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WASHINGTON – Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden’s nominee to the Supreme Court, faced off Democratic and Republican senators on Monday for the first in a marathon series of hearings that will determine whether she will make history as the first Black female justice on the high court. 

While the real fireworks are likely to be on display Tuesday and Wednesday – when senators will question the judge directly – opening statements showed that lines of support and objection are already being drawn up.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee emphasized Jackson’s role in the greater history of the Supreme Court, which has never had a Black woman as a justice.

“You, Judge Jackson, can be the first,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin said, noting that being first isn’t always easy. “Today is a proud day for America.”



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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.

Naomi Ogutu

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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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