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The U.S. spent $8 billion building an Afghan air force in its own image. But how long can it last after American forces withdraw? LA Times
Vice President Harris is leading the administration's push on voting rights. As prospects dim in Congress, she's trying to rally voters and activists. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Harris is really trying to fix it for Dems.
The Delta variant has been blamed for India's surge in COVID cases and an uptick in the United Kingdom. President Biden said fully vaccinated Americans should be protected from the variant. New York Post
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A professor at the Naval War College in Rhode Island delivered a lecture to sailors claiming that systemic racism is “in some ways” rooted in classical liberalism, and that a “focus on the individual” perpetuates it — citing Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in her remarks at the military institution. Pauline Shanks Kaurin opened... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Systemic racism is a myth created by Dems and liberals.
President Biden brushed off the possibility that Catholic bishops will ban him from receiving communion. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden is talking like the fool, he is.
The decision was aimed at the nation’s second Catholic president and exposed bitter divisions in American Catholicism. New York Times
The Supreme Court’s latest ruling moved the country’s debate over health policy into a new phase. Tough questions await both parties. New York Times
Production problems and a brief pause on its use kept the one-dose vaccine from becoming the game changer that health officials across the country believed it would be. New York Times
Biden's evolution on LGBTQ rights has been filled with twists, but activists now see him as an ally for their cause - and not just during Pride month.
VOA VIEW: Biden was and is looking for any support he can buy.
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Trump's former Vice President Mike Pence was booed at what should've been a friendly crowd at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Orlando.
VOA VIEW: Pence was loyal to Trump for a long time.
Georgia's secretary of state is making public a list of nearly 102,000 voters who will be removed from the rolls unless they act to preserve their registration. Republican Brad Raffensperger announced the list Friday, part of an every-other-year effort to remove voters who may have died or moved ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: All states should do the same.
Federal officials in Oregon called Friday for a deescalating of tensions in Portland in response to the mass resignation of the 50-member police protest squad after one of its officers was charged with assault. Acting Oregon U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug and FBI Special Agent in Charge in Oregon Kieran ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Portland is the ultimate loser.
Bipartisan legislation proposed in both houses of Congress would require local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to get a warrant to use so-called "stingray" devices that suck up cellphone data. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and California Rep. Ted Lieu, both Democrats, introduced the legislation Thursday with Sen. Steve Daines ... Washington Times
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Many Americans are relaxing precautions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic and resuming everyday activities, even as some worry that coronavirus-related restrictions were hastily lifted ABC
VOA VIEW: Most should take it slow,
A tropical threat that could strengthen into tropical storm Claudette is taking aim on the Gulf Coast. ABC
The Supreme Court’s latest rejection of a Republican effort to dismantle “Obamacare” is another sign that the GOP must look beyond repealing that law if it wants to hone the nation’s health care problems into a winning political issue ABC
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The president has set a goal for 70% of American adults to have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4. CBS
VOA VIEW: The big issue is one dose - is not the same as fully vaccinated.
Gap "can be solved by corporations and individuals in America adopting anti-racism as a core value," said one CEO. CBS
VOA VIEW: Hiring someone because they are black is not a show of anti-racism.
The blue-chip Dow has lost 3.2% week to date, on pace for its worst week since January. The S&P 500 has fallen 1.5%. CNBC
St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard told CNBC that he sees an initial interest rate increase happening in 2022 as inflation picks up. CNBC
Covid-19 variant delta, first identified in India, is becoming the dominant variant of the disease worldwide, the WHO's chief scientist said Friday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: WHO cannot be trusted.
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A Supreme Court decision siding with a religious adoption agency in a case about LGBTQ rights comes against a bigger cultural war playing out in the states. CNBC
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticizes teaching critical race theory in schools, where he accuses it of being as racist as Klansmen in white sheets. CNN
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Former Vice President Mike Pence took aim at his successor on Friday at a conference for religious conservatives in Florida, criticizing Vice President Kamala Harris for declining to visit the US-Mexico border during a recent immigration-focused trip to Central America. CNN
Former President Donald Trump endorsed Alaska GOP Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka on Friday, pledging to campaign against Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who voted to convict him of inciting the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. CNN
VOA VIEW: Murkowski is a disappointment.
Crime and public safety remain the most pressing issues facing the city — and defunding the NYPD isn’t the answer, a New York Post poll of 1,000 likely and early voters in the Democratic primary found. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A good message.
President Joe Biden has lifted a 25% tariff on Scotch whiskey and other goods being imported from the European Union. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden is buying friendship and approval.
Catholic bishops on Friday voted to develop new guidelines on communion in a possible step toward denying the sacrament to elected officials such as President Joe Biden who support abortion rights. UPI
Israel late Thursday conducted air strikes into Gaza, the second time it has attacked the self-governing Palestinian territory since a cease-fire ended 11 days of fighting between the two sides. UPI
VOA VIEW: As they should.
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Good news for men and women. Men who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine did not see a drop in sperm count or quality, a new study found. Researchers at the University of Miami studied the sperm quality of 45 healthy volunteers before their first shot and 70 days after their second, and found there were no “significant decreases in any sperm parameter” after taking two doses of the mRNA vaccine.
“Because the vaccines contain mRNA and not the live virus, it is unlikely that the vaccine would affect sperm parameters,” said study author Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy, director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at the University of Miami Health System. The findings, which were published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, should soothe fears of men who are reluctant to get inoculated over premature reports of fertility issues, doctors said.