US Gives Poland ‘Green Light’ to Send Fighter Jets to Ukraine: Secretary of State

Poland, a NATO member, has been given the “green light” from the United States to send fighter jets as part of military aid to support Ukraine in its defense against the Russian invasion, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday.

“That gets a green light,” Blinken said in an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” when asked whether the Polish government, as a member of NATO, could send fighter planes to Ukraine.

“In fact, we’re talking with our Polish friends right now about what we might be able to do to backfill their needs if, in fact, they choose to provide these fighter jets to the Ukrainians. What can we do? How can we help to make sure that they get something to backfill the planes that they are handing over to the Ukrainians?” Blinken added.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield also reiterated Blinken’s remarks during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”

“We have been in close consultations with the Polish government as well as with our other NATO allies on this issue. We have not in any way opposed the Polish government providing these jets to Ukraine, and we’re working, as you noted, to see how we can backfill for them,” Thomas-Greenfield said.

When asked if U.S. fighter jets could be provided to Poland and other NATO countries, Thomas-Greenfield said officials are still discussing the issue with the Poles.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, told “Face the Nation” that she hopes Ukraine will receive fighter jets from Poland “as soon as possible.”

“We are working with our American, especially, friends and allies, on the steady supply of all the ammunition and anti-air, anti-tank, and planes to be able to effectively defend our country,” she said.

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Rafale jet fighters of the French air force patrol the airspace over Poland on March 4, 2022, as part of NATO’s surveillance system. (Nicolas Tucat/AFP via Getty Images)

Also on Sunday, Blinken said during a press conference with Moldovan President Maia Sandu that Washington has been holding discussions with Warsaw regarding a proposed three-way deal that would allow Ukraine to obtain warplanes from the country.

Under the proposed deal, Poland would provide Ukraine with its Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter jets, which it has been retiring since the early 2000s, in return for having its hangars refilled by the United States with American-made F-16s.

The Polish air force has steadily been retiring MiG-29s and instead purchasing F-16s for the past 15 years as it moves to modernize its arsenal and reduce its reliance on Russian equipment.

“We are looking actively now at the question of airplanes that Poland may provide to Ukraine and looking at how we might be able to backfill should Poland decided to use those—to supply those planes,” said Blinken. “I can’t speak to a timeline, but I can just tell you we’re looking at it very, very actively.”

Blinken added that Washington has provided security assistance to Kyiv over the past year by way of over $1 billion and continues to work with Ukrainian officials to “get an up-to-the-minute assessment of their needs.”

The discussions come as Western officials are under pressure to bolster Ukraine’s weapons and ammunition so that it can defend itself amid the Russian attack.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has previously said he needs “ammunition, not a ride,” after the United States offered him asylum after Russian troops invaded the country.

During a Zoom call on Saturday with U.S. lawmakers, Zelensky again reiterated that Ukraine needs military planes, and asked specifically for Russian-made planes, according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

“President Zelensky made a desperate plea for Eastern European countries to provide Russian-made planes to Ukraine,” Schumer said in a statement. “These planes are very much needed. And I will do all I can to help the administration to facilitate their transfer.”

Bill Pann contributed to this report.

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Michael Bloomberg Says Democrats Need ‘Course Correction’ or Will Get Wiped Out in 2022 Midterms

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends an event in New York City on Feb. 10, 2022. (Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends an event in New York City on Feb. 10, 2022. (Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is warning Democrats ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.

Bloomberg, a former Republican who backed Democrat Joe Biden in 2020, said Democrats are “headed for a wipeout in November, up and down the ballot,” unless an “immediate course correction” is implemented.

Bloomberg pointed to Republicans winning key elections in Virginia and New Jersey in 2020 as well as the recent ouster of three school board members in San Francisco, California as evidence of what could happen across the nation in the months ahead.

Voters in the liberal city overwhelmingly chose to remove Alison Collins, Gabriela Lopez, and Faauuga Moliga from the board because of the board’s repeatedly blocking efforts to reopen schools, even after the bulk of evidence signaled schools could safely open amid the COVID-19 pandemic and that virtual learning is inferior to in-person classes.

“The school board members failed to show any urgency in reopening schools even when it was clear that doing so was safe—and that remote classes were leaving students further and further behind,” Bloomberg said.

The members, who took time to vote on renaming schools while students remained unable to learn in person, “seemed more concerned with political correctness than educating children,” he added, echoing San Francisco residents who backed the recall.

Democrats need to speak out about school closures and ways to improve learning for all children, especially the worst-off, Bloomberg said, positing that Democrat Eric Adams won the New York City mayoral election in part because he addressed concerns about how education was handled by his predecessor.

“Swing voters will decide the 2022 midterm elections, and right now, polls show they are swinging away from Democrats. The earthquake that shook San Francisco needs to shake up our party, before voters do it themselves in November,” Bloomberg said.

He wrote an op-ed for Bloomberg, the media company he owns.

A number of Democrats and independents who lean left have expressed frustration with school closures and other heavy-handed policies, particularly in recent months.

Republican-led states were more likely to reopen schools after virtually every state closed them in early 2020. Republican governors were also more likely to favor fewer restrictions.

Republicans are optimistic about their chances in November, though some have warned against getting overconfident.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), on the other hand, has said she thinks Democrats will do better than expected even as she acknowledged the trend of the president’s party losing congressional seats in the midterms, including Republicans losing seats in 2018 while former President Donald Trump was in office.

“We won 40 seats in ’18, 31 in Trump districts. In this year with Trump on the ballot, we lost a third of those Trump seats. However, the people who survived in those Trump seats with Trump on the ballot are in very good shape,” Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We have decided to win and that’s what we will do.”

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The West represents 50+ percent of Global GDP, China and Russia less than 20

Countries by GDP per capita (2019)
Countries by GDP per capita (2019)

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan says he does not believe China can compensate Russia for the economic losses it would sustain from the sanctions Western nations have proposed in the event of an invasion. He noted the West represents more than 50 percent of global GDP (Gross Domestic Product), while China and Russia are less than 20 percent.

Gross Domestic Product | The total value of goods produced and services provided in a country during one year.

Occidente representa 50+ porciento del GDP Global, China y Rusia menos del 20

El Asesor de Seguridad Nacional, Jake Sullivan, dice que no cree que China pueda compensar a Rusia por las pérdidas económicas que sufriría por las sanciones que las naciones occidentales han propuesto en caso de una invasión. Señaló que Occidente representa más del 50 por ciento del GDP mundial, mientras que China y Rusia representan menos del 20 por ciento.

Producto Interno Bruto (GDP) | El valor total de los bienes producidos y los servicios prestados en un país durante un año.

Eating to Be Cancer Free

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Chris Wark and his wife Micah. (Photo courtesy of Chris Wark)

Chris Wark was given a brutal diagnosis, but he didn’t want to take the chemo path

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating news. But once you get past the shock and fear, you long for guidance and support that can put you on the path to healing.

For cancer survivor Chris Wark, his path was paved with faith and food.

Wark was only 26 when he was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. He didn’t have any science or medical background. He just had a notion that, with the right nutrition, he could heal.

“I was a very typical clueless cancer patient, and I did not know what to do,” Wark said. “I was operating mostly on instinct, intuition, and the belief that there had to be a way to recover, to heal, to increase the odds in my favor.”

It all started with a dull ache in his abdomen. Wark initially thought it might be an ulcer, but he turned to medical professionals to rule out something more serious. What they found was a golf ball-sized tumor in his large intestine. Doctors called for immediate surgery.

When Wark woke up in the hospital after surgery, his guts felt like they were going to explode, and his situation was worse than doctors anticipated. His tumor had spread to his surrounding lymph nodes. Lots of this cancerous tissue was removed during surgery, but Wark was told he would need about a year of chemotherapy to address the cancer that still remained in his body.

However, Wark began to doubt this path with his first meal served in the hospital. After having his abdomen sliced open and dozens of lymph nodes removed, he received the worst cafeteria food imaginable: a sloppy Joe.

Gazing at the loose ground meat on an institutional-grade white bun, Wark wondered why he wasn’t getting something healthier, or at least more digestible.

Wark was puzzled by what he saw as an obvious disconnect between health care and healthy food.

He asked his surgeon if he had any nutritional advice to address his abdominal cancer. “Nah, Just don’t lift anything heavier than a beer,” the surgeon replied.

Although medical experts didn’t acknowledge the influence of food, Wark still imagined he could heal his body by simply eating better. But when he shared his ideas with family and friends, they thought he was crazy, so he reluctantly went to see an oncologist.

His oncologist told him he had a 60 percent chance of getting five more years to live if he did chemotherapy. When asked if there were any alternatives, the doctor replied: “There are none. If you don’t do chemotherapy, you are insane.”

Wark committed to trying chemo and scheduled a date to start. But the closer it got to his appointment, the more apprehensive he became.

“I wanted to understand why I was sick. I wanted to get to the bottom of that mystery. I wanted to do everything in my power to help myself heal, and what I found was that the conventional medical system was not offering me any hope,” Wark said. “The idea of poisoning my way back to health made no sense to me.”

So Wark blew off his chemo appointment and prayed for guidance. Two days later, he received a book in the mail from a friend of his father. The author was a man diagnosed with colon cancer in 1976, and his story was about how he opted out of conventional treatment and managed to heal himself through diet and lifestyle. He was still alive and in good health 30 years later, and it made Wark think that the path he imagined could have some merit.

Seeking a community of like-minded individuals, Wark soon sought other books written by cancer survivors and holistic physicians telling similar tales. The common thread in all of these against-the-odds survival stories was that food proved to be a healing force. It inspired Wark to adopt a raw food diet. Just plants. All organic.

“It was back to the Garden of Eden,” Wark said. “I was only eating food straight from the earth in its pure and natural state. I never heard of a raw food diet before, but I was very intrigued and excited by this idea, and I wanted to know what would happen to my body if all I ate was raw fruits and vegetables. It was so strange and foreign and radical to me. I loved it.”

Next, Wark began looking for doctors who also saw food as a tool for healing. His mother introduced him to a clinical nutritionist, and the nutritionist referred him to a seasoned surgical oncologist—a doctor who had practiced conventional cancer treatment for years but had decided to switch to a more natural and nontoxic approach.

With the help of his team, and his own hard work, he managed to kick cancer. Eighteen years later, he remains cancer free. He recounts his journey and the limitations of conventional cancer treatment in his book “Chris Beat Cancer.” 

Wark’s story was featured on the award-winning documentary, “The C Word” and on the “Truth About Cancer” series. But he maintains that he’s neither lucky nor special, he’s just a regular guy who listened to his instincts and took massive action to help his body heal.

“I eliminated everything in my life that may have contributed to my disease,” he said.

One reason a cancer diagnosis can be so scary is the number of deaths associated with the disease. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in America, and the leading cause of death worldwide.

But cancer wasn’t always such a prevalent killer. In the early 20th century, indoor plumbing and medical advancements did a lot to bring down death rates overall. But by the end of the century, cancer deaths had mostly grown. President Richard Nixon famously called for a War on Cancer in 1970, but for decades, doctors and patients seemed to be losing the battle.

The U.S. cancer death rate peaked in 1991, but has since decreased 27 percent. The American Cancer Society credits improvements in the ways we can prevent, find, and treat cancer, but states that “the decline in the death rate is largely due to fewer people smoking.”

Wark says this detail points toward a path that more cancer patients should be encouraged to take. Those hoping to lower their risk of cancer can benefit from this path as well.

“It’s not because treatments have made these huge strides. It’s because we’ve had a massive decrease in cigarette smoking, and cigarettes are the No. 1 cause of cancer,” Wark said. “My mission is one of prevention. If we could educate the public on the diet and lifestyle choices that are causing chronic disease and the ones that will prevent chronic disease, then we can see a shift in population health.”

Wark’s own path to healing may have been a leap of faith, but he later learned that there’s plenty of science to corroborate his experience. Several years after he healed from cancer, he wanted to understand how exactly his health food path made him well.

“I wondered if my story could be a fluke. Maybe I was just lucky. Was there any science to support natural healing methods, evidenced-based nutrition, and holistic health? I learned that there was more science than I could ever read in a lifetime.”

With each study he read, Wark became increasingly inspired. He learned that the most powerful anti-cancer vegetables were the ones that he was eating every single day: garlic, onions, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and mushrooms as well as fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi, and spices like turmeric, oregano, and cayenne.

Science validates the anti-cancer properties of these foods, but the heart of the concept is common sense.

“You don’t have to have a scientific degree, be a doctor, or even have a high school diploma to understand that eating fruits and vegetables will only do you good. Exercise and forgiveness will only do you good. These are things that are so powerful that most people underestimate their value,” he said.

Wark is inspired to pass on what he’s learned to others and shine a light on the many successes found in a natural approach to cancer treatment. He is a patient advocate and has a blog detailing his journey for more than a decade. It features interviews with other cancer patients who opted for natural medicine to cure their disease and holistic doctors who provide care on this path.

The path to healing Wark describes takes a lot of dedication. Contrary to the magic bullet concept of health care, natural healing is more than one miracle herb, or a few appointments with a functional medicine physician. It’s a 24/7 lifestyle, a self-empowered mindset, and a long-term commitment.

Wark’s book is critical of the modern cancer industry and conventional cancer treatment, but he doesn’t shun patients who choose to take this road. He says the power of food is available to anyone willing to harness it.

“If you improve your immune system, you’re protecting yourself from life-threatening infectious disease and life-threatening debilitating chronic disease,” he said. “Nutrition is the ammunition for your immune system. Without nutrition, you’re fighting with no weapons, with no army.”

In addition to encouraging a better diet, Wark says the mental, emotional, and spiritual side of healing is a big, yet often overlooked, part of the practice. He mentions patients who do everything right, eat all the anti-cancer foods, do all the beneficial routines, but they still can’t seem to get better.

“They don’t address their emotional pain. They’re carrying a lot of anger, bitterness, and resentment toward people in their past. The stress produced by these unresolved emotional conflicts can outweigh anything else you do. It can be the one barrier to healing.”

Unforgiveness can be the block that stops healing, he said.

“I’m constantly encouraging everyone in our community to forgive every person who ever hurt you. Let go of anger and resentment, fear, worry, and anxiety. Embrace life, health, joy, and peace.”

Of course, confronting complex issues like these is often a lot easier said than done. But there are many examples that show it can be done.

“Cancer taught me gratitude,” Wark said. “I had to learn during the process to give my fears and worries to God, release them. To not let the fear consume my mind and my heart.”

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House Passes Controversial COMPETES Act

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 13, 2022. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 13, 2022. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

The House passed the controversial COMPETES Act in a mostly party-line 222–210 vote on Friday morning.

The bill, nominally intended to increase U.S. competitiveness with China but loaded with other, less relevant provisions, was unanimously opposed by all Republicans with the support of Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), a House moderate who has struck out a position against her party often.

Only Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who was officially censured by the RNC on Thursday for his role on the Jan. 6 Committee, voted with Democrats to pass the bill.

In a 20-page summary of the bill released to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) website, Democrats say that the bill is “a bold legislative package that makes transformational new investments in research, innovation and American manufacturing that will ensure that America can outcompete any nation in the world, now and for decades to come.”

“The package will accelerate U.S. production of critical semiconductor chips, strengthen the supply chain to make more goods in America, turbocharge our research capacity to lead the technologies of the future, and advance our global competitiveness, while supporting strong labor standards and human rights, among other key provisions,” it continues.

The release notes that the bill is one acceptable to both sides of the aisle, inasmuch as “its major components include many bills that have already passed the House by strong bipartisan votes or have bipartisan cosponsors.”

The bill indeed has several provisions that Republicans and Democrats both agree are necessary.

For instance, one section of the bill is designed to increase the United States’ extraction of semiconductor metals and manufacturing of microchips.

This is a sector that America has allowed east Asia to dominate over the past several decades. In 1990, America produced around a third of the world’s microchips; by 2021, that number had careened to only 12 percent according to the Semiconductor Energy Association (pdf).

However, other sections of the bill are far less agreed upon.

For one, the COMPETES Act would “[invest] in the fight against climate change” by “supporting research to advance the next generation of energy storage, solar, hydrogen, critical materials, fusion energy, manufacturing, carbon removal, and bioenergy technologies, among many other areas.”

Democrats are also anxious that the bill’s funding emphasizes “diversity.”

Historically, research and tech funding in the United States has been targeted to specific sectors or projects. Generally, these are carried out by already-existing agencies like NASA or the CDC, or through government-contracted third parties.

Democrats’ proposed bill would instead focus on “strengthen[ing] and expand[ing] our nation’s STEM workforce to better represent the diversity of our nation.”

To meet the goal of “investing in the fight against climate change,” the bill would “[prepare] the next generation of diverse clean energy researchers, scientists, and professionals.”

The COMPETES Act would also push to increase “diversity” among STEM teachers.

The release explains how the bill would go about meeting these “diversity” goals. It would “[empower] Federal agencies and universities to identify and lower barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women, minorities and other groups underrepresented in STEM studies and careers.”

In addition, it stipulates that agencies are required “to collect comprehensive demographic data on the grant review process and STEM faculty at U.S. universities.” It also “[p]rovides supports for grant recipients who also have caregiving responsibilities.”

Moreover, the COMPETES Act would allow for the importation of thousands of new refugees, even as the United States faces an unprecedented level of illegal immigration at its southern border.

Even more controversially, the bill would allow for a new class of “investor visa,” in short allowing the wealthiest citizens from other countries to enter the U.S. for no reason other than their wealth.

While Republicans in the House had little chance of stopping the bill in the lower chamber, where a simple majority rules, it is clear that Republicans are broadly opposed to the legislation.

In the Senate, where all legislation must achieve a 60-vote threshold to end debate and go to a simple majority floor vote, Republicans could do far more to stop the legislation. As long as 41 of the chamber’s 50 GOP senators oppose the bill, they would be able to deny Democrats the 60-vote threshold and force them back to the negotiating table.

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Wall Street Drops at Open as Facebook Outlook Sparks Tech Rout

A sign for Wall Street hangs in front of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City, on July 8, 2021. (Mark Lennihan/AP Photo)

U.S. stock indexes opened lower on Thursday, with the Nasdaq diving more than 2 percent, as Facebook-owner Meta Platforms’ dour forecast jolted the broader tech sector and threatened to upend a nascent recovery in stock markets.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 109.2 points, or 0.31 percent, at the open to 35520.08.

The S&P 500 fell 54.0 points, or 1.18 percent, at the open to 4535.41, while the Nasdaq Composite dropped 371.7 points, or 2.58 percent, to 14045.834 at the opening bell.

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Stocks Rebound but Head for Worst January Since 2016

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Stocks staged a modest rebound on Monday as traders put aside concerns about interest rate rises and the crisis in Ukraine to dip back in, but global equities are still headed for their worst January since 2016 after a bruising month.

The rise in European shares follows a late surge on Wall Street on Friday after a series of forecast-beating company earnings, including from tech giant Apple, helped stabilize investor sentiment after a series of volatile sessions.

Still, investors say the backdrop for equities remains uncertain as central banks tighten policy—the Bank of England is expected to hike rates again on Thursday—and another jolt higher in oil prices adds to inflationary worries.

By 1115 GMT, the Euro STOXX had gained 0.62 percent, the German DAX 0.64 percent, and Britain’s FTSE 100 0.1 percent.

Lunar New Year holidays made for thin trading conditions in Asia. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan closed up 0.68 percent.

S&P 500 futures pointed to a lower open while Nasdaq futures climbed 0.4 percent. The tech-heavy Nasdaq has borne the brunt of selling and is down 14 percent from a record peak last year.

The MSCI World index, while higher on Monday, remains down 6.2 percent in January—the worst start to the year since 2016. Before Friday’s rebound, the index was headed for its worst January since the global financial crisis in 2008.

“This is not the classic selloff affecting lower quality underperforming companies. This selloff is driven not by fundamentals but by the action of central banks at a time when growth is very strong,” said Flavio Carpenzano, Investment Director, Capital One Group.

“For years you were like a spoiled child, you could get all the money you wanted and for free and you could buy what you wanted, you didn’t care that much about quality. Now it’s the other way round, you have to be more disciplined so you need to look carefully at valuation.”

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The headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 12, 2016. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

The standoff over Ukraine also remains a thorn in the markets’ side, with concerns a Russian invasion would cut vital gas supplies to Western Europe. Moscow denies any plan to invade.

Oil prices reached new seven-year peaks on Friday, having climbed for six weeks straight as the political tension in Ukraine exacerbated concerns over tight energy supply.

Brent rose 0.68 percent to $90.64 a barrel on Monday, not far from Friday’s high of $91.7, while U.S. crude climbed 0.89 percent to $87.06.

In economic news, data showed eurozone economic growth slowed quarter-on-quarter in the last three months of 2021, as expected.

Data out on Sunday showed China’s factory activity slowed in January as a resurgence of COVID-19 cases and tough lockdowns hit production and demand.

Government bond yields in the United States held below recent highs while in Germany the benchmark 10-year bond yield edged back above 0 percent.

Yields have jumped this year in anticipation of a faster rate of rate rises in 2022.

Markets have swung to pricing in five hikes from the Federal Reserve this year to 1.25 percent, though investors still see rates peaking at a historically low 1.75 percent–2.0 percent.

BofA economists think that is not nearly hawkish enough and expect seven 25 basis point hikes in 2022 and another four in 2023.

“We point out that markets have underpriced Fed hikes at the start of the last two hiking cycles and we think that will be the case again,” said chief economist Ethan Harris.

As well as the Bank of England, the European Central Bank meets this week but is expected to stick to its argument that inflation will recede over time.

Big data releases this week include the ISM readings on manufacturing and services, and the January jobs report.

The headline payrolls number is expected to be soft given a surge in coronavirus cases and adverse weather. The median forecast is for a rise of just 155,000, while forecasts range from a gain of 385,000 to a drop of 250,000.

Hawkish noises from Fed Chair Jerome Powell last week bolstered the U.S. dollar, which has jumped 1.5 percent this month against a basket of its main rivals to its highest since July 2020. It was last at 97.113.

The euro has shed 1.8 percent in January to hit its weakest since June 2020. On Monday it rose 0.1 percent to $1.1163.

The dollar gained versus the safe-haven Japanese yen, rising 1.3 percent last week and another 0.2 percent on Monday to 115.51 yen.

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Blizzard Buffets East Coast With Deep Snow, Winds, Flooding

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A stranded motorist (R), gets help shoveling out his car from a passerby with a shovel in Providence, R.I., on Jan. 29, 2022. (David Goldman/AP Photo)

BOSTON—A nor’easter with hurricane-force wind gusts battered much of the East Coast on Saturday, flinging heavy snow that made travel treacherous or impossible, flooding coastlines, and threatening to leave bitter cold in its wake.

The storm thrashed parts of 10 states, with blizzard warnings that stretched from Virginia to Maine. Philadelphia and New York saw plenty of wind and snow, but Boston was in the crosshairs. The city tied its record for biggest single-day snowfall, with 23.6 inches, the National Weather Service said.

Winds gusted as high as 83 mph on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Southwest of Boston, the town of Sharon, Massachusetts, had received more than 30 inches of snow by Saturday night, while Islip, New York, and Warren, Rhode Island, both saw more than 24 inches.

The wind scoured the ground bare in some spots and piled the snow into huge drifts in others.

Forecasters watched closely for new snowfall records, especially in Boston. The Boston area’s modern snowfall record for a winter storm is 27.6 inches, set in 2003.

New York City and Philadelphia were far from setting all-time records but still saw significant snowfall, with at least 7.5 inches in New York’s Central Park and at the Philadelphia airport.

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A person cross country skis through New York’s Times Square during a snow storm on Jan. 29, 2022. (Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)

Many flights at airports serving New York, Boston and Philadelphia were canceled Saturday, according to FlightAware. More than 4,500 flights were canceled across the United States, though airports in the Northeast didn’t report evidence of mass strandings, given that the storm was anticipated and many airlines called off flights in advance.

Amtrak canceled all its high-speed Acela trains on the busy Boston-to-Washington corridor and canceled or limited other service.

In Boston, Dominic Torre was out driving his snow dump truck since the storm began overnight, picking up loads of plowed snow from the streets of and dumping it in unused parking lots known as “snow farms.” It was about time for such a big storm, he said.

“You know, we were overdue,” he said. “It’s pretty hairy, you know, a lot of snow. A lot of snow, a lot of trips, a lot of loads. And it ain’t over yet. It ain’t done yet.”

Videos on social media showed wind and waves battering North Weymouth, south of Boston, flooding streets with a slurry of frigid water. Other videos showed a street underwater on Nantucket and waves crashing against the windows of a building in Plymouth.

Over 120,000 homes and businesses lost power in Massachusetts, with failures mounting. No other states reported widespread outages.

The storm had two saving graces: Dry snow less capable of snapping trees and tearing down power lines, and its timing on a weekend, when schools were closed and few people were commuting.

Parts of 10 states were under blizzard warnings at some point: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, along with much of the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

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David Bowling (R) walks with his children as they check out the snow near amusement rides along the Ocean City Boardwalk following a snowstorm in Ocean City, Md., on Jan. 29, 2022. (Julio Cortez/AP Photo)

The National Weather Service considers a storm a blizzard if it has snowfall or blowing snow, as well as winds of at least 35 mph that reduce visibility to a quarter-mile or less for at least three hours. In many areas, Saturday’s storm met those criteria.

Rhode Island, all of which was under a blizzard warning, banned all nonemergency road travel.

In West Hartford, Connecticut, a tractor-trailer jackknifed on Interstate 84, closing several lanes. Massachusetts banned heavy trucks from interstate highways.

Ocean City, Maryland, recorded at least a foot of snow. Maryland State Police tweeted that troopers had received more than 670 calls for service and responded to over 90 crashes by midmorning.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul advised people to stay home and warned of below-zero windchills after the storm passes. The state had declared a state of emergency Friday evening.

“This is a very serious storm, very serious. We’ve been preparing for this. This could be life-threatening,” Hochul said. “It’s high winds, heavy snow, blizzard conditions—all the elements of a classic nor’easter.”

Police on Long Island said they had to help motorists stuck in the snow, and an elderly man shoveling snow died after falling into a swimming pool. In Philadelphia, few drivers ventured onto streets covered in knee-high drifts.

Hardy New Englanders took the storm in stride.

Dave McGillivray, race director for the Boston Marathon, jokingly invited the public to his suburban Boston home on Saturday for a free snow-shoveling clinic.

“I will provide the driveway and multiple walkways to ensure your training is conducted in the most lifelike situation,” he said.

Washington and Baltimore got some snow but were largely spared. The worst of the nor’easter was expected to blow by Sunday morning into Canada, where several provinces were under warnings.

The Associated Press

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Dollar Races Higher as Markets Brace for Larger, Faster Rate Hikes

Euro, Hong Kong dollar, U.S. dollar, Japanese yen, pound, and Chinese 100 yuan banknotes are seen in this picture illustration on Jan. 21, 2016. (Jason Lee/Illustration/Reuters)
Euro, Hong Kong dollar, U.S. dollar, Japanese yen, pound, and Chinese 100 yuan banknotes are seen in this picture illustration on Jan. 21, 2016. (Jason Lee/Illustration/Reuters)

LONDON—The dollar soared to its highest levels since July 2020 against other major currencies on Thursday, powered by bets the U.S. Federal Reserve could deliver faster and larger interest rate hikes in the months ahead.

A day after the Fed flagged that it was ready to start lifting rates in March to contain inflation, money markets moved to price in as many as five quarter-point increases by year-end.

This backdrop bought dollar bulls out in force—the dollar index, which measures the greenback’s value against other major currencies, rose to 97.120, the highest since July 2020.

The euro slumped 0.75 percent to $1.1156, its lowest since June 2020. The greenback also hit its highest levels in more than a year against the New Zealand dollar, a seven-week peak against Australia’s currency, and rose broadly against emerging market currencies.

The Fed on Wednesday indicated it was likely to raise rates in March, as widely expected, and reaffirmed plans to end its bond purchases that month before significantly reducing its asset holdings.

In a follow-up news conference, Chair Jerome Powell stressed that no decisions had been made, but in response to a question about whether the central bank would consider a 50-basis point hike, he did not rule it out.

U.S. gross domestic product figures later on Thursday are expected to show annual growth at its strongest since 1984.

“While the market had already been priced for hikes, a lot of people were assuming that the Fed might be more sensitive to the equity market, which it wasn’t,” said Jane Foley, head currency strategist at Rabobank. “Also the Fed’s mention the balance sheet has focused markets’ mind on the withdrawal of stimulus.”

Foley added that a shake-out of overly long dollar positions earlier in the month had left the greenback in a position to react to the latest Fed signaling.

Yuan Hit

Rising U.S. Treasury yields provided a further impetus to the dollar’s gains.

After rallying 0.7 percent against the yen on Wednesday in its sharpest rise in more than two months, the dollar firmed a further 0.5 percent to 115.20 yen.

The risk-sensitive Australian dollar fell 0.6 percent to $0.7072, having fallen to as low as $0.7064, while the New Zealand dollar fell to as low as $0.6597, a nearly 15-month trough.

“All in all, we think markets are running away a bit here,” said Elsa Lignos, global head of FX strategy at RBC Capital Markets.

Sterling fell to a one-month low at $1.3376 and was last down 0.6 percent on the day. Britain’s pound is delicately balanced as traders keep a wary eye on Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is under pressure after attending parties during lockdowns, and on next week’s Bank of England meeting.

Elsewhere, China’s yuan took a hit as data showed Chinese industrial profits grew at their slowest pace in more than 18 months, bolstering the case for policy support.

In offshore trade, the yuan was down 0.7 percent against the dollar at 6.3642. It was on track for its biggest one-day fall since last July.

After a battering last week, cryptocurrencies have mostly held their ground in the wake of the Fed’s meeting, with bitcoin last down 0.4 percent at $36,673.

By Dhara Ranasinghe

Reuters

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Scientists Who Promoted Natural Origin Narrative Received Over $50 Million From Fauci’s NIAID Since Start of Pandemic | Truth Over News

Four prominent scientists who played key roles in shaping the natural origin virus narrative received more than $50 million from Dr. Anthony Fauci’s NIAID in 2020 and 2021.

The NIAID funding represented a substantial increase when compared to what these scientists had received before their promotion of Fauci’s natural origin narrative.

Some of the funding increases came through an entirely new program. Two of these coveted grants went to scientists who were co-authors of the influential natural origin paper “Proximal Origin.” Both men were on Fauci’s Feb. 1 secret teleconference and privately said a lab leak was likely.

The third grant went to EcoHealth President Peter Daszak—just two months after President Donald Trump ordered Fauci to cancel Daszak’s funding after Daszak’s entanglements with the Wuhan Institute of Virology came to light.

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