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FBI v. Trump, Twitter v. Musk, Power bills and more….

By  Anneta Griffee

Today is August 26. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room.

1 – Trump search redacted affidavit set to be released
The Associated Press reports: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is set to release Friday a heavily blacked out document explaining the justification for an FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate earlier this month, when agents removed top secret government records and other classified documents.

The document, expected by noon, is likely to offer at least some new details about an ongoing criminal investigation that has brought fresh legal peril for Trump just as he lays the groundwork for another presidential run. Though Justice Department officials are expected to have removed sensitive details about witnesses, and the scope and direction of the probe, the affidavit may offer the fullest explanation yet about the events leading up to the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago.

The document being released is the redacted form of an affidavit, or sworn statement, that the FBI submitted to a judge so it could obtain a warrant to search Trump’s property. Affidavits typically contain vital information about an investigation, with agents spelling out to a judge the justification for why they want to search a particular property and why they believe they’re likely to find evidence of a potential crime there. But affidavits routinely remain sealed during pending investigations, making the judge’s decision to reveal portions of it all the more striking.

MY TAKE: Who still trusts the FBI?

2 – Judge orders Twitter to share data from user audit with Elon Musk
The Washington Examiner reports: Billionaire tycoon Elon Musk may get some of what he wants from Twitter, but a judge conditioned that much of his requests were “absurdly broad.”

A Delaware judge ordered the social media giant Thursday to deliver data about 9,000 accounts it reviewed in its fourth quarter audit to gauge the level of spam accounts on its platform, which is considerably less than what Musk sought.

“Defendants’ data requests are absurdly broad. Read literally, Defendants’ documents request would require Plaintiff to produce trillions upon trillions of data points reflecting all of the data Twitter might possibly store,” Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick of Delaware’s Court of Chancery wrote. “No one in their right mind has ever tried to undertake such an effort.”

Rather than forcing Twitter to produce all of the data points it might have for its 200 million users, McCormick argued a more narrowly tailored approach would be more realistic. Twitter claims the 9,000 account audit data no longer exists, but McCormick gave the company two weeks to reproduce the information, likely by recreating the data.

MY TAKE: And…. does anyone still trust Twitter?

3 – Expect a tsunami of cutoffs’: Record 20 MILLION Americans are behind on their power bills and face shutoffs as cost of electricity jumps 16% – with inflation forcing families to choose between groceries and utilities
The Daily Mail reports: The United States is facing a looming crisis of utility shutoffs, with a record number of households falling behind on their power bills, industry observers and experts say.

About 20 million US households, or one out of six homes, are behind on their utility bills, the most on record, according to the National Energy Assistance Directors Association (Neada).

‘I expect a tsunami of shutoffs,’ Jean Su, a senior attorney at the non-profit Center for Biological Diversity, which tracks the power industry, told Bloomberg this week.

Electricity prices have soared due to rising costs for natural gas, which has skyrocketed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February.

At the same time, inflation is sending the prices of groceries and everyday necessities soaring, and many households have had to make tough choices about whether to pay utility bills or put food on the table.

Millions of Americans could face utility cutoffs in the coming month, with households now owing $16 billion in late energy bills, double the pre-pandemic total, according to Neada. The average overdue balance has climbed 97 percent since 2019, to $792, the group says.

MY TAKE: This sure wasn’t the headlines when TRUMP was in the Oval Office!

4 – San Francisco Spends Millions To House — And Then Evict — Its Homeless
The Daily Caller reports: San Francisco, California, has spent millions of dollars housing the homeless before spending more to evict them, again, according to recent documents obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Since 2019, the city has spent over $160 million every fiscal year on “permanent supportive housing” – i.e. single-room-occupancy hotels (SROs) across the city – as part of Mayor London Breed’s administration’s response to the city’s homelessness crisis, according to the documents obtained by the Chronicle.

Breed’s administration has also evicted more than 400 tenants from these SROs for violations of conditions of stay, making up a quarter of all evictions in the city despite housing 1.3% of all tenants. Reasons for eviction range from breaking the policy on guests to verbal abuse and violence against SRO workers and other tenants, with instances including assault with deadly weapons, destruction of rooms, and arson.

Tenants may only be evicted after a judicial process, the entire cost of which is funded by taxpayers, with the homeless receiving public defenders. City officials interviewed by the Chronicle estimated that the cost of litigation can range up to $25,000 per tenant.

MY TAKE: CLOSE THE BORDER!  Put an end to the drug problem, and put an end to illegal aliens taking American jobs. That would fix a HUGE part of the homeless problem in America!

5 – To avoid today’s wokeness, parents are enrolling their kids in Catholic school
Fox News reports: More parents are enrolling their kids in private Christian schools today in an effort to combat the woke curriculum of many of America’s public schools. They’re choosing to put kids in schools that support the faith and values they offer at home.

“Fox & Friends First” co-host Carly Shimkus talked with the Rev. Jadyn Nelson, president of Bishop Ryan Catholic School, and parent Perry Olsen on Wednesday morning, Aug. 24, 2022, about the current move by some parents to leave public school education behind.

MY TAKE: Good for these parents!