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Nazi for hire: Ukraine refuses to extradite NC man wanted for murder

If it walks like a Nazi, talks like a Nazi, you know the rest:

As he fought with Right Sector in Ukraine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas, he mentored Jarrett W. Smith about fighting with far-right paramilitary groups in Ukraine. Smith, who also served in the U.S. Army, later pleaded guilty to explosives-related charges.

Federal prosecutors in Kansas said Smith spread information about bombs and recipes for homemade napalm on the social networking site Telegram, while discussing plans to kill a Democratic Party politician and blow up a media company headquarters. The indictment did not identify the media company, but CNN reported that it was the target.

First of all, this article describes him as an Army veteran. He was booted out after going AWOL, se he doesn't deserve that "veteran" designation. But even if he had stayed in and was honorably discharged, plotting acts of domestic terrorism makes him guilty of treason, another reason to not refer to him as a "veteran." But aside from all that, the Ukraine has no business protecting a cold-blooded murderer:

Charlotte balks at doing away with single-family zoning

You'd be surprised at how many people have torches & pitchforks in their garage:

Charlotte City Council members on Monday hit the brakes on the city’s ambitious 2040 Comprehensive Plan over its call to eliminate single-family-only zoning.

The city has been holding public meetings about the plan for months. But as the deadline approaches to approve it, some council members are hearing concerns from residents who are worried about the changes.

Of course they're hearing concerns from residents, because anything you try to do will result in concerns from residents. Hell, I tried to change the route of our fledgling public transportation system so it would run through a densely-populated middle-class area (because people had complained there weren't any convenient stops), but I was told, '"We don't want those types of people coming through here." That being said, both sides of this issue have valid concerns:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Republicans got a hard lesson last night: "token" bi-partisanship (a handful of Dems) isn't going to cut it, they need to craft legislation that both sides can agree on.

Fact-checking the fact-checkers

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Stop trying to read their minds, there's nothing there:

Budd said about 9% of Biden’s stimulus plan “is actually going to COVID, meaning 91% of it is not even COVID-related.” In the first part of his statement, Budd accurately describes the proposed spending on efforts to combat the virus itself.

However, he’s wrong to suggest the rest of the bill isn’t related to COVID-19 at all. He may disagree with how much the bill would spend on unemployment insurance and other financial relief efforts. But the bill does aim to address the financial cost of the pandemic. His statement is partially accurate but leaves out important details. We rate it Half True.

Understand, the second clause of that sentence is a conclusion of what is exposed in the previous clause. The word "meaning" proves that was his intent. Yes, people can draw the wrong conclusions from a set of facts, but that's not what happened here. The fact-checkers themselves concluded that Budd meant the following:

The fight against Climate Change is weakening

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Possibly a vestige of Donald Trump's irresponsible behavior:

New climate targets submitted by countries to the United Nations would reduce emissions by less than 1 percent, according to the latest tally, made public Friday by the world body.

The head of the United Nations climate agency, Patricia Espinosa, said the figures compiled by her office showed that “current levels of climate ambition are very far from putting us on a pathway that will meet our Paris Agreement goals.”

I do not envy Joe Biden at all. His plate is so full food is spilling over the sides. Not only does he need to get back to fighting Climate Change with a vengeance, he's got to drag these countries with him:

Opposition grows over Darrell Allison's appointment at FSU

The UNC BOG has stepped in it again:

“The majority consensus is we need to fight this,” he said. Frink said that he had heard that Allison might be a candidate for the FSU position shortly after Allison resigned from the Board of Governors. Frink said he saw that Allison had little experience that would qualify him to be chancellor. “I never thought he’d have a serious look,” Frink said. “It just caught a lot of people by surprise.”

Allison was a member of the Board of Governors until September when he stepped down to pursue the position at FSU. The Board of Governors, which oversees 17 institutions in the UNC system, approved Allison’s appointment as chancellor of FSU on Feb. 18. The job comes with a $285,000-a-year salary and the use of a car and residence.

Allison has been a major proponent of the privatization of NC schools, so it's more than a little ironic the state is now giving him a car, a house, and over a quarter of a million yearly salary. It appears this battle has just begun:

Coal Ash Wednesday: Greenway or Brownway?

Bolin Creek in Chapel Hill has a coal ash problem:

The Town is awaiting further direction from the NC Department of Environmental Quality on its recommendations for next steps for this site. This was the site of a coal ash infill that dates from the 1960s and 1970s. When the Town discovered the materials in late 2013, we acted quickly to notify NC DENR, which is the old name for what is now known as NC DEQ. We are committed to following all environmental laws and standards to ensure the health and safety of our community.

I just stumbled across this, so if I get a few things wrong hopefully someone will correct me. The Town may have "discovered" the coal ash in 2013, but seven years later they were still "discovering" how bad the problem was:

Monday Numbers: Failure to expand Medicaid in NC hurts children

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Hat-tip to Rob Schofield for keeping his eye on this ball:

39 – number of states (including the District of Columbia) that have expanded Medicaid
12 – number (including North Carolina) that have not expanded
53.8% – share of the uninsured children in the U.S. who live in those 12 states
38.2% – share that live in just four non-expansion states: Texas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina

NC Republicans never had a good excuse for blocking this, but now they have nothing. Under the Biden administration's new push, the Federal government will cover 90% of the cost, and healthcare providers will cover the remaining 10%. For the mathematically challenged, that leaves Zero percent. The only thing that remains is a childish and irresponsible stubbornness to reject former President Obama's policies, however effective they might be. And as long as they continue to block this, their claims of being "pro-life" are pure hogwash:

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