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Russia invades ukraine

Russia launched an invasion into Ukraine following a speech given by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 24. He claimed the previous night that a “special military operation” would begin in Ukraine. In the nation’s capital Kyiv and its surrounding cities, missiles and gunfire sent fear and panic into the hearts of Ukrainian citizens. Reports of attacks and explosions across Ukraine continued as Russia launched a series of aerial attacks. Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are now defending their country, and the situation is expected to continue to escalate.

Trucker convoy moves to DC

Protesting COVID-19 restrictions, a convoy of semi-trucks self-named “Freedom Convoy USA 2022” has been making its way across the nation, starting in California, causing heavy traffic and prompting the Pentagon to deploy the National Guard. The Freedom Convoy USA 2022 is modeled after the original protest that began in Canada, dubbed the “Freedom Convoy,” which started its campaign in January of this year. After just two days, the USA protesters pulled the plug due to a lack of numbers. According to sources from convoy Facebook pages, many other convoys still made their way towards Washington D.C. to be there for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address on March 1.

New supreme court justice

President Joe Biden announced Ketanji Brown Jackson on Feb. 25 as his first nominee for the Supreme Court. In the next week, Jackson is scheduled to be confirmed on Capitol Hill. Pending approval from the Senate, Jackson will be able to step in as the replacement for Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who announced his retirement on Jan. 26. This summer, he will officially leave his position at the end of the current court term.

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