Politics & Law

Search warrant shows Trump under investigation for possible Espionage Act violations

BY: - August 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday unsealed the warrant that allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to search former President Donald Trump’s property at Mar-a-Lago in Florida earlier this week, revealing he’s under investigation for possibly violating the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice. The seven-page document, which includes a brief description of everything the […]

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A military veteran without a bachelor’s degree could soon be at the head of a FL classroom

BY: - August 12, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has approved a new law to create an alternative temporary teaching certificate for military veterans, saying that their prior military experience will have value in the classroom. But the law would get around a prerequisite expected of thousands of teachers in Florida — a bachelor’s degree. Instead, the military veteran would be […]

As monkeypox cases climb in FL, ‘the vaccines will arrive too late for many’

BY: - August 12, 2022

As monkeypox cases rise in Florida, a Democratic state senator in South Florida on Friday urged federal health officials to boost access to vaccines, testing and treatments as Floridians face severe vaccine shortages. State Sen. Shevrin Jones sent a letter to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stating that he’s “deeply worried […]

Press Secretary Christina Pushaw leaving governor’s office to join DeSantis reelect campaign

BY: - August 12, 2022

Christina Pushaw, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ combative press secretary, is leaving the administration to join the governor’s reelection campaign. She announced the move in a letter to DeSantis staff chief James Uthmeier and administration director Dawn Hanson dated Friday, with her departure effective the same day. In an email to the Phoenix, Pushaw confirmed a series […]

‘They’re trying to distract and divide us’

BY: - August 12, 2022

A new national nonprofit is organizing parents, teachers and students in Michigan to fight right-wing activism in education, including Republican-led legislation that critics say will silence educators attempting to teach about race and racism. The organization, the Campaign for Our Shared Future, launched in 2021 and has since gone on to identify 15 states — including Michigan, […]

U.S. drug price controls could kneecap DeSantis’ Canada prescription import plan

BY: - August 12, 2022

It’s been one year and nine months since Gov. Ron DeSantis applied to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to import cheaper pharmaceuticals from Canada. That was after his patron Donald Trump lost his reelection but was still in the White House. The response thus far: mostly crickets. Now, with the U.S. House […]

Monkeypox outbreak reaches nearly 11,000 cases in the U.S.; FL ranks 3rd in caseloads

BY: - August 11, 2022

The 2022 monkeypox outbreak has spread to nearly 11,000 cases nationwide, with Florida ranking third in caseloads across states, according to the latest figures from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of Thursday afternoon, the CDC reported 10,768 total cases of the disease that oftentimes causes a characteristic rash and other […]

U.S. attorney general says DOJ asked for public release of search warrant for Trump estate

BY: - August 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the U.S. Department of Justice moved Thursday to release the search warrant a federal judge issued earlier this week that allowed federal agents to enter former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. DOJ, Garland said, has ​​filed a motion in the Southern District of Florida to […]

Providers trying again to get abortion ban before the FL Supreme Court

BY: - August 11, 2022

Abortion providers have filed notice that they plan to ask the Florida Supreme Court to wrest their appeal against Florida’s 15-week abortion ban from an intermediate appeals court and decide the case directly. They said so in a document filed Wednesday in the First District Court of Appeal, which earlier rejected a request to send […]

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If Florida Gov. DeSantis wants to oust officials, here’s a list

BY: - August 11, 2022

You probably heard all the hoopla last week about Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis removing — excuse me, “suspending” with extreme prejudice — the outspoken Democratic prosecutor in Hillsborough County, Andrew Warren. He’s not quite fired but he’s on the verge. Usually when officeholders in Florida get pink-slipped by the governor, it’s because they’ve been charged […]

Biden signs landmark bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits overseas

BY: - August 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed legislation into law Wednesday that will provide health care and benefits to veterans exposed to burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq, achieving a long-term, personal goal. “I was in and out of Iraq over 20 times,” Biden said of prior trips to the war zone he took as both […]

First day of 2022-23 school year feels ‘more normal’ but uncertainties and unease remain

BY: - August 10, 2022

The vast majority of school districts opened their classroom doors Wednesday, with hopes of a more normal school setting following a rocky two years that included the COVID pandemic, remote learning, mask controversies, an overhaul for statewide testing and prohibitions on certain school topics. “It feels like this year is closer to how it was […]