I didn’t mention this last weekend, but David Fincher’s Zodiac is quite good—a tightly controlled, obsessively detailed journalistic procedural that works as an inversion of the serial killer thriller paradigm that Fincher helped set up in Seven. Fincher’s known in large part for his bold, uncompromising endings: the final twists in Fight Club and The Game, the downers that closed out Alien 3 and Seven. In Zodiac, he avoids high-intensity revelations and instead sticks to the maddening, unsatisfying truth. It’s a lesson that every historian and journalist quickly learns: that sometimes all the information in the world won’t actually tell you what happened. For those who want to read more, Matt Zoller Seitz has a very sharp review at The House Next Door.
A "ballot broker" boasts about keeping hundreds of absentee ballots in his car trunk. He brags about them being filled in by people other than the voters. Often, money changes hands. Witnesses tie the rampant fraud to the campaign chairman of a prominent member of the radical “squad” in the U.S. House. Loose ... Read More
Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, has accepted Donald Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court. If confirmed, this highly accomplished jurist, professor, and former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia will be the only mother on the Court and the first mother of school-aged children ... Read More
This largely stitches together footage that was already public, but there are some new details as well, and it's also worth watching because it thoroughly explains the defense's narrative of the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av-L5FB6k3E One thing that's become slightly clearer since I previously ... Read More
Lindsey Graham Hints There is ‘More Damning’ Information about the Russia Investigation to be Released
Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) on Sunday said to “stay tuned” for more “damning” information after he released records showing the main source for the Steele dossier had previously been the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation for his connections with Russian intelligence. "There’s ... Read More
Efforts to browbeat conservative justices into recusing themselves from any important Supreme Court case are standard fare from liberals and progressives these days (a tactic Donald Trump has aped by demanding that Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg recuse themselves over criticisms of him, in Sotomayor's case in ... Read More