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Polybius's Journal
Polybius's Journal
July 15, 2023

Senator Schumer pushes to declassify UFO documents

Source: NBC News

Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer is proposing new legislation to start declassifying government records related to UAPs, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. NBC News’ Gadi Schwartz has more on the bipartisan bill that is demanding answers.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/senator-schumer-pushes-to-declassify-ufo-documents-188509765711

Short article, video in link.
July 11, 2023

Harvard professor believes he may have found alien technology

Source: CBS News

A team of Harvard researchers is investigating fragments of what they believe could be alien technology. The pieces were from a meteor that landed in the ocean near Papua New Guinea back in 2014. Professor Avi Loeb, who leads the research team, joins CBS News to explain the findings.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/professor-believes-he-may-have-found-alien-technology/

Short article, but video is in the link.
July 8, 2023

Tennessee can enforce ban on transgender care for minors, court says

Source: ABC News

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Tennessee's ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth can go into effect — at least for now — after a federal appeals court on Saturday temporarily reversed a lower court ruling.

Late last month a district court judge in Tennessee found that the state's new law banning transgender therapies like hormone blockers and surgeries for transgender youth was unconstitutional because it discriminated on the basis of sex. The judge blocked large swaths of the law from taking effect.

On Saturday, however, the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati granted an emergency appeal from Tennessee. In a 2-1 ruling, the majority wrote that decisions on emerging policy issues like transgender care are generally better left to legislatures rather than judges.

“Given the high stakes of these nascent policy deliberations — the long-term health of children facing gender dysphoria — sound government usually benefits from more rather than less debate,” wrote Chief Judge Jeffrey Sutton, an appointee of former President George W. Bush.

Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/tennessee-enforce-ban-transgender-care-minors-now-court-100895471

July 4, 2023

Biden nominates controversial former Trump-appointee to Public Diplomacy Commission

Source: CNN


President Joe Biden announced Monday his intention to nominate a former appointee under former President Donald Trump with a controversial past in Latin America to the bipartisan United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

Elliott Abrams, who has served in three Republican administrations, most recently acted as the Trump administration’s special envoy to Iran and Venezuela where he was tasked at the time with directing the campaign to replace Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

The Republican insider’s long history in foreign policy is marked by a 1991 guilty plea for withholding information about the Iran-Contra affair that earned him two misdemeanor counts, two years probation and 100 hours of community service – though his crimes were later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush.

The secret Iran-Contra operation, which took place during Abrams’ time as an assistant secretary of state in the Reagan administration, involved the funding of anti-communist rebels in Nicaragua using the proceeds from weapon sales to Iran despite a congressional ban on such funding.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2023/07/03/politics/elliott-abrams-public-diplomacy-nomination/index.html

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