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Since sundown Monday, 26 Palestinians — including nine children — have been killed in Gaza, most of them by airstrikes, Gaza health officials said. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Israel will and should defend themselves to the fullest.
The reassurance comes as California continues to report one of the lowest per-capita daily coronavirus case counts of any state in the U.S. LA Times
State Senate Republicans slammed their Democratic counterparts for creating a “dangerous” environment for New Yorkers by kowtowing to the "Defund the Police" movement with cuts to law enforcement budgets. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Only fools are demanding the defunding of police.
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President Biden will for the first time host the top Republicans in Congress Wednesday as he seeks bipartisan buy-in on $4 trillion more in spending for his infrastructure and "families" plans. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dealing with Biden is a waste of time.
The president came to office seeing little opportunity to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He may now be forced to get more involved. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden weakness caused the present confrontation.
Miles Taylor, a former Trump-era Homeland Security official who anonymously wrote a book condemning the Trump administration, is an organizer of the effort. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal media bias and deception.
The N.R.A. filed for bankruptcy this year as it sought to end run regulatory action in New York, but a judge rejected the strategy. New York Times
Hamas is firing rockets, Israel is conducting airstrikes and many civilians are paying the price as some progressives push the US to help Palestinians
VOA VIEW: Bias has caused himself a major problem.
Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson spoke out Tuesday against former President Donald Trump and urged fellow members of the GOP not to band together behind somebody he believes to be so divisive. "Whenever we do not have the president in power from our party, you have divided leadership — you ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Hutchinson is proving to be a Party traitor.
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The Biden administration is cracking down on so-called ghost guns to solve America's epidemic of gun violence but crime stats from major cities and the Justice Department suggest the do-it-yourself weapons are a small part of the problem. Ghost guns, which are made at home from a kit and don't ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A do nothing happening.
More than a dozen House Republicans signed a letter Tuesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding he investigate how the bureau came to classify a near-massacre of GOP members by a crazed gunman as merely "suicide by cop." "We fear that the FBI's inability or unwillingness to fully investigate this ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The FBI is not trustworthy.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst suspended three freshman students this month, banning them from taking final exams after a photograph surfaced showing the three young ladies outside at an off-campus party without face masks. The parents have hired an attorney and plan to sue after the school denied the students ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The College will lose a court battle.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called the cyberattack suffered by the Colonial Pipeline Company "an act of war" and said the U.S. should respond by killing whoever was responsible for it. "We ought to pass a law immediately that makes this kind of hacking subject to a death penalty, and ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: As it should be.
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U.S. educators are doing everything they can to track down high school students who stopped showing up to classes and to help them get the credits needed to graduate ABC
VOA VIEW: Teachers in public schools are doing little for students.
Manufacturers are struggling to catch up with a jolt in demand amid supply crunches in components and raw materials CNBC
VOA VIEW: The economy is broken.
Fed policies could end up threatening the long-term health of the U.S. dollar, investing magnate Stanley Druckenmiller told CNBC. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden is dampening the economy.
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GOP Rep. Liz Cheney is telling allies that she plans to continue to fight back against former President Donald Trump's 'Big Lie' that he won the 2020 election. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Cheney would be wise to end her hostility.
The Senate version of the For the People Act, an election reform bill Democrats say will combat restrictive voting laws, faces long odds of passage. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dems have gone power mad.
Covid-19 booster shots will be free to the public if they are needed, said David Kessler, chief science officer of the White House Covid-19 response team. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The Feds are trying to sell plan "B" fear.
The pause on J&J's Covid vaccine due to a rare blood-clotting problem did not disrupt the U.S. vaccine rollout, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Congress on Tuesday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Fauci thinks Americans are fools.
The mRNA technology used to develop the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine could help create "more potent" seasonal flu shots, Pfizer's Kathrin Jansen told CNBC. CNBC
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The Biden administration said the initiative should help reach the president's goal of vaccinating 70% of U.S. adults with at least one shot by July 4. CNBC
Biden administration officials have privately voiced frustration with what they see as Colonial Pipeline's weak security protocols and a lack of preparation that could have allowed hackers to pull off a crippling ransomware attack, officials familiar with the government's initial investigation into the incident told CNN. CNN
VOA VIEW: Biden is weak and so are his actions.
A top Biden administration cybersecurity official warned that cyberattacks on the nation's infrastructure are "growing more sophisticated, frequent and aggressive," at a Tuesday hearing focused on a spate of recent incidents impacting the US. CNN
VOA VIEW: Biden policies are a fault for the problem and gas expense.
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VOA VIEW: Cheney showed she is a fool.
• CNN crew takes cover amid sirens in Israel CNN
VOA VIEW: Israel will prevail.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed into law a controversial bill that could remove tens of thousands of voters from the state's early mail-in voting list, shortly after the GOP-controlled state Senate passed the legislation. CNN
VOA VIEW: All states should do the same.
Dr. Anthony Fauci sparred with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) during a Senate hearing on combating the Covid-19 pandemic. CNN
VOA VIEW: Paul made Fauci look like the fool he is.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has signed into law a bill that sets limits on the amounts by which local governments can cut police departments' budgets, arguing the movement to "defund" police seeks "to vilify the men and women who leave their families and put their lives on the line to protect" Peach State residents. FOX News
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A Senate Rules Committee hearing was expected to get heated Tuesday during debate on a federal election reform bill that Republicans call a would-be “power grab.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tweeted Monday evening that he will put up a fight against the bill, HR 1, which passed the House in a party-line vote. “Democrats’ partisan power-grab ‘election reform’ bill is not about voting rights. It’s about letting Washington Democrats control the terms of political debate and all 50 states’ election laws. Republicans will expose this attempted D.C. takeover in tomorrow’s hearing,” McConnell tweeted. They must prevail - Dems are trying to stack the political deck in their favor.
Democrats say the bill is needed to override GOP state laws that passed after the 2020 election, including ones that require IDs for absentee ballots. The package has become a rallying cry for both sides, even though it has little chance of passing the Senate due to a 60-vote supermajority required for most bills. McConnell, who is one of nine Republicans on the Rules Committee, recently said the bill “would neuter voter I.D. in all 50 states, make the Federal Election Commission a partisan body, and legalize ballot harvesting, where paid political operatives can show up carrying stacks of other people’s ballots.”
Prominent Republicans on the committee include Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). On the Democratic side, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) chairs the committee and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer serves as a member. Although the committee is evenly divided between parties, legislation can still pass to the Senate floor with a tied vote.