Ship Hits Baltimore Key Bridge

The container ship Dali, owned by Grace Ocean, crashed into a pier of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore on March 26, 2024, at 1:28 a.m., bringing down the three main spans and three northeast approach spans.

The 985-foot-long ship hit the bridge in the early hours of March 26 after leaving the Port of Baltimore and losing power to its engine and navigation equipment. The bridge collapsed moments later, killing six construction workers, forcing the port to close and disrupting the shipping industry up and down the East Coast.

Source: NYTimes.com

The 2024 Primary Election in Texas

The primary election in Texas will be held on March 5 this year with early voting starting February 20, and the general election will be held November 5 with early voting starting October 22. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the primary, the top two vote-getters will compete in a runoff on May 28. The Texas Tribune has published a useful March primary ballot article.

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Hamas attacked Israel from Gaza

On October 7, 2023, at 6:30 AM local time, Hamas militants stormed the blockaded border of the Gaza Strip into nearby Israeli towns, killing and kidnapping hundreds of Israelis.

The shadowy leader of Hamas’ military wing, Mohammed Deif, said the assault was in response to the 16-year blockade of Gaza, Israeli raids inside West Bank cities over the past year, violence at Al Aqsa — the disputed Jerusalem holy site sacred to Jews as the Temple Mount — increasing attacks by settlers on Palestinians and the growth of settlements.

“Enough is enough,” Deif, who does not appear in public, said in the recorded message. He said the attack was only the start of what he called “Operation Al-Aqsa Storm” and called on Palestinians from east Jerusalem to northern Israel to join the fight.

Source: APNews.com

This attack came 50 years (and 1 day) after the Yom Kippur war. Then an Arab military coalition of Egypt and Syria attacked Israel on October 6, 1973.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Impeached

The Texas House adopted 20 articles of impeachment in May 2023. Paxton was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the trial.

Paxton’s impeachment trial began on September 5, 2023. In this trial he faces 16 articles of impeachment that accuse him of helping his friend (and donor) Nate Paul, a real estate investor, who was under federal investigation; the Senate suspended 4 or the original articles.

Update 9/16/2023

BREAKING: The Texas Senate has acquitted Attorney General Ken Paxton of 16 articles of impeachment, clearing him of the corruption and bribery charges levied by the House.

Source: @TexasTribune

Former President Trump Indicted, Again

This time he has been indicted on 37 counts in the classified documents probe. This marks the first time a former president has faced federal charges.

Former president Donald Trump has been criminally charged in connection with the discovery that hundreds of classified documents were taken to his Mar-a-Lago home after he left the White House — and more than 100 remained there even after officials issued a subpoena demanding their return.

Source: Washington Post

The FBI searched Trump’s Florida resort last August and found the documents; many labeled classified, some labeled top secret. After that search, President Joe Biden’s former office was searched, and documents were found. Then former Vice President Mike Pence’s house was searched, and documents were found.

UPDATE 6/13/2023

Trump was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to federal criminal charges in a court in Miami.