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Finding jurors for an unprecedented trial

Finding jurors for an unprecedented trial

This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here. Donald Trump is among the most famous and most polarizing people alive. The task of selecting 12 impartial jurors who can render a fair verdict in the criminal trial of a former president is a first for America’s court system. First, here are four new stories from The Atlantic: A Reasonable Middle Ground Yesterday, jury selection began in Donald Trump’s first criminal trial, and today, six jurors were selected. The New York trial, centered on accusations that Trump falsified business records to conceal a hush-money payment to the porn star Stormy Daniels, may be the only of Trump’s various legal cases to wrap up before the November election. Many Americans are set on their hopes for the trial’s outcome before it begins, which makes finding impartial jurors a real challenge. Ninety-six potential jurors were called into the courtroom yesterday—an …

World leaders react to Iran’s unprecedented air assault against Israel

World leaders react to Iran’s unprecedented air assault against Israel

People gather in support of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ attack on Israel on April 14, 2024 in Tehran, Iran. Late on Saturday, Iran launched a direct attack at Israel, about two weeks following the Israeli attack on the Iranian consulate in Syria. Majid Saeedi | Getty Images News | Getty Images World leaders have called for calm in the aftermath of Iran’s large-scale air attacks on Israel on Saturday, with many expressing deep concern over the prospect of a broader regional conflict. Iran’s strikes, which Israel’s defense forces say involved more than 300 drones and missiles against military targets in Israel, have ratcheted up fears of a spillover conflict in a region already grappling with the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip. The assault only resulted in limited damage, with Israel’s military saying its Iron Dome air defense system intercepted 99% of the drones and missiles launched by Iran. Iran says its air offensive came in response to an Israeli strike on its embassy compound in the Syrian capital of Damascus earlier this month. …

Israel shoots down missiles and drones after Iran launches unprecedented attack

Israel shoots down missiles and drones after Iran launches unprecedented attack

Israeli Iron Dome air defense systems launch to intercept missiles fired from Iran, in central Israel on Sunday. Tomer Neuberg/AP hide caption toggle caption Tomer Neuberg/AP Israeli Iron Dome air defense systems launch to intercept missiles fired from Iran, in central Israel on Sunday. Tomer Neuberg/AP Booms and air raid sirens sounded across Israel and the occupied West Bank early Sunday morning, after Iran launched dozens of drones and missiles toward Israel, in an attack that marked a major escalation of conflict in the Middle East. In Washington, President Joe Biden said U.S. forces had helped Israel down “nearly all” the drones and missiles, and pledged to convene allies to develop a unified response. Israeli military spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said Iran fired more than 300 projectiles at Israel overnight, 99% of which were shot down, the “vast majority”. Officials reported minor damage to a military base in southern Israel and one injury to a 10-year-old child, who was reported to be in critical condition. “We will do everything we need, everything, to defend …

The Israeli raid on Damascus, an ‘unprecedented’ escalation of tensions

The Israeli raid on Damascus, an ‘unprecedented’ escalation of tensions

Among the victims of Monday’s air strike in Damascus against the Iranian consulate was Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a high-ranking member of the Revolutionary Guards, his deputy Mohammad Hadi Hajriahimi, and five other officers. While Iran has blamed Israel for the attack and vowed to retaliate, some analysts suspect that Iran remains unwilling to provoke a full-scale war. Iran has vowed to avenge the deaths of several high-ranking officers of the Quds Force, the elite unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who were killed in an air strike that hit the Iranian consulate in the Syrian capital on Monday. Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack, the first on an Iranian diplomatic building in Syria. But the New York Times reported on Tuesday that Israeli officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Israel had carried out the strike. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that 16 people were killed in the attack, including two civilians – a woman and her son – along with eight Iranians, five Syrians and one member of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, all of them fighters. A loss …

The surge in Islamophobia on Biden’s watch is unprecedented | Islamophobia

The surge in Islamophobia on Biden’s watch is unprecedented | Islamophobia

The surge in Islamophobic bias in the United States in late 2023 horrifies the soul. Wadea al-Fayoume, a six-year-old Muslim Palestinian boy, was stabbed to death in Chicago. A Georgia teacher threatened to decapitate a student for criticising an Israeli flag he put up in the classroom. A Maryland-based Muslim’s routine donation to a place of worship in Ohio was reportedly delayed by PayPal “[i]n light of the ongoing national emergency in Israel”. In the last three months of 2023, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organisation, received a staggering 3,578 complaints about discrimination based on race, ethnicity, or religion. This number illustrates the alarming reality that, under President Joe Biden, Islamophobic bias has reached unprecedented levels, surpassing in some ways even the appalling track record of the previous administration. By comparison, in the three months following then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s December 2015 campaign pledge to ban Muslims from entering the US, our organisation received 1,098 complaints. After Trump was elected, he issued an executive order enacting …

Medical cannabis could soon get the green light in France after unprecedented trial

Medical cannabis could soon get the green light in France after unprecedented trial

During a years-long experiment that ended on Tuesday, French health authorities gave patients suffering from serious illnesses the chance to use prescribed medical cannabis. As France prepares to put cannabis-based medicines on the market, patients look back at their experience of the trial. Patience is a virtue. But when faced with indescribable pain on a daily basis, being virtuous is not the priority. At least it isn’t for Valérie Vedere, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1992 and then throat cancer in 2012. “To appease the burning sensation I get from radiotherapy, I use cannabis therapeutically,” the 58-year-old living in Bordeaux says. “But I also experience pain from antiretroviral treatments for HIV.” “It’s as if my hands and feet are being squeezed in a vice, which can lead to extreme burning and tingling sensations. I also have muscle spasms that generally take place at the end of the day,” Vedere explains. Her chronic pain is something that can’t be treated with painkillers like tramadol or other opioids. “It’s not suitable for the long-term,” she says. …

Unprecedented GPS jamming attack affects 1600 aircraft over Europe

Unprecedented GPS jamming attack affects 1600 aircraft over Europe

GPS attacks can interfere with the safe operation of aircraft Marko Hannula / Alamy Russia is suspected of launching a record-breaking 63-hour-long attack on GPS signals in the Baltic region. The incident, which affected hundreds of passenger jets earlier this month, occurred amid rising tensions between Russia and the NATO military alliance more than two years since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. “We have seen an increase in GPS jamming since the start of Russia’s war against Ukraine, and allies have publicly warned that Russia has been behind GPS jamming… Source link

Trump selling bibles, sneakers, perfume on campaign trail unprecedented

Trump selling bibles, sneakers, perfume on campaign trail unprecedented

Former President Donald Trump selling God Bless America Bibles on Truth Social. Source: Truth Social Sneakers. Perfume. Trading cards. Bibles. Those are just some of the products Donald Trump is hawking while he runs to unseat President Joe Biden. They join a sprawling catalog of Trump-branded merchandise, ranging from steaks to scented candles, that the businessman-turned-president has licensed over the years. But as his campaign coffers dwindle and his fortune comes under threat, Trump — who has never completely severed his political career from his financial one — is now actively intertwining his business ventures with his White House bid. “There is no precedent for this level” of business activity during a presidential campaign, Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig told CNBC, though “the trend has been building for many years.” Brendan Fischer, deputy executive director of money-in-politics watchdog Documented, agreed. “I can’t think of any other modern example of a presidential candidate hawking an array of goods for their private benefit,” Fischer said. For an average candidate, that activity might trigger a campaign finance …

P Diddy: Raids on Sean Combs’s homes were ‘unprecedented ambush’, lawyer says | Ents & Arts News

P Diddy: Raids on Sean Combs’s homes were ‘unprecedented ambush’, lawyer says | Ents & Arts News

Police raids on two properties owned by rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs were an “unprecedented ambush” and a “gross use of military-level force”, his lawyer has said. Combs’s homes in Los Angeles and Miami were searched by Homeland Security Investigations agents on Monday. The searches were connected to a sex trafficking investigation by federal authorities in New York, US news outlets reported on Tuesday. In the first statement released on behalf of the rapper and music mogul since Monday’s raids, his lawyer Aaron Dyer said: “Yesterday, there was a gross overuse of military-level force as search warrants were executed at Mr Combs’ residences. “There is no excuse for the excessive show of force and hostility exhibited by authorities or the way his children and employees were treated. “Mr Combs was never detained but spoke to and cooperated with authorities. “Despite media speculation, neither Mr Combs nor any of his family members have been arrested nor has their ability to travel been restricted in any way. This unprecedented ambush – paired with an advanced, coordinated media presence …

The Kremlin’s Unprecedented Description Of The Ukraine Conflict As A “War” & What It Means

The Kremlin’s Unprecedented Description Of The Ukraine Conflict As A “War” & What It Means

Authored by Andrew Korybko via Substack, This should be seen as the Kremlin’s clearest signal yet that it’ll respond to the scenario of a conventional Western intervention by striking those opposing forces in line with the international laws governing this form of conflict… Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Argumenti I Fakty newspaper that “We are at war. Yes, it began as a special military operation, but as soon as this group was formed there, when the collective West became a participant in this on the side of Ukraine, for us it already became a war.” This is unprecedented since national security legislation prohibits the use of the word “war”, which is regarded as a mischaracterization of the way in which Russia is conducting what it refers to as a special operation. The distinction is important regardless of whatever Western commentators claim since a special operation is a voluntarily limited military action whereas a war is only restricted by the international laws governing it (and only then if they’re abided by or externally enforced). Additionally, fighting what’s legally …