Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-21

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February 21, 2024
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# Indigenous
Navajo Nation gains ground in energy sovereignty as feds deny hydro project permits: Federal authorities have denied permits for hydroelectric projects on Navajo land, marking a significant step in recognizing tribal sovereignty in energy projects.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.dailyclimate.org/navajo-nation-gains-ground-in-energy-sovereignty-as-feds-deny-hydro-project-permits-2667323895.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwCyqjJCl$

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Biden ‘releasing everyone’ at border in latest secret move: The Biden administration has secretly been slashing the number of illegal immigrants who must post bond to enter the United States in a policy of “releasing everyone,” according to a former top Department of Homeland Security official.1
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsbreak.com/news/3340374859717-biden-releasing-everyone-at-border-in-latest-secret-move?noAds=1&_f=app_share&s=a3&share_destination_id=MjUxNTI2Njg4LTE3MDg1MjMxNzU0Nzg*3D__;JQ!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwKzMtTYE$

Dozens of Chinese migrants spotted entering US illegally in California border town of Jacumba and say they’re here to ‘take the money’ along with others from Syria and Turkey. Shocking images and video taken in California this weekend show Chinese migrants lined up at the border town of Jacumba and telling reporters shamelessly how they’re here to ‘take the money’. Dozens and dozens, possibly up to hundreds of migrants, crossed the international boundary, according to Griff Jenkins of Fox News , who recorded the footage.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsbreak.com/news/3339146385428-dozens-of-chinese-migrants-spotted-entering-us-illegally-in-california-border-town-of-jacumba-and-say-theyre-here-to-take-the-money-along-with-others-from-syria-and-turkey?noAds=1&_f=app_share&s=a3&share_destination_id=MjUxNTI2Njg4LTE3MDg1MjMzMzQxMzI*3D__;JQ!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwCA2DrRP$

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Sending National Guard to Border ‘Warzone’: Noem said the soldiers’ primary mission is construction of a wall to stem the flow of migrants. “The border is a warzone, so we’re sending soldiers,” Noem said in a press release. “These soldiers’ primary mission will be construction of a wall to stem the flow of illegal immigrants, drug cartels, and human trafficking into the United States of America.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://listen.sdpb.org/politics/2024-02-20/noem-to-again-deploy-soldiers-to-southern-border__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwJxD2Pvr$

Greg Abbott Discusses Creating Texas Border Wall With Oklahoma: Texas Governor Greg Abbott joked about building a wall along the state’s border with Oklahoma in a bid to stop what he termed the “radical woke left agenda… criss-crossing the United States” at a campaign event on February 15. Tensions over illegal immigration from Mexico to Texas have surged over the past few weeks, with the Supreme Court ruling on January 22 that federal agents can remove razor wire installed at points along the border on Abbott’s orders.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/greg-abbott-texas-border-wall-oklahoma-1872041*:*:text=Texas*20Governor*20Greg*20Abbott*20joked,campaign*20event*20on*20February*2015__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwCO0t7UT$

Yes, Mayorkas is intentionally choosing not to enforce immigration law: In a puff profile in the New Yorker, Mayorkas tells his interviewer, “I’m in disbelief, just frankly. As someone who has spent twenty years in government, twelve years of which were spent as a federal prosecutor, the accusation that I’ve intentionally chosen not to enforce the laws is beyond the pale.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2024/02/26/the-trials-of-alejandro-mayorkas__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwEi2hc17$

Biden’s Parole Pipeline Releases Over 825K Foreign Nationals Into the United States, Exceeding San Francisco’s Population: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data reveals that over 825,000 foreign nationals have been released into the U.S. interior through President Joe Biden’s parole pipeline from January 2023 to January 2024, surpassing the resident populations of major cities like San Francisco, Kansas City, and Las Vegas.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ultimatenewswire.org/2024/02/14/joe-bidens-parole-pipeline-frees-825k-foreign-nationals-into-u-s-outpacing-population-of-san-francisco/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwO14j3rx$

Vendors charging Massachusetts taxpayers $64 a day to feed each illegal immigrant: New details have emerged about the staggering sums of cash Massachusetts taxpayers are forking out to pay for the state’s influx of illegal immigrants, with vendors charging an eye-popping $64 per day to feed each person, according to a new report.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://original.newsbreak.com/@localeplanet-press-1587406/3341564492330-controversy-in-massachusetts-vendors-charging-64-per-day-to-feed-illegal-immigrants__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwH8XZsJD$

# Education / Schools
The Mountain State’s House overwhelmingly passed a bill that would make schools, libraries, and museums criminally liable if books have too much sexy stuff in them. State Republicans are taking the war on books to the next level.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://newrepublic.com/post/179132/west-virginia-republicans-house-bill-librarians-jail__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwGo08tOq$

# Employment / Labor
Starbucks workers across 14 states launch historic unionization bid in a single day: “It’s important that we’re recognized as people rather than profit machines.” “We don’t have another choice but to stand together.” Employees at 21 Starbucks stores across the United States informed the global coffee giant’s CEO on Tuesday that they are launching the largest single-day unionization in company history.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/news/starbucks-union*:*:text=*22We*20don’t*20have*20another,choice*20but*20to*20stand*20together.*22&text=Employees*20at*2021*20Starbucks*20stores,day*20unionization*20in*20company*20history__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwO6CicM9$

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Enbridge seeks to overturn Line 5 shutdown on tribal land in Wisconsin: Enbridge, a Canadian pipeline company, is challenging a federal court’s shutdown order of its Line 5 pipeline on the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin, citing a 1977 U.S.-Canada treaty https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://insideclimatenews.org/news/20022024/enbridge-wants-line-5-shutdown-order-overturned-on-tribal-land-in-northern-wisconsin/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwC2Zg1Ah$

# Gov / Politics / Global
Putin’s Closest Ally Is Preparing for World War III: Concerns over a third world war are legitimate, Belarus’ leader said on Tuesday, as the country’s Russia-aligned leadership solidified plans to be “prepared as much as possible” for future confrontation. “The world has again come to the brink of the abyss,” Belarus’ strongman leader, Alexander Lukashenko , said on Tuesday during a meeting with senior officials in the country’s capital, Minsk.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsbreakapp.com/n/0rQbx5mY?s=a3&share_destination_id=MjUxNTI2Njg4LTE3MDg1MjM1MDM0MTI=&pd=0H1Na41Y&hl=en_US__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwJj32lcL$

Office of Putin’s Party Set Ablaze as ‘Revenge for Navalny’: A half-minute video of the alleged arson shows someone throwing a Molotov cocktail and yelling, “Freedom to Russia.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thedailybeast.com/teen-sets-office-of-putins-party-ablaze-as-revenge-for-navalny__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwPgE2QbH$

# Gov / Politics
Donald Trump Can’t Run Away From Roe: The guy most responsible for ending federal abortion rights now wants to make a “deal.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.vanityfair.com/news/donald-trump-roe-abortion-2024__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwHHY3BwJ$

The GOP’s Gerrymandered Grip on Wisconsin Elections Is About to Break: The state’s legislative districts are now being redrawn to more closely resemble their electorates, notching a major win for democracy that could resonate nationally.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.vox.com/politics/2024/2/20/24078666/new-wisconsin-legislative-maps-legislature__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwEBSLncp$

Conservatives Are Already Using Alabama’s “Frozen Embryos Are Children” Ruling to Go After Abortion: As experts have warned, this is just the beginning. Just days after Alabama’s Supreme Court declared that frozen embryos have the same rights as living children, conservatives have decided to try and use the dystopian ruling to further restrict abortion rights.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2024/02/20/alabama-supreme-court-frozen-embryos-ruling-ivf/72662533007/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwE-hse60$

Trump Allies Hope to Spread Christian Nationalism in the White House: The religious right is already crafting a radical vision for a second Trump term. Apart from Donald Trump’s objectives, political operatives surrounding the GOP front-runner have their own policy goals. At the top of the list? Infusing Christian nationalism into the heart of his next term.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://newrepublic.com/post/179150/christian-nationalist-second-trump-term-plans__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwEQX03g7$

Trump Will Be Putin’s Puppet in a Second Term, Says John Bolton, a.k.a. Guy Who Had a Front-Row View the Last Time Around: According to Trump’s former national security advisor, nothing would make Vladimir Putin happier than the ex-president winning a second term.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/4439620-john-bolton-world-leaders-trump-laughing-fool/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwBbF0fVx$

Biden Says GOP ‘Making a Big Mistake’ on Ukraine Aid: Congress is out this week, but the battle over billions in aid to Ukraine and Israel has continued. President Joe Biden on Monday was asked by reporters if he would meet with Speaker Mike Johnson to negotiate the aid deal, which Johnson and House Republicans have so far rejected.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-says-willing-meet-with-us-house-speaker-over-ukraine-aid-2024-02-19/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwNNBBZ0-$

Trump’s G.O.P. Is a Confederacy of Fakers: Lindsey Graham, J.D. Vance, Mike Johnson and other Republicans are waving the white flag of surrender on Ukraine, all at Trump’s behest.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/20/opinion/ukraine-trump-republicans.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwKG1Hh6D$

Joe Rogan says Biden running for president is a ‘ruse,’ Dems preparing to swap him with this person: California Gov. Gavin Newsom on the 2024 presidential ticket. “Basically, you can’t prosecute this guy because he’s non compos mentis, but you can let him run for the President of the United States in November… so that’s the that’s the world that we’ve managed to get into,” Rogan’s guest, fellow podcast host Chris Williamson said.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nypost.com/2024/02/20/media/joe-rogan-calls-biden-2024-presidential-run-is-a-ruse-gavin-newsom-will-be-democrat-nominee/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwPAq9MNP$

Trump finally reveals his shortlist for vice-president – and DeSantis has made the cut: Republican front-runner suggests Florida governor he taunted remorselessly as ‘Ron DeSanctimonious’ could yet be named as his deputy
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.the-independent.com/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-vice-president-shortlist-desantis-b2499919.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwPcfAuxS$

Trump inserting himself  into the race to become the next House speaker. Will it matter? With an early morning social media post on Friday, Trump inserted himself into the chaotic race to replace Kevin McCarthy as House speaker by backing Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan for the post. The move was the latest example of Trump attempting to flex his influence within a Republican Party he has already fundamentally reshaped in the eight years since his first White House bid.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/trump-jordan-republicans-speaker-influence-77b4f760ff5653344b982fbabeac6ec7__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwH0SJFJk$

Prepare for the battle between the President and the US Army: Today, as fears intensify about what Donald Trump plans to do if he recaptures the presidency, the anniversary is a reminder that the nightmare of American dictatorship did not begin with Trump, or the attack on the Capitol. The fear goes all the way back to the Declaration of Independence, which warned of the ‘absolute Tyranny’ that George III was supposedly plotting to impose on the colonists. Such spectres have haunted America ever since.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://news.yahoo.com/us-army-prepared-destroy-democracy-163826673.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwKIhSFxw$

“Unofficial Ambassadors” The Real Reason Over 150 Chinese Immigrants Are Illegally Crossing The Southern Border: The fastest-growing demographic group crossing the southern border is Chinese migrants. Many of the migrants say they are trying to escape the dystopian Chinese government.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://original.newsbreak.com/@guide2free-1701416/3341400352659-the-real-reason-over-150-chinese-immigrants-are-illegally-crossing-the-southern-border-every-day__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwFHvlITY$

# Law Enforcement
People Keep Dying At This Memphis Jail — And The Lawsuits Are Piling Up: The Shelby County jail has grown more deadly than the notoriously dangerous Rikers Island jail complex in New York, and it’s been slow to address problems. In the past year, three wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against the jail https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.huffpost.com/entry/shelby-county-memphis-jail-deaths_n_65ce8b1ae4b043f1c0aa82b4__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwCO3mnm8$

# Legal / DOJ
US and its politicians defend Israel’s occupation and civilian casualties in Gaza at International Court: As the international community awaits the ICJ’s verdict, the U.S. position underscores the complex diplomatic landscape surrounding the Israeli occupation and the search for a sustainable peace solution.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nationofchange.org/2024/02/21/us-and-its-politicians-defend-israels-occupation-and-civilian-casualties-in-gaza-at-international-court/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwKz2vgzs$

# Media
“Political Prosecution”: WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Faces Final U.K. Appeal to Avoid U.S. Extradition: The final day of a critical appeal for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is underway today at the British High Court of Justice, in what could be Assange’s last chance. Assange faces a 175-year prison sentence for publishing classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. While the WikiLeaks founder’s health is reportedly deteriorating rapidly, his lawyers are arguing the case is politically motivated to target Assange for exposing “state-level crimes.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/homenews/ap/ap-international/ap-wikileaks-founder-assange-starts-final-uk-legal-battle-to-avoid-extradition-to-us-on-spy-charges/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwEnSamlt$

# Medical / Health
Red States Hopeful for a 2nd Trump Term Prepare to Curtail Medicaid: Biden revoked Medicaid work requirements when he took office. Republicans are hoping for their return. In places like Idaho, Missouri and South Dakota, GOP officials are laying the groundwork to substantially overhaul their health safety-net programs. Their plans, if approved by a Trump White House, could cut hundreds of thousands of people from a program that conservatives have long complained is bloated https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.politico.com/news/2024/02/20/donald-trump-medicaid-states-00141397__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwKXEwVlW$

# Military / DOD
Navy destroyer trains near India following drills in South China Sea: A US guided-missile destroyer joined Japanese and Australian warships for weekend drills before heading to India for a separate, five-day exercise, according to the Navy. The guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn on Friday joined the Sazanami and the Japanese guided-missile destroyer JS Shimakaze for a similar exercise in the South China Sea
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.stripes.com/branches/navy/2024-02-20/navy-drills-india-south-china-sea-13058001.html*:*:text=The*20destroyer’s*20presence*20near*20India,South*20China*20Sea*2C*20Bakic*20said__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSU!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwEbiFc28$

# Technology / Global
If China dominates 5G and 6G, no defense system can protect America: This imbalance poses critical strategic challenges for national security and its global competitiveness. If the Chinese government and its autocratic allies dominate 5G and 6G with superior spectrum infrastructure, there is no defense system or mitigation measure that can protect the Americans or U.S. interests.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/opinion/technology/4479232-if-china-dominates-5g-and-6g-no-defense-system-can-protect-america/*:*:text=This*20imbalance*20poses*20critical*20strategic,the*20Americans*20or*20U.S.*20interests__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!2sP6eub10Y5hwl9PTlPloxuYwSkgAGY8Hz8jtnt9kaEI76U3nmkXaeFEV7DtelO7gRMGbzVwzQ990OZcYjpfEVyhwDmsFUtG$

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-20

Voices, The Peoples News

February 20, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Greg Abbott Insists Texas Has Right to Deploy Militia: Texas has the constitutional right to defend itself from invasion. In his February 19 statement, Abbott reiterated this argument, commenting: “One of the most crucial rights granted in the U.S. Constitution is a state’s ability to secure its own border.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/greg-abbott-insists-texas-has-right-deploy-militia-1871429*:*:text=Texas*20has*20the*20constitutional*20right*20to*20defend*20itself*20from*20invasion.&text=In*20his*20February*2019*20statement,to*20secure*20its*20own*20border.*22__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSU!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4pJ7seRl$

Biden administration increasing cost of US citizenship: The fee to file the naturalization form online is currently $640, and will jump to $710 — an 11% increase. The paper filing fee will jump to $760 — a 19% increase. Meanwhile, the cost for prospective immigrants to apply for permanent resident status will increase 26% from $1,140 to $1,440.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ktnv.com/biden-administration-increasing-cost-of-us-citizenship__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4lfhKBZe$

12 gunmen killed by Mexican soldiers in shootout near Texas border: The security department of the northern border state of Tamaulipas said late Sunday the confrontation took place in the township of Miguel Aleman, across the border from Roma, Texas.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/mexico-army-shootout-12-killed-22119816a4fdf0628ef312cfe35b1528__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4sHCzVCJ$

Trump’s plan to disappear millions: We have the leading presidential candidate for one of our two political parties promising at his rallies and on his social media platform, to “Stop the Invasion, Seal the Border, and Rapidly Begin the Largest Deportation Operation in History.” Aides to this candidate, who is openly espousing a fascist agenda if elected, have spoken openly of “rounding up” ten million undocumented immigrants and keeping them in special detention facilities that will be built by the United States Military near the border with Mexico before being deported.  The roundup will include families with small children.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.salon.com/2024/02/20/trumps-plan-to-disappear-millions/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4tXNVZk6$

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Largest Covid vaccine study yet finds up to 3 times greater risk: Large Cohort Study Finds Possible Association Between Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and COVID-19 Vaccination but Far Stronger Link With
SARS-CoV-2 Infection
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2800964__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4scWURDM$

White House Pressured Amazon to Censor Books Questioning Safety, Efficacy of Vaccines During Pandemic: White House officials “spent a week berating Amazon” in March 2021 over books related to “vaccine misinformation” and asked what steps company officials could take “to reduce the visibility of these titles,” according to Amazon emails released Monday by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thevaccinereaction.org/2024/02/white-house-pressured-amazon-to-censor-books-questioning-safety-efficacy-of-vaccines-during-pandemic/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4oHY76wJ$

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
70% of largest U.S. cities lack funds to cover costs; pensions and healthcare are majority of debt: In the latest comprehensive analysis of the fiscal health of the most populous cities, 53 did not have enough money to pay all of their bills, according to a Truth in Accounting analysis of the latest annual comprehensive financial reports from 2022.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.citizentribune.com/news/national/70-of-largest-u-s-cities-don-t-have-enough-money-to-cover-costs/article_a871a34a-4ade-58be-b01d-7c947eb10b37.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4qjK8IhN$

Truckers For Trump Hit The Brakes On Deliveries To New York City Over Fraud Ruling: What Happened: A Donald Trump-supporting trucker who goes by Chicago Ray on X.com posted a video on Friday stating that he was planning to refuse delivery routes to New York City starting this week.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-supporting-truckers-boycott-loads-173307162.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4gaHQ97F$

# Employment / Labor
Nike announces massive layoffs: Nike lays off more than 1,500 people as CEO says ‘I ultimately hold myself and my leadership team accountable’ Nike CEO John Donahoe said the company’s recent layoffs would help “reignite our growth.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fortune.com/2024/02/16/nike-lays-off-more-than-1500-people-ceo-john-donahoe/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4kkGrlTD$

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
West Coast communities prepare as the feds finalize areas for new floating wind farms along the Oregon coast, authorities announced Tuesday, bringing the state closer to commercially developing and producing a renewable energy source that’s part of the fight against climate change.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/energy/west-coast-communities-prepare-feds-finalize-areas-new-floating-wind-farms__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4hj4x2c5$

Oregon fishermen, tribes angered by surprise announcement on offshore wind energy areas: The Coos Bay wind energy area [WEA], about 61,000 acres, is 32 miles from shore and the Brookings one, more than twice as large, is about 18 miles from shore.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.oregonlive.com/environment/2024/02/surprise-fed-announcement-on-offshore-wind-energy-areas-in-oregon-angers-local-fishermen-tribes.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4tmLTehw$

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure US manufacturers persist in use of cancer-causing ethylene oxide despite bans abroad: The EU recently banned U.S. vanilla extract exports due ethylene oxide. Here, the chemical disproportionately harms overburdened communities
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ehn.org/ethylene-oxide-2667179521.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4rdUzHOY$

# Gov / Politics
This primary season Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is not only going after Texas House members who voted to impeach him but also incumbents who sit on the state’s highest criminal court after they decided he couldn’t unilaterally prosecute voter fraud cases. The attorney general has tried to supplant eight Republican judges on the court after they rejected his efforts to unilaterally prosecute voter fraud. The judges are now pushing back.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.texastribune.org/2024/02/19/court-of-criminal-appeals-republican-ken-paxton/*:*:text=Paxton’s*20push*20to*20oust*20incumbents,judges*20are*20now*20pushing*20back__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4qdTQBih$

SCOTUS Is Considering A Deregulation Bomb: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a little-covered case that has the power to wipe away safeguards for any and all regulations that govern Americans’ daily lives. Plaintiffs in the case, a convenience store’s challenge to debit card fee limits, backed by big business and groups tied to the conservative Koch network. They’re asking the court to overturn a longstanding statute of limitations that currently protects federal rules from certain legal challenges once they’ve been finalized for six years. If they win, it could unleash an onslaught of attacks on all federal regulations, most of which Americans likely don’t even know protect them.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.levernews.com/scotus-is-considering-a-deregulation-bomb/?utm_source=newsletter-email&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=newsletter-article__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4tYnvpRC$

White House confirms Russia developing ‘anti-satellite’ technology on it’s anti-satellite weapon, but says no immediate threat. Biden administration says it plans to engage directly with Russia and eventually share more details about what Russia is developing
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://spacenews.com/white-house-confirms-it-has-intelligence-on-russians-anti-satellite-weapon-but-says-no-immediate-threat/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4iidcuCP$

Resurgent al-Qaida training camps latest black eye from Biden Afghanistan withdrawal: UN report claims al-Qaida now has eight training camps in Taliban-controlled country. The United Nations Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team reported late last month that the terrorist group al-Qaida, though weakened from its heyday in the early 2000s, has reconstituted as many as eight training camps and five religious training schools known as madrassas on Afghan soil under the Taliban’s rule while also increasing its propaganda operations and recruitment.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://justthenews.com/government/security/tueresurgent-al-qaida-training-camps-latest-black-eye-biden-afghanistan__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4mNRbuHT$

Hong Kong immigrant becomes first non-US citizen to serve on the San Francisco Election Commission: In 2020, San Francisco passed a measure that removed the requirement of being a citizen to serve on commissions and city boards.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/hong-kong-immigrant-becomes-first-non-us-citizen-serve-san-francisco__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4sm8HhSh$

Senior Republicans fear Trump will tap the RNC to cover legal bills again: The president is going to put his people in place on the committee. Changes are in store. Several senior Republican officials are concerned that Donald Trump’s expected takeover of the RNC will ultimately pave the way for the committee to once again cover his legal bills.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.politico.com/news/2024/02/14/trump-rnc-legal-bills-00141540__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4mbS7j9z$

Trump’s RNC Takeover Is on the Brink of Becoming a ‘Purge’: Those fears come in the aftermath of Trump endorsing a trio of officials, including his daughter-in-law, to take on top roles at the RNC. From top to bottom, the national GOP organization could soon be rid of anyone seen as insufficiently MAGA. “I think within 30 days you’ll see a purge of staffers from the RNC, because it’s a hotbed for anti-Trumpism,” Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist and host of the War Room podcast told The Daily Beast. “That’s the open secret.” Skeptical holdouts within the RNC have gotten the message: Their days are numbered.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-rnc-takeover-is-on-the-brink-of-becoming-a-purge__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4l3YWPYh$

John Bolton Issues Warning Over Donald Trump’s Legal Debts And Foreign Autocrats: “They may be doing it already,” the former Trump advisor told MSNBC’s Jen Psaki. Bolton said Trump would likely have to liquidate some of his properties, but it was not “really a near-term problem” because Trump will appeal the rulings. Psaki asked if foreign autocrats could target Trump because he owes lots of money, which he may not actually have despite his claims to be a billionaire.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.huffpost.com/entry/john-bolton-donald-trump-civil-fraud-trial_n_65d32082e4b0ce1bdc3a3a1f__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4rQunbQQ$

Donald Trump Issues Ominous Warning to New York: Donald Trump has said that no business will stay in New York if he loses the legal case brought against him by the state’s Attorney General Letitia James. “Businesses are watching this case,” he told reporters outside the court. “No business will go back into New York, no business will frankly stay in New York, some businesses are talking about leaving New York because of this action, this very serious action,” Trump added.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-issues-ominous-warning-new-york-1850689__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4jrJ6Gc3$

# Legal / DOJ
Trump expected to challenge New York judge’s definition of fraud: Donald Trump will contest Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron’s definition of “fraud” when he appeals the $355 million judgment made against him last week in his civil trial, according to his lawyer.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nypost.com/2024/02/19/us-news/trump-will-dispute-judges-definition-of-fraud-in-appeal-of-355m-fine-report/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4gqmAkIP$

Big Warning for Fani Willis: Donald Trump’s co-defendant Trevian Kutti has said Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis should step down from her role.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-trevian-kutti-fani-willis-hearing-1870992__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4t5gQc9i$

“Borders on Pathological”: Trump Must Pay $450 Million for Lying to Lenders in Fraud Case: A New York judge ordered Donald Trump to pay $355 million in penalties, finding that the former president lied about his wealth for years in a sweeping civil fraud verdict that pierces his billionaire image but stops short of putting his real estate empire out of business.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/trump-civil-fraud-verdict-engoron-244024861f0df886543c157c9fc5b3e4__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4qdISWF4$

# LGBTQ / Gender
Oklahoma Republicans Passed a Bathroom Bill. Now, a Trans Kid Is Dead: Nonbinary teen Nex Benedict died after being violently attacked in their school bathroom.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://newrepublic.com/post/179161/oklahoma-nonbinary-teen-nex-benedict-dead__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4rVWMBEd$

# Medical / Health
They’re Coming for the Women Now, Too: Articles Via so-called “toxic masculinity” and declining sperm counts, they’ve been coming for the men. Now they’re coming for the women, too. An anti-human force is attacking the hormonal basis of both genders.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thefreedomarticles.com/they-are-coming-for-the-women-now-too/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4ljuVY_2$

# Military / Global
The Danger Lurking Just Below Ukraine’s Surface: The widespread use of mines has left Ukrainians scrambling to find ways to clear the explosives. New efforts to develop mine-clearing technology may help them push back Russia’s invading forces.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.wired.com/story/ukraine-mine-problem/*:*:text=The*20widespread*20use*20of*20mines,push*20back*20Russia’s*20invading*20forces__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4sVnaVxu$

North Korea’s military on high alert, prepares for potential conflict amid growing tensions: North Korea tests more cruise missiles as leader Kim calls for war readiness
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/north-korea-warships-kim-jong-un-7b95a61efb1b099b6b9142369d465629__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4qpgrR7k$

# Social
Lawmakers react to group of ‘Nazis’ marching through Nashville: Multiple Tennessee lawmakers took to social media Saturday afternoon to notify the Nashville community about a group of masked people marching through downtown with swastika flags. A group of people in red shirts, black pants, and black balaclavas walking along the sidewalk on the other side of the street, with some of them carrying flags bearing the swastika.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsnationnow.com/us-news/mid-south/lawmakers-nazis-marching-nashville/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4qYd6ZPI$

# Space / NASA
NASA Invests in Research to Secure the Future of Space and Lunar Operations: Developing breakthrough technology and defining new approaches to pave the way for successful human and robotic missions on the surface of the Moon and beyond. Throughout this decade, NASA and its partners will send trailblazing technologies, cutting-edge robotics, and a new generation of crew to the surface of the Moon, ushering in a modern era of exploration through a series of increasingly complex missions.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nasa.gov/space-technology-mission-directorate/lunar-surface-innovation-initiative/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2T92VStOA8NHfMAUIfF–8WJVFaVh1VDfr3efSC5S6GVsYNpodp93tO9rUjmxuOhUE2CL3Z-21NSHf3naXqpDrs-4kB-d8gl$

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-19

Voices, The Peoples News

February 19, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
The federal Bureau of Land Management urges a court to deny tribal nations’ bid to halt construction on the SunZia transmission project, saying the lawsuit comes too long after its 2015 route approval
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.eenews.net/thank-you-article-2-interior-urges-court-to-reject-tribes-transmission-line-challenge-496366/?utm_medium=email__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCtFPZ_Ch$

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Texas Land Commissioner shuts down cartel activity on island, cleared weapons and explosives: “Mexican drug cartels used the island as a jurisdictional no man’s land,” Buckingham said during a press conference. “American law enforcement couldn’t step on it. Mexican law enforcement couldn’t step on it. It was a safe haven for the cartels to stash all kinds of weapons, all kinds of drugs, and run untold numbers of people across. It’s also at literally the most dangerous point at the border.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://justthenews.com/government/security/wkd-texas-land-commissioner-shuts-down-cartel-activity-island-cleared-weapons__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCgU6G9Q2$

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson says the city will not be spending more federal pandemic relief funds on migrant care: The mayor has proposed raising the city’s real-estate transfer tax to address homelessness, while more than 70% of the city’s federal American Rescue Plan Act pandemic assistance money remains available. He dismissed the notion of using ARPA funds for migrants.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://justthenews.com/nation/states/center-square/chicago-mayor-faces-questions-about-migrants-and-arpa-funds__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xChcAqMnD$

Texas building new border fortifications in illegal entry fight: The “Forward Operating Base” camp will house 1,800 troops with the ability to expand up to 2,300 if needed. It will have amenities soldiers haven’t had before on tours to the border because they’ve “been scattered across this entire region in cramped quarters away from fellow soldiers and guards, sometimes traveling long distances to be able to do their job,” Abbott said.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thecentersquare.com/texas/article_42cb739c-cd1a-11ee-83d9-131abe4f2646.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCiG9QWQK$

Greg Abbott Turns on Fellow Republican Over Border: ‘Don’t Trust You.’ In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Abbott said that he does not “trust” state Rep. DeWayne Burns on topics such as controlling illegal immigration “or any issue” while stating he is supporting Burns’ Republican primary challenger for Texas’ House District 58, Helen Kerwin.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/greg-abbott-border-dewayne-burns-voucher-primary-1871078__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCtaWwUrh$

Eagle-Eyed Residents Reveal Sophisticated Migrant Smuggling Operation At Northern U.S Border: Residents of Swanton, Vt, a town located just across Lake Champlain from New York and about a 10-minute drive from the Canadian border have been getting a troubling firsthand look at the US’s northern illegal migrant crisis for months. The town’s plentiful woods make the leafy hamlet an ideal spot for hunters and provide ample camouflage for smugglers, who have become so rampant that some locals are packing pistols to protect themselves and turning into amateur sleuths to help thwart them.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nypost.com/2024/02/18/us-news/eagle-eyed-residents-reveal-sophisticated-migrant-smuggling-operation-at-northern-us-border/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCrwBE2Io$

# Corporations / Industry
Plastics Producers Lied to the Public About Recycling Being Feasible, Report Reveals: According to a new report from fossil fuel accountability organization the Center for Climate Integrity (CCI), the plastics industry has known for decades that the widespread recycling of its products was not feasible, but continued to promote it and mislead the public.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ecowatch.com/plastics-producers-recycling-deception.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCvWDz8rc$

# Employment / Labor
Think tipping is out of control? TWO DOLLARS AND THIRTEEN CENTS AN HOUR. That’s how much millions of American workers are paid under the federal subminimum wage, which was set all the way back in 1991. While many think tipping for services has gotten out of control, arguing over who deserves a tip and how much they should get distracts from what we should really be angry about: business models that depend on not paying workers a living wage. Watch this – The fight for economic justice in the service industry.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nationofchange.org/2024/02/19/think-tipping-is-out-of-control-watch-this/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xClBbkdhZ$

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Biden Admin Cited ‘Indigenous Knowledge’ as Reason To Block Oil and Gas Leases: When the Biden administration stepped in last year to block seven oil and gas leases in Alaska, it said it was doing so in part to recognize the “Indigenous Knowledge” of the Native Americans who originally inhabited the land. Watchdog files scientific integrity complaint after admin prioritizes ‘subjective beliefs’ over ‘evidence’
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/biden-admin-cited-indigenous-knowledge-as-reason-to-block-oil-and-gas-leases/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCrYevYfT$

Biden administration cancels oil and gas leases in Arctic wildlife refuge: The move comes as the Biden administration seeks to expand protections against oil and gas development on public lands.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/9/6/biden-administration-cancels-oil-and-gas-leases-in-arctic-wildlife-refuge__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCjtEXMPB$

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure A legal victory for wetlands: Federal court halts Florida’s fast-track permitting: In a landmark ruling, a federal court has ruled in favor of environmental groups, determining that the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated federal law when they greenlit Florida’s takeover of the Clean Water Act wetlands permitting program.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/press-releases/federal-court-strikes-down-epa-approval-of-florida-wetlands-program-2024-02-16/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCi_MBU_k$

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technology First GM banana approved as food: For the first time, food-safety regulators have given the green light for a genetically engineered banana. The variety, QCAV-4, is resistant to the devastating fungal disease Panama Tropical Race 4, which has spread worldwide and for which there is currently no treatment or cure. It has been approved in Australia and New Zealand as a “safety net” in case biosecurity efforts fail to restrict the spread of the disease.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newscientist.com/article/2417568-genetically-modified-banana-approved-by-regulators-for-first-time/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCsG3XgXQ$

Would You Eat This? Scientists Develop Lab-grown Hybrid ‘cultured beef rice’: But new research suggests that instead of trying to re-create a steak or burger without an animal, food companies could make new hybrid foods—like beef rice, or rice infused with cow cells. Scientists at South Korea’s Yonsei University added bovine muscle and fat stem cells to cooked rice, using fish gelatin and edible enzymes to help the cells stick and grow.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.fastcompany.com/91030104/would-you-eat-this-lab-grown-beef-rice__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCiAhHt9T$

Is tilapia a human-made freak that we should avoid, or an evolutionary rockstar? What the heck is tilapia? DNA fingerprinting to identify mislabeled fish in New York City sushi restaurants and seafood markets and found pricy white tuna to be Mozambique tilapia. They’re cichlid fishes! About 1,650 cichlid fish species are recognized, with possibly 2000 to 3000 existing. The number of tilapia species is about 70.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2024/02/12/food-myth-busting-is-tilapia-a-toxic-frankenfish/?mc_cid=9d922676bc&mc_eid=c87bac2a19__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCjDZSGBc$

# Food Recalls / Alerts
Raw Cheese Linked to E. Coli Outbreak in 4 States, 10 Infected: The multistate outbreak is linked to “Raw Cheddar” cheese made by RAW FARM, LLC, of Fresno, CA. All block sizes and shredded packages of the cheese’s “original flavor” and “cheddar with added jalapeno flavor” are associated with the outbreak. The FDA asked people not to eat, sell, or serve these products.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2024/02/raw-farm-cheese-linked-to-multi-state-outbreak-of-e-coli-infections/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCohy05ch$

Dozens more products recalled in relation to deadly outbreak of Listeria infections: The FDA has been notified of additional companies who have issued public notifications or recalls for products linked to the Rizo-Lopez Foods Inc. dairy recall. Rizo-Lopez cheese has been linked to a deadly, decade-long outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections. As of Feb. 12 there have been 26 patients identified with 23 having been hospitalized and two dead.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2024/02/dozens-more-products-recalled-in-relation-to-deadly-outbreak-of-listeria-infections/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCv4uGKZI$

# General News
Biden’s Brother Used His Name To Promote A Hospital Chain, Then It Collapsed: Jim Biden played a major role in a company called Americore, which the government has accused of massive Medicare fraud.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.politico.com/news/2024/02/18/the-biden-name-how-the-presidents-brother-became-embroiled-in-a-hospital-fiasco-00141868*:*:text=a*20hospital*20chain.-,Then*20it*20collapsed.,accused*20of*20massive*20Medicare*20fraud__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCrQte5cs$

# Gov / Politics / Global
Israel vows to ‘finish the job’ in Gaza as War Cabinet member threatens a Ramadan deadline for Rafah: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to “finish the job” in Gaza as a member of his War Cabinet threatened to invade the southern city of Rafah if remaining Israeli hostages are not freed by the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/israel-hamas-war-news-02-18-2024-380f901e8c2f52d537d0aa9f9bf0a6bb__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCueBBuyQ$

Europe’s security elite braces for Trump, searches for backup plans: Trump is undermining its safety and the continent must respond. With aid for Ukraine stalled and a U.S. election on the horizon, European leaders, officials and diplomats are increasingly aware of the need to engage former president Donald Trump and his allies on security, but they are struggling to do so.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ft.com/content/171e136f-a5f2-47d8-8f3c-0eae3a8dbd74__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCtZ0T9DR$

Argentine’s Milei, Italy’s Meloni meet as Trump tries to ride populist wave back to power https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.allsides.com/news/2024-02-19-0425/politics-argentines-milei-italys-meloni-meet-trump-tries-ride-populist-wave__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCo0S3r1m$

Ex-Israeli Ambassador to US: ‘High time’ US tell United Nations that its headquarters in NYC ‘persona non grata’: “They should relocate to a more minimal place like Damascus or Tehran,” Oren said.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://justthenews.com/world/former-israeli-ambassador-oren-says-us-should-kick-un-headquarters-out-new-york-city__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCkI-Fj8e$

ICJ scrutinizes Israeli occupation: A legal and humanitarian examination: With over 50 nations participating, the International Court of Justice delves into Israel’s 57-year occupation of Palestine amid allegations of severe human rights abuses.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nationofchange.org/2024/02/19/icj-scrutinizes-israeli-occupation-a-legal-and-humanitarian-examination/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCsAmoEXq$

Former Mossad official: ‘Children in Gaza over 4 deserve to be starved’: Rami Igra claimed, during an interview broadcast on Israeli state television, that all civilians in Gaza are guilty and deserve to face Israel’s policy of collective punishment, which prevents food, medicine and humanitarian aid. This is not the first time that Israeli officials have incited against civilians in Gaza.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20240217-former-mossad-official-children-in-gaza-over-4-deserve-to-be-starved/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCh0zr8Hd$

Despair in Russia as Putin Spirals Out of Control: President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman informed Russians this week that the “special military operation” that Putin launched in Ukraine in February 2022 was set to go on much longer because it is now “a war against the collective West.” That’s right: a war.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thedailybeast.com/despair-in-russia-as-putin-spirals-out-of-control__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xClGavVlx$

# Gov / Politics
Connecticut mayoral election do-over set for this month amid election fraud investigations: Bridgeport, Connecticut has a history of redoing elections following allegations of voter fraud.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/redo-bridgeport-mayoral-election-set-month-amid-election-fraud__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCvtdDT_d$

New bill introduced in Congress would give states standing to sue U.S. government over immigration: Reps. Chip Roy of Texas and Dan Bishop of North Carolina introduced Standing Up to the Executive Branch for Immigration Enforcement Act.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://justthenews.com/nation/states/center-square/new-bill-would-give-states-standing-sue-federal-government?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCgaRNqY8$

Harris will be next president if Trump is 2024 GOP nominee, Sununu predicts: Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH) has predicted that Vice President Kamala Harris would become the next president of the United States should former President Donald Trump win the Republican Party’s 2024 nomination.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://gazette.com/news/wex/harris-will-be-next-president-if-trump-is-2024-gop-nominee-sununu-predicts/article_05fc9c54-9578-5ca3-b9b4-4e4ebfc0b62e.html*:*:text=Gov.*20Chris*20Sununu*20(R*2D,the*20Republican*20Party’s*202024*20nomination__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCpbTb2-F$

Lindsey Graham Breaks With Trump On the Border: ‘We Cannot Wait’ On Fixing This ‘National Security Nightmare’: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) broke with former President Donald Trump — whose opposition recently helped tank a bipartisan border deal — and called for an urgent solution to what he called a “national security nightmare.” In an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday, the South Carolina senator made clear he is not in favor of punting on the issue.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.mediaite.com/news/lindsey-graham-breaks-with-trump-on-the-border-we-cannot-wait-on-fixing-this-national-security-nightmare/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCiB-OjrY$

Oklahoma State Sen. Nathan Dahm sponsored Oklahoma Senate Bill 1812: Oklahoma’s proposed wastewater bill isn’t about health or the environment. The bill doesn’t prevent exposures and can instead be used to monitor and criminalize abortions, birth control and gender-affirming care.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ehn.org/endocrine-disruption-wastewater-2667263298.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCrLtIFoy$

# Legal / DOJ
Trump slams civil fraud ruling as he faces potentially more than half-a-billion dollars in fines: Former President Donald Trump railed against the judge who slapped him with a $355 million fine in his New York civil fraud trial and went after the long list of prosecutors with cases against him as he campaigned in Michigan Saturday night while facing penalties that, with interest, could exceed half-a-billion dollars.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/trump-michigan-2024-campaign-fraud-ruling-f264eac7cbba97c4e83919642d42bc97__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCjSZYGNl$

Supreme Court Could Set Landmark Precedent in Trump Jan. 6 Case: President Trump and special counsel Jack Smith have filed competing briefs on presidential immunity.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thethinkingconservative.com/supreme-court-could-set-landmark-precedent-in-trump-jan-6-case/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCj0vNszu$

The Supreme Court seems poised to reject efforts to kick Trump off the ballot over the Capitol riot https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/supreme-court-insurrection-trump-2024-election-397a481d2886b64bba06b24ff3d03f37__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCvOBDmOp$

‘Radically Theocratic’: Alabama Supreme Court Gives Frozen IVF Embryos Status of Children: “The movement to confer personhood status to IVF embryos is long-standing and one example of the broad-reaching implications of anti-abortion politics,” said one expert. “We can expect more cases like this one.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/news/alabama-ivf*:*:text=In*20LePage*20v.*20Mobile*20Infirmary,Death*20of*20a*20Minor*20Act__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCq-P-3e0$

# Medical Technology
US Rivalry with China Expands to Biotech, Lawmakers See a Failure to Compete and Want to Act: U.S. lawmakers are raising alarms about what they see as America’s failure to compete with China in biotechnology, warning of the risks to U.S. national security and commercial interests. But as the two countries’ rivalry expands into the biotech industry, some say that shutting out Chinese companies would only hurt the U.S.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.voanews.com/a/us-china-rivalry-expands-to-biotech-lawmakers-raise-alarm/7494010.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCg2dcLiF$

# Military / DOD
Is The Pentagon Hiding War Crimes? The Pentagon is not retaining comprehensive records of alleged war crimes in its global military operations as required by the Defense Department’s own policies by the Defense Department’s own policies, according to a declassified version of a government report
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.levernews.com/is-the-pentagon-hiding-war-crimes/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCmrJcbbP$

US forces again conduct self-defense strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen: U.S. maritime forces on Saturday conducted five self-defense strikes targeting Iranian-backed Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen, U.S. Central Command announced Sunday.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.stripes.com/theaters/middle_east/2024-02-18/us-self-defense-strikes-houthis-13043820.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCk9odZJQ$

# Military / Global
Iran, wary of wider war, urges its proxies to avoid provoking US: Tehran is eager to disrupt U.S. and Israeli interests in the Middle East but wary of provoking a direct confrontation, officials in the region say. Iranian commentators warned Tuesday of a U.S. military retaliation after Washington pledged a “very consequential” response to troop deaths, but largely agreed that a full-blown war was not in the offing.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.voanews.com/a/iran-wary-of-us-response-after-deadly-attack-on-troops-/7464357.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCoRTTmmx$

# Space / NASA
New or retooled Cape Canaveral launch pads considered for SpaceX Starship: The Department of Defense is looking for a new home for SpaceX’s Starship, launching the process to determine what the environmental impact would be to allow the world’s most powerful rocket to launch from the Space Coast.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.orlandosentinel.com/2024/02/18/new-or-retooled-cape-canaveral-launch-pads-considered-for-spacex-starship/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1QRrXDoNL-9wVxxfNdLTKUNbwhHvlySiCj1V_MbinvVXSQaSwL6nyZkAMGr_yO4w8cGHSTDf3ZWN5LZZEJfQ8E1xCvyRP1KQ$

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-18

Voices, The Peoples News

February 18, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Indigenous
South Dakota Reservation Braces Itself After Closure of Only OB-GYN Program: Health care deserts are one of the many reasons Indigenous people face higher rates of infant and maternal mortality. As Coteau Des Prairies discontinues its obstetrics services, Kantos emphasized that a majority of medical needs can be covered by family medicine. “Even though obstetrics will be closed, we will still do general OB-GYN services. We’ll still continue with the full gambit of family medicine and wellness checks.
https://truthout.org/articles/south-dakota-reservation-braces-itself-after-closure-of-only-ob-gyn-program/#:~:text=As%20Coteau%20Des%20Prairies%20discontinues,family%20medicine%20and%20wellness%20checks

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
ICE considers mass releases to close budget gap: According to a concerning new report today from the Washington Post, ICE “has drafted plans to release thousands of immigrants and slash its capacity to hold detainees after the failure of a Senate border bill that would have erased a $700 million budget shortfall.”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/caileygleeson/2024/02/14/ice-is-reportedly-considering-mass-releases-amid-700m-budget-gap/?sh=2375bbb96a37

Immigration system isn’t broken, just ignored, former immigration judge says: “Despite consistent claims to the contrary, America’s immigration system is not broken. Far from it, in fact,” Matthew O’Brien said at a hearing held by the U.S. Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs on Thursday. The current U.S. immigration system isn’t broken, laws established by Congress are being ignored, a former immigration judge told members of Congress.
https://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/4218044/posts

Texas to build 80-acre base in Eagle Pass for National Guard troops for Operation Lone Star, the $10 billion state effort to deter people from immigrating into Texas illegally. The base will hold up to 2,300 soldiers who have been deployed to the border.
https://www.texastribune.org/2024/02/16/texas-border-national-guard-base-eagle-pass/

The Department of Homeland Security has admitted in emails that it fails to track illegal immigrants after they are released into the interior of the US: DHS lacks the ability to accurately track migrants’ post-release addresses and rejects recommendations to develop a policy for validation. Concerns about the security risks associated with increasing encounters at the Southern border are heightened as DHS may not know where released immigrants are located.
https://justthenews.com/government/security/hold-new-foia-documents-show-dhs-failed-track-migrant-flows-inside-country

Biden’s border blackmail: Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials threatened to release thousands more migrants into the U.S. by slashing capacity to detain them. This unveiled threat by President Joe Biden is despicable, but is also laughably empty, for the cuts he is threatening are to the exact levels his administration sought in his last budget.
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/2860246/bidens-border-blackmail/

Abbott’s Controversial Immigration Policies Take Effect in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill making illegal immigration a state crime.The new law would authorize police to arrest people they suspect crossed the Rio Grande between ports of entry. Abbott also signed a bill earmarking more than $1 billion for more border barriers.
https://www.texastribune.org/2023/12/18/texas-governor-abbott-bills-border-wall-illegal-entry-crime-sb3-sb4/

Research uncovers reason for mass migration: ‘There’s more to the story’: The effects of a warming planet are altering how people decide where to live, with millions of people avoiding flood-risk areas, according to a new study.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/research-uncovers-reason-for-mass-migration-there-s-more-to-the-story/ar-BB1ipKDU?ocid=winp1taskbar&cvid=2bda55dcfeaa4c49b94faea3b975c539&ei=108

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Vaccinated Hit by New Bombshell: A new study, conducted by respected medical researchers and published in The Lancet, a renowned medical journal, indicated that the COVID shots themselves actually killed people, and the study now has been killed. It “was quickly censored within 24 hours after its publication because it showed clear evidence that the COVID-19 shots were responsible for many deaths.”
https://www.clarkcountytoday.com/news/study-that-found-covid-shots-killed-people-is-killed/

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
A $1 Trillion Conundrum: The U.S. Government’s Mounting Debt Bill: The U.S. government is expected to pay an additional $1.1 trillion in interest over the coming decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s latest estimates. Interest costs are on pace to surpass defense this year as one of the largest government expenses in the budget.
https://www.wsj.com/finance/the-u-s-government-will-soon-spend-more-on-interest-payments-than-defense-ee6fbeec

# Education / Schools
Judges question $300k fine on teachers challenging antiracism training, suggest training is legal Docking teachers “supplemental pay” for “unprofessional” behavior at antiracism training may be “adverse action,” 8th Circuit suggests. “This training seems to be unprecedented” in terms of court cases with similar factual circumstances, meaning the teachers couldn’t have known a judge would rule it wasn’t compelled speech,” Judge Steve Colloton said.
https://justthenews.com/government/courts-law/judges-question-300k-fine-teachers-who-challenged-antiracism-training-suggest

School district allows LGBTQ lesson opt-outs after legal threat by Muslim parents: White lesbian board member scolded black Muslim women for not showing “solidarity.” Federal appeals court could rule on similar suburban D.C. case “any day.”
https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/education/school-district-allows-lgbtq-lesson-opt-outs-after-legal-threat-muslim

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Climate conservatives seek ‘all of the above,’ but some GOP’ers see it as hostile to fossil fuels: “Through innovation, we can continue to reduce our emissions without sacrificing reliability or affordability,” Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Ga., vice chair of the Conservative Climate Caucus, said.
https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/energy/climate-conservatives-seek-all-above-which-some-republicans-see-hostile

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technology
Why is this largely unknown pesticide showing up in our bodies? First-of-its kind study finds chlormequat in 80% of people tested. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not currently allow chlormequat use on any food crops, in 2018 the Trump administration approved its use on imported oats and, two years later, increased the allowable level on food from 10 parts per million (ppm) to 30 ppm.
https://www.ehn.org/pesticides-on-oats-2667263784.html

# Gov / Politics / Global
Over a Million Palestinians Are About to be Forced Into Egypt at Gunpoint: The IDF’s recent airstrikes on civilian areas in Rafah mark the beginning of the final phase of Israel’s massive ethnic cleansing project. In order to establish a Jewish homeland, Jews would have to maintain a sizable majority, which means Palestinians would have to be evicted. That is the niggling issue that has bedeviled Israeli leaders from 1948-on; how to ‘disappear’ the native population.
https://www.eurasiareview.com/17022024-over-million-palestinians-are-about-to-be-forced-into-egypt-at-gunpoint-oped/

What would make Egypt open its border to Palestinians? Local authorities in North Sinai have been preparing for this for months, readying emergency accommodation and medical aid.
https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/egypt-setting-up-area-gaza-border-which-could-be-used-shelter-palestinians-2024-02-16/

Why Egypt Won’t Open the Border to Its Palestinian Neighbors: Cairo has understandable concerns about unsustainable refugee flows, Sinai terrorist threats, and longer-term Palestinian political aspirations, all of which need to be taken into account when pushing for humanitarian corridors into Gaza.
https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/why-egypt-wont-open-border-its-palestinian-neighbors

# Gov / Politics
Tea Party poll shows 86% of people believe only US citizens should vote in elections: The poll also showed that 87% of voters believe that proof of U.S. citizenship should be required to vote in U.S. elections. “It’s simple. Americans want to protect American democracy and American elections from the foreign interference of allowing non-citizens to vote. American voters want to protect their vote from being canceled out by the vote of non-citizens,” McLaughlin & Associates CEO John McLaughlin said in a statement.
https://tennesseestar.com/news/tea-party-poll-shows-86-percent-of-people-believe-only-u-s-citizens-should-vote-in-elections/jtnews/2024/02/17/

Shutdown Deadline Looms as Congress Skips Town: Congress may be out next week for its Presidents’ Day recess, but the clock is still ticking toward a March 1 deadline to keep portions of the government from shutting down and a second deadline covering the rest of federal agencies a week later.
https://www.thefiscaltimes.com/newsletter/20240216-Congress-Skips-Town-Shutdown-Deadline-Looms

House Moderates pitch $66 billion security package: Seeking to break the logjam over a supplemental spending bill that would provide aid to U.S. allies, a bipartisan group of moderates in the House released a proposal Friday to send billions in military aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan while tightening immigration policy.
https://www.axios.com/2024/02/16/house-foreign-aid-bill-ukraine-israel-border

Trump Wants to Fire Thousands of Government Workers. Liberals Are Preparing to Fight Back if He Wins: Former President Donald Trump has plans to radically reshape the federal government if he returns to the White House, from promising to deport millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally to abolishing government agencies and firing tens of thousands of workers and replacing them with loyalists.
https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2024-02-16/trump-wants-to-fire-thousands-of-government-workers-liberals-are-preparing-to-fight-back-if-he-wins

Congressional watchdog again unable to determine if U.S. financial statements are reliable: The U.S. Government Accountability Office, which is Congress’s research arm, said it was hampered by “serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense,” problems in accounting for transactions between federal agencies, weaknesses in the process for preparing the statements and inadequate support for the cost of loan programs from the Small Business Administration and Department of Education.
https://www.gao.gov/press-release/gao-unable-provide-opinion-u.s.-governments-financial-statements

Biden blames Putin for Navalny’s death, pushes Congress to pass funding for Ukraine: President Joe Biden on Friday blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for the death of Alexei Navalny, an imprisoned political foe, and used the moment to push Congress to approve additional funding for Ukraine to aid the country in its war against Russia.
https://www.stripes.com/theaters/us/2024-02-16/ukraine-aid-biden-congress-navalny-russia-13027654.html

Alexei Navalny’s spokesperson says he was murdered, authorities claim ‘sudden death syndrome’: “An employee of the colony said the body of Navalny is now in Salekhard,” Navalny’s spokesperson said. Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service claimed that Navalny fell down and died after feeling “unwell” during a walk. “His death occurred on February 16 according to the official message to Alexey’s mother,” who was forbidden to see her son’s body.
https://justthenews.com/events/alexei-navalnys-mother-declares-he-was-murdered-authorities-claim-sudden-death-syndrome

Biden rendered nearly speechless at White House reacting to Trump’s NATO comments: “America stands by our sacred commitment to our NATO allies, as they have stood by their commitments to us repeatedly,” Biden stated forcefully. “The United States will defend every inch of NATO territory. Now’s the time for even greater unity among our NATO allies to stand up to the threat that Putin’s Russia poses.”
https://www.newsbreak.com/news/3336575997378-biden-rendered-nearly-speechless-at-white-house-reacting-to-trumps-nato-comments?noAds=1&_f=app_share&s=a3&share_destination_id=MjUxNTI2Njg4LTE3MDgyNjA0MTIzMDY%3D

Fifty-one members of Congress have announced they will not seek re-election in 2024, more than at this point in previous cycles: A surge of lawmakers calling it quits the past three weeks is on the verge of putting Congress on pace to have more members retire before the next election than in any similar cycle over the past decade. And the implications are huge.
https://www.politico.com/news/2023/11/18/congress-retirements-2024-elections-00127883

Calls for secession surge in Alaska, more than a third want to separate from the US: 36 percent of Alaska residents support the state breaking away from the United States and becoming a fully independent nation. The result made Alaskans the most likely to support their state seceding from the Union, with the result substantially above the national average of 23 percent. The survey of 35,307 U.S. adults was conducted by YouGov between February 2 and 5. Those questioned were asked whether they would “support your state seceding from the U.S.?”
https://www.juneauempire.com/news/36-of-alaskans-in-survey-favor-seceding-from-u-s-highest-among-47-states-included-in-results/

Trump’s Allies Are Preparing a 4,000-Strong MAGA Team to “Gain Control Over the Levers of Power”: According to a report, Donald Trump’s allies are actively preparing a team of MAGA “shock troops.” They are apparently ready to quickly transform the government if Trump is reelected to a government that supports his vision. This is driven by Trump’s frustration with former officials who restrained his more radical policies, aiming to install committed loyalists in crucial positions.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-s-allies-are-preparing-a-4-000-strong-maga-team-to-gain-control-over-the-levers-of-power/ss-BB1innc1?ocid=winp1taskbar&cvid=2bda55dcfeaa4c49b94faea3b975c539&ei=103#image=1

Republicans return to Antebellum era theories to justify Trump’s civil war push: The crisis alongside the Texas border is just the latest instance of Republicans looking back to the Antebellum era. The attempt by Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election was the clearest example yet that a growing number of Republicans no longer grant any legitimacy to their political opponents or to America’s electoral system.
https://www.salon.com/2024/02/18/return-to-antebellum-era-theories-to-justify-trumps-civil-push/

# Legal / DOJ
Judge orders Trump to pay $355 million for lying about his wealth in staggering civil fraud ruling: A New York judge today ordered former president Donald Trump and the Trump Organization to pay nearly $355 million penalties for their actions to defraud lenders and insurance companies. “In order to borrow more and at lower rates, defendants submitted blatantly false financial data to the accountants, resulting in fraudulent financial statements,” Judge Arthur F. Engoron wrote in his ruling
https://www.washingtonpost.com/documents/f203be39-020c-4f82-a423-96aa20c08e3a.pdf?itid=lk_inline_manual_17

Witness says DA Fani Willis and Nathan Wade started a relationship years earlier than claimed: Fulton County policy suggests both DA Willis, Wade were required to disclose relationship: “Georgia law is pretty specific about what should happen now because of her conflict, whether it tainted the legitimacy of the case, which it has,” former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline opined.
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/witness-says-da-fani-willis-and-nathan-wade-started-a-relationship-years-earlier-than-claimed

Bobulinski testified Biden was involved in son’s business, shielded by ‘plausible deniability’: In a prepared opening statement obtained by ABC News, Bobulinski told lawmakers Tuesday that “Biden was more than a participant in and beneficiary of his family’s business; he was an enabler, despite being buffered by a complex scheme to maintain plausible deniability.”
https://justthenews.com/accountability/political-ethics/bobulinski-testified-joe-biden-was-involved-sons-business-shielded

Bobulinski continued in his opening statement before lawmakers conducting a presidential impeachment inquiry: Biden Family Sold Joe’s ‘Brand’ to Foreign Investors: “I want to be crystal clear,” said former family associate Tony Bobulinski, “from my direct personal experience and what I have subsequently come to learn, it is clear to me that Joe Biden was ‘the Brand’ being sold by the Biden family to get rich from foreign governments.”
https://www.johnlocke.org/biden-family-sold-joes-brand-to-foreign-investors/

Biden’s use of fake names in email could cost him: Top officials have used such aliases in the past for emails, the problem is, there was “work” being discussed on some of these emails, including official foreign travel plans and the hiring of associates of Hunter for high-level positions. More importantly, some emails are relevant to the clients of Biden’s son. Biden has previously lied that he knew nothing of these dealings, but these emails could reveal even more about his knowledge and involvement.
https://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/4182940-bidens-use-of-fake-names-in-email-could-cost-him/

ICJ Hearings Will Examine 57 Years of Israel’s Illegal Occupation of Palestine: More than 50 countries are set to participate in next week’s hearings at the International Court of Justice.
https://www.commondreams.org/news/israeli-occupation

Joe the Rainmaker? Payments, deals followed key Biden meetings with son’s foreign associates: House impeachment investigators are seeking to uncover what role, if any, Joe Biden played in his son’s foreign business dealings. After repeated denials of ever having met Hunter’s business partners, evidence of meetings, key payments and witness testimony tell another story.
https://justthenews.com/accountability/political-ethics/rainmaker-payments-and-agreements-followed-key-biden-meetings-sons

Joe Biden Met Nearly Every Foreign Associate Funneling His Family Millions: This past December, President Biden lied to the American people when he claimed he “did not” interact with his family’s foreign business associates. But bank records don’t lie.
https://oversight.house.gov/blog/joe-biden-met-nearly-every-foreign-associate-funneling-his-family-millions%EF%BF%BC/

# Medical / Health
Oklahoma GOP Advances Bills That Would Ban Emergency Contraception: A GOP-sponsored bill in Oklahoma, HB 3216, passed a legislative hurdle on Wednesday when it passed out of committee. HB 3216 would ban emergency contraception in the state and create a state database of people who have had an abortion.
https://truthout.org/articles/oklahoma-gop-advances-bills-that-would-ban-emergency-contraception/#:~:text=A%20GOP%2Dsponsored%20bill%20in,who%20have%20had%20an%20abortion

# Military / DOD
Navy SEALs in Cyprus pledge ‘unyielding response’ to any adversaries in eastern Mediterranean: Navy SEALs operating in the eastern Mediterranean said that drills carried out off the coast of Cyprus were a signal to adversaries that attacks in the eastern Mediterranean will be opposed with plenty of force.
https://www.stripes.com/branches/navy/2024-02-16/navy-seals-cyprus-training-mediterranean-13023054.html

Navy SEALs Forge Alliance with Cypriot Navy: In a constant demonstration of partnership in the Eastern Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare Operators (SEALs) and Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC) collaborated with Cypriot Navy Underwater Demolition Team (MYK) partners Jan. 22 – Feb. 14, 2024, refining their operational expertise in the maritime domain throughout waters surrounding Cyprus
https://www.usff.navy.mil/Press-Room/News-Stories/Article/3678643/navy-seals-forge-alliance-with-cypriot-navy-underwater-demolition-team-in-easte/

# Military / Global
Armed Resistance to the Israeli Occupation Is Spreading in the West Bank: As Israel cracks down on Palestinian resistance, young men from small West Bank villages have been taking up arms.
https://mondoweiss.net/2024/02/from-the-cities-to-the-countryside-armed-resistance-is-spreading-in-the-west-bank/

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Nitazenes are a powerful class of street drugs emerging across the US: Nitazenes are a class of synthetic opioids that contains more than 20 unique compounds, including isotonitazene, which was first identified in 2019 and is known on the streets as ISO. It also includes protonitazene, metonitazene and etonitazene.
The drug was never approved for use in humans.
https://www.dea.gov/stories/2022/2022-06/2022-06-01/new-dangerous-synthetic-opioid-dc-emerging-tri-state-area

Fentanyl Is Smuggled for U.S. Citizens By U.S. Citizens, Not Asylum Seekers: U.S. Citizens Were 89% of Convicted Fentanyl Traffickers in 2022. Reducing deaths requires figuring out the cause, not jumping to blame a group that is not responsible. Instead of attacking immigrants, policymakers should focus on effective solutions that help people at risk of a fentanyl overdose.
https://www.cato.org/blog/us-citizens-were-89-convicted-fentanyl-traffickers-2022

# Space / NASA
SpaceX Launched Military Satellites Designed to Track Hypersonic Missiles: The prototype satellites hitched a ride on a Falcon 9 rocket. Two prototype satellites for the Missile Defense Agency and four missile-tracking satellites for the US Space Force rode a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket into orbit Wednesday from Florida’s Space Coast.
https://arstechnica.com/space/2024/02/spacex-launches-military-satellites-tuned-to-track-hypersonic-missiles/

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February 14, 2024
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
New anti-climbing border wall prototype being installed in California: A source told Border Report the metal segments being added to the top of the barrier are a prototype, and if they keep migrants from climbing the wall, the feature will be added in other areas along the southern border. Regardless, Rios believes migrants will look for ways to overcome the new design.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.abc27.com/border-report-tour/new-anti-climbing-border-wall-prototype-being-installed-in-california/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz013ftoWTM$

New York, Chicago, Denver face high costs of migrant arrivals, S&P warns: A new reports warns of the financial challenges state and local governments far from the border face when helping migrants. “Only one month into the 2024 fiscal year, the city has identified significant cost overruns related to its migrant support programs for case management and housing solutions, contributing to a potential year-end operating deficit,” according to the S&P report.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://wirepoints.org/new-york-chicago-denver-face-high-costs-of-migrant-arrivals-sp-warns-center-square/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz015NcNoVF$

Inside new Mexican military operation at San Diego-Tijuana border: The Mexican military has launched a new command center as they work to shut down one of the most dangerous smuggling points along the San Diego-Tijuana border.*Mexican military targets smuggling points at San Diego-Tijuana border *Smugglers track Mexican military, monitor US border routes from hills *Chinese migrants offered ‘package trips’ by smugglers to enter US border
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsnationnow.com/us-news/immigration/border-coverage/exclusive-mexican-military-operation-san-diego-tijuana-border/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz0171ZJJ9O$

NY sheriff sounds alarm as migrants cross northern border in record numbers: Favro said “none of this is humane,” and if Congress closed the borders today it would take about five to six years to “get back onto our feet.” “What we saw recently with the attack on our colleagues and law enforcement down in New York City, was just repulsive.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.foxnews.com/media/ny-sheriff-sounds-alarm-migrants-cross-northern-border-record-numbers-none-humane__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz0141xJ9Cd$

UN Budgets Millions for U.S.-Bound Migrants in 2024: Public docs show cash handouts to help feed, transport, and house people headed for the U.S. border. Early in America’s historic border crisis, entering its fourth year, Republican lawmakers named a significant culprit other than the Mexican cartel smugglers. They named the U.S. taxpayer-funded United Nations as a co-smuggler after reports that the UN was handing out debit cards and cash vouchers to aspiring illegal border crossers on their way north.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://cis.org/Bensman/UN-Budgets-Millions-USBound-Migrants-2024__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz01_1zTVGg$

# Corporations / Industry
Walmart Announces More Closures In Some of the Larger U.S. Cities: These closures affected 14 states and Washington, D.C., with four stores closing in Chicago and eight closing across the state of Illinois, the most of any state. For the most part, Walmart blamed underperformance and theft as a central reason for the closures.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thestreet.com/retail/walmart-announces-major-store-closures-for-2024*:*:text=Walmart’s*20upcoming*202024*20store*20closures&text=These*20closures*20affected*2014*20states,central*20reason*20for*20the*20closures__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSUlJSU!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz014KGZhGn$

Plug Power to cut jobs, among other moves meant to save $75 million a year: The alternative energy company “will undertake strategic adjustments to its staffing levels,” it said in a release
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://financialpost.com/globe-newswire/plug-announces-strategic-expense-reduction-plan-to-save-more-than-75-million-annually__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz01yNU0ddG$

# Education / Schools
Under Pressure From Angry Students, GOP Gov Reverses on Federal Summer Meals Funding “It only took literally everyone in the entire state telling him that he was being a monster,” said one political scientist, “for him to do the absolute easiest thing and feed hungry kids.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/news/nebraska-summer-meals__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz01493eNBR$

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Big Oil, Green Groups Sue Over Biden’s Offshore Drilling Plan for the Gulf: “Our lawsuit is another stand for the Gulf ecosystem, its nearby communities, and all wildlife that continue to suffer at the hands of Big Oil,” said Friends of the Earth’s legal director.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/news/gulf-of-mexico-oil-drilling__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz01xxi_CyT$

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure
The East Coast’s slow descent into the ocean intensifies threats from sea level rise: A recent study highlights the increasing peril to coastal communities from land subsidence and sea level rise, exacerbated by groundwater depletion. The U.S. East Coast has been experiencing hurricane-like flooding in recent days, with Georgia and the Carolinas getting the latest round. High tides are part of the problem, but there’s another risk that has been slowly creeping up: sea level rise.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.preventionweb.net/news/east-coast-flooding-reminder-sea-level-rising-climate-warms-heres-why-ocean-pouring-more-often__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz013jUs_Lf$

# General News
‘No Place Is Safe’: Multiple People Shot at Kansas City Super Bowl Parade: “Today we continue the cycle of fear and grieving in Kansas City during a parade,” said one gun control group.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/news/kansas-city-shooting__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz0139tra1A$

A Cultural Artifact That Meets the Moment; Stephen King’s Under the Dome nails how Trumpism functions at the most elemental of levels: A Hole in the Culture. Why is there so little art depicting the moment we’re in?
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://prospect.org/culture/2024-02-14-cultural-artifact-meets-the-moment/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz01zRYgqY8$

Mexican Gun Lawsuit Aims to Change America’s Gun Laws: A U.S. appeals court on Monday revived a $10 billion lawsuit by Mexico seeking to hold American gun manufacturers responsible for facilitating the trafficking of weapons to drug cartels across the U.S.-Mexico border.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/22/us/politics/appeals-court-mexico-lawsuit-gunmakers.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz010hoqfcF$

# Gov / Politics / Global
EU takes first step to use Russia’s frozen assets for Ukraine: The EU adopted a law to set aside windfall profits made on frozen Russian central bank assets, it said on Monday, in a first concrete step towards the bloc’s aim of using the money to finance the reconstruction of Ukraine. The European Union has moved toward using the profits from frozen Russian central bank assets to finance Ukraine’s reconstruction with the adoption of a new law on Monday
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.euractiv.com/section/europe-s-east/news/eu-takes-a-step-closer-to-using-frozen-russian-assets-profits-for-ukraine/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz01_T_qRu7$

Russia warns the West: we will be very tough if you ‘steal’ our assets: Russia warned the West on Tuesday that Moscow would be very tough if the United States and European Union seized hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Russian assets.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2024-02-13/russia-warns-the-west-we-will-be-very-tough-if-you-steal-our-assets__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz01_z8sgwK$

South Africa Calls on ICJ to Stop Israel’s Rafah Assault: An invasion of Rafah would be an “irreparable breach both of the Genocide Convention and of the court’s order,” the South African government said. The country filed an “urgent request” over Israel’s planned extension of military operations. The South African government is requesting that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) consider an intervention in Israel’s announced military operations in Rafah.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/news/south-africa-rafah__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz014nTtc5O$

# Gov / Politics
US Chooses to Back Genocide and War: The horror Americans feel at the plight of people in Gaza and the U.S. role in it is a shocking new low in this disconnect between the humanity of ordinary Americans and the insatiable ambitions of their undemocratic leaders.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/opinion/genocide-ceasefire-war-middle-east__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz017xiHjjK$

Biden: U.S. to Maintain Forces in Iraq, Syria: Biden: Response to Deadly Attack on Troops ‘Will Continue’—as U.S. to Maintain Forces in Iraq, Syria. It was also important as a statement of a continued U.S. commitment to sustain its military presence in the region, including in Iraq and Syria
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/joe-biden-officially-notifies-congress-iraq-syria-strikes-1866718__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz01yOsE3wv$

The US Needs to Get Out of the Middle East — Soon: The US has about 46,000 troops stationed in 11 countries across the Middle East: The US has about 46,000 troops stationed in 11 countries across the Middle East, with all the accompanying hardware and support. Those forces are not available elsewhere, whether in Europe or East Asia, where America’s most ominous foes need deterring and its closest allies need reassuring.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2024-02-13/the-us-needs-to-get-out-of-the-middle-east-soon__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz018Vy_9-m$

White House Chaos: Susan Rice Slammed “Bitch Ass” Becerra Over Border; Biden ‘Exploded’ With Rage: Apparently in January of 2023, President Biden completely lost his shit on Air Force One, ‘exploding’ with rage at his team during a discussion on immigration because they couldn’t produce obscure data on demand.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.zerohedge.com/political/white-house-chaos-susan-rice-slammed-bitch-ass-becerra-over-border-biden-exploded-rage__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz013TARtcK$

Democrat Tom Suozzi Wins Special Election in New York to Succeed George Santos in Congress: Democrat Tom Suozzi won a special election Tuesday in New York for the U.S. House seat that was left vacant when Republican George Santos was expelled from Congress. Suozzi defeated Republican Mazi Pilip to retake a seat he held for three terms before giving it up to run, unsuccessfully, for governor.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://time.com/6694621/democrat-tom-suozzi-new-york-george-santos/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz015lFbQzB$

House Republicans voted to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in yet another effort to help former President Donald Trump’s 2024 White House bid: Mayorkas is the first Cabinet official to be impeached since the 1870s, a vote made all the more remarkable by Republicans’ inability to pass the same articles of impeachment last week, when three GOP members joined Democrats to tank the resolution, citing concerns their colleagues were abusing their impeachment power.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4466356-republicans-impeach-mayorkas-in-historic-vote/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz01x6AvU5B$

Senate passes Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan aid amid Trump-fueled opposition: The Senate on Tuesday passed the president’s $95 billion foreign aid spending request for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan following an all-night session, wrapping up nearly a week of debate on the bill.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2024/02/13/senate-passes-ukraine-israel-taiwan-aid-amid-trump-fueled-opposition/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz012oL2suP$

John Fetterman Is Not the Progressive Politician Everyone Thought He Was  and he doesn’t care: The Pennsylvania Democrat has some thoughts to share on Biden, the left and James Carville, too.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.politico.com/news/2023/12/27/john-fetterman-q-and-a-00133217__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz0133N7w4h$

Trump Just Keeps Doing Appalling Things, and the Ranks of the Disengaged Are Growing:
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/02/11/trump-nato-russia-invade/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz018RzOBnB$

Donald Trump Issues Dire Warning if Immunity Claim Fails: Donald Trump has claimed that every president will be “immediately indicted” by the opposing party after leaving office if they are not granted immunity. The former president, who is fighting four criminal cases while seeking to reclaim the White House, has repeatedly advanced the argument that he is immune from prosecution for actions taken while in office.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-issues-dire-warning-immunity-1867159__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz010-yxAKA$

Chinese ‘saboteurs’ are ‘sharpening their skills to kill Americans’: Gordon Chang – Gatestone Institute senior fellow Gordon Chang argues China’s goals and motivations are ‘worse’ than trying to overtake the U.S. as a global superpower. ‘China is making fast preparations for war and the Pentagon has decided not to notice’
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.foxbusiness.com/video/6325384785112__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz018oAAT6x$

Life in America is becoming a continuous nightmare: And waking up does not seem to be an option. The forthcoming presidential election is one nightmare. Some three-quarters of Americans do not want either Donald Trump or Joe Biden as president.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.upi.com/Voices/2024/02/14/Harlan-Ullman-American-democracy-nightmare/3621707856065/*:*:text=In*20America*2C*20life*20is*20becoming,or*20Joe*20Biden*20as*20president__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSU!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz01xFyDhvo$

Senator John Fetterman Sends Blunt Message to Trump and GOP Lawmakers Criticizing the $118 Billion Border Bill [©Source: Flickr/Governor Tom Wolf / Flickr/Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] Democratic Senator John Fetterman recently issued a blunt message directed to GOP lawmakers that are still opposing a $118 billion Senate bill. Donald Trump was targeted as well by the message since he shares in the opposition.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/john-fettermans-blunt-message-republicans-donald-trump-1867452__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz0104Gi9g9$

# Law Enforcment
San Jacinto County’s radios weren’t working when Francisco Oropeza allegedly killed neighbors: The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office said if you call for help, there’s a chance no one will hear you. The emergency radio and 911 operations are failing, and the county commissioners and first responders can’t agree. Is this a problem that needs fixing now, or can it wait?
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsbreakapp.com/n/0rJTPNR4?s=a3&share_destination_id=MjUxNTI2Njg4LTE3MDc5MTcyODk0MjM=&pd=0H1Na41Y&hl=en_US__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz01_D5YkA6$

# Media
Over 100 Chinese Websites Pose as Local News Outlets in 30 Countries: A Beijing-based public relations firm has created more than 100 websites that are posing as local news outlets across 30 countries to spread pro-China talking points, according to a new report by Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://citizenlab.ca/2024/02/paperwall-chinese-websites-posing-as-local-news-outlets-with-pro-beijing-content/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz015ePwH_f$

# Military / Global
Global Alarm as IDF Takes Aim at Nasser Hospital Full of Sheltering Civilians: “Nasser is the backbone of the health system in southern Gaza. It must be protected,” said the head of the World Health Organization. Israeli troops further closed in on the largest hospital in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, ordering thousands of Palestinians sheltering at the facility to evacuate amid reports that Israeli snipers have been shooting people trying to flee the compound.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/news/israel-nasser-hospital__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz018NzT8Rr$

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Federal Judge Tosses Big Pharma Lawsuit Against Medicare Drug Price Negotiations: “Big PhRMA is so desperate to stop the Biden administration from lowering drug costs for seniors that they’re clogging the judicial system with spam lawsuits even in courtrooms they have no jurisdiction in.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/news/judge-tosses-pharma-lawsuit__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz01-pmPTkA$

# Space / NASA
US prestige at stake as Texas company launches for the Moon: An American spaceship attempting a lunar landing has been rescheduled to launch early Thursday, the second private-led effort this year after the first ended in dismal failure.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://phys.org/news/2024-02-prestige-stake-texas-company-moon.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz01wunlJi9$

# Technology
Donald Trump and Elon Musk: 2 disrupters facing a reckoning! Both the Tesla CEO and the former president have used that platform, Twitter, as a sword and a shield, a soapbox to rouse the passions (and tap the pocketbooks) of tens of millions of followers and repulse the other side. Now both face a reckoning this week brought on at least in part by their use of Twitter to advance their agendas and feed their outsize id.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/donald-trump-and-elon-musk-2-disrupters-facing-a-reckoning__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3aR0eqECGvA5o8qkYJOhNPFKVzLaP_35rHtVXZSlvFmyl2F2UY6d5T0Ee_LTNdoTZ85iOFPaa8mN2uINJoDFUlz01ywH4jDG$

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-13

Voices, The Peoples News

February 13, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. – Northern states see record surge in illegal border crossings, Border Patrol says: “2023 saw a 41% increase of Northern border encounters from 2022,” Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., wrote. “The reality is that the Northern border remains unprotected and overexposed under the Biden-Mayorkas border crisis.” Northern cities appear to be struggling to accommodate migrants.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://abc3340.com/news/nation-world/illegal-migrants-crossing-northern-border-at-recording-breaking-rate-patrol-agent-says-swanton-sector-robert-garcia-customs-new-york-new-hampshire-vermont-canada-immigration__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KHGCmK3g$

Who’s Funding Illegal Immigration? You Are: AG Pax­ton: Ille­gal Immi­gra­tion Costs Texas Tax­pay­ers Over $850 Mil­lion Each Year: Attorney General Paxton uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars that Texas taxpayers involuntarily spent on illegal aliens every year.
. Texans pay between $579 million and $717 million each year for public hospital districts to provide uncompensated care for illegal aliens.
. Texans paid $152 million to house illegal criminal aliens for just one year.
. Texans pay between $62 million and $90 million to include illegal aliens in the state Emergency Medicaid program.
. Texans paid more than $1 million for The Family Violence Program to provide services to illegal aliens for one year.
. Texans pay between $30 million and $38 million per year on perinatal coverage for illegal aliens through the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
. Texans pay between $31 million and $63 million to educate unaccompanied alien children each year.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/news/releases/ag-paxton-illegal-immigration-costs-texas-taxpayers-over-850-million-each-year__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KONLF0Mr$

‘A privacy nightmare’: the $400m surveillance package inside the US immigration bill: Experts issue warning over bipartisan measure’s funding for towers and DNA tests that would ‘hyper-amplify what’s already happening.’ The lion’s share of funding will go to two main tools: $170m for additional surveillance towers and $204m for “expenses related to the analysis of DNA samples”, which includes those collected from migrants detained by border patrol.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/06/us-immigration-bill-mexico-border-surveillance-privacy__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KCEJ8ZbG$

Colorado Draws Line in the Sand, Says “No” to Migrant Sanctuary: Officials in Colorado are telling their constituents that they have no plans to ever become a sanctuary for migrants.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/colorado-officials-blast-sanctuary-cities-after-migrants-arrive-1866150__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KI_jvGmf$

An Infuriating Poll Finding About Trump Should Galvanize Democrats: Trump killed the border deal, but Biden is getting blamed. Here’s what Democrats need to do to turn that around. Trump is exerting a level of influence over his party in a way that’s unprecedented in a former president
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://newrepublic.com/article/178951/poll-biden-blamed-border-deal-galvanize-democrats__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KIBqbVI6$

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
CDC Drafted, Held Back Myocarditis Alert on COVD Vaccines: Co-author of the Illusion of Consesus Substack Rav Arora weighs in on an alleged CDC alert on COVID-19 vaccines and myocarditis that was never sent.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/video/cdc-drafted-held-back-myocarditis-alert-on-covid-vaccines-rav-arora-reacts-to-reports/9349963/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KL1bGi0F$

# Education / Schools
Culture wars are raging on US campuses: Academics in the United States worry that growing political pressure on universities could limit research and teaching. In the past few years, laws in some right-leaning states have put restrictions on diversity initiatives, in what conservatives say is an effort to protect academic freedom.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-024-00393-1?utm_source=Live*Audience&utm_campaign=bd298a4aca-briefing-dy-20240213&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b27a691814-bd298a4aca-50037248__;Kw!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KHIX_4xD$

# Employment / Labor
Affirmative Action Is Dead, and Inequality Is Still Crushing Workers: The most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that in the United States, who we are too often determines what we get to do for a living.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://newrepublic.com/article/178945/affirmative-action-occupational-statistics-2023__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KKq-5gDE$

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Democratic senators call on federal regulators to crack down on “responsible” and “certified” natural gas claims, saying the selling of low-emissions methane is a “dangerous greenwashing scheme” that undermines the clean energy transition.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/12/natural-gas-greenwashing-democrats?utm_medium=email__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KKMS8-r7$

Two Major Oil Companies Set to Merge in $26-Billion Deal: Diamondback Energy has agreed to buy Endeavor Energy Resources, which will make it the Permian Basin’s third-largest producer, putting out around 816,000 barrels of oil-equivalent daily
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# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Global
Trinidad and Tobago faces historic environmental crisis with massive oil spill: The spill, emanating from a ship named Gulfstream, has wreaked havoc on over 25 miles of pristine coastline, endangering the coral reefs, Atlantic beaches, and the livelihoods dependent on these natural resources.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nationofchange.org/2024/02/13/trinidad-and-tobago-faces-historic-environmental-crisis-with-massive-oil-spill/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KCGdP_Xu$

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure GOP presidential candidates avoid discussing climate change on campaign trail: There are a lot more Republicans who care about climate change than you think. Every four years, they get shut out of the conversation. Despite a summer of record-setting heat, new polling shows that Republican voters still don’t see a warming planet as a concern. As William Brangham reports, neither do the GOP candidates who want to lead them.
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# Environment / Climate / Infrastructure / Global Greenland is turning green again for the first time since medieval times. Why it matters: In addition to its local impacts on people, flora and fauna, “the loss of ice mass in Greenland is a substantial contributor to global sea level rise, a trend that poses significant challenges both now and in the future,” said study lead author Michael Grimes, also of the University of Leeds. If all the ice on Greenland melted, global seas would rise by about 23 feet, according to NASA,
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# General News
Hunter Biden friend tells Congress how first family’s name scored Chinese deal worth millions: House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) today released a video and bank records memorandum revealing how Joe Biden received $40,000 in laundered China money from the account of his brother, James Biden, and his sister-in-law, Sara Biden, in the form of a personal check.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://oversight.house.gov/release/comer-reveals-how-joe-biden-received-laundered-china-money/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KF5_uEKz$

The American Consulting Firms That Live in Fear of Their Murderous Clients: What keeps companies like McKinsey in the business of whitewashing the regimes of bloodthirsty dictators? Increasingly, it’s the consequences of crossing them.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://newrepublic.com/article/178942/consulting-firms-saudi-arabia-hearing__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KOXG61oY$

# Gov / Politics / Global
Satellite Images Point to Indiscriminate Israeli Attacks on Gaza’s Health Care Facilities: New research finds that Israel’s attacks on Gaza damaged hospitals and other medical facilities at the same rate as other buildings, potentially in violation of international law.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.wired.com/story/israel-hamas-war-health-care-facilities-attack-study/*:*:text=New*20research*20finds*20that*20Israel’s,in*20violation*20of*20international*20law__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KKiNYYKH$

Destroying Gaza’s Health Care System Is a War Crime: “Israel’s destruction of Gaza’s health care system is not only an important part of the genocide charges—it is also a blatant war crime that should be prosecuted outright by the International Criminal Court (ICC)
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://foreignpolicy.com/2024/02/09/israel-gaza-health-care-hospitals-genocide-icj/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KNVfVmMD$

Russia Just Declared a Western Leader a ‘Wanted Person’: Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas was declared a “wanted” person by Russia’s interior ministry on Tuesday. The ministry listed Kallas on a database as “wanted under the criminal code,” marking the first time Russia has brought a criminal case against the head of a foreign government.
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# Gov / Politics
Biden Had His Worst Week, Then Trump Made Him Look Competent: For three days all we were talking about was “Is Joe Biden Senile?” But Trump’s desperate need for attention put the spotlight back on him ,and not in a good way.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thedailybeast.com/biden-had-his-worst-week-then-trump-made-him-look-competent__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KGwjWpnl$

Trump Is Telling Us He’s an Enemy of the American People: The ex-president said he’d destroy our most important alliances and “encourage” attacks on our allies. His words are traitorous, plain and simple.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-is-telling-us-hes-an-enemy-of-the-american-people__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KAKiFfZt$

Wisconsin Elections Commission clarifies absentee ballot rules: Wisconsin’s election managers say as long as there is a house number and a street name, absentee voting witness slips don’t need a city, the state, a zip code or anything else. The commission told clerks to error on the side of counting ballots and issued five specific clarifications as to when ballots are not to be rejected.
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Arizona bill would heighten some fentanyl deaths to first degree murder: Senate Bill 1344, introduced by state Sen. Anthony Kern, would make certain fentanyl drug deaths classified as first-degree murder. This means someone could face life behind bars or the death penalty if they are found guilty, according to a state law.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.eacourier.com/free-access/bill-would-heighten-some-fentanyl-deaths-to-first-degree-murder/article_59b09c38-c9f8-11ee-bc61-a333c1b8fe96.html*:*:text=Senate*20Bill*201344*2C*20introduced*20by,according*20to*20a*20state*20law__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSU!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KFCPVQZn$

Johnson dismisses Senate foreign aid bill without border reform: ‘America deserves better’: “In the absence of having received any single border policy change from the Senate, the House will have to continue to work its own will on these important matters,” Johnson said in a statement. “America deserves better than the Senate’s status quo.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/02/12/house-ukraine-johnson-senate/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KLvY4NvQ$

Senate Passes $95.3 Billion Aid Package For Ukraine, Israel And Taiwan After Rare All-Night Session: Fate in the House is uncertain. The vote came after a small group of Republicans opposed to the $60 billion for Ukraine held the Senate floor through the night, using the final hours of debate to argue that the U.S. should focus on its own problems before sending more money overseas.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/ukraine-aid-congress-senate-5fdcf8cb1964681dcce0f4fe7b9a0f86__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KPRPrsOm$

The Biden Campaign Is Officially Trolling on TikTok Now: Though TikTok is banned on most government devices, President Joe Biden’s campaign has signed on. The move comes after Axios first reported in November that the Biden campaign has been weighing joining the app to reach younger voters on the platform, despite data security concerns surrounding the Chinese-owned company.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.axios.com/2024/02/12/biden-campaign-tiktok-account-first-video__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KFnBoR2T$

Trump’s latest NATO rhetoric shows why alliance has reason to fear his reelection: Former President Donald Trump’s statement over the weekend that he would encourage Russia to attack NATO allies that don’t spend enough on defense exposes critical vulnerabilities that a second Trump term would bring for the 75-year-old alliance.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.axios.com/2024/02/13/trump-nato-russia-threat-attack-defend__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KAY5byEW$

GOP Congressman stands by accusation some fellow members have been compromised: Rep.Tim Burchett of Tennessee said that blackmail would explain some of his colleagues’ votes. ” And when asked if he believed there were House members who had decided how to vote based on compromising material about them held by foreign powers, Burchett said, “Absolutely. And other powers. It doesn’t have to be foreign powers.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tim-burchett-stands-by-allegation-members-blackmailed_n_65a1bd3fe4b06444b222dee3__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KJRmGDA5$

Republicans Seem Completely OK With Trump’s Alarming Russia Comments: Republicans are defending Donald Trump’s terrifying remarks that Russia can do “whatever the hell it wants.” Conservatives once again fell in line behind Donald Trump on Monday, signing off on comments the GOP front-runner made over the weekend that read more like veiled threats against nations he deems are failing NATO’s guidelines. Tom Cotton echoes fellow GOP senators, saying former president was ‘simply ringing the warning bell’
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/12/trump-nato-russia-comments-republicans__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KDlei5K2$

Dem senator calls Israeli leadership “war criminals,” votes to send them $14 billion anyway
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AIPAC’s Surprising Salvo in Orange County: A swing seat in California is seeing a flurry of attack ads from pro-Israel forces. Why? A pro-Israel super PAC is making a six-figure splash in a toss-up Orange County House race, prompting fierce pushback from its target, Democratic state Sen.  Dave Min.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.politico.com/news/2024/02/05/pro-israel-super-pac-california-house-election-00139786__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KHyRYOHx$

Influential lawmaker urges House GOP to expand Biden impeachment to border after Mayorkas vote:  “I hope we’ll impeach Secretary Mayorkas tonight, but the buck stops with Joe Biden,” Rep. Jim Banks says.  “All of the reasons that you’re impeaching Secretary Mayorkas are doubly important to impeaching Joe Biden.”
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# Law Enforcement
States are cracking down on private companies’ prison-phone price gouging by making prison calls free and barring the government kickbacks that perpetuated the scheme. Incarcerated people pay about 5 dollars for a 30-minute phone call. A new bill wants to change that. Those fees can place a serious financial burden on incarcerated people and their loved ones looking to maintain regular contact, which research suggests can reduce recidivism.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.npr.org/2023/01/01/1146370950/prison-phone-call-cost-martha-wright-biden__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KObImWCq$

House Republicans unveil bill to address warrantless surveillance powers: It bars law enforcement from using opposition research or media reports as a basis for a warrant, an effort to avoid repeat incidents. Some controversial measures, including a provision to screen any noncitizen “ being processed for travel to the United States,” have been removed from the latest bill. Some controversial measures, including a provision to screen any noncitizen “ being processed for travel to the United States,” have been removed from the latest bill.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/4463961-house-unveils-warrantless-surveillance-bill/*:*:text=It*20bars*20law*20enforcement*20from,removed*20from*20the*20latest*20bill__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KCPO3Jkn$

A Backroom Deal Looms Over a High-Stakes US Surveillance Fight: Top congressional lawmakers are meeting in private to discuss the future of a widely unpopular surveillance program, worrying members devoted to reforming Section 702. The White House and congressional backers of the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance program are warning that ending the massive collection of phone records from millions of Americans would put the nation at risk from another terrorist attack.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.foxnews.com/us/showdown-looming-surveillance-program-backers-fight-off-a-challenge-as-white-house-weighs-in__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KEC8e2za$

# Legal / DOJ
​​Trump Lawsuit Dismissed As Judges Conclude There’s “No Compelling Reason” To Proceed: The lawsuit, categorized as a Data Protection Lawsuit, alleged that Orbis violated British data protection laws by releasing false and damaging information. However, the judge ruled that there were no compelling reasons to allow the case to proceed to trial, citing the expiration of the Statute of Limitations.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://original.newsbreak.com/@legallyspeaking-world-1779352/3329273423223-trump-lawsuit-dismissed-judges-find-no-compelling-reason-to-proceed__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KKecYtYQ$

GOP’s Star Witness in Biden Probe Has Russian Oligarch Ties: Bobulinski has been cast as the star witness. House Republicans want voters to take Tony Bobulinski’s word over everyone else in Hunter Biden’s orbit, except Bobulinski has some unsavory connections of his own. Business records and materials that House Republicans have provided in their own investigation show that, back in 2017, Bobulinski was in cahoots with a Russian oligarch long before “Burisma” became national shorthand for vague Biden family shadiness.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thedailybeast.com/gops-star-witness-tony-bobulinski-in-hunter-biden-probe-has-ties-to-russian-oligarch__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KNNb5C17$

Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption; The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns: On April 16, 2014, Vice President Biden met with his son’s business partner, Devon Archer, at the White House. Five days later, Vice President Biden visited Ukraine, and he soon after was described in the press as the “public face of the administration’s handling of Ukraine.”
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Trump Takes His Claim Of ‘Total Immunity’ From Prosecution To Supreme Court: The coup-attempting former president’s filing keeps the criminal case against him from moving forward in trial court until the high court decides in what appears to be yet another effort to delay the trial.
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The judge presiding over the Georgia election subversion case against Donald Trump and several co-defendants said Monday that the district attorney who brought the case could be disqualified if she financially benefitted from a personal relationship with her lead prosecutor on the case.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/12/politics/fulton-county-fani-willis-trump-hearing/index.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KOOCe97t$

Tony Bobulinski’s closed-door interview may answer key questions central to impeachment inquiry: A key figure in Hunter Biden’s early relationship with CEFC China Energy, Bobulinski is set to appear before the House Oversight Committee at 10AM on Tuesday for an interview as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Biden.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://justthenews.com/accountability/political-ethics/tony-bobulinskis-interview-may-provide-answers-key-questions__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KJDVNO4Y$

Trump asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block a scathing and unanimous decision from the DC Circuit handed down last week that flatly rejected his claims of immunity from election subversion charges brought by special counsel Jack Smith.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2024/02/12/Trump-Supreme-Court-block-decision-rejecting-immunity-claims/5161707785336/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KG3Ikl3N$

Threats Against Judges, Prosecutors Double Since Election: The U.S. Marshals Service has a growing concern about these threats, which are linked to violent rhetoric on social media and political polarization.
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# Medical / Health
FDA Removes Informed Consent Protections from Some Human Clinical Trials: FDA issued a final rule providing an exception from the requirement to obtain informed consent when a clinical investigation poses no more than minimal risk to the human subject and includes appropriate safeguards to protect the rights, safety, and welfare of human subjects
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/12/21/2023-27935/institutional-review-board-waiver-or-alteration-of-informed-consent-for-minimal-risk-clinical__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KPB9O2Ud$

# Military / DOD
Half of Nuclear Carriers Headed to the Korean Peninsula, What’s the Plan? There is speculation that five carriers of the total US nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (11 vessels) could gather around the Korean Peninsula for the first time in April and May.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/biden-yoon-south-korea-nuclear-submarines-agreement-8f1e003990cb434afa0980707e471396__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KD7UqIRd$

# Military / Global
Russian Bombers Approach Alaska Airspace: The U.S. intercepted Russian aircraft flying off Alaska in international airspace as they approached an identification zone for two straight days this week, according to officials. Planes are required to identify themselves when they approach the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ.
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The Wagner Group has confirmed its new role in Russia: The Wagner Group is back in action but its role in Russia may have changed drastically according to a new video message from the mercenary organization’s latest leader. Putin orders former Wagner commander to take charge of ‘volunteer units’ in Ukraine
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/putin-orders-former-wagner-commander-to-take-charge-of-volunteer-units-in-ukraine__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KCNdYsRG$

Kim Jong Un’s support for Russia sparks warnings from the West: US says it ‘won’t hesitate’ to impose more sanctions on Russia and North Korea if they conclude any new arms deal. It was troubling that Russia and North Korea were discussing increased cooperation that could violate UN Security Council resolutions
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/9/13/north-koreas-kims-support-for-russia-concerns-western-nations__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KJjsQAeB$

# Technology
Amazon Prime Video removes more features, and asks users to pay to get them back: Prime Video caused controversy at the end of last year when it announced that it would start injecting ads into its videos.  If users wanted to avoid them, they needed to pay $2.99 per month, or similar in other currencies, the company said.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.independent.co.uk/tech/amazon-prime-video-dolby-atmos-vision-b2495391.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KCkyePbh$

# Water
The City of Tomorrow Will Run on Your Toilet Water: Researchers are finding better ways to extract drinking water, compost, and even energy from wastewater. It’s not gross. It’s science. Researchers are applying the same technology to wastewater solids, which would essentially turn sludge into a solid product. “If you do pyrolysis – because it’s thermochemical, it’s a hot process – you kill these bacteria, kill these pathogens, kill these viruses. “It’s very clean,” says Fengqi Yu, an engineer who studies wastewater at Cornell University.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://biz.crast.net/the-city-of-tomorrow-will-run-on-water-from-your-toilet/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3Vqv8wpllRtWNhgljrAJGy2imOwKEkANWtQdB5kgwR0Oij9-0EgDT0_11wpJUJh2Ds7ciZ8yKyX5iOncU85BQ6d6KCZceR9Q$

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-12

Voices, The Peoples News

February 12, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Greg Abbott Increases Razor Wire at Texas Border: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said more razor wire will be installed along the state’s border with Mexico as he continues his standoff with President Joe Biden’s administration over immigration enforcement. “More National Guard & razor wire barriers are coming to the Texas border,” Abbott wrote on X, formerly Twitter, on Sunday.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/texas-greg-abbott-razor-wire-1868953__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5arDyFSZI$

Report Shows More Than 60% of Illegal Immigrants Are on Government Assistance: According to the CIS report, a notable 59 percent of households headed by illegal immigrants utilize at least one major taxpayer-funded welfare program, in stark contrast to the 39 percent of U.S.-born households accessing such assistance. Benefits can be accessed through their U.S.-born children, allowing for access to welfare despite restrictions.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thestockdork.com/report-shows-more-than-60-of-illegal-immigrants-are-on-government-assistance-2/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5apujgRi4$

Welfare Use by Immigrants and the U.S. Born: Comparing program use by foreign and U.S. born headed households. This report is based on newly released data from the 2022 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). Analysis of this data shows both immigrants and the U.S.-born make extensive use of means-tested anti-poverty programs, with immigrant households significantly more likely to receive benefits.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://cis.org/Report/Welfare-Use-Immigrants-and-USBorn__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5ahZKRsqE$

Far-Right “God’s Army” Rally at Texas Border Raises Alarms: A far-right convoy calling itself “God’s army” is set to host rallies at different border towns along the US-Mexico border to decry what they call a migrant “invasion.” On a “Take Our Border Back” website, they called on “all active & retired law enforcement and military, veterans, mama bears, elected officials, business owners, ranchers, truckers, bikers, media and LAW ABIDING, freedom-loving Americans.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2024/02/far-right-convoy-anti-immigrant-rallies-us-mexico-border-abbott-biden/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5air_NaPX$

Inside Trump’s plans to deport millions from the U.S: Donald Trump’s plan to crack down on immigration includes using a range of tools to deport millions of people in the U.S. each year from obscure laws to military funds to law enforcement officers from all levels of government.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.axios.com/2024/02/11/trump-promise-deport-millions-migrants-reality__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5ah297JZZ$

What nationalities are the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border illegally? Colombian, Ecuadorian, Chinese, and Indian migrants also reached the Southwest border in larger numbers in 2023, albeit in much smaller totals than Venezuelans. Conversely, encounters of Mexicans, Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Salvadorans all decreased from FY 2022 to FY 2023.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.migrationpolicy.org/news/border-numbers-fy2023*:*:text=Colombian*2C*20Ecuadorian*2C*20Chinese*2C*20and,FY*202022*20to*20FY*202023__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSUl!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5as_B3uln$

Obama-Appointed Judge Throws Out Illegal Aliens’ Lawsuit Against Texas: A federal district court judge, appointed by former President Obama, has thrown out a lawsuit brought by a group of male illegal aliens who claimed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) “Operation Lone Star” violated their constitutional rights.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/02/08/obama-appointed-judge-throws-out-illegal-aliens-lawsuit-against-texas/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5akITqcWd$

Rancher sounds alarm on terror ‘route’ as lawmakers drag feet on border fix: A fifth-generation Arizona rancher said lawmakers must seal the border to keep Americans safe and need to stop playing political football over border security. Arizona border rancher pleads with Congress to ‘take care of America first’ and secure the border
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.foxnews.com/politics/rancher-sounds-alarm-route-terror-mayorkas-denies-responsibility-mass-border-crossings__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5atqpoOth$

California Sees Record Number of Indian Migrants at Border: Indian migrant encounters spiked from 2,516 in fiscal year 2021 to 8,262 and 9,442 in fiscal years 2022 and 2023, respectively. Between October and December of the current fiscal year, Indian migrant encounters totaled 3,732 in The Golden State.3
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/california-record-indian-migrants-border-1869233*:*:text=In*20California*2C*20Indian*20migrant*20encounters,3*2C732*20in*20The*20Golden*20State__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSUl!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5aufdz52q$

# Corporations / Industry
Immigrant child laborers are being killed in US factories. Companies are walking away with fines: Duvan Thomas Pérez was just 16 when he was fatally injured while cleaning machinery at a Mississippi slaughterhouse. The penalty for the Mar-Jac Poultry processing plant was just $212,646 in federal fines and 17 safety citations, despite the incident being one in a series. Sawmills and slaughterhouses collect citations amid landscape of ‘underfunded and under-resourced’ regulators
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/feb/12/immigrant-child-laborers-killed-factories-osha*:*:text=Duvan*20Thomas*20P**Arez*20was,being*20one*20in*20a*20series__;I34lJcOpJSUlJSU!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5alVi0GxE$

Cisco reportedly set to slash thousands of jobs in major restructuring: Cisco reportedly set to slash thousands of jobs in major restructuring. Network giant Cisco is reportedly gearing up for a significant restructuring of the company, which could include thousands of layoffs, in a strategic move to align itself with sectors that account for better growth.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.techradar.com/pro/cisco-reportedly-set-to-slash-thousands-of-jobs-in-major-restructuring__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5anMC01bN$

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Citibank Won’t Reimburse Scam Victims Who Lost Their Savings Due to Bank’s Own Security Glitch: Citibank has illegally refused to reimburse scam victims who lost money due partly to Citibank’s poor online security practices, New York Attorney General Letitia James alleged in a lawsuit filed today in US District Court for the Southern District of New York.Jan 30, 2024
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/2024/attorney-general-james-sues-citibank-failing-protect-and-reimburse-victims__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5asThzapR$

# Education / Schools
Denver schools overwhelmed by migrant surge as mayor slashes $5M from public services to address crisis: Mayor Mike Johnston pinned the blame on Republicans and former President Trump Friday while announcing $5 million in cuts from recreation centers, DMV services and city landscaping to pay for the migrant crisis.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.foxnews.com/us/denver-mayor-blames-republicans-and-trump-for-5m-cuts-to-pay-for-migrant-crisis__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5ahfnEXDK$

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Utah’s lithium extraction raises environmental concerns:  An Australian company plans to extract lithium from Utah’s Paradox Basin, raising questions about the impact on the Colorado River. The extraction process, using saline water and chemicals, is seen as less disruptive but raises environmental concerns.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://medriva.com/health/environmental-health/lithium-extraction-in-utah-an-economic-boom-or-environmental-concern/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5akB7noHj$

New dashboard reveals uranium mine risks in New Mexico:  New Mexico helped supply uranium as source material for the creation of nuclear weapons during World War II. The state does not continue to operate uranium mining or milling.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08022024/new-online-dashboard-identifies-threats-posed-by-uranium-mines-and-mills-in-new-mexico/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5apdi7VMG$

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure Biden’s climate change reparations will bankrupt America: The reparations regime will only aid the wealthy and privileged, not those most in need
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/biden-s-climate-change-reparations-will-bankrupt-america/ar-BB1iaLxh?ocid=winp1taskbar&cvid=362889447b2f4c459e67add8ecc64c24&ei=144__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5aktH_pXq$

World Breaches 1.5°C for an Entire Year for First Time on Record: The average global temperature has exceeded 1.5 degree Celsius over a 12-month period, according to new data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). “The global mean temperature for the past twelve months (Feb 2023 – Jan 2024) is the highest on record, at 0.64°C above the 1991-2020 average and 1.52°C above the 1850-1900 pre-industrial average,” C3S said in a new report.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ecowatch.com/average-global-temperature-record-2024-paris-agreement.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5alfJkIiN$

As ExxonMobil Moves In, Venezuela Boosts Forces Along Disputed Border With Guyana: As increased U.S. military aid to Guyana and ExxonMobil’s oil exploration in contested waters exacerbate a territorial row between Venezuela and Guyana, satellite images made public on Friday purportedly showed increased Venezuelan military activity near the two countries’ disputed border.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/news/venezuela-guyana-border-dispute*:*:text=As*20increased*20U.S.*20military*20aid,the*20two*20countries’*20disputed*20border__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5an4pWSiy$

# Environment / Climate / Infrastructure / Global Climate simulation raises alarm over potential ocean circulation collapse: A recent study by René van Westen showcases how melting Arctic freshwater could disrupt the Atlantic Ocean’s circulation, potentially leading to abrupt climate changes.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09022024/climate-impacts-from-collapse-of-atlantic-meridional-overturning-current-could-be-worse-than-expected/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5aqahrTtY$

Migratory species face a global decline, UN warns: Nearly half of the world’s migratory animals are declining, with many at risk of extinction. About 44% of migratory species are decreasing in population due to habitat loss, illegal activities, pollution, and climate change. The United Nations report emphasizes the critical role of migration in species survival and the interconnectedness of ecosystems across borders.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/united-nations-report-migratory-species-decline-9068ad6e13c7f6ee57d6d92deef4646f__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5am5N3Ea_$

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technology Maryland proposes stringent baby food safety regulations:  “Rudy’s Law” is inspired by a toddler’s lead poisoning from contaminated baby food. The bill mandates monthly testing for toxic metals in baby food and requires manufacturers to disclose test results.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thenationaldesk.com/news/spotlight-on-america/maryland-lawmaker-introduces-bill-to-protect-babies-from-toxic-metals-in-food__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5apQW-JeW$

Iowa House bill seeks to limit lawsuits against pesticide companies: The proposed bill would protect pesticide companies from lawsuits if their products have federally-approved labels, despite health risks. Critics argue this bill could hinder justice for those suffering from pesticide-related illnesses.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.iowapublicradio.org/state-government-news/2024-02-08/bill-to-limit-lawsuits-over-pesticide-related-illnesses-advances-in-iowa-house__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5atmaRe7J$

# General News
New Jeffrey Epstein autopsy photo proves he didn’t kill himself: Brother Mark Epstein has argued that the previously unreported image contradicts the official story about his demise. “I only want to look at facts, but when we consider the facts available, we get more questions,” the property developer told The Post. “There appears to have been no investigation once it was ruled a suicide, they saw no reason to dig deeper. “It seems like a cover-up. Why can’t I find his pre-hospital care report and why can’t I get the 911 call?”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nypost.com/2024/01/09/news/jeffrey-epsteins-brother-claims-feds-covering-up-death-evidence/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5aj1rq8aY$

# Gov / Politics / Global
Britain no longer has a military: Recruitment processes are under assault from faceless, woke people. We are now resorting to desperate, and dangerous, measures. Awell-organised and targeted attack is underway against our national defence, and few seem to care. With military procurement and equipment in complete disarray, through sheer incompetence, faceless people have embarked on a three-pronged assault to further disarm us by preventing the capable from joining and persuading those who are effective within to leave.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/02/12/britain-no-longer-has-a-military/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5agYCevMR$

# Gov / Politics
Doctors call for Biden to take mental competency test after scathing classified docs report: ‘Something isn’t right’: Medical professionals have stepped up calls for Joe Biden to take a mental competency test after Thursday’s blistering report from special counsel Robert Hur revealed the 81-year-old can’t remember basic facts about his own life and career.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nypost.com/2024/02/09/news/doctors-call-for-biden-to-take-mental-competency-test-after-scathing-classified-docs-report-something-isnt-right/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5aib6TNk8$

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is stripped of his duties after being hospitalized for ’emergent bladder issues’ after prostate cancer surgery last month. Lloyd Austin, 70, has had his duties stripped and transferred to Kathleen Hicks
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13072499/Defense-Secretary-Lloyd-Austin-stripped-kathleen-hicks.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5alfavQVE$

Trump’s GOP Doctrine Is ‘Obey or Be Crushed’: ‘It’s devastating’: Trump seizes unmatched control over GOP. Donald Trump long ago bent the Republican Party to his will. But seldom has the sheer sweep of the former president’s dominance been laid bare more clearly than this week
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.politico.com/news/2024/02/09/trump-gop-dominance-00140592__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5atsD__0o$

Sweeping US Foreign Aid Package Advances in Senate: The procedural vote on the $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific was 67 in favor to 27 opposed on Sunday, as work on the bill was poised to bleed into the chamber two-week recess set to begin on Monday.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.voanews.com/a/us-senate-debating-ukraine-israel-aid-in-rare-sunday-session/7483170.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5alHzEBKT$

Trump Says He Gave NATO Allies Warning: Pay In or He’d Urge Russian Aggression Speaking in Conway, S.C., Donald J. Trump said as president he had told NATO allies that he would urge Russian aggression against countries that had not met unofficial financial commitments.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/10/us/politics/trump-nato-russia.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5akUGpvvT$

Trump says he would encourage Russia to attack Nato allies who pay too little: The Joe Biden White House rebuked the former president’s comments as ‘appalling and unhinged.’ “But the problem with Donald Trump is he can’t just stop there,” Christie said on Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press. “He’s got to say, ‘I would encourage Russia to do whatever the hell they wanted to you’. That is absolutely inappropriate for a president of the United States or a candidate for president of the United States to be saying.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/11/donald-trump-says-he-would-encourage-russia-to-attack-nato-countries-who-dont-pay-bills__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5aueP5Ht4$

NATO secretary-general says Trump puts allies at risk by encouraging Russian aggression: “Any suggestion that allies will not defend each other undermines all of our security, including that of the U.S., and puts American and European soldiers at increased risk,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/nato-secretary-general-says-trump-puts-allies-at-risk-by-encouraging-russian-aggression__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5amHre-1I$

Western Leaders React to Trump’s Threats About Not Defending NATO: Western Leaders React to Trump’s Threats About Not Defending NATO
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-i-told-nato-pay-bills-or-russia-can-do-whatever-the-hell-they-want-/7482870.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5ag4WbRq_$

Elise Stefanik Suggests She Would Have Broken the Law for Trump Were She VP on January 6: Which is pretty worrisome given that she’s apparently under consideration to be Trump’s next VP. The MAGA lawmaker all but admitted she would definitely have done a coup and not certified the 2020 presidential election results on January 6 if she were in former Vice President Mike Pence’s shoes.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://newrepublic.com/post/178915/republican-representative-elise-stefanik-coup-certify-election__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5aoFJ5Z5J$

US Should Be ’Stupid’ No More: Trump Calls for End to ‘No Strings’
Foreign Aid: Trump urges US to stop sending financial aid to any country unless as loans. According to the former US president, no longer should the United States be “stupid” or give money anymore “without the hope of a payback.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://tass.com/world/1744789__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5alwasOZG$

GOP senators defy Trump by advancing foreign aid bill: Donald Trump spent the weekend telling senators they should not pass more unconditional U.S. foreign aid. More than a dozen Republicans ignored him Sunday, moving forward on a bill to send $95 billion in aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.politico.com/news/2024/02/11/gop-senators-defy-trump-by-advancing-foreign-aid-00140868__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5avjMWtyb$

Authorities Charge Prominent Democrat In Elaborate Mail-In Ballot Scheme: Prominent Atlantic City Democratic operative Craig Callaway has been charged with orchestrating a mail-in ballot scheme to sway elections. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey has accused him of fraudulently procuring and casting ballots, undermining the electoral process.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/authorities-charge-prominent-democrat-in-elaborate-mail-in-ballot-scheme/ar-BB1i7Xf9?ocid=hpmsn&cvid=602cac116065447fbe1da15921ec17f0&ei=19__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5anm2KgY8$

Donald Trump, Unfounding Father: he’s not an aberration, he is the zeitgeist: It’s time to start thinking of Donald Trump in a different light, writes Tom Engelhardt, author of many books and chief editor of Tomdispatch.com. Trump is not an aberration, he represents the zeitgeist, and removing him from office won’t solve the problems the U.S. is facing.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://energypost.eu/donald-trump-unfounding-father-hes-not-an-aberration-he-is-the-zeitgeist/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5aqjzWs1Q$
See also: Zeitgeist (Video 2007) The social manipulation of society through the generation of fear and division has completely detached humans from their sense of power and reality.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.imdb.com__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5aq30CJnh$

Supine Republicans don’t just dance to Trump’s tune, they amplify his racism: The undeclared race to be the former president’s running mate has sent leading figures into new paroxysms of sycophancy.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.democraticunderground.com/1016372648__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5akwTDNsa$

Biden’s decline is ‘getting more rapid’: Rep. Mark Alford: Rep. Mark Alford, R-Mo., says America is in a ‘scary situation’ with President Biden at the helm of the border crisis and global conflict.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.foxbusiness.com/video/6346729359112__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5anUNkgbe$

Trump’s Constitutional Bullying Is a Threat to Our Democratic Safeguards: In his third campaign for the presidency, Trump continues to do what he does best—bullying, boasting, lying, and promising “retribution” against his political enemies. He has vowed, in a second term, to root out “the radical left thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country.” He has promised to prosecute President Joe Biden and has previously threatened the losing candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://time.com/6693684/donald-trump-constitutional-bullying-democracy-threat-president-lawsuit/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5avoy650R$

Austin cancels Europe trip for NATO meetings amid hospitalization: Austin was scheduled to travel to Brussels for NATO and Ukraine meetings this week. Austin has been hospitalised in the critical care unit for complications from prostate cancer.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/2/12/us-defense-secretary-lloyd-austin-cancels-nato-trip-after-hospitalisation__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5asPhA0bu$

Feeling betrayed, Trump wants a second administration stocked with loyalists: Trump’s fixation on loyalty appears to be growing as he contemplates a second term in the White House.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/betrayed-trump-second-administration-loyalists-loyalty-rcna136257__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5aorRPEKO$

Nancy Mace Is So Toxic That Her Entire Staff Ditched Her: The Republican representative is reportedly so horrible that her office has seen 100 percent staff turnover. As of Monday, every member of Mace’s staff had turned over since November 1, 2023, shortly after Mace joined hands with seven other House Republicans to oust former Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://newrepublic.com/post/178753/nancy-mace-staff-ditched-toxic-workplace__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5anw–xUV$

Judge’s ‘Disturbing’ Ruling in Trump Classified Documents Case Could Lead to Removal, Legal Experts Say ©Provided by All Things Finance: Legal experts are raising concerns following the decision of Judge Aileen Cannon, appointed by Donald Trump, in the case involving classified documents. “Compromising national security is a bridge too far,” says longtime Harvard legal scholar Laurence Tribe https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.salon.com/2024/02/08/awful-and-unethical-legal-experts-say-cannon-could-face-removal-for-disturbing-order/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5alLi4CFM$

# Law Enforcment
Feds ‘All F—king Tied Up in Knots’ Over How to Handle Election Threats: Top CIA, DHS, DOJ, and FBI officials recently gathered to discuss simulations on deepfakes and violence at the polls—and, as one journalist put it, “the results weren’t encouraging.” One U.S. official familiar with a previously unreported meeting at the White House Situation Room in December told CNN’s Sean Lyngaas that in terms of a coordinated federal response to an election-related threat, “we’re all f—king tied up in knots.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/news/us-elections-2024*:*:text=One*20U.S.*20official*20familiar*20with,king*20tied*20up*20in*20knots.*22__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSU!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5avhaKQbA$

Prison Lockdowns Are Becoming More Frequent and More Brutal Across the US: A largely unknown, frightening trend in the US prison system is impacting many incarcerated people and their loved ones. “Many prisons appear to have used COVID to normalize ‘restricted movement’ protocols as a way of transitioning into constant lockdown and thereby diminishing a lack of outrage or even awareness on the part of the public.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://truthout.org/articles/prison-lockdowns-are-becoming-more-frequent-and-more-brutal-across-the-us/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5ag4Bvmlr$

Amid the lingering trauma of Trump’s executions, a new project brings families to federal death row: Three years after Trump’s killing spree, the death row visitation project offers a lifeline for those who survived.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://theintercept.com/2024/02/11/federal-death-row-family-visitation/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The*20Intercept*20Newsletter__;JSU!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5ak09PtjL$

Louisiana State Police arrest Texas man, find 15 pounds of suspected Ecstacy at crash site: Just before 2:30 a.m., a 2022 Toyota Camry driven by Jackson left the road and was disabled on the median crossover barrier. Troopers suspected that Jackson was impaired after making contact with him. An investigation reportedly found about 15 pounds of suspected MDMA pills, or Ecstasy.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.wafb.com/2024/02/12/lsp-arrests-driver-with-15-lbs-suspected-mdma-ecstasy-pills/?outputType=amp__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5aoOasgcC$

Mystery tanker trucks on New Mexico prairie trigger investigation: The convoy of trucks drove through a barbed wire fence gate on a remote Santa Fe County ranch road at all hours of the day, filled 5000-gallon tanks at a pump station, and then headed out. They’d come back later for more. What were they pulling out of the ground? The pump station is in farm and ranch country where water is more precious than oil. So, after millions of gallons of water were mysteriously pumped out of the well and hauled away, the authorities were alerted.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsnationnow.com/us-news/southwest/mystery-tanker-trucks-on-new-mexico-prairie-trigger-investigation/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5atUKjKs6$

# Legal / DOJ
Clarence Thomas Broke the Law. Why Is He Not Being Prosecuted? he chief justice insisted that the court is not bound by the existing Code of Conduct for United States Judges or other statutes and rules applicable to lower federal judges, so whether the gifts and the failure to disclose them violated anything other than unenforceable norms is said to be unclear.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thenation.com/article/society/clarence-thomas-supreme-court-gifts-felony/*:*:text=The*20chief*20justice*20insisted*20that,is*20said*20to*20be*20unclear__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5aobRL6iD$

# Medical / Health
Texas Abortion Ban’s Ripple Effect on Medical Care for Pregnant People: Pregnant patients face medical uncertainty and risks from hyperemesis gravidarum to cancer treatment. The “overall medical harm” caused by these bans means that people “have to wait longer for abortion care or miscarriage management,” that is, until their need for that care is an emergency. Delays in care drive “an increase in maternal morbidity and mortality,” Kumar explained.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://truthout.org/articles/texas-abortion-bans-ripple-effect-on-medical-care-for-pregnant-people/*:*:text=The*20**Boverall*20medical*20harm**C20caused,and*20mortality*2C**C20Kumar*20explained__;I34l4oCcJSXigJ0lJSXigJ0lJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5ag5cpWcT$

# Military / DOD
“Logistics” Outpost in Jordan Where 3 U.S. Troops Died Is Secretly a Drone Base: The Pentagon is covering up the real purpose of Tower 22: targeting the very Iran-backed militant groups that attacked last month. What the Pentagon hasn’t mentioned is that Tower 22 is also a drone base conducting long-range reconnaissance on militants in neighboring Syria and Iraq for airstrikes, according to two U.S. military sources. The base also serves as a staging facility for special operations forces and a medevac helicopter home base.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://theintercept.com/2024/02/09/us-base-jordan-tower-22-troops-iran-backed-militias/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The*20Intercept*20Newsletter__;JSU!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5anWz89Xz$

US Air Force fleet’s mission-capable rates are stagnating. Here’s the plan to change that: The Air Force has spent the past four years making a concerted push to ready its planes for war. It’s gained almost no ground.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2022/02/14/us-air-force-fleets-mission-capable-rates-are-stagnating-heres-the-plan-to-change-that/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5asKPPFHW$

# Military / Global
Russia launches 45 drones in mass barrage of Ukraine as Kyiv continues war cabinet reshuffle: Russian forces launched 45 drones over Ukraine Sunday in a five-and-a-half-hour barrage, the five-and-a-half-hour attack targeted agricultural facilities and coastal infrastructure, officials said.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.huffpost.com/entry/russia-launches-drones-ukraine-kyiv-war-cabinet-reshuffle_n_65c8cb7ae4b093b2e7840787__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5agrJMvKb$

As IDF Rafah Invasion Looms, Progressives Urge Biden to ‘End the Complicity’ in Gaza Genocide: “Clearing Rafah is not war, it is not defense, it is an outright attack on the innocent,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/news/rafah-invasion?utm_source=Common*Dreams&utm_campaign=2866c5ffd5-Weekend*Edition*3A*Sun.*2*2F11*2F24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0

NATO ‘scrambles jets’, Kremlin claims, as Putin sends two nuclear-capable missile carriers over Norwegian Sea: NATO has scrambled warplanes to confront a pair of nuclear-capable missile carriers that were seen patrolling the Norwegian Sea today, Russia has claimed. The Kremlin once again taunted the bloc by launching two TU-95MS planes to patrol the Norwegian Sea, which were escorted by a group of Su35S aircraft.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/vladimir-putin-deploys-supersonic-nuclear-29223128__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5amjkoxmT$

Gaza raid leaves dozens dead amidst hostage rescue: In the shadows of a hostage rescue operation by Israeli forces, a night raid in Gaza culminates in profound loss, claiming the lives of at least 67 Palestinians and deepening the region’s humanitarian crisis.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nationofchange.org/2024/02/12/gaza-raid-leaves-dozens-dead-amidst-hostage-rescue/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5al8FyVGs$

# Nuclear
5.5 Tons of Fukushima Radioactive Water Leaks Into Pacific Ocean may contain 22 billion becquerels of radioactive materials such as cesium and strontium: The Japanese plant has been generating a massive amount of water tainted with radioactive substances from cooling down the nuclear fuel in the reactor buildings.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/5.5-Tons-of-Fukushima-Radioactive-Water-Leak-Into-the-Ocean-20240207-0011.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5atxDK9v7$

# Space / NASA
The Untold Story of Black Astronauts Finally Gets Spotlight: With their new documentary The Space Race (premiering on National Geographic Feb. 12 and streaming on Disney+ and Hulu Feb. 13), directors Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Lisa Cortés have a specific, admirable goal: to spotlight the under-discussed stories of Black astronauts during the height of NASA ’s space program
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsbreak.com/news/3330856280399-the-untold-story-of-black-astronauts-finally-gets-spotlight__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5auZqJ0xZ$

# UFO Disclosure / Other
Multiple US military whistleblowers reveal how a disc-shaped UFO intercepted nuclear missile and disabled it with ‘laser-beams’ in mid-air over California. Multiple former military officials report seeing video of a UFO disabling warhead. The video was taken on September 15, 1964, but has gone missing in years since.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-13074513/Military-whistleblowers-break-silence-UFO-missile-test.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!x_GRZcH1rFgWp1mSi4_ajhDoGZDs0XkbSTC-5JGpBoZSZoaf3vMA_vSdLZMeU6SmxK33EDAUhax-s2O1dpjx3HJ5ahnyuwif$

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-09

Voices, The Peoples News

February 9, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Texas Governor Abbott’s Outlandish Immigration Argument Could Have Dangerous Consequences: A suspension of habeas corpus rights would not apply solely to immigrants, but to all citizens. This unintended consequence of Abbott’s argument would pose a grave threat to widely accepted notions of freedom and liberty by allowing a future president ― who conservatives may like even less than Biden, to claim that drug-smuggling, cross-border crime or migration, things that are always happening, amount to an invasion and use that claim to seize the power to jail whomever they like for whatever reason.
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lRight-Wing Talk Of An ‘Invasion’ And ‘Civil War’ Risks Rise In Vigilantism, Experts Say: A conservative panic about immigrants at the southern border has included calls to “buy weapons.” Right-wing influencer Charlie Kirk, leader of the MAGA youth groups Turning Point USA and Students for Trump and the host one of the most listened-to podcasts in the United States, encouraged his listeners this week to take up arms in preparation for an “invasion” of immigrants at the southern border.
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l# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
lMore tax cuts put states’ revenue at risk: After three years of state tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the wealthy, some states are poised to enact even more. Essential services will be harmed, advocates warn. This follows on the heels of 26 states cutting their personal income tax rates, corporate income tax rates or both between 2021 and 2023, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a think tank that focuses on policies’ effect on lower-income people.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://publicintegrity.org/inequality-poverty-opportunity/taxes/unequal-burden/more-tax-cuts-put-states-revenue-at-risk/*:*:text=After*20three*20years*20of*20state,will*20be*20harmed*2C*20advocates*20warn__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSU!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJXmVbsfd$
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lSenate Moves Ahead with $95 Billion Funding Bill for Ukraine, Israel, lTaiwan: The Senate cleared its first hurdle in advancing President Joe Biden’s massive aid request for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan after months of moribund negotiations. But even if the Senate passes the $95 billion legislation in the coming days, its fate remains uncertain in the House.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2024/02/08/senate-moves-forward-on-ukraine-israel-taiwan-aid-bill/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJZj-yQZJ$
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l# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
lWyoming, slow to take federal clean energy funds, gambles state money on carbon sequestration and hydrogen schemes to keep fossil fuels flowing: lThe Cowboy State has doled out tens of millions of state taxpayer dollars to fossil fuel-adjacent projects, even as it faces a shortage of options to take advantage of clean-energy funding.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09022024/wyoming-gambles-state-money-on-carbon-sequestration-and-hydrogen-schemes/*:*:text=The*20Energy*20Matching*20Funds*20appear,its*20own*20taxpayer*20dollars*2C*20of__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSU!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJd6TlI0Y$
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l# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure Sewage across borders: The Tijuana River is spewing wastewater into San Diego amid historic storms, which could threaten public health. Doctors have reported surges of gastrointestinal illness when intense storms like this week’s atmospheric rivers overwhelm wastewater treatment plants and flood communities with raw sewage.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09022024/tijuana-river-spewing-wastewater-into-san-diego-amid-historic-storms/*:*:text=Extreme*20weather*20events*20like*20the,Ysidro*2C*20Imperial*20Beach*20and*20Coronado__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSU!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJTefbqve$
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l# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technology For a second time, US court bans dicamba weed killers, finds EPA violated law: A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the 2018 approval, finding that the EPA had rendered flawed analyses and “substantially understated” risks associated with the dicamba herbicides sold by Monsanto and BASF, making the EPA’s approval illegal.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/07/us-weedkiller-ban-dicamba-epa__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJZzQRvNK$
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l# General News
lEvangelicals’ Trump Worship Looks More Like QAnon Every Day: I’ve watched hundreds of hours of Trump rally footage, and it’s clear he’s going full “messiah” in his plea to the evangelical Christian voters who have supported him since 2016.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thedailybeast.com/evangelicals-trump-worship-looks-more-like-qanon-every-day?ref=wrap__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJRMHGNYK$
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lThe revelations of Q. Dissemination and resonance of the QAnon conspiracy theory among US Evangelical Christians and the role of the lCovid-19 crisis: Previous studies show that the QAnon conspiracy theory is especially popular among American evangelical Christians. The paper investigates the reasons behind this relationship. We hypothesize a mediation relationship between evangelical dogma and how it is practiced on the one hand and the susceptibility for conspiracy thinking on the other hand.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9975869/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJUGccEjp$
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lFormer Trump adviser Michael Flynn ‘at the center’ of new movement based on conspiracies and Christian nationalism: The retired lieutenant general, former national security adviser, onetime anti-terrorism fighter, is now focused on his next task: building a movement centered on Christian nationalist ideas, where Christianity is at the center of American life and institutions.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/former-trump-adviser-michael-flynn-at-the-center-of-new-movement-based-on-conspiracies-and-christian-nationalism__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJTKshxKn$
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l# Gov / Politics
lInside the Bizarre Race to Replace George Santos: The two main contenders are registered Democrats, one backed by local Republicans, the other a solid moderate. The Tuesday contest for the House seat held by Santos until his recent expulsion is shaping up to be a bellwether in the fight for control of Congress, as candidates test political messages their parties hope will appeal to suburban voters in the fall

https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/election-house-new-york-santos-congress-a6eecaa0b2edd1b458b2c0711f1b7540__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJZnQah01$
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lCongress should block US investment in China’s military and human rights labuses: Most Americans, particularly U.S. servicemen and women, don’t want to invest in modernizing Communist China’s armed forces. Yet, that’s where millions of their investment and retirement dollars are headed, unless Congress is willing to step in and stop it.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/opinion/congress-blog/4455214-congress-should-block-us-investment-in-chinas-military-and-human-rights-abuses/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJV9KdWHe$
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lDonald Trump Is Fundraising With George Soros ‘Protégé’: Republicans love to attack George Soros, the left-leaning Hungarian-born Jewish billionaire philanthropist and Holocaust survivor who has contributed to a number of liberal and pro-democracy causes around the world. Often their criticisms stray into anti-Semitism, as well as a guilt-by-association logic where any politician whose projects have received funding from a group supported by Soros are but his puppets.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.rawstory.com/trump-george-soros-protege/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJZLqY11Q$
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lMore than three years after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, former President Donald Trump used a media briefing to spread new lies about the rioters who stormed the halls of Congress that day. In a sweeping attempt to rewrite history,  “I think it was an insurrection caused by Nancy Pelosi,” the former president offered.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-jan-6-lies_n_65c52aafe4b093b2e782d87d__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJbjamgK_$
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lNewly Released Evidence Underscores Joe Biden’s Excessive Use of a Secret Email Address to Communicate with his Son’s Business Associates: lThe President appears now to not only have had knowledge but also been intimately involved in Hunter Biden’s business dealings. The material released today further corroborates the previous testimony of IRS agents Joseph Ziegler and Gary Shapley highlighting the incredible level of access Hunter Biden and his business partners had in Joe Biden’s public office while working for foreign businesses.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://gop-waysandmeans.house.gov/newly-released-evidence-underscores-joe-bidens-excessive-use-of-a-secret-email-address-to-communicate-with-his-sons-business-associates/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJXE-v1ED$
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lThe Plan To Take Out Voting Rights: After years of being whittled away by federal judges, the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits racial discrimination in voting, unexpectedly survived an existential threat in l2023 when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld what’s left of the landmark 1965 civil rights law while striking down Alabama’s congressional map. “The court didn’t make it any easier to win voting rights cases,” lredistricting expert Justin Levitt said at the time. “It just declined to make it much, much, much, much, much, much harder.”
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.levernews.com/the-plan-to-take-out-voting-rights/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJTwwYjbN$
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lCalls for humanity: The urgent plea for a ceasefire in Gaza: “An immediate ceasefire will not only save lives but also open the door to addressing the underlying issues fueling this conflict. The time for action is now.”
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nationofchange.org/2024/02/09/calls-for-humanity-the-urgent-plea-for-a-ceasefire-in-gaza/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJXAzqyFE$
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lU.S. chooses genocide over diplomacy in the Middle East: What Americans should be asking their government is this: Why are there still 2,500 U.S. troops in Iraq? The United States’ support for Israel’s genocidal policies now goes way beyond Palestine, with the U.S. expansion of the war to Iraq, Syria and Yemen to punish other countries and forces in the region for intervening to defend or support the Palestinians.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.counterpunch.org/2024/02/09/u-s-chooses-genocide-over-diplomacy-in-the-middle-east/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJdZmVTuC$
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l# Legal / DOJ
lFeds Probe Threats Against Potential Witness in Trump Case: Special counsel Jack Smith filed to request permission to enter an exhibit under seal regarding the witness and the threats they have faced over social media. Special counsel Jack Smith said in a new filing that he wants permission to enter an exhibit under seal about the witness and the threats he or she has received on social media.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.courthousenews.com/feds-probe-threats-to-potential-witness-in-mar-a-lago-case/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJavuEcFx$
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lThe Supreme Court May Not Treat Donald Trump Like an Insurrectionist After All: There appears to be little appetite among the nine justices to let one state set the rules for the next presidential election.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2024/feb/08/14th-amendment-insurrection-disqualify-trump__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJWIn0qoe$
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lThe Supreme Court seems likely to let Trump run. It will have to ignore the Constitution: The amendment clearly defines Congress’ role here: Its last sentence gives lawmakers the power to exempt an insurrectionist from the provision. But the amendment does not require congressional action to enforce the section.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2024-02-08/supreme-court-donald-trump-vs-anderson-14th-amendment-section-3-oral-argument-colorado__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJZo6gf9x$
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lThe Supreme Court’s 2020-21 Term Shows the Damage Caused by Trump-Appointed Justices: made it easier for companies to violate the rights of working people and to exercise abusive monopoly power; authorized the Trump administration’s discriminatory Muslim ban; redefined religious liberty from a shield to protect religious exercise into a sword to harm others; undermined precedents upholding the ability of federal agencies to adopt vital health and safety regulations; and threatened to eliminate the constitutional right to abortion.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.pfaw.org/report/the-supreme-courts-2020-21-term-shows-damage-caused-by-trump-appointed-justices/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJd12ZiIz$
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l# Media
lFormer Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin: Putin delivered many familiar talking points and was rarely challenged by Carlson during the interview, his first with a Western-based media figure since Russia invaded
Ukraine https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/russia-putin-tucker-carlson-interview-6fb00b1f2d5f4bc639518b4a3445e1f8__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJWHFrxO8$
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lEverything That Was Wrong With Tucker Carlson’s Putin Interview: Tucker Carlson Promised an Unedited Putin. The Result Was Boring. In an interview that lasted more than two hours, the Russian President aired well-trod grievances and gave a lecture full of spurious history meant to justify his war in Ukraine.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/tucker-carlson-promised-an-unedited-putin-the-result-was-boring__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJUTXyvuc$
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l# Military / DOD
lUS may cut info-warfare assets as China, Russia expand influence ops: lU.S. Army information-warfare capabilities are on the chopping block as the Pentagon looks to trim special operations forces, even as China and Russia expand their own influence efforts, according to multiple individuals with direct knowledge of the Army’s future plans who spoke to Defense One.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2024/02/exclusive-us-may-cut-info-warfare-assets-china-russia-expand-influence-ops/394050/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJTxoteas$
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lDrones to replace helicopter program that Army developed at $2 billion lcost: The Army is giving up on a scout helicopter development program after spending $2 billion on it, opting instead to pursue more affordable drone alternatives. After sinking nearly $2 billion into the FARA program, service leaders decide “enduring, unmanned, and space-based assets” would do the job better.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.defenseone.com/defense-systems/2024/02/shakeup-army-cancels-planned-fara-helo-will-retire-two-drones/394061/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJS6wJGIl$
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l# Military / Global
lAustralia sends sailors to Guam for US Navy nuclear submarine training: lA second, larger contingent of Australian sailors is training alongside U.S. counterparts on Guam as part of an agreement to create a nuclear-powered submarine force for the Australian navy https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.stripes.com/branches/navy/2024-02-09/nuclear-sub-training-australia-guam-12948455.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJflE49um$
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lGerman air defense frigate Hessen deploys to the Red Sea: German air defense frigate Hessen set sail Thursday from the country’s northern port city of Wilhelmshaven toward the Red Sea, marking Berlin’s contribution to a growing international naval protection force for cargo ships transiting the crucial commercial route. The objective is to support military efforts protecting shipping against missile and drone-attacks by the Yemen-based Houthi militia.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2024/02/german-air-warfare-frigate-sets-sail-for-red-sea/*:*:text=The*20German*20air*20warfare*20frigate,the*20Yemen*2Dbased*20Houthi*20militia__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJaQnUVmX$
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l# Nuclear
l5.5 Tons Of Radioactive Water Leaks Out Of Damaged Fukushima Nuclear
lPlant: An estimated 5.5 metric tons (6 tons) of radioactive water, enough to fill two ordinary backyard swimming pools, leaked out through an air vent, leaving a pool of water on an iron plate outside and seeping into the soil around it, TEPCO said, but no radioactive water escaped the compound.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/55-tons-radioactive-water-leaks-out-damaged-fukushima-nuclear-plant__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJeGFznNN$
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l# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
lPharma CEOs grilled by Sanders: A standoff on drug pricing: “In a fiery Senate showdown, Senator Bernie Sanders challenges Big Pharma on exorbitant U.S. drug prices, revealing the stark divide between profit margins and patient access to essential medications.” Senator Bernie Sanders took pharmaceutical industry leaders to task over the stark disparities in drug pricing between the United States and other countries.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nationofchange.org/2024/02/09/pharma-ceos-grilled-by-sanders-a-standoff-on-drug-pricing/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJbjL99p4$
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l# Space / NASA
lNASA’s New Experimental Antenna Tracks Deep Space Laser: The 34-meter l(112-foot) radio-frequency-optical-hybrid antenna, called Deep Space Station 13, has tracked the downlink laser from NASA’s Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) technology demonstration since November 2023. The tech demo’s flight laser transceiver is riding with the agency’s Psyche spacecraft, which launched on Oct. 13, 2023.
lhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.nasa.gov/technology/space-comms/deep-space-network/nasas-new-experimental-antenna-tracks-deep-space-laser/*:*:text=The*2034*2Dmeter*20(112*2D,technology*20demonstration*20since*20November*202023__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!2z-nvUnc5y3LpxHg2dX-feEpn6Mr4RKkoFBHDV3JySDcw1sMKBUdV4DAPwW2pXoDIU_dXRH4At56JQxNGwi4AeRDJXdb_wzh$

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Voices, The Peoples News

February 8, 2024
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
The collapse of the Senate’s border deal is complete: The Congressional Budget Office says U.S. debt is on pace to rise by nearly $20 trillion over the next decade. Here’s what’s happening, or not happening, as the case may be.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-02-07/senate-vote-ends-border-deal-prospects-setting-election-fight__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ3FnFwG8$

FBI foils 2022 plot by militiamen to “start a war” at the Texas-Mexico border: A Tennessee man arrested Monday hoped to travel to the southern border with a militia group that allegedly plotted to go “to war with the border patrol,” believing that the country was being invaded by migrants.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.rawstory.com/fbi-foils-2022-plot-by-militiamen-to-start-a-war-at-the-texas-mexico-border/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ4QBitnx$

Many immigrants who were a part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s initiative busing immigrants to liberal cities arrived in New York because they had no other options. New York is the only major U.S. city required to give shelter to anyone in need, due to a four-decade-old consent decree.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.propublica.org/article/bused-from-texas-to-nyc-immigrant-struggles-to-find-shelter*:*:text=Rogelio*20Ramon*20crossed*20the*20border,in*20the*20city*20each*20day.&text=ProPublica*20is*20a*20nonprofit*20newsroom*20that*20investigates*20abuses*20of*20power__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQyklBXlh$

Senate bill was for immigration, not border security, says Sen. Marsha Blackburn: U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said she will not support the bipartisan Senate border bill that also contains funding for Ukraine and Israel.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.wkrn.com/news/tennessee-news/blackburn-to-vote-no-on-bipartisan-senate-border-bill/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ91I00hP$

Migrants forming ‘criminal enterprise’ in NYC: Paul DiGiacomo https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.fox5ny.com/video/1229291__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ4Tyl8FE$

# Corporations / Industry
Corporations can take steps to improve economy: Amid increasing fears over a potential looming recession, economists are calling for our corporate boards to reconsider how their actions are affecting the economy and society as a whole, according to a report by The Denny Center for Democratic Capitalism
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.thecentersquare.com/national/article_10081a4a-c5d2-11ee-8aea-47528e77cbcb.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ5uGScnV$

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Unexploded Bomb: Where the COVID-19 Vaccine Deaths Are Really Hiding, Corruption of Data Continues. Mr. Beaudoin has been analyzing his home state’s death database from the Massachusetts Department of Health to determine if there were any safety signals after the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.“What I learned a year and a half ago is that 2020 was a year of excess respiratory [deaths],” said Mr. Beaudoin.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.usacitizensnetwork.com/2024/02/03/unexploded-bomb-where-covid-19-vaccine-deaths-are-really-hiding-john-beaudoin/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ_K3xuar$

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Deficits to Soar Over $2 Trillion a Year, CBO Says: The CBO estimates that deficits will top $2 trillion a year in 2031, rising to $2.6 trillion by 2034 and totaling $19 trillion over the coming decade. Relative to the size of the economy, the federal budget deficit will equal 5.6% of gross national product in 2024, rising to 6.1% the following year.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.axios.com/2024/02/07/us-deficit-interest-rates-cbo-projections__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ7vhTNfc$

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure The EPA sets tougher national soot standards. Environmental experts are skeptical that Texas can meet the new rules on particulate matter, which can cause serious respiratory problems. Some scientists call particulate matter the deadliest form of air pollution because it can cause lung and throat irritation, respiratory inflammation, irregular heartbeat and aggravate asthma. Children, the elderly, and pregnant people are most susceptible to harm from these emissions.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.texastribune.org/2024/02/07/epa-texas-particulate-matter-air-pollution-standard/*:*:text=According*20to*20EPA*20data*2C*20from,)*20and*20Travis*20(Austin__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ2aPcNcp$
See also: Fine Particle Concentrations for Counties Nation Wide with Monitors Based on Air Quality Data from 2020 – 2022:
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# Gov / Politics / Global
Why the Kremlin Opened Its Doors to Tucker Carlson: Why the Kremlin would open its doors to Carlson is eminently clear: He has opposed US aid to Kyiv and is arguably more responsible than any other American for exciting anti-Ukraine and pro-Russia sentiment among the “America First,” Trump-aligned wing of the Republican Party.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2024/0207/Tucker-Carlson-is-interviewing-Putin.-What-s-in-it-for-the-Kremlin__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ_I35Dk2$

Netanyahu is using the horrors of October 7 to wage the crusade he’s been preparing for his entire political career: Israel’s Ruthless Propaganda Campaign to Dehumanize Palestinians. Since October 7, Israel has systematically flooded the public discourse on Gaza with a stream of false, unsubstantiated, and unverifiable allegations.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://theintercept.com/2024/02/07/gaza-israel-netanyahu-propaganda-lies-palestinians/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The*20Intercept*20Newsletter__;JSU!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ2yD5nQT$

# Gov / Politics
Schumer to Push Aid to Ukraine and Israel Without a Border Deal: After GOP senators scuttled months of negotiations with Democrats on legislation intended to cut back record numbers of illegal border crossings, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tried to push ahead to a crucial test vote on a $95 billion package for Ukraine, Israel and other U.S. allies, a modified package with the border portion stripped out.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/congress-ukraine-aid-border-security-386dcc54b29a5491f8bd87b727a284f8__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ8KVqG7W$

Joe Biden leads a western ‘coalition of the killing. in backing Israel’s Gaza war: Examining the colonialist roots of U.S. and European support for Israel’s scorched-earth siege. The U.S.-backed Israeli war on Gaza is entering its fifth month.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://theintercept.com/2024/02/07/intercepted-podcast-unrwa-israel-gaza-colonialism/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ7wDIBh4$

Trump makes New York ballot, but lawsuit looms to knock him off: The Democratic state senator who represents Manhattan’s Trump International Hotel says he plans to file a lawsuit by the end of the day challenging the former president’s qualifications.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.politico.com/news/2024/02/06/trump-ballot-supreme-court-00139871__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ_4Nbyei$

New York elections board keeps Trump on state primary ballot: Despite objections from Democratic lawmakers, Donald Trump can remain on the New York primary ballot, the state’s Board of Elections declared yesterday.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.democracydocket.com/news-alerts/new-york-elections-board-keeps-trump-on-state-primary-ballot/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ8j8v-Il$

U.S. House votes against impeaching Mayorkas: The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday against impeaching U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, with four Republicans joining all Democrats in voting against impeachment
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4452038-in-stunner-house-gop-bid-to-impeach-mayorkas-fails/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ3YBrsnp$

Senators unveil border deal and foreign aid package for Ukraine and Israel ahead of key vote: Senators unveiled a long-awaited border deal and foreign aid package with assistance for Ukraine and Israel on Sunday, paving the way for a key vote in the chamber this week in which the legislation is at risk of failing and, if it does pass, setting up a clash with the House.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/04/politics/senate-border-foreign-aid-bill/index.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ–FlutN$

Full List of Senate Republicans Trying to Kill Border Bill: Republican senators are opposing a $118 billion border deal unveiled Sunday night following months of negotiations as lawmakers seek to grapple with an uptick in migrant arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border. The bipartisan bill would address key concerns faced at the southern border, increasing the ICE detention capacity from 34,000 to 50,000 and allocate $20 billion to immigration enforcement.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/full-list-senate-republicans-opposing-border-bill-1866890__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQwba8b3s$

Senate Advances Ukraine-Israel Package Without Border Reforms: The Senate on Thursday advanced a $95.3 billion package of aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan that excludes border security measures that Republicans had rejected a day earlier as part of a broader package.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/4454065-senate-advances-ukraine-funding-without-border-security-reforms/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ2ChXlhk$

# Law Enforcment
Despite annual active shooter drills occurring at schools across the U.S., required, yearly training doesn’t apply to the thousands of state and local law enforcement officers who do not work in schools.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.texastribune.org/2024/02/08/active-shooter-training-schools-law-enforcement/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ12zNBkZ$

Man found shot in burning Coldspring home after being accused of molestation: 51-year-old Mac Jackson was found in a burning Coldspring home with a gunshot wound to his chest, according to the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office. That’s after Jackson was accused of touching a teen inappropriately.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.fox26houston.com/news/man-found-shot-in-burning-cold-spring-home-after-being-accused-of-molestation.amp__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ1oXM3S0$

NYPD officer exodus: Some laws have ‘tied the hands of police’ | Dan Abrams Live
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsnationnow.com/video/nypd-officer-exodus-some-laws-have-**Btied-the-hands-of-police**B-dan-abrams-live/9209931/__;4oCY4oCZ!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ3UBp3Pt$

# Legal / DOJ
President Joe Biden’s Brother Didn’t Provide Services to Company That Paid Him, Impeachment Witness:  On the same day as one of the payments, James Biden sent the same amount of money to his brother.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theepochtimes.com/us/president-joe-bidens-brother-didnt-provide-services-to-company-that-paid-him-impeachment-witness-5582623__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ7on6buW$

Thomas Refusal to Recuse From Trump Case Called a ‘Giant Middle Finger’ to Democracy: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who once went a full decade without speaking during oral arguments, asked the first question Thursday as the high court heard a case challenging former President Donald Trump’s eligibility to run for a second White House term.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/news/thomas-recuse-trump-eligibility*:*:text=Will*20Bunch*2C*20a*20columnist*20for,Corrupt*20Thomas*20should*20resign.*22__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSU!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ24of7tl$

Trump demands DOJ ‘immediately’ drop charges against him in classified docs case after Biden decision: Trump was charged with willful retention of national defense information in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s probe
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-demands-doj-immediately-drop-charges-classified-docs-case-biden-decision__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ6oqkmaa$

Special Counsel Doesn’t Charge Biden in Classified Docs Probe, Finds He ‘Willfully Retained’ Materials: Among the reasons stated for not pressing charges was that Biden would present to the jury ‘as sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.’
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nypost.com/2024/02/08/news/special-counsel-robert-hur-issues-report-on-bidens-mishandling-of-classified-documents/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ-r1JOuA$

# Medical / Health
Health insurers balk at proposed Medicare Advantage rates: CVS Health and Centene executives say newly proposed Medicare Advantage rates for 2025 aren’t “sufficient” and hinted they could cut benefits if the federal government finalizes the rates as is. CVS Health, which owns Aetna, and other insurers like Centene and Humana said they’re expecting a deeper net cut, especially as they face rising medical costs. CVS and Centene executives this week said they would “adjust” their plans to account for the proposed rates.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.axios.com/2024/02/08/medicare-advantage-cvs-centene-biden__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ3ngajlO$

Another Hospital In Minnesota Ends Baby Deliveries: The Mayo Clinic Health System’s New Prague hospital is the latest facility in the state to stop delivering babies. Minnesota Public Radio reports on how midwives are filling the void in birthing services as hospitals move deliveries to larger, centralized hospitals.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.mprnews.org/story/2024/02/07/mayo-clinic-health-system-will-stop-delivering-babies-at-its-new-prague-hospital__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ_C9cHMF$

# Military / Global
Four Russian Military Aircraft Detected In Alaskan Airspace: The four military jets were tracked operating in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) but remained in international airspace and didn’t enter American or Canadian sovereign airspace, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said in a statement late Tuesday.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/russian-military-aircraft-jets-alaska-airspace-1867702__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ-KPXpfz$

Lawmakers investigate where Ukraine funds, munitions are going: The U.S. House Oversight Committee is investigating U.S. taxpayer funding for Ukraine after a watchdog report found a large percentage of the equipment has gone unaccounted for since last June
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.djournal.com/news/national/lawmakers-investigate-where-ukraine-funds-munitions-are-going/article_4486e7e3-4997-5aaf-9d71-fa00dd8dbb6b.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQxbg1czC$

China opens Antarctic base right next to US site:  Americans fear it could be used for espionage. China has opened a scientific research base in Antarctica amid concerns about Beijing monitoring military activity in the southern hemisphere.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2023-11-01/biggest-chinese-antarctic-fleet-sets-off-to-build-research-station__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ4jewtcJ$

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
DEA Won’t Strip Licenses From Large Drug Distributor Over Opioids History: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is allowing one of the nation’s largest wholesale drug distributors to stay in business, reversing an earlier order stripping the company of its licenses for its failure to properly monitor the shipment of tens of millions of addictive painkillers blamed for fueling the opioid cCrisis
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/dea-reversal-license-opioid-crisis-distributor-louisiana-0bb6e1f12a11b38599a15575aa3df746__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ-vxPv4k$

# Social
The Anxious Generation, Brought To You By Smartphones: According to new research, children in the U.S. are producing lower test scores, becoming more easily distracted, growing less sociable, and are generally feeling more anxious than they were several years ago. Now, researchers are drawing a connection between these detrimental effects on childhood development and modern technology like smartphones.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.levernews.com/lever-time-the-anxious-generation-brought-to-you-by-smartphones/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ55Pil4o$

Squatters reportedly take over 1,200 homes in Atlanta: Over the past year, the number of reports of people squatting in vacant homes in the Atlanta area has skyrocketed, with some estimates claiming as many as 1,200 properties have now been taken over by illegal occupants.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.the-express.com/news/us-news/127059/squatters-take-over-homes-atlanta-georgia__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ0JDRdBI$

Atlanta’s Squatter Problem Is Vexing Wall Street Landlords: An estimated 1,200 homes are illegally occupied in the Atlanta metro area, an epicenter for institutional investors.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-01-25/atlanta-landlords-confront-squatting-surge-in-vacant-rental-homes__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQxDKMwJe$

# Space / NASA
Northrop Grumman to Revolutionize Space Missions with Next-Gen Cryocoolers: Recognizing the varied needs of space missions, Northrop Grumman is developing a new class of cryocoolers that retain the proven reliability of their predecessors but are more cost-effective and simpler in design. Becomes 17th Unit to Operate in Space without a Failure. elow zero Fahrenheit (degrees F) for maximum sensitivity. A new NASA satellite with infrared sensors provides the most recent example.
The space agency launched Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 into space on July 2. Its mission is to make the clearest and most complete measurements ever of atmospheric carbon dioxide near the Earth’s surface.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://investor.northropgrumman.com/news-releases/news-release-details/northrop-grumman-cryocooler-board-nasas-oco-2-satellite-becomes__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ-2r7VJ9$

NASA to Conduct Experiment Near the Moon’s Mysterious South Pole That Could Radically Change Future Lunar Exploration: NASA has announced new plans for an experiment on the Moon that could fundamentally change the future of lunar exploration, the agency said this week.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thedebrief.org/nasa-to-conduct-experiment-near-the-moons-mysterious-south-pole-that-could-radically-change-future-lunar-exploration/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQzGr6YJy$

# Technology
Global Conflict From AI? The Startling Decisions AI Makes in Wargame Simulations: Now, those who express such fears may have renewed reasons for concern based on the findings of a recent study that indicated just how potentially volatile AI can be: in some recent simulations, it also showed that it might even be capable of making decisions that could lead to nuclear war.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thedebrief.org/global-conflict-from-ai-the-startling-decisions-ai-makes-in-wargame-simulations/*:*:text=Now*2C*20those*20who*20express*20such,could*20lead*20to*20nuclear*20war__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSU!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ0uD3ZaD$

AI-Generated Voices in Robocalls Are Now Illegal: A month after the mysterious Biden calls in New Hampshire, the FCC can now go after robocall scammers that use AI voice clones. The Federal Communications Commission ruled on Thursday that robocalls using voices generated by artificial intelligence are illegal, amid concerns over how the cutting-edge technology is being used to scam people and deceive voters.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-400393A1.pdf__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ5jnKUPf$

# Technology / Global
London Underground Is Testing Real-Time AI Surveillance Tools to Spot Crime: In a test at one station, Transport for London used a computer vision system to try and detect crime and weapons, people falling on the tracks, and fare dodgers. Cameras stationed near Romford train station picked up every face walking past and matched it to a police watchlist of wanted criminals. Successful matches would result in immediate arrest.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.ft.com/content/f4779de6-b1e0-11e9-bec9-fdcab53d6959__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQwDrlpU5$

# Weather
Study Calls for New Category 6 Mega-Hurricane Classification Amid Climate Change: New study suggests adding a Category 6 to the current hurricane scale due to increased mega-hurricanes from global warming. Researchers say introducing a Category 6 mega-hurricane to the classification system is more than a technical adjustment. It’s a crucial step for public safety and awareness.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/05/hurricanes-becoming-so-strong-that-new-category-needed-study-says__;!!On18fmf1aQ!xqfhYFO9NIPLKlME2_fIuAv_lI4jN2Qel9UAYvuFyo0Kmvne3XH-w89CZmrrQOkkkqm7JzmrojkxYelC5JmYCW8pQ5PN6Hh4$

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-02-07

Voices, The Peoples News

February 7, 2024
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# Indigenous
‘Disrespectful Violations’ Prompt Ute Tribe to Close 4 Million Acres to Nontribal Hunters, Anglers, Campers: The Ute Indian Tribe has terminated all active nonmember hunting, fishing, and recreation permits for its 4-plus million acres of tribal lands in the Uintah Basin of northeastern Utah, an area that’s twice the size of Yellowstone National Park. The Tribe has also set “an indefinite moratorium” on issuing any new permits for nonmembers.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.outdoorlife.com/conservation/ute-tribe-closes-reservation-nontribal-hunting/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIAYLpAKi$

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
GOP says Biden has all the power he needs to control the border. The reality is far more complicated: The package, which pairs border enforcement policy with wartime aid for Ukraine, Israel and other U.S. allies, would be the most significant immigration legislation in a decade. It has the potential, for better or worse, to transform some of the most vexing border problems.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://apnews.com/article/biden-border-election-2024-republicans-3e905afaf7a68387aa58296e6cf91890__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIJFRdiii$

Republicans will never get another border security deal this good: The Republican Party should take yes for an answer. By torpedoing the Senate’s bipartisan immigration deal, under pressure from former president Donald Trump to preserve his election-year advantage on a wedge issue, congressional Republicans would blow an opportunity to reduce undocumented immigration and curtail mass crossings at the southern border — along with save Ukraine before it runs out of ammunition.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/02/05/border-deal-immigration-senate-republicans/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIDoqsC96$

Biden Blames Trump as Border Deal Collapses: With Republican opposition to a $118 billion security bill growing, President Joe Biden called out former president Donald Trump for undermining the bipartisan agreement, and vowed to make sure that Americans know who to blame if the legislation fails to become law.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://finance.yahoo.com/news/biden-gop-grow-spine-stand-235415990.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtILpAwzRy$

Texas officials: Border bill would codify mass migration, strip states of self-defense rights: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other leaders in Texas strongly oppose a Senate border bill introduced by Democrats, arguing it codifies mass migration into the United States and strips states of their constitutional right to self-defense
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://highlandcountypress.com/news/texas-officials-border-bill-would-codify-mass-migration-strip-states-self-defense-rights*gsc.tab=0__;Iw!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIMckPrUC$

Trump, GOP Governors’ Border Threats Smack of Sedition: The Constitution and Supreme Court are clear and Trump isn’t the president. The US is edging closer to a constitutional crisis than it’s come in years, thanks to a pack of rogue red state governors determined to follow the cynical demands of a one-time president desperate to regain power.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/trump-gop-governors-border-threats-smack-of-sedition-2870429__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIAeYzbMG$

The REAL Threat at Our Border: Trump, Republican governors, and MAGA media have summoned their armed fanatics to the Rio Grande. Meanwhile, because enormous, unmanageable numbers of migrants are arriving in America, thanks in part to various crises for which the United States bears historic responsibility, the Biden White House undertook negotiations with certain willing Republicans in the Senate to clarify immigration rules, adequately fund their enforcement, and keep vulnerable people from suffering biblical levels of misery under our care.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://prospect.org/politics/2024-02-07-real-threat-at-our-border/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIFEcN1fj$

New border security bill would strip Texas of its powers, and Republicans dubbed it a disaster: After the highly anticipated bipartisan border deal was revealed, conservatives reacted to the part that would reportedly strip Texas of its border security powers. Even before its official release, Governor Abbott announced that the Texas National Guard would continue to expand security efforts.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.allthingsfinance.net/new-border-security-bill-would-strip-texas-of-its-powers-and-republicans-dubbed-it-a-disaster/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtINI_rVIg$

Another State Considers Sending National Guard to Texas: Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry has announced he wants to send National Guard soldiers to Texas to support the efforts by Governor Greg Abbott, his fellow Republican, to combat illegal migration.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/louisiana-send-national-guard-texas-1867743*:*:text=Louisiana*20Governor*20Jeff*20Landry*20has,Republican*2C*20to*20combat*20illegal*20migration__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSU!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIJOE70zf$

Kansas House adopts resolution asking Kelly to send National Guard, law enforcement to Texas border Nonbinding measure praises Texas governor’s defiant answer to immigrant ‘invasion’
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://kansasreflector.com/2024/02/06/kansas-house-adopts-resolution-asking-kelly-to-send-national-guard-law-enforcement-to-texas-border/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIOQW-v8K$

# Censorship
GOP Candidate Burns Missouri Public Library Books with Flamethrower: Acandidate running to become Missouri’s next secretary of state has gone viral after she was shown burning LGBTQ-friendly books with a flamethrower. “These books come from a Missouri public library,” Valentina Gomez said in a video posted to social media site X, formerly Twitter, which has since received over 431,000 views. “When I am in office, they will burn.”
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/missouri-book-ban-burning-flamethrower-valentina-gomez-1867666*:*:text=*22These*20books*20come*20from*20a,office*2C*20they*20will*20burn.*22__;I34lJSUlJSUlJSUl!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIG03Gij5$

# Corporations / Industry
Amazon Is Laying Off Hundreds in Its Health Care Operation: Job cuts affect One Medical chain, online pharmacy unit. Amazon has been trimming its headcount since late 2022. The layoffs follow rolling reductions in late 2022 and early 2023 that ultimately totaled more than 27,000 employees.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-02-06/amazon-is-laying-off-hundreds-in-its-health-care-operation?srnd=premium&sref=c60FFz6b__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIMbq4bVm$

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
A record number of Americans can’t afford their rent. Lawmakers are scrambling to help: Lawmakers are working on a bill that would expand a federal program that awards tax credits to housing developers who agree to set aside units for low-income tenants. Supporters say that could lead to the construction of 200,000 more affordable homes. The latest data from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, released in January, found that a record high 22.4 million renter households, or half of renters nationwide, were spending more than 30% of their income on rent in 2022. The number of affordable units, with rents under $600, also dropped to 7.2 million that year, 2.1 million fewer than a decade earlier.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/colorado/articles/2024-02-07/a-record-number-of-americans-cant-afford-their-rent-lawmakers-are-scrambling-to-help__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIFRCHq2t$

There’s a Tax Season Villain, and It’s Not the I.R.S.: But we’re here to convince you that the I.R.S. is not the problem: Yes, it should be easy to file taxes. And yes, it should be free. That’s how it works in the rest of the developed world, and it could very easily work that way here, too. It is absurd that America’s tax system is so antiquated and complicated that most people must pay someone else to help them pay the government. So what is standing in the way of progress?
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://dnyuz.com/2024/02/06/theres-a-tax-season-villain-and-its-not-the-i-r-s/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIGPZ5Q7j$

# Education / Schools
A Florida school made parents sign permission slips to let their kids participate in Black History Month events: One concerned parent told WPLG she was “shocked” when she received the permission slip. The opt-in activities include presentations celebrating the achievements of Black communities.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.businessinsider.in/education/news/a-florida-school-made-parents-sign-permission-slips-to-let-their-kids-participate-in-black-history-month-events/articleshow/107496347.cms__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIG0cUOvj$

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining
Coalition of states criticize Biden’s natural gas export freeze: A coalition of about two dozen state attorneys general sent a letter to President Joe Biden Tuesday blasting the president’s recent decision to freeze the approval of new export sites for liquefied natural gas
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.politico.com/news/2024/01/26/biden-gas-export-permits-pause-00138001__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIIC8VrGx$

# Gov / Politics / Global
Hamas Proposes 135-Day Gaza Truce With Complete Israeli Withdrawal: Hamas has proposed a ceasefire to quiet the guns in Gaza for four-and-a-half months, during which all hostages would go free, Israel would withdraw its troops from the Gaza Strip and an agreement would be reached on an end to the war.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2024/feb/07/middle-east-crisis-live-diplomatic-push-to-secure-gaza-ceasefire-as-hamas-responds-to-plan__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIBPepfY2$

Netanyahu rejects Hamas’ ceasefire demands, including release of 1,500 Palestinians for hostages: “Hamas’ answer was formulated so that Israel would refuse it,” Israel’s defense minister said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected Hamas’ terms for a cease-fire and hostage-release agreement, calling them “delusional,” a position that complicates efforts to strike a deal between the sides. Netanyahu vowed to press ahead with Israel’s war against Hamas, now in its fifth month
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://justthenews.com/world/middle-east/netanyahu-rejects-hamas-ceasefire-demands-including-release-1500-palestinians__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIE_v_urr$

# Gov / Politics
Critics say border bill would send $60B to Ukraine. Here’s where it’s really going: The majority of funding would be used to restock the U.S. military’s inventory after it sent weapons to Kyiv. Most of the money dedicated to Ukraine, however, won’t leave the U.S. Instead, tens of billions of dollars will fill Pentagon coffers to purchase new weapons from U.S. companies to refill inventories that have been tapped to help Ukraine, finance military operations and sign contracts for new weapons for Kyiv.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.politico.com/news/2024/02/06/border-bill-ukraine-aid-military-00139870__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIBY3l2w_$

Heritage Action urges ‘no’ vote on border security, foreign aid package: Heritage Action argued most of the issues tackled in the national security supplemental were known months ago and therefore should have been incorporated into the administration’s standard appropriations request to Congress.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/4451005-heritage-action-no-vote-border-bill/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIKPKM_yD$

Mayorkas impeachment fails despite Texas Republicans’ efforts All Texas Republicans voted to impeach the Homeland Security secretary. But four other Republicans voted with all Democrats against the measure.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.texastribune.org/2024/02/06/mayorkas-impeachment-vote-fail/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtINNGidDI$

Once hesitant, Texas Republicans have united behind Donald Trump. Again: Less than a year ago, Donald Trump’s political strength was waning among Texas Republicans. He was being blamed for an underwhelming midterm election, he was facing mounting legal problems and many prominent Texas Republicans were hesitating to endorse his comeback bid. But not all of them.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.texastribune.org/2024/02/06/texas-republicans-donald-trump-endorse/*:*:text=While*20polls*20once*20showed*20Trump,Nikki*20Haley*20by*20a*20landslide__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIDkgckM8$

What kind of presidential candidate, and supporters, would cause opponents to fear for their lives? And what should be America’s response? Nikki Haley has applied for Secret Service protection as the number of threats against her has soared, a campaign spokeswoman confirmed yesterday. The threats come as Trump ratcheted up his attacks on Haley, escalating vicious assaults on her character, her career, her origins, and her beliefs. Many of his assertions are lies.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://robertreich.substack.com/p/what-kind-of-presidential-candidate?utm_source=post-email-title&publication_id=365422&post_id=141420297&utm_campaign=email-post-title&isFreemail=true&r=thu6w&utm_medium=email__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtICNMxhhu$

# Law Enforcment
Three years after BLM protests gripped nation, a police shooting in Lufkin draws little attention: A fatal police shooting that resulted in a Black woman being killed in her home in Lufkin has garnered little attention among the 1,000-plus documented police killings that have happened in the last year in the United States.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.texastribune.org/2024/02/07/lufkin-officer-involved-shooting/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIJRvs_tY$

# Medical / Health
Casualties of a Failed Health Care System: Why even an elite Boston hospital can feel like a makeshift infirmary in a war zone. This mess is a vivid example of how reliance on commercialized health care with piecemeal regulation has failed and backfired. Dig deeper, and there are the multiple causes of this mess
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://prospect.org/health/2024-02-06-casualties-of-a-failed-healthcare-system/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIL9F5tsH$

The quiet way health insurance companies have made it harder to get medical necessities covered: Many companies have adopted a stricter rules-based approach for what they do and don’t cover. The language in many insurance policies is changing to say they only cover treatments based strictly on the conditions specified in their medical guidelines. This may make it easier for insurers to deny care, and harder for consumers to appeal denials.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.policygenius.com/health-insurance/news/medical-necessity-rules-changing/*:*:text=Many*20companies*20have*20adopted*20a,specified*20in*20their*20medical*20guidelines__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtILU-Zerr$

# Military / DOD
US air control systems detected Russian aircraft in Alaska: The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said that it had detected four Russian military aircraft operating in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). “The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and did not enter American or Canadian sovereign airspace,” NORAD said in a statement.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.airforce-technology.com/news/norad-intercepts-russian-aircraft/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIBXtj1pm$

Another 2,200 plaintiffs sue Navy over contamination of Hawaii water by jet fuel: Another 2,200 individuals filed suit in federal court Monday seeking compensation for illnesses, distress and financial hardship they say stem from exposure to petroleum-tainted Navy tap water in Hawaii.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.stripes.com/branches/navy/2024-02-05/navy-lawsuit-hawaii-water-contamination-12911591.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIOlTWBhf$

# Military / Global
China steps up warnings to Japanese military aircraft near disputed Senkaku Islands: Chinese coast guard vessels have been warning Japanese military aircraft to leave airspace over and around the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, according to Japanese media.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.stripes.com/theaters/asia_pacific/2024-02-06/china-warning-japan-senkaku-islands-12913248.html?utm_source=Stars*and*Stripes*Emails&utm_campaign=Daily*Headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Stars*and*Stripes*Emails&utm_campaign=63df9fb48e-Newsletter*-*Daily*Headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0ab8697a7f-63df9fb48e-296512995__;KysrKysrKysrKw!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtIP_bwO6z$

Chinese ships near Diaoyu Islands stoke Japan’s fears of Beijing vs Manila South China Sea-style clash: Japan deployed airborne early warning aircraft and at least one marine destroyer in response to Chinese vessels sailing near the disputed islands. Analysts say Beijing’s actions are aimed at weakening Tokyo’s control over the uninhabited East China Sea islands it calls the Senkakus
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3250789/chinese-ships-near-diaoyu-islands-stoke-japans-fears-beijing-vs-manila-south-china-sea-style-clash__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtINzfHrKh$

Suspected drones used by Yemen’s Houthi rebels attack 2 more ships in Mideast waters: Two ships traveling in Middle East waters have been attacked by suspected Yemen Houthi rebel drones. Tuesday’s attacks are the latest in the Iranian-backed fighters’ campaign of targeting vessels over Israel’s war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.military.com/daily-news/2024/02/06/suspected-drones-used-yemens-houthi-rebels-attack-2-more-ships-mideast-waters.html__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtILg_CDZC$

NATO scrambles F-16 jets after Russia fired missiles towards Poland: Poland scrambled at least three F-16s today as Russia fired missiles towards its NATO border with Ukraine, say reports. In the event the missiles turned away from the NATO country and hit targets across Ukraine as part of a massive new onslaught unleashed by Russia.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.newsweek.com/ukraine-nato-ally-poland-fighter-jets-russian-missiles-1867565__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtICTubZrc$

Iran may have unleashed forces that it can no longer control: Events in the Middle East may be about to spiral out of control. With Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, and the Houthis in Yemen all targeting Israel and the West, the hand of Iran looms large.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/02/07/iran-unleashed-forces-that-it-can-no-longer-control/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtII-Oc2dS$

Bombings Kill Dozens in Pakistan on Eve of Contentious Elections: As Pakistanis prepare to head to the polls with the country’s most popular politician behind bars on dubious charges, human rights groups sounded the alarm on a wide range of election-related repression.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.commondreams.org/news/pakistan-elections?utm_source=Common*Dreams&utm_campaign=ed5be03265-Top*News*3A*Wed.*2*2F7*2F24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0

# Veterans
Easy access to virtual appointments, prescription refills are behind rising demand for online VA health care: More than 40% of veterans, or 2.5 million patients enrolled in VA health care, rely on telehealth for at least part of their care, according to the VA. Behind the numbers are veterans seeking online care for the access, convenience and privacy, the VA said.
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.stripes.com/veterans/2024-02-06/veterans-affairs-telehealth-prescriptions-doctor-visits-12918667.html*:*:text=Veterans*20using*20the*20Rx*20Refill,providers*20and*20go*20to*20appointments__;I34lJSUlJSUlJQ!!On18fmf1aQ!3FD_acRHz5242SSuCXWMUBlEYN2WgeE_kotKdKQS6D6C6DufgQ8FAegU67gIPrr46lUwapD03BtGqhQMxn_CizqtILGcPROX$

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