Things are happening

From TPM, “A Justice Department investigation into ex-President Donald Trump and White House staffers’ handling of 15 boxes of classified documents that were taken to Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida at the end of his presidency is now reportedly underway.

“According to the New York Times, the DOJ has moved past the preliminary stage of the inquiry that was reported last month and has now begun a grand jury investigation into the matter.”

From me: I’m glad this points out the movement from investigation to grand jury. If the DOJ did not feel it had solid evidence, it wouldn’t have convened a grand jury.

From Julia Davis, “When the soldiers of an elite Russian army brigade were told in early April to prepare for a second deployment to Ukraine, fear broke out among the ranks: “Many of us simply did not want to go back… I want to return to my family – and not in a casket.” ‘They were furious’: the Russian soldiers refusing to fight in Ukraine: Troops are saying no to officers, knowing that punishment is light while Russia is supposedly not at war.

Which reminds me. This is a good time to read or re-read War and Peace. There are such sriking parallels, you’ll wonder whether you’re reading today’s newspaper. Or Twitter.

The January 6 Committee has subpoened Rep. Kevin McCarthy, of California, Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama.

Via Jay Rosen, “A document of our times. The @PhillyInquirer editorial board says it cannot endorse any candidates in the GOP primary because (this is my paraphrase) they do not live in a shared reality where there can be differences of opinion on a common set of facts.”

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