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10 things you need to know today: March 26, 2023 - The Week

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White House to send federal aid to Mississippi following tornado

President Biden on Sunday declared a disaster in Mississippi following a devastating storm and tornadoes that left a swath of destruction through parts of the state. In a White House readout, Biden confirmed that federal aid was on its way to Mississippi, and that it makes funding available to affected individuals in Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe, and Sharkey Counties. In a separate statement, Biden said he was "praying for those who have lost loved ones in the devastating tornadoes in Mississippi and for those whose loved ones are missing," and that the images from the destruction were heartbreaking. At least 25 people have died and dozens are missing following the tornadoes, with that number expected to rise.

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Biden’s pick to lead FAA withdraws nomination

Phillip Washington, President Biden's pick to lead the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has withdrawn his nomination, the White House said late Saturday. Washington was nominated last year to take over the agency following a series of problems identified within the air travel industry. However, he has faced steep Republican criticism in the Senate for his lack of aviation experience, and alleged legal problems. Abdullah Hasan, a spokesperson for the White House, confirmed that Washington had pulled his nomination, but maintained that he had the proper credentials to run the FAA....



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