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Highly Instructive

So it turns out Times editor Dean Baquet refused to publish the Clinton campaign's push back email about the egregiously botched "criminal referral" story the paper published. I'm not going to get on the outrage bandwagon over that. This is high stakes Kabuki on both sides. The Clinton campaign may actually be happy they refused to publish - a better story than having their letter published in the paper.

But ... there's still something highly instructive we can draw from this. It is a really good object lesson on how much more wildly the Times gets played by Republicans than it ever does by Democrats. Fox and the RNC wouldn't be playing them like a fiddle at this point.

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You Have to See This

I'm not sure you can really understand American politics until you watch this short video of a focus group of Trump supporters from New Hampshire. Just watch.

Welcome to the Culture War in Roswell, NM

You may think Roswell is just about UFO culture tied to the alleged incident in 1947. But there's trouble brewing between the town's UFO industry and the growing population of conservative Christians who among other things believe the alien abductions that happen so often in town are actually carried out or fed into people's minds by Satan's minions.

"I had these stereotypical alien abduction experiences when I was a kid,” Guy Malone tells me. “Little creatures with big black eyes were raping me and trying to eat me and trying to operate on me.”

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In the Closet in Early America

Yesterday we posted this fascinating story about the discovery of four graves of some of the top leaders of the Jamestown settlement - the first major and permanent English settlement in North America and the origin point of the Virginia colony and later State of Virginia. But as many have already noted, the issue of real historical, as opposed to antiquarian, significance is the discovery of a small Catholic reliquary in the grave of Captain Gabriel Archer, one of the leaders of the early settlement and a rival of the far better known Captain John Smith, who is often credited with saving the colony in its bleak first years and - less known - was later a key explorer of what became New England.

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