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U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II says that the practice of arresting immigrants at their homes without a judicial warrant is unconstitutional. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Wright is a liberal idiot.
A study of interactions between military doctors and patients of various ranks confirms that people with higher status get resources at other people's expense. LA Times
The man convicted of attempting to kidnap then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and attacking her husband with a hammer was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison. Newsmax

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Former President Donald Trump this week released a statement calling parental rights "the civil rights issue of our time." Newsmax
VOA VIEW: A truism.
The Pentagon's Office of Inspector General released a report Thursday detailing its oversight in Ukraine as they continue their war with Russia. Newsmax
Israeli forces on Thursday night rescued the bodies of three hostages from the Gaza Strip, chief military spokesperson Daniel Hagari said on Friday. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: How many killed by Hamas is not yet known.
A new poll from Rasmussen Reports shows that voters have a negative view of Congress. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Dems and some Republicans are acting bad.
WASHINGTON — The US State Department on Friday issued a worldwide caution security alert, saying it is aware of increased potential for foreign terrorist organization-inspired violence against LGBTQ+ people and events. “Due to the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems and woke are the biggest cause.
Sen. Roger Marshall pushed the Pentagon’s inspector general in a Friday letter to probe all US taxpayer-funded gain-of-function research in China — as well as “undisclosed, unpublished pathogen and biospecimen collections” potentially critical to uncovering the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. New York Post
VOA VIEW: As they should.

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President Biden is pushing for a broad deal that would get Israel to approve a Palestinian nation in return for Saudi recognition of Israel. But officials need to overcome Israeli opposition. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Israel should not agree,
An upside-down flag, adopted by Trump supporters contesting the Biden victory, flew over the justice’s front lawn as the Supreme Court was considering an election case. New York Times
Generation Z is more prone to max out credit cards, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said this week, with over 15% using nearly all available credit. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Sad but true.
The Justice Department announced Thursday multiple arrests in a series of complex stolen identity theft cases that officials say are part of a wide-ranging scheme that generates enormous proceeds for the North Korean government, including for its weapons program. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: NK is a bad player.

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Two men who were arrested after disregarding Marines' orders and trying to bust into the base at Quantico are Jordanian migrants, Homeland Security confirmed Thursday night. Washington Times
A groundbreaking discovery may soon allow cancer to be detected up to seven years earlier than current methods using a simple blood test. Washington Times
Sen. Mitt Romney said President Biden could and should have pardoned former President Donald Trump and leaned hard on state prosecutors not to bring their cases to trial. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden does not have the smartness to do the right thing.

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Footage showed top-ranked golfer Scottie Scheffler handcuffed and walking toward a police car in the morning darkness. He later teed off at the PGA Championship. CBS
VOA VIEW: Sad!
Information provided by the teenager allowed deputies to launch a search and locate her in minutes. CBS
The Houston Mayor's Office confirmed that there were at least four weather-related deaths from the storms. CBS
The settlement covers U.S. residents who owned an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus between September 16, 2016, and January 3, 2023, and reported a covered issue to Apple or paid the company for repairs. CBS
The budget airline's changes come amid the Biden administration's crackdown on so-called "junk fees." CNBC

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and the other justices are considering whether Donald Trump is immune from prosecution over the 2020 election aftermath CNBC
VOA VIEW: The judges should not be bullied by the left.
The FDA cleared the Amgen drug, called Imdelltra, as a treatment for patients with advanced small-cell lung cancer. CNBC
The EPA inspector general criticized the agency's method of allocating funds for states to replace lead pipes, claiming that inaccurate data was used. FOX News

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Some people claimed to be professors at the University of California, Irvine after they were arrested during an anti-Israel protest. FOX News
VOA VIEW: They should go to jail.
An investigation has been launched into a private Muslim school in Florida following a video of an Imam describing the Israeli military as being "worse than the Nazis" FOX News
VOA VIEW: They should be sent to hell.
The National Park Service is seeking to identify two suspects wanted in connection with an "archeological theft" at Canyonlands National Park in Utah. FOX News
Israeli government lawyers opened day two of a South African bid to persuade the International Court of Justice to force it to halt its "genocidal" offensive on Rafah with a strong rebuttal. UPI
VOA VIEW: To hell with those against Israel.
Drone attacks knocked out power in the Crimea port city of Sevastopol and the early morning hours on Friday, striking an electrical substation that may take a day to repair. UPI
VOA VIEW: Pay back is tough.
House Republicans advance an effort to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress for not handing over audio recordings of President Joe Biden's interview over his handling of classified documents. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!
The Biden administration announced Thursday a new immigration docket process to more rapidly screen and rule on cases of single adult immigrants seeking admittance to the United States. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden is making it easier for illegals.
Authorities have seized 10 pounds of the hallucinogenic drug Ketamine disguised as plastic children's toys at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol announced Thursday. UPI
VOA VIEW: They should find the culprits.

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     The White House called “offensive” new House Speaker Mike Johnson’s remark that the problem with gun violence, and mass shootings in particular, is with the human heart and not with the guns themselves.  The truth hurts.

     It is the White House’s first rebuke, and likely not the last, since Johnson, R-La., was elected speaker.  In the wake of the mass shooting in Maine and calls from the Biden administration for action on gun laws, Johnson told Fox News on Thursday night, “At the end of the day, the problem is the human heart. It’s not guns. It’s not the weapons. At the end of the day, we have to protect the right of the citizens to protect themselves, and that’s the Second Amendment. And that’s why our party stands so strongly for that. … This is not the time to be talking about legislation.”

     White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement Friday, “we absolutely reject the offensive accusation.”  “Gun crime is uniquely high in the United States because congressional Republicans have spent decades choosing the gun industry’s lobbyists over the lives of innocent Americans,” Bates said, according to The Hill. “Gun violence is now the main reason that American children’s hearts stop beating. Not cancer, not car accidents — gun violence.”

     Bates said Republican lawmakers’ unwillingness to act to prevent “weapons of war” from being used by civilians is a root cause for gun violence, calling the mass shooting in Maine, “the latest proof point that gun crime is an urgent national security crisis.”  Earlier during her daily briefing, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called on Johnson to lead a House effort on gun control legislation.

     “The House has a new Speaker who said he’s ready to get to work and to find common ground,” she said. “Now is the time to find common ground. Let’s work together to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. “Let’s work together to enact universal background checks, require safe storage of guns, and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous individuals who have no business being armed with a weapon of war.”