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U.S. health advisors unanimously endorsed Johnson & Johnson's request to offer a second dose to its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine. LA Times
Opponents of the plan say the settlement lets the Boy Scouts off the hook for billions in damages from decades of abuse. LA Times
New York filed an appeal against a recent federal-court decision permitting healthcare workers to apply for religious exemptions from its COVID-vaccine mandate. New York Post
VOA VIEW: A legal mistake.
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Ron Klain, who was blasted this week for endorsing a tweet that dismissed rising prices and supply chain disruption as "high class problems," once ripped the Trump administration on inflation. New York Post
VOA VIEW: A conflict that has been exposed.
An ethics group filed a complaint Friday accusing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki of violating the Hatch Act by praising Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Thursday. New York Post
VOA VIEW: She should be ousted.
President Joe Biden’s chief of staff brushes off record-high inflation and the supply-chain crisis helping fuel it as “high class problems.” It’s a stunning admission of indifference from a well-connected multimillionaire — but just the latest example of this administration’s cluelessness about Americans’ suffering from its failures. “This,” Ron Klain emphasized Wednesday in quote-tweeting Harvard economist... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden has hurt all Americans and the nation.
The West Virginia Democrat told the White House he is firmly against a clean electricity program that is the muscle behind the president’s plan to battle climate change. New York Times
A federal voucher program is at risk of being sharply scaled back as the White House seeks to slash its social policy package to appease two centrist senators. New York Times
VOA VIEW: No more free programs.
Nearly three years after he says he was a hate crime victim in Chicago, Jussie Smollett will be tried starting Nov. 29 for disorderly conduct charges.
VOA VIEW: Smollett should go to jail.
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Big names are turning up for the 2021 race between Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin, seen as a potential warning sign for the 2022 elections.
VOA VIEW: McAuliffe must lose.
President Biden on Friday said he’s opposed to term limits for Supreme Court Justices, an idea the commission he appointed to overhaul the nation’s largest court said was worth exploring. When asked if he supported term limits for justices, Mr. Biden shot back, “No.” He didn’t elaborate further. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden cannot be trusted.
The Justice Department on Friday pushed back against President Biden’s call to prosecute individuals who defy a subpoena from the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. “The Department of Justice will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is an idiot.
Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler apologized on Friday for failing to provide a "safe" environment for students and a school board member resigned amid uproar over the school board's response to two alleged sexual assaults at high schools. Mr. Ziegler explained that despite the schools following protocols and ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: All should resign.
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Former Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, whom President Biden has picked to be U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, is at odds with Catholic teachings on issues ranging from abortion to religious freedom, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said Friday.
Seventeen former state attorneys general wrote President Biden's Supreme Court reform commission this week, urging it to consider a constitutional amendment that would fix the number of justices at nine. "There is no specific proposal for Supreme Court reform that has more support in Congress and across the nation than ... Washington Times
A man who was shot in the arm by Kyle Rittenhouse during a protest against police brutality in Wisconsin has filed a federal lawsuit alleging police did nothing to prevent the violence ABC
VOA VIEW: A hard case to prove.
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A U.S. Capitol Police officer has charged with obstruction of justice related to the Jan. 6 attack, authorities said Friday. ABC
VOA VIEW: Dems will look foolish when all the facts are known.
A Texas school district administrator told teachers that if they have books about the Holocaust in their classrooms, they should also have books that offer “opposing” or “other” viewpoints on the subject ABC
VOA VIEW: A proven fact should not have foolish deceptive views pushed.
Clinton has had several health problems, mostly with his heart. ABC
A military judge has issued a reprimand for a Marine lieutenant colonel and ordered him to forfeit $5,000 in pay for his criticism of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan ABC
VOA VIEW: The truth and honesty is being punished.
U.S. regulators are considering revising the rules for COVID vaccines to allow people to opt for a booster shot from a different maker. ABC
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The law bans abortions once cardiac activity is detected, around six weeks. CBS
Many Americans who received a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine could soon have access to a booster shot, after an FDA advisory panel unanimously endorsed a third dose. The panel will consider if a booster shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is needed for those who received the single-dose vaccine. CBS
From Chicago to L.A., public-safety workers defy mandates even as COVID becomes a leading cause of duty-related deaths. CBS
VOA VIEW: Civil Rights should prevail.
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The former pilot who led Boeing's 737 Max technical team allegedly deceived safety regulators. CBS
VOA VIEW: The pilot should be prosecuted.
Makers of apps for reading and listening to the Quran and Bible say they've been removed from Apple's China-based store at government's request. CBS
VOA VIEW: Censorship is a form of control.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Friday the city has filed a complaint to stop police from potentially striking in reaction to layoffs due to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Lightfoot is an idiot.
The defense team for the U.S. Marine who went viral for social media posts calling out military leaders stressed accountability on the first day of his court martial hearing. FOX News
Harvard's endowment boasted a 34% return on its investments, growing it to $53 billion. Meanwhile, 20% of US households reported losing their entire savings during the pandemic. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Harvard is a ripoff.
An ethics watchdog organization on Friday filed a complaint against White House press secretary Jen Psaki, accusing her of violating the Hatch Act. UPI
VOA VIEW: Psaki is a lying idiot.
While the Atlantic hurricane season does not officially end until Nov. 30, AccuWeather forecasters believe that the odds of any additional tropical storm formation in the near future are low. UPI
Inflation, supply chain problems and reduced government payments couldn't beat back demand from consumers who spent more money than expected in September. UPI
Complying with a Supreme Court order, The Biden administration says within a few weeks it will reinstate an immigration policy by former President Donald Trump that forces migrants at the border to wait in Mexico. UPI
Nineteen months after it first began barring U.S. entry to foreign nationals to stem COVID-19 transmission, the federal government will reopen American borders next month to vaccinated travelers via air and land. UPI
President Joe Biden's administration on Friday announced the start of a "whole of government" strategy to address climate change and the economic risks that global-warming carbon emissions present. UPI
VOA VIEW: Someone is going to profit.
The Texas Supreme Court has blocked the San Antonio Independent School District's COVID-19 vaccine mandate hours before it was to go into effect on Friday. UPI
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, a Marine who was jailed after posting viral videos criticizing the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, pleaded guilty to five criminal charges Thursday. UPI
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A feckless Team Biden has set America up for a new round of 1970s-style stagflation. The similarities between then and now are eerie. Seventies stagflation resulted from profligate fiscal policy, politicized monetary policy and food and energy shocks. President Lyndon Johnson’s guns-and-butter decision to simultaneously finance both the Vietnam War and his Great Society programs triggered a wave of demand-pull inflation.
After President Richard Nixon appointed Arthur Burns as Federal Reserve chair, Burns cranked up the Fed printing press in support of Nixon’s re-election efforts. The resulting currency debasement forced Nixon to abandon the US dollar standard, the linchpin of the global monetary system; the dollar cratered, driving up import prices and further stoking inflation. The US economy also suffered two crippling supply-side crises. Food prices soared as a result of bad weather, Soviet grain purchases and cropland mismanagement. Energy prices skyrocketed, thanks to the Arab oil embargo. When President Jimmy Carter ran against Ronald Reagan for re-election, America’s “misery index” — the unemployment rate plus the inflation rate — had breached 20 percent. The economy will get much worse, under Biden.