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Established legal procedures and protections should never be compromised in the name of some misguided and disingenuous notion of “transparency.”

No. The release of the affidavit used to obtain the Mar-a-Lago search warrant should not be released.  That would violate every principle that our legal system is bound to follow in protecting evidence, protecting witnesses and, yes, protecting the rights of the accused.

So why would we deviate from those standards this time? Because of the sensational and politically-charged nature of the case? Simply because it involves a former president of the United States? We should not deviate. And standing firm in following our own rules of the road when the asphalt gets hot should rightly be considered a CONSERVATIVE principle.

Cultists who are demanding public disclosure of the affidavit are not seeking justice or fairness. They are merely trying to mine “leaks” of facts they can then distort to portray Trump as the “victim” of “political persecution.” Trump has been treated fairly under the law, and the search was conducted completely by the book.

Texas Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw was appallingly dishonest in his appearances on Sunday morning’s news shows. Crenshaw maintained that there were other means short of a search available to regain government possession of these government documents. Crenshaw essentially said, “All they had to do was ask,” to get the documents back.  The government did ask. Repeatedly. For more than a year. Nothing short of legally obtaining a warrant and legally conducting a search was going to recover those documents.

Everybody is going to find out what this is all about in the properly established sequence—probable cause of crimes, investigation, indictment, trial and verdict.

Keep in mind that Judge Reinhart has signed off on the factual validity of the affidavit and the need for conducting the search.

A crime was committed. Those documents were mishandled. There is incontrovertible physical evidence. Now we are trying to establish the level, severity and impact of that crime.

Judge Reinhardt is a reasonable and prudent adjudicator. He has pledged to review a redacted version of the affidavit to determine if there is information that can be safely and legally released. But he also has indicated that required levels of redaction would likely result only in a piece of paper with nothing on it other than black marker streaks. That’s not “transparency.” That’s a circus.

Dr. Anthony Fauci will leave his government positions in December after almost four decades of service. He has displayed remarkable grace and equanimity. Fortunately for America, the 81-year-old Dr. Fauci says he is not retiring and will “continue to advance science and public health.

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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.