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The first day of deliberation in the criminal trial of Donald Trump ended without a verdict, and so the jury will get back to work Thursday morning. The panel — seven men and five women, all from Manhattan, where the trial is set — went behind closed doors just before noon on Wednesday after a more-than-six-week trial, the first criminal prosecution of an American president. In midafternoon, the jurors asked to hear again portions of testimony by David Pecker, the former publisher of The National Enquirer, who prosecutors say was part of a conspiracy to suppress unflattering stories on Mr. Trump’s behalf during the 2016 election. Another jury request related to testimony by Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, who became a crucial witness for the prosecution. Through testimony and dozens of exhibits, prosecutors portrayed Mr. Trump as a man — and presidential candidate — desperate to keep the account of an extramarital tryst out of the public eye in 2016.
Persons: Donald Trump, , David Pecker, Trump’s, Michael D, Cohen, Trump Organizations: National Enquirer Locations: Manhattan
Opinion | Election Security, Trump-Style
  + stars: | 2024-05-30 | by ( Katherine Miller | )   time to read: +2 min
building — are dedicated to one cause: election integrity.”She was sitting between her husband, Eric, and Jason Simmons, who is the new North Carolina G.O.P. “Election integrity,” in Donald Trump’s telling, tends to be about the past; party co-chairs like Ms. Trump usually talk about the present. The three sat onstage, motionless, as Mr. Trump talked about the border, then eventually, came to North Carolina. Theoretically, that Mr. Trump won while a Democrat won the governorship offers the best proof of all that the election was not stolen. But perhaps because to concede his own success in one place would render his failure elsewhere unbearable, Mr. Trump must instead believe that fraud took place there as well, and that Michael Whatley defeated it.
Persons: Lara Trump, Eric, Jason Simmons, Donald Trump’s, Trump, , Michael Whatley Organizations: Republican National Committee, North Carolina G.O.P, Democrat Locations: North Carolina, Greensboro, N.C, Pennsylvania, Georgia
The South Korean marines were sent in after monsoon rains flooded a rural section of the country’s heartland last July. When the ground gave way, five of them were swept away in the churning brown water and one, Lance Cpl. Nearly a year later, the death of the 20-year-old marine has become an impeachment threat for South Korea’s leader, President Yoon Suk Yeol. The South Korean military is no stranger to tragic accidents, but this latest episode has evolved into the first major political crisis for Mr. Yoon since his party’s crushing defeat in parliamentary elections last month. The career military officer who investigated Lance Corporal Chae’s death has accused the Defense Ministry of whitewashing the probe and absolving top military brass of responsibility — all under pressure from Mr. Yoon.
Persons: Lance Cpl, Chae Su, Yoon Suk, Yoon, Corporal Chae’s Organizations: South, Defense Ministry Locations: United States, Korea, China
A senior American official in Washington said the administration’s policy prohibiting Ukraine from using U.S.-made weapons for “long range” attacks inside Russia had not changed. He was responding to a question about whether Mr. Biden would soon allow Ukraine to use American-made weapons to strike in Russia. The Pentagon is charged with giving Ukraine the exact guidelines of what it can strike in Russia, U.S. officials said. In addition to artillery and missile launchers, the Ukrainians are concerned about Russian aircraft releasing glide bombs at Kharkiv from inside Russian airspace. Ukrainian officials say they want to use American-made weapons to attack Russian aircraft in Russia’s airspace and air bases inside Russia.
Persons: Antony J, Blinken, Mr, Biden Organizations: American, NATO, Politico, Pentagon Locations: Washington, Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, United States, France, Germany, Prague, U.S, Kharkiv
A recently discovered guitar that John Lennon used to record multiple Beatles songs in the 1960s before it went missing for 50 years has sold at auction for $2.9 million, becoming one of the most valuable pieces of memorabilia from the band. Later that year, Mr. Lennon gifted the 1964 guitar, made by the German instrument manufacturer Framus, to Gordon Waller, a member of the British pop duo Peter & Gordon. Mr. Waller passed it on to one of his road managers, who took the guitar to his home in the rural British countryside and tossed it in the attic, the auction house said. More than 50 years later, a man in Britain discovered the guitar in his parents’ attic as they were moving out of the house, Darren Julien, a co-founder of Julien Auctions, said in a video. After they found it — along with its original guitar case — they alerted the auction house in March, Mr. Julien said.
Persons: John Lennon, Lennon, George Harrison, Gordon Waller, Peter, Gordon, Mr, Waller, Darren Julien, Julien Auctions, Julien Locations: Los Angeles, British, Britain
Mr. Met poses before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets at Citi Field. To that end, the Mets will be working on development, production and distribution with Range Sports, a division of entertainment management firm Range Media Partners. Mets owner and hedge fund manager Steve Cohen is a minority investor in Range through his Point72 Ventures fund. The Mets will be focused on a variety of content, Havens said, from players talking about fashion or what they do in the offseason to storytelling around the culture of Mets fans. "That opens up a bunch of new opportunities to engage Mets fans and non-Mets fans," Havens said.
Persons: it's, Steve Cohen, John Malone's Liberty, David Bonderman, Scott Havens, Havens, Pete Alonso, Jorge Lopez, Will Funk, Greg Luckman, Bradley Cooper, Jack Harlow, Brock Purdy, LIV, WWE's, Cohen Organizations: Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Citi Field, The New York Mets, Major League Baseball, NBA, NFL, Mets, Sports, Range Media Partners, Point72 Ventures, John, John Malone's Liberty Global, TPG, Business, Bloomberg Media, San Francisco 49ers, CW, LIV Golf, ACC football, WWE's NXT Locations: Queens , New York
CNN —A Michigan State Police detective has been charged with murder after investigators say he fatally struck a fleeing suspect with an SUV last month near Grand Rapids, state prosecutors announced. Sterling fell to the ground and began yelling and groaning about pain in his back, body-worn police camera footage shows. Keely, 50, has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, which carries a life sentence, as well as an alternative charge of involuntary manslaughter, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday. Brian Keely Michigan State Police)“Detective Sergeant Keely’s actions that day were legally, grossly negligent and created a very high risk of death or great bodily harm, which could have otherwise been prevented,” Nessel said. Keely was suspended from his position following the incident, Michigan State Police Director Col. James Grady II said last month.
Persons: Sgt, Brian Keely, Samuel Sterling, Sterling, Keely, Dana Nessel, ” Nessel, James Grady II, Grady, it’s, ” Grady, Ven Johnson, , , Marc Curtis, ” Johnson, Sterling “, ” Curtis Organizations: CNN, Michigan State Police, Michigan Department, Sterling, Brian Keely Michigan State Police, WWMT, Authorities, Marshall’s, Force Locations: Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Michigan, Burger
Mr. Bragg has accused Mr. Trump of concealing a federal campaign finance violation and a state election-law crime. The defense argued that Mr. Trump was a victim of extortion, led by Mr. Cohen. The defense’s main witness was a lawyer linked to Mr. Trump’s circle, Robert J. Costello, who in 2018 had acted as Mr. Cohen’s back channel to Mr. Trump’s legal team. The maximum sentenceThe charges against Mr. Trump are all Class E felonies, the lowest category of felonies in New York. But nothing in the law requires Justice Merchan to imprison Mr. Trump if he’s convicted by a jury.
Persons: Donald J, Trump, Stormy Daniels, Trump’s, Michael D, Cohen, Daniels, Alvin L, Bragg, Juan M, Karen McDougal, Playboy’s, , McDougal, Cohen’s, Hope Hicks, Mr, Robert J . Costello, Merchan, Justice Merchan Organizations: Prosecutors, The National Enquirer, Trump Tower, White, Trump, Defense, Mr Locations: New York City, Manhattan, Nevada, New York
Jurors in the criminal trial of Donald J. Trump heard testimony from two key witnesses and a portion of the judge’s instructions to the jury read back to them in court on Thursday morning, one day after they asked for a refresher on the material. It is unclear what the requested material may reveal about what is happening in the jury room, and it is difficult to draw any conclusions about the state of their conversations over Mr. Trump’s guilt or innocence. The testimony the jurors requested to hear included questions posed by both the defense and the prosecution to David Pecker, the former publisher of The National Enquirer, and Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former fixer. They were the first and last witnesses to testify for the prosecution and the two who spent the most time on the stand during the trial. Both spoke about working during Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign to suppress unflattering stories about Mr. Trump while promoting negative stories about his political rivals.
Persons: Donald J, Trump, David Pecker, Michael D, Cohen, Trump’s Organizations: National Enquirer
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has a line about the state of small-scale agriculture in America these days. It’s drawn from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, which shows that as the average size of farms has risen, the nation had lost 544,000 of them since 1981. “That’s every farm today that exists in North Dakota and South Dakota, added to those in Wisconsin and Minnesota, added to those in Nebraska and Colorado, added to those in Oklahoma and Missouri,” Mr. Vilsack told a conference in Washington this spring. “Are we as a country OK with it?”Even though the United States continues to produce more food on fewer acres, Mr. Vilsack worries that the loss of small farmers has weakened rural economies, and he wants to stop the bleeding. Unlike his last turn in the same job, under former President Barack Obama, this time his department is able to spend billions of dollars in subsidies and incentives passed under three major laws since 2021 — including the biggest investment in conservation programs in U.S. history.
Persons: Tom Vilsack, It’s, , ” Mr, Vilsack, Barack Obama Organizations: National Agricultural Statistics Service Locations: America, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma and Missouri, Washington, United States
Read previewFormer President Donald Trump's Manhattan jury deliberated for four-and-a-half hours on Wednesday — and their first note to the judge shows they were deep in the hush-money conspiracy weeds before breaking for the day. Pecker's testimony continued. Reuters/Mike Segar'The boss is going to be very angry'The second chunk of the transcript to be read back Thursday morning concerns still more of Pecker's testimony. It was at this meeting that the illegal campaign conspiracy underlying Trump's indictment was hatched, according to the witnesses. Under the alleged conspiracy, Pecker, Trump's longtime friend, would alert Cohen when negative stories arose.
Persons: , Donald Trump's Manhattan, they'll, Trump's, David Pecker, Michael Cohen, Trump, We've, Juan Merchan, Karen McDougal Dimitrios Kambouris, Karen, Donald Trump, Pecker, Karen McDougal, Playboy Bunny, Michael, Mike Segar, It's, McDougals's, Cohen, Stormy Daniels, Daniels, Jane Rosenberg, Ted Cruz Organizations: Service, Business, National Enquirer, Trump, Reuters, Trump Organization, Trump Tower Locations: New Jersey, Mexican, New York, Manhattan, Trump's
“Keystone Renewal is all in to elect David McCormick to the U.S. Senate,” Mr. Dorr said. So far, Mr. Casey’s campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the main campaign arm of Senate Democrats, have spent the most on ads in the race. The committee has spent about $9 million on broadcast, cable and digital ads, while Mr. Casey’s campaign has spent $8.5 million. “Pennsylvanians already know that McCormick can’t be trusted.”The Pennsylvania race is one of only a handful this year expected to determine control of the closely divided Senate. Mr. McCormick, a former hedge fund executive, is making his second bid for a Pennsylvania Senate seat in as many years.
Persons: David McCormick, ” Mr, Dorr, Ken Griffin, Paul Singer, Jeff Yass, “ David, ” Maddy McDaniel, Casey’s, McCormick can’t, McCormick, Casey Organizations: U.S . Senate, PAC, Wall Street, Citadel, Elliott Management, Susquehanna International Group, Democratic Senatorial, Committee, Democrats, Pennsylvania Senate Locations: Pennsylvania
While the political world waits for a verdict in Donald Trump’s criminal trial in Manhattan, we wanted to take a moment to remember how we got here — especially the broader political context of the fall of 2016. Mr. Trump is charged with falsifying business records related to a hush-money payment to the adult film actress Stormy Daniels as part of a scheme to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Back in 2016, Mr. Trump was down in the polls and worried about losing support from women voters, who would, the thinking went, punish him at the ballot box for the lewd “Access Hollywood” tape and anything Ms. Daniels might make public. That of course is not what happened. And in the years since, assumptions about how women vote have come to feel more complicated.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Trump, Stormy Daniels, Daniels Organizations: Mr Locations: Manhattan
A former California official pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal more than $1.5 million of water, but the decadeslong water heist case still has more questions than answers. The US attorney said Falaschi was responsible for stealing somewhere between $1.5 million and $3.5 million worth of water. Falaschi's plea agreement claims he's responsible for stealing only a fraction of the original $25 million prosecutors accused him of taking in the original indictment. The plea agreement also said Falaschi was one of several people involved in the misconduct and that he was unaware of the full extent of the misconduct. Of the water Falaschi took, the plea agreement said almost all of it was taken to "blend down and reuse drainage water, which helped protect farmland and improve water quality in the San Joaquin River."
Persons: Dennis Falaschi, Falaschi, should've, Robin Hood, he's Organizations: Service, US, Eastern, Eastern District of, Business, Prosecutors, Los Angeles Times, Times Locations: California, Fresno, Merced Counties, Eastern District, Eastern District of California, San Joaquin
Boeing’s top executives delivered a plan to improve quality and safety to the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday, vowing to address systemic issues that have damaged the company’s reputation and put the aircraft manufacturer at the center of several federal investigations. Boeing detailed these and other steps during a three-hour meeting with the F.A.A.’s administrator, Mike Whitaker, where the company submitted a “comprehensive action plan” that the regulator ordered in February. Mr. Whitaker had given Boeing 90 days to develop a plan to make sweeping safety improvements after a midcabin panel known as a door plug blew out of a 737 Max 9 jet flying at about 16,000 feet on Jan. 5. No one was seriously injured during the flight. said in a statement on Thursday that “senior” leaders from the agency would “meet with Boeing weekly to review their performance metrics, progress, and any challenges they’re facing in implementing the changes.”
Persons: , Mike Whitaker, Whitaker Organizations: Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing
Departing House Members Ask: ‘Why Am I Here?’
  + stars: | 2024-05-30 | by ( Robert Draper | )   time to read: 1 min
At some point during a routine seven-hour trip from his Oregon district to Washington, Representative Earl Blumenauer, 75, a Democrat who has served in Congress for almost three decades, experienced a depressing epiphany. “I distinctly recall crawling on yet another plane to come back for yet another vote that made absolutely no difference and was going absolutely nowhere,” he said in an interview. “And I had this singular experience of asking myself, ‘Why would you do this?’”Mr. Blumenauer’s moment of truth was in fact far from singular. A total of 54 House members, or about one-eighth of the total body, will not be seeking another term this November. As a matter of sheer numbers, the exodus is not history-making.
Persons: Earl Blumenauer, Organizations: Democrat Locations: Oregon, Washington
The dishes at a community center potluck for Indian expatriates near Washington, D.C., ranged from chana masala, a popular northern Indian chickpea curry, to idli, a southern Indian rice cake. The guests’ views on India’s general election were equally varied. Supporters of candidates challenging Mr. Modi’s party criticized what they saw as his disregard for minorities and democratic norms. “What is the vision for India in 2024?” the host, Somu Kumar, a manager at a cloud computing company, said recently of that winter potluck. Expatriate Indians also cannot cast absentee ballots under India’s electoral laws.
Persons: chana, Narendra Modi’s, Modi’s, Somu Kumar Organizations: Washington , D.C Locations: Washington ,, India, Delhi’s
Spain’s Parliament approved a landmark law on Thursday that grants amnesty to Catalan separatists involved in the illegal October 2017 independence referendum, a reprieve that could apply to hundreds of people, including Carles Puigdemont, the former Catalan leader who has been living in self-imposed exile for seven years. Mr. Sánchez brokered the amnesty deal with the Catalan separatist party Together for Catalonia after his own party fell short of a majority in last July’s general elections. Cries of “traitor” could be heard from several lawmakers in Parliament when Mr. Sánchez cast his vote on Thursday. Spain’s judges now have two months to apply the new law, although its opponents vowed to continue trying to block it. Some argue that the measure violates the Constitution’s principle of equality because it is unfair to other people facing legal proceedings.
Persons: Carles Puigdemont, Pedro Sánchez, Sánchez, , Spain’s Locations: Catalan, Spain, Catalonia
As President Biden took the stage in Philadelphia on Wednesday to kick off his Black voter outreach program, he methodically ticked through more than a dozen accomplishments, executive orders, appointments, investments and economic statistics. “The bottom line,” Mr. Biden said in summing up his pitch, “is we’ve invested more in Black America than any previous administration in history has.”It was a compelling catalog that stood in contrast to the blunt appeal that his rival, former President Donald J. Trump, had made a week earlier about the economy at a rally in the Bronx designed to highlight his appeal to nonwhite voters. “African Americans,” Mr. Trump had said, “are getting slaughtered.”The two events captured a fundamental difference between the Black outreach that both camps see as crucial to winning in 2024.
Persons: Biden, Mr, Donald J, Trump, ” Mr Locations: Philadelphia, Black America, Bronx
Polls consistently show that his support from Black voters has declined to alarming levels for a Democrat. Four years ago, nearly nine in 10 Black voters nationwide cast their ballots for Mr. Biden, according to exit polls. Image Recently, Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris have been speaking directly to Black audiences at multiple events per week. “The Biden campaign is panicking because they see that Black voters aren’t buying what Biden is selling,” Ms. Thomas added. Recently, Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris have been speaking directly to Black audiences at multiple events per week.
Persons: Biden, Donald J, Kamala Harris, Trump, George Floyd’s, ” Mr, Harris, Trump’s, Black, Wes Moore, Austin Davis of, Yuri Gripas, Mr, , Sherry Gay, surrogates, Sheff, Hallow, “ Trump’s MAGA, Janiyah Thomas, , Ms, Thomas, Brown, ” Ms, Michael Nutter, , Michael Gold Organizations: Republican, Black, Democratic, Mr, Gov, Girard College, The New York Times, New York Times, Siena College, Philadelphia Inquirer, Black Democrat, Biden, Bronx, Voters, Supreme, of Education, Morehouse College, Detroit, Democrats, Black voters Locations: Philadelphia, African, Maryland, Detroit, Milwaukee, Atlanta, New York
Cyril Ramaphosa ascended to the presidency of South Africa several years ago carrying the excitement and optimism of the country’s rising Black professionals, who saw themselves in him: a measured businessman with intellectual gravitas. He seemed an antidote to the previous administration, which had blasted Black professionals as elitists complicit in the continued white domination of the economy. And Black professionals could play a significant role in the A.N.C.’s demise. during the scandal-plagued tenure of Mr. Ramaphosa’s predecessor, Jacob Zuma, many professionals returned to the party in the 2019 election. They believed that Mr. Ramaphosa could clean up corruption and turn around the sluggish economy, according to interviews with political analysts and Black professionals.
Persons: Cyril Ramaphosa, Ramaphosa, Ramaphosa’s, Jacob Zuma Organizations: South, African National Congress Locations: South Africa
Manhattan prosecutors on Wednesday signaled that they might seek to indict Harvey Weinstein on new charges, saying they were vetting allegations from people who have accused him of sexual assault in recent years as they prepared to retry him after his 2020 sex crimes conviction was overturned. Prosecutors did not say how many accusers they were interviewing or provide details of their allegations but said they were reviewing which of the accusations fell within the statute of limitations. At the hearing on Wednesday in Criminal Court in Manhattan, Mr. Weinstein, 72, entered in a wheelchair, dressed in a dark suit and white shirt, holding a large tan book under his left arm. It was the second hearing since Mr. Weinstein’s conviction was overturned last month. In a 4-to-3 decision, the New York Court of Appeals agreed with Mr. Weinstein’s lawyers that the trial judge who presided over his 2020 case had erred by allowing prosecutors to call several accusers as witnesses, even though their allegations had not led to charges.
Persons: Harvey Weinstein, Weinstein, Weinstein’s Organizations: Prosecutors, New, Mr Locations: Manhattan
Perhaps Lost in the Polling: The Race Is Still Close
  + stars: | 2024-05-29 | by ( Nate Cohn | )   time to read: +1 min
But the news is not all bad for Mr. Biden — or, at least, it’s not all that bad. It’s close enough that he would have a very serious chance to win if the election were held tomorrow. And of course, the race won’t be held tomorrow: There are five-plus months to go for a possible Biden comeback. The electoral mapHow is the race close? If Mr. Biden won those battleground states, he’d probably be re-elected as president.
Persons: Biden hasn’t, He’s, Biden —, it’s, It’s, Biden, there’s, Biden’s, he’d Locations: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona , Georgia, Nevada , North Carolina , Florida , Ohio
U.S. officials said on Tuesday that the Israeli strike that killed dozens of Palestinians in southern Gaza was a tragedy but that it did not violate President Biden’s red line for withholding weapons shipments to Israel. The United States is by far the biggest supplier of weapons to Israel, which raises questions about American responsibility as the death toll mounts. She did not answer a follow-up question about whether the strike crossed a red line for Mr. Biden. A State Department spokesman, Matthew Miller, said the United States was watching Israel’s investigation of the incident closely. Israel’s retaliatory offensive has killed more than 36,000 people, many of them women and children, according to health officials in Gaza.
Persons: John F, Kirby, , they’re, Biden, Israel, ” Mr, , Mr, Kamala Harris, Benjamin Netanyahu, Matthew Miller, Miller, , Daniel Hagari, Khan Younis, Khaled Elgindy, Elgindy, ” Erica L, Green, Michael Crowley Organizations: Mr, European Union, United, CNN, United Nations, State Department, Middle East Institute Locations: Rafah, Gaza, Israel, United States, United Nations, Egypt, China, , Hamas, Washington, New York
When Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Meta, announced last year that his company would release an artificial intelligence system, Jeffrey Emanuel had reservations. Mr. Emanuel, a part-time hacker and full-time A.I. When Mr. Zuckerberg introduced Meta’s A.I. system, Mr. Zuckerberg made the code “open source” so that it could be freely copied, modified and reused by anyone. He said he appreciated that Meta’s A.I.
Persons: Mark Zuckerberg, Jeffrey Emanuel, Emanuel, Zuckerberg, Meta’s Organizations: Meta, Google, Microsoft
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