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Senate Democrats hit another hurdle as they try to get President Biden's relief bill over the finish line. The latest debate is over unemployment aid. CBS
VOA VIEW: The alleged stimulus plan should be defeated or reduced.
A red-hot wave of Republicans in 20 states is pushing for new rules since former President Trump was banned from the two platforms. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good, all states should do the same.
Americans are warming up to COVID-19 vaccines, with 19% saying they've already received at least one dose and 49% intending to do so when they get the chance. LA Times
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo had someone else take his mandatory workplace sex harassment training course for him — then signed off on it as if he’d taken it himself, accuser Charlotte Bennett says in a bombshell new interview aired Friday night. “In 2019, he did not take the sexual harassment training,” the 25-year-old alleges in the... New York Post
VOA VIEW: A major concern.
Far-left MSNBC host Joy Reid’s outrageous week continued Wednesday when she tweeted that conservatives would all love to “openly say the n-word” and felt oppressed because they couldn’t be “openly racist.” “I’ll say it again: people on the right would trade all the tax cuts for the ability to openly say the n-word like in ‘the good old... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Reid is an idiot.
When public policies have produced disastrous results, and when alternative policies have resulted in immediate, seemingly miraculous improvement, why would anyone want to go back to the earlier policies? The earlier policies — a pullback from active policing and certain punishment, an open-handed welfare system providing income for single mothers — were put in place... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The country is going backward.
New York state senate passes bill to limit Gov. Cuomo's pandemic emergency powers. ABC
President Joe Biden on Friday signaled support to replace decades-old authorizations for the use of military force in the Middle East, a little more than a week after he relied on the authorizations to carry out a retaliatory airstrike in eastern Syria ABC
Detroit this week turned down 6,200 doses of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine ABC
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John McAfee, the software developer, is accused of a cryptocurrency pump-and-dump scheme. ABC
Charlotte Bennett, a former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, tells Norah O'Donnell that she told the governor's chief of staff and attorney about the alleged sexual harassment. CBS
VOA VIEW: Cuomo has problems.
Although the $1.9 trillion bill is expected to pass, Republican senators will make the process as difficult as possible. CBS
States are allowing more activities as more Americans get vaccinated. CBS
VOA VIEW: Choice is good.
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In this tale of two economies, 40% of Americans have had a job cut or layoff — while 30% say they're better off than a year ago. CBS
VOA VIEW: Serious reality.
The administration said it would reimburse local officials for COVID testing and shelter for asylum seekers. Governor Abbott said "no." CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden is wrong.
The bill criminalizes "gestures or other physical contact that would have a direct tendency to provoke a violent response" CBS
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The SEC accused AT&T of violating the Fair Disclosure Regulation. CNBC
VOA VIEW: AT&T should be fined hard.
The Senate approved a bill that would increase oversight on Chinese-funded cultural centers, or Confucius Institutes, on university campuses. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Hopefully Biden will not fold.
Sen. Ron Wyden, who leads the Senate Finance Committee, wants Biden's infrastructure bill to cut tax breaks for the energy industry. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Wyden is an idiot.
The Senate is bracing for a series of politically tough amendment votes Friday that could stretch late into the night and into the early hours of Saturday, the last major hurdle senators face before voting on President Joe Biden's sweeping pandemic relief bill, even as lawmakers are still planning to make changes to the legislation. CNN
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a lower court should reconsider the state's motion to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. CNN
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The Biden administration is increasingly sounding the alarm over a series of newly discovered cyber intrusions that Microsoft said this week were linked to China. CNN
VOA VIEW: China is a major problem, especially when the US has a weak president.
A former Trump-era State Department aide has been arrested in connection to the Capitol Hill riot, the FBI confirmed to Fox News on Friday. FOX News
The co-founder of advocacy group VoicesForSeniors, whose mother died in a New York nursing home, says revelations about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home coronavirus policy may help get justice for those affected by the order. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Cuomo must pay big time.
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An Arizona sheriff is speaking out against President Joe Biden’s decision to halt border wall construction, saying the decision has created a “crime scene” at the U.S.-Mexico border. FOX News
New York City saw a 75% jump in shootings this February compared to last, despite a slowdown in reported murders and felony assaultd, as the city’s and state’s top officials seem at odds over Big Apple crime and safety. FOX News
Israel is preparing to act independently against Iran and is updating plans for military strikes on Iran's nuclear sites, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said. UPI
Rep. Eric Swalwell of California filed a federal civil lawsuit Friday against former President Donald Trump and three others whom he says incited the attack on the U.S. Capitol two months ago. UPI
VOA VIEW: Swalwell is an idiot and his suit is dumb.
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A crisis is a terrible thing to create. This, nonetheless, is what President Biden has done at the southern border. Biden is creating a very serious economic and security crises. His rhetoric during the campaign suggesting an open-handed approach to migrants coming to the US, and his early moves to undo Donald Trump’s border policies, are creating a migrant surge that risks running out of control.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says the situation isn’t a crisis, but “a challenge” — an “acute” and “stressful” challenge with some “urgency,” but merely a challenge all the same. Consider the contours of this challenge. Twice as many people, about 80,000, tried to cross the border illegally in January of this year as compared with January a year ago. Even though it isn’t peak traveling season yet (that traditionally comes in May and June), the US Border Patrol has already begun releasing migrants into US towns on the border.
Axios reported on a briefing prepared for Biden that warned that the number of migrant kids is on pace to set a record, and there aren’t nearly enough beds to accommodate them. Biden officials tend to discuss the “push factors,” the conditions that prompt migrants to flee their countries in Central America. But changing those underlying conditions, even if doable, is a long-term proposition. What we have much more direct control over is the “pull factors,” our own policies and practices that create an incentive to come here.
Trump had a number of false starts at the border, but, by the end, had created an entirely reasonable system based on his lawful authorities to impose order at the border. There is no good reason to rip up much of this arrangement, though that’s exactly what Biden has done. During the pandemic, Trump turned around illegal crossers at the border on public-health grounds. Biden has created an exception for unaccompanied minors, which is an obvious incentive for families to send children under age 18. Under Trump, the Migration Protection Protocols, also known as Remain in Mexico, ended the practice of letting Central American migrants into the US while their asylum claims were adjudicated.