- Deja vu all over again. Once more, America defends democracy on a battlefield far from home
WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The United States is readying more than $2 billion worth of military aid for Ukraine that is expected to include longer-range rockets for the first time as well as other munitions and weapons, two U.S. officials briefed on the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.
The aid is expected to be announced as soon as this week, the officials said. It is also expected to include support equipment for Patriot air defense systems, precision-guided munitions and Javelin anti-tank weapons, they added.
- ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Star Cindy Williams Dies at 75
Best known as the wisecracking, hardworking, love-yearning Milwaukee girl Shirley Feeney, best friends with Penny Marshall’s Laverne DeFazio on the sitcom Laverne & Shirley, Cindy Williams died Jan. 25 at 75. Voted “Funniest Female” at her Van Nuys high school, where Sally Field was a classmate, Williams paid her dues in showbiz, working as a waitress serving drinks to stars such as Jim Morrison at the Whiskey a Go Go on the Sunset Strip and appearing on shows including Room 222 and Love, American Style.
- Reluctant to talk politics, but really, an election denier to head up the “ethics” committee?
Most Republicans named to the panel, including its new chair, fueled lies about the 2020 presidential election and voted to reject the results. Of the five Republicans McCarthy named to the ethics panel, three voted to overturn the presidential election by fueling the lie that it was stolen from Trump. They are the committee’s new chair, Rep. Michael Guest (Miss.), along with Reps. John Rutherford (Fla.) and Michelle Fischbach (Minn.). The other two GOP members are Reps. Dave Joyce (Ohio) and Andrew Garbarino (N.Y.). Guest stands out for his particularly egregious record with telling the truth. In addition to voting to overturn the 2020 presidential vote, Guest introduced a bill shortly after the election raising concerns about mail-in voting having “many potential pitfalls that we don’t yet fully understand,” despite there being no evidence of any significant problems. The Mississippi Republican also signed on to a Texas amicus brief in a lawsuit urging the Supreme Court to reverse the results of the presidential election based on a lie about widespread voter fraud.
- A dilemma for today’s seniors: some of our most revered athletes led despicable personal lives
Bobby Hull, one of the most legendary, charismatic and historically significant players in NHL history, passed on Monday at age 84 and it is entirely up to you whether to celebrate his hockey career even as it is impossible to honor his life. There is a preponderance of evidence that this was not an individual worthy of hagiography. He appears to have been a serial domestic abuser as alleged by two of his three former wives, the first of whom, Joanne, described an attack in harrowing detail in a 2002 ESPN documentary. That was 16 years after Hull pled guilty to assaulting a police officer who intervened in a dispute with his second wife, Deborah.
- In our lifetime, our generation has never had a single day of peace.
It’s a horrifying, and telling fact about the world we live in: throughout all of recorded history there have been only eight years without a war taking place somewhere on the planet. Today the war in Ukraine escalates to still another level of brutality and senseless destruction. Intense fighting continues around Bakhmut in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, as Russian forces continue their offensive towards the key eastern city, the Ukrainian military said Tuesday. Over the past 24 hours, a number of cities and towns in several regions have seen shelling by Russian forces, causing civilian casualties and destruction of private property.
- When push comes to shovel!
When nature dumps a load of snow onto your driveway, it’s a free workout in disguise—but maybe not one you’re really in shape to tackle. Look, just because shoveling is a common chore doesn’t mean it’s one that everyone’s body is automatically ready for. Be honest about whether you’re trained for this. You wouldn’t ask “how can I run a marathon without my legs being sore the next day?” if you haven’t done any running at all in the past year. Jumping into something you’re not ready for is going to suck.
- Tax Breaks for Older Adults and Retirees for Tax Year 2022
Older adults and people who are retired can take advantage of additional tax breaks and savings when it comes time to file their taxes. For starters, there is a larger standard deduction for people over the age of 65. You may also receive a tax credit. If you’re an older adult or a newly retired person, keep reading to learn about the tax breaks you can take advantage of this tax season.
- Remember the penny postcard? Oh brother, those days are gone forever!
Get ready for another bit of inflation news in your mailbox: The U.S. Postal Service will hike the price of a first-class “forever” stamp 5 percent, from 60 cents to 63 cents on Jan. 22. A first-class stamp covers the cost to mail a 1-ounce letter. An additional ounce will remain 24 cents. Forever stamps aren’t the only item whose price is rising on the U.S. Postal Service’s menu. In addition to raising the price of forever stamps, the U.S. Postal Service will implement other postage increases as well, effective Jan. 22. Metered letters will rise to 60 cents from 57 cents. Want to send a postcard? It will cost a bit more. Domestic postcards will rise to 48 cents from 44 cents. Outbound international letters will rise to $1.45 from $1.40. One bright spot? The temporary increase in package delivery rates that started on Oct. 2 will end Jan. 22.
- Enough! It’s time we reconsidered the “sacred” nature of the Second Amendment
A year ago, the U.S. marked its first deadly gun rampage of the year on Jan. 23. By the same date this year, there have been six mass killings that have claimed 39 lives, leaving communities nationwide reeling from the onslaught of violence. Eleven people killed as they welcomed the Lunar New Year at a dance hall popular with older Asian Americans. Seven Chinese and Latino farmworkers killed amid the serene beauty of California’s Half Moon Bay. A teen mother and her baby shot dead in an attack that killed six people across five generations of her family. In the end, there are simply too many guns in this country. And there has to be a change.
- New vaccine policy will help protect vulnerable seniors from new strains of covid virus
The Food and Drug Administration proposed a major change on Monday in the country’s approach to COVID-19 vaccines that, if implemented, would mirror the strategy behind annual flu shots. The new plan, outlined in documents the FDA released ahead of the agency’s vaccine advisory committee meeting on Thursday, would empower the FDA to decide in June of each year which strain of the virus is most likely to be the biggest threat the following winter. Vaccines targeting that variant would then start rolling out no later than September, with most people likely receiving one dose a year.
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