Former President Donald Trump hinted, once again, at a looming presidential run in 2024. Also in the news: World leaders are headed to Egypt for a United Nations climate summit. The Brooklyn Nets have suspended Kyrie Irving for at least five games following antisemitic social media posts.
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Is Trump preparing his 2024 campaign?
Former Republican President Donald Trump told a crowd in Sioux City Thursday that he “will very, very, very probably” run in 2024. Trump was in Iowa to help boost Republican candidates ahead of next week’s midterm elections, appearing with Gov. Kim Reynolds, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley and others. But he quickly diverted attention back to himself, launching once again into his unproven claims of voter fraud, endorsing same-day voting and paper ballots that he said would “save a lot of money” and promising to “make America great again.” The Associated Press reports his team is tentatively looking at a campaign launch just after the conclusion of the midterms. Read more
War fallout, aid demands overshadow climate talks in Egypt
Each year there are high hopes for the two-week United Nations climate gathering and, almost inevitably, disappointment when it doesn’t deliver another landmark pact like the one agreed in 2015 in Paris. But those were times marked by a spirit of cooperation between the world’s two biggest polluters — the United States and China — as well as a global realization that failure to reach an agreement would put humanity on a self-chosen track to oblivion. Read more
One thing to know: This November the geopolitical tiles have shifted due to the war in Ukraine, skyrocketing energy and food prices, and growing enmity between the West and Russia and China, making for difficult conditions at a gathering that requires cooperation and consensus. Read more
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Doctor who performed abortion for a 10-year-old rape victim sues Indiana AG
Dr. Caitlin Bernard, who attracted national attention after she told IndyStar, part of the USA TODAY Network, that she provided an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim, is suing to stop Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita from allegedly relying on “frivolous” consumer complaints to issue subpoenas over confidential medical records. The lawsuit comes months after Bernard’s attorney Kathleen DeLaney said they received a letter about an investigation by Rokita’s office into complaints against the doctor. Her attorneys say the complaints were submitted by people who saw news stories about Bernard after the IndyStar story describing the 10-year-old patient went viral. No one claimed to have received care by either Bernard or Caldwell. Read more
Does your sheriff think he’s more powerful than the president?
When considering criminal justice issues, we need to pay attention to sheriffs. Most sheriffs are elected, and hundreds are on the ballot this November. In an increasingly partisan America, they lobby state legislatures and Congress. They run jails and carry out evictions. They decide how aggressively to investigate and arrest people on matters ranging from guns to elections to immigration. And they may shape how new abortion laws play out at the local level. The Marshall Project collaborated with political scientists on a survey of America’s 3,000-plus sheriffs last year. Check out the results here.
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Nets suspend Kyrie Irving for at least 5 games without pay
The Brooklyn Nets on Thursday suspended star guard Kyrie Irving for at least five games without pay for refusing to “unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs, or acknowledge specific hateful material in the film (he shared on Twitter). This was not the first time he had the opportunity – but failed – to clarify,” the team said in a statement. The controversy began last week when Irving promoted a so-called documentary filled with antisemitism and fabrications. Read more
📷 Photo of the day: 2022 World Series: Best photos from Astros vs. Phillies in Fall Classic 📷
The Astros secured a 3-2 Game 5 victory that left them with two shots at home to capture their second World Series championship in six years. Game 6 will be Saturday night at Minute Maid Park. Click here for our recap of Thursday night’s game.
Click here for more photos from the Phillies-Astros Fall Classic.
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Associated Press contributed reporting.