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Contempt charge vs. Bannon

STEVE BANNON (center with blue shirt and yellow tie) watches as President Donald Trump signs an executive order in 2017 (White House photo).

Steve Bannon, the onetime flamboyant senior aide to former president Donald Trump, was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury for contempt of Congress for refusing to testify or provide documents relative to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

According to The New York Times, Bannon was expected to surrender to authorities on Monday and appear before a federal judge afterwards.

Additionally, it was reported that Mark Meadows, former chief of staff for Trump, had missed a deadline on Friday to comply with requests for information from the House committee investigating the violent assault on the certification of the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president.

Biden, Chinese president to “meet”

XI JINPING (Wikipedia).

U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet virtually on Monday, according to United Press International. The electronic conference will take place after they both appear virtually at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting.

China and the U.S. are leading trade partners to each other and are the nations responsible for the greatest volume of fossil fuel consumption, considered by scientists to be principally responsible for climate change, including global warming.

Also in the news

  • The conservatorship of Britney Spears’ life, career and money was ended on Friday. For almost 14 years, her father was in charge after what’s been described as “mental health struggles” on the part of the pop singer.

Sports: Gruden takes gridiron fight to court

JON GRUDEN (Wikipedia)

Jon Gruden, former coach of the Las Vegas Raiders who quit his job when controversial language was revealed from his past e-mails, is suing the National Football League and commissioner Roger Goodell over his departure.

According to Sports Illustrated, the lawsuit is for “a malicious and orchestrated campaign” to ruin his career and reputation.

The legal complaint alleges that the league “selectively leaked” the e-mails to news organizations to force him to quit or be fired. The problematic e-mails includes remarks that have been called racist, anti-women and anti-gay.

There’s been no immediate response from the league.

Weather:  Heat is on its way out

The heat wave that hit West Orange County on Thursday and Friday will start to fade on Saturday as daytime highs drop from the 90s into the mid-80s. The forecast calls for a daytime high on Saturday of 86 (56 overnight) with sunny skies, followed by more sun and a high of 83 (56) on Sunday. Clouds will start to move in on Monday and the rest of the week will cool into the high 60s. In coastal Huntington Beach, Saturday will see a daytime high of 83, dropping to 79 on Sunday and 75 on Monday.


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