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In the battleground state of Pennsylvania, where former President Donald Trump lost by 80,000 votes eight months ago, his false claims of a stolen election are finding new signs of life. A Republican state lawmaker, bolstered by support from top Republican candidates for U.S. Senate and governor, has launched a push for a “forensic investigation” of the presidential election results, a review modeled on the widely discredited process underway in Arizona. The effort is likely to face legal challenges and is still limited to three counties, where it is getting pushback. But some Republicans worry that a protracted election audit will damage the party’s credibility with critical swing voters.

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Lordstown Motors, an Ohio manufacturer that has come under scrutiny over the number of orders it claimed it had for the electric trucks that it wants to produce, acknowledged that it has received two subpoenas from federal regulators and that prosecutors in New York have opened an investigation. 

Contractors hired by Arizona Senate Republicans to oversee a partisan review of the 2020 election say that they don’t have enough information to complete their report. Leaders of the GOP audit on Thursday urged legislators to subpoena more records from Maricopa County and to survey voters at home. They spoke to two top Senate Republicans during a public meeting. Senate Republicans in May abandoned plans to canvass homes and ask people about their voting patterns under pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice. The department warned the effort could violate laws against voter intimidation. Former President Donald Trump and other Republicans have made false claims of voter fraud in Joe Biden's victory. 

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The Jacksonville Jaguars say coach Urban Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke were both subpoenaed as part of a federal lawsuit filed in Iowa. Attorneys for Black former players are pursuing a discrimination case. One of the defendants is former Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle, who was hired and quickly fired by the Jaguars earlier this year. The lawsuit accuses Hawkeyes staff of demeaning Black players with racial slurs and other actions. The Jaguars say Meyer and Baalke submitted a written response but have no information that would be relevant to the lawsuit.

Ohio’s consumer utility watchdog is demanding that FirstEnergy Corp. share more information about $4.3 million that was paid to an attorney to end his consulting contract shortly before he became the state’s top utility regulator. Akron-based FirstEnergy disclosed that payment following allegations about a $60 million bribery scheme involving a subsidiary. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel issued subpoenas through the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio late last week for more information about the payment to Sam Randazzo. He became chairman of the PUCO but resigned last year after FBI agents searched his home. Randazzo hasn't been charged. He declined to comment Friday, as did a FirstEnergy spokesperson.

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Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Senate is considering an investigation into how last year’s presidential election was conducted. It's a quest fueled by former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that fraud was behind his loss in Pennsylvania. An Arizona-style “election audit” will face strident opposition from Democrats and, almost certainly, challenges in Pennsylvania’s courts. Senate Republicans have been mostly silent about their internal deliberations. Sen. Doug Mastriano, who has talked of bringing an Arizona-style audit to Pennsylvania, led a private briefing Wednesday for Republican senators. He also solicited legal advice from a Philadelphia-based law firm about using private money to finance consultants and lawyers.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is acting swiftly to launch a new investigation of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. She has chosen a slate of eight lawmakers to serve on a select committee that will have subpoena power. Republicans have the chance to recommend five additional members, but it’s unclear whether they will do so. All but two Republicans voted against creating the committee in a vote this week. Pelosi named one of those Republicans — Liz Cheney of Wyoming — to serve on the committee. The review will be led by Democrat Bennie Thompson of Mississippi.

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Donald Trump’s company and his longtime finance chief have been indicted on charges stemming from a New York investigation into the former president's business dealings. That's according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The charges against the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, remained sealed Wednesday. They were expected to be made public Thursday. Trump has said his company did nothing wrong and derided the investigation as politically motivated. The investigation involved benefits the company gave to top executives, including use of apartments, cars and school tuition.

Officials in Arizona’s largest county plan to stop using voting machines turned over to contractors hired by Republican state senators for a partisan audit of the 2020 election. The Republican-controlled Maricopa County Board of Supervisors agreed Monday with Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who said in May that she would seek to decertify the machines because the county had lost control of them. Senate Republicans issued a subpoena to take control of the machines for the audit that's been condemned by voting rights advocates and election experts. The machines were turned over to contractors led by a consulting firm run by a supporter of former President Donald Trump who has spread false claims about election fraud.