Midday open thread: Wheelchairs, 'shakeups,' and snow

Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is Bill Dare, in ‘Octo-Danger’:

Thank you, Senator Duckworth:

In the closing weeks of the Obama administration, the Department of Transportation completed a years-long effort to begin holding airlines accountable for damaging passengers’ motorized wheelchairs and scooters. Then Donald Trump took office. […]

… just days into the Trump administration, the Department of Transportation, newly filled with political appointees, including some who had previously worked as airline lobbyists, froze the new requirement.  […]

But the data the industry has fought against reporting will soon be made public.  That’s because this fall Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who uses a wheelchair herself, convinced colleagues to insert a requirement that the rule be implemented into the Federal Aviation Agency reauthorization.  

Huh. This “shakeup” doesn’t seem to involve the guy who ordered the hit:

Saudi Arabian King Salman has issued a wide-ranging overhaul of top government posts, including naming a new foreign minister, following international fallout from the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi nearly three months ago.

Oy:

Japan has announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) next year, and will resume commercial hunting in its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone from July.

Be careful if you’re traveling in this:

The storm system that forced a cancellation of a college football game in Texas due to unrelenting lightning drove blizzard-like conditions through parts of the Midwest on Thursday and threatened travel chaos from Minnesota down to Kansas and east to New England.

Blizzard warnings were in effect for parts of Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Some areas were bracing for up to 18 inches snow. Sustained winds of 15-30 mph with gusts ranging between 35 and 50 mph are anticipated in parts of the region.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: We’re back, LIVE, with our first Kwanzaa-cast of the year. Greg Dworkin helps round up the last few wacky days. The shutdown continues. Trump drops in on Iraq & ruins it. NC-09: Gop US Attorneys are at it again. Another look at France’s yellow vest protests.

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