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In handsomer days

  • Former New York State Senate Leader Joseph Bruno, who was exactly half the reason why New York State government was such an amusement park of dysfunction (the other half being Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver), has been convicted of a crime, hooray! Two crimes, actually, involving doing paid “consultant” work for some dude who also wanted to get government contracts, and who also paid Bruno $40,000 for a worthless horse(!). But will John Roberts set this monster free to walk the streets again? Almost certainly! The Supreme Court is right now debating the constitutionality of the very law that Bruno was convicted of, which is hilariously called “honest services fraud.” Two of the other people who the court would save if they overturned this law are Enron scumbag Jeffrey Skilling and awful Canadian-British press baron (and literal, actual baron) Conrad Black, who are of course the exact sort of person that Roberts, Scalia, and Alito got into the law to defend. [NYT]
  • Stock markets are still going all crazy everywhere, but don’t worry, because the G7 leaders are totally going to have a conference call about it today. There has literally never been a conference call that hasn’t totally resolved all the problems that the people calling in have been worried about. [NYT]
  • GOP Indiana Congressfellow Mike Pence is worried that the Republicans are overconfident about the midterms, and warns them all against getting “fat, sassy, and cocky.” Good luck with that, Mike! [Politico]
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