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Vice President Kamala Harris condemned a new Oklahoma law that aims to ban most abortions from the moment of conception, telling a group of abortion providers that the legislation is "outrageous." New York Post
VOA VIEW: Harris is making a political gesture out of a personal position.
The New York Democratic Party's civil war over its botched gerrymander of congressional districts has reached the national level -- pitting AOC against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Two rivals don't find common ground.
Witness testimony and videos obtained by The New York Times show how Russian paratroopers executed at least eight Ukrainian men in a Kyiv suburb on March 4, a potential war crime. New York Times

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Teenagers and young adults are turning to Snapchat, TikTok and other social media apps to find Percocet, Xanax and other pills. The vast majority are laced with deadly doses of fentanyl, police say. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The youth should not experiment with any drug.
More than 66,000 adoptees ended up in the foster care system between 2008 and 2020, according to a first-of-its-kind USA TODAY analysis.       USA Today
The House passed a bill to provide $28 million to beef up the FDA's inspection staff at a time when a lack of quality control added to the crisis.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: How bad was the Abbot lab problem and how was it cleaned up so fast?
The Oklahoma Legislature on Thursday approved a bill requiring public and public charter school students to use only the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: An appropriate decision.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has decided to ban China's Huawei Technologies from Canada's next-generation mobile networks. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Smart move.
The Washington mayoral race is being driven by a surge of violent crime in the city with Democratic candidates pitching themselves as best equipped to restore law and order. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Bowser should be ousted.

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Prosecutors in a western Colorado county said Thursday they found no evidence of tampering in the 2020 presidential election as alleged by a clerk who has become a prominent voice among those promoting former President Donald Trump's false claims of a stolen election. Washington Times
The Biden administration is warning that information technology workers skilled in developing dating apps and mobile games may actually be North Koreans infiltrating the tech sector to benefit their country's weapons and missile programs. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: NK is a joke.
New York’s political landscape for the next decade is being quickly retooled by a rural judge and out-of-state expert after a court ruled Democrats controlling New York's legislature bungled the job ABC
VOA VIEW: Dems stupidity and agreed caused the problem
Reproductive rights advocates are planning to open new abortion clinics or expand the capacity of existing ones in states without restrictive abortion laws ABC
VOA VIEW: Local states take the blame for whatever action is mandated.

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McDonald’s is selling all of its restaurants in Russia 30 years after the burger chain became a powerful symbol of easing Cold War tensions between the United States and Soviet Union ABC
Stocks wavered in afternoon trading on Wall Street Thursday as persistently high inflation continues to weigh on the economy and keeps major indexes mired in a deep slump ABC
VOA VIEW: Financials are looking bad.
The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence service says levels of espionage now are as high as during the Cold War, or even higher ABC
VOA VIEW: Putin is endangering the world.

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More Americans applied for jobless aid last week, but the total number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits is at a 53-year low ABC
VOA VIEW: A drain on the US economy.
"The bottom line is simple, quite straightforward," President Joe Biden said Thursday. "Finland and Sweden make NATO stronger." ABC
VOA VIEW: Photo op.
Financial services firms and coffee chain latest to add coverage before expected high court ruling on Roe v. Wade. CBS
VOA VIEW: As they wish.
The anti-abortion rights movement is preparing to shift the fight from the nation's highest court to state houses across the country. CBS
VOA VIEW: So be it.
The 86 to 11 vote sends the bill to President Biden's desk for his signature. CBS
VOA VIEW: What's next?

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California drivers are already paying $6 a gallon — that could soon become the new normal around the U.S., JPMorgan says. CBS
The Abbott Nutrition formula plant in Michigan will re-open, pending safety upgrades and certifications. CBS
The bill would prohibit all abortions, except to save the life of a pregnant woman or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest that has been reported to law enforcement. CBS
VOA VIEW: There should be a minimum period of about 12 weeks.

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Teachers unions that called a return to in-person instruction 'racist' have been silent on a Harvard study that blamed remote learning for large achievement gaps, particularly for minority students. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
Black Lives Matter activist Monica Cannon-Grant faces federal fraud charges for allegedly embezzling funds. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Most in BLM should be charged with fraud and/or unruly conduct.
Wildfires throughout New Mexico have led the U.S. Forest Service to partially or fully shutter three national forests in the northern and western parts of the state. UPI
U.S. President Joe Biden kicks off a trip to South Korea and Japan on Friday, with North Korean provocations, an assertive China and stronger economic and defense ties with allies set to be high on the agenda. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden does not know up from down.
The U.S. House on Thursday passed a bill to prevent gasoline price gouging without a single Republican vote in favor. The vote was 217-207. UPI
VOA VIEW: A dumb bill.
The Senate on Thursday approved a package worth tens of billions of dollars in additional aid and equipment to Ukraine to fend off Russian advances. UPI
Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation on Thursday aimed at trying to break apart Google's online ad business dominance. UPI
VOA VIEW: It should have been done long ago and Section 230 needs to be abolished.
Budget carrier Spirit Airlines on Thursday made another attempt to reject a proposed sale to JetBlue Airways, this time which came in the form of a hostile takeover. UPI
Ford Motor Company said Thursday it is recalling 39,013 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs from model year 2021 because they pose a risk of under-hood fires after 16 vehicles caught fire. UPI
VOA VIEW: Needed!
The Senate confirmed Bridget Brink late on Wednesday as President Joe Biden's U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, filing the diplomatic post for the first time in three years. UPI
Illinois on Wednesday became the first state in the Midwest to enact a ban on ghost guns -- those that are manufactured privately and without serial numbers, which authorities are seeing more often in crimes. UPI
VOA VIEW: A reasonable ban, as no serial numbers leads to criminal activity.

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     I’m just so concerned about America. It’s not only New York. I don’t know what has happened to us as a country. And it just bothers me so much that we appear to no longer believe in what this country represents. Adams leadership is what is hurting New York and the country. 

     We normalize going into stores across America and just walk in and take what you want — as if it’s just all right. And what we’re doing to police in this city and across America, we should be embarrassed.  How do you take 2,500 guns off the streets and the people who had the guns are back out the next day? All New Yorkers should be raising our voices. We are too silent — far too silent. The number of guns we are recovering is astounding. So is the number of shooters that are being freed every day; every day they’re going back to do crime again. Every day.

      And then people say, “Eric says that people should not live on the street.” They should not be living in tents with human waste and drug needles and paraphernalia. And I’m the demon here for saying it is not dignified for New Yorkers to live on the street, and the advocates say I’m wrong to try to help take people off the street and put them in decent housing. And all the columnists that say, “Eric is wrong.” Where’s everyone else saying “Eric is right”?  Those of you who told me when I was running for office, “We want to deal with the homeless crisis”: Well, I need you now. I need you now.  Everyone who told me they want guns off the streets and for NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell to put in place the anti-gun unit to go out there to take those guns off the street, we need you now.

    Those of you who stated you’re tired of the dysfunctionality of education, with 65% of black and brown children never reaching proficiency — we are fighting in Albany right now to keep mayoral control. Two Boston Red Sox fans had it. So why can’t Met fans have it? We need you now. We need you now.