House narrowly passed a bill at that time that would pay for the National Guard deployment as well as beef up Capitol Police, but it has yet to go to the Senate.

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‘I’m Tired of It’: Georgia’s Raffensperger Seeks Atlanta-Area Election Takeover

'I'm Tired of It': Georgia's Raffensperger Seeks Atlanta-Area Election Takeover 'I'm Tired of It': Georgia's Raffensperger Seeks Atlanta-Area Election Takeover Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference on Nov. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. Georgia. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

By Eric Mack | Wednesday, 30 June 2021 09:16 PM

Atlanta-area election counting issues finally have embattled Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger saying "enough is enough," adding he "is tired of it," as he plans to have Fulton County elections to be taken over by the state of Georgia.

"I think people are saying, enough is enough," Raffensperger told Just the News in an exclusive podcast Wednesday.

"I'm tired of it, but so is everyone else who lives in the other 158 counties," he added.

The secretary of state told the podcast he will be invoking the newly passed law (Senate Bill 202) that calls on the state's Elections Board to take authority over elections in localities with habitual problems counting ballots.

Raffensperger was asked directly if he will recommend to the Elections Board to take Fulton County results into receivership.

"Yes is the answer to your question," he said.

"With SB 202, habitually failing counties can — actually the state election board can come in and replace the election director and really take over the governance of that."

Pressed again if it will be the secretary of state's "personal recommendation" that "the time has come for Fulton County to be taken over," Raffensperger repeated with just one word, "yes."

Raffensperger also noted he recommended top Fulton County election officials to be fired, but Fulton County declined to, according to Just the News.

The law was passed in Georgia's new election integrity reforms, which will be put into full effect for the 2022 midterm elections.

Raffensperger's hand-picked election monitor Carter Jones recently released a 29-page report on the Atlanta counting center rebuked by the Trump campaign.

"What he said was it's all this mismanagement," Raffensperger told Just the News. "The upside, positive note was that he did not see illegality or ballot stuffing. But all that mismanagement, dysfunction, what it does, it creates voter distrust, and it really lends itself to conspiracy theories. So it needs to be fixed. It's our largest county.

"And you know, people that live in Fulton County, like I do, I'm tired of it, but so is everyone else who lives in the other 158 counties."

Raffensperger also vowed a fight against the Biden Justice Department's lawsuit that claimed SB 202 disenfranchises minority voters through voter ID requirements, which he rebuked as a political lawsuit more than a true defense of voting rights.

"There's been progressives in the Justice Department for years that have been working on trying to stop election reforms that are common-sense reforms, that make sure that we can objectively identify voters," Raffensperger told the podcast. "You think about it, we've had photo ID for years in Georgia voting, and they said that was going to depress turnout. It didn't. We've had record turnout, record registrations."

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Caitlyn Jenner to Newsmax: California Has to Be ‘Competitive’

Caitlyn Jenner to Newsmax: California Has to Be 'Competitive' (Newsmax/''Greg Kelly Reports'')

By Nick Koutsobinas | Wednesday, 30 June 2021 09:01 PM

California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner outlined on Newsmax her plans to make California "competitive" with other states.

Appearing Wednesday on "Greg Kelly Reports," Jenner said: "It's so important that we get competitive with other states. Eighteen thousand companies have left California, and they've left for one reason. They didn't leave for the beaches. They didn't leave for Yosemite. They left because of high taxes and high regulations. We have to develop a system here in California. … I never see California going to a zero corporate tax rate like, you know, Florida or Texas. But we can be competitive, and you know we have the greatest resources in the world here."

According to the Tax Foundation, California ranks 49th of 50 for its individual income tax rate and 45th in sales tax.

As part of Jenner's policies, she said, if elected governor, she would "close [California's] southern border down. We have to finish the wall," she exclaimed. Jenner had mentioned that "[Gov.] Gavin Newsom isn't doing anything" to address the border or the influx of illegal migrants.

Jenner continued citing that "the border is a big issue" in California as well as immigration. "We have to … use state funds on state land to be able to close the border down. We have to do that. If you are arrested in this state, and you're here illegally, you're out of here."

Jenner acknowledged that a lot of the state is dependent on migrant workers and that there needs to be a process that allows them to work in this country, but through legal merit.

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Surfside Death Toll Now 18 After 6 More Found, Including Kids 10, 4

Surfside Death Toll Now 18 After 6 More Found, Including Kids 10, 4 crews search the surfside condo collapse site for survivors or victims almost a week after the tragedy (Miami-Dade Fire Rescue/AP)

Gabriella Borter Wednesday, 30 June 2021 07:51 PM

Six more bodies have been found in the shattered ruins of a collapsed Miami-area condominium tower in the past 24 hours, the mayor of Miami-Dade County said Wednesday, bringing the confirmed death toll to 18 nearly a week after the building fell.

Nobody has been pulled alive from the mounds of pulverized concrete, splintered lumber and twisted metal since the early hours of the disaster in the oceanfront town of Surfside, adjacent to Miami Beach.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told a news conference 147 people remained missing and feared trapped in the ruins of the Champlain Towers South condo. She said two of the 18 confirmed fatalities were children, aged 10 and 4.

"The loss of children is too great to bear," Levine Cava said. "Our community, our nation and the world all are mourning with these families who have lost loved ones."

Officials have said they still harbor hope of finding survivors. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said in an interview he had promised families that rescue crews were "not leaving anyone behind" as teams dig deeper into the rubble.

"We've not gotten to the bottom. We don't know what's down there," he said. "We're not going to guess. We're not going to make a life-or-death decision to arbitrarily stop searching for people who may be alive in that rubble."

He said every day the mound of wreckage is visibly shrinking, indicating progress.

Two teams of dogs were helping to scour the pile – one trained to sniff out survivors, the other to detect cadavers.

Investigators have not concluded what caused nearly half of the 40-year-old high-rise to crumple into a heap as residents slept in the early hours of last Thursday.

But in 2018, the engineering firm Morabito Consultants prepared a report ahead of a building safety recertification process, finding structural deficiencies in the 12-floor, 136-unit complex that are now the focus of inquiries.

As recently as April, the condo association's president warned residents in a letter that severe concrete damage identified by the engineer around the base of the building had since grown "significantly worse."

The relatives of a missing resident, Harold Rosenberg, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Florida's 11th Circuit Court against the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association Inc; Morabito Consultants Inc; and SD Architects P.A., a firm the lawsuit says was retained by the association to repair the building.

The lawsuit says the defendants "ignored obvious and shocking warning signs and indications that a catastrophe was imminent" and sought unspecified damages to be paid to the estate of Rosenberg, presumed dead, for negligence.

"Given the location of his residence, Harold Rosenberg is likely located at the very bottom of the mountain of rubble that search-and-rescue personnel have only begun to chip away at," the lawsuit said. "Hope is dwindling by the day."

The architect's firm could not be immediately reached for comment.

Brett Marcy, a spokesman for Morabito, said in a statement that the firm's 2018 report "offered detailed findings and recommendations regarding extensive and necessary structural repairs for the condo building."

Both Marcy and Maria Stagliano, a spokesperson for the condo association, said in separate statements that they could not comment on claims made in pending litigation but were working with investigators to understand why the building collapsed.

Rep. Cammack to Newsmax: Border ‘Crisis’ Goes Against Biden Narrative

Rep. Cammack to Newsmax: Border 'Crisis' Goes Against Biden Narrative ("The Chris Salcedo Show"/Newsmax TV)

By Nick Koutsobinas | Wednesday, 30 June 2021 07:27 PM

Florida Rep. Kat Cammack, who serves on the Homeland Security Committee, condemned on Newsmax the Biden administration's handling of the border, which as a result of their policy decisions, has turned the southern border into a "humanitarian crisis."

Appearing on "The Chris Salcedo Show," Cammack said, "I have been to the border twice. McAllen [, Texas] specifically; where President [Donald] Trump is. And I can tell you it is a humanitarian crisis. It is a trafficking crisis. It is a drug trafficking crisis, public health crisis, and it is a national security crisis."

Last week, Vice President Kamala Harris visited a border facility in El Paso, Texas, where Republican members of Congress criticized her for not attending to the part of the border where floods of migrants can be seen coming in.

"And Trump was not wrong when he said that Vice President Harris didn't go to the border, she went to El Paso, to a facility that has not seen an incredible level of traffic as they have at the Donna processing facility," Cammack added.

Cammack continued, stating that "the Rio Grande Valley sector has the highest number of apprehensions, the highest number of 'got-aways,' the highest number of drugs that are being trafficked across the border, and for this administration to outright avoid this very spot where they need the most attention, the most resources and most support that is unconscionable."

Cammack cited that the Biden administration hasn't attended to the border that needs the most attention because it runs against the Biden administration's narrative.

"It goes and flies in the face of the narrative that they have concocted [in] the Rio Grande Valley sector," Cammack said.

Other members of Congress, such as Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, have also criticized Harris for what he believed was an attempt by the vice president to draw attention away from the border crisis.

Gohmert had speculated prior to Harris' border visit that she would use the few remaining children at the El Paso facility as means for public relations.

"What they have been trying to do from the beginning," Gohmert said, "since the surge they created, started, their goal was to get people out of camera sight[s], out of people's sights, ship them around the country as fast as they can. … So I would expect what you will hear them say is, 'Look in this center here where we had children, look how few children are here.'"

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Over 100 Deaths May Be Tied to Historic Northwest Heat Wave

Over 100 Deaths May Be Tied to Historic Northwest Heat Wave Over 100 Deaths May Be Tied to Historic Northwest Heat Wave Orafino, Idaho. (AP)

ANDREW SELSKY and JIM MORRIS Wednesday, 30 June 2021 07:16 PM

The grim toll of the historic heat wave in the Pacific Northwest became more apparent as authorities in Canada, Washington state and Oregon said Wednesday that they were investigating more than 100 deaths likely caused by scorching temperatures that shattered all-time records.

Oregon health officials said more than 60 deaths have been tied to the heat, with the state's largest county, Multnomah, blaming the weather for 45 deaths since the heat wave began Friday.

In Vancouver, British Columbia, police said they had responded to more than 65 sudden deaths since Friday. Washington state authorities had linked more than half-dozen deaths to the heat, but that number was likely to rise.

"Vancouver has never experienced heat like this, and sadly dozens of people are dying because of it,” Vancouver police Sgt. Steve Addison said in a statement.

The heat wave was caused by what meteorologists described as a dome of high pressure over the Northwest and worsened by human-caused climate change, which is making such extreme weather events more likely and more intense. Seattle, Portland and many other cities broke all-time heat records, with temperatures in some places reaching above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 Celsius).

While the temperatures had cooled considerably in western Washington, Oregon and British Columbia by Wednesday, interior regions were still sweating through triple-digit temperatures as the weather system moved east into the intermountain West and the Plains.

Amid the dangerous heat and drought gripping the American West, crews were closely monitoring wildfires that can explode in the extreme weather.

The government's Environment Canada agency issued heat warnings Wednesday for southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. Heat warnings also were in place for parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

In Alberta, “a prolonged, dangerous, and historic heat wave will persist through this week,” Environment Canada said in a release.

The very high temperatures or humidity conditions also were expected to pose an elevated risk of heatstroke or heat exhaustion.

British Columbia’s chief coroner, Lisa Lapointe, said her office would normally receive about 130 death reports over a four-day period. At least 233 deaths were reported from Friday to Monday afternoon, she said, adding that coroners are determining whether the record-breaking heat played a role. Like Seattle, many homes in Vancouver don't have air conditioning.

In a statement, Oregon’s Multnomah County medical examiner blamed 45 heat deaths there on hyperthermia, an abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the body to deal with heat. The victims ranged in age from 44 to 97.

The county that includes Portland said that between 2017 and 2019, there were only 12 hyperthermia deaths in all of Oregon.

“This was a true health crisis that has underscored how deadly an extreme heat wave can be, especially to otherwise vulnerable people,’’ Dr. Jennifer Vines, the county's health officer, said in a statement.

The King County medical examiner's office, which covers an area including Seattle, said at least two people died of hyperthermia. In neighboring Snohomish County, three men — ages 51, 75 and 77 — died after experiencing heatstroke in their homes, the medical examiner’s office told the Daily Herald in Everett, Washington, on Tuesday.

In western Washington, the Spokane Fire Department found two people dead in an apartment building Wednesday who had been suffering symptoms of heat-related stress, TV station KREM reported.

The heat led a power company in Spokane to impose rolling blackouts because of the strain on the electrical grid. Avista Utilities says it's trying to limit outages to one hour per customer.

Heather Rosentrater, an Avista vice president for energy delivery, said the outages were a distribution problem and did not stem from a lack of electricity in the system.

Renee Swecker, 66, of Clayton, Washington, visited a splashpad fountain in downtown Spokane’s Riverfront Park with her grandchildren Wednesday, saying they “are going everywhere where there is water.”

“I’m praying for rain every day,” Swecker said.

Rep. Chip Roy to Newsmax: Border ‘Overrun’ by WH’s ‘Incompetence’

Rep. Chip Roy to Newsmax: Border 'Overrun' by WH's 'Incompetence' chip roy speaks (Newsmax/"Spicer & Co.")

By Eric Mack | Wednesday, 30 June 2021 06:57 PM

Former President Donald Trump's visit to the southern border Wednesday shed light on the fact Texas is "getting overrun by incompetence in this administration," according to Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, on Newsmax.

Trump's visit brought "someone that was running the executive branch to ensure that our border's secure for the people who live here in Texas – the ranchers and the people in the communities that are now getting overrun by incompetence in this administration," Roy told Wednesday's "Spicer & Co."

"But also the migrants who seek to come here, who are getting abused, while Democrats pat themselves on the back for being compassionate. And we watch little girls, women getting raped and abused and being put into the sex trafficking business, literally as we speak."

Because the Biden administration cannot take the time to address the border crisis in McAllen, Texas, Roy told co-hosts Sean Spicer and Lyndsay Keith it is time for the state to take border matters into their own hands.

"This is getting to the level where Texas is going to have to start stepping up and saying, 'enough,' right," Roy said. "We're going to take care of this. This is getting to a fever pitch in our communities, our lives, our ranches, our kids, our safety that's at stake."

President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris, the designated border czar, just do not "care" about southern Texas, having made one cursory trip to El Paso, Texas, last week.

"What we saw today was a president who actually understands, that cares about getting it right – and contrast that with Vice President Harris, who only found time to pit stop in El Paso en route to Los Angeles, 750 miles away from where McAllen is, where the actual crisis is," Roy continued.

"So, today you have Gov. [Greg] Abbott, former President Trump, about probably 15-20, maybe more of my colleagues in the United States Congress, a bunch of members of the Texas legislature, who came to where the crisis actually is."

Roy downplayed any potential benefit of Biden eventually coming to the crisis-hit border area of southern Texas.

"If it's just going to be another show stop like what we saw out of the vice president, I'm not sure how much value that actually adds," he said. "It would just give them the excuse that they quote 'visited the border,' and I'm not sure frankly, but if the president showed up to the border if he would know which side of the border was ours and which was Mexico's.

"I mean, frankly, it's absolutely astonishing: They don't care what's actually happening to real Texans, what's happening to real people, what's happening to real migrants."

And forget Democrats joining with Republicans to support a strong border wall now. They have degraded its value to their base for far too long, Roy said.

"Unfortunately, that's been politicized so much that none of my Democrat colleagues really will talk to us about its importance, even though it works – and in fact, in El Paso, where the vice president went there is, in fact a fairly large wall running through El Paso, which is working, which was done by, hmm, a Democrat.

"A previous Democrat congressman there was working with Republicans to get that done back when Democrats actually understood the border security was the duty of the elected officials to make sure a sovereign nation is secure."

Ultimately, Democrats are going to have to step forward and decide to start enforcing immigration laws, Roy lamented, noting Biden's vow this summer to end Title 42 border restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

"It's the only tool that we've allowed CBP, border patrol to continue to use to stop the flow," Roy said. "And the Democrats, President Biden is allegedly getting rid of that in July.

"And if that happens about half of all of these numbers that have been currently being held at the border are going to be caught and released into our country."

Roy said the road map to stemming illegal mass migration to the U.S. was already laid out by the Trump administration.

"We can solve all of this in a week, I promise you," Roy concluded. "And then you just spend the rest of this year finishing building the wall, and we could have a secure border, we could have immigrants come here, and we gotta have a safe country."

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