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In Russia, over 130 people were killed at a concert outside Moscow, leading to a day of mourning as ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. President Putin did not mention ISIS in his address to the nation but instead suggested that Ukraine aided the attackers. This event could potentially weaken Putin’s rule, especially after dismissing warnings of a possible attack. Reports of attacks in Ukraine resulted in a Russian missile briefly entering Polish territory, escalating tensions further.

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a vocal critic of former President Trump, hinted at the possibility of leaving the Republican Party in a CNN interview. She expressed regret at the party becoming associated with Trump and reiterated her stance against voting for him in the 2024 election. A late-season snowstorm caused power outages in the Northeast and blanketed northern New England with snow, breaking records for the wettest March in Pennsylvania. This storm affected millions of people from California to Michigan.

Speculation about the whereabouts of Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, came to a standstill as she announced her cancer diagnosis, dispelling online rumors and memes. Online frenzy turned to warm wishes for the princess, with many expressing regret for participating in speculation. The town of Fremont, Nebraska, with a controversial law barring undocumented migrants, has seen a transformation due to Central American migrants working in meat-processing plants. Former Supreme Court Justice Breyer discussed the court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and the leak of the majority decision.

On the political front, Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown after passing a bill to fund the government through September. Former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel disagreed with Trump’s plan to free those involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Concerns about Boeing aircraft have led some travelers to avoid flying on its planes, citing recent issues. A beloved cherry blossom tree named Stumpy in Washington, D.C., is making its final bloom before being removed as part of a sea wall repair project.

Overall, current events highlight tensions in Russia and Ukraine, political shifts within the Republican Party, extreme weather conditions, public reactions to personal health disclosures, and environmental impacts on iconic landmarks. The mix of global and national news underscores the interconnected nature of world events and the significance of individual actions on a larger scale.

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