Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:
Canto,Jr: The Sessions-Trump feud: Just a show?
“Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen the President attack the attorney general ‘tweet by tweet’. They are even talking in the U.S. Senate about replacing Sessions with a tougher Attorney General. What if the whole thing is a show? Let me explain. AG Sessions is the current leader for the Time person of the year, with the headline about ‘the man who wouldn’t be pushed around by President Trump’. The left is suddenly in love with the quiet man from Alabama. He is going to save us from Trump or something like that. The AG is now the check on Trump. So what’s going on? […] I don’t have any information, but my instincts tell me that this ‘Sessions vs. Trump’ is just too cute.”
Dilanian: FBI rebuts Trump tweet about China hacking Hillary Clinton’s email
“Sixteen hours after President Trump tweeted about a right-wing media story alleging that China hacked Hillary Clinton’s private email server, an FBI official is refuting the report in a comment to NBC News. ‘The FBI has not found any evidence the (Clinton) servers were compromised,’ the official said.”
Rusty: Faith Wins: ‘In God We Trust’ Survives Court Challenge From Atheists
“A federal appeals court in Minnesota upheld that the phrase ‘In God We Trust,’ printed on U.S. currency, is Constitutional, striking another blow to atheists who have claimed it violates their First Amendment free speech and religious rights. A group of 29 atheists, children of atheists, and atheist groups filed a lawsuit claiming that the motto violated their rights and amounted to religious coercion. The 3-0 ruling (one judge withheld analysis) upheld a Dec. 2016 lower court ruling and indicated that the phrase is in line with historical use.”