Friday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 77. Sunrise is 5:21 AM and sunset 8:36 PM, for 15h 15m 21s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 43.9% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress adopts a resolution severing ties with Great Britain although the wording of the formal Declaration of Independence is not published until July 4.
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Andrea Salcedo reports A former police officer arrested after the Jan. 6 riot was told to stay away from guns. He bought 34, feds say:
In January, a federal judge agreed to release Thomas Robertson, a former Rocky Mount, Va., police officer facing multiple charges over his alleged participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
But Judge G. Michael Harvey’s release conditions were clear: Robertson could not own any firearms, destructive devices or dangerous weapons while his case was pending. If he owned any guns, he must relocate them within two days.
Days after his release, authorities found eight firearms at his Ferrum, Va. home, according to court documents. The judge gave Robertson a second chance, reminding him of his release conditions.
Then, last month, authorities found a loaded M4 carbine and a partially assembled pipe bomb while conducting an authorized search at his home, court records state. Robertson is also accused of buying 34 firearms online and “transporting them in interstate commerce while under felony indictment,” prosecutors said.
On June 29, the FBI visited Robertson’s Virginia home for a second time and discovered a loaded M4 on his bed, along with the ammunition and the semi-assembled pipe bomb. Agents also found a box labeled with the words “Booby Trap.” Inside the box, agents found a metal pipe “with two ends caps, with a fuse inserted into a hole that had been drilled into the device.” Although this device did not contain explosive powder, such material was found in the building on Robertson’s property, prosecutors said.
Donald Ayer, Norman Eisen, and E. Danya Perry write Why the Law Is Strong Enough to Take On Donald Trump:
A 15-count indictment for tax fraud and other charges filed in New York on Thursday against the Trump Organization and its longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, has already stimulated as much hand-wringing as satisfaction from those who have called for accountability for Donald Trump.
Some express concern that Mr. Trump himself was not charged and may never be. Others note that these are “only” state tax fraud counts against his business and an associate — rather than bold federal action against Mr. Trump himself by the Justice Department.
As former federal and state prosecutors and government lawyers, we believe that the charges support a different conclusion. Rather than betraying weakness, they are a signal that our system of dual sovereignty, in which multiple jurisdictions are empowered to address egregious wrongdoing, can also address the difficulties that Mr. Trump has posed in his long-running battle with the rule of law.
Ali Breland reports The Trump Team’s New Social Media Platform Is Already Flooded With Hentai:
“Welcome to GETTR and start a new journey!” So reads an introductory message on the home page of Gettr, a right-wing social media app recently launched by a team led by Jason Miller, an ex-spokesperson of former president Donald Trump.
That “new journey,” thanks to spam comments left en masse below the message, involves encountering things like anime porn and repeated copies of an image depicting Hillary Clinton’s head photoshopped onto another woman’s nude body.
Major social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and its image-sharing subsidiary platform Instagram, have automated filters that root out and remove or censor nude images. At the moment, the Trump-linked social media app apparently has nothing of the kind.
Flying car makes successful test run between airports in Slovakia: