By Linda So (Reuters) - The district attorney investigating whether former U.S. President Donald Trump illegally interfered with Georgia's 2020 election has hired an outside lawyer who is a national authority on racketeering, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has enlisted the help of Atlanta lawyer John Floyd, who wrote a national guide on prosecuting state racketeering cases. Floyd was hired recently to “provide help as needed" on matters involving racketeering, including the Trump investigation and other cases, said the source, who ha...
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Michigan Republican wants to ban Secretary of State from mailing absentee ballot applications: report
House Republican lawmakers are trying to make big changes to budget bill that would "eliminate [Michigan's] Secretary of State's ability to mail absentee ballot applications and establish a timeline for reviewing petition initiatives," the Detroit Free Press reports.
"The budget is always an important place to focus on government efficiency. Local clerks have always had responsibility for sending out absentee ballot applications – the Secretary of State created confusion among the public and press by sending out a mass mailing last year," said Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, R-Norton Shores and lead sponsor of the budget bill.
"This eliminates confusion, makes the process simpler to understand, and keeps the exact same level of service and access for voters," he added.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the bill aligns with Republicans' push to propose measures across the nation that would likely make it harder to vote.
Read the full report over at The Detroit Free Press.
President Joe Biden on Wednesday hailed his government's "stunning" achievement in administering 200 million Covid-19 vaccine shots across the United States ahead of schedule.
Biden said the landmark had been reached a week before he hits his administration's 100-day mark -- the deadline he'd announced for meeting the 200 million doses challenge.
"Today we did it, today we hit 200 million shots," he said in a televised speech from the White House. This is "an incredible achievement for the nation."
Biden called the 200 million shots in 100 days a "goal unmatched in the world or in prior mass vaccination efforts in American history."
"The progress we've made has been stunning," he said.
Announcing a tax break to encourage businesses to give all employees a day off for vaccinations, Biden said the country was still "on track" to being able to celebrate the July 4th Independence Day holiday in relative normality.
But he warned that rising infection rates in parts of the country showed that it was too early to declare victory.
"If we let up now and stop being vigilant, this virus will erase the progress," he said.
While the United States leads the world in reported Covid-19 deaths, it has also raced ahead in the vaccination stakes, outperforming some major European countries and neighboring Canada.
Biden came into office on January 20 initially vowing to get 100 million shots administered in his first 100 days. On March 25, with vaccination deliveries far ahead of their targets, he doubled the goal.
Starting in May, all states will be required to lift restrictions on eligibility for access to the free shots. Many have already done that.
Dampening the celebratory mood in the White House is a surge of infection rates in parts of the country, including the state of Michigan.
Death rates, however, remain down nationwide as a result of the high vaccination rate among the elderly and improved care.
Police fatally shoot Black father after he ‘started to drive away’ – his family says he never carried a gun
A North Carolina man was shot and killed by police this Wednesday after deputies executed a search warrant, 8News reports.
Andrew Brown, 40, was reportedly shot and killed by police when he got in his car and tried to drive away. According to neighbors, they heard anywhere from six to eight shots.
Brown, who is Black, is the father of 10 children. His family says he never carried a gun.
"If the body cameras were on, that information needs to be disseminated as quickly as possible in order to make sure justice is served," said Keith Rivers, the president of the Pasquotank NAACP.
"The sheriff has not spoken to anyone out here … this is not the Elizabeth City Police Department, this is the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Department," Rivers said. "The sheriff needs to address these people. The sheriff needs to talk to community leaders to let us know what is going on so that we can be a part of this process."
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