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“State of mind.”

“Corrupt intent.”

Here we go. Merrick Garland and DOJ are going directly after Trump. And they have already traveled farther down that road than most had thought.

Former V.P. Chief of Staff Marc Short’s testimony before a federal criminal grand jury means it’s on. Garland’s current focus is on Trump putting pressure on Mike Pence to break the law, and even demanding that Pence do so.

That’s illegal. That’s interfering with the function and processes of the federal government. That’s conspiracy to defraud the government of the United States.

Trump’s “defense” will be a fragile one. He and his lawyers will argue that because Trump truly believed—however absurdly—that the 2020 election had been stolen from him, that his efforts to overturn the results reflect no criminal intent.

The problem with that is the means Trump, Eastman, Giuliani, et al chose to pursue that conspiratorial effort.

It has been established beyond any doubt that Trump had been told by dozens of advisors that the election was not stolen, and had been told repeatedly and in no uncertain terms that Pence had no Constitutional authority to do anything other than certify the results.

And yet they persisted. That’s illegal.

Then conspiring to submit sets of fake electors?  That’s illegal.

It’s not good to be Donald Trump right now. But it’s even worse to be John Eastman.

I’m trying not to be flippant about a serious subject. But I kinda like Biden’s “Covid Voice.” Not just the tonal growl, but also the substance of what he’s suddenly saying. He appears to be finding a message in his flaw.

Hey, Cultists. You can’t claim to be for law and order and support insurrection. You can’t claim fealty to the Constitution while supporting an effort to overthrow the government. You can’t claim to love America while trying to destroy it.

That’s the point. It has always been the point. But it was high time that Biden and Dems boiled that message down to its essence. Yes, I think Biden has found a message in his flaw.

Yes, that was a mis-step by Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis. And the superior court judge who ruled that Willis will not be allowed to bring charges against Republican state Senator Burt Jones made the correct decision.

Willis hosted a fundraiser last month for Jones’ Democrat opponent in the upcoming November election for lieutenant governor. That’s a clear conflict of interest, and frankly a brain-dead rookie mistake by Willis.

Don’t get me wrong. Willis has been right in going after Jones, who was one of 16 Georgia Republicans who falsely presented themselves as electors in the 2020 presidential election.

The legal investigation into Jones’ participation in this conspiracy will continue, and Willis can still talk to other witnesses about Jones’ activities. But it will now be up to another prosecutor to determine if charges should be brought against Jones.

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I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.