DeSantis moves against Disney with push to eliminate special status for Florida theme park

DeSantis moves against Disney with push to eliminate special status for Florida theme park

This post was originally published on this siteFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis escalated his weeks-long feud with Disney on Tuesday, challenging lawmakers to eliminate the special status that allows the entertainment company to operate as an independent government around its Orlando-area theme park.

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UN asks for $66M to protect Ukrainian women, children amid rape accusations

UN asks for $66M to protect Ukrainian women, children amid rape accusations

This post was originally published on this siteUNFPA, the United Nation’s sexual and reproductive health agency, released a statement Tuesday asking for $66 million to help protect Ukrainian women and children as millions flee from Ukraine and Russian soldiers have been accused of rape. The agency stated more than 12...

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Airlines rush to drop mask mandates

Airlines rush to drop mask mandates

This post was originally published on this siteMajor airlines and airports are rushing to drop their mask requirements following a federal court ruling that struck down the federal government’s mask mandate for planes, trains and buses. Every major U.S. airline announced that masks are now optional shortly after the Transportation Security...

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Did Russia learn enough from its Kyiv failure to win in Ukraine’s Donbas?

Did Russia learn enough from its Kyiv failure to win in Ukraine’s Donbas?

Russia launched a broad assault in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region on Monday, attacking a 300-mile line in what Ukraine called “a new phase of the war.” Ukraine’s General Staff said early Tuesday that “the occupiers made an attempt to break through our defenses along nearly the entire frontline.” 
Ukraine’s regional military administrator in Luhansk, Serhiy Haidi, said Russia took control of the town of Kreminna and another small town, and his forces retreated to regroup. Oleksiy Arestovych, an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, told Reuters that “the battle for Donbas” is “underway and is going very cautiously,” and “the battle will not go in Russia’s favor.”
A senior Pentagon official said Monday that Russian forces “are trying to learn from the lessons” of their failed attempt to capture Kyiv, the capital. “They are moving in heavy artillery. They are moving in command-and-control enablers. They are moving in aviation — particularly rotary aviation support,” the official said.
Russia has sent 11 more battle tactical groups, or about 50,000 to 60,000 troops, into the Donbas, the Pentagon official said. Jack Watling at Britain’s Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) think tank told BBC News that unlike the marshes and dense woodland up north, the Russians will now be fighting “over quite open country, over a very wide area,” with smaller towns, giving them room to maneuver and use artillery.
The Donbas battle “is unlikely to be dramatically more successful than previous Russian offensives,” the Institute for the Study of War said Tuesday, because Russia didn’t take a long enough “operational pause” to “reconstitute” their exhausted forces. Russia might “achieve frequent gains,” the institute said, but “frequent reports of disastrously low Russian morale and continuing logistics challenges indicate the effective combat power of Russian units in eastern Ukraine is a fraction of their on-paper strength in numbers.”
Russia “may be able to add more artillery or more logistics, but their culture of combined arms and good battlefield leadership will take them more time to fix,” said retired Australian Maj. Gen. Mick Ryan. “But they’d have to be exceedingly stupid not to have learned some lessons from their defeat in the battle of Kyiv.” The next 48 hours will tell us a lot, he added. If the Russians gets a serious breakthrough in the Donbas, they adapted, but a continued quagmire would suggest the “Ukrainians are as good as we thought they were.”

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Pushing for ‘school choice,’ US Sen. Ted Cruz splits with Gov. Greg Abbott in his endorsements for Texas House runoffs

Pushing for ‘school choice,’ US Sen. Ted Cruz splits with Gov. Greg Abbott in his endorsements for Texas House runoffs

This post was originally published on this site By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune April 19, 2022 “Pushing for “school choice,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz splits with Gov. Greg Abbott in his endorsements for Texas House runoffs” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that...

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Why the Republican offensive on abortion is escalating

Why the Republican offensive on abortion is escalating

This post was originally published on this siteWhen three red states finalized severe restrictions on abortion over consecutive days last week, they highlighted the GOP’s rising militancy on the issue — and the political and legal calculations underpinning it.

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Post Politics Now: Biden’s bicoastal push to sell the bipartisan infrastructure law

Post Politics Now: Biden’s bicoastal push to sell the bipartisan infrastructure law

This post was originally published on this siteThe president’s trip to Portsmouth, N.H., is the first of two this week designed to highlight the infrastructure law passed last year. On Thursday, he’s headed to Portland, Ore.

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Russia begins offensive spanning 300 miles in long-anticipated attack on eastern Ukraine: Live updates

Russia begins offensive spanning 300 miles in long-anticipated attack on eastern Ukraine: Live updates

This post was originally published on this siteRussian troops took control of two areas of eastern Ukraine, including the town of Kreminna. Janet Yellen will attend some parts of G-20. Latest news.     

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Florida’s legislature meets in a special session to adopt new congressional maps

Florida’s legislature meets in a special session to adopt new congressional maps

This post was originally published on this siteRepublican leaders say they’ll approve maps drawn by the governor that eliminate two Black voting districts. Gov. Ron DeSantis insisted on district maps that give an extra advantage to Republicans.

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