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December 4, 2023

This isn't anti-Israel. This is antisemitism.


Protestors in Philadelphia stand outside of a Jewish & Israeli owned falafel restaurant

“Goldie, Goldie you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide”
December 4, 2023

Long Island Leaders React To George Santos Expulsion

No candidates have been officially announced yet, but several individuals had already been running to challenge Santos in next year’s election — including his predecessor, former Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), who had beaten Santos in the 2020 race for that seat.

“This is a much-needed step in our journey to repair a broken system,” Suozzi said. “We must move beyond our petty, partisan, performative finger-pointing and address the real problems Americans face. Let’s fix this!”

A representative for Suozzi did not immediately answer the question of if Suozzi would run in the special election.

Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti (D-Manorhaven), shared constituents with Santos during his 11-month tenure.

“It’s finally done and the people of the 3rd Congressional District are ready to move on,” Sillitti said. “We need to learn from this experience, make sure it doesn’t happen again, and get back to work for the residents who have been without representation for far too long.”


December 4, 2023

Suspected bomb blast kills at least 4 worshippers during Mass in southern Philippines

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine president blamed “foreign terrorists” for a bomb blast that killed four people Sunday, wounded dozens of other Catholic worshippers in the south and sparked a security alarm, including in the capital, Manila, where state forces were put on alert.

The suspected bomb, which the police said was made from a mortar round, went off and hit students and teachers who attended a Mass in a gymnasium at Mindanao State University in southern Marawi city, Taha Mandangan, the security chief of the state-run campus, told The Associated Press by telephone.

Dozens of students and teachers dashed out of the gym and the wounded were taken to hospitals.

Regional military commander Maj. Gen. Gabriel Viray III said four people were killed by the explosion, including three women, and 50 others were brought to two hospitals for treatment.


December 4, 2023

NY-03: Democratic nomination narrowed down to Souzzi and Kaplan for special election.


TimRyanFan 🇺🇸
Alright, probably last bit of news about the NY03 special nominee ordeal:

Zimmerman’s name has been taken off the table from what I learned, its now down to Suozzi & Kaplan, and as of rn Suozzi’s odds look good. He’ll 99% end up being the nominee unless something wildly changes
December 4, 2023

Godzilla Minus One Is Topping U.S. Box Office Predictions

It is just Godzilla's world at this point and we're living in it. These days, the MonsterVerse is all over television thanks to Apple TV+, and the series will return to theaters next year. But right now, well – Godzilla Minus One is running the show. The hit movie just launched in America and toppled all box office expectations to break a historic record.

The update went live after Godzilla Minus One had its opening weekend in the United States. Despite lower predictions, Godzilla Minus One overcame the odds to earn $11 million USD in its first three-days. This total marks the biggest opening weekend for any Japanese live-action film at the domestic box office.

Oh, and that's not all. If you want to compare this opening to Shin Godzilla, there is no contest. Godzilla Minus One made 5.5x more than Shin Godzilla did in its opening weekend as the previous kaiju flick earned $1.9 million.

The hype for Godzilla Minus One has been building since the film debuted in Japan. Netizens were quick to praise the movie as one of the best monster flick in ages, and Godzilla Minus One did not disappoint. With fresh ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, Godzilla Minus One marks a new era for Toho's Godzilla Universe. All of this excitement lead the film to earn $2.1 million in previews alone. So clearly, social media heeded the call.


December 3, 2023

WA: Thurston County candidate who didn't vote loses election by one vote

Damion Green ran for Rainier City Council hoping to address the strain the 2,400-person town has felt from growth.

But when Election Day came around in November, he didn’t vote. He didn’t feel right about it, he said; it felt “like stacking a deck in your favor.”

After weeks of waiting for Thurston County to tabulate the results, then a mandatory recount because the race was so close, the final vote count came in Friday. Green lost the election to opponent Ryan Roth by one vote: 246 to 247.

“The Lord didn’t want me there, so I didn’t get it,” Green said. “I don’t feel discouraged at all. We both have kids in the schools and are looking for the best thing for our community. We’re different people wanting the same thing.”


December 3, 2023

Indian premier Narendra Modi's party set for victory in 3 states ahead of 2024 national vote

NEW DELHI -- India’s Hindu nationalist party was headed for a clear win in three out of four state elections Sunday, according to the election commission’s website. The crucial poll has pitted India’s opposition against the ruling party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of next year’s vital national vote.

Ballot counting showed Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, was poised to wrest control of the states of Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan from the Indian National Congress, India’s main opposition party. The BJP was also likely to be re-elected in Madhya Pradesh for a record fifth term.

The Congress was comfortably leading in Telangana state which is ruled by the strong Telangana Rashtra Samithi, known for opposing BJP in the state.

Final results are expected later Sunday.

Vote counting in a fifth state, Mizoram, is set for Monday where BJP’s regional ally, the Mizo National Front, is in power.


December 3, 2023

Controversial Figures Pardoned by Trump Are Now Funding His 2024 Bid

Former President Donald Trump during his four-year tenure in the White House granted 238 clemency orders, pardoning an array of individuals that included figures like former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, attorney I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and former NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik.

Many of Trump's pardons and commutations were highly controversial, as some observers criticized the then-president for what they believed was his focus on those who were convicted of white-collar offenses and individuals who possessed ties to influential donors.

In an analysis of Trump's clemency orders, The Washington Post found that dozens of individuals who received commutations or pardons from the then-president are now some of the most vocal backers of his 2024 White House bid, while others have either donated to his campaign or have repeated his false claims about the 2020 race that he lost to now-President Joe Biden.

The 91-year-old Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt of court but received a pardon in August 2017 before he was sentenced, has long been known for his conservative views from his years as the sheriff of Maricopa County.


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