Top 5 US news of the day include the intensifying DeSantis-Disney conflict and additional penalties against Russia


Trump Administration Announces New Sanctions on Russia: The Trump administration has imposed new sanctions against Russia in response to its alleged interference in the 2020 presidential election and its ongoing cyber activities. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions are “intended as a deterrent” against future Russian interference.

DeSantis-Disney Feud Escalates Over Reopening: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Disney are locked in a heated public feud over the reopening of Walt Disney World. DeSantis has accused Disney of relying on outdated coronavirus safety guidelines, while Disney has called on the governor to let them set their own standards.

Derek Chauvin Trial Begins: Opening statements began today in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, resulting from the death of George Floyd last May. Chauvin is charged with second- and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter.

Feds Charge Florida Man Over January 6 Capitol Siege: Kenneth Miner has been charged with entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds in connection with the January 6 riot. The arrest is the first in Florida resulting from the U.S. Capitol siege.