Iowa judge rules Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer can’t appear on Democratic primary ballot

Iowa judge rules Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer can’t appear on Democratic primary ballot

This post was originally published on this siteA judge in Iowa ruled on Sunday that Democratic Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer cannot appear on the state’s June 7 primary ballot, dealing a significant blow to her already longshot hopes of unseating Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley.

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France sends forensic experts to investigate war crimes in Ukraine

France sends forensic experts to investigate war crimes in Ukraine

France has dispatched a team of police officers trained in forensics to investigate alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine, The Kyiv Independent reported Monday.
The team will reportedly begin investigating crime scenes on Tuesday, focusing on the Kyiv suburbs, where retreating Russian forces left the streets littered with civilian corpses.
Axios notes that “war crime charges are notoriously difficult to prosecute,” but that forensic crime scene evidence, such as DNA, could help prosecutors “bring cases against some specific members of the Russian military.”
⚡️ France sends a team of forensics police officers to Ukraine to assist in war crime investigations. The team will begin its work on April 12 in the Kyiv Oblast, where multiple counts of Russian war crimes were reported.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) April 11, 2022
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and President Biden have repeatedly accused Russian forces of committing war crimes in Ukraine. After images of dead civilians in Bucha and other Kyiv suburbs emerged earlier this month, even previously neutral nations like Turkey, India, and China called for investigations.
Russia has denied killing civilians in the Kyiv suburbs, calling the video and photo evidence a “monstrous forgery,” and accusing Ukrainian forces of having killed the victims — some of who appear to have been bound before being shot — with indiscriminate air strikes.

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Jan. 6 panel faces major choices about Trump as investigation enters final phase

Jan. 6 panel faces major choices about Trump as investigation enters final phase

This post was originally published on this site The House select committee faces five crucial choices as their eight-month investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection enters its final phase. The nine-member panel has found strong evidence that Donald Trump broke the law in his effort to overturn his 2020 election...

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Why this may be the start of ‘America’s 1st so-what COVID wave’

Why this may be the start of ‘America’s 1st so-what COVID wave’

COVID-19 — and more specifically, the BA.2 “subvariant of the Omicron variant that tore through the U.S. this winter — is spreading,” Sumathi Reddy writes at The Wall Street Journal, and given that people are mostly testing at home and this variant has fairly mild symptoms (if any ) among vaccinate people, “it is likely that public-health statistics are significantly undercounting cases right now.” Top public health officials are predicting a surge in case, like parts of Europe are experiencing.
But there’s a good chance “you’re going to the movies and eating indoors,” Reddy adds. “Your kid stopped wearing a mask to school; you no longer wear one to work. After two years of COVID precautions, you finally feel normal again. Well, mostly.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) national COVID map is almost entirely low-risk green.
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CBS News explains that this may end up being “America’s first so-what COVID wave,” because of vaccines and treatments, and crucially, because so few people are being hospitalized.
Rather than focusing on case counts, “hospitalization rates are likely a more accurate indicator of transmission and reflect the severity of infections,” the Journal reports. And the U.S. “is currently reporting 14,802 coronavirus hospitalizations, the lowest mark since reporting began in July 2020,” CNN’s Ryan Struyk tweeted Sunday night, citing Health and Human Services data.
When should you worry and change your behavior? “Consider both the rate of increase as well as how long cases have been rising,” Reddy reports. “A steady weekly rise of 5 percent for multiple weeks might signal that it’s time to resume some protective measures, such as masking indoors,” but “if cases are increasing by 50 percent week over week, that’s a red flag.”
Another sign things are feeling more “normal” on the COVID-19 front is that President Biden’s approval rating on his response to the pandemic has risen to 58 percent, from 50 percent in January, ABC News reported Sunday. That poll, conducted with Ipsos, surveyed a national sample of 530 adults April 8-9, and its margin of sampling error is ±4.9 percentage points.

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Why gasoline prices remain high even as crude oil prices fall

Why gasoline prices remain high even as crude oil prices fall

This post was originally published on this siteEconomists say the real reason might be a quirk of human behavior.

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Democrats face tough climb on winning Senate approval of legal marijuana

Democrats face tough climb on winning Senate approval of legal marijuana

This post was originally published on this siteSenate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is facing significant obstacles in his legislative push to legalize marijuana, with resistance from Republicans and members of his own party threatening chances of passage in the upper chamber. Schumer has said that his aim is to...

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Zelensky asked if he’ll give Russia any part of Ukraine

Zelensky asked if he’ll give Russia any part of Ukraine

This post was originally published on this siteUkraine’s president tells CBS’ 60 Minutes he isn’t ready to give away his country in return for peace.

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Biden will announce steps to curb gun violence in the U.S.

Biden will announce steps to curb gun violence in the U.S.

This post was originally published on this siteThe action includes finalizing regulations that deal with ghost guns — weapons that do not have serial numbers that can be used to track them and are sometimes sold as kits to be assembled at home.

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The top 10 Senate races that are most likely to flip to the other party

The top 10 Senate races that are most likely to flip to the other party

This post was originally published on this siteThough more Republican-held seats are up for grabs in November, Democratic struggles mean the GOP has improved its likelihood to take control of the Senate. Here are the key contests to watch. (Image credit: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images; Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images; STR/NurPhoto/Getty...

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Zelenskyy warns Ukraine of crucial days ahead; Russia warns of ‘direct military confrontation’ with US: Live Ukraine updates

Zelenskyy warns Ukraine of crucial days ahead; Russia warns of ‘direct military confrontation’ with US: Live Ukraine updates

This post was originally published on this siteUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned his nation that the coming week would be as crucial as any in the war with Russia. Live updates.     

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