Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene defends vote against trade sanctions on Russia over Ukraine invasion
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., defended her vote on Friday against tough trade measures imposed on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, a stance that is sure to please strongman Vladimir Putin.
One of only three far-right lawmakers to oppose the measure, Greene said punishing Russia would only hurt Americans.
“(These) two bills that will do nothing to stop the war in Ukraine, but will continue to drive up inflation, cause food famines,” Greene said in a lengthy Twitter thread. “Sanctions don’t work, they just make people suffer.”
Greene recently attended a white nationalist convention where the crowd chanted their support for Putin and falsely asserted that sanctions against Russia “will do nothing to stop the war in Ukraine.”
The bill to suspend normal trade relations and ban oil imports from Russia passed by a lopsided margin of 420 to 3, with Greene joined only by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. , and Tom Massie, R-Ky. All 100 senators voted to enact the measures.
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DeSantis touting video of Lynyrd frontman Skynyrd draws election complaint
TAMPA, Fla. — Television ads for political candidates are nothing new. But how about a music video?
Governor Ron DeSantis’ re-election campaign recently released an original song and accompanying video by Johnny Van Zant, frontman of Jacksonville Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd and his brother, Donnie, titled “Sweet Florida.” The lyrics praise the governor for “calling out Dr. (Anthony) Fauci” and “fighting for the right to keep our state free.”
But that unusual campaign production is also now the subject of a Florida Elections Commission complaint, filed this week by the Democratic opposition research group American Bridge 21st Century.
In two separate complaints, the band accuses DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody of violating state law by promoting the song at an April 1 bill-signing event where they were serving in an official capacity. . Florida law prohibits elected officials from using their “official authority or influence” to “influence another person’s vote or affect the outcome.”
A disclaimer at the bottom of the video says it was paid for by DeSantis’ re-election campaign. The campaign declined to say how much it would cost.
SC man on death row has an execution date, now he must choose his method: firing squad or electric chair
COLUMBIA, SC — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Thursday issued a notice of execution for Richard Moore that set his execution date at four weeks from April 7.
If Moore, 57, is executed within a month on April 29, he will be the first person executed by the state of South Carolina since 2011.
How he would die is still uncertain. According to state law, Moore must choose his method of execution 14 days before his execution date.
The state no longer has the drugs needed to kill people by lethal injection, which was the primary method of execution when Moore was sentenced to death after being convicted of murder, assault with intent to kill, robbery armed robbery and firearms violation in 2001 in Spartanburg. County.
The state can currently kill people with the 110-year-old state electric chair or firing squad, a method the South Carolina Department of Corrections said was ready on March 18.
—State (Columbia, South Carolina)
Japan to ban Russian coal imports in surprise policy change
Japan will ban imports of Russian coal, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said, in a bold policy shift that is adding pressure on Moscow after the European Union announced its own fuel embargo.
“Russia’s cruel and inhumane actions are being exposed one after another across Ukraine,” Kishida told reporters in Tokyo on Friday, adding that Moscow must be held accountable. “We will ban imports of Russian coal.”
Japan will quickly find alternative sources and reduce imports in stages, thereby reducing dependence on Russia for energy, he added, declining to give a timetable for the move.
The coal plan signals a reversal of policy for Japan, which had previously halted the severing of energy ties with Russia due to its heavy reliance on fuel imports. Russian coal imports account for about 13% of Japan’s energy supply and are also used in steel production and the cement industry.
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