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Why might some COVID-19 vaccines pose a small risk of blood clots while others don't? Scientists suspect it's related to their use of adenoviruses. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Whatever the reason - is it sound?
After Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday at St. George’s Chapel on the Windsor Castle grounds, his casket will be lowered into an opening in the stone floor — but the so-called Royal Vault will not be his final resting place. Instead, Philip will be disinterred and moved when Queen Elizabeth, his wife of 73 years,... New York Post
Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving President Joe Biden his first massive foreign-crisis test — and it’s nerve-wracking to watch. Russia is on the brink of open war on Ukraine, a nation it’s been torturing mostly via proxies, at the cost so far of 14,000 lives, since it seized Crimea in 2014. Moscow has been... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden is no match against Putin.

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ViacomCBS has tapped two media executives to oversee its unit responsible for shows like “60 Minutes” and “CBS This Morning” with Gayle King. The owner of MTV and Nickelodeon named Hearst executive Neeraj Khemlani and former ABC exec Wendy McMahon as co-presidents of CBS News, taking over from current division president Susan Zirinsky after just two... New York Post
VOA VIEW: More liberalism for CBS.
Leaving the middle seat empty on commercial airline flight could significantly reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study has found. The study, released Wednesday, found that the risk of exposure to the coronavirus on an aircraft is cut by 23 to 57 percent if middle seats... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
How long will it take to reach a verdict? Judge Peter Cahill has told jurors to "pack a bag" and "plan for long (deliberations) and hope for short."       USA Today
A Delaware judge has issued a ruling that temporarily prevents a former small-town police chief who was convicted of official misconduct from taking office as a town commissioner. Thursday’s ruling by Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden came barely one hour before former Newport police chief Michael ... Washington Times
Only a handful of Supreme Court justices have publicly commented on proposals to add seats to the court, but those who have spoken out are fiercely opposed. That opposition doesn’t break along ideological grounds either, as justices appointed by both Republican and Democratic presidents have condemned previous efforts to expand ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The Dems have gone mad and are changing what the US stands for.
House Democrats are shoehorning environmental justice into every possible spending item in President Biden's $2.25 trillion infrastructure package, attempting to divert money to minority communities that they claim are more severely impacted by climate change. “The Americans who have paid the highest price for pollution have mostly been people of ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is an idiot.

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Republicans concerned with TikTok over the popular video-sharing application's connections to China reintroduced legislation Thursday that would prohibit it from being installed on government devices. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, the lead sponsor of the No TikTok on Government Devices Act proposed in the last Congress, is pushing once more ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Tik Tok must be banned.
A bill that will create a commission to study and make recommendations on how to best provide reparations to the descendants of enslaved people has advanced. ABC
VOA VIEW: Dems have gone mad placating to blacks.
The Biden administration will also expel 10 Russian personnel, amid an array of sanctions on Russian individuals, companies and the nation’s sovereign wealth. ABC
VOA VIEW: Biden wants to take the heat off of China,
The top House Republican says Rep. Matt Gaetz is innocent until proven guilty ABC
VOA VIEW: Nothing unreasonable about the position.

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The United States is opening more distance between itself and much of the rest of the world in the race against the coronavirus ABC
The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci clashed with GOP Rep. Jim Jordan over when COVID restrictions should be eased. ABC
VOA VIEW: Fauci sounded and acted like an idiot.
Black and Latino business owners were less than half as likely to be fully approved for loans than White business owners. CBS
VOA VIEW: The record shows blacks have lower credit scores.

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The company said it now buys enough renewable electricity to power all its data centers and offices around the world. CBS
There are rising concerns about an unusual new firearm that could go on sale this year. The weapon looks like a smart phone, but is actually a .380-caliber handgun. The design is drawing attention from law enforcement and lawmakers, like Senator Charles Schumer. Josh Elliott reports on the controversy. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good reason to be concerned.
The plan includes no new funding for wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border — which President Biden halted on Inauguration Day. CBS
VOA VIEW: Foolish!
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said people will "likely" need a third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A reason to question the vaccine.
A new Google Earth time-lapse feature lets you see how much the planet has changed in the past 37 years, and it's pretty stunning what you can find. CNBC

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On Wednesday, Rep. Liz Cheney was asked a straightforward question by Fox News' Neil Cavuto: "If Donald Trump were the 2024 nominee, would you support him?" And the Wyoming House Republican gave an equally straightforward answer: "I would not." CNN
VOA VIEW: Cheney will have a hard time getting reelected.
Sen. Ted Cruz is no longer wearing a face mask as he walks the halls of the Capitol complex or goes to the Senate floor for debates and votes. CNN
Murders in Los Angeles County have spiked nearly 200% so far this year compared to the same time in 2020, with at least one official blaming the "defund the police" movement and progressive law enforcement officials. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Bad news for liberals.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Houston Seaport last week intercepted a counterfeit shipment of N95 masks destined for White Plains, New York, the agency revealed Thursday. FOX News
VOA VIEW: China is the blame.
India reported more than 200,000 COVID-19 new cases in a single day Thursday, more than doubling its previous record as the nation experiences a second wave of infections. UPI
VOA VIEW: Sad!
Former Vice President Mike Pence underwent a procedure to install a pacemaker this week, his office announced Thursday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Sad - it shows he has no chance in 2024.
China is engaging in an aggressive "offensive decoupling" that could make it less reliant on world markets, according to a former White House aide. UPI
VOA VIEW: China is a danger to the world.
Americans appear to have used some of their stimulus cash at retail outlets last month, as sales nationwide surged by an explosive 10%, according to government figures Thursday. UPI
While most Americans don't have to file their taxes by Thursday, which is the traditional Tax Day in the United States, there are millions of people who still have to make the April 15 deadline. UPI
North Korea marked the 109th birth anniversary of former leader Kim Il Sung on Thursday without a military parade. UPI
Following a contentious floor debate, the House oversight and reform committee approved legislation to grant Washington, D.C., statehood, paving the way for a full House vote. UPI
VOA VIEW: A liberal foolish control move.

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     Dems have enacted all Jim Crow rules and laws - fact.  President Biden said Wednesday that parts of United States are “backsliding” into the Jim Crow era, alleging that the voter integrity laws being passed throughout the nation are comparable to when African Americans were made to perform impossible tasks in order to cast their ballot. The commander-in-chief made the remarks at a virtual conference for Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s annual convention, during which he largely focused on the state of civil rights and racial equality.

     Biden recently compared Georgia’s new voter integrity law to Jim Crow, which caused him to run afoul of fact-checkers for repeatedly misdescribing the legislation’s details. “This organization has always been an essential voice, but never more essential than it is today. Upholding and advancing the security and prosperity of health and well-being, dignity, possibilities of all Black Americans,” Biden told the NAN attendees.

     “It’s at a time when the pandemic and the economic crisis continue to devastate Black communities, at a time when the cry for justice for a hundred years in the making is ringing out across our nation,” he continued, calling such things “un-American.” “[P]arts of our country are backsliding. The days of Jim Crow, passing laws that harken back to the era of poll taxes, when Black people were made to guess how many beans – how many jelly beans in a jar, or count the number of bubbles in a bar of soap before they could cast their ballot.”