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Jacumba Hot Springs in San Diego County has become a border crossing spot, turning desert terrain into open-air holding cells for migrants. LA Times
VOA VIEW: It has become madness.
A secretive wing of the Central Intelligence Agency has been working to recover "non-human craft" from crash sites around the globe for decades. Newsmax
Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., announced Tuesday that he is "proud and honored" to be giving his "complete and total endorsement" to former President Donald Trump's campaign for the presidency in the 2024 race. Newsmax
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U.S. consumer confidence rose in November after three straight monthly declines, with Americans planning big-ticket purchases like motor vehicles and houses over the next six months even as they continued to fret over higher prices and interest rates. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: This makes no sense.
When Deutsche Bank loaned Donald Trump's company hundreds of millions of dollars, the bank always followed its own guidelines that include checking out information that would-be borrowers provide, an executive testified Tuesday at the former president's civil fraud trial. Newsmax
Russia, current chair of the "Big Five" nuclear-armed states, will not convene any meetings this year but has presented the group with a schedule for 2024, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Tuesday. Newsmax
A group of Senate Republicans, led by Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn, sent a letter on Tuesday to President Joe Biden requesting that he withdraw Hampton Dellinger's nomination to lead the United States Office of Special Counsel (OSC) due to his connection to Hunter Biden. Newsmax
Relations have deteriorated markedly since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the Finns accuse Moscow of orchestrating a flow of migrants in retaliation for Finland joining NATO. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Russia is closing doors.
Both Israel and Hamas are reaping benefits from the cease-fire, but as the hostage-for-prisoner exchanges continue, Israeli leaders may feel growing pressure to resume the war. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Israel must break Hamas and the US must back Israel.
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After sparring twice with Sean Hannity, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California will jump into the ring this week with Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Newsom will lose, if he shows.
Two Jewish organizations filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the University of California, Berkeley School of Law violated the U.S. Constitution and Title VI by permitting "the longstanding, unchecked spread of anti-Semitism." Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Long time in coming.
Donald Trump had a "good faith" basis to question the results of the 2020 election, his lawyers said in demanding that prosecutors turn over any evidence related to voting irregularities and potential foreign interference in the contest won by Democrat Joe Biden. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: There is no question the election was rigged.
The Department of Homeland Security said Monday that it will reduce or shut down some lanes of traffic at border crossings in Arizona and Texas to redeploy staff to handle a renewed surge of migrants entering illegally. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: DHS agents should not be pencil pushers or baby sitters.
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President Joe Biden on Monday opened the first meeting of his supply chain resilience council by warning companies against price gouging and saying that his administration was working to lower costs for U.S. families. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden caused inflation and is its problem.
The House will try for a third time this year to expel New York Rep. George Santos after the Ethics Committee released a scathing report detailing his alleged lawbreaking. CBS
VOA VIEW: Something Dems would not do.
The first of three U.S. military flights arrived in Egypt with much-needed humanitarian assistance for civilians in Gaza. CBS
VOA VIEW: Why should the US give aid to Gaza?
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Former President Donald Trump's legal team wanted to subpoena material from the House Jan. 6 select committee. CBS
VOA VIEW: Something the Supremes should look at.
A recent report released by the Biden administration found current efforts to fight climate change are "insufficient." CBS
Home prices were 3.9% higher in September compared with the same month a year earlier, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index. CNBC
VOA VIEW: All caused by Biden.
He pointed out a variety of areas where progress has been made, suggesting the Fed at least won't need to hike rates further from here. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Very little progress has been made toward inflation.
Worker power to dictate wages and job opportunities has been a hallmark of the post-pandemic labor market. Companies see signs that's ending. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Hopefully true.
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Concerns are being raised by the director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency regarding the potential threats posed by the rapid development of AI. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Well needed security.
Police in the Chicago suburbs have arrested five Venezuelan migrants in a matter of two days for allegedly stealing merchandise from retailers. FOX News
VOA VIEW: They should be tried and deported.
Another 11 Israeli hostages were set to be freed as the first of a two-day extension of a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas got underway Tuesday. UPI
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A tribute was held Tuesday in Atlanta for Rosalynn Carter during a second day of memorials across Georgia to honor the former first lady's life and legacy before her burial on Wednesday. UPI
Hunter Biden's attorney on Tuesday said he has agreed to testify in front of the Republican-led House Oversight Committee but only in public. UPI
VOA VIEW: Hunter does not decide public or private hearings.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Laredo, Texas seized 302 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of more than $2.7 million at the Columbia-Solidarity Bridge, officials announced Monday. UPI
VOA VIEW: CBP must be able to do their job.
North Korea said Tuesday that its new spy satellite, launched last week, has photographed U.S. government and military facilities including the White House and the Pentagon. UPI
VOA VIEW: The facts are questionable.
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A very liberal appeals court try's to give Biden the right to censor conservatives. A federal appeals court Friday temporarily paused a lower court’s order limiting executive branch officials’ communications with social media companies about controversial online posts.
Biden administration lawyers had asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleanss to stay the preliminary injunction issued on July 4 by U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty. Doughty himself had rejected a request to put his order on hold pending appeal. Friday’s brief 5th Circuit order put Doughty’s order on hold “until further orders of the court.” It called for arguments in the case to be scheduled on an expedited basis.
Filed last year, the lawsuit claimed the administration, in effect, censored free speech by discussing possible regulatory action the government could take while pressuring companies to remove what it deemed misinformation. COVID-19 vaccines, legal issues involving President Joe Biden’s son Hunter and election fraud allegations were among the topics spotlighted in the lawsuit.
Doughty, nominated to the federal bench by former President Donald Trump, issued an Independence Day order and accompanying reasons that covered more than 160 pages. He said the plaintiffs were likely to win their ongoing lawsuit. His injunction blocked the Department of Health and Human Services, the FBI and multiple other government agencies and administration officials from “encouraging, pressuring, or inducing in any manner the removal, deletion, suppression, or reduction of content containing protected free speech."
Administration lawyers said the order was overly broad and vague, raising questions about what officials can say in conversations with social media companies or in public statements. They said Doughty’s order posed a threat of “grave” public harm by chilling executive branch efforts to combat online misinformation.
Doughty rejected the administration‘s request for a stay on Monday, writing: “Defendants argue that the injunction should be stayed because it might interfere with the Government’s ability to continue working with social-media companies to censor Americans’ core political speech on the basis of viewpoint. In other words, the Government seeks a stay of the injunction so that it can continue violating the First Amendment.”