Harris will travel to Poland and Romania; Congress strikes $13.6 billion bipartisan deal to help Ukraine
Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Poland and Romania on Wednesday as the United States and its NATO allies seek to bolster Ukrainian fighters while avoiding getting caught up in a wider war with Russia. In the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, back-to-back air alerts on Wednesday morning urged residents to go to bomb shelters for fear of incoming Russian missiles. Shortly after a go-ahead was given for the first alert, a second alert followed. Congressional leaders struck a bipartisan deal early Wednesday providing $13.6 billion to help Ukraine and its European allies. On Tuesday, the first corridor intended to allow civilians to safely escape from Ukraine’s battered cities was opened, a landmark move that has drawn skepticism after similar efforts failed. Ukrainian officials said the corridors were still impossible for civilian use due to continued Russian shelling. The Russian military refuted this claim, alleging that Ukraine only allowed civilians to use one corridor from the city of Sumy and blocked other routes from Kiev, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Mariupol. More than 2 million people have now fled Ukraine, according to the United Nations.
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Gasoline prices jump 8 cents, a day after breaking a record
A day after the record for the national average cost of gasoline was broken, prices at the pump continued to climb on Wednesday, jumping an average of 8 cents. The national average for a gallon of regular gas is now $4.25, according to AAA. On Tuesday, the cost was $4.17, breaking the July 2008 record of $4.11, which would be around $5.25 today after adjusting for inflation. Along with inflation and the easing of COVID-19 restrictions pushing people to venture out further, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine remains a big factor in driving up prices. The sanctions imposed on Russia include the sale of crude oil by the country, which is one of the main factors in determining gas prices. Russian crude oil represents only 3% of US imports, but it plays an important role because it produces “heavier and sour crude oil”, according to Ramanan Krishnamoorti, a professor at the University of Houston. He added that Russian oil is also needed because US refineries are not designed to use only light, sweet crude oil.
Emmett Till Antilynching Act ready for enactment
The Emmett Till Antilynching Act should be on President Joe Biden’s desk on Wednesday and ready to be signed into law. On Monday, the Senate unanimously passed legislation allowing crimes such as lynching to be prosecuted if a victim is killed or injured as a result of a hate crime. The bipartisan legislation was approved by a 422-3 vote in the House on March 1. By Monday, the House had failed more than 200 times to criminalize lynching federally. From 1877 to 1950, approximately 4,400 black people were lynched in the United States, according to Equal Justice Initiative. The NAACP counted about 4,700 lynchings from 1882 to 1968, and more than 70% of those killed were black. Both organizations noted that the numbers were likely underreported.
US officials put Americans on high alert for Russian cyberattacks amid war in Ukraine
US officials are deeply concerned that the war in Ukraine will impact US cyber networks as the conflict enters its third week and Russian President Vladimir Putin becomes increasingly isolated. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency told USA TODAY on Tuesday that it encourages US organizations to strengthen their security. The Biden administration last week requested $10 billion in emergency funding from Congress for defense assistance, including to support Ukraine’s cyber defenses, as well as $28 million to bolster the “security response”. FBI Investigative and Operational Response to Cyber Threats Resulting from the Russian Threat and the War Against Ukraine”. “, according to the request for additional funding. And US intelligence officials told Congress in its annual threat assessment on Tuesday that Russia uses cyber operations to attack those it sees working to undermine its interests or threaten the stability of the Russian government.
Tiger Woods will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame
Tiger Woods will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Wednesday, where his daughter will introduce him. During his storied career, Woods won a record 82 PGA Tour titles and 15 major championships. Former PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, who will be introduced by Hall of Famer Davis Love III, and three-time US Women’s Open champion Susie Maxwell Berning, who will be introduced by Hall of Famer , will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Judy Rankin. Pioneer Marion Hollins will also be inducted posthumously. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. ET at the PGA Tour headquarters in the shadow of TPC Sawgrass in Florida, which hosts this week’s Players Championship.
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