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The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week but remains at healthy levels that continue to show a strong U.S. labor market ABC
VOA VIEW: Still bad news and increase in inflation.
The U.S. has imposed sanctions on an Iranian Revolutionary Guard official and others it says took part in wide-ranging plots to kill former national security adviser John Bolton and others around the world, including at least one additional U.S. govern... ABC
Authorities in northern Mexican have found 45 bags containing human remans in a gorge on the outskirts of Guadalajara and were still trying to determine how many bodies were there ABC
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Companies like Disney and Bud Light are facing major backlash after taking stands on social and political debates. "CBS Mornings" co-host Tony Dokoupil speaks with a marketing executive about why more companies are wading into controversial issues and how consumers feel about it. CBS
VOA VIEW: Companies should stay out of politics and other issues.
The Senate is under pressure to approve the legislation to suspend the debt ceiling before Monday. CBS
VOA VIEW: Any Biden veto would cause a default.
GOP Rep. James Comer issued a subpoena to FBI Director Christopher Wray earlier this month. CBS
VOA VIEW: Wray can't be trusted.
Owner of Facebook and Instagram could bar users in the state from sharing news over bill requiring tech companies to pay news publishers. CBS
A battle over defense spending levels threatened to delay Senate plans to fast-track the Fiscal Responsibility Act to a vote. CNBC
A GOP-led effort to overturn President Joe Biden's sweeping student loan forgiveness plan passed the Senate on Thursday. Biden is expected to veto the action. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden would make a veto mistake.
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The Pentagon declined to offer additional contract details, including the price, scope and timeline of the delivery. CNBC
The U.S. labor market posted another month of surprising strength in May as companies added jobs at a pace well above expectations. CNBC
VOA VIEW: There is no real gain in economic growth.
The CDC says the U.S. birth rate remained steady in 2022, as fertility stays below the rate that is needed for a generation to replace itself. FOX News
The Air Force has decided to conduct more Space Force missions in Colorado Springs as opposed to Huntsville, Alabama, the city Trump chose as the Space Force’s permanent headquarters. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Anything against what Trump chose.
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The U.S. Army has refused to share its quarterly recruiting data despite Army Secretary Christine Wormuth telling lawmakers the branch has made improvements this year. FOX News
Around 30,000 Israeli citizens gathered in Jerusalem Thursday for the city's annual Pride and Tolerance March, while security forces remained on high alert in the capital because of threats of violence. UPI
Former President Donald Trump admitted he knowingly took U.S. secrets from the White House in a recording that surfaced this week in the federal investigation into his potential mishandling of classified documents. UPI
VOA VIEW: The truth is ...
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for "security guarantees" for his nation and Moldova during the second European Political Community Summit in Moldova Thursday. UPI
Union workers have a right to strike but not to damage a company's property, the Supreme Court rules. 'Workers are not indentured servants,' Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson says in a dissent. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Jackson is an idiot.
NASA is holding its first public meeting on UFOs a year after launching a study into unexplained sightings, or unidentified aerial phenomena. LA Times
The House of Representatives passed President Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy's deal to suspend the federal debt ceiling through 2024. LA Times
Eric Goldstein — the former head of the DOE's Office of School Support Services — is accused of taking bribes from the owners Somma Foods to turn a blind eye to the gross grub. New York Post
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“Why not take any questions from voters, governor?” Peoples asked, referring to DeSantis not including a Q-and-A session following a stump speech. New York Post
VOA VIEW: A bad for DeSantis.
CNN, which is run by Chris Licht, hauled in a 3.3 million viewers from its May 10 Trump town hall, but according to Nielsen, viewers peeled off in the second part of the month, pulling down the month's primetime ratings 16% over April. New York Post
VOA VIEW: CNN is failing.
In what could be a glimpse of future as climate change batters the West, officials ruled there’s not enough groundwater for projects already approved. New York Times
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Leaders of both parties urged quick action to avoid a default, but some senators wanted to consider changes, including adding more military spending to a package they said did not contain enough. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Time keeps all on the edge.
A White House official said President Biden was feeling “totally fine.” He was helped up and walked back to his seat after stumbling. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is showing his age.
After a drag show at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada was canceled, the Defense Department said that such events were “not a suitable use” of resources, despite a long history of drag entertainment in the military. New York Times
The two combative men from Queens have often been antagonists, but now they both see an opening to attack the Florida governor over his pandemic leadership. New York Times
President Biden's comments on artificial intelligence marked his most direct warning yet on growing concerns about the rise of AI.
VOA VIEW: A real problem.
As if on cue, a tropical depression bubbled up in the Gulf of Mexico on the first day of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season.
Empower Brands is recalling nearly 500,000 of its PowerXL Self-Cleaning Juicers after dozens of injuries were reported, officials said.
Chinese citizens posing as tourists have been trying to access military bases in Alaska, according to U.S. officials. They are suspected of spying. USA Today
VOA VIEW: The Chinese are allover.
Louisiana and nine other states filed a lawsuit against the federal government Thursday to block sharp increases in national flood insurance rates that are slated to be phased in over the coming years, saying the steeper price could cost some people their homes. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal madness.
What's in a name? For many who served at Fort Bragg, set to be renamed "Fort Liberty" on Friday, the legendary Army installation is the central gravitational force around which their military careers and even their families have revolved. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The liberal want to change the past.
A gay pride flag rose over the Wisconsin Capitol on Thursday in a sign of support for the LGBTQ+ community as it weathers heightened attacks from conservatives across the country. Washington Times
South Koreans said the alert, which was triggered by a North Korean rocket launch, showed that their country was unprepared to respond to a real emergency. New York Times
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A key signer of the open letter that wrongly suggested The Post’s bombshell reporting on Hunter Biden’s emails was part of a “Russian information operation” has accused Politico of distorting “what we said” — more than two years after the fact. Clapper is an idiot fraud.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tried to tamp down the growing controversy over the letter that he and 50 other ex-spooks signed after The Post first revealed the existence of the first son’s infamous laptop in October 2020. Their public statement, now the subject of investigations by the Republican-led House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, was first reported by Politico and later seized on by then-candidate Joe Biden.
“There was message distortion,” Clapper told the Washington Post. “All we were doing was raising a yellow flag that this could be Russian disinformation. Politico deliberately distorted what we said. It was clear in paragraph five.” Clapper — who in 2013 falsely told Congress that the US didn’t “wittingly” collect the telephone records of millions of Americans — also claimed to have been unaware of how Joe Biden described the letter during a debate with then-President Donald Trump, according to the Washington Post.
Clapper’s comments came 11 months after the Washington Post authenticated almost 22,000 emails from the laptop and determined that Hunter Biden and his uncle, first brother James Biden, were paid $4.8 million by a Chinese energy company and its executives. They also followed the recent “Twitter Files” revelations about the FBI’s alleged role in suppressing the New York Post’s blockbuster scoops about Hunter Biden’s laptop. In the wake of The Post’s coverage, Politico reported on the letter in which Clapper and the others — including five ex-CIA chiefs — said that the release of Hunter Biden’s emails “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”