The Queen’s Death Was Predictable

96-year-olds are living on borrowed time.

The U.S. Role in Ukraine’s Success

It’s much bigger than it appears.

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Ukraine Counteroffensive Retaking Key Terrain

Russian forces have been forced out of two logistical support hubs.

Two Great Charles-Related Tweets

You all aren’t getting any serious writing out of me today, obviously.

I Question King Charles III’s Decision-making

I mean, his very first decision…

Mikhail Gorbachev, 1931-2022

The last Soviet leader is gone at 91.

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Russia-Ukraine War: No End in Sight

The bloody conflict could go on for months, if not years.

Line of the Day

From a WaPo piece on the FSB and Ukraine.

Japanese Government: Drink More Sake!

When you tax sin, you need more of it.

Post-Weekend Tabs

Some quick hits.

Pelosi’s Ill-Advised Taiwan Visit

The Speaker’s trip was reckless, needlessly escalating an already tense situation.

Hawley Votes Against NATO Expansion

Instead of a clenched fist of support, it was a big middle finger to Sweden and Finland.

Prince Charles Charity Accepted £1m from Bin Laden Family

Some light fundraising whilst waiting for mum to die.

Russia’s Absurd Demands for Griner and Whalen Release

Moscow is playing a very strange game.

China’s Worrisome Behavior

The competition is slowly ratcheting up.

Biden Continuing Trump Foreign Policy?

Normalcy is not a bad thing.

Biden and bin Salman

An embarrassing photo demonstrates the perils of leading the free world.

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Doves Split Over Ukraine

Foreign policy makes strange bedfellows.

Shinzo Abe Murdered

Japan’s longest-serving prime minister was killed at a campaign rally. He was 67.

US and UK Intelligence Leaders Warn of Increasing Chinese Threat

They’re stealing our secrets and working to undermine our elections.

Boris Johnson Resigns as Tory Leader

He plans to hang on as PM through the fall but likely won’t be able to.

Comparative Gas Prices

It’s a global commodity.

Finland and Sweden Joining NATO

The Western alliance is getting stronger in the face of Russian aggression.

Zelensky’s Dilemma

What happens if Ukraine can’t achieve complete victory?

Turkey the Country Now Türkiye (Bird Still Turkey)

Our ostensible ally is seeking to rebrand itself.

Round One in Colombia

The first round produced two very different candidates.

US Negotiating Saudi-Egypt-Israel Accord

Another potential deal that doesn’t address the central issue.

Biden: America Will Defend Taiwan

The President continues his recent penchant for saying the quiet part out loud.

The Identity Politics of Identity Politics

Who gets to claim Latino heritage?

Michael Langley to be 1st Black Marine 4-Star General

A long-overdue milestone has been reached.

Finland and Sweden Apply to NATO, Turkey an Obstacle

A diplomatic nightmare brewing since last week is now upon us.

Ukraine War Adding to Global Food Insecurity

Supply chain disruptions are contributing to crisis for 300 million people.

Loose Lips About Sinking Ships

The Biden Administration is constantly bragging about its actions against Russia. Is that wise?

Tucker Carlson White Supremacist Messaging

The face of Fox News is not the bow-tied buffoon from his “Crossfire” days.

Biden Wants to Waive Visa Requirements for Russian Scientists

A splendid idea but why stop there?

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Institutions Matter, French Edition

How rules shape the game.

Most Americans Have Had COVID-19

Some 60% of us, including 75% of our children, have been infected.

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Dividing the Christian World

The Pope is indeed Catholic. The rest is up for debate.

Macron Wins Re-Election

The boring moderate beat the neo-Nazi with 58% of the vote.

Voting Underway in French Presidential Runoff

The incumbent should win easily but turnout is low and the consequences dire.

EU Tries to Regulate Social Media

Brussels has gotten ahead of Washington in regulating mostly American-based Internet companies.

Russia Warns US Against Arming Ukraine

The proxy war is working.

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Ukraine and the ‘New Rules of War’

Many and small beats large and heavy. Finding beats flanking. Swarming beats surging.

NATO Has Been Training Ukrainian Forces for Years

A fascinating report from the WSJ.

Russian Flagship Sunk by Ukraine

Another morale booster for the good guys.

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Biden Condemns Russian ‘Genocide’

Whether deliberate or another ‘gaffe,’ he’s likely right.

Prince Charles as Co-Monarch

His 95-year-old mom is still Queen but has handed off many of her duties.

Russia’s Brain Drain

Intellectuals are fleeing as Soviet-style censorship returns.

French Presidential Elections Today

The first round is currently being held.

11 Million Displaced

The horrific tallies of Putin’s war of choice continue to mount.