Summrs – True Story 2 Lyrics (feat. YP4AM)

[Intro]
NinetyNiiine
Yeah, Eddie, Ed, let’s go Ed
Let’s go Ed, Rino Gianni
Rino Gianni, 2020, and we still on that
Rino Gianni, Yeah

[Verse]
Keep it real with you lil bitch you the baddest bitch that I’ve seen
And I f*ck with the same niggas that I came up with in 2018
They say I changed now I grew up I just got more mature
She fell in love with this dick when we f*ck she pullin’ all on my hair (Lil bitch)
Chanel sweater that bitch made out of cheetah print fur
I don’t do too much I just get money and get high
I don’t know why these bitch ass niggas stay on my dick I wonder why
Is it ’cause I get money
Is it ’cause I got all of this ice
Is it ’cause I’m always fly
Is it ‘causе I’m still that guy
You shake your ass on the gram but when wе in person you shy
I just got off my flight, landed in New York
This bitch so f*ckin’ precious man that ass hangin’ out the shorts
Yeah, niggas really nerds and some dorks
I ball out of control I don’t even ball on the f*ckin’ court, yea
Lil Rino, fo shit sho
Yeah nigga, fo shit sho, no kizzo (NinetyNiiine, Gianni)

That’s what they tell me, and I know, I’m like ‘I know’
Chanel No. 9, could you smell me, yea, I know
I f*cked his hoe, and he cryin’, please don’t cry, bro
Get in your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
Get in your bag stop worriyn’ ’bout that bitch
Get in your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch (Lil bitch)
Get in your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
Get in your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
Your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
Get in your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
In your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
I wipe my ass I know I’m the shit
She got that ass she know she thick
I put him on blast like he a bitch
I’m sippin’ with Jozizzy, man, that nigga put me on the Tris
You know we gotta keep a stick ’cause you know how ugly this shit can get
God why they hatin’ on me everyday
God why they hate on me everyday
I put up with this shit everyday
And they still tryna take me out my glory
Tryna take me out my bag
Man this a true story
True story
Man this a true story

Rift breaks open between Nancy Pelosi and far-left ‘Squad’ over Israel

Rift breaks open between Pelosi, far-left ‘Squad’ over Israel

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By Haris Alic

The Washington Times

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

A rift has opened up between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of the far-left “Squad,” including Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, over the issue of Israel.

Mrs. Pelosi, who some believe is in her last term leading House Democrats, has taken an unequivocal stand over the recent wave of violence that has rocked Israel and the Gaza strip this week.

Israel has the right to defend herself against this assault, which is designed to sow terror and undermine prospects for peace,” said Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat.

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Gaza-based Hamas militants fired rockets on the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Wednesday. The airstrikes reportedly killed 35 Palestinians, including 10 children.

The flare-up is the worst in Israeli-Palestinian tensions since 2014. The fighting began over the weekend when Hamas, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. state department, and other Islamic militants fired more than 500 rockets into Israeli territory.

Tensions have long been frayed between Israel and Islamic militants over the holy city of Jerusalem, which both sides claim as their territory.

Democrats, who for decades were staunch supporters of Israel, have split on the recent wave of violence. Older members of the party’s establishment, including Mrs. Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York, have backed Israel‘s right to self-defense.

“Every civilian death is a tragedy that we mourn. Hamas’ accelerating violence only risks killing more civilians, including innocent Palestinians,” Mrs. Pelosi said. “The recent inflammatory provocations including by extremist forces in Jerusalem have exacerbated the situation, and restraint must be shown by all to deescalate the crisis.”

Younger Democrats, however, have taken a dimmer view of Israel in recent years. Progressive insurgents to Mrs. Pelosi‘s leadership, most notably those in the self-identified socialist “Squad,” have accused Israel of war crimes.

“We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents … Israeli forces are forcing families from their homes during Ramadan and inflicting violence,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said. “It is inhumane and the U.S. must show leadership in safeguarding the human rights of Palestinians.”

By far, the most vocal criticism from the “squad” has come from Ms. Omar and Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Ms. Omar, a practicing Muslim, has lambasted Israel for responding to the violence perpetrated against its citizens during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

“Israeli airstrikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism. Palestinians deserve protection. Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians. It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid,” said the Minnesota Democrat.

Likewise, Ms. Tlaib has called on Congress and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to “condition the aid we send to Israel” to prevent further escalation.

“American taxpayer money is being used to commit human rights violations,” said Ms. Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent. “Congress must condition the aid we send to Israel, and end it altogether if those conditions are not followed. Statements aren’t working [Mr. Blinken]. Enough is enough.”

The rift between members of the Squad and Mrs. Pelosi is not new.

In 2018, when Democrats first took control of the House of Representatives, progressives led by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez sought to push the party further to the left.

In recent months, though, the situation has mellowed. President Biden’s ascent to the White House and Democrats winning control of the Senate has papered over tensions among progressives and moderate Democrats.

Tekashi 6ix9ine Honors XXXTentacion And Ski Mask the Slump God Reacts

Tekashi 6ix9ine pays homage to XXXTentacion at his concert last weekend but Ski Mask The Slump God isn’t impressed.

The self-proclaimed King of New York, Daniel Hernandez, better known as Tekashi 6ix9ine is not well-liked in many rap circles. However, he still has many supporters. The rapper is currently in Florida at a music festival where he performed in front of a whopping 15,000 fans. While this concert defied the usual social distancing guidelines, this is not what is most surprising.

It was 6ix9ine’s tribute to fellow rapper XXXTentacion that caught everyone off guard. This is not the first time 6ix9ine has done a tribute for X as he memorialized him right after his passing in 2018.

The late alternative rapper Jahseh Onfroy, more popularly known as XXXTentacion and typically referred to as X, was from Miami-Dade County. He had a massive cult following which he built from his SoundCloud and his social media accounts. Millions of fans around the world mourned his untimely passing back in June 2018.

At this recent festival, 6ix9ine referred to X as the King of Florida and played X’s “Look At Me!”. He did not perform the song in its entirety but rather recited some of the lyrics while moshing on stage.

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This was typically well-received by his fans, who thought the tribute was heartfelt. Even those who were not fans of the New York rapper lauded him for the tribute on social media. However, one rapper was not impressed. X’s best friend Ski Mask The Slump God made his displeasure known on Twitter.

“Random N****s That Perform Take A Step Back Or Look At Me But Only Know The First Three Lines,” The Slump God tweeted.

Random Niggas That Perform Take A Step Back Or Look At Me But Only Know The First Three Lines ???

— Sir Ski Mask (@THESLUMPGOD) May 2, 2021

It is unclear whether the “Catch Me Outside” rapper’s tweet was intended for Tekashi 6ix9ine, as he did not directly call him out. If this tweet is for 6ix9ine, it is obvious that Ski Mask views this performance as being disrespectful. Regardless, this tribute seems to have gotten him in the good graces of many who were not fond of him before.

As fans sings him high praises, many of them are also highlighting how petty 6ix9ine is and are anxious to see his response to Ski Mask. Tekashi is known for his legendary trolling skills, and the rapper consistently stays embroiled in endless beefs.

Following his release from prison last year, 6ix9ine shared a screenshot of some DMs XXXTentacion sent him before his death the year before.

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New York State Honors DMX With “Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons” Day On December 18th

DMX gets his own day in New York.

The former Ruff Ryders rapper will be remembered by many worldwide as a Hip Hop legend. Even as the rapper was laid to rest on Saturday, April 24, many fans found it hard to believe that DMX was no longer alive. Still, the memory of the rapper and his many contributions to Hip Hop stands as evidence of a life well-lived.

To commemorate this life, the state of New York is declaring the late rapper’s birthday, December 18, as “Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons Day.” Erica Ford made the announcement at the rapper’s funeral. The New York state flag that was flying on the day of X’s death was also presented to the family of the rapper by Ford, who said, “his lyrics were also rapped on the Senate floor by Senator Jamal Bailey who introduced a legislative resolution alongside Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins in his honor.”

Friends and family gathered on Saturday to pay their last respects to DMX, who died on April 9 after suffering a heart attack. The heart attack reportedly came after a drug overdose, the effects of which left the rapper in a vegetative state for the duration of a week leading up to his death.

The 50-year-old rap icon was open about his struggle with drug addiction. Nevertheless, his family and friends prioritized his legacy and contributions rather than his struggles.

The rapper’s 9-year-old daughter, Aaliyah expressed this during the memorial, “It makes me sad that my dad will never be able to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ ever to me again…..I know my dad is in heaven. Even though he can’t talk back, I know I can still talk to him. I think it’s good that I get to call my dad a legend. Rest easy, dad.”

There were similar tributes from several of his 15 children. Fellow celebrities also poured out tributes at the rapper’s memorial service held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. While the Ruff Ryders gathered on the stage for an emotional tribute, Kanye West and his choir basically brought the house down.

In addition, rapper Jadakiss reflected on DMX’s legacy in an emotional tribute. “Y’all know this is a big hit for us. The world know the Dog but we know a different Dog. When he comes to the town, he’s much different than the one they see on TV. It’s hurts anytime you lose a soldier but this one hurts different because he was the main piece on the board,” he said.

Other tributes came from Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, Russell Simmons, DMX’s ex-wife Tashera Simmons.

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Joe Budden To The Grammys, “Nicki Minaj Needs Her Flowers”

Joe Budden is calling out the Grammys award committee for consistently snubbing Nicki Minaj and not recognizing her talent for shattering the glass ceiling as it were, paving the way for young rappers entering the game.

Joe Budden was speaking to the fact that the “The Pinkprint” artist has not been recognized by the Grammys in spite of being the blueprint for the new age rappers. Budden is not and was never a fan of Nicki Minaj. However, he says respect is due to the Trinidadian-born female rapper, who is one of the greatest rappers of the 2010s decade for her numerous awards and overall contribution to female rap.

The former Slaughterhouse rapper made the comments during the latest episode of his eponymous podcast, where he asked why the Recording Academy has failed to recognize the New York rapper’s achievements and dominating influence.

“Nicki Minaj needs her flowers. Whoever the Grammy board is, whoever’s on there, y’all are not the ones that get to determine that Nicki Minaj and all of her impact and influence don’t get to win an award,” Budden said. “I’m sorry. I’m done with those days. Y’all are not the fuckin’ gatekeepers, the barriers of entry—y’all are not any of that … And now we’re at a stage when we have to acknowledge the, not the impersonators, but the people who were inspired by that act. It’s the same thing like when some of these people, I see the Drake influence there; call me dick rider, whatever, who knows.”

Joe Budden said the awards Doja Cat and others received made him reflect on the fact that the Grammys might end up only giving Nicki her roses after she leaves, something that music culture has moved past. “But Nicki is in that same boat. I don’t think too many more years need to go by when she’s not awarded for her efforts, that’s how I felt watching Doja Cat and some of the winners there.”

Meanwhile, his co-hosts speculated how the media or the public might react with “flowers” galore if “god forbid, something were to happen to Nicki.”

Nicki Minaj has been recognized as one of the most influential artists in hip-hop over the past decade – dropping multiple platinum records and rising to the No. 1 spot on various charts and accumulating many notable awards.

She has received almost a dozen Grammy nominations but has not won a single category during her career, which spanned more than 15 years.

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Idania Del Río, left, and Leire Fernández, owners of Clandestina, pose with a mannequin dressed in clothes they created, outside their store in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 18, 2021. Tourists poured through their shop until the Trump administration turned off the … more >

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By ANDREA RODRÍGUEZ

Associated Press

Friday, March 5, 2021

HAVANA (AP) – Business was booming for a trendy little clothing shop called Clandestina in the heart of Old Havana, one of thousands of new private businesses that had arisen in what was once a near-wholly state-run socialist economy.

A torrent of tourists poured through the doors to pick through bags, sweatshirts, camisoles and caps – at least until the Trump administration turned off the taps that had been opened just a few years before by then-President Barack Obama.

Today, those glass-and-wood doors swing open less often, with tourism choked both by U.S. sanctions meant to punish Cuba’s government and a pandemic that has squashed tourism almost everywhere.

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With their business tottering, Clandestina’s owners – Idania Del Río and Leire Fernández – subsist on hope that new U.S. President Joe Biden will reverse at least some of the restrictions implemented by his predecessor.

“If Biden allows travel to Cuba, gives an image of Cuba as a friendly country … that in itself is a radical change for the cash registers of entrepreneurs,” Fernández, 44, told The Associated Press.

In 2010, in an attempt to energize the island’s sluggish, top-down economy, then-President Raúl Castro promoted an unprecedentedly broad opening to the private sector, allowing hundreds of sorts of small businesses – restaurants, shoe repairers, small clothing workshops and more – that have grown to employ some 600,000 people.

Some of the most successful targeted a surging number of tourists – part of another government opening meant to save the economy.

Tourism got a huge boost at the end of 2014 when Obama announced a historic thaw of relations with Cuba, arguing that five decades of U.S. sanctions against communist governments had failed and that more vibrant ties would do more to help the Caribbean nation’s people.

Clandestina launched in 2015 about five blocks from the country’s capitol building – modeled on the one in Washington – just in time to fill its sails with the breeze from the U.S. opening.

“The store was small, we barely had anything and a lot of people began to show up,” Del Río, 39, told the AP. “A lot of Americans came, deals were signed.”

Quickly the shop was running out of large-sized shirts bought by husky foreigners.

With U.S. interest in Cuba high, Clandestina’s clothes quickly became a hit, even appearing at New York fashion shows.

It even began to sell online – something unprecedented for a country where internet connectivity is limited even today.

“It was something very radical: all of a sudden a 100% Cuban brand in New York, being sold to North American citizens, to tourists, to everyone,” Del Río said.

In November 2018, U.S.-based Google featured the company in an open-air fashion show, “Country under Construction,” showing off rustic shirts, leather boots and overalls stamped with the “Wi-Fi” symbol in the courtyard of Havana‘s Museum of Fine Arts.

But the party was ending. The Trump administration had begun issuing a series of measures banning most trips by Americans and limiting money sent to the island. It also slashed the number of U.S. diplomats, banned cruise ships and punished companies shipping the Venezuelan oil Cuba‘s economy has relied upon.

The restrictions, imposed piece by piece, haven’t loosened the government‘s control, but they have squeezed its budgets, and those of ordinary Cubans as well. The government blames U.S. sanctions for widespread shortages of food and fuel and says they cost Cuba some $5.5 billion.

“Four very hard years have passed since Obama’s time,” said Fernández, who is Spanish and Del Río’s partner. She said that Clandestina lost 50% of its income after Trump’s initial travel restrictions.

And they’re not alone. A 2019 survey of 126 business owners published by Auge, a local business consultant, found that 80% reported being affected by Trump’s measures.

Biden has long said that he would reinstate at least some of Obama’s policies toward Cuba. His advisers have spoken of eliminating Trump-era restrictions on remittances sent by Cubans in the U.S. to their homeland, and on travel.

So far though, it’s not clear when such actions might come.

Also holding out hope is Reymel Delgado, 44, who worked on U.S. productions such as “Fast and Furious” and “Transformers” that were allowed to film in Cuba in 2016 before Trump shut them down.

“We were very affected directly,” he said of Trump’s arrival. “There were many projects that were underway and others that were planned, and that stopped. Some were eliminated and others were on standby, and we will see what happens now.”

Cuban authorities say Trump imposed more than 200 measures against Cuba, accusing the island’s government of violating human rights, trampling on democracy and being responsible for a series of still-unexplained illnesses that affected U.S. and Canadian diplomats.

Biden represents hope for everyone,” Rigoberto Romero, owner of a carriage and nine horses who used to make a living catering to travelers Now, he waits at home taking care of his animals.

The Cuban leadership has lived through a series of openings and closings imposed by U.S. leaders since sanctions were first enacted some 60 years ago and tightened as Fidel Castro allied himself with the Soviet Bloc. Cuban leaders want the U.S. Congress to repeal the underlying laws that give presidents broad powers to impose such sanctions – though analysts say that’s highly unlikely under Biden.

For Cuban economist Omar Everleny Pérez, who is often critical of the government, policies that allow ties between local businesses and the U.S. “can only be shielded with greater economic interrelation, that is, more trade and investment.”

Back at the Clandestina shop in Old Havana, the partners are trying to keep their spirits up.

“We have survived the siege,” Fernández said.

“The energy is a little low, but it comes back,” she said. Already the little business has plans this month to present a collection of T-shirts in New York – an event coordinated almost entirely over WhatsApp, which began to expand after the government improved internet services in 2018.

Freddie Gibbs – Stripes Lyrics

Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Got dmc, run dmc, run dmc, run dmc
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…

Yeah, stay on the cruise so… stick up to stick man
357 to the… bitch I hope you picked up a dinner plan
Got that out your… 250 grand
Don’t let hair… straight from new york in my nigger minivan
Scuze me mister officer I been thinking about popping you
So you better not search this car I’m so high I’m off… I promise you
I won’t go back to jail, seem like every time nigger try to make a sell
These bitches go back and tell
This shit here fresh off the scale, white bitch 10 bricks and a m3
When I’m done bring down let’s go, I’ma beat that shit like a mp
Say they murk me for 10 g,… shit don’t offend me
The hair strike… rap shit, I run d and I mc

Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me

And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…

I don’t even use the door, I just pull another round
Only… shit, look like a…
… about to give it a massage,
I whip them bitches 2 at time, yeah, I’ménage
Car full of bags looking I’ve been shopping
… across the street, I think the motherf*cker’s watching
Oh well, gotta it, this why I cook it
This the cooking channel get a nigger some to looking
We’ve been riding all day, that’s why my name is just tommy
Save for the night cause my neighbors might own me
Riding so dirty, made the birds take a bath
When it dried off, it was a bird in the hatch

Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…

Analysis: NBA’s Eastern Conference has a standings logjam

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By TIM REYNOLDS

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

This is a bizarre season for the NBA in a bizarre time for the world.

Most of those who must attend the All-Star Game in Atlanta don’t seem particularly excited by those plans. Arenas across the country are somewhere between almost empty and totally empty because of coronavirus protocols. Game schedules are typically known months in advance; nobody knows what the second week of March looks like yet.

All of this is most unusual.

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There is, however, one constant: The Eastern Conference standings are a mess.

Spending any time trying to figure how the East is going to shake out would be a futile undertaking, because it’s clear that the teams themselves have no idea. Miami won the East last season and has spent zero days over .500 this season. Milwaukee – the NBA’s best regular-season team in each of the past two seasons, a team with two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo – just had a streak of five consecutive losses. Every team in the East has had at least one three-game losing streak; 11 of those 15 teams have had multiple three-game slides and the season isn’t even half over.

If all that wasn’t enough, the Western Conference is dominating its friends from the other half of the league. The West is winning 57% of its games against the East. That’s on pace to be the biggest margin since the West won 58.4% in 2014-15 – and virtually assures that the West will win the regular-season series versus the East for the 21st time in the last 22 seasons. The East won four consecutive years against the West from 1995-96 through 1998-99; the only season in which the East beat the West since was 2008-09.

By now, that’s to be expected.

Having only three teams better than one game above .500, two months into the season, that’s the big surprise out of the East. Philadelphia (20-11) and Brooklyn (20-12) sit atop the East, and Milwaukee (18-13) is right in their shadow.

That’s where the ridiculously tight traffic jam starts, with the next 10 teams – Indiana, Toronto, Boston, New York, Chicago, Charlotte, Miami, Atlanta, Orlando and Washington – all within 3 1/2 games of each other.

Some offer a very simple explanation.

“I see a lot of inconsistent teams in the East,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “And we’re one of them.”

That being said, there are signs that some teams are figuring it out.

Brooklyn just went 5-0 on a West road trip, playing most of those games without Kevin Durant. Toronto started 7-12; the Raptors are 9-3 since. The Bulls and the Heat have already won more games in February than they did in January. The Wizards beat the reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night for a fifth consecutive victory, meaning they’re 5-0 since starting 6-17. And the Knicks – this is true and amazing – have a chance at their first winning calendar month since going 8-7 in November 2017.

“We’re striving to become a 48-minute team,” said Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau, who has already made a sizable impact in his first couple of months in New York. “We’ve got a long way to go.”

The good news is that there’s a lot of time left.

Teams will get their second-half schedules finalized by the NBA this week. Everyone, even those going to Atlanta for the one-day All-Star events on March 7, will get a little bit of a much-needed break after a very hectic first couple of months to the season. The trade deadline on March 25 will be interesting, because with the play-in tournament happening this year – and 20 teams essentially going to the postseason, even if four will be eliminated in very short order – more teams than usual will technically be in the playoff race.

Put simply, there’s a long way to go. And that means there’s plenty of time for this East logjam to break up a little.

“Anybody that can find some consistency and reliability quicker can find some separation in the standings, but right now that there is not separation,” Spoelstra said. “So what I see is opportunity.”

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Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at treynolds(at)ap.org

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By JOSEPH KRAUSS

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

JERUSALEM (AP) – A leading Israeli human rights group has begun describing both Israel and its control of the Palestinian territories as a single “apartheid” regime, using an explosive term that the country’s leaders and their supporters vehemently reject.

In a report released Tuesday, B’Tselem says that while Palestinians live under different forms of Israeli control in the occupied West Bank, blockaded Gaza, annexed east Jerusalem and within Israel itself, they have fewer rights than Jews in the entire area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

“One of the key points in our analysis is that this is a single geopolitical area ruled by one government,” said B’Tselem director Hagai El-Ad. “This is not democracy plus occupation. This is apartheid between the river and the sea.”

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That a respected Israeli organization is adopting a term long seen as taboo even by many critics of Israel points to a broader shift in the debate as its half-century occupation of war-won lands drags on and hopes for a two-state solution fade.

Peter Beinart, a prominent Jewish-American critic of Israel, caused a similar stir last year when he came out in favor of a single binational state with equal rights for Jews and Palestinians. B’Tselem does not take a position on whether there should be one state or two.

Israel has long presented itself as a thriving democracy in which Palestinian citizens, who make up about 20% of its population of 9.2 million, have equal rights. Israel seized east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 war – lands that are home to nearly 5 million Palestinians and which the Palestinians want for a future state.

Israel withdrew troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005 but imposed a blockade after the militant Hamas group seized power there two years later. It considers the West Bank “disputed” territory whose fate should be determined in peace talks. Israel annexed east Jerusalem in 1967 in a move not recognized internationally and considers the entire city its unified capital. Most Palestinians in east Jerusalem are Israeli “residents,” but not citizens with voting rights.

B’Tselem argues that by dividing up the territories and using different means of control, Israel masks the underlying reality – that roughly 7 million Jews and 7 million Palestinians live under a single system with vastly unequal rights.

“We are not saying that the degree of discrimination that a Palestinian has to endure is the same if one is a citizen of the state of Israel or if one is besieged in Gaza,” El-Ad said. “The point is that there isn’t a single square inch between the river and the sea in which a Palestinian and a Jew are equal.”

Israel‘s harshest critics have used the term “apartheid” for decades, evoking the system of white rule and racial segregation in South Africa that was brought to an end in 1994. The International Criminal Court defines apartheid as an “institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group.”

“There is no country in the world that is clearer in its apartheid policies than Israel,” said Nabil Shaath, a senior adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “It is a state based on racist decisions aimed at confiscating land, expelling indigenous people, demolishing homes and establishing settlements.”

In recent years, as Israel has further entrenched its rule over the West Bank, Israeli writers, disillusioned former generals and politicians opposed to its right-wing government have increasingly adopted the term.

But until now B’Tselem, which was established in 1989, had only used it in specific contexts.

Israel adamantly rejects the term, saying the restrictions it imposes in Gaza and the West Bank are temporary measures needed for security. Most Palestinians in the West Bank live in areas governed by the Palestinian Authority, but those areas are surrounded by Israeli checkpoints and Israeli soldiers can enter at any time. Israel has full control over 60% of the West Bank.

Itay Milner, a spokesman for Israel’s consulate general in New York, dismissed the B’Tselem report as “another tool for them to promote their political agenda,” which he said was based on a “distorted ideological view.” He pointed out that Arab citizens of Israel are represented across the government, including the diplomatic corps.

Eugene Kontorovich, director of international law at the Jerusalem-based Kohelet Policy Forum, says the fact that the Palestinians have their own government makes any talk of apartheid “inapplicable,” calling the B’Tselem report “shockingly weak, dishonest and misleading.”

Palestinian leaders agreed to the current territorial divisions in the Oslo accords in the 1990s, and the Palestinian Authority is recognized as a state by dozens of nations. That, Kontorovich says, is a far cry from the territories designated for Black South Africans under apartheid – known as bantustans – to which many Palestinians compare the areas governed by the PA.

Kontorovich said the use of the word “apartheid” was instead aimed at demonizing Israel in a way that “resonates with racial sensitivities and debates in America and the West.”

Alon Pinkas, a former Israeli consul general in New York, rejects the term. “Occupation, yes. Apartheid, absolutely not.”

But he acknowledged that critics of Israel who had refrained from using the term, or who had used it and been attacked, “will now conveniently say, ‘Hey, you know, Israelis are saying it themselves.’”

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, head of the Union for Reform Judaism, which estimates its reach at more than 1.5 million people in 850 congregations across North America, says the situation in the West Bank and Gaza is a “moral blight” and an “occupation,” but not apartheid.

“What goes along with saying that, to many in the international community, is that therefore Israel has no right to exist,” he said. “If the accusation is apartheid, that is not simply a strong critique, it’s an existential critique.”

El-Ad points to two recent developments that altered B’Tselem’s thinking.

The first was a contentious law passed in 2018 that defines Israel as the “nation-state of the Jewish people.” Critics say it downgraded Israel‘s Palestinian minority to second-class citizenship and formalized the widespread discrimination they have faced since Israel‘s founding in 1948. Supporters say it merely recognized Israel‘s Jewish character and that similar laws can be found in many Western countries.

The second was Israel‘s announcement in 2019 of its intention to annex up to a third of the occupied West Bank, including all of its Jewish settlements, which are home to nearly 500,000 Israelis. Those plans were put on hold as part a normalization agreement reached with the United Arab Emirates last year, but Israel has said the pause is only temporary.

B’Tselem and other rights groups argue that the boundaries separating Israel and the West Bank vanished long ago – at least for Israeli settlers, who can freely travel back and forth, while their Palestinian neighbors require permits to enter Israel.

There have been no substantive peace talks in more than a decade. The occupation, which critics have long warned is unsustainable, has endured for 53 years.

“Fifty years plus, that’s not enough to understand the permanence of Israeli control of the occupied territories?” El-Ad said. “We think that people need to wake up to reality, and stop talking in future terms about something that has already happened.”

Alison Lurie, prize winning novelist, dead at 94

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NEW YORK (AP) – Alison Lurie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist whose satirical and cerebral tales of love and academia included the marital saga “The War Between the Tates” and the comedy of Americans abroad “Foreign Affairs,” died Thursday at age 94.

Lurie, a professor emerita at Cornell University, died of natural causes, according to her husband and partner, Edward Hower.

Praised by The New York Times as one of the country’s “most able and witty novelists,” Lurie broke through commercially in 1974 with “The War Between the Tates” and received her highest acclaim for “Foreign Affairs,” winner of the 1985 Pulitzer. Set in London, Lurie’s novel was consciously based on old-fashioned narratives of manners and customs, with one character imagining himself trapped in a Henry James story.

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The protagonists were Corinth University professor Virginia “Vinnie” Martin, an Anglophile and middle-aged scholar of children’s literature so self-contained that her closest companion is an invisible dog, and her wayward young colleague, Fred Turner, who takes up with the impulsive British actress Rosemary Radley as his marriage falls apart back home.

“Before he met Rosemary, Fred didn’t really exist for anyone here except a few other academic ghosts,” Lurie wrote. “Now the city is alive for him and he alive in it. Everything pulses with meaning, with history and possibility, and Rosemary most of all. When he is with her he feels he holds all of England, the best of England, in his arms.”

Lurie’s novel was adapted into a 1993 television movie starring Joanne Woodward as Vinnie and Eric Stoltz as Fred. “The War Between the Tates” became a 1977 TV production featuring Elizabeth Ashley and Richard Crenna.

Academics and artists were often featured in her work, which combined storytelling with social and intellectual commentary. Her first book, “Love and Friendship,” centered on a professor’s wife in New England who has an intense affair with a school musician. In “The War Between the Tates,” a Corinth professor’s adultery upends his marriage and scatters husband and wife into the cultural upheavals of the late 1960s.

Her other books included the novels “The Last Resort” and “Real People,” the nonfiction works “The Language of Clothes” and “The Language of Architecture” and “Familiar Spirits,” a memoir about her friendship with the prize-winning poet James Merrill and his companion David Jackson. Her most recent novel, Truth and Consequences,” came out in 2005. Her last published book, the literary essay collection “Words and Worlds,” was released in 2019.

In her fiction, Lurie drew openly from her own life. Corinth was an Ivy League school that closely approximated Cornell and she shared Vinnie’s love for England and expertise in children’s literature, editing such compilations as “The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales” and “The Heavenly Zoo.” She wrote about Vietnam War protests, and participated in them. In 1985, she was arrested during a rally at Cornell that called on the school to sell off its investments in companies doing business with South Africa’s racist government.

Married in 1948 to Jonathan Bishop, an academic and son of the poet John Bishop Peale, she separated from him around the time “The War Between the Tates” was published and later married Hower, an author and Cornell literature professor. She had three sons with Bishop.

Born in Chicago and raised in White Plains, New York, Lurie was the child of liberal, educated parents and grew up reading Jane Austen and other British authors because there “were not many models for the American woman novelist, except for the Southern school,” she told The Associated Press in 1985. She studied history and politics at Radcliffe College and spent much of the 1950s raising her children, writing stories and poems and working with the Poets’ Theater, where members included Merrill and John Ashbery.

She and Bishop lived in Amherst, Massachusetts, and Los Angeles, both of which became settings for her fiction, before moving to Ithaca, New York in the early 1960s. “Love and Friendship” came out in 1962 and got right to a favorite theme.

“The day on which Emily Stockwell Turner fell out of love with her husband,” Lurie wrote in the book’s opening sentence, “began much like other days.”

Key findings in Vatican report into ex-Cardinal McCarrick

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The Vatican has taken the extraordinary step of publishing its two-year investigation into the rise and fall of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked in 2019 after a Vatican investigation determined he sexually abused adults as well as children.

Here are key findings from the report, based on documentation and interviews with witnesses, divided into the three papacies that are affected by the McCarrick case: St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis.

POPE JOHN PAUL II (1978-2005)

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McCarrick had generally positive marks during his first two posts as bishop, in Metuchen, N.J. (1981-1986) and Newark, N.J. (1986-2000). But by the mid-1990s, rumors about his behavior were starting to fly, and John Paul passed McCarrick over as archbishop of Chicago in 1997 and New York in 1999.

When the position of archbishop of Washington D.C., opened up, the then-archbishop of New York, Cardinal John O’Connor, warned the Vatican in an Oct. 28, 1999 letter that naming McCarrick there would be a mistake, the findings said.

By that time, the allegations against McCarrick included: a 1994 letter by one priest to the Metuchen, N.J., bishop providing eyewitness testimony of McCarrick and other seminarians engaging in sexual acts during a fishing trip, and the priest’s own claims that McCarrick tried to fondle him. It also included anonymous letters sent to various U.S. cardinals that “accused McCarrick of pedophilia with seminarians as well as claims that McCarrick slept with young men in his official residence as well as seminarians at his beach house. O’Connor cited that information and said the risk of scandal would be too great if McCarrick were moved to Washington.

John Paul tasked the Vatican ambassador to the U.S. to investigate. His report confirmed McCarrick bedded seminarians but didn’t find “certainty” that he had engaged in sexual misconduct. The findings didn’t explain what McCarrick and the seminarians were doing in bed together. Instead, they faulted the bishops who were asked to provide information to the ambassador, saying “three of the four bishops provided inaccurate and incomplete information.”

The doubts, however, were enough to persuade John Paul to drop McCarrick as a candidate. That would have sealed his fate, but McCarrick made a last-ditch appeal that appears to have changed John Paul’s mind. The U.S. prelate sent a handwritten note via John Paul’s private secretary, then-Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, on Aug. 6, 2000, swearing he “never had sexual relations with any person male or female, young or old, cleric or lay.”

It struck a chord with the Polish pope, who had first-hand experience of priests being unfairly discredited by false accusations under communist rule, and he named McCarrick to the post.

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POPE BENEDICT XVI (2005-2013)

Pope Benedict XVI finally took action against McCarrick in 2005, after the Vatican received documentation from the former Metuchen, N.J., seminarian who had written a detailed letter in 1994 to his then-bishop, the late Edward Hughes, about the abuse he endured by McCarrick. For the first time, the Vatican had a named victim making a detailed report of abuse, although the claims were dismissed by some as unreliable because the seminarian himself had gone onto abuse minors.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano – then a top official in the secretariat of state who would go onto expose the McCarrick cover-up – called for an “exemplary measure” against McCarrick. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, then Benedict’s secretary of state, “shared Vigano’s concerns.”

But the report said Benedict ultimately decided against a canonical trial or sanction, in part because the Vatican’s in-house legal code didn’t provide ways to prosecute old cases of priests who slept with young men. “Instead the decision was made to appeal to McCarrick’s conscience and ecclesial spirit by indicating to him that he should maintain a lower profile and minimize travel for the good of the church,” the report said.

The Vatican’s ambassador to Washington relayed the verbal request to McCarrick in 2006, and after McCarrick flouted it, the Vatican official in charge of bishops put it in writing in 2008. But McCarrick continued flouting the restrictions.

Email correspondence provided by McCarrick’s former secretary shows he traveled widely during Benedict’s papacy after the restrictions were purportedly imposed, including to regular meetings at the Vatican, to Bosnia, Lebanon, Qatar, Ireland and throughout Asia – travel that continued under Francis, including to China.

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POPE FRANCIS (2013 to the present)

According to the Vatican findings, Francis essentially continued in his predecessors’ path in regards to McCarrick. It said neither Francis nor any Vatican official lifted or modified Benedict’s flouted restrictions, never named McCarrick a “diplomatic agent” for the Holy See and never received any documentation about McCarrick before 2017. The summary didn’t say if Francis ever requested more substantial information after his then-ambassador to the U.S., Cardinal Carlo Maria Vigano, purportedly told him in 2013 that McCarrick was a sexual predator.

Francis changed his tune after a former altar boy came forward to the New York archdiocese alleging McCarrick groped him when he was a teenager during preparations for Christmas Mass in 1971 and 1972. The allegation was the first solid claim against McCarrick involving a minor, and triggered the canonical trial that resulted in McCarrick being defrocked.

Francis commissioned the archival investigation after Vigano issued a blistering expose of the two-decade-long McCarrick cover-up in 2018, naming around two dozen U.S. and Vatican officials who he said knew of McCarrick’s misconduct but failed to effectively sanction him.

Vigano’s most explosive claim was that Francis lifted the sanctions imposed by Benedict and made McCarrick a trusted adviser. Vigano called on Francis to resign for having ignored what he said was his warning that McCarrick had “corrupted generations of priests and seminarians.”

Many of Vigano’s central assertions were confirmed in the report Tuesday but not the ones involving Francis. “No records support Vigano’s account and evidence as to what he said is sharply disputed,” it said.

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Monday, June 15, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — China moved swiftly Monday to try to control a new outbreak of the coronavirus after 36 more cases were confirmed in Beijing.

People were lined up at hospitals and other facilities around the capital as authorities rushed to administer thousands of nucleic acid tests of people who worked at a major wholesale market, anyone who had visited it in the past two weeks or anyone who had come in contact with either group.

Authorities have confirmed 79 cases of the coronavirus over four days in what looks to be the largest outbreak since China largely stopped the epidemic’s spread at home more than two months ago. The new outbreak appears to have started in the Xinfadi market, Beijing’s largest wholesale food market, prompting inspections of fresh meat and seafood in the city and elsewhere in China.

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“We must continue to take decisive measures to defend against outside cases and internal resurgences, and mobilize all units to take responsibility,” said Xu Hejian, the director of the Beijing government information office.

At a time when other countries are loosening virus-related restrictions, the development shows the importance of being ready to deal with the inevitable fresh outbreaks. They can pop up at anytime in unexpected places, even weeks after the epidemic has seemingly died down.

Greece eased restrictions on incoming visitors Monday. Passengers on some international flights will no longer face compulsory coronavirus tests. Hotels and museums are opening in the tourism-dependent economy, as are gyms, in the latest step in a phased reopening of businesses.

“Salut!” said a masked manager to a pair of regular customers as they entered a brasserie in Paris, where cafes and restaurants reopened for the first time since the fast-spreading virus forced them to close their doors March 14.

In the United States, the governor of hard-hit New York state threatened to reinstate business closings as some parts of the country struggled with an outbreak that appeared ready to stretch for months.

China’s authoritarian government and tight social controls enable tracking of residents’ movements through the use of apps and a network of neighborhood associations. Entry to many office buildings, stores and restaurants requires proof on a smartphone that the person has not traveled to areas where the virus is still active.

Beijing has closed the Xinfadi market and is requiring anyone who went there to self-isolate for two weeks. Neighborhoods close to the market have been put on lockdown and more than 76,000 people tested.

Citywide, Beijing has suspended the planned restart on Monday of some primary schools and reversed the relaxation of some social isolation measures.

Inspectors found 40 samples of the virus in the closed market, including on a chopping board for imported salmon. That prompted some supermarket chains to take salmon off their shelves over the weekend, and inspections of markets, stores and restaurants

Beijing health officials said gene sequencing showed the virus strain causing the new outbreak was related to that in Europe, though it wasn’t clear if it was being spread by the movement of people or transportation of food.

Experts were doubtful the virus was being spread through salmon or other food products.

Ian MacKay, who studies viruses at the University of Queensland in Australia, said there was no evidence to suggest a link between outbreaks and food.

“For my money, it is more likely to be a person who came into the area with lots of people and the virus has spread, as the virus does,” he said.

Japanese health ministry officials said they are closely watching the Chinese investigation, as budget sushi restaurants in Japan rely heavily on imported seafood, especially from China. They added, though, that they have not seen scientific evidence suggesting the virus could be transmitted through food.

South Korea is also among those countries seeking to prevent a resurgence of the outbreak, reporting 37 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Authorities said 25 of the cases came from the Seoul area, where health authorities are scrambling to trace infections linked to entertainment and leisure activities, church gatherings, warehouse workers and door-to-door salespeople.

Other countries are still battling major outbreaks. India’s home minister offered 500 train carriages Monday for use as makeshift coronavirus hospital wards as New Delhi struggles to contain a spike in cases. The Health Ministry reported a jump of more than 11,000 new infections nationwide for a third consecutive day.

In the U.S., cases in nearly half of states are rising. New York state officials are trying to avoid the fate of others seeing a surge in new cases after reopening.

Upset by “rampant” violations of New York’s pandemic-fighting restrictions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened to reinstate closings in areas where local governments fail to enforce the rules. He singled out Manhattan and Long Island’s tony Hamptons as problem areas.

“We are not kidding around with this,” Cuomo said Sunday at his daily briefing. “You’re talking about jeopardizing people’s lives.”

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Associated Press journalists around the world contributed to this report.

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Lebanon is on total lockdown, Hong Kong is using electronic wristbands to enforce quarantines, and Russia has developed a smartphone app to track and make sure people with symptoms don’t leave their homes.

Economic blowback tied to coronavirus shutdowns in the United States has prompted American protesters to call for an easing of restrictions in a growing number of cities, but the policies in place here have actually been far less oppressive than those in most other parts of the world.

Take the Philippines. In Manila, only one person per household is allowed outside for essential errands such as grocery shopping, and that person must have a government-issued pass. Belgians have also got it bad. They’re allowed to social distance with only four people — the same four, all the time.

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Analysts say the root cause of the more severe measures taken by foreign governments is that those governments have acted with the goal of eradicating the virus entirely from their populations. U.S. federal and state leaders, in contrast, have embraced restrictions aimed more at slowing the spread to avoid overwhelming the nation’s health care system.

Few dispute the deep economic and social hardships Americans are enduring, but specialists say the restrictions here pale in comparison to what’s gone on around much of the world since China first announced a lockdown of Wuhan city, where the virus began.

“In Wuhan, there were armed police officers, more restrictions, how often you could go out, how strongly it was enforced. Even in England … [people] were only able to exercise a certain period outside their houses,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security and an expert in emerging infectious disease.

“Our economic shutdowns were really calibrated to make sure our hospitals didn’t go into crisis,” Dr. Adalja told The Washington Times in an interview Thursday. “There shouldn’t have been any belief we were going to get our cases down to zero. Even though there was definitely a lot of concern about what got deemed essential or nonessential. In general, there was much more permitted in the United States than in other countries.”

The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11, leading dozens of nations in nearly every region of the world to implement some form of lockdown to prevent the virus from spreading.

But the policies varied greatly from country to country. In some cases they sparked swift outrage, prompting governments to quickly backtrack.

At one point early in the crisis, Serbia established “dog-walking hours,” setting aside just one hour each day for citizens to take their canines outside. The policy ignited fury and frustration among pet owners and was later abandoned.

At peak lockdown in Colombia last month, people were allowed to leave their houses only on designated days, depending on the number of their national ID card.

Panama established rules that allowed women to leave their homes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while men could go outside only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Everyone was forced to stay home on Sunday.

One of the most startling policies emerged just days ago in Belgium, where the government began on Mother’s Day to allow households to invite four guests to their home. Two sets of four people could then form a so-called “corona bubble” but could have no interactions with anyone else.

Specialists said the policy introduced a whole new set of social problems that could potentially drive wedges between families.

“If one family can have contacts with one family for Mother’s Day, we have to make a choice, either the mother or the mother-in-law,” Karen Phalet, a professor in psychology at the Catholic University of Leuven, told the Guardian newspaper last week. “It’s a hard choice for some families. Is it children’s friends? Is it parents or is it grandparents who have the priority?”

In the U.S., popular anger has risen against the restrictions implemented by state and local authorities, and citizens have demanded that businesses reopen and life return to some semblance of normal. One boisterous rally in Pennsylvania even included an excavating company’s truck cab painted with the message “Jesus is my vaccine” that blew its horn as it drove past the gathering.

Some public officials have openly joined the revolt. In Pennsylvania, the Keystone State, political leaders in six counties this week defied Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s orders and began to reopen.

While U.S. rules may be lax compared to many other nations, some analysts say blanket shutdowns issued in many American states — the complete shuttering of gyms, stores, restaurants, and extreme social distancing measures — were still so broad that eventual public backlash was inevitable.

“Governors were left with a very blunt tool to use,” Dr. Adalja said. “You can see with many states issuing exemptions and allowing things to open back up earlier versus later, there was a recognition that this could be more precision-guided.”

“Now that cases in many states are going down,” he continued, “they can move forward at a much better place than they were back in March and decide which of the socially distancing recommendations were useful, which ones were not, rather than do it again in a blanket manner.”

A majority of U.S. states, from Maine to Arizona, have begun a partial reopening of barber shops, theaters and gyms.

However, the first states that implemented stay-at-home orders, California, New York, Illinois, Washington and New Jersey, are continuing to implement strict measures in an ongoing effort to contain the spread of the virus, according to data compiled by The New York Times. Michigan, Delaware and Maryland have joined these states in continuing to uphold their stay-at-home orders.

Los Angeles, which has seen the highest number of coronavirus cases in California, reopened beaches this week with strict social distancing guidelines and requirements to wear face masks when not in the water.

Data shows that new cases in some of the hardest-hit cities, including New York, are beginning to decline.

But new hot spots are also emerging in some southern and western states, leading federal health officials this week to warn that nation could see a major resurgence of the virus in the fall if authorities move too quickly with their reopening plans.

There have been more than 1.4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., 85,149 deaths and 243,430 recoveries.

The World Health Organization has repeatedly urged countries and cities to refrain from prematurely reopening businesses in an effort to prevent a resurgence of the health crisis. It has advised lifting restrictions in phases to assess whether the virus is continuing to spread.

With that as a backdrop, the U.S. is not alone as it itches to get back to life as it once was.

Germany this week allowed hairdressers, playgrounds, churches and museums to reopen, while all restaurants will be able to resume service later this month.

Despite Russia having reported the highest number of cases in Europe, President Vladimir Putin has ended the country-wide lockdown there and said people can return to work on a conditional basis.

South Koreans have been told to return to normal activities, even amid evidence of a spike in new cases from nightclub goers. China’s Wuhan Province, the epicenter of the virus, also has reimposed some restrictions after a recent uptick in cases.

Such recurrences, Dr. Adalja said, are to be expected and don’t necessarily mean that blanket shutdowns need to once again be implemented. “As people socially interact, case counts are going to inevitably rise because the virus is present,” he said. “But hopefully learning from these months in the spring, policymakers and governors will know which of the social distancing recommendations are most impactful, and there will be much more precision-guided, rather than blanket [policies].”

Lil’ Baby – All In Lyrics

Cook that shit up, Quay

My momma been told me don’t give no poor performance
And whatever you gon’ do, just do it
Never thought ’bout doin’ music
I was tryna build my phone up
Contact full of drug abusers
Ridin’ around with that mask tryna figure out what my cousin doin’
Prison with the Migos, found out they was sellin’ bricks
Wish I woulda knew that shit, I woulda been lit
Swear to God, since I was seventeen, I been hood rich
I be at James Harden house, I’m all in Houston, in the mix
I’m talkin’ ’bout spare time in New York, I buy floor seats to watch the Knicks
And I don’t even know no players
I just wanna show off my new drip and put my chains in layers
I might just stand up and go crazy, someone make the lay-up
And we ain’t squashin’ shit for free, you niggas gotta pay us
You niggas better pay up, yeah
Know he might not beat it, I told the lawyer, "Go for a lighter sentence"
I don’t want know no problems with y’all niggas, y’all got women tendencies
Ion’t gotta sell drugs no more, I’m bossed up, I got plenty business
Ridin’ ’round in that Lamb’ truck, I wreck this bitch, it ain’t rented
Givin’ out my respect, get respect in every city
Niggas know I came up, but I came back through the slums with Diddy

f*cked around and got plugged in, I’m bitin’ out that Richard Mille
Stay out my lil’ brother bidness
Just know that they gettin’ millions

Press the button right there to let the doors in
Go hard all year, Ion’t care, I’m goin’ all in
This house rise every way, she callin’ more friends
My world or none, ain’t mine, I cannot bargain

Sippin’ wockiana, come here thotiana
Let me buss you down, ah, yeah, yeah
What kinda watch you wanted?
Man, that’s nothin’ mami
I’m not bein’ funny, ah, yeah, yeah
I shoulda knew you was gon’ rat the day you told me
A hunnid racks in all dubs, it ain’t no foldin’ me
I ain’t no puppet, ain’t with nobody controllin’ me
I go LeBron when it’s crunch time, it ain’t no holdin’ me
Got the Maybach, Benz truck, I’m tryna buy one
I told lil’ shawty, "Just let bygones be bygones"
Tell the Feds, "Get off my dick, I don’t gotta buy guns"
Ain’t got the right one, yeah

Press the button right there to let the doors in
Go hard all year, Ion’t care, I’m goin’ all in
This house rise every way, she callin’ more friends
My world or none, ain’t mine, I cannot bargain

To let the doors in
I’m goin’ all in
She callin’ more friends
I cannot bargain

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has declined for the third year in a row, new polling from the independent Levada Center showed Tuesday.

Just 29% of those surveyed said they have a positive outlook on Mr. Putin, according to the latest poll — down from 32% in October and 42% at this time in 2017.

The number of Russian respondents who would describe Mr. Putin as “a true leader who can lead the people” sank this year to just 13%, down from 17% two years prior.

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The latest data comes just weeks after Russia’s constitutional court approved an amendment effectively reset the number of presidential terms served for former presidents, allowing Mr. Putin to reign until 2036. The measure was expected to see a nationwide vote in April, but coronavirus concerns have pushed the vote back to an undisclosed date.

Mr. Putin’s approval rating hit an all-time high in 2014 at 84%, following Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, the Moscow Times reported.

The latest drop in the Russian leader’s approval rating is believed to be linked to Mr. Putin’s alleged relationships to corporations associated with the plummeting oil prices and subsequent devaluation of the ruble.

Levada Center Director Lev Gudkov told Russian news outlet Vedomosti business daily that “this issue was widely discussed online, and the events themselves affected the most informed segments of the population and young people.”

“Sympathies for the president have fallen the most among young people, and for the first time, it has been through social media, where these events were widely discussed, that such a reaction to political and economic events happened,” Mr. Gudkov said.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Even as both face the same invisible enemy in the coronavirus pandemic, Iran and the United States remain locked in retaliatory pressure campaigns that now view the outbreak as just the latest battleground.

Initially overwhelmed, Tehran now seeks to sway international opinion on U.S. sanctions by highlighting its struggles with COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Iran asked for $5 billion from the International Monetary Fund even as it enriches uranium beyond the limits of its 2015 deal with world powers.

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At the same time, the U.S. is now withdrawing troops from Iraqi bases, redeployments it insists are pre-planned even as Trump alleges Iran plans “a sneak attack” against them.

The risk of open conflict between the countries is overshadowed by the pandemic. Yet it persists – some say at levels as high as immediately after the January drone strike by the U.S. that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.

“After Soleimani’s killing, everybody thought there will be war, but nothing happened,” said Mahsa Rouhi, a research fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. “Whereas we were so close to war that it’s not that nothing happened. And we are not back to normal. … We are back to a situation where any move could easily escalate into a conflict.”

The current tensions can seem trivial, compared to the pandemic, which has infected at least 1.9 million people worldwide and killed over 119,000. This perception has been helped by mocking social media posts from the U.S. State Department and a former leader of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard seemingly backing the fringe idea of California seceding from the U.S.

The stakes, however, are anything but. The night Iran retaliated for the Soleimani killing, it also accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 people aboard. Allied Shiite militias in Iraq also continue to threaten American forces deployed there in the aftermath of the fight against the Islamic State group.

While largely silent in the initial days of the outbreak in Iran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has begun a concerted campaign targeting American sanctions. It’s a way to absolve Iran’s civilian government of responsibility for an outbreak it hasn’t contained. But Zarif’s allegations of “medical terror” by the U.S. also highlight the challenge Tehran faces in accessing some medical supplies.

While the U.S. says medical and humanitarian aid remains exempt, Human Rights Watch said American laws as written affect Iran’s access to crucial equipment, “including ventilators, CT scanners, decontamination equipment and full-mask respirators.” Meanwhile, international firms remain leery of running afoul of U.S. sanctions even for authorized transactions with Iran.

“One of the problems for international aid has been to clarify the legal issues related to sanctions to ensure that medical supplies and medicines can be brought into Iran,” Olivier Vandecasteele, Relief International’s country director for Iran, said in a statement “This slowed down the health response in the first weeks of the outbreak.”

A European system called INSTEX did get aid through, as has a Swiss channel. China also has contributed, as have regional Gulf Arab countries, likely worried about Iran further spreading the virus into their own nations. Meanwhile, Iran insists it can produce masks and gloves, something the U.S. has argued undercuts Tehran’s $5 billion request to the IMF, which would be its first loan since 1962.

All this comes as Iran continues to produce low-enriched uranium with equipment and sites barred by the nuclear deal. Its nuclear program chief recently reiterated a threat that Iran could withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, though Iran didn’t make a show of its program during its recent annual National Day of Nuclear Energy.

That bolsters suspicions of behind-the-scenes talks between intermediaries, particularly over the release of U.S. prisoners and other Westerners. Iran’s judiciary acknowledged ongoing prisoner-swap discussions on April 6, without elaborating.

But overall tensions remain extraordinarily high. Online video and Iranian media reports suggest Iran has deployed Fajr-5 missile batteries on beaches along the crucial Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which a fifth of all oil traded in the world passes.

There have been reported maritime incidents in and around the strait as well. On March 27, two boats with a raised ladder approached a U.S.-flagged container ship, while Revolutionary Guard vessels approached a ship on April 2, according to private maritime security firm Dryad Global.

The U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, which routinely has tense interactions with Iranian forces. declined to comment. However, last summer saw a series of tense encounters at sea and on land that included the seizure of oil tankers.

The U.S. pressure campaign in part seeks to force Iran into spending at home rather than on its regional allies. Tehran views such groups as part of its defensive deterrence in the region.

Meanwhile, people continue to die of the virus in Iran in the pandemic that could spread further into American allies in the region, forcing the world to still work with Tehran, Rouhi said.

“At the end of the day, it’s still that bad actor that is governing a country of more than 80 million,” she said. “You don’t have an alternative.”

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Associated Press writer Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, contributed to this report.

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Josh Turner – Hometown Girl lyrics

She grew up around here on that southwest side
Where the corn grows up to the road side
Went to high school here, got that Panther pride
She’ll be cheering them on every Friday night

She couldn’t hide her beauty with a baseball cap
Couldn’t help but shine with a heart like that
New York called when she turned 21
But she never forgot where she came from

I need a pretty little homegrown hometown girl
With a ribbon tying back those waterfall curls
I’ve been looking all over, all over the world
For a pretty little homegrown hometown girl

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Her mamma’s mamma was born right here
And her roots run deeper than that old town square
She’s a good girl but she’s not uptight
She can rise and shine and she can hang all night

I need a pretty little homegrown hometown girl
With a ribbon tying back those waterfall curls
I’ve been looking all over, all over the world
For a pretty little homegrown hometown girl

She’s got an old soul, she’s the salt of the earth
When she gives her love she knows what it’s worth
There’s a lot of pretty girls out there to me
But there’s nothing like the one right across the street

I need a pretty little homegrown hometown girl
With a ribbon tying back those waterfall curls
I’ve been looking all over, all over the world
For a pretty little homegrown hometown girl

I need a pretty little homegrown hometown girl

Harry Styles – Ever Since New York (On SNL) (Live)

[Verse 1]
Tell me something, tell me something
You don’t know nothing, just pretend you do
I need something, so tell me something new
Choose your words ’cause there’s no antidote
For this curse or what’s it waiting for
Must desert you just before you go

[Chorus]
Oh, tell me something I don’t already know
Oh, tell me something I don’t already know

[Verse 2]
Brooklyn saw me, empty avenues
There’s no water inside this swimming pool
Almost over, that’s enough from you
I’ve been praying, I never did before
Understand I’m talking to the walls
And I’ve been praying ever since New York

[Chorus]
Oh, tell me something I don’t already know
Oh, tell me something I don’t already know
Oh, tell me something I don’t already know
Oh, tell me something I don’t already know

Kim Wilde – Kids In America

Looking out a dirty old window
Down below the cars in the city go rushing by
I sit here alone and I wonder why
Friday night and everyone’s moving
I can feel the heat but it’s soothing, heading down
I search for the beat in this dirty town (downtown)
The young ones are going
(Downtown) the young ones are growing
We’re the kids in America (whoa)
We’re the kids in America (whoa)
Everybody live for the music-go-round
Bright lights, the music gets faster
Look, boy, don’t check on your watch, not another glance
I’m not leaving now, honey, not a chance
Hot-shot, give me no problems
Much later, baby, you’ll be saying nevermind
You know life is cruel, life is never kind (kind hearts)
Don’t make a new story
(Kind hearts) don’t grab any glory
We’re the kids in America (whoa)
We’re the kids in America (whoa)
Everybody live for the music-go-round
La la la la-la la-a
La la la la-la la, sing!
La la la la-la la-a
La la la la-la la
Come closer, honey, that’s better
Got to get a brand-new experience, feeling right
Oh, don’t try to stop, baby, hold me tight
Outside a new day is dawning
Outside suburbia’s sprawling everywhere
I don’t want to go, baby
New York to east California
There’s a new wave coming, I warn ya
We’re the kids in America (whoa)
We’re the kids in America (whoa)
Everybody lives for the music-go-round
La la la la-la la-a
La la la la-la la, sing!
La la la la-la la-a
La la la la-la la
We’re the kids
We’re the kids
We’re the kids in America
We’re the kids
We’re the kids
We’re the kids in America
We’re the kids
We’re the kids
We’re the kids in America

HARRY STYLES – Ever Since New York lyrics

Tell me something, tell me something
You don’t know nothing, just pretend you do
I need something, so tell me something new
Choose your words ’cause there’s no antidote
For this curse or what’s in waiting for
Must desert you just before you go

Oh, tell me something I don’t already know…
Oh, tell me something I don’t already know…

Brooklyn saw me, empty avenues
There’s no water inside this swimming pool
Almost over, that’s enough from you
I’ve been praying, I never did before
Understand I’m talking to the walls
And I’ve been praying ever since New York

Oh, tell me something I don’t already know
Oh, tell me something I don’t already know
Oh, tell me something I don’t already know
Oh, tell me something I don’t already know

Homeboy Sandman – Bamboo

[Intro]
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, aight?
Yo, this is going out to my main man Aja yo the translator, yo
Yo, I’m recording this in Tokyo with an engineer that don’t speak english y’know what I’m saying?
And gotta catch a train that shuts down in ten minutes, y’know what I’m saying?
We gonna get it right though

[Verse 1]
Sand is making art again, pardon him
He’ll relieve himself on any lawn that needs watering
That’s how come the DJs give him ads ad nauseum
Cause it that gardening
He’ll get it popping in the UK Parliament
He’ll get it popping like the kumite tournament
He’ll get it popping like all the guys in Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
He’ll leave you hanging like a holiday ornament (holy shit)
Name all in your mouth like it was Poligrip
Now the kid is sicker than his azazel with a nasal drip and ain’t a bit
Nervous at your service motherfuckers, free the slaves to save the union, move some units keep it moving like a trucker
Out in Brooklyn I’ll be looking at the clouds, New York’s dead
Out in Brooklyn I’ll be looking at the clowns, there be crowds of them homie there be droves of them, loads of them
But you know something? Yo, I don’t even mind I just put it in a rhyme ’cause they rhyme
Predecessor to the iPhone
Was a eye for a eye
All the glory be to God so I god glorify
The cornea of the storm and end a story going hahaha
No L-O-L, lift you like a kettlebell, word to mother chocolate covered caramel
I will tell the devil he can go to hell before I take an L
Go for dolo, take a photo and I can flow like Quasimoto
Ring the bell that’s why I hold it the belt
Bald and bearded kind of build
Quick to lace a doubter with a cow to milk
Plus I got a goddess i protect from getting hurt or getting killed, not only that but if I was Scottish I would probably rock a kilt
Most slept on, but i’ll fluff your pillow for a half a mil’
I might just pick a weeping willow or a daffodil
But wait i need to take a pill to chill
And I never say lit or swag or trill
Not the type to drop a body in a landfill
More the type you might find partying to Johnny Gill
When I was two months old my uncle taught me how to grill
Then nicknamed me ‘The Carpenter’ ’cause I knew how to build
First so was the Legos then it was with Play-Doh
People said that’s dangerous in the cradle, really what do they know?
The boner made of caramel part sweet potato
Owner of the parallel parked winnebago

In my coupe – Rich the Kid feat. Famous Dex lyrics

Lyrics Rich the Kid – In my coupe

I just pulled up in my coupe
I might just f*ck on your boo
Look at my hunnids they blue, ooh
I f*cked your b*tch after school
Dive in the b*tch like a pool
Look at my chains not too cool
Now she say she fallin’ in love
She fell in love with the drugs
I just might make her my boo
She fell in love with the jewels
You had the juice but you lost it
My diamonds wet like a faucet
Your b*tch she callin’ my iPhone
Diamonds yellow like the Flintstones
They doing sh*t that we been on
I’m in New York like I’m Jim Jones.

Bad b*tch, I’ma bust on her titties
Good lean gotta f*ck up my kidneys
More money gotta flex on these b*tches
f*ck her in the Rari, switching positions
I was broke, I had to get it
I was trappin’ out the kitchen
Selling dope I do the dishes
Trappin’ yeah right on the stove, may God be my witness
He say he get money but I need a witness
Boy yo’ money shorter than midgets
Ice on me got my frigid
Toke nice niggas know you missin’
Magazine model sucking me sloppy
Rich Forever Way they wanna copy
Play with me, they’ll be finding your body
Wake up, I’ma buy a Bugatti.

I just pulled up in my coupe
I might just f*ck on your boo
Look at my hunnids they blue, ooh
I f*cked your b*tch after school
Dive in the b*tch like a pool
Look at my chains not too cool
Now she say she fallin’ in love
She fell in love with the drugs
I just might make her my boo
She fell in love with the jewels
You had the juice but you lost it
My diamonds wet like a faucet
Your b*tch she callin’ my iPhone
Diamonds yellow like the Flintstones
They doing sh*t that we been on
I’m in New York like I’m Jim Jones.

I got that money on me
I got these diamonds on me
Rich Forever be my team
Don’t trap where you stay, man they call the police
Come correct when you talking to me
Niggas sleeping but that money don’t stop
I’ma stack it and go get me a watch
Bad b*tch suck me up on a yacht
I’m in New York like I’m 50
f*ck her so good that she miss me
I was hustlin’, counting pennies
Now my money to the ceiling
Wait, I get the Lamb and they rent it
I ain’t been broke in a minute
Versuri-lyrics.info
I remember pockets empty
I get the guap, yeah I got the digits.

Jay what up bro
Rich what up bro
Rich Forever 3 on the way know what im sayin’
Just do all types of sh*t
Ooh, wait, yeah, oohhh.

I just pulled up in my coupe
I might just f*ck on your boo
Look at my hunnids they blue, ooh
I f*cked your b*tch after school
Dive in the b*tch like a pool
Look at my chains not too cool
Now she say she fallin’ in love
She fell in love with the drugs
I just might make her my boo
She fell in love with the jewels
You had the juice but you lost it
My diamonds wet like a faucet
Your b*tch she callin’ my iPhone
Diamonds yellow like the Flintstones
They doing sh*t that we been on
I’m in New York like I’m Jim Jonesss.
Rich the Kid lyrics
Video coupe

Joey Bada$$ – Super Predator (feat. Styles P) (All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ Album)

[Intro: Joey Bada$$]
Yeah, just ride with a nigga
America’s number one, you can bet on ya life!
Statik Selektah
Ride with a nigga like
America’s number one, you can bet on ya life!

[Verse 1: Joey Bada$$]
Call me the general, pushing that new agenda through
For my millennials, troubled youth and the felons too
Tryna be perennial, but chance of livin’ is minimal
She critical, exactly what made my niggas criminals
Typical AmeriKKKa, damn sure ain’t no miracle
Word to Steezy, I’ma keep this shit lyrical
‘Til I fall out my physical, all my verses is biblical, uh
Flowin’ religiously, my delivery spiritual, uh
Feelin’ invincible, this here is nothin’ new
This is just principle, take notes, if I were you
They say I’m a clumsy king, how I be droppin’ jewels
But see, the funny thing is I got lots to lose
Never no fucks to give, only one life to live
So I exchange my negative for a positive and it’s all
Good Lord, the pen is way mighty than the sword
Who want war? I told you before

[Pre-Chorus: Joey Bada$$]
How I kicked in the door
With the rugged raw, back just to reinstall
What you niggas thought it was?
Yes, I’m a veteran, you just a comer up
I can teach you a lesson
How to get your hunger up
Homie ya
How I kicked in the door
With the rugged raw back just to reinstall
What you niggas thought it was?
Yes, I’m a veteran, you just a come up
About to teach you a lesson
How to get your fuckin’ hunger up, nigga

[Chorus: Joey Bada$$]
Badmon, we ah run tings, yeah
Never let the tings run we, uh
All di gyal dem a come pree
But mi tell them that the buddy never come free
Badmon, we ah run tings, yeah
Never let the tings run we, uh
All di gyal dem a come pree
But mi tell them that the buddy never come free

[Verse 2: Styles P]
Super predator, filthy AmeriKKKa
Burn the newspapers and the editors
My dead presidents ain’t dead enough
Blew a zip to the head, still ain’t red enough
Pray to Jesus, hope he got you
No I’m not a chicken, I never listen to FOX News
Niggas built the country but never givin’ they props due
Payin’ for my people, I’m still payin’ for my pops dues
I’m royalty, my momma said it
I’m gold hearted, I’m scum headed
Lost soul in a promised land of promises
Gotta mask on, but no, I’m not anonymous
Built on my lonely, no accomplices
Light a L up for my accomplishments
I’m a real nigga, it’s not a lot of ’em
If they were, then the cops probably shot at ’em

[Chorus: Joey Bada$$]
Badmon, we ah run tings, yeah
Never let the tings run we, uh
All di gyal dem a come pree
But mi tell them that the buddy never come free
Badmon, we ah run tings, yeah
Never let the tings run we, uh
All di gyal dem a come pree
But mi tell them that the buddy never come free

[Verse 3: Joey Bada$$]
Yeah, I stomp the grounds in my Timberlands
Ain’t nothin’ colder than New York when that December in
The coldest shoulders, from average Joes and the simple mans
I pack the heat ’cause I’m known around to be simmerin’
That mean I’m finna hit the boilin’ point like real soon
Man, I’ve been heatin’ up, my self esteem been on the moon
The flow is hotter than volcanic craters near the equator
Any debaters is simply haters, they know that I’m greater
I be countin’ my paper, forever fuck all the majors
Did it all on my own, don’t owe nobody no favors
It’s clear, I’m heir to the throne, I’ve been the best in my zone
Internationally known, forever Brooklyn’s own
I mean, come on, but here’s for the Presidents, the Congressmen, the Senators
Who got us all slavin’ while they reapin’ all the benefits
Got the world thinkin’ that it’s true ’bout what they said of us
AmeriKKKa’s worst nightmare, the super predator

The Underachievers – Final Destination

[Verse 1: AK The Savior]
Vision like Tarantino, Tarot card said I’m a leader
On terrace blowing reefer, this shit might just blow your speaker
Sit back recline my feet up, bitch so bad she get a D+
Don’t let them lies deceive ya, ain’t no preacher go’n free ya
No limit young miller walked the Earth like Godzilla
Frequent deposit gain and profit like some God niggas
We be the topic open eyes and see the lord’s picture
Don’t need facade we going hard don’t let the law with us
Go go till I’m finished yeah my eyes like Forrest Whitaker
Except you lookin’ sinister, she bless me like the minister
Stomach for my dinner plus why y’all fools lookin’ thin as fuck
‘Chout for my agenda breh
No seconds I’m a winner, yeah

[Hook: Issa Gold]
Nigga grip, apply the pressure load the clip with sixty rounds
Niggas pull it on the set but yeah I bet they see me now
Niggas flip up off the shit but bet that shit come back around
Spent a check upon the set I think we blew like fifty pounds
Put the bag out, I can’t do the cash out
Never was a trick in Spanish, shit for me to smash out
Smokin’ ’till she pass out
She sippin’ to the last drop
Pimpin’, see me walkin’ with a limp
Yeah I’m the man now

[Verse 2: Issa Gold]
Herbal essence xanny sippin’ copped a pound of smoke don’t flip it
Nickname Iron Man the legend in the game like Carl Ripkin nigga
Twitter finger dissin’ kidnap him, we get him missin’
Resurrect the Junior M.A.F.I.A. the new age on commission
Know these chicks in the snow they like to sniff that powder
I’m finessin’ up off the green you know I love the sour
My niggas call me for the flex I showed up in a hour
You know we gettin’ to the checks that paper came with power
Kickin’ bitches out like Pam nigga, I ain’t call a cab
New York gritty in my veins don’t get ya lil’ homie smacked
Blow the reefer by the pound
Propeller flying off the gram, circus niggas fuck with clown my team the lion tamers style
Thoughts is worth a million, I know pennies out my mouth yeah yeah
I twist my wrist I’m whippin’ nigga never drought, yeah yeah
That beemer dippin’, reefer kickin fuckin’ loud yeah yeah
And all my kings is on a mission for the crown you hear me now

[Hook: Issa Gold]
Nigga grip, apply the pressure load the clip with sixty rounds
Niggas front it on the set but yeah I bet they see me now
Niggas flip up off the shit but bet that shit come back around
Spent a check upon the set I think we blew like fifty pounds
Put the bag out, I can’t do the cash out
Never was a trick in Spanish, shit for me to smash out
Smokin’ ’till she pass out
She sippin’ to the last drop
Pimpin,’ see me walkin’ with a limp
Yeah I’m the man now

[Verse 3: AK The Savior]
Yeah nigga I’m the man now
Trippin’ thats a man down
Trippin’ in this bathhouse
She quick to pull her pants down
Gotta keep my distance cause these girls think I’m they man now
Circle don’t get bigger
No new niggas on my campground
Yeah nigga I’m the man now
Trippin’ thats a man down
Trippin’ in this bathhouse
She quick to pull her pants down
Gotta keep my distance cause these girls think I’m they man now
Circle don’t get bigger
No new niggas on my campground

[Hook: Issa Gold]
Nigga grip, apply the pressure load the clip with sixty rounds
Niggas pull it on the set but yeah I bet they see me now
Niggas flip up off the shit but bet that shit come back around
Spent a check upon the set I think we blew like fifty pounds
Put the bag out, I can’t do the cash out
Never was a trick in Spanish, shit for me to smash out
Smokin’ ’till she pass out
She sippin’ to the last drop
Pimpin’, see me walkin’ with a limp
Yeah I’m the man now

Too many years – Kodak Black lyrics

Lyrics Kodak Black – Too many years

I done gave the jails too many years
Years that I won’t get back
And I swear I done shed too many tears
For niggas that I won’t get back
Yeah I got niggas in the graveyard
Niggas in the state yards
I swear not a day goes by
That I don’t think about the times
I wish that I could rewind.

‘Cause I done gave the jails too many years
Years that I won’t get back
And I swear I done shed too many tears
For niggas that I won’t get back
Yeah I got niggas in the graveyard
Niggas in the state yards
I swear not a day goes by
That I don’t think about the times
I wish that I could rewind.

I told my mama we gon’ be fine
So I’m up all night way after sleep time
I’m just thinkin’ ‘bout Lil Kuda
Gave my dog a dime versuri-lyrics.info
He put a buckshot in a nigga’s behind
No daddy so I grew up to the street life
But my son, I’ma keep him in the beehive
Scheming on a heist, I need to change my life
Been geekin’ all night, I’m going senile
With two niggas toting three 4-5’s
I seen a nigga play gangsta, then he broke down
Lost a lot, lost his mind in the courthouse
I’m on XXL, I’m in New York now.

‘Cause I done gave the jails too many years
Years that I won’t get back
And I swear I done shed too many tears
For niggas that I won’t get back
Yeah I got niggas in the graveyard
Niggas in the state yards
I swear not a day goes by
That I don’t think about the times
I wish that I could rewind.

I keep thinkin’ ‘bout my niggas
I think I need a jigga
I would keep on falling victim
Lost up in the system
Miss my brothers and my sisters
Damn I miss my lil one
I know sometimes I be tripping
But I just miss my niggas
I got codeine in my liver
I gave the judge a piece of me
I’m too street for the industry
But I think that’s where I need to be
‘Cause verbally, mentally, and physically I keep that heat
Me and my brother fit in
We smoking one with PnB
Niggas say they f*ck with me
But lowkey they be easin’ me
b*tches don’t mean shit to me
People tryna sentence me
How a youngin’ posted on the street, gon’ call it Sesame
1K ‘til the death of me, don’t put your life in jeopardy.

I done gave the jails too many years
Years that I won’t get back
And I swear I done shed too many tears
For niggas that I won’t get back
Yeah I got niggas in the graveyard
Niggas in the state yards
I swear not a day goes by
That I don’t think about the times
I wish that I could rewinddd.
Kodak Black lyrics
Video years

Kodak Black – Too Many Years (feat. PnB Rock)

I done gave the jails too many years
Years that I won’t get back
And I swear I done shed too many tears
For niggas that I won’t get back
Yeah I got niggas in the graveyard
Niggas in the state yards
I swear not a day goes by
That I don’t think about the times
I wish that I could rewind
‘Cause I done gave the jails too many years
Years that I won’t get back
And I swear I done shed too many tears
For niggas that I won’t get back
Yeah I got niggas in the graveyard
Niggas in the state yards
I swear not a day goes by
That I don’t think about the times
I wish that I could rewind
I told my mama we gon’ be fine
So I’m up all night way after sleep time
I’m just thinkin’ ‘bout Lil Kuda
Gave my dog a dime
He put a buckshot in a nigga’s behind
No daddy so I grew up to the street life
But my son, I’mma keep him the beehive
Scheming on a heist, I need to change my life
Been geekin’ all night, I’m going senile
With two niggas toting three .45’s
I seen a nigga play gangsta, then he broke down
Lost a lot, lost his mind in the courthouse
I’m on XXL, I’m in New York now
I done gave the jails too many years
Years that I won’t get back
And I swear I done shed too many tears
For niggas that I won’t get back
Yeah I got niggas in the graveyard
Niggas in the state yards
I swear not a day goes by
That I don’t think about the times
I wish that I could rewind
I keep thinkin’ ‘bout my niggas
I think I need a jigga
Why we keep on falling victim
Lost up in the system
Miss my brothers and my sisters
Damn I miss my lil one
I know sometimes I be tripping
But I just miss my niggas
I got codeine in my liver
I gave the judge a piece of me
I’m too street for the industry
But I think that’s where I need to be
‘Cause verbally, mentally, and physically I keep that heat
Me and my brother fit in
We smoking one with PnB
Niggas say they fuck with me
But lowkey they be easin’ me
You bitches don’t mean shit to me
People tryna sentence me
How a youngin’ posted on the street, gon’ call it Sesame
One K ‘til the death of me, don’t put your life in jeopardy
I done gave the jails too many years
Years that I won’t get back
And I swear I done shed too many tears
For niggas that I won’t get back
Yeah I got niggas in the graveyard
Niggas in the state yards
I swear not a day goes by
That I don’t think about the times
I wish that I could rewind

Hard to love – Matthew Koma lyrics

Lyrics Matthew Koma – Hard to love

I rule the world from my sweat pants
I got a bitchin’ collection of headbands
I don’t wanna go out and see your friend’s band
Tell me when you had enough, enough, enough’s enough
I’m OCD with panic attacks
I got a thing for Japanese dry snacks
My voice was on like every fuckin’ house track
Tell me when you heard enough, enough, enough’s enough.(hard to love)

But hear me out this time my love
I’m tryna be someone you want
Your friends will tell you “Whitney, are you taking drugs?
You see something no one else does”.

‘Cause I’m hard to love
I’m hard to love
Yellow tiger on a leash
A diamond in the rough
The heart is in the right places
But I’m hard to love, I’m hard to love
But you mean everything to me
Don’t let me mess it up
‘Cause you’re the only one I
Plus I’m just hard to loveee
My heart is in the right places
But I’m hard to loveee.

Day and night at the studio
When I get home I reek of weed and I’m moody though
You say you can’t pick up and follow when my tummy rolls
I got a red eye to New York, tomorrow we’ll talk
And if you want a true gentleman versuri-lyrics.info
That’s a sport that I don’t got any medals in
I’m a sole that your shoes oughtta settle in
Show me a little bit of trust, just a touch.

But hear me out this time my love
I’m tryna be something I’m not
Your friends will tell you “Whitney, are you taking drugs?
Smoke ’em from his little black plugs”.

‘Cause I’m hard to loveee
I’m hard to loveee
Yellow tiger on a leash
A diamond in the rough
The heart is in the right places
But I’m hard to love, I’m hard to love
But you mean everything to me
Don’t let me mess it up
‘Cause you’re the only one I
Plus I’m just hard to loveee
But you mean everything to me
Don’t let me mess it up
‘Cause you’re the only one
Plus I’m just hard to loveee.

Soy un perdedor
I’m a loser baby
So why don’t you thrill me
Versuri-lyrics.info
Soy un perdedor
I’m a loser baby
So why don’t you thrill me.

Yellow tiger on a leash
A diamond in the rough
The heart is in the right places
But I’m hard to love, I’m hard to loveee
But you mean everything to me
Don’t let me mess it up
‘Cause you’re the only one I
Plus I’m just hard to loveee.

Yellow tiger on a leash
A diamond in the rough
The heart is in the right places
But I’m hard to love.

But you mean everything to me
Don’t let me mess it up
‘Cause you’re the only one I
Plus, but I’m hard to loveee.
Matthew Koma lyrics
Video love

PnB Rock – We Can Try Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Aye
Bad lil shawty she from New York city, aye
Met at my show she was supper pretty, aye
Got her number text her like you should get with me, aye
She said send a uber and she gon get wit me
She came with some of her friends
They linked with some of my friends
We smoked we got high
Caught each others vibe
We chilled and we rolled up again
Said she wanna be a dancer and she wanna be a actress
I said she can have it all, just as long as I can have her, yea

[Pre-Hook]
Girl you know you the one
And I can’t even lie
A nigga play if he wants
When it come to you I would die
Yea I know we just met
But I swear I got a better side
I don’t wanna fall in love
But fuck it tho we can try it
Yea uhhh
Fuck it tho we can try it
Yeahh ohhh ohhh

[Hook]
Maybe we should try it
Don’t you be so silent
We can see just where it goes x2
Maybe we should try it
Don’t you be so silent
And we can see how far it goes
We can see how far it goes

[Verse 2]
Don’t be shy let it be
Shawty I got what you need
I usually don’t be on no cuffing shit
But girl you got me on some other shit
You got all these bitches hating
Cause I’m the one that they be chasing
I can stare at you no blanket
Let me change your situation
Shawty don’t play cause I got you
I’m like 6’2 you like 5’2
It ain’t never hard for me to spot you
Hit the bape store you know I shop for you
Don’t trip cause I got you
I’m like 6’2 you like 5’2
It ain’t never hard for me to spot you
Hit the bape store you know I shop for you

[Pre-Hook]
And girl you know you the one
And I can’t even lie
A nigga play if he wants
When it comes to you I would die
Yea I know we just met
But I swear I got a better side
I don’t wanna fall in love
But fuck it tho we can try it
Fuck it tho we can try it x2
Ouuu ouuuu

[Hook]
Maybe we should try it
Don’t you be so silent
We can see just where it goes x2
Maybe we should try it
Don’t you be so silent
We can see how far it goes x2

Juelz Santana – D-Up (feat. Jim Jones & Migos)

[Intro: Offset]
You know what I’m saying
Rich nigga shit
It’s the only way to go
Woo!
Hey!

[Verse 1: Offset]
Foreign (foreign), Bugatti’s (yea)
Dirty pistol havin’ bodies (brrt)
Don’t know what it cost I just buy it (how much?)
She a whole ‘nother bitch on the molly (woo)
Havin’ them racks, I been havin’ them racks (racks)
Young nigga playin’ monopoly (monopoly)
The devil keep tryna jump all on my back
But I’m the man, ain’t stoppin’ me (nah)
Fuckin’ that bitch, she got too attached
She won’t get a call or text from me (brr)
These niggas takin’ my recipe (recipe)
Money on the right and the left of me (racks)
Gossippin’ just like a bitch my nigga (gossip)
I’m in the trap cookin’ fish my nigga (trap)
You poppin’ so fuck it let’s hit my nigga (hit)
Surrounded by dawgs, they pits my nigga (errr)
I’m stayin’ away from the lames and thotties, I’m bout to get me a profit (profit)
I’m swervin’ the lanes, my engines is ‘Rari, 488 a ‘Rari
Excuse me pardon, colorful diamonds like I been playin’ sorry (sorry)
Look at my bitch she a barbie (barbie)
Double cup sippin’ on bar (mud, drank, drank)
Gotta survive, the coolant it come with the TEC (brrt)
Run up your check, then you go buy a Patek (run up a check, hey)
Watery diamond, drippin’ splash, wet (drip, splash, splash)
We got them choppers on deck when we boardin’ them jets (aye)

[Hook: Quavo]
I can not fuck up the reup, coco, ski up
Yeah, I got high paid shooters (high paid)
I’m tellin’ them niggas to D up (D up)
Drop off, hardball
Grandpa got a sawed-off (grandpa)
Can’t no work be stepped on (nah)
None of my niggas gon’ fall off
Jumpin’ out the trees with the ski’s (with them ski’s yeah)
Pull up on the plug with the fees (with them fees yeah)
Make her pop a perky on her knees (on her knees yeah)
I hook-shot that pot like Kareem (hook-shot)

[Verse 2: Takeoff & Juelz Santana]
Championship on my ring
I make my bitches trap out of Céline
I put that ice in my watch, Mr. Freeze
And I’m takin’ the P’s just to go to Belize
I need that big gun, I’m talkin’ machine
These pussy niggas just blowin’ out steam
I get it lit 500 degrees
Chopper hit everything, bada boom bada bing
Beat the pot with the stamina (beat it)
Fucking your bitches on cameras (smash)
I got a bag of that Pamela
Put it right in the trunk of my tarantula
That’s a spider for you dumb fucks
Money comin’ by the dump trucks
Bodies lay by the dumpsters
It’s real mobsters amongst us
Knots, trap out the bando it’s hot
Fuck it invade the spot (spot)
Wrist watch, I put the wrist in the pot (pot)
I had to seize the lot
Tick tock, bitch still on the clock now go get that money for daddy
Whip rocks, soon as my work hit the block fiends line up for the package
I need that money, give me the loot
Play with my money, how silly is you?
I go to the dealer, I pick and I choose
I look like Mister T with all my jewels
If you try take it, I pity the fool
I take your honey, you Winnie the Pooh
My niggas got sticks that’s bigger than you
Can’t swim with the sharks, then stay in the pool

[Hook: Quavo]
I can not fuck up the reup, coco, ski up
Yeah, I got high paid shooters (high paid)
I’m tellin’ them niggas to D up (D up)
Drop off, hardball
Grandpa got a sawed-off (grandpa)
Can’t no work be stepped on (nah)
None of my niggas gon’ fall off
Jumpin’ out the trees with the ski’s (with them ski’s yeah)
Pull up on the plug with the fees (with them fees yeah)
Make her pop a perky on her knees (on her knees yeah)
I hook-shot that pot like Kareem (hook-shot)

[Verse 3: Jim Jones & Quavo]
I was hanging with the dealers then
Still hanging with the dealers now
They know I just signed a deal, so they ask how I’m feelin’ now
I still run around and them phone calls
Pull up, pull the ceiling down (Skrt skrt)
I bought the crib in Miami though, had to drop a quarter million now
So, what really talkin’ ’bout and New York bring Porsches out
I be thinkin’ the days, that I was stuck in trail ’til the judge had to toss out it
Summertime bring Forces out
No socks, with the powder in ’em
Got my jewels on and my tank-top, big blunts with the loud up in ’em
Skinny bells with the locks on it
Soft top with the top on it
Master piece with the rocks on it
Big broom with a mop on it
Extendo clip, put a Glock on it (graow)
Hotbox, got the cops on me
Good dope, put a sock on it (dope)
Try the gang, get popped on it

[Hook: Quavo]
I can not fuck up the reup, coco, ski up
Yeah, I got high paid shooters (high paid)
I’m tellin’ them niggas to D up (D up)
Drop off, hardball
Grandpa got a sawed-off (grandpa)
Can’t no work be stepped on (nah)
None of my niggas gon’ fall off
Jumpin’ out the trees with the ski’s (with them ski’s yeah)
Pull up on the plug with the fees (with them fees yeah)
Make her pop a perky on her knees (on her knees yeah)
I hook-shot that pot like Kareem (hook-shot)