The Daily Populous

Friday December 17th, 2021 day edition

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Yet Washington may be preparing for the wrong kind of war.

Both sides would prefer a splendid little war in the western Pacific, but that is not the sort of war they would get.

If Washington doesn’t start preparing to wage, and then end, a protracted conflict now, it could face catastrophe once the shooting starts.

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, wars between leading powers—the Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War, the world wars—were protracted slugfests.

Any conflict between the United States and China is likely to force both countries to mobilize their economies for war.

During the Korean War, American leaders repeatedly contemplated dropping nuclear bombs on China to force it to accept a cease-fire.

Washington should confront Beijing with a basic proposition: the longer a war lasts, the more devastation China will suffer. »

F.D.A. Will Permanently Allow Abortion Pills by Mail

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The federal government on Thursday permanently lifted a major restriction on access to abortion pills.

It will allow patients to receive the medication by mail instead of requiring them to obtain the pills in person from specially certified health providers.

The decision to make this change permanent is likely to deepen the already polarizing divisions between conservative and liberal states on abortion. »

The Meadows Texts May Be the Watergate Tapes of the 1/6 Inquiry

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He is a founding member of the now-notorious Freedom Caucus, which exists only to denude and destroy the government that caters to it.

After becoming chief of staff in 2019, Meadows was almost religiously devoted to whatever deep-fried nonsense fell from Trump’s mouth on any given day.

After initially agreeing to cooperate, and after handing over a large tranche of documents, Meadows abruptly reversed course and revoked his cooperation. »

U.S. judge tosses $4.5 bln deal shielding Sacklers from opioid lawsuits

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Representatives for the Sacklers did not immediately respond to a request for comment late on Thursday.

More than 95% of creditors – in this case predominantly plaintiffs suing Purdue and the Sacklers – voted to approve the drugmaker’s reorganization.

Reporting by Brendan Pierson, Mike Spector and Maria Chutchian in New York; editing by Diane Craft, Lincoln Feast and Grant McCool. »