Wednesday Morning News: October 26, 2022

For WORLD Radio, I’m Kent Covington.

Sunak appoints new ministers » Rishi Sunak became Britain’s third prime minister in just two months on Tuesday. And he promises to bring stability to the office.

SUNAK: This government will have integrity, professionalism and accountability at all levels.

That’s when now-former Prime Minister Liz Truss officially stepped aside.

TRUSS: I wish Rishi Sunak every success for the good of our country.

The Conservative Party chose him as their enduring leader on Monday in hopes he will tame a deepening economic crisis.

In one of his first acts, he announced that he would retain Jeremy Hunt as chief financial officer, a position Sunak himself once held under former Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

And he immediately set to work filling other posts in his government. He removed about a dozen members of Truss’s cabinet, but left several senior figures in place alongside Hunt.

Putin Weapons » Vladimir Putin is scrambling to get his hands on more weapons for the war in Ukraine. WORLD’s Anna Johansen Brown reports.

ANNA JOHANSEN BROWN, REPORTER: As Russia faces delays in military production and mounting casualties, Putin on Tuesday urged his government to cut red tape to produce weapons and supplies.

He heads a new committee tasked with speeding up production to make up for military deficits in Russia’s eight-month war with Ukraine.

Many of Russia’s new conscripts have not received basic services and some have received rusted rifles.

A British defense report said on Tuesday that Russia’s “artillery ammunition is running low”.

I’m Anna Johansen Brown, reporting for WORLD.

Griner loses attractiveness » WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner remains behind bars in Russia and hopes of an early release are fading by the day.

A Russian court on Tuesday rejected an appeal against her nine-year sentence for possession of a cannabis vape cartridge at a Moscow airport.

President Biden said his administration is in constant contact with Russian authorities…

BIDEN: To get Brittney and others out. And so far we haven’t had much positive feedback. But we don’t stop.

His government has proposed a prisoner swap to Russian officials, but they have yet to respond.

The US State Department says their detention is unfair.

consumer confidence » Consumer confidence in the United States is falling. This is a flashing warning light for the future of the US economy.

The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index fell to 102.5 in October. That’s down 5% from the previous month.

A separate metric measuring the temperature of business and labor market conditions slipped 7.5 percent in a month.

Wisconsin Electoral Rules Decisions » With Election Day now less than two weeks away, early voting is underway in many states, including Wisconsin, pending lawsuits over voting rules. WORLD’s Kristen Flavin has more.

KRISTEN FLAVIN, REPORTER: Certain voting rules in the swing state have changed over the past few years.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court in July banned absentee ballot boxes located anywhere other than a local voting office. The court also said only the voter can return absentee voting unless the voter is disabled.

And each absentee ballot must include the signature and address of a witness.

A judge sided with the Republicans in another court case, ruling that poll workers do not have the authority to fill in missing witness address information.

There are two lawsuits pending over how much of the witness’s address must be present for the clerk to accept the ballot.

I’m Kristen Flavin reporting for WORLD.

Early voting in GA » Early voters turn gangsters in Georgia’s election, fueling a new round of tournaments over Republican overhaul of voting rules.

GOP Gov. Brian Kemp stabbed his Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams.

KEMP: She said this new law would be oppressive and Jim Crow 2.0. And President Biden said that. That’s what the vice president said.

He said it is obvious that voting in Georgia is very easy.

As of Sunday, early voting was up about 60% from the same point in 2018, the last midterm election.

More than 10% of Georgia’s registered voters have already cast their ballots, a percentage behind only Massachusetts and Vermont.

Wisconsin Parade Shooter Trial » Darrel Brooks’ trial continues in Wisconsin. He’s the man accused of driving his SUV into the Waukesha Christmas parade last year, killing six and injuring dozens.

Brooks defends himself and the judge in the case says he is trying to slow the process.

BROOKS: Am I acting dishonorably?
JUDGE: Yes, you act dishonorably.
Brooks: How? As?
Judge: You are disregarding the direct direction of this court to respect the decency and dignity of this trial. They’re just trying to delay.
BROOKS: I don’t care what you think, that’s not correct.
JUDGE: Mr. Brooks!

Judge Jennifer Dorow has had Brooks removed from the courtroom multiple times.

During the trial, Dorow ruled that Brooks forfeited his right to testify or call other witnesses. She said Brooks pretended not to hear her.

I’m Kent Covington. Visit wng.org for more news, features and analysis.


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