Thursday News: “2024 may be the hottest year in recorded history”; “‘Sitting on a powder keg’: US braces for a year, and an election, like no other”; “Even by House GOP standards, 2023 was absurd.”; Yes, Horrible Nikki Haley, “It was about slavery”


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by Lowell

Here are a few international, national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, December 28.

  • 2024 may be the hottest year in recorded history
  • How 7 scientists feel after the hottest year on record
  • World’s tallest wooden wind turbine starts turning (“Wood and glue is better for the environment than steel, says manufacturer, and could see taller turbines.”)
  • Biden announces $250 million in military aid to Ukraine, final package of 2023
  • Ukraine war: Does attack on Russian ship make a difference? (“…this latest strike in Feodosia is a continuation of Ukraine squeezing Russian supply routes to Crimea, and therefore weakening Moscow’s grip on the peninsula, which it has held since seizing it in 2014.”)
  • Russia covered up and undercounted true human cost of floodings after dam explosion, AP investigation finds
  • Senate negotiations on border and Ukraine aid to resume
  • The Biden Administration Is Quietly Shifting Its Strategy in Ukraine (“For two years, Biden and Zelenskyy have been focused on driving Russia from Ukraine. Now Washington is discussing a move to a more defensive posture.”)
  • Russian stars’ semi-naked party sparks wartime backlash (“A rapper who attended a celebrity party with only a sock to hide his modesty has been jailed for 15 days, sponsors of some of Russia’s entertainers have torn up their contracts, and Putin is said to be unamused.”)
  • Israel Gaza war: Israel warns Hezbollah and Lebanon over border fighting
  • Israel’s war in Gaza threatens to spill into Lebanon and beyond (“Iranian-allied groups around the region are increasingly targeting U.S. and Israeli assets.”)
  • How an Israeli Airstrike on a Hamas Commander Also Killed Scores of Civilians (“A Wall Street Journal investigation found that a mix of intentional tactics and unintended consequences contributed to one of the deadliest bombings of the Gaza war.”)
  • A postwar Gaza peacekeeping force must include Palestinians
  • Israeli Warning Raises Prospect of a Broader War
  • Half of Red Sea Container-Ship Fleet Avoids Route After Attacks
  • US allies reluctant on Red Sea task force
  • How 2024 Will Be a Watershed Climate Moment for China
  • China Wants to Move Ahead, but Xi Is Looking to the Past
  • Sinopec forecasts China’s coal consumption to peak around 2025
  • North Korea’s Kim orders military to accelerate war preparations -state media
  • Biden mulls border crackdown in face of Trump’s migrant-bashing rhetoric
  • Biden feels pressure over migrant crisis as US officials describe ‘productive’ meeting with Mexico
  • Access to abortion pills has grown since Dobbs (“How activists, clinicians, and businesses are getting abortion medication to all 50 states.”)
  • America has a life expectancy crisis. But it’s not a political priority.
  • 5 big funding questions awaiting Congress in January (“Unlike more recent shutdown threats, a short-term patch is not an obvious escape hatch this time.”)
  • ‘Sitting on a powder keg’: US braces for a year, and an election, like no other
  • Trump denies echoing Hitler on immigration. But it’s a pattern.
  • Tim Alberta on Why Evangelical Politics Was Ready for Trump
  • Special counsel Jack Smith seeks to block Trump from making ‘political attacks’ during trial
  • Colorado Republican Party Says It Asked Supreme Court to Keep Trump on Ballot
  • Trump demands recusal of Maine secretary of state in 14th Amendment determination
  • Michigan Supreme Court allows Trump to appear on 2024 primary ballot
  • Donald Trump Will Remain on Michigan’s Primary GOP Ballot: State Supreme Court
  • House Republicans’ humiliating year, explained (“Even by House GOP standards, 2023 was absurd.”)
  • The GOP White House race is hitting its critical point
  • Haley declines to say slavery was cause of Civil War (“Nikki Haley declined to say that slavery was a cause of the Civil War on Wednesday evening, placing the blame, instead, on the role of government.” She’s HORRIBLE.)
  • Christie pushes back on calls for him to drop out in 7-figure New Hampshire ad buy
  • Lauren Boebert will switch congressional districts to improve her chances of winning in 2024
  • GOP Biggest Losers of 2023: Lauren “Short of My Values” Boebert (Total nutjob.)
  • House GOP demands White House provide documents on Hunter Biden deposition (The House GOP is a far-right, corrupt and illegitimate freak show comprised of scumbags like “Gym” Jordan. F*** them.)
  • Dems Target GOP State Lawmakers With Jan. 6 Credentials
  • Herb Kohl, former U.S. senator and Milwaukee Bucks owner, dies at age 88
  • What to Look For in Virginia Politics 2024: Presidential, US Senate, Key Congressional Primaries/Elections…Plus Big Changes in the Virginia General Assembly, etc.
  • 2024’s lesser-known proposed amendments to Virginia’s Constitution
  • A Va. plant promised PPE for health workers. $123M later, it’s mothballed.
  • Schapiro: Governor begins long-overdue conversation that’s short on details
  • Governor Youngkin proposes more than $400 million for childcare efforts
  • This bipartisan Senate duo wants to end legacy college admissions
  • Virginia economic grant program’s impact unclear due to unreliable data, report says
  • Plan for new Caps, Wizards arena in Va. stirs up its would-be neighbors (“The arena proposed for Alexandria’s Potomac Yard area has become the biggest bone of contention in a city where residents argue over even the color of bricks.”)
  • Virginia woman whose baby died in custody sues Stafford jail
  • Gaming proponents size up the odds of a northern Virginia casino
  • Only Democratic legislator from Virginia’s western half shares priorities for 2024
  • Editorial: I-64 groundbreaking marks important transportation milestone
  • UVa President Jim Ryan wants a committee to tell him when to comment on current events
  • Virginia Beach Trail gets federal grant for construction, will include pedestrian bridge over Independence Boulevard
  • AG Drops Remaining Charge Against Fired Superintendent
  • Record-breaking rain soaks Virginia in December
  • D.C.-area forecast: Mostly cloudy through Friday with a few showers possible
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