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The special congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack held its ninth public hearing this year, which ended with a subpoena of former President Donald Trump. Also in the news: Debate highlights from Michigan and Wisconsin. A look at how college football coaches are in a race to make the most millions.
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The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack voted to subpoena former President Donald Trump Thursday after a dramatic meeting where its members presented evidence that Trump incited the assault on the Capitol even though he knew he had lost the election. The panel also unveiled recently obtained Secret Service messages and video footage, which showed how worried agents were about armed Trump supporters storming the building. Read more
One thing to know: The landscape has changed since the committee’s last hearing in June following the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago estate and a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James against Trump.
What else happened:
As Ukrainian forces zero in on the southern city of Kherson, occupied by Russian troops since early in the war, the Kremlin-picked leader of the Kherson province is urging civilians to “take your children and leave’’ for Russia. Vladimir Saldo said Thursday on messaging service Telegram that Kyiv is retaliating against Kherson – one of four Ukrainian regions Moscow claims to have annexed – for supposedly voting to join Russia last month in elections widely discredited as shams. Ukraine has maintained it doesn’t target its own civilians. Read more
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican challenger Tudor Dixon debated for one hour Thursday over abortion, education, school safety, the state’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the condition of Michigan’s roads. Meanwhile, the candidates went on the attack in Wisconsin. Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson met Democratic challenger, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, and abortion was a focus, as expected. Barnes declared: “In Ron Johnson’s America, women won’t get to make the best choice for their health care.” Johnson made his continued pitch for a one-time referendum on abortion to let Wisconsin voters decide the issue. Here are our recaps from Michigan and Wisconsin.
Victims’ family members seated in the gallery scowled, shook their heads, or held them in their hands after jurors recommended life in prison without parole for Nikolas Cruz, who pleaded guilty to killing 17 people in the 2018 school massacre in Parkland, Florida. The 12-person jury came to a decision after seven hours of deliberations over two days, ending a three-month trial where stories of the victims’ execution were retold in graphic detail. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for Cruz. Read more
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College football boosters have been cast as wealthy, reclusive types whose past emergence from the shadows was prodded only when reporters or NCAA investigators rooted out improper benefits or payments to players. Now, they are in plain sight, and so is their involvement in getting the best coach and helping fund the big-bucks deal. This year’s annual USA TODAY Sports examination of NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches’ pay reveals a 15.3% rise in average total compensation compared to last season’s, the greatest one-year spike since the current basic methodology was put in place for the 2009 survey. Read more
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The Houston Astros moved within a game of their sixth consecutive American League Championship Series appearance with a 4-2 Game 2 victory Thursday over the Seattle Mariners. Astros left fielder Yordan Alvarez became the first player in major league history to hit a walk-off playoff home run and follow it up with a go-ahead homer in consecutive games. Read more
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