Official Time Out: “‘It was just exhausting,’ Daniels said. ‘It really was like The Twilight Zone of government service. Groundhog Day … every day you wake up and it’s the same thing over and over again. It doesn’t matter how much information and data you share, it doesn’t matter how many concerns you answer. There will just be a new group of critics to again dish out the new conspiracy of the day.’ Daniels is part of a large group of voting officials who have decided to leave the profession since 2020 and the tension and pressure that followed Donald Trump’s loss in that election.” These days, the crazies are running people out of politics. They’re also running people out of working on election fairness. So who will be left? You know who. In some states, more than half of the local election officials have left since 2020.

+ Today in Not Normal: “Late Friday night, the former president of the United States—and a leading candidate to be the next president—insinuated that America’s top general deserves to be put to death. That extraordinary sentence would be unthinkable in any other rich democracy.” (And enabling this bullsh-t long enough will make maintaining our rich democracy unthinkable.) The Atlantic: Trump Floats the Idea of Executing Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley.

+ Cryptogether Forever? “At Stanford Law School, Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried specialized in ethics and social fairness. Now that their son stands accused of one of the largest financial frauds in U.S. history, they’re scrambling for legal escape routes.” The New Yorker: Inside Sam Bankman-Fried’s Family Bubble.

+ Bob and Leave: “The dam is breaking: A torrent of Democratic senators are now calling for the resignation of Sen. Bob Menendez, led by his longtime home-state ally Sen. Cory Booker and a group of swing-state Democrats up for reelection in 2024.” (Just tell him he gets a gold watch if he resigns.)

+ Expanding the Strike Zone: Hollywood writers appear to be close to a deal to end their strike (Thank god, because I’m running out of content.) But that deal is not done yet, and the actors just expanded their strike to include videogames.

+ Bama Sutra: “In June, the court ruled that Alabama’s Republican-drawn congressional map violated the Voting Rights Act because, in a state with seven congressional districts and a 27% Black population, the GOP-dominated legislature had created just one congressional district in which Black voters are either a majority or close to it.” Supreme Court rejects Alabama’s defiance in voting case. (A few more decisions like this and Alabama may have to acknowledge it has black residents. These guys bend their district lines so much it looks like the Bama Sutra.)

+ JPMorgan Chased: “JPMorgan Chase has reached a settlement with the US Virgin Islands over a lawsuit alleging the bank enabled Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-trafficking crimes. The settlement includes ‘significant commitments’ by JPMorgan Chase to curtail human trafficking, and a $75 million payment to the US Virgin Islands.”

+ Heartwarming Staggering Genius: “Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency, and the world’s foremost energy economist, said much more needed to be done but that the rapid uptake of solar power and electric vehicles were encouraging.” ‘Staggering’ green growth gives hope for 1.5C, says global energy chief.

+ The Gang’s All Here: 100 Jewish leaders call out Elon Musk for antisemitism on X, formerly Twitter: “We have watched in horror.” And, “a top European Union official said Tuesday that the social network X, formerly known as Twitter, is the biggest source of fake news.” Jack Dorsey in 2022: “Elon is the singular solution I trust. I trust his mission to extend the light of consciousness.”