Liveblog - The Russia-Ukraine Conflict and In Case You Missed It: March 09, 2022

This week, we will combine both blogs, In Case You Missed It and the Russia-Ukraine Conflict. Please feel free to share any headlines we may have missed or new developments occurring in Ukraine or Russia providing they come from reliable and credible sources. We won’t accept any parroted, Russian propaganda from far-right ‘news’ sources unless you’re trying to point out that the far-right extremist in our country and elsewhere actually believe their own BS or Russian disinformation. We also ask that you provide a link to your source so folks can read it if they want.

Keep in mind, this is not a free chat. Please keep friendly banter to a minimum. We also ask that you discuss the day’s topics or events but not argue endlessly with others about them; agree to disagree and move on thank you.

Latest Updates:

Which companies have stopped doing business with Russia?

Between sanctions, shaming and simple choice, the exit list gets longer every day.

President Biden/Biden Administration:

Secretary Anthony Blinken:

Congress:

The Vindmans:

Death, Destruction, and Ruin:

Putin’s Puppets:

Elections and Voting:

Are Latino Voters Actually Fleeing the Democratic Party?

In Texas, unapologetically progressive Latinx candidates saw victories across the state, contradicting the claims of an exodus from the Democratic Party.

COVID-19/Should Have Gotten Vaccinated:


As U.S. COVID deaths near 1 million, advocates press for a memorial day

Researcher finds ‘stunning’ rate of COVID among deer. Here’s what it means for humans

Between October and December of last year, researchers swabbed the noses of 93 dead deer from across Pennsylvania. Nearly a fifth of the animals tested positive for COVID.

This is one result from a new pair of soon-to-be-published studies with the latest evidence for COVID spillover from humans into wild white-tailed deer where the virus picked up a raft of new mutations. In addition, in one case, COVID most likely later spilled back from the deer into a human. That’s a first.

These new findings — which follow an earlier study about COVID in the white-tailed deer population — are raising renewed concerns over the unpredictability of spillover events and the potential risks posed to humans. 

Economy:

4.3 million people quit their jobs in January

Employers reported 11.3 million job openings amid a tight labor market that’s made it increasingly difficult to find and keep workers.

The hidden billion-dollar cost of repeated police misconduct

More than $1.5 billion has been spent to settle claims of police misconduct involving thousands of officers repeatedly accused of wrongdoing. Taxpayers are often in the dark.

January 6 Updates:

The American Taliban/White ISIS/MAGAts/Gunz!:

Law and Order!:

Madison Cawthorn charged with driving with revoked license for 2nd time; court dates set

Congressman Madison Cawthorn has been charged with driving with a revoked license, a misdemeanor that carries up to 20 days in jail.

The 26-year-old Henderson County Republican was pulled over March 3 in Cleveland County — about an hour-and-a-half southeast of Asheville — by the highway patrol, according to court records and a highway patrol spokesperson. 

Along with the misdemeanor, Cawthorn is facing two pending citations for speeding in different counties.

Judge says Smartmatic can pursue election-rigging claims against Fox News, Giuliani

The state judge dismissed all claims against Jeanine Pirro of Fox News and former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell.

A New York state judge on Tuesday said Smartmatic can pursue its $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit claiming that Fox News Network, Rudolph Giuliani and others falsely accused the electronic voting systems maker of helping rig the 2020 U.S. presidential election to favor Democrat Joe Biden.

Texas Bar files disciplinary action against former Trump attorney

The petition claims Sidney Powell should have known the federal election fraud lawsuits she filed were frivolous.

State News:


Idaho Trans Bill Makes it Illegal to Take Teens Out of State for Treatment

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