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The bill would require states to offer mail-in ballots, same-day voter registration and a minimum of 15 days of early voting. New York Post
VOA VIEW: A Dem takeover.
The Republican and Democratic parties are battling over voting rights and restrictions; each side sees its future at stake. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal control madness.
Nancy Pelosi wants to turn America into a one-party nation. The House speaker has no qualms about trashing the Constitution to kneecap her Republican opponents. Her bill HR 1, which will be voted on this week, would rig the electoral system to favor Democrats. HR 1 is being sold as a reform to make voting easier.... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Pelosi and Dems seek more control.
A bill now before the House of Representatives would set up a commission to “examine slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies.” We all know what the euphemistic wording means in plain English: modern-day reparations for the unspeakable evil of Southern slavery. A... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Reparations is a dumb and idiotic concept.

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White House officials this week indicated that Team Biden is ready to “start acting” on the question of reparations for African Americans. The news is sure to set off speculation about a civil war on the left over the issue, between progressives and “moderates.” But a more interesting question is whether conservatives should oppose reparations?... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Idiotic!
Suddenly, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s popularity and power are plummeting. But the fall has been building for months — and the sexual-harassment allegations that he’s so focused on handling (badly) are just the latest stick on the bonfire. Consider the Emerson College poll findings: Approval of his job performance is down from a stellar 71 percent last... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Power and a hold by a madman.
He shoulda known better! All employers in New York state are required to instruct their workers about sexual harassment under a law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo — but he doesn’t seem to have learned much from it. Two “case studies” from the October 2019 edition of the state’s online Sexual Harassment Prevention Model Training... New York Post
Requiring higher-level approval is a stopgap measure as officials review whether to tighten Trump-era targeting rules and civilian safeguards. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is weak and lowering the America First standards.
Even as Texas rolls back mask mandate, some of nation's largest retailers including Macy's, Starbucks and Target are not rolling back theirs.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Choice for all.
The US Justice Department declined to investigate former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao after the DOT inspector general’s office found she may have misused her office, according to a report made public Wednesday. The report, released by House lawmakers, found four “potential ethics concerns arising from the actions” of Chao and her staff under her direction.... New York Post

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At least 13 people were dead in California after an SUV with 25 passengers and a semitruck collided about 10 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Shear stupidity.
Cities test guaranteed income for residents amid the pandemic's job losses. Proposals in Congress provide similar benefits through tax credits.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: America following a socialistic direction.
Health officials say the events held around Super Bowl 55 resulted in 57 total COVID-19 cases, despite the crowd of fans who traveled to Tampa.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
SEATTLE (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the release of suburban Seattle man and prominent member of the Proud Boys far-right group, pending trial on charges filed in connection with the January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington, D.C., granted Ethan ... Washington Times

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A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the release of suburban Seattle man and prominent member of the Proud Boys far-right group, pending trial on charges filed in connection with the January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington, D.C., granted Ethan ... Washington Times
The Arizona Senate has voted to designate gun stores as essential businesses allowed to remain open during an emergency. Republicans sent the measure to the House in a 16-14 party-line vote on Wednesday. Republican Sen. Wendy Rogers says the right to keep and bear arms must be protected, ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
President Biden’s decision to stop border wall construction forced crews to put down tools and walk away in the middle of work — and left the border less secure than ever in some places, according to an Arizona sheriff whose county covers 83 miles of the boundary. There are locations ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The Wall was essential.

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Military officials say at least 10 rockets have slammed into a base housing U.S. and other coalition troops in western Iraq ABC
VOA VIEW: What will weak Biden do now?
President Joe Biden says it's an “encouraging sign" that more than 200,000 people have signed up for insurance coverage in the first two weeks after he reopened HealthCare ABC
VOA VIEW: Dumb thought and idea.
Legislators in more than 20 states have introduced bills this year that would ban transgender girls from competing on girls’ sports teams in public high schools ABC
VOA VIEW: Good!
Top Biden administration officials say it's important for individuals to keep wearing masks and preventing COVID-19 cases as states like Texas move to reopen. ABC
VOA VIEW: Biden will look foolish if things grow positive.
The United States Capitol Police said it has beefed up security on Capitol Hill this week due to "concerning information and intelligence" related to March 4. ABC
VOA VIEW: The left is scared or making something out of nothing.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed back against calls to step down after multiple women allege that he sexually harassed them. Cuomo said he was embarrassed by the matter, but added that he would not resign. Jericka Duncan reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: Cuomo shows no fear.
President Biden agreed to a demand by moderate Democrats to begin phasing out stimulus checks at a faster rate. CBS
VOA VIEW: Those who will pay, may get nothing.
Some conspiracy theorists believe former President Donald Trump will retake power on March 4, which marked Inauguration Day for presidents prior to 1933. CBS
VOA VIEW: Liberal scare tactic.

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Millions of households may get cut out of the next round of stimulus checks amid deal to lower the income phaseout. CBS
The House is expected to vote on H.R. 1, a Democratic legislative priority that has faced opposition from Republicans. CBS
VOA VIEW: Sad!
Governors in Texas and Mississippi are reversing their mask mandates before high-risk groups are fully vaccinated. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden is weak.
Among the most vulnerable nonprofits are those involved in the arts, but organizations in all sectors are in danger. CBS
VOA VIEW: Sad!
SpaceX test flew Starship rocket SN10 on Wednesday, which landed successfully but then exploded a few minutes after. CNBC
Disney is closing 20% of its brick-and-mortar Disney Stores before the end of the year as it shifts more focus to its e-commerce business. CNBC
Under the structure, stimulus checks would end at $80,000 in income for individuals and $160,000 for joint filers. CNBC
"Now more than ever, we must do all we can to stop the spread of the virus," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is facing a torrent of criticism over his surprise decision to roll back his state's mask mandate and business restrictions -- moves that strategists and activists in both parties said are aimed at appeasing an impatient Republican base ahead of his 2022 reelection bid and with an eye on the 2024 presidential race. CNN
VOA VIEW: Time will determine right or wrong.
In Virginia's largest county -- Fairfax, officials are considering restrictions on the size and number of flags residents and businesses can display – with no exception for the American flag. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Leftwing fools.
A California high school student has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom, claiming his ban on indoor high school sports brought on by the coronavirus pandemic is a violation of equal protection laws. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good!
Capitol Police acting Chief Yogananda Pittman testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee Wednesday that threats to members of Congress have increased by 93.5% within the first two months of 2021, compared to the same time period last year. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A problem when some act as cowards.
The question of what circumstances allow police or law enforcement officers to enter a suspect’s home without a warrant has been the topic of recent discussion at the U.S. Supreme Court, where justices last month seemed inclined to expand such circumstances in the event of a "hot pursuit." FOX News
More than 100 illegal immigrants released by the Border Patrol into Texas since late January have tested positive for the coronavirus following their arrival, officials in a city on the U.S.-Mexico border tell Fox News.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: Total madness.
D.C. National Guard Maj. Gen. William J. Walker testified before members of Congress on Wednesday that it took over three hours on Jan. 6 before senior Army officials approved a request for National Guard troops to be sent to the Capitol as rioters stormed the building. FOX News
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday outlined his department's most urgent policy concerns, pointing to a number of issues he says are "simultaneously domestic and foreign." UPI
VOA VIEW: Wake up.
The U.S. Space Force chief said on Wednesday that White House backing of the new service branch demonstrates that space is a national security issue. UPI
U.S. social media platform Twitter may have been mentioned in North Korean state media, possibly for the first time, in an article that described in detail the role of the network in delivering "opinions and news." UPI

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     House Democrats passed a sweeping voting rights bill over Republican opposition late Wednesday. The For the People Act, also known as House Resolution 1, was approved along party lines on a 220-210 vote. A Dem takeover to assure control. The legislation aims to lower voting barriers, expand access to the polls, put an end to partisan gerrymandering and set up public funding for congressional races. It would also require states to offer mail-in ballots, same-day voter registration and a minimum of 15 days of early voting.

     “What we are doing in this fight that we’re engaged in is to empower the people. This is called the For The People bill,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at an event on the Capitol steps before the vote. “And in doing so, we combat big, dark, special-interest money in politics and amplify the voice of the American people,” she added. Republicans have previously slammed the measure saying it would ultimately benefit Democrats through higher turnout.

     “Democrats want to use their razor-thin majority not to pass bills to earn voters’ trust, but to ensure they don’t lose more seats in the next election,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on the House floor Tuesday. The Biden administration — which has been a strong proponent of the bill — praised the policy’s approval.

     “In the wake of an unprecedented assault on our democracy, a never before seen effort to ignore, undermine, and undo the will of the people, and a newly aggressive attack on voting rights taking place right now all across the country, this landmark legislation is urgently needed to protect the right to vote and the integrity of our elections, and to repair and strengthen American democracy,” the White House said in a statement.