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Trump speaks out after pleading not guilty to charges: The Rundown August 4

Aug 04, 2023

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Former President Donald Trump spoke out after pleading not guilty to the latest charges filed against him, and a majestic display on the water made one man’s birthday extra special. These stories and more highlight The Rundown for Friday, Aug. 4, 2023.

Trump pleads not guilty to four felony charges

Former President Trump pled not guilty to four felony charges in a Washington district court on Thursday, Aug. 4. Trump is accused of trying to illegally overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

If Trump is convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States, he would face a maximum sentence of five years in prison. He could face 20 years each for the two counts related to obstruction of an official proceeding, and an additional five years for conspiracy to violate rights.

The magistrate judge agreed to release Trump on the condition that he does not break federal law and that he makes all required court appearances. After pleading not guilty to the charges, Trump made a statement in which he called the case a persecution of a political opponent.

“This was never supposed to happen in America,” Trump said. “This is the persecution of the person that’s leading by very, very substantial numbers in the Republican primary and leading Biden by a lot. So if you can’t beat him, you persecute him or you prosecute him.”

The first hearing before the district court judge who will oversee the trial is scheduled for Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. The judge agreed to waive Trump’s appearance for that hearing.

The trial has not been scheduled. Trump’s defense team said they want as much time as possible to review the evidence.

Navy sailors arrested, charged with sending secrets to China

The Justice Department said two U.S. Navy sailors have been arrested in two separate cases for transmitting sensitive military information to China. In one case, Navy sailor Patrick Wei is accused of sending pictures and videos of an amphibious assault ship to a Chinese intelligence officer.

Wei was also accused of sending approximately 30 technical and mechanical manuals. The department said Wei was paid $5,000 for doing that.

The sailor allegedly had sensitive information regarding the ships’ weapons, propulsion and desalination systems. He was indicted for conspiracy to send national defense information to an intelligence officer working for the People’s Republic of China.

In the other case, Navy sailor Thomas Zhao has been charged with receiving bribes in exchange for transmitting sensitive U.S. military information to an intelligence officer posing as a maritime economic researcher. Zhao allegedly sent the officer plans for a large-scale U.S. military exercise in the Indo-Pacific region.

He’s accused of giving details on the specific location and timing of naval force movements, amphibious landings, maritime operations and logistics support. The sailor is also accused of photographing electrical diagrams and blueprints for a radar system on a U.S. military base in Okinawa, Japan.

The department said Zhao received nearly $15,000. If Zhao is convicted, he would face up to 20 years in prison.

Saudi oil cut could further strain gas prices

Saudi Arabia’s ministry of energy announced it will extend an oil production cut of 1 million barrels per day through September of 2023. The ministry also said it’s possible the reduction could be further extended, deepened or both.

The Kingdom’s daily production is expected to be about 9 million barrels per day. The cut was first implemented in July of 2023, when the average price of gas in the U.S. was about $3.54 per gallon. On Thursday, Aug. 3, the average was $3.82 per gallon.

There’s also a separate agreement to reduce production among OPEC+ nations that will continue until the end of 2023.

Pope addresses climate, poverty during World Youth Day visit

Pope Francis addressed an estimated 500,000 pilgrims at World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal Thursday. He told the crowd there is room for everyone in the church.

During a separate address at a Catholic university, the pope called on the students to address climate change and economic inequality. He said earning a degree should not be seen as a license to pursue well-being, but a mandate to work for a more inclusive and just society.

When Pope Francis arrived in Portugal on Wednesday, Aug. 2, he met with victims of clergy sexual abuse.

He is scheduled to stay in Portugal until the end of the weekend. While there, he’s expected to hear confessions, visit shrines and participate in a mass before returning to the Vatican.

College Board: Florida banned AP psychology course

The College Board said Florida has “effectively banned” advanced placement psychology classes in the state over a section on gender and sexual orientation. Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act restricts the instruction of those topics in the state’s classrooms.

In a statement Aug. 3, the College Board said it would not modify the course, and any class that does not address gender and sexual orientation should not be labeled advanced placement. The state’s Department of Education responded to the College Board’s accusations, saying the board was “playing games with Florida students.”

The state said the department did not ban the course, and it remains listed in Florida’s course code directory for the 2023-24 school year. The back-and-forth comes after Florida’s decision to block AP African-American studies classes, calling the course not “historically accurate.”

Whale ballet caught on camera

A New Hampshire man by the name of Robert Addie recently went tuna fishing off Cape Cod with his three daughters. It was the latest edition of an annual trip he goes on for his birthday.

This year during the trip, three humpback whales jumped out of the water in near perfect unison. It’s being described as a whale ballet.

A fourth whale breached seconds later. Addie described the scene as once in a lifetime.

“I’ve seen thousands of whales because I’ve spent time working, sword-fishing and tuna, out of Gloucester as a young man and work fish up in Alaska. So, I’ve seen a lot of whales,” Addie said. “I’ve certainly never seen three breach, and somebody said it was it was a representation of the joy I had having all of my three daughters in town for my birthday and it was a welcome home.”

Addie had just returned from a humanitarian aid trip to Ukraine.

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FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP SPEAKS OUT AFTER PLEADING NOT GUILTY TO THE LATEST CHARGES FILED AGAINST HIM.
AND —
A MAJESTIC DISPLAY ON THE WATER MAKES ONE MAN’S BIRTHDAY EXTRA SPECIAL.
THE RUNDOWN STARTS NOW.
THIS IS STRAIGHT-ARROW NEWS.
BRINGING YOU UNBIASED, STRAIGHT FACTS.
TODAY IS FRIDAY– AUGUST 4TH
THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I’M RAY BOGAN.
FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP PLED NOT GUILTY TO FOUR FELONY CHARGES IN A WASHINGTON DC DISTRICT COURT THURSDAY AFTERNOON. TRUMP IS ACCUSED OF TRYING TO OVERTURN THE RESULTS OF THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
IF TRUMP IS CONVICTED OF CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE UNITED STATES, HE WOULD FACE A MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF FIVE YEARS IN PRISON,
20 YEARS EACH FOR THE TWO COUNTS RELATED TO OBSTRUCTION OF AN OFFICIAL PROCEEDING
AND AN ADDITIONAL FIVE YEARS FOR CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE RIGHTS.
THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE AGREED TO RELEASE TRUMP ON THE CONDITION THAT HE DOES NOT BREAK FEDERAL LAW AND THAT HE MAKES ALL REQUIRED COURT APPEARANCES. JUST BEFORE LEAVING DC, HE MADE A STATEMENT IN WHICH HE CALLED THE CASE A PERSECUTION OF A POLITICAL OPPONENT.
“THIS WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN IN AMERICA. THIS IS THE PERSECUTION OF THE PERSON THAT’S LEADING BY VERY, VERY SUBSTANTIAL NUMBERS IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY AND LEADING BIDEN BY A LOT. SO IF YOU CAN’T BEAT HIM, YOU PERSECUTE HIM OR YOU PROSECUTE HIM.”
THE FIRST HEARING BEFORE THE DISTRICT COURT JUDGE WHO WILL OVERSEE THE TRIAL IS SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 28TH AT 10 AM. BUT THE JUDGE AGREED TO WAIVE TRUMP’S APPEARANCE FOR THAT HEARING. THE TRIAL HAS NOT BEEN SCHEDULED BUT TRUMP’S DEFENSE TEAM SAYS THEY WANT AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE TO REVIEW THE EVIDENCE. FOR MORE ON THE CASE HEAD TO SAN.COM.

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS TWO NAVY SAILORS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN TWO SEPARATE CASES FOR TRANSMITTING SENSITIVE MILITARY INFORMATION TO CHINA.
IN ONE CASE, NAVY SAILOR PATRICK WEI IS ACCUSED OF SENDING PICTURES AND VIDEOS OF AN AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP TO A CHINESE INTELLIGENCE OFFICER. IT IS ALSO ALLEGED THAT WEI SENT APPROXIMATELY 30 TECHNICAL AND MECHANICAL MANUALS. FOR DOING THAT, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAID WEI WAS PAID $5,000. WEI ALLEGEDLY HAD SENSITIVE INFORMATION REGARDING THE SHIPS WEAPONS, PROPULSION AND DESALINATION SYSTEMS. HE WAS INDICTED FOR CONSPIRACY TO SEND NATIONAL DEFENSE INFORMATION TO AN INTELLIGENCE OFFICER WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA.
IN THE OTHER CASE, NAVY SAILOR THOMAS ZHAO HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH RECEIVING BRIBES IN EXCHANGE FOR TRANSMITTING SENSITIVE U.S. MILITARY INFORMATION TO AN INTELLIGENCE OFFICER POSING AS A MARITIME ECONOMIC RESEARCHER.
ZHAO ALLEGEDLY SENT THE OFFICER PLANS FOR A LARGE-SCALE U.S. MILITARY EXERCISE IN THE INDO-PACIFIC REGION. HE’S ACCUSED OF GIVING DETAILS ON THE SPECIFIC LOCATION AND TIMING OF NAVAL FORCE MOVEMENTS, AMPHIBIOUS LANDINGS, MARITIME OPERATIONS AND LOGISTICS SUPPORT.
THE SAILOR IS ALSO ACCUSED OF PHOTOGRAPHING ELECTRICAL DIAGRAMS AND BLUEPRINTS FOR A RADAR SYSTEM ON A US MILITARY BASE IN OKINAWA, JAPAN.
THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAID HE RECEIVED NEARLY $15,000.
IF ZHAO IS CONVICTED, HE WOULD FACE UP TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON.

SAUDI ARABIA’S MINISTRY OF ENERGY ANNOUNCED IT WILL EXTEND AN OIL PRODUCTION CUT OF ONE MILLION BARRELS PER DAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER.
THE MINISTRY ALSO SAID IT’S POSSIBLE THE REDUCTION COULD BE FURTHER EXTENDED, DEEPENED OR BOTH. THE KINGDOM’S DAILY PRODUCTION IS EXPECTED TO BE ABOUT 9 MILLION BARRELS PER DAY.
THIS CUT WAS FIRST IMPLEMENTED IN JULY WHEN THE AVERAGE PRICE OF GAS IN THE UNITED STATES WAS ABOUT $3.54 A GALLON, YESTERDAY IT WAS $3.82.
THERE’S ALSO A SEPARATE AGREEMENT TO REDUCE PRODUCTION AMONGST OPEC COUNTRIES THAT WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR.

POPE FRANCIS ADDRESSED AN ESTIMATED 500,000 PILGRIMS AT WORLD YOUTH DAY IN LISBON, PORTUGAL THURSDAY. HE TOLD THE CROWD THERE IS ROOM FOR EVERYONE IN THE CHURCH.
DURING A SEPARATE ADDRESS AT A CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY, THE POPE CALLED ON THE STUDENTS TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE AND ECONOMIC INEQUALITY. HE SAID EARNING A DEGREE SHOULD NOT BE SEEN AS A LICENSE TO PURSUE WELL BEING, BUT A MANDATE TO WORK FOR A MORE INCLUSIVE AND JUST SOCIETY.
WHEN POPE FRANCIS ARRIVED IN PORTUGAL WEDNESDAY, HE MET WITH VICTIMS OF CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE.
HE IS SCHEDULED TO STAY IN PORTUGAL UNTIL THE END OF THE WEEKEND. WHILE THERE, HE’S EXPECTED TO HEAR CONFESSIONS, VISIT SHRINES AND PARTICIPATE IN A MASS BEFORE RETURNING TO THE VATICAN.

THE COLLEGE BOARD SAYS FLORIDA HAS QUOTE- EFFECTIVELY BANNED – UNQUOTE ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY CLASSES IN THE STATE OVER A SECTION ON GENDER AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION.
FLORIDA’S PARENTAL RIGHTS IN EDUCATION ACT RESTRICTS THE INSTRUCTION OF THOSE TOPICS IN THE STATE’S CLASSROOMS.
THE COLLEGE BOARD SAID IN A STATEMENT THURSDAY THAT IT WOULD NOT MODIFY THE COURSE AND ANY CLASS THAT DOES NOT ADDRESS GENDER AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION SHOULD NOT BE LABELED ADVANCED PLACEMENT.
THE STATE’S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RESPONDED TO THE COLLEGE BOARD’S ACCUSATIONS AND SAID THE BOARD WAS QUOTE “PLAYING GAMES WITH FLORIDA STUDENTS.”
THE STATE SAID THE DEPARTMENT DID NOT BAN THE COURSE AND IT REMAINS LISTED FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR.
THIS MOVE COMES AFTER FLORIDA’S DECISION EARLIER THIS YEAR TO BLOCK AP AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES CLASSES BECAUSE THE STATE SAID THE COURSE WAS NOT – QUOTE “HISTORICALLY ACCURATE.”

FINALLY THIS MORNING, WE WANT TO SHOW YOU A BEAUTIFUL SITE ONLY MOTHER NATURE CAN PROVIDE.
A NEW HAMPSHIRE MAN RECENTLY WENT TUNA FISHING OFF CAPE COD WITH HIS THREE DAUGHTERS. IT’S AN ANNUAL TRIP HE TAKES FOR HIS BIRTHDAY. BUT THIS YEAR SOMETHING HAPPENED THAT IS ABSOLUTELY UNFORGETTABLE.
THREE HUMPBACK WHALES JUMPED OUT OF THE WATER IN NEAR PERFECT UNISON. IT’S BEING DESCRIBED AS A WHALE BALLET.
TO TOP IT OFF, A FOURTH WHALE BREACHED SECONDS LATER.
HOMEBUILDER ROBERT ADDIE, WHO RECORDED THIS VIDEO, DESCRIBED THE SITE AS ONCE IN A LIFETIME.
“I’VE SEEN THOUSANDS OF WHALES BECAUSE I’VE SPENT TIME WORKING AND SWORD FISHING AND TUNA OUT OF GLOUCESTER AS A YOUNG MAN AND WORK FISH UP IN ALASKA. SO, I’VE SEEN A LOT OF WHALES. I’VE CERTAINLY NEVER SEEN THREE BREACH AND SOMEBODY SAID IT WAS IT WAS A REPRESENTATION OF THE JOY I HAD HAVING ALL OF MY THREE DAUGHTERS IN TOWN FOR MY BIRTHDAY AND IT WAS A WELCOME HOME.”
ADDIE SAID IT WAS A WELCOME HOME BECAUSE HE JUST RETURNED FROM A HUMANITARIAN AID TRIP TO UKRAINE.
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