Alben W. Barkley (1877–1956) was the 35th vice president of the United
States, serving from 1949 to 1953. He was elected the U.S.
representative from Kentucky's first district in 1912 as a liberal
Democrat, supporting President Woodrow Wilson's New Freedom domestic
agenda and foreign policy. In 1927 he entered the U.S. Senate, where he
supported the New Deal, and was elected to succeed Joseph T. Robinson,
Senate Majority Leader, upon Robinson's death in 1937. He resigned as
majority leader after President Franklin D. Roosevelt ignored his advice
and vetoed the Revenue Act of 1943, but the veto was overridden and he
was unanimously re-elected to the position. Barkley had a better working
relationship with Harry S. Truman, who ascended to the presidency after
Roosevelt's death in 1945. At the 1948 Democratic National Convention,
Barkley gave a keynote address that energized the delegates. Truman
selected him as a running mate for the upcoming election, and the two
scored an upset victory.
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In its Order, which has binding effect, the Court indicates the
following provisional measures: ... The Russian Federation shall
immediately suspend the military operations that it commenced on 24
February 2022 in the territory of Ukraine ... The Russian Federation
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directed or supported by it, as well as any organizations and persons
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