Biggly: Joe Biggs, “a leader of the Proud Boys who led the far-right organization’s infamous march to the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison – among the longest sentences handed down yet for a convicted rioter.” Yes, the insurrection was a remarkably serious crime against America. And people who were involved deserve bigly sentences. Related: Trump pleads not guilty to Georgia election interference charges.

+ Frozen: “If the Kentucky Republican’s health was a concern before, it’s ballooned into a serious worry now.” Mitch McConnell froze for a long time during an appearance yesterday. leading to more speculation about his health and his future leadership role. Who ever imagined that we’d be worried about Mitch McConnell’s health because he is one of the reasonable, sane ones? What do I mean by that? “Biden, McConnell, Feinstein, and Fetterman are examples of people who are not fit for office and it’s time to be serious about it.” So said Marjorie Taylor Greene. Meanwhile, Biden says he has no concerns about McConnell’s health after speaking to him, “I spoke to him today. He was his old self on the telephone.”

+ Johannesburg Fire: “A nighttime fire ripped through a rundown apartment building mainly occupied by homeless people and squatters in Johannesburg early Thursday, leaving at least 74 dead.”

+ Liv and Let Liv? “A retired teacher in Saudi Arabia was recently sentenced to death for his tweets criticizing the country’s leadership to his handful of followers.”

+ News Flash: “Even in the thick of the crisis, as the details of a mass evacuation swallowed them, the members of Biden’s inner circle could see that the legacy of the month would stalk them into the next election—and perhaps into their obituaries. Though it was a moment when their shortcomings were on obvious display, they also believed it evinced resilience and improvisational skill.” A detailed book excerpt from Franklin Foer in The Atlantic: The Final Days: Joe Biden was determined to get out of Afghanistan—no matter the cost.

+ From the Crow’s Nest: Clarence Thomas officially discloses private trips on GOP donor Harlan Crow’s plane. “In one instance, Thomas said he took the private transportation in May because of ‘increased security risk’ following the leak of the Dobbs opinion overturning Roe v. Wade that had occurred a few days earlier.” Safety First!

+ Dungeons and Drag Ons: “To cope with the isolation they face daily, the men on death row spend a lot of their time in search of escape — something to ease the racing thoughts or the crushing regrets. Some read books or find religion. Some play games like Scrabble or jailhouse chess. Others turn to D.&D., where they can feel a small sense of the freedom they have left behind.” Here’s a story you probably didn’t see coming. For men awaiting execution in Texas, illicit games of Dungeons & Dragons became a lifeline.

+ Grabs Popcorn: People don’t go to the movies anymore. Oh wait. Barbie. And Oppenheimer. And… Taylor Swift Concert Film Headed to AMC, Cinemark Theaters for Big Screen Release. (This will probably lead to a worldwide buttered popcorn shortage.)