Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Short Takes – 12-6-22

Moscow Says Ukrainian Drones Hit Third Russian Airfield in Two Days. WSJ.com article. Pull quote: “The attack on the Kursk airport, which was closed to civil aviation after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, followed Monday’s strikes on Russian strategic-bomber bases in Engels and Diagilevo. Both bases are hundreds of miles from Ukrainian-controlled territory. Kursk is around 65 miles from the Ukrainian border.”

North Carolina Residents Could Be Without Power for Days After Targeted Gunfire Attack. WSJ.com article. Still no who or why details. Pull quote: “The gunfire destroyed some of the equipment in the substations which will have to be replaced, he said.”

Homeland Security Advisory Council; Meetings. Federal Register meeting notice amendment. Part of today’s meeting was closed to public.

Gunshots at substations cut electricity to 45,000; police seek motive. WashingtonPost.com article. A possible motive? “At Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines, drag queen Naomi Dix was about to introduce a dance duo when the lights went out. At first, this seemed normal, said Dix, who spoke to The Post on the condition that only her stage name be used because she feared for her safety. The lights were supposed to go dark at that point in the “Downtown Divas” drag show. Then Dix’s assistant told her that the theater had no power.”

McConnell floats short-term spending bill amid ‘significant impasse’. TheHill.com article. Spending bill may still be kicked to 118th. Pull quote: ““We’re at a pretty significant impasse,” McConnell told reporters on Tuesday. “Time is ticking. We have not been able to agree on a top line yet, and I think it’s becoming increasingly likely that we might need to do a short-term CR into early next year,” McConnell continued, using the shorthand for continuing resolution.”

Democrats make major concession on vaccine mandate. TheHill.com article. Pull quote: “The bill, which lays out how an $847 billion Defense Department top line will be allocated in fiscal 2023, is tentatively set to be released as early as Tuesday evening and voted on by the House Thursday, Rogers said.”

North Carolina power cut by shooting could come back earlier. ABCNews.go.com article. And governments are still surprised at how easy it is… Pull quote: “North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called for a thorough assessment of the state’s critical infrastructure Tuesday morning at the monthly Council of State meeting — a collective body of elected officials comprising the executive branch. He said this will likely include discussions with federal regulators, lawmakers and utility companies about how to bolster security and prevent future attacks.”

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