(🆚) NEW: As promised, here's a special edition of the "Lost Classics of the 1960s" series—from the Music section of PROOF—for subscribers. If you like the Beatles, you'll want to check this out; there are bands here you've almost certainly never heard of. sethabramson.substack.com/p/lost-classic…
(PS) For what it's worth, in doing research for this article I came across two bands even I'd never encountered before—despite being a DJ specializing in sixties music back in the 1990s. And one song in this article is a new favorite sixties song of mine. (That takes some doing!)
(PS2) Whenever I do a "Lost Classics of the 1960s" article, I struggle to calibrate how obscure to get, as collectors, enthusiasts, and casual listeners have different senses of how obscure is *too* obscure. Two songs in this article are, I think, at the second-to-deepest level.
(PS3) FYI, I didn't just look for bands that sounded like the Beatles roughly contemporaneous to the Beatles—I curated the kickass songs from those bands. If you like sixties music, I'd wager you'll be downloading at least five new songs on Apple Music after reading this article.

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5 Jun
DOJ now estimates it'll charge 550 people over the insurrection. It's at around 494 now. There have been *no arrests* of any GOP-operative or GOP-official plotters as yet, though we know that the 494 or so people arrested so far were foot soldiers executing the whims of *others*.
I don't know about you all, but while I want foot soldiers arrested, it gives me ~10% the satisfaction and sense of justice of seeing a coup plotter arrested. Like many of you I have variable confidence that the FBI will do its job with respect to powerful prospective defendants.
I'd add that we know at least *800 people* breached the Capitol, and some committed crimes outside but didn't enter, so even if the FBI eschews arresting *any* of the worst culprits—the plotter class—it's hard to see how 550 ends up being the final number of insurrection arrests.
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4 Jun
Here's a wild (🤪) idea: how about politicians never compare the situation they're being asked about to some past situation involving their political opponents. How about politicians address questions on current circumstances earnestly, openly and comprehensively—with no dodging.
I wish as Americans we had the sort of radar that caused us to tune out politicians the second their answer to a question is to raise a prior situation involving a political opponent. If you can't articulate what's right or wrong in the current situation, don't go into politics.
Today Jim Jordan dodged a question about Don McGahn by accusing the White House of being disinterested in Dr. Fauci's emails. This allowed Jordan to avoid the question of when politicians should—in *all circumstances*, regardless of the party of those involved—let an issue drop.
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4 Jun
(🔓) PROOF UNLOCKED: It took me a few extra days because of everything going on, but here's Volume 4 of the "Goodnight Playlist" series from the Music section of PROOF! It's my chance to archive/curate songs from this feed that folks asked me to catalogue. sethabramson.substack.com/p/the-goodnigh…
(PS) Song #3 always makes me feel happy, which doesn't make sense because the lyrics are super... not happy. I wonder if anyone else has the same reaction to this song.
(PS2) Song #6 is one of the most divisive songs I've ever posted on this feed in the six years I've been posting music here. Some people *really* hated it. Others hated it because they couldn't get it out of their heads once they heard it—an unwelcome earworm. So, caveat auditor!
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3 Jun
I oscillate between responding to this headline with "not possible" and "no sh*t" cnn.com/2021/06/03/pol…
PROOF (augmenting the reporting at CNN):
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3 Jun
(🆚) BREAKING NEWS: New Trump Fundraising Push May Violate Federal Law By Strongly Implying Trump Is the Nation's Real President

This is *serious*. These texts and this survey are part of Trump's insurrection. DOJ must send a cease-and-desist letter ASAP. sethabramson.substack.com/p/breaking-new…
1/ One thing I found in writing three bestselling nonfiction books about Donald Trump is that he has a series of methods for violating state and federal laws without getting caught—none of which are *actually* prophylactics against prosecution, they've just functioned that way.
2/ For instance, Trump has his accountants and lawyers commit crimes for him. He shares lawyers with criminals he wants to do business with. He has his lawyers represent and enter defense agreements with anyone who could hurt him. He dangles incentives to witnesses to stay quiet.
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2 Jun
Has one of the two dogs you're taking care of for your sister ever farted so comprehensively that you decided to stop drinking the glass of water you were drinking as a cautionary measure
Yesterday this happened and my wife had to stop chewing the gum she was chewing because she said the taste had changed
Okay now the other dog we're taking care of, a rescue pit bull, is trying to catch a fly in a dark room by repeatedly standing still and then missing it by eight feet
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