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Judge to get edited Mar-a-Lago affidavit, new abortion bans: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: DOJ lawyers must provide edited version of Mar-a-Lago warrant affidavit

A judge has set a deadline for today. Plus, senior tech and economic opportunity reporter Jessica Guynn explains how Asian Americans are fighting back against anti Asian hate, new abortion bans take effect in several states, national housing and economy correspondent Swapna Venugopal looks at whether you should buy or rent and California paves the way for a move away from gas-powered cars.

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Hit play on the player above to hear the podcast and follow along with the transcript below. This transcript was automatically generated, and then edited for clarity in its current form. There may be some differences between the audio and the text.

Taylor Wilson:

Buenos dias. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Thursday, the 25th of August 2022. Today, a deadline for DOJ lawyers to submit an edited Mar-a-Lago warrant affidavit. Plus, more Asian Americans are calling out the racism they experience at work and more.

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. President Joe Biden, yesterday, confirmed a plan to forgive or reduce student loan debt for millions of Americans. Those earning less than $125,000 a year are eligible to receive cancellations of up to $10,000 in federal student loans.
  2. The Uvalde school board, yesterday, fired School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo. His response from him to the elementary school massacre there has been heavily criticized as officers waited more than an hour before confronting a gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers in May.
  3. And a federal jury has awarded Vanessa Bryant $16 million after she filed a lawsuit, accusing officials of taking and sharing pictures from the crash scene where her late husband, Kobe Bryant, and daughter, Gianna, died in 2020. Chris Chester, who lost his wife and daughter in the same helicopter crash, were separately awarded $15 million by the same jury.

US Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart has ordered Justice Department lawyers to give an edited version of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit by today. He’ll then decide whether any of the document could be released. A group of media companies are pushing for its public release, though government lawyers have opposed it, even in an edited state, arguing it would provide a roadmap to the ongoing investigation. AP Justice Department reporter Eric Tucker explained earlier this week.

Eric Tucker:

Former President Donald Trump and representatives for media organizations, including the AP, have asked for the unsealing of the affidavit. That seems unlikely to happen. I think it’s clear based on the hearing last week that the judge is sensitive to concerns from the Justice Department that a document like this should probably not be disclosed in its entirety in full.

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