Russians protest, flee country as Putin’s military mobilization begins; Blinken urges end to nuclear threats

This post was originally published on this siteRussia’s partial military mobilization aimed at slowing Ukraine’s high-octane counteroffensive was in full swing Thursday.     

US has privately warned Russia of consequences of using a nuclear weapon

This post was originally published on this siteThe U.S. has privately been warning the Kremlin for months of consequences if they use a nuclear weapon in their conflict with Ukraine, according to officials. Anonymous officials told The Washington Post that the White House has publicly been purposefully vague about what those consequences would be in […]

Hundreds detained at anti-mobilization protests in Russia: rights group

This post was originally published on this siteAt least 876 protesters have been detained in 38 cities across Russia as protests swept the country on Wednesday following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decree to call up more Russians to fight in Ukraine. Around 337 protesters were detained in the capital of Moscow, according to the independent human […]

2022 midterm primary turnout exceeded 2018. What does this mean for November?

The 2022 primary season is all but in the books. Intraparty contests in Delaware, New Hampshire and Rhode Island wrapped up this past week, so all that’s left is Louisiana on Election Day in November and its unique jungle primary system.

Fed expected to raise interest rate today: Here’s how it could hit your wallet and portfolio

This post was originally published on this siteThe Fed is expected to raise rates by at least 75 basis points. Every consumer rate from auto and home loans to savings and credit card will follow.     

House to consider bill aimed at preventing another January 6

The House on Wednesday is set to consider legislation introduced by GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California to make it harder to overturn a certified presidential election in the future by proposing changes to the Electoral Count Act.

Putin announces ‘partial mobilization’ of 300,000 Russian reservists to fight in Ukraine

Russian media on Wednesday broadcast a pre-recorded speech from Russian President Vladimir Putin announcing a “partial mobilization” of military reservists for his war in Ukraine, effective immediately. “Only citizens who are currently in the reserve will be subject to conscription, and above all, those who served in the armed forces have a certain military specialty and relevant experience,” he said. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, speaking after Putin, said about 300,000 reservists will be called up. 
Shoigu tried to “dampen down the fears of Russian men across the country about this sudden ‘partial mobilization’ to Ukraine,” BBC Eastern Europe correspondent Sarah Rainsford writes. But despite his assurances, “the war that many Russians have been trying, largely, to ignore, has now been brought much closer to home for tens of thousands of them and their families.”
Russia’s stock market took a tumble after Putin’s announcement, and Russians started searching online for ways to get out of the country as rumors of the speech spread Tuesday.
Putin’s mobilization bombshell capped a speech in which he blamed the West for his invasion, welcomed the upcoming “referendums” in four Russian-controlled regions of Ukraine, and threatened NATO countries with nuclear retaliation. “When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal — this is not a bluff,” he said. “Those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the prevailing winds can turn in their direction.”
“The threat is clear,” The Economist’s Oliver Carroll tweeted. “‘We will annex Ukrainian territories with bombs and referenda. If you try to take them back, we reserve the right to nuke you.’ Fundamentally, doesn’t change much on the battlefield. The aim, I’d suggest, is to test Western support of Ukraine.”
“Putin’s breaking of his own promise not to mobilize parts of his population” is an “admission that his invasion is failing,” British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace responded. “No amount of threats and propaganda can hide the fact that Ukraine is winning this war, the international community are united, and Russia is becoming a global pariah.”
Besides, “it takes months to mobilize, equip, and organize new fighting forces, even if those being called up have previous military experience.” the BBC’s Paul Adam writes. “And given Russia’s catastrophic material losses, Moscow may struggle to give new units the equipment they need to fight effectively.”

Arizona judge to rule on law that would ban nearly all abortions in the state

An Arizona Superior Court judge could rule as early as Tuesday on whether a 1901 ban on nearly all abortions in that state can be enforced, a court case that has created confusion about the current law in Arizona and could energize female voters to turn out in greater numbers in the state’s hotly contested US Senate and governors races.

Fed set to accelerate fight against inflation

This post was originally published on this siteThe Federal Reserve’s fight against rising prices will accelerate Wednesday when the central bank issues another steep interest rate hike meant to quell stubborn inflation. The Federal Open Market Committee, the panel of Fed officials responsible for setting monetary policy, is on track to raise its baseline interest rate […]

Climbing Housing Costs Could Prop Up Inflation for a While

This post was originally published on this siteRents and other shelter costs are emerging as a major driver of overall consumer inflation, keeping it high at a time when many other sources are starting to ease.