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Good morning, it’s Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. On this date in 1867, the United States took possession of Alaska. I’m sure Vladimir Putin would gladly take it back in exchange for the $7.2 million Russia was paid for it 154 years ago — even in today’s dollars. Spanish Prime Minister Práxedes Mateo Sagasta, by contrast, never put Puerto Rico on the auction block, but Spain lost the island militarily when the U.S. flag was raised over the capital city of San Juan on Oct. 18, 1898. Whether that should be permanent is an issue still being debated.

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Biden Made a Promise to End Discrimination Against Puerto Ricans. He’s About to Break It.

The 3.5 million U.S. citizens living in Puerto Rico and other territories do not get as much support from the federal government as citizens living elsewhere in the United States. That’s no surprise: After all, they cannot vote for president, lack any voting representation in Congress, and have no real autonomy. As a result, they get short-changed in a range of federal programs other communities in the United States take for granted, like Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), to the tune of billions of dollars a year.

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What the Fight Over the Mail Is Really About

Jacob Bogage is a reporter at the Washington Post. He’s been covering the U.S. Postal Service as it goes through some of its biggest changes in years. The change that’s most noticeable has already taken effect. Your post office used to aim to deliver the mail within three days of receiving it. Now, the goal is delivery within five days. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy says his agency is running up too many costs. The slowdown on mail is just one way he’s trying to fix that. Democrats in Congress have been unhappy with DeJoy’s changes.

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Fighting Extremism in the U.S. Military

In early October, FBI agents arrested Jeremy Brown, a former congressional candidate, for his alleged participation in the January 6 riot at the Capitol. A member of the far-right group the Oath Keepers, he was photographed in military fatigues and a tactical vest, toting surgical shears and zip ties.
Brown is also an Army Special Forces veteran.
Of the 600 or so people who have been charged with crimes in conjunction with the insurrection, dozens have ties to the military.

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Former President Bill Clinton Hospitalized

Former resident Bill Clinton attends a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network in San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 18, 2020. (Ricardo Arduengo/Reuters)
Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday for a “non-COVID-related infection,” a spokesman for the 75-year-old former president said Thursday.
“He is on the mend, in good spirits, and is incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses, and staff providing him with excellent care,” Clinton spokesman Angel Urena said in a statement.
Dr.

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The lies of the TV abortion storyline

In the second season of Mad Men, perpetually desperate Harry Crane needs to prove himself useful to his colleagues at Sterling Cooper. When he hears the CBS drama The Defenders is losing advertisers because of an abortion plot line — a 1962 real-world event — he tries to convince a lipstick company to buy airtime. The Belle Jolie executive balks at “entering the debate,” leaving Harry aghast at the lack of foresight. “Women,” he says incredulously, “will be watching!”
He was right, but so was the Belle Jolie exec.

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Did True Crime Influencers Really Help Solve the Death of Gabby Petito?

Over the past month, the disappearance and murder of 21-year-old van influencer Gabby Petito has gripped the internet. Across platforms like Reddit, Twitter, and TikTok, amatuer investgiators have parsed all availabledetails of the last few weeks of Petito’s life in an effort that can, most generously, be read as a grassroots effort to locate Petito. Least generously, those scrutinizing Petito’s last moments have come across as a voyeuristic attempt to gain notoriety from a tragedy.
One of those people is Haley Toumaian, a 24-year-old TikTok creator and aspiring true crime podcast host.

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The Great Supply Shock We Brought Upon Ourselves

At least once over the past 18 months, when you tried to order something online or visited a retail store, you have probably experienced something Americans are not supposed to feel: scarcity. Shortages of all kinds have lingered and even worsened over the past 18 months, in every product imaginable: Hot tubs, automobiles, books, fertilizer, plastic pipettes for labs, paint, semiconductor chips, place mats, french fries at Burger King, emergency supplies for disaster aid, aluminum cans, and yes, once again, toilet paper.

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The Great Supply Shock We Brought Upon Ourselves

At least once over the past 18 months, when you tried to order something online or visited a retail store, you have probably experienced something Americans are not supposed to feel: scarcity. Shortages of all kinds have lingered and even worsened over the past 18 months, in every product imaginable: Hot tubs, automobiles, books, fertilizer, plastic pipettes for labs, paint, semiconductor chips, place mats, french fries at Burger King, emergency supplies for disaster aid, aluminum cans, and yes, once again, toilet paper.

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The Great Supply Shock We Brought Upon Ourselves

At least once over the past 18 months, when you tried to order something online or visited a retail store, you have probably experienced something Americans are not supposed to feel: scarcity. Shortages of all kinds have lingered and even worsened over the past 18 months, in every product imaginable: Hot tubs, automobiles, books, fertilizer, plastic pipettes for labs, paint, semiconductor chips, place mats, french fries at Burger King, emergency supplies for disaster aid, aluminum cans, and yes, once again, toilet paper.

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