Woonsocket City Council Special Meeting - Jan 30 2023


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City Council Special Meeting - Jan 30 2023



The Israel-Hamas war is in its 61st day. Israel says its forces are operating in the heart of southern Gaza's main city as it's believed Hamas leaders are being housed in the area. The United Nations said Israel's ground invasion is creating an "increasingly apocalyptic situation" for Palestinians in the southern part of the region as food, water and medicine are running very low.        Former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy said he will resign from Congress at year end. This comes after McCarthy was the first speaker of the house to be ousted from power in the middle of their congressional term. He was ousted by a small majority of conservative Republicans. In an Op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, McCarthy said he's decided to leave the house to serve America in new ways.        President Biden's approval rating is stuck near record lows. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, it's been lingering at about 40-percent. That's compared to 39-percent in November. Americans said the economy, crime and immigration are the biggest problems that they face in the new poll.        Four Russian soldiers are being charged with war crimes against an American living in Ukraine during Russia's invasion of the country. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the charges on Wednesday and said the charges include conspiracy to commit war crimes and torture. Garland said the American victim was abducted from their home by three of those charged and was stripped naked and beaten.        Americans expect to spend at least 100-dollars more on holiday shopping this year than last year. A Gallup survey found that Americans say they'll probably spend an average of 975-dollars on gifts this season. That's the highest holiday shopping estimate since Gallup began tracking it in 1999.        SAG-AFTRA members have voted to ratify their contract. The move means that the longest labor battle in Hollywood history is now officially over, following a 118-day strike that was suspended after a tentative agreement was reached in early November. It was approved with 78-percent voting in favor, with turnout at 38-percent. If it were to have been voted down, the strike would have likely continued.