Holiday mode: activated. If you’re on the West Coast, grab your shades and hit the beach this weekend. Most of the western United States will experience record heat over the next few days. However, not everyone is thrilled to get a taste of summer. March is considered peak season for many Mountain West ski resorts, and this weekend will be a seasonal shock.
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President Joe Biden will visit Poland today, marking his second leg of a trip across Europe aimed at coordinating the West’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Yesterday’s crisis talks in Brussels ended with Western leaders touting their unity and announcing new sanctions against hundreds of Russian elites. Ukraine also updated its long wish list for additional military assistance from the US government, saying it needed 1,000 missiles a day, according to a document provided to CNN. Within two weeks of the start of the Russian invasion, the United States and other NATO members had sent about 17,000 anti-tank missiles and 2,000 anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine. Since then, NATO countries, including the United States, have maintained the arms and equipment pipeline, even as Russia has threatened to target the shipments. Separately, more than 3.5 million refugees have now fled Ukraine, according to new UN data. For its part, the United States will host up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russian aggression, a senior administration official said yesterday.
The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has in its possession more than two dozen text messages, 29 in total, between Trump’s former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows , and Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, a conservative activist and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, according to multiple sources. The text messages, reviewed by CNN, show Thomas pleading with Meadows to continue the fight to overturn the 2020 election results. The revelation of the messages between Thomas and Meadows, two key allies of former President Donald Trump, comes as progressives and some legal ethics experts see his activism as a potential conflict of interest for Justice Thomas’ work on certain Supreme Court cases. The committee is also considering whether to recommend that two former Trump advisers be held in contempt for failing to cooperate with its investigation and refer them to the Justice Department for possible prosecution.
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Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson ended after four days yesterday. Jackson spoke about her judicial experience and addressed the historic nature of her nomination, which would make her the first black female Supreme Court justice. The hearing also featured controversial moments of harsh questioning by Republicans on the committee. Senator Lindsey Graham has challenged her conviction of child pornography offenders and even slammed her as an “activist”. On the other hand, Democratic Senator from New Jersey Cory Booker delivered a moving speech that brought the candidate to tears. The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Justice Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Monday, April 4.
‘You are worthy’: Senator delivers heartfelt message at SCOTUS confirmation hearing
The Biden administration has finalized federal regulations that will help resolve asylum claims at a faster rate. The new rule will help reduce the immigration court backlog by giving asylum officers more power to hear and decide asylum claims – cases that are typically assigned to immigration judges – when migrants show up at the southern border of the United States. The change comes amid growing concerns over a possible wave of migrants at the US-Mexico border. There are 1.7 million cases pending in immigration court, according to a system that tracks immigration court data. The administration is still evaluating who the rule will apply to and where it will be implemented, officials said, noting that the rollout will start small.
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its sixth mass bleaching event due to heat stress caused by climate change, reef managers confirmed today. The update comes halfway through a 10-day monitoring mission by scientists who plan to add one of the seven natural wonders of the world to their “endangered” list. According to a biologist monitoring the project, more than half of the living corals seen from the sky are completely bleached and produce fluorescent pigments in an effort to protect their tissues from intense sunlight during marine heat waves. It is the fourth massive bleaching event in six years and the first since 2020, when around a quarter of the reef showed signs of severe bleaching. Previous bleachings occurred in 1998 and 2002.
Oscars producers say Sunday’s show will ‘respectfully acknowledge’ Ukraine crisis
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Google researches electric vehicles and sets a record this month
The price of gas is so high… but so is the price of a new Tesla. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place!
You can cultivate your social media to make you happier and healthier
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The second season of “Bridgerton” starts today on Netflix
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That’s the number of people in the United States who applied for unemployment benefits last week, according to data released yesterday by the Department of Labor. The last time the weekly number was this low was in 1969, when 182,000 people applied for unemployment benefits. And while the good jobs numbers are an encouraging sign, they could prompt the Federal Reserve to pick up the pace of interest rate hikes to keep inflation under control.
“The Texas Legislature has made it clear that when it comes to sex education, parents — not school districts — are responsible.”
– Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, arguing that Pride Week activities at schools that celebrate LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and families violate state law. In a letter to the superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, Paxton, a Republican, said the district’s “curriculum and lesson plans address sexual orientation and gender head-on” and said the law of Texas requires written parental consent before students are taught about human sexuality. . “We are not concerned about Paxton’s letter,” a district spokesperson told CNN. “Pride week and sex ed are different. Celebrating diversity and acceptance is completely legal.
– Source: CNN
Fire danger for the northern plains and record heat in the west throughout the weekend.
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Start your weekend off right! Enjoy this choreographed treadmill routine performed by OK Go. (Click here to view)