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What A Daring Prison Break Taught Israel About Itself

The escape has left questions about the country’s maximum security prison, but helped quell fears of an Israeli Arab uprising.
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Mother arrested after abuse is caught on camera
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A woman accepted $50 from a West Virginia police chief so he could rape her 17-year-old relative, feds say
The woman pleaded guilty in a West Virginia federal court to one count of conspiracy to sex traffic a minor. She faces up to life in prison.
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The Supreme Court's actions on abortion and voting rights would have stunned RBG
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died a year ago this week, had been well aware that the conservatives on the Supreme Court were poised to take a right turn in areas concerning reproductive health and voting rights. But the liberal icon would likely be stunned to see how far and how fast the court has actually moved.
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January 6 vs. September 18: How law enforcement hopes to prevent another riot
A new fence, an information-sharing alert and ramped-up airport security are just a few of the ways law enforcement is preparing to prevent another deadly insurrection ahead of Saturday's rally aimed at showing support for those arrested on January 6.
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Toddlers receive vaccine at clinic in Cuba. See inside
Cuban children are said to be the youngest anywhere in the world to be vaccinated for Covid-19. The government is using its home developed vaccines for children and adolescents between ages 2 and 18. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports from a clinic in Havana.
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20 fall books we can't wait to read by Katie Couric, Billy Porter, Jonathan Franzen and more
There are plenty of good books to read this fall under a warm blanket, including memoirs by Billy Porter, Katie Couric and Will Smith.       
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America's COVID response is still badly flawed. Here's how to finally get it right.
We should see President Biden's latest steps to fight COVID-19 for what they are: disaster relief in the face of a perfect storm.      
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This year’s Emmys are favoring mass appeal over the niche and artsy. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The 2021 Emmy nominees have clumped around a handful of tentpoles, but the TV Academy’s inattentiveness to the scattered brilliance across the medium may have a bright side.
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Academic experts believe that Middle East politics are actually getting worse
Nearly two-thirds of our recent survey group think the Israel-Palestine situation is akin to apartheid.
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Map proposals show how parties hope to gain from new congressional boundaries
The Washington Post analyzed proposed U.S. House district boundaries in Oregon, Indiana and Colorado as redistricting debates unfold in state capitals.
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Ken Burns discusses his Muhammad Ali documentary - "The Takeout"
Burns says that he wanted to cover Ali's life from his boyhood in segregated Louisville until his death five years ago of Parkinson's Disease.
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David Marcus: Occupy Wall Street is still hurting America
Occupy Wall Street was incredibly successful in transforming the American left and the Democratic Part. But, 10 years after it began, neither care to celebrate it very much.
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Excavation Trip to Search for Flight Surgeon Missing in Vietnam War Postponed Due to COVID
Maj. Bobby Jones has been missing in action since his plane disappeared from radar in South Vietnam on November 28, 1972.
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Is Biden—Or Any President—The Essence of Evil? | Opinion
None of our 46 presidents deserves the ultimate crown of ignominious wickedness because America itself has never embraced the cause of oppression or corruption.
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Jessica Chastain's 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye' Shows How 'Radical' and 'Genius' She Really Was
"There's something about Tammy Faye that says what is different about you is what is special about you,' Jessica Chastain tells Newsweek about playing Tammy Faye Messner in the new film 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye.'
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Trump Put Milley in an Impossible Position
Did the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Mark Milley, violate the Constitution? The answer, at least on the current available evidence, is no.In a new book, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa write that Milley contacted his opposite number in China just before and just after the 2020 election. Milley, according to Woodward and Costa, was reaching out to General Li Zuocheng to calm jangled nerves in Beijing about the stability of the United States. Milley also reportedly called together a group of senior U.S. officers and made them affirm, one by one, that they understood that the procedure for the release of nuclear weapons had to include him.A fusillade of hot takes greeted these revelations, almost all of them focusing on Milley’s contacts with Li. Many Republicans immediately interpreted Milley’s reassurances as betrayal and demanded that he resign or be fired. But it’s not just Republicans who are concerned: Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, whom no one would mistake for a Trump supporter, tweeted that Milley violated the core American precept of civilian control of the military and therefore must go.Milley’s conversations with Li are a concern not because they were unprecedented or a betrayal (as his critics claim) but because Milley felt the need to have them at all. Senior military-to-military contacts are normal and are an important part of building trust between nations, especially between adversaries. In the late 1990s, I had students from Russia in my Naval War College seminars. We valued their presence enough that when the Kremlin pulled them out after the war in Kosovo, I was sent to Moscow in hopes of creating more joint programs with the Russians that might include bringing those officers back. (I do not, of course, in any way represent the views of the Defense Department or the U.S. government.)The fact that Milley knew his Chinese counterpart personally is not only a good thing in itself; such relationships exist for moments exactly like the ones described in the Woodward and Costa book. If Milley had information, as Woodward and Costa say he did, that Chinese military leaders were “rattled” by the chaos in Washington, then by reaching out to his peer he did exactly what he should have done.One of the accusations against Milley is that somehow the chairman was going to betray American war plans to the Chinese. This is ludicrous, and even Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican China hawk, said that this accusation against Milley seemed far-fetched. Milley, invoking his personal relationship with his Chinese counterpart, told Li that he would hear about any military action from Milley himself. This is what reassurance and transparency looks like in a crisis.The far more serious question is whether Milley inserted himself into the nuclear chain of command. Woodward and Costa write that Milley knew he was “pulling a Schlesinger,” trying to interpose himself in a nuclear process that does not, in fact, have a role for the chairman, in the same way that Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger had done in 1974 when he instructed the military to check any nuclear orders with him or Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.Even here, however, the situation is not as clear-cut as the Schlesinger example. Concerned that Richard Nixon was drinking heavily and under immense stress, Schlesinger functionally replaced the president as the ultimate authority for the release of nuclear weapons. Milley was somewhat more guarded; according to Woodward and Costa, the chairman “called a secret meeting in his Pentagon office on January 8 to review the process for military action, and said: ‘No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I’m part of that procedure.’”The chairman, however, is not part of that procedure. He is the president’s adviser, with no operational authority. When the president orders military action, the secretary of defense relays those orders to military commands. In the case of nuclear-weapon deployment, the president must only verify his identity, a process that requires one other person to certify that the orders and the codes are in fact coming from the commander in chief.This is remarkably dangerous. Worse, it was designed that way. During the Cold War, the United States wanted the Soviets to understand that the president, even with only minutes of warning, could order nuclear strikes without a long and complicated procedure—especially if “the president” was whoever was left in the line of succession.So what was Milley doing? When he said “no matter what you are told,” it is hard to believe that he did not mean “including by the president,” and that alone is a breach of civil-military tradition and an overstepping of his military authority. Unlike Schlesinger, Milley did not displace the commander in chief, but he did redefine the chain of command to include a previously nonexistent requirement that he be informed no matter what the civilian leadership told any U.S. military officer.This doesn’t mean Milley should be relieved or fired. He made a judgment call in an unprecedented situation, and we should be glad for it. The Constitution of the United States has no provision for the control of planet-destroying weapons while a president is losing his mind and trying to overthrow the government itself. Even the Twenty-Fifth Amendment was meant to spackle the gaps in presidential succession in the case of death or disability. It does not countenance speedily removing the president from office against his will—especially while the vice president and the entire Congress are under armed guard from a violent mob carrying nooses and smearing feces on the walls of the Capitol.Milley was looking at a civilian leadership in complete disarray, with the executive branch in the hands of a coterie of cronies—including an acting secretary of defense who by his own admission had no idea what was going on most of the time—and a president whose understanding of “the nuclear,” as he called our strategic deterrent, was childlike at best.At the least, Milley was trying to insert a moment of pause into any possible escalation to disaster, and for that we should be grateful. His order was insurance against the chance that a raving Donald Trump, some hapless lieutenant commander, and the Acting-Temporary-Undersecretary for Advanced Defense Widgets could get together in the basement of the White House to transmit the codes to hell to the U.S. Strategic Command without anyone else knowing about it.Milley didn’t “pull a Schlesinger,” but he was close.What should we do about all this? As the defense expert Kori Schake and others have noted, the real problem here is that Milley was in this situation at all. As is almost always the case when civil-military relations become unstable, the civilians are the problem, and the civilians must provide the remedies. There are several possibilities, including passing a law to restrict the first use of nuclear arms, or in peacetime adding the requirement of a second confirmation to the president’s orders.In the end, however, the answer lies in electing better leaders. Trump is gone, but he still leads a seditious and unhinged party. The Constitution, as James Madison warned us, was meant for a virtuous people, and if there is no virtue among us, “we are in a wretched situation” and “no theoretical checks, no form of government can render us secure.” It is incumbent upon us, the voters, to ensure that no military officer ever again faces even the possibility of a choice between obedience to the Constitution and the fate of human civilization itself.
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Broken Sestina Reaching for Black Joy
Photographs by Donavon SmallwoodYesterday I was smashed with the rush of fresh honeysucklefrom the greenway near my house where I walk every day.I’ve been trying to write a poem about buried Black bodiesbut all I want to write about is Black joy and my pleasureand Black love and Black lives that don’t end with viral death,so I’ve stopped consuming the news. I’ve logged off of socialmedia for a break. Black bodies are buried in the stickiness of historyevery day bodies become the next viral death. And yet, each dayI want to write a poem about pleasure. Black pleasure at the rootinstead of viral death. What name now? What Black litany? WhatBlack elegy is repeated on the news? This cycle: Daunte Wright.I don’t know the details yet, because I can’t handle the details yet,but I am mourning him still. This stanza broke the rules. So, what?This stanza will break back inside the form of honeycomb to suckthe lyric into compression, reboot restraint, the grief-joy every daywhen I walk around Sylvan Park near a broken track of burned Black bodiesbut all I want to write about is Black joy and pleasure pleasure pleasureplease … and Black love and Black lives that don’t end with viral death,so I’ve stopped consuming the news. I’ve deleted all my social-mediaapps, but logged back in later, saw your name repeating as deathmedia. Fresh honeysuckle at dusk smells like sweet earth, ripe bodies,warm floral notes. Heady with romance and nectar. It permeates the dayI walk over the bridge where I often see a single blue heron, not social,standing stone-still stalking Richland Creek fringed with honeysuckle,which reminds me of any Mary Oliver poem, such pastoral pleasures.(I’m also still thinking about Claudia Rankine’s blossoming bloodlist of Black bodies broken from police brutality inside Citizenon page 134. The memoriam fades into the sheer forecast of nameswe know will come.) I picked the sestina for its obsessive listingand twisting. I selected the sestina to probe a problem I can namebut can’t answer. The end words are planets orbiting the math.Pleasure.Death.HoneysuckleBlack bodies.Social / Media.Every day. Every day here are some of the plants and trees I’ve collected duringmy walks. I take pictures on my phone so an app can tell me what they are:ginkgo, bristly locust, maiden pink, garden star-of-Bethlehem, wild pansy,birdeye speedwell, eastern Redbud, Japanese cherry, apricot, peach,American holly, beefsteak plant, maypop, common blue wood aster.Calico aster, eastern white pine, southern sugar maple, scarlet morning glory.Every day I walk past Dutchman’s Curve, the eerie site of the Great TrainWreck of 1918. Deadliest train wreck in American history which killed 101people, mostly African Americans, headed to a factory to make weaponsfor World War I. They were stuffed in rickety wooden cars in the front dueto segregation. The front being the most dangerous spot on a train aboutto crash, while white bodies were in steel Pullman cars in the back, protected.But at 100 mph the wooden cars with Black bodies telescoped, splintered,and caught fire immediately upon impact with another train on the blind curve.The historian David Ewing describes bodies writhing in pain. Bodies without headsand limbs. Bodies unidentified, maimed: “The African-Americans that wereon this train did not have a chance to survive, given where they were.” “The cornfield on both sides of the track was trampled by many feet, and littered with fragments, of iron and wood hurled from the demolished cars. The dead lay here and there, grotesquely sprawling where they fell. The dying moaned appeals for aid or, speechless, rolled their heads from side to side and writhed in agony. Everywhere there was blood and suffering and chaos.” — Tennessean, June 10, 1918 They asked local butchers to come help manage the gore and horror. Still fiveunidentified African American women and three unidentified African Americanmen destroyed beyond recognition. The railroad masonry abutments remain.I touched them today. ***I went on a first date last Thursday. We both leaned into each other’s mouthslike two tipped tulips and just kissed each other at a bar called Answer as if that wasan answer—it wasn’t. But it was instinctual, sudden and all pleasure. We kissedall the way down Murphy Road, walking back to our cars, constellation of our juicyhands everywhere. We kissed and groped, and I stopped obsessively thinkingabout death for a few moments, maybe even for a whole evening, which wasthe length of a tercet, an envoi sustainedwith pleasure reaching for Black desire,reaching for the transcendence of pain, if possible. Is it possible?
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The roadblocks to Yankees overcoming their greatest failing
It turns out winning championships is hard. No team since the 1998-2000 dynastic Yankees has won consecutive titles.
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In the galleries: Multiple works by Black artists create a vision of authority
Approaches span a variety of theoretical and aesthetic vantage points.
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The secret to a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan? Educated girls.
Shabana Basij-Rasikh co-founded the only boarding school for girls in Afghanistan. Now, as the school year begins, she reflects on the power of educated women.
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Trump gave six months extra Secret Service protection to his kids, three officials. It cost taxpayers $1.7 million. 
Former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin traveled repeatedly to the Middle East and Mexico while protected by agents.
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F.D.A. Vaccine Panel to Consider Pfizer Booster Shots
The panel is set to meet today to discuss the shots and to vote on whether the agency should approve additional doses for people 16 and older. The meeting comes amid a fraught debate about whether booster shots are needed, and for whom. Here’s the latest on the pandemic.
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Priyanka Chopra Apologizes for Participating in 'The Activist' After Backlash
Actress Priyanka Chopra has revealed that she was "moved" by criticism of planned reality show "The Activist."
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Fact Check: Has There Ever Been a Mandated 'AIDS Vaccine'?
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp referred to an "AIDS vaccine" while on a podcast, and questioned new rules around COVID-19 vaccinations.
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Even Republicans Don’t Believe Their Arguments Against Biden’s Vaccine Mandate
They’re contradicting themselves on every point.
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SpaceX Inspiration4 All-Civilian Crew Complete Their First Day in Space
History's first all-civilian space flight crew orbited Earth nearly six times during their first day in space and are "healthy, happy, and resting comfortably."
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Prince Andrew Hiding 'Behind Palace Walls' to Avoid Jeffrey Epstein Lawsuit, Judge Says
The Duke of York has been accused of "actively evading" formal efforts to serve him with a lawsuit on behalf of Virginia Giuffre.
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"Devious Licks" TikTok challenge hitting many school bathrooms hard
It's been leaving many of them plundered, so much so that the app has now banned the videos.
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We Need to Treat Those With COVID Like People—Not Criminals
Even if they are unvaccinated.
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The Arc de Triomphe is wrapped in fabric, a vision six decades in the making
After three months of construction work at Paris' famed Arc de Triomphe, the 160-foot-tall war monument has been completely concealed. The landmark, built during Napoleon's reign, has been outfitted in 270,000 square feet of silver-blue polypropylene fabric bound with red ropes.
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The Arc de Triomphe is wrapped in fabric, a vision six decades in the making
The Paris monument has been wrapped in 270,000 square feet of fabric, realizing a longstanding dream of the late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
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Gavin Newsom’s Super Easy Advice for Winning an Election
One weird trick!
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'Go get that mouse!': CNN interview gets purr-fect interruption
CNN's Bianca Nobilo received a surprise visit from a feline friend while interviewing Speaker of the UK House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle.
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Michigan Seniors Wear Costumes for Student IDs With Hilarious Results
Seniors at a Michigan school carried on the tradition of dressing up for their IDs, with Superman, Will Smith and even Rachel from "Friends" among costumes.
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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Rants Against Mask Mandate 'Tyranny' During Concert
The 60-year-old musician told fans in New Jersey "We have the power to change things."
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Why is the Arc de Triomphe covered in silver fabric?
The iconic Paris landmark has been covered in 270,000 square feet of silver fabric, though the artists who conceived the installation decades ago did not live to see it realized.
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I Tried Lab-Grown Fish Maw. Here’s Why It Could Help Save Our Oceans
I’m an avid surfer and a certified scuba diver, and spending so much time in the water means that I’m keenly aware of the impact that human activity is having on the ocean ecosystem. It sometimes feels like it’s more common to see plastic bags in the water than sea life. So, I was excited…
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The Anglosphere Responds to the Threat of China | Opinion
The announcement of a pact between Australia, the U.S. and U.K. to build nuclear-powered submarines has stunned and delighted many observers of world affairs.
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What to expect as FDA advisory panel debates Pfizer COVID booster shots
The FDA's independent advisory committee will review data submitted by Pfizer and discuss whether a booster dose is safe for widespread use on Friday.
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'Dancing with the Stars' Season 30 Start Date, Line-up, Host, and Judges
"Dancing with the Stars" Season 30 is fast approaching, with 15 famous faces taking to the ballroom floor.
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Michael Locksley once lured players from D.C. to Champaign. On Friday, he’s bringing even more.
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Northern Irish police charge two over killing of journalist Lyra McKee
Northern Irish police said on Thursday they had charged two men with the 2019 murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry, whose death sparked outrage in the British-run province.
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LeVar Burton Reveals He Now Doesn't Want to Be the New 'Jeopardy!' Host
LeVar Burton arrived as "Jeopardy!" guest host with much fanfare and an army of supporters—but he has now had a change of heart.
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Don't know how to invest your extra cash? Let a robot do it for you.
Let's say you have a pile of cash you're ready to invest. I skipped the investment advisor and got a robot to build my portfolio.       
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Alaska once had the highest vaccination rate. Now it's in a COVID-19 crisis.
In January, Alaska had the highest per capita vaccination rate in the nation. Now, hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.
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Trump abandoned this giant trade deal. Now, China wants in
Beijing has formally applied to join an 11-country Asia-Pacific trade pact, which was once pushed by the United States as a way to counter China's growing influence in the region.
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A distracted driver killed my son. Now, I'm fighting to save other families from our pain.
When I arrived home, a police officer confirmed the most devastating news of my life: Mitchel was gone. I collapsed on the family room floor.       
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