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The Senate was pushing toward a swift vote Wednesday on a temporary government funding package as lawmakers sought to keep the holiday season free from any suspense over a government shutdown.Senators were trying to speed forward on the funding package. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., accused the Biden administration of unfairly targeting "black smokers" while attempting "to legalize weed for white college kids." Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden is hitting his major supporters.
President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping shook hands and pledged to steer their countries away from conflict Wednesday as they met for the first time in a year at a high-stakes summit in California. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: XI will prevail over Biden.

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Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., was shut down Wednesday on pressing FBI Director Christopher Wray on purported evidence of "ghost buses" filled with alleged federal operatives before the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: What is the truth?
An attorney for a defendant in the sprawling Fulton County 2020 election racketeering case confessed to leaking footage of witness discussions with prosecutors. New York Post
VOA VIEW: What does this mean?
Fox News, which shares common ownership with The Post, maintained its dominance in the three-way cable news ratings race. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Fox leads because of less misinformation, more disclosure of facts and honesty in reporting.
Irate over a bipartisan measure to prevent a government shutdown, far-right Republicans blocked a separate spending bill, forcing the House to leave for Thanksgiving without finishing its work. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Republicans holding fast on their unity and principles.
A lawyer for a former elections director charged alongside former President Donald Trump and others over efforts to overturn Georgia's 2020 election said Wednesday that he released videos of prosecutors' interviews with some of their codefendants because he thought they helped his client and the public had the right to see them. Washington Times
Turkey prices have fallen in time for Thanksgiving, but industry reports suggest some side dishes and desserts will cost a bit more this year. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: One price drop while many other price increases.

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A Louisiana lawyer who objected to the state bar association's public statements on several issues including health tips and LGBTQ rights can no longer be forced to join or pay dues to the association, a federal appeals court has ruled. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: No one should be forced in paying dues.
New Hampshire will hold the first-in-the-nation presidential primary on Jan. 23 -- officially rejecting President Biden's push to have South Carolina hold the party's first contest. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
The Federal Communications Commission has enacted new rules intended to eliminate discrimination in access to internet services, a move which regulators are calling the first major U.S. digital civil rights policy. Washington Times
About 11% of U.S. churchgoers have not returned to in-person worship since the COVID-19 pandemic ended in May, a new survey shows. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Many are failing to believe in structured religion.

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A federal judge ruled this week that Tesla can bar union T-shirts from its factory floor, reversing a National Labor Relations Board decision. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A sensible ruling.
Trump attorneys argue the judge and his clerk have subjected the defendants to "tangible and overwhelming" bias and unfair treatment. CBS
VOA VIEW: No question of bias.
President Biden named the resumption of military communications as a top goal for the meeting. Uni CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden is weak.

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The guided missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner defended itself against a drone fired from Yemen, according to two U.S. officials. CBS
VOA VIEW: The US should take action beyond defense.
Federal officials have stressed in recent weeks that there is no specific credible threat against the U.S., and no indication that Hamas yet has the capacity to launch an attack on U.S. soil. CBS
VOA VIEW: Wray is acting foolish.
The House passed a short-term government spending bill, a key step in temporarily avoiding a government shutdown. The vote came after Rep. Tim Burchett accused former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of elbowing him in the back. CBS
VOA VIEW: Kicking the can down the road, as usual.
A rejection of the deal would prolong a historically contentious round of negotiations between the UAW and Detroit automakers. CNBC
VOA VIEW: GM should not give in to the UAW and expect increases to consumers.
Former President Donald Trump is charged with crimes related to his bid to undo his 2020 election loss to President Biden in Georgia. CNBC
VOA VIEW: False allegations.

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Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, wants documents from Donald Trump to see if the DOJ was pressured to launch a criminal investigation of him. CNBC
VOA VIEW: More Hunter BS to waste time.
President Biden is set to strike a deal with China that would limit the use of artificial intelligence in the military. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Biden is a weak joke.
A group of Republican state AGs is calling on colleagues nationwide to "investigate and prosecute pro-Hamas organizations" amid a rising tide of antisemitism. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good!

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U.S. wholesale prices posted their largest drop in more than three years last month, according to data shared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: It means nothing.
President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced his intent to fill spots on two federal appeals courts including a candidate who would be the first Muslim American to lead a U.S. Circuit Court. UPI
VOA VIEW: A bad choice that should not have been made.
Thanksgiving dinner in 2023 is expected to cost 4.5% less than last year, but the holiday feast remains 25% higher than its average price five years ago, according to an annual survey released Wednesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: As it should be, considering how high it went up last year.
Israel is urging Hamas to surrender amid what it said is a "targeted" military strike inside Al-Shifa, the largest hospital in Gaza, where thousands of Palestinians are thought to be sheltering. UPI
VOA VIEW: It shows how Hamas has been lying and using hospitals and schools as shields.
North Korea tested a "new-type high-thrust" solid-fuel engine for intermediate-range ballistic missiles, its state-run media said Wednesday, as Pyongyang continues to develop its banned weapons program. UPI
VOA VIEW: NK is a joke and should be crushed like the bug they are.

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