HEADLINES

Taiwan Map and Skyline, adapted from image at export.gov

Taiwan denies China jets crossed strait as Beijing sets up 'military operations' - NY Post 8.1.22

Pelosi’s Plane Took 3-Hour Detour to Get to Taiwan - WSJ 8.2.22

China Sends Jet Fighters Over the Taiwan Strait - WSJ 8.2.22

Pelosi Arrives in Taiwan, Defying China Warnings; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to meet Taiwan’s president for what she called a show of American solidarity for the self-ruled democracy. China responded with a military show of force against a visit that the country regards as a challenge to its sovereignty. - WSJ 8.2.22

Defiant Pelosi arrives in Taiwan to declare US stands against 'autocrats' as China fumes - NY Post 8.1.22

Covid-19 Coronavirus file image

Biden’s COVID "rebound" after Paxlovid treatment a reminder that the antiviral can have that rare outcome ...

Long COVID, rest, and helping our immune systems recover ...

Ukraine Map

VIDEO: "Ukraine Grain Shipment Departs for First Time Since Russian Invasion; Ship leaves port of Odessa following deal aimed at easing the global food crisis" - WSJ 8.1.22 - SCW Newswatch

Over 100 Russian soldiers reportedly jailed for refusing to fight - NY Post 8.2.22

"Russia 'Running Out of Steam,' 'Growing Desperate' in Ukraine War: Experts" - Newsweek - SCW Newswatch 7.30.22

Zelenskiy announces mandatory Donetsk evacuation ...

"Ukraine’s farmers brave mines and grapple with damaged equipment to bring in harvest ...

LIVE BRIEFING: Russia Invades Ukraine ...

Artist's Rendition of Globe with Streaks of Light Between Various Points

Tonga volcano spews enough water to fill 58,000 Olympic-size swimming pools into stratosphere; Researchers noted that the volcanic eruption could weaken the ozone layer - Fox 8.3.22

Teen pro-life activist allegedly punched in the face while canvassing in Kansas - NY Post 8.2.22

Georgia allows residents to claim embryos as dependents on state taxes - NY Post 8.2.22

Amid rising global tensions, UN Chief warns about nuclear annihilation ...

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons: Modern slavery horror revealed by survivor turned victims’ advocate; July 30 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons - Fox 7.30.22

Hershey warns it won’t ‘fully meet consumer demand’ this Halloween, Christmas; Hershey's CEO admitted that they will not be able to meet this year’s Halloween and Christmas demand - Fox 7.30.22

The 15 housing markets in America that are now actually more affordable than they were in 2005 - MarketWatch - 7.16.22

U.S. Capitol

Sen. Rick Scott predicts 'bloodbath' for Dems in midterms, says issues like inflation will be focus, not Trump - Fox 7.18.22

Nancy Pelosi’s husband buys millions in computer-chip stocks before big subsidy vote - NY Post 7.16.22


Cash

The IRS Is About to Go Beast Mode: The Schumer-Manchin bill has $45.6 billion to audit the middle class. - WSJ 8.3.22

IBM Second-Quarter Earnings Advance on 9% Sales Growth; The company said shutting down Russian operations and a strong dollar weighed on its results, which reflected some of the wider concerns tech investors confront as the sector kicks off its earnings season. - WSJ 7.18.22

Inflation Climbs to 9.1%, Fastest Pace in Four Decades; Most of Economy Affected, Spiked by Gasoline, Food, Housing - SCW 7.13.22

White House

Biden tests positive for COVID again - days after initial recovery - NY Post 7.30.22

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll - Rasmussen 7.13.22

Catholic Mass in Chapel

CATHOLIC MASS VIDEO: Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Aug. 3, 2022 - Catholic TV (Boston)

CATHOLIC MASS VIDEO: Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Aug. 3, 2022 - Loretto Abbey (Toronto)

Pope Francis Says Church-Run Schools for Indigenous Children in Canada Practiced Genocide; The pontiff also condemned the Catholic Church’s historical support for colonialism - WSJ 7.30.22

Practice of tracking Massgoers for political purposes gains scrutiny - CNS/Crux 3.2.20

Kremlin, Red Square, Saint Basil's At Night

Over 100 Russian soldiers reportedly jailed for refusing to fight - NY Post 8.2.22

Russia "running out of steam," "growing desperate" in Ukraine War ...

Former Putin aide Chubais hospitalised; quit shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ...

Russia updates maritime doctrine, lists U.S., NATO as primary threats ...

UN Chief warns about nuclear annihilation amidst global tensions ...

Putin targets U.S. in new Russian navy doctrine, warns about hypersonic weapons ...

Russia using 85% of fighting force in Ukraine, Russian command struggling ...

Russia Has Lost 50,000 Soldiers In Ukraine, U.K. Military Chief Says - RFE/RL 7.18.22

Russia's Gazprom tells European buyers gas supply halt beyond its control; Russia's Gazprom has told customers in Europe it cannot guarantee gas supplies because of "extraordinary" circumstances, according to a letter seen by Reuters, upping the ante in an economic tit-for-tat with the West over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. - Reuters 7.18.22

Europe Fears Economic Fallout if Russian Gas Outage Drags On; European officials and executives are in suspense this week about whether Russia will resume the flow of natural gas through the Nord Stream pipeline, as worries about potential shortages and rationing rise. - WSJ 7.18.22

LIVE BRIEFING: Russia Invades Ukraine ...



 

TOPICS & ISSUES ...

COVID-19

Covid-19 file image from CDC

"Biden’s COVID ‘rebound’ after treatment with Paxlovid serves as a reminder that the antiviral can have that rare outcome; The CDC still recommends Paxlovid for patients at risk of developing severe disease" - MarketWatch 8.1.22 - SCW Newswatch

Long COVID, rest, and helping our immune systems recover - Al Jazeera 8.1.22

Biden tests positive for COVID again - days after initial recovery - NY Post 7.30.22

U.S. COVID cases tick higher as BA.5 takes hold, and U.K. to offer second booster to those aged 50 and older - MarketWatch 7.18.22

CDC Has Ditched Its Covid-19 Program For Cruise Ships - Forbes 7.18.22

Europe Can’t Shake Off Covid as Variant Fuels Summer Spike; New wave of cases is being driven by omicron subvariant BA.5 - Bloomberg 7.16.22

New coronavirus mutant raises concerns in India and beyond - NY Post 7.11.22

Ocugen gets rights to Mexico in expanded Covaxin deal with Bharat Biotech - Philadelphia Business Journal 4.18.22

Ocugen stock rises 7% on commercialization rights for COVID vaccine Covaxin in Mexico - Seeking Alpha 4.18.22

Federal judge strikes down mask mandate for airliners, public transportation - UPI 4.18.22

Supreme Court again denies hearing for NYC teachers' vax mandate case - UPI 4.18.22

The FDA Clears a Covid-19 Breath Test. The Device Is Pretty Accurate. A device called InspectIR COVID-19 Breathalyzer detects chemical compounds associated with infections in exhaled breath. - Barron's 4.14.22

Covid-19 Numbers & Symptoms

U.S. Data Past 7 Days - CDC
U.S. Coronavirus Map - Mayo
U.S. Cases - CDC
Data Tracker by State - CDC
Cases by County - CDC
Weekly Surveillance - CDC

Coronavirus Covid-19 Symptoms

Data Tracker - U.S. COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by State

Worldwide Cases - Coronavirus Covid-19

Coronavirus Resource Links:

> What is the Covaxin COVID vaccine? ...

> Free at-home COVID-19 tests: CovidTests.gov

> CDC - Coronavirus
> WHO - Coronavirus
> White House - Coronavirus
> SBA - Coronavirus

> WSJ - Coronavirus Collection
> WSJ - Coronavirus (search)
> Fox - Coronavirus
> UPI - Covid-19
> Reuters - Coronavirus
> The Hill - Coronavirus
> BBC - Coronavirus
> bing news - Coronavirus

> AEI - Coronavirus

Legal Links:

> Liberty Counsel

POLITICS, GOVERNMENT

White House

President Biden tests positive for COVID-19; White House says President Biden has COVID-19 - Fox 7.21.22

Sen. Rick Scott predicts 'bloodbath' for Dems in midterms, says issues like inflation will be focus, not Trump - Fox 7.18.22

Nancy Pelosi’s husband buys millions in computer-chip stocks before big subsidy vote - NY Post 7.16.22

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll - Rasmussen 7.13.22

Most Dems want Biden to step aside for 2024 election: poll; Democratic voters want their party to pick a different candidate for the 2024 presidential race. - NY Post 7.11.22

Biden's age, mental fitness continue to dog president as he looks to 2nd term: report - NY Post 7.11.22

Biden ripped after blaming Republicans for U.S. economic troubles - NY Post 7.11.22

Jan. 6 Committee's "Work" Meaningless If It Fails to Focus Primarily on the Gunning Down of Unarmed Activist Ashli Babbit by Congressional Security - SCW 7.12.22

The Most Significant and Egregious Event on Jan. 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol was a Congressional Security Agent Gunning Down an Unarmed Female Protester; Credibility and Motives of So-Called Jan. 6 Committee Collapse in the Face of Their Failure to Address and Prioritize That Human Rights Violation - SCW 6.19.22

Republicans mulling 2024 run for president not waiting on Trump - Fox 6.19.22

Biden is Promoting Child Abuse [re: Gender] - Catholic League 6.15.22

CAPITOL HILL PROTEST DEATH: Babbitt shooting internal police docs reveal 'no good reason for shooting,' according to Judicial Watch - Fox 10.13.21

Politics Links:

> Wall Street Journal - Politics
> Fox News - Politics
> Real Clear Politics - 2020 Elections
> Roll Call - Congress
> Roll Call - White House
> Washington Examiner - White House
> Washington Examiner - Congress
> CNS - Washington
> The Federalist

> 2020 Presidential Election Tabulated Results - Fox

> 2016 U.S. Presidential Election - States - BBC

> 2020 General Election Editorial Endorsements by Major Newspapers - UCSB


ENERGY, OIL

Offhsore Oil Rig and Sun Over Water, adapted from image at energy.gov

Russia's Gazprom tells European buyers gas supply halt beyond its control; Russia's Gazprom has told customers in Europe it cannot guarantee gas supplies because of "extraordinary" circumstances, according to a letter seen by Reuters, upping the ante in an economic tit-for-tat with the West over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. - Reuters 7.18.22

Europe Fears Economic Fallout if Russian Gas Outage Drags On; European officials and executives are in suspense this week about whether Russia will resume the flow of natural gas through the Nord Stream pipeline, as worries about potential shortages and rationing rise. - WSJ 7.18.22

ERCOT Issues Conservation Appeal to Texans and Texas Businesses - ERCOT 7.11.22

Did Russian hackers blow up a Texas LNG pipeline on June 8? - Washington Examiner 6.21.22

U.S. In Talks With Europeans On Ways To Limit Russian Oil Revenues, U.S. Treasury Secretary Says - RFE/RL 6.7.22

Russia and Saudi Arabia Dominate Global Energy. Is There Room for Washington? Saudi Arabia’s energy alliance with Russia has become the predominant factor in today’s global energy market - Barron's 6.7.22

Biden Administration Resumes Oil Leases on Federal Land - WSJ 4.14.22

U.S. oil drilling, output moving higher with energy prices - Reuters 4.14.22

U.S. and Allies Agree to Largest Oil Release in History to Combat Putin’s War - DOE 4.7.22

Conversion of Sewage Sludge to combined heat and power: Modeling and optimization - Smart Energy 2.1.22

Energy Links

> WSJ - Energy, Oil
> Barron's - Oil
> Barron's - Energy
> Fox - Energy
> Reuters - Energy
> Bloomberg - Energy
> Forbes - Energy

> U.S. EIA
> Department of Energy
> EnergyStar.gov
> FERC.gov
> World Bank: Energy

> Smart Energy journal
> Nature journal - Energy

REAL ESTATE

House and For Sale Sign, adapted from image at ncua.gov

The 15 housing markets in America that are now actually more affordable than they were in 2005 - MarketWatch - 7.16.22

America Faces a Housing Bust; All ingredients seemed in place at 2022’s start for a continued housing boom, but now the market has priced itself for a sharp reversal - WSJ 6.22.22

I No Longer Drive and Want To Retire in a Highly Walkable Urban Area With Many Cultural Activities; Where Should I Go? - Realtor.com 4.15.22

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Definition of What Constitutes a Physical Taking - National law Review 4.14.22

‘Fix My Flip’ Reveals One Thing a Contractor Should Never, Ever Do - Realtor.com 4.15.22

10 Perfect Places to Rent or Buy a Cabin Right Now - CabinHomes.com 2.3.22

Real Estate Links:

> Realtor.com
> Zillow.com
> Home Affordability Calculator - 53.com
> Home affordability calculator - Better.com
> 11 Best Mortgage Lenders for 2021 First-Time Home Buyers - Nerd Wallet
> Best Mortgage Lenders For First-Time Homebuyers May 2021 - Forbes
> Financing Basics for First-Time Homebuyers - Investopedia

> How to Invest in Real Estate: 5 Ways to Get Started: Real estate investments can add diversification to your portfolio — and getting into the market can be as easy as buying a mutual fund. - NerdWallet 3.12.21

> PESTS: How to Get Rid of Brown Recluse Spiders - LawnStarter 1.4.21

> HOUSE BLESSING: Blessing for Your Home - Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Beaverton, OR

> HOUSE BLESSING: The Prayer for the Blessing of Homes at Theophany - Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

WRITING, EDITING

Quill Pen, Inkwell, Books, Table, adapted from image at nih.gov

AP vs. Chicago: What Style Guide is Right for Your Brand? - BizBuzzContent 7.19.18

Copy Editing Resource Links

AP Style

> AP Stylebook

Chicago Style

> Chicago Manual of Style

GPO Style

> GPO Style Manual
> [PDF] GPO Style Manual (475 pp)

Jobs (no endorsement implied):

> UpWork

ALLERGIES

Pollen Grain, adapted from image at nasa.gov

Air Purifier Buying Guide - Consumer Reports 11.2.21

Allergies Links

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IMMIGRATION, ILLEGAL ALIENS

U.S.-Mexican Border With Cars Waiting, with Mexico Sign Posted Above Lanes

Illegal immigration blamed in Uvalde school shooting: report - NY Post 7.18.22

Man arrested in rape of Ohio 10-year-old cited by Biden is illegal alien, ICE source says - Fox 7.13.22

Thousands of migrants join new caravan through Mexico, call for Title 42 repeal - NY Post 6.7.22

Judge blocks Biden administration from lifting public health order used to quickly expel migrants; The administration was set to end Title 42, a pandemic-era rule aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, on Monday. A lengthy legal battle is likely. - Texas Tribune 5.20.22

ILLEGALS: Biden angrily defends DOJ plans for $450K migrant separation payouts - NY Post 11.6.21

BIDEN PAYOFFS TO ILLEGAL ALIENS? "Reported Biden plan to pay illegal immigrants $450K could surpass payments to some 9/11, military families; Payments of $450K per person are reportedly being considered by the Biden admin" - Fox 10.30.21

Biden playing a deadly game using secret flights to move migrants - NY Post 10.18.21

Facebook Settles With U.S. Government Over Improperly Reserving Jobs for Immigrants - WSJ 10.19.21

Border Patrol arrests at highest level in 35 years: report - NY Post 10.20.21

Why Biden won't tell: Prez won't reveal where record number of illegal immigrants are going; The New York Post confirmed this week what the Biden administration is quietly ushering in near-record numbers of illegal immigrants, even as it claims to be enforcing the border. - NY Post 10.19.21

Biden playing a deadly game using secret flights to move migrants - NY Post 10.18.21

Why Biden won't tell: Prez won't reveal where record number of illegal immigrants are going; The New York Post confirmed this week what the Biden administration is quietly ushering in near-record numbers of illegal immigrants, even as it claims to be enforcing the border. - NY Post 10.19.21

Leaked Border Patrol docs show mass release of illegal immigrants into U.S. - Fox 10.13.21

Leaked Border Patrol docs show mass release of illegal immigrants into U.S. - Fox 10.13.21

Border Patrol agent fatally shoots man suspected of human smuggling in Texas; Suspect had struck agent with his vehicle while trying to escape the scene - Fox

Supreme Court allows border wall construction during challenges - UPI

RACE, RIOTS, PROTESTS

File Photo of Rioting in Baltimore, adapted from USAF photo at defense.gov

Judge cuts $137M awarded to Tesla employee in discrimination suit to $15M - UPI 4.15.22

Critical race theory-related ideas found in mandatory programs at 23 of top 25 U.S. medical schools: report - Fox 2.21.22

Man who tried to burn Minnesota school during BLM riots gets probation - NY Post 2.5.22

Kyle Rittenhouse ACQUITTED after jury deliberates for 26 hours in tense trial - Fox 1l.19.21

When Will the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict Be Announced? The jury is currently deliberating on the case in Kenosha, Wis., to decide what happens to the teenager who killed two men - WSJ 11.17.21

RITTENHOUSE: Kyle Rittenhouse spokesperson slams Biden for casting defendant as a White supremacist - Fox 11.11.21

Sacheen Littlefeather, who rejected Marlon Brando’s Oscar in 1973, says she was blacklisted by Hollywood; The actor didn’t accept his 1973 Academy Award for best actor for his performance in 'The Godfather' - Fox 4.26.21

Two L.A. County deputies critically wounded in 'ambush' - UPI

LA County Sheriffs Video of Assassination Attempt (twitter "thread")

Trump calls for swift justice in shooting of ambushed deputies as manhunt intensifies in LA; Authorities have offered a $100,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction - Fox

Joe Biden Racist to Choose Kamala Harris As Running Mate - SCW

SCW NEWSWATCH: "This is why Jacob Blake had a warrant out for his arrest" - New York Post 8.28.20

Biden condemns ‘needless violence’ in Kenosha, Trump sends in feds to restore ‘law and order’ - Fox

Less than 3 minutes passed between when Kenosha police arrived and when Jacob Blake was shot, according to dispatch audio - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jacob Blake Shooting: What Happened in Kenosha, Wisconsin? Injured target of police shooting is now stable but still in the intensive care unit - WSJ

Syracuse University professor disciplined for calling coronavirus 'Wuhan flu,' 'Chinese Communist Party Virus'- Fox

NBA playoff boycott over Blake shooting 'a way to again try to demand a little more action,' coach says - Fox

SCW NEWSWATCH: "When Authority Vanishes: Chicago’s leaders have surrendered to vandals" - John O. McGinnis/ City Journal 8.13.20

Protesters arrested in Chicago, Seattle as civil unrest over police brutality continues - New York Post

VIDEO: [Riots, Protests, Government Response:] Senate Hearing on "The Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble: Protecting Speech by Stopping Anarchist Violence," Saturday, Aug. 4, 2020

Georgetown Student Petition: Create a ‘Sanctuary Space’ Campus by Banning Cops - Breitbart 7.19.20

DHS removes acting chief of intelligence and analysis after protest response - UPI


USPS, POSTAL WOES

U.S. Mail Truck

FedEx responds to reports of missing body it lost during shipment - Washington Examiner 7.15.22

U.S. Postal Service rate increases takes effect Sunday - NY Post 7.11.22

U.S. Postal Service Announces New Prices for 2022; Two Cents Increase for Forever Stamp - USPS 4.2.22

U.S. Postal Service rate increases takes effect Sunday First-Class Mail prices will be hiked by 6.5% - Fox 7.10.22

U.S. Postal Service rate increases takes effect Sunday - NY Post 7.11.22

Lawsuit says USPS didn't do proper environmental review for vehicle purchase plan - UPI 4.28.22

More than 150,000 ballots processed but undelivered before Election Day: report; That number is expected to grow in the coming days as more data is released - Fox

When Obama postmaster closed facilities during 2012 election, Democrats sang different tune; Republicans say Democrats 'have this conspiracy theory' in 2020 that they didn't support during the 2012 postal cutbacks, creating a double standard. - Just the News

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Defends [USPS] Changes Before Senate Committee: Postal Service can handle surge in mail-in ballots, official says, ‘in some cases ahead of first-class mail’ - WSJ

SCW NEWSWATCH: "28 Million Mail-In Ballots Went Missing in Last Four Elections" - RealClear Politics 4.24.20

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Postal slowdown, mailbox removal before November election sparks mounting concerns; Inspector General is investigating concerns about USPS service changes" - Fox 8.15.20


 

INTERNATIONAL

SCW RUSSIA REPORT

Kremlin, Red Square, Saint Basil's At Night

Over 100 Russian soldiers reportedly jailed for refusing to fight - NY Post 8.2.22

"Russia 'Running Out of Steam,' 'Growing Desperate' in Ukraine War: Experts" - Newsweek 7.30.22 - SCW Newswatch

"Former Putin aide Anatoly Chubais hospitalised with rare neurological disorder; Kremlin’s climate envoy quit shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine" - Financial Times 8.1.22 - SCW Newswatch

"Vladimir Putin targets U.S. in new Russian navy doctrine, warns of using hypersonic weapons" - Fox 7.31.22 - SCW Newswatch

Russia Adopts Updated Maritime Doctrine; Lists U.S., NATO As Primary Threats - RFE/RL 7.31.22

Amid Rising Global Tensions, UN Chief Warns About Nuclear Annihilation - RFE/RL 8.1.22

"Russia using 85% of fighting force in Ukraine: senior US defense official; Senior U.S. defense official says Russian command is struggling in Ukrainian war" - Fox - SCW Newswatch 7.22.22

Russia Has Lost 50,000 Soldiers In Ukraine, U.K. Military Chief Says - RFE/RL 7.18.22

Russia's Gazprom tells European buyers gas supply halt beyond its control; Russia's Gazprom has told customers in Europe it cannot guarantee gas supplies because of "extraordinary" circumstances, according to a letter seen by Reuters, upping the ante in an economic tit-for-tat with the West over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. - Reuters 7.18.22

Europe Fears Economic Fallout if Russian Gas Outage Drags On; European officials and executives are in suspense this week about whether Russia will resume the flow of natural gas through the Nord Stream pipeline, as worries about potential shortages and rationing rise. - WSJ 7.18.22

In Russia's Poorest Regions, Mothers And Wives Are Fighting To Bring Their Soldiers Back Home - RFE/RL 7.12.22

Navalny Announces Launch Of New Anti-Corruption Foundation - RFE/RL 7.11.22

Ukraine gave up huge nuclear arsenal, when Russia signed treaty agreeing never to invade or threaten ...

[PDF] 1994 Budapest Agreement: Russia promised to respect Ukrainian territory in return for Ukraine giving up huge nuclear arsenal ...

Russia Links:

Barrons/WSJ/Dow Jones - Russia
Wall Street Journal - Russia
Fox - Russia
Newsmax - Russia
BBC - Russia
Deutsche Welle - Russia

[PDF] GEC Special Report: August 2020 Pillars of Russia’s Disinformation and Propaganda Ecosystem - State Department - August 2020

[PDF] Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Natural Gas Pipeline to Germany - CRS 8.24.21

Other:

UPI - Russia
The Hill - Russia
Reuters - Russia
Forbes - Russia
Fox - Russia

UKRAINE

Ukraine Map

VIDEO: "Ukraine Grain Shipment Departs for First Time Since Russian Invasion; Ship leaves port of Odessa following deal aimed at easing the global food crisis" - WSJ 8.1.22 - SCW Newswatch

Over 100 Russian soldiers reportedly jailed for refusing to fight - NY Post 8.2.22

"Russia 'Running Out of Steam,' 'Growing Desperate' in Ukraine War: Experts" - Newsweek - SCW Newswatch 7.30.22

Zelenskiy Announces Mandatory Evacuation From Donetsk - RFE/RL 11.30.22

"Ukraine’s Farmers Begin a Harvest Like No Other; Farmers brave mines and grapple with damaged equipment, but their resilience masks problems that will likely last long after the war ends" - WSJ - SCW Newswatch 7.30.22

"Russia using 85% of fighting force in Ukraine: senior US defense official; Senior U.S. defense official says Russian command is struggling in Ukrainian war" - Fox - SCW Newswatch 7.22.22

Ukraine calls U.S. rocket launchers 'game-changer' against Russia, asks for more; The High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems – known as HIMARS – has allowed Ukrainian troops to precisely target Russian forces from up to 50 miles away. - NY Post 7.11.22

Protection Or Cover-Up? Ukraine Destroyed Secret Documents In Major Criminal Cases As Russia Invaded - RFE/RL 7.9.22

HIMARS: U.S. Sends More Advanced Rocket Systems To Ukraine To Further Slow Russian Advance In East - RFE/RL 7.9.22

LIVE BRIEFING: Russia Invades Ukraine - RFE/RL

[PDF] Text of Budapest Agreement from 1994, where Russia promised to respect Ukrainian territory in return for Ukraine giving up one of the world's biggest nuclear arsenals ...

EU, EUROPE

EU Map, adapted from image at cia.gov

Russia's Gazprom tells European buyers gas supply halt beyond its control; Russia's Gazprom has told customers in Europe it cannot guarantee gas supplies because of "extraordinary" circumstances, according to a letter seen by Reuters, upping the ante in an economic tit-for-tat with the West over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. - Reuters 7.18.22

Europe Fears Economic Fallout if Russian Gas Outage Drags On; European officials and executives are in suspense this week about whether Russia will resume the flow of natural gas through the Nord Stream pipeline, as worries about potential shortages and rationing rise. - WSJ 7.18.22

Man denied opportunity to donate blood after refusing to answer if he was pregnant - NY Post 6.20.22

Poland Accuses Russia Of Backing Belarusian 'Attack' As Migrant Border Standoff Intensifies - RFE/RL 11.9.21

SCW NEWSWATCH: "U.S., Georgia sign military training pact amid Russian threat on the Black Sea" - Defense News

U.S. Defense Chief Inks Cooperation Deal With Georgia On First Leg Of Visit To Black Sea Allies - RFE/RL

U.S. Officials Try to Soothe France Over Australia Submarine Deal; Biden administration officials say they welcome a strong role for France in the Indo-Pacific region—hours after the NATO ally said it had been betrayed by the U.S. after being pushed out of its own multibillion-dollar submarine deal with Australia. - WSJ 9.16.21

German Domestic Intelligence Chief Warns Of Increased Russian Activity - RFE/RL 6.6.21

EU Does Not Recognize Lukashenka As Belarusian President, Borrell Says

Austria: Two arrested after Chechen dissident shot dead

BALTICS

Baltics Map

Baltics

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BELARUS

Maps of Belarus and Environs

Belarus Sovereign Bonds Collapse Following U.S., EU Sanctions; The ex-Soviet nation has been hit with U.S. and EU sanctions as it continues to provide support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine - WSJ 3.3.22

Belarus funneled people to border with Poland, migrants say - UPI 11.13.21

BELARUS: EU faces down fresh crisis at its borders, as officials accuse Belarus of weaponizing migrant surge - Fox 11.12.21

RUSSIA & BELARUS: Kremlin Lashes Out At West, Defends Troop Movements, As It Boosts Role In Belarus-EU Border Crisis - RFE/RL

RUSSIA & BELARUS: Putin’s Belarus Offensive - WSJ 11.11.21

BELARUS: Europe Sees ‘a New Type of War,’ Accusing Belarus of Weaponizing Migrants - WSH 11.12.21

Poland Accuses Russia Of Backing Belarusian 'Attack' As Migrant Border Standoff Intensifies - RFE/RL 11.9.21

'Stay Strong': Noted Belarusian Lawyer Who Defended Political Prisoners Deprived Of License - RFE/RL 10.26.21

The Week In Russia: Two Countries, Two Crackdowns - RFE/RL 6.4.21

NATO Chief Says Belarus Becoming 'More And More Dependent' On Russia - RFE/RL 6.6.21

Belarus Scrambles Fighter to Force Airliner Down to Arrest Journalist - Newsmax 5.23.21

Belarus Jet Forces Ryanair Plane to Land in Minsk: President Alexander Lukashenko scrambled a jet fighter to force a commercial aircraft to land in the nation’s capital, where a Belarusian journalist and opposition activist was detained - WSJ 5.23.21

Belarus Protesters Tell Of Police Abuse And Torture - RFE/RL

Canada, U.K. Announce Sanctions As Pressure On Belarus Leadership Builds

Tsikhanouskaya Starts Naming Shadow Cabinet For Belarus While In Exile

VIDEOS & ARTICLE: U.S., Europeans Say Belarus Leader [Lukashenka] Illegitimate As New Crackdown Follows Surprise Swearing-In

Belarus Resource Links

Crisis in Belarus - RFE/RL

CHINA

Beijing Forbidden City Temple in China

Ukraine's valiant efforts to defeat Russia being undermined by Chinese technology; As Ukraine fights for its survival, Putin and his army appear to be getting help from a Chinese tech giant Da-Jiang Innovations (DJI) - Fox 6.18.22

Chinese and Russian ambitions in space pose threat, Pentagon warns - Roll Call 4.12.22

How Has The Ukraine War Changed The Chinese-Russian Partnership? - RFE/RL 3.25.22

China warns U.S. of 'serious consequences' after Navy warship crosses South China Sea - UPI 1.2.22

Chinese Investment in U.S. Plane Maker Icon Aircraft Draws FBI, National-Security Reviews - WSJ 1.18.22

Taiwan conducts military drills to intercept Chinese warplanes - NY Post 1.5.22

Rising Threat From China Pushes U.S. and Japan to Deepen Military Cooperation - WSJ 1.2.22

China unveils plan to 'take over' Latin America - Washington Examiner - 1.2.22

China continues to exploit U.S. universities to bolster military modernization, report finds: China continues to use U.S. university system to collect information to bolster its nuclear and cyber-espionage programs. - Fox 12.11.21

U.S. lawmakers defy warnings from China to make surprise trip to Taiwan - NY Post 11.26.21

Peng Shuai: What we know so far - BBC 11.23.21

Secret Chinese Port Project in Persian Gulf Rattles U.S. Relations With Key Ally; U.S. intelligence agencies learned this spring that China was secretly building what they suspected was a military facility at a port in the United Arab Emirates, one of the U.S.’s closest Mideast allies, according to people familiar with the matter. - WSJ 11.18.21

U.S. Companies Face New Risks in a Changing China: A slowing economy, interventions by Beijing, and tensions with Washington may not be fully reflected in the valuations of companies with Chinese exposure.- Barron's 11.12.21

U.S. Firms Aid China’s Bid for Chip Dominance Despite Security Concerns - WSJ 11.12.21

Biden says U.S. will defend Taiwan if China attacks - BBC 10.22.21

Hong Kong Security Chief Warns Citigroup, HSBC Against Dealings With Pro-Democracy Tycoon - WSJ 5.27.21

Special Report: Vatican China Sellout - Church Militant 6.26.20

SCW NEWSWATCH: "China’s Science Talent-Recruitment Program Draws Fresh Attention; Beijing is trying to lure scientists as part of a covert technology-transfer plan. But why are so many of them falling for it?" - Diplomat 8.25.20

Hunting the Phoenix: The Chinese Communist Party’s global search for technology and talent - APSI 8.20.20

Chinese Diplomats Helped Military Scholars Visiting the U.S. Evade FBI Scrutiny, U.S. Says - WSJ

SCW NEWSWATCH: "China targeting U.S. election infrastructure with cyberattacks, says O'Brien" - Reuters 8.9.20

Ecuador navy surveils huge Chinese fishing fleet near Galapagos - Reuters

SCW NEWSWATCH: "U.S. health chief arrives in Taiwan on trip condemned by China" - Reuters 8.9.20

Google deletes 2,600 YouTube accounts linked to China [and others tied to Russia, Iran] - UPI

U.S. wants to see 'untrusted' Chinese apps removed from U.S. app stores, Pompeo says - Reuters

Trump threatens to ban TikTok from operating in U.S. - UPI

China Hacked Vatican Ahead of Negotiations; U.S. Cybersecurity Firm Says The alleged breaches come ahead of negotiations regarding the appointment of bishops in China

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INDIA

File Photo of New Delhi at Sunset, adapted from imagea at usda.gov

India's toxic air: How pollution and politics put millions at risk - Nikkei 4.18.22


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FLORIDA

File Photo of Florida City Skyline, Palm Trees, Marina, Water, adapted from image at census.gov

Report: 'Manual adjustments' to blame in teen's fatal plunge from ride - UPI 4.18.22

Florida cops seize enough guns for a 'small army' from rowdy spring breakers - NY Post 3.28.22

DeSantis signs so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill banning gender instruction for kids; "I don't care what corporate media outlets say, I don't care what Hollywood says, I don't care what big corporations say" - NY Post 3.28.22

Teenager falls to death from Florida amusement park ride; Orlando ride stands 430 feet tall and sends riders free-falling at 75 mph - Fox 3.25.22

Gov. DeSantis issues proclamation declaring Sarasota swimmer real winner over so-called "transgender" athlete - Fox 13 Tampa Bay 3.23.22

Ron DeSantis says Florida native was rightful winner over so-called "transgender" swimmer at NCAA championships - NY Post 3.22.22

Shootings, brawls, a curfew: Miami Beach's spring break nightmare - 3.22.22

VIDEO: What Does 2022’s Market Look Like For Tampa Bay? - Tampa Home Group 1.24.22

The best and most affordable places to live in Florida - MarketWatch 9.28.19

Tampa rent up almost 40% compared to last January, report says - WFLA 1.5.22

Frustration growing as Tampa Bay area residents struggle to find Covid-19 testing - WFLA 1.5.22

80% of Florida will have caught COVID-19 by end of omicron wave, UF report says - WESH 1.6.22

Rent in Tampa & St. Pete skyrockets past Chicago, Philly, Austin - WFLA 11.23.21

'Turtle' in Florida sewer turns out to be massive alligator, toddler discovers; Alligators are most active and visible when the weather is warm, and in some places in Florida, that can occur year-round - Fox 11.18.21

Florida 'Teacher of the Year' arrested for hitting pupil who criticized award - NY Post 11.1.21

Former ‘officer of the year’ in [Orlando,] Florida charged with [homosexual] sexual battery - NY Post 9.16.21

TEXAS

Houstin Skyline and Highway, adapted from image at export.gov

Texas governor wants 'critical changes' after damning Uvalde shooting report - NY Post 7.18.22

Texas mom rips grand jury for declining charges against 9-year-old daughter's killer in post-robbery shootout; No indictment for Tony Earls in the deadly shooting of 9-year-old Arlene Alvarez - Fox 7.20.22

Illegal immigration blamed in Uvalde school shooting: report - NY Post 7.18.22

Mom ravaged by ants before death in Texas nursing home, family sues: ‘Horror story’ - NY Post 7.18.22

Texas man allegedly tells Cruz he'll murder Republicans with 'a brick in your skull,' court frees him on bond ;Isaac Nformangum allegedly threatened to kill Cruz and members of the GOP 'by bullet' or by 'brick in your skull.' - Fox 7.8.22

Austin man pleaded guilty to violent sexual assault, gets light sentence through deferred adjudication; Richard Williams entered a guilty plea in April - Fox 7.13.22

ERCOT Issues Conservation Appeal to Texans and Texas Businesses - ERCOT 7.11.22

Hero dad in Houston shoots would-be thieves trying to steal car with young kids inside - NY Post 7.11.22

Texas woman robbed at knifepoint in broad daylight while using ATM' Houston police offering reward of up to $5K for information leading to arrest - Fox 4.15.22

Texas Church-Shooting Survivors, Families Awarded More Than $230 Million From U.S. Government; Judge previously found the Air Force mostly responsible for the Sutherland Springs shooting in which 26 died - WSJ 2.7.22

CHICAGO

Chicago Skyline

Illinois State Police trooper's squad car hit with rocks, fireworks after group swarms vehicle By ABC7 Chicago Digital Team - ABC7 Chicago 7.5.22

Southbound Bishop Ford shut down at 159th Street for over an hour after gunfire - CBS Chicago 4.19.22

Chicago transit worker accused of shooting man at station after scuffle - NY Post 3.28.22

White House caught in middle of Chicago school reopening debate - Washington Examiner 1.10.22

Chicago Public Schools Cancel Classes After Teachers Vote Against In-Person Instruction: City leaders called the vote by the Chicago Teachers Union an illegal job action and said teachers who didn’t report to work wouldn’t receive pay. - WSJ 1.5.22

Chicago police cancel days off for officers following violent weekend - Fox 12.7.21

Chicago mom shot dead in same spot teen son was killed just days earlier - NY Post 11.25.21

Chicago police cancel day off for officers, reportedly bracing for Rittenhouse verdict - SCW Newswatch: Fox 11.11.21

CHICAGO FREEWAY SHOOTINS: After 3 Chicago area expressway shootings reported within hours, some drivers taking precautions - ABC7 Chicago 11.5.21

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Granting Interviews Only to Black or Brown Journalists - Newsmax 5.19.21

"Chicago looting: Violence, property damage devastates Michigan Avenue, Loop; More than 100 arrested, police say Access to the downtown area will be restricted from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m." - SCW NEWSWATCH: ABC7 - 8.10.20

SCW NEWSWATCH: "[Chicago Downtown] Looting Was Coordinated Response To Police-Involved Shooting In Englewood, Brown Says" - CBS-2-Chicago - 8.10.20

'Anything they wanted to take, they can take': BLM throws support behind Chicago looters after $60M in damages - Fox 32 Chicago

Air Force helicopter struck by bullet makes emergency landing in Virginia; FBI investigates One crew member was hurt in the UH-1N Huey helicopter incident - Fox

COVID-19 travel restrictions in all 50 states to know before your trip - Chicago Crusader

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Chicago violence: 38 shot, 9 fatally in weekend shootings; Three people were fatally shot in separate incidents early Sunday morning" - ABC7 Chicago - 8.30.20

SCW NEWSWATCH: "When Authority Vanishes: Chicago’s leaders have surrendered to vandals" - John O. McGinnis/ City Journal 8.13.20

Body of missing Chicago teen found in Lake Michigan near Portage Riverwalk; NWS extends swimming advisories Swimming advisories extended for parts of Lake Michigan: National Weather Service

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Chicago looting: Violence, property damage devastates Michigan Avenue, Loop; More than 100 arrested, police say Access to the downtown area will be restricted from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m." - ABC7 - 8.10.20

SCW NEWSWATCH: "[Chicago Downtown] Looting Was Coordinated Response To Police-Involved Shooting In Englewood, Brown Says" - CBS-2-Chicago - 8.10.20

SCW NEWSWATCH: "3 Chicago cops shot outside police station during arrest, suspect also hit, authorities say; Police said the suspect was shot after firing upon officers" - Fox

SCW NEWSWATCH: "Chicago adds 200 police to downtown tourist district because of rise in violent crime: report; Recent incidents include a stabbing, a carjacking and an injury to a security guard's skull" - Fox 7.31.20

GEORGIA

UK doctor killed by stray bullet while visiting family outside Atlanta - NY POST 1.21.22

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