DeSantis announces 20 arrests tied to voter fraud charges… POLITICO
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday announced that the state is in the process of arresting 20 ex-felons — mostly in South Florida — for voter fraud tied to the 2020 election, the first round of what he promises will be a wave of voter fraud arrests.
The investigation was led by the DeSantis-championed Office of Election Crimes and Security, an office created during the 2022 legislative session to focus on election fraud investigations and prosecutions. The first round, announced during a press conference in Broward County, was focused on felons who illegally voted in 2020 by either not properly applying to have their voting rights restored or were ineligible because of the severity of their crimes.
REPORT: FBI Was After Documents Trump Believed Would ‘Exonerate’ Him From Russia Conspiracy
The FBI was reportedly seeking documents President Donald Trump believed would exonerate him from Russian collusion claims and other election-related charges when agents raided his Mar-a-Lago residence, anonymous intelligence officials told Newsweek.
The FBI collected all of the documents that were government property and used concerns about classified documents to justify the raid, but agents were looking for Trump’s personal stash containing documents related to Russian collusion accusations against him, fearing that he would “weaponize” them, Newsweek reported. One former Trump official said he may have planned to use the documents to help in a presidential run in the coming term.
Biden heads back to Delaware beach house, where he’s building $500K taxpayer-funded security fence … FOX NEWS
After spending much of his summer vacation on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, President Biden is heading back to his multimillion-dollar beach house in his home state of Delaware, where he’s building a taxpayer-funded security fence at a cost that’s ballooned to nearly $500,000.
Biden is expected to arrive at his $2.7 million summer house in the North Shores community of Rehoboth Beach on Saturday after spending the last couple nights in Wilmington, Delaware, according to data released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). On Wednesday, Biden was briefly at the White House signing of the $739 billion Inflation Reduction Act into law.
NYC, DC sanctuary city policies come back to haunt them amid feud with Texas, Arizona … FOX NEWS
As New York City and Washington D.C. feud with the governors of Texas and Arizona over the border states’ busing of migrants to their cities, their own sanctuary city policies are the subject of a reignited debate — as the Republican governors cite the liberal policies as justification for the buses.
Thousands of migrants have been sent from Texas and Arizona to the two Democratic-run cities, both of which have repeatedly proclaimed and reaffirmed their commitment to protecting illegal immigrants from deportation and making their states welcoming havens.
Hong Kong reopens COVID-19 isolation facility as cases spike … THE HILL
Hong Kong plans to reopen one of its largest COVID-19 isolation facilities amid climbing case numbers that stand at a four-month high.
“We are very concerned,” Lau Ka-hin, the Hong Kong Hospital Authority chief manager of quality and standards, said of the rate of cases, according to Bloomberg. “We’ve come to a very key moment and we are worried that the situation may deteriorate further.”
Biden to host unity summit against hate-fueled violence … AP NEWS
President Joe Biden will host a White House summit next month aimed at combating a spate of hate-fueled violence in the U.S., as he works to deliver on his campaign pledge to “heal the soul of the nation.”
The White House announced Friday that Biden will host the United We Stand Summit on Sept. 15, highlighting the “corrosive effects” of violence on public safety and democracy. Advocates pushed Biden to hold the event after 10 Black people were killed at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket in May, aiming as well to address a succession of hate-driven violence in cities including El Paso, Texas, Pittsburgh and Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
‘Safer Tucking’: Boston Children’s Hospital Says Teens Can Use Tape To Hide Genitals
Guidance from Boston Children’s Hospital outlines how transgender teenagers as young as 13 can implement “safer tucking” to make their penis look like a vagina. It also includes instructions on how girls can “bind” their chests to look more like men.
The hospital’s guidance falls under what it calls “gender services,” which include resources on the “gender spectrum” and “gender affirming hormone therapy.” The hospital calls its program HOTT (Health Outreach To Teens), which describes itself as “a welcoming, non-judgmental, confidential program designed specifically to meet the health & wellness needs of LGBTQ young adults aged 13-24.”
Democrats rebrand $739B tax and climate bill as key to energy independence … FOX NEWS
Congressional Democrats are working on rebranding their $739 billion climate change and tax bill as a boost for energy independence, while much of the country continues to face high gasoline prices.
The shift in tone is evident in a series of new campaign ads by vulnerable Democrats and House Majority PAC — the biggest outside political group working to keep Speaker Nancy Pelosi in power. The ads claim that Democrats have used their narrow control of Congress to pass-party line legislation to boost energy independence.
McConnell says House more likely to flip than Senate, cites candidate quality … THE HILL
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday predicted that Republicans have a better chance of flipping the House than the Senate, citing candidate quality, again taming expectations for the upper chamber less than three months out from the midterm elections.
“I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate. Senate races are just different — they’re statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome,” McConnell said when asked about his expectations for the midterms during an event in Kentucky, according to NBC News.
DOJ Press Release On Boston Children’s Hospital Mentions ‘Hate’ Four Times, Child Sex Changes Zero
The Department of Justice released a statement Wednesday condemning alleged threats made against Boston Children’s Hospital and its staff following controversy over the facility performing sex change procedures on minors.
Boston Children’s Hospital came under fire after several prominent Twitter accounts shared publicly available videos the hospital had put out promoting sex change procedures it offered to minors, and the hospital said it received threats of violence. The DOJ statement on the incident used the word “hate” four times to suggest the alleged threats against the hospital were potential hate crimes, but avoided mentioning sex changes by using a euphemism about supporting children’s authenticity.
Married Finnish PM Sanna Marin ‘danced intimately’ with man at club: video … NY POST
The firestorm over Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s wild partying intensified Friday with a new video seemingly showing the married leader dancing intimately with a mystery man.
The 36-year-old leader, one of the world’s youngest heads of state, has already been forced to deny being on drugs in a now-viral clip of her partying in an apartment after returning from summer vacation.
But on Friday, Finnish tabloid Seiska posted a new video of her later that same night, showing the top politician pressed up against a man who repeatedly nuzzles her neck as they dance in a packed Helsinki club, Teatteri.
It Now Costs $300,000 to Raise a Child … WSJ
The cost of raising a child through high school has risen to more than $300,000 because of inflation that is running close to a four-decade high, according to a Brookings Institution estimate.
It determined that a married, middle-income couple with two children would spend $310,605—or an average of $18,271 a year—to raise their younger child born in 2015 through age 17. The calculation uses an earlier government estimate as a baseline, with adjustments for inflation trends.
U.S. Treasury approves up to $750 million small business capital funds for four states … REUTERS
The U.S. Treasury Department said on Friday it approved four additional state plans for the State Small Business Credit Initiative worth $750 million, bringing total approvals under the COVID-19 recovery venture capital program to $2.25 billion.
2 more migrant buses from Texas arrive in NYC as border crisis continues … FOX NEWS
Two more buses carrying illegal migrants arrived in New York City from Texas Friday morning.
The buses are the most recent sent by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to left-wing cities such as New York and Washington D.C.
Abbott began sending migrants out of his state into liberal cities thousands of miles from the U.S.-Mexico border as a way to bring evidence of the migrant crisis to their doorstep and bring attention to the issue of illegal immigration in his own state.
Three Men Charged in Prison Killing of Whitey Bulger … NYT
Three men were indicted in the death of the notorious gangster James (Whitey) Bulger, who was beaten to death four years ago in a West Virginia federal prison where he was serving a sentence for crimes that terrorized Boston in the 1970s and ’80s, prosecutors said on Thursday.
Fotios Geas, Paul J. DeCologero and Sean McKinnon were charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia.
ICYMI: Brian Stelter To Depart CNN
Brian Stelter is departing CNN after the network announced it is canceling his show “Reliable Sources,” a CNN spokesperson confirmed to the Daily Caller Thursday.
CNN President Chris Licht informed the host of the upcoming cancellation Wednesday. The Sunday show, the longest running on CNN, will end August 21.