3 – U.S. suspends operations at embassy in Belarus capital, approves departures from Moscow embassy
CNBC reports: The State Department on Monday announced it suspended operations at its embassy in Minsk, the capital city of Belarus, and greenlit the voluntary departure of non-emergency members and their families from the U.S. embassy in Moscow, Russia.

“We took these steps due to security and safety issues stemming from the unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces in Ukraine,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

The Biden administration’s actions mark the latest erosion of diplomatic ties with the Kremlin, which has been condemned by much of the international community and hit with crippling sanctions over its military aggression in Ukraine. The Alexander Lukashenko regime in Belarus, which borders Ukraine and is closely allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin, has also been sanctioned, most recently by the European Union.

Blinken’s statement said the U.S. had “authorized the voluntary departure (‘authorized departure’) of non-emergency employees and family members” from the embassy in Moscow.

4 – Former Attorney General William Barr Blames Trump for January 6, Calls for Different 2024 Nominee
Breitbart reports: Former Attorney General William Barr writes in his new book that former President Donald Trump is to blame for the January 6 Capitol Hill riot as he calls for a new 2024 nominee.

In his upcoming 600-page book profiled by the Wall Street JournalBarr argues that former President Trump has “shown he has neither the temperament nor persuasive powers to provide the kind of positive leadership that is needed.” Barr even goes as far to say that Trump could have won the 2020 election if he had “just exercised a modicum of self-restraint, moderating even a little of his pettiness.”

“The election was not ‘stolen,’” he asserts in the book, titled One Damn Thing After Another. “Trump lost it.”

Barr advises that Republicans look to “an impressive array of younger candidates” for the 2024 election to avoid the pitfalls of the former president’s “erratic personal behavior.”

Meanwhile….

DML: Looks pretty clear Trump intends to run.

5 – Democratic Socialists blame US imperialism for Russian invasion of Ukraine
The New York Post reports: The Democratic Socialists of America blamed US and NATO “imperialist expansion” for helping trigger the Russian invasion of Ukraine — provoking criticism from local political leaders.

“DSA reaffirms our call for the US to withdraw from NATO and to end the imperialist expansionism that set the stage for this conflict,” the DSA said in a statement.

“While the failures of neoliberal order are clear to everyone, the ruling class is trying to build a new world, through a dystopic transition grounded in militarism, imperialism, and war. Socialists have a duty to build an alternative.”

The socialist group continued that “much of the next ten years are coming into view through this attack” and closed by saying, “no war but
class war.”

DML: Anyone who is a member of the DSA should just move to Russia! Who agrees?

* DML News