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Mehmet Oz, the TV quack doctor and mega-millionaire Republican, may be running the worst Senate campaign ever seen in the state of Pennsylvania, which is not in fact his home state (New Jersey is).
Among the many and varied blunders besetting the unfortunate candidate is a video, resurfaced since its initial appearance last spring, that shows him "shopping for crudités" -- or as his Democratic opponent John Fetterman translated, a veggie tray -- at a supermarket whose named he mispronounced as "Wegner's."
Although Oz clearly aimed to highlight the impact of inflation on food on an average mega-millionaire such as himself -- and to take a cheap shot at President Joe Biden -- this video simply exposed his own phony and mildly weird persona. Does he really want to eat raw asparagus? Is he going to dip it in fresh salsa? Yeccch. And did he think tequila was available in Pennsylvania supermarkets? (It is not.)
Still, this video explains one thing very well, which is why the National Republican Senatorial Committee canceled $5 million worth of advertising for Oz in the Keystone State. Ad time is expensive there, but he can't blame Biden for that.
\u201c@umichvoter Nothing says I am a man of the people like fake shopping for crudit\u00e9s.\u201d— umichvoter \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 (@umichvoter \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08) 1660532377
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In a Monday court filing, the Justice Department asked a federal court not to unseal the affidavit showing probable cause for the warrant to search Mar-a-Lago, giving reasons that underscore the hot water Donald Trump appears to be in.
Disclosing the affidavit now would, according to the filing, “cause significant and irreparable damage to this ongoing criminal investigation.” It would do that by revealing, “among other critically important and detailed investigative facts: highly sensitive information about witnesses, including witnesses interviewed by the government; specific investigative techniques; and information required by law to be kept under seal.”
That’s not all: “The fact that this investigation implicates highly classified materials further underscores the need to protect the integrity of the investigation and exacerbates the potential for harm if information is disclosed to the public prematurely or inappropriately.
The Justice Department argued to the court that, if the affidavit were released, it would require extensive redactions—that, in fact, “the affidavit cannot responsibly be unsealed in a redacted form absent redactions that would be so extensive as to render the document devoid of content that would meaningfully enhance the public’s understanding of these events beyond the information already now in the public record.” But if it wasn’t redacted to that extent, according to the government, that’s where the integrity of the investigation, the need to obscure information relating to highly classified materials, and the need to protect the identities of the agents and witnesses involved could all be compromised.
The Justice Department is not here to play—not that we thought it was once Mar-a-Lago was searched.
Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos.
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