Joe Biden sounds tough. Binyamin Netanyahu seems tougher.




Fig. 1. The ruins of a terminal at the Gaza airport. Image by Said Khatib (Agence France-Presse) on September 9, 2018, via the Times of Israel,[1] fair use.

Stefan M. Bradley, “Columbia University protests look increasingly like those in 1968 as police storm campuses nationwide,” Conversation, May 2, 2024,

Rollie Atkinson, “Campus protest redux,” Moral Dilemmas: First Drafts and Commentaries, May 3, 2024,

Gabriel Debenedetti, “It’s Not 1968 to Joe Biden,” New York, May 3, 2024,

Times of Israel, “Hamas indicates it may agree to deal; Israeli official insists truce won’t end the war,” May 4, 2024,

Kareem Fahim and Adela Suliman, “Israel shuts down Al Jazeera’s operations, raids Jerusalem office,” Washington Post, May 5, 2024,

Barak Ravid, “U.S. put a hold on an ammunition shipment to Israel,” Axios, May 5, 2024,

Stephen Zunes, “Don’t Buy the Right-Wing Disinformation Campaign on ‘From the River to the Sea,’” Truthout, May 5, 2024,

Emanuel Fabian, “IDF tells 100,000 Palestinians to evacuate eastern Rafah ahead of planned offensive,” Times of Israel, May 6, 2024,

Harold Meyerson, “Who Created the Israel-Palestine Conflict?” American Prospect, May 6, 2024,

Abeer Salman et al., “Israel says Rafah operations will go ahead as Hamas deal remains ‘far’ from meeting its demands,” Cable News Network, May 6, 2024,

Thomas J. Sugrue, “College Presidents Behaving Badly,” Chronicle of Higher Education, May 6, 2024,

Ishaan Tharoor, “What lies beneath Gaza’s rubble and ruin,” Washington Post, May 6, 2024,

Alexander Ward, Lara Seligman, and Erin Banco, “US fears Israel speeding up Rafah invasion timeline after deadly Hamas attack,” Politico, May 6, 2024,

John Hudson, “U.S. paused shipment of thousands of bombs to Israel amid Rafah rift,” Washington Post, May 7, 2024,

Yasmeen Abutaleb, “Biden says he will cut off offensive weapons if Israel invades Rafah,” Washington Post, May 8, 2024,

Jordan Fabian and Galit Altstein, “US Pauses Arms Shipment to Israel Over Rafah Invasion Plans,” Bloomberg, May 8, 2024,

Jacob Magid, “US confirms holding up sale of heavy bombs it feared Israel would use in Rafah,” Times of Israel, May 8, 2024,

Ishaan Tharoor, “Israel puts Rafah in the eye of the storm,” Washington Post, May 9, 2024,


Fig. 2. “Map of Qing Empire filled with the flag.” Graphic by Daniel222potato [pseud.], via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Ishaan Tharoor, “China’s Xi wades into Europe’s political divides,” Washington Post, May 10, 2024,



Donald Trump
Hush money

Fig. 3. Cartoon by Jesse Duquette, undated, via “Minneapple23” [pseud.] on Imgur, April 1, 2023, fair use.

It sounds to me like Stormy Daniels made a fool of Donald Trump’s attorney.[2] Of course, that shouldn’t be even a little bit surprising.

Perry Stein and Devlin Barrett, “Why Stormy Daniels’s account of sex with Trump may be problematic, and other takeaways,” Washington Post, May 7, 2024,

Niha Masih and Leo Sands, “What Stormy Daniels said happened in Trump’s hotel suite, from the transcript,” Washington Post, May 8, 2024,

Heather Cox Richardson, “May 7, 2024,” Letters from an American, May 8, 2024,

Marianne LeVine, “New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan scolds Trump attorney,” Washington Post, May 9, 2024,

Patrick Svitek, Devlin Barrett, and Perry Stein, “Stormy Daniels’s testimony got heated. Here were the most intense exchanges,” Washington Post, May 9, 2024,

White Christian nationalism

Fig. 4. If one weighs by geography rather than population, Pennsylvania is very much a white Christian nationalist kind of place. Photograph by author, January 5, 2023.

Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, “Virginia school board restores Confederate leaders’ names to two schools,” Washington Post, May 10, 2024,

  1. [1]Times of Israel, “20 years after its opening, destroyed Gaza airport embodies grounded peace hopes,” September 12, 2018,
  2. [2]Patrick Svitek, Devlin Barrett, and Perry Stein, “Stormy Daniels’s testimony got heated. Here were the most intense exchanges,” Washington Post, May 9, 2024,

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