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A Mexican activist group says its analysis of death certificates shows an enormous undercount of coronavirus-related fatalities by the government. LA Times
All 50 states have now eased some coronavirus restrictions. And some are facing questions over their COVID-19 tracking data. LA Times
Unable to stage campaign rallies due to the coronavirus, President Trump is visiting medical supply facilities in states crucial to his reelection bid. He goes to Michigan on Thursday, his third visit to a swing state in three weeks. LA Times
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President Trump traveled to Michigan Thursday to visit a Ford plant converted to making ventilators, and thanked employees for their efforts to help save Americans’ lives during the coronavirus pandemic. “With your help, not a single American has been denied a ventilator, not a single one,” New York Post
Time to bust out the barbecue — it will be mostly warm and pleasant across the nation over Memorial Day weekend. But while much of the US may be headed outdoors, parts of Texas and Oklahoma are expected to be hit with “repeated storms” from Saturday through Monday with possible flooding, said AccuWeather senior meteorologist... New York Post
In an interview with Politico on Thursday, the CDC chief also sought to downplay reports that guidelines his agency wrote on reopening the American economy had been blocked by the Trump administration, instead claiming they received "constructive criticism." New York Post
VOA VIEW: The liberal media with more of their deception.
A survey of 2.4 million Britons found current smokers were 14 percent more likely to develop COVID-19 symptoms than non-smokers. New York Post
The latest U.S. government action against China's Huawei takes direct aim the company's HiSilicon chip division--a business that in a few short years has become central to China's ambitions in semiconductor technology but will now lose access to tools that are central to its success. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Huawei should be put out of business.
A senior U.S. Democrat on Thursday accused the Republican chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee of trying to misuse subpoena powers for an attack on President Donald Trump's political rival Democrat Joe Biden. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Leftwing fools.
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A quarter of Americans have little or no interest in taking a coronavirus vaccine, a Reuters/Ipsos poll published on Thursday found, with some voicing concern that the record pace at which vaccine candidates are being developed could compromise safety. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Who will be first?
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he may support another fiscal stimulus bill to help prop up the economy during the coronavirus outbreak, though he did not provide any details on what he would like to see in such legislation. Rueters
House Democrats sent a letter to Pompeo Thursday asking for invoices and guest lists to his "Madison Dinners" hosted at the State Department. USA Today
President Trump and some Republican allies have pointed to the "unmasking" of Michael Flynn as evidence of a campaign to undermine the administration.
VOA VIEW: Dems were wrong, wrong.
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A surprise drone attack that took out nearly half of Saudi Arabia's oil production and blindsided global markets last year is just the kind of thing that keeps Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey up at night. Gen. Gainey, commander of the Defense Department's new Joint Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems Office, is ... Washington Times
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Kenneth Braithwaite to be the next secretary of the Navy. Mr. Braithwaite, who most recently served as the U.S. ambassador to Norway, was tapped to the top civilian post in the Navy in November and will succeed Richard Spencer, who was fired following a dispute ... Washington Times
President Trump urged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday to issue new guidelines to speed up the reopening of churches, saying religious institutions are "essential" to the nation's recovery, as he criticized Democratic governors for deliberately stalling efforts to get back to work and worship. During a ... Washington Times
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The high-profile race on the periphery of the 2020 presidential contest - to become presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate - is charging ahead. ABC
VOA VIEW: The pick list is a who's who in the comic strip.
The unemployment rate in the U.S. is the highest since the Great Depression. ABC
VOA VIEW: Sad, but expected.
Victoria's Secret is closing 250 stores with more expected to close in 2021. ABC
VOA VIEW: Few will try on bras after someone else.
Ten million antibody tests will also start being rolled out next week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock says. BBC
President Trump has launched Operation Warp Speed, which aims to make millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine available by years end. CBS
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
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Democrats Joaquin Castro and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were among about a dozen members of Congress who toured southern border facilities Monday. They described deplorable conditions inside the two facilities. Customs and Border Protection is also under fire over a secret Facebook group that includes thousands of current and former agents. Some users mocked migrant deaths and posted sexist and racist jokes about lawmakers, including Ocasio-Cortez. Jeff Pegues reports CBS
VOA VIEW: Liberal stupidity.
The presumptive Democratic nominee has officially asked former opponent Amy Klobuchar to undergo vetting to be his running mate, one of several potential contenders being scrutinized by aides. CBS
VOA VIEW: Fools follow a fool.
Zuckerberg's announcement comes as several tech companies are allowing employees to work remotely indefinitely. CNBC
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House Democrats passed a bill last week to extend the enhanced $600 per week unemployment benefit through January. CNBC
The Open Skies treaty allows 35 nations, including Russia, to conduct unarmed surveillance flights over each other's territory in order to assure that nations are not preparing for military action. CNBC
So far, state reopenings have not helped stem the rise in unemployment, which is expected to show another big jump in the month of May. CNBC
Two of the US military's most senior leaders issued a stark warning Thursday that the threat from the coronavirus is still high and stressed they are preparing for a possible second wave. CNN
VOA VIEW: What do they know?
China's rubberstamp parliament has announced that a new national security law in Hong Kong will be on the agenda at its upcoming meeting, a move likely to fuel further anger and protests in the semi-autonomous city. CNN
VOA VIEW: A major mistake.
Stormy conditions look to be on the horizon for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, with government forecasters on Thursday announcing that an above-normal activity is expected with the possibility of an "extremely active" period. FOX News
A Baltimore pastor tore up a cease-and-desist letter mid-sermon Wednesday night after local officials threatened a $5,000 fine earlier in the week for holding in-person services. FOX News
Downing Street bows to pressure from opposition and backbench Tories amid crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesA timeline of PM’s U-turn on NHS surcharge for migrant health workers Boris Johnson was forced into the first major U-turn of his premiership on Thursday, as he announced that overseas NHS staff and care workers would no longer have to pay a controversial visa surcharge.The prime minister had faced escalating tension from within his own ranks on the fee, after the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, raised the issue in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Guardian
The United States on Thursday warned China against imposing a new national security legislation on Hong Kong, saying a high-degree of autonomy and respect for human rights were key to preserving the territory's special status, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said. Reuters
VOA VIEW: China would be wise to heed the warning.
The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Representative John Ratcliffe, a staunch political ally of President Donald Trump, as director of national intelligence, but by a far slimmer margin than his predecessors as the top U.S. spy. Reuters
President Donald Trump traveled on Thursday to the crucial U.S. election battleground state of Michigan to visit a Ford Motor Co plant amid hostility with its Democratic governor over how quickly to reopen its economy during the coronavirus pandemic, opting not to wear a protective face mask. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The President shows he is the top man.
Republican and Democratic U.S. senators said on Thursday they would introduce legislation to impose sanctions on Chinese officials for violating Hong Kong's independence, after Beijing moved to impose a new security law on the former British colony. Reuters
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Tom McNamara had planned to ride his 2013 Harley Road Glide Ultra motorcycle through the heart of Washington on Sunday, joining hundreds of thousands of bikers in a Memorial Day weekend rally in the nation's capital to raise awareness of U.S. veterans. Reuters
VOA VIEW: It is a solemn occasion.
Gallup unveiled new data Thursday showing that significantly fewer Americans avoided public places by the end of last week compared with the start of the week and the previous month. UPI
Sales of existing U.S. homes declined by nearly 18 percent last month due partly to COVID-19 restrictions in most areas of the United States, an industry report said Thursday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Sad, but reality.
Retailer Macy's said Thursday it expects to post a first-quarter loss of more than $1 billion and report a major decline in sales due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. UPI
VOA VIEW: It is tough times, but Macy's has poor management.
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