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YOU MAY HAVE HEARD that Donald Trump chose to celebrate Thanksgiving by raging on social media about his civil fraud trial now underway in New York—including trash-talking the prosecutor, the judge, and the judge’s clerk. Over the last month he has also raged about the special counsel who brought two federal cases against him—“Deranged Prosecutor Jack Smith,” Trump calls him—and about U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is overseeing one of those two federal trials, the one focusing on alleged conspiracy and obstruction of justice in connection with the attempt to steal the 2020 presidential election and the attack of January 6th. Trump has called Chutkan a “very Biased, Trump Hating Judge” from the “RADICAL LEFT” who is “a TRUE TRUMP HATER” with “a major, and incurable, case of TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME.”
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CATHY YOUNG: Putin’s Re-Election Campaign and Other Modern Myths.
TWO TALES OF CRIME AND PUNISHMENT this month sum up the theater of the absurd that is Vladimir Putin’s Russia today.
On November 16 in a St. Petersburg courtroom, Aleksandra Skochilenko, a 33-year-old artist, was sentenced to seven years of penal colony for “spreading false information” about the Russian military. Her crime: On March 31, 2022, just over a month after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Skochilenko, a self-described pacifist, had replaced several supermarket price tags with fake tags that had antiwar texts on them, such as, “Our children’s lives are the price of this war.”
Happy Cyber Monday! Hope you’re getting some sweet savings on the interwebs, and that if you traveled, you got home safely. Yesterday was the busiest day at U.S. airports… ever.
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Have You Listened Lately to What Trump Is Saying? Peter Wehner in The Atlantic and a message for Trump supporters: “You've jettisoned almost everything that you claim to most cherish in your life to make inner peace with this man who's a sociopath, an unfiltered sociopath.”
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