Russia has said China is largely "in agreement" over Ukraine, after other world powers condemned Moscow for sending troops into the country.
Senate Republicans blocked legislation Thursday that would have expanded federal healthcare and education programs for veterans, saying the $24 billion bill would bust the budget. The legislation had previously cleared a procedural vote on Tuesday by a 99-0 vote. The bill's chief sponsor, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, said he hoped senators would, "rise above the day-to-day rancor and the party politics that we see on this floor almost every single day," and support a law affecting 22 million veterans, including more than 2 million who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
There were fistfights in Parliament today. That's lost in all of this. Most of President Viktor Yanukoyvch's party has fled the country, but the rest are still punching. Officials are resigning left and right. Kiev's mayor left his post claiming he'll try to "take personal responsibility for the livelihood of the city." Some believe this means he'll try to beat back the police and take on Yanukovych himself, but no one really knows.
Recently, our nation's financial chieftains have been feeling a little unloved. Venture capitalists are comparing the persecution of the rich to the plight of Jews at Kristallnacht, Wall Street titans are saying that they're sick of being beaten up, and this week, a billionaire investor, Wilbur Ross, proclaimed that "the 1 percent is being picked on for political reasons."
The most important being this: our legal system in many states incentivizes people to shoot first. When you combine Stand Your Ground laws with the implicit racism that still permeates American society, we end up with tragic events. Recognizing this disturbing reality is the first step in changing it.