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Trump to claim he is ‘presumptive 2024 nominee,’ leader of GOP in CPAC speech: report

A longtime Trump adviser told Axios his CPAC speech will be a "show of force," and said the message will be: "I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I'm still in charge." The source reportedly added that "payback is his chief obsession."
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Elizabeth Warren Says Filibuster Is 'Giving a Veto to Mitch McConnell' on Minimum Wage
McConnell has called the $1.9 trillion stimulus package passed by the House on Friday a "missed opportunity."
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Q&A: How the scars of Flint's water crisis shook faith in Covid-19 vaccine
Mistrust in the government is nothing new for the residents of Flint, Michigan. CNN's Go There team asked readers to submit questions to correspondent Omar Jimenez about what it was like reporting in Flint.
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How a religious festival turned into a massacre
CNN has been investigating reports of a massacre at Maryam Dengelat Church in Ethiopia's Tigray region where dozens of people were killed over three days of violence
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Win with Super 6 on Dirrell/Davis Fight
Super Middleweight title eliminator is headliner on PBC on FOX card Saturday
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What AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are buying up: The 5G battle between US carriers just got very interesting
Big news on where AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are spending money on 5G makes clear for consumers where the future of the faster wireless service lies.     
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Win $1,000 on Michigan/Indiana with FOX Super 6
The Wolverines push for a Big Ten title and top seed in NCAA Tournament takes them to Bloomington, where Indiana is in a must-win situation
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Daniel Prude died and it was ruled a homicide. So why isn't it a crime?
Attorney General Letitia James suggested the maze of state law governing use of force is tilted toward police officers.       
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Republicans sued over proxy voting in the pandemic. Now they're using it to speak at CPAC.
Nearly two dozen Republicans attending CPAC in Florida have designated a proxy to vote on their behalf, citing the "ongoing public health emergency."      
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‘WandaVision’ is making us question everything we know about Wanda’s powers
Disney Plus's "WandaVision" hints at an unseen origin story.
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Publix COVID-19 vaccine deal with Florida raises questions
State officials confirmed an agreement exists between the state and Publix but have not produced documentation outlining the terms of the partnership.      
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Von Spakovsky & Cuccinelli: Biden's immigration order – this is how policy will hide crimes, ignore victims
On his first day in the Oval Office, President Biden signed a record 17 executive orders. One of the worst – and most dangerous – was his "Revision of Civil Immigration Enforcement Policies and Priorities." A more apt title would be "Providing Sanctuary for Criminal Aliens." 
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Pandemic Forces Family Video, America's Last Video Rental Chain, to Close Its Doors
Keith Hoogland, the company's president, thought Family Video's 700 stores had two or three years left, but the pandemic proved to be an insurmountable problem.
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The Syrians Executed the Most Deadly Chemical Weapons Attack in Generations—With U.N. Inspectors There
"Someone had launched a major chemical weapons attack on the suburbs, no more than 5 miles from his hotel. They had killed and injured scores of civilians, and perhaps more...And it happened at the precise moment when a body of U.N. experts was present in Syria to document the deed."
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Use of Sarin in Syria 'Awakened the World to a Grave Threat,' Says Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Joby Warrick
"I worry that we're entering a time where anti-democracy forces will see value in developing new kinds of chemical weapons, and—noting the disruptive impact of COVID-19—perhaps biological weapons."
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Why can’t a company unleash irrepressible undergraduates as campus guides?
Because it’s too much fun and freaks out university lawyers.
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More biking, fewer trains: Survey examines the pandemic’s effects on mobility in the D.C. region
Residents say they walk and bike more, and drive and take public transportation less.
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Vaccines Are Banishing Any Doubt About Reopening Schools
The past year of COVID-19 has been so terrible that many people struggle to imagine any return to normalcy. More than 500,000 Americans have died. The continued shutdown of schools has led to rising rates of depression and anxiety, unhealthy weight gain, and self-harm among students. Now, because of the rapid development and distribution of highly effective vaccines against COVID-19, a long period of devastation for American families—including the children who have been out of classrooms for so long—is coming to an end. Despite the amazing solution of vaccines, however, many educators, government officials, and media commentators cannot seem to permit themselves any optimism yet about when school closures and other emergency restrictions might be eased.Officials across the United States had to err on the side of caution last March and shut almost everything down, including schools. Too much about the novel coronavirus was unknown. Scientists quickly came to conclusions about which mitigation procedures worked to minimize risk. When measures including masks, physical distancing, and better ventilation were put into practice, people performing essential jobs did not get sick. But many schools remained closed. Vaccines were then rapidly developed, and are starting to be distributed more nimbly in the U.S. At this point, the end of the pandemic is not just a glimmer in our eye, but a reality coming closer and closer for countries with a brisk vaccine rollout. But the public narrative in the United States seems to still be swirling around three depressing themes: (1) alarm about more infectious variants of the coronavirus; (2) uncertainty about whether vaccines will stop asymptomatic as well as symptomatic infection; and (3) disagreement about whether schools can safely reopen when not everyone is vaccinated. Regrettably, unwarranted pessimism about the first two issues will complicate the third—despite an emerging consensus among health experts that opening schools is paramount for student learning and mental health.[Zeynep Tufekci: 5 pandemic mistakes we keep repeating]Millions of people in the U.S. have already received one of the two mRNA vaccines that have proved highly effective against the coronavirus. A one-dose adenovirus-DNA vaccine from Johnson & Johnson is on the verge of authorization. Phase 3 clinical-trial data for five other vaccines deploying different technologies show promising results. Since the peak of the third surge this winter, the number of new cases and hospitalizations has been falling dramatically across the United States. The sharpness of the decline suggests that partial immunity, likely from both natural infection and vaccinations, has started to kick in. In countries with a more rapid mass- vaccination rollout than the U.S., specifically Israel and the United Kingdom, the decline in hospitalizations and cases from vaccines has been even more precipitous.In response to that good news, skeptics point to several major variants of the virus now circulating in the world: B.1.1.7 (the “U.K. variant”), B.1.351 (the “South Africa variant”), P.1 and P.2 (the “Brazil variants”), B.1.427/B.1.429 (the “California variant”), and B.1.526 (the “New York City variant”). These variants are suspected of being more easily spread from person to person, and conflicting data leave open the possibility that some may be more dangerous to each infected individual.All of the approved vaccines and major vaccine candidates provide nearly 100 percent protection from severe COVID-19 disease that requires hospitalization or medical treatment, even when tested in countries where variants are circulating. For instance, the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine prevented 100 percent of hospitalizations and deaths across the three sites in which it was tested (the United States, Latin America, and South Africa), despite 95 percent of the viral strains in South Africa at the time being the B.1.351 variant and 69 percent of the strains in Brazil being of the P.2-variant lineage. Protection from mild disease from the variants with the current vaccines is more variable.Vaccines can work in multiple ways, most familiarly by inducing antibodies that usually provide more short-term protection or protection from mild illness. The COVID-19 vaccines also generate strong T-cell immunity, which not only is more enduring, but works against numerous parts of the virus (including different parts of the spike protein produced by the vaccine), making them more resistant to variants. The astounding protection that the vaccines provide against becoming ill from the coronavirus is likely due to generating a complex T-cell response that makes the disease less severe. In fact, re infection with variants leading to a symptomatic infection is rare following the development of T-cell immunity to an initial infection. Moreover, vaccines have been shown to generate T-cell immune responses directed against multiple regions of the virus—responses that remain potent across variants. Once vaccinated, an individual should be protected against severe disease from any variant.Despite considerable data to that effect, frequent predictions of deadly fourth waves of infection because of the variants are generating anxiety among the public, including teachers. Constant speculation that the variants will infect even people who have antibodies to the coronavirus—despite immunity being more than just a matter of antibody production—is distorting the discussion about schools.[Derek Thompson: The truth about kids, school, and COVID-19]Another problem is the frequent confusion of the idea We don’t know from the clinical trials whether COVID-19 vaccines prevent asymptomatic infection with the idea COVID-19 vaccines don’t stop transmission. Beyond the sheer biological plausibility that a vaccine-mediated immune response would block viral replication in your nose—through which you are most likely to spread the virus—as effectively as it blocks replication elsewhere in the body, researchers now have powerful data from the real-world vaccine rollout indicating that vaccination will reduce spread (from asymptomatic infection), as well as symptomatic disease. A recent article in The Lancet showed that health-care workers in the United Kingdom who were swabbed every two weeks after vaccination demonstrated an 86 percent reduction in asymptomatic infection compared with unvaccinated individuals. Other data, from health-care workers based in Israel and across the Mayo Clinic system, show a similar result: a massive reduction in both symptomatic disease and asymptomatic infection after vaccination. A study from Israel across a more general population during an early vaccine rollout confirms that 89.4 percent of infections are prevented with vaccination (including asymptomatic). In clinical trials, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was 74.2 percent effective in preventing asymptomatic infection. Furthermore, nasal viral loads from post-vaccination exposures are low and likely noninfectious because of the body’s immune defenses rushing in to halt viral replication. With every passing week, vaccines will prevent more disease transmission, and our messaging can change accordingly. However, the number of stories lamenting whether vaccinated grandparents can hug their unvaccinated grandchildren speaks to our failure to absorb this data and move forward with optimism.Finally, the debate over school openings—which shouldn’t be a debate at all—does not incorporate what scientists have learned about the pandemic. Despite a wealth of data from the CDC and other countries suggesting that opening schools is safe for teachers and students with mitigation procedures applied, many districts across the country, especially on the West Coast, have failed to reopen. Oregon and California have no clear path in sight for schools to return to in-person learning. The latter has maintained more stringent and prolonged lockdowns during COVID-19 than any other state in the U.S. and, like many other places, has expressed panic regarding variants. Furthermore, most states have not told their residents that life could pivot toward normalcy for the vaccinated. Oregon teachers recently indicated that they would not return to in-person instruction even after vaccination. Continued fear-based messaging and policies in certain states are likely creating needless anxiety for students, parents, and teachers.Some parents and teachers felt strongly about keeping schools closed because everyone’s personal level of risk acceptance is different. However, as millions of Americans receive vaccines and community spread slows, we will be able to open schools while mass vaccination is under way. Overcaution and overcautious messaging kept our schools closed earlier in the pandemic, but experts and public officials need not emphasize caution when touting the incredible efficacy of the new vaccines and their ability to return life to normal. Telling people that their lives won’t change after vaccination is tantamount to telling schools to remain closed.[Elliot Haspel: The debate school safety is no longer relevant]At this point in the pandemic, Americans know how to keep businesses and schools safe for reopening, and we have highly effective vaccines that protect against severe disease, even from variants of the virus. Children and their families have suffered enormous collateral damage from the failure to open schools. Data point after data point shows that countries with a rapid vaccine rollout are seeing the expected, but still thrilling, decline in cases and hospitalizations. Fear was warranted at the outset by the severity of infection that can occur with COVID-19, and fear dies slowly. But public-health messengers and Americans as a whole must allow remarkable scientific progress to help assuage the misery of the pandemic. At this point, the power of these vaccines is undimmed by variants, and Americans, their public officials, and especially their schools must allow this optimism to now dominate.
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Former NBA star Pau Gasol is determined to help others after retiring from the game
Pau Gasol is back playing basketball after announcing his signing with FC Barcelona. It's been a long journey for the former NBA All-Star, who hasn't played professionally since 2019 due to injuries -- and the NBA champion is thinking about life after hoops.
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Former NBA star Pau Gasol is determined to help others after retirement
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Former NBA star Pau Gasol is determined to help others after retiring from the game
Pau Gasol is back in professional basketball after announcing his intent to rejoin the team that launched his career, FC Barcelona.
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Hannity urges GOP to stop 'infighting,' unite as conservatives: 'Enough enemies in your life'
Sean Hannity on Friday urged Republican lawmakers to stop fighting with each other and focus on the conservative principles that unite them. 
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Former NBA star Pau Gasol is determined to help people
Former NBA star and new Barcelona player Pau Gasol is determined to help people through his foundation.
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Netflix’s Biggie Doc Is a Literal “Puff” Piece
I Got a Story to Tell breaks one of the rapper’s own commandments.
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These Two Democrats Voted No on $1,400 Stimulus Checks
The new COVID-19 stimulus package is worth $1.9 trillion and contains a provision to raise the minimum wage.
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'We're born Indian and we die white:' Indigenous leaders in California fear COVID deaths are going undercounted
Native American leaders in California fear COVID-19 cases and deaths in their communities have gone unrecorded in county and state records.       
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For Black runners, every stride comes with a fear they can't outrun
For Black runners, every stride through a residential neighborhood comes with a fear they can't outrun. After Ahmaud Arbery's shooting death last year by two White men who pursued him while he was jogging, Black runners have become more vigilant.
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The Power Is Back On In Texas. Now Comes The Recovery, And It Won't Be Cheap
From potential long-term rate hikes to repairs of broken pipes, Texans could be paying for years after the state's devastating blackouts.
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D.C.-area forecast: Wet weather lasts through the weekend
Our pattern is stuck in a rainy mode the next few days.
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Golden Globes 2021: A breakdown of the nominated TV series
The 2021 Golden Globe nominations included recognition for streaming services like Netflix and Disney+ with popular shows like "The Crown" and "The Mandalorian" honored.
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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's Oprah Winfrey sit-down caught palace courtiers 'off-guard,' royal expert claims
Royal expert and Vanity Fair correspondent Katie Nicholl appeared on True Royalty TV's "The Royal Beat" where she discussed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's recent bombshell announcements.
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Courtney Stodden talks 'scary' similarities to Britney Spears: 'I was the next train wreck blonde to bully'
Courtney Stodden reveals to Fox News the "scary" ways in which she can compare to the public scrutiny Britney Spears faced as a famous teen.
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The table tennis prodigy helping President Biden tackle the climate crisis
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Stimulus Package Passed by House a 'Missed Opportunity' Says Mitch McConnell
The Senate minority leader said after the House vote for the $1.9 trillion package "so much for common sense and common ground."
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Bill Maher sounds off ahead of Trumps CPAC speech
“Real Time” host Bill Maher sounded the alarm ahead of former President Trump’s highly anticipated speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where he is expected to tease another presidential run in 2024.  Toward the end of this panel discussion on Friday night, Maher brought up a subject he “didn’t want to talk about,” which was the 45th president,...
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QAnon Supporters Say They Want a Myanmar-Style Coup on U.S. Government
One widely held belief in the QAnon community is that former President Donald Trump will return to power on March 4.
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Cuomo escaping media scrutiny represents a 'dereliction of duty,' Joe Concha says
Major news outlets were guilty of a "dereliction of duty" in failing to substantially cover New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s growing scandals, Joe Concha argued Friday night.
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New Orleans officer killed while intervening in an altercation at a high school basketball game
A New Orleans law enforcement officer was fatally shot intervening in an altercation at a high school basketball game Friday, authorities said.
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A family is trying to get 'orbisculate' into the dictionary to honor their dad who died of Covid-19
You know when you dig into a grapefruit and, suddenly, its juice squirts you in the eye?
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Peter Laviolette gets teams to believe in him fast. His former players explain why.
To understand the potential of what the Capitals could be under Laviolette, it’s important to look at his past coaching stops.
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As schools reopen, are teachers prepared to meet the emotional needs of all their students?
COVID has made teaching and learning hard and there has been a rise in anxiety among students.     
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Private island resort in the Maldives available to rent for $1M
If you have at least $1 million to blow on an exclusive private island stay, you can buyout a five-star resort in the Maldives for four night nights.
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3 dead after plane crashes in Georgia, leaving wing inside mobile home
Three people are dead after a plane crashed in Gainesville, Georgia Friday afternoon.
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Jake Tapper Says Joe Biden Is Like Donald Trump on Saudi Prince: 'Save MBS' Ass'
Senator Tim Kaine defended the decision not to directly sanction bin Salman for Jamal Khashoggi's murder.
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California cannot enforce indoor church ban amid pandemic: Supreme Court
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is telling California’s Santa Clara County that it can’t enforce a ban on indoor religious worship services put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The high court issued an order Friday evening in a case brought by a handful of churches.  The justices, in early February, told the state of California that...
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Demi Lovato shares post claiming gender reveals contribute to transphobia, draws mixed reactions
"Commander in Chief" singer Demi Lovato took to Instagram to share a post claiming gender reveal events contribute to transphobia.
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Mega Millions Results, Numbers for 2/26/21: Did Anyone Win the $30 Million?
The winning numbers were 11, 15, 37, 62 and 64 with the Mega Ball 5 and the Megaplier 2x, according to the Mega Millions website.
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Maher rips 'downer' Fauci, praises Dr. Marty Makary: 'Can we be a little happy?'
"Real Time" host Bill Maher took some shots over the pessimistic tone that's been set in combatting the coronavirus pandemic despite all the progress the country has made over the past year.
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Wreckage from TWA Flight 800 to be destroyed years after explosion
Wreckage from TWA Flight 800, which exploded in 1996 shortly after takeoff from New York's John F. Kennedy airport, will be decommissioned and destroyed, the NTSB announced.
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