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As the Biden administration takes steps toward a renewed detente with Tehran, some of Washington's Arab allies look on with mounting unease. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is destroying America First - he is an idiot.
It's party time for the president's brother. New York Post
New York’s top state legislators turned up the heat on Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday for stonewalling lawmakers over the total tally of nursing home residents killed by COVID-19. In nearly identical statements from their spokespeople, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie pushed back against Cuomo’s suggestion that they were... New York Post
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Texans say energy companies are on a power trip. Electric bills in the Lone Star State skyrocketed to as high as $17,000 per month after a historic storm and power outage sparked a high demand for heat, according to reports Friday. Dallas-area resident Ty Williams was hit with sticker shock when his monthly bill soared from... New York Post
President Biden on Friday said life may not return to normal in 2021 due to COVID-19 mutations and possible interruptions in US vaccine production. Biden said at a Pfizer vaccine factory in Portage, Mich., that mutations of the virus and unforeseen vaccine production blips could extend the pandemic’s social and economic fallout. “I believe we’ll... New York Post
VOA VIEW: A change is just over 30 days.
NASA’s Perseverance Rover has released its first full-color look at Mars a day after its successful landing — and scientists are fascinated by the rocks it captured on the Red Planet. Researchers hope the small rocks filled with holes seen next to one of Perseverance’s six wheels holds the key to finding evidence of life... New York Post
The administration’s guidance for sending kids back to the classroom is far too restrictive. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden just talks.
Members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus were shouted down by Republicans during debate on a bill that some see as discriminatory.
VOA VIEW: Blacks are becoming radically vocal.
Manchin said after reviewing her public statements and tweets, he would oppose her nomination to run the powerful White House office.
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The trip is President Biden's second visit to a politically crucial Midwest state this week as he pitches his COVID-19 relief package.
VOA VIEW: To each their own.
"What started as dirty looks and verbal assaults" at the beginning of the pandemic "escalated to physical attacks and violence," Rep. Judy Chu said.
VOA VIEW: China has caused the problem.
In honor of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday announced he would order flags in Florida to be flown at half-staff when Limbaugh's body is laid to rest. Limbaugh, a Florida resident, died Wednesday after battling lung cancer. Washington Times
South Carolina’s new law banning most abortions was suspended by a federal judge Friday on its second day in effect. Judge Mary Geiger Lewis put a 14-day temporary restraining order on the law and will renew it until she can hold a more substantial hearing on March ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Expected to happen.
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An estimated magnitude 4.2 earthquake has been recorded along Oklahoma's border with Kansas ABC
Reince Priebus, a former White House chief of staff to Donald Trump, has called Republican donors and power brokers in Wisconsin to discuss a possible bid for governor or the U.S. Senate ABC
In the past year, insurrectionists have breached the U.S. Capitol and protesters have forced their way into statehouses around the country ABC
VOA VIEW: No real attempt to use force on the so-called insurrectionists was made.
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U.S. officials are scrambling to reinforce the nation’s cyber defenses following a sweeping hack that may have exposed government and corporate secrets to Russia ABC
VOA VIEW: All hackers should be given a good lesson.
Delivery giant rerouting vaccine doses through other states after winter storm disrupts its main hub in Tennessee. CBS
Dr. Anthony Fauci offered an updated prediction as vaccine clinical trials expand to include children. CBS
VOA VIEW: Fauci is a fool.
Some 4 million customers were without power in Texas this week. The top official at the state's power grid said it could have been worse. CBS
VOA VIEW: Liberals are not accepting the truth that windmills where frozen.
The president said he'll sign the major disaster declaration Friday, which will unlock more FEMA resources for Texas. CBS
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President Biden reiterated his intent to move away from some of the global engagement policies of the last four years. CBS
VOA VIEW: Liberalism is back.
The severe winter weather continues to wreak havoc on Texas. CNBC
The CDC published new data listing the most common side effects Americans reported after receiving shots of Pfizer's or Moderna's Covid-19 vaccines. CNBC
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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may regret travel to Cancun this week, but thousands of Americans are also flocking to the Mexican resort despite travel restrictions. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The liberal media has nothing else to whine about.
"Everyone must play by the same rules," Biden said in a speech to the Munich Security Conference, delivered virtually from the White House. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden is selling the US short.
Seeking a sharp break from the "America First" policies of his predecessor -- which often manifested in bitter disagreements, escalating trade wars and rejection of the systems established to prevent conflict -- President Joe Biden on Friday reaffirmed the US position of global leadership, the power of its alliances and the resilience of democracy in the United States and abroad. CNN
VOA VIEW: America First is lost under Biden.
Georgia voting rights groups are denouncing a sweeping voting bill introduced this week by Republican state legislators as a "direct attack on democracy" and on Black voters. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal racial stupidity.
House Democrats took another step Friday in their effort to advance a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, releasing the full bill text, which includes an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, $1,400 direct checks for Americans making $75,000 or less a year, an extension of $400 federal unemployment benefits and more money for small businesses struggling amid the pandemic. 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
A California mother reacted Friday to a profanity-laced hot mic moment of school board members slamming parents over calls to have teachers return to in-person learning. FOX News
A majority of teachers currently back in classrooms for in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic say they are comfortable with the experience, a national union’s poll has found. FOX News
VOA VIEW: As it should be.
The first of 17 B-1B bombers to be retired this year took its final flight, to Davis-Monahan Air Force Base, Ariz., this week, the Air Force announced. UPI
Three virtual anti-jamming tests of wideband global satellite communications satellites were a success, the U.S. Air Force announced this week. UPI
Attorneys general from several states called on President Joe Biden and Congress Friday to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower, an issue that the new administration has yet to embrace. UPI
President Joe Biden met for the first time Friday with the heads of the Group of Seven nations in a virtual meeting, at which he pledged billions to an international effort to distribute COVID-19 vaccines. UPI
VOA VIEW: $$$ is not the only solution.
While the catastrophe wrought by unprecedented weather in Texas was shared by millions left shivering in their own homes, the suffering was not equally spread. UPI
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