Joel Greenberg to plead guilty to 6 counts, cooperate with federal investigators in plea agreement
ORLANDO, Fla. – Joel Greenberg, Seminole County’s disgraced former tax collector, has agreed to plead guilty to six federal crimes — including sex trafficking of a child — in a deal that calls for him to cooperate with federal investigators, according to a source with knowledge of the agreement. The deal, which will be made official during a Monday morning court hearing Greenberg is required to attend, marks a turning point in the sprawling federal investigation that has roiled Florida politics and reportedly taken aim at Greenberg’s friend and ally U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz. In addition to traffic...
House GOP picks NY Rep. Stefanik as new No. 3, tightening Trump’s grip on party
House Republicans installed upstate New York Rep. Elise Stefanik as their new third-in-command on Friday, awarding her for her absolute loyalty to former President Donald Trump as the party continues to remake itself in his image. Convening behind closed doors in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, the Republicans voted 136-46 to make Stefanik their new conference chairwoman, a source confirmed to the Daily News, putting her in a highly visible role in party leadership that comes with responsibility over policy and messaging priorities. The election was conducted by secret paper ballot. Still, t...
New York Daily News
Martin Schram: We have met the enemy
Historically, the most horrific attacks on America have come from half a world away. America’s enemies bombed U.S. navy ships at Pearl Harbor, collapsed the World Trade Center’s twin towers, smashed a hole in the Pentagon, and would have shattered the Capitol Dome except for the midair heroics of a handful of America’s best. Now our enemies have hit us where the rest of us live. And yet we aren’t even sure who our real enemies are. Our news screens are bombarding us with an onslaught of lies that are intended to shatter Americans’ faith in our seemingly once-indestructible constitutional democ...
Tribune News Service
Missouri Senate leader threatened as lawmakers weigh gun bill
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden said Thursday threats directed at him and his family were in regard to the "Second Amendment Preservation Act," which seeks to invalidate federal gun laws but has remained stalled in the upper chamber. "It's not the first time it's happened," the Columbia Republican said. "It's part of the job. So it is what it is. We'll be fine." Rowden told the Post-Dispatch on Thursday that police were stationed outside his house, and that the people threatening him via email appeared to be in favor of the bill. The Second Amendment bill has quickly ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Joel Greenberg set for federal court hearing Monday, expected to plead guilty
ORLANDO, Fla. — A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for Monday in federal court for Joel Greenberg, the former Seminole County tax collector who resigned in disgrace last June in a case that has reportedly since taken aim at his friend and ally U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz. Greenberg — who is required to attend the 10 a.m. hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Hoffman — is expected to plead guilty to federal charges as part of an agreement with prosecutors with the U.S. attorney’s office. Details of the agreement have not yet been revealed, including whether he has agreed to testify agai...
Defense seeks to exclude phone calls made by father and son in Georgia jogger's shooting death
ATLANTA — The defense on Thursday asked a judge to exclude thousands of hours of jailhouse phone calls made by the father and son charged with murder in the 2020 death of Ahmaud Arbery. Prosecutors have made it clear they intend to use select phone calls, including one in which Greg McMichael disputes the any suggestion that race may have played in Arbery's death, calling it "bull----." Arbery was Black; the defendants, including neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan, are white. "You've heard the saying that no good deed goes unpunished?" McMichael said in a phone call to his brother. "Yeah, that's ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
‘We are finally being heard': Students cheer as Missouri passes reform school bill
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They’ve reported abuse for years, telling their parents, friends and even law enforcement what happened to them inside some of Missouri’s Christian boarding schools. But they were cast aside, often dismissed as lying, troubled teens who were only trying to manipulate their families and school staff. They say they never truly felt heard. Until Thursday. On a vote of 147-1 on the next-to-last day of the 2021 legislative session, the House concurred with the Senate’s version of the Child Residential Home Notification Act that was passed on Tuesday. Former students, who now live...
The Kansas City Star
Commentary: As my family shelters in Tel Aviv, I’m unsettled that progressive Americans aren’t speaking up for Palestinians
PHILADELPHIA – I spent Monday between rage and a sense of loss. I watched the Israeli government and security forces make one decision after another to escalate an already bloody situation. My family’s WhatsApp text thread pinged again and again: – They are talking about red alert alarms and sirens at nine. – I’m just worried about the girls, I don’t want them to have a scary memory of waking up in the middle of the night. – Where do you go if there is an alarm? My family in Tel Aviv was preparing for the possibility of Hamas firing rockets on the city, part of the latest escalation in the dec...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ex-White House counsel Don McGahn agrees to testify behind closed doors on Russia collusion probe
Former White House counsel Don McGahn has agreed to testify in a private congressional hearing about the Russia investigation, ending a long court battle sparked by former President Donald Trump’s effort to stonewall lawmakers. McGahn, a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, will answer questions from the House Judiciary Committee behind closed doors, but a transcript will be released about a week later, according to federal court papers filed Wednesday. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., hailed the breakthrough agreement with the Justice Depa...
New York Daily News
‘Like hating on the Yankees’: Gavin Newsom blasts California’s critics as recall campaign heats up
Gov. Gavin Newsom punched back at critics of California’s economic climate — and by extension his leadership of it — in a fiery speech to a top state business group Thursday morning, while unveiling a plan to provide more pandemic relief to small business owners. In a remote address to the California Chamber of Commerce, Newsom announced a proposal to direct an additional $1.5 billion from the state’s record budget surplus to small business COVID-19 relief grants worth up to $25,000, bringing total funding for that program to $4 billion. He proposed over $1 billion more for new tax credits, in...
The Mercury News