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Day two of David Pecker testimony wraps in NY Trump trial; Supreme Court hears arguments on Idaho's near-total abortion ban; ND sees a flurry of campaigning among Native candidates; and NH lags behind other states in restricting firearms at polling sites.

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The Senate moves forward with a foreign aid package. A North Carolina judge overturns an aged law penalizing released felons. And child protection groups call a Texas immigration policy traumatic for kids.

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Wyoming needs more educators who can teach kids trade skills, a proposal to open 40-thousand acres of an Ohio forest to fracking has environmental advocates alarmed and rural communities lure bicyclists with state-of-the-art bike trail systems.

Rallies across CA, U.S. planned for anniversary of Ukraine invasion

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Friday, February 23, 2024   

Pro-Ukraine rallies are planned in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco as well as cities across the United States this weekend, marking the second anniversary of the Russian invasion. Advocates are pressing Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson to relent and allow a vote on aid to Ukraine.

"It's extremely unfortunate and self-serving of the Speaker and members to hold Ukraine's international aid hostage as a political tool," said Alex Cornell du Houx, a former Maine state representative and Marine combat veteran who co-founded and now is president of Elected Officials to Protect America, a nonprofit that fights climate change. "If they truly cared about democracy and protecting our climate, they would be passing aid for Ukraine."

Johnson has said he's holding up the $61 billion weapons aid package because it doesn't address security on the U.S. border. However, he rejected just such a deal in recent weeks. Pro-Ukraine advocates argue that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin will threaten other democracies if this invasion succeeds.

Ukrainian American Igor Tregub, a former Berkeley Rent Board commissioner and a member of Elected Officials to Protect America, said the world can weaken Russia by refusing to buy its oil and gas.

"It is our moral obligation to ensure that authoritarian, despotic states like Russia become failed petro-states," he said. "The way to do that is to divest from life-destroying fossil fuels and invest in sources of renewable energy."

EOPA is calling for a so-called "Energy Security Marshall Plan" that would help Ukraine rebuild its economy with clean energy technologies.

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