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Another hazardous material train derailment, this time in North Dakota

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A 70-car Canadian Pacific train hauling hazardous materials derailed in North Dakota late Sunday night around 11:15 p.m. about a mile southeast of Wyndmere in Richland County, according to local reports.

While no injuries were reported, according to a report, officials said 31 of the 70 cars derailed, with some leaking petroleum used in the making of asphalt. Citing officials, WZFG reported crews will allow the cold weather to solidify the leaked materials, which are expected to turn into a gel. A retired Norfolk Southern engineer says the disaster could have been prevented, and the cleanup is expected to last between seven and ten days.

While no injuries were reported in that incident, another train derailment begs the question as to what is going on? On Sunday, two cars of a Canadian Pacific train derailed in a Chicago suburb. One car was carrying wheat and the other was empty, FOX32 Chicago reported, citing officials.

On Thursday, Five other freight train cars derailed in Massachusetts. Luckily no hazardous materials were being carried and there were also no reports of injuries, according to authorities.

Concerns over railroads remain high ever since the drastic accident in  East Palestine, Ohio, in early February in which about 50 cars derailed, spilling hazardous materials and forcing evacuations of residents.

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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