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While Biden's deportation pause is challenged in court, he directs ICE to focus on 'significant threats,' such as suspected terrorists and felons. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is causing security problems for the nation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded Thursday that the 9/11-style commission being established to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot have subpoena power, amid concerns on the right that the probe could become partisan. “You have to have subpoena power,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during her weekly news conference when asked if the commission should be able... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is trying to control all.
More than 10,000 Veterans Affairs patients have died from complications related to coronavirus in less than 11 months, another grim milestone in the ongoing global pandemic. As of Wednesday morning, VA officials had reported 10,059 deaths among veterans and other patients being tracked by department medical officials. The department’s first death was reported on March 18, 2020. New York Post
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The Assembly Republican Conference will next week introduce a bill to create a bipartisan panel tasked with “examining the state’s method of administration and conduct in all matters relating to nursing homes and long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic." New York Post
The $2.7 billion robotic explorer, called Perseverance, will bring advanced capabilities to the search for life beyond our planet. Here’s the latest. New York Times
The Manhattan district attorney has enlisted a former federal prosecutor who is an expert on white-collar crime to join the team investigating the Trump family business. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal Dems never give up.
Study finds life expectancy dropped to its lowest level in 15 years and even lower for Black people and Latinos during the first half of the pandemic.
VOA VIEW: 2020 was a bad year for all.
On Wednesday, Facebook launched a capital strike against the country of Australia. Rather than continue negotiations with Australia regarding paying for the news content circulating on its platform, Facebook decided to pull up stakes. Within hours, the company announced it would “restrict publishers and people in Australia” from sharing or viewing news content. This restriction... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Facebook must be take down a peg or two.
The NFL has increased the salary cap to a minimum of $180 million for the 2021 season ABC
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An ally of former President Donald Trump who recently stepped down as chair of the Ohio Republican Party is joining the race for the U.S. Senate seat that the GOP’s Rob Portman is vacating ABC
The winter weather disaster in Texas is gaining new urgency, with many people fighting to survive amid record low temperatures. CBS
The new guidance focuses on arresting immigrants determined to threaten national security and public safety, as well as migrants recently apprehended along U.S. borders. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden is destroy the security and financial stability of the US.
The House passed its bill by a 79-35 vote Wednesday after hours of emotional testimony from both supporters and opponents, and gave the measure final approval on Thursday. CBS
VOA VIEW: How long will the law stand?
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The plan would allow millions of immigrants living in the country without authorization to obtain legal status. CBS
VOA VIEW: The Dems are giving away the country.
Roughly 861,000 people applied for jobless aid last week, reversing several weeks of steady declines. CBS
VOA VIEW: Than add open immigration.
An Austin hospital had to transport the most in-need patients to other facilities. CBS
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Democrats are trying to pass their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill before March 14, when key unemployment programs expire. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is an idiot.
Walmart shares declined after its fourth-quarter earnings fell short of Wall Street estimates. CNBC
Consumers want more newly built, affordable homes, but builders are finding that hard to deliver, especially as prices for framing lumber spike ever higher. CNBC
There's a whole collection of voice recordings logged for every request or command you've given Amazon's smart voice assistant. CNBC
VOA VIEW: What we don't know?
The Lincoln Project paid a consulting firm run by former Obama deputy press secretary Bill Burton to get out the Black vote. CNBC
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The Department of Homeland Security has seized more than 11 million counterfeit N95 masks. Inadvertently using a fake N95 could give a dangerous false sense of security. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Those involved should be legally punished to the fullest.
Biden's prediction that the U.S. could return to normal by next Christmas is "reasonable," according to an advisor on the president's Covid-19 response team. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Further and further.
There is no fine time for a devastating barrage of winter storms, but it's hard to imagine the weather icing over much of the United States coming at a less opportune moment. CNN
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Nikki Haley, the former UN Ambassador under President Donald Trump, is now blaming the media for the current conflict in the Republican Party. CNN
VOA VIEW: The leftwing media are the arch enemies of the nation.
Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 2 House Republican, privately met with former President Donald Trump in Florida earlier this week, the latest example of the splintering views among leading congressional Republicans on the role Trump plays in the party going forward. CNN
Democrats in Congress unveiled a sweeping immigration reform bill Thursday that closely aligns with President Joe Biden's vision, offering a pathway to citizenship for some 11 million people. UPI
Facebook said Thursday that it will soon begin labeling posts related to climate change and directing users to a central information page, as part of an effort to weed out misinformation about the environmental crisis. UPI
VOA VIEW: What makes them the main critics?
North Korea is facing a food shortage of more than 1 million tons, and aid should be provided in a timely manner, the South's unification ministry said. UPI
VOA VIEW: Arms over food - stupid.
McDonald's announced Thursday that it will switch up its leadership team over the next 10 years to better reflect American diversity and involve more women in senior roles. UPI
VOA VIEW: PC out weighs talent.
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