The Daily Populous

Monday February 14th, 2022 evening edition

image for Ukraine reaffirms desire to join NATO after envoy comments

Ukraine's aspirations to join NATO and the European Union remain an absolute priority, a spokesman for Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Monday.

Their comments come after Ukraine's ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, told the BBC his country might be willing to drop its ambition to join NATO to avert war.

Zelenskyy's spokesman, Sergii Nykyforov, walked back the comments saying the constitution makes the Ukraine's ambitions clear.

Ukraine's ambassador Vadym Prystaiko (right) has clarified earlier remarks about Kyiv possibly dropping its NATO bid.

Ambassador Prystaiko later "clarified" his statement saying the country is not dropping plans to become a NATO member.

One of Russia's key security demands is that Ukraine can never join the NATO military alliance. »

States Are Trying to Exempt Cops From Paying Taxes

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Now, several red states are considering exempting officers from paying their fair share back into the same system.

This year wouldn’t be the first time using taxes to incentivize cops has gained steam.

In Georgia, five Republican state senators introduced a law that would exempt all officers from having to pay state taxes as long as they continue to pay federal taxes. »

Team USA's Erin Jackson becomes first Black woman to win Olympic speedskating gold after teammate gave up her spot

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Erin Jackson has become the first Black woman to win a speedskating medal at the Winter Olympics.

But teammate Brittany Bowe, who finished first at the trials, gave up her spot on the team to ensure Jackson would get to skate in Beijing.

She lived up to the billing in Beijing, becoming the first American woman to win an individual Olympic medal since 2002. »