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Vaccinations ahead of schedule

THE GOAL of 100 milllion vaccinations within 100 days will be met ahead of schedule, according to President Joe Biden (Shutterstock).

The goal of 100 million coronavirus vaccinations in 100 days set by President Joe Biden seems about to be reached well ahead of schedule.

According to the Associated Press, the White House on Thursday announced that not only is the goal within reach that things are going so well that the United States has enough supply to provide doses to Canada and Mexico.

“I’m proud to announce that tomorrow, 58 days into our administration, we will have met our goal,” said President Joe Biden. Another vaccination goal will be announced next week, and it’s expected that 2.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine would go to Mexico and 1.5 million to Canada.

According to The New York Times, 12 percent of American adults have been fully vaccinated and 23 percent have received at least one dose.

News: House approves “path to citizenship”

U.S. CAPITOL, seat of Congress (Shutterstock).

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a process to create a pathway for 2.5 million “Dreamers” to eventually become citizens. “Dreamers” are people who came to America as children. The vote was 229-197 with all Democrats and nine Republicans in favor.

However, prospects in the U.S. Senate are dimmer, as that chamber is evenly divided 50-50. Even with Vice President Kamala Harris available to break ties, the bill could not afford a single Democratic defection.

According to the New York Times, the political calculus is complicated by a crush of unaccompanied minors pressing toward the border, driven by bad weather in Latin America and the belief that restrictions on immigration into the U.S. were being loosened.

Business: Old cars made new, maybe

SATURN (our nominee)

USA Today is speculating that more and more “old” automobile names will be revived, continuing a recent trend in which Ford brought back the Bronco, Chevrolet the Trailblazer and Toyota the Supra.

The newspaper nominated the Cadillac Eldorado, Plymouth Barracuda, Chevrolet El Camino, Dodge Dakota, Pontiac Firebird and Buick Riviera. Our choice: Saturn.

The NFL signed a $110 billion media rights deal with various TV and radio networks. Amazon has bought exclusive rights to Thursday Night Football telecasts.

On Wall Street, investors soured on stocks as all three major indexes showed red ink. The Dow dipped 153.07 to 32,862.30. The S&P 500 declined 58.66 points to 3,915.46. Nasdaq dropped 409.03 to 13,116.17.

The Internal Revenue Service announced it would extend the federal income tax filing deadline to May 17 for the tax year 2020. Federal tax payments due are also extended – without penalty – until May 17 as well.

Sports: Much More March Madness

The ever-larger NCAA men’s basketball tournament starts tonight. The “First Four” is a kind of play-in prequel to the main event. UCLA (17-9) will face Michigan State (15-12). The winner of that game plays the winner of the Wichita State-Drake game.

The full tournament will start Friday and Saturday, with the second round March 21-22.

The Sweet 16 is slated for March 27-28, followed by the Elite Eight (March 29-30), the Final Four (April 3) and the championship game on April 5.

Wednesday’s results:

Dallas 105, Clippers 89: The Clips continued to slip with the loss, falling to 26-16 and having lost six of their last 10 games. Luka Doncic scored 42 points for the Mavericks. LAC was led by Paul George’s 28 points.

Kings 4, St. Louis 1: The Kings improved to 12-10-6 (30 points) with the win at Staples Center. They’re fifth in the NHL West Division.

Weather: More of the same

Some people complain that Southern California doesn’t really have seasons. Not true, but we do see a lot of the same weather. In West Orange County, we’ve got sun and some clouds, and will for a while. The forecasts call for a high of 70 on Friday and a low of 53. It’ll be mostly sunny. Saturday’s outlook is pretty similar, except it will be a bit chillier with a high of 65 (low of 47). Things will gradually warm up to a high of 76 by next midweek. In coastal Huntington Beach, the weather will be similar but two to four degrees cooler.

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