House votes to hold Mark Meadows in contempt for defying Jan. 6 committee subpoena

Arrest him already so that the judge can let him off on personal recognizance:

WASHINGTON – The House voted Tuesday to hold former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt for defying a subpoena from the committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

The House voted 222-208 on the measure, which also urged the Justice Department to prosecute Meadows criminally for contempt. He would become the second aide to former President Donald Trump facing charges, after political strategist Steve Bannon.

Judge Rules That Congress Can See Trump’s Tax Returns

How many times has this happened by now? Didn’t this already go to the Supreme Court? How many legal appeals does this guy have to protect something that should have been publicized back in 2015?

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by Donald J. Trump that sought to block Congress from obtaining his tax returns, ruling that the law gives a House committee chairman broad authority to request them despite Mr. Trump’s status as a former president.

In a 45-page opinion, Judge Trevor McFadden of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia held that the Treasury Department can provide the tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee, which could vote to publish them. Judge McFadden, however, stayed his ruling for 10 days to give Mr. Trump time to file an appeal, which he is very likely to do.

It’s Just so Exhausting

But, I suppose being exhausting is the point with these uber-trolls that now makes up the GOP.

10 lessons in productivity and brainstorming from The Beatles

I’m rewatching Get Back actually. Picking up on more things on the second go. I don’t know if I would recommend the documentary to anybody who isn’t a Beatles fan. I feel like a lot of people may just watch it as a few guys getting snippy at each other and goofing off. But there’s so much creativity happening in between. What’s amazing about this documentary is that most of us only see a finished product, and don’t see what goes into actually making it. The number of times they need to fuck things up until they hone it to something amazing. Paul coming up with Get Back for example. Where he has nothing but a driving blues rhythm that he is noodling around with on his bass before he comes up with the descending melody on the IV chord and realizes he just found a nugget of something that might work out:

On Fluxx Studio Notes on Medium has a list of 10 lessons that can be taken away from the doc.

1. The ‘yes… and’ rule

The first rule of improvisation (and brainstorming) is “yes… and”. When someone suggests an idea, plays a note, says a line, you accept it completely, then build on it. That’s how improvisational comedy or music flows. The moment someone says ‘no’, the flow is broken. It’s part of deferring judgement, where you strictly separate idea generation from idea selection.

As they slog through Don’t Let Me Down, George breaks the spell. Instead of building and accepting he leaps to judgement, saying “I think it’s awful.” Immediately, John and Paul lay down the rules: “Well, have you got anything?” “you’ve gotta come up with something better”.

Don’t judge, build.

5. Embrace happy accidents

In All Things Must Pass, George wrote the line “A wind can blow those clouds away” but John misreads his handwriting as a “A mind can blow…” which stuck.