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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said painting Black Lives Matter on Fifth Avenue is designed in part to send a message to President Trump.
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
The DOE says that radioactive leakage from Runit Dome, a respository for U.S. atomic waste, is insignificant. Marshall Islands leaders are skeptical. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Liberals want the negative angle.
The Hong Kong government's ban on demonstrations did little to stop thousands from testing a new national security law imposed by mainland China. LA Times
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House Democrats on Wednesday passed a $1.5 trillion “green” infrastructure plan that would increase funding to fix US crumbling infrastructure while also adding funding for schools and hospitals. The measure passed in a largely party-line 233 to 188 vote after the White House issued a veto threat, The Hill reported. President Trump criticized the bill... New York Post
The House cleared the extension, which would give companies more time to apply for pandemic relief loans, sending it to the White House for President Trump’s signature. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The House Dems don't know up from down.
The large statue, which sat in front of City Hall in Ohio's capital for 65 years, "will be placed in safekeeping at a secure city facility."
President Trump's habit of attacking other world leaders, especially women, doesn't extend to the queen, whom he deeply admires.
The Mississippi Legislature has passed a bill that could grant thousands of incarcerated inmates a chance at parole. The Mississippi Correctional Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2020, or SB 2123, was approved by the House and Senate on Tuesday after a couple of lawmakers raised concerns ... Washington Times
A Florida sheriff says he will deputize every gun owner in his county to put down any violent protests his deputies can't handle alone. Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels gave no indication in a three-minute video released Wednesday that any demonstrations are planned in his ... Washington Times
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A group of conservative students is warning of a "hijacking" of Princeton University's academic mission, days after the Ivy League institution dropped Woodrow Wilson's name from its public policy school. The Princeton Open Campus Coalition — some two-dozen students — has sent a letter to university President Christopher Eisgruber denouncing ... Washington Times
Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech are reporting encouraging signs from its very early testing of a possible COVID-19 vaccine ABC
VOA VIEW: Seeing is believing.
U.S. companies added nearly 2.4 million jobs in June, according to a private survey, a large gain that still leaves the job market far below its pre-pandemic levels ABC
The President has been tweeting about jailing protesters for up to 10 years. ABC
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Fox News has fired news anchor Ed Henry after it received a complaint about workplace sexual misconduct by him ABC
The law was brought in by the Chinese government, sparking fears of a crackdown. ABC
VOA VIEW: China will lose.
O'Brien said the president's CIA briefer made the "right call" in not verbally briefing him on the Russian bounty operation. CBS
VOA VIEW: Makes sense not to bother the President with fake reports.
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They said they took action because their gate had been destroyed and they feared for their lives. CBS
VOA VIEW: As they should.
President Donald Trump said he supports another round of payments to Americans – and claimed he wants to give out more money than Democrats have already proposed. CNBC
VOA VIEW: No more giving free rides.
President Donald Trump said that he's "all for masks," but doesn't the U.S. needs a national mandate for people to wear them during the coronavirus pandemic. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Civil rights are a must.
Covid-19 has prompted the cancellation of thousands of large fireworks displays to celebrate Independence Day. Without these attractions, more people than ever are setting off their own firework displays. CNBC
Hong Kong's status as a world financial hub looks to be under threat. Beijing has expedited a new national security law, which some experts warn has the potential to erode the very structure that grants the region major privileges on the international stage. CNBC
VOA VIEW: HK will go down in value.
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As protests continue nationwide over the death of George Floyd, many Black parents worry about the safety of their own children. CNN spoke to parents in Ohio and Pennsylvania about the conversations they are having with their sons and daughters about systemic racism in the United States. CNN
About 40% of Asian and Black Americans say people have acted uncomfortable around them because of their race or ethnicity since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. CNN
VOA VIEW: Think what is happening.
The Democrat-controlled Los Angeles City Council voted 12-2 Wednesday to slash $150 million from the LAPD’s budget, according to local reports. FOX News
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George Floyd’s uncle vowed on Monday to advocate for his small town of Gettysburg, S.D., to remove the Confederate flag from their police department’s insignia. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Political correctness.
About 7 in 10 white evangelical Protestants approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of his job, according to a new survey -- support from a cornerstone of his political base that has remained strong following a polarizing church visit and a Supreme Court ruling on LGBT discrimination that disheartened some conservatives. FOX News
The United Arab Emirates' Joint Aviation Command concluded joint exercises in the Arabian Gulf with U.S. forces, the U.S. Marines said on Wednesday. UPI
United Airlines announced Wednesday it will add almost 25,000 flights next month, as the industry continues to deal with depressed demand for air travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. UPI
VOA VIEW: A little to soon.
A federal judge has invalidated a Trump administration rule requiring that refugees seeking asylum at the southern U.S. border must first apply in a "safe" third country. UPI
VOA VIEW: One judge should not be able to stop the whole nation.
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Political correctness fear. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill Tuesday evening that mandates the removal of the state flag and bans future use of the Confederate emblem. Mississippi was the only state whose flag contained the Confederate battle flag. Lawmakers adopted it nearly three decades after the Civil War. "Whether you are proud of this step or angry with us over the process, I want you to know that I love you," Reeves said. "I am praying for you." Reeves had long refused to take a position on the flag, which the Legislature adopted in 1894. Nearly two-thirds of voters reaffirmed the flag in a 2001 referendum, and Reeves has repeatedly pointed to this referendum, saying only voters can decide to take the flag down.
He softened the stance a week ago, then announced on Saturday morning that the issue had grown too divisive and that he would sign whatever flag bill lawmakers passed. Hours after the announcement, the Legislature began the formal process to take down the current flag. Reeves said during a speech Tuesday that some people might never find common ground on the flag debate and that healing will not take place overnight.