All Clear: “Students from grades 6 to 12 will have to wear see-through backpacks beginning in the 2022-2023 school year to “ensure that prohibited items are not included among the students’ belongings.” Students in a Dallas school district must wear clear backpacks after Uvalde shooting. (We don’t need clear backpacks, we need clear thinking.)

+ Open Wound: “Gone, for now, are the big rallies, with their open calls for violence and ostentatious displays of military-style kit, and many of those who organized them. Gone, too, are most of the election audits and other inquiries into the results convened by Republican-controlled state legislatures and local governments, investigations that failed to produce evidence of meaningful fraud. What is left in their place is an insistence — a belief, a lie or an act of motivated reasoning, depending on whom you’re talking to — that the election was stolen, which has fed a new wave of post-Trump activism on the right.” NYT: How ‘Stop the Steal’ Captured the American Right. Pushing The Big Lie is a right of passage in some districts. At Least 120 Republican Nominees Deny The Results Of The 2020 Election.

+ Founder Shares: “The more historically accurate conclusion is Justice Harry A. Blackmun’s majority opinion in Roe v. Wade (1973), that ‘at the time of the adoption of our Constitution, and throughout the majority of the 19th century, abortion was viewed with less disfavor than under most American statutes currently in effect. Phrasing it another way, a woman enjoyed a substantially broader right to terminate a pregnancy than she does in most States today.” WaPo: A 1792 case reveals that key Founders saw abortion as a private matter. (This has nothing to do with the Founders or the law. It’s about religion.)

+ Yes, Chef: “The actor genuinely did not see any of this coming, not least because there is zero sex in The Bear. ‘There isn’t a moment of any character being attracted to a person or a thing … I mean, Lionel and the doughnuts is truly the most sexually charged [part of the show].'” The Bear: Out to Lunch With Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri. (It’s so nice to see a solid show getting this much attention because of great word of mouth.)