The Daily Populous

Wednesday February 1st, 2023 night edition

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Newly released video obtained by CBS News provides the first look at former President Donald Trump's deposition last summer in the New York attorney general's civil fraud investigation.

Trump sat for questioning under oath on Aug. 10, and the video shows him politely answering the opening questions from state Attorney General Letitia James.

Former President Donald Trump at his deposition in a New York fraud investigation, Aug. 10, 2022.

Those sections of Trump's deposition were no longer confidential once the exhibit was filed.

That office initially denied CBS News' request, under New York's Freedom of Information Law, for video that aligned with those transcript portions.

After the deposition concluded, Trump issued a public statement saying that he had exercised his Fifth Amendment right and refused to answer.

McConney and Weisselberg were the key witnesses in a separate criminal case against two Trump Organization companies, brought by the Manhattan district attorney. »

Man sues Florida sheriff for defamation over "Wheel of Fugitive" videos, claims he lost a job after falsely being called a fugitive

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Because of the sheriff's posts, David Gay lost a job and suffered emotional distress, according to the lawsuit seeking more than $50,000 in damages.

The lawsuit was filed last week in state court in Brevard County, along Florida's Space Coast. »

Psychology wins wars | Jacob Ware

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In the early days of Russia’s latest brutal invasion of Ukraine, Kremlin propaganda aimed to break Ukrainian spirit.

In one particularly notorious example of Russian disinformation, claims suggested Zelensky was set to flee Kyiv, for safer pastures to the west.

Low morale weakens a force’s strength and readiness, possibly leading to defections and even fratricidal violence, while stunting voluntary recruitment. »

Santos steps down from House panels amid ethics issues

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FILE - Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., leaves a House GOP conference meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 25, 2023.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. George Santos of New York announced Tuesday he is temporarily stepping down from his two congressional committees, a move that comes amid a host of ethics issues and a day after he met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Santos was assigned to two fairly low-profile panels, the House Committee on Small Business and to the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. »

Pelosi's attacker is proud of himself. The GOP emboldened him

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It's a view that, while they often avoid saying out loud, is widely backed by the rest of the GOP.

The more direct approval comes in the form of "jokes" and conspiracy theories about the attack on Pelosi.

In the two years since the January 6 insurrection, Republicans have made it clear that they have fully embraced political violence. »