Criminal probe of Trump moves forward

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Newsweek: Trump Special Master Blocked in ‘Massive DOJ Win’: Legal Expert
“A federal appeals court on Thursday halted the third-party review of documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, siding with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and allowing the federal government to use the documents in its criminal investigation.”

“In the 21-page opinion from the 11th Court of Appeals, the three-judge panel wrote that Judge Aileen Cannon, who granted Trump’s request for a special master in September, did not have the “jurisdiction to block the United States from using lawfully seized records in a criminal investigation.”

What to do about the homeless folks on the streets?

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NPR: NYC Mayor Adams faces backlash for move to involuntarily hospitalize homeless people
“New York City Mayor Eric Adams is facing backlash after moving forward with a host of policy changes that crack down on the city’s homeless population.”

“On Tuesday, Adams announced officials will begin hospitalizing more homeless people by involuntarily providing care to those deemed to be in “psychiatric crisis.”

They wanted a civil war

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NPR: Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes convicted of seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 trial
“Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the far-right Oath Keepers, has been found guilty of seditious conspiracy and other offenses in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.”

“A federal jury in Washington, D.C., also convicted Rhodes of obstructing an official proceeding and tampering with documents. He was acquitted of two other conspiracy counts.”

Winter may decide Ukraine war

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Winter may decide Ukraine war
But which side will winter favor?

USA Today: Seven countries pledge more aid for Ukraine as 97% of Russian missiles aim at civilian targets
“With winter approaching and temperatures already dipping below freezing in many parts of the country, Ukraine is facing an energy crisis after weeks of Russia pummeling its power facilities with air strikes. About 40% of Ukraine’s energy sector has been damaged or destroyed.”


Patrick Chappatte, Boston Globe

Covid protests in China/Uyghurs left to die in fire

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The Guardian: Protests erupt in China over strict zero Covid measures: in pictures
“Protesters have taken to the streets in several Chinese cities after a deadly apartment fire in Xinjiang province sparked a national outcry, with many saying Covid restrictions played a part in the disaster”


“Police officers confront a man as they block Wulumuqi street in Shanghai. The street is named after Urumqi and has been the site of vigils commemorating the fire in the western city.” Photograph: Héctor Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

Is it time for teachers to pack heat?

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New York Times: ‘Our Schools Have Become Battlefields’: Teachers Consider Arming Themselves in the Classroom
“2022 is on track to have the most school shootings ever in America. (And of course, as we’ve recently seen in a Colorado club and a Virginia Walmart, the gun violence is not confined to schools.) I feel angry, afraid and helpless. Everyone agrees that what is happening is unacceptable, but people have very different opinions on what should be done about it.”

Did Trump just lose what Jewish support he had?

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Politico: Donald Trump dined with white nationalist, Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes
“This past week, Kanye West called me to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago,” he wrote. “Shortly thereafter, he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about. We had dinner on Tuesday evening with many members present on the back patio. The dinner was quick and uneventful. They then left for the airport.”

Can the UN Security Council be effective?

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Can the UN Security Council be effective?
Ukriane? Iran? North Korea? What can the UN actually do?

The Guardian: Russia strikes are crime against humanity, Zelenskiy tells UN, as power cut in Ukraine and Moldova
“Addressing an urgent meeting of the UN security council late on Wednesday, Zelenskiy said Ukraine would put forward a resolution condemning “any forms of energy terror”. Referring to Russia’s likely veto, he said, “it’s nonsense that the veto right is secured for the party that wages this war.”

“When we have the temperature below zero, and scores of millions of people without energy supplies, without heating, without water, this is an obvious crime against humanity,” Zelenskiy told the security council via video link.”

UN News: UN rights body launches Iran human rights investigation
“It pains me to see what is happening in the country,” he told the packed chamber. “The images of children killed. Of women beaten in the streets. Of people sentenced to death.”

“The UN High Commissioner highlighted how the security forces, “notably the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Basij forces have used live ammunition, birdshot and other metal pellets, teargas and batons” against the protest movement as it has spread to a reported 150 cities and 140 universities in all provinces of Iran.”

Another internet lie leads to death threats

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Daily Mail:
Michigan man is arrested for threatening to kill FBI Director Christopher Wray and Dem Congressman John Garamendi

“A Michigan man was arrested for threatening to kill FBI Director Christopher Wray and several members of Congress – believing them to be part of a child sex ring.”

“Neil Walter, 32, made a litany of accusations online regarding the likes of various members of Congress, as well as Twitter CEO Elon Musk and Hollywood actor Tom Cruise.”