Government News

  • US speeds up Abrams tank delivery to Ukraine war zone Yellen says bank situation stabilizing, different from 2008 Biden creates national monuments, marine sanctuary in West Producer claims Fox coerced testimony in Dominion libel case…

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  • Saudi Arabia has freed an American citizen it had imprisoned more than a year over old tweets critical of the kingdom’s crown prince. News of the release on Monday of U.S.-Saudi citizen Saad Almadi, 72, came from his son in the United States. Neither Saudi Arabia nor U.S. officials by early Tuesday had yet spoken publicly about the release. Until his arrest he'd been living in Florida. On Tuesday Almadi was at home with family members who live in Riyadh, according to his son, Ibrahim Almadi. The case was one of many alleged human rights abuses that had soured relations between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and President Joe Biden.

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  • A ban on most gender-affirming surgeries and hormone replacement therapies in Georgia for transgender people under 18 is headed to Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk. Senators voted 31-21 on Tuesday to give the bill final passage. A spokesperson for Kemp isn't saying if the Republican governor will sign the bill into law. Opponents say the bill would be an unconstitutional infringement on parents’ rights. Doctors could still be able to prescribe medicines to block puberty under the Georgia bill. Republicans say restrictions on other treatments are needed to prevent children from making decisions they'll regret later. Opponents say the measure would hurt transgender children and require physicians to violate medical standards of care.

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  • State police in West Virginia say a trooper used a Taser on a man who walked onto a highway and later died. Gov. Jim Justice on Monday described the police video of the incident involving  Edmond Exline of Hagerstown, Maryland, as alarming. Exline died at a hospital after the incident near Martinsburg on Feb. 12. State Police Capt. Eric Burnett in Charles Town says a Taser was used on Exline after he went into traffic and didn't comply with a trooper's commands.  Justice cited Exline’s death and two separate incidents involving State Police in ordering a sweeping investigation Monday, the day the state police superintendent resigned.

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  • The Pentagon says it is speeding up its delivery of Abrams tanks to Ukraine, opting to send a refurbished older model that can be ready faster. The aim is to get the 70-ton battle powerhouses to the Russia-Ukraine war zone by the fall. The original plan was to send 31 newer M1A2 Abrams, which could've taken a year or two to build and ship. But the Pentagon said Tuesday the decision was made to send the older M1A1 version, which can be taken from Army stocks and will be easier for Ukrainian forces to learn to use and maintain.

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  • Norfolk Southern’s CEO is offering support for some parts of a bipartisan Senate bill to put tougher safety regulations on railroads. A fiery hazardous materials train derailed last month on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. CEO Alan Shaw is under pressure from senators and federal safety regulators to step up his commitment to safety regulations as he appears before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday. Shaw says in prepared remarks that Norfolk Southern will “support legislative efforts to enhance the safety of the freight rail industry. But he does not address several key provisions of the Railway Safety Act of 2023.

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  • Israeli lawmakers have repealed a 2005 act that saw four Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank dismantled at the same time as Israeli forces withdrew from the Gaza Strip. Tuesday's action in the parliament could pave the way for an official return to the abandoned West Bank areas. It was the latest move by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right government, dominated by settler leaders and allies, to promote settlement activity in the territory. Most of the international community considers settlements illegal and opposes construction on occupied territories claimed by the Palestinians for a future independent state. Netanyahu’s government is also pushing ahead with a separate plan to overhaul the country’s judicial system.

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  • A group of 65 Ukrainian soldiers are wrapping up their training on the Patriot surface-to-air missile system in Oklahoma. The soldiers have been training at the historic Fort Sill Army Post. Army public affairs officer Col. Martin O'Donnell says the Ukrainian troops will depart for Germany in the next several days. Once there, they will train on a Patriot missile battery for several more weeks before deploying to Ukraine. On Tuesday, the Ukrainian soldiers rumbled across the Oklahoma prairie in large 12-wheeled vehicles and set up five mobile missile launchers as part of an exercise on Fort Sill.

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  • Spain’s parliament is debating ahead of a confidence vote brought by the nation’s far-right Vox party against the governing left-wing coalition. The motion has little chance of succeeding. No other party has said it will support the attempt by Vox’s 52 lawmakers to topple the government of Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez when the vote is held on Wednesday. Vox is presenting an independent candidate instead of its leader in attempt to lure votes. The 89-year-old former communist and university professor Ramón Tamames has pledged that if the vote succeeds, he will immediately call national elections.

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  • Russia and China have showcased their “no-limits friendship” during a pomp-laden Kremlin ceremony intended to further cement ties amid the fighting in Ukraine. After hosting Chinese leader Xi Jinping over private dinner for 4 1/2 hours the previous night, Russian President Vladimir Putin greeted him for Tuesday's official talks in the Grand Kremlin Palace. Putin greeted the Chinese leader in St. George’s hall where walls are covered by white-marble plaques with gold engravings of of the names of military units and soldiers awarded with the order of St. George, a top military award established by Catherine the Great. The imperial-style pageantry reflected the importance of Xi’s three-day visit to Russia that gave a strong political boost to Putin.

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  • President Joe Biden has established national monuments in Nevada and Texas and creating a marine sanctuary southwest of Hawaii. Biden announced the measures Tuesday at a White House summit on conservation. Biden designated a desert mountain in southern Nevada called Avi Kwa Ame as a national monument. Native Americans consider the mountain sacred. The Democratic president also designated Castner Range National Monument in El Paso, Texas and initiated a national marine sanctuary in U.S. waters near the Pacific Remote Islands southwest of Hawaii. Biden’s actions come as environmental activists protested his approval of the Willow oil drilling project in Alaska.

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  • The liberal candidate for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court isn't backing down from her support for abortion rights or her belief that the state's Republican-drawn legislative maps are unfair. During a debate Tuesday, Janet Protasiewicz called her GOP-backed opponent, Dan Kelly, “a true threat to our democracy” because he consulted with Republicans about their plan to seat fake electors to support Donald Trump after he lost Wisconsin in 2020. Kelly, meanwhile, accused Protasiewicz of being “bought and paid for” by Democrats. The debate came hours after early in-person voting began ahead of the April 4 election. The winner will determine majority control of the court.

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  • Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: March 15 The Washington Post on voter fraud: A 59-year-old man was arrested last week for allegedly double voting in the 2020 presidential election. Florida…

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  • The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to legislation that would temporarily prohibit gender-affirming treatments for minors and restrict their participation in sports. The Republican-led Senate advanced the bills Tuesday after an all-night session. Democrats allowed the votes after the GOP agreed not to prohibit gender transitions already in process, and to let the measures expire in 2027. Doctors could lose their licenses and schools would lose state funding if they don’t comply. Republicans are pushing nationwide to restrict transgender health care, drag shows, bathroom access and the discussion of LGBTQ topics in schools.

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