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PAUL ROSENZWEIG: What Do the Jan. 6th Committee’s Criminal Referrals Mean for the Special Counsel Investigation?
“What do we do now?” So asks Senator-elect Bill McKay, portrayed by Robert Redford, at the end of “The Candidate” when he wins an unlikely election victory. He has only just realized that his victory is not the end, but merely the end of the beginning. He has never thought about what comes next.
That sense of uncertainty surely must resonate after the House January 6th Committee issued its final report and referred Donald Trump (and several others) to the Department of Justice for prosecution. The question many observers have is what the Department of Justice should and will do with the referrals, and Jack Smith, the special counsel overseeing the investigation into Trump’s 2020 election schemes, might be asking himself the same questions.
Putin likes to say the West is weak, but he isn’t even fighting NATO, and he’s losing. But the war in Ukraine is at a transition point — and Russia, with a new commander, will emerge from the winter still dangerous. Gen. Mick Ryan joins guest host Ben Parker today.
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BRENT ORRELL: At the Well with the Loveladies.
In John 4, Jesus goes out of his way to bridge the most important social, political, and religious divide of his age: the alienation between Jews and the Samaritans, the departed brethren of Israel. In his conversation with the Samaritan woman, we see Jesus and the “bad” Samaritan, who is not only a heretic but also either an adulteress or a prostitute. At the conclusion of the dialogue, the woman rushes to her village to tell her neighbors of “a man who told me everything I ever did.”
MONA CHAREN: The Naysayers are Wrong. Fusion Will Change the World.
A government laboratory, after decades of tireless effort and many a disappointment, announces that it has achieved the holy grail of green energy—nuclear fusion ignition! And the response has been . . . a damp squib.
A reporter at the Guardian sniffed that what happened at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was a “milestone event but not a major one.” Yes, he agrees, “nuclear fusion would have a beneficial impact on our planet by liberating vast amounts of energy without generating high levels of carbon emissions and would be an undoubted boost in the battle against climate change.” So why not cheer? Apparently because failures and hoaxers have claimed breakthroughs in the past that didn’t pan out. Sir John Cockcroft claimed in 1958 that he had achieved success with his Zeta fusion project when he hadn’t. And in 1989, Martin Fleishmann and Stanley Pons told the world they’d achieved “cold fusion” in a laboratory but they turned out to be either frauds or self-deluded. Their experiment was never replicated.
Update from the boat… Participated in sports trivia, which had no monetary prize. We got smoked. Brief beach time and a lament I was out of practice on snorkeling, because it would have been cool to see one of the old subs from the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride of my youth.
32 years ago tonight… Kevin McAllister told his mom: “I hope I never see any of you jerks again” and somehow, got his wish. Sort of.
Visions of sugar plums… and election reform and a stocking full of good candidates. Our friend Lynn Schmidt in the Post-Dispatch.
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