The Daily Populous

Thursday August 18th, 2022 night edition

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"Everyone is saying no," a prominent Republican lawyer told the outlet.

Trump is scrambling to find an experienced team of attorneys to defend him amid mounting legal crises.

Jon Sale, a former Watergate prosecutor who is now a prominent Florida defense attorney, told the Post he turned Trump down last week.

It's representing the former president of the United States — and maybe the next one — in what's one of the highest-visibility cases ever.".

"President Trump is represented by some of the strongest attorneys in the country, and any suggestion otherwise is only driven by envy.".

Trump's other Florida-based lawyer is Lindsey Halligan, a Florida insurance lawyer that handles residential and commercial claims but has never handled a federal case.

Habba has also represented Trump in his dubious lawsuits against the New York Times, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee and his niece, Mary Trump. »

Putin Promises Russian Mothers $16K for Having Ten Children

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Vladimir Putin is offering Russian mothers cash and an honorary title as his country faces a dwindling population.

The prize is awarded on the condition that the other nine children are still alive.

However, exceptions will be made for mothers whose children died or went missing "in defense of the Fatherland" or in the performance of "military service or civil duty.". »

Dolly Parton celebrates her Imagination Library program

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Driving the news: The entertainment icon visited Columbus yesterday to promote her Imagination Library program and thank county sponsors from all over the state.

Why it matters: Few government programs are as universally praised as the Imagination Library, which mails free books to Ohio children ages 0-5.

Zoom out: A total of 186 million books have been mailed out since Parton launched the program in 1995, around 3 million of which have gone to Ohio families. »

“Would He Even Pass a Background Check?”: Floridians Balk at Matt Gaetz’s Scheduled Event With Schoolkids

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The Niceville High School’s Facebook page says the event, dubbed an “Academy Night,” is “an opportunity for high school students to speak directly with Congressman Gaetz.”

Why would we allow Matt Gaetz, who is under federal investigation for sex trafficking of a minor, into our school district?”.

“Would [Gaetz] even pass a background check to volunteer with the school based on the county’s own or the school district’s own criteria?” »

Kids-for-cash judges ordered to pay more than $200M

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Ciavarella ordered children as young as 8 to detention, many of them first-time offenders deemed delinquent for petty theft, jaywalking, truancy, smoking on school grounds and other minor infractions.

Another plaintiffs’ attorney, Sol Weiss, said he would begin a probe of the judges’ assets, but did not think they had any money to pay a judgment.

Substantial punitive damages were warranted because the disgraced judges inflicted “unspeakable physical and emotional trauma” on children and adolescents, Conner wrote. »