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The decision, along with an order this month declining to block West Point’s admissions program, suggests that most justices are not eager to immediately explore the limits of its ruling from June. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Race is the card used by Dems.
Apartment owners lose bid to say rent control laws in New York and California violate the Constitution's ban on the taking of private property by government. LA Times
VOA VIEW: It is, what it is.
The event at the home of media mogul Haim Saban is part of the president's three-day swing through California in advance of the primary election on March 5. LA Times
Federal and state authorities are investigating suspicious mail containing a white powder that was received by a north Louisiana church attended by House Speaker Mike Johnson.Cypress Baptist Church in Benton received the package Monday. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: The liberals are desperately stupid.

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Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Tuesday she will be deploying National Guard troops to Texas to help its governor, Republican Greg Abbott, deal with a "war zone" at the southern border. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: A good thought for all.
House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., met with former President Donald Trump on Monday at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., marking the second meeting between the two since Johnson inherited the gavel last fall. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Trump has good advise.
A Norwegian lawmaker has nominated X, SpaceX, Neuralink and Tesla owner Elon Musk for a Nobel Peace Prize, praising the billionaire as a "stout proponent for free speech," the New York Post reports. Newsmax
President Biden departed Washington Tuesday for a three-day fundraising swing through California. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden laughs off all.
Vladimir Putin promoted the deputy head of the country’s prison service just three days after the opposition leader’s unexplained death in a Russian penal colony. New York Post

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The fall of Avdiivka to Russia may be more significant than it initially seemed as Ukraine struggles with morale and recruitment. New York Times
The apparent death in Spain of Maksim Kuzminov is likely to fuel speculation that it was the work of Russia’s intelligence services. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Putin had him killed.
Ford and the United Auto Workers in Kentucky have until the end of the workweek to agree on a contract before thousands of employees could walk off the job. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Ford must not cave in.
Most of the United States' largest cities faced a fiscal impasse in 2022, unable to settle their financial obligations with existing funds. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dem cities are the hardest hit.

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In an interview Monday, the "Shark Tank" investor blasted last week's $355 million verdict against the former president as a threat to all businesses that turns New York into a "loser state." Washington Times
VOA VIEW: He is right - no one should invest in NY.
The first federal trial over a hate crime based on gender identity is set to begin Tuesday in South Carolina, where a man faces charges that he killed a Black transgender woman and then fled to New York. Washington Times
Nikki Haley is resisting calls to end her campaign against Donald Trump, saying she feels "no need to kiss the ring." CBS
VOA VIEW: Haley is destroying her political future.

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The impeachment effort is all but certain to die in the Democratic-controlled Senate, which has the final say over removing officials under the Constitution. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good!
Lawyers Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and others faced legal sanctions for raising false claims about the integrity of the 2020 presidential election in a lawsuit filed in Michigan. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems should be sued when they make the same claims.
House Republican leaders have fiercely criticized the foreign aid bill for failing to address the U.S.-Mexico border. CBS
VOA VIEW: It is all Biden's claims.
The president set a record with the fundraising total, but his approval ratings remain low amid an expected 2024 general election rematch with Donald Trump. CBS
American Airlines will start charging travelers $40 for a checked bag at the airport and $35 if purchased online. CNBC

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The Nasdaq rule, which was approved by the SEC, mandates disclosure of women, minorities and LGBTQ+ board members of companies listed on the stock exchange. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The mandate is bad.
The IRS will continue to crack down on top earners who haven't paid taxes owed. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As they should.
A patient implanted with Neuralink's brain technology can now control a computer mouse just by thinking. CNBC

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The Supreme Court has rejected appeals from Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Thomas Massie and Ralph Norman, who challenged fines for not wearing face masks on the House floor in 2021. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Wrong ruling.
The Atlanta City Council has voted to restrict access to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to only people flying or picking up passengers. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A good ruling.
The Biden administration has allocated an additional $5.8 billion for water infrastructure projects across the U.S., funded by the bipartisan infrastructure law. FOX News
Fort Worth, Texas police are searching for a man who was captured on video stealing a bag of cash from Girl Scouts selling cookies in front of Walmart. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The perpetrator should be caught and severely punished.
The United States on Tuesday vetoed a resolution in the United Nations Security Council calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza, facing a near unified front for a pause in fighting on Tuesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: As they should.
To celebrate the next solar eclipse on April 8, Delta Air Lines is offering a flight from Austin, Texas, to Detroit to give passengers time in the path of totality. UPI
Canada is donating hundreds of drones to Ukraine as its struggle to defeat Russia's unprovoked invasion nears its second anniversary, Defense Minister Bill Blair announced Monday. UPI
VOA VIEW: A reasonable action.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will get another chance to plead his case on why he should not be extradited to the United States in a two-day trial that began Tuesday. UPI
A woman with dual U.S.-Russian citizenship has been arrested on suspicion of treason for raising money to support Ukraine's armed forces. UPI
VOA VIEW: A major mistake by both sides.

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February 23, 2024

     President Biden’s special Iran envoy had his security clearance suspended earlier last year after “serious” issues were raised internally about his handling of “protected material,” according to a leaked State Department memo published over the weekend by an Iranian media outlet.  Malley is as guilty as Biden and his whole family.

     Robert Malley was placed on unpaid leave effective at the end of June, but the State Department declined to specify why, drawing scrutiny from congressional Republicans.

     The Tehran Times, an English-language daily newspaper believed to have close ties to the theocracy’s foreign ministry, purported to shed light on the matter by publishing an April 21 memo labeled “sensitive but unclassified” and addressed to Malley from Erin Smart, director of the Office of Personnel Security and Suitability in the Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

     In the memo, Smart wrote that the office “has received information regarding you that raises serious security concerns and can be disqualifying under National Security Adjudicative Guidelines E (Personal Conduct), K (Handling Protected Information) and M (Use of Information Technology).”