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U.S. officials are working to determine who launched the three unidentified objects and why, but say they did not pose a threat to people on the ground. Senators, who were briefed on the matter Tuesday, said the latest objects have not been recovered due to difficult terrain and inclement weather on the ground. After Tuesday's classified briefing with intelligence officials, many senators urged the president to speak directly to the country to allay concerns. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said officials are learning more about the objects "hour by hour." "There's a lot of information to assess, there's a lot of information to recover.1 month ago WUWF
On its surface, the State of the Union address serves as a check-in from the president. And if they're lucky, they might land a good State of the Union Moment ™Who are they? Ricci and Keenan talk us through four things to consider from the State of the Union. There is no clever turn of phrase or story that's going to necessarily guarantee action or secure unity or bring people along. Here's how to watch and listen to President Biden's State of the Union speechLearn about how the Black caucus sees the State of the Union as an important chance to push for police reform among current events.1 month ago WUWF
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's announcement that she would step down as the country's leader by February shocked many of her constituents and leaders around the world. "I'm leaving, because with such a privileged role comes responsibility," the 42-year-old Ardern said in her announcement on Thursday local time. "I did not expect it to happen, because it is rare that politicians are that strategic and selfless," she said. Hagen Hopkins / Getty Images / Getty Images New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with World Trade Organisation Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who at Ardern's resignation, said the prime minister left a "good example" for others to follow. "Right now, we've got a lot of party fighting and politicians that become party warriors instead of public servants."2 months ago WUWF
The lesion was found during a routine skin cancer examination, and President Biden accompanied her to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where she is having it removed in a routine procedure known as Mohs surgery. During a routine skin cancer screening, a small lesion was found above the First Lady’s right eye. Basal cell carcinomas are the most common type of skin cancer, but they grow slowly, so are typically mild and can be very treatable if detected early. Squamous cell carcinomas are the second-most common types of skin cancer and have rapid growth, but are curable when treated early, the foundation said. The doctor then removes a visible layer of skin tissue from the area and takes it to the lab to be analyzed.2 months ago WUWF
Swarms of Bolsonaro supporters, known as "Bolsonaristas," were seen charging past security barriers and clashing with police who appeared to be using pepper spray against them. Eraldo Peres / AP / AP Supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro sit in front of police after inside Planalto Palace after storming it, in Brasilia, Brazil on Sunday. President da Silva, who was away in São Paulo state, called the storming an act of "barbarism" by a mob of "fascists." Eraldo Peres / AP / AP Supporters of Brazil's former President Jair Bolsonaro protest outside the Planalto Palace building in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday. Evaristo Sa / AFP via Getty Images / AFP via Getty Images Supporters of Brazilian former President Jair Bolsonaro clash with the police during a demonstration outside Brazil's National Congress headquarters in Brasilia on Sunday.2 months ago WUWF
Updated January 3, 2023 at 3:31 PM ETCalifornia GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy failed to secure the necessary votes to become speaker of the House in a second round of voting after 19 House Republicans voted against him. Jordan spoke in support of McCarthy just before the second round began, encouraging his colleagues to vote for him. In the second, 19 Republicans voted for Jordan. I don't have a problem getting a record for the most votes for speaker, too," McCarthy told reporters Tuesday morning. McCarthy ran for speaker in 2015 when then House Speaker John Boehner stepped down, but withdrew abruptly from the race after conceding he didn't have the votes to win.2 months ago WUWF
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte apologized Monday on behalf of his government for the Netherlands' role in slavery and the slave trade, in a speech welcomed by activists as historic but lacking in concrete plans for repair and reparations. Describing how more than 600,000 African men, women and children were shipped, "like cattle" mostly to the former colony of Suriname, by Dutch slave traders, Rutte said that history often is "ugly, painful, and even downright shameful." Peter Dejong / AP / AP Invited guests listened when Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte apologized on behalf of his government for the Netherlands' historical role in slavery and the slave trade at the National Archives in The Hague, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. Its recommendations included the government's apology and recognition that the slave trade and slavery from the 17th century until abolition "that happened directly or indirectly under Dutch authority were crimes against humanity." The Dutch first became involved in the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the late 1500s and became a major trader in the mid-1600s.3 months ago WUWF