The following stories were part of a much wider look at the news by Jim this week.
–The operations of the Norfolk-Southern train involved in a toxic derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, earlier this month received a critical audible alarm message instructing the crew to slow and stop the train to inspect a hot axle, according to a newly released National Transportation Safety Board report yesterday.
–On Thursday, Pete Buttigieg finally made it to East Palestine, Ohio. That’s almost 3 weeks since the derailment.
–President Biden has no plans to visit East Palestine, Ohio, in the near future.
–The U.S. EPA is ordering the Norfolk-Southern to handle and pay for all necessary cleanup surrounding the Ohio derailment.
–About 31 train cars carrying coal derailed in central Nebraska early Tuesday triggering a hazmat response.
–President Biden made a surprise trip to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday to show support for the war-torn nation.
–One year after the Ukraine invasion, Russia has yet to realize any of its strategic goals and escalation seems increasingly likely as NATO deploys more troops to the eastern border.
–The Department of Defense has announced another 2 billion dollars in defense spending for Ukraine.
–On the one year anniversary of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the U.S. is hammering Russia with a new round of economic sanctions designed to undermine their ability to continue to wage war.
–6 nations sided with Russia during a U.N General assembly resolution yesterday in which 141 countries voted to end hostilities in Ukraine and for Russia to withdraw its forces. Belarus, North Korea, Syria, Eritrea, Mali, and Nicaragua all joined Russia in opposing the declaration.
–President Zelensky has warned China in a newspaper interview against supporting Russia in its war in Ukraine, indicating that doing so would bring on world war.
–U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned China against providing military equipment to Russia.
–Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed new levels of cooperation with China’s top foreign affairs official.
–A Chinese fighter jet suddenly began shadowing a U.S. patrol plane over the South China Sea today.
–The People’s Republic of China has called for a cease-fire between Russia and Ukraine, releasing a 12-point peace plan on the one-year anniversary of the invasion.