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Judy Blume slams book bans, Trump arraignment ribbed at Power of Women event

Judy Blume slams book bans, Trump arraignment ribbed at Power of Women event

Beloved children's author Judy Blume has spoken out against book bans, saying that "we must fight censorship in all forms" at a virtual event for the National Coalition Against Censorship. Blume, whose own books have been frequently challenged and banned over the years, emphasized the importance of free speech and the right to read in her remarks. She also urged parents to trust their children's ability to handle difficult or controversial topics, rather than shielding them from books that deal with those issues.

Meanwhile, at the 2021 Power of Women event hosted by Variety, a number of high-profile women in entertainment were honored for their philanthropic work. However, the event also included some pointed jokes and jabs at former President Donald Trump, who is currently facing multiple legal challenges. Host Niecy Nash joked that the event was "the one place where Donald Trump isn't nominated for anything," while honoree Viola Davis took a more serious tone, saying that "we have to come together to fight fascism, to fight authoritarianism."

In other news, the United States is continuing to see a surge in COVID-19 cases, particularly in states with low vaccination rates. The highly contagious Delta variant is causing particular concern, as it spreads more easily than other strains of the virus. Health officials are urging Americans to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and others.

Meanwhile, Congress is currently considering a number of measures related to infrastructure and climate change. President Biden has proposed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan that would invest in everything from roads and bridges to broadband and electric vehicle charging stations. He has also proposed a separate plan, the American Families Plan, which would provide funding for education, child care, and other social programs.

However, these plans face opposition from Republicans, who argue that they are too expensive and would lead to higher taxes. Negotiations are ongoing, and it remains to be seen whether a compromise can be reached.

Finally, in international news, tensions continue to escalate between Israel and Palestine. The conflict, which has been ongoing for decades, has recently flared up again, with Hamas firing rockets into Israel and Israel launching airstrikes in response. The violence has led to dozens of deaths and injuries, and there are concerns that it could spiral into a wider conflict. The international community is calling for a ceasefire and for both sides to return to the negotiating table, but so far no agreement has been reached

Beloved children's author Judy Blume has spoken out against book bans, saying that "we must fight censorship in all forms" at a virtual event for the National Coalition Against Censorship. Blume, whose own books have been frequently challenged and banned over the years, emphasized the importance of free speech and the right to read in her remarks. She also urged parents to trust their children's ability to handle difficult or controversial topics, rather than shielding them from books that deal with those issues.

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