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TIME's Top Stories

03:02 min | 6 months ago

"yekaterinburg" Discussed on TIME's Top Stories

"WNBA's Brittany griner convicted at drug trial in Russia and sentenced to 9 years. By Jim heintz of The Associated Press in Kim ki Russia. U.S. basketball star Brittany griner was convicted Thursday in Russia of drug possession and sentenced to 9 years in prison, following a politically charged trial that came amid soaring tensions between Moscow and Washington over Ukraine and could lead to a high stakes prisoner exchange between the two world powers. The 31 year old griner, a two time U.S. Olympic champion and an 8 time all star with the WNBA's Phoenix mercury listened with a blank expression as an interpreter translated the verdict by judge Anna sotnikova. The judge also find her 1 million rubles about $16,700. U.S. president and Joe Biden denounced the verdict and sentence as unacceptable. I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, Friends, and teammates Biden said, adding that he would continue to work to bring home griner and Paul Whelan an American imprisoned in Russia on an espionage conviction. Outside the court, the U.S. embassy's charged affair, Elizabeth rood, called the verdict a miscarriage of justice. Before the unusually swift verdict was reached, an emotional grinder apologized to her family, teammates, and the Russian city of yekaterinburg, where she plays in the WNBA off season for my mistake that I made and the embarrassment that I brought on them with her voice cracking she added, I hope, in your ruling it does not end my life. A conviction is usually a prerequisite to arranging a prisoner exchange and also allows griner to apply for a presidential pardon. Deputy foreign minister Sergei raiba kov said last month that the necessary judicial procedures must be completed before any other steps can be taken. The disclosure in July that the U.S. government was seeking a prisoner swap involving griner, reflected the growing pressure on the Biden administration to do more to bring her home. The U.S. State Department had earlier declared griner to be wrongfully detained a charge that Russia has sharply rejected. Griner recognized as one of the greatest players in WNBA history, has been detained since February 17th after police said they found vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage upon landing at Moscow's sheremetyevo airport. She was returning to Russia where she has competed since 2014. When she took the stand at her trial, July 7th, griner said, I would like to plead guilty on the charges against me, but I had no intention of breaking any Russian law.

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"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

04:34 min | 6 months ago

"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"It's morning edition from NPR news. I call it. And I'm Leila faldon. Secretary of State Antony Blinken hasn't spoken with his Russian counterpart since the war began in Ukraine. But that's about to change. I plan to raise an issue that's a top priority for us. The release of Americans Paul Whelan and Brittany griner, who have been wrongfully detained and must be allowed to come home. Griner is a U.S. Olympian and WNBA star on trial on drug charges in Russia. Whelan is a former marine, convicted in a secret trial on espionage charges. NPR's Michelle Kellerman joins us now to talk about Lincoln's efforts to get them home. Good morning, Michelle. Good morning. So Michelle, what did Lincoln say about this yesterday? Well, he said that he put what he called the substantial deal on the table weeks ago, and that he plans to raise this directly with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, but he wouldn't really go beyond that. For instance, he would not confirm nor did he deny reports that the U.S. is ready to do a prisoner swap and release Victor boot. He's this arms dealer dubbed the merchant of death, who was caught in a sting operation in 2008 in Thailand and he's currently serving a 25 year prison sentence in the U.S.. The Russians have long sought his release. The Biden administration did do a prisoner swap earlier this year, so this wouldn't be the first, but it would be a fairly dramatic one. So they're not confirming that there. Now griner was in court yesterday in Russia. She testified what did she say? Yeah, you know, she's pleaded guilty. She was caught at the airport in February with vape cartridges containing hashish oil, griner explained to the court that this was medically prescribed marijuana for pain relief that she did not mean to bring it to Russia where it's illegal. She packed into hurry on her way to yekaterinburg, where she plays for a Russian team during the WNBA's off season. Her lawyers say they're not taking part in discussions about any prisoner swap and that's such a deal would only be possible after the court reaches a verdict. Blinken is clearly hoping to move this process along by talking to Lavrov in the coming days, the Biden administration is facing a lot of public pressure to get Brittany griner home Biden spoke into grinder's wife about the case and Paul Whelan's family has also been pushing hard for his release since he's been held longer for several years now and was left behind in a recent prisoner swap that freed another former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed. Now, if there is a prisoner swab, what precedent does it set for Americans in Russia? Well, it is a dangerous precedent there in everywhere, by the way. Secretary blinken was clearly sounding worried about that, take a listen to what he had to say at his news conference yesterday. We of course want to see those who are wrongfully detained. Be released and be able to return home. At the same time, it's important that we work to reinforce the global norm against these arbitrary detentions against what is truly a horrific practice. You know, the U.S. has been trying to get prisoners out of Iran, Venezuela, and many other places. And the secretary says he wants to make sure that countries don't have an incentive to arrest Americans and hold them as hostages. But the U.S. has done prisoner swaps, the Obama and Trump administrations did them with Iran, the Iran continues to hold Americans. So the question for the Biden administration is whether they can find a way to impose costs on countries that do this, habitually, rather than just continue to negotiate prisoner swap deals. NPR's Michelle Kellerman, thank you so much. Thank you. Voters in Kansas will be the first in the country to directly decide abortion rights following the Supreme Court overturning roe versus wade. Right now, abortion is protected in the state, but a change to the state's constitution is on the ballot next week. Just across the state line in Missouri, abortion rights advocates are working to defeat the amendment from member station Casey you are salissa reports. In 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the state constitution protects the right to an abortion, come August 2nd, kansans will vote on an amendment asking if they want the constitution to preserve that right. It's called the quote value them both amendment, and it will give Kansas voters the ability to directly weigh in on abortion rights. The stakes are high in the lead up to next week's vote, especially as more Midwest states ban abortion, many of those awaiting the results live in neighboring

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"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

04:26 min | 6 months ago

"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Oh, I love that 74 and partly cloudy out there this morning. Scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms partly sunny and 90 today. Tonight, more Scottish showers and thunderstorm chances in tomorrow, more of the same partly sunny in 88. It's 5 45. It's morning edition from NPR news, I'm asma Khalid, and I'm Leila faldon. Secretary of State Antony Blinken hasn't spoken with his Russian counterpart since the war began in Ukraine. But that's about to change. I plan to raise an issue that's a top priority for us. The release of Americans Paul Whelan and Brittany griner, detained and must be allowed to come home. Griner is a U.S. Olympian and WNBA star on trial on drug charges in Russia. Whelan is a former marine, convicted in a secret trial on espionage charges. NPR's Michelle Kellerman joins us now to talk about Lincoln's efforts to get them home. Good morning, Michelle. Good morning. So Michelle, what did Lincoln say about this yesterday? Well, he said that he put what he called a substantial deal on the table weeks ago, and that he plans to raise this directly with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, but he wouldn't really go beyond that. For instance, he would not confirm nor did he deny reports that the U.S. is ready to do a prisoner swap and release Victor boot. He's this arms dealer dubbed the merchant of death, who was caught in a sting operation in 2008 in Thailand and he's currently serving a 25 year prison sentence in the U.S.. The Russians have long sought his release. The Biden administration did do a prisoner swap earlier this year, so this wouldn't be the first, but it would be a fairly dramatic one. So they're not confirming that there. Now griner was in court yesterday in Russia. She testified, what did she say? Yeah, you know, she's pleaded guilty. She was caught at the airport in February with vape cartridges containing hashish oil, griner explained to the court that this was medically prescribed marijuana for pain relief that she did not mean to bring it to Russia where it's illegal. She packed into hurry on her way to yekaterinburg, where she plays for a Russian team during the WNBA's off season. Her lawyers say they're not taking part in discussions about any prisoner swap and that such a deal would only be possible after the court reaches a verdict. Blinken is clearly hoping to move this process along by talking to Lavrov in the coming days, the Biden administration is facing a lot of public pressure to get Britney griner home Biden spoken to grinder's wife about the case and Paul Whelan's family has also been pushing hard for his release since he's been held longer for several years now and was left behind in a recent prisoner swap that freed another former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed. Now, if there is a prisoner swab, what precedent does it set for Americans in Russia? Well, it is a dangerous precedent. There in everywhere, by the way, secretary blinken was clearly sounding worried about that, take a listen to what he had to say at his news conference yesterday. We of course want to see those who are wrongfully detained. Be released and be able to return home. At the same time, it's important that we work to reinforce the global norm against these arbitrary detentions against what is truly a horrific practice. You know, the U.S. has been trying to get prisoners out of Iran, Venezuela, and many other places. And the secretary says he wants to make sure that countries don't have an incentive to arrest Americans and hold them as hostages. But the U.S. has done prisoner swaps, the Obama and Trump administrations did them with Iran, the Iran continues to hold Americans. So the question for the Biden administration is whether they can find a way to impose costs on countries that do this habitually rather than just continue to negotiate prisoner swap deals. NPR's Michelle kellman, thank you so much. Thank you.

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"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

08:32 min | 6 months ago

"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"About 86° At a record pace, Republican lawmakers have introduced anti trans legislation in states across the country. But what is fueling this anti trans hate machine? It is something that powerful billionaires and right-wing leaders have put at the center of their agenda, we're talking with award winning journalist imara Jones of trans lash media. I'm Melissa Harris Perry, and that's next time on the takeaway week the afternoon to three on 93.9 FM. Sometimes the news can fill overwhelming and it's hard to keep track of what's important. So take a listen to consider this a podcast from NPR and WNYC. In about 20 minutes, it brings you all of the essential national and local stories you need to stay informed and get through the day. What's the latest on the pandemic? How is the race for New York governors shaping up? And what is the city doing to address subway safety? Find out on consider this. Listen every weekday at 5, wherever you get. It's morning edition from NPR news, I'm as Mahal, and I'm Leila fauld. A breakthrough after over a year of talks, West Virginia senator Joe Manchin and Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer have finally reached a deal on an energy and healthcare bill that's also aimed at addressing inflation. The Democrats plan is to vote on the entire package next week ahead of an annual monthlong break in August, President Biden says he supports the plan, but in order for the bill to pass, it needs unanimous support among Senate Democrats, plus some GOP support. NPR congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell has been following this legislation and she joins me now, hi Kelsey. Hi there. Okay, so what exactly is in this bill? So the biggest items include nearly $370 billion for energy security and climate change programs over the next ten years. There's also $65 billion to extend elements of the Affordable Care Act through 2025. They're pairing all of that with more than $300 billion in deficit reduction. Now, that deficit reduction is really critical here because it is the key to getting Manchin on board after he blocked many other proposals over what he said were fears that more federal spending could stoke already record breaking inflation in the country. So how do they plan to cut the deficit? Well, primarily it's through a 15% corporate minimum tax that they say would raise about $313 billion. Plus there's expanded IRS enforcement and tax changes for carried interest. That's all in addition to already announced plans to allow Medicare to negotiate the cost of prescription drugs. Now, all of this is a really big shift for Democrats. They were forced to dramatically scale back their ambitions to focus on only the Affordable Care Act and lowering prescription drug prices as they spent all of that time trying to get a more ambitious deal. This is really a far cry from that trillions of dollars they once hoped to spend. And that included child care and education, but what they did end up with here is much more than most Democrats expected. And these talks, they started, they fell apart. They restarted so many times. What made things different this time? Well, there are a lot of competing pressures on mansion tumor. Yeah, there are pressures from Democrats, but there are also pressures from Republicans who tried to derail any last ditch moves like this. The agreement was made public just a few hours after the Senate passed a critical semiconductor Bill yesterday and Republicans had promised to block that Bill as long as Democrats were still trying to pass a different broader partisan bill like this one on climate and taxes. All the semiconductor Bill is done in the Senate and Republicans just don't have as much leverage over Democrats to kind of force them in a direction. So they decided to move forward. And Democrats are also entering a really critical period for themselves in terms of midterm politics. The upcoming August recess is all about campaigning and making the pitch to voters that Democrats don't, that they not only need to stay in power, they need to gain seats. So fresh achievements are sometimes kind of the easiest ways to sell voters on those kinds of progress. That's why they want to vote on this next week. They want to be able to show that they got this done and then promised to voters that this bill is just a down payment on bigger plans. How realistic is it though that this might pass? Well, it's certainly their goal, the next step is to go through the vetting process to make sure that this fits strict budget reconciliation rules so they can pass us without a Republican filibuster. And there's a lengthy voting process and making sure that they're on it, they don't have other delays like members testing positive for COVID. And then it has to pass the House, but President Biden is already on board and that puts a lot of pressure on Democrats to get in line. And Pierre's Kelsey's now, thank you. Thanks for having me. Secretary of State Antony Blinken hasn't spoken with his Russian counterpart since the war began in Ukraine. But that's about to change. I plan to raise an issue that's a top priority for us. The release of Americans Paul Whelan and Brittany griner, who have been wrongfully detained and must be allowed to come home. Griner is a U.S. Olympian and WNBA star on trial on drug charges in Russia. Whelan is a former marine convicted in a secret trial on espionage charges. NPR's Michelle Kellerman joins us now to talk about Lincoln's efforts to get them home. Good morning, Michelle. Good morning. So Michelle, what did Lincoln say about this yesterday? Well, he said that he put what he called a substantial deal on the table weeks ago, and that he plans to raise this directly with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, but he wouldn't really go beyond that. For instance, he would not confirm nor did he deny reports that the U.S. is ready to do a prisoner swap and release Victor boot. He's this arms dealer dubbed the merchant of death, who was caught in a sting operation in 2008 in Thailand and he's currently serving a 25 year prison sentence in the U.S.. The Russians have long sought his release. The Biden administration did do a prisoner swap earlier this year, so this wouldn't be the first, but it would be a fairly dramatic one. So they're not confirming that there. Now griner was in court yesterday in Russia. She testified, what did she say? Yeah, you know, she's pleaded guilty. She was caught at the airport in February with vape cartridges containing hashish oil, griner explained to the court that this was medically prescribed marijuana for pain relief that she did not mean to bring it to Russia, where it's illegal. She packed into hurry on her way to yekaterinburg, where she plays for a Russian team during the WNBA's off season. Her lawyers say they're not taking part in discussions about any prisoner swap and that such a deal would only be possible after the court reaches a verdict. Blinken is clearly hoping to move this process along by talking to Lavrov in the coming days, the Biden administration is facing a lot of public pressure to get Britney griner home Biden spoken to grinder's wife about the case and Paul Whelan's family has also been pushing hard for his release since he's been held longer for several years now and was left behind in a recent prisoner swap that freed another former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed. Now, if there is a prisoner swap, what precedent does it set for Americans in Russia? Well, it is a dangerous precedent there in everywhere, by the way. Secretary blinken was clearly sounding worried about that, take a listen to what he had to say at his news conference yesterday. We of course want to see those who are wrongfully detained. Be released and be able to return home. At the same time, it's important that we work to reinforce the global norm against these arbitrary detentions against what is truly a horrific practice. You know, the U.S. has been trying to get prisoners out of Iran, Venezuela, and many other places, and the secretary says he wants to make sure that countries don't have an incentive to arrest Americans and hold them as hostages. But the U.S. has done prisoner swaps, the Obama and Trump administrations did them with Iran, the Iran continues to hold Americans. So the question for the Biden administration is whether they can find a way to impose costs on countries that do this habitually rather than just continue to negotiate prisoner swap deals. NPR's Michelle kellman, thank you so much. Thank you.

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"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WTOP

WTOP

01:35 min | 7 months ago

"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WTOP

"Have reportedly been killed in a Russian missile attack this week. This morning double DT will be national security correspondent JJ green with details on that strike. According to rescue workers 23 people were killed as a result of this Russian strike, including three children. In addition, 64 civilians have been hospitalized with injuries, including two children, 34 of the injured, are in serious condition. Another 5 in critical condition. There is a map that I check every day to plot Russia's military activity and all of the attacks that Russia undertook were in the eastern and southern parts of the country except for this attack in venezia, which is hundreds of miles away, meaning this was likely no accident. The ICC seems to agree. And the leadership in Ukraine is, again, talking about more war crimes charges against Russia. JJ, a lot of attention on American basketball star Brittany griner. She was in court again in Russia facing those drug charges. What happened? She didn't testify, but maxime Rebecca called the director of the UM MC yekaterinburg professional basketball team in Russia that she plays for testified on her behalf to her quote outstanding abilities as a player and personal contribution to the team spirit end quote she pled guilty to possessing a vape cartridge when she was detained earlier this year. She pled guilty last time she was in court. She now faces ten years in prison, her attorneys are trying to get a lesser sentence. He also, she has the attention of President Biden and The White House leadership and not clear what

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"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WTOP

WTOP

01:43 min | 7 months ago

"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WTOP

"News. 1212 Friday morning welcome in. How do the war between Ukraine and Russia at least 22 people have reportedly been killed in a Russian missile attack this week? This party double DT will be national security correspondent JJ green with details. On that strike. According to rescue workers 23 people were killed as a result of this Russian strike, including three children. In addition, 64 civilians have been hospitalized with injuries, including two children, 34 of the injured, are in serious condition. Another 5 in critical condition. There is a map that I check every day to plot Russia's military activity and all of the attacks that Russia undertook were in the eastern and southern parts of the country except for this attack in venetia, which is hundreds of miles away, meaning this was likely no accident. The ICC seems to agree. And the leadership in Ukraine is, again, talking about more war crimes charges against Russia. JJ, a lot of attention on American basketball star Brittany griner. She was in court again in Russia facing those drug charges. What happened? She didn't testify, but maxime rebikov, the director of the UM MC yekaterinburg professional basketball team in Russia that she plays for testified on her behalf to her quote outstanding abilities as a player and personal contribution to the team spirit end quote she pled guilty to possessing a vape cartridge when she was detained earlier this year. She pled guilty last time she was in court. She now faces ten years in prison, her attorneys are trying to get a lesser sentence. She also, she has the attention of President Biden and The White House leadership and not clear what

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"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WTOP

WTOP

04:39 min | 7 months ago

"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WTOP

"More power. The district's mayor was not able to call out the National Guard even during last year's attack on the capitol, but as we hear from WTO's Mitchell Miller, legislation moving forward in Congress could change that. The massive security breach at the capitol lasted for hours and D.C. mayor muriel Bowser lacked the authority to deploy the National Guard in response. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says the insurrection and previous unrest in Lafayette square are prime example of why the D.C. mayor should control the D.C. National Guard. But Wisconsin Republican Mike Gallagher argued against the amendment. It would create a series of dilemmas in the event that the D.C. mayor and the president disagreed. The measure is now included in a major defense Bill, but it could be taken out by the Senate. On Capitol Hill, Mitchell Miller WTO news. Steve Bannon's trial will begin on Monday. That's the ruling from a judge, the ally of former president Trump is charged with contempt of Congress for defying the House committee investigating January 6th, CBS congressional correspondent Scott mcfarlane. Steve Bannon, the former campaign manager in White House aide to Donald Trump, will go on trial Monday morning. That's when jury selection begins at the federal courthouse down the street from the U.S. capitol. He had argued at a hearing today that the pre trial publicity, including his name being mentioned in January 6th committee hearings would bias the jurors, the judge disagreed, and said leave it to the jury selection process. The two charges Bannon faces each carry a sentence ranging from 30 days to a year behind bars if convicted, Bannon previously argued his testimonies protected by the former president's claim of executive privilege. Now to Ukraine where at least 22 people have been killed in a Russian missile attack. National security correspondent JJ green joins us live now with details. Yeah, according to rescue workers, 23 people were killed as a result of this Russian strike, including three children. In addition, 64 civilians have been hospitalized with injuries, including two children, 34 of the injured, are in serious condition. Another 5 in critical condition. There is a map that I check every day to plot Russia's military activity and today it's really odd. All of the attacks that Russia undertook today were in the eastern and southern parts of the country, except for this attack in venezia, which is hundreds of miles away, meaning this was likely no accident. The ICC seems to agree and the leadership in Ukraine is, again, talking about more war crimes charges against Russia. Reporting live, JJ green, WTO feed news. JJ, a lot of attention on American basketball star Brittany griner. She was in court again today in Russia facing those drug charges. What happened? She didn't testify today, Sean, but maxime revert the director of the UM MC yekaterinburg professional basketball team in Russia that she plays for testified on her behalf to her quote outstanding abilities as a player and personal contribution to the team spirit end quote. She pled guilty to possessing a vape cartridge when she was detained earlier this year. She pled guilty last time she was in court. She now faces ten years in prison, her attorneys are trying to get a lesser sentence. She also, she has the attention of the president, President Biden and The White House leadership and not clear what they're doing, but something is afoot, but this concern remains what will Russia do. She's scheduled to be back in court on Friday. All right, thank you much. National security correspondent JJ green. Italy's premier has told his cabinet he will offer his resignation tonight following a coalition allies refusal to back a government bill in a statement Mario Draghi says the national unity that sustained the government doesn't exist anymore. It is now up to the country's president to either accept or reject his resignation, but if the crisis can't be resolved quickly, the president of Italy could pull the plug on parliament, setting the stage for another election there. Up ahead on double GTO, why it may take a while before we find out some of the winners in the Maryland primary next week, three 36. Here's the highlight from Dan Carroll, the field CTO for cybersecurity in the office of the CTO for Dell Technologies, federal systems. On the zero trust cyber exchange, presented by Keras off. What we've done at Dallas, we've created what we're calling our pillared approach. We have device user transport application and data trust and then across all of that, you have analytics and logging and

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"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WABE 90.1 FM

WABE 90.1 FM

04:29 min | 11 months ago

"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WABE 90.1 FM

"Brittany griner has been detained in Russia since sometime in February The details are not clear but the Russian government has accused the basketball player of transporting drugs into the country During the WNBA's off season griner plays ball in Russia Here with us now to talk about this story is NPR culture correspondent anastasius yoga's welcome Hi Sarah The State Department has been telling Americans not to travel to Russia of course given the invasion of Ukraine So what was Brittany greiner doing there in the midst of this crisis Well there's a lot we're just not sure about Sarah much of the basic info is still missing from pop up view We don't even know when she was arrested or if it happened during or before the invasion We only know it was sometime in February And why was she detained Have we heard anything from her since The Russian government has said she was detained for allegedly bringing hash oil in her luggage when entering the country they've also released a video purporting to show her detainment But at this point the only public information is coming via the Russian government so there are questions about whether these might be bogus charges Russian state media has released a photo of what they say is her during her booking but we don't have any other information than that Now griner plays center for the Phoenix mercury she's a 7 time WNBA all star a two time Olympic gold medalist What do we know about why she might play for Russia Lots of WNBA stars had abroad in the off season to make more money So griner plays for a team called UMC yekaterinburg WNBA players make a fraction of the pay than their male counterparts in the NBA WNBA salaries max out around $500,000 So for a lot of players it's the right financial move And what do we know about grinder's team in Russia This is pretty interesting to note Sarah U MMC yikes Greenberg is owned by an oligarch named iskander Mahmoud of who has ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin and actually members of conquest have named Mahmoud as a possible target for sanctions And has there been any official response to this from the U.S. from greiner's teams or from her family Grinder's wife Shirley griner has posted a couple of statements on Instagram saying how much the family loves and misses her and the Phoenix mercury Team USA the WNBA and the WNBA players union have all released statements expressing concern and support and in a press conference Saturday U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken referred to griner not by name he said there were privacy concerns but he pointed out two other cases of Americans being held unjustly in Russia Now Brittany griner is black she's a lesbian given her personal identity Are there any particular concerns about her safety there There is a track record of significant racism in Eastern Europe and the LGBTQ community in Russia says it's often harassed and discriminated against by the country's government just last month the Russian ministry of justice tried to shut down one of the country's most active and prominent gay rights groups the Russian LGBT network That's NPR culture correspondent anastasius yugas Thanks Anastasia Thanks so much A lot of dog owners are paying attention to a recent court ruling in Norway A judge they are banned the breeding of bulldogs they're flat swooshy faces can cause health problems And an animal rights group argued that the breed is so unhealthy it amounts to animal cruelty NPR's Lauren summer reports on the growing debate over bulldogs First things first let's meet the dogs This is Rudy You say hi Colleen till Jen has three bulldogs at her home in Oakland California There's also Abby and mojo Do I absolutely love the breed I can't imagine not having one or three Altogether Bulldogs means being a very involved owner because the.

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"yekaterinburg" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

03:27 min | 1 year ago

"yekaterinburg" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

"That was the former foreign minister of Latvia sandric Cal Nieto. In standing up to Russia, Ukraine at least has the advantage of being a reasonable size itself. Geographically larger than Spain, with nearly as many people. Managing a neighborly relationship is perhaps more daunting for the Baltic states, Estonia for example would fit into Russia nearly 400 times and has a smaller population than yekaterinburg. Joining me now from a waypoint on a road trip between Tallinn and Riga is Thomas Hendrick elves, who was president of Estonia from 2006 until 2016, president elves also formally served two stints as Estonia's minister of foreign affairs, a poster he held for 5 years in total. Presidential first of all, earlier this week, Estonia's current prime minister kaya kalas was talking about this idea of as she put it strategic patience with Russia, which I understood to mean engage with Russia conduct dialog but don't actually negotiate. Is that something you think can work in the long term? To me, I think it's the most rational policies that most of what we're dealing with is irrational. I mean, who would have thought a year ago that we would have a buildup of what a 130,000 or more troops with not only massive amounts of material, but they're even bringing in blood plasma? I mean, it's pretty. Looks pretty threatening. The ultimate that we're presented to the United States and to NATO, right before Christmas, they I'm sure knew quite well were complete non starters. There's nothing really we can do other than prepare for the worst case, but at the same time, try to avoid escalating on our side. During the time that you were president of Estonia, were you able to have any kind of direct relationship with Russia? Was there any sort of back channel communication whereby you were able at moments of crisis or tension to pick up the phone and have a reasonable conversation? Not really, since I started my term in late 2006 and right at the beginning of 2007 we got massive cyberattacks. So, I mean, the problem with Russia and Estonia in particular is that we're so small in their eyes that there's no point in even dealing with us. And of course, being by far the most successful country to come out of the Soviet Union now already in GDP surpassing a number of old Europe countries. Our success is an annoyance since it discredits the narrative that all the countries of the erstwhile Soviet Union must be corrupt and backward and so forth. So we're not really liked in international for the preferred to ignore us. We have heard a lot from Russia as part of the demands it's tried to make these last few weeks that they're worried or they fear what they think of as encroachment on their western frontier by NATO. And obviously we had the precedent of countries like Finland in particular which respected that to an extent..

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"yekaterinburg" Discussed on Revolutions

Revolutions

03:16 min | 1 year ago

"yekaterinburg" Discussed on Revolutions

"You shouldn't have to ask. Whether the surprise assassination of count mirbach and the revolt of the left SRs on July 6th played any role in the decision making isn't clear, but it is worth noting that a loyal cheka officer had already taken over command of the house of special purpose on July 4th before all that went down. Then on July 16th, it was communicated from yakitori Borg back to Moscow that plans were in place, and due to prevailing military circumstances, those circumstances being that the Czechoslovak legion was surrounding them and the city would soon fall, that they were prepared to go ahead with, you know what? As soon as Moscow transmitted a confirmation order. Now before we go on, we should note that while the Czechoslovak legion was advancing, and they would capture yekaterinburg in a week. Trains had obviously been going back and forth to Moscow, no problem right through the first week of July. So it's really not the case that no gee whiz evacuating the family is just impossible. Now maybe it was impossible by July 16th, but if they had wanted to, they could have moved the family at any point before that. If they had wanted to. So we know from everything that happens next that the requested confirmation order from Moscow came in that very night of July 16th. Now there is no documentary evidence for this order. There is no piece of paper hiding in any archive out there proving that the central committee of the Communist Party in Moscow gave the order to execute the romanovs. But as we'll discuss here in a second, the conclusion to be drawn is not that they didn't order the execution, but that they destroyed all evidence that they ordered the execution. After receiving this confirmation, the cheka officer commanding the house of special purpose ordered the romanovs and their last few servants rousted after midnight. They were told there had been some shooting in town, and that they were all going to move to the basement for their safety. The family had no reason to doubt this story and complied. So at some point, after one in the morning on what was now technically July 17th, 1918, 11 people assembled in the basement of the house. Nicholas, Alexandra, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei, plus their doctor and three remaining servants. The room was not very large. It was like 15 feet by 20 feet, with only a single small window. Still not suspecting anything. They requested two chairs be brought down one for Alexa and one for Alexandra, a request that was granted. Then suddenly, the checker commander entered the small room flanked by ten men all armed with revolvers. Without any warning or ceremony, he pulled out a piece of paper and read a death sentence. Nicholas could only respond what? What? Before the check a commander shot him point blank in the chest, killing him instantly. Alexandra attempted to cross herself, but was similarly shot point blank and died instantly. Unfortunately, their shockingly quick deaths made them the lucky ones. Each of the executioners had been assigned a different person to kill, but when they entered the room, most of them were not standing directly across from their assigned victim..

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"yekaterinburg" Discussed on Revolutions

Revolutions

02:50 min | 1 year ago

"yekaterinburg" Discussed on Revolutions

"Demonstrating either the indecision of the leaders back in Moscow, or that they had maybe already secretly made their decision and just weren't ready to act yet. Nicholas and Alexandra would not continue on to Moscow. They would remain in the house of special purpose for the time being. And we now know that for the time being, meant for the rest of their short lives. As they sat in the House of special purpose, the world exploded all around them. The Czechoslovak legions went into revolt at shalya binks on May 14th, which was a pretty big deal locally as Johnny minks was just a 130 miles south of yekaterinburg. But it didn't immediately change anything. The imperial couple was neither hastily transferred to Moscow, nor sent back to the railroad list to bosque. In fact, on May 23rd, the rest of the children completed their own journey and joined their parents. All the romanovs, plus their last remaining handful of servants, were now together again under one roof. Their days of easy house arrest, however, were now over. The house of special purpose operated on prison rules. A large wooden palisade was built around the entire house to prevent anyone from seeing in or out. Then to prevent any kind of communication, the windows were painted over with whitewash. The family was guarded round the clock by guards both inside the house and outside patrolling the ground. They could only leave their chambers for meals, and were even followed into the bathroom. Now, despite the constant hostile surliness of the guards, the officers in charge did seem intent on preventing any overt abuses. On the diaries of Nicholas and Alexandra, both indicate their conditions were stifling and uncomfortable, but not necessarily cruel and abusive. Nicholas finally sat down and read war and peace for the first time. By mid June 1918, however, the situation for the reds in the Ural region grew into a foreign crisis. That SR group down in Samara had just declared itself the valid government to the constituent assembly backed up by the Czechoslovak legions, who now pretty much controlled the entire trans Siberian railway. The Cossacks and volunteer army were on the march in the south, the communist outposts and the Euros were in danger of being completely cut off. At some point in the midst of all this, Lenin and the other leading communists shifted away from the idea of staging a great big show trial and towards the idea of just tying up loose ends the old fashioned way. The final decision appears to have been made in the first week of July 1918. The most influential leader of the Euro communists had come to Moscow for the 5th Congress of Soviets, and he was among the more forceful advocates for just doing it and being done with it. Doing it and being done with what, you might ask?.

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"yekaterinburg" Discussed on Revolutions

Revolutions

05:34 min | 1 year ago

"yekaterinburg" Discussed on Revolutions

"Brought Nicholas back to Moscow. It might spark an uncontrollable lynch mob. It might spark an uncontrollable uprising to set him free. Well, maybe not. But without any real pressure to come up with a final plan, the people's commissars procrastinated, and they set the decision aside for another day. The pressure to come up with a final plan ultimately started building from local circumstances east of the Ural Mountains. In February, a Congress of Soviets from the Ural region convened in the major industrial city of yekaterinburg, which elected a Bolshevik dominated executive committee. The Ural Bolsheviks tended to be more hard line and radical than their comrades in Moscow, and they were also more immediately annoyed that bloody Nicholas and his family were allowed to just hang out in their backyard like nothing had ever happened. They started petitioning Moscow to transfer the romanovs to yekaterinburg, where they would be held in the kind of real prison they deserved. This was a matter of some delicacy for the central committee back in Moscow, because they were aware many of their comrades in the urals were itching to answer the question of what to do about the romanovs with a few well placed bullets. The central committee of the party in Moscow wasn't sure that's what they wanted to happen, but they also didn't want to cause any schisms with the Ural Bolsheviks nor provoke them into doing something they'd all later regret. Pressure mounted further when red guard detachments finally arrived in tobolsk in late March. The problem being that the red guards were not on the same page. One group of about 250 were sent from yekaterinburg, while another 400 arrived representing the rival city of omsk. Neither detachment was particularly disciplined nor were they interested in subordinating themselves to the other's authority. Meanwhile, the guard units at the governor's palace were getting awfully restless because their wages hadn't been paid for an obnoxiously long time. With reports about all this in hand, Moscow finally appointed a guy called vasili Kafka, to go take command of the whole situation..

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"yekaterinburg" Discussed on No Agenda

No Agenda

07:58 min | 1 year ago

"yekaterinburg" Discussed on No Agenda

"I do like the punchiness of it. It's very punchy. And then La La Land. I think I'm talking to you as the night it's really punchy. I'm talking to you when you please pay attention. What? I think we should use that. I like that one. That's good. It's good. Hey, there's no end of show mixes. I mean, I have wife. I'm going to play to, but it's quite remarkable. I know in the pre show. Those were old. Those were just old ones I pulled out. No one was quite good. I liked a lot. Would you remember which one it was? It was the second to the last a second to the last I think it was a it was catchy. It was one of these toe tappers. Yeah, that kind of helps me. I told you. I don't remember what I put in there. I got some classics. Two short classics lined up for, so that would be good. You got anything to play. I said, what time do we get? Oh, man, it's time to go. Yeah, I got a couple things. Let's get these out of the way. I've got well, let's just play this because this is like a baffling story and no one's picking up on. They're always bitching and learning about Russia, but yet we've got this Russia situation that nobody wants to discuss in any detail or explain. Russians trying to get visas to come to the U.S. are now having to apply in other countries as NPR's Michelle kalman explains the U.S. embassy in Moscow is only able to provide very basic services. A top State Department official is sounding frustrated with the lack of progress in talks with Russia over the embassy. The official who asked not to be named, says the U.S. is getting to the point where it will just have a caretaker presence in Russia. The consulates in Vladivostok and yekaterinburg have been shuttered. The U.S. is no longer allowed to employ local Russian staff and the mission has shrunk from about 1200 to just a 120 over the past several years. Russia has just over 400 diplomats in the U.S., including at its delegation to the United Nations in New York. Yeah, we're equaling out the spy count. Hello. Yeah, but let me get a new place to get a Visa. I mean, come on. Yeah? Well, you know, it's hard to get passports and visas period and I guess at any embassy. Supply chain issues, man. We've got no passport paper. Or something. All right. I think I can close with that. All right, I'll close with a supercut then. How about that? This is this is just a supercut to scare everybody in America. This is the media. Reporting and or commenting I should say on angry parents at school board meetings. And the backstory to this is that the national association of school boards sent a letter to the attorney general Merrick Garland and said, hey, man, these are like terrorists, these parents are terrorists. Clarify that a little bit. It was the head of the national school board association, and it wasn't approved by anybody else who was just some douchebag progressive that runs the place. And it was sent to Joe Biden to send to Garland. Correct. And many school boards have now withdrawn from the association altogether, but the media responded perfectly. Violent looking angry, spewing parents outside of these schools. Individuals intent on creating chaos for the sake of creating chaos. These actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism. This becomes a security crisis in a sense for the nation. It may also mobilize even more law enforcement to be of these meetings. It is dangerous to our children when the parents themselves are the school bullies. I think one of the worst things is the actions at the board meetings the calling of names, you know, tyrant. Marxist. Communist. We've never seen anything. Like we're seeing at these school boards now. What on earth has happened in this country? Sometimes they're not even talking. They are yelling and creating chaos. Things have become so scary at these meetings. I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach new laws may be necessary. There's always the possibility that people will face criminal prosecution for this kind of conduct. The FBI and federal law enforcement is tailor made for that kind of national level coordination with state and local police. The attorney general has put out a letter, they will take actions they take. What does it mean that something that is generally boring and neutral? Like a school board meeting has become a locus for violence. If you look at the rage, the anger you think. What is this doing to the children in those homes? Working with the local school boards to determine the curriculum for our schools. You don't want parents coming in and every different culture. And they want to shut down our schools and move kids over to charter schools and private schools without the oversight of the state. And that's wrong. I love that. This serious. You can't educate your children without oversight from the state? Well, this is the big point of a difference in the Virginia gubernatorial lecture which takes place on Tuesday. I believe next week. Where the idiot governor, who is a Democrat, came out and literally said I have a clip for the show. Literally said, you shouldn't have anything to do with your parent. The parents should have nothing to do with the education of their children. Should be done by the state. It's beautiful. I can't believe it. And he said it wasn't just wasn't a gaffe. No. No, he meant, of course not. He meant it. So just because you brought him up, the guy who was running against the incumbent, what's his name again? The guy was running against the he was running for governor. Yeah, I can't Republican. I don't know his name. Yeah. Well, I wrote it down and now I can't find it. The reason why I couldn't remember his name either, I looked it up. I'm a young kid, young kid is his name. Young and young. Do you know what he did for 25 years and certainly the last 15? Podcaster? CEO of the Carlyle group. Now, let's just put a guy like that. How about everyone's oh yes, he's the savior. Hello, Carlyle group. They were the black rock before BlackRock. Yeah. Carlyle group was always, it was always like, oh, that's the kid. Republicans find someone to run against these douchebags. That is not corrupt in some basic way. He said, oh, I'm resigning. I've had 25 years of service. And now I want to help out my community. Boom, governor. Now he may have he may have a better, whatever. He may have found the light but stills. Like, wow, man. And is that ever mentioned? Successful businessman. Hello, CEO of the Carlyle group is a little above that. But speaking of successful and legitimate businessmen, sir Jean and Dario will be going live right after this show where the brand new podcast, they're doing it live on the stream and they would do a stream dot com. Expect plenty of KGB disinformation from that. And then just to top it off to make Sundays even more fun on the stream, bowl after bowl episode one 11 going live. It's a bonanza. And I'm coming to you from the heart of Texas hill country. Firmly located here in fema region number 6 in.

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"yekaterinburg" Discussed on No Agenda

No Agenda

07:48 min | 1 year ago

"yekaterinburg" Discussed on No Agenda

"To you as the night it's really punchy. I'm talking to you when you please pay attention. What? I think we should use that. I like that one. That's good. It's good. Hey, there's no end of show mixes. I mean, I have wife. I'm going to play to, but it's quite remarkable. I know in the pre show. Those were old. Those were just old ones I pulled out. No one was quite good. I liked a lot. Would you remember which one it was? It was the second to the last a second to the last I think it was a it was catchy. It was one of these toe tappers. Yeah, that kind of helps me. I told you. I don't remember what I put in there. I got some classics. Two short classics lined up for, so that would be good. You got anything to play. I said, what time do we get? Oh, man, it's time to go. Yeah, I got a couple things. Let's get these out of the way. I've got well, let's just play this because this is like a baffling story and no one's picking up on. They're always bitching and learning about Russia, but yet we've got this Russia situation that nobody wants to discuss in any detail or explain. Russians trying to get visas to come to the U.S. are now having to apply in other countries as NPR's Michelle kalman explains the U.S. embassy in Moscow is only able to provide very basic services. A top State Department official is sounding frustrated with the lack of progress in talks with Russia over the embassy. The official who asked not to be named, says the U.S. is getting to the point where it will just have a caretaker presence in Russia. The consulates in Vladivostok and yekaterinburg have been shuttered. The U.S. is no longer allowed to employ local Russian staff and the mission has shrunk from about 1200 to just a 120 over the past several years. Russia has just over 400 diplomats in the U.S., including at its delegation to the United Nations in New York. Yeah, we're equaling out the spy count. Hello. Yeah, but let me get a new place to get a Visa. I mean, come on. Yeah? Well, you know, it's hard to get passports and visas period and I guess at any embassy. Supply chain issues, man. We've got no passport paper. Or something. All right. I think I can close with that. All right, I'll close with a supercut then. How about that? This is this is just a supercut to scare everybody in America. This is the media. Reporting and or commenting I should say on angry parents at school board meetings. And the backstory to this is that the national association of school boards sent a letter to the attorney general Merrick Garland and said, hey, man, these are like terrorists, these parents are terrorists. Clarify that a little bit. It was the head of the national school board association, and it wasn't approved by anybody else who was just some douchebag progressive that runs the place. And it was sent to Joe Biden to send to Garland. Correct. And many school boards have now withdrawn from the association altogether, but the media responded perfectly. Violent looking angry, spewing parents outside of these schools. Individuals intent on creating chaos for the sake of creating chaos. These actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism. This becomes a security crisis in a sense for the nation. It may also mobilize even more law enforcement to be of these meetings. It is dangerous to our children when the parents themselves are the school bullies. I think one of the worst things is the actions at the board meetings the calling of names, you know, tyrant. Marxist. Communist. We've never seen anything. Like we're seeing at these school boards now. What on earth has happened in this country? Sometimes they're not even talking. They are yelling and creating chaos. Things have become so scary at these meetings. I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach new laws may be necessary. There's always the possibility that people will face criminal prosecution for this kind of conduct. The FBI and federal law enforcement is tailor made for that kind of national level coordination with state and local police. The attorney general has put out a letter, they will take actions they take. What does it mean that something that is generally boring and neutral? Like a school board meeting has become a locus for violence. If you look at the rage, the anger you think. What is this doing to the children in those homes? Working with the local school boards to determine the curriculum for our schools. You don't want parents coming in and every different culture. And they want to shut down our schools and move kids over to charter schools and private schools without the oversight of the state. And that's wrong. I love that. This serious. You can't educate your children without oversight from the state? Well, this is the big point of a difference in the Virginia gubernatorial lecture which takes place on Tuesday. I believe next week. Where the idiot governor, who is a Democrat, came out and literally said I have a clip for the show. Literally said, you shouldn't have anything to do with your parent. The parents should have nothing to do with the education of their children. Should be done by the state. It's beautiful. I can't believe it. And he said it wasn't just wasn't a gaffe. No. No, he meant, of course not. He meant it. So just because you brought him up, the guy who was running against the incumbent, what's his name again? The guy was running against the he was running for governor. Yeah, I can't Republican. I don't know his name. Yeah. Well, I wrote it down and now I can't find it. The reason why I couldn't remember his name either, I looked it up. I'm a young kid, young kid is his name. Young and young. Do you know what he did for 25 years and certainly the last 15? Podcaster? CEO of the Carlyle group. Now, let's just put a guy like that. How about everyone's oh yes, he's the savior. Hello, Carlyle group. They were the black rock before BlackRock. Yeah. Carlyle group was always, it was always like, oh, that's the kid. Republicans find someone to run against these douchebags. That is not corrupt in some basic way. He said, oh, I'm resigning. I've had 25 years of service. And now I want to help out my community. Boom, governor. Now he may have he may have a better, whatever. He may have found the light but stills. Like, wow, man. And is that ever mentioned? Successful businessman. Hello, CEO of the Carlyle group is a little above that. But speaking of successful and legitimate businessmen, sir Jean and Dario will be going live right after this show where the brand new podcast, they're doing it live on the stream and they would do a stream dot com. Expect plenty of KGB disinformation from that. And then just to top it off to make Sundays even more fun on the stream, bowl after bowl episode one 11 going live. It's a bonanza. And I'm coming to you from the heart of Texas hill country. Firmly located here in fema region number 6.

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"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:29 min | 1 year ago

"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"The industry is paying lip service to using greener technologies while continuing to drill for oil and oppose climate change legislation Deirdre Walsh and PR news the capital Russian nationals seeking visas to enter the United States must file their applications in other countries as impairs Michelle Kellerman reports the U.S. embassy in Moscow is only able to provide very basic services A top State Department official is sounding frustrated with the lack of progress in talks with Russia over the embassy The official who asked not to be named says the U.S. is getting to the point where it will just have a caretaker presence in Russia The consulates in Vladivostok and yekaterinburg have been shuttered The U.S. is no longer allowed to employ local Russian staff and the mission has shrunk from about 1200 to just a 120 over the past several years Russia has just over 400 diplomats in the U.S. including at its delegation to the United Nations in New York Michelle Kellerman and PR news the State Department In world financial markets Asian markets were lower by the close the nikkei and Japan down 1% the hang sang down three tenths of a percent This is NPR This has WNYC in New York at 6 O four good morning on Michael hill We've given up a couple of degrees this morning now 49 and clear in Central Park a high of 57 and turning cloudy today New York attorney general letitia James is expected to announce she's running for governor three people familiar with her plans till The Associated Press James will campaign for the democratic nomination for governor next year She is expected to announce her decision soon the Brooklyn native served in the city council and as public advocate before becoming state AG two years ago this year her investigation into sexual harassment by former governor Andrew Cuomo led to his resignation Current governor Cathy hoka a Democrat has said she plans to run to keep her job next year for the Republicans Long Island congressman Lee zeldin Andrew Giuliani and former Westchester county executive rob astorino have announced their plans to seek the office as well Governor hoku says she is not planning to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for children for now but she's not ruling out the possibility in the future If I start seeing infection rate going up hospitalizations going up more children being affected I will have no choice But right now the numbers are good you get the kids voluntarily.

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"yekaterinburg" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

08:12 min | 1 year ago

"yekaterinburg" Discussed on KCRW

"From NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm Ari Shapiro. And I'm Audie Cornish. Tomorrow 440,000 unemployed workers in the U. S will lose some or all of their federal pandemic benefits. Those benefits include the extra $300 a week on top of regular unemployment money, along with benefits that covered freelancers and part time in gig workers. 26 states all but one Republican led are cutting short federal pandemic aid this summer. Nebraska is one of the eight states where those changes take effect tomorrow. Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts is here now to talk more about that. Welcome to the program. Thank you very much, Audie. I appreciate you having me on just so people have some context here. The unemployment rate in your state has been dropping for more than a year. It's tied for lowest in the nation at 2.8%. So what's the rush to end these benefits now? Why not just let them expire? Well, we are essentially letting them expire by ending our emergency here in Nebraska. So what? We've worked well, you're cutting it off sooner than when they would X set to expire. So they're set to expire in September. You're doing it now, which means 15,000. Nebraskans will lose benefits tomorrow. Yes. Here. As you pointed out, we have the lowest unemployment rate in the country and we have related for the last year and a half. And if you look at our state generally, we're returning to normalcy. We're hosting the U. S swim trials Right now. We've got the college World series at Phil Octopussy coming up here later this month. Carter books is going to be here with 90,000 fans. We actually also have analyzed our numbers here. We can see that There's two jobs available for every one person on unemployment right now. And that 51% of the folks on unemployment are actually making more money. Now, with that $300 a week And they were pre pandemic. So we're our state is ready to transition back into normalcy. And so this is just part of our transition back to normalcy. Economists have also pointed to the lack of child care in keeping some parents from getting back to work again with benefits, said to expire in September. Why not let it keep going to the school year starts back up again, and people have that support. Well, one of the others. We know that some of the assistance out there is things like childcare tax credits. I've had anecdotal stories of middle class families that think they're going to get a benefit of 10 or $20,000 through those tax credits. We also have seen so I'm sorry. Just so I'm clear you're saying anecdotes that that say that people perceive something that's going to happen That isn't going to happen. Well, no personnel perceive that there because of the child tax credits that are out there. They're going to receive a benefit from that. So there's other. My point is, there's other forms of assistance out there that are going to be quite significant. And another data point that we have is that we have a rental assistance program here again part of the federal relief package that is worth about $158 million, however. We only have about $4 million of that which represents about 2.5% That's been awarded so far. So again another indicator here that we're ready to return back to normalcy. You're describing an economy you say that's ready to open you are describing also benefits It sounds like you're arguing that are essentially too high. Is that what I'm hearing? Well, well, Certainly, I believe that if you that employers should pay what the market is demanding, But I also don't believe the government should be in competition with those employers for the workforce. So we're at $9 an hour in Nebraska. Is it the case that the you guys aren't meeting the market right that potentially wages are too low and therefore people aren't going back. Well, I think if you talk to most employers here, there's probably very, very few people who are paying $9 an hour unless it's probably a high school student. And even then, I'd be surprised if they were paying $9 an hour again. Because the mark, what do you think they're paying at this point? Well, most employers I talked to even for some of these starting jobs are paying $10 an hour to start with, and that's for again. Canada High School kids are coming into right, but both would be lower than the 15 people perceive as a quote unquote living wage. Well again. Living wage is different across the country, so you can't really apply that here in Nebraska and is one of the things that we offer. Folks who are on unemployment is our job coaches and we not only do that for our folks on unemployment, but for example, our families on snap. And we have great success in helping people get that next best job. And so that's what we really want to encourages people getting back to work getting that next best job because that's the best long term strategy. For people and, uh, you know their families as well as the health for our economy. It was just a minute left. 46% of Nebraskans are fully vaccinated. Is that enough to get people back to work? Absolutely. If you look at where we are here in our state, we've got 33 people in the hospital right now, with the coronavirus. That's less than 1% of our overall hospital capacity. That's the lowest that we've tracked since we started keeping track of these numbers. You can look look at our other statistics with regard to cases per 100,000. I think the national average is around four where it 1.5. I think as far as hospitalizations per 100,000 national average is like 6.5 were at two and a quarter. So Nebraska really quickly as well as the curve As far as getting through this pandemic, and like I said, we're ready to return to normalcy. That's Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska. Republican. Thank you so much for your time. Great. Thank you very much for having on At the U. S. Russia Summit this week, Presidents Putin and Biden agreed on one small, practical step to restore normal relations. They are sending their ambassadors back to Moscow and Washington. But there's a long way to go to have functioning embassies as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports. Years of tit for tat expulsions have taken a toll on the U. S and Russian embassies. The U. S no longer has any fully operational consulates outside of Moscow and is under pressure to fire all of its locally hired staff. National security adviser Jake Sullivan says it was one of the issues Biden raised with Putin at their summit in Geneva. President Biden made the point that we each need effectively functioning diplomatic missions. In our respective capitals in order to manage this relationship, Sullivan says Putin was forward leaning on this. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the two presidents did agree that these problems must be resolved historical food, she that's possible only if the two sides take synchronized and proportionate steps, Lavrov told reporters today. He suggested that the Obama administration started this by seizing six Russian diplomatic properties. Back in 2016. That was after the U. S accused Russia of interfering in its elections and using those properties to spy. John Tefft, who was U S ambassador in Moscow at the time, says there were problems before that. It didn't just start 2016 went during my time as ambassador there, as you know, we had unbelievable amounts of harassment. To the point. I think most people felt that they haven't seen that since sometime back in the Cold War, TEF says. Then Secretary of State John Kerry raised it at the highest levels. The only way to get any kind of results at all was to go actually to Putin himself. To try to, uh, get decisions done into to rein in some of the more extreme people, but the downward spiral continued the US shutdown. Russia's consulate in San Francisco, Russia shut down the U. S Consulate in ST Petersburg and on and on this trend worries Dan Russell of former U. S diplomat who now runs the US Russia Business Council, which promotes trade and investment. These diplomatic missions are a key part of the glue, uh to hopefully try to get to a better place where the two societies um have for your exchanges, and there's more mutual understanding in the future. Russell says. Tourists, students business people all need visas, so they need working embassies and consulates in both countries. But the consulate that he once ran in Yekaterinburg is currently not issuing visas. All operations at the consulate in Vladimir, A stock in Russia's Far East remain suspended. And the embassy in Moscow has limited services. Michele Kelemen NPR NEWS Washington.

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"yekaterinburg" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

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