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The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed by the US Senate wipes out New York State’s projected budget deficit — possibly negating the need for hefty tax hikes or spending cuts, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office said Monday. “Ok. Thanks to @SenSchumer NYS budget deficit for this year is…..Zero, nada, niete, zilch (NY terms),”... New York Post
VOA VIEW: A major ripoff to American taxpayers.
Mexican migration officials on Sunday reportedly shut down a border camp for Central American migrants — sending most of the 800 residents to the US regardless of COVID-19 infection status — as a result of President Biden ending former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. Many of the asylum seekers reached nearby Brownsville, Texas,... New York Post
The Georgia House of Representatives voted 173-0 Monday to repeal the state’s Civil War-era citizen’s arrest law in response to the shooting death of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery. The bill, which still requires the approval of the state Senate, could make the Peach State the first in the US to repeal a law granting residents... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Not a smart move.
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Without any real debate — without congressional hearings, new legislation, or anything more than a series of executive orders — President Biden has effectively put in place a complete open-border policy on the southwest border. All he had to do was signal, with the stroke of a pen, that if you can get into the... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden is an idiot.
It would be fitting if Democrats undertook a radical procedural step to pass a radical piece of legislation. That’s what the left is pressuring Senate Democrats to do by eliminating, or significantly curtailing, the filibuster to pass HR1, the sweeping voting proposal that is one of the most execrable bills to pass the House in... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems have gone on a power grab crusade.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top lawyer is leaving after less than two years on the job, the latest resignation in a wave of departures from the administration besieged by dueling scandals involving nursing homes and sexual harassment allegations. Kumiki Gibson has served as Counsel to the Governor, Cuomo’s chief lawyer, since Sept. 2019, but... New York Post
The Biden administration will examine regulations by Betsy DeVos that gave the force of law to rules that granted more due-process rights to students accused of sexual assault. New York Times
VOA VIEW: More Biden stupidity.
States suing are Missouri, Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.
VOA VIEW: As they should and more should be added.
Chris Cuomo received backlash after viral clips showed his on-air comment about being "Black on the inside" on Friday.
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Georgia's House approved a measure Monday that would raise the age for charging most people from 17 to 18. The House voted 113-51 to pass House Bill 272, sending it to the Senate for more debate. House Juvenile Justice Committee Chairman Mandi Ballinger, a Canton Republican, has ... Washington Times
The lawyers tapped to investigate sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo both have experience handling high-profile cases involving men accused of abusing their power. One of the attorneys, Joon Kim, was a federal prosecutor who directed investigations that sent one of Cuomo's top ... Washington Times
Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was billed as a jurist in the mold of the late conservative icon Justice Antonin Scalia, is raising eyebrows with early rulings in which she sides with the high court’s moderates. Justice Barrett appeared to break with her mentor Scalia, for whom she ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A major disappointment.
The Oklahoma Senate approved a bill Monday to crack down on protesters who block roadways, harass people, fail to disperse or assault law enforcement. The bill, approved on a 38-8 party-line vote with Republicans in favor, is one of a series of Republican-backed proposals across ... Washington Times
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Legislators in Wyoming have introduced a bill to end he state's use of capital punishment. ABC
A polar vortex pushed average temps down by about 3 degrees in February as the lower 48 states experienced the coldest February in more than three decades. ABC
In a surprise move, Sen. Roy Blunt, part of the GOP leadership, announced Monday he will not seek re-election in 2022. ABC
VOA VIEW: At odds with Trump.
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Almost every Tennessee House Republican says hearings should be held for the removal of a judge who expanded absentee voting in the 2020 election due to the COVID-19 pandemic ABC
VOA VIEW: As it should be.
A bill that would extend federal civil rights protections to LGBTQ people is a top priority of President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress ABC
VOA VIEW: Special rights for no one.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed into law a Republican-backed bill that makes it harder to vote early, potentially eroding a key aspect of Democratic campaigns ABC
Americans who have received the COVID-19 vaccine can gather with vaccinated family or friends without wearing masks or social distancing, according to new CDC guidance. ABC
The Supreme Court sided with a former Georgia college student who sued his school after it prevented him from expressing religious views in a free-speech zone on campus. ABC
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More than 7,000 unaccompanied migrant children were transferred to U.S. refugee agency shelters last month — a record high for a February. CBS
Jury selection in Derek Chauvin's trial was delayed while the judge considers reinstating a lesser murder count. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside a Minneapolis courthouse to demand justice in George Floyd's death. CBS
VOA VIEW: A mess and injustice.
The appearance is likely to stoke speculation about the former vice president's White House ambitions. CBS
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The Temporary Protected Status designation offers deportation relief and work permits to eligible Venezuelan immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before Monday. CBS
"We thought, frankly, we have a very low infection rate right now, plenty of capacity in our hospitals," Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: No one knows the total facts.
People should start making travel plans now before prices go up, warned Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel. CNBC
The Pentagon said Monday that it has not decided on whether to withdraw U.S. troops in Afghanistan. CNBC
Covid vaccines, particularly single-shots like J&J's, probably won't begin reaching developing countries "en masse" until the end of this year, Gates said. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Much guess work.
Zuckerberg's remarks are notable because he identifies software that could be the hook to get people to wear advanced headsets. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Zuckerberg has no real clue.
Georgia's state Senate on Monday passed a election bill that would repeal no-excuse absentee voting among other sweeping changes in the critical swing state. CNN
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled a slate of voting proposals Friday that he wants lawmakers to pass in their upcoming legislative session, including restricting the mass mailing of mail-in ballots and access to ballot drop boxes. CNN
VOA VIEW: All states should do the same.
President Joe Biden signed an executive order Sunday expanding voting access in what the White House calls "an initial step" in its efforts to "protect the right to vote and ensure all eligible citizens can freely participate in the electoral process." CNN
VOA VIEW: Biden is a liberal joke.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new health guidelines Monday for vaccinated people but made no mention of travel. FOX News
The Arizona Department of Education is conducting a review of its equity-related resources after material surfaced suggesting that babies and children of other ages harbored racial biases that should be addressed by adults. FOX News
VOA VIEW: It should be address by parents.
An Ohio school district will require students and staff to double mask when in-person learning resumes later this month. FOX News
The U.S.-Mexico border remains closed because of the pandemic, but hundreds of migrants are still heading north and it’s leaving several communities, including Nogales, Arizona, on edge. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Biden is creating an immigration mess.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped a chance to review the scope of a legal defense called qualified immunity that increasingly has been used to shield police accused of excessive force, turning away an appeal by a Cleveland man who sued after being roughed up by police while trying to enter his own home. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Police should not fear taking action.
U.S. Capitol Police were “understaffed, insufficiently equipped and inadequately trained” to secure the Capitol and Congress members on Jan. 6, according to a final security review to be presented Monday by retired Army Lieutenant General Russel Honoré before the House in closed-door sessions. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Honore is a mad anti white liberal idiot.
The number of migrants who have tested positive for the coronavirus after being released by the Border Patrol into Texas has nearly doubled, officials say. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A very sad mistake.
The Missile Defense Agency is again considering a radar defense array in Hawaii, with two sites under consideration, after previously dropping plans to build it because of adverse public reaction. UPI
President Joe Biden will make his first prime-time address to the nation this week to mark the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, the White House said Monday. UPI
VOA VIEW: It won't be long or Biden will sound like the fool, he is.
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The Georgia Senate on Monday passed a sweeping measure backed by Republican legislators to restrict absentee voting after the GOP lost statewide elections for president and U.S. Senate. UPI
President Joe Biden signed two executive orders on Monday in recognition of International Women's Day to support gender equity and equal rights in the United States. UPI
VOA VIEW: Equal rights for all.
The U.S. Capitol needs a permanent, "quick reaction" force to defend it from future violence, a task force report submitted on Monday says. UPI
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The World Health Organization basically just admitted to trying to get away with yet another whitewash on behalf of China’s rulers. The agency last week acknowledged that the report by a team of “investigators” supposedly looking into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan isn’t worth anything — and the agency is scrapping it. The WHO team still plans to publish a summary along with a final report to be released later. But the simple fact is that it didn’t actually investigate anything. Trump was right - WHO cannot be trusted - they are controlled by China.
Kudos to the international group of more than two dozen top scientists who called out the fraud and demanded a real probe into the bug’s origins. They noted that the WHO team completed its “investigative mission” without getting the necessary access: It basically just took Beijing’s word for everything — and gave Chinese team members (and so, China’s rulers) a veto over what went into its “report.” It’s beyond astonishing that the WHO tried to get away with such games again. The agency has been echoing the Chinese Communist Party’s lies from the pandemic’s start.
China still got some propaganda value from this farce: headlines blaring the WHO investigators’ finding that it was “extremely unlikely” that the virus leaked from a Chinese lab and more likely that the virus originated outside of China and spread to Wuhan via frozen-food packaging. And why, if the WHO isn’t still in Bejing’s pocket, did it engineer a “fact-finding” mission preprogrammed to help the CCP peddle its absurdist lies? As the scientists note in an open letter, it was “all but impossible” for the WHO team to conduct a full investigation, especially when it had to run “findings” through the regime. Put simply, the WHO, just like the CCP, can only be trusted to lie.