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Past articles by Michael:

AP sources: Biden to pick Zients as his next chief of staff

Biden’s current top aide, Ron Klain, is preparing to leave the job in the coming weeks. → Read More

Biden says classified document found in ‘personal library;’ AG appoints special counsel

Biden told reporters at the White House that he was “cooperating fully and completely” with a Justice Department investigation into how classified information and government records were stored. → Read More

Source: Biden team finds more docs with classified markings

Additional documents believed to be classified were reportedly found by President Joe Biden’s legal team. → Read More

Ex-prison warden convicted of sexually abusing inmates

He was among five workers charged with abusing inmates at the federal correctional institution in Dublin, California, and the first to go to trial. → Read More

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