Tribune News Service
International Budget for Friday, August 21, 2020
Updated at 0040 UTC (8:40 p.m. U.S. EDT Thursday).
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^Trump administration struggles to rally international support for new Iran sanctions<
USIRAN-SANCTIONS:LA — The Trump administration notified the United Nations on Thursday that the U.S. will — on its own — reinstate numerous sanctions to punish Iran after failing to rally international support to extend an arms embargo on the Islamic Republic.
In an embarrassing rebuke, numerous countries refused to go along with the United States on the embargo and now are questioning whether Washington even has standing to impose sanctions.
1050 by Tracy Wilkinson in Washington. MOVED
^US jobless claims unexpectedly increase to more than 1 million<
^CORONAVIRUS-JOBS-1ST-LEDE:BLO—<Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased last week, a stumble for the labor market in its long road to recovery.
Initial jobless claims in regular state programs rose by 135,000 to more than 1.1 million in the week ended Aug. 15, Labor Department data showed Thursday. Continuing claims — the total number of Americans claiming ongoing unemployment assistance in those programs — decreased to 14.8 million in the week ended Aug. 8, the lowest since early April.
650 by Reade Pickert. MOVED
^Education is a top US priority, and there’s wide support for online learning, poll finds<
CORONAVIRUS-SCHOOLS-POLL:LA — As children begin school in Los Angeles on Thursday, public education is among Americans’ top priorities, and most believe students should continue their education through some form of distance learning, a national poll has found.
More than half, 54%, of the 2,200 adults surveyed said public school education should be a top priority for local officials, along with COVID-19, health care, the economy and safety/crime, according to the poll conducted by Morning Consult, a private company that does national political polling.
550 by Nina Agrawal in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Mayor de Blasio says NYC will have the ‘safest school year ever’ a day after teachers union threatens to strike over COVID guidelines<
CORONAVIRUS-NY-SCHOOLS:NY — A day after the city’s powerful teacher union threatened to strike over school reopening guidelines, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday the city will see the “safest school year ever.”
He also said schools are slated to reopen on time despite vehement pushback Wednesday from the United Federation of Teachers, which is demanding that every teacher and student get tested for coronavirus ahead of the school year.
550 by Michael Gartland and Chelsia Rose Marcius in New York. MOVED
^In searing heat, with a pandemic raging, homeless workers are on a quest to save lives in Hollywood<
CORONAVIRUS-LA-HOMELESS-FIRSTPERSON:LA — A midmorning line formed at the entrance to The Center at Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood last week, as an employee checked the temperature of homeless people waiting for free care packages of food and water.
On nearby streets, the center’s outreach workers delivered water and food to increasingly desperate people whose lives have been turned upside down by pandemic shutdowns. They can’t go to a library to take a breather, they can’t go to restaurants to use the restrooms.
1250 by Steve Lopez in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Moderate Democrats call for restart of coronavirus relief negotiations<
CORONAVIRUS-RELIEF-DEMOCRATS:CON — The Blue Dog Coalition of moderate House Democrats is circulating a letter they plan to send to congressional leaders urging them to get back to the bargaining table on a new round of coronavirus relief legislation.
The coalition, which includes several lawmakers in difficult reelection races, outlines areas of potential compromise between the parties including on unemployment benefits, state and local government aid and direct payments to households.
The effort comes as Speaker Nancy Pelosi is preparing to bring up legislation for a vote Saturday that would provide funds for the U.S. Postal Service, but wouldn’t address other aid measures that are still hung up in a dispute with the White House and Senate Republicans.
1050 by Lindsey McPherson in Washington. MOVED
^Yale professor warned students of ‘widespread infections — and possibly deaths'<
CORONAVIRUS-YALE-WARNING:HC — A Yale professor and head of the school’s largest residential college recently issued a dramatic warning to returning students about COVID-19 on campus, according to a report from the Yale Daily News.
“We all should be emotionally prepared for widespread infections — and possibly deaths — in our community,” wrote Laurie Santos, a Yale psychology professor and head of Silliman College, in a July 1 email to residents. “You should emotionally prepare for the fact that your residential college life will look more like a hospital unit than a residential college.”
250 by Alex Putterman in Hartford, Conn. MOVED
^Aleksei Navalny, Russian opposition leader, is yet another Putin critic who falls ill<
RUSSIA-NAVALNY-EXPLAINER:LA — Aleksei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader, was allegedly poisoned in Russia and ended up in a Siberian hospital. An explainer on how critics of President Vladimir Putin often ended up assassinated or falling ill.
950 by Laura King.
^Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon charged with fraud in border wall fundraising scheme<
BANNON-1ST-LEDE:LA — Stephen K. Bannon, who guided President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign in its final months and served as a senior White House adviser, was charged Thursday in New York with fraud for his role in an online fundraising scheme, We Build the Wall, which raised $25 million.
Bannon and three associates each diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars from the group, which they formed ostensibly to raise private funds for the southern border wall that Trump wants, and used the money in part to cover personal expenses, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday by federal prosecutors in Manhattan.
1300 by Eli Stokols in Washington. MOVED
^Trumps loses another legal battle over financial records with Manhattan district attorney<
TRUMP-RECORDS-NY:NY — President Donald Trump lost another key legal round Thursday in his battle to keep his tax returns away from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero emphatically upheld a subpoena ordering Trump’s accountants to hand over the financial records, siding with Vance in the prosecutor’s probe of Trump’s alleged financial misdeeds.
550 by the New York Daily News in New York. MOVED
^Analysis: Biden’s convention leans heavily to the center, with muted outcry from the left<
CVN-DEMOCRATS-ANALYSIS:LA — The first night of the Democratic convention featured John Kasich, the Republican former governor of Ohio, seeking to reassure members of his party that if they voted for Joe Biden, he would not “turn sharp left and leave them behind.”
On the second night, former GOP Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Republican Defense Secretary and Sen. Chuck Hagel and other stalwarts of the traditional foreign policy establishment saluted Biden as a leader who would, in Powell’s words, “stand with our friends and stand up to our adversaries.”
But more surprising than some of the words from the convention’s virtual podium has been the reaction from the Democratic left — not quite a collective shrug, but something far short of rebellion.
1150 by David Lauter in Washington. MOVED
^TV audience for Night 3 of the Democratic Convention rises to 21.4 million viewers<
^TV-CVN-DEMOCRATS-RATINGS:LA—<The third night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention delivered the largest TV audience for the event so far with an average of 21.4 million viewers across the major cable news channels and broadcast networks.
The 10 p.m. Eastern hour on Wednesday featured addresses by President Obama and Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who made history as the first Black woman nominated as vice president on a major party ticket.
According to Nielsen data, MSNBC had the largest audience with 6.46 million viewers from 10 to 11:15 p.m. Eastern, followed by CNN (5.79 million), NBC (2.52 million), ABC (2.48 million), Fox News (2.15 million), CBS (1.98 million) and CNN Espa ol (22,000).
300 by Stephen Battaglio. (Moved as an entertainment story.)
^Mnuchin politicized US Postal Service for Trump, ex-official says<
POSTALSERVICE-EXOFFICIAL:BLO — President Donald Trump sought to turn the U.S. Postal Service into a “political tool” that could be used to punish Amazon.com Inc., and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin led the effort, a former member of the agency’s board of governors told lawmakers on Thursday.
250 by Todd Shields in Washington. MOVED
^Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana tests positive for COVID-19<
CASSIDY:CON — Sen. Bill Cassidy is under quarantine for 14 days after testing positive for COVID-19.
The Louisiana Republican said he was notified Wednesday evening that he had been exposed to someone with the disease.
“I am strictly following the direction of our medical experts and strongly encourage others to do the same,” Cassidy said in a statement.
450 by Katherine Tully-McManus in Washington. MOVED
^Schumer: Senate Democrats would ditch filibuster if needed to push Biden’s agenda through<
^SENATE-SCHUMER-FILIBUSTER:CON—<On the day that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was to deliver his acceptance speech, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer made clear that eliminating the chamber’s legislative filibuster will be on the table if Democrats sweep into the majority with Biden in November.
“We have a moral imperative to the people of America to get a whole lot done if we get the majority, which, God willing, we will, and keep it in the House, and Biden becomes president, and nothing is off the table,” the New York Democrat said Thursday.
600 by Niels Lesniewski in Washington. MOVED
^Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has long record of Republican contributions<
DEJOY-POLITICS-CONTRIBUTIONS:CON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Trump megadonor set to appear before congressional committees starting Friday to explain his controversial changes to postal operations, also has long-standing financial ties to Republicans on Capitol Hill.
DeJoy has given more than $214,000 to 15 Republicans currently serving in Congress, according to a CQ Roll Call review of Federal Election Commission records.
That includes $36,000 in contributions since 2014 to committees supporting North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis. DeJoy has also given $8,100 to Arizona’s Martha McSally since 2018, and gave $5,200 in 2018 to the Senate campaign of Missouri’s Josh Hawley. DeJoy contributed $37,100 to the unsuccessful 2012 presidential bid by Mitt Romney, now a Utah senator.
1500 by Chris Marquette in Washington. MOVED
^Biden’s immigration plan: Cancel Trump orders, seek bill in Congress<
^CAMPAIGN-BIDEN-IMMIGRATION:CON—<Not only would President Donald Trump’s border wall come to an end if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden defeats him in November, Biden would quickly move to roll back many of Trump’s executive orders and actions on immigration, according to the candidate and the party platform.
“There will not be another foot of wall constructed on my administration, No. 1,” Biden told Black and Hispanic journalists during a news briefing in early August.
1150 (with trims) by Tanvi Misra in Washington. MOVED
^Pence to address GOP convention from Fort McHenry in Baltimore, a city Trump has scorned<
CVN-GOP-PENCE:BZ — Vice President Mike Pence will address the Republican National Convention next week from Fort McHenry in Baltimore, marking a return by national Republicans to a city President Donald Trump has called corrupt and “rodent infested.”
Pence is scheduled to speak Wednesday at the fort, where 1,000 U.S. soldiers withstood a British bombardment in 1814, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became “The Star-Spangled Banner,” according to a senior Trump campaign official on Thursday.
The theme of the GOP convention — in which Trump and Pence are to be nominated for second terms — is “Honoring the Great American Story.”
450 by Jeff Barker in Baltimore. MOVED
^Trump campaign expands Black voter outreach initiative, opens office in Philadelphia<
CAMPAIGN-TRUMP-BLACKVOTERS:WA — Walking down the street in West Philadelphia, a pedestrian could overlook the “Black Voices for Trump” sign taped to the glass door of the Republican Party’s newest Pennsylvania field office.
One of 17 centers that have opened around the country this summer under the Black Voices for Trump banner, the office is part of a GOP effort to make inroads in predominantly African American communities.
The field offices are paid for and staffed by Trump Victory, the joint of the Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s reelection committee.
1000 by Francesca Chambers in Philadelphia. MOVED
^Democrats push to revamp political money system that’s boosting their campaigns<
^CAMPAIGN-DEMOCRATS-POLITICALSPENDING:CON—<Democrats officially adopted a platform at their convention this week that calls for a sweeping overhaul of campaign finance laws, including forcing the disclosure of covert sources of political spending — money that right now is helping to boost the party’s candidates for the House, Senate and White House.
Big donors, super PACs and nonprofit organizations that may shield their donors’ identities are going all in for the 2020 campaigns, funding ads and other efforts for candidates in both parties.
1050 (with trims) by Kate Ackley. MOVED
^Biden would largely discard Trump’s foreign policies on Day 1<
CAMPAIGN-BIDEN-FOREIGNPOLICY:CON — With sights set on retaking the White House in November, Democrats are fleshing out foreign policy priorities that would largely reverse and scrub the plate clean of President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s initial changes would include restoring funding for the World Health Organization; reversing some immigration policies; dismantling Trump’s travel ban; pursuing an extension of the New START arms accord with Russia; undoing the exit from the Paris climate agreement; and ending a policy that bans aid from going to foreign organizations that support or offer abortions.
1150 (with trims) by Rachel Oswald in Washington. MOVED
^Kirsten Dunst wants to know: Why is she in Kanye West’s campaign poster?<
^CAMPAIGN-WEST-DUNST:LA—<We all know Kanye West is trying to run for president. But Kirsten Dunst wants to know what it has to do with her.
On Tuesday, the rapper tweeted a mockup for a “Kanye 2020 Vision” campaign poster, prominently featuring the “Spider-Man” actress. Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour also makes an appearance as well as several activists and other figures.
“What’s the message here,” Dunst shot back on Twitter Wednesday night. “And why am I apart of it?”
250 by Laura Zornosa. (Moved as an entertainment story.)
^’Like Armageddon’: Rotting food, dead animals and chaos at postal facilities amid cutbacks<
POSTALSERVICE-ROTTING-PACKAGES:LA — Six weeks ago, U.S. Postal Service workers in the Southern California high desert town of Tehachapi began to notice crates of mail sitting in the post office in the early morning that should have been shipped out for delivery the night before.
At a mail processing facility in Santa Clarita in July, workers discovered that their automated sorting machines had been disabled and padlocked. And inside a massive mail-sorting facility in South Los Angeles, workers fell so far behind processing packages that by early August, gnats and rodents were swarming around containers of rotted fruit and meat, and baby chicks were dead inside their boxes.
1500 by Laura J. Nelson and Maya Lau in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Two arrested in hate crime, robbery of transgender women in Hollywood<
^LA-TRANSGENDER-CRIME:LA—<Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the robbery and beating of a group of transgender women in Hollywood earlier this week that police are now calling a hate crime.
Investigators made two arrests in the last two days, according to the Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Division Capt. Steve Lurie. He could not immediately provide additional information, but a news conference was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
300 by James Queally in Los Angeles. MOVED
^’He killed himself’: A defense argument emerges in the George Floyd case<
^MINN-POLICE-DEATH-DEFENSE:LA—<The public quickly reached its verdict: Minneapolis police killed George Floyd.
Video seen around the world shows him on the pavement, his neck pinned beneath the knee of Officer Derek Chauvin, pleading for his life — “I can’t breathe” — until his body goes limp.
Two autopsies concluded the death was a homicide.
Chauvin was charged with murder and three other officers — Thomas Lane and Alexander Kueng, who both helped hold down Floyd, and Tou Thao, who kept onlookers at bay — were charged as accomplices.
In an interview with The Times, a lawyer for Lane laid out what he said would be a central argument for the defense.
“None of these guys — even Chauvin — actually killed him,” said the attorney, Earl Gray. “He killed himself.”
1500 (with trims) by Richard Read. MOVED
^Exclusive: Golden State Killer’s ex-wife speaks out, says his crimes devastated her family<
^CALIF-SERIALKILLER-EXWIFE:SA—< As Joseph James DeAngelo’s victims appear in court to describe the anguish his crimes have caused, a new victim of the Golden State Killer came forward for the first time Thursday.
DeAngelo’s ex-wife, Sacramento attorney Sharon Huddle, broke her long silence, submitting a victim impact statement to Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman indicating her husband had lied to her about where he was going while she was working night shifts, and describing the devastation she feels now that she knows his true nature.
600 by Sam Stanton in Sacramento, Calif.. MOVED
^Leaders of private border wall group, advised by ex-Kansas official Kris Kobach, face fraud charges<
BANNON-KOBACH:KC — Leaders of We Build the Wall, an organization that raised $25 million through a crowdfunding campaign to build a private southern border wall and whose general counsel is former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, have been indicted on fraud charges.
The indictment, unsealed in federal court in New York, alleges that the leaders of We Build the Wall, who include Stephen Bannon, former adviser to President Donald Trump, defrauded donors by telling them that the money raised was solely for a border wall.
1400 by Steve Vockrodt, Jonathan Shorman and Bryan Lowry in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED
^Laura or Marco? Tropical depression could become a hurricane near Florida early next week<
WEA-LAURA-1ST-LEDE:FL. — A tropical depression in the Atlantic is expected to strengthen into either Tropical Storm Laura or Marco Thursday, and could become a hurricane as it tracks toward Florida by early next week, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. update.
The storm is expected to move along a fairly quick west-northwest track over the next several days, approaching the southeastern Bahamas as a tropical storm during the weekend.
“We can’t rule out it will, potentially, be a hurricane at that point,” said meteorologist Robert Garcia, during a National Weather Service weekly briefing Thursday.
550 by Robin Webb, Brett Clarkson and Brooke Baitinger in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED
^Monster California fires threaten dozens of communities as tens of thousands flee<
CALIF-WILDFIRES:LA — Evacuations widened in the San Francisco Bay Area overnight as wildfires ringing the region scorched hundreds of square miles and edged toward San Jose.
In all, more than 349,000 acres have burned in Northern and Central California. At least 134 structures have been destroyed, and the fire-fanning weather conditions that have brought record temperatures and thousands of lightning strikes in the past few days are not expected to abate soon.
2250 (with trims) by Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money, Leila Miller, Joseph Serna and Anita Chabria in San Francisco. MOVED
^Air quality hits danger zone in Bay Area as thick smoke, ash blanket the region<
CALIF-WILDFIRES-AIRQUALITY:LA — Massive fires ringing the San Francisco Bay Area are continuing to create dangerous air quality.
In many neighborhoods, a layer of ash has covered the ground, distributed by gusty winds and adding to the pollution that is clouding much of the area.
The American Lung Association warned that excessive heat, wildfire smoke and COVID-19 posed risks to those most vulnerable to respiratory problems.
550 by Susanne Rust and Rong-Gong Lin II in San Francisco. MOVED
^First, thousands of fish turned up dead in Biscayne Bay. Coral bleaching might be next<
ENV-FLA-DEADFISH-CORAL:MI — Fish may not be the only victims of the pollution and hot temperatures that drove oxygen to insufficient levels in Biscayne Bay and led to a mortality event that shocked Miami residents last week.
Coral reefs in the bay risk bleaching if water conditions don’t improve soon, scientists said. Prolonged periods of high ocean temperatures cause coral to expel the algae that live inside them, leaving them more vulnerable to stressors like pollution and a deadly disease that’s ravaging reefs in Florida.
1200 (with trims) by Adriana Brasileiro and Alex Harris in Miami. MOVED
^Tiny mammal with long nose was a ‘lost species’ — until NC researcher helped trap it<
ENV-LOST-MAMMAL:RA — A tiny mammal with a long nose was considered a “lost species” — until a North Carolina scientist joined the effort to trap it.
A Duke Lemur Center researcher helped to track down the mouse-sized Somali Sengi, an animal that experts hadn’t spotted in almost 50 years, according to an article published this week in the journal PeerJ.
350 by Simone Jasper in Raleigh, N.C. MOVED
^Netflix apologizes after thousands call to remove film that ‘sexualizes’ young girls<
^VID-NETFLIX-CUTIES:LA—<Netflix issued an apology Thursday after thousands signed a petition demanding the immediate removal of the controversial French film “Cuties” from the streaming platform.
The movie, about an 11-year-old who rebels against her family and joins a “free-spirited dance crew,” is accused in the online campaign of sexualizing young girls “for the viewing pleasure of pedophiles.” Originally titled “Mignonnes,” the project premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won a jury award for directing.
350 by Christi Carras. MOVED
^How entertainment professionals with disabilities are fighting for inclusion<
^HOLLYWOOD-PROFESSIONALS-DISABILITIES:LA—<An L.A. lab building a pipeline for talent with disabilities went virtual this year — one of the few experiences that COVID-19 made more accessible.
In its second year, RespectAbility’s Summer Lab for Entertainment Professionals With Disabilities connects people interested in — and with experience in — development, production and postproduction (think: writers, directors, producers, cinematographers and animators) with leaders in the industry, and with one another.
By switching to 15 virtual sessions (in place of last year’s in-person 10), the lab became easier for those with physical disabilities to attend. Sign-language interpreters appeared at each session, live captions ran across Zoom screens, and some partner studios saw the event as a model of accessibility.
1350 by Laura Zornosa in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Emmys 2020 comedy predictions: Expect ‘Schitt’s Creek’ to win big<
^TV-EMMYS-PREDICTIONS-COMEDY:LA—<“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” earned 20 Emmy nominations this year, while “Schitt’s Creek” pulled in 15. All that voter love makes them the clear favorites in this year’s comedy races. Now Television Academy members will have to decide whether they prefer their comedy in hourlong, sumptuously produced episodes or 22-minute miniatures of traditional sitcom excellence.
Me I still can’t believe they didn’t nominate “Ramy.”
Let’s take an early look at how the races might play out at the Sept. 20 ceremony.
800 by Glenn Whipp. MOVED
^Commentary: China is desperate to stop Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. Now it’s even blaming foreign groups<
^USCHINA-HONGKONG-COMMENTARY:LA—<Last week I was “sanctioned” by the Chinese government, whatever that means, along with six members of Congress and the leaders of four other U.S.-based human rights organizations.
It’s unclear what the sanctions will actually do, but the Chinese government said they were a tit-for-tat response to Washington’s recent imposition of sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and 10 other officials in Hong Kong and mainland China for their role in the continuing crackdown on Hong Kong’s freedoms and rule of law.
The sanctions against me and the other Americans are a plain effort by Beijing to claim that the people of Hong Kong are being manipulated by foreigners.
750 by Kenneth Roth. MOVED
^Trudy Rubin: The Israel-UAE deal won’t resolve the Palestine problem<
^RUBIN-COLUMN:PH—<After 10 days of vacation in an isolated cottage on a Cape Cod salt marsh, it’s hard to return to the world of COVID-19 and stark political warfare.
I’m catching up with the uprising in Belarus, along with the Democratic National Convention and the latest White House conspiracy theories.
But, for me, the most fascinating story that broke while I was away was in the Mideast — the pledge by Israel and the United Arab Emirates to move toward fully normal relations, in exchange for Israel’s suspending the planned annexation of a third of the occupied West Bank.
900 by Trudy Rubin. MOVED
^Eli Lake: The Senate’s Russia report implicates more than Trump’s campaign<
^LAKE-COLUMN:BLO—<“This is what collusion looks like.”
That is how five Democratic senators, including vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, view the fifth and final volume of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Their argument rests on new evidence, which they say shows that Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, “was directly connected to the Russian meddling through his communications with an individual found to be a Russian intelligence officer.”
It’s a devastating claim. The report itself, however, paints a more nuanced picture, though no less horrifying.
1150 by Eli Lake. MOVED
^Editorial: The Boston Marathon bombing was a horrific crime, but Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should not be executed<
^BOSTON-MARATHON-BOMBING-EDITORIAL:LA—<Seven years ago brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev packed two pressure cookers with nails, BBs and black powder drained from fireworks, then detonated them with toy-car remote controls near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The carnage was horrific: The explosions and shrapnel killed three people and maimed more than 260 others, many of whom lost limbs or suffered other gruesome wounds. Three days later the bombers shot and killed a transit police officer, and the next day Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police as the brothers tried to escape a manhunt. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, wounded, was found a short time later hiding in a stranger’s boat stored behind a house.
The terrorist attack — the brothers were Chechen refugees seeking revenge for what they saw as U.S. attacks on Muslims — stunned the nation and still haunts Bostonians. Some of those wounds were opened anew three weeks ago when a federal appeals court threw out Tsarnaev’s death sentence, ruling that the trial judge erred in not sufficiently screening jurors for bias or ordering the trial moved out of the scarred city to a place where passions, and the thirst for revenge, might not be so strong.
850 by The Times Editorial Board. MOVED
^Editorial: Hope for a more peaceful world? We got some from the White House last week<
^UAE-ISRAEL-EDITORIAL:DA—<The constant churn of our own politics obscured last week an event that should have gotten more attention in the U.S. because it was a moment of hope for a more peaceful future.
We are talking about the historic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, a piece of classic diplomacy that signals progress toward lasting peace in the Middle East.
550 by Dallas Morning News Editorial. MOVED
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