• Ukraine has reclaimed several villages from Russian forces in a series of counterattacks
, including to the east of Kharkiv and northwest of Mariupol, after Russian missiles struck the western city of Lviv yesterday.
• US President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power"
during a speech in Poland yesterday, but the White House said afterward that it was not a direct call for regime change.
• A wildfire near Boulder, Colorado, has prompted an evacuation warning
for nearly 20,000 people.
• All 132 people on board the China Eastern Airlines jetliner that crashed in the densely forested mountains
of southern China Monday are dead, China's aviation authorities confirmed late yesterday.
• Philippine authorities have evacuated thousands of residents
as volcano Taal spewed a mile-high plume south of central Manila.
The week ahead
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider the nomination
of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. Jackson's confirmation hearings concluded last week
after rounds of questioning and heated exchanges with some GOP senators. Republicans, however, are expected to request a one-week delay, pushing the vote to April 4. The committee chair, Sen. Dick Durbin, has already announced that he would accept the request.
President Joe Biden is also expected to release his budget proposal for fiscal year 2023
. The statutory deadline for submission to Congress is typically the first Monday in February, but the announcement was delayed due to the late State of the Union address this year.
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Something else that's set to launch Tuesday ... Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin will send another rocket to the edge of space. The launch was originally set for March 23, but was pushed back for additional ground tests. "SNL" star Pete Davidson, who had been scheduled to make the trip, said he was no longer able to go
after the launch date was moved. Blue Origin later announced it will replace Davidson with the chief architect of its suborbital rocket, Gary Lai
. Five other paying customers are set to go on the flight.