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Love Island Season 8 Episode 52: Will Danica Leave The Villa? Know What’s Next

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Love Island Season 8 Episode 52: Will Danica Leave The Villa? Know What’s Next

Love Island Season 8 Episode 52: It appears that the villa’s most loyal couple will be splitting. They had a great time and decided to get together with their families. Will they be able to stay together? This is a difficult question, considering how they dealt with the previous challenge. Continue reading to learn more. […]



“We know that the Lord God is on our side”

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“We Know That The Lord God Is On Our Side”

ROME – Ukrainian Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said on Saturday that God is on the side of Ukrainians as he always supports the “unjustly wronged.”

As he has done on numerous occasions, Archbishop Shevchuk, head of the Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine, sent a video message recounting the evolution of the war with Russia, which saw its 171st day Saturday.

Over the past two days, Russia launched a massive missile attack on Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, and the city of Zaporizhzhia, killing and injuring many people, the Archbishop noted. It also attacked Ukrainian defenders near the town of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region and at various locations in the Kharkiv and Mykolaiv regions.

Despite the immense suffering of “this unequal and bloody battle with the Russian aggressor,” Shevchuk said, “Ukraine is standing. Ukraine is fighting. Ukraine prays.

He also took the opportunity to thank “God and the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the fact that we found ourselves alive this morning, that we see the light of day and that we can stand in prayer before the face of God. “.

He also thanked “all those people of good will from different countries all over the world who lend a hand to help Ukraine and pray for us”.

In recent days, the Archbishop has drawn attention to the future of post-war Ukraine as well as the need “to forge the key foundations of the renewed Ukrainian state.”

“Because we know the Lord God is on our side. The Lord God is always on the side of those who are unjustly wronged and patient,” he said.

Among the principles of successful state building is “the principle of subsidiarity or personal responsibility and private initiative,” the Archbishop continued.

In state-building, “such subsidiarity means that higher authorities should not monopolize the skills of lower levels of society. And what can be done on a personal, private, public level, high authorities should not reserve it for themselves,” he said.

“So none of us should expect instructions from above to keep our streets clean and orderly in order to improve the lives of our communities,” he added.

As free citizens of a free state, we should feel that Ukraine “will be like you and I are building it,” Shevchuk said. “Nobody will make Ukraine better for us. Nobody will build Ukraine for you and me. And nobody will protect Ukraine for us from the enemy attacking us.

“The Lord God will always bless every good deed and every good enterprise. And we will feel joy from the fact that we, with our own hands, with our personal gifts, contributed to building a flourishing and free Ukrainian state,” he said.

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How the Chicago Bears fared in their preseason debut, with reasons for optimism — and doubt — in each phase

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How The Chicago Bears Fared In Their Preseason Debut, With Reasons For Optimism — And Doubt — In Each Phase

It’s only the preseason, but for first-year Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberflus, Saturday’s 19-14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs felt gratifying.

The day gave Eberflus an opportunity to test many parts of his program and was his first chance to run the entire show on game day. Afterward Eberflus expressed his eagerness to review it all, including the game-day operation and communication, the schemes on both sides of the ball and the performance of his players — from established starters to undrafted rookies clawing to win a roster spot.

The Bears have a quick turnaround this week before heading to Seattle for a Thursday night game against the Seahawks.

The preseason debut showed what to build on and illuminated areas in need of more work. Here’s our three-phase review of Saturday’s game.


Reason for optimism: There were flashes in Justin Fields’ 18 snaps over three series. On third-and-4, Darnell Mooney gained a step on his defender and Fields lofted a ball to the left sideline that only Mooney could leap to grab for a 26-yard completion. One drive later on third-and-9, Tajae Sharpe pulled in a 19-yard pass with one hand.

“We knew we’d have man coverage,” Sharpe said. “We had some pressure on that play. He gave me a go ball and he put it up in a great spot, back shoulder. Gave me a chance to go up and make a play.”

Fields and the Bears need more of those plays this season. He completed just 4 of 7 passes for 48 yards with no touchdowns, but given that he was playing without several starters, the pair of long completions allowed the Bears to leave Soldier Field with some hope.

Eberflus said Fields’ operation was smooth, noting how he hurried to the line to avoid a Chiefs challenge flag at one point. Fields said he is feeling “way more comfortable” with a year of experience. And the Fields-Mooney connection continues to look strong.

Reason for concern: The Bears’ depth of playmakers on offense was a question to begin with, so it’s obviously concerning that five of the most notable sat out with injuries.

Running back David Montgomery, tight end Cole Kmet and wide receivers Byron Pringle, N’Keal Harry and Velus Jones Jr. didn’t play. Eberflus has classified Montgomery, Kmet and Jones as day to day. But they’re still missing key time to build chemistry with Fields.

The Bears punted on all three of Fields’ series, stalling at the Chiefs 43-yard line twice. Eberflus noted a couple of drops that hurt the Bears.

In a stark contrast, the Chiefs offense marched 72 yards in 11 plays for a touchdown on starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ only drive.

Fields classified the Bears performance as “all right,” noting they have to get better at “pretty much everything.”

“There’s always room to improve,” he said. “We’re not perfect at anything.”

Worth noting: Solidifying the offensive line has been a key storyline at camp, and the game provided a look at some of the parts, though maybe not the full starting five.

The Bears gave rookie Braxton Jones the start at left tackle, where he has taken most of the first-team reps in recent practices. The fifth-round pick out of Southern Utah had a promising performance.

Veteran right guard Michael Schofield had the most notable miscue when Chris Jones beat him for one of two sacks of Fields. Eberflus was asked about Fields operating under pressure.

“We’ll look at those plays, where the pressures were, how we can firm it up,” he said. “Was it a situation where we needed to do a better job with our pass sets, whatever that might be. But we’ll get that cleaned up.”

Veteran Riley Reiff, who has taken many reps at first-team right tackle, sat out the game, and the Bears started Larry Borom instead. With center Lucas Patrick continuing his recovery from a hand injury, Sam Mustipher started there. If Patrick recovers in time for the season opener, it will be worth watching to see if the Bears put Mustipher back into competition with Schofield at right guard.


Reason for optimism: You’ve heard of Eberflus’ H.I.T.S. principle by now. So how did it turn out Saturday? Rookie safety Jaquan Brisker certainly checked the box for hustle in the first half, first with an aggressive stop on Chiefs running back Derrick Gore for a 2-yard loss and then two plays later with an instinctive break and a near interception on a Shane Buechele pass over the middle.

Intensity? Fellow rookie Dominique Robinson recorded the first of the defense’s two sacks, coming unblocked off the right edge in the third quarter and smothering Buechele for a loss of 12. Micah-Dew Treadway later sealed the win with a 9-yard sack of Dustin Crum on fourth-and-4 with 1:19 remaining.

Takeaways? The Bears won that battle 2-0, thanks to a Jack Sanborn interception and fumble recovery. Those turnovers led to nine points.

And situational smarts? In the second half, the Bears defense held the Chiefs to 18 total yards, two first downs and zero points.

Reason for concern: Cornerback Kyler Gordon, the team’s top draft pick, was prominently featured on the Gameday program. But Gordon was inactive and has been out for almost two weeks with an undisclosed injury. Adding to the concern, the rookie also missed all of minicamp in June and parts of organized team activities because of injury setbacks.

Gordon’s durability and availability are worth keeping a close eye on for the rest of the month. You can bet Eberflus wants him on the practice field as soon as possible, hoping to get him at least some action in preseason games.

“When players miss time on the grass, the actual playing of the game and working on the fundamentals and techniques, that hurts,” Eberflus said. “That hurts our football team and hurts their development.”

Worth discussing: As the proud new owner of a red challenge flag, Eberflus got his first opportunity to force officials to review a replay early in the second half.

The play in question was a 9-yard completion from Buechele to Josh Gordon right in front of the Bears sideline. With quick and clear communication from above, Eberflus was encouraged to throw the challenge flag as Gordon’s right foot was clearly not in bounds.

Challenge issued. Challenge won. Call overturned. But what happened from there really proved significant.

Forced into third-and-10 rather than third-and-1, Buechele was intercepted by rookie linebacker Sanborn on the next snap. Sanborn’s takeaway gave the Bears a short field, and the offense responded with a quick 27-yard touchdown march for their first points. That’s the ripple effect quality teams master. Shrewd coaching maneuvering leads to better opportunities for success, which frequently lead to big plays, which sometimes lead to touchdowns.

Those are the types of situations Eberflus has been training for as he works to become a sharp in-game coach. They’re also key for teams with a thin margin for error like the Bears. Consider that a small step in the right direction but a good start nonetheless.

Special teams

Reason for optimism: Rookie punter Trenton Gill, a seventh-round pick, had a nice debut, putting three of his seven punts inside the 20-yard line. He had an average of 42.6 yards with a net average of 36.4.

Gill and long snapper Patrick Scales also helped kicker Cairo Santos pick up where he left off last season. When the Bears let longtime punter Pat O’Donnell go in the offseason, Santos lost the holder who helped him during a franchise-record field-goal streak.

But Santos said Gill put his mind at ease the first day they worked together, and he nailed field goals from 20 and 47 yards Saturday plus an extra point.

Reason for concern: The Bears’ first punt return in the first quarter wasn’t ideal. Dazz Newsome muffed the catch. He recovered it at the 14-yard line, but an illegal block above the waist on Jaylon Jones pushed the Bears back to their 7.

The Bears turned to Dante Pettis to return punts next, and he had three fair catches before Chris Finke got some work. Rookie wide receiver Velus Jones Jr., an electric returner at Tennessee, sat out the game with an injury.

Worth noting: Sixth-round pick Trestan Ebner, who returned kickoffs and punts at Baylor, had two kickoff returns for 53 yards, including a 34-yarder to open the game.

He was solid all-around as he fights for a role, but the Bears have other options on kickoff returns, including Jones, running back Khalil Herbert and wide receiver Byron Pringle.


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Afghanistan marks 1 year since Taliban seizure as woes mount – The Denver Post

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Afghanistan Marks 1 Year Since Taliban Seizure As Woes Mount - The Denver Post


KABUL (AP) — The Taliban on Monday marked a year since they seized the Afghan capital of Kabul, a swift takeover that sparked a hasty breakout by the country’s Western-backed leaders, the official sent. plummeting economy and fundamentally transformed the country.

Bearded Taliban fighters, some brandishing rifles or their movement’s white banners, staged small victory parades on foot, bicycle and motorbike through the streets of the capital. A small group marched past the former US Embassy chanting “Long Live Islam” and “Death to America.”

A year after that dramatic day, a lot has changed in Afghanistan. Former insurgents struggle to govern and remain internationally isolated. The economic downturn has plunged millions more Afghans into poverty and even hunger, as the flow of foreign aid has dwindled to a trickle.

Meanwhile, hardliners appear to dominate the Taliban-led government, which has imposed severe restrictions on access to education and jobs for girls and women, despite initial promises from the government. opposite. A year later, teenage girls are still banned from school and women are required to cover themselves from head to toe in public, only their eyes visible.

Some are trying to find ways to prevent education from stagnating for a generation of young women, and underground hostel schools have sprung up.

A year ago, thousands of Afghans rushed to Kabul International Airport to flee the Taliban amid the US military’s chaotic withdrawal from Kabul after 20 years of war – America’s longest conflict.

Some flights resumed relatively quickly after those chaotic days. On Monday, a handful of commercial flights were due to land and take off from a runway which last summer saw Afghan men clinging to the wheels of planes taking off, some falling to their deaths.

Schoolyards were empty on Monday as the Taliban announced a public holiday to mark the day, which they call “the proud day of August 15” and the “one year anniversary of the return to power”.

“Trust in God and the support of the people have brought this great victory and freedom to the country,” wrote Abdul Wahid Rayan, head of the Taliban Bakhtar news agency. “Today, August 15, marks the victory of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan against the US and allied occupation of Afghanistan.”

On the eve of the anniversary, former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani defended what he said was a split-second decision to flee, saying he wanted to avoid the humiliation of surrendering to insurgents. He told CNN that on the morning of August 15, 2021, with the Taliban at the gates of Kabul, he was the last in the presidential palace after his guards disappeared.

Tomas Niklasson, European Union special envoy to Afghanistan, said the bloc of nations remained committed to the Afghan people and to “stability, prosperity and lasting peace in Afghanistan and the region”.

“This will require an inclusive political process with full, equal and meaningful participation of all Afghan men and women and respect for human rights,” Niklasson wrote.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said an international responsibility for Afghanistan remains after NATO’s withdrawal.

“A regime that flouts human rights cannot be recognized under any circumstances,” she said in a statement. “But we must not forget the Afghan people, even a year after the Taliban took power.”


Faiez reported from Islamabad.


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Column: 4 things to watch in the Chicago White Sox-Houston Astros 4-game series — a rematch of last year’s playoffs

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Column: 4 Things To Watch In The Chicago White Sox-Houston Astros 4-Game Series — A Rematch Of Last Year’s Playoffs

The four-game series that begins Monday between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros has many intriguing storylines, including Tuesday’s matchup of the top two American League Cy Young Award contenders in Justin Verlander and Dylan Cease.

It could be a chance for the Sox to prove they’re bona fide contenders. Or it could be another in a series of missed opportunities for an inconsistent team .

Here are four things to watch in the rematch of last year’s AL Division Series.

1. Playoff implications

The defending AL champion Astros are on a season-long roll and bring the league’s best record (75-41) into the showdown on the South Side. They’ve continued to dominate in 2022 in spite of the prolonged absence of Lance McCullers Jr., who returned Saturday to throw six shutout innings in his first start since suffering a strained right flexor tendon in Game 4 of the 2021 ALDS.

The Astros have few flaws. Their starters entered Sunday with the lowest ERA (3.15) in the AL, and the bullpen’s 2.76 ERA was the best in baseball. The offense ranked third in the AL in runs (519) and second in home runs (158).

A first-round playoff bye is virtually a given. The only race the Astros are in is with the New York Yankees for the league’s best record and home-field advantage through the AL playoffs. They’ve gone 39-18 since June 12, pulling ahead of the Yankees, whom they beat 5-2 in the season series.

The Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Sunday to move three games over .500 for the first time since a 6-3 start. They’re 2½ games behind the Cleveland Guardians in the AL Central in spite of themselves.

The Sox also are in a packed wild-card race, though winning the division is paramount because it would ensure home-field advantage in the first-round. The higher-seeded team is awarded all three games in the first round of the new, expanded postseason format.

Though the Sox have had more success on the road than at home, they obviously would prefer to play in front of their fans at Guaranteed Rate Field.

2. Verlander vs. Cease

These matchups are rare in modern baseball, so treasure them while you can.

Verlander, who missed almost two seasons after Tommy John surgery in 2020, is the consensus favorite to capture his third Cy Young Award. At 39 he’s more dominant than ever, leading the majors with 15 wins, a 1.85 ERA and an 0.86 WHIP.

One of Verlander’s three losses came against the Sox on June 18 at Minute Maid Park, where he allowed seven runs (four earned) in 3⅔ innings. Since then he’s 7-0 with a 1.17 ERA.

Cease, 26, leads the majors in strikeouts per nine innings (12.17) and strikeout rate (33%) and has allowed one or no earned runs in his last 14 starts, setting a major-league record (not counting openers). His only flaw is a 10.4% walk rate, worst among qualified starters.

Cease’s 1.96 ERA ranks second to Verlander, yet he curiously was left off the AL All-Star team, a snub that has added to his motivation.

Cease started Game 3 of the ALDS last October but was removed in the second inning of the Sox’s 12-6 win over the Astros. He has been lights out since, keeping the Sox in contention during their up-and-down season.

3. Tony vs. Dusty

The heated rivalry that needs no introduction came alive in the early 2000s, when Dusty Baker managed the Chicago Cubs against Tony La Russa’s St. Louis Cardinals. It has mellowed a bit with age, and both veterans now praise each other almost every time they meet, a mutual respect that has survived some bitter battles over the years.

La Russa has been a human piñata this season, taking heat for the Sox’s inability to play up to expectations. “Fire Tony” chants have been heard the last two months at Guaranteed Rate Field, including Friday when La Russa removed Michael Kopech after six no-hit innings, a move made for Kopech’s own good,

Baker is enjoying a career year and has weathered injuries to McCullers and left fielder Michael Brantley, who is out for the season after shoulder surgery. Baker returned last week from a COVID-19-related absence, saying he watched a lot of Netflix, including a Bob Marley documentary.

La Russa has three World Series rings and is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Baker still is seeking his first championship as a manager, and this could be his last chance.

Whether this will be their last faceoff is unknown.

La Russa, 77, reportedly is signed through 2023, but the 73-year-old Baker signed a one-year contract after taking the Astros to the World Series last year. “I just had some unfinished business to take care of, but we’re close,” he said after signing.

Baker has a 109-106 edge in head-to-head matchups with La Russa, taking two of three in Houston in June.

4. Joe Kelly’s pouty face

The veteran reliever, who was removed from his last appearance with what the Sox termed “lightheadedness,” is infamous in Houston for making a pouty face while walking off the mound in a 2020 game when he pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kelly allegedly threw at Carlos Correa and made the face after striking him out. The animosity stemmed from the Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing scandal.

The pouty face started a benches-clearing incident, earned Kelly an eight-game suspension, and it became a meme that’s still widely shared.

“Everyone knows they’re cheaters,” Kelly said in 2021. “They know they’re cheaters. It’s over. … But now they mess it up by ruining other people’s lives, so they (bleeped) up twice. … When you taint someone’s name to save your own, this is one of the worst things you could probably do. … I think I’ll be irritated forever.”

Rest assured the feeling is mutual.


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Trump: Republicans pressure Garland as intrigue escalates over FBI search for Mar-a-Lago (analysis)

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Trump: Republicans Pressure Garland As Intrigue Escalates Over Fbi Search For Mar-A-Lago (Analysis)

Then on Sunday, several senior Republicans launched a new defense of the ex-president, questioning whether Mar-a-Lago’s material was actually highly sensitive, citing the president’s powers to declassify top-secret information.

Turner’s bet continued to raise questions about whether the Justice Department had gone too far in the extraordinary decision to obtain a search warrant to enter the property of a former president. But it was also just the latest attempt by the GOP to defend Trump, still a hugely powerful force in the party, which ignored key questions such as why a former president had to keep highly sensitive documents.

The GOP’s new approach followed increasingly desperate and baseless claims by Trump, conservative lawmakers and media pundits that the FBI was nothing more than a political enforcement arm. armed for President Joe Biden, that the office could have planted documents during the search to discredit Trump or whatever they had to ask to get the material back. Each of these attacks seemed aimed at distracting Americans from yet more evidence of Trump’s aberrant behavior.

The Republican counterattack also ignores the fact that a federal judge had to agree there was probable cause that a crime had been committed before authorizing the search warrant at Trump’s home.

Previously sealed court documents released on Friday said prosecutors were investigating possible violations of the Espionage Act, Obstruction of Justice and Criminal Handling of Government Records.

“I don’t understand what the purpose was”

While appearing on CNN, Turner sought to overlap his responsibility to show gravity as one of the members of Congress charged with key responsibilities in overseeing the intelligence community with political imperatives within the GOP to defend Trump.

He did not repeat the savage claims about the FBI’s politicization that were pulled from the hip by Republicans who had little knowledge of Trump’s residence material. But Turner has also sought to increase pressure on Attorney General Merrick Garland, who promised last week that the Justice Department would not be deterred from ensuring the rule of law applies to everyone, even former presidents. .

Mar-A-Lago - And Its Owner - Have Long Been Of Concern To Us Intelligence

“Attorney General Garland has to provide these documents… Let’s see them,” Turner told CNN’s Brianna Keilar of the evidence used by the Justice Department to justify a search of Trump’s home. “And then we can tell you what our response is and what our judgment is as to whether or not this is a genuine national security threat or whether or not this is an abuse of power on the part of Attorney General Garland.”

Turner wondered if the documents taken from Mar-a-Lago were really still classified, despite their descriptions on a receipt left for Trump by the FBI that suggested they were.

“The receipt shows that this material was marked as such. It does not mean that it currently is,” Turner said.

Republican Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota also suggested the Justice Department could clarify some issues regarding the search by releasing an affidavit used to substantiate the search, which remains sealed.

“I think it would be good for the Department of Justice to release some of the information about the extraordinary steps, or the steps they took to try to cooperate with the former president,” Rounds said on “Meet the Press. from NBC.

“I also think it will call into question an unspoken constitutional question, which is whether or not a president can declassify or classify certain items,” Rounds said.

Presidents have substantial powers to declassify information. But ex-presidents don’t. And there is so far no clear evidence of a process undertaken by Trump to officially declassify the documents while in office. And even if the material had been declassified, possible lax storage arrangements at his residence could have posed a threat to national security. Furthermore, none of the three laws cited in the criminal warrant depend solely on whether the information was deemed unclassified, which may render the point of declassification somewhat irrelevant anyway.

It is also unclear why a former president needed such information.

“What was the motivation for hoarding them, moving them to Mar-a-Lago?” James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, said on CNN’s “Newsroom” on Saturday. “I don’t understand what the purpose was. I mean, you know, the imagination can run wild here as to what the potential purpose or motivations could have been.”

New potential legal exposure for Trump’s team

The question of why the Justice Department thought it was justified in sending the FBI to Mar-a-Lago is perhaps the most important outstanding question – and could be clarified by new reports on the Trump’s legal team.

Two sources familiar with the matter said one of Trump’s attorneys claimed in June that there was no longer any classified information stored at the residence. The National Archives, which is responsible for collecting and sorting presidential material, previously said that at least 15 boxes of White House files were recovered from Mar-a-Lago, some of which were classified, ahead of the batch that was removed last week.

Trump's attorney claims no classified documents are at Mar-a-Lago in signed letter to Justice Department
Trump's Attorney Claims No Classified Documents Are At Mar-A-Lago In Signed Letter To Justice Department

The letter signed by the lawyer raised the question of how many people could be exposed to legal action if the information collected from the station last week was indeed classified. And that might help explain why obstruction of justice is one of the possible criminal offenses mentioned in the search warrant.

“I don’t know if whoever sent that letter had personal knowledge of the actual scenario,” said Carrie Cordero, a former senior Justice Department official who is now CNN’s legal and national security analyst.

“But I think it indicates that there are more people than the former president who potentially have legal exposure here.”

The political impact of research increases

A week after the FBI operation, the political repercussions are only growing. Republicans’ outburst of fury and savage claims that Biden was leading a police state reaffirmed that the horror of the U.S. Capitol insurrection has done nothing to hold back Trump supporters, including some GOP leaders. The conservative backlash has led to threats against the judge handling the case and FBI agents, suggesting violence still simmers beneath the surface in a country deeply and dangerously divided.

The past week has also shown Trump’s trademark ability to tarnish government institutions designed to bolster the rule of law and counter the power of presidents (and ex-presidents) who resent following the rules. His conduct is often so free that attempts by power centers like the Justice Department to hold him accountable lead them into treacherous political waters that cause Trump to make wild claims about a plot against him. This sense of victimhood is one of the key ingredients to his grip on the Republican Party and will certainly become central to his growing clash with the Justice Department.

The Fbi Is Investigating

And the events of the past week — and the willingness of much of the Republican Party to come to Trump’s defense, even at the risk of inciting violence — have provided a glimpse of the national trauma that could arise if Trump was charged in this investigation. or in other criminal investigations into his conduct. This includes several investigations related to his attempt to overturn the 2020 election and halt the peaceful transfer of power based on his voter fraud lies, which have been dismissed by multiple courts.

As the legal issues widen, the political impact of the search of Trump’s residence also worsens. Immediately after what was an unprecedented move against an ex-president, Trump provoked a backlash that supercharged his likely 2024 presidential effort. And the wave of Republican outrage convinced potential rivals for the GOP nomination, like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence, to support him and criticize the FBI research.

Yet Trump’s return to the headlines has reminded many Americans of the angst and polarization that has alienated the broader national electorate and cost them the 2020 election. extraordinary series of criminal, civil and congressional investigations hanging over the former president’s head that would be catastrophic for any normal political candidate.

The Trump controversy has also had another political effect: It has overshadowed Biden’s best week as president so far, which was capped by the passage of his landmark climate and health care package.

But Biden’s success won’t be judged on the past week alone. The real test of his momentum will come in the midterm elections in November that Democrats have feared. But the juxtaposition between Biden’s progress — who has now given vulnerable Democrats more to campaign for during this August hiatus — and Trump’s escalating legal troubles promises to become an early point of comparison in their eventual rematch. of 2024 at the White House.


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Ravens rookie OT Daniel Faalele, who spent the summer at the team facility, is coming along by ‘leaps and bounds’

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Ravens Rookie Ot Daniel Faalele, Who Spent The Summer At The Team Facility, Is Coming Along By ‘Leaps And Bounds’

Ravens rookie offensive tackle Daniel Faalele knew the NFL was going to be harder than the college. But one thing he wasn’t prepared for was the Maryland weather.

“I didn’t expect Baltimore to be this humid,” joked Faalele, a fourth-round draft pick in April.

To better handle the grueling summer practices, Faaelele spent the six-week break between mandatory minicamp and training camp at the team’s facility in Owings Mills. The extra preparation appears to have helped the lineman, as offensive coordinator Greg Roman said the former Minnesota standout is coming along by “leaps and bounds.”

“I’m really happy with him,” Roman said. “I think he took a step by staying here after our offseason program and working with our strength and conditioning staff and whatnot here. I really think that allowed him to come into training camp in much better shape, and ready to compete.”

Roman said Faalele’s decision to stay showed maturity and a willingness to compete immediately at the highest level. “An arrow up for him,” he added.

For Faalele, it was a way to show he was committed to himself and his teammates. Although the workouts were tough, he said the work he put in helped him pass the team’s conditioning test at the start of camp.

Faaelele, who grew up in Melbourne, Australia, is an imposing figure. The former rugby player is one of the biggest players in the league, standing at 6 feet 8 and weighing 380 pounds. Some lineman of that size have difficulty bending and adjusting to the speed of the NFL. Roman, however, isn’t worried about that.

“I have to be honest with you, with Daniel, he’s not stiff at all,” Roman said. “He’s very flexible; he bends well. He can play with a flat back for a guy his size, which is fairly remarkable. He has excellent feet. He has to continue to work and learn how to play this game at this level.”

During the Ravens’ 23-10 preseason victory over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Faalele crossed a personal milestone by playing in his first NFL game. He said the game and his performance — he played 63 snaps, the second most on the team, and cleared the way for running back Mike Davis to score a 4-yard touchdown in the first quarter — gave him confidence that the work he’s putting in is paying off.

“I was able to get more comfortable with the game and how it flows,” he said.

Faalele mentioned his biggest takeaway from his debut was that he wants to have a lower pad level, especially in the run game. “I felt like I wasn’t using all my strength and power to displace the linemen in combinations and stuff,” he said. “So, [I will] definitely take that moving forward.”

Roman said Faalele is like other rookies, as he still has a lot to learn, but he’s shown so far enough to get Roman excited about his potential within the offensive line.

“When we get him and another one of our big guys double-teaming a three-technique … Warms my heart,” Roman said.


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