The political world is consumed with the fighting going on after Hamas’s attack on Israel. How could the vaunted Israeli intelligence services have been so surprised? How extensive will Israel’s retaliation be? Will the conflict spread?

What is President Joe Biden’s biggest liability as he runs for reelection? Republicans could give you a lot of answers, but the most important is the president’s age. He’s 80 now and would be 82 upon beginning a second term and 86 at the end of it. He looks and sounds every minute of his age. Having such an elderly chief executive is unprecedented in American history.

On Feb. 7, 2022, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), a member of the Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland. It was about the case of Montez Lee, a Rochester, Minnesota, man sentenced to 10 years in prison for setting a fire that killed a man during the Black Lives Matter riot in Minneapolis.

Let’s say you hate Donald Trump and really, really, really don’t want him to become president of the United States again. How do you prevent that? Well, most would agree the best way would be to defeat him electorally, either in the Republican primaries or in the 2024 general election.

The first debate of the Republican presidential primaries is now just days away. There is still uncertainty about who will take part — there have been reports that former President Donald Trump, who leads second-place Gov. Ron DeSantis by 40 points, will skip the event. But Trump could always change his mind.

The House Oversight Committee has released a new report on the progress of its investigation into Biden family influence-peddling during the time Joe Biden was vice president of the United States. “Committee staff is releasing payments from Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan that occurred during Joe Biden’s vice presidency,” the report said. “The committee has now identified over $20 million in payments from foreign sources to the Biden family and their business associates.”

President Joe Biden has often said the United States will continue military aid to Ukraine “for as long as it takes” to win the war with Russia. On Jan. 25 of this year, for example, Biden said to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, “We’re with you for as long as it takes.” Last month, Biden said, “Our commitment to Ukraine will not weaken.

In the past few days, we’ve seen a number of political analysts come to a momentous conclusion. Actually, two momentous conclusions. The first is that it is unlikely anyone can catch former President Donald Trump in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

The government still has not released the original plea agreement between the Justice Department and Hunter Biden, even though it was the subject of three hours of discussion and debate in open court this week. Fortunately, Politico has published a bootleg copy — cellphone photos of a printout of the document — or otherwise, we would not know the lengths to which the DOJ went to accommodate the president’s son.

There has been a highly political battle on Capitol Hill — actually, that’s the only kind of battle they have on Capitol Hill — over defense policy and spending. The fight has been on two fronts: 1) passage of the yearly National Defense Authorization Act, which sets military spending levels, and 2) a Republican senator’s decision to block Senate confirmation of military promotions until the Biden Pentagon changes its policy on abortion.

Every now and then, the attorney general, whoever he or she is, whichever administration he or she serves, writes a memo called “Election Year Sensitivities.” The purpose is to remind the Justice Department’s 115,000 employees that they should not allow politics to influence their work.

Yesterday’s newsletter discussed the growing frustration among Capitol Hill Republicans about the FBI’s apparent reluctance to investigate an allegation, from a trusted bureau confidential source, that Joe Biden accepted a multimillion-dollar bribe when he was vice president.

One of the murkier aspects of congressional Republicans’ investigation of President Joe Biden’s financial history concerns an allegation that Biden, when he was vice president, accepted a $5 million bribe from the corrupt Ukrainian energy firm Burisma. The alleged scheme also involved Biden’s son Hunter.

Republicans in Congress are starting to ask questions about last weekend’s discovery of a baggie of cocaine in the White House. On Friday morning, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY), best known as the chief investigator of Hunter Biden on Capitol Hill, sent a letter to Kimberly Cheatle, head of the Secret Service. “The presence of illegal drugs in the White House is unacceptable and a shameful moment in the White House’s history,” Comer wrote. “This incident has raised additional concerns with the committee regarding the level of security maintained at the White House.” Comer requested a briefing for the committee by no later than next week.

There’s no doubt Hunter Biden had some serious tax problems. In the 2010s, he took in millions from shady overseas business dealings, trading on the name of his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, and had a history of filing his returns late with six-figure amounts of taxes due. There was also his lowlife, high-cost drug addict lifestyle in which he threw away hundreds of thousands of dollars on prostitutes and crack. He had personal financial problems most people don’t share.

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) said she will bring articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden to the House floor and that she will do it in a way, a parliamentary maneuver called a privileged motion, that will force the House to take a vote on it. Boebert’s effort to impeach the president focuses on his mishandling of the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.

There are a lot of questions surrounding the federal indictment of former President Donald Trump, which alleges that after leaving the White House, Trump kept secret national defense information he was not legally allowed to possess. Questions such as: Did Trump, as president, have the authority to decide what to keep, and what to give to the National Archives, after leaving office? And just how sensitive were the documents he kept? And even if Trump lacked the specific authority, and the papers were sensitive, has the Justice Department overreached by charging Trump with 37 felonies?

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announced Thursday that he is running for the Republican nomination for president. Suarez released a video of himself in athletic clothes running around Miami as dramatic music swelled behind him. “When I was elected, the city was broke and broken,” he says in the video. “But we came together, and I won my mayoral election with over 80% of the vote.” (Critics quickly pointed out that Miami has a city manager government in which the mayor has relatively little power.)

On June 6, President Joe Biden marked the 79th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by issuing a brief statement praising the “brave service members” who “volunteered to lay down their lives for our liberty.” According to the Department of Defense, more than 9,000 Allied troops were killed or wounded during the first 24 hours of the invasion.

There are reports the Biden Justice Department is on the verge of indicting former President Donald Trump in the classified documents investigation. Not only would such an indictment be the first federal charge against a former president, but it would also be the first time a sitting president’s administration has indicted a leading opposition party candidate in the run-up to a presidential election.