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Trump and his family watched the FBI search Mar-a-Lago via the property's security feed, says the former president's lawyer

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 11:37pm
The FBI has yet to provide a reason for why they searched Former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence.
  • Trump's lawyer said the former president watched the FBI's Mar-a-Lago raid from New York.
  • Christina Bobb said the property's security cameras transmitted a live feed from the Florida home.
  • Bobb complained earlier this week about not being able to observe the FBI's search. 

Former President Donald Trump's attorney said Trump watched from New York as the FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida on Monday.

Christina Bobb, one of Trump's lawyers, made this comment during a Thursday appearance on the right-wing media network Real America's Voice. Bobb told host Gina Loudon that, contrary to rumors that the security cameras had been turned off, the property's security feeds were on for most of the FBI's search. 

"I think the folks in New York — President Trump and his family — they probably had a better view than I did. Because they had the CCTV, they were able to watch," Bobb said. 

She added that she had not witnessed the raid as she was busy answering investigators' questions, but said the Trump family had seen "the whole thing." 

"So they actually have a better idea of what took place inside," Bobb said. 

She added that the cameras were only turned off for a "very short period of time" while agents spoke with lawyers about them being on. 

Bobb complained this week about not having been allowed to observe the search. She also claimed without substantiation that the FBI could be looking to "make stuff up" about what they found at Mar-a-Lago.

"We'll see what they come up with. If they did, it will be interesting — especially since they precluded me from watching what they did," Bobb said.

The FBI has not given a reason for why the search of Trump's former residence was carried out, though this may come to light soon if the DOJ's motion to unseal court records regarding the raid goes through.

Numerous media outlets along with Trump's son, Eric, have suggested that the search concerned material that Trump may have taken to Mar-a-Lago from the White House. The Washington Post also reported that the FBI had been searching for classified documents about nuclear weapons. 

In February, the National Archives retrieved 15 boxes of documents from the former president's Florida residence. It also requested that the Department of Justice investigate whether Trump had broken the law by taking official White House documents to Mar-a-Lago. 

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Facebook rolls out new privacy test for messages after facing backlash for handing over chats to Nebraska police of girl accused of having an illegal abortion

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 9:47pm
Meta CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Facebook announced Thursday that it would test end-to-end encryption as the default setting in Messenger. 
  • This comes after Facebook faced backlash for turning over chats to Nebraska cops investigating an alleged illegal abortion.
  • End-to-end encryption is a way to securely communicate so that Facebook can no longer see people's messages. 

Facebook is testing a significant privacy feature in its Messenger app after facing backlash for turning over private chats to police investigating an alleged illegal abortion in Nebraska

The social media giant announced Thursday that it would begin testing end-to-end encryption as the default setting in Messenger chats. End-to-end encryption is a method of securely communicating that ensures only the people chatting can see the content of their messages. 

Facebook's announcement comes after the company found itself in hot water with some privacy advocates. Court documents earlier reported by NBC News show the social media giant gave Nebraska police access to Messenger chats between a teenager and her mother. Prosecutors allege they discussed an abortion that would be illegal in the state.

The Nebraska teen and her mother have pled not guilty to abortion-related criminal charges. 

Facebook owner Meta released a statement saying they received legal warrants from Nebraska police on June 7, before the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, and that the warrants did not mention abortion at all.

Meta did not respond to Insider's request for comment. 

Facebook currently allows users to opt into end-to-end encryption for Messenger. However, had the privacy measures been the default setting, as the company says it is testing now, Facebook theoretically would not have been able to view or access messages between the Nebraska teen and her mother. 

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Mitch McConnell's wife Elaine Chao, who served as Trump's Transportation Secretary, met with the January 6 committee: report

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 9:38pm
Elaine Chao at the 2022 Concordia Lexington Summit in Lexington, Kentucky. CNN reported that Chao spoke with the January 6 panel.
  • Elaine Chao, Trump's former Transportation Secretary, met with the January 6 panel, per CNN.
  • Chao, who is also Mitch McConnell's wife, swiftly resigned the day after the Capitol breach.
  • Chao was reportedly in talks to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office at the time.

Donald Trump's former US Transportation Secretary recently talked with the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attacks on the Capitol.

Elaine Chao, who is also Mitch McConnell's wife, and several other members of Trump's Cabinet met with the panel, according to a report from CNN that cites anonymous sources.

It's unclear what was discussed. A spokesperson for Chao did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Chao was one of the first Cabinet officials to resign after the US Capitol was breached. She said in a statement at the time that the US "experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed."

"As I'm sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside," she said.

—Sec. Elaine Chao (@SecElaineChao) January 7, 2021


Several other Cabinet members have spoken with the committee, including former National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien and former US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, CNN reported.

DeVos and other cabinet members were involved in discussions to remove Trump from office through the 25th Amendment following the January 6 attack. The amendment allows a vice president, along with a majority of the executive Cabinet or a body appointed by Congress, to declare that a president is unfit for office.

When it was clear the option was off the table, DeVos suggested in an interview with USA Today that she decided to resign on January 7, 2021. Other Trump officials who left their posts shortly after the attack and have now spoken with or testified before the January 6 panel include former national security advisor Matthew Pottinger and former deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews.

Talks to invoke the 25th Amendment have also been of interest to the January 6 panel's investigations. On Tuesday, panel member Rep. Zoe Lofgren confirmed that the committee met with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The topic of discussion was the 25th amendment, CNN reported.

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Republicans may have shot themselves in the foot by hammering the DOJ to release the Mar-a-Lago search warrant

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 9:37pm
Former President Donald Trump speaks at CPAC.
  • Many of Trump's GOP allies have clamored for the DOJ to release its Mar-a-Lago search warrant and supporting documentation.
  • On Thursday, the DOJ moved to do just that, asking a court to unseal portions of the warrant.
  • Legal experts and political strategists say Trump's backers bit off more than they could chew and the DOJ called their bluff.

Former President Donald Trump's allies have spent this week clamoring for the Justice Department to release details from its search warrant for Mar-a-Lago and other supporting documentation.

Now, it looks like they might get what they asked for.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday at a news conference that the Justice Department has filed a motion to unseal portions of the warrant following Trump's "public confirmation of the search."

But legal experts and political strategists warn that Trump's allies may have bitten off more than they could chew and that the maneuver could ultimately backfire on the former president and his party as this year's midterm elections loom.

"Republican strategists have no clue how bad this is gonna be yet," said Luis Alvarado, a longtime GOP consultant.  

Right-wing reactions in the wake of the Mar-a-Lago raid have fallen into one of two camps.

Many of Trump's more hardline supporters — like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene — threatened to investigate the Justice Department and issued calls to "defund" the FBI.

Other Republicans, including former Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, have asked the Justice Department to publicly talk about its investigation into Trump.

Cruz issued a tweet demanding that the department "RELEASE THE WARRANT NOW."

"The American people deserve to see it," Cruz wrote. "NOW."

But Alvarado expressed skepticism toward those demands.

"They were saying it and crossing their fingers and hoping they don't turn around and release that information immediately," he told Insider. "Because right now, we still have primaries that are happening around the country. And they don't want that to fill the space."

Fox Business' Charles Gasparino tweeted on Wednesday that Trump's own legal team would "likely seek a court order to force the @FBI and @TheJusticeDept to turn over a physical copy of the search warrant, the affidavit, and a complete inventory of what was taken in the Mar-a-Lago raid."

The department's motion on Thursday rendered that option moot.

"This is a big fucking deal," one former DOJ official, who requested anonymity to candidly discuss the subject, said of the request to unseal. "Never happens. It's unheard of."

But the attorney general likely made an exception in this case "because of everything that's been going on the last few days, including Trump himself and his backers crying foul, accusing the FBI of planting evidence, what have you," the former official said.

"There is a heightened level of interest in this," they added. "There's a relevancy here because it really does go to the heart of the system. It's not just people throwing stones at DOJ and FBI, they've gotten that for decades. This is a systemic questioning of DOJ and FBI by the former president, a fair number of elected officials, and the population."

Garland calls Republicans' bluffAttorney General Merrick Garland.

Shortly after the department's motion was filed Thursday, magistrate judge Bruce Reinhart ordered the DOJ to confer with Trump's lawyers and let the court know by Friday afternoon if Trump's team agrees with or objects to the government's request to unseal.

In other words, the department's motion will force Trump to put up or shut up.

"Brilliant move by Garland: make motion to unseal everything including material Trump has already (warrant and return); so now the ball is in his court to object or consent," Andrew Weissmann, a former FBI general counsel who later worked on the Mueller investigation, tweeted after Garland's news conference. "Called Trump's bluff."

David Weinstein, a Miami criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, told Insider that even if the department's motion to unseal is denied, Republicans could still regret pressuring the DOJ because it will inadvertently put more pressure on Trump and his lawyers to produce their copy of the search warrant.

Multiple people on Trump's team, including his son Eric, told Gasparino that they did not get copies of the warrant or supporting documentation. But Garland debunked that claim Thursday, saying copies of both the warrant and the FBI receipt were given to Trump's counsel.

"Trump and his lawyers have a copy of the search warrant that lists exactly what laws the FBI believes and the Department of Justice believes have been violated," Weinstein said. "So if they wanted to show that to the world, they're afraid to do so. And quite frankly, if it was just the presidential records, I think they'd be waving it around like an American flag."

Gene Rossi, a longtime former federal prosecutor, also told Insider this week that he would be "shocked" if the affidavit supporting the warrant didn't include probable cause suggesting Trump violated other laws including statutes against obstruction, insurrection, sedition, and more.

"You only get one shot at doing a search of Donald Trump's home," he said. "The Department of Justice is not going to blow their wad, in my view, on just looking at ... the records statute."

Ultimately, said the former DOJ official, Trump "talked himself into" the department moving to unseal its Mar-a-Lago search warrant.

"The old axiom by lawyers is that you want a client to shut the hell up," the former official added. "That doesn't apply to this president. So while he and his supporters are screaming about what the FBI took, the DOJ's saying, 'You know exactly what they took. You've got a piece of paper that says what they took. But you want the world to know? Fine.'"

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Trump critics fly $1,800 banner that said 'HA HA HA' to 'mock' protestors at Mar-a-Lago residence following FBI raid

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 9:09pm
Trump critics flew a banner that read "HA HA HA HA HA HA" above protestors at his Mar-a-Lago residence after his house was raided by the FBI.
  • Trump supporters have been protesting against the FBI's raid of the former president's residence.
  • A group of Trump critics flew a banner over the protestors at Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.
  • The banner floated overhead with the words "HA HA HA HA HA HA" appearing.

A banner with the words "HA HA HA HA HA HA" floated over former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home and resort Wednesday to "mock" protestors upset about Trump's legal trouble. 

Earlier this week, the FBI searched Trump's home in Palm Beach, Florida, gathering about 12 boxes worth of documents from his residence in a historic raid.  The search is unprecedented and came after the former president refused a DOJ subpoena to turn over classified documents from his presidency.

Trump supporters have gone into an uproar over the raidthreatening those who made the decision, protesting outside of the Mar-a-Lago resort and the FBI, and pushing for war

But Thomas Kennedy, a Miami organizer and Trump critic, told local South Florida outlet WTVJ that he and some friends purchased a banner for $1,800 to "ridicule and mock" the MAGA fans.

The banner flew above the Florida estate for approximately three hours. 

—Thomas Kennedy (@tomaskenn) August 11, 2022

Kennedy told Insider that he thought Trump was a "bully."

"He's somebody that has made fun of women, disabled people, vulnerable people throughout his whole career and when he was president as well," Kennedy said.

"So we just thought that, you know, just give him a taste of his own medicine, laugh at him a little bit, have some fun and just celebrate that even a president can face accountability if he engages in enough criminal behavior — at least some measure of accountability," he added.

To the MAGA protestors who've rallied outside of the Palm Beach estate, Kennedy suggested: "Do something better with your time."

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Meet Judge Bruce Reinhart the magistrate who approved the FBI search warrant into Trump's Mar-a-Lago home receiving threats from MAGA supporters

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 8:59pm
Former President Donald Trump's Palm Beach estate, Mar-A-Lago was searched by the FBI Monday evening.
  • Former President Trump's home at Mar-a-Lago was searched by FBI agents on Monday.
  • The judge who approved the search warrant has received threats and increased attention.
  • Here's what we know about Judge Bruce Reinhart.

The FBI raid of former President Donald Trump's home in Mar-a-Lago has drawn attention to Judge Bruce Reinhart, who signed off the search warrant.

MAGA supporters were incensed by the raid, calling for protests at FBI field offices and gathering outside of Mar-a-Lago.

Reinhart has also received violent and antisemitic threats since approving the warrant.

The judge's official bio has been removed from the US District Court Southern District of Florida website — likely because of the threats he's received, according to Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg.

Here's what we know about him.

Reinhart's background

Reinhart is a Princeton graduate with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and he earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. 

He is married to Circuit Judge Carolyn Bell, who was appointed by former Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican who is now a US Senator for Florida, the same week he was sworn in as a magistrate judge, according to Bell's bio through the Palm Beach Bar Association. The couple shares two children.

He previously worked at the US Treasury as a trial attorney in the Public Integrity Section and at the Department of Justice as a senior policy advisor.

He also worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida until 2008.

During his time as a federal prosecutor, Reinhart worked on the case against now-deceased Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender.

But, he switched sides in the middle of the case, quitting the US Attorney's office and going on to defend several of Epstein's employees. He later faced a lawsuit from several of Epstein's accusers, accusing him of sharing information with Epstein's legal team during the switch, The New York Post reported. He denied the allegations.

(Trump supporters have tried to weaponize Reinhart's defense of Epstein's employees despite Trump himself also having ties to Epstein.)

Reinhart went on to spend 10 years in private practice — during which he also defended Democratic Florida Congressman Tim Mahoney who was under investigation by the FBI after putting his former mistress on his campaign payroll.

Since his appointment as a magistrate judge in 2018, Reinhart is responsible for deciding if law enforcement presented probable cause for a crime and concluding whether a search warrant would help push the case forward, USA Today reported.

A 'meticulous' judge with diversified political views

The judge is known to be detail-oriented at work and has played on both sides of the political aisle.

"He's a former prosecutor and a defense attorney and he's also known for being meticulous," Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg told Politico.

"He's not going to make a snap judgment," he added.

Ellen Cohen, a retired prosecutor who'd worked with Reinhart, agreed.

"Every time I brought a search warrant to him – and I brought many – he read it, digested it, and asked questions," Cohen told USA Today. "He wasn't someone who would sign off on it just because the government presented it to him."

The thoughtful magistrate has been a political donor for both Republicans and Democrats — making his political views somewhat murky.

Politico reported that Reinhart donated $2,000 in support of former President Barack Obama — one half to his campaign and the other to the Obama Victory Fund — in addition to $500 for former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush's 2016 presidential campaign.

The outlet added that he's also donated to several other candidates over the years, including some running for judge and state attorney positions and a Democratic candidate for the Florida House.

But, as Roger Stefin, a retired prosecutor, told USA Today, "Being a magistrate judge is not a political position." 

There's no political equation" that goes into the approval of search warrants, Stefin continued. "It's not whether someone's a Democrat or Republican."

Aronberg also told USA Today that the "whole backlash against him is unfair." 

"And it's really damaging for our judicial system to have people believe that when a judge issues a search warrant, it must be for some nefarious reason," Aronberg added.

Reinhart was not immediately reachable for comment.

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Feds were looking for classified documents about nuclear weapons during raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago, Washington Post reports

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 8:28pm
Donald Trump answers questions from reporters after making a video call to the troops stationed worldwide at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach Florida, on December 24, 2019.
  • The FBI was looking for nuclear weapons documents at Mar-a-Lago, sources told The Washington Post.
  • It's unclear if the documents concerned weapons belonging to the US or other nations, or if they were recovered.
  • Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday he was moving to have the search warrant released.

Classified documents related to nuclear weapons were among the items the FBI was searching for during a raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday, The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the investigation.

The people, who were unnamed, did not provide details on whether the documents concerned nuclear weapons belonging to the US or other nations. It's unclear if the documents were recovered in the search. 

The Justice Department has not said what it was seeking in the search, but Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday he was moving to have the search warrant made available to the public.

Garland confirmed he had personally signed off on the decision to seek a search warrant. People briefed on the documents the FBI was seeking told The New York Times they were so sensitive and important to national security that the Justice Department had no choice but to try and recover them.

Legal experts told Insider that federal officials likely obtained a high degree of probable cause before a judge signed off on the search warrant, given the sensitive nature of conducting such a raid on a former president.

Since the search was carried out and publicized by Trump on Monday, many Republican lawmakers have demanded an explanation from the Justice Department on what warranted the search. Before Garland's announcement on Thursday, the Justice Department and FBI had offered no comment.

The judge who approved the search warrant has instructed the Justice Department to consult with Trump's lawyers and let the court know by Friday afternoon if the former president plans to try and block its release.

Sources told The New York Times and CNN that Trump's team is considering challenging the motion to unseal the warrant. Both outlets reported that his team is consulting with outside attorneys.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Trump said the feds left Melania Trump's closet a 'mess' after executing a search warrant at their Mar-a-Lago home

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 6:55pm
  • Donald Trump said the feds left Melania Trump's closet a "mess" after the Mar-a-Lago raid.
  • Earlier this week, the FBI searched Trump's home in Palm Beach, Florida, in a search signed off by the US AG.
  • It's unclear if any items were seized, but any clothing Melania Trump wore during official events belong to the National Archives.

Former first lady Melania Trump's closet was left in a "mess" after FBI agents executed a search warrant at their Mar-a-Lago home, former President Donald Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social.

Earlier this week, the FBI searched the Trumps' home in Palm Beach, Florida, in an unprecedented search warrant executed against a former president. It's unclear what the FBI was looking for, but several reports linked the search warrant to the National Archives' request early this year for the Justice Department to investigate whether Trump broke the law when he took classified government records with him to Mar-a-Lago.

Since the raid on Monday, federal law enforcement has been under a torrent of criticism from Trump and his allies.

During a press conference on Thursday, US Attorney General Merrick Garland, who signed off on the Mar-a-Lago FBI raid, defended the Justice Department and federal law enforcement, calling them "dedicated, patriotic public servants."

The AG also mentioned that department tried "less intrusive" methods of obtaining the records and confirmed that the Justice Department tried subpoenaing Trump before it resorted to the search warrant. Garland added that the DOJ is working to unseal the search warrant, though Trump also has a copy of the warrant and is free to outline the reason for the warrant and an inventory of items that were seized from Mar-a-Lago.

In response, Trump took to his social media platform saying his team was compliant with their investigation.

"My attorneys and representatives were cooperating fully, and very good relationships had been established. The government could have had whatever they wanted, if we had it," Trump wrote. "They asked us to put an additional lock on a certain area – DONE! Everything was fine, better than that of most previous Presidents, and then, out of nowhere and with no warning, Mar-a-Lago was raided, at 6:30 in the morning, by VERY large numbers of agents, and even 'safecrackers.' They got way ahead of themselves. Crazy!"

In a follow-up post, the former president said that federal investigators also "rummaged" through the First Lady's closets while executing the search warrant.

"….Just learned that agents went through the First Lady's closets and rummaged through her clothing and personal items. Surprisingly, left area in a relative mess. Wow!" added Trump.

Though it's not immediately clear if any of Melania Trump's belongings were among the items seized, any clothing worn for official state events should be turned over to the National Archives after Trump's term.

"For official events of public or historic significance, such as a state visit, the first lady's clothes may be given as a gift by a designer and accepted on behalf of the US government," Joanna Rosholm, press secretary to the former first lady Michelle Obama, explained in a 2014 interview with the Associated Press. "They are then stored by the National Archives."

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Trump has until Friday afternoon to decide whether to fight the release of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant. His team is considering challenging the motion, per reports.

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 6:50pm
Former US President Donald Trump waves while walking to a vehicle outside of Trump Tower in New York City on August 10, 2022. -
  • The US Department of Justice has moved to unseal the Mar-a-Lago search warrant.
  • Trump himself could release the warrant immediately.
  • But the former president's team is reportedly consulting outside counsel before deciding.

Former President Donald Trump could unilaterally release the warrant that federal agents used to search his resort and residence at Mar-a-Lago. But news reports suggest that Trump and his allies are still trying to decide whether or not to fight the Department of Justice's motion to unseal the document — and the list of goods that were confiscated.

At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that he was moving to release the search warrant in light of the publicity surrounding the case. The judge who signed off on the warrant has ordered the Department of Justice to confer with Trump's attorneys and inform the court by 3 p.m. on Friday as to whether the former president plans to fight the release.

According to The New York Times, Trump's allies are "discussing the possibility of challenging" the release of the documents and have "contacted outside lawyers" to discuss the matter. CNN reported Thursday evening that the former president and his team "have not yet reached a decision." One source told the outlet Trump's team is considering challenging the motion to unseal the warrant. Both outlets reported that his team is consulting with outside attorneys.

William Jeffress, a lawyer who previously represented former President Richard Nixon, told Insider that he would not object to a client wanting to release the documents on their own, as is Trump's right. But there are mitigating factors, he noted.

"As a defense lawyer, I see no danger that release of the items would hurt his legal defense," Jeffress said. "But it surely might hurt his effort in the media to characterize the search as baseless or abusive."

Details around what led to the raid have been scarce, with many Republican lawmakers demanding an explanation from the Justice Department after the search was carried out and publicized by Trump on Monday. Before Garland's announcement on Thursday, the Justice Department and FBI had offered no comment.

The lack of details fueled accusations by the former president and other Republicans that the raid was politically motivated. The calls for transparency continued even after Garland said he was moving to have the search warrant released. 

"What I am looking for is the predicate for the search. Was the information provided to the judge sufficient and necessary to authorize a raid on the former president's home within ninety days of the midterm election?" Sen. Lindsey Graham said in a statement provided to Insider. "I am urging, actually insisting, the DOJ and the FBI lay their cards on the table as to why this course of action was necessary. Until that is done the suspicion will continue to mount."

Garland also suggested Thursday the move to have the warrant released was in part to defend the FBI's actions.

"I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked," he said. "The men and women of the FBI and the Justice Department are dedicated, patriotic public servants."

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The site of the US's first major World War II offensive in the Pacific is the scene of new struggle with China

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 6:27pm
US Navy transport ship USS President Adams, its decks crowded with troops, before the invasion of Guadalcanal, August 4, 1942.
  • Eighty years ago, Allied troops stormed the beaches of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.
  • It was the first Allied offensive in the Pacific, and it began to roll back the Japanese advance.
  • The Solomons are now the site of another competition between the US and its allies and China.

After a massive air and naval bombardment early on August 7, 1942, some 11,000 US Marines stormed the islands of Guadalcanal, Tulagi, and Florida in the southern part of the Solomon Islands.

Coming exactly eight months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the landings were the first Allied offensive action of the Pacific theater.

The focus was on Guadalcanal, where the Japanese had begun constructing an airfield a month earlier. If completed, it would have directly threatened Australia and its supply lines and set the stage for further Japanese advances.

What followed was a brutal six-month slog involving every US military branch, including the Coast Guard. More than 60,000 US and 31,000 Japanese troops would fight in three major land engagements, seven naval battles, and near constant aerial bombardments and dogfights.

The first offensiveA Japanese heavy cruiser after being bombed by US aircraft during the Battle of Midway in June 1942.

By July 1942, the situation in the Pacific had begun to stabilize.

Japan's seemingly unstoppable advance toward Australia had been checked at the Battle of the Coral Sea in May, and a month later the Japanese lost four fleet carriers, some 250 aircraft, and over 3,000 sailors and pilots at the Battle of Midway.

Both battles were milestones in the war and left the Japanese military essentially unable to mount further large-scale offensives.

In those battles and virtually every other engagement in the Pacific to that point, the Allies had been on the defensive, and they were determined to change that.

US troops on the beach at Guadalcanal in August 1942.

Allied commanders selected the Solomon Islands for their first offensive because Tulagi and Florida islands had natural harbors that could support future operations.

Capturing the Japanese airfield on Guadalcanal would also support operations to retake other Japanese-controlled territory.

A force of nearly 100 vessels and tens of thousands of Allied infantrymen, mostly US Marines, was hastily assembled.

Bad weather allowed them to arrive off Guadalcanal without detection on August 6, and the Marines took the Japanese by surprise the following day.

A hard fightA US soldier with a hand grenade during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942.

The initial landings on Guadalcanal were encouraging for the Allies. The outnumbered Japanese, caught off-guard and pummeled by naval and air bombardments, didn't mount serious resistance.

Guadalcanal's airfield was seized within 36 hours. The Marines named it Henderson Field after Maj. Lofton Henderson, a Marine aviator killed at Midway, and set about completing it for their own use.

But the Japanese would not give up Guadalcanal so easily. Japanese air attacks from nearby Rabaul led Vice Adm. Frank Fletcher to withdraw most of his warships on August 8 for fear that they would be sunk.

That night, seven Japanese cruisers and one destroyer sailed into the New Georgia Sound — called "the Slot" by the Allies — and used their superior night tactics and experience to sink four Allied cruisers and damage three more in just 32 minutes, killing over 1,000 sailors.

Japanese soldiers man a heavy machine gun on Guadalcanal in August 1942 in a picture found by US Marines.

It was the first of seven naval battles around Guadalcanal that sank dozens of ships from both sides, earning the waters there the nickname "Ironbottom Sound."

Control of Guadalcanal's waters changed hands frequently as Japan sent in more warships. Japanese reinforcements and supplies were regularly shipped to Guadalcanal by destroyers on nighttime supply runs — a system the Allies called the "Tokyo Express."

On Guadalcanal, the Americans pushed further inland and set up defenses for Henderson Field, which became fully operational on August 20. The Japanese on Guadalcanal repeatedly tried to assault the airfield.

Henderson Field on Guadalcanal in late August 1942, after US aircraft had begun to use the airfield.

In at least three large-scale engagements, thousands of Japanese soldiers tried to swarm Henderson Field's outlying defenses. They were beaten back with massive casualties every time.

The airstrip was also repeatedly bombarded from the air and sea. On October 14, Japanese battleships Haruna and Kongō fired over 900 14-inch shells at Henderson, destroying half of its aircraft and almost putting the airfield out of action.

After six months of brutal combat, the Japanese finally withdrew, having lost more than 20,000 of the approximately 31,000 men sent to Guadalcanal, as well as 24 warships and 683 aircraft. The Allies lost 7,100 men, 29 warships, and 615 aircraft.

A new battle for influenceSolomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, third from left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in October 2019.

Eighty years later, the Solomon Islands, now an independent country, is the site of a different kind of struggle.

China has expanded its influence there through investments and diplomatic outreach. The Solomons government severed ties with Taiwan and formally recognized Beijing in 2019 and signed a bilateral security deal with China in April — both moves were seen as major geopolitical victories for the Chinese.

Officials from the Solomons and China have said that the deal won't lead to a Chinese base in the island country, but a leaked draft of the agreement, the final full text of which has not been released, says China can send armed police and military personnel to assist the Solomons government in "maintaining social order."

The leaked text also says that China can use its military to protect Chinese citizens and projects in the Solomons and would allow its naval ships to make port calls.

The Solomons has a longstanding security relationship with Australia, which sent security personnel there at the government's invitation following unrest in the capital in November.

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, center, at a ceremony for the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal in Honiara on August 7, 2022.

The unrest, which escalated into rioting, began in part as a protest of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare severing ties with Taiwan. Chinese-owned businesses the capital, Honiara, were targeted during the violence.

Sogavare has said that Australia remains the Solomons' "security partner of choice" and that his government "will call on them first" when it comes to security matters. But many in the Solomon Islands and elsewhere remain skeptical, as China continues to pursue influence and potentially access in other strategically located South Pacific countries.

The US and its allies have sought to bolster their ties to Pacific Island countries with expanded diplomatic and economic outreach and other initiatives, such removing unexploded ordnance from World War II. The US is also reopening its embassy in the Solomons, which was closed in the late 1990s.

"The 80th anniversary today was recalling how important that partnership with Solomon Islands was 80 years ago," Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said after a ceremony in Honiara on August 7. "There have been times when other administrations have not put a priority on alliances, partnerships, and regional organizations — but this administration, a very high priority."

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4 lingering misconceptions about the FBI raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 5:55pm
Former US President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower to meet with New York Attorney General Letitia James for a civil investigation on August 10, 2022 in New York City.
  • There are lots of unanswered questions about the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago. 
  • Attorney General Merrick Garland provided a peek into the underlying search warrant on Thursday. 
  • Trump and his allies are filling in the blanks with wild speculation and baseless allegations. 

The stunning government-sanctioned sweep of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate has sparked ideological meltdowns galore this week, with the embattled former presidents and MAGA loyalists railing against federal law enforcement officials they suspect of trying to knock the twice-impeached GOP leader out of contention from running again in 2024.  

Attorney General Merrick Garland broke his silence about the raid on Thursday, confirming during a press conference that he'd personally signed off on the warrant and that he'd filed a motion to unseal the hotly-disputed document mostly because Trump had made a big deal about it

Garland also defended the agents who conducted the search, calling them "patriotic public servants." 

That hasn't stopped Trump supporters from crying "political witch hunt," questioning the credibility of law enforcement or flooding the internet with unfounded allegations. 

Here are the biggest misconceptions (so far) floating around about what went down in Palm Beach, Florida. 

FBI planted evidence

Trump, his attorneys, and Fox News host Jesse Waters put out there that perhaps federal agents weren't collecting evidence so much as placing it on Trump's property. 

Waters and Trump attorney Alina Habba pushed that narrative Tuesday, saying the FBI "probably" planted evidence while on site and expressing concern that it might have happened, respectively. 

Trump took the ball and ran with it on Truth Social, telling his devotees the search was conducted "without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, 'planting'" before attempting to drag former President Barack Obama and 2020 presidential rival Hillary Clinton down with him. 

Trump attorney Christina Bobb riffed on that, but ultimately opted to put her own spin on things. 

"At this point I don't necessarily think that they would even go to the extent of trying to plant information," Bobb told conservative outlet Real America's Voice. "I think they just make stuff up and come up with whatever they want."

Retired FBI agent and former attorney Bobby Chacon pushed back against the baseless attacks, saying that "we wouldn't have to plant evidence" because the FBI already found 15 boxes of evidence earlier this year.

"When you can't attack the facts, you attack the integrity of the investigation," Chacon told Insider. 

There is no evidence that the FBI has planted anything at Mar-a-Lago. 

Former President Donald Trump nominated Christoper Wray for FBI Director in 2017.Politically motivated

Trump's immediate response to the search was to blame it all on "political persecution." 

"It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice Department, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don't want to run for President in 2024," he fumed online in a post that also included references to Watergate and his two impeachment trials. 

Playing the victim card is an interesting play given that Trump appointee Christopher Wray is co-leading the charge here. 

Trump tapped Wray for the FBI director post in 2017, hailing him for having "impeccable credentials" after firing the previous bureau leader, James Comey, and kickstarting Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation

Meanwhile, Garland has spent the past 18 months trying to publicly stay out of any Trump-related scandals — a decision that's frustrated members of the January 6 select committee as well as Democratic supporters who feel Trump should be held accountable for the deadly siege at the US Capitol. 

Posting the search warrant

MAGA-minded lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol have been clamoring to see the search warrant authorizing the FBI agents to sift through relevant files Trump took with him when he left DC. 

Trump's camp initially fanned the flames of outrage by insisting that they weren't shown the warrant or any inventory list of what was taken, leaving them unsure about what the feds were even looking for. 

The motion to unseal that Garland filed Thursday refutes that narrative. 

"Former President Trump, through counsel, was provided copies of each of these documents on August 8, 2022, as part of the execution of the search," the motion reads. 

Now that it's been confirmed that he was properly served the documents, Trump could publicly release them at any time. He's chosen not to do so for now

White-collar defense attorney William Jeffress said Trump is able, but probably not willing, to disclose what's in the warrant. 

"Mr. Trump is perfectly free to release the warrant and the inventory of the items taken," Jeffress told Insider. Jeffress, who represented Richard Nixon after he left the White House, added that the reveal was unlikely to harm any legal defense, but could jeopardize his efforts "to characterize the search as baseless or abusive."

People walking outside Mar-a-Lago in March 2017Supervising FBI raids

Trump attorney Bobb said she "wasn't allowed" to watch the FBI agents do their work at Mar-a-Lago. 

FBI protocol requires agents to show a copy of the search warrant — as well as provide an itemized list of what was taken after it is finished — but it has discretion on whether to allow the attorney to be present while the search is conducted. 

Retired FBI agent and former attorney Bobby Chacon said the agency is well within its rights to keep onlookers away.  

"In a nutshell, no, they don't have a right to be there," Chacon told Insider. "If we want to keep them out, we can keep what we want out while we conduct the search."

Charles R. Davis contributed to this report.

 

 

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5 ways to troubleshoot if your phone can't connect to Google Voice

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 5:38pm
  • If you can't connect to Google Voice on your phone, check your internet connection and make sure the app isn't set to "Do not disturb."
  • If you recently changed phones, you might need to redirect Google Voice to your new number. 
  • Here are five ways to troubleshoot when Google Voice isn't connecting to your phone.

Google Voice is one of the search giant's hidden gems — a Voice Over IP (VoIP) service that gives your phone access to a (mostly) free second phone number which you can use as a business line or second personal number. Unfortunately, Google Voice is no stranger to connection issues. If you can't get Google Voice to work on your iPhone or Android phone, here are five ways to troubleshoot the problem and get the service up and running. 

Check your internet connection

If you usually have no trouble with Google Voice but it's currently not connecting properly, the first thing you should check is your internet connection. Google Voice will work over both a cellular connection and Wi-Fi, but if you have neither, you won't be able to connect. Check the status bar at the top of your phone screen to see if you have a solid signal. If in doubt, swipe down from the top of the screen to see the Control Center or shortcuts panel, then toggle Airplane mode and Wi-Fi to refresh your connections. 

Turn WiFi off and on again to see if that solves your Google Voice connection problem.Make sure you're not in 'Do not disturb' mode

You probably know that your phone's "Do not disturb" mode can silence your phone to give you a break from incoming calls, texts, and notifications. But Google Voice has its own Do not disturb setting, and if it's enabled, you won't see any incoming calls or messages. To check, start Google Voice and tap the three-line menu at the top right or left corner. Tap Settings, and find the Do Not Disturb section near the bottom of the Settings page. Make sure Do not disturb is off by swiping the button to the left. 

There's a hidden Do not disturb mode in Google Voice Settings.Properly redirect Google Voice to your current phone

If you've recently changed phones, your Google Voice account might be linked to the old number, which means Google Voice won't receive calls on your new phone. That's easily fixed. Open the Google Voice website in a browser and sign into your Google account if necessary. Click the Settings icon at the top right (it's shaped like a gear) and make sure you're in the Account tab on the left side of the page. In the Linked numbers section, check to see what phone number is listed. If it's not the phone number currently associated with your phone, click the X to the right of the number and then click New linked number. Enter your phone number, click Send code, and follow the directions to confirm this is your phone number. 

Make sure Google Voice is directed to the correct phone.You need credit to make international calls

Google Voice is mostly free. You only need to pay to port an existing phone number to the service if you'd rather not use a random number assigned by Google and to make international calls and text messages. If you're trying to make an international call, you need to add credits to your Google Voice account, which you can do from the Google Voice website or from the Android mobile app's Settings menu. 

Check to see if the Google Voice service is down

If nothing else is working, the Google Voice service might be temporarily offline or experiencing some sort of outage. One easy way to see if the problem is confined to your phone or if it's more pervasive: Try to use service via the Google Voice website in a browser. You can also check to see if there are reported outages at Google Voice. Visit IsItDown's Google Voice status page for the latest news on the site. If it appears to be down, you will need to wait and try again later. 

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John Bolton says he's 'embarrassed' that an Iranian Revolutionary Guard member offered the 'low price' of just $300,000 to assassinate him

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 5:33pm
Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton in Minsk, Belarus on August 29, 2019.
  • The DOJ announced Wednesday that John Bolton was the target of an assassination plot.
  • Bolton says he was "embarrassed" by the "low price" that the Iranian official offered for his murder.
  • While Shahram Poursafi offered just $300,000 for Bolton, they offered $1 million for Mike Pompeo.

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Wednesday that he was "embarrassed" that an Iranian military official only offered $300,000 for his assassination.

The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that Shahram Poursafi, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), had offered the bounty "likely in retaliation" for the January 2020 killing of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC's Quds Force and a powerful figure within the country.

Bolton served under former President Donald Trump before being fired in September 2019.

"Well, I was embarrassed at the low price. I thought it would have been higher," he quipped in an appearance on CNN Wednesday evening. "Maybe it was an exchange rate problem or something."

He went on to say that he had "long had a general understanding of what the threat was," but was not aware of the specifics of the plot.

He also indicated that he was not aware of another plot against former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — who had a much higher bounty of $1 million for his murder, per an Axios report — but said he wasn't surprised. The Justice Department declined to comment when contacted by Insider over the report on Pompeo. 

"I think there are a substantial number of people who are vulnerable to these Iranian efforts," he said.

Throughout his long career in Washington, Bolton has garnered a reputation as a foreign policy hawk. He's considered an architect of the 2003 Iraq invasion, and has habitually made the case for regime change in Iran. 

Bolton played an instrumental role in former President Donald Trump's controversial decision to withdraw the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, a move that raised tensions between Washington and Tehran to historic heights. The Obama era agreement was designed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. After withdrawing from the agreement, Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran as part of a "maximum pressure" strategy championed by Bolton. 

Trump's decision to order the drone strike against Soleimani in early 2020 exacerbated the already tense state of affairs, and raised concerns that the US and Iran were on the brink of war. Both countries ultimately moved away from a broader conflict, but the dynamic between Washington and Tehran remains contentious. 

President Joe Biden has sought to revive the 2015 nuclear deal — an Obama era agreement — but indirect talks to restore the pact have so far failed to yield an agreement. During a visit to Israel last month, Biden said the US would use force as a "last resort" to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. 

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Former cop-turned-Capitol rioter Thomas Robertson was sentenced to more than 7 years in prison on January 6 charges

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 5:27pm
Jacob Fracker (left) and Thomas Robertson posed by a statute inside the Capitol on January 6, 2021, prosecutors said.
  • A former cop, Thomas Robertson, received the longest prison term to date in a January 6 case.
  • His more than seven-year sentence tied with that of the first Capitol rioter convicted at trial.
  • A jury found Robertson guilty of trespassing on Capitol grounds with a wooden stick on January 6.

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced former police officer Thomas Robertson to more than seven years in prison for his role in the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. His punishment caps a criminal case that gave rise to one of the first jury trials linked to the pro-Trump mob's violent attempt to prevent the certification of President Joe Biden's electoral victory.

Robertson's sentence is the same as the 87-month prison term ordered for Guy Reffitt, the first Capitol rioter convicted at trial, as the longest sentence issued to date in a case connected to January 6.

Judge Christopher "Casey" Cooper handed down the sentence four months after a jury found Robertson guilty of all six charges he faced in connection with the January 6 attack. At trial, prosecutors alleged that he trespassed on Capitol grounds with a wooden stick that he used as a baton to block police officers responding to the attack. 

Robertson's weeklong trial in federal court featured testimony from another former police officer, Jacob Fracker, who recalled accompanying him at the Capitol on January 6 after attending a pro-Trump rally. In emotional testimony, Fracker described Robertson as not just his sergeant but also his mentor figure in the Rocky Mount, Virginia, police force. The two, who were both fired following their participation in the Capitol attack, referred to each other by nicknames — "dad" and "son."

Just weeks before Robertson went to trial, Fracker testified as part of a plea deal in which he admitted to conspiring to obstruct the joint session of Congress that gathered on January 6 to certify the 2020 election results.

Pointing to the "nature and scope" of Fracker's cooperation, prosecutors on Tuesday recommended that the former police officer avoid prison time and instead be ordered to serve six months of probation, "with a condition of community confinement or home detention." Fracker's sentencing is set for August 16.

The judge's sentence for Robertson fell just below the eight-year prison term federal prosecutors had recommended for Robertson. If ordered, the eight-year sentence would have gone down as the longest prison term handed down to date in a case related to January 6.

Weeks earlier in Reffitt's case, prosecutors recommended that he receive a 15-year prison term — more than twice the sentence he ultimately received from Judge Dabney Friedrich. During an hours-long hearing, Friedrich rejected prosecutors' arguments for classifying Reffitt's conduct as domestic terrorism.

Prosecutors highlighted Reffitt's role as a significant on-the-ground leader for the pro-Trump group who, wearing tactical gear, faced down with police as he led fellow rioters up the steps to the Capitol. Later, after returning home to Texas, Reffitt grew alarmed as the FBI began to arrest suspected Capitol rioters and threatened his children, telling them that they would be traitors if they turned him in — and that "traitors get shot."

Responding to their father's more than seven-year sentence, Reffitt's children publicly stated that former President Donald Trump should face even stiffer punishment for his role in the events of January 6.

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The 2022 NFL preseason continues through August 28 — here's how to livestream games all season long

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 5:23pm

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Aaron Rodgers.
  • Week one of the 2022 NFL preseason starts August 11 with the NFL Network airing games all weekend.
  • Throughout the season, HD antennas and streaming services will offer select NFL games without cable.
  • NFL+ is a new streaming service that lets you watch local and national broadcasts on your phone.

The NFL preseason begins in earnest this week with the NFL Network broadcasting select games from August 11 to 14. You can also watch every out-of-market preseason game with the new NFL+ streaming service, while local broadcasters will be responsible for in-market teams.

ESPN will broadcast two games during the following preseason week, while CBS, Fox, and Amazon Prime Video will each air one matchup in the final week of the preseason.

Following the preseason, the 2022 NFL regular season starts on September 8. Regular season games will be spread between Fox, CBS, ESPN, NBC, Amazon Prime Video, and the NFL Network. To help you catch games all season long, we've broken down all your options to watch the NFL without cable, along with a schedule for this week's games.

NFL preseason week 1 schedule

Game

Date and time

Channel

New York Giants at New England Patriots

August 11, 7 p.m. ET

NFL Network

Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens

August 11, 7:30 p.m. ET

Local affiliates

Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions

August 12, 6 p.m. ET

NFL Network

Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars

August 12, 7 p.m. ET

Local affiliates

Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals

August 12, 7:30 p.m. ET

Local affiliates

New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles

August 12, 7:30 p.m. ET

Local affiliates

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers

August 12, 8:30 p.m. ET

NFL Network

Carolina Panthers at Washington Commanders

August 13, 1 p.m. ET

Local affiliates

Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears

August 13, 1 p.m. ET

NFL Network

Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills

August 13, 4 p.m. ET

NFL Network

Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers

August 13, 7 p.m. ET

NFL Network

Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

August 13, 7:30 p.m. ET

Local affiliates

New Orleans Saints at Houston Texans

August 13, 8 p.m. ET

Local affiliates

Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos

August 13, 9 p.m. ET

NFL Network

Los Angeles Rams at San Diego Chargers

August 13, 10 p.m. ET

Local affiliates

Minnesota Vikings at Las Vegas Raiders

August 14, 4:25 p.m. ET

NFL Network

How to watch NFL games without cable

You can watch select NFL games without a cable subscription via live TV streaming services and platforms like Amazon Prime Video, Paramount Plus, Peacock Premium, and NFL+. You can also watch local NFL games with an HDTV antenna.

Here's a chart detailing which NFL games are included on every major platform:

Note: This chart is for local in-market and national broadcasts only. Out-of-market games are not available with these services.

 AFC afternoon games (CBS)NFC afternoon games (Fox)Sunday Night Football (NBC)Monday Night Football (ESPN)Thursday Night FootballNFL Network gamesAntennaYesYesYesNoNoNoSling TV Orange + BlueNoYesYesYesNoYesHuluYesYesYesYesNoYesYouTube TVYesYesYesYesNoYesFuboTVYesYesYesYesNoYesParamount PlusYesNoNoNoNoNoPeacock PremiumNoNoYesNoNoNoAmazon Prime VideoNoNoNoNoYesNoNFL+ (mobile only)YesYesYesYesYesYesHere's a detailed breakdown of all the services you can use to stream NFL games without cable:HDTV Antenna

You can purchase an antenna, like this Channel Master model, to add to your TV for about $25, giving you access to local channels within a certain distance. For more recommendations, check our guide to the best digital antennas

An antenna lets you watch all the regional games broadcast from wherever you're located. You also get the Sunday Night Football matchup that airs on NBC. Because it's only a one-time payment, this is a great option if you're solely interested in watching the team in your area.

What you get:
  • Local games on Fox
  • Local games on CBS
  • Sunday Night Football on NBC
What you don't get:
  • Out-of-market games
  • Monday Night Football
  • Thursday Night Football
  • NFL Network games
Sling TV

If you're looking for a live TV streaming service to watch football, Sling TV is a great budget option that gives you most of the channels you need at a cheaper price than Hulu or Fubo TV.

There are three different plans, depending on what channels you prioritize. Sling Orange and Sling Blue each cost $35 a month, while the combined Sling Orange + Blue plan costs $50 a month. Additionally, you can purchase the Sports Extra package to add NFL RedZone to your plan for $11 a month. 

The Blue plan has NFL Network, as well as Fox and NBC in select markets, while the Orange plan has ESPN. We recommend going with Sling Orange + Blue to get access to the most NFL content Sling offers all season long.  

What you get:
  • Local games on Fox (select markets)
  • Sunday Night Football on NBC (select markets)
  • Monday Night Football on ESPN
  • NFL Network games
What you don't get:
  • Local games on CBS
  • Thursday Night Football games
  • Out-of-market games
Hulu with Live TV

In addition to all of its other offerings, Hulu + Live TV has nearly everything you need to stream NFL games for $70 per month.

Hulu + Live TV gets you access to all local NFL games in your area, with the exception of any blackouts. In addition, you get ESPN and NFL Network. The service costs $70 a month and even comes with a Disney Plus and ESPN+ subscription for no extra cost. You can also add the Sports add-on package to get NFL Redzone for an extra $10 a month.

What you get:
  • Local games on Fox 
  • Local games on CBS
  • Sunday Night Football on NBC
  • Monday Night Football on ESPN
  • NFL Network games
What you don't get:
  • Thursday Night Football games
  • Out-of-market games
Fubo TV

At $70 a month for the Pro plan, Fubo TV offers the same selection of NFL games that you can find on Hulu + Live TV. It boasts all the network and cable channels you need to watch local and primetime games. You can also spend an extra $11 a month to add the Sports Plus with NFL RedZone package.

What you get:
  • Local games on Fox 
  • Local games on CBS
  • Sunday Night Football on NBC
  • Monday Night Football on ESPN
  • NFL Network games
What you don't get:
  • Thursday Night Football games
  • Out-of-market games
YouTube TV

YouTube TV is another service that offers access to local and primetime NFL games. It costs $65 a month, but new members can get their first three months for $55 a month. Additionally, the service announced an agreement with the NFL to offer NFL Redzone as an add-on included in their Sports Plus package for an additional $11 a month.

What you get:
  • Local games on Fox 
  • Local games on CBS
  • Sunday Night Football on NBC
  • Monday Night Football on ESPN
  • NFL Network games
What you don't get:
  • Thursday Night Football games
  • Out-of-market games
Paramount Plus

If you're just interested in watching locally televised AFC home games, then a Paramount Plus subscription could be all you need. The service lets you stream live CBS television, as well as a growing library of on-demand shows and exclusive titles. 

Paramount Plus is available for $5 a month with commercials or $10 a month with ad-free on-demand streaming. With that said, all live broadcasts, including NFL games, still feature commercials with the ad-free plan.

What you get:
  • Local games on CBS
What you don't get:
  • Local games on Fox 
  • Sunday Night Football on NBC
  • Monday Night Football on ESPN
  • Thursday Night Football games
  • NFL Network games
  • Out-of-market Sunday afternoon games
Peacock Premium

Peacock won't be streaming any exclusive games during the 2022 season, but Premium subscribers ($5/month) can stream all the NFL games being broadcast on NBC on Sunday nights.

What you get:
  • Sunday Night Football on NBC
What you don't get:
  • Local games on CBS
  • Local games on Fox 
  • Monday Night Football on ESPN
  • Thursday Night Football games
  • NFL Network games
  • Out-of-market Sunday afternoon games
Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video is now the exclusive home of Thursday Night Football, with regular season matchups starting September 15. Thursday Night Football has expanded to 16 games this season, with former Sunday Night Football play-by-play announcer Al Michaels joining ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit in the broadcast booth.

A standalone Amazon Prime Video membership costs $9 a month, and the service is included as part of an Amazon Prime subscription for $139 per year or $15 a month.

What you get:
  • Thursday Night Football games
What you don't get:
  • Local games on CBS
  • Local games on Fox 
  • Monday Night Football on ESPN
  • Sunday Night Football games on NBC
  • NFL Network games
  • Out-of-market Sunday afternoon games
NFL+

If you're only interested in streaming NFL games on your phone or tablet, a subscription to the newly launched NFL+ service is your best bet. The platform will let you watch in-market games, playoff games, and all primetime broadcasts for $5 a month or $50 per year.

To access games, you'll need to ensure that your location services are activated on your phone or tablet. NFL+ subscribers also get access to a large library of documentaries and shows from NFL films and the NFL Network, all of which can be found in the NFL app. 

NFL+ Premium is also available for $10 a month. This plan lets you watch replays of games after they air, and provides access to game film that's usually reserved for coaches and analysts.

What you get:
  • Local games on Fox (mobile only)
  • Local games on CBS (mobile only)
  • Sunday Night Football on NBC (mobile only)
  • Monday Night Football on ESPN (mobile only)
  • Thursday Night Football games (mobile only)
  • NFL Network games (mobile only)
What you don't get:
  • Out-of-market games
NFL Sunday Ticket

NFL Sunday Ticket lets NFL fans watch every out-of-market Sunday afternoon game. This is a great option if you want to follow games from other teams outside your local area. That said, the service is only available in select regions.

There are two separate plans available: The NFL Sunday Ticket base plan costs $293.94 total for the season. There is also the NFL Sunday Ticket Max plan for $395.94 for the season.

In addition to the normal features, NFL Sunday Ticket Max adds in NFL RedZone and the DirecTV Fantasy Zone, which is a new channel solely dedicated to watching games through the lens of fantasy football.  A fun feature included in both plans is that you can watch four games at once on your screen

What you get:
  • Out-of-market Sunday afternoon games
What you don't get:
  • Local games on Fox 
  • Local games on CBS
  • Sunday Night Football on NBC
  • Monday Night Football on ESPN
  • Thursday Night Football games
  • NFL Network games
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Hulu's prices are going up in October — here's a complete cost breakdown for every plan

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 5:17pm

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Hulu offers four primary subscription options.
  • Hulu with ads currently costs $7/month, and its ad-free plan is $13/month.
  • In October, the ad-supported plan will increase to $8/month and the ad-free plan will jump to $15/month.
  • Hulu also offers live TV, premium channel add-ons, and a bundle with Disney Plus and ESPN+.

Hulu is one of the most popular streaming services on the market, and it offers several different plans to choose from. Subscriptions currently start at $7 a month, but prices will be going up in October. 

Below, we've put together a chart detailing exactly what each of Hulu's four offerings — Hulu (Ads), Hulu (No Ads), Hulu (Ads) + Live TV, and Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV — will get you for your dollar. There's also an additional breakdown of Hulu's many add-ons.

How much is Hulu?

Hulu (with ads) currently costs $7 a month or $70 a year, but it will be increasing to $8 a month or $80 a year starting October 10. This plan offers ad-supported access to all of Hulu's on-demand programs.

For commercial-free streaming, you'll need to upgrade to Hulu (No Ads), which currently costs $13 a month. The ad-free plan will increase to $15 a month on October 10.

Subscribers who want live TV in addition to Hulu's on-demand lineup also have a few options. Hulu + Live TV starts at $70 a month and adds over 75 channels, as well as access to Disney Plus and ESPN+. 

Every Hulu plans let you stream on-demand shows and movies, including Hulu original series like "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Only Murders in the Building," current TV favorites like "What We Do in the Shadows," and classic sitcoms like "I Love Lucy." 

Here's a detailed breakdown of all the plans Hulu offers:

 

Basic Hulu 

Hulu (No Ads)

Hulu (Ads) + Live TV

Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV

Current monthly price

$6.99

$12.99

$69.99

$75.99

Monthly price starting October 10

$7.99

$14.99

$69.99

$82.99

Ad-free on-demand streaming

X

X

Access to Hulu's entire streaming catalog

Access to 75+ channels of Live TV

X

X

Disney Plus and ESPN+ included*

X

X

Number of simultaneous screens on which you can stream

2

2

2

2

Access to premium add-ons

Download support for offline viewing

X

X

*Hulu (Ads) + Live TV will include Disney Plus with ads starting December 8, while Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV will include ad-free Disney Plus.

Does Hulu offer add-ons?

Hulu offers several add-on options for premium channels and extra features, including HBO Max, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, and more. Subscribers can also add Disney Plus or ESPN+ to their subscription.

Here's a full breakdown of add-on pricing for Hulu:

Add-ons

Price per month

Available with Hulu + Live TV Only

Disney Plus

$2.99

X

ESPN+

$6.99

X

HBO Max

$14.99

X

Showtime

$10.99

X

Cinemax

$9.99

X

Starz

$8.99

X

Unlimited Screens

$9.99

Entertainment Add-On

$7.99

Sports Add-On

$9.99

Espanol Add-on 

$4.99

How much does the Hulu bundle with Disney Plus and ESPN+ cost?

Hulu offers a discounted bundle with Disney Plus and ESPN+. The bundle currently starts at $14 a month with Hulu's ad-supported plan.

That said, bundle options and pricing will be adjusted on December 8 when Disney Plus launches a new ad-supported tier.

Here's a full rundown of Hulu bundle pricing:Bundle planCurrent pricePrice starting December 8Disney Plus (ads) and Hulu (ads)N/A$10/monthDisney Plus (ads), Hulu (ads), and ESPN+N/A$13/monthDisney Plus (ad-free), Hulu (ads), and ESPN+$14/month$15/monthDisney Plus (ad-free), Hulu (ad-free), and ESPN+$20/month$20/monthDoes Hulu + Live TV include the Disney Plus and ESPN+ bundle?

Though Hulu + Live TV subscribers previously had to add the Disney bundle for an extra fee, the bundle is now included as part of all Hulu + Live TV subscriptions.

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7 ways to troubleshoot if your iPhone calendar is not syncing

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 5:15pm
  • If your iPhone calendar is not syncing, restart the Calendar app or refresh the view. 
  • You should also make sure the calendars are on and set to back up to iCloud. 
  • Here are seven ways to troubleshoot and solve problems with the calendar not syncing on your iPhone.

Your iPhone isn't just for calls and text messages (and a thousand other communication and social media apps) — it's also your scheduler. Apple's Calendar app keeps most iPhone users up to date on their daily itinerary. But sometimes, the iPhone calendar doesn't sync properly. If that's happened to you, here are seven common troubleshooting tricks for getting the iPhone calendar working properly.

Restart the Calendar app and refresh your calendar

If the Calendar app isn't properly reflecting your schedule, sometimes it's as simple as a temporary glitch in the app, and you can fix it by refreshing or restarting the app.

Start by refreshing the app — open the Calendar app and swipe down from the top to force it to refresh and sync with the online data in iCloud. If that doesn't solve the problem, you can force the app to close and then restart it. 

Make sure you're showing all calendars

Sometimes, the reason you can't see all your calendar data is that it's being combined from multiple calendars, and one or more of them are "turned off." This can happen by accident, or you might have intentionally muted a calendar at some point in the past if it had info you didn't need to see. To check, start the Calendar app and tap Calendars at the bottom of the screen. Make sure all the calendars — or at least all the calendars you need — are selected. You can simply tap Show All at the bottom of the screen, then tap Done

Make sure all the calendars you want to see are selected.Make sure your account's calendars are turned on 

If you have multiple email accounts on your iPhone, each account might have its own calendar as well. Gmail accounts, for example, all have their own calendars. It's possible the calendar in one or more of these accounts is disabled, and not syncing with your iPhone. To check, start the Settings app and then tap Mail. On the Mail page, tap Accounts. Then tap an account name and, if you see Calendars, make sure it's enabled by swiping the button to the right. Repeat that for each of your accounts. 

Enable calendars for each of your email accounts.Check to see if the iCloud Calendar service is online

To keep your iPhone's calendars in sync, Apple relies on an online service. It has a very high uptime, but it's always possible that the service is temporarily offline. To find out, visit the Apple System Status webpage and see if iCloud Calendar has a green status light. If it doesn't, you'll need to wait until the system is back online. 

Check Apple's System Status page to see if the calendar service is online.Turn on iCloud backup for calendars

You probably already back up your iPhone to iCloud, and part of that backup includes your calendars. But if you have multiple devices — like an iPhone and iPad — you should be backing up all of them to iCloud. If you added a calendar entry on your iPad, for example, it might not sync with your iPhone unless you're backing up both the iPad and your iPhone to iCloud. There are exceptions, of course: For example, a Google Calendar event should back up through Google whether or not the calendar event is backed up to iCloud. But in general, it's a good idea to do this. 

On your iPhone, start the Settings app and tap your account name at the top of the screen. Tap iCloud and then make sure Calendars is enabled by swiping the button to the right. Repeat that process on your iPad to make sure your calendars appear on both devices. 

Make sure iCloud is backing up your calendars to keep them in sync.Resync with iCloud

It's possible that your calendars are in iCloud but due to a glitch, some entries aren't finding their way to your phone. You may be able to solve this problem by turning iCloud off, then on again. Start Settings on your iPhone and tap your account name at the top of the screen. Tap iCloud and then turn off Calendars by swiping the button to the left. In the pop-up menu, choose Keep on My iPhone. Wait a moment, then swipe that button to the right to turn it back on. Select Merge to combine your phone's contacts with iCloud. 

Update your iPhone

While this is somewhat unlikely to solve the calendar issue — which is why we saved it for last — it's always possible that a bug or incompatibility could be keeping the calendar data from displaying properly. Check to make sure your iPhone's operating system is fully up to date, and make sure the Calendar app is up to date as well. 

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The DOJ tried subpoenaing Trump to turn over sensitive documents before it sent the FBI to search Mar-a-Lago

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 5:13pm
Former President Donald Trump.
  • The DOJ subpoenaed Trump for classified documents before authorizing the Mar-a-Lago raid, NYT reported.
  • Sources told NYT investigators believed some of the documents were so sensitive that the DOJ felt it had no choice but to send in the feds.
  • Conservative commentator and Trump ally John Solomon first revealed the existence of the subpoena Wednesday night.

A grand jury subpoenaed former President Donald Trump for classified documents he took from the White House to Mar-a-Lago before the FBI took the dramatic step of searching his home, The New York Times reported.

Two people who were briefed on the documents, some of which were classified, told The Times that investigators believed some of the material was so sensitive and critical to national security that the Justice Department had no choice but to send FBI agents to retrieve them from Mar-a-Lago.

Legal experts say the process of obtaining the search warrant likely started weeks ago and that it was approved at the highest levels of the Justice Department, including FBI Director Christopher Wray — who Trump appointed in 2017 after firing James Comey — and Attorney General Merrick Garland.

Trump's lawyer, Christina Bobb, told news outlets that investigators seized around a dozen boxes from the compound's basement storage area in their raid.

Trump announced the raid on Monday. In a lengthy statement, he accused the Justice Department and the FBI of "prosecutorial misconduct" and "political persecution," adding: "They even broke into my safe!"

It was initially unclear what the search warrant related to, but ABC News later cited sources saying it was related to 15 boxes of documents that Trump had taken to Mar-a-Lago upon leaving office. He returned them to the archives in January after being told to give them back, but the agency asked the Justice Department in February to investigate if Trump broke the law when he initially moved the documents.

Bobb told The Washington Post that the search warrant, which has not been publicly released, indicated that investigators are examining if there were any violations of laws around classified materials.

Gene Rossi, a longtime former federal prosecutor, also told Insider this week that he would be "shocked" if the affidavit supporting the warrant didn't include probable cause suggesting Trump violated other laws including statutes against obstruction, insurrection, sedition, and more.

"You only get one shot at doing a search of Donald Trump's home," he said. "The Department of Justice is not going to blow their wad, in my view, on just looking at ... the records statute."

John Solomon, a conservative commentator who also represents Trump before the National Archives, first revealed the existence of the subpoena late Wednesday on his website.

Solomon wrote that the subpoena was sent in June and that Trump replied by "turning over responsive evidence, surrendering security surveillance footage and allowing federal agents and a senior Justice Department lawyer to tour his private storage locker, according to a half dozen people familiar with the incident."

Following Monday's raid, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal reported that an informant tipped authorities off that classified government documents may have been improperly stored at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump's longtime former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, told CNN on Thursday that Trump likely feels "trapped" and fears that whoever tipped off the feds has more dirt on him.

This story is breaking. Check back for updates.

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The age of social distancing is over, according to the CDC

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 5:09pm
  • The CDC is no longer recommending social distancing as a way to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Instead, it is shifting toward guidelines that help to prevent severe illness, like getting vaccinated and boosted. 
  • "We're in a stronger place today as a nation, with more tools to protect ourselves," CDC scientist Greta Massetti said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is no longer recommending you stay more than six feet away from other people to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

In new recommendations released by the CDC Thursday, the agency said it's shifting away from guidelines like strict quarantines and social distancing and toward methods that help to prevent severe illness from the COVID-19 virus. 

"Physical distance is just one component of how to protect yourself and others," the agency said.

"We're in a stronger place today as a nation, with more tools—like vaccination, boosters, and treatments—to protect ourselves, and our communities, from severe illness from COVID-19," added CDC Senior Scientist Greta Massetti.

"We also have a better understanding of how to protect people from being exposed to the virus, like wearing high-quality masks, testing, and improved ventilation.  This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives."

The CDC's latest COVID-19 guidance

The crux of the updated guidelines remains the same: Get vaccinated against COVID-19 and keep up to date with booster shots to combat ever-changing mutations of the virus. 

But the CDC is ushering out the era of social distancing, once a staple in the agency's COVID-19 guidance.

Still, the CDC said you should "consider the risk in a particular setting, including local COVID-19 Community Levels and the important role of ventilation, when assessing the need to maintain physical distance."

For vaccinated people, the CDC no longer recommends a quarantine period if you are exposed to someone with the virus. Instead, it says to wear a "high-quality mask" for 10 days and to take a test on day five. 

Those with COVID-19 should continue to isolate themselves from others who are healthy for at least five days. After leaving isolation, people who are recovering from COVID-19 should avoid being around high-risk patients until at least day 11 and should wear a mask around others until day 10.

If you've had severe illness due to COVID-19, you should consider isolating for 10 days, or talking to a doctor about when it's smart to exit your isolation, the CDC said. 

And if you end isolation and your symptoms return, you should restart isolation at day zero. 

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Mysterious explosions that rocked a Russian military base suggest Russian positions far behind the front lines are no longer safe, officials and experts say

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 4:59pm
Smoke rises after explosions a Russian military airbase in Crimea on August 9, 2022.
  • Several large explosions occurred at Russia's Saki Air Base in occupied Crimea this week.
  • Ukraine has not taken credit, though officials have privately said Ukraine was behind the blasts.
  • Experts and officials say an attack that far behind Russian lines could have a psychological impact.

A Russian base in occupied Crimea, far behind the front lines of the ongoing war in Ukraine, was rocked by multiple large explosions this week, which left not only physical damage to buildings, planes, and personnel but likely psychological damage as well, according to experts and officials.

Russia claimed the blasts at Saki Air Base near Novofedorivka Tuesday were caused by the accidental detonation of ammunition stores and said that there were no injuries or damage to aircraft stationed at the base.

Smoke rises after explosions at a Russian military airbase near Novofedorivka in Crimea on August 9, 2022.

But at least one person was killed, Reuters reported Thursday, and satellite images of the Russian base show that a number of Russian planes were damaged or destroyed.

—Rob Lee (@RALee85) August 10, 2022

Ukraine has not officially claimed responsibility for the explosions at Saki Air Base, which sits alongside oceanfront resorts popular with Russian tourists a couple hundreds kilometers from the frontline devastation and destruction in eastern Ukraine.

Privately, however, Ukrainian officials have been telling the media that Ukraine was behind the apparent attack.

—Illia Ponomarenko


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