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Do We Really Want Ron DeSantis in Charge of Pandemic Policy?
Plus: Putin’s Antisemitic Freakout
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JILL D. LAWRENCE: Do We Really Want a President DeSantis Setting COVID Policy?
THERE ARE COUNTLESS REASONS WHY Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis should not get anywhere near the Oval Office. Maybe the latest outrage will cut through the fog of tribal war. I speak, of course, of the governor and his seriously strange surgeon general telling Floridians that they should not get the new COVID shot unless they’re over 65. This is a matter of life and death for all of us, and yet DeSantis is using it as a strategy to “regain his middle-finger bona fides” in the 2024 Republican primary race, as political and legal analyst Jay Kuo puts it.
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JAXON WASHBURN: Mass Starvation Impending in the Caucasus.
ABOUT 120,000 ETHNIC ARMENIANS face impending genocide via blockade and starvation in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh (also known as Artsakh)—a crisis directly caused by the authoritarian machinations of Azerbaijan and its leader, President Ilham Aliyev, in the wake of the country’s 2020 conflict with the Republic of Armenia. Time is running out to avoid a man-made famine. Former prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno Ocampo estimates that “without immediate dramatic change, this group of Armenians will be destroyed in a few weeks.”
CATHY YOUNG: Putin’s Antisemitic Freakout.
THIS MONTH, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT and indicted war criminal Vladimir Putin offered up some bizarre musings on Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and his Jewish heritage. After a clearly orchestrated setup question from Russian TV propagandist Pavel Zarubin—“Western leaders keep lecturing Russia, what kind of Nazism can there be in Ukraine when it has a Jewish leader?”
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