Life During Wartime

In the midst of all this, Ukraine held a competition to design a new postage stamp. Boris Groh from Lviv was the winner.

Ukraine reveals ‘Russian warship, go fuck yourself!’ postage stamp [Guardian]

Mockup illustration from a Ukraine agency’s Facebook post advising the removal of all road signs to confuse invading Russians. Let’s translate!

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You may have heard that he made a couple of appearances this weekend.

Or maybe you didn’t. You can read the reports, but usually we don’t have to wait for the news to hear what he said. Everybody’s talking about him anyway.

But not Friday night, and not Saturday night, either. Statue garden? Barely a ripple. New race war? Save it for the Analysis columns.

For the first time since he descended the Escalator to Hell, Donald Trump was being ignored.

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Back when Russian monkeywrenching of the American election first became a serious issue, it was clear what needed to be done — and that the Republicans who controlled the House and Senate wouldn’t do it. Our nation’s sovereignty would take a back seat to the power they enjoyed, and that Trump’s victory made seemingly invincible.

Abandoning the strict decorum for which we’re justly famous, we called them traitors and cocksuckers.

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Above us only sky killers.“It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States.” —Eric Holder, not talking about Abraham Lincoln. [Mother Jones]

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid interrupted proceedings on the Senate floor to announce there would be no more votes Thursday afternoon… He thinks Republicans were fixing the schedule to allow Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) to use evening votes as an excuse to get out of a debate with Elizabeth Warren.” [TPM]

“KABUL, Afghanistan — President Obama made a surprise trip here on Tuesday to sign a landmark strategic partnership agreement between the United States and Afghanistan in a midnight ceremony meant to mark the beginning of the end of a war that has lasted for more than a decade.” A televised address is scheduled for 7:30 pm ET. [NYT]