What do you say to a billionaire who doesn’t pay his bills? A Colorado judge says vacate the premises

Gilead

Twitter


Fig. 1. “Elon Musk shared a video of his entrance on his Twitter account.” Photograph attributed to Elon Musk, October 26, 2022, via the New York Post,[1] fair use.

Elon Musk isn’t paying his bills in Colorado.[2]

Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, “Boulder landlord succeeds in evicting Twitter over unpaid rent,” Denver Post, June 14, 2023, https://www.denverpost.com/2023/06/14/boulder-twitter-eviction-unpaid-rent/

White Christian nationalism


Fig. 2. If one weighs by geography rather than population, Pennsylvania is very much a white Christian nationalist kind of place. Photograph by author, January 5, 2023.

If secession doesn’t work, I suppose there’s always the “constitutional county” movement. Think “Oath Keepers” or “constitutional sheriff” but with the the official imprimatur of local government.

When these [“constitutional county” or “Second Amendment sanctuary”] resolutions instruct county police not to enforce certain laws, such as red flag laws that allow the confiscation of firearms from certain people, they violate Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution. Article 6 declares that the Constitution itself and federal laws are “the supreme Law of the Land” and cannot be overruled or superseded by state laws or laws at lower levels of government.[3]

John E. Finn, “How ‘constitutional county’ declarations undermine the Constitution – a legal scholar explains,” Conversation, June 15, 2023, https://theconversation.com/how-constitutional-county-declarations-undermine-the-constitution-a-legal-scholar-explains-206834

Speaker of the House of Representatives, 2023


Fig. 3. Photograph credited to Office of Congressman Kevin McCarthy, date inconsistent with title but given as November 9, 2022, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

Kevin McCarthy has lost control of House Republicans. That’s one takeaway, at least, from the truce the embattled speaker of the House reached with the Freedom Caucus earlier this week. Yes, that deal—spurred by a rebellion from McCarthy’s right flank in response to the budget deal he reached with President Joe Biden late last month—technically means that the House can return to normal business. (Normal business, in this instance, means symbolic votes about gas stoves—literally.) But it also spells serious trouble, both for McCarthy and the country.[4]

What you really need to know here is that the House of Representatives Freedom Caucus is still throwing a temper tantrum and it could deprive Kevin McCarthy of the speakership. And it could derail a federal budget later this year.[5] All of this, of course, would be little surprise given the lengths McCarthy had to go to to win the speakership in the first place.[6] But after the debt deal[7]—okay, this is embarrassing in retrospect—I thought perhaps McCarthy and his dissidents might manage to keep it together. This wasn’t actually clear even at the time—and still isn’t.[8]

Alex Shephard, “Kevin McCarthy Is Losing His Grip on House Republicans—and Power,” New Republic, June 15, 2023, https://newrepublic.com/article/173658/kevin-mccarthy-losing-grip-house-republicansand-power

Abortion


Fig. 4. Sign at demonstration in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, May 3, 2022. Janni Rye, via Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

Tori Otten, “N.C. Lawmaker Pretends She Never Got an Abortion After Switching Parties to Pass Abortion Ban,” New Republic, June 15, 2023, https://newrepublic.com/post/173680/north-carolinas-party-switching-lawmaker-helped-ban-abortion-now-pretends-never-got-one

Donald Trump

Coup attempt


Fig. 5. “Jake Angeli (Qanon Shaman), seen holding a Qanon sign at the intersection of Bell Rd and 75th Ave in Peoria, Arizona, on 2020 October 15.” Photography by TheUnseen011101 [pseud.], October 15, 2020, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

Trump has built a political juggernaut out of shameless lying. Or perhaps not even lying. It’s practically a cliché at this point to refer to the philosopher Harry Frankfurt’s definition of bullshit, which Frankfurt describes as distinct from, and worse than, a lie, in that the bullshitter doesn’t even care whether or not what he’s saying is true. Trump is a consummate bullshitter—but the courtroom is an inhospitable place for that sort of bluster. It’s an environment designed for careful, systematic evaluation of meaning and argument. In court, Trump is no longer on his home turf. In that sense, the Mar-a-Lago indictment represents the latest collision between the legal system and Trump’s insistence on defining the terms of his own reality.[9]

Mr. [Donald] Trump is in the position of waging a presidential campaign and preparing a defense at the same time. Complicating matters, he has been forbidden from discussing the latter with a number of people who could presumably help him with the former, some of whom are no doubt wondering who is saying what to the government as they go about their jobs.

In court in Miami on Tuesday, the federal magistrate judge who handled Mr. Trump’s arraignment ordered the former president not to discuss the case with his co-defendant and personal aide, Walt Nauta, saying that any communications about it would have to go through their lawyers.

The judge also made clear that he did not want Mr. Trump talking about the facts in his indictment with any potential witnesses, leading prosecutors to agree to provide him and his lawyers with a further list of people with whom he would have to be careful in conversation.[10]

Imagine working for such a man as Donald Trump, possibly having done or witnessed illegal things at his behest, and wondering what your co-workers are telling prosecutors.[11]

[Walt Nauta] is just the latest in a long line of lackeys who have faced ruin, thanks to their close ties to [Donald] Trump. Some are low-level employees like Nauta, while others are well-paid professionals, like attorney Michael Cohen or former Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg, both of whom ended up in prison as a result of their loyalty.

What they all have in common is that they have weak personalities and were easily seduced by Trump into doing his bidding, even when they knew that what he was asking them to do was immoral or illegal, or both.

Trump is a predator: He hunts for people he can convince to commit crimes — and then do jail time — on his behalf. Then he moves on, leaving the wreckage of their lives behind.

But each Trump lackey is a stand-in for the entire GOP, which has surrendered its soul to Donald Trump. The Republican Party today is dominated by insipid personalities easily swayed by Trump’s demagoguery and eager to be told what to do by an autocrat.[12]

The provision that Mr. [Donald] Trump not discuss the case with potential witnesses could be difficult to enforce, given that Mr. Trump’s speaking style is often ungovernable. It could be especially challenging with regard to Mr. [Walt] Nauta, whose job is to trail the former president, day in and day out, catering to his every minor need.[13]

[Donald] Trump has a Houdini-like ability to extract himself from legal and political traps. The special counsel had an early stroke of bad luck in the judge appointed to oversee the case—Aileen Cannon, who also oversaw Trump’s lawsuit to hamstring the Justice Department’s investigation last year. Cannon botched that case so thoroughly, upending normal legal principles in service of an outcome favorable to Trump, that the conservative judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit were forced to step in and set things back on track. If Cannon handles the prosecution of Trump like she did his earlier suit, she’ll have an enormous amount of discretion to make the special counsel’s life difficult in prosecuting the case.[14]

“[Aileen Cannon is] both an inexperienced judge and a judge who has previously indicated that she thinks the former president [Donald Trump] is subject to special rules so who knows what she will do with those issues?” said Julie O’Sullivan, a Georgetown University criminal law professor and former federal prosecutor.

In theory, Judge Cannon could step aside on her own for any reason, or the special counsel, Jack Smith, could ask her to do so under a federal law that says judges are supposed to recuse themselves if their “impartiality might reasonably be questioned” — and, if she declines, ask an appeals court to order her to recuse.

There is no sign that either of them is considering taking that step, however — or what its legal basis would be.

The appeals court last year found that she was wrong about jurisdiction law, not that she was biased. And judges have previously heard litigation involving presidents who appointed them — including the Trump search warrant lawsuit, in which, notably, two of the three appeals court judges who reversed her intervention were also Trump appointees.[15]

[Donald] Trump has folded the indictment into his quest for reelection, demanding a chance to deal out retribution against those who have wronged him. [Aileen] Cannon’s role in the courtroom suggests another way to understand the stakes of a second Trump presidency. Given another four years, he’d be able to further refashion institutions in his image—and, in doing so, limit their ability and willingness to hold him to account again.[16]

Such retribution, of course, is precisely what the “fuck your feelings” and “make a liberal cry” crowd desperately desires.[17] But with Trump’s re-election chances near zero,[18] no matter how the mainstream media plays it, I think some of them might realize on some level that there’s a significant possibility they aren’t going to get it.

One reason for the absence of conflict in Miami, Ms. [Rachel] Kleinfeld wrote in an email, was that the prosecutions of Jan. 6 protesters — which now amount to more than 1,000 criminal cases — have had “a real deterrent effect” on those who might have once considered violence. She also said that many people remain “angry at [Donald] Trump for failing to provide monetary support for those jailed on his behalf after Jan. 6.”

Other people, Ms. Kleinfeld went on, seemed to have stayed away from pro-Trump protests, including those this week, fearing that they might become entrapped in what they believe to be “false flag operations” by the [Federal Bureau of Investigation].[19]

But with Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube all dismantling their anti-disinformation efforts,[20] the provocations will surely resume. Trump might return to his formerly favorite platform, Twitter, which is now a completely safe space for disinformation and hate speech, at the end of the month.[21]

Spencer S. Hsu et al., “Trump special counsel shifts focus of possible indictment to S. Florida,” Washington Post, June 7, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2023/06/06/miami-grand-jury-trump-classified-documents/

Alex Isenstadt and Kyle Cheney, “Trump notified that he is the target of an ongoing criminal investigation,” Politico, June 7, 2023, https://www.politico.com/news/2023/06/07/trump-notified-that-he-is-the-target-of-an-ongoing-criminal-investigation-00100920

Devlin Barrett, Perry Stein, and Josh Dawsey, “Trump charged in classified documents case, second indictment in months,” Washington Post, June 8, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2023/06/08/trump-classified-documents-mar-a-lago/

Marc Caputo, “‘Prosecuting Politicians is Hard Here’: Why South Florida is a Tough Place for DOJ to Try Trump,” Messenger, June 8, 2023, https://themessenger.com/politics/trump-south-florida-miami-doj-jury-challenge

Ankush Khardori, “The Chaos Inside Trump’s Legal Team,” New York, June 8, 2023, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2023/06/donald-trumps-lawyers-on-his-dysfunctional-legal-team.html

Hugo Lowell, “Donald Trump charged with illegal retention of classified documents,” Guardian, June 8, 2023, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jun/08/donald-trump-charged-retention-classified-documents

Stefania Palma, “Donald Trump says he has been indicted on federal charges in documents probe,” Financial Times, June 8, 2023, https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/trump-is-desperately-trying-to-define-the-narrative-about-his-federal-indictment

Gabriel J. Chin, “Trump indictment unsealed – a criminal law scholar explains what the charges mean, and what prosecutors will now need to prove,” Conversation, June 9, 2023, https://theconversation.com/trump-indictment-unsealed-a-criminal-law-scholar-explains-what-the-charges-mean-and-what-prosecutors-will-now-need-to-prove-207469

Joseph Ferguson and Thomas A. Durkin, “Trump charged under Espionage Act – which covers a lot more crimes than just spying,” Conversation, June 9, 2023, https://theconversation.com/trump-charged-under-espionage-act-which-covers-a-lot-more-crimes-than-just-spying-207373

Alan Feuer, “Trump-Appointed Judge Is Said to Be Handling Documents Case,” New York Times, June 9, 2023, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/09/us/politics/aileen-cannon-trump-judge.html

David Gilbert, “‘We Need to Start Killing’: Trump’s Far-Right Supporters Are Threatening Civil War,” Vice, June 9, 2023, https://www.vice.com/en/article/wxjjgb/trump-supporters-are-threatening-civil-war

Ankush Khardori, “The ‘Lock Him Up’ Election,” New York, June 9, 2023, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2023/06/trump-indictment-turns-2024-into-lock-him-up-election.html

Tom Nichols, “Trump’s Indictment Reveals a National-Security Nightmare,” Atlantic, June 9, 2023, https://www.theatlantic.com/newsletters/archive/2023/06/trumps-indictment-reveals-a-national-security-nightmare/674362/

Jennifer Rubin, “Merrick Garland and Jack Smith come through: Trump will face justice,” Washington Post, June 9, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/06/09/trump-indictment-garland-smith-justice/

Jonathan Turley, “Trying Trump: Scandal May Be His Element — But This Time May Be Different,” Messenger, June 9, 2023, https://themessenger.com/opinion/trying-trump-scandal-may-be-his-element-but-this-time-may-be-different

Aruna Viswanatha, Sadie Gurman, and C. Ryan Barber, “Trump Charged Over Willful Retention of Classified Information, Obstruction,” Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2023, https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-associate-also-indicted-in-mar-a-lago-documents-case-759cbb17

Marc Fisher, “Trump’s path to indictment: ‘Isn’t it better if there are no documents?’” Washington Post, June 10, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2023/06/10/trump-classified-documents-path-bathroom-indictment/

Michael S. Schmidt et al., “Trump Supporters’ Violent Rhetoric in His Defense Disturbs Experts,” New York Times, June 10, 2023, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/10/us/politics/trump-supporter-violent-rhetoric.html

Kyle Cheney, “He devised a fringe legal theory to try to keep Trump in power. Now he’s on the verge of being disbarred,” Forbes, June 11, 2023, https://www.politico.com/news/2023/06/11/john-eastman-disbarment-trial-trump-00101407

Richard Nixon [Justin Sherrin], “On the Trump/Nauta Indictment,” Patreon, June 11, 2023, https://www.patreon.com/posts/on-trump-nauta-84420752

Marina Pitofsky, “Barr ‘shocked’ by Trump indictment details: “If even half of it is true, then he’s toast,’” USA Today, June 11, 2023, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2023/06/11/bill-barr-donald-trump-classified-documents-indictment/70310878007/

Paul Rosenzweig, “The Three Biggest Obstacles to Convicting Trump,” Atlantic, June 11, 2023, https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/06/three-biggest-obstacles-convicting-trump/674366/

David Aaron, “How Much Prison Time Does Former President Trump Face? Applying the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines,” Just Security, June 12, 2023, https://www.justsecurity.org/86901/how-much-prison-time-does-former-president-trump-face-applying-the-u-s-sentencing-guidelines/

Isaac Chotiner, “Will the Judge in Trump’s Case Recuse Herself—or Be Forced To?” New Yorker, June 12, 2023, https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/will-the-judge-in-trumps-case-recuse-herself-or-be-forced-to

Spencer S. Hsu et al., “Trump scrambles to find lawyer before first federal court appearance,” Washington Post, June 12, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2023/06/12/trump-documents-lawyer/

Molly Jong-Fast, “Even a Damning Federal Case Can’t Break the GOP’s Devotion to Donald Trump,” Vanity Fair, June 12, 2023, https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2023/06/donald-trump-federal-indictment-case-gop

Eric Lutz, “Judge Aileen Cannon Could Blow Up Trump Documents Case,” Vanity Fair, June 12, 2023, https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2023/06/aileen-cannon-trump-documents-case

Nick Madigan, Verónica Zaragovia, and Richard Fausset, “Floridians Would Make Up Trump’s Jury Pool. Here’s What Some Are Saying,” New York Times, June 12, 2023, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/12/us/trump-voters-florida-jury.html

Jeannie Suk Gersen, “The Case Against Trump Is Strong, but There Are Problems Ahead,” New Yorker, June 13, 2023, https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-case-against-trump-is-strong-but-there-are-problems-ahead

Shayna Jacobs et al., “Trump arraigned, pleads not guilty to 37 classified documents charges,” Washington Post, June 13, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2023/06/13/trump-court-miami-indictment/

Bess Levin, “Trump Basically One Day Away From Hiring a Lawyer Who Advertises on the Side of a Bus to Defend Him,” Vanity Fair, June 13, 2023, https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2023/06/donald-trump-lawyer-search

Hugo Lowell, “Trump finds no new lawyers for court appearance in Mar-a-Lago case,” Guardian, June 13, 2023, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jun/13/trump-finds-no-new-lawyers-mar-a-lago-documents-arraignment

James Risen, “Trump Is a Predator Who Feeds on Lackeys,” Intercept, June 13, 2023, https://theintercept.com/2023/06/13/trump-indictment-aide-walt-nauta/

Jesús Rodríguez, “In the MAGA mirror, Trump’s legal peril looks like a personal threat,” Washington Post, June 13, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2023/06/13/trump-arraignment-courthouse-crowd/

Gabriel Sherman, “Donald Trump Advisers Worry Over Legal Team Civil War: ‘It’s All Coming to a Head,’” Vanity Fair, June 13, 2023, https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2023/06/donald-trump-legal-team-indictment

Maanvi Singh, “Trump claims ‘political persecution’ in speech after arraignment,” Guardian, June 13, 2023, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jun/13/trump-new-jersey-speech-after-arraignment

Jeffrey Blehar, “Pardoning Is Not Enough: We Must All Perform Seppuku for Donald Trump,” National Review, June 14, 2023, https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/pardoning-is-not-enough-we-must-all-perform-seppuku-for-donald-trump/

Alan Feuer, Maggie Haberman, and Glenn Thrush, “They Are Trump’s Aides and Lawyers. Now They Could Be Trial Witnesses,” New York Times, June 14, 2023, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/14/us/politics/trump-lawyers-witnesses-nauta-corcoran.html

Quinta Jurecic, “Trump Can’t Bluster His Way Through Court,” Atlantic, June 14, 2023, https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/06/trump-cant-bluster-his-way-through-court/674395/

Bess Levin, “Melania Trump Is Apparently in a Zen Place About Her Husband Potentially Going to Prison,” Vanity Fair, June 14, 2023, https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2023/06/melania-trump-donald-trump-documents-case

Michael S. Schmidt and Charlie Savage, “Judge in Trump Documents Case Has Scant Criminal Trial Experience,” New York Times, June 14, 2023, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/14/us/politics/aileen-cannon-judge-trump-documents.html

Prem Thakker, “Trump ‘Is Scared Shitless,’” New Republic, June 14, 2023, https://newrepublic.com/post/173620/rump-is-scared-shitless

Glenn Thrush, Nicholas Nehamas, and Eileen Sullivan, “Trump Is Arraigned on Documents and Obstruction Charges,” New York Times, June 14, 2023, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/13/us/politics/trump-arraignment-documents.html

Aaron Blake, “6 big questions ahead on Trump’s indictment,” Washington Post, June 15, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/06/15/6-big-questions-trumps-indictment/

Alan Feuer, “In Miami, the Only Violence From Trump Supporters Was Rhetorical,” New York Times, June 15, 2023, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/15/us/politics/trump-protests-proud-boys.html

Mathew Ingram, “The tech platforms have surrendered in the fight over election-related misinformation,” Columbia Journalism Review, June 15, 2023, https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/tech-platforms-election-denial-meta-twitter-trump-reinstatement.php

Stefania Palma, “Jack Smith: the federal prosecutor taking on Donald Trump,” Financial Times, June 15, 2023, https://www.ft.com/content/7fb3fa61-42ec-4f5b-9eda-523dfb368e1e


(dis)United Kingdom

Prime minister


Fig. 6. President Reagan on the South Lawn during the arrival ceremony of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom. U.S. Government photograph, November 16, 1988, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

Lucy Fisher and George Parker, “Boris Johnson found to have committed ‘multiple’ contempts of parliament,” Financial Times, June 14, 2023, https://www.ft.com/content/602315b0-2080-4eea-b6bd-5e9f16c2651c


Imperialism

Russia

Ukraine


Fig. 7. “Destroyed Russian military vehicles located on the main street Khreshchatyk are seen as part of the celebration of the Independence Day of Ukraine in Kyiv, August 24.” Photograph by Gleb Garanich for Reuters, August 24, 2022,[22] fair use.

[Vladimir Putin losing touch with reality] might be considered an occupational hazard for someone whose default position is to tell bare-faced lies when confronted with uncomfortable truths, as he did when Russian forces launched their initial invasion of Ukraine in 2014. Back then, he repeatedly denied Moscow had any military presence, when all the evidence showed the opposite was true.

Similarly, the Russian leader has continued to deny any involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, even though international investigators say they have found “strong indications” that Putin personally approved the use of the BUK missile systems that were used to shoot down the aircraft.

Putin’s ability to inhabit his own fantasy world was again very much in evidence this week when he was interviewed by a select group of ultra-nationalist bloggers and journalists.

With his so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine failing miserably to achieve its objectives, Putin has found himself under pressure from ultra-nationalists, such as Yevgeny Prigozhin, the uncompromising leader of the Wagner Group. Having seen his mercenary paramilitary organisation suffer massive losses – currently estimated at more than 30,000 – in its effort to capture the eastern city of Bakhmut, Prigozhin has directed his ire against the Russian leader, warning that his failed strategy could ultimately result in a new 1917-style revolution.[23]

To tell you the truth, I’m not sure any of these people are much in contact with reality. Pity the soldiers who fight and die for delusions. Which is pretty much how Con Coughlin sees it, with Vladimir Putin, a failed president, presiding over a failed and eviscerated military, left with nuclear weapons as the one option that hasn’t failed him because Xi Jinping won’t let him use them.[24]

The proposition that Xi is the one thing standing between the world and thermonuclear war is interesting—awfully interesting. I have to wonder how, precisely, Xi has communicated to Putin that the latter must comply. It must have been an interesting conversation.

Gabriel Gavin, “Putin admits Russia doesn’t have enough weapons and drones,” Politico, June 13, 2023, https://www.politico.eu/article/vladimir-putin-ukraine-war-russia-doesnt-have-enough-weapons-and-drones-putin-admits/

Max Seddon, “Putin sides with Russia’s military in clash with Wagner,” Financial Times, June 14, 2023, https://www.ft.com/content/b9d91a08-0f89-4986-855b-42232c5291a6

Sam Skove, “Ukraine War Could Last a Decade, Top Ukrainian Official Says,” Defense One, June 14, 2023, https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2023/06/ukraine-war-could-last-decade-top-ukrainian-official-says/387523/

Con Coughlin, “Putin is retreating into dangerous fantasies,” Telegraph, June 15, 2023, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/06/15/vladimir-putin-is-retreating-into-dangerous-fantasies/


Illiberalism


Fig. 7. Photograph by Joachim F. Thurn, August 1991, Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F089030-0003, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE.

Frances D’Emelio and Colleen Barry, “Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian leader tarnished by multiple scandals, dies at 86,” Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2023, https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2023-06-12/silvio-berlusconi-dead-italy-prime-minister

Ishaan Tharoor, “Silvio Berlusconi’s political style lives on,” Washington Post, June 13, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com//world/2023/06/13/silvio-berlusconi-trump-netanyahu-far-right/

David Horovitz, “Netanyahu loses a key vote. Now a torn, troubled Israel waits for the fallout,” Times of Israel, June 14, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-loses-a-key-vote-now-a-torn-troubled-israel-waits-for-the-fallout/


Bill Cosby


Fig. 8. Bill Cosby, after his prison release. Photograph by Tim Tai, 2021, via the Philadelphia Inquirer,[25] fair use.

Beatrice Forman, “Nine women in Nevada sue Bill Cosby for alleged sexual assaults after state drops statute of limitations,” Philadelphia Inquirer, June 15, 2023, https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/bill-cosby-sexual-assault-lawsuit-nevada-janice-dickinson-statue-of-limitations-20230615.html


  1. [1]Thomas Barrabi, “Elon Musk barges into Twitter HQ as deal nears: ‘Let that sink in,’” New York Post, October 26, 2022, https://nypost.com/2022/10/26/elon-musk-barges-into-twitter-headquarters-as-deal-nears/
  2. [2]Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, “Boulder landlord succeeds in evicting Twitter over unpaid rent,” Denver Post, June 14, 2023, https://www.denverpost.com/2023/06/14/boulder-twitter-eviction-unpaid-rent/
  3. [3]John E. Finn, “How ‘constitutional county’ declarations undermine the Constitution – a legal scholar explains,” Conversation, June 15, 2023, https://theconversation.com/how-constitutional-county-declarations-undermine-the-constitution-a-legal-scholar-explains-206834
  4. [4]Alex Shephard, “Kevin McCarthy Is Losing His Grip on House Republicans—and Power,” New Republic, June 15, 2023, https://newrepublic.com/article/173658/kevin-mccarthy-losing-grip-house-republicansand-power
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