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Donald Trump and his two eldest children have been ordered by a New York judge to sit for a civil deposition as part of the full investigation into alleged fraud in the valuation of assets owned by his family business.
Judge Arthur Engoron ordered Trump, Donald Jr and Ivanka to comply with subpoenas issued by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, intensifying the former president’s legal troubles in a week in which his accounting firm severed ties with him after a decade.
Trump must testify within 21 days and submit “documents and information” within 15 days. Responding to the ruling, he accused James’ office of “doing everything within its corrupt discretion to interfere with [his] business relationships and with the political process” and called the decision a “witch hunt”.
The case is taking place alongside a criminal investigation, led by James with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, into Trump’s accounts. Testifying could risk Trump potentially getting involved.
Could Trump plead the fifth? It would be tricky: his criminal lawyer says it would make headlines and it would be impossible to choose a jury. Additionally, Trump has previously mocked the practice, saying, “If you’re innocent, why are you accepting the Fifth Amendment?”
And after? Trump is likely to appeal the decision ordering him to comply with the subpoena.
Republicans who have opposed racial justice protests hope truckers will ‘clog’ US cities
Republicans who have legislated against the disruption caused by racial justice protests after the killing of George Floyd have come out in favor of similar tactics used by convoys of conservative truckers opposed to public health rules.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a riot law last year that would provide some legal protection for drivers who run over protesters. A federal judge invalidated the law in September, deeming it unconstitutional. But now DeSantis has thrown his weight behind Canadian truckers, whose protests over a vaccine mandate are disrupting the global supply chain.
Meanwhile, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who opposed the tactics used by racial justice protesters, said he was “all okay” with the disruption caused by the convoy. “I hope truckers will come to America. I hope they clog the cities,” he said.
Who else supported the convoy? Ted Cruz has called for an investigation into GoFundMe after it took down the Canadian trucker donation page, as did DeSantis. Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan also criticized the platform.
How to understand the double standard? This rhetoric is Republicans seizing any opportunity to attack Joe Biden — rather than being part of a “hard-line ideological stance,” said extremism researcher Jared Holt.
Berkeley may have to cut admissions after neighborhood group complains
The University of California, Berkeley could be forced to cut new admissions by about a third after a local neighborhood group pushed back on the environmental impact of its expansion plan.
Save Berkeley’s Neighborhoods successfully argued that the college was breaking a major environmental law by failing to account for the increased litter, traffic, and noise that would accompany the plan. The university is asking the California Supreme Court to intervene.
In the university’s environmental impact statement for the new construction, she argued that the increase in enrollment had had “no significant environmental impact” in previous years, but a county judge did not. disagreed in August. Save Berkeley neighborhoods also argued that the lack of housing has caused students to come to the city, which has impacted housing.
What did the challenge achieve? The university will send out 5,100 fewer admission letters than expected next month, missing $57 million in tuition fees in the 2022-23 academic year.
What are the critics saying? They argue that California’s Environmental Quality Act is being used as a pretext to block housing and needed infrastructure.
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An Indian court sentenced 38 people to death for a series of bombings in 2008 which killed 56 people and injured 200 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat state. This is the first time that so many death sentences have been handed down in a single case.
Stat of the Day: Millennials in 2019 were poorer than people of the same age in any year from 1989 to 2007
In a stark comparison revealing distorted views of wealth, freelance journalist Laura Martin points out that while a 2018 survey found that 53% of millennials expected to become millionaires at some point in their lives, millennials in 2019 were less wealthy than people their age in any year from 1989 to 2007.
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When the pandemic hit and remote work began, freelance writer Sam Wolfson was hit with a productivity slump. Procrastination meant that tasks that took him a few hours in the office ended up seeping into his early mornings and evenings. So he started using Focusmate, a site that uses accountability to keep you working on the task at hand, which he says “saved” him. Wolfson talks to the site’s creator about the psychology behind it.
Last thing: Robert Pattinson he was told to change his “absolutely awful” Batman voice
Robert Pattinson attempted to add his own twist to Batman by giving the character a different voice, but was asked to stop as it was “absolutely excruciating”. “Everyone does this gritty, gritty kind of thing, and I’m like, ‘I’m going to do the opposite, I’m going to really whisper,'” Pattinson said. “I tried to do it for the first two weeks, and it looked absolutely awful, and they told me to stop doing it.”
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