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Trump’s enablers in Congress are a fascinating case study of political amnesia

Sidney Blumenthal © The Guardian
June 18, 2024

After 40 months and two weeks Donald Trump succeeded in being driven by car to the Capitol. The last time he attempted to get there was 6 January 2021. The mob was rampaging, ransacking offices and chanting, “Hang Mike Pence!” Trump was “irate”, according to the account of Cassidy Hutchinson, the former White House aide, because he was not among the mob. “The president said something to the effect of, ‘I’m the effing president, take me up to the Capitol now.’” Hutchinson stands by her story of being told he had tried to grab the steering wheel and lunged at his driver.

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Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

US imposes sanctions on ‘extremist Israeli group’ for blocking Gaza aid

Emma Graham-Harrison © The Guardian
June 14, 2024

The US state department has imposed sanctions on Tsav 9, “a violent, extremist Israeli group”, for blocking convoys taking humanitarian aid to Gaza, and attacking trucks.

The US said Tsav 9 activists began blockading a key crossing, Kerem Shalom, at the start of the year, and later set trucks on fire and injured drivers and Israel Defense Forces soldiers, as hunger spread inside Gaza.

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All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.

-Tennessee Williams

US designates Nordic neo-Nazi group as terrorists

By Jennifer Hansler, © CNN
June 14, 2024

The US State Department on Friday designated a Nordic neo-Nazi group and three of its top officials as terrorists.

It’s the second time in history that the US has designated a foreign White supremacist organization and its leaders as terrorists.

The department designated the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) and three of its top officials – Tor Fredrik Vejdeland, Pär Öberg, and Leif Robert Eklund – as Specially Designated Global Terrorists on Friday, according to a statement from spokesperson Matthew Miller.

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How a blunder by a respected medical journal is fueling an anti-vaccine lie

By MICHAEL HILTZIK, © The Los Angeles Times
June 11, 2024

The paper published by the respected British Medical Journal earlier this month was eye-opening, to say the least. It questioned why excess deaths in Western countries remained unusually elevated during the COVID-19 pandemic even after vaccines were introduced in 2021.

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Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.

-Viktor E. Frankl