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A new study adds to the growing body of evidence that the pandemic's true toll is far greater than official tallies show. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Does anyone know the real number?
Gov. Cuomo tried to rewrite history Monday by portraying himself as having never fudged the facts about the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating, deadly impact on New York. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Cuomo lies every time he opens his mouth.
Since the start of the Black Lives Matter era in 2015, police officers have found themselves routinely surrounded by hostile crowds when they get out of their cruisers to respond to a 911 call or to investigate suspicious behavior. In 2016, an NYPD officer described to me trying to free someone pinned under a car... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Police officers will sit back and fold their arms.
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With five months to go before his all-but-certain mayoral curtain rises, is Eric Adams coalition building? Or is he just floating mischievous balloons? Or maybe both? If it’s only the former, good for him. Advancing just his public-safety agenda is going to require uncommon political dexterity, and there’s no better time to begin than right... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Adams will not be a great mayor.
A Minnesota student has claimed she and her classmates were told to keep the content of a so-called "equity survey" from their parents during this past school year. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal teachers are the downfall of the country.
During a briefing at the White House on Monday, press secretary Jen Psaki declined to say how many U.S. troops would remain in Iraq.
VOA VIEW: Biden is giving away the world to idiots, as he.
Talks bogged down Monday on the Senate’s roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package as pressure from both the left and right put the deal in jeopardy. Lawmakers at the center of the deal are struggling to draft a proposal acceptable to all sides but time is running out. The deal ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It's a Dem game.
Rep. Liz Cheney is set to deliver an opening statement Tuesday at the first hearing of the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 attack, taking a high-profile role in the probe that will test her ties to the GOP. Rep. Bennie Thompson, chair of the committee, will speak first, ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Cheney is a traitor.
A Dallas-based Black Lives Matter group is asking wealthy White liberals to pledge their children will not attend an Ivy League school or another ranked in a commonly used list of the top 50 in the United States. Dallas Justice Now, which has been devoted to defunding the Dallas Police ... Washington Times
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Senate Democrats are quickly advancing legislation that would expand the military draft to include women. The Senate Armed Services Committee approved an amendment last week as part of this year's National Defense Authorization Act, which would amend the Military Selective Service Act to require women to register with the Selective ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems will pay for their stupidity.
Something happened to the U.S. military over the past 20 years as it fought terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan armed with homemade bombs and weapons more suitable for a museum than a battlefield. The nation's second-most senior military leader says America's fighting forces have become cumbersome and mired in bureaucracy. ... Washington Times
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday blamed “toxic politics” by the Trump administration for launching an investigation last year into allegations that the state caused more COVID-19 deaths at nursing homes and then covered up the data. “The political environment has gotten so toxic in this country, so toxic, ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Cuomo is an idiot.
Photo ops with the troops. Political points on an issue sure to loom large in 2024 presidential debates. Another chance to tout a tough-on-illegal immigration stance that comes rarely for a governor whose state is closer to Canada than Mexico. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Noem makes a good Republican image.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has became the first major federal agency to require health care workers to get COVID-19 vaccines ABC
VOA VIEW: As it should be.
California and New York City have announced that they would require all government employees to get the coronavirus vaccine or face weekly COVID-19 testing ABC
VOA VIEW: The government employees should be the first to play ball.
A Republican congressman from Louisiana who has criticized mask mandates and public health restrictions says he and his wife and son are now sick with the coronavirus ABC
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The United States says it will keep existing COVID-19 travel restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant ABC
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Unemployed Floridians in Broward County join peers in Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana in fighting for extra $300 a week in aid. CBS
VOA VIEW: More free money.
Leisure and hospitality businesses, including restaurants that have just begun to regain their footing, are most vulnerable. CBS
VOA VIEW: The facts make things real.
Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger will serve on the select committee investigating the January 6 assault. CBS
What advocates see as a landmark climate initiative could end up as law via the budget reconciliation process, as Democrats rely on their slim majority. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems are causing financial problem.
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Some Americans say they are finding ways to get extra Covid shots, with some even going as far as receiving the extra shots from different companies. CNBC
VOA VIEW: May not be a wise move.
American asked pilots to save fuel due to shortage at certain midsize airports. CNBC
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., previously rejected two of GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy's picks for the committee probing the pro-Trump Capitol riot. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It will be a one sided review and final liberal tainted report.
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Private equity investor Thomas Barrack is accused of illegally lobbying then-President Donald Trump for the United Arab Emirates. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Proving will be political and hard.
President Biden announced Monday that some Americans experiencing long-term effects of Covid may qualify for disability resources from the federal government. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden likes to give away money to gain votes.
Sales of U.S. homes to foreign buyers fell by 31% from April 2020 to March 2021, according to the National Association of Realtors. CNBC
Justice Department lawyers have determined that federal law doesn't prohibit public agencies and private businesses from requiring Covid-19 vaccines -- even if the vaccines have only emergency use authorization, according to an opinion posted online Monday. CNN
VOA VIEW: The federal laws are a matter of opinion.
President Joe Biden agreed on Monday to formally conclude the US combat mission in Iraq by the end of the year, another step toward winding down the two prolonged military engagements that began in the years following the September 11 terror attacks. CNN
VOA VIEW: Biden doesn't have a clue.
During a CNN town hall, President Joe Biden said he is confident the Senate will vote to move forward with a bipartisan infrastructure deal. CNN
VOA VIEW: The big question will be one word, "bipartisan".
President Biden, who recently called Cuba a "failed state," has come under fire for not doing enough to push for change in the reclusive country. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Another Biden failure.
Officials with Chicago's police union and the city have reached a tentative agreement on a new eight-year contract that would give officers a pay raise and would expand on some accountability reforms following months of tense negotiations as both sides publicly engaged in a war of words. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, good for the police.
Although the pandemic disrupted family life, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A defensive measure - public education has failed.
After weeks of several high-profile shootings, including one outside of the Washington Nationals' ballpark that sent players and fans running for their lives, Fox News spoke with several tourists and DC residents in the nation's capital to get their thoughts on crime and what can be done to fix it. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The nation is in crime ciaos.
RILA calls on online marketplaces to do more to stop career criminals from selling stolen products on their platforms. FOX News
The Department of Homeland Security announced the termination of contracts to build a 31-mile wall at the southern border, angering Republican legislators. UPI
VOA VIEW: A waste of money and loss of security.
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Biden is a total failure. "Inflation would eventually undo the good things the government is trying to do.” Will President Biden’s $4.2 trillion, 10-year spending package cause inflation? The number to look at isn’t the consumer price index, which is up 5.4 percent over the year, twice as high as the average 2.1 percent over two decades. There’s an even more startling figure: the record 23.4 percent growth in house prices since June 2020.
Biden’s $600 billion infrastructure plan, plus the nearly $3.6 trillion 10-year “reconciliation” plan Sen. Bernie Sanders has put forth, would increase the country’s discretionary spending over the next decade by a full quarter. It would increase total spending by 7 percent. This, when the pre-COVID economy was at full employment. Congress, under Biden and former President Donald Trump, has already pumped $4.5 trillion into the economy to deal with the pandemic’s temporary dislocations. So the traditional view would be that even more money would send prices spiraling even more than they already have: All that new money has nowhere to go.
Senate Democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, insist that won’t happen. Last week, they touted a report by Moody’s economist Mark Zandi. “Worries that the plan will ignite undesirably high inflation and an overheating economy are overdone,” Zandi says. “The increased infrastructure spending supports stronger economic growth,” not inflation. As for new social spending, like child-tax credits, “much of the additional fiscal support being considered is designed to lift the economy’s longer-term growth,” by helping people to join the workforce.
Zandi is probably right about the infrastructure portion. Six-hundred billion over 10 years, as Biden proposes, is $60 billion a year, exactly what then-President Barack Obama signed in 2015, with a $305 billion, five-year infrastructure bill. For all the talk about transformation, people who care about mass transit should be worried that the bill spreads an average of $4.9 billion annually across 50 states, leaving not a lot for New York’s major transit projects, such as Phase two of the Second Avenue Subway.