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Trump And 18 Allies Charged In Georgia Election Meddling As Former President Faces 4th Criminal Case




ATLANTA —Trump Prosecutors used a statute typically associated with mobsters to accuse the former president, attorneys, and other aides of a “criminal enterprise” to keep him in power. On Monday, Donald Trump and 18 allies were indicted in Georgia over their efforts to reverse his 2020 election loss in the state.

The nearly 100-page indictment details dozens of actions taken by Trump or his supporters to overturn his loss, including pleading with Georgia’s Republican secretary of state to find him enough votes to win the crucial state, harassing an election official who was the target of false fraud allegations; and attempting to convince Georgia lawmakers to disregard the will of the people and appoint a new slate of electoral college electors in Trump’s favor.

It also describes a scheme involving one of his solicitors to gain access to voting machines in a remote Georgia county and steal information from a voting system manufacturer in one especially brazen event.

At a late-night news conference, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, whose office brought the case, stated that the indictment “alleges that the defendants engaged in a criminal racketeering enterprise to overturn Georgia’s presidential election result, rather than abide by Georgia’s legal process for election challenges.”

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former mayor of New York City and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, and a Justice Department employee from the Trump administration named Jeffrey Clark, who helped the then-president reverse his Georgia election loss, are also defendants. John Eastman, Sidney Powell, and Kenneth Chesebro were among the other solicitors who put out questionable legal arguments to have the verdicts overturned.


The nearly 100-page indictment details dozens of actions Trump or his supporters took to overturn his loss.

According to Willis, by noon on August 25, the defendants may voluntarily surrender. She added that she intended to try the accused immediately and would look for a trial date within six months.

Four criminal cases in five months, each in a separate city, are bookended by the indictment. This would overwhelm anyone, let alone someone like Trump, who must balance his duties as a criminal defendant and a presidential candidate.

It highlights how prosecutors have moved to hold Trump accountable for an attack on the foundations of American democracy two and a half years after the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, just two weeks after the Justice Department special counsel charged him in a massive conspiracy to rig the election.

The Georgia case touches on the same issues as Trump’s recent indictment in Washington, such as his and his allies’ attempts to obstruct the Capitol’s electoral vote tally. The indictment differs from the more narrowly focused case launched by special counsel Jack Smith, which has solely named Trump, a defendant among its extensive web of defendants (19).

The Georgia indictment accuses close Trump associates—whom Smith only referred to as “unindicted co-conspirators”—of illegal activity beyond the former president.


The nearly 100-page indictment details dozens of actions Trump or his supporters took to overturn his loss.

The indictment accuses the former president, his former chief of staff, Trump’s attorneys, and the former mayor of New York of being members of a “criminal organisation” and “enterprise” that operated in Georgia and other states. The charges are made under the state’s racketeering law, and the language invokes the seedy underworld of mob bosses and gang leaders.

The brief but enigmatic announcement on a county website of a list of criminal charges that would be made against the former president set off a tumultuous day at the courthouse. According to Reuters, which published a copy of the paper, the submission was shortly removed.

A representative for Willis stated in the afternoon that it was “inaccurate” to state that an indictment had already been returned, but she refrained from making any further comments regarding the controversy that the Trump legal team used to question the validity of the inquiry.

Trump and his followers have characterized the probe as politically motivated, and they immediately leaped on the apparent blunder to say that the system was rigged. Trump’s campaign sent an email with the since-deleted document embedded to generate money from it.

Following the announcement of the indictment, Trump’s legal team released a statement in which they alleged that “the events that have unfolded today have been shocking and absurd, starting with the leak of a presumed and premature indictment before the witnesses had testified or the grand jurors had deliberated and ending with the District Attorney being unable to offer any explanation.”

In presenting their evidence, the prosecution, according to the defense attorneys, “relied on witnesses who harbour their own personal and political interests — some of whom ran campaigns touting their efforts against the accused.”


The nearly 100-page indictment details dozens of actions Trump or his supporters took to overturn his loss.

In response to the indictment on Tuesday, Trump announced a news conference for the next week to provide yet another “almost complete” report on the alleged fraud he has yet to establish nearly three years after the 2020 election.

Many of the 161 actions that Trump and his aides are accused of committing are already the subject of extensive media coverage. This includes a call from Trump to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on January 2, 2021, in which Trump pleaded with Raffensperger to “find” the 11,780 votes required to overturn his defeat. Prosecutors claimed that call broke a Georgia law prohibiting encouraging public officials to break their oath.

Additionally, it charges Trump with making false statements and writings for several assertions he made to Raffensperger and other state election officials, such as that up to 300,000 ballots “were dropped mysteriously into the rolls” in the 2020 election, that more than 4,500 voters cast ballots despite not being on the registration list, and that Ruby Freeman, a Fulton County election worker, was a “professional vote scammer.”

Giuliani, on the other hand, is charged with making false statements for allegedly deceiving lawmakers by asserting that more than 96,000 mail-in ballots in Georgia were counted despite there being no record of their return to a county elections office and that 6,000 votes for Biden were mistakenly recorded for Trump by a voting machine in Michigan.

Giuliani did not explicitly address the accusations in his comments, but he termed the indictment an “affront to American democracy” and “just the next chapter in a book of lies.”

Prosecutors have also filed charges against people they said helped Trump and his allies harass and manipulate election officials in Georgia.


The nearly 100-page indictment details dozens of actions Trump or his supporters took to overturn his loss.

Charges were brought against Stephen Cliffgard Lee for allegedly going to Freeman’s house “with intent to influence her testimony.” Freeman and her daughter Shaye Moss discussed how Trump and his associates used security footage from the 2020 election to falsely accuse both women of voting fraud in testimony to Congress last year. Although the accusations were swiftly refuted, they were extensively reported in conservative media.

After the election, both Black women received death threats.

Additionally, the indictment holds Powell and several co-defendants responsible for interfering with voting machines in Coffee County, Georgia, and stealing information from Dominion Voting Systems, a manufacturer of tabulation equipment that has long been the subject of rumors of political conspiracies. Powell’s legal representative declined to comment.

According to information made public by the congressional committee looking into the violence on January 6, Trump supporters purportedly copied data and software to target Coffee County in search of proof to support their beliefs of widespread voter fraud.

Aside from the two instances involving the elections, Trump is also accused of illegally storing sensitive data in a second federal indictment and fabricating company records in a New York state case.

Trump, the front-runner for the Republican nomination for president in 2024, frequently touts his status as the only former president to be charged with a crime as the number of indictments rises. By portraying himself as the victim of Democratic prosecutors who are out to get him, he is running for office and raising money around these themes.

Republicans soon came to Trump’s defense once more. On X, the website that replaced Twitter, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy posted, “Americans see through this desperate sham.”



In His Annual Letter, Warren Buffett Tells Investors To Ignore Wall Street Pundits




OMAHA, Nebraska – Warren Buffett credited his longtime partner, the late Charlie Munger, with creating the Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate he is credited with leading, and warned shareholders in his annual letter on Saturday not to listen to Wall Street pundits or financial advisors who advise them to trade frequently.

Buffett said he always writes his letters with knowledgeable, long-term investors in mind, such as his sister Bertie, and attempts to give them what he believes they want to know about Berkshire.

“She is sensible – very sensible – instinctively knowing that pundits should always be ignored,” Buffett wrote about Bertie. “After all, if she could accurately forecast tomorrow’s winners, would she openly share her unique insights, increasing competitive buying? That would be like discovering gold and then throwing out a map to the neighbours indicating its whereabouts.”

Buffett told investors that Berkshire is a safe place to park their money as long as they don’t expect “eye-popping performance” like in the past because there are no attractively priced acquisition targets large enough to make a meaningful difference in the Omaha, Nebraska-based company’s results. However, he stated that Berkshire would be ready to invest $167.6 billion when the casino-like stock market seizes.

Munger, Buffett’s longtime investing partner, died in November at the age of 99, removing one of the key sounding boards Buffett relied on for decades as Berkshire acquired companies such as See’s Candy, Geico Insurance, BNSF Railway and others to reshape the failing textile mill they took over in the 1960s into the massive eclectic conglomerate Berkshire is today.


In His Annual Letter, Warren Buffett Tells Investors To Ignore Wall Street Pundits

Buffett devoted a portion of last year’s annual letter to Berkshire shareholders to an homage to Munger, but this year’s edition began with even more appreciation for the revered curmudgeon’s services to the company over the years. Buffett stated that “Charlie was the ‘architect’ of the present Berkshire”, who recognised early on that buying excellent enterprises at reasonable rates was preferable.

“Charlie never sought to take credit for his role as creator but instead let me take the bows and receive the accolades,” Buffett said in a statement. “In some ways, his connection with me was like that of an elder brother and a caring father. Even when he knew he was correct, he handed me the reins, and when I made a mistake, he never reminded me of it.”


In His Annual Letter, Warren Buffett Tells Investors To Ignore Wall Street Pundits

Buffett also discussed how Berkshire’s insurance businesses, such as Geico, excelled last year, but its enormous utilities and BNSF railway underperformed. He also informed shareholders that he has no plans to sell its shares in approximately 30% of Occidental Petroleum and 9% of five significant Japanese trading companies but that he has yet to buy the oil company completely.

Berkshire’s diverse portfolio of operations and the good performance of its investments generated a profit of $37.57 billion, or $26,043 per Class A share, in the fourth quarter. This is more than double Berkshire’s $18.08 billion profit, or $12,355 per Class A share, posted a year ago.

However, Buffett emphasised that investors should mainly overlook such bottom-line figures since the paper worth of its stocks heavily influences them. Instead, he has always encouraged investors to focus on Berkshire’s operating earnings, which exclude investments.

By that metric, Berkshire reported a 28% increase in operating earnings to $8.48 billion, or $5,878.21 per Class A share. This is up from $6.63 billion, or $4,527.06 per Class A share.


In His Annual Letter, Warren Buffett Tells Investors To Ignore Wall Street Pundits

FactSet Research questioned three analysts, and they expected that Berkshire would report quarterly operating earnings of $5,717,17 per Class A share.

Berkshire’s stock has established several new peaks in recent weeks, reaching $632,820 per Class A share Friday morning as investors eagerly awaited Buffett’s letter. Buffett is admired for his extremely successful track record and the wise advice he has given over the years. His yearly letter is consistently one of the most-read papers in the corporate sector.

Berkshire also repurchased $2.2 billion of its stock in the fourth quarter, bringing the total to $9.2 billion for the year.


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Toyota Recalls 280,000 Vehicles Because They May ‘Creep Forward’ In Neutral




Toyota recalled approximately 280,000 pickups and SUVs in the United States because the engine may not fully disengage while in neutral.

“Certain parts of the gearbox may not immediately disengage when the vehicle is shifted to the neutral position,” the Japanese automaker stated on Wednesday. It said this allows some engine power to continue going through to the wheels.

As a result, the vehicle may “inadvertently creep forward at a low speed when it is on a flat surface and no brakes are applied, leading to an increased risk of a crash,” according to the manufacturer.


Toyota Recalls 280,000 Vehicles Because They May ‘Creep Forward’ In Neutral

Certain Toyota Tundra, Sequoia, and Lexus LX 600 cars made between 2022 and 2024 are being recalled. Lexus is Toyota’s luxury brand.

Toyota said it will notify owners of recalled vehicles in late April and update the gearbox software.

The business stated that the recall is one of three in the United States on Wednesday.

Toyota announced the recall of an additional 19,000 vehicles due to a software issue: “the rearview image may not display within the period of time required by certain US safety regulations after the driver shifts the vehicle into reverse, increasing the risk of a crash while backing the vehicle.”


Toyota Recalls 280,000 Vehicles Because They May ‘Creep Forward’ In Neutral

It noted that the safety recall applies to select Mirai and Lexus LS, LC, and ES models manufactured in North America between 2023 and 2024.

Additionally, about 4,000 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid vehicles are being recalled due to safety concerns with the head restraints on rear fold-down seats, which “increase the risk of injury during certain collisions.”

Toyota is the world’s largest carmaker by sales, yet it risks becoming embroiled in safety controversies.

In December, it recalled approximately 1 million cars and SUVs in the United States owing to a potential fault that might cause the passenger airbag to fail to deploy in a crash.


Toyota Recalls 280,000 Vehicles Because They May ‘Creep Forward’ In Neutral

The recall affected 15 Lexus cars from 2020 to 2021, including the Camry, Rav4, Sienna, RX350, and ES350.

After admitting to forging safety test results for more than 30 years, Daihatsu, a small Japanese automaker under Toyota ownership, stopped domestic production late last year.


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Tax Season Is Under Way. Here Are Some Tips To Navigate It.




NEW YORK — Tax season began Monday, and for many filing US tax returns — particularly those doing so for the first time — it may be a difficult chore that is sometimes pushed until the last minute. But, if you want to escape the stress of the approaching deadline, get organised as soon as possible.

Whether you do your taxes, go to a tax clinic, or hire a professional, navigating the tax system may take time and effort. Courtney Alev, Credit Karma’s consumer financial advocate, suggests you take it easy on yourself.

“Take a breath. Take some time, set out an hour, or work through it over the weekend. “You’ll hopefully realise that it’s much simpler than you think,” Alev added.

If you need more clarity on the process, there are numerous free tools available to assist you navigate it.

Here’s what you should know:


When is the deadline for filing taxes?

Taxpayers have until April 15 to file forms for 2023.

What do I need to do to file my tax return?
While the required documents may vary by situation, here is a broad outline of what everyone needs:

—Social Security Number

– W-2 documents, if you are employed.

– 1099-G if you are unemployed.

— 1099 paperwork if you are self-employed.

—Investment and savings records

—Any allowable deduction, such as educational costs, medical bills, charitable contributions, etc.

—Tax credits, such as the child tax credit and the retirement savings contribution credit.

The IRS website provides a more detailed document list.

Tom O’Saben, director of tax content and government relations at the National Association of Tax Professionals, recommends gathering all of your paperwork in one location before beginning your tax return and having your records from the previous year if your financial status has significantly altered.

To protect themselves from identity theft, O’Saben recommends taxpayers create an identity protection PIN with the IRS. Once you’ve created a number, the IRS will require it when you file your tax return.

How Do I File My Taxes?
You can file your taxes online or on paper. However, there is a significant time gap between the two methods. The IRS can process paper filings for up to six months, whereas electronic filings take only three weeks.



For those earning $79,000 or less yearly, the IRS provides free guided tax preparation that handles your arithmetic. If you have any issues while completing your tax forms, the IRS has an interactive tax aid tool that can provide answers depending on your information.

Aside from famous corporations like TurboTax and H&R Block, taxpayers can use licenced professionals such as certified public accountants. The IRS provides a directory of tax preparers around the United States.

The IRS also finances two programs providing free tax assistance: VITA and Tax Counselling for the Elderly (TCE). People who earn $64,000 or less per year, have disabilities, or speak little English are eligible for the VITA programme. People over the age of 60 are eligible for the TCE programme. The IRS has a website where you may find organisations that host VITA and TCE clinics.

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Many people are concerned about getting in trouble with the IRS if they make errors. Here’s how to avoid some of the more popular ones:

—Confirm your name on your Social Security card.

When working with customers, O’Saben always requests that they bring their Social Security cards to double-check their number and legal name, which can change when people marry.

“You may have changed your name, but you didn’t change it with Social Security,” he remarked. “If the Social Security number doesn’t match the first four letters of the last name, the return will be rejected, and that will delay processing.”

—Look for tax statements if you’ve opted out of paper mail.

Many people prefer to avoid receiving snail mail; however, doing so may result in your tax paperwork being included.

“If you didn’t get anything in the mail doesn’t mean that there isn’t an information document out there that you need to be aware of and report accordingly,” he said.

—Be sure to record all of your income.

If you worked more than one job in 2023, you’ll need the W-2 forms for each.

What about the Child Income Credit?
Last month, Congress announced a bipartisan deal to expand the child tax credit. The tax credit is $2,000 per kid, with just $1,600 refundable. The plan would gradually boost the maximum refundable child tax credit to $1,800 for 2023 tax returns, $1,900 the following year, and $2,000 for 2025 tax returns.

According to the Centre for Budget and Policy Priorities, if this deal is implemented, around 16 million low-income children will benefit from expanding the child tax credit. Lawmakers hope to move this bill as quickly as feasible.

What if I make a mistake?

Mistakes happen, and the IRS takes a different response in each case. In general, if you make a mistake or leave something out of your tax returns, the IRS will audit you, according to Alev. An audit indicates that the IRS will ask for additional documentation.

“Generally, they are quite understanding and willing to collaborate with others. “You won’t be arrested if you type in the wrong field,” Alev stated.

What if it has been years since I filed?

You can file taxes late; if you were expecting a refund, you may still receive it. If you last filed years ago and owe money to the IRS, you may face penalties, but the agency can work with you to set up payment plans.

How Can I Avoid Scams?

Tax season is a perfect time for tax scams, according to O’Saben. These frauds can be delivered via phone, text, email, or social media. The IRS does not use any of these methods to reach taxpayers.

Tax preparers can sometimes be fraud perpetrators, so ask many questions. According to O’Saben, this could be a warning sign if a tax preparer tells you you will receive a greater refund than in past years.

If you need help seeing what your tax preparer is doing, request a copy of the tax return and ask questions about each entry.

How long should I keep copies of my tax returns?
It’s usually a good idea to preserve a record of your tax returns in case the IRS audits you on something you reported years ago. O’Saben recommends retaining copies of your tax returns for up to seven years.

How Do I File a Tax Extension?
You can request an extension if you run out of time to file your tax return. However, remember that the extension only allows you to file your taxes, not pay them. Pay an estimated amount before the deadline to avoid penalties and interest if you owe taxes. If you expect a refund, you will still get it when you file your taxes.

Filing an extension gives you till October 15 to file your taxes. You can file for an extension using your preferred tax software or preparer, the IRS Free File tool, or by mail.

What happens if you file your taxes late?
You may face several fines if you miss the tax deadline and do not file for an extension. If you miss the deadline, you may face a failure-to-file penalty. According to the IRS, the penalty will be 5% of the unpaid taxes for each month the tax return is late.

You will face a failure-to-pay penalty if you owe taxes and fail by the deadline. Interest will be levied on both outstanding taxes and penalties. If you are eligible for a refund, you will not be penalised and will get your tax return payment. If you had unusual circumstances that prevented you from filing or paying your taxes on time, you may be entitled to waive or decrease your penalty.

You can apply for a payment plan if you owe too much in taxes. Payment options will allow you to repay over time


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