NEWS - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021 - NEWS
President Biden waited nearly a month to reach out to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, indicating a significant refocusing of policy after Trump. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is anti Jewish State and loves the Arab left and Iran and China.
Roughly one-third of US military members have declined to get vaccinated for COVID-19, a Pentagon official said in a report Wednesday. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jeff Taliaferro, the Joint Staff’s vice director for operations, told a congressional panel that “acceptance rates are somewhere in the two-thirds territory,” according to the Daily Beast. New York Post
The FBI and the US Attorney’s office have reportedly opened an investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes amid the coronavirus pandemic. The investigation, revealed by the Times Union, is examining the actions of members of Cuomo’s coronavirus task force. The unit, created last March, initially consisted of 13 members, including state health... New York Post
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New York progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took on President Biden Wednesday after he flatly rejected her proposal to forgive $50,000 in student debt per person. Ocasio-Cortez, a far-left Democrat who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, noted that even Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer backs her idea. Biden said at a Tuesday night CNN... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The entire left is crazed,
Sen. Ted Cruz and eight other Republican lawmakers on the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee have urged Chairman Dick Durbin to open an investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s growing nursing home death scandal. In a letter sent Wednesday evening, lawmakers asked Durbin (D-Il.) to immediately schedule hearings into the conduct of the Cuomo administration, which is... New York Post
For more than 30 years, Rush Limbaugh sat down and talked to Americans about America. Across the country, in pickup trucks, roadside diners and quiet cubicles where his listeners were obliged to wear headphones lest they offend, his rich baritone rolled out of the air, and it spoke the truth. Rush Limbaugh changed the course... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Goodbye - rest in peace.
President Biden is also looking to get input from labor leaders on an effort to bolster American infrastructure. Here’s the latest politics news. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Fools like to waste.
The Biden administration is under intense pressure to maintain former President Donald J. Trump’s curbs on China, even as it tries to develop a more comprehensive and effective strategy. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden would be smart (don't count on it) to follow Trump.
After two decades of failure, advocates for the broadest possible overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws are considering a new strategy: pressing for piecemeal legislation. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The Wall and no "catch and release" would be a smart start.
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Gas prices are rising due to a winter storm that shut Texas refineries. Severe weather also closed stores, car plants and delayed deliveries. USA Today
President Biden's visit to the facility where millions of COVID-19 vaccines have been produced is his first to Michigan as president.
VOA VIEW: Working hard would be tough for Biden.
Americans who still haven't gotten their stimulus checks can claim the payment as a rebate when they file their taxes this year. USA Today
House Democrats pushed forward a reparations plan for Black Americans on Wednesday despite tepid support from President Biden and stiff opposition from Republicans. As a first step to making the country pay for past racism, Democrats want to establish a commission to examine slavery and discrimination dating back to 1619 ... Washington Times
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A proposal to ban transgender athletes from playing on girls sports teams passed the state House Wednesday in Utah, one of more than 20 states considering similar measures that opponents say would harm transgender teenagers. The lawmaker sponsoring the measure, Republican Rep. Kera Birkeland, said it ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good - women need equality.
Japan launched its mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Wednesday, amid questions about whether the drive would inoculate enough people in time for the Tokyo Olympics. ABC
A White House memo obtained by ABC News signals effort to increase pressure on Senate Republicans to get on board with Biden's COVID relief plan. ABC
VOA VIEW: Republicans would be wise not to fall for a Biden trick.
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Rush Limbaugh, the polarizing conservative talk show radio host, has died. ABC
The proposal faces a final procedural vote that likely won't change the outcome and will then be sent to the governor for his signature. CBS
Conservative politicians are blaming renewable energy for Texas' catastrophic power failures. The state's electric grid operator and independent experts say otherwise. CBS
VOA VIEW: Liberal nonsense.
Almost three million homes and businesses in Texas had no power and a new woe was emerging: a wave of water restrictions resulting from the lack of electricity. CBS
The indictment expands on the earlier case related to the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures. CBS
VOA VIEW: NK should pay dearly.
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Ecommerce giant showed a "flagrant disregard for health and safety requirements," the state alleges in a lawsuit. CBS
VOA VIEW: Amazon should be properly punished.
The president has promised in the past to eliminate up to $10,000 in debt and explained why he can't support a measure for more. CBS
VOA VIEW: $10K is too much.
"No one owes you [or] your family anything; nor is it the local government's responsibility to support you during trying times like this!" said the former mayor. CBS
VOA VIEW: Many don't like to hear the truth.
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In July, the Trump administration gave the U.N. secretary-general its notice withdrawing the U.S. from the World Health Organization by July 6, 2021. CNBC
Debt increased 1.4% for the final three months, representing another $206 billion as households took advantage of low interest rates. CNBC
• Live updates: White Houses explains Biden's push for a $15 minimum wage in the relief bill
• Opinion: Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths calls for investigation
• New CDC reports warn variants could lead to rapid rise in Covid-19 cases CNN
VOA VIEW: Bet Cuomo made the threat.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says the ongoing feud between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and former President Donald Trump has him worried about the GOP's chances in the 2022 midterms. CNN
VOA VIEW: A valid concern - McConnell would be wise not to engage Trump.
In 2001, former Vice President Mike Pence, who has described himself as "Rush Limbaugh on decaf," took to the House floor to extoll Limbaugh and credit him with inspiring his career. FOX News
The CEO of ERCOT, the Texas energy agency that shut off the power Monday amid a brutal winter storm that has killed at least two dozen people dead and millions without heat, said Tuesday night he has no idea when the power will be restored for the state. FOX News
The spike in burglaries comes as the SFPD is estimating a nearly $37 million reduction in support from the city's general fund under a two-year budget proposal that will be presented to the San Francisco Police Commission Wednesday FOX News
BAE Systems on Wednesday announced a $247 million contract with the U.S. Space Force on Wednesday to manufacture an advanced global positioning system receiver. UPI
Facebook will no longer allow Australian users and news organizations to post links to news articles on the social media platform, the California-based tech company said Wednesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Facebook must be taken down.
President Joe Biden is expected to ask the Justice Department whether he has the legal authority to issue an order relieving $10,000 in student loan debt for Americans, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. UPI
Further experiments in directed energy, the use of lasers and microwaves to intercept hostile airborne objects, are expected in 2021, the U.S. Air Force said. UPI
VOA VIEW: Who knows what Biden will do?
Consumer spending in the United States soared by more than 5% during the month of January, the Commerce Department said Wednesday -- far more than most economists were expecting. UPI
VOA VIEW: Thanks to Trump.
North Korea continued to expand missile facilities and stepped up monitoring of its borders after the collapse of nuclear talks, according to Seoul's military. UPI
VOA VIEW: NK is not scared of weak Biden.
A U.S. Navy ship sailed by islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Wednesday in an open challenge by the United States to Beijing's disputed maritime claims in the region. UPI
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