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Japan reaffirms sovereignty over Kuril islands, annexed by Russia in 1945 | Boing Boing

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The Kuril islands runs from Japan to Russia, separating the Okhotsk sea from the Pacific ocean. Annexed by Russia after World War II and administered by it since, the southernmost islands in the chain remain a Japanese claim—and on Monday, the long-running feud erupted with an unusually forthright announcement by Japan’s prime minister.

“The Northern Territories are a territory that belongs to Japan, a territory over which Japan has sovereignty,” the Japanese Prime Minister said.

On one hand, this is a return to language Japan used to use during the cold war. On the other hand, Russia has gone all-in on its Ukraine war—”nearly 100 percent of the Russian combat power prestaged at the Ukrainian border are now committed to the fight”—and Japan is suggesting that Russia couldn’t do anything to stop Japan from taking the Kurils*.

* Short of nuclear war. And what an asterisk that is!

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Bill de Blasio Announces Run for Congress | National Review

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‘I know how to do it from years of serving the people of this city,’ the former mayor said.

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Doug Mastriano Warned of ‘Hitlerian Putsch’

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“Two decades before he was Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor, Doug Mastriano warned in a master’s thesis that the United States was vulnerable to a left-wing ‘Hitlerian Putsch’ that would begin with the dismantling of the U.S. military and end with the destruction of the country’s democracy,” the Washington Post reports.

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House Republicans vote to protect price-gouging oil companies from investigation

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Four Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the measure, which is guaranteed to be filibustered by Republicans in the Senate.

As U.S. consumers paid higher prices at the pump, Exxon’s profits in the first quarter of 2022 were more than double what they were in the first quarter of 2021. BP’s quarterly profit was its highest in more than a decade. But Republicans don’t want the Federal Trade Commission to be able to even investigate price-gouging.

The Republican opposition to the government doing anything to rein in price-gouging by oil companies came a day after most House Republicans voted against a bill providing the Food and Drug Administration with $28 million in funding to help address the baby formula shortage. And it came two days after every Republican but one voted against a domestic terrorism bill in the wake of the racist mass shooting in Buffalo.

All this is, at base, because Republicans do not want the government to be effective at solving problems. They want the problems to continue so that they can use them as bludgeons against President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats. Gaining an advantage for November’s elections is desirable to Republicans in a way that ensuring babies are fed and people can afford gas to drive to work are simply not.

It’s true, Republicans are also not interested in limiting gas company profits, at least unless and until those gas companies do something outrageous like speak out for the rights of LGBTQ kids, and they’re not interested in addressing domestic terrorism or the guns often used to carry it out. Protecting Black people in a supermarket from a heavily armed white supremacist would not be a Republican priority. (Go figure.) But most of all, they just want to reap partisan benefit from things going badly in this country, and they’re willing to block potential solutions to keep things going badly.

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