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Donald Trump’s indictment ends decades of seeming invincibility



NEW YORK (AP) – When Donald Trump steps before the judge next week to be hosted in a New York courtroom, this will not only be the first time a former US president faces criminal charges. It will also be a payback for the longtime nickname “Teflon Don”, who has so far managed to avoid serious legal danger. despite 40 years of litigation.

Trump, who is one of the first contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, is expected to turn on Tuesday. He faces charges including at least one crime The offense of paying secret money to women during his 2016 campaign. Like any other person facing trial, he will be registered, fingerprinted and photographed before he is given the opportunity to plead guilty.

The spectacle that is sure to unfold will be an unprecedented moment in American history and will once again demonstrate how dramatically Trump, who has already been honored to be the first president to be impeached twice, has upended democratic norms. But on a personal level, the indictment breaks through the mantle of invincibility that seemed to follow Trump through his decades in business and politics as he faced allegations of fraud, conspiracy and sexual harassment.

Former President Donald Trump, who is one of the first contenders for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, is expected to turn Tuesday.

“God, after all this time, this is a bit shocking,” Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio said of the indictment. “You know, I always thought of him as the Gingerbread Man screaming, ‘You can’t catch me!’ how he ran away.

“Given his track record,” he said, “it was hard for me to imagine that he would ever be held accountable.”

“These are not things that Donald Trump has ever thought about in his entire life, and I, for that matter, what he will ever face,” Michael Cohen, longtime Trump aide and key witness in the case, who was serving a prison sentence for the payments, CNN reported.

Of course, some of Trump’s detractors may be premature. The former president can get the judge to close the case quickly. And even if the case moves forward, there is no guarantee of conviction. The intensification of investigations in Atlanta and Washington is seen as a potentially more serious legal threat.

Donald Trump faces charges including at least one felony related to paying silence money to women, including Stormy Daniels, pictured, during his 2016 campaign.
Donald Trump faces charges including at least one felony related to paying silence money to women, including Stormy Daniels, pictured, during his 2016 campaign.

However, Trump and his team were caught off guard when the New York indictment broke Thursday night after news reports that the grand jury hearing the case had been scheduled for a week-long recess. As the discussions dragged on, some in Trump’s circle became convinced that the case was deadlocked and that charges might never be brought. Among them was Trump’s attorney Joe Tacopina, who said Friday morning that he hoped “the rule of law will prevail.”

Trump, he said on the Today program, was “shocked at first” by news of the allegations, but quickly switched back to his usual denial strategy.

“After he got over it,” he said, “Trump made a notch in his belt and decided we should fight now. And he put himself in a typical Donald Trump pose, where he is ready to fight against something that he considers unfair. … I think right now he’s in a state where he’s ready to fight it.”

Meanwhile, Trump and his team have been trying to use the news to their advantage, hoping to galvanize their loyal base by presenting the investigation as part of a larger plot to derail his candidacy.

Already the allegations have been a boon to his fundraising struggle. On Friday night, the campaign announced that it had raised more than $4 million in the 24 hours after the indictment went public, significantly breaking the previous record following the FBI’s search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.

Michael Cohen was a longtime aide and attorney for Donald Trump before testifying against the former president in the case.  Cohen served a prison sentence for the payments.
Michael Cohen was a longtime aide and attorney for Donald Trump before testifying against the former president in the case. Cohen served a prison sentence for the payments.

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More than 25% of donations came from donors for the first time, according to the campaign. Average deposit: $34.

His campaign has also continued to be accompanied by statements of support from dozens of leading Republicans who have rallied around Trump, including several of his declared and likely challengers, underscoring his continued hold on the party. Trump has been on the phone with key congressional allies, including members of the House leadership and top committees, according to people familiar with the conversations, who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity, to discuss a response.

Trump ally Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, who formally endorsed the former president on Friday, said Trump is “not backing down” and is going to “fight back,” telling a local radio show it was “another chapter where the end After all, Donald Trump will be back in first place.”

The media maelstrom has returned the former president to the spotlight he craves, at least temporarily limiting attention to his rivals, including Florida’s governor. Ron DeSantiswho many expect will challenge Trump for the nomination, and is holding events across the county to promote his book.

Trump aides discussed other ideas to maximize the situation, including the possibility of holding a press conference before or after the deal. Trump is expected to travel from Florida to New York on Monday and spend the night at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan before heading to the courthouse early Tuesday morning. He will return to Florida after the arrangement.

Trump has long denied having had sexual contact with the porn actor known as Stormy Daniels and has lashed out at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for handling the decades-old case.

Trump is also facing ongoing investigations in Georgia over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and in Washington, where a special counsel is investigating the events of January 6, 2021, as well as Trump’s handling of classified documents in March. -a-Lago and potential obstruction of the investigation.

But Sam Nanberg, a longtime former Trump aide who broke with Trump years ago, said that while he no longer supports Trump, he considers the Manhattan affair a “waste of time” given the allegations, which remain classified. And he said he was skeptical that it would matter in the long run.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” he said of the indictment. “It would surprise me if he actually ended up behind bars in prison, which I don’t see.”

D’Antonio said that sentiment — and the ongoing belief that Trump would somehow get the upper hand and dodge the charges — persists among the many people who have contacted him in the past 24 hours despite the allegations.

“They think he can get away with it,” he said. “Somehow he’ll throw it out.”


Iranian president says hijab is legal because women without hats were pelted with yogurt



President Ebrahim Raisi said on Saturday that the hijab is the law in Iran after a viral video showed a man throwing yogurt at two women in a store near the holy Shiite Muslim city.

A growing number of women are defying authorities by throwing off the veil following nationwide protests that followed the death in September of a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman in the custody of the vice police on charges of violating the hijab rules. security forces brutally suppress insurrection.

Judicial authorities in a town near the northeastern city of Mashhad have issued an arrest warrant for a man who poured yogurt on the heads of two women, a mother and her daughter. They were also issued arrest warrants for violating Iran’s strict rules on women’s clothing, state media reported.

At the risk of being arrested for violating the mandatory dress code, women are still often seen naked in malls, restaurants, stores and on the streets across the country. Videos of naked women resisting the vice police have flooded social media.

Live on state television, Raisi said, “If some people say they don’t believe (in the hijab)… it’s good to use persuasion… But the important thing is that there is a legal requirement… and the hijab is a legal issue today.”

Authorities said the dairy store owner who encountered the attacker had been warned. Social media posts showed that his shop was closed, although he was quoted by a local news agency as saying that he was allowed to reopen and that he should “give explanations” to the court.

According to Iranian media reports, the head of the judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, had previously threatened to “mercilessly” prosecute women who appear in public without clothes.

“Revealing the information is tantamount to hostility to (our) values,” Edjei was quoted as saying by several news sites.

Under Islamic Sharia law adopted in Iran after the 1979 revolution, women are required to cover their hair and wear long, loose clothing to hide their figure. Violators faced a public reprimand, fines or arrest.

Describing the veil as “one of the civilizational foundations of the Iranian nation” and “one of the practical principles of the Islamic Republic,” a statement from the Interior Ministry on Thursday said there would be “no retreat or tolerance” on the issue.

He urged citizens to stand up to naked women. Such directives have in recent decades encouraged hardliners to attack women with impunity.

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Fetterman discharged from Walter Reed hospital, depression in remission



Senator John Fetterman was discharged Friday from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where the Pennsylvania Democrat had been treated for severe depression in the neuropsychiatric ward for the past month and a half.

Fetterman is back home in Braddock, Pennsylvania and will be spending a two-week Easter/Easter vacation in his area. He plans to return to the Senate in the week of April 17th.

“I am so happy to be at home. I am happy to be the father and husband I want to be, and the Pennsylvania Senator deserves it,” Fetterman said in a statement. “The Pennsylvanians have always had my back and I will always have theirs.”

Fetterman’s depression is in remission, according to David Williamson, chief neuropsychiatrist and medical director Walter Reed, who led the team responsible for his treatment.

The senator registered with Walter Reed on February 15. According to notes from Williamson’s briefing shared by Fetterman’s office, he arrived with severe symptoms of depression, including low energy and motivation, poor speech, poor sleep, slow thinking, and slow movements and feelings. guilt and worthlessness.

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Paris is full of garbage and anger at Macron



7 March 1884 newly appointed prefect Eugene Poubel decreed that every tenement house in Paris must be supplied to the tenants by covered containers, soon to be aptly named pubelle (garbage bins)collect their waste. Prior to this, everything from animal and human feces to food waste and hospital waste was dumped straight onto the streets. The stinking black goo that covered the pavement could destroy the fabric. Surprisingly (at least by our modern hygienic standards), Poubel’s decree was met with explosive hostility: press campaigns, open letters, cartoons, slander and satirical songs fell upon Pubel and his pubelle.

Today, almost exactly 139 years later, Parisians are desperate for just the opposite. After a three-week strike of garbage collectors, when more than 10 tons of garbage have accumulated throughout the city, they are very eager to get their own. pubelle and it works again.

The mass accumulation of rubbish in the French capital is one of the most visible and stinking manifestations of the equally massive opposition to President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed pension reform in France, against which millions of people have been demonstrating every week since January. Even after the Macron government used a constitutional provision to push through reform without a formal parliamentary vote, the streets are still heaving.

Workers in schools, universities, public transport, railroads, aviation, oil refineries, gas and electricity, and even nuclear plants went on strike. But press coverage and international coverage are focused on piles of black bags blocking entire sidewalks in the City of Light. If the images are admirable Emily in Paris fans and sensational front-page photos, the reality on the ground is politically explosive. France, far from the glossy “startup nation” image that Macron tried to sell, is stuck in a rut, as is his administration.

IIn a country prone to intense politicization, observers, activists and citizens quickly began to argue: what really “stinks” – pension reform or garbage? For many, the proposed bill, which would push back the statutory retirement age for full pensions from 62 to 64, should be rejected in the first place. In accordance with March 9, 2023 Ifop surveyA permanent 73 percent of active workers remained against the bill two months after the disruption. (The bill must be approved by the Constitutional Court, and even then the government may change its mind, though most people don’t think so.)

Within a few weeks, Parisians had learned to quickly navigate the towering piles of knick-knacks and rubbish. Taking out the garbage in the absence of any garbage collection service has become an existential and political issue. Strike supporters theatrically add their bags to the monumental piles of boxes and crates stacked on the pavement to keep the flames of the uprising alive; environmentalists leave trash at home and lament the overconsumer society we live in; homeowners’ associations contract private collectors to clean their 20-foot street; the concierge in my house demands that the army take everything; and almost everyone blames the notoriously hated mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, whether she tries to clean up parts of Paris or refuses to do so in support of the strikers.

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