Odds and Ends — 9 August 2022

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Coronavirus News, Analysis, and Opinion:

BioNTech and Pfizer to begin clinical trial of vaccine for new Covid variants

Tim Kaine has long Covid. That’s not moving Congress to act.

While Kaine and other Democrats in the House and Senate are pushing for action, they have failed to gain meaningful momentum due to lack of GOP support.

Politics:

“When you strike at a king, you must kill him.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

FBI Search of Trump’s Home Lasted All Day

Raid is part of investigation into former president’s handling of classified information

“We now have confirmation from CNN that the raid was about the 15 boxes of classified documents that Trump took with him to Mar-a-Lago. This is a critical point. This is not tied to the January 6th investigation or the conspiracy that preceded. This is a separate investigation.” — Josh Marshall

18 U.S. Code § 2071 says hello.

(a)Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
(b)Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.

This is just too funny:

DEFUND THE FBI!

— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) August 9, 2022

Even if you don’t read the whole thing, at least read Miley’s draft letter of resignation (about a third of the way into the article). But ideally read the whole thing: Inside the War Between Trump and His Generals

How Mark Milley and others in the Pentagon handled the national-security threat posed by their own Commander-in-Chief.

Wisconsin GOP Voters Demand the Impossible

Trump Wanted His Generals to Be Like Hitler’s

NEW ad running in Georgia from Republican Accountability PAC.

This is the real Herschel Walker. pic.twitter.com/vErPuvOqNw

— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) August 8, 2022

Alex Jones’ Texts Have Been Turned Over

Approximately two years’ worth of text messages sent and received by right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have been turned over to the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection.

Georgia DA rejects Giuliani effort to postpone Aug. 9 grand jury appearance

Russia Starts Stripping Jetliners for Parts

Russian airlines, including state-controlled Aeroflot, are stripping jetliners to secure spare parts they can no longer buy abroad because of Western sanctions.

Can the 2024 Election Be Stolen?

Spy Agencies Pivot Toward China

Biden and top national security officials speak less about counterterrorism and more about the political, economic and military threats posed by China as well as Russia. There’s been a quiet pivot within intelligence agencies, which are moving hundreds of officers to China-focused positions, including some who were previously working on terrorism.

Michigan AG calls for special prosecutor in case now involving her Trump-backed opponent

Nebraska Republicans lack votes to pass 12-week abortion ban

“You’re Gonna Have a Fucking War”: Mark Milley’s Fight to Stop Trump from Striking Iran

The Terrifying Prospect of a Republican War on Antidepressants

What happened to Glenn Greenwald?

Serendipity:

Temperatures Reach 125 Degrees Fahrenheit (51.7°C) in Iraq

Extreme heat is paralyzing Iraq, forcing shutdowns in the overstretched power grid as authorities extend public holidays to protect employees from 125-degree temperatures.
Iraq ranks fifth on the list of countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and it is heating faster than much of the globe.

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