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Five Minute News 1/20/22: Voting Rights Bill, Trump vs. Supreme Court, Aid In Tonga

Five Minute News 1/20/22: Voting Rights Bill, Trump vs. Supreme Court, Aid In Tonga

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Thursday’s episode covers Republicans blocking voting rights in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Donald Trump’s efforts to keep January 6th documents hidden from Congress, and the arrival of aid in Tonga as the airport reopens.

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Wednesday marked another loss for voting rights as Senate Republicans blocked passage of a bill promoted by Civil Rights groups. Democrats pushed for a rules change that would have facilitated passing the voting rights bill with a simple majority, but were stymied by the lack of support from two conservative Democrats, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. This was greeted by a round of applause from Republicans. Democrats had decided to push forward with voting in order to force Senators to be on the record with their opposition.

Wednesday also marked a Supreme Court decision on Donald Trump’s bid to withhold documents from the January 6th Committee, and contrary to the hopes of the former President and his attorneys, the Justices ruled against him, affirming that the National Archives can turn those documents, including Presidential diaries, visitor logs, and speech drafts, over to Congress. Even Trump’s hand-picked section of the bench didn’t rule in his favor, with only Justice Clarence Thomas reporting that he would have ruled to keep the documents from Congress.

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In another Wednesday setback for Trump, Manhattan Attorney General Letitia James says there is sufficient evidence for an escalation of her investigation into the Trump family’s businesses. The filing reports significant new evidence of possible fraud, in which the Trump Organization and its holders are accused of misvaluing properties in order to benefit financially, including receiving loans and tax rebates to which they would not have been entitled.

Aircraft holding humanitarian supplies will arrive in Tonga today, as the airport reopens following five days of the South Pacific island being cut off from contact after being hit by a tsunami. Aircraft reportedly left Brisbane with supplies and a sweeper to clear ash from the airport runway, and another will follow later today.

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