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New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, a moderate turned Trump loyalist, was elected to the post that Liz Cheney of Wyoming held for over two years. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Makes sense to counter Cheney.
Israel's military announced a ground and air assault on northern Gaza, amassing troops at the border and pounding the area with artillery, airstrikes. LA Times
VOA VIEW: The liberal media don't get the truth.
In an historic event for its space program, China has put a spacecraft on Mars for the very first time, according to a report from Xinhua News Agency. New York Post

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Actor Alec Baldwin once again railed against cancel culture, as he compared it Friday to a destructive "forest fire" in a pointed tweet. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The cancel culture is mad.
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins went on Fox News to push back on Rand Paul's recent comments, saying the agency has not funded "gain of function" research in China. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The NIH is wrong.
California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base was renamed Friday as a U.S. Space Force Base. New York Post
Facebook lost a legal battle Friday with Ireland's data privacy watchdog over a European Union privacy decision that could result in the social network being forced to stop transferring data to the US. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Good - Facebook needs to be sanctioned
By saying it is defending Jerusalem, Hamas has made it harder for Arab countries not to denounce Israel. But in a changed region, the response so far has been rhetorical only. New York Times
VOA VIEW: This is a good phenomenon.
President Joe Biden on Friday revoked a number of his predecessors executive orders including one to create a "National Garden of American Heroes."       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Biden is an idiot.

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What women decide to wear, no matter what they choose, can be a losing game. Experts weigh in on why society cares so and how we can move past it.       USA Today
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday that the state’s indoor mask mandate will be lifted Saturday for people who are vaccinated against the coronavirus and those who are not. The decision comes one day after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control released new guidance stating that fully ... Washington Times
High-level White House officials have undercut President Biden's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline in their rush to respond to a crippling cyberattack that has left much of the East Coast facing gasoline shortages. The paradox was evidenced Friday when Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg praised Colonial Pipeline, the nation’s largest ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden would be wise to lift his ban on all pipe lines.
Sen. Ron Wyden has asked Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to publicly release information about what the Oregon Democrat referred to as the "warrantless surveillance of Americans" by the U.S. military. Mr. Wyden, a longtime member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the request in a letter he sent ... Washington Times

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is pushing for the immediate shutdown of a critical oil pipeline despite warnings that a closure could prompt fuel shortages and prices hikes akin to those caused by the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack. Enbridge, a Canadian energy-transport company, refused Thursday an order by Ms. Whitmer to shutter ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Whitmer is an idiot.
Homeland Security issued a new terrorism alert Friday saying online forums are increasingly being exploited by America's adversaries, and specifically connected Russia, China and Iran to fomenting violence against Asians amid the coronavirus pandemic. The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) bulletin listed a host of threats taking ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The US is one crises after another.
President Biden on Friday issued an executive order that revokes a handful of orders from former President Trump, including several tied to the defacement and vandalism of public monuments amid last year’s racial justice protests. Mr. Biden’s order negates an order from June 2020 that made it the policy of ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden has lost all common sense.

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The House is becoming a free-for-all between Democrats and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene — and now her staff. Rep. Eric Swalwell, California Democrat, wrote on Twitter that he got into a verbal bout with one of the Republican congresswoman's staff Friday. "I had a mask on as I stepped off ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Swalwell is an idiot.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday called Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene “deeply unwell.” Ms. Greene said Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was “out of control.” This is how the two congresswomen, who occupy polar extremes on the political spectrum, escalated the feud that erupted early in the week. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: AOC is an idiot.
A one-time close ally of Rep. Matt Gaetz will plead guilty to multiple federal crimes including sex trafficking of a minor and has agreed to cooperate with investigators. ABC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell?
Donald Trump has a rich history of fighting back when he’s down and making others pay, and that’s exactly how he intends to deal with New York City over its plans to fire his company from running a city golf course in the Bronx ABC
VOA VIEW: Dumb thing to do.
A new national terrorism alert is warning that violent extremists may take advantage of the easing of pandemic restrictions to conduct attacks ABC
VOA VIEW: It shows that there are those who want to see the US in turmoil.

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The CDC's abrupt reversal this week on masks stunned much of the nation -- including health experts – and left businesses, governors and schools scrambling to respond. ABC
VOA VIEW: There seems to be mixed feelings.
Liz Cheney said she regrets voting for Donald Trump in the 2020 election, speaking in a "This Week" interview with ABC Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl. ABC
VOA VIEW: Cheney is the biggest regret.
Several major retailers are keeping mask mandates in place after the CDC released new guidance for the fully vaccinated. CBS

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So far, about 25% of the ballots have been reviewed in the audit mandated by the Republican-led state Senate. CBS
VOA VIEW: It would be bad if the final result prove a Trump victory.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Friday that the coronavirus variant first discovered in India has the potential to derail the lockdown easing currently underway in the country. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The truth will be known, eventually.
The bipartisan infrastructure deal that President Joe Biden hopes to reach with Republicans gained steam this week. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden can't be trusted to do the right thing.
A spokesperson said Facebook is working to remove variations of anti-vaccine messages from its frame options, which appear on top of users' profile pictures. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook is a lying joke.
Shoppers who are vaccinated against Covid-19 can shop without masks in some Walmart, Sam's Club and Costco locations as well as at Trader Joe's, the companies said in separate announcements Friday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Confusion!
The CDC's announcement that fully-vaccinated individuals don't need to wear a mask in most situations was a big step toward a return to normalcy, but it might have complicated employers' return-to-work plans. CNN
VOA VIEW: A major issue.
If you have questions after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared on Thursday that it was safe for Covid-vaccinated persons to cast aside masks and social distancing in outdoor and indoor spaces, with a few exceptions, such as on airplanes and trains and for immunocompromised persons, then you are not alone. CNN
At least 10 Palestinians were killed Friday by Israeli forces during violent clashes in towns and cities across the West Bank, the Gaza-based Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement, as sirens continued to blare all day across southern Israel, indicating another day of ceaseless rocket fire from Gaza. CNN
VOA VIEW: The situation is designed by the Palestinians to see if Biden has Israel's back.
The US Office of Special Counsel has concluded that Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge violated the Hatch Act, the law that limits the political activities of all federal civilian executive branch employees, when she commented on Ohio politics from the White House podium earlier this year. CNN
The number of migrants trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally continues to rise and so does the temperature along the Southwest border. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Biden is causing a bigger crises - the border is wide open.
Faculty at Pennsylvania State University have voted to replace traditional descriptors like “freshman” and “sophomore” with “1st year" or “2nd year,” citing the former's “male-centric academic history." FOX News
VOA VIEW: The left is spreading.
The Virginia police lieutenant who was fired from the department in April after anonymously donating to a fundraiser to benefit accused Kyle Rittenhouse said his ousting came in only a matter of days, despite that the process typically takes months. FOX News
VOA VIEW: It was wrong to fire the Lieutenant.
President Biden invited a group of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients in the Oval Office Friday amid a push for immigration reform in Washington. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Madness grows.
What exactly is critical race theory? The answer to that question appears to have eluded many as controversial diversity trainings and curricula have swept the nation in recent months.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: Anti white stupidity.

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     The White House won’t rule out a retroactive implementation of its sweeping new tax plan — and tax haters across Wall Street are in a panic. The Biden administration has previously said levying taxes retroactively — which could stick taxpayers with jacked-up rates on transactions dating back to Jan. 1 instead of imposing them beginning next year — isn’t its “first choice” as it pushes a bold series of hikes on companies and the rich. Nevertheless, it has refused to rule out the rare but not unprecedented move. In January, Mark Mazur, Treasury Department deputy assistant secretary for tax policy, said retroactive taxes could make sense if they were introduced early enough in the year. It  would be hard, if not impossible, for any individual or business to make any financial decision without knowing future tax ramifications. 

     “This is the No. 1 question I get from investors,” says James Lucier, managing director at Capital Alpha, a Washington-based policy research outfit. “Every meeting someone asks me about retroactive taxes. It is the hot-button concern.” President Biden has floated a slew of taxes targeted at the financial industry and high earners, including raising the capital-gains tax — taxes paid on the value of investments — to as high as 43.4 percent from 23.8 percent on households making more than $1 million a year. He has likewise proposed hiking the corporate tax rate to 28 percent from 21 percent.