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A fatwa was issued against Salman Rushdie in 1989 over his book 'The Satanic Verses.' But what is a fatwa and how has it affected his life and career? LA Times
VOA VIEW: Iran makes a threat against an individual, with impunity - Biden still negotiates with Iran.
The CDC allowed, with direction from the White House, Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers chief, to craft school-opening policies that forced classrooms to remain closed in winter 2021. This alone is why the CDC must go.   New York Post
VOA VIEW: The CDC has become an arm of the Dem party.
Hochul wants Americans to set aside their “passions around [immigration] and say: ‘This is actually good for our economy.'” But progressive bromides won’t end the border crisis. Only changes in policy will.  New York Post
VOA VIEW: Hochul has to lose reelection, or NY will lose even more.

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Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Democrats have spent nearly eight times as much on abortion-related ads as Republicans have. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Abortion is being used by the Dems.
In a late Friday ruling, the state’s highest court said that a ban could begin at the end of the month while legal challenges are reviewed. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It is what it is.
While it is legally irrelevant, former President Donald J. Trump claims he had declassified the top secret files the F.B.I. seized at his Florida residence. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The liberal NYT uses the word "irrelevant" - why?
Turning the tables, Trump is Elliot Mess. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Typical NYT liberal stupidity.
The White House refused to comment on the Mar-a-Lago search on Sunday, while Republicans push for more answers from the Justice Department.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: The WH doesn't want to lie about the fact they knew about the raid.
Biden says he's running in 2024. But an increasing number of Democrats say he should pass the baton to someone else.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Everyone knows he isn't running.

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Doubts about Attorney General Merrick Garland are not about his character but his personality in dealing with political controversy.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Garland is a dud.
Reimposition of the oil industry tax is included in the Inflation Reduction Act the Senate passed Sunday and the House approved Friday.       USA Today
Two men are being sued for defamation by the Louisiana school librarian who was accused of being "a pedophile" for wanting to keep "pornographic material" in a public library's children's section, according to a lawsuit. Washington Times
The Biden administration announced 166 new federal grants to fund projects from the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed into law last year, including upgrades to bridges and roads in key battleground states. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden wants to aid and lift blue states.

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The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline plummeted 45 cents over the past three weeks to $4.10 per gallon ABC
VOA VIEW: They will go back up.
Some of the few backers of a solar development in Williamsport stick together, just like their families have for generations. ABC
VOA VIEW: Few should not back solar power.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said on "This Week" the Justice Department will need to be transparent in proving the importance of the search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago last week ABC
VOA VIEW: The DOJ and FBI will continue to lie and coverup.

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Eight people were wounded when a gunman opened fire on a bus in Jerusalem on Saturday night, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said. ABC
VOA VIEW: Arabs will pay.
On Saturday, almost 935,000 people in southeastern Michigan were advised to boil their drinking water after a break on a 120-inch water main. CBS
Some of the items seized from Mar-a-Lago by the FBI last week contained classified information. CBS
VOA VIEW: Schiff is a fool.
Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says the White House and State Department "put their head in the sand" regarding warnings about the U.S. pulling out of Afghanistan. CBS
VOA VIEW: It was a Biden fiasco.
Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, a former FBI agent, says his GOP colleagues should "reserve judgment" about the bureau's search of the former president's home until an affidavit explaining the justification for the search comes to light. CBS
VOA VIEW: The best defense is a good offense.

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The bill's passage will mark a major win for Democrats and President Joe Biden less than three months before the pivotal midterm elections. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It is no longer called an inflation reduction bill.
Part of the higher cost of groceries is due to more expensive fertilizers, with some up by 300% since September 2020, according to the American Farm Bureau. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Another reason is Biden stupidity.
With inflation rising and government aid waning, personal bankruptcies may start to climb again soon. If you're facing bankruptcy, here's advice from experts. CNBC

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High-end luxury brands are reporting strong sales even as retailers catering to more mainstream customers cite a pullback in consumer spending. CNBC
Joe Biden is no more or less capable a president than he was two months ago. His staff is no more or less competent. CNN
VOA VIEW: Time will prove the so-called wins are big loser.
Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) says he does not take home documents marked "special access" like the documents the FBI says were seized from Trump's home, but argues that we don't know if they were classified appropriately. CNN
VOA VIEW: The facts look bad for the DOJ and FBI.
Thrall Police Department, outside of Austin, Texas, defended a photo an officer took with Kyle Rittenhouse, stressing how the teen was acquitted after the 2020 Kenosha shooting. FOX News
Texas is accepting donations from the public to bus migrants to Washington, D.C., and New York City. Gov. Abbott is calling on liberal leaders to speak with Biden about border security. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Biden is causing a national security problem.
Critics are questioning the Biden administration's continued nuclear talks with Iran amid the regime being behind recent assassination plots targeting Americans. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Biden is hurting the country with his stupidity and cowardness.
Republican lawmakers on Sunday expressed a desire for Attorney General Merrick Garland to share the agency's justifications for its search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence. UPI
VOA VIEW: Garland will fall by his deceptive arrogance.
Russia is reportedly failing to pay military reservists and volunteer units fighting in Ukraine as well as Russian laborers brought into occupied regions. UPI
VOA VIEW: Russian militaries are skeptical.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of nuclear "blackmail" as residents evacuated amid renewed artillery fire from the direction of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, the largest in Europe. UPI
VOA VIEW: Putin will have to pay big.

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     The U.S. Senate repelled attempts to amend a $430 billion measure sought by President Joe Biden, as Democrats forged ahead with efforts to pass a bill aimed at controlling climate change and cutting prescription drug costs for the elderly.   Dems will regret their rejected amendments when they are made public in November elections.  

     Senators, working over the weekend to pass a bill central to Biden’s domestic agenda, labored through the morning in hopes of passing the bill before starting an August recess. The bill also seeks to tighten enforcement on tax payments from corporations and the wealthy. “The time is now to move forward with a big, bold package for the American people,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said at the start of debate. He said the legislation contains “the boldest clean energy package in American history” to fight climate change while reducing consumer costs for some medicines and energy.

     Democrats have drawn harsh attacks from Republicans over the legislation’s $430 billion in new spending and more than $740 billion in new revenues.  Nevertheless, Democrats said their bill has deep support among voters. They hope its passage in the Senate and House of Representatives by the end of next week will help Democratic candidates in the Nov. 8 midterm elections at a time when Biden, their party leader, suffers from anemic public approval ratings. Democrats are in a battle to retain their narrow control of the Senate and House of Representatives.

     
After spending several hours on debating the legislation, senators dug in for a “vote-a-rama” in which Democratic and Republican amendments were offered in rapid-fire. Democrats hope to pass the bill with only a simple majority under a process called “reconciliation,” bypassing a filibuster rule requiring 60 votes in the 100-seat chamber to advance most legislation. That will enable Democrats to pass it over Republican objections. But they were unable to muster the votes necessary to retain a provision to cap soaring insulin costs at $35 a month on the private health insurance market, which fell outside the reconciliation rules. The proposal failed by three votes, despite support from seven Republicans. Democrats said the legislation would still cap insulin costs for those on Medicare.