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The Biden administration will begin a delayed second phase of winding down Trump's controversial immigration policy. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden's game of open borders.
John Demers, the Justice Department's top national security official and one of its last Trump appointees, spoke to the Times ahead of his departure. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Dems look bad, again.
A federal judge dismissed claims by BLM and other plaintiffs that former President Trump, former Atty. Gen. Bill Barr and former Defense Secretary Mark Esper directed a conspiracy targeting Black protesters. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Good!

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An effort by congressional Democrats to rewrite U.S. election and voting laws stalled in the Senate Tuesday, blocked by a wall of Republican opposition. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Republicans get the last laugh.
Here’s something new to worry about when it comes to President Biden’s tax plan: It could hit you in the paycheck. A new analysis from the Tax Policy Center shows the White House’s plan to hike the minimum rate on corporate taxes to 28 percent from the current rate of 21 percent will effectively hit... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Total stupidity.
The Obama administration’s 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran was dangerous and foolish, yet with the “election” of a hard-liner — and mass killer — as Iran’s next president, Team Biden’s continued efforts to revive that deal are beyond surreal. Ebrahim Raisi, the country’s chief justice, “won” the contest Friday thanks largely to having all his... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden would be a bigger fool to pursue any deal with Iran.
The Food and Drug Administration gave the green light to a controversial new Alzheimer’s drug -- despite objections from some of its own experts, according to internal memos. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Questionable!
Although the primary is being held on Tuesday, an official winner is unlikely to be named before the week of July 12. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are involved.
Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, was forced to call for the special session after Democratic lawmakers staged a walkout last month to temporarily foil a major G.O.P. voting restrictions bill. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It is about time the GOP pushed back.

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More than 90 countries are using Covid shots from China. Experts say recent infections in those places should serve as a cautionary tale in the global effort to fight the disease. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Foolish to trust China.
The training, approved by the State Department, underscores the perils of military partnerships with repressive governments. New York Times
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Tuesday he supports a major overhaul to the military's criminal justice system, laying the groundwork for sexual assault, domestic violence and other related cases to be handled by independent prosecutors rather than in the traditional chain-of-command system. The announcement could put Mr. Austin at odds ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Madness!
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Christopher Fonzone as general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence over objections from several Republicans because of his previous legal work for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Chinese telecom company Huawei Technologies. Mr. Fonzone worked for the two Chinese entities ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: An insider to top secrets.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democratic colleagues on Tuesday that she is creating a new committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, according to a person familiar with her remarks.  Pelosi made the announcement at a private leadership meeting and did not give additional details. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It will be a Dem joke that few would believe.
A rural northern Michigan county sought state permission Tuesday to recount its 2020 presidential election ballots and hire an outside firm to look for evidence of voting machine tampering. The Cheboygan County Board of Commissioners voted 4-3 to send a letter to the state elections director seeking ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
Civics education will be expanded in Florida, including instruction about communist and totalitarian governments, and state universities will be prevented from quashing conservative ideology under bills Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Tuesday. DeSantis signed three bills at a Lee County middle school, two of which dealt ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It makes sense.

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The state of Missouri isn’t backing down after passing a law recently that rejects federal gun restrictions, even after the Justice Department warned the state against enforcing the new legislation. Missouri’s Gov. Mike Parson this month signed the Second Amendment Preservation Act, which instructs local and state police not to ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The Second Amendment is still valid.
The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it plans to launch firearms tracking strike forces to combat rising violent crime. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said the strike forces will be sent to “particularly significant gun-trafficking corridors” in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area and Washington, D.C. ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The law is clear and the DOJ must abide by it.
Critical race theory, a reframing of U.S. history that puts racism at the center of the American experience, has exploded in recent months — from obscure academic debate to furious national argument playing out at school board meetings, in courtrooms and on social media across the country. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: CRT must be stopped.
Gov. Ned Lamont has signed a bill making Connecticut the 19th state to legalize recreational use of marijuana, which remains an illegal drug under federal law ABC
VOA VIEW: What was once bad, now becomes a legal profit revenue.
A New Jersey board of education has reversed itself following a public outcry and has decided to restore the names of holidays to its school calendar ABC
VOA VIEW: What people power can accomplish.

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Sales of previously-occupied homes fell for the fourth straight month in May, as soaring prices and a limited number of available properties discouraged many would-be buyers ABC
VOA VIEW: The cost of construction is getting very high.
Philip Morris International is moving its corporate headquarters from New York to Connecticut ABC
VOA VIEW: Another loss for NY.
The Senate is slated to hold a key procedural vote Tuesday on the Democrats' "For the People Act" election reform bill Republicans are expected to be able to block. ABC
VOA VIEW: Manchin is a liberal Dem liar.

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The digital currency has tumbled since being valued at more than $63,000 earlier this year. CBS
The bill, known as the For the People Act, would be the greatest overhaul of election laws in a generation. CBS
VOA VIEW: It should be voted down and so should all who vote in favor.
"It really does feel like a passive move in the midst of some really heavy conversations," said Danielle Hawthorn of the diversity nonprofit Code2040. CBS
VOA VIEW: Take an inch, then seek a mile.
The Delta COVID-19 variant is rapidly spreading nationwide as the number of people getting vaccinated in the U.S. continues to slow down. Health experts warn the latest variant could lead to another devastating resurgence of illnesses, and the most vulnerable would be unvaccinated communities. David Begnaud reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: Time will tell and how will Biden handle the issue?
Delta, first identified in India, now makes up about 20% of all new cases in the United States, up from 10% about two weeks ago, Fauci said. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Fauci is a unbelievable fool.
Tech giants that could be broken up under a series of new antitrust bills are speaking out against the measures as lawmakers are set to debate them Wednesday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: 230 must be reversed.
Speaking at a teleconference town hall, former President Barack Obama took Senate Republicans to task for opposition to a debate over an election reform bill that would expand voting access. CNN
VOA VIEW: Dems want to cheat and steal votes.
John King breaks down the current status of the economy to pre-pandemic times in the US as states struggle to recover. CNN
VOA VIEW: This is just be beginning.
The huge voter turnout over the past three elections could scramble the usual dynamics of midterm voting -- potentially providing Democrats their best chance to avoid losses next year that could cost them control of the House, the Senate or both. CNN
VOA VIEW: The Dems secret weapon is to cheat.
Portland police officers have been instructed to no longer make traffic stops for certain kinds of non-safety-related moving violations and to change their approach to consent searches as the department grapples with a lack of resources and available officers, the city’s mayor and top officials announced Tuesday.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: Sad!
The nation’s largest police union on Tuesday slammed politicians and the media for fueling anti-police sentiment across the country. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Defunding the police is idiotic.
A Maryland man admitted in federal court Tuesday to leaving a deranged letter on the doorstep of a Biden-Harris supporter in October that said the candidates would be "executed on National Television (sic)." FOX News
VOA VIEW: The fool must be prosecuted fully.
The embattled school board of Virginia’s Loudoun County cut off public comment during a fiery meeting Tuesday as residents traded barbs over new transgender policy proposals Tuesday following weeks of protests from district parents opposed to some of the measures, which they have criticized as potential left-wing indoctrination and a violation of parental rights. FOX News
VOA VIEW: All progressive school boards should be ousted.
A new digital book aims to help parents stand up against what has become known as “critical race theory," or CRT, teachings in U.S. schools. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good!
Illinois police officers are defending the badge and their thin blue line patches after local residents claimed the symbol to be “divisive.” FOX News
VOA VIEW: As this should.
A frontal boundary continues to bring showers and thunderstorms as it sweeps across the eastern U.S. FOX News
The Senate held a rare hearing to evaluate statehood for Washington, D.C., with supporters pushing for voting rights and opponents questioning the legality of creating a new state without a constitutional amendment. UPI
VOA VIEW: A waste of time.
China dismissed allegations of forced labor in Xinjiang after a report suggested the United States was considering a ban on Chinese solar imports. UPI
VOA VIEW: China has no truth.

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The World Health Organization said North Korea has reported dozens of flu-like cases and even "severe acute respiratory infections." UPI
VOA VIEW: Bet it's covid -19.

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     For the first time ever, a transgender athlete has qualified for an Olympic team. New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was selected for the national team on Monday and will be competing in the “super-heavyweight” category in the sport. Born biologically male and originally named Gavin, Hubbard transitioned in 2012 after competing as a male in juniors matches. Hubbard’s first competition after transitioning, in 2017, was a blowout. The local New Zealand Herald reported at the time that “Hubbard, 39, won the women’s over-[198-lbs.] division at the Melbourne event, setting four unofficial national records in the process. Hubbard lifted a combined total of [591 lbs.] — [42 lbs.] better than silver medalist Iuniarra Sipaia of Samoa.” This is a tragic wrong on women athletes and an embarrassment to all men.

     It isn’t a coincidence that the first transgender athlete to make an Olympic team is a biologically male weightlifter, now competing in the female division. If you were a gambling man — or woman, they’re interchangeable, after all — you’d bet that the trailblazing transgender athlete in Olympic sport wouldn’t be a biological born male in gymnastics, nor a biological female in a male weightlifting division. You would make these assumptions, because in all likelihood, the transgender athlete breaking into a particular sport would be able to do so because of a distinct biological advantage over competitors. That’s the case for Hubbard, who, despite falling within the maximum limit of testosterone deemed acceptable for the International Olympic Committee, boasts an incontrovertible edge over the competition. And that competition, understandably, isn’t too pleased with being forced to face Hubbard in the lifelong quest for Olympic gold.