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Chinese officials have threatened military action if U.S. house speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan during a congressional trip to Asia. China claims the self-ruling island of Taiwan is a part of its territory. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden has showed cowardice by not taking immediate action in response to China's threat.
Taiwanese people are used to threats of force by China, and urge the House Speaker to visit. But it's a crisis not of their making. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Not going to Taiwan would show a weak US and coward Biden and Pelosi.
The U.S. has made a 'substantial' offer to free Americans from Russia, but the release of Bout would be controversial. LA Times
VOA VIEW: A foolish trade for the US.

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A shrinking GDP doesn't automatically equal an economy in recession. Here's why economists are so hesitant to put a label on this topsy-turvy economy. LA Times
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts Biden and Dems.
Debris from a massive Chinese rocket made its uncontrolled return to Earth on Saturday over the Indian Ocean, according to the U.S. Space Command. New York Post
In Russian-occupied regions in Ukraine, local leaders are forcing civilians to accept Russian rule. Next come sham elections that would formalize Vladimir V. Putin’s claim that they are Russian territories. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It will not last.
A senior U.S. Defense Department official said there was growing evidence that steep Russian losses had left some units ill-prepared to fight. New York Times
VOA VIEW: As it should.
With the midterm elections around the corner, the challenge for President Biden is to make sure his latest successes resonate with Americans who remain deeply skeptical about the future. New York Times
VOA VIEW: There have been no highs.
Though the measure passed mostly along party lines, two Republicans and five Democrats broke with their parties on the vote.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: There should be 7 House losers, at least.

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From Afghanistan to inflation to the baby formula shortage, Joe Biden has been hammered by events that have eroded his support even among Democrats.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Biden's idiotic decisions are his main problems.
House Democrats' campaign arm unveiled a seven-figure ad buy targeting Hispanic voters by region, using local accents and dialects. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Hispanics may be smarter than Dems think.
The president's antigen test came back positive late Saturday morning, White House physician Dr. Kevin O'Connor said. ABC
VOA VIEW: Playing with fire can cause a burn.
It wasn't clear why Musk asked the court to keep details of his countersuit confidential when the billionaire had been publicly critical of Twitter recently. CNBC

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In the U.S., 69% of people are working either fully remote or hybrid, according to Future Forum’s latest Pulse report. CNBC
VOA VIEW: America is broken.
Tech giants including Alphabet and IBM are racing toward building a quantum computer, and financial firms including JPMorgan are exploring possible uses. CNBC
House Democrats have introduced the Billionaire Minimum Income Tax Act, calling for a 20% levy on total income for households worth more than $100 million. CNBC
VOA VIEW: This dumb idea is shear madness.

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In a last-minute reversal, White House communications director Kate Bedingfield said she will not be leaving the West Wing after all. UPI
VOA VIEW: The White House is in bad shape.
West Virginia's Senate passed a bill that narrows the window for victims of rape and incest to have access to an abortion, down to eight weeks, provided the assault is reported to law enforcement. UPI
VOA VIEW: It is a reasonable compromise.
Ukraine is ready to export grain for the first time since Russia invaded the country in February and blocked its ports on the Black Sea. UPI
AccuWeather meteorologists say the recent break from heat and humidity across the Midwest and Northeast will be short-lived as sizzling conditions return next week and persist over the long haul. UPI
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of "deliberate mass murder" amounting to a "war crime" in an attack that killed dozens of prisoners of war. UPI
VOA VIEW: There is little that can be done - who is going to punish Russia?

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Ukrainian and Russian officials traded accusations on Friday of bombing a location in the Donbas region that killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war that were captured after the long battle for Mariupol. UPI
VOA VIEW: Waving fingers back and forth.

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