Biden Admin Knew Israel Was Bombing Targets Based on Shaky Intel - The Wednesday AM Quickie 3/20/24

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Biden Administration Knew Israel Was Bombing Targets Based on Shaky Intel

At least as far back as Oct. 27, the Biden administration knew that Israel was bombing targets that had not been properly vetted, even by the IDF's relative standards. In public, the administration offered nothing but full-throated support for the Israeli government while rushing shipments of military aid. But as the Washington Post notes in a new report, "discrepancies were emerging far earlier than publicly known between the Biden team’s internal doubts about Israel’s conduct and its ironclad external support."

Concern over Israeli targeting practices certainly predates this war, but it's become a major issue as Israel conducts seemingly indiscriminate and high volume bombing campaigns. In a thorough investigation, the leftist Israeli news site +972 reported that the IDF was using artificial intelligence to generate practically endless lists of targets in what was deemed an "assassination factory."

The WaPo report suggests that the Biden administration, rather than cutting off the flow of weapons or diplomatic support, decided to support Israel no matter what, even if it meant spreading wrong information or covering for war crimes. That included Israel's targeting of Gaza's al Shifa hospital. As Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a gentle critic of Israel and the Biden administration, put it, "I did find there to be some disconnect between the administration’s public statements and the classified findings." That's called lying.

Another Beautiful Day of Electoral Democracy

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are well past the thresholds needed to secure their respective party nominations, so we're now firmly in the down-ballot phase of primary watching. On Tuesday, Bernie Moreno, a used car magnate known for his dislike of LGBTQ people and for apparently seeking gay sex on a hookup site, won the nomination to be the Republican candidate for Senate in Ohio. He'll face progressive stalwart Sherrod Brown in November. Moreno was endorsed by Trump, who at a recent rally, rather than talking about Moreno's bona fides, gave his instantly infamous "bloodbath" rant. Moreno called Trump's support "a badge of honor." If it weren't already clear, the Republican Party – and, crucially, the RNC fundraising apparatus – belongs to Trump.

Supreme Court Gives Thumbs Up to Texas Immigration Law

The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, denied a request by the Biden administration to block a new Texas law empowering police to conduct immigration enforcement duties. The case concerning the law will be considered by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which the administration had claimed infringed on the federal government's authority to manage immigration and police the border. As the New York Times notes, the law would grant more power to the Texas state government to further militarize the border and to arrest suspected violators far from the border itself. It could also serve as an example to other Republican states – including some that are nowhere near the northern or southern borders.


  • Arizona Legislator Talks About Her Abortion Arizona State Sen. Eva Burch revealed that she's planning to terminate a nonviable pregnancy. Burch, who has talked about a previous abortion, said she is raising the issue in part to draw attention to a proposed constitutional right to abortion. via Associated Press.
  • Trump Plans to Hire Manafort Again Donald Trump reportedly plans to re-hire former adviser Paul Manafort, who was convicted of fraud and obstruction before being pardoned by President Trump. A 2020 Senate Intelligence Committee report called Manafort a "grave counterintelligence threat." via WaPo.
  • Alabama Passes Anti-DEI, Anti-Trans Bill Alabama legislators passed a bill that bans publicly funded schools from having DEI programs and mandates that public universities divide bathrooms on the basis of the "biological sex" shown on someone's birth certificate. via CNN.
  • Trump Asks Court for "Absolute Immunity" In a legal filing, Trump's lawyers said that the former president should have complete immunity for any crimes committed while in office, or else presidents may face blackmail. Sounds like a skill issue, as my gen Z cousin would say. via Business Insider.



That's the amount of money that future Trump lawyer Alina Habba allegedly coerced an employee of Trump's Bedminster golf club into accepting as a hush payment for being sexually harassed. The former employee claims that Habba tricked her in order to gain favor with Trump.


3/20: It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Mark Joseph Stern, senior writer at Slate, to discuss the recent developments at the Supreme Court after new oral argument were read earlier this week. Then, they speak with Rebecca Burns, author and journalist based in Georgia, to discuss her recent piece in The American Prospect entitled "Against The Wind."


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"It’s a little bit of an unfortunate situation there, but from Israel’s perspective I would do my best to move the people out and then clean it up."

-- Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and political adviser, speaking about Israel's war in Gaza. Kushner noted that "Gaza's waterfront property could be very valuable." In a discussion about whether the Israeli government would allow Gazans to return to their homes, Kushner said, "I am not sure there is much left of Gaza at this point." He was not speaking out of sympathy.

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