The Daily Populous

Tuesday April 26th, 2022 morning edition

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CNN on Monday published a slew of text messages between Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and prominent Republican lawmakers and conservative figures — including Hannity.

The Jan. 6 committee has already released several texts exchanged between Meadows and Hannity, but the ones released Monday are particularly striking, demonstrating just how firmly the White House had Hannity secured under its thumb.

Hannity wrote Meadows last Nov. 3, asking whether Meadows’ home state of North Carolina was going to go to Trump.

Hannity happy to take orders on what to say on his show — Acyn (@Acyn) April 25, 2022.

Hannity was one of several Fox News hosts who wrote to Meadows on Jan. 6 urging him to get Trump to call off his supporters.

Hannity: I don’t vet the information on this program that I give out — Acyn (@Acyn) December 1, 2020.

We now have pretty hard evidence that Hannity’s highly rated show was basically state-run television while the former president was in office. »

DeSantis signs bill creating new Florida election police force

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(CNN) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a sweeping voting overhaul bill that establishes a new election police force -- giving his administration a new way to probe election crimes.

DeSantis, who is up for reelection this year and is weighing a 2024 presidential bid, signed the bill as he works to burnish his credentials with the ultra-conservative wing of his party.

The new law marks the second major overhaul of Florida's election laws since the 2020 election -- as supporters of Trump clamor for more voting restrictions and changes to election administration ahead of midterm elections. »

Moldova warns of effort to create ‘pretexts’ for conflict after explosions in pro-Russia separatist region Transnistria

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Transnistria is a pro-Russia separatist region of Moldova, bordering Ukraine.

CHISINAU, Moldova — A purported attack on a building used by security services in the Russian-occupied separatist region of Transnistria is a part of an effort to increase tensions in the region, Moldovan authorities said Monday.

The statement urged calm, arguing that the "objective of the incident" is to "create pretexts of tensioning the security situation in the Transnistrian region.". »