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Support for troops in Afghanistan kept criticism muted. The cost of our quiet was too high.

Americans tried to honor the warriors, not the war, and we all paid the price.
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Dave Chappelle’s documentary being pulled by distributors amid controversy
Film festival invitations to show the film, which chronicles the outspoken comic's efforts to hold stand-up shows in his neighbor's cornfield have been pulled.
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Chef Rachel Hargrove on ‘Below Deck’ Season 9: “I’m Not The Crazy One This Season”
"I'm looking forward to what I say on the show because I don't know what comes out of my face. A lot of things fall out."
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Is ignoring the pandemic a crime against humanity?
Protesters wearing masks depicting President Jair Bolsonaro protest the government’s Covid-19 response in Brasilia, Brazil, on October 20. | Andressa Anholete/Getty Images Brazilian lawmakers may try to make the case, though experts are skeptical of how far it could go. Brazil has the world’s second-highest official Covid-19 death toll, just after the United States, with more than 600,000 fatalities. Manaus, the capital of the Amazonas, had a deadly first wave that saw mass graves, and a dangerous second where it ran out of oxygen. Through it all, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro downplayed what he once called the “little flu,” dismissed public health measures, and promoted unproven treatments like hydroxychloroquine while undermining proven approaches, like vaccines. Now some Brazilian lawmakers are trying tohold Bolsonaro and his associates accountable. A Senate committee will vote Tuesday ona more than 1,000-page report outlining the government’s mishandling of the Covid-19 outbreak and vaccination campaign. The result of a months-long inquiry by a congressional panel, the report recommends charges for Bolsonaro, among them falsification of documents, misuse of public funds, and charlatanism. And one particular allegation stands out: “crimes against humanity.” The report says crimes against humanity come into play as “the entire population was deliberately subject to the effects of the pandemic, with the intention of trying to reach herd immunity through contagion and save the economy.” The report specifically ties these “crimes against humanity” to Indigenous peoples, saying the virus was an “ally” of the Bolsonaro government in its anti-Indigenous policies. The committee had initially recommended Bolsonaro also face charges of genocide and mass homicide for the Covid-19 toll on the Indigenous population, but those recommendations were removed from the final version after several senators said those allegations went too far, according to the New York Times. The “crimes against humanity” charge raises a question beyond Bolsonaro, and Brazil, about how to hold leaders accountable for real malfeasance and negligence during public health emergencies, like the still-unfolding Covid-19 pandemic. And does malfeasance rise to the level of egregiousness the world typically associates with war and repression — or at least could it? The question is largely untested, specifically at the International Criminal Court, the venue to which the Senate committee may refer the “crimes against humanity” charge, if senators agree to it in the final vote. (Lawmakers are likely to refer the other allegations to the prosecutor-general, but he is a Bolsonaro ally and is unlikely to pursue criminal charges against the president or any of his associates.) The ICC, based in the Hague, is sometimes called the “court of last resort,” stepping in when nations themselves cannot or will not prosecute war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. It seems unlikely thatBolsonaro’s Covid-19 gross mismanagement will be taken up by the court, many experts said — but deliberate mishandling of a disease could still fit within the definition of “crimes against humanity.” If this case is referred to the ICC, it may be the first test of whether leaders can face criminal consequences for public health disasters of their own making. Should leaders be held accountable for Covid-19 malfeasance? The ICC could take up a case against Bolsonaro in theory.Brazil is party to the Rome Statute, the treaty that brought the court into force in 2002. That means if crimes against humanity happen in Brazil, the ICC has jurisdiction, said David Bosco, an associate professor of international studies at Indiana University who’s researched the ICC. (Not all countries are signatories, including the United States, which feared American troops might be subject to prosecution for actions overseas; the Trump administration even sanctioned some top ICC officials.) But even if the Senate does follow through, a referral to the ICC prosecutor is just that. It’s ultimately up to the ICC to take up a case, examine it, and pursue it. Typically, cases are referred by states themselves (or the United Nations Security Council), but it seems unlikely that the Bolsonaro government is going to refer itself. The ICC doesn’t have an obligation to pursue any referral from an outside group or even lawmakers, though the ICC can initiate its own investigations. The ICC has 15 investigations underway, and 12 preliminary investigations, according to the ICC’s website, none of them in Brazil right now. As troubling as the allegations against Bolsonaro are in this big report, they are not a neat fit for a crimes against humanity case. It’s worth starting with what the law says. The Rome Statute says a crime against humanity exists “when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack.” That could be widespread or systematic murder, or forced disappearance, or, as the very last provision says: “other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.” David Scheffer, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and former US ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues who helped lead the US delegation on ICC talks two decades ago, said the catchall nature of the last one is deliberate. “It is obvious that other types of assaults on your civilian population are going to emerge in the future, and you have to provide for that in the statute,” he said. “It’s hard to think of a better example than intentional mismanagement of a Covid-19 pandemic or some other pathogen. And so I would argue that, yes, that’s fair game.” The investigations and prosecutions that the ICC takes up involve some of the most brutal crimes, and so the bar is incredibly high: To prove crimes against humanity, of any sort, prosecutors have to prove knowledge and intent. “Disease can be a weapon, and so you could certainly imagine that constituting a crime against humanity,” Bosco said. “But negligence or disinformation, that would be a harder fit.” It’s especially tricky with a still-evolving event like the Covid-19 pandemic. The science changed, and is changing. The origins of the disease, different possible treatments, the mask-wearing of it all — expert opinion shifted throughout the pandemic. A robust pandemic response also takes resources that leaders might not have, and not all countries have access to lifesaving medical interventions like vaccines. As experts pointed out, it is a very high bar to prove knowledge and intent, and that’s ultimately what the ICC prosecutors would have to investigate and prove in any case involving crimes against humanity. Trying to parse that out in an evolving pandemic and with a new pathogen is an extraordinary task. But, as Scheffer said, as the scientific consensus coalesces, public officials “need to be responsible enough to follow the procedures and policies that can defeat and overcome the public health threat to their populations.” Experts I spoke to say there really isn’t an obvious precedent for a crime against humanity case in a public health setting; the closest examples, like destruction of water systems in Darfur, Sudan, came in the context of a larger conflict. Covid-19 has killed nearly 5 million people globally, and failures in leadership around the world likely exacerbated the toll. Other leaders have made missteps, or denied the seriousness of the pandemic at points, that may have contributed to Covid-19’s spread, from India’s Narendra Modi to the United Kingdom’s Boris Johnson to Donald Trump in the US. But sorting out what was done in error, or ineptly, and what was done with deliberate intent to spread the disease is an extraordinary task. The ICC is dealing with some very tough and longstanding investigations, which makes it seem unlikely it would take up a case like this. “Bolsonaro’s response to Covid has been egregious, but for both legal and pragmatic reasons, I don’t see it being something that the ICC will take up,” said Rebecca Hamilton, an associate professor at Washington College of Law. Bolsonaro is already facing referrals to the ICC, mostly from Indigenous and environmental groups. A few weeks ago, a group accused Bolsonaro of “crimes against humanity” for the “widespread attack on the Amazon, its dependents and its defenders that not only result in the persecution, murder and inhumane suffering in the region, but also upon the global population.” Another ICC referral could certainly raise the profile of those other cases, and, especially since the Senate’s report focuses a lot on the Covid-19 fallout on Indigenous communities, Scheffer said the cases all might look a lot stronger together. “The ICC has a thick file on Brazil right now, a very thick file,” he said. And it is still remarkable that lawmakers in Brazil are making the case not only that Bolsonaro failed at the pandemic, but also that some of his actions constitute a crime against humanity. It’s an attempt to hold Bolsonaro himself accountable and to secure guardrails for the next pandemic or public health crisis. If leaders faced the threat of criminal prosecutionfor putting their populations at grave risk, they might not pursue those policies at all.
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Gus Johnson 'Deeply Sorry' After Ex Abelina Sabrina's Pregnancy Revelations
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All Time Low band members call 'inappropriate behavior' allegations 'unequivocally false'
All Time Low is speaking out after allegations of "inappropriate behavior" toward young fans, calling the claims "absolutely an unequivocally false."      
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The Northeast is lashed with strong winds and heavy rain from the season's first nor'easter
The first nor'easter of the season blasts the Northeast with fierce winds and heavy rain. Peak winds could top 50 miles per hour and 3-6 inches of rain is expected to fall. Mola Lenghi reports from Long Beach, NY.
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Princess Mako: Countries Where Women Are Not Allowed to Reign As Queens
Princess Mako was never in line for the throne because Japan—like many countries—only lets royal men rule as emperor.
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The crew member who handed Baldwin a gun was fired after a mishap on set in 2019
The assistant director was fired from a previous job after a gun went off on a set and wounded a member of the film crew, a producer for the film told the Associated Press.
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Judge in Derek Chauvin trial will identify jurors who convicted him of George Floyd's murder
The judge who oversaw the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted in April of murdering George Floyd, will make public next week the names of 15 jurors and alternates.
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Shooter opens fire at Boise shopping mall, killing two before exchanging fire with police
A gunman opened fire at a mall Monday in Boise, Idaho, leaving four people injured and two dead. Police arrived on scene within minutes and exchanged fire with the suspect, leaving the shooter in critical condition. Carter Evans reports.
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Queen Elizabeth II carries out first official engagements a week after overnight hospital stay
Queen Elizabeth II has carried out her first official engagements, virtually, from Windsor Castle since spending a night in hospital and canceling a trip to Northern Ireland last week.
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John Oliver says 'f---ing let' policer officers who resist vaccine mandates quit
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver took aim at police officers who have yet to get the COVID-19 vaccine, encouraging them to "f---ing" quit if they don't want to comply.
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Manchin's not keen on more Medicaid expansion
Democrats may sever new health benefits from their social spending bill to get his support.
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How Alexis Lafreniere’s mystery Year 2 slowdown could shake up the Rangers
But they were five words that will reverberate. And they could not have been an afterthought, at all.
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Democrats scramble to salvage climate provisions in the face of Manchin’s opposition
Democrats and White House officials are optimistic they can reach a deal on climate before next week's U.N. climate summit.
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Gun that killed Halyna Hutchins used for leisure shooting by crew the morning of the accident: report
Crew members on the movie “Rust” reportedly used the firearm involved in the death of Halyna Hutchins the morning of the fatal accident.
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Long Island’s Chris Wade one win from $1 million after escaping grueling PFL format
Think taking on one fight in one night is tough? Try two. Chris Wade has been there, and he’s done with that.
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Gunfire Inside Mall in Boise Mass Shooting That Left 2 Dead Heard on Video
Two people have died and five others were injured, including the suspect and a police officer, in a shooting in Boise, Idaho.
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NFL referee Carl Madsen dies after working Chiefs-Titans game
The league confirmed Monday that Madsen died on his way home. Madsen, 71, was driving home to Weldon Spring, Missouri, when he had an apparent medical issue. Police were first called at 4:46 p.m. CT about an SUV stalled in a lane on Interstate 65 North with the driver unconscious.
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Braves fans come together to send team to World Series
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Police admit mistakes in Brian Laundrie case
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Man shot during attempted robbery on subway train
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Gov pledges millions to bolster healthcare workers
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Fmr Murdaugh housekeeper settles with law firm
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Shots fired at officer during traffic stop
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Amazon workers expected to vote on union
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Baltimore tests unvaccinated city employees
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Officials request dental records for missing woman
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Soldier charged in deaths of elderly relatives
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Formula One commentator Brundle slams Megan Thee Stallion's bodyguards after Texas tussle
F1 commentator Martin Brundle said Megan Thee Stallion's bodyguards should "learn some manners" after they tried to intimidate him into not interviewing him at the U.S. Grand Prix in Texas on Sunday.
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Chipotle cancels in-restaurant Boorito deal for $1 million free burrito giveaway, $5 Halloween meals
Chipotle Boorito 2021 has changed again amid COVID-19. To get a $5 Halloween meal, you need to order online and there's a contest for free codes.      
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DeSantis Elevates Vaccine Antics to Theater of the Absurd
The Florida governor’s offer of jobs and bonuses to out-of-state police officers shows there is no outrage too great in service of his political ambition.
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A nor'easter is hammering the East Coast with heavy rain and threatening flooding
A snowless nor'easter was dropping heavy rain in parts of the US Northeast including metro New York on Tuesday morning, and will threaten flooding and power outages into Wednesday.
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Astronomers Find Evidence of a Planet Outside Our Galaxy for the First Time
The possible Saturn-sized planet was detected in the galaxy Messier 51, 28 million light-years from Earth, making it the most distant exoplanet ever found.
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Why Barry Weiss Left 'Storage Wars'—And When He's Returning
After years away from the reality show, "Storage Wars" fan-favorite Barry Weiss is returning. Here's when you can catch him back on A&E.
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The search for creative solutions to the thorniest issues in Biden's agenda as deadline pressure kicks into high gear
There comes a point in every major legislative negotiation when a deal is in sight, but not close enough to be a sure thing.
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Sonny Osborne, original 'Rocky Top' artist and bluegrass great, dies at 84
Legendary bluegrass musician Sonny Osborne of the Osborne Brothers – whose blazing banjo was the first to play "Rocky Top" on record – died at age 84.       
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Majority in US concerned about climate, new poll finds
A new poll found a growing share of Americans believe global warming is accelerating and climate change is a problem of high importance.       
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Who Is Princess Mako's Husband Kei Komuro and What Does This Mean for Japan's Royal Family?
Princess Mako has taken her husband's surname following their marriage, marking the first time she has had a family name.
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Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen talk race, reparations and the American dream in a new book
Out Tuesday, "Renegades: Born in the USA" builds on conversations between the president and the Boss from their podcast of the same name.
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Huizar seeks to gut corruption case, says alleged $1.5 million in gifts were not bribes
Lawyers for former L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar say prosecutors have not met the strict standard set by the Supreme Court for proving bribery.
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Podcast: Stuck for days in L.A.'s biggest traffic jam
Sailors on cargo ships spend months at sea. Now, a shipping bottleneck and lack of access to COVID vaccines have them stuck on their vessels.
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MIT expert on work says any boss who thinks employees will return to offices is dreaming
The author of a prescient book on the workplace tells The Post" If companies make employees who can do their jobs at home go into the office it will be harder for them to hire, and other companies will benefit."
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As Grammy voting begins, Gen Z acts are favorites. But could a 95-year-old take the top prize?
Amid reforms in the Grammy nomination process, Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Nas X are considered early favorites. But a (very) old-school album could steal the show.
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Who's haunting the home of Hagerstown's founder?
In nearly 300 years, a house is bound to collect a ghost or two. Hager's Fancy could be home to at least 13 ghosts.       
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Campaigning ‘from the middle out’ won’t save Democrats
This effort can be driven only by independent movements, by organizers on the ground, by activists who decide collectively that this is a time not to give up but to move up.
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The grind to repeat as champions proved to be too much for Dodgers
Ill-timed injuries, an inconsistent offense, a diminished rotation and a red-hot Atlanta Braves team all helped end the Dodgers' season.
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The ugly origins of qualified immunity
A pair of recent Supreme Court decisions will make it more difficult to hold police officials accountable for misdeeds.
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