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Gloom and frustration as already struggling Europe faces down new coronavirus variant Omicron . LA Times
VOA VIEW: It could get better or worse.
Omicron's impact on the COVID-19 pandemic will depend on a variety of factors that will take days to weeks for scientists to untangle. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
For nearly half a century, the Supreme Court has said the Constitution prohibits states from banning abortion before “viability,” the point at which a fetus can survive outside the womb. This week Mississippi, defending its ban on abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, urged the justices to abandon that longstanding rule, which it says never made much... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Confusing!

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JPMorgan insists it’s going ahead with an in-person conference in San Francisco in January, but alarm bells ringing among some attendees could force the meeting online — and it’s not because of Covid worries. It’s because of crime. Some would-be attendees say they’re concerned about out-of-control crime in the city by the bay, which is... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Law and Order are spreading badly.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is targeting the week of Dec. 13 for a vote on President Biden’s nearly $2 trillion social spending bill — a timeline many deem wildly ambitious due to concerns raised by moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), sources told The Post Tuesday. “We had a good meeting with Senator Manchin... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Hopefully it fails.
CNN “indefinitely” suspended embattled host Chris Cuomo over revelations regarding his secret role in trying to defend his brother, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, from the sexual harassment allegations that forced him from office, the network said Tuesday evening. Ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo heeded his brother Chris’ advice during the COVID-19 pandemic The move came a day after... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The Cuomo's should be finished.
Even as “President Biden says he feels your pain regarding inflation,” his Commerce Department is raising tariffs, doubling the average fee on Canadian softwood lumber. New York Post
VOA VIEW: A little too late.
A panel of experts recommended that the U.S. authorize the first in a new class of drugs that could work against a range of variants, including Omicron. The drug, molnupiravir, could be authorized within days for Covid patients at high risk of severe illness. Here’s the latest. New York Times
On the cusp of overturning Roe, conservatives adopt a pro-choice slogan. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

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The drug, molnupiravir from Merck, is intended to be used in people at risk for severe COVID-19. The FDA panel authorized its use by a vote of 13-10.      USA Today
The justices will hear arguments Dec. 1 in a challenge to Mississippi's ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: It's wait and see.
A CDC disparity report found that from 2010 to 2019, gay and bisexual men who are Latino and Black experienced higher rates of new HIV infections.      USA Today
VOA VIEW: Black and Latino men will have the worse results.
A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Justice Department to release four unredacted pages of the Mueller report that describe who was investigated, but not charged in the special counsel’s probe into alleged Trump-Russia campaign collusion. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found in favor of ... Washington Times

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National Guard troops refusing the COVID-19 vaccination won’t be paid for their drills or be excused from any training or duty conducted while under federal authority, according to a memo released Tuesday by the Pentagon. The memo from Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin amounts to a shot across the bow ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Austin is an idiot.
Sen. Joe Manchin III, a key swing vote for the White House’s agenda, is pushing Democrats to modify climate change provisions in President Biden’s mammoth social welfare bill. Mr. Manchin, West Virginia Democrat, met Tuesday with Senate Majority Charles E. Schumer to discuss the bill. A particular area of concern is the ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The whole bill should fail.
Wisconsin Republicans are working to discredit the bipartisan system they created to run elections in the state after President Joe Biden narrowly won last year's presidential race, making the political battleground the latest front in the national push by the GOP to exert more control over ... Washington Times

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A former Virginia police officer who was fired after donating to a defense fund for Kyle Rittenhouse wants his job back now that a Wisconsin jury acquitted the young man of murder during protests against police brutality last year. Norfolk officials fired former police Lt. William ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: He should sue for a terrible mischarge of justice and violation of civil rights.
The Food and Drug Administration assured the public Tuesday it is "actively working" with drugmakers and global partners to understand whether the omicron variant of the coronavirus can puncture existing defenses and if updated products are needed. Specifically, regulators are studying how the variant first detected in South Africa impacts ... Washington Times
The source of the space debris has not yet been confirmed. ABC
VOA VIEW: No big deal.
A woman who says she was falsely arrested for shoplifting has won millions. ABC
VOA VIEW: Very excessive award.
The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season continued a record-breaking pattern from 2020, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ABC

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The suspected shooter, a 15-year-old student, was taken into custody. ABC
VOA VIEW: Sad madness.
Investors weighing potential impact of the new COVID-19 variant and the Fed chief's change of tune about rising prices. CBS
VOA VIEW: There is much being promoted, why?
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell indicated Tuesday that the central bank could step up the removal of its efforts to boost the economy. CNBC

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While estimates varied widely, the survey on average found that executives expect 52% of new vehicle sales to be all-electric by 2030 CNBC
VOA VIEW: There is much that has not been thought of, much less resolved.
Oz enters a crowded primary in Pennsylvania, one of the most important states in the battle for Senate control in the 2022 midterms. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Fame will make a difference.
In October, there were 9.44 million self-employed Americans, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. What to know about finances before freelancing. CNBC
Amazon said it rang up record sales between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, bucking the trend in the broader retail industry. CNBC
VOA VIEW: What's the true numbers.
In the wake of the 2018 mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a new generation of teen activists emerged who insisted that the old boom/bust cycle of gun control politics in this country was no more. CNN
VOA VIEW: The lack of law and order is causing the drop.
The capital of Alabama is coming under fire and facing a large fine after removing a street name honoring president of the Confederacy. CNN
VOA VIEW: Dumb!
Waukesha Christmas parade suspect Darrell Brooks Jr. spent nearly two decades dodging child support payments and court appearances related to supporting his son – and sent the judge overseeing the matter two handwritten notes, including a letter asking for one "more shot" and griping that he was being treated unfairly, Fox News has learned. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Brooks has no soul.
Police leaders on the West Coast blame the ACLU for the recent smash-and-grab robberies that are plaguing California FOX News
VOA VIEW: The ACLU must be accountable.
White House health officials said Tuesday that they are actively looking for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the United States and continued to stress the importance of vaccinations. UPI
VOA VIEW: A push for more money to be spent.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 652 points Tuesday as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank may accelerate tapering of its bond purchases and amid concerns over the Omicron variant. UPI
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld California's ban on large-capacity magazines on guns Tuesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: The 9th Circuit is liberal - the Supreme Court will have the final say.
Twitter said Tuesday it will ban private images shared without consent, with some exceptions, including images in the public interest, amid growing concerns about online harassment. UPI
VOA VIEW: Talk and promises - time will tell.
Prosecutors on Tuesday called a Chicago police officer as their first witness in the trial of former "Empire" star Jussie Smollett, who's being tried for allegedly setting himself up as the victim of a phony hate crime. UPI
VOA VIEW: Smollett is playing reverse innocence.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said Tuesday he expects policymakers to discuss ramping up the tapering of bond purchases, enacted as an emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic. UPI
After forcibly sweeping back to power in Afghanistan in August, the Taliban executed over 100 former police and military members, according to a report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch. UPI
VOA VIEW: The Taliban are animals.
Shoppers nationwide spent nearly $11 billion on digital sales on Cyber Monday, a tracking firm said -- a decrease of 1.4% from last year and the first decline ever for a major shopping holiday. UPI
VOA VIEW: A disappointment.

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December 01, 2021

     The World Health Organization was accused of pandering to China after announcing Friday that the latest COVID-19 variant has been named “omicron” after the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet, skipping the letters “nu” and “xi.” WHO is pro China, period.

     The English spelling of the Chinese president’s name is Xi Jinping, and while his name and the 14th Greek letter are pronounced differently, the similarities on paper were close enough to draw a fresh round of rebukes over WHO’s alleged catering to China over the virus first detected in Wuhan. George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley said that the “concern is that W.H.O. is again avoiding any discomfort for the Chinese government.”

     “It is not clear if there is another reason for the decision to skip over Nu and Xi, but W.H.O.‘s history with the investigation into the origins of the pandemic has fueled speculation as to a political motive,” tweeted Mr. Turley.  Among those taking swipes at the organization for bypassing the Greek letter xi were frequent WHO critics Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican and Donald Trump Jr.