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Past articles by Michael:

Man Who Wore Horns in US Capitol Riot Moved to Virginia Jail

A man who stormed the U.S. Capitol while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns has been moved to a jail in Virginia after a federal judge... → Read More

AP Source: Lawmakers Threatened Ahead of Impeachment Trial

Federal law enforcement officials are examining a number of threats aimed at members of Congress as the second trial of former President Donald Trump nears → Read More

Capitol Police Were Overrun, ‘Left Naked' Against Rioters

Despite ample warnings about pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington, U.S. Capitol Police did not bolster staffing on Wednesday and made no preparations for the... → Read More

FACT CHECK: Trump's Made-Up Claims of Fake Georgia Votes

President Donald Trump asserted a dizzying array of fuzzy accounting and outright false claims in an extraordinary phone call to Georgia’s secretary of state seeking a reversal of his election defeat → Read More

Execution Rescheduled for Only Woman on Federal Death Row

The U.S. government now plans to execute the first female inmate in almost six decades just days before President-elect Joe Biden, an opponent of the death... → Read More

US Inmate Scheduled to Be Executed Tests Positive for Virus

An inmate scheduled to be executed just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office has tested positive for coronavirus → Read More

Investigation of Hunter Biden's Taxes Began in 2018

The Justice Department is investigating the finances of President-elect Joe Biden’s son, including scrutinizing some of his Chinese business dealings and... → Read More

Biden Picks Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense: AP Sources

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate retired four-star Army general Lloyd J → Read More

Justice Dept. Plans 3 More Executions in Lame-Duck Period

The Justice Department has scheduled three more federal executions during the lame-duck period before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, including two just... → Read More

Mossimo Giannulli Reports to Prison in College Bribery Case

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli has reported to prison to begin serving his five-month sentence for bribing his daughters’ way into college → Read More

US Officials: OxyContin Maker to Plead to 3 Criminal Charges

Justice Department officials tell The Associated Press that Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges... → Read More

President Trump Seizes on Small Election Issues to Spread Concern

Nine ballots discarded in Pennsylvania. A mail carrier who altered a handful of affidavit ballot applications. People being sent double ballots. In the run up to Election Day, President Donald Trump is seizing on small, potentially routine voting issues to suggest the election is rigged. But there is no evidence there is any widespread voter fraud as the president has suggested. → Read More

AP Source: Suspect in Portland Death Killed by Investigators

A man suspected of fatally shooting a supporter of a right-wing group in Portland, Oregon, last week was killed as investigators moved in to arrest him → Read More

NY AG Probes If President Trump Inflated Assets for Loans

New York’s Democratic attorney general asked a court to enforce subpoenas into an investigation into whether President Donald Trump and his businesses inflated assets on financial statements → Read More

Ex-FBI Lawyer to Plead Guilty in Durham Look at Russia Probe

A former FBI lawyer will plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the... → Read More

AP Sources: Man Shot Near White House Had Shouted Threats

A man shot and wounded by a uniformed Secret Service officer, prompting President Trump to be abruptly escorted out of a briefing room during a televised news conference, had been threatening to kill people near the White House, two officials familiar with the matter said Tuesday. → Read More

Mental Fitness Claim Halts 2nd Federal Execution — for Now

A U.S. judge has halted the execution of a federal death row inmate whose lawyers argue suffers from dementia → Read More

Appeals Court: 1st Federal Execution in 17 Years Can Proceed

A federal appeals court has ruled that the first federal execution in nearly two decades can proceed as scheduled on Monday → Read More

Trump Proposes Measure Rolling Back Tech Company Protections

The Justice Department is proposing that Congress roll back legal protections for online platforms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter that generally could not... → Read More

When Protesters Cry ‘defund the Police,’ What Does It Mean?

Protesters are making the demand, “defund the police,” as they show their anger at the police custody death of George Floyd and other black Americans killed... → Read More