In the News: Week of May 3rd

What happened in the world from May 3rd to May 9th

Happy Sunday morning everyone! I hope you all had an excellent week.

In the news this week

The Justice Department is dropping charges against Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor to Donald Trump. Flynn admitted to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with a Russian ambassador in 2017. He’s getting off the hook because, according to AG William Barr, “People sometimes plead to things that turn out not to be crimes.” Flynn was nearly sentenced to prison in late 2018, but the judge deferred the sentencing because he had more questions about the matter. Flynn then replaced his attorneys and sought to rescind his guilty plea, which led to the Justice Department deciding this week to drop the case against him.

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that New York must hold its primary in June, and restore Bernie Sanders to the ballot. Governor Cuomo attempted to cancel the primary, but the judge said he violated the First and 14th Amendment rights of Democratic candidates in doing so. Joe Biden is the presumptive nominee, but it is still important for Bernie Sanders to rack up as many delegates as he can in order to have a greater influence on the party. Initially the presidential primary was canceled due to concerns around coronavirus, even as other New York primaries were scheduled to take place on the same day. It would probably be reckless to proceed with widespread in-person voting, so New York needs to ensure every resident can vote safely from their home.

The men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery were arrested Thursday evening. Arbery, a black man, was shot while jogging through a neighborhood outside of Brunswick, Georgia. His accused killers, who are both white, chased Arbery down in a pickup truck while he was jogging in the neighborhood and shot him. One of the accused said he believed Arbery to be a suspect in a string of burglaries. The men were arrested more than two months after Arbery’s killing, and two days after a video showing the alleged murder surfaced online. The video sparked regional and national outrage, after which the suspects were quickly arrested. 

The Supreme Court heard arguments by telephone for the first time in history this week. Cases scheduled for March and April were postponed due to coronavirus, and about half of them will be heard in May. Monday’s arguments were about whether an online hotel reservation company,, could trademark its name. There were a few hiccups, and arguments lasted about 15 minutes longer than usual.

Headline of the Week: 5-year-old Utah boy drives family car onto interstate, intending to buy Lamborghini

The boy got about two miles from his home before he was pulled over by the police. Surprisingly, the kid did in fact pull over for the policeman when he hit the siren. It is unclear how the boy planned to get his parents’ car back home after he purchased the Lamborghini. Unfortunately he doesn’t live in Georgia, where I hear he would have been able to get a driver’s license without taking a driving test, no questions asked.

Recommended Reading: For His Next Trick, This Magician Will Amaze an Anxious World

I am a huge fan of magic. There is something really special about the feeling of awe and wonder I get from watching a magician perform illusions (they’re not tricks, Michael, they’re illusions). 

I read the above article about the psychological illusionist Karan Singh earlier this week and immediately reserved (free) spots in one of his upcoming Zoom shows for me and my family members. His show was great; we got 40 minutes of amusement, awe, and amazement. Singh’s charisma and showmanship come through crystal clear digitally from thousands of miles away. He might even have enjoyed the show more than we did.

Karan Singh offers a form of entertainment we can normally only get from going to a venue with hundreds or thousands of other people. With many of us around the world still staying indoors and sheltering in place, his interactive magic experience is a breath of fresh air. 

Check out his YouTube channel if you’d like to see him perform some of his illusions, and if you’re really into magic (like me) you can reach out to him on social media for information about upcoming shows or booking a private show. 

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