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  1. p/s says:

    In an era of hyper-partisanship in the United States, a new bipartisan consensus appeared to emerge on Capitol Hill this week: condemning Amnesty International over its report accusing Israel of committing the crime of apartheid against Palestinians.
    Dozens of US lawmakers from both major parties, including powerful legislators and heads of key committees in the House of Representatives and Senate, have released statements rejecting Amnesty’s findings – with some accusing the group of fueling antisemitism. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/2/5/amnesty-report-on-israeli-apartheid-gets-bipartisan-us-fury
    Released on Tuesday, the 280-page report [PDF https://www.amnesty.org/en/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/MDE1551412022ENGLISH.pdf ] by the leading rights group details how Israeli authorities enforce a system of oppression and domination against the Palestinians.
    Yair Lapid, Israel’s foreign minister and alternate prime minister, rejected the report as “divorced from reality” and alleged that “Amnesty echoes the same lies shared by terrorist organisations”.
    He also charged that Amnesty had an anti-Semitic agenda. “I hate to use the argument that if Israel were not a Jewish state, nobody in Amnesty would dare argue against it, but in this case, there is no other possibility,” he said.

  2. Will C. says:

    The House on Tuesday passed a sweeping bipartisan bill that would overhaul the US Postal Service’s finances and allow the agency to modernize its service.
    The Postal Service Reform Act — which cleared the House by 342-92 — would require retired postal employees to enroll in Medicare when eligible, while dropping a previous mandate that forced the agency to cover its health care costs years in advance. Those two measures would save the USPS nearly $50 billion over the next decade, according to the House Oversight Committee.
    The bill now heads to the Senate, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has vowed to take up the long-sought legislation before the end of next week.
    “With an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote in the House, it is my intention for the Senate to take up and pass this bipartisan, bicameral postal reform bill before the end of this work period,” the New York Democrat said in a statement. https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/08/politics/usps-overhaul-bill-house-vote/index.html

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