This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire
. The author of this post is Tim Meads
1. Trump Indictment Latest
On Monday, Judge Aileen Cannon, the federal judge overseeing special counsel Jack Smith's documents case, demanded a legal explanation for why the Department of Justice used an "out-of-district grand jury proceeding."
The questioning came as Cannon responded to the DOJ's request for a hearing to address possible conflicts of interest with Stanley Woodward. Woodward is the lawyer representing Trump valet Walt Nauta, but he has also previously represented people the government may call to testify. Cannon said the DOJ needs to explain the reason for using an out-of-district grand jury proceeding to continue to investigate and/or to seek post-indictment hearings on matters related to the instant indicted matter in this district.
Rapid Reaction: In response to the events, journalist Julie Kelly tweeted, "I told you Judge Cannon is legit. She is not going to tolerate Jack Smith's bull****. This is gold-she asks defense to raise possible grand jury abuse by DOJ for conducting nearly all of the investigation in DC then switching to FLA at last minute for indictment."
Kelly, it seems, has confidence in Cannon's ability to be a fair judge who rules according to the Constitution. For more background on Cannon, click here.
2. Cartel Gunman Crosses Border?
Images have surfaced of several suspected cartel gunmen crossing the southern border into Texas while wearing body armor and carrying rifles.
Law enforcement sources tell Fox News that three men were spotted on Saturday by camera in the area of Fronton, Texas. When the border patrol sent agents to the area, they found nothing. Law enforcement arrested five suspected members of the Northeast Cartel at the same location back in June. This latest incident comes soon after the Lone Star State's Department of Public Safety spotted an armed smuggler in Eagle Pass - via drone - carrying a long gun and guiding a group of illegal immigrants across the Rio Grande.
Rapid Reaction: By all available metrics, it is evident that the Biden administration does not want to seal the border. If it did, it would throw out its current playbook. Team Biden might be incompetent, but not even they can be so incompetent that they genuinely think the border is secure. Openness is the goal, it would seem. Only a Republican president in 2024 will return true order to the border.
It will never happen under Biden. Read more on that here
3. DeSantis Gets New Campaign Manager
Florida Governor Ron Desantis' 2024 presidential campaign shake-up continues. On Monday, he replaced his campaign manager Generra Peck with his current chief of staff James Uthmeier. The campaign said in a statement that Uthmeier "has been one of Gov. DeSantis's top advisers for years, and he is needed where it matters most."
The change comes as DeSantis continues to struggle in the polls behind former President Donald Trump.
Rapid Reaction: The DeSantis campaign has had a bit of a failure to launch. His supporters have promised that things are now going to get better for the Florida leader, but they also claimed that once he announced, he would skyrocket in polls. Then they said once he hit the campaign trail, he would do better. Then they said that more TV interviews would do the trick. After all of that, he is still getting trounced by former President Donald Trump in the polls.
It's early and things can and do go differently than expected in politics. Campaign shake-ups are not unusual - Trump had multiple campaign managers in 2016, for example. So this news isn't necessarily a cause for panic. But, it will be interesting to watch which direction Uthmeier takes the DeSantis campaign.
As this author has said before, DeSantis has a winning political message: "Just Be Normal."
Will that finally be communicated to voters outside of Florida?
4. What Abortion Has To Do With Today's Vote In Ohio
Voters in Ohio are heading to cast their ballots today on Ohio Issue 1, a referendum backed by Republicans, which would require that any proposed amendment to the Constitution of the state receive the approval of at least 60 percent of voters. That's a change from the traditional simple majority needed for approval. If the amendment passes, it would tie Ohio with Florida as the state with the highest voter approval requirement to pass citizen-initiated constitutional amendments.
Rapid Reaction: The real story here is the implications this will have in November.
This fall, voters are heading to the polls to vote whether or not a so-called "right"
to an "abortion"
amendment should be added to the Ohio constitution. If Issue 1 passes on Tuesday, then abortion supporters would need to gain 60% of support from voters - which is a tall task in red Ohio. If Issue 1 fails, then abortion could be added to The Buckeye State's constitution.