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Feeble Donald Trump has embarrassing “icebox” meltdown


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Donald Trump has spent his criminal trial displaying one mentally incompetent form of behavior after another, whether it be sleeping through some of the most crucial parts of the trial, or cursing under his breath at a witness, or fist bumping another witness.

Trump is clearly agitated by everything that’s going on around him, and he’s unable to hide that agitation. For instance, after he sat lifeless for two days while his nemesis Michael Cohen testified against him, Trump went up to reporters and began ranting about… air conditioning:

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A feeble Trump says he’s too weak to sit in court because he’s cold pic.twitter.com/2D9L11Ns6H

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That’s right, instead of focusing on Michael Cohen or his own defense strategy, or anything else, Trump is so far off into la la land that he’s using his limited bandwidth to melt down about how cold he is. This is like something out of an SNL sketch. But in reality Trump really is this far gone.

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A Group of TikTok Creators Are Suing the U.S. to Block a Potential Ban on the App


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A group of TikTok creators followed the company’s lead and filed their own lawsuit to block the U.S. law that would force Chinese parent ByteDance Ltd. to divest itself of the popular video app by January or face a ban.

Like the May 7 case filed by TikTok, eight creators behind Tuesday’s suit are challenging an ultimatum by the U.S. meant to address national security concerns that the Chinese government could access user data or influence what’s seen on the platform. The creators include a rancher from Texas, a college football coach in North Dakota, a founder of a skincare line in Atlanta and a Maryland book lover who promotes Black authors on the platform.

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“Our clients rely on TikTok to express themselves, learn and find community,” Ambika Kumar, a lawyer for the creators, said in a statement. “They hope to vindicate not only their First Amendment rights, but the rights of the other approximately 170 million Americans who also use TikTok. The ban is a pernicious attack on free speech that is contrary to the nation’s founding principles.”

A Justice Department spokesperson said the government looks forward to defending the law in court.

“This legislation addresses critical national security concerns in a manner that is consistent with the First Amendment and other constitutional limitations,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

ByteDance has said it doesn’t have any intention of trying to find a buyer for TikTok as the January deadline approaches. Instead, ByteDance wants the law declared unconstitutional, saying it violates the First Amendment and represents an illegal punishment without due process or a presidential finding that the app is a national security threat.

Read More: What to Know About the Law That Could Get TikTok Banned in the U.S.

TikTok has argued the law will stifle free speech and hurt creators and small business owners who benefit economically from the platform. The company said that in response to data security concerns, it spent more than $2 billion to isolate its U.S. operations and agreed to oversight by American company Oracle Corp.

Professional content creators typically don’t make enough money to provide a living from TikTok itself. The social media company has a fund that pays certain creators based on performance, and it also shares revenue from products tagged and purchased through the app. Instead, creators use the app to gain an audience in the hopes of landing lucrative brand sponsorship deals where they make videos for or plug products of brands, much like on other social media platforms.

Read More: TikTok Vows to Fight Its Ban. Here’s How the Battle May Play Out

TikTok’s links to China have faced scrutiny under previous administrations. Former President Donald Trump used an executive order to try to force a sale of the app to an American company or face a ban. But his administration also faced multiple legal challenges—including from creators—and judges blocked the ban from taking place. When Joe Biden became president, he put Trump’s ban under fresh review.

A lobbying push against the law by TikTok Chief Executive Officer Shou Chew failed to convince U.S. lawmakers who worried about the national security threat of China potentially accessing user data and disseminating propaganda to about half the American population. Congress passed the law in April and Biden signed it.

Read More: The Grim Reality of Banning TikTok

Last year, Montana became the first U.S. state to enact a law that would ban residents from using the app. A federal judge sympathized with free-speech arguments by TikTok and creators in blocking the Montana measure while the legal challenges play out.

The Justice Department had no immediate comment on Tuesday’s suit.


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Marking 108 years since the death of Sholem Aleichem


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אין שײַכות מיטן 108טן יאָרצײַט פֿונעם גרױסן ייִדישן שרײַבער שלום־עליכם, וואָס פֿאַלט הײַיאָר אויס דעם 17טן־18טן מײַ, האָב איך געפֿאָרשט די היסטאָרישע ייִדישע פּרעסע, דערשינען אין דער גאַנצער‏ װעלט אין כּלערלײ לשונות מיט אַריבער הונדערט יאָר צוריק, באַלד נאָכן שרײַבערס פּטירה, פֿאָקוסירנדיק זיך אױף דײַטש־שפּראַכיקע אױסגאַבעס. איך האָב געװאָלט װיסן, װאָס האָט מען געװוּסט און געשריבן אין יענער צײַט װעגן זײַן לעבן און זײַן ליטעראַרישער טעטיקײט.‏

איך האָב געפֿונען אַ טעמאַטיש פֿאַרבונדענע נאָטיץ, פּובליקירט אין דער  Allgemeine Zeitung des Judentums (אַלגעמײנע צײַטונג פֿון ייִדנטום) פֿונעם 26סטן מײַ 1916, ד״ה בערך אַ פּאָר װאָכן נאָך דער טרױעריקער געשעעניש.

די דאָזיקע װעכנטלעכע צײַטונג איז געװען אײנע פֿון די עלטסטע און לאַנג־עקזיסטירנדיקע ייִדישע צײַטשריפֿטן אויף דער דײַטשער שפּראַך .זי איז אַרױסגעגעבן געװאָרן אין 1837־1922 אין לײַפּציג און שפּעטער אין בערלין און האָט געהאַט אַ סך לײענער אין דײַטשלאַנד, עסטרײַך און די נידערלאַנדן װי אױך אין מזרח־אײראָפּע. 

לאָמיר ברענגען דאָ דעם װײַטערדיקן געקירצטן נוסח פֿון דער נאָטיץ ,איבערגעזעצט פֿון אַני־הקטן:‏

דער ייִדישער שרײַבער, װעלכער האָט געשריבן אונטערן נאָמען שלום־עליכם און װעגן װעמענס שאַפֿונגען מיר האָבן מיטגעטײלט אָפֿטמאָל אין דער לעצטער צײַט, איז ניפֿטר געװאָרן דעם 13טן מײַ אין ניו־יאָרק.

שלום־עליכם (שלום ראַבינאָװיטש), געבױרן אין 1859 אין פּערעיאַסלאַװ (פּאָלטאַװער גובערניע, רוסלאַנד), האָט ביזן 15טן יאָר פֿון זײַן לעבן באַקומען אױסשליסלעך תּנכיש־תּלמודישע בילדונג. אונטער דער השפּעה פֿון דער נײַער השׂכּלה־ליטעראַטור האָט ער שפּעטער שטודירט אײראָפּעיִשע שפּראַכן און ליטעראַטורן.

פֿון 1880 ביז 1882 האָט ער געדינט װי אַ מלוכישער רבֿ אין דער שטאָט לובען און דערנאָך איז ער געװאָרן אַ געשעפֿטסמאַן אין קיִעװ. נאָך די פּאָגראָמען אין אָקטאָבער 1905 איז ער אַװעקגעפֿאָרן ‏אױף אַ וויזיט קײן אַמעריקע, און נאָך 1909 האָט ער געמוזט בלײַבן אין אויסלאַנד ווײַל ער האָט זיך אָנגעשטעקט מיט טובערקולאָז.

אין 1911 איז ער נאָך אַ מאָל געקומען צו פֿאָרן קײן רוסלאַנד, װוּ מע האָט אים באַגריסט ווי דעם סאַמע באַרימסטן ייִדישן שריפֿטשטעלער. װען ס’איז אויסגעבראָכן די ערשטע וועלט־מלחמה, איז ער אַריבערגעפֿאָרן פֿונעם קוראָרט נערװי, לעבן דער שטאָט גענוע, קײן ניו־יאָרק‏, װוּ ער איז ניפֿטר געװאָרן.

זײַן ליטעראַרישע טעטיקײט האָט שלום־עליכם אָנגעהױבן אין סוף פֿון די 1870ער יאָרן װי אַ מיטאַרבעטער פֿון די העברעיִשע טאָגבלעטער „הצפֿירה“ (אין װאַרשע)  און „המליץ“ (אין פּעטערבורג).

אין 1883 האָט ער אָנגעהױבן פֿאַרעפֿנטלעכן זײַנע דערצײלונגען אינעם „ייִדישן פֿאָלקסבלאַט“, װוּ זײ האָבן באַלד צוגעצױגן דעם אױפֿמערק פֿונעם לײענער־פּובליקום. אין זײַן קאַמף קעגן דער סענסאַציאָנעלער בולװאַר־ליטעראַטור, װאָס האָט דעמאָלט באַהערשט דעם מאַרק, האָט ער געגרינדעט זײַן „ייִדישע פֿאָלקסביבליִאָטעק“. ‏

שלום־עליכם איז געװען דער סאַמע באַליבטסטער און צום מערסטן געלײענטער שרײַבער פֿון די ייִדישע מאַסן. זײַן רײַכע און עכט פֿאָלקסטימלעכע שפּראַך האָט אױך אין אַ היפּשער מאָס בײַגעטראָגן צו זײַן פּאָפּולערקײט. ער האָט געשריבן מאָנאָלאָגן, דיאַלאָגן, קאָרעספּאָנדענץ און סצענעס. ער האָט ניט דערצײלט װעגן זײַנע פּערסאָנאַזשן, נאָר יעדערער פֿון זײ אַלײן האָט עס דערצײלט מיט זײַנע אייגענע רייד.

די ערשטע פֿון שלום־עליכמס װערק זײַנען דערשינען אין צװײ בענדער אין 1903. אין 1908, צו זײַן 25סטן‏ יובֿל ווי אַ שרײַבער, האָט מען אָנגעהױבן אַרױסלאָזן די פֿולע זאַמלונג פֿון זײַנע שאַפֿונגען, װאָס האָט ביז איצט אײַנגעשלאָסן 15 דיקע בענדער. מער װי הונדערט דערצײלונגען זײַנען דערשינען אין באַזונדערע אױסגאַבעס מיט צען טױזענט פֿאַרקױפֿטע עקזעמפּלאַרן.

פֿיר בענדער פֿון זײַנע װערק זײַנען איבערגעזעצט געװאָרן אױף העברעיִש דורך דעם יונגן שרײַבער און שלום־עליכמס אײדעם יצחק דבֿ בערקאָװיטש. 8 בענדער פֿון די רוסישע איבערזעצונגען זײַנען דערשינען אין 1910.

אַ סך שלום־עליכמס װערק זײַנען אױך איבערגעזעצט געװאָרן אױף דײַטש און פֿאַרעפֿנטלעכט אין פֿאַרשײדענע צײַטונגען און צײַטשריפֿטן.‏ ביז איצט איז דערשינען אין דער דײַטשער שפּראַך בלױז אײן קליינער באַנד פֿון זײַנע דערצײלונגען, „די פֿאַרלױרענע שלאַכט“, פּובליקירט פֿון „דער ייִדישער פֿאַרלאַג” אין בערלין, איבערגעזעצט פֿון ד״ר נתן ‏בירנבױם.‏

די פּאָפּולערקײט פֿון שלום־עליכמס שאַפֿונגען איז ניט קלענער געװאָרן נאָך זײַן פּטירה. זי האָט כּסדר געװאַקסן. אַ דאַנק די פֿילשפּראַכיקע איבערזעצונגען זײַנען זיי פּאָפּולער געװאָרן אױך װײַט מחוץ דער ייִדיש־רעדנדיקער סבֿיבֿה גופֿא בײַ אַ סך ליטעראַטור־ליבהאָבער איבער דער גאָרער װעלט.‏ װי באַװוּסט, זײַנען דעם שרײַבערס װערק איבערגעזעצט געװאָרן אױף מער װי זעכציק לשונות.‏

במשך פֿון אַ סך יאָרן פֿאַר דער קאָראָנאַװירוס־עפּידעמיע האָבן שלום־עליכמס קרובֿים געפּראַװעט אין דער „ברודערשאַפֿט“־סינאַגאָגע אין מאַנהעטן ‏זײַנע יאָרצײַטן בהסכּם מיט די װוּנטשן פֿון זײַן צוואה: אַז מע זאָל אויף זײַן יאָרצײַט רעציטירן זײַנע פֿרײלעכסטע מעשׂיות, באַגלײט מיט געלעכטער און אַפּלאָדיסמענטן פֿון גרױסן עולם. הײַנט טרעפֿט זיך די משפּחה פּריוואַט אויף זום וווּ זיי פֿירן ווײַטער אָן מיט דער שיינער טראַדיציע.

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Administration sending $1 billion more in weapons to Israel, sources say


WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has told key lawmakers it is sending a new package of more than $1 billion in arms and ammunition to Israel, three congressional aides said Tuesday.

It’s the first arms shipment to Israel to be announced by the administration since it put another arms transfer — consisting of 3,500 bombs — on hold this month. The administration has said it paused that earlier transfer to keep Israel from using the bombs in its growing offensive in the crowded southern Gaza city of Rafah.

The White House has come under criticism from both sides of the political spectrum in the U.S. over its military support for Israel’s now seven-month war against Hamas in Gaza. Some of President Joe Biden’s fellow Democrats have pushed him to limit transfers of offensive weapons to Israel to pressure the U.S. ally to do more to protect Palestinian civilians. Many Republicans condemn any lessening of military backing to Israel.

The package being sent includes about $700 million for tank ammunition, $500 million in tactical vehicles and $60 million in mortar rounds, the congressional aides said. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an arms transfer that has not yet been made public.

There was no immediate indication when the arms would be sent. It’s not clear if this shipment is part of the long-delayed foreign aid package that Congress passed and Biden signed last month, a tranche from existing arms sale or a new sale.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the plans to move the package.

House Republicans were planning this week to advance a bill to mandate the delivery of offensive weaponry for Israel. Following Biden’s move to put a pause on bomb shipments last week, Republicans have been swift in their condemnation, arguing it represents the abandonment of the closest U.S. ally in the Middle East.

The White House said Tuesday that Biden would veto the bill if it were to pass Congress. The bill also has practically no chance in the Democratic-controlled Senate. But House Democrats are somewhat divided on the issue, and roughly two dozen have signed onto a letter to the Biden administration saying they were “deeply concerned about the message” sent by pausing the bomb shipment.

In addition to the written veto threat, the White House has been in touch with various lawmakers and congressional aides about the legislation, according to an administration official.

“We strongly, strongly oppose attempts to constrain the President’s ability to deploy U.S. security assistance consistent with U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said this week, adding that the administration plans to spend “every last cent” appropriated by Congress in the national security supplemental package that was signed into law by Biden last month.


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Iranian director Rasoulof urges film world to support colleagues


cannes, france — Film director Mohammad Rasoulof, who has secretly fled Iran for an undisclosed location in Europe, urged the world film community on Tuesday to provide “strong support” to his colleagues.

Rasoulof, who was sentenced to jail on national security charges, and whose latest movie will compete at this month’s Cannes film festival, said he fears for the “safety and well-being” of fellow filmmakers still in Iran.

“The global film community must provide strong support to the makers of these films,” Rasoulof said in a statement to Agence France-Presse.

Rasoulof announced on Monday he had escaped clandestinely from Iran, just days after it emerged that he had been sentenced to eight years in prison for “collusion against national security.”

Rasoulof had been under pressure from Iranian authorities to withdraw his latest film, “The Seed of the Sacred Fig,” from Cannes, where it will compete for the prestigious event’s top prize, the Palme d’Or.

Cannes director Thierry Fremaux said the festival was working with the French Foreign Ministry in the hope of ensuring that Rasoulof, 51, can attend his premiere next week.

Rasoulof’s statement said he did not yet know if he could attend the premiere.

“I arrived in Europe a few days ago after a long and complicated journey,” said Rasoulof, who won the Berlin International Film Festival’s Golden Bear in 2020 for “There Is No Evil.”

He said his latest movie set out to portray a version of Iran “that is far from the narrative dominated by censorship in the Islamic Republic and is closer to reality.”

After he and his filmmaking colleagues came under pressure from the authorities, Rasoulof learned that his “unfair” eight-year sentence would be enforced imminently, and he felt he had no choice but to flee.

“I had to choose between prison and leaving Iran,” he wrote. “With a heavy heart, I chose exile.”

While some colleagues involved in the film were also able to leave the country, others remain there.

“My thoughts go to every single one of them, and I fear for their safety and well-being,” he said.


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Ukraine war briefing: ‘Real difference against Russian aggression’ says Blinken of US aid


Ukrainians pull back to new positions in parts of Kharkiv region; Putin to visit China. What we know on day 812

The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, arrived in Kyiv on Tuesday on his first visit to Ukraine since a major US aid package was passed last month. Blinken, who arrived by train from Poland in an unannounced visit, met with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. “Some of it has already arrived and more of it will be arriving,” said Blinken of the US aid. “And that’s going to make a real difference against the ongoing Russian aggression on the battlefield.”

Zelenskiy described the US aid as crucial, and thanked Blinken, but also said Ukraine desperately needed two more air defence systems to protect the city of Kharkiv, which has been hit repeatedly by Russian strikes in recent weeks.

Blinken joined band 19.99 on stage at Barman Dictat, picking up a red guitar to play Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World. “Your soldiers, your citizens – particularly in the north-east, in Kharkiv – are suffering tremendously. But they need to know, you need to know, the United States is with you, so much of the world is with you and they’re fighting not just for a free Ukraine, but for the free world. And the free world is with you, too,” Blinken said before playing the song.

Ukraine’s military said its forces pulled back to new positions in two areas of the north-eastern Kharkiv region where Moscow is pressing an offensive, and warned of a Russian force buildup to the north near the Sumy region.

Russia said on Tuesday it had taken a 10th border village, Buhruvatka, in Kharkiv region. The police chief in Vovchansk, a town 5km (three miles) from the border that has been the target of one of the main Russian thrusts, reported exchanges of fire in the north of the town.

Russian strikes on residential areas in the centre of Kharkiv city injured 20 people on Tuesday, officials said.

Ukrainian grid operator Ukrenergo said on Tuesday that power shortages caused by damage from Russian strikes had prompted controlled countrywide cuts from 9pm to midnight. “The reason is a significant shortage of electricity in the system as a result of Russian shelling as well as increased consumption because of cold weather,” Ukrenergo said.

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, will visit China on 16-17 May, Chinese state media reported.

Joe Biden has signed legislation broadly supported in Congress that prohibits any imports of Russian uranium into the US from 12 August. Russia provides about 20-30% percent of the enriched uranium used in the US and Europe and 44% globally, according to the US energy department. The legislation will release $2.72bn in funding for the energy department to invest in uranium enrichment inside the US.

Russia has put its Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile into service, the Tass state news agency reported on Tuesday, citing the system’s chief designer.

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Bumble Apologizes After Getting Stung for Anti-Celibacy Campaign


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(SAN FRANCISCO) — The dating app Bumble got stung after running billboard ads that appeared to sneer at celibacy as an alternative to meeting people online.

On Monday, the company backtracked and apologized for billboards that bore the message “You know full well a vow of celibacy is not the answer” juxtaposed against an introduction to “the new Bumble.” The app launched a brand redesign in April in hopes of reviving user interest, which had been lagging.

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Women on social media castigated the company for suggesting celibacy isn’t a valid personal choice. Some online critics read the slogan as reflecting patriarchal notions that women should be willing to have sex with men even if they don’t want to.

In an apology posted on Instagram, Bumble said it is removing ads that it called a mistaken attempt to “lean into a community frustrated by modern dating.” It said the company has long stood up for women and their right to “fully exercise personal choice,” but admitted that the ad campaign didn’t live up to those values and apologized “for the harm it caused.”

The company also plans donations to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and other organizations to support global efforts to “support women, marginalized communities, and those impacted by abuse.” The company said it will also offer the billboard space to these same organizations for ads of their choice.

Bumble did not respond to inquiries seeking information on how many billboards were involved in the campaign and where they were located. It remains unclear whether the ads also ran in other media.

The dating app company has been going through a rough patch. Its shares have fallen steadily since last July, dropping roughly 45% over that time amid concerns over its ability to reach younger users. In February, it laid off 350 employees, roughly 30% of its workforce, in February when it announced plans to revamp its app in order to make it more attractive to Generation Z.


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Pregnant Woman in Louisiana Among Dead Due to Brutal Storms Battering the South


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(NEW ORLEANS) — Storms that slammed several Southern states added to the region’s recent string of weather-related destruction and death, including that of a Louisiana woman who was nine months pregnant.

The woman was killed after Monday night’s storms knocked a tree into a home in West Baton Rouge Parish, officials said.

Kristin Browning, 31, was nine months pregnant, and her unborn child did not survive. Browning’s husband and her 5-year-old daughter were also injured but were expected to survive.

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Another death happened near the Louisiana town of Henderson, authorities said on social media. A tornado appeared to have struck the area, but officials gave no details on how the person died. Henderson is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of New Orleans.

In Mississippi, one person was killed in Wilkinson County during storms that hit the area Sunday and Monday, officials announced Tuesday. Details were not immediately available.

The storms tore through many areas previously hit during one of the most active periods for twisters on record. At least 267 tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service from April 25 through May 10.

Florida and parts of south Georgia were again under the threat of severe weather Tuesday, with tornadoes still possible, according to the national Storm Prediction Center. Another area at risk of storms Tuesday covered parts of Tennessee, north Georgia and north Alabama.

In Oklahoma, authorities said they found a man’s body in an area where they were searching for one missing since an EF4 tornado May 6. The Osage County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the man’s body was found in a creek Saturday afternoon. The statement did not identify the man.

Authorities previously said one person was killed in the twister, which the weather service reported had winds as fast as 175 mph (282 kph).


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