Judgment Call: “If Americans had heard of Leo at all, it was for his role in building the conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court. He drew up the lists of potential justices that Donald Trump released during the 2016 campaign. He advised Trump on the nominations of Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Before that, he’d helped pick or confirm the court’s three other conservative justices — Clarence Thomas, John Roberts and Samuel Alito. But the guests who gathered that night under a tent in Leo’s backyard included key players in a less-understood effort, one aimed at transforming the entire judiciary.” ProPublica: We Don’t Talk About Leonard: The Man Behind the Right’s Supreme Court Supermajority.

+ Latest Spin: “Even doctors break down dizzy spells into a staggering number of mythic-sounding categories, many of which are poorly understood: labyrinthitis, mal de débarquement, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, Ménière’s disease, vestibular neuritis, vestibular migraine. I left the neurologist’s office with new words for my symptoms, but they didn’t adequately clear up what was happening inside my body, or why. I had a pamphlet about migraines in my bag, but I felt haunted by all the questions it didn’t answer.” New Yorker: Why Dizziness Is Still a Mystery.

+ Follow the Money:Climate crisis costing $16m an hour in extreme weather damage.

+ Thems the Breakers: “Breaking has mostly faded from hip-hop’s forefront in the United States, while achieving a modest popularity in countries including Japan, Australia and France thanks to demonstrations from originating dance crews and the popularity of TV dance competition shows. It has largely been left out of the giant block party commemorating hip-hop’s 50th anniversary.” Is it more or less hip now that it will be an Olympic event? NYT (Gift Article): Breakers Grapple With Hip-Hop’s Big Olympic Moment.

+ Tim Keeps on Slipping: One of the sickest responses to the Hamas attack comes from Tim Scott who said, “Joe Biden has blood on his hands.” Selling your soul for a hopeless presidential run is a sad path to wander down.

+ Sandal in the Wind: “Birkenstock’s market debut comes nearly 250 years after it was founded by German cobbler Johann Adam Birkenstock. It remained under family control until 2021 when private equity powerhouse L Catterton acquired a majority stake.” Birkenstock opens at $41 per share in market debut.