5 things to know for February 28: Ukraine, EPA, Covid-19, State of the Union, North Korea

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1. Ukraine

2. Climate crisis

The Environmental Protection Agency faces a Supreme Court case today that could challenge the federal government’s ability to fight the climate crisis and prevent its worst outcomes. Republicans are expected to argue that the EPA has no authority to regulate emissions from the power sector. Instead, they say that authority should be given to Congress. A Supreme Court decision siding with coal companies could undercut the Biden administration’s plans to slash planet-warming emissions at a time when scientists are sounding the alarm about climate change. Observers say the outcome of this case is tough to predict, but a ruling that would shift the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants to Congress would be the worst-case scenario for the EPA.

3. Coronavirus

People who have received a dose of Evusheld, the monoclonal antibody drug against Covid-19, should get an additional dose as soon as possible, the FDA says. The agency revised the emergency use authorization because the drug may be less active against certain Omicron subvariants. Monoclonal treatments serve as a different avenue for protection and are popular among immunocompromised people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. It’s also an option for individuals who have been advised not to get a vaccine because of a severe reaction to a Covid-19 vaccine or its components. The revision of the emergency use authorization presents challenges, though. Experts say it’s going to be difficult to get the word out to everyone who received a dose, and access to the product remains limited. 

4. State of the Union

Capitol Police will once again erect a fence on Capitol grounds ahead of President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address tomorrow. The fencing is an effort to heighten security and prepare for possible protests by big rig truckers in the coming days. The speech is a National Special Security Event, according to officials, and the Secret Service has been placed in charge of planning. Outside law enforcement agencies as well as the National Guard have been brought in to assist during the event. You can watch the State of the Union address on CNN at 9 p.m. ET tomorrow or stream it live here.

5. North Korea

North Korea launched a ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula yesterday — an “undesirable” move for peace stabilization while the world is trying to resolve the Ukraine war, South Korea’s National Security Council said in a statement. The launch is North Korea’s eighth test this year and comes nearly a month after Pyongyang fired what it claimed was its longest range ballistic missile since 2017. North Korea has ramped up its missile testing in 2022, announcing plans to bolster its defenses against the United States and evaluate “restarting all temporally suspended activities,” according to state media.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

The 28th Annual SAG Awards

If you’re searching for a top-tier TV series or movie to watch, look no further. Here are the winners of the year’s best television and film performances. 

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds pledge to match donations for Ukrainian refugees up to $1 million

We now have another reason to admire this amazing power couple.

Elon Musk activates SpaceX satellite internet service in Ukraine

Ukraine asked Musk to provide internet service to the country amid Russian attacks, and Musk delivered.

“The Batman” hits theaters Friday

Ladies and gentlemen… Robert Pattinson is Batman and Zoë Kravitz is Catwoman. Intrigued? 

Let’s talk about “Euphoria” and that second-season finale

Warning! Spoiler alerts — and a double dose of teen drama — are this way.

TODAY’S NUMBER

20%

That’s the size of the stake that BP holds in Rosneft, Russia’s state-owned oil giant. The British company said yesterday it is dumping that stake in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. BP, which had called itself “one of the biggest foreign investors in Russia,” will lose about $2 billion as a result of the move.

TODAY’S QUOTE

“Look, there is no place in either political party for this White nationalism or racism. It’s simply wrong … it’s evil as well.”

— Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, blasting his fellow GOP members who attended a White nationalist event and those who support Russian President Vladimir Putin. Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona received criticism for speaking at the America First Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida. The event was organized by White supremacist Nick Fuentes, who has been banned from most major social media platforms for his White nationalist rhetoric.

TODAY’S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

A toast to better days ahead

Ryes and shine. Why not kick off your Monday with warm coffee and toast this morning — and learn how bread is made. (Click here to view)

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