AAA predicts busiest ever holiday travel season

The American Automobile Association (AAA) warned this week that it’s projecting the busiest holiday travel season ever.  AAA has forecast some 115.2 million travelers will hit the road—up 2.2%, or an additional 2.5 million travelers, compared to last year.  A record number of Americans—some 7.5 million—will also fly over the next week, according to AAA. […]

IDF mistakenly kills 3 Israelis who were held hostage in Gaza

The Israeli Defense Forces said Friday that soldiers had misidentified three Israelis as a threat who had been held hostage in Gaza, and shot and killed them. It happened in the northern Gaza town of Shejaiya, according to IDF spokesperson Daniel Hagari. “During searches and checks in the area in which the incident occurred, a […]

Rudy Giuliani ordered to pay Shaye Moss and Ruby Freeman nearly $150 million in damages for defamation

An 8-panel jury in DC Rudy Giuliani ordered to pay Shaye Moss and Ruby Freeman roughly $148 million in damages for defamation. The payouts included Moss being awarded $16,998,000, Freeman being awarded: $16,171,000, and each being awarded an addition $20 million apiece for emotional distress. The ruling came at the end of the jury’s second day […]

Ukraine Deputy tosses grenades at local council meeting, injuring 26

A village deputy in western Ukraine threw grenades onto the floor of a council meeting on Friday, injuring 26 people, according to police. Friday morning at the village council headquarters in Keretsky in the western Zakarpattia region. The meeting was being live-streamed on Facebook when the attack occurred.  Video of the incident, which can be […]

Appeals court considering Meadows request to move case to federal court

A federal appeals court on Friday was considering whether the case against Trump co-defendant and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows should be transferred from state court in Georgia to federal court.  Meadows is among 19 co-defendants, including former President Trump, who were indicted in July on racketeering and other charges by a […]

Supreme Court won’t block Illinois semiautomatic weapons ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday left in place Illinois’ state ban on AR-15 style semiautomatic weapons, declining a gun advocacy group and gun seller’s emergency bid.  In August the Illinois state Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, upheld the state’s assault-style weapons ban. Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed the ban into law in January.  The […]

Hungary’s Orbán threatens blocking Ukraine from joining the European Union

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Friday that Hungary’s Parliament can vote down Ukraine’s membership in the European Union—even if all other member nations vote to approve. His threat came as Hungary also blocked a $55 billion aid package for Ukraine amid the annual EU summit in Brussels. “They are 26, and I’m alone,” Orbán acknowledged, […]

Senate delays holiday break to work on immigration, Ukraine & Israel funding

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced Thursday afternoon that the upper Congressional chamber will return next week to work on an immigration deal in exchange for aid to Israel and Ukraine. Both chambers of Congress were scheduled to adjourn for the holidays—and the rest of the year—on Friday. And the House did so after […]

Trump loses challenge to gag orders in civil fraud case

A New York appeals court on Thursday again rejected former President Trump’s challenge to two gag orders in his civil fraud trial in Manhattan.  The four-judge panel ruled after finding that Trump’s attorneys failed to properly appeal the orders. According to the judges, Trump’s lawyers erred by suing New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron, […]

Congress approves annual defense spending bill ahead of holiday break

The House on Thursday passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as required every year to continue funding for the U.S. military.  The $866 billion in defense spending will include a 5.2% pay raise for troops—the biggest raise for service members in decades. The bill also authorizes continued funding for Ukraine as it fights its […]