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“They Were So Close”: Israel Kills Medics Trying to Save Dying 6-Year-Old Hind Rajab

We look at the case of Hind Rajab, the 6-year-old Palestinian girl in Gaza whose case reverberated around the world when audio of her pleading for emergency workers to save her was published online. Her body was found two weeks later alongside those of her aunt, uncle and three cousins. The bodies of two Palestine Red Crescent paramedics, also missing since they had been dispatched to rescue her, were located in their ambulance just yards away. All had been killed by Israeli fire.

Australian Parliament Calls for U.S. to Drop Case Against WikiLeaks’ Assange Ahead of U.K. Court Hearing

Imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is set to find out next week whether he has exhausted opportunities to avoid extradition to the United States, where he faces life in prison for publishing classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. A two-day hearing before the British High Court of Justice is scheduled to take place in London on Tuesday and Wednesday. He has been held in London’s infamous Belmarsh Prison since 2019 awaiting his possible extradition.

“I Died That Day in Parkland”: Shotline Uses AI-Generated Voices of Gun Victims to Call Congress

The shooting in Kansas City on Wednesday came on the sixth anniversary of the Parkland, Florida, school massacre that left 17 dead and injured 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. To mark the anniversary, gun control advocates have launched a project called “The Shotline,” which calls lawmakers with AI-generated audio messages that feature the voices of gun violence victims, pushing them to pass stricter gun control laws and prevent future tragedies.

“Uniquely American Hell”: Kansas City Shooting Highlights Missouri’s Pro-Gun Laws in “Pro-Life” State

In the first 46 days of 2024, there have been 49 mass shootings in the United States — over one per day. In total, almost 5,000 people have died from gun violence this year, including Elizabeth “Lisa” Lopez-Galvan, a radio host and mother of two who was shot and killed Wednesday at a rally held after the Super Bowl victory parade in Kansas City, Missouri. Twenty-two others were wounded, many of them children, when the shooting broke out near the end of the rally.

Trump’s Legal and Political Strategies

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A New York judge has set March 25 as the start date in Donald Trump’s hush-money case, making it the first criminal trial against a former American president in U.S. history.

Alexei Navalny’s Last Laugh

A dark, satiric sensibility is a basic qualification for anyone in the Russian opposition. Those leaders I knew in Moscow, before I left Russia in 2022, liked to crack jokes during interviews with journalists and to judges at court hearings.
Boris Nemtsov, though he had been arrested many times and knew he should worry for his life, would laugh at President Vladimir Putin’s Russia as the “gangster state of absurdity.

The Missing Piece of the Bob Marley Biopic

Nearly 20 years ago, during one of many family trips back to Ethiopia, I spent months wandering through the sprawling capital city. All summer, it seemed, the drivers and cyclists of Addis Ababa were blasting the Ethiopian pop star Teddy Afro’s “Promise,” an infectious, reggae-inflected ode more often referred to by the name of the musician it lionizes: “Bob Marley.

How to Disagree Better

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Is Patrick Mahomes the Greatest Quarterback Ever?

Updated at 5:15 p.m. ET on February 17, 2024
This wasn’t supposed to be Patrick Mahomes’s year—that’s the scary part.
There were plenty of times this season when the Kansas City Chiefs and their star quarterback looked vulnerable, including a stretch when they lost four out of six games.

Trump campaign panics over leak of his support for a 16-week abortion ban

Just as quickly as news broke Friday that Donald Trump has been privately expressing support for a 16-week national abortion ban, the Trump campaign scrambled to shoot it down.

According to The New York Times, Trump is liking the idea of a 16-week ban with exceptions in the cases of rape or incest, or to save the life of the mother. Naturally, Trump had devoted a lot of deep thinking to the matter.

“Know what I like about 16?” Trump told a confidant, according to the Times.

Even Steve Bannon is worried about Trump’s ability to govern

Normally, the Steve Bannon Experience feels a bit like shooting psychedelic toad venom into your eyeballs while Randy Quaid’s vestigial twin reads random 8chan posts, but occasionally he says something that sounds vaguely true-ish. 

It may be an accident. After all, a roomful of chimpanzees banging on typewriters could recreate all of Shakespeare’s works over trillions of years—or one teleprompter-ready Trump speech in about 15 minutes.

‘Trolling under the cover of serious reasoning’: Putin claims Russia backs Biden over Trump

No one should be fooled when President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly declared that it would be better for Russia if President Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in the 2024 election. In an interview with Russian state TV (an English-language transcript of the interview was published on the Kremlin’s presidential website) on Wednesday, Putin was asked by journalist Pavel Zarubin, “Who would be better for us? Biden or Trump?”

Putin replied: “Biden.

What the President Is Doing on TikTok

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The president of the United States is now on TikTok. Joe Biden’s campaign launched an account during the Super Bowl on Sunday, kicking things off with a post about the game captioned “lol hey guys.

Donald Trump’s ‘Fraudulent Ways’ Cost Him $355 Million

A New York judge fined Donald Trump $355 million today, finding “overwhelming evidence” that he and his lieutenants at the Trump Organization made false statements “with the intent to defraud.”
Justice Arthur Engoron’s ruling in the civil fraud case is not fatal for Trump’s business empire, but it might be a near-death experience. The fine fell just short of the $370 million that New York Attorney General Letitia James sought.

OpenAI’s Sora Is a Total Mystery

Yesterday afternoon, OpenAI teased Sora, a video-generation model that promises to convert written text prompts into highly realistic videos. Footage released by the company depicts such examples as “a Shiba Inu dog wearing a beret and black turtleneck” and “in an ornate, historical hall, a massive tidal wave peaks and begins to crash.