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When President Trump wore a mask in public for the first time during this pandemic, his allies treated it as a political win. It marked a big shift from his previous stance. LA Times
VOA VIEW: A smart and safe move.
Mail deliveries could be delayed by a day or more under cost-cutting efforts being imposed by the new postmaster general. The plan eliminates overtime for hundreds of thousands of postal workers and says employees must adopt a “different mindset” to ensure the Postal Service’s survival during the coronavirus pandemic. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Excuses and waste.
Former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the high-profile Twitter users whose accounts were hacked in a bitcoin scam Wednesday, according to a report. The cyber attack, which also compromised the accounts of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, is believed to be... New York Post

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Police, firefighter and correction officers unions have asked a judge to block the release of officers' disciplinary records in cases where claims against them are unsubstantiated. New York Post
VOA VIEW: As they should.
A police car was set ablaze and exploded outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday and authorities quickly apprehended a suspect who allegedly burned himself while torching the vehicle. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg told the Washington Examiner that “an individual poured an accelerant on and set on fire an unmarked Supreme Court police vehicle” near... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Getting his deserved due.
The education secretary is pushing schools to reopen without helping them to do so safely. New York Times
The Lee Health hospital system says that its lab testing of potential COVID-19 cases has shown an overall positivity rate of about 18%.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Stupid misinformation.
Rep. Doug Collins this week introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would prevent the military from issuing restrictions on attending religious services because of health concerns unless similar limits are placed on other gatherings. Mr. Collins, Georgia Republican, introduced the amendment two weeks after the Navy ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A needed bill.
President Donald Trump is ready to roll back an influential environmental law from the Nixon-era that Trump says infrastructure projects ABC
VOA VIEW: Good start.

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Thousands of census takers are about to begin the most labor-intensive part of America’s once-a-decade headcount ABC
VOA VIEW: So be it.
The face coverings mandate at the retail giants goes into effect on July 20. ABC
President Donald Trump's chief at the U.S. Agency for Global Media has continued to fire career officials and refused to renew U.S. visas for employees. ABC
Dr Anthony Fauci says recent efforts by the Trump administration to discredit him are "nonsense". BBC
VOA VIEW: Calling Fauci a Disease Chief is what is bizarre.

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"I would. I think he's a great gentleman," the president told CBS News. CBS
VOA VIEW: As he should.
President Trump is claiming victory in some of yesterday's closely-watched congressional primaries. In Alabama, Mr. Trump's former Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, lost a runoff for his old Senate seat to the Trump-backed former Auburn University coach Tommy Tuberville. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good luck, Sessions.
The tweet from the president's daughter includes Goya's slogan "If it's Goya, it has to be good" in both English and in Spanish. CBS
VOA VIEW: As she should.

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Stocks surged Wednesday on the back of positive vaccine news from Moderna and a blowout quarter from Goldman Sachs. CNBC
Advocates and low-wage workers see a new opportunity to end 11-year wait for a higher federal minimum wage with the upcoming election and attention on low-paid essential workers. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Wishful thinking.
The company previously pushed back its return to work deadline in May, saying workers could return Oct. 2. CNBC
A Trump court filing said the president is entitled to know why Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. wants the records. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As he should.
CNBC
VOA VIEW: He should resign before he loses all credibility.

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"I'm very confident that the world will look at China differently and engage with them fundamentally different than they did before this catastrophic disaster," Pompeo said. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As they should.
A sample screen suggests that Facebook will use the World Health Organization as a trusted source for information about Covid-19, and will include simple statements of fact like "Hydroxychloroquine hasn't been proven to cure, treat, or prevent it." CNBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook cannot be trusted.
A Tacoma man was arrested in Seattle Tuesday on charges that he set fire to the outside of the Seattle Police East Precinct during the “occupied” protest known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP, federal prosecutors announced. FOX News
VOA VIEW: He should fry.

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Body-camera footage from two Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's deadly arrest were made public Wednesday, documenting the critical moments leading up to his death as he pleaded with officers to let him go.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: Now what?
Roughly 200 troopers are assigned to roles in New York City. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Things are going to get worse as long as De Blasio is mayor.
A prominent art curator at a major San Francisco museum resigned this week after saying during a discussion on diversifying acquisitions “don't worry, we will definitely still continue to collect White artists." FOX News
VOA VIEW: As it would be.
A protester assaulted a group of NYPD cops – and with them, the highest-ranking uniformed member of the department – on Wednesday during a demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge. FOX News
VOA VIEW: This is madness.
PM says city should be in frame if Commons or Lords have to move during restoration work Boris Johnson has confirmed that Downing Street is thinking of setting up a “government hub” in York, telling officials drawing up restoration plans for the Palace of Westminster that they should consider the city if the Commons or Lords have to be moved.Restoration of the parliamentary estate, which is crumbling in many places and viewed as a significant fire risk, could cost an estimated £6bn, and the plans are still being debated. Guardian
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital a day after being treated for a possible infection, a Supreme Court representative said Wednesday. UPI
The family of George Floyd filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city of Minneapolis and four former police officers who were involved in his death. UPI
VOA VIEW: It has become a money game.
Mortgage rates have again sunk to a record low -- 3.19 percent, according to new data Wednesday from the Mortgage Bankers Association. UPI

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Robert Namer
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July 16, 2020

     What’s amazing about handguns — apart from the tragedy and devastation that 20 ounces can unleash — is their indestructibility. Like the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards or Cher, they are timeless and, operationally, ­immune to the ravages of aging. In fact, with minimal maintenance and care, a handgun from 1920 will discharge a bullet with similar accuracy as the same gun minted in 2020. Which brings us to the matter at hand: 132 shootings in New York City in the past 10 days and the bloodiest June in more than two decades.

     Our spineless leaders in City Hall and the City Council ­labored through all the familiar excuses and p.r. machinations: outrage at the lack of gun-control laws; scorn for an ineffective New York Police Department; talk of the depressive effects of coronavirus lockdowns. Titanically unaware, they refuse to ­accept that the guns and their owners never left New York — notwithstanding their impassioned claims that Gotham is still “the safest big city in America.”

     Cold, and steely efficient, these guns had been hidden at the bottom of bureau drawers, behind radiators and in glove compartments, waiting patiently to be called into service. The first call to service followed bail “reform” in January. The effect of the misguided law was swift and terrifying. Shootings surged 28 percent in the first 30 days. Empowered criminals learned quickly that carrying an illegal gun in the Big Apple was no longer a big deal. Those once-hidden handguns were now riding in waistbands, readily available, itching to hurl deadly projectiles at eyewatering speeds in a blaze of heat and smoke.

     De Blasio must be forced to resign.