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Steam rises from the cooling towers of the Grohnde nuclear power plant near Grohnde, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. Germany on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 is shutting down half of the six nuclear plants it still has in operation, a year before the country draws the final curtain on its decades-long use of atomic power. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

Nuclear winter in Germany

- The Washington Times

In late June, Robert Habeck, the Economy Minister of Germany announced in an effort to reduce its consumption of natural gas the Germans would increase their reliance on coal-burning power plants to generate electricity.

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Texas Congresswoman-elect Mayra Flores is celebrating her victory in a special election in the 34th Congressional District Texas on Tuesday which broke the longtime hold of the Democratic Party on that seat. A Republican, in fact, has only secured a victory in the district once in the past four decades. (Image courtesy of

GOP takes one from the Democrats with Flores win

- The Washington Times

There's broad agreement among the people who follow elections that the GOP will win back control of one or both houses of Congress in the next election. How many seats and from where are matters still subject to debate.