ATLANTA (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court says former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows must testify before a special grand jury that’s investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in Georgia. The state high court on Tuesday affirmed a lower court ruling last month ordering Meadows to appear before the panel. The former Republican congressman is the latest Trump associate to lose a legal fight over a summons to testify. The South Carolina Supreme Court opinion says the justices reviewed Meadows’ arguments and found them to be “manifestly without merit.” Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who's leading the investigation, has said Meadows is an important witness. Because he doesn't live in Georgia, she had to use a process that involved getting a judge in South Carolina, where Meadows lives, to order him to travel to Atlanta to testify. Meadows had originally been ordered to testify … [Read more...] about Court says Trump aide Meadows must testify in election probe
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Invasion: The Inside Story of Russia's Bloody War and Ukraine's Fight for Survival By Luke Harding Vintage. 312 pp. $18 - - - Of all the millions of horrifying, heartbreaking and sometimes inspiring images that have emerged from Ukraine since Russia's invasion nine months ago, one that has stood out for me is a photo of "Wolf_68" graffitied on the wall of a home in Bucha, a city where Russian troops carried out a grisly massacre of Ukrainian civilians in March. Reuters reporters quickly determined that "Wolf_68" was the handle, on several social media networks, of a Russian soldier from the northwestern city of Pskov. Wolf_68 stands out not only because it's unusual for war criminals to sign their work. The moment also exemplifies a war shaped by its participants' use of social media networks - particularly, Twitter, Instagram and the Russian-developed app Telegram. Media technologies often define wars in popular memory, from Mathew Brady's photographs of the Civil War to … [Read more...] about Book World: A new book on the war in Ukraine tries to tell a story in progress
The Twist of a Knife By Anthony Horowitz Harper. 373. $29.99 - - - Anthony Horowitz is toying with us again. In his latest novel, "The Twist of a Knife," the main character - and possibly murderer - is a mystery writer named Anthony Horowitz. This is the fourth in a series in which Horowitz the real-life writer has audaciously and quite effectively inserted himself, or some version of himself, into his novel. (You don't have to have read the others to thoroughly enjoy this one.) Fictional Horowitz's sidekick in the series is the smart-mouthed ex-Metropolitan Police detective Daniel Hawthorne. To keep readers on their toes, Horowitz the character name-drops the TV and book projects his alter ego in the real world has created - "Midsomer Murders" and "Foyle's War" among them. Trust me, it's more fun than confusing. Like "Glass Onion," "The Twist of a Knife" is as much a work of dry humor as it is a murder mystery. The novel is twisty and fast-paced, as Horowitz and … [Read more...] about Book World: Whodunit? In Anthony Horowitz’s new novel, the villain may be the author.
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 11 LOS ANGELES - The DM from Ava DuVernay came on a Thursday afternoon. DeMane Davis wasn't expecting it. It was just another day at the Boston advertising agency where she worked when the intriguing message landed. Davis had never met DuVernay, but she knew the director was just coming off her breakthrough film, "Selma." DuVernay also was developing a series for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network based on Natalie Baszile's 2014 novel "Queen Sugar." In the message, DuVernay told Davis she was a fan of "Lift," the 2001 independent film she co-directed starring a pre-"Scandal" Kerry Washington. "Wondering," she asked. "Have you written any episodic TV specs by chance?" Davis had written a pair of unfilmed scripts. But she had pretty much ruled out directing TV. "Because the adage was, you have to have experience to get this job and you … [Read more...] about How ‘Queen Sugar’ changed the lives of its female directors
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to return to office, from where he could try to make his yearslong legal troubles disappear through new legislation advanced by his far-right and ultra-Orthodox allies. Critics say such a legal crusade is an assault on Israel's democracy. Netanyahu, 73, who is on trial for corruption, will likely be buoyed by a loyal and comfortable governing majority that could grant him a lifeline from conviction. Defenders of the justice system say the proposed changes would allow legislators to abuse their authority and disrupt the tenuous balance of powers that keeps them in check. “It brings us to a situation where our entire democracy boils down to elections, but once you are elected you can do whatever you want,” said Amir Fuchs, senior researcher at Jerusalem’s Israel Democracy … [Read more...] about EXPLAINER: How could allies help Netanyahu beat charges?
Aston Martin pulled off the shock signing of the summer by luring Fernando Alonso from Alpine to join them. He will race alongside Lance Stroll, son of the team’s owner Lawrence. Advert | Become a Supporter & go ad-free The billionaire who bought the team four years ago is serious in his desire to transform the outfit into championship contenders. For further proof of that consider the brand new, state-of-the-art, “game-changing” factory and wind tunnel they began building last summer. RaceFans visited the site on Friday as the project nears completion. Based opposite Silverstone circuit the ambitious, 40-acre project will also provide space for a simulator as well as housing the team’s manufacturing, marketing and design teams. Built at an estimated cost of up to £200 million, the site will consist of three buildings. The area of the factory where the team’s future cars will be designed and built is due to come into operation next year. The main building is … [Read more...] about The home of F1’s next new champions? First look at Aston Martin’s £200m ‘game changer’ · RaceFans