There’s A Good Chance Your Valentine’s Flowers Come From Colombia

Enlarge this image An employee places bouquets on shelves in Bogotá on Feb. 1, as Colombia prepares to export flowers for Valentine’s Day amid the new coronavirus pandemic. Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images If you send a bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day, chances are they were grown in Colombia. It remains the No. 1 supplier of flowers to the U.S. even though the coronavirus pandemic at one point threatened to wilt the industry. “It’s been a roller coaster,” said José Restrepo, co-owner and general manager of the Ayurá flower farm, located just north of Bogotá in the Andean mountain town of Tocancipá. As Restrepo spoke, workers wearing face masks and rubber gloves rushed to

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After Speaking Out On Impeachment, Herrera Beutler Heads Toward Clash With Her Party

Enlarge this image Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican, has faced mixed reaction in her Washington district for her support of former President Trump’s impeachment. Above, Herrera Beutler speaks as the House debates an objection to confirm the Electoral College vote in January. AP AP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler thrust herself into the national spotlight on Friday when the Washington Republican came out with a stunning account of Donald Trump’s actions on the day of the Capitol insurrection. In a statement put out on the eve of the impeachment vote, Herrera Beutler said that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told her that in a conversation with the president on Jan. 6, Trump appeared to side with the mob, telling him

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White House Press Aide TJ Ducklo Resigns Over Threats Against Reporter

Enlarge this image TJ Ducklo resigned as White House deputy press secretary after he reportedly issued a sexist and profane threat to a journalist seeking to cover his relationship with another reporter. Patrick Semansky/AP Patrick Semansky/AP White House Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo resigned on Saturday after a report emerged that he verbally threatened a reporter who was pursuing a story about his romantic relationship with another reporter. Ducklo, who had been serving a week-long suspension without pay for the incident, posted a statement on Twitter confirming his resignation. “No words can express my regret, my embarrassment, and my disgust for my behavior. I used language that no woman should ever have to hear from anyone, especially in a situation

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Mario Draghi, Former EU Central Bank Head, Sworn In As Italy’s Prime Minister

Enlarge this image New Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi presides over a meeting of his first cabinet in Rome Saturday. Andrew Medichini/AP Andrew Medichini/AP Mario Draghi, the celebrated economist who is credited with saving the euro, was sworn in as Italy’s new prime minister Saturday. He will be tasked with guiding the country through the twin crises of the coronavirus and a crumbling economy. Draghi, who formerly served as the head of the European Central Bank, took the oath of office with support from across the political spectrum with all but one of Italy’s major parties backing him. Twenty-three members of Draghi’s cabinet, which included technocrats and a broad swath of politicians, also took the oath of office Saturday. In

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Myanmar Protests Continue In Wake Of Military Takeover

Enlarge this image Protesters hold placards and shout slogans on Saturday in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar declared martial law in parts of the country, including its two largest cities, as protests continued to draw people to the streets after the military staged a coup. Hkun Lat/Getty Images Hkun Lat/Getty Images More than a week since protesters began filling the streets of Myanmar to protest a military coup, those demonstrations show no signs of stopping. Despite a military junta that seized power earlier this month, banning protests and blocking social media sites that fueled them, thousands continue to fill the streets of Myanmar’s largest cities. Protesters are decrying the arrest of the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The military claims that

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Winter Storms Across The Country Bring Snow And Ice To Millions Of Americans

Enlarge this image A jogger makes their way across a snowy street on Saturday in Seattle. A large winter storm dropped heavy snow across the region. David Ryder/Getty Images David Ryder/Getty Images Multiple winter storms are bringing snow, ice and dangerously cold temperatures to many parts of the country over the long holiday weekend. More than 100 million Americans were under some sort of winter weather advisory on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. In its forecast, the weather service warned of a “myriad of winter weather hazards across the continental U.S.” over the coming days, including heavy snowfall throughout the Pacific Northwest and icy weather and slick travel conditions in the mid-Atlantic. Heavy snow is falling across the

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Trump Celebrates His Acquittal, Says The Impeachment Was Part Of A ‘Witch Hunt’

Enlarge this image The Senate has voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on an impeachment charge of inciting an insurrection. In a statement, Trump thanked his legal team and members of Congress “who stood proudly for the Constitution.” Evan Vucci/AP Evan Vucci/AP Former President Donald Trump is responding to Saturday’s Senate vote acquitting him of an impeachment charge of inciting an insurrection. In a statement released shortly after the vote, the former president described the now concluded proceedings as part of a “witch-hunt” perpetuated against him by “one political party.” But his statement ignored the fact that the vote against him was bipartisan, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats in the House to impeach and seven Republicans joining with Democrats

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‘It’s Going To Be Hard’: A New West Point Leader On Confronting Extremism In Military

Enlarge this image Brig. Gen. Mark Quander will assume a new leadership post at West Point this spring or summer. One challenge will be to confront extremism in the ranks of the military. Lynda Yezzi/U.S. Army Lynda Yezzi/U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Mark Quander is taking a new leadership role at the prestigious military school of West Point at a time that the spotlight has returned to the problem of extremism in the military. Quander was appointed last month to be the next commandant of cadets, equivalent to a dean of students. Many graduates of West Point go on to leadership roles in the military. “It’s hard and it’s also very challenging,” Quander tells Michel Martin on All Things Considered about

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Trump’s Defense Closes Its Case By Saying Impeachment Trial Is A ‘Complete Charade’

Enlarge this image Michael van der Veen, defense lawyer for former President Donald Trump, gives closing arguments during Trump’s second impeachment trial on February 13, 2021. Handout/Getty Images Handout/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump’s legal team called the impeachment process against their client “a complete charade from beginning to end,” arguing that the “spectacle” was fueled by a partisan vendetta against the former president. In his closing remarks, Michael van der Veen claimed Trump’s words on the day of the Capitol insurrection were taken out of context. “At no point did you hear anything that could ever possibly be construed as Mr. Trump encouraging or sanctioning an insurrection,” he said. “The act of incitement never happened. He engaged in no

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Trump Impeachment Trial Verdict: How Senators Voted

Enlarge this image Republican Sen. Mitt Romney arrives at the Capitol for the fifth day of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on Saturday. Stefani Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images Stefani Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images Former President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial ended Saturday with his acquittal by senators, who were acting as jurors in the proceeding. Seven Republicans joined Democrats in voting to convict Trump, but support from 67 senators — or two-thirds of the chamber — would have been required for a conviction. The Republicans in favor of conviction were: Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska

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