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Ketanji Brown Jackson grabs the spotlight
in first Supreme Court session
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Posted by NorthernDog 10/3/2022 7:33:08 PM Post Reply
Simply by taking the bench, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson made history Monday, but as the Supreme Court kicked off its new term she also sent a message that she has no intent of being a shrinking violet despite her newcomer status. (Snip) Indeed, Jackson was so vocal that her questioning helped extend the planned one hour of arguments to two hours. Jackson seemed to realize she was testing Chief Justice John Roberts’ patience. After Roberts called on her well into the argument, she looked a bit sheepish and prefaced one of her questions with, “Sorry. …” Then she asked two
New poll shows doom and gloom in Bay Area,
with one bright spot
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Posted by NorthernDog 10/2/2022 9:36:30 PM Post Reply
Housing prices are ridiculous, trash and homeless encampments line our streets, reservoirs are drying up — and it's only getting worse. Bay Area residents are finding a lot to be cheerless about these days, according to an exclusive poll by the Bay Area News Group and Joint Venture Silicon Valley. But there's one major bright spot in all the doom and gloom: working from home. By and large, local workers agree this pandemic holdover has changed their lives for the better, and they're not ready to give it up. "After two years, hybrid, at least, is here to stay," said Brian
Biden pledge to make federal fleet electric
faces slow start
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Posted by NorthernDog 10/2/2022 11:02:18 AM Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden, a self-described “car guy,″ often promises to lead by example by moving swiftly to convert the sprawling U.S. government fleet to zero-emission electric vehicles. But efforts have lagged in helping meet his ambitious climate goals by eliminating gas-powered vehicles from the federal fleet. (Snip) The White House frequently describes the 2027 timeline as on track. But the General Services Administration, the agency that purchases two-thirds of the 656,000-vehicle federal fleet, says there are no guarantees. Then there is the U.S. Postal Service, which owns the remaining one-third of the federal fleet. After initially balking and
Midterm elections roundup: A tough Thursday
for Barnes in Wisconsin
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Posted by NorthernDog 10/1/2022 12:07:15 PM Post Reply
A new story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel details a litany of controversial tweets from Democrat Mandela Barnes that touch on a whole variety of issues. As detailed by the Journal Sentinel, his tweets included him panning “progressives moving to the center” as people who are “compromising all integrity to appease the extreme.” In another that’s likely to find its way into an ad soon, he jokingly referred to New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as “my president.” He also asked if the 2016 election was “rigged.” And after Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise said that being shot didn’t change his
Kremlin announces Russia will annex four
occupied regions in Ukraine; Nord Stream
tensions rise
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Posted by NorthernDog 9/30/2022 9:04:49 AM Post Reply
Russia is facing the prospect of another raft of sanctions on prominent individuals and sectors of the economy after it oversaw a series of sham referendums in four Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine, and is expected to annex those regions imminently. Condemned by Ukraine and its Western allies, the votes showed a resounding majority voted to join Russia, although the elections were widely seen as rigged and many irregular voting practices were reported. The EU proposed an eighth package of sanctions on Russia yesterday in response to the referendums, and the U.S. said it will announce more sanctions “in the coming
FDNY paramedic, 9/11 responder fatally
stabbed in the line of duty in Queens:
'Heartbreaking and enraging'
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Posted by NorthernDog 9/30/2022 8:57:00 AM Post Reply
New York City is mourning the tragic death of a longtime FDNY paramedic who was fatally stabbed while on duty in a Queens neighborhood Thursday afternoon. Emergency Medical Service Lt. Alison Russo-Elling, 61, was on shift at EMS Station 49 in Astoria when she was stabbed multiple times in a "barbaric and completely unprovoked" attack near 20th Avenue and Steinway Street, FDNY Acting Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said in a joint news conference Thursday. The deadly attack happened at approximately 2:15 p.m. while she was walking to get food. She was in uniform and clearly identified as an EMS member.
Hurricane Ian sweeps away section of Sanibel
Causeway, cutting off all vehicle access
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Posted by NorthernDog 9/29/2022 7:01:54 PM Post Reply
Hurricane Ian destroyed a section of the Sanibel Causeway connecting Sanibel Island and Captiva with mainland Florida, preventing all access for ground vehicles. Meteorologist Bryan Bennett first showed the collapsed section on Twitter, revealing a missing portion of the causeway dozens of feet long. Storm reporters with the Tampa Bay Times also confirmed the damage, saying the missing section comes right before the bridge rises up toward the island. Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed the Sanibel Causeway is "not passable" during a Thursday press briefing. He said both the causeway and the nearby Pine Island Bridge will both require
Detroit begins demolition of blighted
Packard car plant
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Posted by NorthernDog 9/29/2022 6:55:59 PM Post Reply
DETROIT -- Demolition of the long-vacant Packard auto plant in Detroit started Thursday as crews began tearing apart an already crumbling exterior wall of the massive structure. A demolition claw ripped and tugged on decades-old bricks and concrete along the upper floors of the old eastside factory that for generations has been a symbol of urban blight in the Motor City. (Snip) The Packard Automotive Co. built the plant in 1903, but by 1954, the structure had become obsolete and Packard car production was being done elsewhere. The company would go out of business a few years later. Detroit took over
'Where's Jackie?': Biden's miscue raises
fresh questions about his age
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Posted by NorthernDog 9/29/2022 9:05:15 AM Post Reply
President Joe Biden’s Wednesday slip asking for a deceased lawmaker during a White House event left reporters at the afternoon press briefing with a question of their own: How could the president, who turns 80 shortly after the midterm elections, have been confused about her whereabouts? "What happened in the hunger event today?" asked a reporter in the first exchange on the subject, noting Biden "seemed to indicate she might be in the room," before asking again, "What happened there?" (Snip) But the response raised as many questions as it answered. Jean-Pierre was hesitant to concede that Biden had misspoken
Video of Biden Saying He'd 'End' Nord
Stream Resurfaces After Pipeline Leak
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Posted by NorthernDog 9/28/2022 4:25:13 PM Post Reply
Video of President Joe Biden saying that he would "end" the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has resurfaced after Nord Stream 1 and 2 were damaged in what's been described as an act of sabotage. Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested on Monday that Biden could be responsible for the damage to the Russian-owned pipelines, neither of which were operational when they experienced major leaks into the Baltic Sea. Several Twitter users shared an ABC News video of Biden from February 7, 2022, discussing Nord Stream 2 and appeared to link his previous remarks with damage to the pipelines. "Now
Americans should flee Russia immediately,
could be conscripted, US Embassy urges
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Posted by NorthernDog 9/28/2022 10:09:43 AM Post Reply
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has urged all Americans in Russia to flee the nation following President Vladimir Putin’s "partial mobilization" decree last week. "Russia may refuse to acknowledge dual nationals’ U.S. citizenship, deny their access to U.S. consular assistance, prevent their departure from Russia, and conscript dual nationals for military service," the embassy warned Tuesday. The embassy warned that the ability to leave Russia has already become increasingly difficult with limited commercial flights and crowded border check points. "Those residing or traveling in Russia should depart Russia immediately while limited commercial travel options remain," the statement released by the
Leaking natural-gas from the damaged Nord
Stream pipelines is erupting like geysers
in the Baltic Sea, Danish military video shows
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Posted by NorthernDog 9/27/2022 1:42:23 PM Post Reply
Natural-gas is erupting like geysers on the surface of the Baltic Sea above the damaged Nord Stream pipelines, images from the Danish military show. Danish Defence on Tuesday released a video taken from a helicopter showing the extent of the disturbances caused by the leaking pipelines, which European officials believe have been sabotaged. (Tweet) The largest disturbance on the surface is spread across more than 1,000 metres, while the smallest is about 200 metres, Danish Defence said. The Nord Stream 1 and Nord Steam 2 systems were designed to transport natural-gas from Russia to Europe. Each system comprises two pipelines