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Top surrogates including California Gov. Gavin Newsom will blanket the airwaves and meet with voters across L.A., with a focus on Latinos. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Trump will end up countering Biden.
A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to congressional committees made public Thursday found that F-35 Lightning II fighter jets are only available to fly 55% of the time. That is below the stated goal of a mission-capable rate of 85% to 90%. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden's people are a flop.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Democrats will turn to former first lady Michelle Obama as their 2024 presidential nominee if his prediction that President Joe Biden will drop out of the race holds true. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Republicans should let Biden run.
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The Department of Homeland Security has claimed in internally circulated memos that it has regulatory or statutory authority to seek out and ask social media companies to censor accounts and individuals it deemed were spreading misinformation. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: DHS is one of the biggest spreader of misinformation.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Friday he thinks it's still possible to push forward a partisan short-term stopgap in the House bill next week. "We got members working, and hopefully we'll be able to move forward on Tuesday to pass these bills," McCarthy said. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: McCarthy may be giving up power.
A New York judge peppered Donald Trump's lawyers with questions Friday as they tried to persuade the court to throw out a civil lawsuit brought by New York's attorney general accusing the former president and his company of deceiving banks, insurers, and others. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: The judge should dump the civil lawsuit.
If Joe Biden accepts the United Auto Workers' invitation to visit their picket line, the U.S. President would be showing support to union workers in a labor dispute in a way that has not happened in the United States in more than a century. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden would be more than stupid to back the UAW to that extreme.
President Joe Biden told Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that the U.S. will provide Kyiv with a small number of long-range missiles to help in the war against Russia. Newsmax
While the Ukrainian military remains focused on retaking territory in the east, American officials are pushing for a shift to the south. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Something must give.
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By putting threats to the judge and prosecutors at the heart of its argument to limit the former president’s statements about the election case, the Justice Department raised issues with little precedent. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Free speech is a must.
The rules, which aim to prevent chip makers from using new U.S. subsidies to benefit China, take into account the industry’s perspective. New York Times
VOA VIEW: China must be put in check.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Dick Durbin is calling on Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from a major case dealing with administrative law and the reach of executive agencies that's scheduled to be heard this term, which begins in October. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: No deal should be made with Dems.
A former high-ranking FBI counterintelligence official pleaded guilty on Friday to concealing at least $225,000 in cash that he allegedly received from a former Albanian intelligence official while working for the agency. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Makes the FBI look bad.
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Two federal lawsuits filed over former Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's decision last year to place thousands of shipping containers along the U.S.-Mexico border have been dismissed after the state said it would pay the U.S. Forest Service $2.1 million to repair environmental damage. Washington Times
Senior citizens are more vulnerable than previously thought to financial scams impersonating the government, even if they do not have dementia, a new study has found. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Alertness is good.
The Biden administration pledged $100 million on Friday to support a proposed Kenyan-led multinational force to restore security to conflict-ravaged Haiti and urged other nations to make similar contributions. Washington Times
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President Biden is tapping Vice President Kamala Harris to oversee the new White House Office of Gun Violence. CBS
VOA VIEW: Foolish program headed by a fool - Harris.
An indictment charged Sen. Robert Menendez and his wife Nadine with bribery offenses, with prosecutors alleging they accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars and lavish gifts. CBS
Shimano's recalled bonded crank parts can "separate and break," causing consumers to crash, according to CPSC. CBS
United Auto Workers chief Shawn Fain said the strike would expand to 38 GM and Stellantis parts distribution centers, but highlighted progress with Ford. CBS
The National Hurricane Center says a storm off the eastern U.S. will bring tropical storm conditions to the coast of North Carolina. CBS
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The pilot told the dispatcher, "I'm not sure where the airplane is." It wasn't found for more than a day. CBS
Time is running out for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to find a compromise to keep the federal government running and avoid a costly shutdown. Many Republicans don't want to contribute more money for the Ukraine war which is part of the reason there is a fight over funding the government. CBS
VOA VIEW: Adjourning was dumb.
The number of migrants apprehended by immigration agents after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally has soared to near-record levels. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden causes a problem while sending troops to be secretaries.
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Goldman Sachs predicts credit card losses will continue to climb through the end of 2024 or early 2025 for most issuers. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The economic situation is looking worse.
"You strike, you're fired. Simple concept to me. To the extent that we can use that once again, absolutely," Sen. Tim Scott said of the UAW workers. CNBC
VOA VIEW: They seem like babies.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Ottawa early Friday to sign new economic agreements with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and to reaffirm ties with a key Western ally amid the war against Russia. UPI
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for his country's relationship with Russia to reach a "new high level," state media reported Friday, amid international concern over a potential arms deal. UPI
VOA VIEW: Un is an idiot.
California is suing an anti-abortion group and a chain of five anti-abortion centers operating in the state on accusations they mislead women with unproven claims about being able to reverse an abortion. UPI
VOA VIEW: The major misleaders are abortion centers.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Washington Thursday to meet with congressional leaders before holding talks with U.S. President Joe Biden. UPI
VOA VIEW: More unchecked money.
Israeli police spokesperson Eli Levi is urging the Israeli public to carry guns during Yom Kippur Sept. 24-25. UPI
VOA VIEW: As they should.
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Fighting Americans are booted for migrants is un-American. A well-known veterans’ advocate made up a story about two dozen ex-military members getting ousted from hotels to make way for migrants in upstate New York, according to a state assemblyman.
Nearly two dozen homeless veterans living in New York hotels had their stays cut short in order to make room for migrants arriving from the U.S. southern border, according to a nonprofit. An executive with the Yerik Israel Toney Foundation said the upstate hotels informed the veterans last week that their bookings were being ended and they would have to find new lodging, the New York Post reported. “Our veterans have been placed in another hotel due to what’s going on with the immigrants,” nonprofit CEO Sharon Toney-Finch told the newspaper. The Yerik Israel Toney Foundation helps homeless and low-income veterans in need of living assistance.
Ms. Toney-Finch said the hotels didn’t explicitly say the veterans were being told to leave so they could accommodate migrant arrivals, but she said the timing of the decision made it clear. She said she suspects the government’s willingness to pay above-market prices to house the migrants is why hotels cooperate. A January court ruling allowed a Holiday Inn in Manhattan to charge up to $190 per night while it served as a shelter for migrants. The hotel’s average daily room rate at the time was $102. “Whether you agree with asylum-seekers being here or not, we can’t just ignore these veterans that are in our charge that we are supposed to protect: the New Yorkers and Americans,” state Assemblyman Brian Maher, a Republican who represents part of the Orange County area, told the Post.