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......There are three key objectives Ukraine has to meet in order to encircle Russian troops and force them to surrender in Kherson.

Ukraine would have to impose firm control over the M14/P47 highway that runs east of Kherson and connects the city with Nova Kakhovka, one of Russia’s key bases in Ukraine’s southern Kherson Oblast and the site of recent attacks on Russian ammunition depots carried out with the help of newly delivered Western weapons.

It would also need to destroy two bridges across the Dnipro River, the Antonivsky Bridges, one for vehicle traffic and the other for railway, close to the town of Antonivka on the outskirts of Kherson. The two bridges currently allow Russia to reinforce its garrison in Kherson from occupied territory across the river.

Ukraine would also have to cut off the Kakhovska Hydroelectric Power Plant in Nova Kakhovka some 55 kilometers east of Kherson. The dam also serves as a bridge, along which the M14/P47 highway runs.

If the highway is cut off by Ukraine, Russian forces would have no way of getting across the Dnipro. With the two Antonivksy bridges destroyed, the only other way to make it across the Dnipro’s right bank is in Ukrainian-controlled Zaporizhzhia over 200 kilometers away from Kherson.


This first phase would only be considered successful once Russian forces are blocked and cut off from supplies and reinforcements.........

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Biden announces climate executive orders tackling extreme heat and support for offshore wind
April Siese

Speaking at what was once one of the most polluting coal-fired power plants in Massachusetts, President Joe Biden announced his plans to address climate change, which include executive orders addressing extreme heat and promoting additional offshore wind opportunities. Biden cited a recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report in which U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres described the worsening climate crisis as “code red for humanity.” Before lawmakers and press at the former Brayton Point power plant in Somerset, Biden said, “I said it last week and I’ll say it again loud and clear: As president I’ll use my executive power to combat the climate crisis in the absence of Congressional action.” That plant will soon provide 250 jobs, according to Biden—the same amount Brayton Point once offered workers at its peak of operation as a coal-fired plant. Instead of powering the region with fossil fuels, the facility will manufacture critical subsea cables meant to connect offshore wind farms to existing power grids.

Employment opportunities were frequently highlighted in Biden’s speech, with the president describing Brayden as being “on the frontier of clean energy for America.” This goes hand-in-hand with executive actions meant to support further offshore wind development. A White House fact sheet notes that the Interior Department could soon hold offshore leasing in the Gulf Of Mexico as part of its first designated Wind Energy Areas spanning 700,000 acres off the coast of Galveston, Texas, and Lake Charles, Louisiana. Those areas could potentially power as many as 3 million homes—or nearly two-thirds of the population of Louisiana—through wind power generation. It’s quite the contrast compared with Lake Charles’ other burgeoning energy industry, liquified natural gas (LNG). Biden’s likely been hearing a lot from Southwest Louisiana activists concerned about LNG terminals given protests held by climate action group the Louisiana Bucket Brigade near Biden’s beachfront home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Therein lies the frustration of many activists who feel that Biden is compromising his administration’s climate goals in approving projects that will only add more greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time championing renewables. Biden wants the Interior Department to advance offshore wind initiatives off the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Yet the Biden administration has also signaled its support of a controversial oil and gas project in Alaska, among other projects. The initial thinking was that this was an attempt to placate Sen. Joe Manchin, who ultimately put an end to hopes of climate action being passed through Congress.

If Biden’s truly committed to doing everything in his power to tackle climate change regardless of what his fellow lawmakers can or can’t advance, he must put an end to supporting pollution-heavy projects. It’s not enough to roll out support for communities facing natural disasters made worse by oil and gas projects that the Biden administration seemingly has no interest in eliminating. Providing cooling centers for marginalized communities or ratcheting up inspections to address high temperatures in the workplace don’t exactly negate signing off on projects that only make extreme heat worse. The White House states that “Biden will announce additional executive actions to combat this emergency” in the coming weeks. Let’s hope that includes a radical departure from our fossil fuel dependency and declaring climate change to be exactly what it is: a national emergency.
 

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Newly released memos reveal Trump’s plan to manipulate the 2020 census and exclude immigrants
Rebekah Sager

After a two-year legal battle by former President Donald Trump and his administration to keep emails and memos hidden about the attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the House Oversight and Reform Committee released the documents Wednesday.

NPR reports that the newly discovered information shows a secret plan by Trump and his team to try to keep undocumented immigrants from being counted in the 2020 census.

Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York, who chairs the House oversight committee, said in a statement: "Today's Committee memo pulls back the curtain on this shameful conduct and shows clearly how the Trump administration secretly tried to manipulate the census for political gain while lying to the public and Congress about their goals. … It is clear that legislative reforms are needed to prevent any future illegal or unconstitutional efforts to interfere with the census and chip away at our democracy."
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Thanks to a 2019 Supreme Court ruling, Trump’s hopes of adding the question “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” to the census came crashing down.

The Trump administration had attempted to use the Voting Rights Act (VRA) as cover, with the unfounded claim that “legal arguments that the Founding Fathers intended for the apportionment count to be based on legal inhabitants.”

The new report by the House Committee should help the House protect the next census in 2030 with its efforts to pass HR 8326, the Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act.

"[HR 8326] basically moves to make sure that the census is fair and accurate, that it is removed from political influence and that the decisions made are made on science and not politics," Maloney explained to NPR.

One of the key players behind adding the citizenship question to the census was former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversaw the Census Bureau.

Ross seemed to be hellbent on adding it to the form. But like all things in the Trump world, adding this particular question was unprecedented. Since the nation’s first count in 1790, based on the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, all Americans—citizens and noncitizens—have been counted on the form.

During his testimony in Congress, Ross alleged that the plan to add the question was based “solely” on a letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) asking for more information on citizenship that would be used to protect racial and language minorities and enforce the VRA. However, as NPR reports, Ross was the person who initiated the DOJ’s need for more data.

“Sec. Ross has reviewed concerns and thinks DOJ would have a legitimate use of data for VRA purposes,” former Commerce Department attorney James Uthmeier wrote to John Gore, a Trump appointee at the DOJ.

In fact, an email written on Sept. 17 from Uthmeier to Earl Comstock, another Trump appointee, indicated a need to keep their nefarious plan secret.

“Ultimately, everyone is in agreement with our approach to move slowly, carefully, and deliberately so as to not expose us to litigation risk,” Uthmeier wrote.

 

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What happened and when: A timeline of the Jan. 6 insurrection
Brandi Buchman

The attack on the U.S. Capitol was incited by former President Donald Trump after he lost the 2020 election and refused to accept his defeat. Trump spread disinformation about the validity of mail-in ballots for months before his loss and fomented unrest with unceasing rhetoric on election fraud for roughly the same time.

The committee tasked to investigate the Jan. 6 attack has held public hearings to piece together not only what happened that day but how it was prepared for, coordinated, supported, and financed. The primary aim of the committee was to scrutinize this information so that it can recommend or draft legislation that would prevent a rogue president from attempting to subvert an election ever again.

The following timeline is not comprehensive though it is extensive.

It focuses primarily on the day of the attack though it should be noted that in the weeks and months leading up to the breach of the Capitol, the ‘Stop the Steal’ campaign was well entrenched both in and beyond Washington.....
 

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The House select committee investigating the insurrection has in its possession video outtakes of then-President Donald Trump's message to his supporters on January 7, 2021, the day after the riot at the US Capitol.

The outtakes, first reported by The Washington Post, were part of production of a speech Trump gave the night after the riot.

The panel is expected to show clips of the outtakes during its prime-time hearing Thursday, according to sources familiar with the committee's plans. The outtakes show Trump having a difficult time working through the effort to tape the message. Trump refused to say the election results had been settled and attempted to call the rioters patriots. He also went to great lengths to not accuse them of any wrongdoing.

A spokesman for the January 6 select committee declined to comment on the outtakes.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat who is a member of the committee, confirmed Wednesday night to CNN's Anderson Cooper that the panel has the outtakes and plans to share some of them during the hearing.

"The President displayed extreme difficulty in completing his remarks," Raskin said on "Anderson Cooper 360."

"It's extremely revealing how exactly he went about making those statements, and we're going to let everybody see parts of that," he added.

The video tape outtakes will be one part of a larger presentation during which the committee plans to detail Trump's lack of attention to the ongoing riot. The committee has said it will focus on the 187 minutes that Trump sat back, refusing to act, as the Capitol was under siege. Some committee members have described this as Trump's "dereliction of duty.".......
 

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AG Garland reiterates-'no person'-not even Trump- is above the law over Jan. 6.
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Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday reiterated that "no person," not even a former president, was above the law amid calls from some congressional Democrats to charge Donald Trump after last year's Capitol riot.

During a press conference, a visibly animated Garland twice said that "no person" was above the law when pressed specifically about Trump, whom Democrats say incited the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection over his unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud in 2020. Democrats also cite Trump's larger, months-long campaign to try and reverse his election loss. (Trump insists he did nothing wrong.)

The Department of Justice has been prosecuting various cases related to the rioting last January.

"There is a lot of speculation about what the Justice Department is doing, what's it not doing, what our theories are and what our theories aren't, and there will continue to be that speculation," the attorney general said Wednesday. "That's because a central tenant of the way in which the Justice Department investigates and a central tenant of the rule of law is that we do not do our investigations in the public."....
 

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Arizona GOP censures one of their own: Jan. 6 witness who dared to tell the truth
Kerry Eleveld

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Rusty Bowers, Arizona House Speaker, spoke June 21 during the fourth hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th attack on the US Capitol.

Arizona Republican House Speaker Rusty Bowers is "no longer a Republican in good standing," after the state party's Executive Committee voted to censure him.

Bowers' crime? Speaking the truth about Donald Trump's failed coup attempt under sworn oath. That'll land you in the Republican gallows every time.

Bowers testified before the select committee investigating Jan. 6 that Trump, his lawyers John Eastman and Rudy Giuliani, and Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona all pressured him at various times to help overturn the state's election results. At one point, Bowers recalled Giuliani telling him of the supposed election fraud, "We have lots of theories, we just don't have the evidence."

GOP state party chair Kelli Ward tweeted Tuesday, "The @AZGOP Executive Committee formally censured Rusty Bowers tonight—he is no longer a Republican in good standing & we call on Republicans to replace him at the ballot box in the August primary."

Ward cited lots of reasons for Bowers falling out of favor, including his support for investing in education, safeguarding election integrity, and protecting trans Americans against bigotry. But let's face it, Bowers' Jan. 6 testimony is the straw that broke the camel's back.

The following week, both Trump and Ward endorsed Bowers' primary rival, former state Sen. David Farnsworth. Ward has also derided Bowers by nicknaming him "Rusty Bowels." Charming.

Bowers said during testimony that he voted for Trump and would vote for him again, but he declined to corruptly decertify the state election without evidence despite the pressure campaign from Trump and Co.

"It is a tenet of my faith that the Constitution is divinely inspired," he said, growing visibly emotional. "I would not do it."