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Supreme Court pick Ketanji Brown Jackson may face fireworks at hearing

Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman nominated for a seat on the Supreme Court, faces the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday for the first in what will be a whirlwind week of hearings. If confirmed, Jackson would be the 116th justice and the first Black woman seated on the nation’s highest court in its 233-year-history. While Jackson’s confirmation wouldn’t change the ideological makeup of the court, her background as a former federal public defender and a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission may have a big influence. But first, Jackson, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, has to navigate the kind of politics jurists generally like to avoid. Monday’s hearing will be all talk and no questions, with senators – and Jackson herself – offering carefully scripted opening statements that may offer some clues about how the next few days will go. 

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas hospitalized

Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas remains hospitalized Monday while being treated for an infection, court officials said. Thomas, the most senior associate justice on the high court, is being treated with intravenous antibiotics, the court said, and his symptoms are improving. The Supreme Court said Thomas was admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., on Friday after experiencing flu-like symptoms, and expects to be released in a day or two. Thomas did not have COVID-19, the court said. Court officials said Thomas intends to take part in considering cases through court records and recordings of oral argument for the days he cannot be there in person or remotely. 

Biden to host call with European leaders on Ukraine, Russia

President Joe Biden will host a call Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “discuss their coordinated responses to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine,” the White House said. The call among the world leaders will precede Biden’s planned trip to Europe this week where he will stop at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, and then travel Friday to Poland. It will also come after the pounding of Mariupol intensified Sunday, and as Russia’s bloody assault on Ukraine waded deeper into its fourth week. The Mariupol city council accused the Russian military of bombing an art school where about 400 people had taken shelter. The Ukraine government estimates that 2,300 people have died in the ongoing siege of Mariupol alone.

Police still searching for suspect in shooting that left 1 dead, 28 injured

One person was in custody and a search was underway for another shooter Monday after a rampage at a southeast Arkansas car show left at least one person dead and 28 wounded, police said. An organizer said the car show was one of several events held Saturday to promote non-violence in Dumas, a town of less than 5,000 people about 90 miles south of Little Rock. Six children under the age of 11, including two toddlers, were brought to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, and five had been released, Arkansas State Police Colonel Bill Bryant said Sunday. Bryant identified the fatal victim as 23-year-old Cameron Shaffer of Jacksonville, Arkansas. Dumas Police Chief Keith Finch said the car show was in full swing when “multiple gunmen began shooting.” 

Crime scene tape lies on the ground, Sunday, March 20, 2022 at the scene where a shooting that left over 20 injured and one dead occurred Saturday night in Dumas, Ark. (Staci Vandagriff/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

No. 1 Seed NC State, No. 2 Seed UConn both in action in women’s NCAA tournament

The Round of 32 in the women’s NCAA tournament wraps up Monday, with powerhouses such as No. 1 seed N.C. State and No. 2 seed UConn both hoping to punch tickets to the Sweet 16. The top-seeded Wolfpack will face off against No. 9 seed Kansas State at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN. N.C. State cruised to a victory in its previous game against Longwood, while Kansas State earned a 10-point win against Washington State in its first game in this tournament. Later Monday, UConn will take on No. 7 seed UCF at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Huskies will try to avoid becoming the third No. 2 seed in this year’s tournament to fall in the Round of 32, with Baylor and Iowa both losing on Sunday. 

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I'm among the rideshare drivers living in fear, demanding safer work conditions

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Uber, Lyft safety: I’m mom of three. I need to know I’ll make it home.

Uber, Lyft made safety improvements, but many of those protect riders more than drivers. But drivers are also in danger.

Naomi Ogutu is a member of Justice for App Workers.

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I’ve been a rideshare driver in New York City for six years, and I take pride in my job and helping my passengers get where they need to go safely. But my safety is not a guarantee. I’m a mom of three. I need to know that I’ll make it home to my kids at the end of each night. 

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'A bad déjà vu': Under the crush of Western sanctions, Russians fear a return to dark economic days

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Russians fear toll of sanctions triggered by Putin’s Ukraine invasion

Harsh sanctions from Western nations on Russia have reminded citizens of the country’s 1998 debt crisis.

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  • McDonalds and other American businesses have closed in Russia amid its invasion into Ukraine.
  • One expert estimates more than 200,000 Russians have left the country since the start of the war.
  • To counter economic turmoil, Putin has demand “unfriendly” countries pay for natural gas exports in rubles.

The once bustling corner of Moscow’s central Tverskaya Street looked deserted on Wednesday, as Russia’s first-ever McDonald’s franchise – opened in 1990 in a move that symbolized the Soviet Union’s opening to the West – shut its doors.

A large mural depicting a giant, Soviet-era medal – the Order of Victory, the highest military decoration awarded in World War II — loomed over over the empty sidewalk.

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