Daywatch: Key takeaways from the opening statements in Donald Trump’s hush money trial

Good morning, Chicago.

Monday’s opening statements in the first criminal trial of a former American president provided a clear roadmap of how prosecutors will try to make the case that Donald Trump broke the law, and how the defense plans to fight the charges on multiple fronts.

Lawyers presented dueling narratives as jurors got their first glimpse into the prosecution accusing Trump of falsifying business records as part of a scheme to squelch negative stories about him during his 2016 presidential campaign. Here’s a look at some key takeaways from opening statements.

Today in the trial, a longtime tabloid publisher is expected to tell jurors about his efforts to help Donald Trump stifle unflattering stories during the 2016 campaign as testimony resumes.

Also today, prosecutors are expected to tell a judge that Trump should be held in contempt over a series of posts on his Truth Social platform that they say violated an earlier gag order barring him from attacking witnesses in the case. Trump’s lawyers deny that he broke the order.

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Senators show confidence in Johnson’s O’Hare rebuild plan

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Jury finds tenant guilty of dismembering beloved Rogers Park landlord

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The pandemic exposed staff shortages at nursing homes. A new White House push aims for a remedy.

Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday said the first rule to set minimum staffing levels at federally funded nursing homes and require that a certain portion of the taxpayer dollars they receive go toward wages for care workers is a long-overdue “milestone” that recognizes their value to society.

Harris announced the rules in Washington before she flew to LaCrosse, Wisconsin, to meet with nursing home care employees. In the battleground state, the Democratic vice president also held a campaign event focused on abortion rights.

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Schools and environmental groups across the Far South Side mobilized for the holiday Monday, organizing trash pickups and cleanups. Davis was joined by more than 50 volunteers picking up trash down Hazel Johnson EJ Way in the Riverdale neighborhood, while more than 100 students gathered in neighboring Roseland, working down 111th Street.

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