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Ukraine update: Welcome to the Army of Russia!

Ukraine update: Welcome to the Army of Russia!

On Saturday morning, the news from the front is … pretty much what it was yesterday. At Bakhmut, Russia has launched a series of new attacks from the south, all of which have apparently been repelled. Same as always. At Lyman, there are reports that Russian forces have withdrawn and that Ukraine is preparing a final push into the city. Same as pretty much every day this week.  As always, right click on the map and open in another tab to…

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What happens to the children who are wards of the state?

What happens to the children who are wards of the state?

This article was originally published at Prism The daily emailed list of children wrongfully detained in the county’s juvenile detention center is a constant source of concern for Andrea Lubelfeld, who took over as chief of the Cook County Juvenile Justice Division last August. Those children are under the legal guardianship of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), but despite release orders from a judge, DCFS continues to leave the children in detention because it claims there…

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Afghanistan vet says Afghan allies who risked lives are ‘deserving to resettle in the U.S.’

Afghanistan vet says Afghan allies who risked lives are ‘deserving to resettle in the U.S.’

U.S Marine veteran Joseph Dietzel writes in Military Times that he had no idea his interpreter Mustafa Aahangaran would become one of his closest friends after being deployed to Afghanistan back in 2010. Dietzel writes that before his deployment, he’d never even met anyone from Afghanistan before. He said the two soon became “practically inseparable,” sharing meals and stories throughout a dangerous mission. Aahangaran would oftentimes make initial contact with a village, wearing only a bulletproof vest.  They separated only when Dietzel suffered a debilitating injury that resulted…

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Even Russia’s friends are getting upset over its war

Even Russia’s friends are getting upset over its war

NEW YORK — By the time Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took the stage at the United Nations General Assembly this week, he and his country had already lost much of the audience. Throughout the annual gathering, world leader after world leader had expressed deep discomfort if not outright condemnation over Russia’s war in Ukraine. Even some countries that have stayed friendly with the Kremlin called for a cease-fire or other ways to end the crisis. Few offered words of…

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‘The God-Damnedest Thing’: The Antisemitic Plot to Thwart U.S. Aid to Europe’s Jews and the Man Who Exposed It

‘The God-Damnedest Thing’: The Antisemitic Plot to Thwart U.S. Aid to Europe’s Jews and the Man Who Exposed It

On June 19, 1939, over lunch at the White House, Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, Jr. attempted something he was loathe to do: He prodded his best friend. “A year has passed,” he told Franklin D. Roosevelt, “and we have not got anywhere on this Jewish refugee thing. What are we going to do about it?” No other member of the Roosevelt cabinet enjoyed a relationship as intimate with the president; the two had a standing date for a private lunch…

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