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Russia scores its first major win with the takeover of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. But will it change the course of the war? LA Times
VOA VIEW: A major loss, but not a big win for Russia.
Dems pushed too far and now they are left to turn on one another for political survival. That's the landscape in NY where an ugly civil war has erupted thanks to the party's failure in gerrymandering. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The Dems have a political fight on their hands.
The resolution, authored by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, was submitted nearly two weeks after Israel celebrated its independence day. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The Squad should be voted out in November.
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Black Lives Matter was not only an avenue for the average person to subside their manifested guilt but also a great way for corporate America to appear on the side of righteousness. New York Post
VOA VIEW: BLM is crooked and a joke.
The U.S. is about to commit to Ukraine 3 times as much in federal tax dollars as its already spent. Here's how it compares and what it would pay for.
Trump hasn't launched an official presidential campaign for 2024 but has frequently suggested he's seriously considering a second run.
VOA VIEW: Fauci knows he will be fired if Trump wins.
Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul won his party's nomination Tuesday to seek a third term, setting up a campaign of contrasting agendas that pits his vision for limited government against Democratic challenger Charles Booker's support for sweeping health care and anti-poverty programs. Washington Times
Democrats from the White House to the city council are gearing up to make the midterms about former President Donald Trump and his "Make America Great Again" political movement. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A dumb political plan.
Elon Musk said he has "voted overwhelmingly for Democrats," but will be voting Republican this fall. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good - it makes sense.
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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed legislation barring male-born athletes from girls' and women's scholastic sports, drawing kudos from advocates for fairness in female athletics and criticism from the gender-identity movement. Washington Times
Most American voters oppose transgender surgeries and lessons for children, but more than a third fear speaking up about the issue, according to a poll released Tuesday. Washington Times
Progressive Corporation CEO Tricia Griffith on Tuesday defended the company's preference for hiring people of color and women against conservatives who say they foster reverse discrimination against White men. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Progressive should financially fail.
Chair Jerome Powell underscored the Federal Reserve’s determination to keep raising interest rates until it has brought inflation under control — a high-stakes effort that carries the risk of causing an eventual recession ABC
VOA VIEW: Attitude can cause a major problem.
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The government website for requesting free COVID-19 at-home tests from the U.S. government is accepting a third round of orders ABC
VOA VIEW: Getting on any government list can be a problem.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has welcomed a recent decision to expand Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank ABC
Former President Trump's Truth Social site has yet to generate any ad revenue, according to a new regulatory filing for the business. CBS News tech reporter Dan Patterson joined CBS News' Mola Lenghi and Tanya Rivero to discuss. CBS
VOA VIEW: The left seems worried.
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Average price reaches record $4.52 per gallon. Blame the high cost of oil and switch to summer gas blends. CBS
Billionaire demands proof that less than 5% of Twitter's accounts are fake or spam. Analysts say he's angling for a better purchase price. CBS
VOA VIEW: A buyer deserves all the facts about a company's stability.
The plaintiffs, two Democratic 2020 presidential electors, are asking a Wisconsin judge to declare that submitting the alternate slate of electors was unlawful. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems are the big con artists.
Elon Musk continues to badger Twitter over its metrics and is calling on the SEC to look into the company's user numbers. CNBC
The discounter said the significant jump in fuel prices, higher labor costs and aggressive inventory levels weighed on the company's profits. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Higher wages, rising costs and hard to hire good personnel will hurt all.
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U.S. natural gas prices more than doubled since the start of the year, and the air-conditioning season could send them soaring by another 25% or more. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dems are making it easy for Republicans in November.
The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 on Monday to uphold a federal appellate court ruling against a man who sought to prevent his deportation after being in the United States illegally since the 1990s. FOX News
VOA VIEW: No illegal has the right to stay in the US.
HHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas visited the U.S.-Mexico border for the third time since entering office. FOX News
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A federal judge has ruled against an Indiana school district who was preventing a transgender student from using the boys restroom. FOX News
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reaffirmed Greece's relationship with the United States on Tuesday during remarks before a joint session of Congress. UPI
Finland's parliament voted 188-8 Tuesday to approve its application to join NATO in response to Russia's war with Ukraine. UPI
More than 40,000 people were killed on roads nationwide in 2021, federal figures showed on Tuesday -- which is the highest level in more than 15 years. UPI
VOA VIEW: The sing of the times - next the blame game.
American shoppers don't appear to be deterred by rising prices in the United States, as retail spending increased by nearly 1% during the month of April, the Commerce Department said in its monthly report Tuesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Buying know or wait until the prices go up
Five states are holding their primaries Tuesday, which could help bring some measure of clarity, particularly to a pair of governor's seats, two senate races and six congressional districts. UPI
VOA VIEW: The outcome is a clear sign.
The White House announced on Tuesday that a third round of home COVID-19 tests are being made available to the American public, and urged people to continue testing and taking precautions to avoid spreading the virus. UPI
North Korea is scrambling to contain an outbreak of fever cases connected to the country's first reported COVID-19 infections, with nearly 270,000 new cases and six deaths reported on Tuesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: NK is paying for its stupidity.
The U.S. Air Force said it has successfully conducted a test of a hypersonic weapon over the weekend amid a growing race with China and Russia to develop such military technology. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good for the US - Biden will find a way to take credit.
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Here is move fear mongering for more money to spend. The U.S. will have to limit the next generation of Covid vaccines this fall to individuals at the highest risk of getting seriously sick from the virus if Congress fails to approve funding to purchase the new shots, according to a senior Biden administration official.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, warned the U.S. faces a substantial surge of Covid infections this fall as immunity from the current vaccines wanes and the omicron variant mutates into more transmissible subvariants. The U.S. needs more money for next-generation vaccines, therapeutics and tests to prevent infections from turning into hospitalizations and deaths, the official said.
Pfizer and Moderna are developing redesigned vaccines that target the omicron variant’s mutations to boost protection against infection. The current shots are still targeting the original virus strain that first emerged in Wuhan, China, in 2019. As the virus has evolved over the past two years, the vaccines have become less effective at preventing mild illness, though they generally still protect against severe disease. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to make a decision by early summer at the latest on whether the U.S. should switch to the redesigned shots for a fall vaccination campaign, with its advisory committee set to hold a meeting on June 28 to discuss the issue.
However, the U.S. currently does not have enough money to purchase the new shots for everybody in the U.S. ahead of the fall, the official said. The U.S. Senate has failed so far to pass $10 billion in additional Covid funding for vaccines, therapeutics and testing despite Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen Mitt Romney, R-Utah, striking a deal in early April. The $10 billion Senate deal is less than half the $22.5 billion the White House originally requested. “We will be able to get some vaccines of the new generation but it’ll be a very limited amount and really only for the highest-risk individuals, but it will not be available for everybody,” the official said. The elderly and people with weak immune systems are the highest risk of severe illness from Covid. What is not being mentioned is the amount of money that Biden has taken from Covid funds and moved them to fund illegal immigration.