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Vatican slams Israel for attacking funeral of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

The top Catholic officials in Jerusalem strongly criticized Israel on Monday for Friday's attack on the funeral procession of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Israeli riot police stormed the courtyard of St. Joseph Hospital, where Abu Akleh's funeral procession was starting, and kicked and beat the pallbearers, causing them to nearly drop the coffin. "The Israel Police's invasio…

Letter from a demoralized Pennsylvania voter

You may have heard that Pennsylvanians vote on Tuesday to decide which candidates will face off in November to fill their state's open senate seat and become its next governor. What you may not know is that these races have been a circus — and that the cast of characters on each side give us a revealing glimpse of everything that's wrong with American politics in 2022. On the Republican side, the…

The May 17 primaries, explained

Millions will head to the polls on Tuesday in the busiest election day of the year so far. Wondering who's running or why you should care? Here's everything you need to know: Where are primaries happening on Tuesday, May 17? Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho, and Oregon. What are some notable contests in each state? In Pennsylvania, the race to replace retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R) has…

A farewell to The Week that was

The value and future of the liberal public square has come under intense debate. Ours is a time in which the ACLU wrings its hands over the risks of free speech; self-described small-government conservatives seek to sic the state on Big Tech; and everyone is increasingly unsure if those people should really be allowed to say that . Our national discourse is all mucked up with fear, fury, maliciou…

'Great Replacement Theory,' explained

Buffalo is reeling from the nation's latest gun massacre — 10 people were killed Saturday at a Tops grocery store in one of the city's predominantly Black neighborhoods, by a white 18-year-old gunman who had a racial slur written on his rifle, and who days earlier had posted a white supremacist manifesto in which he decried "the complete racial and cultural replacement of the European people" by …

Ukraine says 264 'heroes' evacuated from Azovstal steel works as Mariupol 'combat mission' ends

About a dozen busses transported 264 Ukrainian fighters from Mariupol's massive Azovstal steel plant to areas controlled by pro-Russian separatists as part of a deal worked out with Russia and outside groups for a future troop exchange, Ukraine said Monday night . "Fifty-three seriously injured people were evacuated from Azovstal to a medical facility in Novoazovsk for medical care," said Deputy …

Biden reverses some Trump restrictions on Cuba

The Biden administration is lifting some Trump-era restrictions on Cuba, with State Department spokesman Ned Price saying on Monday the measures "will make it easier for families to visit their relatives in Cuba and for authorized U.S. travelers to engage with the Cuban people, attend meetings, and conduct research." Last summer, protests were held in Cuba against the government and ruling Commun…

FDA and Abbott reach agreement to reopen baby formula plant

The Food and Drug Administration reached an agreement with Abbott Laboratories on Monday to restart production of baby formula at the company's plant in Sturgis, Michigan. This is Abbott's largest domestic factory, and it closed in February after bacterial infections were reported in four babies who consumed formula made at the plant; two of the babies died. As part of the agreement — which still…

Trump announces The Crime of the Century, a forthcoming book about the 2020 election

Winning Team Publishing announced Monday that it will publish The Crime of the Century by former President Donald Trump, a book outlining Trump's baseless claims that widespread voter fraud robbed him of victory in the 2020 election. The announcement did not include a release date. Trump teased the book at a rally in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. The "heist" of the 2020 election was "one of the gre…

COVID-19 cases surge nationwide, as CDC reports 1 million virus deaths

Less than three years into the pandemic, the U.S. has reached 1 million deaths from COVID-19, the CDC said Monday, per The Associated Press . President Biden last week ordered all federal flags to fly half-staff in recognition of the grim milestone. Meanwhile, writes The New York Times , "cases are spreading at an alarming rate across the United States, particularly in the Northeast and the Midwe…

JetBlue attempts hostile takeover of Spirit Airlines

JetBlue, the seventh-largest airline in the United States by fleet size, launched a hostile takeover bid for Spirit Airlines — the country's eighth-largest airline — on Monday, two weeks after Spirit rejected an offer from JetBlue . On March 29, JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes sent a letter to Spirit suggesting that "the combination of our two companies would create a leading player best positioned to se…

Biden reverses Trump's order, redeploying Special Forces to Somalia

President Biden has approved a Pentagon request to deploy hundreds of Special Operations forces to Somalia, reversing former President Donald Trump's 2020 decision to withdraw all 700 ground troops stationed there, The New York Times reported Monday. Before Trump left office in January 2021, he'd ordered most American troops to exit the East African nation, with the Pentagon explaining at the tim…

Trump must post on Truth Social before posting on Twitter, SEC filing says

Donald Trump plans to "partially restrict himself" on social media like Twitter, even if potential new owner Elon Musk makes good on his claim he'd let the former president back online, CNBC reports per an SEC filing from Digital World Acquisition Corp., the SPAC working to take Trump's media and technology company public. According to the filing, the ex-president must first post to his social ne…

McDonald's announces total withdrawal from Russia after 32 years

McDonald's announced Monday that it plans to fully exit the Russian market in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, USA Today reports . In March, the fast food giant said it would "temporarily close" all of its restaurants in Russia and "pause all operations in the market" while continuing to pay its 62,000 employees. According to The New York Times , McDonald's "now plans to sell its busines…

Liz Cheney: House GOP leadership has 'enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and antisemitism'

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Monday urged House GOP leadership to "renounce and reject" white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism in remarks that followed a racially-motivated shooting in Buffalo, New York this weekend. In a tweet, Cheney said that House Republican leadership has "enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and antisemitism , " and that "history has taught us that what…
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