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The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week but remains at healthy levels that continue to show a strong U.S. labor market ABC
VOA VIEW: Still bad news and increase in inflation.
The U.S. has imposed sanctions on an Iranian Revolutionary Guard official and others it says took part in wide-ranging plots to kill former national security adviser John Bolton and others around the world, including at least one additional U.S. govern... ABC
Authorities in northern Mexican have found 45 bags containing human remans in a gorge on the outskirts of Guadalajara and were still trying to determine how many bodies were there ABC
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Companies like Disney and Bud Light are facing major backlash after taking stands on social and political debates. "CBS Mornings" co-host Tony Dokoupil speaks with a marketing executive about why more companies are wading into controversial issues and how consumers feel about it. CBS
VOA VIEW: Companies should stay out of politics and other issues.
The Senate is under pressure to approve the legislation to suspend the debt ceiling before Monday. CBS
VOA VIEW: Any Biden veto would cause a default.
GOP Rep. James Comer issued a subpoena to FBI Director Christopher Wray earlier this month. CBS
VOA VIEW: Wray can't be trusted.
Owner of Facebook and Instagram could bar users in the state from sharing news over bill requiring tech companies to pay news publishers. CBS
A battle over defense spending levels threatened to delay Senate plans to fast-track the Fiscal Responsibility Act to a vote. CNBC
A GOP-led effort to overturn President Joe Biden's sweeping student loan forgiveness plan passed the Senate on Thursday. Biden is expected to veto the action. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden would make a veto mistake.
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The Pentagon declined to offer additional contract details, including the price, scope and timeline of the delivery. CNBC
The U.S. labor market posted another month of surprising strength in May as companies added jobs at a pace well above expectations. CNBC
VOA VIEW: There is no real gain in economic growth.
The CDC says the U.S. birth rate remained steady in 2022, as fertility stays below the rate that is needed for a generation to replace itself. FOX News
The Air Force has decided to conduct more Space Force missions in Colorado Springs as opposed to Huntsville, Alabama, the city Trump chose as the Space Force’s permanent headquarters. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Anything against what Trump chose.
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The U.S. Army has refused to share its quarterly recruiting data despite Army Secretary Christine Wormuth telling lawmakers the branch has made improvements this year. FOX News
Around 30,000 Israeli citizens gathered in Jerusalem Thursday for the city's annual Pride and Tolerance March, while security forces remained on high alert in the capital because of threats of violence. UPI
Former President Donald Trump admitted he knowingly took U.S. secrets from the White House in a recording that surfaced this week in the federal investigation into his potential mishandling of classified documents. UPI
VOA VIEW: The truth is ...
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for "security guarantees" for his nation and Moldova during the second European Political Community Summit in Moldova Thursday. UPI
Union workers have a right to strike but not to damage a company's property, the Supreme Court rules. 'Workers are not indentured servants,' Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson says in a dissent. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Jackson is an idiot.
NASA is holding its first public meeting on UFOs a year after launching a study into unexplained sightings, or unidentified aerial phenomena. LA Times
The House of Representatives passed President Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy's deal to suspend the federal debt ceiling through 2024. LA Times
Eric Goldstein — the former head of the DOE's Office of School Support Services — is accused of taking bribes from the owners Somma Foods to turn a blind eye to the gross grub. New York Post
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“Why not take any questions from voters, governor?” Peoples asked, referring to DeSantis not including a Q-and-A session following a stump speech. New York Post
VOA VIEW: A bad for DeSantis.
CNN, which is run by Chris Licht, hauled in a 3.3 million viewers from its May 10 Trump town hall, but according to Nielsen, viewers peeled off in the second part of the month, pulling down the month's primetime ratings 16% over April. New York Post
VOA VIEW: CNN is failing.
In what could be a glimpse of future as climate change batters the West, officials ruled there’s not enough groundwater for projects already approved. New York Times
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Leaders of both parties urged quick action to avoid a default, but some senators wanted to consider changes, including adding more military spending to a package they said did not contain enough. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Time keeps all on the edge.
A White House official said President Biden was feeling “totally fine.” He was helped up and walked back to his seat after stumbling. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is showing his age.
After a drag show at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada was canceled, the Defense Department said that such events were “not a suitable use” of resources, despite a long history of drag entertainment in the military. New York Times
The two combative men from Queens have often been antagonists, but now they both see an opening to attack the Florida governor over his pandemic leadership. New York Times
President Biden's comments on artificial intelligence marked his most direct warning yet on growing concerns about the rise of AI.
VOA VIEW: A real problem.
As if on cue, a tropical depression bubbled up in the Gulf of Mexico on the first day of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season.
Empower Brands is recalling nearly 500,000 of its PowerXL Self-Cleaning Juicers after dozens of injuries were reported, officials said.
Chinese citizens posing as tourists have been trying to access military bases in Alaska, according to U.S. officials. They are suspected of spying. USA Today
VOA VIEW: The Chinese are allover.
Louisiana and nine other states filed a lawsuit against the federal government Thursday to block sharp increases in national flood insurance rates that are slated to be phased in over the coming years, saying the steeper price could cost some people their homes. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal madness.
What's in a name? For many who served at Fort Bragg, set to be renamed "Fort Liberty" on Friday, the legendary Army installation is the central gravitational force around which their military careers and even their families have revolved. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The liberal want to change the past.
A gay pride flag rose over the Wisconsin Capitol on Thursday in a sign of support for the LGBTQ+ community as it weathers heightened attacks from conservatives across the country. Washington Times
Three off-duty Marines were kicked and punched by 30 teenagers and young adults near the San Clemente Pier, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said. LA Times
VOA VIEW: The facts are not all known.
“We view this race as absolutely wide open, and Iowa is really going to solidify itself as the pivotal player,” a source close to the situation said. New York Post
VOA VIEW: A foolish move.
Bud Light tumbled from being the "most-drunk-beer-in-America" after it backed trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, a lesson is learned.
We are raising a generation with millions of Greta Thunbergs. New York Post
More than $1.3 billion of US taxpayer money has been sent to Russia and China over the past five years, according to a new report released Wednesday by Sen. Joni Ernst and a government transparency watchdog. The production from Ernst (R-Iowa) and OpenTheBooks identified $870 million paid by federal agencies in funding and grants to... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Neither side is watching out for taxpayers.
Two oil refineries in Krasnodar, Russia, came under attack as Ukrainian artillery pounded a border town. New York Post
South Koreans said the alert, which was triggered by a North Korean rocket launch, showed that their country was unprepared to respond to a real emergency. New York Times
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The student loan debt forgiveness plan is already on pause because of challenges now before the Supreme Court.
VOA VIEW: Maybe the madness will end.
The housing market across the US is cooling down, but does that mean it's headed for a crash? Here's what experts expect to happen in 2023. USA Today
Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday picked a longtime ally who oversaw Texas' elections in 2022 to temporarily serve as attorney general following Republican Ken Paxton's historic impeachment on allegations of misconduct and crimes. Washington Times
Gestational diabetes among pregnant women before childbirth is on the rise, climbing 27% from 2016 to 2021, according to federal data released Wednesday. Washington Times
The governors of Virginia, West Virginia and South Carolina on Wednesday joined a growing list of Republican leaders sending their state National Guard soldiers or other state law enforcement officers to the U.S. border with Mexico. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It is a national problem that must be stopped by all.
A National Labor Relations Board official said in a memo that making employees sign a noncompete agreement is usually a violation of U.S. labor laws. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The so-called labor laws are a joke.
Germany says it has told Russia to close four out of five consulates in Germany in a tit-for-tat move after Moscow set a limit for the number of German embassy staff and related bodies that can operate in Russia ABC
VOA VIEW: A game by both countries.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled two state laws banning abortion are unconstitutional, but the procedure remains illegal in the state in most cases ABC
The vote will be a major test for Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who faces a potential revolt from GOP hard-liners if he fails to get a majority of Republicans to back the bill. ABC
VOA VIEW: The real facts are...
'Employees need a say in decisions that affect our lives,' an Amazon worker petition said. ABC
Average interest rate on a typical home loan is edging toward 7%, the highest level in seven months. CBS
VOA VIEW: Mortgage rates were once higher.
More than 20 states have legalized recreational use of marijuana, but the drug remains an illicit substance under federal law and regulations. CBS
VOA VIEW: Yes, it's real.
The FTC filed a lawsuit against Amazon's Ring doorbell unit over privacy issues. CNBC
The lawsuit comes three years after Delta announced it would go fully carbon neutral, which means it would cancel out all the emissions it produces. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It makes no sense.
Jim Justice, reportedly his state's richest resident, launched his campaign for the Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. CNBC
Lina Khan, the first woman of Asian descent to head the Federal Trade Commission, brushes off Republican criticism in pursuit of agency goals. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Another Biden mishap.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has scheduled the first lethal injection attempt in July after a series of previous problematic executions. The first attempt will begin midnight on July 20. FOX News
NASA's public meeting on UFOs said there are "anomalous" incidents but nothing definitive to say there is extraterrestrial life or rule out alien presence. FOX News
The Los Angeles County government is handing out free crack and meth pipes as a part of its increased efforts to reduce drug overdoses, according to a report. FOX News
A rainbow Pride flag was burned at a California elementary school set to host an LGBT Pride event Friday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. FOX News
It is now illegal for Alabama public higher education institutions to allow transgender people to participate in sports that do not correspond with the gender they were assigned at birth, according to a new law. UPI
Moving against broader strains in the U.S. economy, the federal government said new job openings topped 10 million and those leaving their jobs declined. UPI
VOA VIEW: The number needing a job may be rising.
Russia on Wednesday said that Ukrainian drones targeted a pair of oil refineries on Wednesday, a day after the two sides exchanged strikes. UPI
VOA VIEW: No pity for Russia.
Residential electric bills over the first three months of the year were around 5% higher than last year and that trend could continue, the U.S. government said Wednesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: High energy prices come from many directions.
The Pentagon said Tuesday that a Chinese J-16 fighter pilot performed "an unnecessarily aggressive maneuver" against a U.S. Air Force plane operating in the South China Sea last week. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden is being tested.
North Korea's attempted launch of a spy satellite ended in failure on Wednesday, splashing into the Yellow Sea after an "abnormal" flight, South Korea's military said. UPI
The House Rules Committee has voted 7-6 to advance the bipartisan debt ceiling deal to the House floor Wednesday for debate and a final passage vote. UPI
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced Tuesday that NATO will send 700 additional troops to Kosovo following Monday's attack that injured 30 peacekeepers. UPI
VOA VIEW: The escalation may be confrontational.
Purdue Pharma has won a major appeal in its bankruptcy settlement filing that will shield the owners of the drug company from any civil liabilities for their role in helping fuel the opioid epidemic. UPI
Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis touched down in central Iowa Tuesday for a rally at the ultra-conservative megachurch Eternity Church in Clive. UPI
VOA VIEW: DeSantis must gain some ground.
A $528 billion plan to clean up 54 million gallons of radioactive bomb-making waste may never be achieved. Government negotiators are looking for a compromise. New York Times
VOA VIEW: This does not make sense.