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Trump’s former AG Bill Bar says Jan. 6 indictment legitimate, willing to testify



Former Attorney General Bill Barr said he is willing to testify in the recent criminal case against his former boss, ex-President Donald Trump, stating that he believes the 2020 election interference indictment against Trump is “legitimate.”

In an interview on CBS News, Barr dismissed the argument presented by Trump’s legal team that the charges stem from statements protected by the First Amendment.

“It’s certainly a challenging case, but I don’t think it runs afoul of the First Amendment,” Barr said on “Face the Nation.”

“From a prosecutor’s standpoint, I think it’s a legitimate case,” he said.

Barr indicated that he would testify in the case if called upon but evaded questions about his involvement in the inquiry by Special Counsel Jack Smith that led to Trump’s four-count indictment.

Another Trump administration member, former Vice President Mike Pence, conveyed that he does not intend to testify unless compelled to do so.

Pence had previously raised constitutional concerns regarding his obligation to testify before a grand jury but eventually testified earlier in the year.

In June, Barr had expressed that the January 6th case would be challenging due to First Amendment interests.

Trump’s legal team has emphasised First Amendment concerns in this case, which marks the third indictment against the former president within four months.

Barr highlighted the distinction that federal prosecutors are not solely targeting Trump for making dubious election fraud claims but are also focusing on procedural actions.

He explained that a conspiracy crime is considered completed when an agreement is reached and initial steps are taken.

“There’s a lot of confusion out there,” Barr said Sunday of the free speech concerns.

“This involved a situation where the states had already made the official authoritative determinations … sent the votes and certified them to Congress,” he continued.

“The allegation essentially by the government has been at that point, the president conspired, entered into a scheme that involved a lot of deceit, the object of which, was to erase those votes.”

Trump’s lawyer, John Lauro, asserted on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Trump’s actions were lawful and transparent, asserting that they were protected under free speech rights.

Lauro cited the Supreme Court decision in Hammerschmidt to support the argument that exercising free speech does not constitute fraud against the government.

Barr stressed that the allegations involve a situation where states had already made official determinations, certified votes, and sent them to Congress.

The government’s contention is that the president engaged in a scheme involving deception with the intention of nullifying those votes.

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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?



Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.

Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.

While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.

Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY

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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry



Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.

The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.

The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.

New Zealand example

Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.

The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.

With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.

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Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’



Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.

The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.

In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.

We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.

Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.

This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.

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