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FBI Director Christopher Wray throwing cold water on the House GOP’s “weaponization of the federal government” nonsense

More unthinkable violence unfolded in Gaza on Tuesday, this time at a refugee camp. 

Western involvement in the conflict, particularly the outsized role of the United States, has had rippling political consequences. 

In his testimony before the Senate on Tuesday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned, in what some took as an oblique reference to the troubled history of American military actions abroad, “The things that you do on the battlefield, if you’re not thoughtful…could create a resistance to your effort that lasts for generations. And so there is an operational and strategic imperative to make sure that we’re doing the right things as we outline our objectives and prescribe our techniques.”

Happy Halloween! Today marks the end of the Spooky Season. If the thought of celebrating with a scary movie night secretly puts you off your candy corn, Ruined is the podcast for you. Hosted by horror aficionado and Lovett or Leave It head writer Halle Kiefer and her squeamish friend and co-host, Alison Leiby, Ruined unpacks a different horror movie every week. And for those of you like Alison, who are too scared to watch, fear not – Halle will ruin the movie for you! Let Ruined help you survive spooky season with your dignity intact. Listen each week wherever you get your podcasts.

One of our least favorite shadowy billionaires and a shadowy dark-money fundraiser are going to have to go on C-SPAN! Let’s hear it for the boys!!! Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), heads of the Judiciary Committee, announced on Tuesday that they plan to subpoena right-wing megadonor Harlan Crow and right-wing fundraiser Leonard Leo: the two men most instrumental in refashioning the Supreme Court into a kind of hyper-conservative Christian legal Death Star. Both Crow and Leo have been subjects of lengthy and deeply-reported features at nonprofit investigative outlet ProPublica, whose “Friends of the Court” series has focused on the brazen and extensive corruption of arch-conservatives Clarence Thomas and, to a lesser extent, Samuel Alito. 


Perhaps the most alarming discovery made over the course of this reporting is that Supreme Court Justices are uniquely immune from consequences for flouting the ethical and moral standards of their profession. “By accepting these lavish, undisclosed gifts, the justices have enabled their wealthy benefactors and other individuals with business before the Court to gain private access to the justices while preventing public scrutiny of this conduct,” Durbin and Whitehouse wrote in an official Judiciary statement. They also took a not-so-subtle jab at Chief Justice John Roberts (who will probably go down in history as the guy who presided over the end of the Voting Rights Act and the beginning of prosecutions for basic gynecology). “The Chief Justice could fix this problem today and adopt a binding code of conduct. As long as he refuses to act, the Judiciary Committee will.” Let ‘er rip, fellas!

The Senate confirmed Jacob Lew as the next U.S. ambassador to Israel on Tuesday, filling a pivotal post in a 53-43 vote. Lew served as Treasury Secretary during the Obama administration. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rand Paul (R-KY) were the only Republicans who joined all Democrats in voting to confirm Lew. 


Pakistan is moving to expel 1.7 million undocumented migrants from the country, forcing many Afghan refugees to return to Taliban rule. 


The Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday in a pair of cases based in California and Michigan dealing with whether or not public officials can block their critics on social media


Disgraced FTX founder and fraudster billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried concluded his defense testimony in his fraud trial on Tuesday, saying he feels “regret” for not looking into the $8 billion his hedge fund borrowed from his company before it collapsed. Whoopsie-daisy!


A retired Republican state senator from North Dakota, 79-year-old Ray Holmberg, was arrested on Monday and charged with traveling to Europe with the intent of paying for sex with a minor, as well as soliciting images of child sexual abuse. 


Tesla won its first U.S. trial on Tuesday over allegations that its Autopilot feature led to a death. The automaker, led by CEO and our Least Favorite Guy Elon Musk, faces several other similar lawsuits across the country. 

The Screen Actors Guild announced late on Monday night that the union and the studios remain far apart on key issues. The two camps met again on Tuesday.

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The Justice Department urged a federal judge on Tuesday to block a multi-billion dollar acquisition of Spirit Airlines by JetBlue Airways. President Biden’s DOJ argued that the merger will lead to higher fares and fewer flights for consumers, continuing its commitment to enforcing antitrust legislation. 


Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) filled in last-minute to emcee the bipartisan Washington Halloween dog parade after Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) came down with Covid. Man, Romney is really taking this whole “retirement victory lap” to new heights. 

Happy Halloween!! Don’t let the loudest person you know on social media convince you of the “drug-laced candy” myth.

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