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US and World News for February 28


Ukrainian drones: Russia said it shot down a Ukrainian drone that was flying into Russia, while other Ukrainian drones struck inside Russian territory causing only minor damage. Meanwhile, Russian television and radio broadcasts were interrupted to sound air raid sirens. The airport serving the Russian city of St. Petersburg was closed for some time, but Russian authorities did not say why.

Murdoch testified: New Fox boss Rupert Murdoch admitted he could have ordered Fox News hosts to stop lying that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, according to sworn testimony in the Dominion Voting Systems defamation case by new Fox boss Rupert Murdoch. But Murdoch refused to do so. Text messages and emails between Murdoch and Fox executives show that on Jan. 5, the day before the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Fox executives discussed whether to let host Sean Hannity, Tower Carlson and Laura Ingraham issued a joint statement acknowledging that the stories they’ve been telling Fox viewers about stealing the election from Trump are incorrect.

Northeast weather: More than 450 flights were canceled in the Northeast and another 650 were delayed as the winter storm brought up to 8 inches of snow to parts of the region. Many school systems were closed for the day. It was the first heavy snow of the season in the New York metropolitan area.

Student Loans: The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today challenging President Biden’s plan to forgive student loan debt. Six Republican-controlled states—Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Kansas and South Carolina—have sued to prevent the federal government from forgiving up to $20,000 of student loan debt.

DeSantis and Disney: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill removing Walt Disney World’s special status as acting as its own government. Disney World was granted the right to self-administer a special tax district created in the 1960s as an incentive for it to build in Central Florida. DeSantis has been fighting Disney, which opposes a law DeSantis signed that would have barred teachers from talking about gender identity in Florida elementary schools.

Coal Lies: Republican Rep. Andy Ogles of Tennessee admitted he lied about being an economist and did not have a degree in economics. Nashville’s WTVF television station reported that more false information about his education and career was found in Ogles’ resume.

Cover photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore / Flickr Creative Commons


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