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Man sentenced to six years in prison in foiled plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer

Ty Garbin, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges earlier this year in an alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday, according to AP.

Why it matters: It's the first prison sentence handed down in the case. Prosecutors are signaling to the other defendants awaiting trial that Garbin has shared many details about the plan while cooperating with investigators.

The FBI said last October it disrupted a plot to violently overthrow Michigan's government by kidnapping Whitmer.

  • At the time, she had been heavily criticized by right-wing groups for implementing strict restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were also charged in the conspiracy plot.
  • Garbin said in his plea agreement that he and the other men trained for the operation at his property near Luther, Michigan, and constructed structure that resemble Whitmer’s vacation home in Antrim County, according to AP.

The big picture: After the plot was foiled,Whitmer said former President Trump was partly responsible for fomenting anger against her coronavirus restrictions and for not strongly denouncing far-right extremist groups.

  • Trump faced criticism for encouraging the protests and calling on Whitmer to "give a little," tweeting at one point: "LIBERATE MICHIGAN."
  • Another seven men associated with the militia group Wolverine Watchmen were charged by Michigan's attorney general for training with Garbin and the others for a plot to attack the state Capitol building.

Go deeper: ODNI says U.S. faces "heightened threat" from domestic extremism

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Hurricane Ida exposes America's precarious energy infrastructure

The powerful hurricane that plunged New Orleans into darkness for what could be weeks is the latest sign that U.S. power systems are not ready for a warmer, more volatile world.

The big picture: “Our current infrastructure is not adequate when it comes to these kinds of weather extremes,” Joshua Rhodes, a University of Texas energy expert, tells Axios.

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"We must go further": 70% of adults in European Union are fully vaccinated

About 70% of adults in the European Union are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, said Tuesday.

Why it matters: The milestone makes the E.U. one of the world's leaders in inoculations, after an initially lagging vaccine campaign, the New York Times notes.

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What Elizabeth Holmes jurors will be asked ahead of fraud trial

Jury selection begins today in USA v. Elizabeth Holmes, with the actual jury trial to get underway on Sept. 8.

Why it matters: Theranos was the biggest fraud in Silicon Valley history, putting both hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of patients' health at risk.

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