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By now, we all know that the Delta variant is about twice as transmissible as the original coronavirus. What exactly makes it so good at spreading? LA Times
VOA VIEW: No one knows the answer.
Photos posted to social media showed Muriel Bowser in close proximity to others and without a mask hours before a new indoor mandate for the city started. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Bowser is an idiot.
Negotiations over the Senate's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill dragged on through Saturday — frustrating Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's plans to debate it on Saturday. New York Post
VOA VIEW: No deal is good.
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Pentagon officials must develop plans to make the vaccine mandatory while also dealing with requirements for workers to show proof or face tests. New York Post
Leaked audio from inside a problem-plagued federal shelter for migrant children at Fort Bliss appears to confirm allegations that staffers have sexually abused minors in their custody. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden additional stupidity.
Gov. Cuomo announced New York state has a COVID-19 positivity rate of 2.40 percent. Staten Island had a 3.15 percent rate, the highest of the NYC boroughs. New York Post
"We have to have rules where you can be able to determine what the background, how many times a cop has violated the rules," President Biden said.
VOA VIEW: Again, Biden show contempt of police.
Republican Sam Peters is vying to oust Rep. Steven Horsford in a second bid to return a Democratic-leaning Nevada district back to the GOP. Mr. Peters, an Air Force veteran who sought the seat in 2020, believes this time voters will turn out in backlash against the migrant surge at ... Washington Times
Former President Donald Trump said Saturday that House Democrats “dishonestly described” his efforts to challenge the election results in late 2020, saying documents released to the public do not show that he was trying to overturn the election. “In fact, it is just the opposite,” Mr. Trump said in a ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems lie and the liberal media push the lie.
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HBO host Bill Maher railed against cancel culture during his weekly cable program late Friday, earning rare praise from several conservatives who found themselves agreeing with the liberal comedian. The host of "Real Time with Bill Maher" ended the latest episode of the series with a segment in which he ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Even liberals are waking up to cancel culture stupidity.
Gas prices ticked up again in New Jersey and around the nation with drivers continuing to pay about a dollar more per gallon than they did a year ago. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden has sold out the country.
Homeland Security officials said the first expedited removal flights of illegal immigrant families back to Central America took off Friday under a new initiative to stem the border surge, braving criticism from immigrant-rights activists who called the move “appalling.” The flights went to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, sending a ... Washington Times
President Biden and congressional Democratic leaders, stymied by Republican opposition to their partisan voting-rights bills, agreed Friday to keep pushing for legislation "reflecting the priorities and values" of two stalled measures. Mr. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met at the White House Friday with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems were not seriously trying to compromise.
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Reps. Andy Biggs and Brian Babin on Friday called on congressional leaders to exclude amnesty for illegal immigrants from the $3.5 trillion package of social welfare programs that Democrats plan to pass in a party-line vote. The two Republicans, who are co-chairs, of the House Border Security Caucus, raised their ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It was a dumb idea.
The measure was rejected by Republicans. ABC
The shortage of ammunition is even affecting law enforcement agencies. ABC
VOA VIEW: Biden is causing increased fear.
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Publicly available mortality data shows an increasingly huge gap between Russia's official coronavirus death toll and likely real toll of the pandemic in the country. ABC
VOA VIEW: Russia is known for deception.
New coronavirus infections are on the rise across the nation, mask mandates are returning in some places, and cities, states and businesses are rolling out vaccination requirements. New cases are up 150% across the country over the past two weeks and hospitalizations climbed 74 percent. Michael George has the latest. CBS
VOA VIEW: What is the truth?
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer encouraged the authors of a bipartisan infrastructure plan to finish writing their bill so that senators can begin offering amendments. CBS
VOA VIEW: The infrastructure deal must fail.
The department said 27 U.S. attorney offices had at least one employee's email account compromised during the hacking campaign. CBS
VOA VIEW: Russia is not scared of Biden.
"I have been evicted three times myself. I know what it's like to be forced to live in my car with my two children," Bush said. "Now that I am a member of Congress, I refuse to stand by." CBS
VOA VIEW: What happens to people who can't pay their mortgage because rent is not paid?
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Neither Trump nor his lawyers have said if they will challenge Friday's order. CNBC
Seven Tennessee residents have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Bill Lee for stopping federal unemployment benefits earlier this year. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A lawsuit from those who want a free ride.
Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, New Orleans has required all city employees and contractors be vaccinated and reinstated a citywide mask mandate. UPI
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NATO tracked and intercepted four Russian planes, traveling without flight plans or transponder codes, over the Baltic Sea, the bloc announced on Friday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Russia is seeking a challenge.
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One liberal judge should not be able to stop the action of a governor elected by many. A judge in Arkansas ruled against Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s decision to halt pandemic unemployment benefits, ordering the state to resume them despite business owners saying they make it very hard to hire back staff. On Wednesday, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Herbert Wright issued a preliminary injunction for the state to get federal approval to resume the benefits. Wright argued that the decision to end the payments was to be made by the Arkansas Legislature, not the governor.
“The court has serious doubts that the Governor and the Director of Workforce Services were acting within the scope of their duties, as these decisions would normally be the subject of legislation from the General Assembly,” he wrote. Wright also ordered the state to provide written proof if the federal government denies its request to resume the payments.
The decision comes two months after Hutchinson ordered the state to end its participation in the additional benefits after June 26, while they were scheduled to run through September. Arkansas, like many other states, saw many complaints from employers who claimed to have a hard time getting people to come back to work due to the benefits. A recent poll by Morning Consult found that more than 1.8 million unemployed Americans have turned down jobs throughout the pandemic due to the generosity of the unemployment benefits. Of the 5,000 surveyed who were actively collecting the benefits, 29 percent said they turned down job offers, according to the poll.