Hello, and welcome back to The Best & The Brightest, Wednesday edition. How is this night different from all other nights? Well, for one thing, the formidable Tina Nguyen is off this week. And, despite the fact that I told you I was done till Tuesday, well, Russia has a funny way of forcing me back to the keyboard. Given today’s extraordinary—but pretty predictable—events, namely Yevgeny Prigozhin getting blasted out of the sky on the two-month anniversary of his mutiny, I thought I’d squeeze back in here and send you some thoughts.
But first, the latest news around Capitol Hill…
The Hollywood Money Race & Slotkin’s Surge By Abby Livingston
Celebrity Family Feud: Hollywood donors are investing early this election cycle, maxing out checks to Democratic Senate incumbents and candidates, alike. Among the names that caught my eye in the latest F.E.C. disclosures...
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Putin’s inner circle has always abided by an unwritten code—“ponyatie,” or understandings—about the rewards of loyalty and the fate of traitors. Prigozhin, lured into thinking that he might be special, was never an exception to the rule.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, it seems, is dead. This afternoon, his Embraer jet, with ten passengers on board, fell vertically from the sky after witnesses reported hearing two explosions. With uncharacteristic swiftness for the Russian state bureaucracy, the Kremlin’s aviation agency announced that...
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