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The coronavirus crisis has led to some tentative attempts at cooperation between Arab Gulf nations and Israel, which many of them do not recognize. LA Times
VOA VIEW: When an enemy is not an enemy?
The New York City Council voted overwhelmingly Thursday to replace all mentions of “alien” in city documents, regulations and local laws with “noncitizen,” a move that critics derided as political correctness run amok. “It’s like the speech police is out again,” said Councilman Robert Holden (D-Queens), who was one of four votes against the measure.... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Political correctness stupidity.
Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but the numbers will be strictly limited, under a new order Thursday from Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. Abbott revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans starting in June as part of the state’s move to reopen... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
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Twitter continued fact-checking posts even as President Trump threatened to limit protections for social media companies. New York Times
VOA VIEW: More reason why Twitter must be stopped.
Upscale department store chain Nordstrom Inc on Thursday reported a nearly 40% slump in quarterly sales, as lockdowns to contain the COVID-19 pandemic shut stores. Rueters
United Parcel Service Inc on May 31 will slap surcharges on U.S. e-commerce companies that have flooded its delivery network with shipments of everything from packaged food to patio furniture since the coronavirus took hold in March. Rueters
"If you are talking about the incident in MN, I didn't see anything unreasonable," the mayor of Petal, Mississippi, tweeted. USA Today
VOA VIEW: The whole truth will be made known.
"Protest until something happens," Rev. Jesse Jackson said in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
VOA VIEW: Jackson is a trouble maker.
A Louisiana deputy fatally shot a man who led authorities on a chase and later pointed a gun at the deputy, officials said. Modesto Reyes, 35, was shot and killed by a Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputy Wednesday night, news outlets reported. Jefferson Parish Sheriff ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: No resemblance to Minneapolis.
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Immigrant-rights activists filed a lawsuit Thursday asking a federal judge to block part of President Trump's coronavirus immigration pause, saying that blocking the arrival of some children of U.S. residents could set them back decades in their quest to immigrate. Children under age 21 are able to immigrate as a ... Washington Times
The controversial Iowa Republican, isolated after comments about white supremacy, is facing his toughest primary challenge next week. ABC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
China’s National People’s Congress endorsed a controversial new law to ban all “activities” in Hong Kong that endanger national security. ABC
VOA VIEW: A big China mistake.
European budget carrier easyJet and American Airlines both plan to cut large parts of their workforces as the global aviation industry struggles to cope with a near total halt to travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic ABC
VOA VIEW: Bad times for all.
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House Democrats have pulled legislation from the House floor that would have extended FBI surveillance authorities ABC
VOA VIEW: The bill must be changed.
The executive order, which is still being drafted, would curb legal protections for social media companies like Twitter and Facebook. CBS
"We are giving store owners the right to say, 'If you're not wearing a mask, you can't come in,'" Cuomo said at his daily press briefing Thursday. CBS
VOA VIEW: Stores who act like protectors will lose.
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While still experimental, early results from clinical trials show plasma transfusions are both safe and effective against COVID-19. The therapy transfuses antibody-rich plasma from recovered patients into sick patients, and many of the donors who are coming forward are members of Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish communities. Dr. Tara Narula reports. CBS
"The key here is also to understand, this is the population with a low risk," University of Miami President Dr. Julio Frenk told CNBC on Thursday. CNBC
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is not an arbiter of truth, but there have been instances throughout the company's history where it has played the role of arbiter of truth. CNBC
Disney is preparing to reopen one of its biggest cash generators – its Orlando, Florida, theme parks. Two traders still see trouble in store for the stock. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Safety will not be sold by opening.
The big-box retailer is the latest company to announce that tech workers don't have to return to the office anytime soon — or potentially, ever. CNBC
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California wants to send mail-in ballots to all registered voters ahead of the 2020 election due to the coronavirus pandemic, a move that President Donald Trump is continuously attacking — saying it will lead to a fraudulent and rigged election. Chris Cillizza explains why the widespread election fraud Trump claims will happen is, well, unlikely. CNN
VOA VIEW: Mail-in-ballots are anti America.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff revealed Thursday that antibody testing during the coronavirus outbreak will be conducted throughout the U.S. military, with a priority placed on troops serving on submarines, in the nuclear forces and those needing to be on standby for rapid deployment. FOX News
After a torrent of floodwaters when two dams failed in central Michigan earlier this month, a batch of lawsuits have now flooded state and federal courts on behalf of residents and businesses claiming extensive damage to their properties. FOX News
VOA VIEW: As they should.
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PM also refuses to allow top scientific advisers to talk about chief aide at daily No 10 briefingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has brushed aside a growing revolt of almost 100 of his own MPs and defied ongoing calls for Dominic Cummings to be sacked, despite a police investigation that failed to exonerate him for a potential breach of lockdown.The prime minister was again besieged by questions about his chief adviser as the crisis overshadowed his decision to cautiously ease the lockdown in England, which will require millions of citizens to abide by the letter and spirit of new guidelines. Guardian
A Canadian court ruling that could permit the extradition of a senior Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] executive to the United States leaves Canada vulnerable to further retaliation from Beijing, analysts said. Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he is directing Attorney General William Barr to work with states to enforce their own laws against what he described as deceptive business practices by social media companies. Reuters
President Donald Trump on Thursday said he will give a news conference on China on Friday, as his administration moves to pressure Beijing over its treatment of Hong Kong. Reuters
The U.S. Justice Department has accused 28 North Korean and Chinese nationals of violating U.S. sanctions to prevent Pyongyang from developing nuclear weapons, an indictment unsealed Thursday indicates. UPI
VOA VIEW: NK will be a drain of China.
The House halted a vote Thursday for a second time on a bill reauthorizing provisions related to spying under the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act amid growing opposition. UPI
VOA VIEW: Nothing has changed from the day before.
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The so-called proxy vote is not legal. The House of Representatives condemned China’s treatment of Muslim Uyghur minorities on Wednesday with dozens of lawmakers voting by proxy for the first time in history. Democrats authorized proxy voting this month due to the coronavirus pandemic, arguing it was a wise move to protect the health of members. Republicans oppose the reform and are suing to have it ruled unconstitutional. Although the legislation is likely to further sour relations between the US and China, it was uncontroversial among lawmakers, passing 413-1. It passed the Senate unanimously this month.
The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act authorizes the Trump administration to sanction Chinese officials responsible for censorship or detaining large numbers of Uyghurs in western China in what the Chinese government claims is an antiterrorism campaign. Republicans supported the bill authored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) despite warning that they believe any legislation passed using proxy votes ultimately will be struck down by a Supreme Court decision. “For more than 231 years, never have we seen a proxy vote on the floor of the House,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters Wednesday morning. “Whatever the Democrats move forward will probably never be held up to be law.”
Before lawmakers voted, McCarthy noted that 71 Democrats sent letters to the Clerk of the House authorizing lawmakers to vote for them, whereas just 12 Democrats missed a vote this month on a doomed $3 trillion coronavirus package. Four New York Democrats voted by proxy: Reps. Nita Lowey, Carolyn Maloney, Jose Serrano and Paul Tonko. Rep. Grace Meng, a Democrat who represents Queens, removed her mask at a lectern as she announced that she was voting in favor of the bill on behalf of Lowey, Serrano and Tonko.