In Alabama, a vote to keep Confederate monument…

Alabama lawmakers have rejected legislation that would give cities and counties in the Dep South state a possible avenue to take down Confederate monuments and relocate them elsewhere

Virus surge forces Sao Paulo to shut as Buenos…

Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, the two biggest cities in each of the neighboring South American countries, are headed in opposite directions in the COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting how those that loosen restrictions despite warnings from scientists see a spike in the pandemic while others that keep social distancing measures in place are able to reopen their economies sooner

Biden Cites 'Neanderthal Thinking' After Texas…

Biden Cites 'Neanderthal Thinking' After Texas, Mississippi Lift COVID Restrictions. GOP Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Tate Reeves of Mississippi recently lifted mask mandates and other COVID-19 restrictions in their states. President Joe Biden said "it's a big mistake" to go against the CDC's recommendations. Look, I hope everybody's realized by now, these masks make a difference, President Joe Biden, via statement. The last thing -- the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything's fine, take off your mask, forget it. It still matters, President Joe Biden, via statement. Biden asked all Americans to continue to wear masks and follow federal health guidelines. It's critical -- critical, critical, critical -- that they follow the science: Wash your hands, hot water, do it frequently. , President Joe Biden, via statement. Wear a mask and stay socially distanced. And I know you all know that. I wish the heck some of our elected officials knew it, President Joe Biden, via statement

With Biden's backing, Dems revive bill to…

House Democrats have rushed to pass the most ambitious effort in decades to overhaul policing

Utah nears new teen treatment rules Paris Hilton…

Utah is one hurdle away from stricter rules regulating treatment centers for troubled teens, weeks after Paris Hilton gave emotional testimony in support of the bill

Biden Agrees to Limit $1,400 Stimulus Check…

Biden Agrees to Limit $1,400 Stimulus Check Eligibility. Senate Democrats reportedly struck a deal with the president which would allow fewer people to receive $1,400 stimulus checks. Individuals and couples who make up to $75,000 and $150,000, respectively, will still get the full amount. Payments will then reduce and be cut off at $80,000 for individuals and $160,000 for couples. Previously, the cutoff amounts were $100,000 for individuals and $200,000 for couples. Taxpayers filing as head of household will be eligible for the full amount if they make less than $112,500, with payment zeroing out at $120,000. $400-per-week federal unemployment benefits are expected to remain. The Democratic-controlled Senate could hold a final vote by the end of the week

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Texas schools, stores divided on masks as mandate…

The impact of Texas' governor repealing many of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions is beginning to take shape

Businesses tied to Noem family got $600,000 in…

Family members of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem received more than $600,000 in funds from a state grant program pushed by the governor that directed federal coronavirus relief funds to small businesses

Trump Teases 2024 Run in CPAC Speech

Trump Teases 2024 Run , in CPAC Speech . The former president gave his first formal speech since leaving the White House on Sunday at CPAC. Trump repeated his false claims that he won the election in November and suggested he may run again in 2024. . Who knows? I may even decide to beat them for a third time, Donald Trump, via Politico . He also criticized Joe Biden for having "the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history,”. and called the Biden Administration “anti-jobs, anti-family, anti-borders, anti-energy, anti-women and anti-science.”. None of us even imagined just how bad they would be and how far left they would go, Donald Trump, via Politico . In just one short month, we have gone from ‘America First’ to ‘America Last.', Donald Trump, via Politico . Trump was also critical of "top establishment Republicans” who spoke out against him. and Big Tech companies who “should be punished with major sanctions whenever they silence conservative voices.” . In the annual CPAC presidential straw poll, 68 percent of attendees said Trump should run again

California city believed 1st in US to ban new gas…

A Northern California city has become what’s believed to be the first in the country to ban all new gas stations in an effort to curb emissions

Mississippi close to putting limits on…

The Mississippi House has voted to ban transgender athletes from competing on girls’ or women’s sports teams in the state's schools and universities

House Passes Bill That Would Prohibit LGBTQ…

House Passes Bill That Would Prohibit LGBTQ Discrimination . The Equality Act was passed by the House on Feb. 25 in a 224-206 vote. All of the Democrats and three Republicans supported the measure. Those Republicans are Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, Tom Reed and John Katko. The bill would allow protections of the Civil Rights Act to extend to LGBTQ Americans. None of us should be evicted, fired or denied accommodations and services simply because of who we are and whom we love, Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-NY, via ABC News. The vote came after two days of intense debate, including a standoff between Rep. Marie Newman and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene pertaining to trans rights. Many Republicans oppose the bill because of their beliefs surrounding religion and science. When men or women claim to be able to choose their own sexual identity, they are making a statement that God did not know what he was doing when he made them, Rep. Greg Stuebe, R-Fla, via ABC News. You are going to singlehandedly destroy women's sports in the name of equality, how ironic, Rep. Greg Stuebe, R-Fla, via ABC News. 60 senators must vote in support of the Equality Act for it to make its way to President Biden's desk

South Carolina: Ex-NBA star's Trustee vote shows…

The University of South Carolina's first African American basketball star, Alex English, has been reelected as a trustee at his alma mater

Oregon moves to ban display of nooses, a racist…

Greg Evans, a Black man who joined a parade of witnesses urging Oregon lawmakers to ban the display of nooses, says the issue is personal for him: A family member had been lynched over a century ago in South Carolina

Illinois Legislator Proposes Bill to Prohibit…

Illinois Legislator Proposes Bill to Prohibit ‘All Violent Video Games’. The bill was introduced by Illinois Rep. Marcus Evans last week. Bill HB3531 would amend the Violent Video Games Law and change provisions surrounding the sale of “violent video games” to minors. . It would effectively prohibit the sale of “all violent video games” on the basis that they “perpetuate human-on-human violence.” . The bill would also change the definition of “serious physical harm” to include psychological harm, various forms of abuse, domestic violence, violence against women and carjacking. . A video game that allows a user or player to control a character within the video game that is encouraged to perpetuate human-on-human violence in which the player kills or otherwise causes serious physical or psychological harm to another human or an animal, Bill HB3531, via Complex. In a statement to the ‘Chicago Sun-Times,' Rep. Evans seemingly blamed video games for the increased carjacking rate in Chicago. . A total of 218 carjacking incidents were reported to Chicago police in January. The bill would prohibit the sale of some of these games that promote the activities that we’re suffering from in our communities, Rep. Marcus Evans, to ‘Chicago Sun-Times'

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Study: Employment rose among those in free money…

A study of people in California who got $500 a month for free says they used it to pay off debt and get full-time jobs

Pentagon probe slams ex-White House Dr. Jackson's…

The Defense Department inspector general has released a scathing report on the conduct of Ronny Jackson, now a congressman from Texas, when he worked as a top White House physician

Biden Lifts Trump's Ban on Certain Immigrant Visas

Biden Lifts Trump's Ban on Certain Immigrant Visas. In April of 2020, former President Donald Trump enacted restrictions intended to keep immigrants from taking jobs away from American workers amid the pandemic. Visas and green cards for many immigrants were frozen as a result. On Feb. 24, President Biden revoked the restrictions. It harms the United States, including by preventing certain family members of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from joining their families here, President Joe Biden, via statement. It also harms industries in the United States that utilize talent from around the world, President Joe Biden, via statement. But another set of immigration restrictions affecting H-1B visas remains in place. Those restrictions will expire on March 31 as originally planned by the Trump administration

Israel suspects Iran connection to Mediterranean…

Israeli authorities said that a Libyan-owned tanker believed to be smuggling oil from Iran to Syria was responsible for spilling tons of crude into the eastern Mediterranean last month, causing one of Israel’s worst environmental disasters

It's back to school for Jill Biden and new…

First lady Jill Biden and new Education Secretary Miguel Cardona are out to show that in-person learning can be done safely in schools during the pandemic

Biden Signs Executive Order to Address Shortfalls…

Biden Signs Executive Order to Address , Shortfalls in US Supply Chain. President Joe Biden's executive order is meant to address recent supply chain failures as seen in both the health care and auto industries. In the early months of the pandemic, health care workers across the U.S. were often forced to reuse protective gear, including masks and gloves. A recent computer chip shortage has forced automakers to furlough workers due to the closure of auto plants. We are going to get out of the business of reacting to supply chain crises as they arise and get into business of preventing future supply chain problems, Peter Harrell, National Security Council, via NPR News. Analysts say that while Biden's executive order will not call out China specifically, . its aim is to strengthen U.S. output of materials that are currently made overseas. . If we don't get moving, [China is] going to eat our lunch, President Biden, via NPR News

Facebook lifts ban on US political, social issue…

Facebook says it is lifting its ban on political and social-issue ads put in place after the 2020 U.S. presidential election

Oklahoma prosecutor urges panel to reject…

Oklahoma County's top prosecutor is asking the state's Pardon and Parole Board to reject a commutation request from a death row inmate

Biden Administration to Distribute Masks to…

Biden Administration to Distribute Masks to Millions of Americans. The president's plan is intended to help underserved communities amid the pandemic. Not all Americans are wearing masks regularly, not all have access, and not all masks are equal, White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients, via statement. The masks will be handed out through Federally Qualified Community Health Centers, food banks and food pantries. . The Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services and Agriculture will take part in distributing over 25 million cloth masks that were made in America. The White House hopes to get the masks delivered to between 12 million and 15 million people. President Biden continues to ask all Americans to wear face masks during his first 100 days in office

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Palace to investigate after Meghan accused of…

Buckingham Palace says it is launching an investigation after a newspaper reported that a former aide had made bullying allegations against the Duchess of Sussex

Antonetti says Indians cooperating with Callaway…

Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said he couldn’t comment on previous remarks made about his lack of knowledge of Mickey Callaway’s behavior due to Major League Baseball’s investigation into allegations the team’s former pitching coach sexually harassed women

Ted Cruz Says Backlash Over Cancún Trip Is…

Ted Cruz Says Backlash Over Cancún Trip Is Because of Media’s ‘Trump Withdrawal’. Texas Senator Ted Cruz appeared on Fox News' show ‘Hannity’ on Monday night to address his recent Mexican-vacation scandal. . Cruz and his family were caught flying to Cancún to vacation at a luxury five-star resort last week while his state was crippled by a winter storm. . Host Sean Hannity argued that Cruz’s getaway was being blown out of proportion by news outlets. . Cruz agreed, saying the backlash he was receiving was a result of the media suffering from “Trump withdrawal.”. I think the media is suffering from Trump withdrawal, where they've attacked Trump every day for four years — they don't know what to do, so they obsessed over my taking my girls to the beach, Ted Cruz, to 'Hannity'. When news first broke of Cruz’s Cancún trip, he said he was just accompanying his daughters on their flight in order to be a “good dad.”. Cruz later admitted that he had initially intended to stay for several day, calling the trip a “mistake.”. It was obviously a mistake. In hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it … from the moment I sat on the plane I began really second-guessing that decision, Ted Cruz, via ABC News