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Critics from both sides of the aisle fear Nancy Beck, nominated to lead the U.S. consumer safety regulator, would be too cozy with business interests. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
Major League Baseball is moving toward a 60-game 2020 season. For the first time in history, the designated-hitter rule will be implemented in both the American and National leagues. This is fantastic news for anyone who loves baseball and America, and not simply because the nation will be treated to more home runs, but because... New York Post
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday slammed Minority Leader Chuck Schumer as a “total hypocrite” for preventing a vote on a Republican police reform bill. Schumer (D-NY) led Democrats on Wednesday to block the bill responding to the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police. Schumer said it didn’t go far enough and House... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Schumer is an idiot.

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Recent police reform has caused a state of “lawlessness” in New York City — resulting in the surge in gun violence, a top NYPD official said in a recent interview. Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri blamed the troubling spike in shootings on parolees who are committing crimes with impunity. “We tie it to... New York Post
VOA VIEW: NYC will pay big time by police loss.
Companies like YouTube, Condé Nast and Vice addressed systemic inequality and economic uncertainty while showcasing their new offerings to advertisers. New York Times
VOA VIEW: All should walk.
Donald Trump is overhauling federal hiring practices so that government can hire workers based on talent instead of educational level.        USA Today
Feeling cornered and powerless in the face of persistent racial and economic struggles in the USA, some Black Americans decide to settle abroad.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Love it or leave it - goodbye.
A federal judge is giving Roger Stone, a longtime ally and confidant of President Donald Trump, an additional two weeks before he must report to serve his federal prison sentence. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson's ruling on Friday comes days after Stone asked the court to ... Washington Times
A Minnesota judge on Friday rejected allowing cameras in the court for pretrial proceedings of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd. News media organizations as well as defense attorneys had requested the audio and visual recordings. Washington Times

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House Democrats have failed to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a measure that would have reversed the Education Department’s tough policy on loan forgiveness for students misled by for-profit colleges ABC
VOA VIEW: Good!
House voted on D.C. statehood to create Washington, Douglass Commonwealth. ABC
VOA VIEW: The vote by Dems was dead on arrival.
The firm has been under pressure to improve its moderation of the content on its platform. BBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook must be regulated.
The company will leave up "newsworthy" posts from politicians that break its rules but will label them, it said. CBS
VOA VIEW: All advertisers should stop.

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As many as 650,000 companies that got PPP loans could start laying off employees when money ends in July, survey shows. CBS
The White House had said that the president would not comply with New Jersey's quarantine policy during a planned visit this weekend. CBS
An independent monitor told a federal court that some staff at ICE's family detention centers are not wearing face masks or completely enforcing social distancing. CBS
VOA VIEW: The migrant families seek getting sick to hopefully stay in the US.

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Advocates and lawmakers renewed their efforts to pass a hate crime bill after the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. CBS
VOA VIEW: It will fail.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday said the company will change its policies to prohibit hate speech in its advertisements. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Who decides what is hate speech?
Stocks fell sharply on Friday after Texas rolled back some of its reopening measures. CNBC
The Supreme Court on Friday rejected an effort by Texas Democrats to allow all voters in the state to vote by mail as a precaution against the spreading coronavirus pandemic. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good!
As of Thursday, the nation's seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases reached a record high of more than 33,000 cases, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dems and liberals want the increase.

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President Donald Trump said on Twitter Friday that he has signed an executive order on protecting monuments, an action the President had been teasing for the past week. CNN
VOA VIEW: Good!
Shares of both Facebook and Twitter were down more than 7% in mid-day trading Friday after Unilever said it would pull its advertising from the social media companies for the rest of the year. CNN
VOA VIEW: Good - more should drop.
A group of evangelical pastors gathered at Seattle's CHOP zone earlier this week to declare that they will defend houses of worship and statues of Jesus after activists have called for tearing them down.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: Sad!

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all bars in the state closed for a second time Friday as Texas grapples with a record resurgence in coronavirus cases following a fast reopening last month.  FOX News
City crews arrived in Seattle early Friday morning to remove barriers in the downtown "Capitol Hill Organized Protest" zone (CHOP) but were met with resistance from protesters, who laid in the streets in front of vehicles and on top of makeshift structures.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: A liberal mess.
Police and protesters clashed throughout the night, using gas and impact munitions to disperse the crowd. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Protesters should be jailed.
The “blue flu” struck 171 Atlanta cops in the days after criminal charges were brought against two white officers in the fatal shooting of a black man, Rayshard Brooks, according to a report. FOX News
Three people died Friday in an attempt to assassinate Mexico City's top security official, who survived the ambush, local authorities said. UPI
VOA VIEW: Lawlessness needs to be confronted.
A federal appeals court on Friday ruled the Trump administration doesn't have the authority to divert $2.5 billion in military funds to carry out construction of the border wall. UPI
VOA VIEW: The 9th is a liberal joke.
The U.S. Senate's defense bill adds $120 million to the Defense Department's space-based anti-hypersonic weapons program, despite no request for an increase. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!
Defense Secretary Mark Esper reaffirmed U.S.commitment to NATO during a meeting Friday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. UPI

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