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Logical Reasonings

A. The big news of the day involves Reality Winner, which is somehow a real person’s real name, and not a discarded name from a draft of a Thomas Pynchon novel. Ms. Winner was a federal contractor who released NSA classified reports to the Intercept, who published the reports yesterday afternoon. These reports described two cyberattacks from the Russian intelligence group GRU during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Now the Department of Justice is charging Ms. Winner with illegally transmitting information relating to national defense. Department of Justice

B. That news is going to make Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearings on Russian meddling this Wednesday and Thursday a lot more interesting. Vox

C. Which isn’t to say those hearings weren’t already going to be interesting. The three major television networks—ABC, CBS, and NBC—will all scrap their usual daytime line-up to air former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony this Thursday. The list of congressional hearings that received this coverage is limited to things you learned about in U.S. History, like the Watergate hearings in 1973 or the Iran-contra hearings in 1987. Washington Post

D. Now, to deal with the lighter side of the law, a D.C. personal trainer just finished a book about the workout routine of Supreme Court Justice and improbable human meme Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If you too want the physique of the 84-year-old Justice, the book will be released Oct. 3. LA Times

E. And finally, a heartwarming tale of a 64-year-old woman who put her dreams of law school on hold to raise a family, who then graduated from law school after her children were grown. Her five kids bought her a car as a graduation gift, and recorded her receiving the surprise. USA Today