joe biden – Draft Gore 2008 http://draftgore2008.org/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 07:40:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://draftgore2008.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-2022-01-14T222418.754.png joe biden – Draft Gore 2008 http://draftgore2008.org/ 32 32 Andy Stanley says divisive politicians are ‘terrible leaders’ https://draftgore2008.org/andy-stanley-says-divisive-politicians-are-terrible-leaders/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 19:31:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/andy-stanley-says-divisive-politicians-are-terrible-leaders/ By Ryan FoleyChristian Post reporter | Thursday, March 17, 2022 Pastor Andy Stanley speaks during Catalyst Atlanta at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia on October 6, 2016. | (Photo: Catalyst) Megachurch pastor Andy Stanley delivered an invocation to the Georgia House of Representatives on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to reject division and polarization and follow […]]]>
Pastor Andy Stanley speaks during Catalyst Atlanta at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia on October 6, 2016. |

Megachurch pastor Andy Stanley delivered an invocation to the Georgia House of Representatives on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to reject division and polarization and follow the example of Jesus Christ in embracing the “messy middle.”

Stanley, who leads North Point Multi-Site Ministries and Alpharetta-based North Point Community Church, served as the legislature’s “chaplain of the day.” He spoke for over 12 minutes and ended with a prayer for the 180-member legislative body.

Stanley, the author of several books, lamented the division and polarization that he said had come to define Georgian politics. He encouraged state politicians to “walk to the middle because the middle is where problems are solved.”

“The messy middle is where problems get solved. But to walk into the messy middle, we all have to get out of our Republican and Democrat bucket and walk into the middle and that’s not popular,” he said. he declares.

Stanley identified the late civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesus Christ as leaders of the “middle”.

Stanley recalled that King “talked about standing in the middle” in his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail.

He summarized part of the letter as follows: “When you stand in the middle, you get shot from both sides.”

“Jesus understood that,” Stanley said. “He was standing in the middle. Everyone wanted Jesus in their business. Everyone always wants Jesus to be part of their thing, right? The temple conspired against him. The empire conspired against him. There is no Roman Empire and the temple has not functioned for 40 years after the crucification of Jesus.

The 63-year-old church leader described the ‘messy middle’ as ‘the way forward’ and ‘the way you change the world’. He concluded by thanking God for “sending your Son to stand in the midst between us and our sin and our perfect Heavenly Father.”

“Disagreement is inevitable, but division is always a choice,” Stanley added. “Unfortunately, in your world, there are benefits to dividing: you can collect more money when things are divided.”

Stanley, the son of longtime First Baptist Church of Atlanta pastor Charles Stanley, expressed concern about the generalizations that define politics in his state.

He pointed out how Republicans call their political opponents “corrupt Democrats” and Democrats call their opponents “racist Republicans.” He told lawmakers, “that’s not true,” while lamenting how such labeling has become advantageous to politicians.

“Politically speaking, fear of the other party is an asset. Division makes it easy to demonize and distort others. So, unfortunately, where you sit, fear, demonization, and disunity work to your advantage.

Stanley described “those of you who flatter and encourage division” as “terrible leaders”. He said “if you need an enemy to lead, you are a bad leader”.

“Jesus said… ‘Just because someone considers you their enemy doesn’t mean you have to reciprocate,'” he said.

Stanley believes the “messy middle” will allow politicians to see their opponents in a new light.

The pastor argued that under the current thinking that dominates American politics, “the actions and decisions of a political opponent have nothing to do with how they grew up, where they grew up, who he grew up with, how he was. brought up and what they have experienced in the world.

He suggested that people have been taught to believe that their political opponents “do not react to circumstances and experiences” but rather “have character problems” that make them “corrupt from within”.

“It’s hard to fundraise in the middle,” the pastor continued. “[I] It’s hard to get people angry enough to vote in the middle. It’s hard to get people to vote if you haven’t scared them of their enemy in the middle.

“In politics, the goal is always to give the impression of losing but not really losing,” he proclaimed. “What a terrible way to lead.”

Stanley encouraged lawmakers to try a different approach to political speech.

“What if, as a state, we decide ‘We’re not going to do this anymore?'” he asked. “You can decide that because unity is a decision. Disagreement is helpful and healthy, but disunity just makes a lot of things harder for everyone.

Georgia has become a hotbed of political controversy in recent years. One of the contentious issues is the 2021 Election Integrity Act, one of several measures implemented at the state level after the 2020 presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud.

Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have called the legislation an “atrocity”, criticizing the measure as “nothing but punitive” and “designed to stop people from voting”. Biden went so far as to call the bill “Jim Crow in the 21st century.”

A Washington Post fact-check disputed some of the claims by Biden and other Democrats, including their insistence that he “end voting hours early so workers can’t vote once their shift completed”.

Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post reported that “on Election Day in Georgia, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and if you line up before 7 p.m., you’re allowed to vote. Nothing in this law changes that.

Outrage over the 2021 Election Integrity Act has prompted Major League Baseball to move its annual All-Star Game out of Georgia despite the state’s election laws being comparable and, in some cases, less restrictive than those of other states.

As Republican Rep. Wes Cantrell noted during Stanley’s introduction, North Point Ministries consists of 10 campuses in the Atlanta area and has a network of more than 180 churches worldwide that serve more than 200,000 people.

“A survey of American pastors identified Andy as…one of the 10 most influential pastors in America,” Cantrell added. “He figured out how to build a church that people who had never been to church or had a bad church experience would want to attend. Many people didn’t know they wanted to go to church until Andy created the unique model that is North Point Community Church.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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DC nun’s medical license restored in vax warrant lawsuit https://draftgore2008.org/dc-nuns-medical-license-restored-in-vax-warrant-lawsuit/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 20:00:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/dc-nuns-medical-license-restored-in-vax-warrant-lawsuit/ By Ryan FoleyChristian Post reporter | Tuesday, March 15, 2022 Sister Deirdre Byrne, a Catholic nun, speaks at the 2020 Republican National Convention in support of President Donald Trump’s pro-life policies. | YouTube/PBS News Time A Roman Catholic nun who sued the District of Columbia over an exemption from the city’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for […]]]>
Sister Deirdre Byrne, a Catholic nun, speaks at the 2020 Republican National Convention in support of President Donald Trump’s pro-life policies. |

A Roman Catholic nun who sued the District of Columbia over an exemption from the city’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers has had her medical license restored and can continue to practice medicine for the foreseeable future while her trial is judged.

Sister Deirdre Byrne, an outspoken pro-life activist and practicing physician who serves a ministry providing free medical services to the poor, has filed a lawsuit against District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, the city and the director of the Department of Health. health of DC LaQuandra Nesbitt last week for their refusal to grant him a religious exemption from the vaccine mandate.

Byrne first submitted a request for religious exemption from the coronavirus vaccine mandate shortly after it was rolled out as an emergency measure six months ago, citing concerns about the use of aborted fetal tissue in the development and testing of COVID-19 vaccines.

For most of the past few months, Byrne had been able to practice medicine in DC without taking a coronavirus vaccine and encountered no objections from the hospitals and clinics where she served.

Following an ongoing back-and-forth with the DC Department of Health, Byrne was told late last month that her request had been denied and told that failure to take at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine would result in a ban on renewal. medical license or its “revocation or suspension”.

During an appearance on EWTN’s “The World Over” on Thursday, Byrne said her license was suspended and she was forced to close her clinics. She couldn’t see the patients and couldn’t help anyone.

With the help of the Thomas More Society, the nun petitioned the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for a declaratory judgment saying the vaccination mandate for healthcare workers violates her rights under the Health Care Act. restoration of religious freedom and the free exercise clause of the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

Additionally, she sought a “temporary restraining order” and a “preliminary and permanent injunction” restraining the defendants from enforcing the vaccination warrant against her, as well as an award of nominal damages, attorney and other litigation-related costs.

On Facebook on Tuesday, the Thomas More Society announced that Byrne’s medical license had been reinstated.

The religious freedom law firm noted that “Friday’s letter advising Sister Dede that her license was now active until September does not resolve all of the issues raised in her lawsuit.” The legal group said it was concerned that the letter said its exemption could be “cancelled” at a later date if the “director believes it is in the best interest of public health”.

The letter notifying Byrne that his medical license has been reinstated came just a week before the order denying Byrne’s religious exemption from the coronavirus vaccine would become final.

In an interview with The Epoch Times, Byrne’s attorney, Christopher Ferrara, described the letter as “unacceptable” but said “she’ll take it.” Ferrara said the litigation will continue because the letter was “not a solution” but rather “a band-aid on an issue that needs to be resolved.”

“So Sister Deirdre, Mother Teresa of the District of Columbia, who dedicated herself to providing free medical care to the needy, including life-saving surgery, now lives with the sword of Damocles hanging from her above her head, brandished by the defendant. Nesbitt,” he added. “She’s a woman who could have easily made a million dollars a year. Now she is a nun in habit.

Byrne burst onto the national stage for the first time with a speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention, where she described the unborn child as “the largest marginalized group in the world” and argued that the Democratic candidate for president, Joe Biden, and his running mate, Kamala Harris, were “the most anti-life presidential ticket ever.”

Byrne also spoke at a conference organized by the pro-life group Heartbeat International last spring. She condemned abortion as “the greatest inhumanity”. She urged people to pray for “the politicians who want to make the abortion pill over-the-counter so people can take it like chewing gum or Tylenol.” She warned that “their soul is in a mortal state”.

The District of Columbia has removed most of its coronavirus restrictions and mandates, mirroring other major cities and states in the United States

Last month, the nation’s capital eliminated its requirement that those seeking entry to most businesses provide proof of vaccination while dropping its mask mandate for public and private school students two weeks later.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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Russia not obstructing a good deal in Vienna: Iranian spokesperson https://draftgore2008.org/russia-not-obstructing-a-good-deal-in-vienna-iranian-spokesperson/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 09:23:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/russia-not-obstructing-a-good-deal-in-vienna-iranian-spokesperson/ Speaking to reporters at a weekly press conference on Monday, Saeed Khatibzadeh dismissed a Wall Street Journal report that the relaunch of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was threatened by Russian demands over sanctions imposed on Moscow after the war. in Ukraine. He said Russia had offered its demands in a fairly formal […]]]>

Speaking to reporters at a weekly press conference on Monday, Saeed Khatibzadeh dismissed a Wall Street Journal report that the relaunch of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was threatened by Russian demands over sanctions imposed on Moscow after the war. in Ukraine.

He said Russia had offered its demands in a fairly formal and transparent manner, and that the subject should be discussed by the Joint Commission of the JCPOA, like any other question or request raised by the other parties.

“Russian officials have hinted in private talks and in the Joint Committee (JCPOA) that they will not prevent any good deals,” Khatibzadeh said.

Declaring the United States as the main culprit for the status quo, the spokesperson said that Russia and China had displayed the “most constructive and close” positions in favor of Iran during the talks in Vienna at the course of the last 11 months.

“Reducing what is happening in Vienna (and tying it) to a single element, namely a Russian demand, is what the United States is looking for to forget its responsibility in the current situation. No one should forget that the United States is currently held responsible for the current conditions because we are in a state of no agreement,” the Iranian spokesman added.

He reiterated that as soon as the United States makes its political decision, all delegations can return from their capitals to Vienna and reach an agreement.

The United States left the JCPOA in May 2018 under former President Donald Trump. The Vienna talks began on Trump’s successor Joe Biden’s promise to join the deal and repeal the so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran. Biden, however, has so far failed to undo Trump’s own loss of Barack Obama’s Iran policy, which led to the JCPOA in June 2015.

The eighth round of the Vienna talks began on Dec. 27 with a focus on lifting all sanctions the United States had imposed on Iran following its unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA. The United States is not allowed to directly attend the talks due to its 2018 withdrawal from the Iran deal.

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Russia strikes near Ukrainian capital; besieged port city | National policy https://draftgore2008.org/russia-strikes-near-ukrainian-capital-besieged-port-city-national-policy/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 19:27:25 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/russia-strikes-near-ukrainian-capital-besieged-port-city-national-policy/ By MSTYSLAV CHERNOV and YURAS KARMANAU – Associated Press MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pounded the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Saturday, bombarding its downtown as residents took cover at an iconic mosque and elsewhere to avoid blasts. fight also raged in the suburbs of the capitalKiev, while Russia continued its bombardment of […]]]>

By MSTYSLAV CHERNOV and YURAS KARMANAU – Associated Press

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pounded the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Saturday, bombarding its downtown as residents took cover at an iconic mosque and elsewhere to avoid blasts. fight also raged in the suburbs of the capitalKiev, while Russia continued its bombardment of other cities in the country.

Mariupol has endured some of Ukraine’s worst punishments since the Russian invasion. Incessant barrages have repeated failed attempts to bring food, water and medicine to the city of 430,000 people and to evacuate its trapped civilians. More than 1,500 people have died in Mariupol during the siege, according to the mayor’s office, and the shelling even halted efforts to bury the dead in mass graves.

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Talks aimed at reaching a ceasefire broke down again on Saturday, and while the United States announced its intention to provide another $200 million to Ukraine for weapons, a senior Russian diplomat warned that Moscow could attack foreign shipments of military equipment.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of employing “a new stage of terror” with the alleged detention of a mayor of a town west of Mariupol.

Outside Mariupol, Russian soldiers looted an aid convoy trying to reach the town and blocked another, a Ukrainian official said. The Ukrainian military said Russian forces captured the eastern outskirts of Mariupol, tightening their siege of the strategic port. Taking Mariupol and other ports on the Sea of ​​Azov could allow Russia to establish a land corridor to Crimea, which it seized from Ukraine in 2014.

“They bombard it (Mariupol) 24 hours a day, launching missiles. It’s hate. They kill children,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address. Satellite images released on Saturday by the Maxar company showed fires in parts of the city and extensive damage to apartments, houses and other infrastructure.

An Associated Press reporter in Mariupol witnessed tank fire on a nine-story building and was with a group of hospital workers who came under sniper fire on Friday. A worker shot in the hip survived, but conditions at the hospital were deteriorating: electricity was restricted to operating tables and people with nowhere to go lined the hallways.

Among them was Anastasiya Erashova, who was crying and shaking as she held a sleeping child. The shelling had just killed her other child as well as her brother’s child, Erashova said, her scalp covered in blood.

“No one could save them,” she said.

In Irpin, a suburb about 20 kilometers northwest of central Kiev, bodies lay in the open on Saturday in the streets and in a park.

“When I woke up in the morning, everything was covered in smoke, everything was black. We don’t know who is shooting and where,” resident Serhy Protsenko said as he walked through his neighborhood. Explosions rang out in the distance. “We have no radio or information.”

Some Irpin residents took shelter in a pitch-dark basement, unsure where they might go or how they would find food if they left. Others were carrying luggage on planks on a waterway where a bridge had been damaged.

Zelenskyy encouraged his people to maintain their resistance, which many analysts say prevented the quick military victory the Kremlin was likely expecting.

“The fact that the entire Ukrainian people resisted these invaders has already gone down in history, but we have no right to relax our defense, however difficult it may be,” he said. Later Saturday, Zelenskyy reported that 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers had died since the Russian invasion began on February 24.

Zelenskyy again deplored NATO’s refusal to declare a no-fly zone over Ukraine and said Ukraine had been looking for ways to procure air defenses, although it did not give details. US President Joe Biden announced an additional $200 million in aid to Ukraine, with an additional $13 billion included in a bill which was passed by the House and should be passed by the Senate within a few days. NATO has said imposing a no-fly zone could lead to a wider war with Russia.

Ukraine’s president also accused Russia of detaining the mayor of Melitopol, a town 192 kilometers (119 miles) west of Mariupol. The Ukrainian leader called on Russian forces to heed calls from protesters in the occupied city for the release of the mayor.

In several areas around Kiev, artillery barrages sent residents rushing to safety as air raid sirens sounded. The British Ministry of Defense said Russian forces which had been massed north of the capital had come within 25 kilometers (15 miles) of the city center and dispersed, likely to support an attempted attack. encirclement.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday that seven people in a convoy of people fleeing Peremoha, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of Kiev, were killed when Russian forces fired on the group.

Ukrainian military and volunteer forces are preparing for an all-out assault on the capital. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Thursday that around 2 million people, or half of the metropolitan region’s residents, had left and “every street, every house…is being fortified.” .

Zelenskyy said on Saturday that Russia would have to bomb Kiev and kill its inhabitants to take the city.

“They will only come here if they kill us all,” he said. “If that is their goal, let them come.”

French and German leaders held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday in an unsuccessful attempt to reach a ceasefire. According to the Kremlin, Putin set the conditions for ending the war. To end hostilities, Moscow demanded that Ukraine drop its NATO candidacy and adopt neutral status; recognize Russian sovereignty over Crimea, which it annexed to Ukraine in 2014; recognize the independence of the separatist regions in the east of the country; and agree to demilitarize.

During a 90-minute call with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Saturday, Putin raised “issues related to agreements being discussed to implement Russian demands” to end the war, the Kremlin said without providing details.

Zelenskyy told Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Saturday that he would be willing to meet Putin in Jerusalem to discuss ending the war, but first there would have to be a ceasefire. Bennett recently met in Moscow with Putin, who ignored previous offers of talks from Zelenskyy.

In Mariupol, the Ukrainian government said on Saturday the Sultan Suleiman Mosque had been hit, but an unverified Instagram post from a man claiming to be the president of the mosque’s association said the building was spared when a bomb fell about 750 yards (700 yards).

The Ukrainian Embassy in Turkey said 86 Turkish nationals, including 34 children, were among those who sought refuge in the mosque, which is modeled after one of the most famous and largest mosques in Turkey. Istanbul.

With the port’s electricity, gas and water cut off, aid workers and Ukrainian authorities described an ongoing humanitarian disaster. Aid group Doctors Without Borders said Mariupol residents are dying from lack of medicine and draining heating pipes for drinking water.

Russian forces struck at least two dozen hospitals and medical facilities, according to the World Health Organization.

The Russian invaders seem to have struggled far more than expected against determined Ukrainian fighters. Yet the stronger Russian military threatens to overwhelm Ukrainian forces, despite a steady stream of weapons and other aid from the West to Ukraine’s democratically elected, west-facing government.

A senior Russian diplomat has warned that Moscow could attack foreign shipments of military equipment to Ukraine. Speaking on Saturday, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow had warned the United States “that the pumping of weapons from a number of countries which it is orchestrating is not just a dangerous move – it is an action that makes these convoys legitimate targets”.

Thousands of soldiers on both sides were reportedly killed along with scores of civilians, including at least 79 Ukrainian children, according to his government. At least 2.5 million people have fled the country, according to the UN refugee agency.

One of them is Elena Yurchuk, a nurse from the northern city of Chernihiv, which was heavily bombed. She was at a Romanian train station on Saturday with her teenage son, Nikita, unsure if their house was still standing.

“We have nowhere to go back,” said Yurchuk, 44, a widow who hopes to find work in Germany. “There was nothing left.”

Karmanau reported from Lviv, Ukraine. Associated Press reporters Felipe Dana, Andrea Rosa in Irpin, Andrew Drake in Kyiv and other reporters from around the world contributed.

Follow AP coverage of the Ukraine crisis at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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Ukraine says Russia bombed mosque in besieged Mariupol | United States government and politics https://draftgore2008.org/ukraine-says-russia-bombed-mosque-in-besieged-mariupol-united-states-government-and-politics/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 10:24:59 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/ukraine-says-russia-bombed-mosque-in-besieged-mariupol-united-states-government-and-politics/ By Yuras Karmanau – Associated Press LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian government said the Russian military shelled a mosque housing more than 80 people in the besieged city of Mariupol. A government statement released on Saturday reported no immediate casualties. The Ukrainian Embassy in Turkey reported earlier that a group of 86 Turkish nationals, […]]]>

By Yuras Karmanau – Associated Press

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian government said the Russian military shelled a mosque housing more than 80 people in the besieged city of Mariupol.

A government statement released on Saturday reported no immediate casualties. The Ukrainian Embassy in Turkey reported earlier that a group of 86 Turkish nationals, including 34 children, were among those seeking refuge from an ongoing Russian attack on the beleaguered port city.

An embassy spokeswoman cited information from the town’s mayor. She noted that it was difficult to communicate with anyone in Mariupol.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s previous story follows below.

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces appeared to be advancing from northeastern Ukraine in their slow fight to reach the capital, Kiev, as tanks and artillery pounded places already besieged with such heavy shelling that they prevented the inhabitants of a city from burying the growing death toll.

In past offensives in Syria and Chechnya, Russia’s strategy was to crush armed resistance with airstrikes and sustained bombardments that leveled population centers. This type of assault has cut off the port city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine, and a similar fate could await Kiev and other parts of the country if the war continues.

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In Mariupol, incessant blockades thwarted repeated attempts to bring in food and water and evacuate trapped civilians. On Friday, an Associated Press photographer captured the moment a tank appeared to fire directly at a building, wrapping one side in a puffy orange ball of fire.

The death toll in Mariupol exceeded 1,500 in 12 days of the attack, the mayor’s office said. A strike against a maternity hospital in the city of 446,000 this week that killed three people has sparked international outrage and allegations of war crimes.

The continued shelling forced crews to stop digging trenches for mass graves, so “the dead aren’t even buried”, the mayor said.

Russian forces have struck more than a dozen hospitals since invading Ukraine on February 24, according to the World Health Organization. Ukrainian officials reported Saturday that heavy artillery damaged a cancer hospital and several residential buildings in Mykolaiv, a town 489 kilometers (304 miles) west of Mariupol.

The hospital’s chief medical officer, Maksim Beznosenko, said several hundred patients were at the facility during the attack, but no one was killed.

The invading Russian forces struggled far more than expected against determined Ukrainian fighters. But the stronger Russian military threatens to overwhelm the defense forces, despite a steady stream of weapons and other aid from the West to Ukraine’s democratically elected, west-facing government.

The conflict has already caused 2.5 million people to flee the country. Thousands of soldiers on both sides were reportedly killed along with many Ukrainian civilians.

On the ground, Kremlin forces appeared to be trying to regroup and regain momentum after encountering fierce resistance and racking up heavy casualties over the past two weeks. Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Russia was trying to reset and “reposition” its troops, preparing for operations against Kiev.

“It’s ugly already, but it’s going to get worse,” said Nick Reynolds, a war analyst at the Royal United Services Institute, a British think tank.

Russian forces blockaded Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, even as efforts were made to create new humanitarian corridors around it and other urban centers so that aid could enter and residents can go out.

Ukrainian emergency services reported on Saturday that the bodies of five people – two women, a man and two children – had been removed from a building that was hit by shelling in Kharkiv,

The Russians have also stepped up their attacks on Mykolaiv, located 470 kilometers (292 miles) south of Kiev, in an attempt to encircle the city.

As part of a multipronged attack on the capital, the Russian push from the northeast appears to be making progress, a US defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to give the US assessment of the fight. Combat units were moved from the rear as forces advanced within 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) of Kiev.

New commercial satellite images have emerged capturing artillery fire on residential areas that lay between the Russians and the capital. Images from Maxar Technologies showed muzzle flashes and smoke from large guns, as well as impact craters and burning houses in the town of Moschun, 33 kilometers (20.5 miles) from Kiev, it said. the society.

Residents of a devastated village east of the capital clambered over toppled walls and swinging metal strips into the remains of a pool hall, restaurant and theater freshly destroyed by Russian bombs .

With temperatures dropping below zero, villagers quickly spread plastic wrap or nailed plywood over the blown windows of their homes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “created this mess, thinking he will be in charge here,” said 62-year-old Ivan Merzyk. He added: “We’re not leaving.”

On the economic and political front, the United States and its allies decided to further isolate and sanction the Kremlin. President Joe Biden announced that the United States will significantly downgrade its trade status with Russia and ban imports of Russian seafood, alcohol and diamonds.

The decision to revoke Russia’s most favored nation status was taken in coordination with the European Union and the Group of Seven countries.

“The free world is coming together to take on Putin,” Biden said.

As the invasion enters its 16th day, Putin said on Friday that there had been “some positive developments” in the ongoing talks between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators. He gave no details.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeared on video to encourage his people to keep fighting.

“It is impossible to say how many more days we will need to liberate our land, but it is possible to say that we will,” he said from Kyiv.

Zelenskyy said authorities were working to create 12 humanitarian corridors and trying to ensure that urgently needed food, medicine and other basics reached people across the country.

He also accused Russia of kidnapping the mayor of a city, Melitopol, calling the kidnapping “a new stage of terror”. The Biden administration had warned before the invasion of Russian plans to detain and kill targeted people in Ukraine. Zelenskyy himself is likely a priority target.

US defense officials said Russian pilots flew an average of 200 sorties a day, compared to 5-10 for Ukrainian forces, which focus more on surface-to-air missiles, rocket-propelled grenades and drones to eliminate Russian planes.

The United States also said Russia launched nearly 810 missiles at Ukraine.

Until recently, Russian troops had made their greatest advances on eastern and southern cities while struggling in the north and around Kiev. They have also started targeting areas in western Ukraine, where large numbers of refugees have fled.

Russia said Friday it used high-precision long-range weapons to disable military airfields in the western cities of Lutsk and Ivano-Frankivsk. The Lutsk attack killed four Ukrainian servicemen, the mayor said.

Russian airstrikes also first targeted Dnipro, a major industrial hub in the east and Ukraine’s fourth-largest city, with around 1 million people. One person was killed, Ukrainian officials said.

In footage of the aftermath released by Ukraine’s emergency agency, firefighters extinguished a burning building and ash fell on bloody rubble. Smoke billowed from the broken concrete where the buildings once stood.

The United Nations political chief said the international organization had received credible reports that Russian forces were using cluster bombs in populated areas. International law prohibits the use of bombs, which disperse smaller explosives over a wide area, in cities and towns.

Associated Press reporters Felipe Dana and Andrew Drake in Kyiv, Ukraine, and other reporters around the world contributed.

Follow AP coverage of the Ukraine crisis at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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Newsom wants tax refund, touts ‘California Way’ of governing | National Policy https://draftgore2008.org/newsom-wants-tax-refund-touts-california-way-of-governing-national-policy/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 03:46:41 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/newsom-wants-tax-refund-touts-california-way-of-governing-national-policy/ By ADAM BEAM and DON THOMPSON – Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Governor Gavin Newsom has offered to send money back to taxpayers to offset record gas prices, but rejected calls for more oil drilling, saying he wanted to free the state “once and for all from the grip of petro-dictators. The average […]]]>

By ADAM BEAM and DON THOMPSON – Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Governor Gavin Newsom has offered to send money back to taxpayers to offset record gas prices, but rejected calls for more oil drilling, saying he wanted to free the state “once and for all from the grip of petro-dictators.

The average price of a gallon of gasoline in California is the highest in the country at $5.44, according to AAA — a number that is expected to rise after President Joe Biden banned Russian oil imports on Tuesday in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Newsom’s proposal, announced during his annual state of the state address, would likely take the form of a tax refund. But the governor gave no details, saying he will work with legislative leaders “to put money back in the pockets of Californians to deal with rising gas prices.”

Dee Dee Myers, Newsom’s senior adviser, told reporters the reimbursement would likely total billions of dollars and would be limited to people who have cars. People who live in the country illegally would also be eligible for the rebate, which could take place as early as this spring.

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In a high-profile speech, Newsom also warned that authoritarianism isn’t just on the rise overseas, using his election year speech to offer “a California way” as an antidote to what he called them “agents of a national anger machine”.

Newsom, a Democrat who easily fended off a midterm recall campaign last year, also touted his administration’s progress on homelessness, the economy, education and climate change in a speech. before lawmakers gathered in an auditorium near the state capitol. By contrast, last year’s speech — delivered amid the pandemic — was delivered outdoors in an empty Dodger Stadium, which was being used as a mass testing site.

This year, the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are plummeting and the country’s attention is drawn to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the accompanying spike in gasoline prices. Republicans nationwide and in California want to see the Biden administration increase drilling. Newsom rejected that appeal.

“Drilling for even more oil,” he said, “only leads to even more extreme weather, more extreme drought, more wildfires.”

“We need to fight polluters, not make them stronger,” Newsom said. “And in doing so, free us once and for all from the grip of the petro-dictators.”

As he did throughout the speech, Newsom offered “California’s leadership” as an alternative, calling clean energy “this generation’s greatest economic opportunity.”

California is one of the most oil-rich states in the country and Republicans, who are a small minority in the Legislature and hold no statewide office, consider high oil prices essence as an election year problem that they can exploit. California taxes gasoline at 51.1 cents a gallon, second only to Pennsylvania, according to the Federation of Tax Administrators.

“Gas prices are out of control. Let’s suspend the gas tax, stop using foreign oil, and focus on energy independence policies that don’t impose new burdens on working families,” MP Suzette Martinez Valladares said in the newspaper. republican. “prebut” to Newsom’s speech.

Newsom has also offered to suspend a small increase in the national gasoline tax that is expected to come into effect this summer. But Democratic leaders in the Legislative Assembly balked at the proposal, arguing that it would make it harder to maintain the state’s roads while providing barely noticeable relief at the pumps.

Republican House Leader James Gallagher said Republicans, though critical of Newsom in other areas, can work with him on the tax refund.

“If we have a surplus of almost $60 billion in the state, that means people are overtaxed and we should be giving some of their money back to the voters and the citizens of this state, especially in the difficult times that we go through when the cost of living is through the roof,” Gallagher said.

The governor has also pushed to wean California, famous for its car culture, from the internal combustion engine.

Newsom ordered the state to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035 and to stop all oil drilling in the state by 2045.

The Newsom administration issued 632 oil drilling permits in 2021 and so far this year, but about 300 of them have yet to be used, according to the governor’s office.

Several environmental groups have said Newsom should impose an immediate moratorium on oil and gas development.

Newsom fired back at Republicans blaming Democratic policies for the increase in crime. He said California was funding increased crime-fighting efforts but would “not revert to the authoritarian policies that marked past failures.”

Newsom began and ended his speech as if addressing a national audience as he decried developments elsewhere while promoting California’s efforts to “find new solutions to big problems.” Democracy is in danger, warned Newsom.

“While we may not have strong men literally waging war in our country, we are tormented by the agents of a national anger machine, fueling division, weaponizing grievances,” he said. he declares. “Mighty forces and strong voices – stoking fear and seeking to divide us, weakening the institutions of our democracy.”

He offered the California story as an alternative “to broaden the horizon of what is possible.”

“We know government can’t be the complete solution, but we also know government has always been part of the solution,” Newsom said.

He said governments’ goals should include promoting the private sector, encouraging diversity and “unifying towards a common goal”.

Polls consistently show that homelessness is one of the most pressing issues for California voters. The state has the largest homeless population in the nation and Newsom has budgeted a record $12 billion for various programs and initiatives, but encampments still proliferate.

In his speech, Newsom touted his plan unveiled last week to create new Courts of care in every county that could force people with mental health issues off the streets and into treatment.

But Gallagher, the GOP leader, said Newsom had already spent billions of dollars fighting homelessness, “and the problem has gotten worse. You can’t just show up and do some cleaning with the device. photo around and another photo shoot and say, ‘Mission accomplished.’ It does not work.

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,Virginia. city ​​drops plan for ‘abortion provider appreciation day’ https://draftgore2008.org/virginia-city-drops-plan-for-abortion-provider-appreciation-day/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 16:01:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/virginia-city-drops-plan-for-abortion-provider-appreciation-day/ By Ryan FoleyChristian Post reporter | Tuesday 08 March 2022 The City Hall of Alexandria, Virginia, located just outside of Washington, D.C. | Wikimedia Commons/Hermann Luyken The Washington, DC suburb of Alexandria, Virginia backed out of hosting “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day” this Thursday following the refusal of the local Roman Catholic diocese. Mayor Justin Wilson, […]]]>
The City Hall of Alexandria, Virginia, located just outside of Washington, D.C. |

The Washington, DC suburb of Alexandria, Virginia backed out of hosting “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day” this Thursday following the refusal of the local Roman Catholic diocese.

Mayor Justin Wilson, a Democrat, unveiled a proclamation last week announcing his intention to make Thursday, March 10, an “abortion provider appreciation day” to “celebrate courage, compassion and high quality care. quality that abortion providers and clinic staff provide.”

While Alexandria is a majority Democratic city where more than 80% of residents who voted in the 2020 presidential election supported Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the plan to recognize “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day” was strongly pushed back.

Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington issued a statement condemning the proposal to celebrate abortion, which he described as a “direct and violent attack on human life”.

“Proposing a celebration of abortion and a ‘day of appreciation’ for those who destroy lives defies belief,” he said. “The city of Alexandria should rather do the opposite. It should celebrate all who save, protect and care for human life. It should redirect its focus to acknowledging and supporting both mothers and their children, as so many dedicated and compassionate people in Alexandria do every day.

Burbidge called on the people of Alexandria to “express their opposition to this proclamation”. St. Mary’s Basilica in Alexandria’s Old Town district shared the bishop’s statement on its website and provided a link to a form for residents to contact the mayor and city council members. The council was due to consider Wilson’s proclamation at a city council meeting on Tuesday.

Virginia’s oldest Roman Catholic Church provided a list of sample statements residents could include on the form, urging them to “take a strong stand for life!”

In addition, prominent conservatives living in Alexandria have also taken issue with the proposed “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day.”

“My Democratic mayor and my city council celebrate people who kill babies,” said Mollie Hemingway, editor of The Federalist, tweeted. She called the proclamation “demonic.”

Mercedes Schlapp, another Alexandria resident who served as the White House’s director of strategic communications under former President Donald Trump, supported that “Mayor Justin Wilson is trying to divide our country”, insisting that “this action must be stopped”.

In an email obtained by The Daily Wire, Wilson announced that “This proclamation has now been removed from the agenda at my request.”

“The proclamation you refer to is part of a nationwide effort, timed to occur 29 years from the date of the murder of an OB-GYN in Florida, who was murdered for providing legal and safe health care services. “Wilson said.

Wilson began the proclamation last week by noting that March 10 marks the 29th anniversary of the murder of an abortion doctor “by a white supremacist anti-abortion extremist.” That doctor’s name was David Gunn, who was murdered by Michael Frederick Griffin in Pensacola, Florida in 1993.

The current file from Tuesday’s city council meeting contains a list of proclamations the legislature will consider. Agenda item #7, which previously included the proposed “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day,” reads: “This item has been removed from the record.”

Schlapp responded to development in a tweet on Friday.

“Glory to God,” she tweeted. “That’s why it’s so important to speak out against the left pushing a radical agenda even at the local level.”

In her proclamation last week, Wilson framed abortion as necessary “reproductive health care” that “must be accessible so people can make real decisions about their bodies, their lives and their futures.”

He lamented the “recent restrictions in some states” that “forced many family planning clinics to close” as well as the “recent gutting of the Title X program” that “further threatened access to abortion referrals.” and reproductive services and care. ”

The mayor also expressed concern that “the United States Supreme Court now contains a majority of justices who may fail to interpret the Constitution to protect the right to terminate a pregnancy and may overrule or severely limit Roe vs. Wade in 2022,” referring to the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

He denounced the “threat to women’s reproductive rights” posed by the possible partial or complete reversal of deer as “a threat to women’s reproductive rights” and “therefore a threat to fundamental human rights”.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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Ukrainians victimized by bad US policy: Iran’s president https://draftgore2008.org/ukrainians-victimized-by-bad-us-policy-irans-president/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 06:25:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/ukrainians-victimized-by-bad-us-policy-irans-president/ “The Islamic Republic of Iran is against war and every day the war ends earlier, it is in the interests of nations, and the dangers, injuries and problems of the people are reduced,” said the Iranian President at a press conference. cabinet session on Sunday. “The Ukrainian people, like the Afghan, Yemeni and Iraqi people, […]]]>

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is against war and every day the war ends earlier, it is in the interests of nations, and the dangers, injuries and problems of the people are reduced,” said the Iranian President at a press conference. cabinet session on Sunday.

“The Ukrainian people, like the Afghan, Yemeni and Iraqi people, have been victims of the evil policy of the United States,” he added.

The President also commented on the latest developments in the negotiations on the lifting of sanctions in Vienna, saying: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the negotiating team are continuing the negotiations, but the government has nothing to do with the negotiations and does not the.”

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not Iran’s entire foreign policy, but it is seen as a problem in this area, Raisi noted.

“The secret of the government’s success over the past six months has been that it has treated all issues, including foreign policy, banking and oil issues, seriously and has not delayed any between them so that an agreement can be reached,” the president said. said, according to its official website.

Iran and the other participants in the JCPOA have been holding talks in Vienna since April last year with the aim of reviving the agreement by bringing the United States into full compliance.

The United States left the JCPOA in May 2018 under former President Donald Trump. The Vienna talks began on Trump’s successor Joe Biden’s promise to join the deal and repeal the so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran. Biden, however, has so far failed to undo Trump’s own loss of Barack Obama’s Iran policy, which led to the JCPOA in June 2015.

The eighth round of the Vienna talks began on Dec. 27 with a focus on lifting all sanctions the United States had imposed on Iran following its unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA. The United States is not allowed to directly attend the talks due to its 2018 withdrawal from the Iran deal.

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Guarantees, 3 other issues still pending in Vienna talks: Source https://draftgore2008.org/guarantees-3-other-issues-still-pending-in-vienna-talks-source/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 07:42:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/guarantees-3-other-issues-still-pending-in-vienna-talks-source/ In comments late Friday, the knowledgeable source said that in addition to safeguards issues, there were at least three other pending issues in the Vienna talks. The comments came amid speculation fueled by U.S. and European officials and media that issues resolved in the Vienna talks and the final outcome of the JCPOA negotiations would […]]]>

In comments late Friday, the knowledgeable source said that in addition to safeguards issues, there were at least three other pending issues in the Vienna talks.

The comments came amid speculation fueled by U.S. and European officials and media that issues resolved in the Vienna talks and the final outcome of the JCPOA negotiations would hinge on the visit that the Director General of the International Peacekeeping Agency Atomic Energy (IAEA) is pay to Iran.

“The question of safeguards is one of the very important topics, because the logical approach of the (International Atomic Energy) Agency and the rational conduct of the P4+1 could play a significant role in the success of the negotiations. However, that is not the whole story and three other issues are also outstanding,” the source added.

The source went on to say that Iran showed maximum flexibility in the negotiations, and now the ball is in the court of the P4+1 whose logical decision will help the talks bear fruit.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi arrived in Tehran to hold talks with Iranian officials on continued technical cooperation between the Islamic Republic and the UN nuclear agency.

The visit comes as talks between Iran and the P4+1 group of countries aimed at reviving the 2015 agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), continue in Vienna.

Ahead of his trip to Tehran, the IAEA chief tweeted that his visit came at “a critical time but a positive outcome for everyone is possible”.

The Vienna talks began last April on the assumption that the United States, under the Joe Biden administration, is ready to repeal the so-called maximum pressure policy pursued by former President Donald Trump.

Tehran says it will settle for nothing less than the removal of all US sanctions in a verifiable manner. He also wants guarantees that Washington will not abandon the deal again.

The United States left the JCPOA in 2018 and began implementing what it called the “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions against the Islamic Republic, depriving the country of the economic benefits of the agreement, including the lifting of sanctions, for which Iran had agreed. certain ceilings on its nuclear activities.

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Iran not hoping for miracle in Vienna talks: Raisi https://draftgore2008.org/iran-not-hoping-for-miracle-in-vienna-talks-raisi/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 06:49:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/iran-not-hoping-for-miracle-in-vienna-talks-raisi/ Speaking to reporters after a visit to the northern province of Golestan on Friday, Raisi said it was not possible to limit the country’s relations to a few countries. Highlighting his administration’s efforts to promote and strengthen ties with neighbors and countries in the region, the President stressed the need for balance in foreign relations. […]]]>

Speaking to reporters after a visit to the northern province of Golestan on Friday, Raisi said it was not possible to limit the country’s relations to a few countries.

Highlighting his administration’s efforts to promote and strengthen ties with neighbors and countries in the region, the President stressed the need for balance in foreign relations.

Lamenting his predecessor for his foreign policy orientation towards the West, the president said the country must move forward without depending on Western governments.

Commenting on the talks in Vienna to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Raisi said Iran had placed its hopes first on God and then on the people.

“We are not hoping for a miracle in Vienna. We are and will be after sanctions are lifted, but more importantly, we are pursuing the removal of sanctions,” he added.

Vienna talks between Iran and the other parties to the Iran deal began in April on the assumption that the United States, under the administration of Joe Biden, would be willing to join the JCPOA.

Former US President Donald Trump abandoned the JCPOA in May 2018 seeking illegal “maximum pressure” sanctions against Iran.

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