William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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JOE, JOE, WHERE'D YOU GO?  Direct from Roe v. Wade, here's Joe Biden.  Yup, right in the middle of the Roe v. Wade psychiatric breakdown, the president flew to Germany for the G7 conference, and will later go to a NATO conference.  Best way to get away from a hot issue – go to a conference.   

We were excited to learn that global warming will be a big item on the agenda.  Of course.  Didn't you see that huge wave coming toward our Atlantic Coast this morning?  It's the new Pearl Harbor.  Forget the old one.  It's so pre-Roe.

Ukraine?  Is there still a war in Ukraine?  Remember, just weeks ago, when it led the news?  But there was no quick victory, and Biden has barely mentioned it.  It's that dynamic leadership style.  The Russians are advancing in the east of the country, and may well soon secure that section.  The Ukrainian resistance is as spirited as ever, but the Russians now have got their act together.  They're taking ground, and suddenly no one's interested.  Russian units struck the Ukrainian capital this morning.  From Reuters:

Several explosions shook Kyiv's central Shevchenkivskiy district early on Sunday, causing a widespread damage and a fire at a residential building, officials said, in the first assault on Ukraine's capital since early June.

Emergency services said that as a result of the Russian shelling a fire broke out in a 9-story residential building that had been partially damaged in the attack.

Kyiv's mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said that residents are being rescued and evacuated from two buildings.

"There are people under the rubble," Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app. He added that several people had already been hospitalized.

"They (the rescuers) have pulled out a seven-year-old girl. She is alive. Now they're trying to rescue her mother."

Air raid sirens regularly disrupt life in Kyiv, but there have been no major strikes on the city since June 5 when a rail car repair facility was hit on the outskirts and a late April shelling when a Radio Liberty producer was killed in a strike that hit the building she lived in. 

The Shevchenkivskiy historic district, one of Kyiv's central, is home to a cluster of universities, restaurants and art galleries.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, but abandoned an early advance on Kyiv in the face of fierce resistance bolstered by Western arms.

Since then Moscow and its proxies have focused on the south and Donbas, an eastern territory made up of Luhansk and its neighbor Donetsk, deploying overwhelming artillery in some of the heaviest ground fighting in Europe since World War Two. 

COMMENT:  Our attention span is awfully short, even shorter when there's no leadership by the president of the United States.   There is a war on in Europe.  The side we favor is starting to lose.  Reliable reports tell us that many of the weapons promised to Ukraine have never been delivered.  We're told that the West Europeans, especially Germany, are losing interest.

There is a catastrophe in the making. 

June 26, 2022