Cup of Joe – September 10, 2023

“A federal judge on Friday rejected a request from former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to move his election interference case to U.S. District Court in Atlanta,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

“In a 49-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Steve Jones said Meadows did not meet the burden for demonstrating the case should be removed. He remanded the case back to Fulton Superior Court.”

“Meadows’ legal team is expected to appeal the decision to the federal appeals court in Atlanta and, if necessary, the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Washington Post: “Jones’s decision is also not good news for four other co-defendants who have sought to move their cases to federal court.”

New York Times: “This account of Mr. Taveras’s turnabout, drawn from court records and interviews with nearly a dozen people who know him and are involved in the matter, reveals new details of the critical if at first reluctant role he played in helping investigators develop evidence that Mr. Trump and two aides allegedly plotted to destroy security footage showing boxes of classified materials being shuttled in and out of a storage room at Mar-a-Lago.”

“Prosecutors have thrust the once-obscure Mr. Taveras, a 45-year-old computer whiz with a wife and two children, into the delicate position of being both Mr. Trump’s employee — he continues to work at Mar-a-Lago — and a witness against him.”

“House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan is demanding documents from the Justice Department after a lawyer representing a defendant in the Donald Trump classified documents case alleged that a key prosecutor tried to pressure him inappropriately,” NBC News reports.

“The lawyer, Stanley Woodward, represents Walt Nauta, an aide to the former president and a co-defendant who is charged alongside Trump with conspiring to obstruct the government’s efforts to reclaim classified documents.”

“Pentagon leaders have launched a new, more aggressive campaign this week to pressure Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville into finally releasing a nine-month hold on senior military nominations they say is harming national security,” Politico reports.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) “called for cutting off funding to the U.S. military,” the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

“Lee has vigorously defended Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s month-long blockade of hundreds of military promotions to force the Biden administration to rescind a policy to provide leave and reimburse travel expenses for service members and their families to travel to other states for abortions. Service members cannot choose where they are stationed and may be stationed in a state that does not allow abortions after the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade last year.”

“Former President Donald Trump’s net worth was inflated by billions of dollars more than what the New York attorney general’s office recently believed to be the case,” CNBC reports.

“Citing an analysis by valuation and accounting experts and taking into account other adjustments, the AG alleged that Trump’s net worth in any given year between 2011 and 2021 was overstated by $1.9 billion to $3.6 billion.”

The Trump Estate is struggling to sell the late Ivana Trump’s New York City townhouse—cutting the selling price by $4 million after going nearly a year on the market without a buyer, the New York Post reports.

An ex-staffer under the impeached Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) revealed Friday that their office maintained a “blacklist” that barred lawyers from working with certain reporters, the Dallas Morning News reports.

“Donald Trump hosted a $100,000-a-plate fundraiser for disgraced former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club Thursday night as Giuliani struggles to pay his mounting legal bills,” the AP reports.

“Giuliani’s son, Andrew, said in a radio interview Thursday morning that the event was expected to raise more than $1 million for his father and that Trump had committed to hosting a second event at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida later in the fall or early winter.”

“The White House Situation Room, the ultrasecure facility known to West Wing insiders simply as ‘the whizzer,’ has undergone a $50 million renovation, with sophisticated communications equipment and technology to prevent American adversaries from listening in,” the New York Times reports.

“To walk into the heart of the refurbished Situation Room, which got its nickname from the acronym WHSR, feels a bit like entering the set of a Hollywood thriller. In the windowless basement, one floor down from the Oval Office, the president’s oversize swivel chair faces three huge screens that he can consult while overseeing covert operations around the world.”

“President Biden has rejected a list of proposed conditions sought by the five men who are accused of conspiring in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in exchange for pleading guilty and receiving a maximum punishment of life in prison,” the New York Times reports.

“An offer by military prosecutors, made in March 2022, that would spare them death sentences if they admitted to their alleged roles in the hijackings, remains on the table… But Mr. Biden’s decision to reject additional conditions lessens the likelihood of reaching such a deal.”

“New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday issued an emergency order suspending the right to carry firearms in public across Albuquerque and the surrounding county for at least 30 days in response to a spate of gun violence,” the AP reports.

“The Democratic governor said she expects legal challenges but was compelled to act because of recent shootings, including the death of an 11-year-old boy outside a minor league baseball stadium this week.”

“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit on Friday ruled that the Biden White House, top government health officials and the FBI likely violated the First Amendment by improperly influencing tech companies’ decisions to remove or suppress posts on the coronavirus and elections,” the Washington Post reports.

“The decision was likely to be seen as victory for conservatives who’ve long argued that social media platforms’ content moderation efforts restrict their free speech rights.”

“When Mexican presidential contenders Claudia Sheinbaum and Xochitl Galvez entered politics at the start of the millennium, more than four in five senators in the country were men. Today, the majority are women,” Reuters reports.

“The rise of Sheinbaum, who was named on Wednesday as the ruling party’s candidate for next year’s presidential election, and Galvez, the main opposition contender, is the culmination of a rapid process of female inclusion in politics since 2000.”

Washington Post: “The claim [that North Korea now has a nuclear powered submarine] was impossible to immediately verify, and North Korea has a track record of boasting about achievements it has not quite attained.”

“The U.S. Air Force tested an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile with nuclear capabilities early Wednesday morning, as the Minuteman III launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California at around 1:30 a.m. PT,” CBS News reports.

“The long-range missile carried three test reentry vehicles and traveled roughly 4,200 miles from its launch site to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.”

Bloomberg: “Following a string of stronger-than-expected reports on everything from consumer spending to residential investment, economists have been boosting their forecasts for gross domestic product. One widely-followed, unofficial estimate produced by the Atlanta Fed even has it expanding 5.6% on an annualized basis in the third quarter.”

Wall Street Journal: “Costs for employer coverage are expected to surge around 6.5% for 2024, according to major benefits consulting firms Mercer and Willis Towers Watson.”

“Such a boost could add significantly to the price tag for employer plans that already average more than $14,600 a year per employee, driving up health-insurance costs that are among the biggest expenses for many American companies and a drain on families’ finances.”

When Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) initially spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday morning, she said she “gave no permission to do anything” when asked why her daughter, Katherine Feinstein, has power of attorney over her legal affairs.

However, she clarified soon after in a phone call: “I’ve entrusted my daughter to handle those things that I believe she can. And she’s very smart and if it doesn’t work, we’ll change it. But so far, so good.”

“When when I was teaching law school, I learned and and taught certain constitutional principles. When Marjorie Taylor Greene was teaching CrossFit, she learned a whole different set of values. Because my idea of what this country should be like is based on the Constitution, and she sees the world differently. She’s criticized me for, you know, voting to certify the election in 2020. The Constitution says Congress shall count the votes. Some say Congress may overturn an election result. It doesn’t say Congress can do whatever the heck it wants with. Congress shall count the votes. That’s what the Constitution says. In her CrossFit class maybe they didn’t cover that.”— Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), on KOA Radio.

“At least two Republican presidential candidates are criticizing as excessive recent prison sentences for members of the far-right Proud Boys involved in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, casting the defendants as victims of an unfair justice system rather than leading participants in an effort to disrupt the peaceful transition of power,” the New York Times reports.

“The son of a prominent conservative activist has been convicted of charges that he stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, bashed in a window, chased a police officer, invaded the Senate floor and helped a mob disrupt the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory,” the AP reports.

“Leo Brent Bozell IV, 44, of Palmyra, Pennsylvania, was found guilty Friday of 10 charges, including five felony offenses, after a trial decided by a federal judge.”

“Bozell’s father is Brent Bozell III, who founded the Media Research Center, Parents Television Council and other conservative media organizations.”

“Prominent Donald Trump supporter and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell repeatedly lost his temper, left the room and swore at opposing counsel during a series of depositions earlier this year, according to newly released videos and transcripts,” CNBC reports.

“The extraordinary interviews were conducted as part of a defamation lawsuit brought by Dr. Eric Coomer, former director of product strategy and security at Dominion Voting Systems, who has accused Lindell of repeatedly defaming him in public and online following Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential race.”

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