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Georgia officials urged people to 'please take pictures with your clothes on when submitting them for your Digital Driver's License and IDs.' LA Times
House Oversight Committee chairman says he will punish Wray's "decision to stiff-arm Congress and hide this information." New York Post
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Growing Republican opposition threatened the compromise and Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s political standing as he sought to push it through a key committee ahead of a House vote. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden will be upset if the deal doesn't pass.
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The legislation would prevent President Biden from issuing another last-minute extension on the payments beyond the end of the summer. New York Times
VOA VIEW: This a good provision.
Corporate profits have been bolstered by higher prices even as some of the costs of doing business have fallen in recent months. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden and Dems are the inflation culprets.
Scientists are lugging sophisticated sensors into homes in 10 cities to measure and track the pollution from gas stoves as it drifts from room to room. New York Times
After his much-maligned Twitter rollout last week, Ron DeSantis is joining the campaign trail, making a play for evangelical voters in the first-in-the-nation nominating state. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Don't count on a DeSantis success.
Japan is committed to shooting down a missile or satellite that crosses its boundaries, and the U.S. and Seoul would likely back Japan, expert says.
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Like many winter viruses, human metapneumovirus or hMPV is an infection that affects the upper and respiratory tract, according to the CDC.
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More than a dozen cancer drugs have been in shortage in recent months, putting patients, particularly women, at risk. USA Today
Fentanyl has become a leading cause of death for Americans ages 18-45. Parents, educate yourselves, then talk with your loved ones.
VOA VIEW: China must be punished.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation Tuesday requiring college athletes to compete based on their biological sex, expanding the state's ban on male-born athletes in female secondary sports to higher education. Washington Times
U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, is planning to leave Congress due to his wife's illness by the end of this year, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It will hurt GOP edge.
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Phoenix has become the largest U.S. city to successfully challenge its population count from the 2020 census after claiming that dozens of group homes, jails and drug and alcohol treatment centers were overlooked during the nation's head count. Washington Times
The FBI is ramping up its push to undermine digital encryption, which law enforcement officials say prevents them from more easily catching criminals. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The FBI is a joke.
Hundreds of business heads and public figures sounded a sobering alarm about AI. ABC
VOA VIEW: AI is a danger to mankind.
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A new report published by the CDC Tuesday found that more than 40% of foodborne illness outbreaks at restaurants are caused by sick workers. ABC
Minnesota Democratic Gov. Tim Walz is scheduled to sign a bill Tuesday that legalizes recreational marijuana for people over the age of 21 ABC
GOP hard-liners on the House Rules Committee have vowed to block the bill. ABC
VOA VIEW: Neither side is happy, except Biden.
The formation of the new super PAC comes as former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie mulls a possible presidential run. CBS
VOA VIEW: Christie has no chance.
"As long as they keep talking about global climate change, they are not gonna go anywhere. 'Cause no one gives a s--- about that," Arnold Schwarzenegger says. CNBC
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The Transportation Security Administration said it screened nearly 9.8 million people over Memorial Day weekend. CNBC
Pyongyang plans to launch a satellite with the aim to track "dangerous" actions by the U.S., pointing to its recent joint military drills taking with South Korea. CNBC
VOA VIEW: NK is making a major mistake.
Thousands of Florida residents are still recovering from Hurricane Ian as storm season approaches. This year's hurricane season is set to kick off on June 1, 2023. FOX News
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Scientists are warning that piles of Sargassum algae on the East Coast may mingle with plastic litter and foster growth of a flesh-eating bacteria. FOX News
Chicago saw 11 people murdered and 46 more injured in shootings over the long Memorial Day weekend, just one death shy of the city's record, according to Chicago police. FOX News
A beluga whale believed to have been trained for surveillance by the Russian military has been spotted off the coast of Sweden, according to advocates who track the whale. UPI
South Africa said on Tuesday that it would extend diplomatic immunity to any official who wants to attend a summit in August, paving the way for Russian President Vladimir Putin to travel to the country. UPI
Wisconsin Republicans released a package of legislation Tuesday that would tweak the state's abortion ban by increasing the penalty for performing abortions and specifying medical procedures to save a mother's life don't qualify as abortion. Washington Times
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A key signer of the open letter that wrongly suggested The Post’s bombshell reporting on Hunter Biden’s emails was part of a “Russian information operation” has accused Politico of distorting “what we said” — more than two years after the fact. Clapper is an idiot fraud.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tried to tamp down the growing controversy over the letter that he and 50 other ex-spooks signed after The Post first revealed the existence of the first son’s infamous laptop in October 2020. Their public statement, now the subject of investigations by the Republican-led House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, was first reported by Politico and later seized on by then-candidate Joe Biden.
“There was message distortion,” Clapper told the Washington Post. “All we were doing was raising a yellow flag that this could be Russian disinformation. Politico deliberately distorted what we said. It was clear in paragraph five.” Clapper — who in 2013 falsely told Congress that the US didn’t “wittingly” collect the telephone records of millions of Americans — also claimed to have been unaware of how Joe Biden described the letter during a debate with then-President Donald Trump, according to the Washington Post.
Clapper’s comments came 11 months after the Washington Post authenticated almost 22,000 emails from the laptop and determined that Hunter Biden and his uncle, first brother James Biden, were paid $4.8 million by a Chinese energy company and its executives. They also followed the recent “Twitter Files” revelations about the FBI’s alleged role in suppressing the New York Post’s blockbuster scoops about Hunter Biden’s laptop. In the wake of The Post’s coverage, Politico reported on the letter in which Clapper and the others — including five ex-CIA chiefs — said that the release of Hunter Biden’s emails “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”