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Less than a month after excoriating Donald Trump in a blistering floor speech, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell now says he would “absolutely” support the former president again if he secured the Republican nomination in 2024 ABC
Structures were targeted in Al Bukamal, Syria. ABC
United Airlines will pay more than $49 million to settle criminal and civil accusations of defrauding the post office in the handling of international mail ABC
VOA VIEW: Stupid illegal act.
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The Federal Communications Commission greenlit a program to provide low-income households with $50 a month subsidies for broadband internet. ABC
She said all officers wearing body cameras will be mandatory by the end of 2021. ABC
Banking executive will succeed Roger Ferguson Jr. and become the second Black woman to lead a Fortune 500 company. CBS
The weakness came even after the personal consumption expenditures price index that the Federal Reserve watches indicated subdued inflation in January. CNBC
VOA VIEW: This week looked bad and it may get worse.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's control of decision-making in Saudi Arabia was cited as evidence he approved the killing Jamal Khashoggi. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Maybe true or not.
The rapid rise in bond yields has made stocks skittish and that could be a factor in the week ahead. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Bet on it with Biden in charge.
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Leases on about 1.5 billion square feet of retail space in the U.S. are set to expire this year, according to CoStar Group, or about 14% of the retail market. CNBC
Some top Democrats are criticizing President Biden's decision to launch airstrikes in Syria without conferring with all members of Congress. CNBC
As Biden moves to pass his $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan using a simple Senate majority, Republicans say he risks poisoning the well for future reform. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden should wise up.
President Joe Biden spoke with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on Thursday ahead of the release of a long-awaited US intelligence report on the killing of Saudi insider turned dissident Jamal Khashoggi. CNN
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The Biden administration has paused arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as it conducts a wider review of agreements worth billions of dollars made by the Trump administration, sources familiar with the matter told CNN Wednesday. CNN
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) questioned Dr. Rachel Levine, Biden's first transgender Cabinet nominee pick over puberty suppression for minors during a confirmation hearing. CNN
The oil market is starting the Biden era with a bang. And that means Covid-weary Americans returning to the roads this spring and summer will be greeted with higher prices at the pump. CNN
VOA VIEW: These are financial problems caused by Biden stupidity.
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The Food and Drug Administration's vaccine committee on Friday recommended Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine, one of the final steps in approving it for emergency use in the United States. UPI
South Korea said it has not reached a final decision on a North Korea human rights resolution. UPI
B-1 bombers flew their first Bomber Task Force mission since deployment to Norway, the U.S. Air Force said on Friday, a show of force near Russian naval bases. UPI
Russian officials said Friday that they "strongly condemn" U.S. airstrikes on Iranian-backed targets in eastern Syria and added that they're "closely monitoring" developments. UPI
A former U.S. Air Force contractor pleaded guilty to stealing about 2,500 pages of classified documents, the Justice Department announced. UPI
VOA VIEW: The contractor should be tried for treason.
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A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the federal government cannot prohibit landlords from evicting residents who are unable to pay their rent due to COVID-19-related hardship. UPI
VOA VIEW: Makes good sense - the federal government cannot control private property without a court hearing.
North Korea could have at least eight intercontinental ballistic missiles in its arsenal. UPI
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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 him. It was erected after a freed slave, Charlotte Scott, started a fundraising campaign that collected funds from freed slaves. “Although formerly enslaved Americans paid for this statue, the design and sculpting process was done without their input or participation in any way, and it shows,” Holmes Norton said in a press release last week. Norton is a black foolish activist.
“The statue fails to note how enslaved African Americans pressed for their own emancipation. Understandably, they were only recently liberated from slavery and were grateful for any recognition of their freedom. However, in his keynote address at the unveiling of the statue, Frederick Douglass pointedly did not praise the statue, and, indeed, in private remarks, went as far as to say, ‘it showed the negro on his knee when a more manly attitude would have been indicative of freedom.'”
The congresswoman introduced the legislation last year amid a wave of racially charged demonstrations that sometimes included toppling monuments. A copy of the statue was removed from Boston last year. According to Smithsonian Magazine, the famed abolitionist Fredrick Douglass sought to place another monument in addition to the one with Lincoln and the kneeling slave.