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David Kurtz is TPM's executive editor and Washington Bureau chief. He oversees the news operations of TPM.
Trump’s Cult Of Death

You’ve really got to see what’s been going on at The Federalist during the pandemic. It’s the leading progenitor of the “there are things worse than death” approach to defending Trump’s COVID-19 debacle. Matt Shuham did the heavy lifting of sifting through its coverage so you don’t have to. Must read.

Whoa, Part II

FBI agents executed a search warrant Wednesday night at the Washington, DC-area home of Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), the LA Times reports. They reportedly seized Burr’s cell phone as part of their investigation of stock trades he made while getting COVID-19 briefings as chairman of the Senate intel committee. The stock trades occurred before the full scope of the pandemic threat was publicly known in the United States.

WHOA

Federal judge in Mike Flynn case appoints retired judge to brief him on whether Flynn should be held in criminal contempt for perjury. 

That Did NOT Go Well For the House Prime Badge

We’ll have more coming soon that takes up the points TPM Reader SS raises here about the oral arguments in the Mazars/Deutsche Bank cases:

I found the livestream of the arguments fascinating.  I also found, somewhat disturbingly, that none of the commentators/blogs/websites that I follow (all of a liberal bent, so to speak) seemed to speak to what I thought was the main weakness of Congress’ case.  (Note: while I’m not a practicing lawyer, I was, at one point, a member of the DC Bar).
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So Much At Stake

Follow our coverage of the Supreme Court oral arguments this morning in those critical separation of powers cases right here.

Transition Into Greatness!

President Trump just unveiled his unofficial new campaign slogan: Transition Into Greatness! Rolls off the tongue, no?

MAGA recedes into memory. TIG limps to the fore. Big shoes to fill.

Why The Flynn Dismissal Is Way Worse Than A Pardon

No, this is not like a pardon by other means.

The Barr Justice Department’s corrupt abandonment of the prosecution of Michael Flynn after his guilty plea is a graver threat to the rule of law than the presidential pardon we long expected.

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Darkest Of Days At DOJ

The corrupt, unprecedented abandonment of the prosecution of Mike Flynn by the Barr Justice Department – despite having secured a guilty plea – takes your breath away.

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What Are COVID-19’s Long-Term Medical Effects?

Fascinating email from TPM Reader JO, whose personal bio is tailor-made for TPM:

I’m a critical care nurse working in a COVID ICU.  I’ve practiced nursing in a variety of settings, from helping to run an Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia to coordinating mass vaccination campaigns during the H1N1 pandemic.  I’m also a former political professional who really appreciates your insight and analysis.

One thing that I feel is really missing from the public discussion about COVID is the surprisingly high rates of (likely) permanent disability among those who become critically ill.
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Going Once, Going Twice, SOLD

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