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A New York judge ruled Friday against Donald Trump, imposing a $364 million penalty over what the judge ruled was a yearslong scheme to dupe banks and others with financial statements that inflated the former president's wealth. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: A stupid liberal ruling.
The Chinese Communist Party "successfully sought to infiltrate and compromise" former President Barack Obama's White House, in particular then-Vice President Joe Biden, Tony Bobulinski claimed in his interview before the House Oversight Committee. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden is guilty as sin.
Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed faces 18 months in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of 'Rust' in Oct. 2021. LA Times

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President Joe Biden on Friday said he was "not surprised" but "outraged" after the reported death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: What is he going to do?
A $66.3 billion House bill to fund military aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan and tighten border security was unveiled by a group of eight bipartisan House lawmakers on Friday, Politico is reporting. Newsmax
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Friday temporarily halted the Boy Scouts of America's $2.46 billion settlement of decades of sex abuse claims, which is being appealed by a group of 144 abuse claimants. Newsmax
Martin Griffiths, the head of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, has been slammed as “pathetic” and a “collaborator of Hamas” after he claimed the group is not a terrorist organization. New York Post
VOA VIEW: He should be taken out of the UN.
The Ukrainian president signed security agreements and sought to push the European leaders to bolster aid as concerns over American funding grow. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Europe should put up more.
Tax season is in full swing, and many Americans who have filed early may find their refund checks much lighter this year. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Sad!

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A Louisiana State University football player was arrested Thursday and charged with attempted second-degree murder after a shooting last week that injured two people. Washington Times
Former President Donald Trump told the Supreme Court on Thursday that special counsel Jack Smith's argument not to delay his trial on charges of election fraud reveals "partisanship," as he urged the justices to suspend an appellate court ruling that rejected his bid for presidential immunity. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: This is an election year.
Conservationists at the National Archives are still working to clean up the building's rotunda area after a pair of apparent environmental protesters on Wednesday dumped reddish powder on the display case housing the original U.S. Constitution. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: They should be put in jail - the madness must stop.
Rep. Pat Fallon lashed out at Democrats on Thursday over the chaotic border, chiding them for not being willing to take migrants into their own homes. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Makes sense - liberal fools should get a taste of what they are pushing.

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Study detected chlormequat in 92% of oat-based foods in U.S., raising concerns about its impact on public health. CBS
VOA VIEW: Be caareful.
Authorities charged two juveniles in connection with the deadly shooting at the end of the parade celebrating the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl victory. CBS
Multiple Customs and Border Protection employees were involved in the "urgent" requests to purchase the fentanyl lollipops. CBS

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President Biden is set to visit the Ohio village Friday and discuss how the administration is holding the rail operator accountable a year after the derailment. CBS
Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, announced he will not run for president in 2024. CBS
VOA VIEW: He can't win.
The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage jumped to 7.14%. That is the highest level in two months. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Inflation is still growing.
Navalny, 47, was an anti-corruption campaigner and one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Putin is responsible.
The U.S. faces the prospect of direct combat with Russia if it fails to provide aid for Ukraine, U.S. Democratic Sen. Chris Coons said Friday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden ploy to get more money.

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The U.S. Census Bureau must decide how to ask about sexual orientation and gender identity on the American Community Survey, the most comprehensive survey of American life. FOX News
Testimony continues Friday in Atlanta, Ga., in a hearing over the potential removal of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and lead prosecutor Nathan Wade from the election interference case against Donald Trump. UPI
Leaders from the U.S. Justice Department Civil Rights Division met Thursday to reinforce the department's commitment to protecting LGBTQI+ rights. UPI
VOA VIEW: A game by the left.

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Seasonally adjusted wholesale prices measured by the Producer Price Index went up 0.3% in January, more than expected, according to a Friday Bureau of Labor Statistics report. UPI
VOA VIEW: Only fools believed less.
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter deployed to the Middle East intercepted a shipment of weapons Iran was sending to its proxy Houthi militia in Yemen, the U.S. military said Thursday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Iran must be punished.
Houthi rebels in Yemen said they struck a British supermax bulk carrier transiting the Gulf of Aden on Thursday, the latest attack by the Iran proxy militia amid Israel's war in Gaza. UPI
VOA VIEW: Iran has to be held liable.

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