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President Biden's border coordinator Roberta Jacobson will step down at the end of the month as the administration struggles to deal with an increase in migrants at the southern border. LA Times
Anti-coup demonstrators are abandoning peaceful protest for armed resistance as the deposed civilian government appeals to ethnic rebels to join the fight. The United Nations warns of a 'bloodbath.' LA Times
David Chipman, President Biden’s pick to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has made a series of controversial and partisan statements on social media over the years related to gun ownership and his experience in the law enforcement agency. Chipman, a gun-control advocate who was tapped by the commander-in-chief Thursday to oversee... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Total stupidity.
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If Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ever sets up a presidential exploratory committee, it should have to disclose an enormous in-kind contribution from CBS News. The “60 Minutes” segment last weekend alleging that DeSantis distributed the COVID vaccine through pharmacies at the Publix grocery store chain as part of a quid pro quo was so outlandishly... New York Post
VOA VIEW: "60 Minutes" lost credibility.
After an election defeat in Alabama, many in labor are shifting strategies, wary of the challenges and expense of winning votes site by site. New York Times
Voters in a small Illinois town reelected a mayor who ran a write-in campaign after President Donald Trump pardoned him in a gambling investigation. Casey Urlacher, the brother of former Chicago Bears star Brian Urlacher, defeated Jess Ray in Mettawa, 151-105, according to the Lake County ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A victory for Trump.
The Anti-Defamation League has called for Fox News to fire prime-time opinion host Tucker Carlson because he defended a white-supremacist theory that says whites are being “replaced” by people of color. In a letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott on Friday, the head of the ADL, Jonathan Greenblatt, said ... Washington Times
The closely-watched union vote count at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama has waged on for over a week, and Amazon workers in Alabama voted not to form a union. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good - the union lost.
Britain's Prince Philip, a stalwart supporter of his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, for over seven decades, died Friday. He was 99. ABC
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Pfizer asks federal regulators to allow its vaccine to go to kids as young as 12, as health officials warn youth sports are driving stubborn community spread. ABC
President Joe Biden has restored the prisoner-of-war/missing-in-action flag to its former location atop the White House ABC
Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists have been fighting since 2014. ABC
VOA VIEW: Biden is being tested as weak.
States that are in the bullseye Friday are Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. ABC
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Donald Trump rejects what he calls "dark money" from super-pac campaign donors. Super-pacs are political action committees. He told them to stop raising money in his name, and says he'll return any super PAC donations already received. He challenged others in the race, Republicans and Democrats, to follow suit. CBS
VOA VIEW: The point is clear.
Accountants had pressed the tax agency for more time given the challenges of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. CBS
As Biden tries to curry favor for a corporate tax hike, the administration has other ways it could fund a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. CNBC
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President Biden has said he wants to hear out Republican ideas for infrastructure, but signaled he would move forward with a bill without them. CNBC
The House Ethics Committee said it launched investigations into Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dems way of riding Republicans.
President Joe Biden will order a bipartisan commission to study a slew of potential reforms to the U.S. Supreme Court, the White House said. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Trying to see if there is a consensus in court packing.
President Joe Biden's budget proposal for discretionary federal spending includes an extra $3 billion for Pell grants for the 2022 fiscal year. CNBC
VOA VIEW: More money for the left.
Facebook does not plan to notify its customers who may be among the half a billion users whose personal information was exposed after being posted to a website used by hackers. CNN
VOA VIEW: Facebook is hiding for liability.
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The Florida Police Benevolent Association (PBA) is celebrating a precedent-setting victory after an appeals court ruled this week that the identities of officers who have been involved in fatal police shootings can be protected under Marsy’s Law if they were threatened with deadly force. FOX News
President Joe Biden submitted his first budget request to Congress on Friday, in which he's proposing a 16% increase in domestic spending and asking for less defense spending than former President Donald Trump did. UPI
VOA VIEW: Waste and less defense by a weak president.
Senate lawmakers have introduced legislation to bolster the U.S. position to thwart Chinese global influence through investing in human rights, confronting "predatory" economic actions and rebuild relations with allies. UPI
VOA VIEW: Dems must show national security.
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Pfizer seems to be the most effective vaccine with less complications and/or issues. More people Taking Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine reported side effects than those who got the Pfizer shot, according to a recent study. Researchers analyzed reports from more than 3 million vax recipients collected via v-safe, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program that tracks reactions to the immunizations. Nearly 70 percent said they had some kind of injection site reaction, like pain or swelling, and half reported general side effects like fatigue or chills, the study found.
“A greater percentage of participants who received the Moderna vaccine, compared with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, reported reactogenicity; this pattern was more pronounced after the second dose,” the researchers noted. Of those who got the Moderna shot, 73 percent said they had an injection site reaction, compared with 65 percent of people who got Pfizer’s vaccine, the study found. Nearly 51 percent of Moderna recipients reported experiencing full-body symptoms, compared with 48 percent of those who got the Pfizer shot. The reports came from more than 3.6 million people who got their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before Feb. 21 and completed at least one health survey on v-safe within seven days of getting jabbed. The gap widened after the second dose, according to the reports from about 1.9 million people who completed those check-ins after receiving shot No. 2, the study said.