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Biden pushes war crimes trial for Putin, Kansas wins title; 5 Things podcast


On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Biden calls for war crimes trial against Putin

The latest horror comes in Bucha, Ukraine, outside Kyiv. White House reporter Rebecca Morin explains Biden’s comments. Plus, we look at other developments inside Ukraine, Amazon workers unionize in New York, politics reporter Dylan Wells has the latest on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court and Kansas wins the men’s college basketball championship.

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Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Tuesday the 5th of April, 2022. Today, the latest war crimes accusation surrounding Russian president Vladimir Putin. Plus, how Amazon workers in New York unionized, and more.

Here are some of the top headlines: 

  1. A suspect has been arrested after this weekend’s mass shooting in Sacramento that left six dead. 26 year old Dandrae Martin was taken into custody, though police say more arrests are expected.
  2. People living in poorer counties have died of COVID-19 at nearly two times the rate of those in wealthier counties, that’s according to a report out yesterday from a national civil rights group and research organizations.
  3. And an eight month old baby with a rare heart disease finally got a new heart last week. Elodie Carmen Baker had been waiting for 218 days.

President Joe Biden yesterday made his latest strong statement about Russian president Vladimir Putin.

President Joe Biden:

You may remember, I got criticized for calling Putin a war criminal. Well, the truth of the matter, you saw what happened in Bucha, this warrants him… He is a war criminal. But we have to gather the information, we have to continue to provide Ukraine with the weapons they need to continue to fight, and we have to gather all the detail so this could be actual have a war crime trial. This guy is brutal and what’s happening in Bucha is outrageous, and everyone’s seen it.

Taylor Wilson:

So what would happen next if Putin were to be charged with war crimes? White House reporter Rebecca Morin has more.

Rebecca Morin:

President Joe Biden basically criticized Russian president Vladimir Putin as a war criminal for the recent reports of atrocities in Ukraine. He also said that he would like to see a war crimes trial against Putin. And there are discussions on more sanctions for Russia after these atrocities were reported.


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