Tuesday Afternoon Update: Lindsey Graham Defends Biden, Report Says Pence Has Classified Docs, Corruption In Ukraine?

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Lindsey Graham Defends Biden

Amidst the fallout from the classified documents scandal, President Joe Biden received a statement of support from his friend Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who told the media that he did not suspect any purposeful wrongdoing by the president.

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Classified Docs Found At Pence’s Home

And, on Tuesday, an attorney for former Vice President Mike Pence announced that classified documents have also been found in his home in Indiana. Pence’s attorney said that his team notified the National Archives of the documents on January 18 after the discovery two days prior. Per protocol, the National Archives notified the FBI, which then searched the home last Thursday. Sources told CNN that the documents appear to have been inadvertently packed up from his vice presidential office and transported to his home without Pence’s knowledge.

Another California Mass Shooting Leaves 7 Dead Monday

A mass shooting in Half Moon Bay, California, on Monday, left seven people dead and another injured. Authorities say the suspect is a 66-year-old farm worker who opened fire on other migrants at two separate locations. Law enforcement says they believe the shooting may have been “workplace violence” — and that the suspect was employed at the first location, formerly known as the Mountain Mushroom Farm.

Republicans Vow To Investigate Penn Biden Center And Hunter’s Artwork

Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) said this week that he intends to investigate donations to the Penn Biden Center, as well as who is purchasing Hunter Biden’s artwork as part of a probe into the Biden family’s financial ties. Comer has already sent requests for documents and other information to the White House, the University of Pennsylvania, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and others. He is planning more requests in the future and said he’s willing to subpoena information if he must.

DOJ Sues Google

The Department of Justice sued Google over the company’s dominance in the digital advertising space. The DOJ’s lawsuit is the latest in a series of antitrust cases made against the company by federal and state government entities.

Trial Begins For Mark Houck, The Catholic Pro-Life Activist Biden’s DOJ Wants Behind Bars

The trial for Mark Houck, the Catholic father of seven and pro-life activist arrested by the FBI last year, began on Tuesday. Houck is accused of violating the FACE act after he allegedly shoved a clinic escort to the ground after the escort allegedly hassled his son. Houck is facing 11 years behind bars and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines if convicted. An attorney for Houck has called the case clear “political prosecution.”

FDA Considers New COVID Guidelines

The FDA is considering new, simplified COVID vaccine guidelines. The recommendation is that healthy adults and children get a shot once a year. The proposal will be considered by a panel of vaccine experts on Thursday.

Four Illegal Aliens Charged With Stealing Thousands From NYC Macy’s

Four migrants bused to New York City from Texas were arrested for allegedly stealing more than $12,000 in items from Macy’s. The migrants were detained after being tracked down by Nassau County Police. They allegedly drove away from the crime scene on in a 2006 BMW with a false license plate.

Taylor Swift Protest At U.S. Capitol

Taylor Swift fans protested at the Capitol today where the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing into Live Nation and the lack of competition in the ticketing industry. This comes after years of complaints about high fees and murky resale practices. The so-called “Swifties” are the company’s most vocal critics. Attorneys general of several states launched consumer protection investigations, while many lawmakers called for Ticketmaster to be broken up, and dozens of Swift fans have sued the company for fraud and antitrust violations.

Oscar Nominations Announced

Oscar nominations were announced today in Los Angeles. including a few nods to notable blockbusters. “Everything Everywhere All at Once” had the most nominations with 11, including a Best Picture nod. The other nominees in that category: “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “Elvis,” “The Fabelmans,” “Triangle of Sadness,” “Women Talking,” and “Top Gun: Maverick.” The awards show will be held on March 12.

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