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Under Mounting Pressure in Donetsk, Kyiv Hails Western Tank Pledges

As Kyiv celebrates pledges by its Western allies to provide it with tanks, Ukrainian forces are facing a fresh Russian push in the Donetsk region, this time in the town of Vuhledar (Ugledar in Russian). “Fierce battles are raging on the outskirts of Vuhledar,” Yan Gagin, an adviser to the head of the Moscow-backed Donetsk…


Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hears Testimony on ‘Russian Aggression’

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on Jan. 26 entitled “Countering Russian Aggression: Ukraine and Beyond.” The two-hour hearing featured testimony from Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, USAID Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia Erin McKee, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Celeste Wallander. During…


Treasury Department Redeploys $690 Million To Prevent Evictions of Struggling Tenants

The U.S. Department of Treasury has announced the reallocation of $690 million under the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) to help those facing financial hardship avoid eviction. According to a Treasury Department press release from Jan. 24 they have reallocated more than $3.5 billion for the ERA program and have made more than 8 million…


Turkey Puts Brakes on Nordic NATO Bids, Citing ‘Act of Provocation’

Turkey appears to have thrown cold water on a joint bid by Sweden and Finland to become members of the Western NATO alliance. On Jan. 23, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sweden could “no longer expect” Turkish support for its NATO accession efforts. As a NATO member, Turkey wields veto power over bids by…


Oregon Publishes Sweeping Guidelines for Transgender Student Support

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) published comprehensive guidelines earlier this month to help school districts better support transgender students, even while endorsing the idea of keeping parents in the dark. According to the guidelines, support can include allowing students to change their preferred name and gender, as well as choose the pronouns their peers…


Transport Department to Spend $400 Million on Upgrades to Golden Gate Bridge

The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on Jan. 23 it would be spending $400 million on upgrades and safety measures for California’s Golden Gate Bridge. “We’re investing $400 million to replace, retrofit, and install critical structural elements on the Golden Gate Bridge that will make it more resilient during earthquakes and ensure commuters and businesses…


California Homeowners Struggle to Find Contractors for Storm Damage Repair

Homeowners in California are struggling to find roofers in the wake of the destruction caused by torrential storms over the past few weeks. According to recent reports, in addition to the damaging winds experienced by local residents, the years of drought followed by massive storms have resulted in an epidemic of roof leaks, turning roofers…


Claiming Gains in Donetsk, Russia Goes on Offensive in Zaporizhzhia

After a string of recent battlefield gains on the eastern front, Moscow claims its forces are now making headway in the southern Zaporizhzhia region. On Jan. 22, the Russian Defense Ministry said its forces were consolidating their positions after a fresh offensive across the Zaporizhzhia frontline, which has remained largely static for the past several…


Russia Goes on Offensive in Zaporizhzhia After Claiming Donetsk Gains

Russia’s Defense Ministry is claiming that its forces are now making headway in the southern Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine after a string of recent battlefield gains on the eastern front. On Jan. 22, Moscow said its troops were consolidating their positions after a fresh offensive across the Zaporizhzhia front, which has remained largely static for…


Delta CEO Calls on Lawmakers to Support FAA to Modernize Air Traffic Control Systems

Delta Air Lines CEO Edward Bastian called on lawmakers to find a way to give assistance to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in updating air traffic control systems. Bastian made his comments during a fourth-quarter earnings call, where he discussed the recent outage of the Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system outage that took place…