Tuesday, March 21, 2023

What Happened Yesterday?


The cold, windy weather kept me inside for most of the day and I wound up spending too much time watching the continuing drama that seems to be paralyzing the Republican-controlled House regarding a former president. 

Too much was written and too much was spoken. It is a criminal case moving through the system and no one, as yet, has actually been charged with any illegal behavior. The posturing is amazing, probably because everyone knows the "smoking gun was found in the room."

But here is some other information that was reported yesterday that could easily have been missed:

American citizen held hostage for 6 years in West Africa has been freed


An American aid worker who was kidnapped in Niger more than six years ago and held hostage by terrorists has been released, President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan tweeted on Monday.

“I’m gratified & relieved to see the release of U.S. hostage Jeff Woodke after over 6 years in captivity. The U.S. thanks Niger for its help in bringing him home to all who miss & love him. I thank so many across our government who’ve worked tirelessly toward securing his freedom,” Sullivan tweeted. 

Jeffery Woodke is now being offered support and transport. He was released outside of Niger in the Mali-Burkina Faso area, the official said. 

Biden to designate area sacred to tribes as largest national monument of his presidency

Spirit Mountain is seen across the southern California and Nevada desert


President Joe Biden on Tuesday will officially designate a new national monument in Southern Nevada at a conservation event, according to a White House official. 

At more than 506,000 acres, the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument will be one of the largest tracts of land to come under federal protection so far during Biden’s presidency, and will act to preserve Nevada’s Spirit Mountain and the desert around it.

Biden’s proclamation will mark a major victory for the surrounding Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, which has been advocating for the monument’s creation for around three decades. 

There is some very positive and uplifting things happening, we need to be careful not to get too mired in the continuing dramas. 

What happened yesterday? A lot of things that have nothing to do with a former president.

-- Bob Doan, Tequesta, FL

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