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For the second time, Brooklyn Councilman Kalman Yeger (D-Brooklyn) introduced legislation to do away with COVID vaccine fines — and refund those who've already paid. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
In a highly unusual public statement, backed by U.S. officials, London named the putative head of a potential puppet government but few other details. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Very obvious.
Ukraine has initiated a defensive strategy for the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, one of the most radioactive places on Earth, which lies on the shortest path between Russia and Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It will be dangerous and interesting.

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How will the Olympics deal with the coronavirus? What happens if athletes protest China? Will there be boycotts? New York Times
VOA VIEW: The US and other nations should pull out.
A section of California's famous Highway 1 was closed Saturday morning due to a fire near the Pacific Ocean.       USA Today
Supporting the elimination of the filibuster has become the new litmus test for Democrats running for U.S. Senate in battleground races across the country. Democrats in Senate primary races in Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania have all pledged to change the filibuster or wipe it out altogether. Along ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems always threaten to change the game when they don't like the rules.
Legal advocacy groups are dissatisfied with President Biden's progress on criminal justice, which they argue has fallen short of the more than 100 changes he promised on the campaign trail, according to a new survey.  In the survey published this month by legal news service Law360, seven of the 13 ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden does not like law and order.
The Biden administration is defending legal liability protections for tech platforms against a court challenge from former President Donald Trump in his lawsuit against Facebook. The administration’s intervention in Mr. Trump’s case defends a legal provision, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, that President Biden campaigned against before his ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Section 230 must be irradicated.
Thousands of people have gathered in European capitals to protest the measures. ABC
VOA VIEW: The American people will not tolerate vaccine passports.

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The Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania plan to send U.S.-made anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine ABC
VOA VIEW: Help is long past due.
Sinema's censure came as "a result of her failure to do whatever it takes to ensure the health of our democracy," the party said. CBS
VOA VIEW: The fools may push Sinema to the Republican Party.
Top U.S. and Russian diplomats agree to keep talking over the Ukraine crisis. Also, the U.S. sees a drop in COVID-19 cases. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good - don't count on Putin blinking.
The Justice Department says it has received more than 850 referrals of potentially threatening or harassing threats against election officials and workers. Many are said to have been prompted by former President Trump, who repeatedly raised unfounded doubts about the 2020 presidential election. Threats to other public officials are rising as well. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden and the Dem DOJ are preparing for 2022 complaints.

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FTC chief Lina Khan said in an exclusive interview it takes "courage" to fight Big Tech, as companies haven't slowed down their acquisition pace on their own. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A hard fight is important to end 230.
Unless President Biden can turn this ongoing Ukrainian crisis into opportunity, the setback for Europe and the world could be generational. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Putin is unpredictable and cunning,
The past year may have been a wild ride for homebuyers, but reports indicate that the housing market in 2022 could be even more competitive than in 2021. CNBC
VOA VIEW: There are tough times.

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Bitcoin was trading at around $35,000, about half of its value since hitting its November high. CNBC
New NIH-funded research found that Covid-19 vaccines don't impair fertility in men or women, but a Covid infection can affect men's sperm quality for up to 60 days. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The truth is yet to known.
The world feared the worst when a worrying new coronavirus variant emerged in late November and ripped through South Africa at a pace not seen before in the pandemic. CNN
During what has been another devastating surge of Covid-19 across the country, there is good news: Some states are starting to see infection numbers and hospitalizations drop. But that's not the case everywhere. CNN
VOA VIEW: The situation is hard to understand.
CNN's Don Lemon speaks to reporter Jane Mayer about her new piece detailing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' wife's ties to right-wing groups. Justice Thomas and Ginny Thomas declined to be interviewed for Mayer's article in The New Yorker. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal CNN would create some controversy.

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For many people, social drinking is a celebrated pastime. At least it was in the good old days -- you know, before we began living Covid's nightmare version of Bill Murray's "Groundhog Day." CNN
VOA VIEW: Sad!
CNN's Anderson Cooper and conservative attorney George Conway discuss the draft executive order that then-President Donald Trump considered signing in December 2020 that would have directed the Pentagon to seize voting machines in key states and hunt for evidence of fraud, according to a draft published by Politico. CNN
A University of Chicago student with a hearing disability is asking a college to lift its mask mandate. FOX News

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The state legislature of Utah on Friday ended mask mandates with a 45-29 vote, and the state Senate approved mandatory COVID-19 testing for schools. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good!
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon on Friday responded to railroad company Union Pacific's concerns regarding train burglaries in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of LA. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Gascon is an idiot.
A Texas teacher remained on administrative leave Friday after a video showing her ranting about her students and her job circulated online. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Dumb!
Some Arizona lawmakers are looking to change the way people can record police encounters, calling for a distance requirement that anyone with a camera must remain to record a police officer. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A good idea.
Every Black Mississippi senator walked off the chamber floor in protest as their white colleagues voted to ban critical race theory in the state's public schools. UPI
VOA VIEW: A few want to change the lives of the many.
Mark Cuban has launched an online pharmacy with a goal to provide affordable prescription drugs. UPI
The U.S. government delivered "lethal" aid to Ukraine as part of the first shipment of security assistance to defend against possible a Russian invasion, the U.S. Embassy in Kiev said. UPI
Vice President Kamala Harris and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited a San Bernardino, Calif., fire station Friday, announcing that the U.S. government is directing $600 million to wildfire recovery. UPI
VOA VIEW: Taxpayers will have the pay for the stupidity of Dems.
A U.S. district judge in Texas on Friday temporarily blocked President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for federal employees. UPI
VOA VIEW: Great news.

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          Biden was not present in his presidential bid and performance.  President Joe Biden promised us the most transparent administration in American history. Instead, the man who campaigned largely from his basement is still Hidin’ Biden: He held fewer press conferences than any of his five immediate predecessors the first year in office. His Wednesday presser marking Thursday’s anniversary of his inauguration was just his 10th — and only his second solo one.

     And Biden gave just 22 media interviews last year, fewer than any of his six most recent predecessors, Towson University’s White House Transition Project found.  While he’s “taken questions more often at his events than his predecessors, he spends less time doing so,” notes Towson professor Martha Joynt Kumar. “He provides short answers with few follow-ups when he takes questions at the end of a previously scheduled speech.”As White House Correspondents’ Association President Steven Portnoy complained in a tweet, “The historical record of a presidency requires more than fleeting Q&A.”

     The Committee to Protect Journalists released its own report last week, condemning “the president’s limited availability to journalists, the administration’s slow responses to requests for information, its planned extradition of Julian Assange, restrictions on media access at the US southern border, and its limited assistance to Afghan journalists.” Biden spent a quarter of his time in Delaware, away from most of the Washington press corps, but won’t release his Delaware visitor logs. When he finally does take questions, his staff often equip him with a hand-picked list of suitable journalists to call on. In November, Sky News Australia showed images of Biden’s detailed list of pre-approved reporters he could deign to speak with after the G20 summit in Rome.