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U.S. airstrike targeting Iranian-backed militants in Syria was meant as a message from President Biden. What message Tehran took away is unclear. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden was posturing.
Supplies and access to COVID-19 vaccines are increasing, but Vice President Kamala Harris is struggling to ease safety concerns among Black Americans. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Blacks distrust Harris.
President Biden praised relief workers for doing “God’s work” while visiting Houston on Friday in the wake of the deadly winter storm over Valentine’s Day weekend that still has tens of thousands of locals without safe water. Biden’s trip to Texas marked his first to a major disaster area since taking office last month. New York Post
VOA VIEW: A photo op.

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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.... New York Post
VOA VIEW: There is little or no system racism.
The decision will disappoint the human rights community and members of his own party who complained during the Trump administration that the U.S. was failing to hold Mohammed bin Salman accountable. New York Times
“Now is not the time to relax restrictions,” the C.D.C. director, Rochelle Walensky, said, pointing to a leveling of coronavirus infections as governors move to lift pandemic restrictions. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The scare is getting less.
Delegates to conservative political conference say they don't know if Trump will run again in 2024, but they would be fine with it.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: As they should.
President Biden said Friday he authorized air strikes against Iranian-backed militia in Syria to send a message that Tehran "can't act with impunity." "You can't act with impunity," Mr. Biden told reporters on a trip to Texas. "Be careful." U.S. forces on Thursday struck a location in Syria used by ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Iran does not believe the Biden threat.
Less than a month after excoriating Donald Trump in a blistering floor speech, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell now says he would “absolutely” support the former president again if he secured the Republican nomination in 2024 ABC
VOA VIEW: Good!

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Structures were targeted in Al Bukamal, Syria. ABC
United Airlines will pay more than $49 million to settle criminal and civil accusations of defrauding the post office in the handling of international mail ABC
VOA VIEW: Stupid illegal act.
The Federal Communications Commission greenlit a program to provide low-income households with $50 a month subsidies for broadband internet. ABC
She said all officers wearing body cameras will be mandatory by the end of 2021. ABC
VOA VIEW: PC!

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Banking executive will succeed Roger Ferguson Jr. and become the second Black woman to lead a Fortune 500 company. CBS
VOA VIEW: More PC.
The weakness came even after the personal consumption expenditures price index that the Federal Reserve watches indicated subdued inflation in January. CNBC
VOA VIEW: This week looked bad and it may get worse.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's control of decision-making in Saudi Arabia was cited as evidence he approved the killing Jamal Khashoggi. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Maybe true or not.

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The rapid rise in bond yields has made stocks skittish and that could be a factor in the week ahead. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Bet on it with Biden in charge.
Leases on about 1.5 billion square feet of retail space in the U.S. are set to expire this year, according to CoStar Group, or about 14% of the retail market. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Sad!
Some top Democrats are criticizing President Biden's decision to launch airstrikes in Syria without conferring with all members of Congress. CNBC
As Biden moves to pass his $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan using a simple Senate majority, Republicans say he risks poisoning the well for future reform. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden should wise up.
President Joe Biden spoke with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on Thursday ahead of the release of a long-awaited US intelligence report on the killing of Saudi insider turned dissident Jamal Khashoggi. CNN

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The Biden administration has paused arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as it conducts a wider review of agreements worth billions of dollars made by the Trump administration, sources familiar with the matter told CNN Wednesday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Madness!
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) questioned Dr. Rachel Levine, Biden's first transgender Cabinet nominee pick over puberty suppression for minors during a confirmation hearing. CNN
The oil market is starting the Biden era with a bang. And that means Covid-weary Americans returning to the roads this spring and summer will be greeted with higher prices at the pump. CNN
VOA VIEW: These are financial problems caused by Biden stupidity.

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The Food and Drug Administration's vaccine committee on Friday recommended Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine, one of the final steps in approving it for emergency use in the United States. UPI
South Korea said it has not reached a final decision on a North Korea human rights resolution. UPI
VOA VIEW: SK is weak.
B-1 bombers flew their first Bomber Task Force mission since deployment to Norway, the U.S. Air Force said on Friday, a show of force near Russian naval bases. UPI
Russian officials said Friday that they "strongly condemn" U.S. airstrikes on Iranian-backed targets in eastern Syria and added that they're "closely monitoring" developments. UPI
A former U.S. Air Force contractor pleaded guilty to stealing about 2,500 pages of classified documents, the Justice Department announced. UPI
VOA VIEW: The contractor should be tried for treason.
A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the federal government cannot prohibit landlords from evicting residents who are unable to pay their rent due to COVID-19-related hardship. UPI
VOA VIEW: Makes good sense - the federal government cannot control private property without a court hearing.
North Korea could have at least eight intercontinental ballistic missiles in its arsenal. UPI
VOA VIEW: Dangerous!

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February 27, 2021

     The US on Thursday launched an airstrike in Syria that targeted a structure reportedly belonging to an Iran-backed militia. The strike was approved by President Joe Biden, two officials told Reuters, and comes after a series of rocket attacks against US targets in Iraq. One official told the news service that the strike was in response to those recent attacks.

     It was not immediately clear if there were any deaths or injuries caused by the US strike, or the extent of damage it may have caused. On Feb. 15, a rocket attack against a US military base at Erbil International Airport in Northern Iraq killed a US-led coalition contractor and left others wounded, including an American service member. Two days later, a base hosting US forces north of Baghdad was targeted in another rocket attack, wounding at least one contractor. On Monday rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone, which houses the US embassy and other diplomatic missions.

     Earlier this week, the Kataib Hezbollah group, one of the main Iran-aligned Iraqi militia groups, denied any role in recent rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq. Some Western and Iraqi officials say the attacks, often claimed by little-known groups, are being carried out by militants with links to Kataib Hezbollah as a way for Iranian allies to harass US forces without being held accountable.

     Since 2019, the US, in response to sometimes deadly rocket attacks American-led forces, has targeted the Kataib Hezbollah group with high-profile strikes in Iraq and Syria. Tensions boiled over under the Trump administration, leading to the US killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani in January 2020. Iran then retaliated with a ballistic missile attack against US forces in Iraq last year.

     Biden has shown his weakness before taking any action.