5 things to know for August 23: Ukraine, Primary, Student loans, Covid-19, NASA

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1.Ukraine

The US government is urging Americans in Ukraine to leave the country immediately, warning that Russia is stepping up efforts to launch attacks against civilian infrastructure and government facilities in the coming days. The renewed US warning follows similar announcements by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other officials that Moscow may carry out intense attacks, including missile strikes, to coincide with Ukraine’s Independence Day. Ukraine on Wednesday. In parts of Ukraine, authorities banned all large gatherings between Monday and Thursday. Meanwhile, talks are underway to try to secure the release of Americans Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan from Russia, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday, adding that officials were working “with the greater urgency”.

2. Primaries

The primary season resumes today with voters in Florida, New York and Oklahoma heading to the polls. In Florida, two Democrats face off in a closely watched gubernatorial primary, and the winner will have a chance to challenge Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in November. New York voters will vote in several Democratic races today after the state’s redistricting process pushed the congressional primaries from June to August – and left some House incumbents in vulnerable positions. Oklahoma will also hold primary elections today, including the GOP contest for the Senate special election to replace Sen. Jim Inhofe when he steps down in January.

3. Student loans

The White House is considering forgiving $10,000 in student loan debt for borrowers earning less than $125,000, according to sources familiar with the discussions. In addition to student loan debt forgiveness for people who fall below a certain income level, administration officials have also recently discussed the possibility of additional forgiveness for subsets. population specific. The announcement could come as early as Wednesday, but it’s unclear if a final decision on details or timing has been made. The White House is also expected to vote in the coming days on whether to further extend the current pause on federal student loan repayments, which is set to expire Aug. 31.

4.Covid-19

Pfizer and BioNTech have submitted their request to the FDA for emergency use authorization of their updated Covid-19 vaccine recall that specifically targets the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of Omicron. If approved, the updated vaccine could be available to the public in early to mid-September, White House officials say. The new booster, which was designed for use in people aged 12 and older, demonstrated a “strong neutralizing antibody response” against various variants of Omicron, the companies said, citing preclinical data. A clinical study should start this month. Separately, Dr. Anthony Fauci announced on Monday that he was stepping down from government office in December after decades as the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

5.NASA

NASA’s historic Artemis I rocket is ready to launch to the Moon and back. After a review on Monday, the Artemis team received the “go” to launch the Orion rocket and spacecraft on Monday. This will be NASA’s first return to the moon in 50 years. Once launched, the uncrewed spacecraft will orbit the moon, traveling 1.3 million kilometers in 42 days. Artemis I will dive in the Pacific Ocean off San Diego on October 10, according to NASA. Orion’s return will be faster and hotter than any spacecraft has ever experienced on its way back to Earth. This mission will launch NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to get humans back to the moon and land the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface by 2025 – and pave the way for exploration human from Mars.

BROWSE

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NUMBER OF THE DAY

1,485

That’s the number of US flights that were canceled nationwide on Monday, according to the flight tracking website. FlightAware. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was particularly hard hit after hundreds of flights to and from the area were canceled due to heavy rains and flooding. The main flood threat will begin to subside in the region today as storms move east toward Louisiana and Mississippi.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“This case has captured the attention of the American public.”

– Former President Donald Trump’s legal team, asking a federal judge to appoint a “special master” — a third-party attorney — to ensure the Justice Department returns all of Trump’s private documents seized during the search of his Mar-a-Lago residence he two weeks ago. According to the new lawsuit filed on Monday, the former president argues his constitutional rights were violated and there may have been seizures of privileged documents. The new lawsuit marks the first legal filing by Trump’s team after FBI agents conducted their search Aug. 8.

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AND FINALLY

Take a virtual vacation to Egypt

This high definition video of Egypt can actually make you feel like you are visiting the pyramids and temples. Enjoy! (Click here to see)

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