Morning Headlines – Friday, September 30, 2022 | Recent News
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Putin says 15% of Ukraine is now part of Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in a major speech on Friday that Russia would annex four regions of Ukraine, a dramatic escalation that leaves no clear path to peace.
Russia is partially occupying Ukraine’s four oblasts – Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia – and has held staged referendums over the past few days that most Western governments have called a “sham”.
More than twice as many Americans say they oppose the #MeToo movement
Five years after the “MeToo” hashtag went viral, about half of Americans who have heard of the movement express support, while 21% say they oppose it, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted this summer. There are wide partisan gaps in these views, with Democrats about three times more likely than Republicans to support the #MeToo movement.
As the fifth anniversary of #MeToo approaches, Americans are seeing changes in the way sexual harassment and assault are handled in the workplace. Seven in 10 American adults — including majorities from all demographic groups and partisan lines — say that, compared to five years ago, people who harass or sexually assault in the workplace are now more likely to be held accountable for their actions. And about six in ten say those who report workplace harassment or assault are now more likely be believed. These views are echoed even by a majority of those who oppose the #MeToo movement as a whole.
At least 12 confirmed dead as extent of Hurricane Ian’s devastation comes into focus
At least 12 people have died after Hurricane Ian ripped through Florida with such ferocity that President Joe Biden said it could be the deadliest in the state’s history.
Speaking after a briefing with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials on Thursday morning, Biden said while the death toll remained uncertain, early reports suggest the loss of life could be “substantial”.
“I have spoken with the commissioners, and they are worried,” he said.
As of Thursday evening, 12 people had been confirmed dead in the storm, including seven in Charlotte County, an area near the part of the southwest coast where Ian made landfall on Wednesday afternoon.
Biden’s Bizarre ‘Where’s Jackie?’ Cause for alarm for episode, Republicans say, ‘Reduced capacity’
Several Republican lawmakers have shared concerns about President Biden’s latest gaffe in which he appeared to search for the late Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., in a crowd while calling out to him.
During his remarks at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health on Wednesday, Biden appeared to be looking for Walorski, who died in a car accident last month.
“I want to thank you all here, including bipartisan elected officials like…Senator Braun, Senator Booker, Rep….Jackie, Jackie are you here?” Biden said, looking for the late congresswoman. “I think she was going to be there to help make this a reality.”
Poll: Most US voters now say Trump should no longer be allowed to serve as president
Given ‘what we know about ongoing investigations into Donald Trump’, a slim majority of registered voters (51%) now believe he should not ‘be allowed to serve as president again in the future’ .
Only 35% of voters say Trump should be allowed to serve again. The rest (14%) are not sure.
The survey of 1,566 American adults was conducted from September 23-27, immediately after New York State Attorney General Letitia James filed a sweeping lawsuit accusing Trump and three of his children of having fraudulently overvalued his assets by several billion dollars “to obtain financial advantages”. terms” — one of several recent legal setbacks for the former president, who also faces potential charges of election interference in Georgia and bringing highly classified documents to Mar-a-Lago.
Ron Johnson is under heavy fire from a colleague in the State of Origin
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (R) leads the charge against Sen. Ron Johnson, the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbent Republican and another Wisconsin senator, accusing him of being out of step with the rest of the state, especially on the issue of abortion.
With future 50-50 Senate control on the line, Baldwin is abandoning the tradition of detente among home state colleagues, tearing up the Republican this week for voting against advancing a motion to stop the government from close.
“I want to highlight one thing in particular because my colleague from the Wisconsin Senate last night voted against moving forward to fund government, keep government open, and avoid unnecessary government shutdown,” he said. Baldwin told reporters.
Ron Johnson, Mandela Barnes and Wisconsin’s 2022 Senate race
The cost of everything is rising – and many polls show that inflation is voters’ top concern.
Political candidates — including Republican Ron Johnson and Democrat Mandela Barnes, who are vying for a U.S. Senate seat — want Wisconsin voters to know they are listening.
“Across the state, people are worried. They’re worried about rising costs,” Lt. Gov. Barnes said.
“They would like inflation relief,” Senator Johnson said.
Barnes is currently the state’s lieutenant governor, and Johnson is seeking his third term in the Senate. As you might expect, they have very different plans for fighting inflation.
Tiffany introduces legislation requiring oversight of oil and gas permits and leases
Yesterday, Congressman Tom Tiffany (WI-07), joined by House Natural Resources Committee member Bruce Westerman (AR-04), introduced the Direct Interior Liability for Leases Act. and Licensing, also known as the DRILL Act, to require the Department of the Interior (DOI) to post information online and report to Congress regarding the processing of onshore and offshore drilling and exploration permits , the status of federal leases and the use of Drilling Permit Application (DPA) fees.
The DRILL Act would also require the DOI and Department of Agriculture (USDA) to submit an annual report to Congress detailing staffing capacity and planning to ensure timely permit processing and lease sales planning. .
Congressman Tom Tiffany said, “At a time when energy prices are at record highs, President Biden’s Department of the Interior is sitting on more than 4,000 drilling permit applications. This is unacceptable, and that’s why I introduced the DRILL Act to provide transparency on the status of these permits and leases, hold Washington bureaucrats accountable, and ensure they do their jobs in a timely manner. – just as American workers must do every day. .”
Wisconsin man sentenced to 10 years in prison for receiving child pornography
Mark Spengler, 57, Janesville, Wisconsin was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 10 years in federal prison, followed by 15 years of probation for receiving child pornography. Judge Conley also ordered Spengler to pay $47,000 in restitution. Spengler pleaded guilty to that charge on June 7, 2022.
On May 31, 2019, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Spengler’s home. While examining Spengler’s computer equipment, a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) forensic analyst found several videos showing prepubescent children engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Law enforcement officers also interviewed Spengler, who admitted to using a file-sharing program to search for and obtain child sexual assault material.
During Spengler’s sentencing, Judge Conley expressed concern about Spengler’s deep-rooted sexual attraction to children. Judge Conley also noted that many of the files found on Spengler’s computer related to violent sexual acts directed at minors.
Court records explain why prosecutor indicted officer in February for shooting unarmed suspect
Newly released court transcripts explain why Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is charging a state agent in the February shooting of an unarmed suspect.
Ozanne has not spoken publicly about his decision last Thursday to charge Mark Wagner, 49, a special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
The DA charges Wagner with second degree recklessly endangering security. Transcripts of Wagner’s initial court appearance last Thursday offer a closer look at why Ozanne concluded that Wagner’s decision to fire his gun was criminal.