News Roundup & Comment

Date: March 3, 2023
Host: Jim Schneider
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Review this edition of Crosstalk and learn more about the following stories and others as well.

–The Energy Department is now saying that new intelligence shows the COVID-19 pandemic was most likely caused by a Wuhan, China, lab leak.

–The COVID-19 Origin Act of 2023, that compels the Director of National Intelligence to make available to the public as much information as possible about the origin of COVID-19, passed the Senate unanimously.

–Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor Dr. Marty Makary called out the U.S. government on Tuesday at a House Select Subcommittee hearing on the COVID pandemic.

–Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio called on President Biden to come visit East Palestine where a train had derailed. 

–Derailment evacuation orders were lifted February 8th but many locals say that they got unexplained rashes and sore throats when they returned home.

–A class action suit filed on behalf of hundreds of residents alleges that Norfolk Southern went rogue when it decided to blow up the cargo in 5 train cars containing deadly vinyl chloride 3 days after the derailment.  This effectively poisoned the town and nearby region.     

–Union leaders met with federal officials in Washington discussing railroad safety.

–The Washington Post reviewed every possible regulatory change that was made under the Trump administration and they found that none of them contributed to the  Ohio train derailment as was alleged by Pete Buttigieg.

–Contaminated soil and water from the Ohio derailment were being taken to areas in Michigan and Texas without officials knowing about it. 

–A train, including two tankers carrying propane, derailed Tuesday near Sarasota, Florida, causing a scare that brought out hazmat crews to the scene.   

–The death toll has risen to 43 and a railroad worker was arrested Wednesday after a fiery, head-on collision of trains happened in Northern Greece.

–The former White House physician for president’s Obama and Trump has a warning for the U.S. regarding President Biden’s declining mental health. 

–China has accused the U.S. of deliberately destabilizing the tense security balance in Taiwan.

–The Secretary of the Army warns that there could be and would be an attack by China’s military on the U.S. homeland if a major war breaks out. 

–China approved 168 coal fired power plants in 2022.

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