① Brian Gongol and Emery Songer debate the merits of making the Iowa State Fair Queen competition a little more...pay-per-view-friendly. Believe it or not, we actually manage to work in some notes on the Federalist Papers and the merits of separating the roles of head of state from the head of government. Because why not have a little side dish of nerdery along with your funnel cake?
② The Totally Unnecessary Debate of the Day for August 10, 2019: How would you rank funnel cakes? High joy of the fair, or fried garbage?
③ and ④ Nobody should end up dead while in custody -- even when it's a person accused of awful, revolting crimes. Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide deprives his victims of true justice, and justice is a process, not just an end. Jeffrey Epstein's victims deserved better.
⑤ What's going on with the nation's biggest newspaper chains? What about one of our iconic restaurant chains? And how about Russia's challenges to our airspace in the north -- hasn't the President been telling us what a great relationship he has with Putin?
⑥ Presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet echoes the words of President Calvin Coolidge from nearly a century ago: And they're both right. We shouldn't have to think about the President very often at all.
⑧ Iowa Cubs become the Iowa Caucuses for a night, and I'm completely on board. And speaking of the caucuses, we're going to need to step up our game against foreign attacks on our elections. That starts with paper ballot trails.