Hunter Biden was indicted on charges he failed to pay his income taxes. Also in the news: A Texas judge ruled a woman with severe pregnancy complications can obtain an emergency abortion, marking the first such intervention in the state since before Roe v. Wade was decided 50 years ago. We explain the secret push to expel Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida.
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Hunter Biden indicted on nine tax charges
Hunter Biden is charged in a California federal court with three felony tax offenses and six misdemeanors. He engaged in a scheme in which he failed to pay at least $1.4 million in self-assessed taxes from 2016 through 2019, and also evaded tax assessment for 2018 when he filed false returns, according to the indictment.
The second indictment comes months after a plea deal over tax and gun charges collapsed.
Under that old plea agreement, which a federal judge rejected, Biden was set to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of failing to pay taxes in 2017 and 2018.
Biden now faces two felony charges of filing a false return and one felony charge of tax evasion. The six misdemeanor counts are for allegedly failing to file returns or pay his taxes when required. He faces a maximum penalty of 17 years in prison if convicted.
While failing to pay his taxes, Biden allegedly spent millions on an extravagant lifestyle, spending about $151,00 on clothes and accessories in 2018.
Judge allows emergency abortion in Texas in first case of its kind since before Roe v. Wade
A Texas judge signed a temporary restraining order on the state's near-total abortion ban — but it only applies to one woman and doesn't establish a broad precedent, legal experts say. The judge's order prevents the state, Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Texas Medical Board from enforcing the state's near-total abortion ban in the case of Kate Cox of Dallas, a woman whose baby has a lethal genetic condition, if she should terminate her pregnancy. The order also protects Cox's husband and her OB-GYN from prosecution or fines related to any abortion care. Read more
Who is the woman at the center of this case? Cox's baby had a genetic condition that meant there was "virtually no chance" of survival.
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House Republicans secretly consider expelling Matt Gaetz
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., continues to draw the ire of his Republican colleagues in the House weeks after he led the ouster of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., from the speakership, with some of his detractors privately floating expelling him from Congress. Several Republican House members, many of whom are still angry at Gaetz for his antics that have impeded McCarthy and the majority of the conference from passing legislation, have begun to discuss Gaetz’ ongoing investigation by the House Ethics Committee. Read more
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Photo of the day: Lighting the National Menorah
Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, says American Jews are “feeling alone” and “in pain” as he denounced rising antisemitism in the U.S. and abroad, particularly amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. Emhoff spoke Thursday at the lighting ceremony of a massive menorah in front of the White House to mark the first night of Hanukkah.
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