The Daily Populous

Sunday May 21st, 2023 evening edition

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President Biden on Sunday said he believes he has the authority to use the 14th Amendment to unilaterally address the debt ceiling, but he acknowledged potential legal challenges could still lead the nation to default if he went that route.

“I’m looking at the 14th Amendment as to whether or not we have the authority — I think we have the authority,” Biden told reporters at a press conference in Hiroshima, Japan.

“The question is, could it be done and invoked in time that it would not be appealed, and as a consequence past the date in question and still default on the debt.

“So I’m assuming that we mean what we say and we’ll figure out a way to not have to default,” Biden said.

The Treasury Department has warned the U.S. could default as early as June 1 if no action is taken to raise the debt ceiling.

Biden earlier this month said he had been “considering” the 14th Amendment as a way to unilaterally work around the debt ceiling, but he acknowledged that it would not be a viable short-term solution.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen previously warned that using the 14th Amendment could trigger a “constitutional crisis,” calling it “one of the not good options” if Congress failed to act. »

Compton's new indoor vertical farm brings fresh produce, more jobs to city

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The farm is designed to grow up to 4.5 million pounds of leafy greens annually in a single city block.

Plenty, which specializes in indoor vertical farms, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the Plenty Compton Farm, which is being described as "the world's most technologically advanced indoor vertical farm.".

The company said it's designed to grow up to 4.5 million pounds of leafy greens annually in a single city block. »

3-year-old shoots 2 people in Indiana, leading to arrest of man wanted for murder

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Trayshaun Smith, 23, was arrested on Thursday after he visited a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, according to Lt. Justin Hartman of the Lafayette Police Department.

The Lafayette Police Department said it is coordinating with police in Markham, Illinois, regarding the arrest.

A representative for the Markham Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the arrest. »

NAACP issues travel warning in Florida: the state ‘has become hostile to Black Americans’

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The NAACP issued a formal travel advisory for Florida on Saturday, saying the state has become “hostile to Black Americans” under Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) leadership.

“On a seeming quest to silence African-American voices, the Governor and the State of Florida have shown that African Americans are not welcome in the State of Florida,” the travel advisory reads.

“Under the leadership of Governor Desantis, the state of Florida has become hostile to Black Americans and in direct conflict with the democratic ideals that our union was founded upon,” Johnson added. »

Zelenskyy says Russia 'destroyed everything' in Bakhmut – DW – 05

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday said Russia "destroyed everything" in the flashpoint city of Bakhmut.

"You have to understand that there is nothing," Zelenskyy told reporters at the G7 summit in Bakhmut, referring to Russia's actions.

"The president denied the capture of Bakhmut," Ukrainian presidential press secretary Sergiy Nykyforov said in a Facebook post on Sunday. »