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Former security officials testified before Congress on Tuesday, saying they didn't know extremists planned to storm the Capitol building on Jan. 6. LA Times
VOA VIEW: The Dems lied, again.
The New York State Republican Party will contact thousands of voters in districts of “marginal” Democratic lawmakers in a bid to pressure the Democratic-controlled Legislature to conduct a vigorous “subpoena-driven” probe of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 nursing home scandal. The GOP is targeting voters in the districts of six Democratic lawmakers — three in the... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Cuomo is a loser.
President Biden on Tuesday said that he and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed to work together to counter China’s influence and to combat racism and global warming. Biden and Trudeau “met” virtually on Tuesday in what the White House billed as Biden’s first bilateral meeting with a world leader. But in comments after the... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The Keystone was and is an issue.

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Joe Biden ran for president on a “return to normalcy.” His challenge is that there are three competing definitions of normalcy for him to contend with. Biden didn’t actually use the slogan “return to normalcy.” But as numerous political observers noted during the campaign, that was both Biden’s implicit appeal and his best shot at... New York Post
VOA VIEW: There is nothing normal about Biden.
The Facebook Oversight Board, which will decide whether Donald Trump's suspension should be lifted, received an appeal on behalf of the former president.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
The Biden team is talking a tough game on new illegal immigration, but behind the scenes it’s making frantic efforts to get ready for what it expects to be massive “border surges” of migrants streaming north over the next months, according to an internal Homeland Security email. U.S. Immigration and ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is creating a major problem.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot signed a measure Tuesday strengthening Chicago's sanctuary policies by removing exceptions where local police can cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The revised ordinance, which easily cleared the City Council last month, follows years of campaigning by immigrant rights advocates who’ve said issues of ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Lightfoot is an idiot.
House Democrats are pressuring cable providers and online streaming companies to purge conservative media outlets from their platforms or at the very least to do more to censor content they deem as fake and misleading. They’re targeting Fox News Channel, One America News Network and Newsmax, casting them as purveyors ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems have lost the mind and want to silence all but their own thought.
One of Kentucky's top GOP lawmakers has filed legislation to ban some no-knock warrants nearly a year after the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was shot in her home multiple times by police during a botched drug raid in Louisville. Washington Times

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The U.S. Justice Department and Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights have removed their support for a federal lawsuit in Connecticut that seeks to reverse a state policy allowing the participation of transgender athletes in girl's high school sports. The lawsuit was filed a year ago by several cisgender ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Madness!
A Senate hearing examining what went wrong with the law enforcement response to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has ended ABC
VOA VIEW: Pelosi and Dems were the major problem.
The head of a company that constructs ships for the U.S. Navy on the Gulf Coast has resigned following an investigation by federal and Australian authorities ABC
President Joe Biden will visit Texas on Friday as the state begins its recovery from a devastating winter storm that caused serious damage to homes and businesses across the state and left many without power or clean water for days ABC
VOA VIEW: No one cares about a Biden visit.

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The Southern Baptist Convention has ousted two churches over policies deemed to be too inclusive of LGBTQ people and two more for employing pastors convicted of sex offenses ABC
VOA VIEW: Not good times.
Golfing great Tiger Woods was hurt in a rollover car crash in Southern California Tuesday morning, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said. ABC
The Department of Education announced Monday it would give school districts flexibility in administering standardized tests, but wouldn't allow broad cancellation of those exams. CBS
VOA VIEW: A mixed bag of stupidity.

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The SPLC says 704 Confederate monuments are still standing across the U.S. CBS
VOA VIEW: Sad!
A $2 million ad campaign is targeting Biden's nominees for HHS secretary and associate attorney general. CBS
VOA VIEW: For very good reasons.
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell told the Senate Banking Committee that price pressures remain mostly muted and the economic outlook is still "highly uncertain." CNBC
VOA VIEW: Powell is weak.
Many college students say a $15 minimum wage would be a game-changer and they're pushing for Congress to make it a federal law. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Young idiots - what do they know?
Trucking companies may be facing a driver shortage in 2021. Here's an inside look at an industry in need of new applicants. CNBC

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) lashed out at Sen. Joe Mancin's (D-WV) after he said he had doubts about Deb Haaland's nomination to as Secretary of the Interior, which comes on the heels of his opposition to the confirmation of Neera Tanedem to lead the Office of Management and Budget. CNN
VOA VIEW: A fool criticizes fools.
Decades ago, Soviet scientists researched biological weapons at a site in Volginsky, about 70 miles east of Moscow. Now, that site is being used to mass-produce a vaccine aimed at protecting people around the world from the coronavirus. CNN
VOA VIEW: Few trust anything that comes from Russia.
During the Senate hearing on the Capitol riot, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) claimed that the vast majority of Trump supporters are pro-law enforcement but the former Capitol police chief said that many rioters at the Capitol identified themselves as police and tried to illegally enter the building. CNN
VOA VIEW: The capitol police took their direction from Pelosi.

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Former Sen. David Perdue has decided against becoming a candidate in the 2022 Georgia US Senate race a week after filing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. CNN
VOA VIEW: Crazy!
A grand jury voted not to indict any police officers in the March 2020 death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after police pinned him to the ground in March, New York Attorney General Leticia James said Tuesday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Good!
Members of Malcolm X’s family have come forth saying that a police officer made a death-bed confession, allegedly admitting that the New York Police Department and the FBI conspired to assassinate the civil rights icon in 1965. FOX News
VOA VIEW: And the truth is ...
Executives from major technology companies affected by the widespread SolarWinds hack testified before the Senate on Tuesday that the breach was of a scale and scope not seen in other major cyberattacks. UPI
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Tom Vilsack to head the Agriculture Department and Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. UPI
VOA VIEW: The US is in trouble.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Tuesday that the Biden administration will increase weekly shipments of COVID-19 vaccines to states to 14.5 million doses. UPI
VOA VIEW: Then what?
Four law enforcement and security officers who were on duty during the Jan. 6 mob attack at the U.S. Capitol testified in Congress Tuesday and revealed a portrait of several failures that allowed the assault to occur. UPI
VOA VIEW: Failures by Dems.
Drugmakers told Congress Tuesday that supplies of COVID-19 vaccines will grow dramatically over the next month as they prepare to double the pace of production. UPI
VOA VIEW: A lot of grief and money being spent.

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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.