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A past coronavirus infection may eliminate the need for a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, a growing body of evidence suggests. LA Times
VOA VIEW: It shows that there is much unknown about the virus.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he might make an endorsement in the New York City mayor’s race and two candidates — Andrew Yang and Ray McGuire — said they’d welcome the scandal-scarred gov’s support with open arms. All other candidates who’ve called on Cuomo to step down amid nursing home and sexual harassment scandals said “no... New York Post
VOA VIEW: A deal among fools.
In the race to save lives from the novel coronavirus, the United States and Britain are winning. A stunning 47 percent of UK residents and 36 percent of US residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Compare that with the European Union, where only 15 percent of the population has gotten at least one jab. America... New York Post
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New York City’s number of daily COVID-19 cases declined over the past week, officials said Monday — though the country’s infection rate is rising. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s latest seven-day daily average of new cases was 2,773, which represents a steady decline over the past week and the lowest rolling average since... New York Post
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mocked New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “Squad” of progressive allies, according to a book out later this month. Veteran journalist Susan Page of USA Today profiled Pelosi (D-Calif.) for her upcoming biography “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power.” New York Post
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is a self-indulgent idiot.
More than 120 CEOs and other corporate leaders met on Zoom over the weekend to discuss how to exert pressure to influence legislation around the country. The media would be reporting it as a vast scandal if the agenda were right wing but these are woke executives. Yale School of Management prof Jeffrey Sonnenfeld organized... New York Post
VOA VIEW: All the companies should be boycotted.
Lawmakers in both parties are lining up to get their pet projects and policy priorities included in the expansive package. New York Times
Republicans say pieces of Biden's American Jobs Plan are 'non-starters' for bipartisan support. That includes undoing Trump's 2017 tax cuts.
VOA VIEW: Biden wants to make a deal - count on only lip service.
Senate Republicans panned President Biden’s infrastructure package as a “dog’s breakfast” of wasteful spending and voiced skepticism about the White House’s efforts to win bipartisan support for the massive $2.3 trillion plan. The president said Monday that he wants to move forward with members of both parties, but congressional Democrats ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The game is being played, with the big losers being taxpayers.
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Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, perhaps the most important Democratic vote for the Biden administration, said Monday that he hopes Mr. Biden's nomination of his wife to a $160,000-a-year post "goes through well." "That's great," Mr. Manchin told reporters upon learning that the president formally nominated Gayle Connelly ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A major bribe to keep Manchin is check.
Arizona's top state prosecutor sued the Biden administration Monday over what he calls “environmentally disruptive” decisions to halt border wall construction and change immigration policies. The lawsuit filed by Republican Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich in federal court in Arizona against officials in Democratic President Joe Biden's administration ... Washington Times
Arkansas lawmakers on Monday approved a stripped-down alternative to hate crimes legislation that longtime supporters of such laws have criticized as not providing true protections following a succession of new measures restricting the rights of transgender people. The majority-Republican House voted 65-26 in favor of ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Watered down weakness.
President Biden adopted a governing-by-polls strategy to circumvent the GOP but claims he is fulfilling his pledge to bring bipartisanship back to Washington. The strategy, however, exposes Mr. Biden to a powerful reversal in the long-term, according to Republicans who say polling also shows a broad spectrum of support for ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden will be exposed.
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The U.S. attorney's office in Detroit is recommending that a federal judge name New York lawyer Neil Barofsky to monitor the United Auto Workers union's behavior after a corruption scandal. Appointing an independent monitor is part of a settlement the union agreed to with federal prosecutors ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The union came out.
Virginia's attorney general has asked a small police department to release personnel records of two officers accused of pepper-spraying and pointing their guns at a Black Army lieutenant during a traffic stop. Mark Herring's office said in a statement Monday that he is “deeply concerned about the traffic stop” ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The army officer acted bad.
Fox Corp. is standing behind Tucker Carlson after the Anti-Defamation League last week called for the company to fire the opinion host for his on-air defense of the white-supremacist “great replacement” theory. In a letter sent Sunday to the civil rights group and shared with The Associated Press, Fox CEO ... Washington Times
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In historic first, President Joe Biden has nominated Christine Wormuth to serve as secretary of the Army. If confirmed she would be the first woman to hold the job. ABC
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is attacking YouTube for its decision to remove from its website a video of a pandemic panel discussion he recently held that it considered disinformation ABC
VOA VIEW: You Tube should be sanctioned.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is set to sign legislation that will legalize recreational marijuana use and sales in the state ABC
Amazon and Google have seen gains from services corporate workers can use to access their applications. Google has an app for that, but it's for Googlers only. CNBC
Biden met with lawmakers from both parties at the White House on Monday as he tries to win support for his more than $2 trillion infrastructure plan. CNBC
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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said that trying to fight Michigan's Covid surge with vaccines alone would lead to disappointment. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The thought makes sense.
A growing number of colleges and universities say students will be required to get the Covid vaccine before returning to campus in the fall. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A constitutional challenge.
A progressive organization is taking aim at FedEx and Nike in a new campaign to persuade Congress to raise the corporate tax rate. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Progressives should be challenged.
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President Joe Biden on Monday called for "peace and calm" in the wake of Daunte Wright's fatal encounter with police in Minnesota, saying his death does not justify violence or looting. CNN
VOA VIEW: Biden talks cheap.
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• CEOs vow to fight voting restrictions despite threats from Trump and McConnell CNN
Faculty at Cornell University have approved a resolution that would remove a suspect's race from crime alerts, arguing that its inclusion encourages suspicion of Black people. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A stupid idea - its inclusion reduces the field of criminal prospects..
U.S. markets fell flat, drawing back from record highs, on Monday as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said he was monitoring the stock market due to "elevated" assets. UPI
The United States has reached agreements with Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala for beefed-up military and police commitments to help stem the flow of migrants, the Biden administration said Monday. UPI
VOA VIEW: A Trump idea taken out by Biden.
The United States spent nearly $660 billion more than it collected in revenues during March and its 2021 deficit surged to $1.7 trillion due to pandemic stimulus spending, officials reported Monday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden will bankrupt the country.
President Joe Biden met Monday with executives from nearly two dozen companies to address the problematic supply chain shortage of semiconductor chips that's disrupting automobile manufacturing. UPI
More than 70% of people in Japan said in a poll they are opposed to holding the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. UPI
A Chinese official admitted then promptly denied that China's COVID-19 vaccines are ineffective. UPI
VOA VIEW: Bet that he did.
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Normality will take a long time. The end of the pandemic is nigh. Americans continue to get vaccinated at a rapid clip. Life will be moving on. Except, it seems, for children. For more than a year, they have suffered from irrational, unscientific and downright superstitious policies inflicted upon them by adults — and there is no end in sight.
In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance that three-foot social distancing suffices in schools, instead of the usual six. Yet in many localities where teachers unions wield power, schools still didn’t fully reopen. In New York City, schools have reopened on a (very) part-time basis in large part owing to the debunked six-foot rule.
United Federation of Teachers boss Michael Mulgrew immediately balked at the guidance, calling it “strange” and saying the union would consult with its own experts. But the real question is: Why do kids even need to socially distance at all? Many places in Europe, including Britain, as well as some schools across America, long ago scrapped social-distancing requirements for kids. They opened their schools and kept them open. That’s because research has repeatedly showed that children are at minuscule risk from the disease and also transmit it a much lower rate than do adults.
We also need to cut it out with the masking of kids. Let’s notice that every video of a 2-year-old being escorted off an airplane for not wearing a mask is set in America. On European flights, masks are required for ages 6 and up. You can’t reason with a 2-year-old. (Trust me, I’ve tried.) And while masking 6-year-olds still seems unnecessary and should hopefully end soon, it’s saner than sticking one on a toddler. In November, Maria van Kerkhove, head of the World Health Organization’s emerging-diseases unit, clarified that “for children under 6 years old, we don’t recommend the use of masks.” This, she said, was “for many reasons — because of the way children are developing” and because enforcing adherence is a fool’s errand. She added: “Between 6 [and] 11, we recommend taking a risk-based approach depending on where the children are, the types of activities they are doing.”