Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press

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The Associated Press

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Recent articles by Michael:

Federal inmate tried to shoot visitor at Arizona prison camp

The incident happened at a minimum-security federal prison camp — most of which don’t even have fences and house inmates the Bureau of Prisons considers to be the lowest security risk. → Read More

Justice Department to monitor voting rights across 24 states

The action, which occurs regularly on Election Day, comes as civil rights groups and the federal government have raised alarm over potential voter intimidation at some polling places and ballot boxes. → Read More

Official: Man who made synagogue threat has been identified

The FBI on Thursday said it had received credible information about a “broad” threat to synagogues in New Jersey. → Read More

Suspect accused of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband specifically targeted their home, sources say

The incident raises additional questions about the safety of members of Congress and their families as threats to lawmakers are at an all-time high. → Read More

Senators push new oversight to combat federal prison crises

The panel launched in February amid turmoil at the Bureau of Prisons, including rampant sexual abuse and other criminal misconduct by staff, chronic understaffing, escapes and deaths. → Read More

Phony document lands on court docket in Trump search case

The document, purported to be from the U.S. Treasury Department, claimed that the agency had seized sensitive documents related to last month’s search at Mar-a-Lago and included a warrant ordering CNN to preserve “leaked tax records.” → Read More

Justice Dept. seeks to unseal search warrant of Trump home

Attorney General Merrick Garland cited the “substantial public interest in this matter” in announcing the request at a Justice Department news conference. → Read More

FBI searches Trump’s Florida estate for classified records

The FBI has searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House to his Florida residence. → Read More

US sues Idaho over abortion law, citing medical emergencies

Attorney General Merrick Garland said Tuesday the federal government was bringing the lawsuit, which seeks to invalidate the state’s “criminal prohibition on providing abortions as applied to women suffering medical emergencies.” → Read More

House Jan. 6 panel interviews Mnuchin, pursues Trump Cabinet

The interviews and negotiations were confirmed by three people familiar with the committee’s work who were not authorized to discuss the developments publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. → Read More

No charges for ‘Late Show’ crew arrested on Capitol Hill

The decision, made by the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, comes after prosecutors determined they “cannot move forward” with the misdemeanor charges against the nine people arrested June 16. → Read More

Justice Dept. taps reforming outsider to run federal prisons

Colette Peters, who championed steeply reducing the state’s inmate population in the last decade, will inherit a federal agency plagued by myriad scandals. → Read More

Jan. 6 panel to hear from top aide in Trump’s White House

Cassidy Hutchinson told the committee she was in the room for White House meetings where challenges to the election were debated and discussed, including with Republican lawmakers. → Read More

Ex-Trump aide Navarro pleads not guilty to contempt charges

Navarro, 72, appeared in federal court in Washington to be arraigned on the two-count indictment. → Read More

Proud Boys documentarian to be among first Jan. 6 witnesses

Nick Quested, a British filmmaker who also witnessed some of the group’s planning before the attack on the Capitol, confirmed to The Associated Press that he will be among the witnesses. → Read More

Firm proposes Taser-armed drones to stop school shootings

The company's CEO stressed that no product had been launched and any potential launch would be down the road. → Read More

Former Trump official Navarro indicted on contempt charges for defying 1/6 panel

Navarro is the second former Trump aide to be charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with the Jan. 6, 2021, investigation. → Read More

Buffalo shooter’s prior threat, hospital stay face scrutiny

The revelation raised questions about whether his encounter with police and the mental health system was yet another missed opportunity to put a potential mass shooter under closer law enforcement scrutiny, get him help, or make sure he didn’t have access to deadly firearms. → Read More

Biden to nominate new ATF chief, release ghost gun rule

The administration will also release the finalized version of its ghost gun rule, which comes as the White House and the Justice Department have been under growing pressure to crack down on gun deaths and violent crime in the U.S. → Read More

Proud Boys leader charged with conspiracy in Capitol riot

The leader of the far-right Proud Boys extremist group was arrested Tuesday on a conspiracy charge for his suspected role in a coordinated attack on the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory. → Read More