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Iranians choose a new president Friday as major issues loom over their country, including its tanking economy, but indifference is widespread. LA Times
VOA VIEW: The voting is a joke.
The DOJ may prefer to focus on immediate issues, but it's getting pushed toward a truth-and-reconciliation agenda against the last administration. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Garland is a leftwing activist.
From President Biden talking about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to Dr. Anthony Fauci's takes on the origins of COVID-19, The Post's Editorial Board tackles the latest in politics, media and more. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Stupidity would be more descriptive then 'whoppers'.
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The Broadside Books imprint of Harper Collins said it signed Donald Trump's son-in-law and former trusted adviser to a book that's still untitled but apparently well underway and scheduled to be published in early 2022. New York Post
A key storyline of President Joe Biden’s overseas trip was how different Biden was from his immediate predecessor, and indeed he was — except in one crucial area: Biden’s hawkishness on China, which figured prominently, was a reflection of how fundamentally former President Donald Trump changed our posture toward Beijing. It is the ultimate victory... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden is an idiot.
There's some good news for men who got a two-dose regimen of the COVID vaccine. University of Miami researchers said there's been no significant decrease in sperm count in men who've gotten the jab. New York Post
Democrats know that their election overhaul has no chance as long as the filibuster exists, but they are eager to show that all that stands in its way are Republicans. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Manchin is for sale and will sell out.
Landfall for the system in the Gulf of Mexico could be anywhere from the Texas-Louisiana border to the western part of the Florida Panhandle.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a public declaration Thursday that racism is a public health emergency. Under that declaration, which was joined by the Chicago Department of Public Health, she announced that the city would spend nearly $10 million in coronavirus relief funds from the Centers for Disease Control and ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Lightfoot is a black racist idiot.
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Rep. Ronny Jackson, a former White House doctor, sent a letter to President Biden on Thursday that called on him to prove his mental fitness to be president. The letter, which was co-signed by 13 other Republican lawmakers, told the president that he seems to be suffering “mental decline and ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The problem is that Biden would be replaced by Harris.
Republicans stumped Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday over the number of Border Patrol agents who are deployed to the southwestern border, in a testy hearing where he resisted charges that he and the administration have lost control of the boundary. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Mayorkas is an idiot.
More than 200 rabbis have joined the call to oust Rep. Ilhan Omar from her seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, telling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that her lack of response demonstrates the Democratic Party’s tolerance of hatred against Jewish people. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is showing her real colors - anti Israel.
A St. Louis couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators last year pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges. Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000. Her husband, Mark McCloskey, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was fined $750. ... Washington Times
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she has no plans to order the removal of metal detectors that were placed by the doors of the House chamber after the U.S. Capitol was attacked over five months earlier. Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, told reporters during a press conference that the metal detectors ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A foolish waste of money.
Census survey data says some 4 million Americans fear eviction or foreclosure. ABC
VOA VIEW: Landlords and mortgage companies need the relief.
The U.S. Department of Justice is challenging bans involving transgender people that target athletes in West Virginia and children in Arkansas ABC
VOA VIEW: A liberal foolish DOJ.
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The House voted Thursday to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force. ABC
VOA VIEW: Biden is pushing every liberal issue.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has become the latest former Trump administration official to launch a political action committee ABC
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has divulged some details on his emerging proposal to build more barriers along the U.S. border with Mexico in his ongoing political fight over immigration with the Democratic Biden administration ABC
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised the outcome of his summit with U.S. President Joe Biden and called him an astute negotiator ABC
VOA VIEW: Putin wants Biden to look good.
The bill passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. CBS
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The court ruled unanimously in favor of the agency, Catholic Social Services. CBS
VOA VIEW: Religious freedom must be protected.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott says he wants to continue building a border wall with Mexico in his state. However, critics say the plan is short on details and could be political posturing as the governor contemplates a run for the presidency in 2024. Mireya Villarreal reports. CBS
Mortgage rates moved decidedly higher after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell moved up his timeline for raising rates and tapering asset purchases. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Inflation is here to stay as long as Biden is President.
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The Supreme Court ruled against Texas and other Republican-led states seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act in its latest high court test. CNBC
Anduril founder Palmer Luckey said Thursday his new company raised an additional $450 million in funding to turn U.S. troops into "invincible technomancers." CNBC
Network and cable TV still hold strong, accounting for 64% of time spent on televisions, according to data from Nielsen. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Nielsen is supporting its purpose.
About 65% of U.S. adults are at least partially vaccinated. Roughly 13.6 million would have to get their first shot over the next 18 days to meet Biden's goal. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Fully vaccinated is both shots.
Under the provision, the threshold for when those required minimum withdrawals must start would go to age 75 from 72 (which was raised last year from age 70½). CNBC
VOA VIEW: The older one gets, the more he loses.
Since 1971, America has spent over a trillion dollars enforcing its drug policies. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Drug policies are being lowered.
Health officials in the United States have eased their stance on the safety of cruise travel for vaccinated passengers, lowering the travel alert level just over a week before the first cruise in more than 15 months is scheduled to set sail from a US port. CNN
The U.S.-Mexico border has been closed since March 2020 because of the pandemic and it’s not known when it will reopen. However, it’s forcing cartels to change their drug trafficking tactics as they’re now recruiting American’s to do the job. FOX News
The St. Louis, Mo., couple who went viral after staring down a mob of protesters from their front porch have agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges in connection with the incident. FOX News
VOA VIEW: An easy way out - a fight would have been better for all.
Brazen thieves in San Francisco are undeterred by uniformed security guards, surveillance cameras or customers filming on their cellphones. And corner markets and drug stores are the hardest hit. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Shoplifting is not a crime - sad.
The push for coronavirus vaccinations at the U.S. Military Academy began once the first shots became available back in January – but even as the inoculation rate rises and deaths and new cases both fall, the families of unvaccinated cadets say they are facing increasing pressure, coercion, and even threats to get the jab. FOX News
The members of the Portland Police Bureau's Rapid Response Team in Oregon voted to resign from the voluntary crowd control unit and disband the team. UPI
A tropical storm warning was issued late Thursday afternoon for much of the U.S. Gulf Coast. UPI
The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit alleging Nestle and Cargill aided and abetted child slavery in African cocoa farms, determining U.S. companies cannot be sued for such conduct on African farms. UPI
The Biden administration said Thursday it will invest more than $3 billion in the development and manufacturing of antiviral medicines to create an evolving line of coronavirus treatments. UPI
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday a Catholic adoption agency in Philadelphia has a First Amendment right to refuse same sex couples. UPI
Senate lawmakers gathered for a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday to weigh a proposal to allow Supreme Court hearings to be televised. UPI
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Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott formally announced the first step in his plan to build a wall along the state’s border with Mexico Wednesday, setting aside $250 million as a “down payment” to hire a project manager and contractors. Abbott announced plans for the wall project last week, in an echo of former President Donald Trump’s infamous vow during the 2016 presidential campaign that Mexico would pay for a wall along the entire southwestern border between the two countries.
By contrast, the proposed Texas wall will be funded in part by donations, with Abbott announcing the creation of a website for people to send money to support the project. The governor also said that in addition to using state land to construct the barrier, he would also rely on private landowners and local governments to “volunteer” territory for the wall.
On June 1, Abbott declared a disaster in 34 counties on or near the border with Mexico, claiming that authorities were being overrun by “dangerous gangs and cartels [and] human traffickers.” The governor echoed those remarks Wednesday, claiming the Biden administration had “abandoned its responsibilities to secure the border and Texans are suffering as a result.”
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