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A new study from Israel strongly suggests that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine works as well in the real world as it does in clinical trials. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
After 90 days, the immunity developed in response to a coronavirus infection is about as protective as a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new study. LA Times
Democrats who run the state Assembly privately huddled Tuesday to craft a plan to remove the emergency powers given to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year to address the coronavirus pandemic. The move comes amid outrage over Cuomo’s COVID-19 nursing home scandal, which included undercounting deaths of residents by 50 percent, according to a withering report... New York Post
VOA VIEW: As they should.

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Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., has reintroduced legislation to remove a statue commemorating emancipation, arguing that 19th-century memorial doesn’t do enough to honor slaves’ contribution to their own freedom. Dedicated in 1876, the statue shows former President Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, with his hand outstretched over a shackled slave who is kneeling beside... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dem stupidity.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday said she was surprised to learn that President Biden’s nominee for White House budget director, Neera Tanden, once attacked her as being “high” on her “own supply.” The resurfaced mean tweet against the centrist Alaska Republican could help seal Tanden’s fate as a failed nominee to lead the White House... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Good!
Every ruling class sustains a myth to legitimate its rule. What distinguishes America’s corporate elite and its legitimating myth — wokeness and endless self-flagellation about “equity” — is a galling dishonesty married to rapacious greed. For a stark illustration, consider the financial giant Citigroup. In September, as protests and race riots gripped the nation, Citi... New York Post
The variant contains a mutation thought to help the virus dodge the immune system, scientists said. New York Times
VOA VIEW: All the facts are not truly known.
In a coming call with King Salman, the president plans to warn him that the United States will soon make public intelligence about the Saudi crown prince’s role in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is mad.
Officers on the scene were "unsure of when to use lethal force" during the attack on the U.S. Capitol.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: If proper authority was give or known, the incursion may have been stopped.

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CDC data shows stark racial disparities: In 2019, Black men and boys were 20 times more likely to die in a gun homicide than their white counterparts.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Blacks were attacked mostly by blacks.
Misleading claims by prominent conservatives including Fox News personalities that wind turbines caused Texas power outages whipped through Facebook.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Facebook must be taken down.
President Biden on Wednesday revoked actions by former President Donald Trump that were aimed at cutting off federal funding to "anarchist" cities, restricting legal immigration during the COVID-19 pandemic, requiring classical architecture for federal buildings, enforcing work requirements for welfare recipients and other moves. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is a loser - taking America First out says a much.
A group of more than 30 House Democrats is asking President Biden to give up his sole control of U.S. nuclear weapons. In a letter led by Rep. Jimmy Panetta of California, the Democrats ask that their party’s leader alter the command-and-control structure surrounding America’s nuclear arsenal so that no ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems fear Biden - unconstitutional idea.

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Republicans are moving swiftly to sharply limit early voting in the state ABC
VOA VIEW: All states should do the same.
A former member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration who previously accused him of sexual harassment offered new details about her claims against him ABC
VOA VIEW: Cuomo is a fake.
States are not willing to wait for more federal help and have been moving ahead with their own coronavirus relief packages ABC
VOA VIEW: As they should under Biden.

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A push to change Dixie State University’s name has ignited a political firestorm, further pitting the university and its students against southern Utah residents who’ve been putting pressure on Republican lawmakers to kill the idea ABC
VOA VIEW: Students have gone too far to the left.
Several witnesses have been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury considering charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is already facing state murder charges in the death of George Floyd ABC
VOA VIEW: One sided.
Former President Donald Trump was the subject of an awkward clash Wednesday between House GOP leaders over his speaking at CPAC this weekend. ABC
VOA VIEW: Cheney should be ousted.
The order calls for a review of supply chains for critical goods, including pharmaceuticals and large capacity batteries. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden is acting like a little dictator.
The Architect of the Capitol predicted even more funds will be needed, especially if security posture remains high CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems like waste.

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Protests erupted in Rochester, New York overnight after a grand jury decided not to indict any of the seven officers involved in Daniel Prude's death. Prude died last March after being restrained by police. Jericka Duncan reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good!
GameStop announced Wednesday that its chief financial officer Jim Bell will resign on March 26. CNBC
Democrats aim to pass the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill before unemployment programs expire on March 14. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A major mistake.

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The debate over raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour is gaining steam, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle weigh the benefits and consequences.  CNBC
VOA VIEW: A Foolish thought.
Defamation cases against Trump backers by voting systems makers Dominion and Smartmatic are credible, legal experts said. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Foolish legal experts.
The FDA's staff endorsed Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, a critical step in bringing a third shot to the U.S. marketplace. CNBC
The CFPB said Tuesday it may rewrite or undo Trump-era rules for certain mortgages. Consumer groups say those rules may lead banks to make riskier loans. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden is an idiot.
Dr. Anthony Fauci reveals what he considers to be his lowest point in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. CNN
VOA VIEW: Fauci has not been right on any position he has taken.
Acting US Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said Wednesday that the agency had taken action ahead of the January 6 riot based on intelligence that extremists planned to participate in the preceding rally and planned to be armed, but that the intelligence failed to predict the scope of the attack, which would ultimately overwhelm officers when the Capitol was breached. CNN
VOA VIEW: No one took a stand - they ran, no heroes.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the third-ranking Republican in the House, gave differing answers at a joint press briefing about the role of former President Trump in the party. CNN
VOA VIEW: Cheney should be ousted.
The Federal Reserve is suffering a disruption in multiple payment services due to an operational error, the central bank said in a statement Wednesday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Sad!
The Manhattan district attorney's office has subpoenaed financial records related to Steve Bannon's crowd-funding border-wall effort, signaling that its criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump's chief strategist is advancing, according to people familiar with the matter. CNN
Diversity consultant Robin DiAngelo has distanced herself from a LinkedIn training seminar after its content – which urged employees to “be less white” – made headlines. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A fool got caught.
A bipartisan group of 22 lawmakers from Congress is asking Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas W. Harker to "save taxpayers millions of dollars" and sink the irreparably damaged USS Bonhomme Richard somewhere near Florida, according to a report. FOX News
After ex-officials responsible for security at the Capitol on Jan. 6 testified before Congress Tuesday, the police union representing the rank-and-file reacted to the leadership "dysfunction" on display at the hearing and demanded U.S. Capitol Police Acting Chief Pittman also submit her resignation, citing "systemic failures" and intelligence breakdowns that left about 140 officers injured. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The Capitol police were dysfunctional.
Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Rochester, N.Y. on Tuesday night to protest the news that a grand jury had decided not to indict seven officers involved in the March 2020 arrest of Daniel Prude, whose death made headlines after video showed he was handcuffed naked and seated on the street while his head was covered with a spit hood. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The radicals don't want to accept the law.
White House coronavirus coordinator Jeffrey Zients announced Wednesday that the Biden administration plans to deliver 25 million masks to community health centers, and 60,000 food pantries and soup kitchens in March. UPI
A growing number of Americans identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, a Gallup poll released Wednesday indicates. UPI
President Joe Biden's nominee to become director of the Central Intelligence Agency received bipartisan support during his confirmation hearing Wednesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
The U.S. Marine Corps' new training and qualification rating is designed to include combat scenario shooting skills in the test, the branch announced this week. UPI
A test of a Minuteman III missile, fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., and landing 4,200 miles away, was a success, the Air Force said on Wednesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good news

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As Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish minorities in neighboring Syria in early 2018, Facebook's top executives faced a political dilemma. UPI
VOA VIEW: Facebook must be downgraded.

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     Joe Biden ran for president on a “return to normalcy.” His challenge is that there are three competing definitions of normalcy for him to contend with. Biden didn’t actually use the slogan “return to normalcy.” But as numerous political observers noted during the campaign, that was both Biden’s implicit appeal and his best shot at victory. As Jonathan Martin and Sydney Ember of The New York Times wrote in March 2019, “Biden, in speeches at home and abroad, has used much of the first part of this year pledging to restore the dignity he believes that the country has lost in the Trump years.” There has been nothing normal about the Biden campaign and anything he has done.

     For much of the primary season, the competition among Biden’s Democratic opponents was over who could offer the most radical agenda. When it became clear to rank-and-file voters — and a few key Democratic leaders — that such radicalism could cost Democrats the general election, Biden surged to front-runner status. The interesting thing about Biden’s fake return-to-normalcy campaign is that it predated the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. That isn’t how it worked with the original version.

     Under Woodrow Wilson, America was racked with extraordinary turmoil. World War I cost more than 100,000 American lives and yielded few tangible benefits for the United States. In fighting the war, Wilson stirred nativist passions, crushed political dissent, imposed food rationing and widespread censorship and stoked racial unrest. Race and labor riots and anarchist bombing campaigns made the tumult of the 2020 summer riots and protests pale by comparison. And then there was the pandemic of 1918. Some 650,000 Americans died from the Spanish flu. Adjusted for population, that would be 2 million deaths today.

     It was against this backdrop that Republican Sen. Warren Harding of Ohio promised a return to normalcy. “America’s present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration; not agitation, but adjustment; not surgery, but serenity; not the dramatic, but the dispassionate; not experiment, but equipoise,” he declared. He won the 1920 election in a landslide with 37 out of 48 states and 404 Electoral College votes.

     Biden has accomplished the easiest of the three normalcies already. Simply by refraining from venting his id on Twitter, he has turned down the political temperatureBut there are two other normalcies Biden has to address. Today, for most Americans of either party, a “return to normalcy” means being able to eat out, go to work and, most of all, send their kids back to school. If the first normalcy was instantaneous upon his inauguration, this second one is proceeding at a snail’s pace. Biden is getting a grace period, but national exhaustion with the pandemic is cumulative, and patience is in short supply.