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The president called the referendum a moral imperative. Critics labeled it a PR show. Its potential impacts were unclear. LA Times
VOA VIEW: A game that means nothing.
Grounds to suspect that the coronavirus came from a Chinese lab grew stronger still Monday with a new report from congressional Republicans citing a “preponderance of evidence” for the theory. It’s long past time for Democrats to join in and pursue this question as aggressively as possible. The evidence “suggests SARS-CoV-2 was accidentally released from... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems are afraid of the truth.
The South Carolina Republican tested positive on Monday and will quarantine for 10 days. 'I feel like I have a sinus infection,' he said.
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The former VP candidate said she'd launch a campaign 'if God wants me to do it.' Three-term Sen. Lisa Murkowski has not yet filed for reelection. USA Today
VOA VIEW: It may make a better exchange.
McDonald's is requiring customers and workers to wear masks again at U.S. restaurants located in areas with high or substantial transmission of COVID.
With military spouses facing a double-digit unemployment even before the pandemic, the state of Connecticut is attempting to make it easier for them and other people relocating from out-of-state to obtain state occupational licenses for professions ranging from nurses to architects. Both state and military officials ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: What will be the next change.
The Pentagon's looming COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all troops threatens to push the military into the middle of yet another divisive culture battle, this time over personal health choices versus the collective responsibility to prevent deadly outbreaks in the ranks. At the direction of President Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is trying to diminish the military.
The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police has launched a petition urging Facebook to reverse its rejection of an advertisement celebrating the association's "Most Outstanding Officer of the Year." "Facebook evidently believes that honoring a great police officer violates its advertising policy," said Ed Wojcicki, executive director of the association. ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Facebook is going to far and should have its power defused.
Louisiana Monday reinstated a mask mandate in all indoor locations, including schools and colleges, as the state struggles with a fast-growing fourth surge of COVID-19 driven by the delta variant and one of the nation’s lowest vaccination rates. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards said ... Washington Times
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A federal inspector general announced an audit Monday of an emergency shelter the Biden administration set up to care for illegal immigrant children caught at the Mexican border without parents. The review, expected to be completed this year, will look at whether the Health and Human Services Department was properly ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden has caused a major problem with illegal kids.
An evangelical church in Maine has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block any return of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions on worship gatherings. Calvary Chapel Bangor said it fears a reimposition of the restrictions implemented by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills or Dr. Nirav Shah, the state’s top public health official, ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A good and valid point is being made.
Progressive activist groups have renewed calls for a new probe into Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh and his possible impeachment, saying a further FBI investigation is necessary. The American Humanist Association and the Freedom of Religion Foundation claim that Justice Kavanaugh may have lied during his Senate confirmation hearings ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A foolish progressive waste of time.
Scary news about the coronavirus might be spurring a positive side benefit — more vaccinations. White House officials said late Sunday the U.S. administered 816,000 doses in a single day, including 517,000 initial doses to people coming forward for the first time. "The past week has been our strongest week ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It's called the fear tactic.
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has a simple way to beat back the recall election that could force him out of his job: Get Democrats to vote. But it may not be as easy as it sounds. Democratic registration almost doubles that of Republicans in the state, ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, CA must rid itself from Newsom.
Employers are increasingly losing patience with unvaccinated workers ABC
VOA VIEW: Some are adamant about not taking the vaccine.
A German court has set a trial date for a 100-year-old man who is charged with 3,518 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he served as a Nazi SS guard at a concentration camp on the outskirts of Berlin during World War II ABC
VOA VIEW: He should fry, if found guilty.
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An official has resigned as chairman of a county board in Michigan in the latest fallout from his decision to give himself a $25,000 bonus with federal COVID-19 relief money and reward others in the community ABC
VOA VIEW: A profiteer should be punished.
The United States is facing a COVID-19 surge this summer as the more contagious delta variant spreads. ABC
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss delta concerns as a new CDC study found vaccinated people made up 74% of cases in a beach town outbreak in Massachusetts. CBS
VOA VIEW: More Biden administration BS.
Kroger and Walmart last week also changed their coronavirus policies as COVID-19 cases jump in many states. CBS
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the latest COVID-19 surge driven by the Delta variant will get worse. Also, a last minute attempt to extend a federal ban on evictions was unsuccessful, so now millions of Americans could be facing eviction. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds. CBS
VOA VIEW: Fauci is a fool.
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Chuck Schumer aims to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill this week, before the Senate leaves for its August recess. CNBC
VOA VIEW: There should be no deal by Republicans.
While the vaccine milestone is a significant achievement, it should be seen as a floor, rather than a ceiling, health experts say. CNBC
The Treasury Department will begin conducting emergency cash-conservation steps to avoid busting the U.S. debt ceiling. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The debt-ceiling must stay in place.
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After almost a year, the national ban on evictions is now over. Some states, however, will continue to limit the proceedings for months more. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The Supreme has ruled that banning evictions cannot be continued.
Target said Monday that it will begin requiring masks for store employees in high-risk counties in the United States as determined by the latest CDC rankings. CNBC
The push for a four-day workweek has gained momentum during the coronavirus pandemic, but a shorter workweek may not resonate on Wall Street. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A four-day work week is hard to maintain workers who may have to work weekends.
To avoid lockdowns, people in the United States will have to do things that they won't necessarily want to do, such as wearing masks at indoor gatherings even if they're vaccinated and having kids mask up in schools, the director of the National Institutes of Health said Monday. CNN
VOA VIEW: These are mad times.
A DC police officer who responded to the US Capitol insurrection has died by suicide, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. CNN
VOA VIEW: The pressure should be put on Pelosi - she was negligent.
Former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Newsmax that the former president has been holding meetings with his 'cabinet' despite not being president. New York Times reporter and CNN political analyst Maggie Haberman has the details. CNN
VOA VIEW: Biden is president and doing a poor job, and so has his misfit cabinet.
The American Medical Association (AMA) is receiving criticism after its House of Delegates called for removing sex markers on birth certificates, with an advisory committee arguing that their inclusion "perpetuates a view that [sex] is immutable." FOX News
Police Executive Research Forum saw an 18% increase in resignations and a 45% increase in retirements compared to the prior year. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Police do not want responsibility when they are not backed.
VOA VIEW: They knew they were wrong.
The U.S. Air Force seeks prototypes for a microwave-based anti-drone system to be called Mjolnir, referring to the mythical hammer of Thor, it said on Monday. UPI
The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and its strike group will deploy from San Diego on Monday, the U.S. Navy announced. UPI
During a speech to lawmakers on Monday, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani called out the United States for abandoning his country as Taliban fighters step up efforts to take control of some areas. UPI
VOA VIEW: More Biden stupidity.
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AOC is a liberal idiot. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday slammed the White House and her Democratic colleagues for allowing the eviction moratorium to expire, urging party leaders to reconvene the House to extend the protections. “We have to really just call a spade a spade — we cannot in good faith blame the Republican Party when House Democrats have a majority,” Ocasio-Cortez said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I think there’s a couple of issues here,” she said. “First of all, you are absolutely correct in that the House and House leadership had the opportunity to vote to extend the moratorium, and there were many, and there was, frankly, a handful, of conservative Democrats in the House that threatened to get on planes rather than hold this vote,” the progressive lawmaker told host Jake Tapper. The federal eviction moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the coronavirus pandemic expired at midnight Saturday after the House left town for its August recess.
Millions of renters and homeowners are now at risk of being removed from their homes. The Supreme Court started the clock ticking on the July 31 deadline when it ruled in June that the CDC overstepped its authority with the moratorium. Despite the looming deadline, the White House did not call on Congress to extend the moratorium until Thursday.