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Georgia men sentenced after opening fire on federal agents who were serving a search warrant on their home
Two Georgia men were sentenced this Friday for opening fire on federal agents and a plot to turn semi-automatic firearms into machine guns, WSB-TV reported.
Anthony Maseda, 21, and Erik Arreola-Torres, 20, were arrested in early March after ATF agents raided a home in Jonesboro.
Prosecutors say that from January to March 2022, Maseda and Arreola-Torres had “conducted a firearm and machine gun trafficking operation” out of the home.
When agents went to conduct a search warrant on the home, Arreola-Torres opened fire using a “fully automatic machine gun when the investigators arrived at the home.”
The two sold a machine gun, a semi-automatic firearm, and multiple switches to an undercover informant at the home — an exchange federal officials used to obtain a search warrant.
"Officials said no one was hit or injured," WSB-TV's report stated. "When the scene was secured and both Maseda and Arreola-Torres were arrested, agents found six fully automatic machineguns, four auto sears, five firearms, and 'numerous firearm parts and magazines, ammunition, bulletproof body armor, and distribution quantities of marijuana and digital scales.'"
Maseda pled guilty to possession of a machine gun on Oct. 13, 2022, while Arreola-Torres pled guilty to possession of a machine gun and conspiracy to engage in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, and Arreola Torres was sentenced to 10 years and one month in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, while Maseda will serve nine years, followed by three years of supervised release.
Read the full report over at WSB-TV.
If Dems face anyone other than Trump, they plan to depict their opponent as 'Trump Lite' or 'Diet Trump'
Leaving aside Donald Trump's man legal troubles, the former president starts the 2024 campaign in an enviable position as the front-runner with a commanding 30.8 percent lead over Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) in the most recent Real Clear Politics polling average.
But if, for some reason, the former president doesn’t win the nomination, Democrats won’t have to change their playbook much.
That’s according to new reporting from Politico that describes behind-the-scenes efforts Democrats are making to prepare to face a candidate other than Trump in the general election.
Jonathan Lemire writes, "While not all Republicans can be directly tied to some of Trump’s record, or his role in inspiring the Jan. 6 riot, Biden aides still believe they can be lashed to the former president. DNC staffers have begun branding all Republican hopefuls as enablers of MAGA policies, making their support of Trump a throughline.”
Democratic strategist Basil Smikle told Politico that his party would try to depict anyone other than Trump who wins the nomination as “Trump Lite.”
“It’s not a stretch to paint with a broad brush and make the other Republicans out to be ‘Trump Lite,’” Smikle told the outlet.
“Nearly all of them have supported him before. The White House can also make the large umbrella case that the GOP are threats to democracy itself and the protection of personal liberties.”
Politico reports that DNC aides are conducting background research on all declared candidates and some potential candidates, such as Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Lemire writes, "Democrats believe that while a moderate Republican might prove a more serious general election opponent, others who may enter the race — like— stand little chance of surviving a GOP primary electorate that has moved decisively to the right.”
The Biden campaign believes that regardless of who wins the Republican nomination, the GOP is likely to roll out the same attacks on the president, including his age, the controversy surrounding his son Hunter Biden and attempts to brand Democrats as socialists – the same attacks that didn’t work in 2020.
But the Biden campaign’s focus remains on the former president.
“The White House likes its chances in a rematch,” Lemire writes.
“Aides believe Trump’s behavior is disqualifying for voters and that many Americans would not like a return to the chaos that dominated his administration. Moreover, Biden’s political brain trust is fixated on the independent, swing voters — in many cases, suburban women — who went for Trump in 2016 but broke hard away from him four years later.”
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A Boston federal judge has postponed a hearing regarding a lawsuit filed by a government workers’ union in an attempt to bolster President Joe Biden’s authority to invoke the 14th Amendment to override the debt ceiling, Politico reported.
“In deference to the efforts of the executive and legislative branches to resolve the current impasse over the debt ceiling statute, the court will postpone the hearing on [the union’s] motion for a preliminary injunction scheduled for this Wednesday, May 31, 2023, pending any further order of the court,” U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns wrote.
According to Politico, the suit comes after a filing by the Justice Department that sought to clarify whether the 14th Amendment authorizes or "even requires the president to keep paying U.S. government financial obligations in the face of a statute that seeks to set a limit on the total debt outstanding."
Biden has signaled that he may invoke the power of the 14th Amendment in the future but is worried that a court battle would be economically damaging.
“Because the X-date is now estimated to be June 5, and because Congress may pass legislation this week raising the Debt Limit, Defendants submit that proceeding on the current schedule would be unnecessarily burdensome and would waste both the parties’ and the Court’s resources,” Special Counsel Brad Rosenberg and other lawyers from Justice’s Civil Division wrote. “Indeed, the relief that Plaintiff seeks may be counterproductive in light of the agreement in principle that has been reached.”
Read the full report over at Politico.
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