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Amazon has accused the Parler social network known as a conservative alternative to Twitter of trying to conceal its ownership amid a legal dispute between Amazon and Parler stemming from the U.S. Capitol riots ABC
VOA VIEW: A private company can do what they legally want.
The No. 2 House Republican says party leaders would “take action” against Rep. Matt Gaetz if the Justice Department formally moves ahead with legal action against him ABC
VOA VIEW: What more can be promised?
The Biden administration is beginning to undo a Trump-era ban on clinics referring women for abortions ABC
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The president announced the withdrawal in the same room where former President George W. Bush announced the war in Afghanistan's start. ABC
VOA VIEW: Foolish reasons given for the withdrawal.
President Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress will look like no other in recent memory ABC
VOA VIEW: It will sound and look foolish.
IRS said it delivered some 156 million payments worth about $372 billion, with many arriving this week. CBS
The timing and other details of the vice president's trip have not yet been announced. CBS
VOA VIEW: Time will tell when.
Many Americans have received three rounds of stimulus checks and enhanced unemployment benefits since the pandemic began, helping forestall a wave of defaults. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Who pays back the free money distributed by the government?
March retail sales are expected to be strong, and some economists say stimulus checks may have contributed to an even bigger gain of 10% or more. CNBC
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Gary Gensler was confirmed to lead the SEC on Wednesday. He promised to tackle bitcoin regulation, "gamification" of trading and board diversity. CNBC
A fifth batch of $1,400 stimulus checks has been sent, bringing the total to about 159 million recipients or more than $376 billion. CNBC
Some taxpayers receive significantly higher tax refunds after filing their returns, according to an analysis of IRS data from LendingTree. CNBC
The shooting of Daunte Wright by Police Officer Kim Potter occurred during the Minneapolis murder trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd. CNBC
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A bill proposed by Senate Democrats would put states on more equal footing relative to jobless benefits and expand the pool of recipients. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Mad free money.
VOA VIEW: Both are fools.
Derek Chauvin's defense team is expected to call two more expert witnesses on their second day of testimony in an attempt to raise doubt in the prosecution's case and further highlight George Floyd's drug use. CNN
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Dr. Anthony Fauci responds to Fox News host Tucker Carlson after Carlson suggested Covid-19 vaccines are not effective. CNN
VOA VIEW: Fauci is an idiot.
A California-based group is sounding the alarm as the state education department considers implementing a framework that promotes controversial ideas about race and mathematics. FOX News
A Texas police officer was shot multiple times during a traffic stop early Wednesday and police were searching for suspects, authorities said. FOX News
Britain, France and Germany criticized Iran on Wednesday for increasing enrichment of uranium to levels banned by the 2015 nuclear deal. UPI
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan are up by almost 30% this year and numbered close to 1,800 over the first three months of 2021, according to a United Nations report on Wednesday. UPI
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Advisers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday to review a possible link between Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine and a few cases of blood clotting. UPI
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mocked New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “Squad” of progressive allies, according to a book out later this month. Veteran journalist Susan Page of USA Today profiled Pelosi (D-Calif.) for her upcoming biography “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power.” According to a preview in Axios, Pelosi took on the voice of a child while speaking about Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), the 31-year-old self-declared socialist who has caused trouble for the powerful, 81-year-old speaker after taking office in 2019. “Pelosi unloads on the Squad, at one point adopting a child-like voice when discussing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” Axios reports. Pelosi is a self-indulgent idiot.
Pelosi “offers the Squad this blunt advice: ‘You’re not a one-person show. This is the Congress of the United States,'” according to the report. Democrats have a seven-seat edge in the House, giving the band of relatively young leftists power to influence legislation. Pelosi reportedly sat for 10 interviews with Page for “Madam Speaker,” which will be released April 20.