The Daily Populous

Monday January 30th, 2023 day edition

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The former high-ranking FBI counterintelligence official has been indicted on charges he helped a Russian oligarch, in violation of U.S. sanctions.

Except the “October Surprise” was no surprise to one key player: Rudolph Giuliani, the ex-New York mayor and Trump insider who later became the 45th president’s attorney.

Indeed, Giuliani bragged immediately after that he had sources in the FBI, including current agents.

The supposed bombshell — it turned out there was nothing incriminating or particularly new on the laptop — wasn’t the only FBI-related story that boosted Trump in the homestretch of the 2016 campaign.

On Oct. 31, citing unnamed “intelligence sources,” the Times reported, “Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link to Russia.”

That article defused a budding scandal about the GOP White House hopeful — at least until after Trump’s shock election on Nov. 8, 2016.

There are many reasons for Trump’s victory, but experts have argued the FBI disclosures were decisive. »

Tesla spontaneously combusts on Sacramento freeway

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A Tesla spontaneously combusted earlier Saturday in Sacramento while being driven on a freeway, authorities reported.

Metro Fire of Sacramento said around 4 p.m., the Tesla S Model was driving eastbound on Highway 50 and not speeding when its battery compartment suddenly caught fire.

Tesla in Sacramento spontaneously combusts on freeway. »

CBS News pressed House Speaker Kevin McCarthy about Rep. George Santos' credibility, but he clashed with the reporter and sidestepped the question by talking about how 'Congress is broken'

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy avoided specific questions about Rep. George Santos on CBS News on Sunday.

McCarthy granted Santos two committee seats, despite Santos being caught in lies about his work and life history.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy side-stepped a question – and got called out for it – about the credibility of embattled Rep. George Santos, instead detailing to CBS News all the ways in which Congress is "broken.". »

Zelenskyy: Russia expects to prolong war, we have to speed things up

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Russia is trying to drag the war, and Ukraine should speed up the events and supply of weapons.

The speed of supply has been and will be one of the key factors in this war.

We must speed up the events, speed up the supply and opening of new necessary weaponry options for Ukraine.". »

Mom and son graduate college together, fulfilling 18-year promise

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Carolyn and Immanuel Patton, a mother-son duo from Maryland, have graduated college together, fulfilling a promise the younger Patton first made to his mom when he was 5 years old.

Carolyn Patton, a mom of two, said she was more focused on her son going to college rather than finishing her own degree.

But the elder Patton, who works as a coordinator at Anne Arundel Community College, said her son never wavered in his vision. »