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While China pushes a complacent population toward vaccination, a health official's suggestion to mix vaccines broaches sensitive political territory. LA Times
VOA VIEW: The vaccines are causing doubts due to double talking officials.
In their rush to help unaccompanied immigrant children, some critics question whether Long Beach leaders understand what they are getting themselves into. LA Times
VOA VIEW: A major mistake.
A news-media industry group blasted Facebook on Friday over its “completely arbitrary” decision to block users from sharing a Post report about a Black Lives Matter co-founder’s real estate holdings on its various platforms. “There is no balance of power between ‘media’ and ‘Big Tech,'” News Media Alliance CEO David Chavern said in a prepared... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Facebook is bias and liberal - they should be sanctioned.
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In 2005, then-Sen. Joe Biden delivered a Senate floor speech about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s doomed 1937 plan to “pack” the Supreme Court. “In an act of great courage, Roosevelt’s own party stood up against this institutional power grab,” Biden recounted. “They did not agree with the judicial activism of the Supreme Court, but they... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Court packing and liberal state making must be stopped.
Earlier Friday, the administration said it would keep the Trump-era level of 15,000, but then abruptly reversed course. Here’s the latest on politics. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is a weak coward.
Attorney General Merrick Garland rescinded a Trump administration policy curbing use of the decrees, which provide a way to force changes in police departments. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It's good that Garland was not put on the Supreme Court.
Rep. Maxine Waters ended a tense exchange between Rep. Jim Jordan and infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci during a congressional hearing .
VOA VIEW: Waters is a big mouth liberal idiot.
The Florida Department of Education reviewed state data, not finding a correlation between mask mandates and COVID-19 in schools. Latest COVID news.
VOA VIEW: The pandemic is a detriment to the country and world.
Rep. Lauren Boebert, Colorado Republican, on Friday asked the House Ethics Committee to dismiss Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s complaint against her, accusing the Washington Democrat of abusing the process with “baseless and partisan” allegations stemming from the U.S. Capitol riot. In an 11-page letter to the panel, Ms. ... Washington Times
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Raul Castro says he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership by he and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 revolution ABC
Liberty University is suing Jerry Falwell Jr. The school is seeking millions in damages after an acrimonious breakup with its former leader last year ABC
Many passengers will do anything to avoid the middle seat, but that's getting harder and harder. Airlines have discovered that they can once again increase their bottom line by charging more for a window or aisle seat. It's one more fee that comes at the expense and comfort of the traveler. CBS
VOA VIEW: What goes around, come around.
Bessemer workers and union reps described Amazon's anti-union tactics during the union drive in Alabama, which ended with workers soundly rejecting the union. CNBC
VOA VIEW: They spent money.
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The rate of daily U.S. vaccine doses reported administered held above 3 million Thursday, and in many states, nearly 50% of residents have gotten inoculations. CNBC
Rental assistance may not come soon enough for tenants struggling in the coronavirus pandemic. CNBC
VOA VIEW: People must be responsible for paying their own rental.
If the U.S. had closed the many racial gaps Black Americans face 20 years ago, $16 trillion could have been added to the economy, according to Citi. CNBC
VOA VIEW: So it is reported - who is a fault?
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Police arrived "to a very chaotic scene, with victims and witnesses running everywhere" at a FedEx Ground facility near Indianapolis' main airport late Thursday night, where a former employee shot and killed eight people and wounded others, an Indianapolis police official told CNN. CNN
VOA VIEW: Too many gun violence problems since Biden took office.
CNN's John King breaks down some of the police reform legislation proposed by the House, following cases of police brutality across the country. CNN
VOA VIEW: The police problems should be resolved by states and municipalities.
When eight people died in a mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility Thursday night, the news was compounded by a string of similar incidents that preceded it. CNN
VOA VIEW: A Biden caused issue.
President Joe Biden hosted Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the White House on Friday for his first in-person meeting with a foreign leader as the US seeks to refocus its foreign policy in East Asia. CNN
VOA VIEW: The first short stupidity.
The White House said Friday President Joe Biden will set a new, increased refugee cap next month after facing a barrage of criticism when officials confirmed to CNN and other outlets that it would remain at the historically low level set by former President Donald Trump. CNN
VOA VIEW: Biden needs to backtrack on his entire border foolishness.
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Rep. Matt Gaetz, facing a scandal that threatens to end his career, is privately telling his colleagues that he has been treated unfairly while at the same time saying he's been cooperative with the Justice Department's investigation as he remains on shaky ground. CNN
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas is threatening to stall the nominations of US attorneys from states represented by Democrats on the Judiciary Committee in retribution for the committee's Democrats moving forward on a Justice Department nominee over GOP objections. CNN
Russia will ask 10 US diplomats to leave the country in a "tit-for-tat response" to the Biden administration expelling 10 Russian diplomats, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow. The Biden administration targeted Russia with sanctions and diplomatic expulsions for its interference in the 2020 US election, its SolarWinds cyberattack and its ongoing occupation and "severe human rights abuses" in Crimea. CNN
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There are, on average, three shootings every day in New York City as the Big Apple grapples with gun violence and police work to take illegal firearms off the streets, crime statistics shows. FOX News
VOA VIEW: NYC is losing its luster.
The Chicago community and family members of 13-year-old Adam Toledo are reeling after the release of police footage and other materials related to the March shooting of the boy, who was fatally wounded by an officer responding to a report of shots fired in the area. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A fool caused his own death.
A San Antonio, Texas police officer was shot in the hand Friday and killed two suspects and injured a third during a gunfire exchange, authorities said. FOX News
The Biden administration is seeing pushback from Senate Democrats after going ahead with a Trump-era deal to sell F-35 fighter aircraft to the United Arab Emirates. UPI
Britain is preparing for Saturday's funeral for late Prince Philip at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, which will feature the royal family and include a national minute of silence. UPI
China's economy grew a record 18.3% during the first quarter of the year, the government said. UPI
VOA VIEW: China has been making gains at the US expense.
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The Senate voted Wednesday with overwhelming bipartisan support to open debate on an anti-Asian American hate crimes bill, signaling Republicans' willingness to compromise on the legislation, which aims to combat hate crimes against Asian Americans and strengthen hate crime reporting. Senators voted 92-6 to proceed to debate on the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, legislation that would expedite the Justice Department's review of hate crimes as the Asian American community has seen an increase in incidents during the coronavirus pandemic. It also would task the department with coordinating with local law enforcement groups and community-based organizations to facilitate and raise awareness about hate-crime reporting. All crimes against all should be equal under the law.
Republican lawmakers seemed to back the potential to filibuster the bill on Tuesday after Democrats urged their colleagues across the aisle to get on board and signaled they were open to bipartisan amendments addressing concerns the GOP might have.
The bill's path forward depends on the evenly split Senate's ability to negotiate on amendments. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, who introduced the bill, said Wednesday that about 20 amendments have been filed so far, with some from Republicans that "have absolutely nothing to do with the bill."