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As Russia's Vladimir Putin meets with China's Xi Jinping in Beijing, the pomp and pronouncements are meant to signal a unified alternative to the West. LA Times
VOA VIEW: A force against the US and West.
Former President Donald Trump said there's a "good chance" he'll announce his choice for running mate at the Republican National Convention in July. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: A smart move.
U.S. import prices rose by the most in two years in April amid rising costs for energy products and other goods, suggesting that domestic inflation could remain elevated for a while. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Elevated and increased.

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The U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday it is looking whether more regulations are needed to prevent money laundering and illicit finance. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Yellen is an idiot.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden's personal debt sits at $815,000, according to financial disclosures released Wednesday. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden is a poor manager of money - he has to tap in the Graff.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s independent presidential campaign says it has secured funding to fulfill ballot access in all 50 U.S. states following an $8 million donation from the candidate's running mate, Nicole Shanahan. Newsmax
US Customs and Border Patrol recorded over 1.6 million known gotaways between FY 2021 and FY 2023. New York Post
VOA VIEW: It has and will be costly to the US.
The move could draw the United States and Europe more directly into the war. The Biden administration continues to say there will be no American troops on the ground. New York Times
VOA VIEW: NATO must do something.
A decision against the agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have cast doubt on all of its regulations and enforcement actions. New York Times

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The move came as the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to hold Attorney General Merrick B. Garland in contempt over his refusal to turn over audio of President Biden’s conversations with the special counsel. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Let the truth be known.
A deadlier version of the infectious disease is ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo, while the type that caused a 2022 outbreak among gay and bisexual men is regaining strength. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The CDC, like the NYT is not trustworthy.
The same Biden administration that has allowed a migrant encampment on National Park Service land is drawing the line at the Knights of Columbus. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is a total idiot.
The North Carolina state Senate has voted to ban anyone from wearing masks in public, including for health reasons. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!

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Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as layoffs remain at historically low levels even as other signs that the labor market is cooling have surfaced. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It is hard to believe and accept.
House lawmakers looking to restore congressional oversight over the District of Columbia passed a bill Wednesday that would give Congress more control over public safety in the city. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It was a needed action.
Wall Street continues a rise driven by impressions of a resilient economy and likely cuts to interest rates this year. CBS
VOA VIEW: Over expectation.

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The algae species Caulerpa prolifera can choke out native seaweeds and put marine life at risk. CBS
Private-label food supplier recalls 32-ounce pouches of Great Value Organic Black Chia Seeds because of potential contamination. CBS
VOA VIEW: Take care.
The assertion came as the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees were slated to move forward with a contempt of Congress resolution against Attorney General Merrick Garland. CBS
VOA VIEW: As they still should.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it will allow Louisiana to use a congressional map in November that includes a second district where the majority of voters are Black, giving them the opportunity to elect their favored candidate. CBS
VOA VIEW: Wrong and bad for blacks.
The Supreme Court decision protects the CFPB from the potentially crippling risk that Republicans in Congress will block annual funding for the agency. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The Supremes failed the people.

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Americans are increasingly falling behind on their credit card payments. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It will get worse under Biden.
Census estimates show 13 of the 15 fastest-growing cities were in the South, eight of them in Texas alone. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Dems are mostly in the north.
The U.S. Capitol Police is investigating after a bag that was found inside the agency’s headquarters tested positive for cocaine. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Maybe owned by friends of Hunter.

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The White House on Thursday announced new guardrails for the use of artificial intelligence in the workplace that protects employees and ensures human oversight over the technology's use. UPI
VOA VIEW: The WH offers worthless guidance.
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation Wednesday that will erase climate change from Florida policy effective July 1, and restore "sanity in our approach to energy." UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!
The U.S. military is scheduled to begin installing a floating pier and causeway Wednesday night that will enable humanitarian aid shipments for Gaza residents. UPI
VOA VIEW: A major mistake.
Americans making federal student loan payments have through June 30 to apply for loan consolidation to obtain a beneficial payment count adjustment. UPI
VOA VIEW: More Biden vote buying.
American logistics troops anchored a temporary pier to the beach in Gaza early Thursday as an amphibious mission to deliver additional humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians by sea gathered pace. UPI
VOA VIEW: The danger has just begun.

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