"For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence--on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system that has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.

"Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, and no secret is revealed." -- John F Kennedy, Speech April 27, 1961

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Israel has been added to the United Nations' so-called list of shame, which is included in an annual report on children and armed conflict submitted by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ office which documents rights violations against children in armed conflicts.

Data on the number of children killed and injured in Gaza includes 15,000 killed and over 50,000 acutely malnourished.

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University of Missouri donors voiced feelings of dismay that they can no longer keep white students from applying for minority-related scholarships, according to an article Inside Higher Ed published on Thursday.

The Supreme Court of the United States struck down affirmative action for college admissions, and Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey sent a letter following the decision in June 2023 to all of Missouri’s state, public and private universities, telling them they must comply with the court’s decision. Through Bailey’s letter, the four university system’s campuses were forced to revise all racially-based scholarships, creating hostility among donors.

“Institutions in Missouri must implement the Supreme Court’s decisions immediately. In today’s rulings, the Court held that there are no legitimate reliance interests created by past rulings that seemed to bless affirmative action,” according to Bailey’s letter.

The donors of several endowments expressed their concern both on and off the record, saying they feel “betrayed” by the change, according to Inside Higher Ed.

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Former President Donald Trump called artificial intelligence “really powerful stuff,” despite being “a little bit scary,” and said the technology rewrote one of his speeches “so beautifully.”

“What it does is so crazy,” Trump said while appearing on social media influencer Logan Paul’s podcast “Impaulsive” on Thursday. “Now, it can also be really used for good. I mean, things can happen. I had a speech rewritten by AI.”

The former president and presumptive GOP presidential nominee said “one of the top people” showed him how AI could be used.

“He goes click, click, click, and like 15 seconds later he shows me my speech, written so beautifully, I said, ‘I’m gonna use this,’” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like it. It comes out with the most beautiful writing, so one industry I think that will be gone are these wonderful speechwriters. I’ve never seen anything like it, and so quickly. A manner of literally minutes, it’s done. It’s a little bit scary.”

In February, Trump called artificial intelligence “maybe the most dangerous thing out there” during an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo.

During his interview on “Impaulsive,” Trump discussed his concerns about AI manipulating the perception of reality.

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