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Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses, ex-Scientologists hail new California sex-assault law

 
We’re seeing a lot of people who oppose groups like Scientology and Jehovah’s Witnesses celebrating today after California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 218.

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Is scientific evidence of life on Mars being ignored by NASA?

 
We just caught up with a fascinating article which appeared four days ago at Scientific American.

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What the Trey Gowdy debacle tells us about Trump as a nightmare client

Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

[Regarding this story: Inside Trump’s Botched Attempt to Hire Trey Gowdy]

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Telescope builder in Crimea beat the robot professionals to the comet of the century

[Gennady Borisov and his 25.5-inch telescope, pre-installation]

Twenty-one years ago, we went to the White Sands Missile Range to get the first press tour of a previously top-secret military installation.

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Trump got judge-splained about his tax returns in thorough 134-page appellate opinion

[Judge David S. Tatel]

Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

While the Second Circuit prepares to hear the question of whether New York can subpoena Trump’s tax returns (against Trump’s defense that he’s immune as President), the DC Circuit has just weighed in on whether Congress can subpoena Trump’s tax returns (tl;dr: they can). Whereas the target is same — the tax returns — the legal questions and approach differ due to who is requesting them. The result will probably be the same, however.

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Who was Joe Zaccardi, and why did he kill his family?

[Joe and Deirdre Zaccardi]

When the horrible news began to come out of Abington, Massachusetts, a suburb south of Boston, that a family of five had been found shot to death in their condo, we began watching this story, wanting some answers about how it could happen.

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First sub-2 hour marathon happens, meticulously planned and executed

 
The world is celebrating another major sporting milestone, the first sub-2 hour marathon, run in Vienna by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge in 1:59:40.2.

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It’s worth your time to read Marie Yovanovitch’s statement before the House today

[Marie Yovanovitch]

Attorney Scott Pilutik wrestles with the news of the day, from a lawyerly perspective…

It’s worth your time to read Marie Yovanovitch’s prepared statement before her closed testimony before the House today. She was fired because she had the integrity to stand in the way of a bad-faith investigation Trump and Giuliani wanted opened on Joe Biden. She’s been in the State Dep’t for 30+ years and intuitively understands the nature of corruption. The two guys who helped get her removed were arrested yesterday.

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Shep Smith leaving Fox News not related to Barr-Murdoch meeting

[Shepard Smith]

Media reporter Yashar Ali was frenetically playing whack-a-mole on Twitter this afternoon, trying to get some journalists to stop spreading the idea that Shepard Smith’s sudden and stunning exit from Fox News had anything to do with a meeting the day before between US Attorney General William Barr and Fox News mogul Rupert Murdoch. He was also busy debunking a report that Smith was “escorted” by security out of the building.

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Chinatown street formalism, with noodles

 
We’re big fans of attorney Scott Pilutik’s New York street photography. He posted a stunner today we thought you’d like to see.

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