On Wednesday night I kept my midweek date with Tucker Carlson on Fox News. The subject was the re-emergence under bizarrely controlled circumstances of the key witness to the Vegas attack. Despite both our protestations of non-conspiracy-nut status, we did a bonus round on the impending and supposedly final JFK revelations. Click below to watch:
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