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Civilians in Gaza bear brunt of airstrikes as Israel targets Hamas militants LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden has shown his lack of support for Israel.
Why is Biden treading so gingerly as violence escalates in Jerusalem, Israel and Palestinian territories? Four years of Trump's pro-Israel policy, plus thorny domestic politics, leave Washington with fewer options than at any time in recent history. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is a weak coward.
She broke barriers. Then she broke her own career.  On Wednesday, embattled comedian Ellen DeGeneres confirmed that she’ll end her eponymous talk show after next season. The writing was already on the wall — her contract was up anyway in 2022, a source told The Post. DeGeneres’ official reason for her exit is that her show... New York Post

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President Biden asked members of his administration to sign ethics waivers, but in practice it just hasn't stopped his closeness to labor unions. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Unions are Biden's best friend.
Top Republican leaders are asking Gov. Cuomo to temporarily suspend the state’s gas tax after pump prices surged following the Colonial Pipeline’s nearly week-long shutdown. New York Post
Joe Biden's early tenure as president has hit a tumultuous patch this spring. With that in mind, Eddie Scary writes for The Post that it's time for the media to take him to task.  New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden has one struggle after another.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that half of New York state has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but the vaccination rate in the state has been declining. New York Post
VOA VIEW: A small number for a populous state.
Gazans say that Israeli strikes early Wednesday over the course of an hour felt like the most intense yet, after a long night interrupted by rounds of retaliation. New York Times
President Biden faces growing pressure to help stem the violence as Israeli airstrikes killed dozens of Palestinians, Hamas rockets killed Israelis.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Israel is being attacked, under Biden's weak watch.

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Rep. Elise Stefanik predicted Wednesday that she has the votes to become the next House Republican Conference chair after fellow GOP member ousted Rep. Liz Cheney on Wednesday. Ms. Stefanik told reporters she has the support of a broad range of House Republicans from moderates to conservative members of the ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The GOP can be on one page.
Republicans on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform dinged Democrats leading the panel about not having officials from the U.S. Capitol Police called to testify about the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol during a hearing on Wednesday. Instead, Democrats, who lead the committee, called the chief of ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems don't want to truth to be known.
A conservative legal outfit on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against President Joe Biden's administration for its prioritization of restaurants and bars owned by women and certain minorities in its COVID-19 relief package, arguing white men are being "pushed to the back of the line" for aid for ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A good point and lawsuit.
A federal court has rejected a bid by Texas Democrats to allow “pop-up" voting locations in the state. It is the latest setback for the Democrats’ push to expand voting in Texas, where the Republican-run state legislature is readying to tighten election laws. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The Dems took a major loss.

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The threat of terrorists sneaking across the border hasn't risen despite the overall surge of illegal immigrants and a growing number of them who've evaded capture, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Congress on Wednesday. He was responding to prodding after reports that people on the terrorism watch list have ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Mayorkas is an idiot.
Nearly 70% of gasoline stations throughout North Carolina’s largest metropolitan regions are out of fuel as gasoline shortages caused by the Colonial Pipeline hack continue to roil the East Coast. Data compiled by GasBuddy, a Boston-based technology firm that analyses real-time fuel prices across the country, found almost 30% of ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Fear caused a run on gas.
Israel's state-of-the-art Iron Dome missile defense system is facing its toughest test to date amid rapid-fire rocket attacks from the Palestinian militant group Hamas, with military analysts and commentators inside Israel openly wondering whether their nation's enemies may have found a strategy to partially pierce the shield. The Iron Dome ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Over 2,000 rockets were fired on Israel.

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Border Patrol agents in some of the hardest-hit areas of the migrant surge are being pulled off the front lines and have to spend a majority of their time processing and taking care of illegal immigrants, according to law enforcement officials who ticked off the grim statistics of the situation ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A Biden security loss against the US.
A panel of independent experts who reviewed the World Health Organization’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has published its final report, listing an array of recommendations about how the world can better prepare for another ABC
VOA VIEW: Foolish liberal media stupidity.
President Joe Biden on Wednesday held his first meeting at the White House with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the other "big four" congressional leaders. ABC
VOA VIEW: Talk is cheap.
Dozens of school districts around the country have eliminated requirements for students to wear masks, and many more are likely to ditch them before the next academic year ABC
Automakers are cutting production as they grapple with a global shortage of computer chips, and that's making dealers nervous ABC
VOA VIEW: Sad - the facts hurt!

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There was probably less than met the eye from the startling inflation pop in April. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Reality will show the economy will fall further.
The Colonial Pipeline has restarted operations, after the system shut down on Friday in the wake of a ransomware attack. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The problem still exists.
Futures contracts tied to the major U.S. stock indexes crept higher just hours after the Dow clinched its worst day since January. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden's failures are starting to show.

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The action comes as Colonial Pipeline continues to grapple with a crippling ransomware attack. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Meaningless gesture.
The Secret Service has confiscated and returned to states about $2 billion in stolen Covid unemployment relief funds, agency officials said. CNBC
VOA VIEW: There us much more fraud.
The hacker group DarkSide, which was behind the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, claimed on Wednesday to have attacked three more companies. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The hackers are making fun of US ineptness.
Women who were 30- to 39-years old accounted for the biggest risk group who developed rare blood clots following J&J's Covid vaccine. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Not a large number after millions of J&J vaccinations.
The selling intensified after the S&P 500 fell below Tuesday's low, a level traders were watching closely because of the intraday rebound one day ago. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The market will fall further.
The U.S. is reporting 2.2 million vaccinations per day in the past week, up slightly from the most recent low point on Saturday when it dipped below 2 million. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good!
Liz Cheney, who was the No. 3 Republican in the House, has repeatedly bashed Trump for spreading the lie that the 2020 election was rigged against him. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Goodbye to a fool.
CNN's SE Cupp reacts to Sen. Lindsey Graham's analysis that if the GOP were to drive out former President Donald Trump, half the party would leave. CNN
VOA VIEW: True words.
The chief of the public corruption unit at the Manhattan US Attorney's office, which is handling the criminal investigation of Rudy Giuliani, is stepping down at the end of the week to return to private practice, a person familiar with the matter tells CNN. CNN
VOA VIEW: Questionable!
Entering office, President Joe Biden hoped to shift US foreign policy away from the Middle East and toward areas he thought of as more modern-day threats: China, Russia and cyberspace. CNN
VOA VIEW: Biden better side with Israel.
Comedian Joe Piscopo on Wednesday slammed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and city officials for removing Columbus Day from the schools’ calendar, saying that Italian-Americans will “fight tooth and nail” to have its restored. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good point.
A Wisconsin bill to require the national anthem to be played before all sporting events at fields and stadiums that received public funding passed in the state Assembly in a 74-22 vote Tuesday, with strong bipartisan support. FOX News
VOA VIEW: All states should do the same.
Texas rancher Stephanie Crisp-Canales described on “America’s Newsroom” what it’s like to live near the border amid the migrant “invasion” and said she “most definitely” feels abandoned by the federal government. FOX News
VOA VIEW: All should realize that there is a major problem at the border and in defunding the police.

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May 13, 2021

     State Senate Republicans slammed their Democratic counterparts for creating a “dangerous” environment for New Yorkers by kowtowing to the “Defund the Police” movement with cuts to law enforcement budgets and so-called progressive policies like bail reform, unveiling a package Tuesday of pro-cop bills. “Just recently, you saw a 4 year old was shot in the middle of the day in Times Square … I had never thought that I was in any sort of danger walking around Times Square. Seemed like every corner of every intersection, there was one or two cops,” said Republican Minority Leader state Sen. Rob Ortt (R-Lockport) during an Albany press conference. Only fools are demanding the defunding of police.

     “The last several times I’ve been down there, I have not seen that same level of police presence.” He said the week’s Times Square shooting is not surprising, given the reported spike in City crime — particularly shootings — and can be directly traced back to policies passed by the Democratic-led Legislature since they took control in 2018, and need to be scaled back. Albany Democrats have approved a series of laws including bail and discovery overhauls, as well as long-stalled police accountability legislation following last summer’s massive protests that swept the nation after the death of George Floyd.  Floyd’s death promoted national fervor in the ‘Defund the Police’ movement, and in New York, a billion dollars was cut from the NYPD department budget.