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Facebook, Twitter and YouTube fought against lawmakers’ charges on Tuesday that the tech companies’ business is built on warping reality and addicting users. The new scrutiny of tech companies’ algorithms — the programming that filters and directs traffic on the internet — added fuel to policymakers’ fire for cracking down ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The big techs must be taken down.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Senate voted Tuesday to end the permitting requirement for people to carry concealed handguns in the state, sending the measure to the House for debate on a near party-line vote and ignoring the governor's opposition. The Senate voted 27-11 for the proposal by ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Makes sense - the bad guys already carry concealed.
Beijing's rejection of criticism from America and its friends has grown shriller as the Biden administration demonstrates its ability to pull allies together. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is weak.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants state Attorney General Letitia James to “review all legal options available” amid news that New York will lose one seat in the House of Representatives, following reports that the state was just 89 people short of holding steady. New York Post
VOA VIEW: A sore loser.
While intra-party squabbles have emerged within the GOP in the post-Trump era, top Republicans are in agreement that momentum is on their side to flip back the House in 2022. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
The White House believes cracking down on high-earning tax evaders could raise $700 billion to offset President Biden’s “American Families Plan.” Here’s the latest from Washington. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It takes money to maybe make money.
Mayor Ted Wheeler said he wanted to “unmask” demonstrators who engaged in property destruction. The Oregon city has seen regular demonstrations since the murder of George Floyd. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Reality is starting to settle in.
Used car prices have soared due to global chip shortages. That has led to reduced availability of new cars and increased trade-in values.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Used cars have more worth.
A new Public Agenda/USA TODAY Hidden Common Ground survey shows most of Americans want constructive fixes to nation's big problems but see little hope.      USA Today
VOA VIEW: It didn't take a poll to figure the outcome.

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Another Washington tradition has fallen by the COVID wayside. When President Biden addresses a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, there will not be a “designated survivor.” For decades, State of the Union and similar addresses by new presidents, one member of the Cabinet deliberately stays away from the U.S. ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: They would all be useless.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Tuesday signed into law legislation that would outlaw nearly all abortions in conservative Idaho by banning them once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Republican governor signed the bill that contains a “trigger provision,” meaning it won’t go into effect ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: There will be a court challenge.
President Biden is set to announce a $1.5 trillion-plus proposal on Wednesday to boost federal spending on paid leave, child care and community college and raise taxes on the wealthy and investors to cover some of the costs. The “American Families Plan,” which Mr. Biden will detail to a modified ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It's better called a buy back.
Congressional Democrats are pushing President Joe Biden to make the current expanded child tax credit permanent in his "American Families Plan." ABC
VOA VIEW: More free money to buy support.

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The federal government is delaying the deadline for the REAL ID enforcement for a second time. ABC
U.S. President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Tuesday increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour for federal contract workers. ABC
VOA VIEW: Who pays?
A 24-year-old reporter at KCUR, NPR's radio station in Kansas City, was fatally shot while in her home. ABC
VOA VIEW: Sad!

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An Idaho lawmaker facing rape allegations from a 19-year-old intern was previously warned against hitting on women who work at the Statehouse after his colleagues heard complaints from other staffers ABC
The U.S. government is easing requirements that made it difficult for doctors to treat opioid addiction using medication ABC
VOA VIEW: Madness.
According to the CDC, more than five million people, or about 8%, had missed their second Pfizer or Moderna doses as of early April. CBS
VOA VIEW: Why not go all the way?
Microsoft delivered better-than-expected revenue growth thanks in part to strong PC sales in the quarter. Azure revenue growth was flat from the prior quarter. CNBC
More Americans say they approve of the $1.9 trillion Covid bill Biden signed last month, and his $2 trillion infrastructure plan is already popular. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Free money is costly to all in the long round.

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The CDC said fully vaccinated people can meet outdoors in small groups without masks, but it did not define how big those gatherings can be. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It is already being done.
The top representative to Afghanistan told the Senate he doesn't think the Afghan government will fall or Taliban will take over after U.S. troop withdrawal. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Don't bet on it.
JPMorgan Chase is summoning its U.S. employees back to the office, at least on a part-time basis. CNBC

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a slew of features Instagram is working on to help creators generate more revenue from their content. CNBC
The FBI confirmed Tuesday that it will investigate the killing of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man shot by police during an arrest in North Carolina last week. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The FBI should be investigated.
Former Obama White House advisor Seth Andrew, husband of CBS News anchor Lana Zak, is accused of stealing from the charter schools network he founded. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The Obama administration was worse.
The company in March began an early stage clinical trial testing a new antiviral therapy for Covid. CNBC
The CNBC Fed Survey for April finds 76% of respondents believe President Biden will choose Powell again. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A foolish gesture.
Millions of people stuck at home for more than a year are expected hit the road for much-needed post-pandemic vacations this summer. Good luck finding gas. CNN
A White North Carolina city council official was fired for refusing to use the title "doctor" when speaking to a Black female professor, despite her repeated request during a virtual commissions meeting. CNN
VOA VIEW: Why?
Covid-19 has claimed the lives of more than 119,000 people in Italy, the highest number of deaths in the European Union, according to John Hopkins University. Though the country started its vaccination program back in December, critics say regional authorities have failed to prioritize the elderly for vaccines. CNN
Amid hesitancy by US servicemembers to take the COVID-19 vaccine, some lawmakers want it to be mandatory FOX News
VOA VIEW: In time most will take the vaccine.
The sentencing date for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was recently found guilty of murder in George Floyd's death, was pushed back on Tuesday to June 25.  FOX News
The Washington, D.C., police department said Monday that its computer network was breached, and a Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate claimed to have stolen sensitive data, including on informants, that it threatened to share with local criminal gangs unless police paid an unspecified ransom.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: Russia is not a friend of the US.
Nearly 190 cops left the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) in 2020 and 43 have stepped away from the Kentucky city’s agency so far in 2021, either choosing to retire or resign altogether, as law enforcement officials struggle to recruit new members to make up for a deficit in manpower, authorities and a union spokesperson told Fox News on Tuesday. FOX News
VOA VIEW: You have to be a fool to be in law enforcement, until there is an open backing.
President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he will nominate Frank Kendall, a former top Defense Department official in the Obama administration, as Air Force secretary. UPI
VOA VIEW: Instead Obama/Biden it has changed to Biden/Obama.
The Department of Interior on Tuesday reversed multiple policies instituted by the Trump administration that it said "undermined the ability of Tribes to establish and consolidate their homelands." UPI
VOA VIEW: Fools!
President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he will nominate Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to serve as director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. UPI
VOA VIEW: Expected by a grudge foolish Biden.
Four ships from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy approached U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats in the southern Arabian Gulf earlier this month in an "unsafe and unprofessional" interaction. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden wants to pay for peace with those who want to hate and fight.

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