WORLD: The International Criminal Court has its mind on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Recently, the court’s chief prosecutor announced plans to launch a formal investigation into alleged war crimes by Israel in the Palestinian territories and alleged war crimes by Palestinian groups like Hamas. You read that right. Already, the investigation is receiving a very mixed response, with Israel’s prez calling it “scandalous” and the Palestinian Authority foreign minister calling it a “long-awaited step” toward “justice.” Meanwhile, meet Justice Sharad Bobde. He’s a member of India’s Supreme Court. And he’s facing major backlash over recent comments about rape. Think: telling a man who raped a 16 year old girl, “If you want to marry her, we can help you.” Cue growing calls for him to step down.
CORONAVIRUS: Texas and Mississippi are waving goodbye to their mask mandates. Not a typo. The move got immediate pushback from people like Dr. Anthony Fauci, who called it “inexplicable,” and Prez Biden, who dubbed it “Neanderthal thinking.” Speaking of Biden, his $1.9 trillion stimulus package is getting a slight trim. Because, moderate Senate Dems. The new proposal will limit eligibility for the $1,400 stimulus payments, with individuals earning over $80,000 a year and families earning over $160,000 a year being entirely cut off. In other news, India’s coronavirus vaccine reportedly shows promise in new trials. That’s extremely good news, especially since millions of people in India have already been given the vaccine.
WASHINGTON DC: All eyes are on the Capitol. ICYDK, today is a big day for the QAnon conspiracy theory, which claims that Trump will use the day to...take back the presidency. Washington is extremely tense as a result, especially since there’s intelligence to suggest that an unidentified “militia group” is planning to target the Capitol building. In response, the House of Reps sent members home a day early. Stay tuned. In other news, while testifying to Congress, the head of the DC National Guard revealed that he had the authority to deploy troops against protesters last summer - but that authority was suddenly axed in the days before the Capitol attack on January 6. Yes, really.