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Replete with troubleshooting tips, charts, and images for the amateur gyroplane builder, Paul Bergen Abbott’s Gyroplane Flight Manual is invaluable for the aviation hobbyist — or protester who wants to make a dramatic statement. Though it’s unclear whether Doug Hughes had read the manual before he landed his whirlybird on the lawn of the Capitol building, he surely could have used a primer on no-fly zones. The gyrocopter itself is a makeshift craft, a bicycle cross bred with what we might today call a drone. Perhaps the last time the strange little craft got this much attention was 1967’s You Only Live Twice, in which James Bond, played by Sean Connery, piloted “Little Nellie.” “A wonderful girl,” Bond said. “Very small. Quite fast. Can do anything.” He probably didn’t read the manual, either.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) declared on Sunday morning that she will oppose any Republican attempt to move ahead with a Supreme Court nomination to fill the seat left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

"For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election," said Murkowski in a statement released by her office. "Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed."

The Alaska Republican joined Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in opposing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's announced determination to replace Ginsburg with a Trump appointee. If McConnell loses two more Republican votes, he will be unable to move a nomination before Election Day.