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Russia launches missile attacks on Ukraine, causing damage to civilian infrastructure and power stations
Russia launched a missile attack on Thursday targeting civilian infrastructure and the country’s defense industry in Ukraine, hitting the capital Kyiv and 10 other areas. The attacks caused severe damage at three Ukrainian power stations, knocked out heating for half of Kyiv’s population, and left Kharkiv without running water and other needs. At least six people have been reported dead. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy condemned the Russian military’s "pathetic tactics" and described the barrage as a "rough night". The attack, which included 81 rockets and eight exploding drones, was launched in retaliation for an alleged incident near the Ukraine-Russia border last week, in which Moscow alleged Ukrainian saboteurs crossed into the Bryansk region and started opening fire on villagers, killing two civilians. International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi has warned that the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, the largest nuclear power station in Europe, is running on emergency diesel for the sixth time, and has urged the agency to take action to address the issue.
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House Democrats and Republicans had a hearing on how Twitter handles government requests to review posts, with Republicans accusing tech companies of making content censorship decisions with an anti-conservative bias. Republicans called in two journalists who released threads of the "Twitter Files" as witnesses. Democrats accused Republicans of choosing witnesses to advance a false narrative and wasting public funds. In both hearings, Democrats argued that Twitter, as a private company, is protected by the First Amendment to moderate content at its discretion, while Republicans argued that government officials were inappropriately using a company to exert censorship by proxy.
VOX — The real message of Biden’s budget
President Biden has released a 182-page budget proposal that includes increased military spending, investments in social programs, and new taxes on corporations and the wealthiest Americans. The budget aims to protect programs like Medicare and Social Security while expanding the social safety net. The proposal reflects a political pragmatism and ambition, positioning the administration as fiscally responsible while rejecting calls to roll back the welfare state. The budget serves as a starting point for legislative talks, and while unlikely to pass as written, it signals the administration's priorities and strategy for upcoming fights. The White House is positioning Democrats as the more fiscally responsible party with priorities that match the public's.
THE WALLSTREET JOURNAL — Norfolk Southern CEO Apologizes, Pledges Change at Senate Hearing on Ohio Train Derailment
The CEO of Norfolk Southern, Alan Shaw, apologized for a train derailment in Ohio that spilled toxic chemicals and promised to reimburse residents and clean up the town. He also announced that the company is leading an effort to prioritize safety over profitability, including the addition of temperature detectors and a hiring spree. Norfolk Southern has come under scrutiny from politicians and safety officials for its safety culture and past accidents. The company plans to pull back from the industry-wide push for efficiency and will establish a safety training center. The derailment in Ohio prompted a federal investigation, but there have been no detected toxins in the air and water to prompt concerns. Norfolk Southern has committed more than $20 million to help affected families and establish a scholarship fund for local students.
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