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This year's Conservative Political Action Conference devoted hours to the issue of "Protecting Elections" – code for "voter fraud."       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Trump is still the leader of the Republican Party.
New US COVID-19 cases are a quarter what they were six weeks ago, with the daily numbers dropping 15 percent to 25 percent a week. It’s time for the country to start moving rapidly to normalcy — restoring jobs and restoring lives. Caution is still in order, but only that. Yet President Biden, after vowing... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems hate to admit that covid-19 is not as dangerous as is was.
A second woman has accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, according to a new report. Charlotte Bennett, a 25-year-old former aide to Cuomo, told The New York Times the governor asked her inappropriate personal questions and had told her he was open to relationships with women in their 20s. Bennett, who worked as an... New York Post
At CPAC on Saturday, the focus was on praise for Mr. Trump in advance of his speech there on Sunday. New York Times
VOA VIEW: As it should be.

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Shipments of the J&J vaccine are expected to begin as soon as next week, adding to the nation's defense against the coronavirus.       USA Today
A bill to designate Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization was shelved by Montana lawmakers Friday, less than a month after it was proposed by 20-year-old Republican state Rep. Braxton Mitchell. Members of the Republican-led Montana state House Judiciary Committee voted 14-5 to table the resolution after it was brought ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Weak leadership.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Saturday declared a Republican takeover of the House majority a sure bet in 2022. "I will bet my house … my personal house," he said to cheers from the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It will be now or never.
A judge approves a $650M Facebook privacy lawsuit settlement. ABC
VOA VIEW: Sad!
In San Mateo County 70 ineligible people were vaccinated at One Medical. ABC

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The House narrowly approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill early Saturday morning. CBS
VOA VIEW: A joke.
The Minneapolis City Council has unanimously approved paying six social media influencers to spread city-approved messaging and updates throughout the upcoming murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin​. CBS
VOA VIEW: Stupid and crazy.
President Joe Biden is warning Iran to "be careful" if it continues to support militia groups that threaten U.S. interests or personnel. The warning follows airstrikes that targeted infrastructure used by Iranian-backed militia groups in Syria. CBS
VOA VIEW: So he says.
Trump, the marquee speaker this year, will make his first public remarks since leaving office at CPAC on Sunday. CBS

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Potential contenders for piecemeal reform include establishing a path to citizenship for "Dreamers," reforming the agricultural worker program, and expanding employment-based immigration. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden is a joke.
After the riots at the Capitol in January, debate is swirling over how platforms like Facebook and Twitter moderate content and what's protected as free speech. CNBC
VOA VIEW: They should all be put down.
A new $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan is making its way through Congress. The proposal includes $1,400 stimulus checks. Here's how Congress will fund the bill. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Sad!

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President Joe Biden sent a letter to congressional leadership Saturday explaining the reasoning behind Thursday's airstrike in Syria, which has been criticized by some Democrats in the latest fight between the executive and legislative branches over war powers. CNN
After weeks of snow and damaging rainfall, already-battered Atlantic states could be hit once again by an early hurricane season, according to reports. FOX News
A series of substantial changes will be recommended to bolster security at the U.S. Capitol following a review, including adding additional fencing, according to a report. FOX News
The Supreme Court has blocked restrictions on large gatherings, including religious services, in Santa Clara County, Calif., as the United States reported nearly 73,000 COVID-19 cases. UPI
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February 28, 2021

     As the nation’s racial reckoning following last May’s killing of George Floyd morphed into the summer’s riotous anarchy, the term “systemic racism” emerged as a fixture of our public discourse. What began as a somewhat arcane dialogue about purported police “militarization” and the “qualified immunity” legal doctrine soon took on a much more insidious tone. America, those like The New York Times’ “1619 Project” fabulists told us, was rotten to its very core, blemished by the indelible taint of “systemic racism.” There is little or no systemic racism.

     In reality, there is no factual basis to support that. There will, sadly, always be individual racists from all backgrounds and all walks of life, but American society in the 2020s simply does not have anything remotely resembling a legally enshrined regime under which its racial majority “systemically” oppresses its racial minorities. America in the year 2021 is not Germany in 1936; it is not South Africa in 1985; and it is not — after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — the Jim Crow South. This ought to be astoundingly obvious.

     But while the notion of sprawling, multi-institutional “systemic racism” is a lie, there is at least one major American institution that does suffer from legally codified racism that tarnishes the institution’s integrity, sullies its legitimacy and is so widespread that it might earnestly be dubbed “systemic.” I speak, of course, of affirmative action admission policies in American higher education.

     Thankfully, due to the petition for a writ of certiorari that was filed before the US Supreme Court this week in the case of Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard College, the nightmarish systemic racism of affirmative action might finally end soon. (As a disclosure, I personally know Students for Fair Admissions’ attorneys, one of whom is now representing me before the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in unrelated litigation.) There is at least some cause for optimism. A divided court in 2016 upheld race-conscious university admissions policies in Fisher v. University of Texas, but the court’s composition has changed since then. What’s more, affirmative action is perhaps the single issue upon which infamous Republican-nominated disappointment Chief Justice John Roberts is the most reliable.