More to ignore, Book 46..........

Ten Thousan Marbles

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Ukraine update: Russian war crimes in Bucha; new Russian moves in eastern Ukraine
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As Russian troops retreat from their positions around Kyiv—a retreat forced by increasingly successful Ukrainian counterattacks that put a significant chunk of Russia's committed forces in danger of encirclement–the world is in shock tonight as images of Russian war crimes continue to flow in from towns now liberated from Russian control. Evidence of the torture and execution of civilians is already leading to new demands that Russian leaders be investigated for war crimes and that sanctions against Russia be sharply escalated.

Russia's withdrawal from Kyiv is an admission of defeat; full annexation of Ukraine, as Russian autocrat Putin seemingly envisioned, now seems vanishingly unlikely. Russia is instead moving forces to attempt to capture larger areas of eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have engaged in years of war backed by Russia's own military strength. The Putin kleptocracy's goal of seizing as much of Ukraine as can be seized remains intact, but whether a more focused Russian attack in the east will be more successful than previous attempts remains to be seen.

The forces Putin arrayed around Kyiv proved to be incompetently trained, incompetently supplied, and incompetently led. They also can now count
heavily damaged among their flaws; reconstituting those forces and shipping them to the east will pit them against resistance just as fierce. But Ukraine's own armed forces have also been heavily damaged, and may not be able to sustain that resistance indefinitely.

Russia's goals remain the same; inflict such heavy damage on Ukraine that the nation's government feels it has no choice but to surrender land to Russia rather than allow the assaults on its civilian populations to continue. But now that Russia has demonstrated how it treats towns under its control, Ukraine's population may be even more resolved to endure a longer war rather than abandon the citizens that would be put under Russian rule.
 

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“YES, THAT is him,” says Zoya Merchynskaya, peering into the drain where her husband’s body had been dumped. “You can see his tattoo.” She steps away and covers her face. She returns and looks down again. Hennadiy Merchynskyi, aged 44, was slumped in a sitting position, immersed in dirty water up to his waist; murdered, it seems, by Russian soldiers. His torso was naked. A black strap was fastened around his neck. “They did not take his ring.” She sounds relieved......
 

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki is in exclusive talks with MSNBC to join the network after she leaves the White House around May, according to a source close to the matter.

Why it matters:
It's been speculated for weeks that Psaki would leave the White House for a TV gig. White House communications staffers often negotiate TV jobs once they leave an administration.

Details: Psaki has been in close consultation with the White House counsel's office about her departure, according to two sources familiar with the plans. She's been treading carefully on the ethics and legal aspects of her plans.

  • No contracts have been signed. Government ethics rules have stipulations about how public employees can pursue private sector job opportunities while in office.
  • She's also told some senior officials at the White House about her departure and her plans to join MSNBC, according to two sources.
  • Psaki has not yet formally told the White House press team about her departure, an administration source tells Axios.
  • MSNBC has been working with its compliance lawyers to make sure their conversations didn't violate any government regulations, according to a source close to the matter.
  • Psaki is now in exclusive talks with MSNBC, and the deal is nearly final. It was reported by Puck last month that Psaki also had conversations with CNN and that other networks had expressed interest in signing her.
Psaki will host a show for MSNBC on NBCUniversal's streaming platform, Peacock.
  • She will also be a part of live programming on MSNBC's cable network as a voice on different shows, but she will not be hosting the 9 p.m. hour replacing Rachel Maddow, which has been speculated.
Between the lines: Psaki's deal is similar to that of Symone Sanders, a former adviser and senior spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris.
  • Sanders signed an exclusive deal with MSNBC in January to host a show on Peacock and to participate in live programming on MSNBC.
  • Her new show, called Symone, will air at 4 p.m. ET on weekends on MSNBC and will stream on Mondays and Tuesdays on Peacock, per Deadline.
The big picture: The streaming era has afforded networks more opportunities to poach top talent and give them their own shows.
  • NBC News in particular has several outlets for talent looking to host their own programs. In addition to MSNBC's hub on Peacock, it also has a 24/7 news streaming network called NBC News Now.
Political spokespeople are often prime targets for cable networks, whose audiences tend to be political junkies.
  • Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany joined Fox News as a commentator last March. Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has his own show on Newsmax.
  • Former Bush administration official Nicolle Wallace hosts a show on MSNBC.
  • CBS News recently signed former Trump administration official Mick Mulvaney as a paid on-air contributor.
Disclosure note: NBC is an investor in Axios and Satpal Brainch, president of CNBC Business News Worldwide, is a member of the Axios board. MSNBC & Axios engage in a weekday sponsored television appearance at 5:55am ET.
Is this Scott Ritter guy whose name is getting thrown around by the Putinbots the twice-convicted sex offender/pedophile Scott Ritter?