DC has just released the unaired episode of the NBC comedy Powerless, featuring the late Adam West as chairman of the Gotham City Wayne Industries. An interesting premise of a Wayne subsidiary in nearby Charm City that specializes in gear that protects bystanders from battles between superheroes and supervillains, Powerless never built an audience and was canceled in spring. West spoofed his ‘60s Batman series sign-offs with a tongue-in-cheek take to the audience, teasing them to tune in next week, but didn’t use the old “Same time, same Bat-channel.” —Eric Gould
The Republican-led Senate voted decisively to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 election by approving a wide-ranging sanctions package that targets key sectors of Russia's economy and individuals who carried out cyber attacks.
Senators on Wednesday passed the bipartisan sanctions legislation 97-2, underscoring broad support among Republicans and Democrats for rebuking Russia after U.S. intelligence agencies determined Moscow had deliberately interfered in the presidential campaign. Lawmakers who backed the measure also cited Russia's aggression in Syria and Ukraine.
Why is today’s special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District important? It’s just one race for one House seat, but as my colleague Nate Silver wrote on Monday:
Sometimes dumb things matter if everyone agrees that they matter. Congressional Republicans could use a signal of any kind right now to coordinate their strategy around two vexing issues: first, their health care bill, and second, their behavior toward President Trump and the investigations surrounding him.
That’s all true, but I’d also argue that the election in Georgia 6 is a bit more interesting than your average House race because it’ll give us a good reading on how a crucial bloc of voters are feeling about things five months into the Trump era.