The Daily Populous

Thursday February 16th, 2023 day edition

image for Blinken: Crimea a ‘red line’ for Putin as Ukraine weighs plans to retake it

The administration’s main focus is helping Ukraine advance where the fight is, mainly in the east.

Blinken, according to two of the people, gave the impression that the U.S. doesn’t consider a push to retake Crimea to be a wise move at this time.

The secretary remarked that it is solely the Ukrainians’ decision as to what they try to take by force, not America’s.

That signaled to them that Blinken was more open to a potential Ukrainian play for Crimea.

Some experts don’t believe Ukraine will try to retake Crimea, but instead will attempt to isolate it.

They should knock out all three,” said Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy for Ukraine, who wasn’t on the call.

Officials say the comment didn’t reflect administration policy, reiterating that America’s support will proceed for “as long as it takes. »

Michael Jordan donates $10M to Make-A-Wish for 60th birthday

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan is celebrating his 60th birthday on Friday by making a $10 million donation to Make-A-Wish.

It is the largest donation ever received from an individual in the organization's 43-year history.

He has granted hundreds of wishes to children all over the world and remains one of the most requested celebrity wish granters. »

As Pentagon Budget Nears $1 Trillion, Groups Tell Biden: Enough

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"We cannot and must not defend the status quo when it comes to the Pentagon budget.".

"One of the many ways we can accomplish this is by spending less on the wasteful Pentagon budget," the letter argues.

"We reject pouring our dollars into outdated ships, malfunctioning planes, or record-breaking contractor CEO salaries while everyday people remain hungry, unhoused, in need of adequate healthcare, or seeking a living wage.". »

California’s housing shortage is so bad a university is considering a floating barge as a dorm. Students call it a ‘prison boat’

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Cal Poly Humboldt in Northern California is considering putting its students up on a barge eight miles away from campus, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Officials in the nearby town of Eureka are reportedly considering building more housing on parking lots, and in Arcata they are looking at rezoning industrial land.

“The idea of floating apartments or studios is one of many possibilities the university has been exploring,” Scott-Goforth said. »

Washington’s China Hawks Take Flight

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Obama spoke of a “new model of cooperation” with China and said the United States welcomed the “continuing peaceful rise of China as a world power.”

“China has not made the decision to invade Taiwan, but if the United States turns all of China policy into Taiwan policy, then that will potentially affect their decision-making.”. »