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As G7 expresses ‘deep concern’ for Palestinians in Rafah, Biden prepares to send Israel more bombs

As G7 expresses ‘deep concern’ for Palestinians in Rafah, Biden prepares to send Israel more bombs

A statement by the G7 Foreign Ministers which has thus far not been reported by a single U.S. outlet, says: [The foreign ministers including U.S. Secretary of State Blinken] called for urgent action to address the catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Gaza, particularly the plight of 1.5 million civilians sheltering in Rafah and they expressed deep concern for the potentially devastating consequences on the civilian population of Israel’s further full scale military operation in that area. They underscored that securing full,…

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National security experts criticize Biden’s handling of classified documents

National security experts criticize Biden’s handling of classified documents

NBC News reports: The controversy over special counsel Robert Hur’s characterization of President Joe Biden’s memory has obscured one of the most surprising findings in his report: evidence that Biden knowingly kept classified materials at home for years and failed to turn them in. After a yearlong investigation, Hur found that the evidence of “willful retention” — the language in the criminal statute — wasn’t strong enough to justify a prosecution. And he explained in detail why the criminal charges…

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NY governor expresses support for Israel’s destruction of Gaza but then apologizes for ‘poor choice of words’

NY governor expresses support for Israel’s destruction of Gaza but then apologizes for ‘poor choice of words’

Reuters reports: New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Friday apologized for remarks she made at a Jewish philanthropy event in New York City that went viral on social media and which suggested Israel had justification to destroy Gaza following the Oct. 7 Hamas attack. “If Canada someday ever attacked Buffalo, I’m sorry, my friends, there would be no Canada the next day,” Hochul said in a portion of her speech on Thursday at an event for the United Jewish Appeal-Federation…

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Trump allies plan new sweeping abortion restrictions

Trump allies plan new sweeping abortion restrictions

The New York Times reports: Allies of former President Donald J. Trump and officials who served in his administration are planning ways to restrict abortion rights if he returns to power that would go far beyond proposals for a national ban or the laws enacted in conservative states across the country. Behind the scenes, specific anti-abortion plans being proposed by Mr. Trump’s allies are sweeping and legally sophisticated. Some of their proposals would rely on enforcing the Comstock Act, a…

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Can Trump pay? What if he doesn’t? Here’s what to know about Trump’s massive civil judgments

Can Trump pay? What if he doesn’t? Here’s what to know about Trump’s massive civil judgments

Politico reports: A seven-figure verdict, an eight-figure verdict and, now, a nine-figure verdict. Donald Trump has been hit with all three in the past nine months, with Friday’s $354 million penalty for New York business fraud by far the most massive. He is now on the hook for over $440 million in civil judgments as he heads toward the Republican nomination — and as he prepares for one or more criminal trials this year. Those criminal cases could put him…

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February on course to break unprecedented number of heat records

February on course to break unprecedented number of heat records

The Guardian reports: February is on course to break a record number of heat records, meteorologists say, as human-made global heating and the natural El Niño climate pattern drive up temperatures on land and oceans around the world. A little over halfway into the shortest month of the year, the heating spike has become so pronounced that climate charts are entering new territory, particularly for sea-surface temperatures that have persisted and accelerated to the point where expert observers are struggling…

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Majority of traffic from Elon Musk’s X may have been fake during the Super Bowl, report suggests

Majority of traffic from Elon Musk’s X may have been fake during the Super Bowl, report suggests

Mashable reports: This week, Super Bowl 2024 shattered records, with the NFL championship broadcast on CBS becoming the most-watched televised event in U.S. history. Also riding high from the big game? Elon Musk’s X. The company formerly known as Twitter published its own press release, lauding Super Bowl LVIII as one of the biggest events ever on the social media platform with more than 10 billion impressions and over 1 billion video views. The (video first) roar of the stadium…

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Trump is suddenly in need of a lot of cash. That’s everyone’s problem

Trump is suddenly in need of a lot of cash. That’s everyone’s problem

Vox reports: Two recent verdicts have now left Donald Trump on the hook for nearly half a billion dollars. On Friday, a New York judge handed the former president a $355 million penalty, and banned him from serving in a leadership position in any business in New York for three years, for fraudulently inflating his net worth to lenders in order to receive more favorable loan agreements. And in January, a Manhattan jury ordered Trump to pay the writer E….

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Why Russia killed Navalny

Why Russia killed Navalny

Anne Applebaum writes: Alexei Navalny returned to Russia in January 2021. Right before he boarded the plane, he posted a film titled “Putin’s Palace: The Story of the World’s Largest Bribe” on YouTube. The video, nearly two hours long, was an extraordinary feat of investigative reporting. Using secret plans, drone footage, 3-D visualizations, and the testimony of construction workers, Navalny’s video told the story of a hideous $1.3 billion Black Sea villa containing every luxury that a dictator could imagine:…

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Long opposed to exile, Alexei Navalny dies a prisoner in a dark and dangerous Russia

Long opposed to exile, Alexei Navalny dies a prisoner in a dark and dangerous Russia

Shaun Walker writes: For years, Alexei Navalny remained clear on a key message: he was a Russian opposition politician and he was determined to stay in Russia. Exile, he believed, would lead to political irrelevance, and calling on Russians to oppose Vladimir Putin from the safety of the west would mark him as a hypocrite. Navalny stuck to this belief as the political climate in Russia deteriorated and the space for dissent narrowed ever further, and even after he was…

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Responses to Alexei Navalny’s murder

Responses to Alexei Navalny’s murder

The last video of @navalny from yesterday’s court hearing. As you can see, he is in good spirits, joking and making cracks, and apparently healthy. https://t.co/c6pHRSEBWJ — Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) February 16, 2024 The contrast between the journalists who chronicled Navalny's poisoning, particularly @bellingcat, taking huge risks to expose the truth, and @TuckerCarlson's craven, whimpering, regime propaganda was never starker than today. — Edward Luce (@EdwardGLuce) February 16, 2024 Q: In your interview with Putin, you didn’t talk about freedom…

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Photojournalist Motaz Azaiza: ‘The ghosts of Gaza follow me everywhere’

Photojournalist Motaz Azaiza: ‘The ghosts of Gaza follow me everywhere’

The Guardian reports: Motaz Azaiza should have been dead by now. Death stalked the streets of Deir al-Balah where he grew up, long before Israel’s assault on Gaza. There had been close encounters in the past; as a teen he was once shot by an Israeli sniper. When Israel launched its offensive in Gaza after the 7 October Hamas attacks, Azaiza picked up his camera and headed to the frontlines. Despite his clearly marked press vest, in December he narrowly…

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Plastics reckoning: PVC is ubiquitous, but maybe not for long

Plastics reckoning: PVC is ubiquitous, but maybe not for long

Nicola Jones writes: The word “vinyl” might sound innocuous, bringing to mind everyday items like LP records, flooring, pipes, or shiny plastic pants. The plastic this name refers to — polyvinyl chloride (PVC) — is the world’s third-most widely produced synthetic polymer, with more than 50 million tons cranked out each year for everything from window frames to food wrap, fake leather car seats to medical products. It’s everywhere. But environmentalists and NGOs have been raising alarms about PVC for…

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The strange and turbulent global world of ant geopolitics

The strange and turbulent global world of ant geopolitics

John Whitfield writes: It is a familiar story: a small group of animals living in a wooded grassland begin, against all odds, to populate Earth. At first, they occupy a specific ecological place in the landscape, kept in check by other species. Then something changes. The animals find a way to travel to new places. They learn to cope with unpredictability. They adapt to new kinds of food and shelter. They are clever. And they are aggressive. In the new…

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