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Mayor Adams said he tried to raise the alarm about rampant crime plaguing the state last year, only to see it fall on deaf ears in the party, which ended up losing ground to the GOP in Albany during the mid-term elections. New York Post
VOA VIEW: It should have been worse for Dems during mid-terms elections.
Small, fast-moving U.S. tech firms are using the war in Ukraine to demonstrate a new generation of military systems but face the challenge of selling them to a risk-averse Defense Department. New York Times
Discussions aimed at avoiding a default have bogged down as Republicans press their demand for spending caps, work requirements for public benefit programs and other proposals in exchange. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden should wakeup.


Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s New Democracy party did not win enough votes to form a one-party government. But he appeared to rule out talks to form a coalition, setting up a second vote in weeks. New York Times
Many analysts see the move as retaliation for Washington’s efforts to cut off China’s access to high-end chips. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Reverse sanctions should be placed on China.
The United States is entering an array of agreements to secure the critical minerals necessary for the energy transition, but it’s not clear which of the arrangements can succeed. New York Times
VOA VIEW: EV vehicles are not going to be a hot sale.
President Joe Biden said Sunday that Ukraine President Zelenskyy assured him personally that he won't use F-16 fighter jets to attack Russia.      USA Today
The NAACP over the weekend issued a travel advisory for Florida, joining two other civil rights groups in warning potential tourists that recent laws and policies championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida lawmakers are "openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals." Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Few will pay any attention to the NAACP.
A shipment of a trash compactor and a shipment of thermos bottles sent from Sweden to Colorado were found to contain ketamine, Customs and Border Protection agents in Atlanta announced Thursday. Washington Times


A new batch of states are looking to legislate the level of informed consent when it comes to medical students performing pelvic exams for educational purposes on unconscious patients. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It is not a bad idea.
A federal judge says he will not block the Mississippi school district. ABC
VOA VIEW: As he shouldn't.
He claims judge's prior statements have raised questions about his impartiality. ABC
VOA VIEW: Impartiality is important.
A far-right Israeli Cabinet minister has visited Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, declaring “we are in charge.” ABC

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AAA estimating this could be the busiest Memorial Day holiday travel weekend for airports since 2005. Complicating issues for travelers is soaring airfare prices, coupled with fewer flights. Elise Preston has more. CBS
VOA VIEW: A foolish endeavor.
Undoing the partnership would be difficult, especially during the peak summer travel season, which airlines have already sold tickets for. CNBC
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned that the United States could default on its debt in June. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A valid point.


Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, Ray Dalio and others have weighed in on the fraying U.S.-China relations and rising tensions over a possible invasion of Taiwan. CNBC
VOA VIEW: China doesn't seem to want to cause more friction.
Police in Tennessee say they charged a man with reckless endangerment after he returned fire at a group of men who were trying to steal a van outside of his home. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Valid self-protection should not be punished.
The United States Postal Service shut down deliveries for an entire ZIP code in Seattle after reports of crime, mail theft and vandalism, residents report. FOX News
VOA VIEW: What else can be done?
A system glitch resulted in excessive payments to over 1,000 Navy retirees worth close to $7 million, money the federal government is attempting to recoup from retirees. FOX News
VOA VIEW: As they should.
President Joe Biden announced additional defensive support for Ukraine, pledging $375 million in ammunition and equipment. at the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, when he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. UPI
VOA VIEW: More deficit spending.

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A temporary cease-fire between warring forces in Sudan has been reached, according to the United States and Saudi Arabia - which brokered the deal. UPI
VOA VIEW: How long will it last?
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko on Saturday warned western leaders of "enormous risks" of supplying Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets. UPI
VOA VIEW: Russia has no say other than threats.
The United States and Australia on signed a formal agreement to collaborate on advancing clean energy and combat climate change Saturday on the sidelines of the Group of Seven Summit in Japan. UPI

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President Joe Biden on Saturday expressed optimism that a deal with Republicans on raising the debt ceiling can be achieved despite a looming default deadline and a day of fruitless negotiations. UPI
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

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