A Hell of a Fortnight

It’s been a hell of a fortnight—one that deserves to live in infamy. Thursday, June 28th, presented a great opportunity: all that was needed was a clear, calm, explanation of the actual Republican agenda. That alone should have been enough to bury forever the threat of a second Trump term. Yes, there is a sector of the electorate that is eager to deep-six democracy and replace it with a fascist dictatorship—though they would, of course, obscure that unseemly truth with yards of obfuscatory patriotic blather. That group of voters will earnestly swear allegiance to a gibberish-spouting goon, though his allegiance is only to himself. For …

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Criminal Returns to Scene of the Crime, Receives a Warm Embrace

The convicted felon who sent a mob to attack the U.S. Capitol in a vain attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election returned to the scene of the crime on Thursday, June 13th. There he was welcomed with open arms by House Republicans, some of whom had fled in panic three years ago last January. The Associated Press, in a tweet, chose to put a benign spin on the bizarre event: “AP: Donald Trump made a triumphant return to Capitol Hill on Thursday, his first with lawmakers since the Jan. 6, 2021 attacks, embraced by energized House and Senate Republicans who find …

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A Long and Sordid Tradition

Our former—and perhaps our future—president, after being convicted of 34 felonies, submitted to an interview with his probation officer on Monday. Even Nixon was never made to do that. Ecclesiastes 1:9 says, “…there is no new thing under the sun.” Maybe the Bible is fallible after all. Who’s going to tell Samuel Alito, Mike Johnson, and the rest of the theocrat caucus? We can state with confidence that, in our 267 years, we have never before reported on a tossup presidential election in which one of the top candidates is an habitually bankrupt con artist bearing all the hallmarks of dementia, who has been seen …

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Courting a Supreme Disaster

Well, this fortnight sure kicked off with a bang. The news was still breaking as our stalwart team of volunteers was distributing our paper of May 17th. The front page of the previous day’s New York Times had featured a photograph showing an upside-down U.S. flag flying outside the Alexandria, Virginia home of Samuel Alito. As the Flag Police can attest, lately the public has become largely inured to seeing the Stars and Stripes displayed in ways that violate the Flag Code. Seeing one hanging upside down, though, outside the crib of a Supreme Court Justice, was as unexpected as the Spanish Inquisition. The photo …

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Apologists For Israel’s Mass Murder In Gaza Fall Back On “Antisemitism” Claims

By Norman Solomon If we condemn Hamas for its October 7th attacks in Israel, we’re not accused of anti-Arab bigotry. Nor should we be. Nothing could possibly justify the atrocities that Hamas committed against hundreds of civilians, who were the majority of the 1,200 people killed as a result of the attacks by Hamas forces. And nothing can justify the taking of civilian hostages. But if we condemn Israel for its actions since then, we might be accused of antisemitism. Meanwhile, nothing could possibly justify the atrocities by Israel in Gaza, where the death toll is now estimated at 32,000, while uncounted thousands of other …

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Challenge Accepted

Our job, as we see it, is to summarize for our readers, as best we can, the most relevant events of the fortnight. To compensate for the relative modesty of our resources, we have tried to offer more than the typical ration of historical context. We have recently realized that our editorial judgment must henceforth be tempered by an additional consideration. Given the events of the past decade, existing trends, and their possible outcomes, is it even possible to accurately reflect the times without plunging our readership into despair and catatonia? Without further ado, let’s find out. It’s Good to be King The Miscreant-in-Chief has …

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