Disney is suspending the release of its films in Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. Although Russia is not a major film market like China and the United States, Disney’s decision to stop releasing films there is notable and could prompt other studios to pull their films from the country as well. . Here’s what you need to know to Level up and get on with your day.

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1.Ukraine

A 40-mile-long Russian military convoy of armored vehicles and tanks is closing in on the Ukrainian capital, with US officials warning that the sheer number of Russian troops could overcome Ukrainian resistance. Satellite images show the massive convoy driving through the outskirts of Kiev, as smoke billows from what appears to be burning houses left in the convoy’s path. Ukraine is calling on the international community to come to its aid as US officials warn that Russian President Vladimir Putin could imminently increase the intensity of the attack. Negotiations for a possible ceasefire ended yesterday with a Ukrainian official saying only that the two sides would return to their capitals for consultations on whether to implement a number of “decisions”. More than 400 civilians have already been killed or injured since Russia began an unprovoked attack on its neighbor last week, according to the United Nations. Follow CNN’s full coverage of Russia’s attack on Ukraine here.

2. State of the Union

Law enforcement in Washington, DC, is bracing for possible protests ahead of President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address later in the day. A fence has been erected to prevent disruption of protests as well as a possible truck convoy. In addition to physical threats, officials say they are paying close attention to the possibility of Russian cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns. As Biden prepares to deliver his annual address to Congress and the nation, the White House and his Democratic allies recognize that the President’s domestic agenda and any accomplishments he will outline during his speech have effectively “been overshadowed by the ‘Ukraine”. You can watch the State of the Union address on CNN at 9 p.m. ET tonight or stream it live here.

3. SCOTUS

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will hold meetings with top Democratic and Republican senators tomorrow, a White House official told CNN, as the confirmation process for Biden’s Supreme Court nominee continues. Democrats are hoping for a quick, bipartisan confirmation process for the U.S. District Court judge, who would go down in history as the first black woman to serve on the nation’s top court. Biden formally nominated Jackson to the Supreme Court on Friday, praising her as an “extraordinarily qualified candidate” whose opinions are “carefully reasoned, tied to precedent, and demonstrate respect for the law’s impact on ordinary people.” The White House also gets a major endorsement of Jackson from a prominent conservative judge who advised former Vice President Mike Pence in the 2020 election fight.

4.Coronavirus

The effectiveness of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for young children declined rapidly during the Omicron surge, according to new data from the New York State Department of Health. Less than a month after being fully vaccinated, the effectiveness of Pfizer injections against infection caused by the Omicron variant fell from 68% to just 12% in children aged 5 to 11 years. While the vaccine still protected against serious illnesses, the vaccine’s effectiveness against hospitalization in this age group also dropped dramatically, from 100% in early December to just 48% in late January. Meanwhile, more and more governors across the United States are dropping mask mandates — including in states that have long retained school mask mandates.

5. Abortion

Senate Republicans yesterday blocked a bill passed by the House aimed at preserving access to abortion nationwide. The House had passed the legislation, dubbed the Women’s Health Protection Act, in late September – even though the bill failed to garner the votes needed to pass the Senate 50-50. As expected, the Senate blocked the measure on a near-partisan vote, with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia voting with Republicans in opposition. The vote was 46-48. The bill’s failure to advance in the Senate comes as Republican-led states have introduced and advanced bills across the country that make it harder for women to access abortions and threaten providers. healthcare providers performing the procedure.

BROWSE

Airbnb offers free temporary housing to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees

Generous platform hosts open their doors to those in need.

Netflix says it won’t show public TV channels in Russia

Companies are cutting ties with Russia left and right … and Netflix says it has “no plans” to add Russian state TV channels to its service.

Aretha Franklin’s Granddaughter Auditions for ‘American Idol’

RESPECT to Grace Franklin, 15, who took the plunge — knowing she had some very big shoes to fill.

Yellowstone National Park turns 150

Never stop exploring! This stunning photo gallery celebrating the park’s special anniversary may inspire you to visit.

Tyrannosaurus rex may have been misunderstood

Cue the “Jurassic Park” theme song… Apparently, the T. rex may have had two equally terrifying species of siblings.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

5

This is the number of dangerous bacterial infections in infants that have recently been linked to a recalled lot of Similac powdered infant formula. The CDC and the US Food and Drug Administration are investigating reports and complaints of childhood illnesses linked to the formula from a production facility in Sturgis, Michigan. Each of the five infants was hospitalized and bacterial infections may have contributed to the deaths of two of them, the agency added. The reports come amid a shortage of infant formula in the United States as manufacturers struggle to meet current demand despite producing at full capacity.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I’m a journalist at heart. While I enjoyed every minute on ‘The Late Show,’ I’m joining CNN because I feel a genuine urge to get back in the news at such a critical time in history. .”

— Chris Licht, after being named head of CNN when Discovery and WarnerMedia merge this spring. Licht is currently the showrunner of “The Late Show” and executive vice president of special programming at ViacomCBS. Yesterday’s announcement comes nearly a month after CNN’s top job suddenly opened up when Jeff Zucker was kicked out by WarnerMedia for failing to disclose a consensual romantic relationship with his longtime No. 2 Allison. Gollust.

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AND FINALLY

Happy Mardi Gras!

Today is Mardi Gras and parties are rolling from Louisiana to Brazil with music, pearls and king cake! Be careful though… you might find a plastic baby in the traditional dessert! Enjoy this short video that explains why. (Click here to view)

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