Kherson, Nicole, student debt relief, Washington Commanders, Black Panther: Daily Briefing
The Kremlin remained defiant on Friday that its withdrawal from the Ukrainian city of Kherson in no way represented an embarrassment to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Also in the news: Several races remain unscheduled in the 2022 midterm elections. Another legal stalemate to President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan.
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Russia says all troops left town in southern Ukraine
The Russian Defense Ministry said it had completed the withdrawal of its troops from the west bank of the Dnieper in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine. In a statement carried by Russian state news agencies, the ministry said the withdrawal was completed at 5 a.m. local time on Friday and no units of military equipment were left behind. square. The retirement announced earlier this week marks another setback for Moscow’s war in Ukraine. Areas from which the Russian army withdrew included the city of Kherson, the only regional capital seized by Moscow during its 8.5-month invasion of Ukraine. Read more
- George W. Bush will hold a virtual conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
- More world news: Biden will meet China’s Xi amid growing tensions over trade and Taiwan.
A hurricane and a blizzard
Unusually in November, residents of separate parts of the United States battled both the tropical storm and the blizzard on Thursday. As Nicole made landfall in South Florida early Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane, the north-central United States braced for strong gusty winds, whiteout conditions and snowfall of up to 18 inches as the first winter storm of the 2022-23 season blew through the region. Read more
📷 Photo of the day: Nicole’s suites 📷
Tropical Depression Nicole swept through Georgia Friday morning after a day of devastation as it rolled through Florida as a hurricane and then a tropical storm, leaving tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power. Read more
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Several races remain undecided
Three days after polls closed in the 2022 midterm elections, some of the country’s most important races are yet to be decided. Arizona and Nevada, in particular, had thousands of ballots to process. Read more
One thing to know: Although Republicans and pundits have predicted a “red tsunami,” control of the US House and Senate is still up for grabs.
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US judge in Texas blocks President Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan
A U.S. District Court in Texas on Thursday night blocked President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program on the grounds that the administration lacked the power to act. The new injunction adds to a block from the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which suspended the program nearly three weeks ago as it considered a separate lawsuit from six states challenging the program and the President’s authority to act. At least 26 million people have applied for one-time student debt relief, under a plan announced by the president in August. Read more
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82 schools have removed their racist namesakes since 2020
As part of the global racial toll following the murder of George Floyd, dozens of schools across the United States have removed racist namesakes, with many deciding to honor black, Hispanic or Indigenous people at the square. USA TODAY analyzed federal data and found at least 82 schools that changed their names due to the controversial legacy of past winners. Search our database to see which schools in your area have changed names. Read more
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