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Trump offers early endorsement for McMaster ahead of 2022 election. Former President Donald Trump on Friday endorsed South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s bid for a second full term in 2022, continuing their years-long alliance in a move to strengthen ties with the early-voting state that Trump won twice. Source: Associated Press

State-owned plane once again in the spotlight. S.C. Republicans have come out critically against House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford for his use of the state-owned plane to fly to conferences with his spouse. Rutherford disputes accusations that the flights were improper. Source: The State

Finding impartial jury proves difficult in trial of ex-cop accused of killing Floyd. Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged in connection with George Floyd’s death. Floyd’s cause of death, and the ex-officer’s use of force are poised to be key issues in the trial. Source: The New York Times

S.C. government waste, corruption revelations confront culture of state. A Post and Courier-led “Uncovered” investigation into local government waste and misconduct has spurred agencies to reconsider their spending practices as South Carolina’s governor and lawmakers call for heightened scrutiny. Source: The Post and Courier

Stimulus bill passes Senate, heads back to House, includes guaranteed income for families with children. President Joe Biden’s stimulus bill is heading back to the House of Representatives for approval. In addition to more stimulus checks, the bill includes a guaranteed income for families with children, establishing the benefit for one year. If it becomes permanent, it could greatly enlarge the safety net for poor and middle class families, supporters say. Source: The New York Times