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The conservative Supreme Court cast doubt on whether Texas and Florida, the two largest Republican states, can regulate what appears on social media sites. LA Times
VOA VIEW: When will Americans be free from social media?
Iran has further increased its total stockpile of uranium., and it continues to bar the agency's most seasoned inspectors from monitoring its nuclear program. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: It's past time for the US to destroy Iran's nuclear capability, as threatened by past presidents.
Amid heightened public scrutiny over illegal immigration, 84% of Americans say it's a serious problem. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: As it is and should be.

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A former FBI informant charged with fabricating a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden's family must remain behind bars while he awaits trial, a judge ruled Monday, reversing an earlier order releasing the man. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Good!
Former President Donald Trump lashed out at the Biden administration's border policies, writing on Truth Social on Monday that they are responsible for the recent murder of a University of Georgia student by an illegal migrant. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden is clearly the blame.
President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will make dueling trips to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas on Thursday after congressional talks on a deal to rein in illegal migration collapsed. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden is going for the second time for a photo op.
By contrast, 60% of Americans told the same pollster in September 2017, months after former President Donald Trump took office, that they were opposed to a border wall and just 35% said they were in favor of construction. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The vast majority want a border wall.
CBS News on Monday finally returned confidential files belonging to fired investigative reporter Catherine Herridge amid mounting pressure from the House Judiciary Committee and the union representing the journalist. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The truth must be exposed.
The deadline for the former president to pay a $454 million civil fraud penalty coincides with the expected closing of a deal involving his social media platform, Truth Social. New York Times

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A private lunar lander is expected to cease operations Tuesday, its mission cut short after landing sideways near the south pole of the moon. Washington Times
A comprehensive analysis presented by researchers in a BMJ publication is giving new hope to those struggling with depression. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
The organizers of the longest sled dog race in the eastern United States said Monday they are canceling the event due to a lack of snow on the ground. Washington Times
The Manhattan district attorney asked a judge to impose a "narrowly tailored" order restricting what former President Donald Trump can say about those involved in the case. CBS
VOA VIEW: What happened to free speech?

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The FTC argues the proposed $24.6 billion merger between grocery giants Kroger and Albertsons could eliminate competition. CBS
The two cases concern Republican-backed state laws that aim to restrict social media companies like Facebook and X, formerly Twitter, from moderating content. CBS
VOA VIEW: The SC should restrict social media companies.
While inflation has shown signs of cooling, mortgage rates and home prices are still stubbornly high. CBS
VOA VIEW: Inflation is far from being cool.

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Congress has just a handful of days to approve the first four appropriations bills to prevent a partial shutdown after March 1. CBS
VOA VIEW: A shutdown would be good.
Intuitive Machines' cargo moon lander Odysseus returned its first images from the surface. CNBC
Former President Donald Trump on Monday filed an appeal on his now $464 million civil fraud judgment, an attorney for the Republican presidential candidate says. UPI
VOA VIEW: As expected.
Ronna McDaniel, who has served the Republican National Committee as chairwoman since 2017, announced she will step down on March 8 to clear the way for former president Donald Trump to name his own party leadership. UPI
VOA VIEW: A smart and loyal move.
Negotiators meeting Paris have agreed on the basics of a deal under which the Palestinian militant group Hamas would release remaining Israeli hostages in exchange for a cease-fire. UPI
VOA VIEW: The negotiations are far from being complete.

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Hungary is set to become the final NATO country to approve Sweden's entry into the military alliance after more than a year of delays. UPI
Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh of the Palestinian Authority and his government have submitted their resignations, he said Monday. UPI
VOA VIEW: A major move.

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March 01, 2024

     A federal judge has dismissed a suit brought by a Florida tax attorney attempting to disqualify former President Donald Trump from running for reelection on the basis of fomenting an insurrection in 2020. Foolish Dems never give up.

     Judge Robin L. Rosenberg, an Obama appointee, said the lawyer did not have a specific legal injury to bring the federal lawsuit over claims concerning the 14th Amendment’s bar on individuals who led an insurrection from holding office.  “Plaintiffs lack standing to challenge defendant’s qualifications for seeking the presidency, as the injuries alleged are not cognizable and not particular to them,” the judge wrote.

     Lawrence Caplan of Boynton Beach argued in a federal court filing with the Southern District of Florida that Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution prevents someone from holding power in the U.S. government if that individual has rebelled against the government through an insurrection or aided its enemies.

     In his filing, Mr. Caplan refers to it as the “disqualification clause” and says it can operate independently of criminal proceedings. But he noted that special counsel Jack Smith has indicted Mr. Trump over the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, and allegedly attempting to undermine the 2020 election.  The legal filing also noted Georgia prosecutors have charged the ex-president and his allies with election interference, among other allegations.

     “President Trump’s efforts both in Washington, as well as in Georgia and perhaps other states, as well as the consequential assault on the U.S. Capitol, put Trump at the center of the disqualification clause, and as a result of which, make him ineligible to ever serve in federal office again,” Mr. Caplan wrote.