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IN A SURPRISING TURN, Thursday’s legal cliffhanger was not the highly anticipated indictment of Donald Trump over his involvement in the attempt to thwart the peaceful transfer of presidential power following the 2020 election culminating in the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Instead, Special Counsel Jack Smith filed a “superseding” indictment—a new indictment that revises one that was previously filed—in the case pending in Florida against Trump and his aide, Waltine Nauta.
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PETER BLAIR: Is Religion Necessary to Make Life Meaningful?
IS RELIGIOUS COMMITMENT PHILOSOPHICALLY defensible? That ancient question receives a fresh but somewhat overreaching treatment in Zena Hitz’s A Philosopher Looks at the Religious Life, the latest entry in a Cambridge series of short “personal and philosophical” reflections by professional philosophers on topics that have previously included “sport,” “work,” and “digital communication.”
Happy extra hot Friday! Whatever your weekend plans are, stay safe! I’ve got loads of (indoor) activities planned now that the AC’s on the mend, at least temporarily.
In local news… Invasive hammerhead worms are popping up in the D.C. area. Here’s how to kill them and stop their spread.
…and in my neck of the woods… A failed Congressional candidate, eyeing Tim Kaine’s Senate seat, is worried about California “witchcraft” coming to Virginia. (Cao, a Vietnamese born Navy Vet, also identifies as “African American. Because he “grew up in Africa, too.”)
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#BaggageFreeGOP… Former Trump voters are making appeals to fellow Republicans on why he shouldn’t be the nominee in 2024. If anyone you know has soured on Trump, send this to them. If they haven’t, send a video to them.
Rep. James turns on DeSantis… The Michigan Congressman went after #TopGov for targeting 40% of Congress’s Black Republicans for not absolutely loving his state’s educational changes.
Republicans like the hate DeSantis is selling…. They just don't like him.
Megyn Kelly skewers DeSantis… Over his Disney retaliation.
Rep. Roy throws shade at Rep. Van Orden… For his inappropriate outburst at Senate pages.
Hunter Biden and the Fog of War… Ken White (Popehat) on “What We Don’t Know About Why The Hunter Biden Plea Deal Blew Up.”
Spanberger for Governor? The Virginia Democrat is considering running in 2025. I think she’ll be a formidable candidate. (Flashback: I covered her race against Yesli Vega last fall.)
The Russians are having ammo supply shortages… And are turning to… North Korea?
Robinson v. Rufo… The Socialist editor of Current Affairs sits down with architect of the right’s attack on CRT for a wide ranging debate.
Conservatives Are Having an Epic Argument About Capitalism... Too Bad the Campaigns Are Ignoring It.
The new conservative arguments… for an un-modern America.
I’m sure the numbers 14 and 88 were purely coincidental… In RFK’s Jr.’s bizarre plea for Secret Service protection.
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