In today’s newsletter: Burning Man CEO told NBC News the annual festival is under control despite rain and mud causing chaos. Trump regroups Biden as he prepares for a possible rematch in 2024. And a look at Putin’s push to rewrite Russian history.
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From “Sleepy Joe” to “Crooked Joe”: Trump is trying to repaint his portrait of Biden
In their first showdown, Donald Trump denounced Joe Biden as “a sleepy dude in the basement of a house” who was barely aware of his surroundings.
Now that he faces four criminal charges and prepares for a second leg in 2024, the former president is changing course and portraying his successor as a nefarious mastermind who pulls the strings of a complex justice system without leaving a fingerprint .
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Trump has used the term “Crooked Joe” in a number of recent posts and interviews, repeatedly and unsubstantiatedly claiming that Biden is at the forefront of a conspiracy to use law enforcement to target him.
But using the “Crooked Joe” persona, Trump regularly implies that a man he has claimed is mentally challenged has been secretly manipulating the Justice Department — as well as prosecutors, over whom he has no authority, and even the Grand Juries that approved Trump’s indictments – while he covers his tracks so well that Republican investigators in the House of Representatives with subpoena powers are having trouble uncovering evidence.
There’s “no need to panic,” says Burning Man’s CEO as crowds remain stuck in the muddy venue
Burning Man’s CEO said the situation at the venue was in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert was under control and far from alarming. “There’s no need to panic,” Marian Goodell told NBC News. “We have made it clear that we do not consider this an evacuation situation,” she said. “The water is drying up.”
The festival’s estimated 70,000+ attendees were isolated in Black Rock City as rain returned and roads were closed, campgrounds muddy and one death reported. According to the CEO, they turned down help from the Nevada National Guard.
Americans used to have a summer break from politics. No longer.
August has long marked a period of calm in Washington, when Congress goes on recess and the President takes a vacation. Labor Day weekend is seen as the start of the campaign season, but politics never seems to stop in our divided and always-online country.
August of an off-off year like 2023 – in which there will be neither a presidential nor a midterm election in the fall – should have been relatively calm. But it seems like there is no such thing quiet moments in American politics these days.
In Putin’s push to rewrite Russian history
Russian high school seniors return to the classroom this week to witness history rewritten in the image of President Vladimir Putin.
A new textbook, launched in just four months and touted as the first government attempt to unify subject teaching since Soviet times, echoes Kremlin propaganda justifying the war in Ukraine, the latest leg of an effort to change the worldview of a shape new state generation. The book is used by history teachers across the country, including in Russian-occupied Ukraine, to teach senior high school seniors about the post-1945 era.
It’s all part of an education offensive A Russian teacher spoke to NBC News with calls ““pure indoctrination”, with one hour of “patriotic” classes per week and plans for courses that include military training.
Today’s speaker: Neighbors of Ruby Franke say they tried to help their children…
…before the YouTuber’s arrest for child molestation. Neighbors said they and others who lived near the family were concerned for the children’s safety. “Everyone breathes a sigh of relief together because we thought they were coming out of this house with body bags,” said one. they had previously alerted the Utah Division of Child and Family Services.
politics in brief
Biden’s gamble: Some Democrats worry that Biden rarely says Trump’s name and does not retaliate when given the opportunity.
state elections: Here you can find out which state elections you should watch out for in the coming months They could help signal what’s in store for 2024.
Trump’s eligibility: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said he “fully expects” Donald Trump to be on the state’s ballot in 2024 Although some opponents are weighing legal challenges to bar him from running for office.
Personnel selection: How Zooey Zephyr became a national celebrity
Rep. Zooey Zephyr made national headlines last spring when her fellow Republicans in Montana prevented her from speaking in the House of Representatives. In the four months since, she has become a pride of her hometown and a celebrity. NBC Out reporter Jo Yurcaba details Zephyr’s passionate personality While spending time with her at the Montana State Fair, he meets others who are inspired by the representative. — Elizabeth Both, Associate Platforms Editor
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