Phillips O’Brien / Twitter:
It is now 76 days since the Russians started the Battle of Dohanbas. This will make it one of the longest running major battles of the 20th and 21st centuries. Many times longer than Kursk, e Bagration Normandy, Bulge, etc. It is very close to WWI (Somme, Passchendale, Verdun).
And what has happened in 2.5 months so far. It is best to start with this map. In fact, the Russians have so heavily dialed in their hopes (and obviously the expectations of others) that they will take over a large part of the Ukrainian territory.
After 11 weeks of fighting, heavy losses and changes in command, desperate attempts to augment troops and concentrate their firepower in a very small area, the Russians forced the Ukrainians to retreat from Severodonetsk and Lysichansk.
There is even a need to emphasize that phrase – the Ukrainians are back in good order, because the Russians have never cut off their communication. One of the basic tasks in the above map (and in fact modern combined weapons and Russian theory) was to encircle the Ukrainian forces.
However, the Russian military is unable to carry out the basic tasks of modern warfare. Instead it grows one kilometer at a time, increasing, slowing down. It cannot break, it cannot exploit, it cannot besiege. This is not a sign of an advanced army.
Quinta Jurassic / Atlantic:
The committee is scheduled to deliver its final statement on January 6
By establishing an official record of the uprising, members are creating clarity in political moments obscured by lies.
As Thomson’s remarks suggest, the January 6 committee has made the task of exposing the truth a loadstar of its public hearing. In a sense, of course, every congressional hearing is an attempt to establish the facts: Witnesses usually swear, as Hutchinson did, “truth, absolute truth, and nothing but truth”; There may be false statements before the Congress Prosecuted Although they are not made under oath. And as a committee set up to uncover what happened on January 6, the panel will naturally focus on the truth of the matter. But the committee’s January 6 hearings have so far been extraordinarily powerful The value of facts. The committee seems to be taking seriously its responsibility to establish an official record of the mutiny and to make that record as accessible to the public as possible. This clarity is maintained in the political moment obscured by lies.
Most of you have just seen this quote (or maybe missed it altogether), so here is the Soul Cornell / Slate:
Clarence Thomas’ latest gun decision is historical and anti-fundamentalist
Finally, in the majority opinion NYSRPA vs. Bruin One of the most intellectually dishonest and badly reasoned decisions in American judicial history. In fact, with a bit of irony, Thomas also referred to the infamous opinion of Chief Justice Roger B. Tenny. Dread Scott With the approval, not only is it presented as a good legal authority, but it is suggested that the author of the worst judgment of American law considers the Second Amendment to be better than any other judicial figure in American history. Turning to Tenny for judicial inspiration would once have ended a judge’s career, but the court’s new fundamental majority, instead of interpreting the law, seems to have made history by inventing it. Old Origins of Robert Bork and Chief Justice William Rehnquist Tried to use history to limit judicial discretion and activism. New originality Supported by Thomas and his fellow fundamentalists, he has embraced judicial action on steroids. In fact, the current use of court originality is more explicitly similar to an act of ventriloquism in which the old text is suppressed in the service of modern agendas, with little regard to the time in which they were written. How they were read. New originality, incl Bruin The decision makes historical actors a little more than a stage dummy for judges to present their own modern values and ideas to the past.
Alan Z. Rosenstein, Jade Handlesman Sugarman / LaFair:
Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony changed our minds about blaming Donald Trump
By Tuesday, we had both Publicly stated That the Justice Department had insufficient evidence to convict former President Trump of his conduct on January 6. Our conclusion, to which we have all come independently, was based entirely on First Amendment concerns about criminalizing political discourse.
But Tuesday’s explosive testimony Cassidy Hutchinson, Trump’s chief of staff, a former aide to Mark Meadows, changed our minds. In particular, Hutchinson testified to listening to Trump’s order to remove the magnetometer (metal detector) used to keep armed men away from the president: “I don’t care if they have weapons. They are not here to hurt me. They are not here to hurt me. Take fucking mags [magnetometers] Let my people come in. They can march towards the capital from here; Let the people in and take Mags away. ”
Li Zhu / Vokes:
Many of the reasons for the Democrats’ “just vote” rhetoric are flat
“It is unacceptable that there was no concrete plan when this decision was made.”
The legal and legislative challenges facing the White House – and the National Democrats as a whole – are real and, in some cases, impossible. Some of the things activists want, Biden may not be able to achieve, and Congress may receive less political support than legislation. At the same time, many of the demands that activists are making are within the administration’s capacity and can have an immediate effect on people’s access to reliable information, and their ability to perform abortions in the near future. After all, even if Democrats want their voters to mobilize this fall, they need to show that they are capable of working when they are in power.
Todd Zwilich / Slate:
Now is a good time for the press to learn how to cover Trump
The second great time was seven years ago. Or four. Or twoThe most important detail of Cassidy Hutchinson’s January 6 committee testimony is now the most publicized.
3There is a reason why the permanence of the luminous object we all suffer to some extent. Former President Donald Trump is trying to grab the steering wheel of his SUV and try to get a lung for an agent, actually memes of salute (good one, Monica).
Then there is the real reason. The Trumpist dead-enders used the story to cloud Hutchinson’s disgusting testimony of possible Trump’s possible criminality, and Washington reporters allowed it. This episode reveals everything about the selfish bad habits that (still!) Turn well-meaning journalists into the propaganda tools of our most trusted liars.
Greg Sergeant / Return:
Liz Cheney’s harsh new attack on Trump is a request for GOP prudence
For liberals, of course, there is a lot to hate about Cheney. His wing of the GOP is responsible for some of the worst anti-democratic abuses in the country. In recent history, such as the “war on terror” abroad and at home. They Resists many needs To truly protect voting rights and democracy.
But we need Republicans who are fully committed, And In public So, for some baseline principles. Election losses are inevitable. Voters deserve the truth about democratic results. This is not a trivial matter: it is a matter of mutual respect as democratic citizens. The rebellious spirit in the Trump movement and the GOP should be more widely abandoned by any party that claims to be an actor in a liberal democracy.
This is exactly what is at the root of Cheney’s dispute with the rest of the GOP.
Trump’s Weaknesses for 2024 After Demning Testimony
Surprising new revelations about Trump’s fight to overturn the 2020 election have highlighted the growing political vulnerability as he sees the speech of another president.
Here in Iowa, where the state is expected to host its first presidential nomination in nearly 18 months, many voters indicated Thursday that they are open to another presidential candidate even if Trump runs for re-election. At the same time, some conservative media outlets issued strong condemnations of the former president. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
Nikki Haley, Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, drew about 350 conservative activists to a congressional fundraising barbecue in Sioux County on Thursday, where Trump won 82% of the vote in 2020.
And there was ample evidence of Trump’s fatigue. Interviews with a dozen attendees showed strong interest in the 2024 option, even on the Trump ballot.
Separately, I’m less worried about Trump (who should measure his cell for gold).amé
Curtains), and more concerned about Trumpism.