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Daily news – January 27, 2022 a.m.

GEOPOLITICS & WORLDS Sulla crisi russo-ucraina. Tracy Wilkinson per Los Angeles Times: U.S. refuses to budge on Ukraine in response to Russian demands – Politico: Will There Be a War Over Ukraine? 13 Putin Watchers Weigh In – Julian Borger per The Guardian: Biden threatens Putin with personal sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine – Conor […]

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Biden eyes Strategic Petroleum Reserves crude oil release in coming days (Ben Lefebvre, Politico)

The Biden administration is expected to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserves in coordination with other nations in the coming days in a bid to tamp down the recent increase in gasoline prices, people familiar with the effort said Monday. Biden eyes Strategic Petroleum Reserves crude oil release in coming days – POLITICO

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How an ancient harvest practice pushed EU’s new farm reform to the edge (Eddy Wax, Politico)

Brussels is trying to push its agricultural sector into a greener, modern era, but a technique farmers have been using for thousands of years has proved one of its biggest hurdles. How an ancient harvest practice pushed EU’s new farm reform to the edge – POLITICO

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Big tech’s critics flocking again to Oracle’s home on the Hill (Emily Birnbaum, Politico)

The movement inside Congress to curb tech titans like Amazon and Google is drawing energy from an unlikely hub of anti-Silicon Valley fervor: a nearby townhouse owned by another huge tech company. The red-brick home that Oracle owns two blocks south of the Capitol has long been a popular waypoint on the D.C. fundraising and […]

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Biden-successor chatter grows and Harris isn’t scaring off anyone (Eugene Daniels, Alex Thompson, Politico)

President Joe Biden says he intends to run for reelection in 2024. But not all Democrats believe him. Nor are they convinced his No. 2 would be the clear heir if he did choose to opt out. As Vice President Kamala Harris grapples with a portfolio of seemingly intractable issues and responsibilities that have drawn […]

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Biden-Xi virtual summit tentatively set for Monday (Phelim Kine, Nahal Toosi, Politico)

The much-anticipated virtual summit between President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping is tentatively scheduled for the evening of Nov. 15, a U.S. official told POLITICO on Wednesday. A second non-administration source familiar with the summit’s planning also confirmed the date. Biden-Xi virtual summit tentatively set for Monday – POLITICO

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Russia/Ukraine – Kremlin saber-rattling in Ukraine: How the West should react (Politico, Brookings)

STEVEN PIFER Over the past week, Russia has reinforced its military presence on the Crimean peninsula, moved military units close to the Russia-Ukraine border and announced military “readiness checks.” Most likely, this is just a ploy to unnerve the government in Kyiv and test the West’s reaction. https://www.politico.eu/article/russia-military-presence-ukraine-border-war-europe-crimea/

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(USA/Politics) Biden administrations supports court’s restrictions for biofuel exemptions (The Hill)

RACHEL FRAZIN The Biden administration announced on Monday that it supports limits set by a court last year on when small oil refineries can get exemptions from a requirement to blend a certain amount of biofuels such as ethanol into their product. https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/539932-biden-administrations-supports-courts-restrictions-for-biofuel

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(USA/Politics) Democrats question TV carriers’ decisions to host Fox, OAN and Newsmax, citing ‘misinformation’ (Politico)

JOHN HENDEL Two House Democrats pressed a mix of cable, satellite and streaming providers on Monday about their decisions to carry Fox News, One America News Network and Newsmax, accusing the right-leaning outlets of serving as “misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy theory hotbeds that produce content that leads to real harm.” https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/22/democrats-conservative-media-misinformation-470863

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(USA/Russia) Biden readies his first major penalties on Russia (Politico)

NATASHA BERTRAND The U.S. is preparing to respond to Russia’s poisoning and jailing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and is expected to coordinate a sanctions rollout with European allies in the coming weeks, according to people familiar with the matter. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/22/biden-penalties-russia-470986

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(USA/Politics) Democrats plot their Plan B to save minimum wage hike (Politico)

CAITLIN EMMA and AARON LORENZO Democrats are scrambling to piece together a backup plan that could save their minimum wage hike from getting tossed out of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package and win over moderates wary of the proposal. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/22/democrats-minimum-wage-increase-plan-470860

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(USA/Politics) DeSantis crushes Rubio, Scott in Florida GOP poll (Politico)

MARC CAPUTO In Florida’s shadow Republican primary for president, Gov. Ron DeSantis is starting to dominate his once-better-known home state colleagues, Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/22/desantis-rubio-scott-florida-poll-470892