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Saldo: Ukraine’s gangster governor – part 2 – podcast | News

Saldo: Ukraine’s gangster governor – part 2 – podcast | News

Two years ago this week, Europe and the world changed. After months of military buildup on Ukraine’s borders, Vladimir Putin went on TV and announced Russian forces were going in. As the Guardian’s investigations correspondent Tom Burgis tells Michael Safi, in those first, chaotic hours and days, Moscow’s forces overran Ukrainian towns and cities. In these places, mayors suddenly lost authority, the police were no longer sure whose laws they were enforcing, and even which money to use became unclear. One of these places was the region of Kherson. It would have implications for the more than 1 million Ukrainians living there. And for one of those people, Vladimir Saldo, who had been cast out of national politics and who was suspected by the police of involvement in a contract killing, it would change everything. Photograph: Grigory Sysoyev/AP Support The Guardian The Guardian is editorially independent. And we want to keep our journalism open and accessible to all. But we increasingly need our readers to fund our work. Support The Guardian Source link

Biden, Utah’s Governor Call for Less Bitterness, More Bipartisanship in Politics

Biden, Utah’s Governor Call for Less Bitterness, More Bipartisanship in Politics

Washington —  President Joe Biden and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox disagree on many issues but they were united Saturday in calling for less bitterness in politics and more bipartisanship. “Politics has gotten too personally bitter,” said Biden, who has practiced politics since he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972. “It’s just not like it was.” The Democratic president commented while delivering a toast to the nation’s governors and their spouses at a black-tie White House dinner in their honor. Biden said what makes him “feel good” about hosting the governors is “we have a tradition of doing things together. We fight like hell, we make sure that we get our points across. At the end of the day, we know who we work for. The objective is to get things done.” Cox, a Republican and chairman of the National Governors Association, preceded Biden to the lectern beneath an imposing portrait of Abraham Lincoln above the fireplace in the State Dining Room. The Utah governor said the association “harkens back to another time, another …

Florida’s controversial bill to restrict social media use by minors heads to governor

Florida’s controversial bill to restrict social media use by minors heads to governor

Florida is on the brink of enacting one of the nation’s most restrictive bans on social media use by minors. According to the Associated Press, the bill, aimed at prohibiting children under the age of 16 from accessing popular social media platforms regardless of parental consent, has been passed by both the Florida House and Senate. It now awaits the approval of Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who has previously expressed reservations about the measure. The House endorsed the bill with a decisive 108-7 vote, following the Senate’s approval by a 23-14 margin. Amendments made by the Senate sought to alleviate Governor DeSantis’ concerns regarding privacy, a key issue highlighted by Republican Speaker Paul Renner. This groundbreaking legislation targets social media sites that engage in user activity tracking, allow children to post content, facilitate interactions among users, and employ addictive features designed to encourage excessive use. Proponents of the bill, such as Republican Senator Erin Grall, argue that such measures are necessary to combat the adverse effects of social media on children, including increased suicide rates, …

Former Sarawak governor, chief minister Taib Mahmud dies at 87

Former Sarawak governor, chief minister Taib Mahmud dies at 87

“GREAT LOSS” Born on May 21, 1936, Taib Mahmud served as Sarawak’s chief minister for 33 years. He was appointed the seventh Yang di-Pertua Negeri – or governor – of Sarawak on Mar 1, 2014. After almost 10 years in the position, he was replaced by Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar who was sworn in on Jan 29. Anwar expressed his condolences to the people of Sarawak. “We, especially the people of Sarawak, lost a respected statesman,” he said in a Facebook post.  Anwar added that Taib Mahmud’s deeds and services to the country and Sarawak would be remembered forever. Deputy Prime Minister Fadillah Yusof described Taib Mahmud’s death as a great loss. “His death is a great loss not only for Sarawak but also for the country. The deceased had also served as a minister at the federal level before returning to Sarawak,” he said.  Fellow Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also expressed his condolences in a Facebook post, hailing Taib Mahmud’s important role in governing and driving the success of Sarawak. “I have too …

‘Distinct signs of upturn’ for recession-hit economy, Bank of England governor says | Business News

‘Distinct signs of upturn’ for recession-hit economy, Bank of England governor says | Business News

There are “distinct signs of an upturn” in the UK economy – despite the country tipping into recession late last year, the governor of the Bank of England has said. Andrew Bailey told a committee of MPs he believed the downturn would be one of the most shallow recession events of modern times, while explaining the Bank‘s role in deliberately cooling demand in the economy to help ease inflation. He was speaking for the first time since the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – in an early estimate of gross domestic product between October and December last year – recorded negative output. It left the UK in a technical recession because the economy had also recorded negative growth in the previous three months. Mr Bailey stressed the Bank’s actions, through 14 consecutive interest rate hikes, were aimed at bringing the pace of inflation back down to its 2% target level to help allow for sustainable growth. The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee paused rate rises last summer and has resisted imposing a cut because of worries …

Louisiana Governor Urges Lawmakers to Pass Tough-On-Crime Legislation

Louisiana Governor Urges Lawmakers to Pass Tough-On-Crime Legislation

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana’s crime-focused special legislative session kicked off Monday afternoon, Republican Gov. Jeff Landry urged the GOP-dominated Legislature to pass tough-on-crime policies, assuring lawmakers that he would sign the bills into law. The aggressive agenda could reshape parts of the criminal justice system and public safety sector in a state that has struggled with violent crime. Some lawmakers say the proposed policies prioritize victims and will keep criminals behind bars and off Louisiana streets. Others say the legislation won’t address crime, especially at its core, and worry that it will undo bipartisan and historic reforms that were passed under Landry’s Democratic predecessor. “Our criminal justice system has lost balance,” Landry said during his address to the Legislature. “The steps we take to restore that balance are difficult to accept for some. However, when promises are made to a victim’s family and friends, granting them that justice restores balance.” In the audience for Landry’s speech were police officers, victims of violent carjackings and family members of homicide victims. Photos You Should …

Wisconsin’s governor signs new legislative maps into law, setting up Democrats to gain seats in November election

Wisconsin’s governor signs new legislative maps into law, setting up Democrats to gain seats in November election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers signed new legislative district maps into law on Monday that he proposed and that the Republicans who control the Legislature passed to avoid having the liberal-controlled state Supreme Court draw the lines. Democrats hailed the signing as a major political victory in the swing state where the Legislature has been firmly under Republican control for more than a decade, even as Democrats have won 14 of the past 17 statewide elections. “When I promised I wanted fair maps — not maps that are better for one party or another, including my own — I damn well meant it,” Evers said prior to signing the maps into law at the state Capitol. “Wisconsin is not a red state or a blue state — we’re a purple state, and I believe our maps should reflect that basic fact. Democrats are almost certain to gain seats in the state Assembly and state Senate under the new maps, which be in place for the November election. Republicans have been operating since 2011 under maps …

Four-Term New Hampshire Governor Delivers His Final State-Of-The-State Speech

Four-Term New Hampshire Governor Delivers His Final State-Of-The-State Speech

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu delivered his final state-of-the-state address Thursday, urging lawmakers to continue on the path of fiscal prudence and limited government that he said has made New Hampshire “a beacon of success.” “Continued success is not inevitable. We must continually challenge ourselves, putting individuals before the system, to strive to be better stewards of taxpayer dollars and more accountable to the people of the state,” he said. “Over these last seven years, New Hampshire has stood out as a beacon of success and a safe haven for freedom and opportunity. We have all put in the hard work, and this has always been a true team effort.” Sununu, who is only the second governor in New Hampshire history to serve four terms, has just under a year left in the corner office. After flirting with running for U.S. Senate and president, he announced in July that he wouldn’t seek another term as governor, though he joked about that decision Thursday. “The filing period to run again isn’t until June, …

Too Many Pardons? Kentucky Lawmaker Wants a Limit After Former Governor Gave Over 600 on His Way Out

Too Many Pardons? Kentucky Lawmaker Wants a Limit After Former Governor Gave Over 600 on His Way Out

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker resumed his push Wednesday to limit a Kentucky governor’s pardon powers, a fallout from the flurry of pardons granted by the state’s last GOP governor that still spark outrage. The proposed constitutional change won quick approval from the Senate State and Local Government Committee to advance to the full Senate. If the measure wins approval there, it will move on to the House. Both chambers have Republican supermajorities. State Sen. Chris McDaniel said he wants to guarantee that what happened at the end of former Gov. Matt Bevin’s term never occurs again. Bevin, who lost his reelection bid, issued hundreds of pardons on his way out in late 2019 — several stirred outrage from victims or their families, prosecutors and lawmakers. McDaniel’s proposal — Senate Bill 126 — seeks to amend the state’s constitution to remove a governor’s pardon powers in the month leading up to a gubernatorial election and the time between the election and inauguration. If the proposal clears the legislature, it would go on the …