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As the Senate has become increasingly polarized, the filibuster has become a weapon enabling the minority party to obstruct rather than compromise. But a couple of reforms could fix that. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden and Dems want full control in the future.
The repeated declarations from the White House and elsewhere seeking to discourage would-be migrants have failed to deter a surge of people hopeful that their turn has come under Biden. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is hurting the security of the nation.
Hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans jumped dramatically in major U.S. cities in 2020. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Blame China.

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The US Department of Education suspended a decision that found racial “affinity groups” discriminated against students and staff, The Post has learned. The goal of the programs — used by the New York City public school system and other school districts — is to separate students and staff by racial groups in order to help... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Schools and teachers have gone too far to the left.
Despite the wintry chill last month, the anti-police policies of recent years kept things pretty hot on the streets of Brooklyn, The Bronx and other crime-ridden parts of the city that continue to experience an epidemic of gun violence. NYPD figures for February show a 26.5 percent drop in overall crime but a 75 percent... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The liberal press are a major problem.
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.... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Trump was right about WHO - they cannot be trusted.
Amid calls for his resignation, the governor is relying on a shrinking circle of advisers to help him navigate the biggest crises of his political life. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Sex accusations did more harm to Cuomo than nursing home deaths.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged in connection with Mr. Floyd’s death. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Second challenge will be the truth.
A nurse in Baton Rouge has been on a crusade to overcome resistance among older African-Americans unwilling to take the coronavirus vaccine. New York Times

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Early data shows elementary students are falling behind in reading. We visited schools to find out how teachers are meeting the challenge.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Thanks to Dems and the liberal press.
Whitmer said an independent and thorough investigation is needed into Cuomo's conduct and he must be held accountable if allegations are true.      USA Today
Since August and after the peak of protests, support to redistribute portions of police budgets to fund social services has decreased four percent.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Good!
Search comes as the fallout from the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol continues. ABC
VOA VIEW: VOA View: Pelosi is looking for another "yes man".

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., largely steered debate around the coronavirus relief plan. ABC
VOA VIEW: Once a Dem, always a Dem.
At least a hundred people gathered at the front of the Idaho Capitol on Saturday to burn masks in a protest against measures taken to limit infections and deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic ABC
VOA VIEW: Choice!
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former FDA commissioner, says the variant first detected in the U.K. "will probably cause infections to tick back up," but doesn't predict a surge. CBS
VOA VIEW: What will be, will be.

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Republican Governor Jim Justice joins CBS News' "Face the Nation" to say mask mandates are needed "for us to get on rock-solid ground." CBS
VOA VIEW: State choice, not federal government choice.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says the CDC will soon issue guidance on how vaccinated individuals should interact with others. CBS
VOA VIEW: Fauci cannot he trusted.
Shortly after his press conference. New York State Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat, said he "must resign." CBS
VOA VIEW: Cuomo takes the hard line.
The Democratic-held House aims to pass the bill on Tuesday before sending it to Biden for his signature. CNBC
Cuomo also announced that Empire State restaurants outside of New York City can increase indoor dining capacity to 75% starting March 19. CNBC

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Defense officials have previously said the attack had typical hallmarks of a strike by Iran-backed groups. Iran has denied involvement. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden is weak - he is not trusted by US troops.
Moody Analytics’ Mark Zandi warns the economic recovery will unleash strong inflationary pressures. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The economy is in danger.
The president plans to sign orders to improve voter rights on the 56th anniversary of a peaceful protest that turned violent in Selma, Alabama. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Leftwing stupidity.

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The Senate's Covid relief bill lowered enhanced federal unemployment benefits to $300 per week and excludes a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Manchin will stay to the left.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a high-level press conference that the U.S. needs to stop interfering in what Beijing considers its domestic affairs. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden will not stand up to China.
The Covid-19 aid package is on track for final Congressional approval in the week ahead. It could be a double-edged sword for markets CNBC
VOA VIEW: The nation is on financial and security alert.
Senate passage of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill on Saturday brought the massive legislation one step closer to law. CNN
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It was Friday afternoon, and President Joe Biden was on the phone with Sen. Joe Manchin, the conservative West Virginia Democrat who felt blindsided by his party leaders and now was at risk of defecting and effectively torpedoing a central pillar of the White House's domestic agenda. CNN
VOA VIEW: Manchin has been bought, but he will loose in the end.
Swiss voters have approved a ban on full facial coverings including niqab and burqa in nearly all public places in a closely contested referendum on Sunday. CNN
Fareed Zakaria gives his take on the massive ramp-up of vaccines under President Joe Biden, who has marshaled the full power of the federal government to fight Covid-19. CNN
VOA VIEW: The message is America has gone left, left.
The Biden administration will transform two Texas facilities where detained migrant families are held into Ellis Island-style rapid processing centers, meaning adults and children who cross the border will be housed for a maximum of 72 hours before being released into the U.S. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Madness!
The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) plans to reopen schools starting April 12, announced the city’s Board of Education Friday. FOX News
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he aims to deliver his state an "off-ramp" to COVID-19 restrictions, by removing penalties last month and lifting the mask order by March 31 if it meets certain requirements. UPI
VOA VIEW: It's time to be free.
President Joe Biden on Sunday signed an executive order directing federal agencies to expand voting rights access and increase information on voter registration. UPI
VOA VIEW: The country is going very far left.
AccuWeather forecasters warn that residents of Central and Southern states should keep a close eye on the weather forecast in the coming days as potentially tumultuous changes can be on the way. UPI
A federal district judge ruled Friday that the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment "expired long ago" and that that three states' recent ratifications of the amendment do not count. UPI
VOA VIEW: It is good that a judge knows the law.
A Massachusetts judge ruled this week that a series of slave images belong to Harvard University, but the ancestor of the subjects who were forced to strip to the waist for the photos plans to appeal. UPI

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March 08, 2021

     After more than 25 hours of debate and votes, Senate Democrats passed a sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill Saturday aimed at helping lower-income Americans, small businesses, schools, the hard-hit hospitality and tourism industries, as well as state and local governments -- with aid also going to boost front-line pandemic work, vaccines, testing and tracing plans. The bill passed on a party-line vote and will now head back over to the House, which will have to reconcile several key changes before it heads to President Joe Biden's desk just days before unemployment benefits expire for millions of Americans.

     House Majority Leader Chuck Schumer jubilantly celebrated the bill’s passage on Saturday afternoon, hailing it as “perhaps the most significant bill to help the poor and working people in decades.” Schumer also praised Biden for his leadership, saying he put together “a great plan.” Biden praised the passage of the “historic” bill in the Senate on Saturday and said, “I hope it will find quick passage [in the House] so it can be sent to my desk to be signed into law. ”

     Dems own this mess.  1.9 trillion dollars - Less than 10% of the money has anything to do with coved -19 and not one Republican vote.