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Happy first day of autumn!
MAR-A-LAGO DOCS: A federal appeals court overruled a trial judge who had stopped the Justice Department from investigating documents seized at former President Donald Trump's estate that were marked as classified. The panel is allowing the DOJ to move forward with about 100 of these documents while a special master reviews other documents with lower or no classifications.
“ART OF THE STEAL”: The New York Attorney General slapped the former president and the Trump Organization with a fraud lawsuit, accusing them of lying about their net worth to secure better loan terms. The case is civil, so no prison time is on the table, but AG Letitia James called it "the art of the steal" (a play on the title of Trump's book) and wants them to pay at least $250 million, the amount the state claims they benefited by claiming their assets were worth billions more than they actually were. Trump's attorney says the lawsuit is "meritless."
2. ANOTHER RATE HIKE
The Federal Reserve jacked up benchmark interest rates again by another 75 basis points (or 0.75%). It's the third jump of this size and follows several others this year, and Fed Chair Jerome Powell said we should brace ourselves for more, with another 1.25% in increases possibly coming by the end of the year. A housing report showed home prices have plummeted since mortgage rates have been rising, an effect of the Fed hikes, but Powell stressed the importance of getting inflation down to 2%.
3. LIVE FROM THE U.N.
BIDEN SPEAKS: President Joe Biden used his time at the General Assembly podium to rail on Russia for trying to take over Ukraine in a manner that flies in the face of the U.N. charter and for showing "reckless disregard" in its responsibility as a signatory of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. In his full remarks, he said clearly (in case we weren't sure), “We will stand in solidarity against Russia’s aggression. Period."
CLIMATE WEEK: California Gov. Gavin Newsom joined NYC Climate Week to urge leaders to take action against climate change, arguing the extreme weather plaguing the U.S. is a nonpartisan issue. Whereas research shows that a greater percentage of Democrats prioritize climate change mitigation, when faced with extreme weather, partisanship recedes. “When the thermometer says 125, that's not a Democratic thermometer or a Republican device, it’s reality,” Newsom said.
4. LANE SENTENCED
Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane has been sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the death of George Floyd. Lane pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. He appeared at the hearing via video conference from Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Colorado, where he is serving a 2½-year federal sentence for violating Floyd's civil rights.
5. BREATHALYZERS IN ALL CARS
The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for all new vehicles to include alcohol impairment detection systems and/or driver monitoring systems. The final straw was a New Year's Day crash in 2021 in which a drunk driver slammed into a pickup full of people in California, killing nine — including seven children. “Technology could’ve prevented this heartbreaking crash," said the NTSB chair.
6. TACO BELL GOES 'BEYOND'
Taco Bell and Beyond Meat have created a plant-based alternative for one of the quick-service restaurant’s meats. Cheddar News can confirm that Beyond Carne Asada gives customers a meatless option without sacrificing flavor, texture or taste. The product will be available in Dayton, Ohio, starting Oct. 13 in quesadillas, but can be substituted into any meat-based carne asada items for no additional cost.
Fact: Everything tastes great in taco form.
7. BETTY WHITE AUCTION
Starting on Sept. 23, fans of Betty White will have the chance to bid on some of her most prized possessions. Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif., is set to host what could be a "historic auction," according to Martin Nolan, the house's executive director. Some of the hot-ticket items include the script to the pilot episode of The Golden Girls, a director's chair from the show with Betty's name on it, and jewelry. Julien's estimates the auction could generate up to $2 million.
8. IN ENTERTAINMENT
Here are a few of the headlines we've been watching over the last 24 hours. Saturday Night Live revealed its first hosts and musical acts for season 48. Miles Teller, Megan Thee Stallion, Willow and Brendan Gleeson were among those noted. Whitney Houston’s film The Bodyguard will be back in theaters for its 30th anniversary, and the Serial podcast, which first rose to critical acclaim in 2014 for its examination of the controversial Adnan Syed conviction from 1999, has returned with an update episode after going dark in 2018.
9. RARE BOURBON INSIDE JOB
A Virginia man pleaded guilty this week as the inside guy in a scheme to make money off of bourbon aficionados. Another man has also been charged in the plan that had people paying $20 per month to find out early where rare bourbons would be dropping. For a country that has binged on bourbon over the last decade, coming by the good brown stuff is becoming increasingly difficult.
Talk about whiskey sours!
10. BLIND DOG RESCUED
A California woman is singing the praises of the Pasadena Fire Department after the crew rescued her 13-year-old blind dog from a construction site. Cesar apparently wandered into the area and fell into a 15-foot hole. His owner, Mary, was alerted by another one of her dog's incessant barking. It took the crew just over 10 minutes to complete the job and little Cesar left the hole a little dirty but unscathed.
Who let the dogs out? Woof
CAPTAIN AMERICA SAVING THE DAY
There was a Captain America sighting at Cheddquarters this week! Actor Anthony Mackie stopped by to chat about his efforts in rebuilding communities that have been decimated by natural disasters, starting with his hometown of New Orleans. He's partnering with GAF Roofing to repair the homes of at least 500 people. "I'll be out there redoing the roofs and offering people the opportunity to get back in their homes dry and happy," he told Cheddar News.