NEWS - MONDAY, MAY 29, 2023 - NEWS
After trailing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis three months ago, former President Trump now has a commanding lead as California Republicans' choice to be their 2024 presidential nominee. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Hopefully even larger.
Trump holds a commanding position in the polls, but he is attracting serious rivals who think he can be beaten. That's good news for Republican voters. LA Times
VOA VIEW: More candidate is a plus for Trump.
Both Michigan and Delaware recently proposed California-like tax credits for union dues, which, in effect, force taxpayers to subsidize Democratic candidates and policies. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The public will rebel.
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Andrei Medvedev fought with Russia’s Wagner mercenaries in Ukraine, then requested asylum in Norway. The authorities there must now weigh his plea against solidarity with Ukraine. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Russia looks bad and inept.
The California Democrat is surrounded by a large retinue of aides at all times, who tell her how and when to vote, explain what is going on when she is confused, and shield her from the press and public. New York Times
VOA VIEW: She is being greedy.
Richard Revesz is changing the way the government calculates the cost and benefits of regulation, with far-reaching implications for climate change. New York Times
"The Russian military is about to have holy hell released on them," Sen. Lindsey Graham said of Ukraine's counteroffensive. Updates.
VOA VIEW: Time will separate rhetoric from reality.
Police investigated bomb threats made against Target stores by someone apparently upset the retail chain removed or relocated LGBTQ merchandise.
VOA VIEW: Target mad a dumb mistake.
The FDA recently seized a large shipment of kratom. Here's what to know about the herbal drug and how it's used to treat pain and anxiety.
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The reviews are starting to come in as details emerge about the debt ceiling agreement reached by President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The contents are yet to be known.
Many praise chaperone policies as a way to reduce disruptions to business and create a safer shopping environment. But some critics say the new parental controls hurt teens' independence and social development already curbed by pandemic-induced lockdowns. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Teens and women should be made safe.
Hundreds of sailors and Marines lined the deck of the USS Wasp on May 24 as the warship sailed up the Hudson River to kick off Fleet Week 2023, New York City's seven-day salute to the sea services. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Less than two months after he pleaded guilty to storming the U.S. Capitol, Texas resident Daniel Goodwyn appeared on Tucker Carlson's then-Fox News show and promoted a website where supporters could donate money to Goodwyn and other rioters whom the site called "political prisoners." Washington Times
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Pine Valley, California, announced Friday the seizure of 112 pounds of blue fentanyl pills worth around $1,536,000. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A drop in a bucket.
Preliminary, unofficial results showed incumbent President Erdogan ahead. ABC
VOA VIEW: It would be hard for Turkey and the world.
Ukraine's Kostyuk was booed at French Open after no handshake with Belarusian. ABC
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Tens of thousands protest their government’s plans to overhaul the legal system. ABC
VOA VIEW: The madness must end.
A bipartisan majority of Congress will approve a debt ceiling deal in the coming days, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy predicted on Sunday ABC
VOA VIEW: The devil will be in the details.
The House Democratic leader said he can guarantee the U.S. will not default on its debt. CBS
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
The U.S. Army is stripping the names of Confederate generals from bases like Fort Pickett in Virginia, named after George Pickett, who led the rebels' final charge at the Battle of Gettysburg and was later accused of war crimes. The names of nine Army bases now will be changed to those of American heroes and heroines, including people of color. Fort Pickett is now Fort Barfoot (after Col. Van Barfoot, a World War II Medal of Honor recipient). CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports on the surprising history of bases like Fort Benning (named after a charter member of the Ku Klux Klan). CBS
A shortage of lifeguards across the U.S. could lead to safety concerns for public pools and beaches nationwide. Elise Preston reports. CBS
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Ken Paxton, the embattled attorney general of Texas, was decisively impeached Saturday by the state House. The 20 articles of impeachment against Paxton included accusations of bribery, obstruction of justice and abuse of the public trust. CBS
VOA VIEW: Not good for Texas or Republicans.
House Republicans have reached a tentative deal with the White House to address the nation's debt ceiling and avoid a default. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden lost, but how much.
Disney's fight with the Florida governor has taken on new significance now that DeSantis is running for president. CNBC
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A new Alabama law set to go in effect in August bans panhandling and loitering on state highways and roadways, something advocates say will help enhance public safety. FOX News
Timothy Martin and Joanna Smith face federal charges for allegedly defacing the case of a Degas ballet dancer sculpture during a climate protest last month. FOX News
VOA VIEW: As they should and be punished harshly.
Dr. Garry Nolan, a pathology professor at Stanford University, said, "Aliens have been on Earth for a long time" and sent "intermediaries" to collect intelligence FOX News
North Korea once sentenced a toddler to life in a prison camp because the baby's family had been caught with a copy of the Bible, according to a new report from the U.S. State Department. UPI
VOA VIEW: Dumb stupidity.
The Kalashnikov Group, the Russian gun-making giant best known for its Soviet-era AK-47 assault rifle, has unveiled upgrades to its AK-12 assault rifle to better suit Russia in its war on Ukraine. UPI
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A key signer of the open letter that wrongly suggested The Post’s bombshell reporting on Hunter Biden’s emails was part of a “Russian information operation” has accused Politico of distorting “what we said” — more than two years after the fact. Clapper is an idiot fraud.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tried to tamp down the growing controversy over the letter that he and 50 other ex-spooks signed after The Post first revealed the existence of the first son’s infamous laptop in October 2020. Their public statement, now the subject of investigations by the Republican-led House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, was first reported by Politico and later seized on by then-candidate Joe Biden.
“There was message distortion,” Clapper told the Washington Post. “All we were doing was raising a yellow flag that this could be Russian disinformation. Politico deliberately distorted what we said. It was clear in paragraph five.” Clapper — who in 2013 falsely told Congress that the US didn’t “wittingly” collect the telephone records of millions of Americans — also claimed to have been unaware of how Joe Biden described the letter during a debate with then-President Donald Trump, according to the Washington Post.
Clapper’s comments came 11 months after the Washington Post authenticated almost 22,000 emails from the laptop and determined that Hunter Biden and his uncle, first brother James Biden, were paid $4.8 million by a Chinese energy company and its executives. They also followed the recent “Twitter Files” revelations about the FBI’s alleged role in suppressing the New York Post’s blockbuster scoops about Hunter Biden’s laptop. In the wake of The Post’s coverage, Politico reported on the letter in which Clapper and the others — including five ex-CIA chiefs — said that the release of Hunter Biden’s emails “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”