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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 866,540; Tuesday, 868,512.
President BidenJoe BidenFox News reporter says Biden called him after ‘son of a b—-‘ remark Peloton responds after another TV character has a heart attack on one of its bikes Defense & National Security — Pentagon puts 8,500 troops on high alert MORE, who had been wary about challenging Russia’s military mobilization against Ukraine beyond urgent diplomacy and threats of slow-motion international economic sanctions, unveiled a more muscular military defense posture with Europe to be prepared for Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinSenators huddle on Russia sanctions as tensions escalate Schumer requests Senate briefing on Ukraine amid Russia tensions Biden rushes to pressure Russia as Ukraine fears intensify MORE’s next move.
The Pentagon said it placed 8,500 U.S. troops on “heightened alert” for possible deployment to Eastern Europe to defend NATO allies, and the White House confirmed on Monday that the president is considering deploying more troops to be ready should Russia invade Ukraine and thereby threaten NATO partners (The New York Times and NBC News).
Reuters: The Kremlin said today it is watching the U.S. military actions with great concern.
Following a Monday video conference with his NATO counterparts, Biden said there was “total unanimity with all the European leaders.” Pentagon spokesman John KirbyJohn KirbyDefense & National Security — Pentagon puts 8,500 troops on high alert Biden rushes to pressure Russia as Ukraine fears intensify Biden touts ‘total unanimity’ with European leaders after call on Russia-Ukraine MORE said it is “clear” Russia has “no intention right now of…