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President Biden has signed an executive order and created a federal rule aimed at better securing the nation's ports from potential cyberattacks. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Count on nothing.
President Joe Biden condemned the recent Alabama court ruling that grants legal rights to frozen embryos, asserting that the decision is a consequence of the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Nonsense!
President Joe Biden's brother, James Biden, during a closed-door interview with members of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday altered his story on his involvement in a business deal involving Hunter Biden and several of his associates. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: James was caught cold.

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Most teachers say that state governments, local school boards, and parents have an outsized influence on the subject matter in school courses. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Teachers are controlled by unions.
White House national security spokesperson John Kirby told reporters on Thursday the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) were looking into an AT&T outage, and that the Federal Communications Commission was in touch with the company. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: As they should.
A senior Federal Reserve official confirmed Thursday that the U.S. central bank still intends to start cutting interest rates "at some point this year," but warned against the potentially inflationary effect of over-consumption. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: The FED will mess up the economy.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has come out against President Biden’s reported plans to issue an executive order to curb record-setting migrant crossings on the southern border . New York Post
VOA VIEW: AOC is an idiot.
The comments were a blunt tit-for-tat between the two adversaries. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Two fools.
The justices denied an emergency request by a group of victims to pause the deal, allowing the settlement to proceed. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Move forward.

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White House officials said the incident was under investigation, but it did not appear to be a cyberattack. Verizon and T-Mobile said their networks were operating normally. New York Times
Many nations insist on not taking sides in the war in Ukraine, while China, India and Brazil are filling Russia’s coffers. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is a failure.
An alleged leader of Japan's Yakuza gang was arraigned in a Manhattan federal court Thursday on charges of trying to sell weapons-grade nuclear materials to Iran, though the suspect's ties to the international crime syndicate are being questioned by researchers who track the gang. Washington Times
Up to 134,395 cancer cases went undetected as COVID-19 restrictions kept seniors home during the first 10 months of the pandemic, according to an analysis of federal statistics published Thursday. Washington Times

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A federal appeals court judge berated the Biden administration for seemingly underhanded legal tactics in a key immigration case, accusing the Justice Department of "colluding" with the ACLU and other immigrant rights advocates to surrender a major new get-tough policy. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is destroying liberty in the US.
A new study from the Pew Research Center reveals that most teachers, students and adults agree that race is a more appropriate classroom topic than whether a boy can become a girl. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: None is appropriate in a class room.
The National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that popular retailer Home Depot violated the law by firing an employee for wearing a work apron with Black Lives Matter messaging. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The NLRB is wrong.

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Fani Willis, who is prosecuting the Georgia 2020 election case against Donald Trump, acknowledged a romantic relationship with a special prosecutor but denies improperly benefiting from it. CBS
VOA VIEW: How does he know what the relationship was or is?
Safes have reportedly been opened by dozens of unauthorized users, including a six-year-old. CBS
House Republicans have moved forward with the impeachment inquiry into President Biden, with the president's brother testifying behind closed doors on Wednesday. CBS
VOA VIEW: As they should.
People across the eastern U.S. and in parts of Canada saw a dazzling light show on Wednesday night, as a fireball entered the atmosphere and burned up. CBS
The maximum monthly price for insulin was recently capped at $35 for millions. But many don't qualify and struggle to afford the life-saving medication. CBS
VOA VIEW: The neediest suffer.

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A cellular outage early on Thursday hit thousands of AT&T users in the United States, disrupting calls, text messages and emergency services in major cities. CNBC
VOA VIEW: What was the real cause?
Sales of previously owned homes rose in January, boosted by lower mortgage interest rates of November and December. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Inflation and high interest rate are more problematic.
Credit card debt in the U.S. has reached a record high but around 23% of Americans are putting less money toward paying it down. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The US debt service is bad.

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U.S. Border Patrol Chief Jason Owens has revealed that more than 6,400 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions have been arrested in FY24, including 178 gang members. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The situation is very bad.
2 million New York City residents are living in poverty, including one in four children, as $53 million is being spent on asylum seeker credit cards. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Madness!
Workers filing for unemployment benefits for the first time fell to a seasonally adjusted five-week low of 201,000 last week, Labor officials said. UPI
Right-wing conspiracy theorist, election denier and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell must pay a $5 million arbitration award to a software developer who participated in his "Prove Mike Wrong Challenge." UPI
The Biden administration has made $115 million in grant funding available to develop and improve housing for low-income seniors, officials announced Wednesday in Philadelphia. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden is buying votes.
Attorneys representing former President Donald Trump and his adult sons in a civil fraud case asked the judge on Tuesday to delay enforcing their penalty of hundreds of millions of dollars. UPI
VOA VIEW: The judge will most likely not make delay.

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February 25, 2024

        On a breezy morning in South Seattle, a dozen elementary-aged students ran math relays behind an elementary school.  It is hard for students to catch up after incompetent teachers and internet teaching.  

       One by one, they raced to a table, where they scribbled answers to multiplication questions before sprinting back to high-five their teammate. These students are part of a summer program run by the nonprofit School Connect WA, designed to help them catch up on math and literacy skills lost during the pandemic. There are 25 students in the program, and all of them are one to three grades behind.

     One 11-year-old boy couldn’t do two-digit subtraction. Thanks to the program and his mother, who has helped him each night, he’s caught up. Now, he says math is challenging, but he likes it.  Other kids haven't fared so well.

     Across the country, schools are scrambling to catch up students in math as post-pandemic test scores reveal the depth of missing skills. On average, students’ math knowledge is about half a school year behind where it should be, according to education analysts.

     Children lost ground on reading tests, too, but the math declines were particularly striking. Experts say virtual learning complicated math instruction, making it tricky for teachers to guide students over a screen or spot weaknesses in problem-solving skills. Plus, parents were more likely to read with their children at home than practice math.

     The result: Students’ math skills plummeted across the board, exacerbating racial and socioeconomic inequities in math performance. And students aren’t bouncing back as quickly as educators hoped, supercharging worries about how they will fare in high school and whether science, tech and medical fields will be available to them.

     The Education Reporting Collaborative, a coalition of eight newsrooms, is documenting the math crisis facing schools and highlighting progress. Members of the Collaborative are AL.com, The Associated Press, The Christian Science Monitor, The Dallas Morning News, The Hechinger Report, Idaho Education News, The Post and Courier in South Carolina, and The Seattle Times.