Morning Headlines - Tuesday, May 23, 2023

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Morning Headlines - Tuesday, May 23, 2023

U.S. and World Headlines

Biden And McCarthy Sound Optimistic On Debt Ceiling Deal After Meeting, But 'Differences' Remain

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy left a White House meeting with President Joe Biden on Monday saying he was optimistic about progress toward a deal on the nation's debt ceiling -- but "philosophical differences" with Democrats remained, as the clock continues to tick down toward an unprecedented default.

"I think the tone tonight was better than any other time," McCarthy said. "We still will have some philosophical differences, but I felt it was productive in that manner."

"We don't have an agreement yet, but I did feel the discussion was productive in areas that we have differences of opinion," he said.

Negotiators for the president and the speaker will keep working toward a deal, McCarthy said, and he expects he'll speak with Biden daily.

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How Biden Got To Yes On F-16s And Ukraine

For more than a year, Kyiv has asked for modern fighter jets, and the Biden administration’s answer has either been “no,” or “not right now.”

That changed late last week, when President Joe Biden told allies that he would support an international coalition to train Ukrainian pilots on Western fighters, paving the way for modern jets to one day be transferred to the front line.

A key turning point came in the last few weeks, when the West finished delivering the vast majority of equipment Ukraine needed for a planned spring counteroffensive. The coalition of countries supporting Ukraine has shuttled tons of heavy weaponry, including sophisticated air defense systems and armored vehicles, to the battlefield to help Kyiv repel Russian forces.

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Surgeon General Issues Advisory About Social Media Risks For Kids

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issuing a warning today that social media poses a threat to kids' mental health, escalating calls for new safeguards aimed at minors.

The advisory adds to scrutiny over the effects of excessive use and harmful content, which has been blamed for consequences ranging from disrupting kids' sleep to promoting suicidal thoughts.

"What kids are experiencing today on social media is unlike anything prior generations have had to contend with," Murthy told Axios.

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Jokic Leads Denver Nuggets Past Lebron's Lakers 113-111, Into Their First NBA Finals

Nikola Jokic is a player unlike almost anything the NBA has ever seen, and now he's taking his Denver Nuggets somewhere they've never been.

Jokic had 30 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists, and the Nuggets advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in team history Monday night, sweeping the Western Conference finals with a 113-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jamal Murray scored 25 points for the top-seeded Nuggets, who overcame LeBron James’ 31-point first half and a 15-point halftime deficit with a tenacious finish in Game 4 to earn their first conference title in their 47 NBA seasons.

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It's National Drinking With Chickens Day Today

National Drinking with Chickens Day occurs annually on May 23. It was founded by Kate Richards who is the author of the book “Drinking with Chickens: Free-Range Cocktails for the Happiest Hour.” Her specialty is creating Instagram-famous cocktails with ingredients found fresh in her garden. National Drinking with Chickens Day is a celebration of the farm-to-table/farm-to-glass movement. The day was created as a means to celebrate the community who has flocked to the garden happy hour tradition that Kate has created.

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Wisconsin Headlines

State Lawmakers Unveil Package Of Bills Aimed At Addressing Wisconsin's Housing Shortage

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers recently introduced a package of bills aimed at addressing Wisconsin’s affordable housing crisis.

Supporters of the legislation say the bills will target high construction costs through low- to zero-interest loans for certain housing projects, as well as make it easier for local governments to approve housing developments. The bills have received support from real estate, building groups, local government associations and public health associations.

"Nothing is the be-all and end-all or the perfect answer, but these address some very specific challenges and allow housing to move forward that otherwise wouldn't," said Jerry Deschane, executive director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. "It's not going to be the same in every community, but we think these different bills address very specific problems."

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Officer Involved Critical Incident Investigation In Racine

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating an officer involved critical incident in Racine, Wis. that occurred on the morning of Monday, May 22, 2023.

In the late evening hours of Sunday, May 21, 2023, Mount Pleasant Police officers received a call for shots fired. A couple of hours later Racine Police officers initiated a traffic stop in the City of Racine, Wis. The driver exited the vehicle, fled on foot and hid in tall grass in the 1800 block of Clayton Avenue in Racine, Wis. At approximately 12:29 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2023, officers gave commands for the subject to come out, but the subject refused to follow officer orders. As officers approached the subject, the subject began firing towards officers who then exchanged gunfire and struck the subject. The subject was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Johnson On ‘UpFront’ Calls Debt Limit Deadline ‘Phony Crisis,’ Baldwin Says ‘We Cannot Default’

Wisconsin GOP U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson called the debt limit deadline “a phony crisis” while Dem Sen. Tammy Baldwin said, “We cannot default.”

“I’ve called this a phony crisis, and it is,” Johnson said on “UpFront,” which is produced in partnership with WisPolitics. “If you had a responsible treasury secretary, a responsible president, they would take default off the table.”

Johnson said he’s unsure whether he would vote for a compromise package negotiated between Republican leaders and the White House. He brushed off concerns of default, saying, “We have more than enough money to talk about any kind of default, so let’s stop talking about it.”

“A clean bill’s not going to happen,” Johnson said. “I would support the House bill right now. That was my guarantee to House conservatives.”

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Nearly 100 Prosecuted, Arrested In Milwaukee 'Gang-Related' Crime Spree; Peace Walk Hopes To Curb Violence

Jakira Austin and Amira Rogers are part of Milwaukee’s new promise keeper's program.

“I come from a neighborhood where at night, if you're really, really quiet, you'll hear gunshots,” said Austin.

They were both walking on Monday evening to help change that soundtrack of shots firing this summer.

The Promise Keeper’s Program is a part of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention (OVP). Rogers and Austin are just two of dozens of Milwaukee change makers who will be sent to 13 different areas in hopes of making communities safer.

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NFL Announces 2025 Draft Coming To Green Bay

NFL announces the 2025 NFL Draft will be coming to Green Bay and Titletown.

The Green Bay Packers confirmed the announcement in a news release Monday.

“The NFL announced today that the 2025 NFL Draft will take place in Green Bay inside and around iconic Lambeau Field and Titletown,” a statement from the Packers said.

The announcement was made at the NFL Spring League Meeting in Minneapolis, following a review of the proposal by the Fan Engagement & Major Events Advisory Committee and full ownership.

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Last Update: May 23, 2023 6:06 am CDT

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