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Stop Politicizing the Christchurch Killings

Stop Politicizing the Christchurch KillingsAs the families of the 50 Muslims gunned down at two New Zealand Mosques on Friday mourned, Senator Fraser Anning of Queensland put out a widely condemned statement that effectively blamed the victims:> I don’t think I have ever seen a statement like this from an elected official after a terrorist attack: pic.twitter.com/83RCLcM7Mg> > — Seema (@LATSeema) March 15, 2019Later, as Anning was being interviewed by media, a teenage boy smashed an egg on his head. Anning responded by throwing punches at the young man.All this was caught on camera, of course, much as the massacre itself had been livestreamed on Facebook. Media and social media have undoubtedly exacerbated this tragedy. National Review’s Theodore Kupfer has noted the fascistic murderer’s “sh**posting” (online trolling which blurs the line between jokes about violence and actual violence) and his sadistic sense of irony, suggesting that he “wanted to deepen existing conflicts in a way that will prompt a cycle of overreach and radicalization.”If that was his wish, some people seem to be granting it.Whatever one thinks about the political “lessons to be learned” from this incident — guns, immigration, technology — the first response should surely be to console the grieving and to bury the dead. Instead, politicians and journalists have been scrambling to win another battle in the culture wars.Senator Anning tried to score points for his radical agenda with a heartless, knee-jerk response. In the U.K., Guardian journalist Nesrine Malik got to work on Twitter, juxtaposing commentators’ past moderate criticisms of Islam with their statements of sympathy for the Christchurch victims, arguing that they were in some way to blame for what happened. In the U.S., Chelsea Clinton was confronted by a protester who shouted that her criticisms of Representative Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments were to blame for the attacks. Everywhere, the politically active seemed to be losing their minds.It was hardly surprising, then, when a teenager soon joined in. You could not make this up: Eggboy was the top trending topic on Twitter on Saturday. His smashing an egg against Anning’s head while filming it for the purposes of social media was an expression of adolescent rage — inappropriate, yes but more excusable than Anning’s response. It was all a perfect microcosm of the wider cultural response to the shooting.Readers may recall Heath Ledger’s terrifying Joker in The Dark Knight. As well as a sadistic sense of humor and bloodlust, he had a disturbingly accurate understanding of human psychology. He knew how to bring out the absolute worst in people, to create chaos and sow hatred. In doing so he would rob people not only of their lives, but of their humanity.To be clear, it would be a grave mistake to attribute either cunning or sophistication to the bigoted thug behind the New Zealand attacks. But if it took neither cunning nor sophistication to produce such a shabby response from our politicians and pundits, what does that say about them?Before it became unfashionable, people used to offer prayers in times of tragedy. Whether or not they meant the gesture literally, it signaled a somber thoughtfulness and a hope for the future that are both sorely needed now. Of course, prayer won’t bring back the dead, it is no substitute for policy, and when used as a type of virtue signaling it can be irritating. But in the immediate aftermath of violence, it can — if nothing else — serve to remind us of a civilizing force.That is especially true in this case, where the slaughtered themselves were murdered while at prayer, cut down in the middle of a sacred communal ritual by an alienated, nihilistic, savage gunman. In the immediate aftermath of such horror, the least we can do is honor their memory.



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Trump Just Suffered an Embarrassing Defeat on the Wall. This Republican Tried to Stop It

Trump Just Suffered an Embarrassing Defeat on the Wall. This Republican Tried to Stop ItUtah Sen. Mike Lee arguably worked harder than the White House to forestall Thursday's embarrassing defeat on emergency powers.



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Republicans Just Can’t Stop Talking About the ‘Green New Deal’

Republicans Just Can’t Stop Talking About the ‘Green New Deal’The party hopes they can use it to take back seats in Congress and possibly keep the White House in 2020. A cadre of Republican senators plan to take to the Senate floor Wednesday to bash the plan. “We are preparing to have a nice informative colloquy on that issue,” Senator Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi, said in an interview.



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Venezuela's Guaido, in Ecuador, says next stop is home

Venezuela's Guaido, in Ecuador, says next stop is homeQUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday said he will go home after concluding a visit to Ecuador, raising the prospect of a showdown with the government that he is trying to force from power.



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Judge to Roger Stone: Stop talking about federal case alleging obstruction and lying to Congress

Judge to Roger Stone: Stop talking about federal case alleging obstruction and lying to CongressA federal judge ordered Roger Stone, a flamboyant political consultant, to stop talking about his case alleging obstruction and lying to Congress



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Democrats plan House vote Tuesday on measure to stop Trump's declaration of emergency at the border

Democrats plan House vote Tuesday on measure to stop Trump's declaration of emergency at the borderMany Republicans are uneasy with the president declaring a national emergency to get border wall funding, but it's unclear if they'll vote against it.



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India reiterates plan to stop sharing of excess water with Pakistan: minister

India reiterates plan to stop sharing of excess water with Pakistan: minister“Our government has decided to stop our share of water which used to flow to Pakistan,” Nitin Gadkari, transport and water resources minister, said in a tweet. Gadkari did not elaborate but officials from his ministry said he was re-stating decisions already taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, including a dam project cleared by his cabinet last December. Gadkari’s comments underlined New Delhi’s anger over an attack by a Pakistan-based militant group last week in the disputed region of Kashmir, which killed 40 paramilitary police.



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Saudi Crown Prince Pledges $20 Billion in Deals With Pakistan on the First Stop of His Asia Tour

Saudi Crown Prince Pledges $  20 Billion in Deals With Pakistan on the First Stop of His Asia TourThe agreements come as the Saudi prince seeks to rebuild his reputation abroad



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Roger Stone threatened associate’s dog and referenced The Godfather in bid to stop testimony, court papers say

Roger Stone threatened associate’s dog and referenced The Godfather in bid to stop testimony, court papers sayRoger Stone allegedly called an associate “a rat” and threatened to have his dog killed in a bid to stop him testifying to the special counsel investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Mr Stone, a former adviser to Donald Trump, was arrested in Florida by the FBI on Friday on seven counts involving witness tampering, obstruction and false statements regarding interactions he had with Wikileaks ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The indictment, brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, details extraordinary interactions between Mr Stone and senior officials in the Trump campaign, as well an two other unnamed high-profile individuals.



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responds to Aaron Sorkin’s demand for newly elected Democrats ‘stop acting like young people’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responds to Aaron Sorkin’s demand for newly elected Democrats ‘stop acting like young people’The youngest woman ever elected to Congress has responded to producer Aaron Sorkin’s demand that the new intake of Democrats ‘stop acting like young people’ – saying if politicians do not show up and fight for them, they cannot expect their vote. Speaking on CNN, where he was promoting his Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway, the 57-year said he liked the newly elected young Democrats in Congress, but suggested they needed to act differently. “I really like the new crop of young people who were just elected to Congress.



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