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WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States must “stand up and act” to punish the Syrian regime and cannot resort to isolationism in the face of “slaughter,” Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers Tuesday.

“This is not the time for armchair isolationism. This is not the time to be spectators to a slaughter,” Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“Neither our country nor our conscience can afford the cost of silence,” Kerry said, according to prepared remarks.

“We have spoken up against unspeakable horror. Now we must stand up and act,” he added.

Kerry made an impassioned case for punitive strikes against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons after President Barack Obama put off military action to first ask Congress for approval.

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On June 22, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a Republican-sponsored bill that calls for standards of "intellectual diversity" to be enforced on college campuses in the Sunshine State. But the Miami Herald''s editorial board, in a scathing editorial published on June 24, emphasizes that the law isn't about promoting free thought at colleges and universities but rather, is an effort to bully and intimidate political viewpoints that DeSantis and his Republican allies in the Florida Legislature disagree with.

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