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COVID-19 claims the lives of Black and Latino Americans earlier than it does for whites. Nonwhite victims are typically a decade younger than whites, the CDC says. LA Times
VOA VIEW: It's more habits than racism.
TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is under mounting pressure from lawmakers, who see the company as a potential national security threat. LA Times
Chief Justice Roberts sends a message that the Supreme Court is independent and not an ally of one party. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Robert is a flake.
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Under mounting pressure from scientists, the World Health Organization allowed that the coronavirus might float in the air and issued new guidelines recommending people avoid enclosed spaces with poor ventilation. LA Times
VOA VIEW: WHO should not be believed.
Face coverings are already compulsory on transport in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus. BBC
Family company's top exec, Robert Unanue, calls an anti-Trump Goya boycott an attempt at "suppression of speech." CBS
President Trump says Americans may soon receive another stimulus payment to help weather the coronavirus recession. CBS
Millions of Americans went back to work in May and June. Rising coronavirus caseloads could threaten their jobs again. But there's a silver lining: they can resume their unemployment benefits. CNBC
North Korean soldiers are feeling hare-ied by a recent request by military authorities to start breeding more rabbits — 15 of them to be exact, according to a new report. The directive from the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces came down June 7 ordering soldiers and their families to raise more bunnies to eat, including... New York Post
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More than 150 Minneapolis police officers are filing work-related disability claims after the death of George Floyd and ensuing unrest, with about three-quarters citing post-traumatic stress disorder as the reason for their planned departures, according to an attorney representing the officers. Their duty disability claims, which will take months to process, come as... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Good game plan.
President Trump has repeatedly ridiculed Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s fitness to be president. Mr. Biden’s campaign has called it a smear that has backfired. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The NYT is not credible.
The social network has been under intense pressure for allowing misinformation and hate speech to spread on its site. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Seeing is believing.
New Orleans City Council President Jason Williams and an attorney in his law firm pleaded not guilty to federal tax fraud charges on Friday. Williams, 47, and Nicole Burdett, 39, appeared remotely before a federal magistrate judge and entered their pleas to charges of conspiracy, preparing ... Washington Times
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The Justice Department plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that halted the first federal execution in nearly two decades after family members of the victims raised concerns they would be at high risk for coronavirus if they had to travel to attend it. Daniel Lee, 47, had ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: As they should.
China has rejected any prospect of joining in trilateral arms limitation talks with the U.S., calling reports from Washington that it would do so a distortion of its stated position ABC
Only a small percentage of borrower data is available to the public. ABC
VOA VIEW: Thieves and opportunists cheated the needy.
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A Honduran family's quest for asylum in United States shows how difficult it has become to seek asylum during the coronavirus pandemic ABC
VOA VIEW: It should be difficult to enter the US illegally.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the rally was postponed due to a storm, as it would have been held in an outdoor venue. CBS
The Catholic Church used an unprecedented exemption to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed aid. CBS
VOA VIEW: This is a major rip-off.
Nation's second-largest automaker won't give up its status as top seller of transportation for law enforcement. CBS
Trump blamed China for not stopping the spread of the coronavirus, according to reporters who were traveling with the president on Air Force One. CNBC
VOA VIEW: China is the biggest loser.
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"In our current situation, it is very unlikely that we can eradicate or eliminate this virus," said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's health emergencies program. CNBC
VOA VIEW: WHO cannot be trusted.
"Dr. Fauci's a nice man, but he's made a lot of mistakes," Trump said in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Fauci is a loser
In a series of tweets, Trump said too many universities and school systems are about "Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education." CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good - they mostly have a liberal agenda.
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A circuit judge ordered Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday to cease issuing or enforcing executive orders related to Covid-19 on the same day that the Democrat signed an executive order mandating that Kentuckians must wear a facial covering or mask in public in certain situations. CNN
VOA VIEW: Double standards.
St. Petersburg police officers will no longer respond to non-violent 911 calls, such as those involving quality-of-life complaints or mental health concerns. FOX News
French President Emmanuel Macron urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to move forward with plans to annex portions of the West Bank in a phone conversation late Thursday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Israel should go forward.
The United States has approved Taiwan's purchase of upgrades to Patriot III missiles for about $620 million, a move that is being welcomed in Taipei amid high tensions with China. UPI
California is suing the Trump administration over its new policy requiring international students to take in-person classes amid the coronavirus pandemic, or face deportation. UPI
VOA VIEW: A waste of time.
United Airlines and its pilots union have reached an agreement for voluntary furloughs and early retirement in an effort to ease economic hardship and anticipated industry job cuts in the coming months. UPI
The United States' top general told Congress officials are working to corroborate reports Russia offered the Taliban bounties to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and that they will act if the reports are confirmed. UPI
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Total madness. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden on Wednesday formally embraced citizenship rights for 11 million illegal immigrants and a full erasure of all of President Trump’s get-tough border policies, as part of the party’s new unity platform. The former vice president would expand sanctuary locations, limit ICE’s ability to deport criminals in local jails, and reverse deportations for some military veterans already ousted because of criminal records. Perhaps no other issue draws as stark a contrast between Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump as immigration.
The unity platform, developed by backers of Mr. Biden and one-time chief rival Sen. Bernard Sanders, would wipe clean every major immigration policy of the last three and a half years, replacing them with more legal immigration and eliminating the controls that have tamped down on illegal immigration. The platform calls for an immediate 100-day halt to all deportations, and would unleash an army of overseers to police the way the Border Patrol and ICE’s deportation officers enforce immigration policy. A special eye would be paid toward the “racial underpinnings” of Trump policies.
The plan said “systemic racism” has infected “our immigration system, including the policies at our borders and ports of entry, detention centers and within immigration law enforcement agencies, policies and operations.” The platform would erase Mr. Trump’s travel ban for countries that don’t cooperate with U.S. authorities, and would invite those denied entry over the last years to reapply. It would also set a new cap for refugees at 125,000 a year, which would be the highest since the mid-1990s. By contrast Mr. Trump has set a cap of just 18,000 this year. There is no systemic racism.