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The Seattle mayor has declared it is 'time for people to go home.' But reclaiming the territory is proving much harder than giving it up. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Weak mayor is the major problem.
Several city lawmakers revolted during a routine meeting Thursday — refusing to support bills that would hit property owners with interest rates on late tax payments of up to 18 percent, arguing that the “usurious” fees would cause the middle class to flee the city. An unexpected floor amendment brought by City Councilman Kalman Yeger... New York Post
VOA VIEW: It's time to leave NYC.
The department's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency expressed its concern in a letter this week to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Don't trust anything produced by the Chinese.

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President Trump ripped Seattle in an interview that will air Thursday night, again threatening “we’re going to go in there” if local authorities don’t crack down on protesters. “They don’t do something with Seattle, we’re going to do that. We’re going to go in there,” the president told Fox News host Sean Hannity in a... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Good!
President Trump on Thursday told a crowd in Wisconsin that the toughest adversary he deals with is not the rogue regimes of Russia or North Korea, but the “crazy” and “unreasonable” Democratic Party. Appearing at a shipyard in the battleground state, which has just been awarded a $5 billion government contract, the president joked about... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems are bigger liars.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council are at a stalemate in budget negotiations — just five days before a deal must be reached by law — over $1 billion in NYPD cuts proposed by Speaker Corey Johnson and the 22,000 municipal layoffs threatened by City Hall. “I still think there’s a pretty big... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Police must prevail.
Law enforcement groups, which have donated generously to members of both political parties, have dictated the terms of the debate on an overhaul, prodding lawmakers to reject the toughest measures. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
Experts say states risk overwhelming the health care system again ahead of the fall, when the coronavirus may reappear in a second wave.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: As they should - hold tight.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper is considering a ban on Confederate imagery at all military facilities. The Navy and Marine Corps already have such bans.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Sad!

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A federal magistrate judge has dismissed a criminal contempt complaint against a man who prosecutors had accused of violating a judge's order and breaking Alaska quarantine rules following his early release from prison amid the coronavirus pandemic. Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah M. Smith this week ... Washington Times
A group of pastors who were preaching in Seattle's "autonomous zone" through Thursday have also raised a cry against a left-winger's call this week to demolish "white European" statues of Jesus. In a video made inside Seattle's so-called "CHOP," the pastors as members of Peaceablygather.com denounce recent tweets ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Madness!
Temperature checks at bus stops, plexiglass walls between desks and no field trips are a few of the rules school districts are planning to implement as a pandemic-weary nation lurches toward reopening schools this fall. COVID-19 cases among children remain rare in many states, but school districts must address the ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Major changes and possible more costs.
U.S. Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday that the church tallied 4,434 sex abuse allegations against clergy in the 2018-19 audit year, triple the number seen the previous year, with much of the increase stemming from a wave of lawsuits and claims by survivors of decades-old molestation. ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Celibacy must end - asking for unnatural restraints.

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President Trump promoted his ability to lead the U.S. on an economic comeback Thursday at a shipbuilding plant in this swing state where he trails Democratic rival Joseph R. Biden. "Under this administration, American workers like you are national treasures — that's why we're protecting our defense ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
The number of Asian and Hispanic Americans continues to surge, but nobody's booming like the Baby Boomers. The U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday that the 65-and-older population grew in the last decade by a whopping 13.8 million people, or 34.2%, driving up the national median age from 37.2 years ... Washington Times
After two high-profile losses, a win for the Trump administration at the Supreme Court on the issue of immigration and expedited removal of certain asylum seekers. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good!

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The House is poised to pass a historic, sweeping police reform bill on Thursday, setting up a face-off with the Republican Senate where bipartisan talks have stalled. ABC
VOA VIEW: The House will lose.
President Donald Trump's top national security aides have been unable to reach a decision on whether to support an Israeli plan to annex significant parts of land the Palestinians claim for a future state ABC
VOA VIEW: The punt was not a good sign.
Voting has begun in Russia in a referendum on constitutional changes that would allow president Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036. ABC
Mississippi legislators are under increasing pressure to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag amid national protests over racial injustice ABC
VOA VIEW: Political correctness should not prevail.
"I worked seven days a week for as many hours as I could, doing what I needed to do because I knew that no Superman was coming in to save me and everyone felt like I did," said Shalisha Morgan, owner of Geek in Heels. CBS

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Theodore Boutrous, who is representing Mary Trump, said the request by Robert Trump to block publication of the book was "baseless." CBS
The move signals that the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus pandemic, and the difficulty in forecasting what the future holds for banks, is making the Fed cautious. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It's bad for all.
Verizon says it is pulling advertising on Facebook until the company "can create an acceptable solution that makes us comfortable." CNBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook must be regulated and held accountable.

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Even Nike, often lauded as one of the strongest global brands in the retail industry, is taking a hit from the coronavirus pandemic. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Nike should be boycotted.
Trump seized on a quote by a man who runs a Black Lives Matter knock-off group and a chant that is not popular with protesters to imply that Black Lives Matter poses a threat. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It's good that Trump is holding tight.
Saks is one of the luxury retailers trying to bounce back from temporary closures during the coronavirus pandemic and encourage customers to return to its stores. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good news.
The U.S. reported more than 34,400 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data, after health officials in California, Florida and Texas all reported record-high single-day spikes. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Sad, but closing down the country is not a solution.
A new poll out from Pew Research Center on Thursday finds a sharp partisan divide over concerns about coronavirus, with 61% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents saying the worst is behind us while 76% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents think the worst is still to come. CNN
VOA VIEW: Dems always complain.
Months ago, as the coronavirus was first spreading across the country, public health officials warned of the heightened risk it posed to older populations and those with underlying health conditions. CNN
VOA VIEW: Testing is pointing to facts.
A little more than four months before facing voters, President Donald Trump appears at one of the weakest points of his presidency, with few signs the mounting health and civic crises he currently faces will subside and a spate of national polls indicating if the election were held today, he would lose badly. CNN
VOA VIEW: Remember 2016.
The U.S. Department of Education is warning the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) that it may impose fines for targeting a white professor for disciplinary action over his use of the “N-word” while reading Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham” during a lecture on racism in America, Fox News has learned. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Reality must prevail.
The U.S. Army is dropping the use of photographs in officers' personnel files when being considered for promotions and other matters in an effort to stamp out unconscious bias, officials announced Thursday. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Admission that a persons appearance makes a difference.
A Missouri woman captured on video yelling that she would teach her grandchildren to hate Black Lives Matter protesters and extolling her belief in the Ku Klux Klan has apologized Tuesday. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Crazy times.
A progressive Minneapolis neighborhood that committed not to call the police in the wake of the death of George Floyd has since witnessed a 300-tent homeless encampment grow in its local park, according to reports. FOX News
Representatives from U.S. nursing homes told lawmakers that they still lack personal protective equipment months after of the start of a coronavirus outbreak where such facilities account for 43 percent of U.S. deaths. UPI
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump laid a wreath at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. UPI
The U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday it would place sanctions on one domestic and four foreign subsidiaries of Iran's largest steel manufacturer. UPI
VOA VIEW: Iran should pay hard.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott halted all elected medical procedures and paused further business reopenings Thursday, one day after the state recorded a 24-hour high for new coronavirus cases. UPI
VOA VIEW: Reality must be faced.
North American Aerospace Defense Command F-22s intercepted two Russian IL-38 maritime patrol aircraft in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone Thursday, according to NORAD. UPI
VOA VIEW: Russian is seeking confrontation.

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