Why you should care
Because there are tempests and teacups, and then there are a disgusting old man’s selfies.
We just got an October surprise! Could someone please tell us what, exactly, it is?
As of Friday evening, here is what we know:
- The FBI has uncovered emails that might be relevant to its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s improper use of a private email server.
- The emails might not be relevant either.
- The number of emails involved could be three, or it could be thousands.
- The emails were on devices owned by Clinton aide Huma Abedin and/or her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, who painfully and publicly humiliated her over the course of many years by sexting strangers.
- The FBI uncovered these emails in the course of its investigation into Weiner’s sexting with underage girls.
What can we glean from all this? Very little. But for once, we’re with the token conservative columnist at The New York Times, who has salvaged one key lesson from this ridiculousness:
Marry wisely.— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) October 28, 2016
(If you’re a millennial or Weiner, go ahead and sub in the word “sext” for “marry.”)
To mark this veritable black box of an October surprise, we’re bringing you a special issue. Our senior contributor John McLaughlin, who, as former head of the CIA, knows a thing or two about federal investigations, weighs in on what we know, what we don’t know — and what you need to know. Sean Braswell ghostwrites a speech that could help Clinton dispense with Emailgate once and for all. Nick Fouriezos looks into the long and illustrious list of officials who’ve brought classified information home with them. Sanjena Sathian argues that we shouldn’t be satisfied with email, anyway; why not weigh a candidates’ college theses?
We hope you’ll enjoy these and other pieces, and till next time, do *marry* wisely.