The Daily Populous

Tuesday July 12nd, 2022 morning edition

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Judge orders Sen. Lindsey Graham to testify for special grand jury in Trump election probe.

ATLANTA — A Fulton County judge ordered U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to testify before a special grand jury in Fulton County next month.

This is another step in a long legal process of getting Graham down from Washington to testify.

That new order says the grand jury needs to hear about Graham’s two alleged phone calls to Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger.

In the order, Fulton County Superior Judge Robert McBurney said the “court finds that Lindsey Graham is a necessary and material witness” in the special grand jury’s investigation into potential criminal interference in Georgia’s 2020 election.

The grand jury subpoenaed Graham at the same time it also subpoenaed former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and others who were at a December 2020 state Senate subcommittee hearing.

Fulton DA hopes Graham will ‘decide to bring truthful testimony’ to grand jury in Trump probe. »

Several abortion restrictions ruled unconstitutional by Minnesota district court

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The 1995 Minnesota Supreme Court in Doe v. Gomez found that the state constitution protects the right to an abortion and those protections are more broad than those afforded under Roe.

Minnesota is surrounded by states that have laws that seriously restrict or ban abortion, or are likely to pass limits.

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life called the district court decision "extreme" and described the challenged laws as "commonsense measures that support and empower pregnant women." »

'A 'Wow' moment': US renewable energy hit record 28% in April. What's driving the change?

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The amount of electricity generated by renewable resources hit a record 28% in April, a breakthrough number that shows how important renewable energy has become in U.S. energy markets.

"It's a 'Wow' moment," said Peter Kelly-Detwiler, an energy analyst and author of "The Energy Switch," a recent book about the transition to a carbon-free energy economy.

Those numbers were released this week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which tracks energy data for the nation. »

White House: Iran preparing to send Russia drones for Ukraine war

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The United States believes that the Iranian government is preparing to provide Russia with hundreds of drones in order to help Moscow with its ongoing assault on Ukraine, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters on Monday.

Sullivan said that the Iranians are preparing to train Russian forces to use the unmanned aerial vehicles as early as this month.

He also argued that Russia has “already substantially failed to achieve its objectives in Ukraine,” pointing in part to the failure to take Kyiv. »