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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.
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!

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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.
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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     Teachers may be more likely to spread COVID-19 than students, a new CDC study suggests. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined nine outbreaks in eight elementary schools in Marietta, Ga., outside of Atlanta in December through last month, the agency said Monday. A teacher was proven to be Ground Zero for four of the outbreaks, while a student was definitively identified as the starting point in another, researchers said.

     In the other four outbreaks, while the line of transmission was not as clear, a teacher was suspected as being the kick-off, the study said. “Educators were central to in-school transmission networks,” the scientists said in their report. The finding that educators play an important role in in-school transmission is consistent with findings from other investigations,” the study added, referring to previous British and German research. Still, the CDC report noted that the Georgia schools involved in the study had “less than ideal physical distancing,” with students behind plastic dividers at their desks but fewer than 3 feet apart because of the sheer size of classes.

     “Inadequate mask use” by students also may have contributed to at least five of the outbreaks, researchers said. The Biden administration has said it wants to reopen more schools, but has been inconsistent on its goals and whether it wants more teachers to be vaccinated first amid pushback from unions. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky discussed the study at a White House coronavirus briefing on Monday, saying it showed the need for teachers to be prioritized for vaccines. The truth hurts -  schools must be open for the future of the youth.