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Trump arrives in New York to face charges



A plane carrying former U.S. President Donald Trump flew from a Florida airport bound for New York City

Former U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in New York City on Monday, walking into Trump Tower ahead of his historic arraignment on Tuesday to face charges stemming from a probe into hush money paid to a porn star before the 2016 election.

Security was high outside the Manhattan courthouse where Trump is likely to be fingerprinted and photographed Tuesday afternoon.

At a news conference, New York City Mayor Eric Adams warned protesters to behave themselves or face the consequences.

“While there may be some rabble rousers thinking about coming to our city tomorrow, our message is clear and simple: control yourselves. New York City is our home not a playground for your misplaced anger.” (flash)

“As always, we will not allow violence or vandalism of any kind and if one is caught participating in any act of violence, they will be arrested and held accountable, no matter who you are.”

Trump left his Florida home midday Monday to cheering supporters as his motorcade drove by to take him to his private plane at the airport which flew him to New York.

The Republican who is seeking to regain the presidency in 2024, is the first sitting or former U.S. president to face criminal charges.

A grand jury voted to indict him last week.

Trump was due to surrender at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday before appearing before a judge where he is expected to plead not guilty. The specific charges have yet to be disclosed.

Trump has said he is innocent and his allies have portrayed the charges as politically motivated. The Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, who is leading the prosecution, is a Democrat.

Former New York state deputy attorney general Danya Perry explains what will likely happen inside the courtroom.

“Mr. Trump will be brought to the courthouse on the 15th floor of the criminal court in Manhattan, and he will appear in front of a judge who will then tell him what the charges are against him, ask him how he pleads and will set, in this case, there will certainly be no bail. And so he will release the former president on his own recognizance and will set some schedule for the next court appearance and potentially for discovery and for motion practice. And that’s fairly typical. Of course, in some ways, this is a first of its kind. There will be a Secret Service detail. There will be a lot of security and law enforcement presence to make sure that there is no violence and no disruptions.”

Trump is expected to fly back to Florida after Tuesday’s arraignment and deliver primetime remarks at his Mar-A-Lago estate. #trending #featured

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Understanding the “very serious threat of military aggression” from dictatorships



The U.S. National Security Strategy has outlined the risks of autocratic states

U.S. President Joe Biden has not minced his words since he took office.

The U.S. National Security Strategy has outlined the risks autocratic states pose to Washington.

From Russia staging a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, to China’s Xi Jinping winning an historic third term as leader, autocratic states are able to make quick decisions.

But Washington has sought to change that narrative by holding regional dialogues with Pacific Island nations, and African leaders.

The U.S. is also increasing its security and defence in the wake of this perceived threat.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticised aim at the U.S. and its NATO allies for escalating tensions when it comes to the war in Ukraine.

It’s become a proxy war between two great superpowers.

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Why are Hollywood writers walking off the job?



Writers in Hollywood and New York are on strike

Thousands of film and television writers are making their voices heard and pounding the pavement over a labor dispute.

The writers are on strike demanding better working conditions like pay increases in pay and residuals so they can stay in this industry.

Writers in Hollywood and New York are marching in picket lines looking to flex their muscles in an attempt to send a message to producers that they are not happy with what’s being offered.

The Writer’s Guild strike marks their first in 15-years and has sent Hollywood into turmoil, disrupting production.

The walkout comes as traditional TV audiences continue to shrink and the industry grapples with how to transition to the ever-growing popularity of streaming.

After failing to reach an agreement with studios like Netflix and Disney—the Writer’s Guild of America said its leadership unanimously supported a strike.

Seth Schachner from StratAmericas joins us to discuss. #stirke #hollywoodstrike #writers #tv #streaming

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Debt limit dispute: Will America default?



Can U.S. lawmakers agree on the debt limit before the fast approaching deadline to avoid default?

The executive branch and Congress are trying to strike a deal about the debt limit as the country marches closer to defaulting.

But can President Joe Biden and Republicans come to an agreement on fiscal policy in time?

The federal government could run out of money as early as June 1. Without borrowing more there is a risk that the United States will begin defaulting on its financial obligations.

Negotiations between Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden at the White House continue as lawmakers are staring down a swiftly approaching deadline.

The Treasury has been warning that the government would likely default on some bills in June if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling.

Democrats have insisted on raising the debt limit without preconditions. But Republicans say President Biden and the Democrats are playing Russian roulette with America’s economy after a two-year spending binge that brought 40-year high inflation and pushed the nation’s debt to over $31-trillion.

While both sides have agreed that action is needed to reduce the deficit—each have extremely different ideas about how to do it.

Republicans are looking to cut spending levels, while Democrats have called to increase tax revenue from the ultra-wealthy and large corporations.

So, can Washington D.C. politicians broker a deal and prevent the American economy from falling off a cliff?

Mitch Roschelle, Managing Director at Madison Ventures and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of San Diego School of Business joined us to discuss. #U.S. Politics #Mitch Roschelle #debt ceiling #Capitol Hill #Washington D.C.

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