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10 things in politics: Trump Org leaders can’t stand jail time


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One thing to watch out for: President Biden and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visit Wisconsin to tout the bipartisan infrastructure deal.
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1. THE LEGAL ISSUES OF TRUMP: Donald Trump may not be out of the woods yet. The former president’s attorney said Manhattan prosecutors assured him Trump would not be personally charged. But that could change if Trump Organization officials implicate it, which a former Trump executive predicts could happen if key employees face criminal charges.


  • Key quote: “If you introduce the notion of criminal charges against one of them or against their children, you are a complete game-changer,” Barbara Res, former executive vice president of the Trump Organization, told Insider. Res believed that Allen Weisselberg and Matthew Calamari would not be able to endure a prison sentence.

No fees were announced after a significant delay: Lawyers for the Trump Organization have met with New York prosecutors to argue that the company should not be charged, The Washington Post reports. Monday was the last day for the organization’s lawyers to make their case.

Learn more about how Trump could still be in danger.

An aerial view of the Florida condominium building that partially collapsed Thursday morning.

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2. The death toll in Florida condo collapse is increasing: 11 people have been confirmed dead, and 150 are still missing, after a condominium in Surfside, Florida collapsed last week, reports the Miami Herald. The disaster could become one of the deadliest in the country.

We are still learning how it happened: A timeline of the building’s recent history reveals warning signs that emerged before the devastating collapse.

  • Some disturbing signs appeared a few days ago: A pool contractor who visited the building two days before the collapse observed standing water all over the garage, along with cracked concrete and other damage under the pool, reports the Herald. More on that here.

3. Biden is facing pressure from all sides on infrastructure: A progressive House lawmaker shouted “f — that” about President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure deal. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants Democrats to commit to the deal regardless of what happens to a separate “human infrastructure” proposal that many Republicans oppose. a key part of Biden’s program on volatile ground.

4. Facebook won a big victory in federal court: The social network has won a victory in its antitrust battles. A federal judge even questioned a key government regulator argument that Facebook is a monopoly, reports The Post. The news sent stocks skyrocketing, leading Facebook to end the day with a market cap of over $ 1,000 billion for the first time in its history.

5. It is so hot in the Pacific Northwest that the roads are distorted: Hospitals are facing an influx of heat-related cases amid temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Seattle’s National Weather Service has warned drivers to be careful when roads crack, and a streetcar service in Portland has been shut down after power cables melted. The region has some of the lowest air conditioning rates in the country, and growing homeless populations are particularly vulnerable.


6. A Republican congressman failed to properly disclose stock transactions: Texas first-year rep Pat Fallon failed to properly disclose dozens of deals valued between $ 7.8 million and $ 17.53 million, according to an Insider analysis. A Fallon spokesperson said the congressman was “unfamiliar” with the disclosure rules. Late disclosures of actions could expose members of Congress to investigations and fines.

7. House is due to vote this week on the Capitol Riots select committee: President Nancy Pelosi has unveiled a proposal to create a 13-member panel of lawmakers with subpoena powers to investigate the insurgency, the Associated Press reports. Senate Republicans have previously blocked legislation passed by the House that would have created a bipartisan commission. Pelosi is reportedly considering nominating a Republican for one of his caps.

8. Reports of gas shortages before the holiday weekend: Gas prices will be the highest they’ve been in nearly seven years and some gas stations may not even have one, CNN reported. There are simply not enough drivers to deliver gasoline.

9. A four-day work week could be the next big thing: The pandemic has reignited conversations about how the modern workplace should work, and businesses nationwide – and across the world – believe they may have found the solution. Proponents of a four-day work week claim that permanent three-day weekends boost happiness and productivity, and a handful of businesses (and countries) are putting it to the test.

  • Kickstarter is the latest US company to say it will try a four-day work week.
  • Spain is also giving a shortened week to a trial, according to The Guardian.

Check out the full list of companies trying it out here.


10. Everyone is talking about this “mutiny”: Far from the DC world Politics comes a story about the internal politics of a very millennial startup. My colleague Anna Silman takes us inside the burst of the co-founder of Instagram’s most popular cookware line. Read all about the Great Jones drama here.

The trivial question of the day: Who are the two founding fathers depicted on the very first general issue postage stamps? Email me your proposal and a suggested question to bgriffiths@insider.com.

  • Response from Friday: President George HW Bush, while at Yale, competed in the very first University World Series in 1947 and then again in 1948. Bush even met Babe Ruth once before a game. His son George W. Bush later became the first sitting president to attend a College World Series game.