(AP) Summary: A federal judge ruled Thursday (October 26, 2023) that some of Georgia's congressional, state Senate and state House districts were drawn in a racially discriminatory manner, ordering the state to draw an additional Black-majority congressional district.


The Atlanta-Journal-Constitution is running a series on the presence of drugs in Georgia prisons.

(Excerpt) Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation has uncovered a spike in overdose deaths that reveals in startling terms the prevalence of illicit drugs inside Georgia’s prisons. In 2018, two Georgia prisoners died from drug overdoses. Since then, the number has grown dramatically. Between 2019 and 2022, at least 49 Georgia prisoners died from overdoses.


The New York Times on October 22 discussed the death of  the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the role of both sides in its demise.

The prospects for peace "began to unravel in 1995 with the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a right-wing Israeli fanatic, just two years after Mr. Rabin and the Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat shook hands over peace on the White House lawn. After his death, the rapid, government-backed growth of the settler movement in the occupied West Bank, the division and corruption of the Palestinian leadership, and the spread of absolutist religious fanaticism on both sides all contributed to undoing the handshake."

Netanyahu did his part:

The Times expert, however, sees signs that the escalation of armed conflict and the likelihood of worse to come has caused some Israelis to fan the flames of a dying ember.

"The bridge builders between Israelis and Palestinians sense opportunity in the aftermath of the Hamas attack," which has shattered Prime Minister Netanyahu’s handling of the conflict. "That state of drift, in which peace had become a forgotten or even risible word, now feels untenable." FULL STORY

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While focusing on fostering Israeli restraint in an all-out Israeli invasion of Gaza, the Biden Administration has failed to come forward with any plans for a broader permanent peace accord that includes the Palestinians in the West Bank as well as Gaza. Palestinians have noted Biden’s failure to address Netanyahu’s support of the expansion of Israeli settlements on the West Bank, even though Netanyahu’s policy is in direct defiance of U.S. policy that opposes expansion.  That expansion is a barrier to even getting peace talks going, much less reaching a permanent accord.

New York Times columnist and Middle East Expert Thomas Friedman addresses the issue head-on in his October 19 column, declaring that "Israel Is About to Make a Terrible Mistake.” His summary statement:

“I believe that if Israel rushes headlong into Gaza now to destroy Hamas — and does so without expressing a clear commitment to seek a two-state solution with the Palestinian Authority and end Jewish settlements deep in the West Bank — it will be making a grave mistake that will be devastating for Israeli interests and American interests.”

IndieDems agree 100 percent with Friedman's assessment.


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"According to Pew, among American adults under 30:

All numbers higher than their older counterparts, particularly those over 50."