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Partisan legislators seek power to draw gerrymanders without judicial oversight, a case that began with North Carolina Republicans' redistricting map. LA Times
Gov. Kathy Hochul is eying a proposed law that would allow casino operators to hire a diverse range of convicted felons of all kinds -- from drug peddlers to killers. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Hochul is showing her true persona now that she won the election.
President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder is calling for Kanye West's music to be removed from streaming services, saying the rapper is “espousing Nazism” and must be deplatformed. New York Post
VOA VIEW: West is a mentally disturbed person.
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What do you do when the data don't fit your ideology? Increasingly, modern progressives — from the educrats of New York's Board of Regents to the capitalists running energy giant BP — look to suppress them. New York Post
A Manhattan judge let one of the two men accused of plotting to attack New York City synagogues walk free without bail Wednesday — after prosecutors demanded that he be kept in custody for the second time in two weeks. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The left has twisted the law and is causing mayhem.
The discovery came as series of searches were conducted by a team hired by the former president, after a federal judge directed his lawyers to look for any materials still in his possession. New York Times
Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the disputed annexation of Ukrainian territories but rejected concerns over nuclear weapons. Updates.
VOA VIEW: Talk is cheap and unbelievable.
The changes come after rare nationwide protests against controls that separated families and forced people to quarantine outside their homes.
VOA VIEW: Xi is acting concerned, put it won't last long.
Republicans chipped away at what they say is the Pentagon's "woke" culture with this year's must-pass defense policy bill, notching several policy wins against the military vaccine mandate and turning back efforts by congressional Democrats to require women to register for the draft and require additional reporting on political extremism in the ranks. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The woke culture must be defeated.
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The New York Times is bracing for a 24-hour walkout Thursday by hundreds of journalists and other employees, in what would be the first strike of its kind at the newspaper in more than 40 years. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It will only be good if conservatives prevail
Sen. Raphael Warnock's win over Herschel Walker in Georgia's runoff election for U.S. Senate delivered another blow to the Republicans and further strained former President Donald Trump's grip on the GOP, prying open a wider lane for his potential 2024 rivals. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Trump was asked not to participate in the Walker runoff - Kemp would make it happen - he failed.
President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed legislation curbing the use of confidentiality agreements that block victims of sexual harassment from speaking publicly about misconduct in the workplace. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: How can any agreement be outlawed?
Thousands of officers have carried out a series of raids in Germany against suspected far-right extremists who allegedly sought to overthrow the state by force. ABC
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Electronic cigarette maker Juul Labs has reached settlements covering more than 8,000 cases brought by about 10,000 plaintiffs related to its vaping products ABC
The number of adult immigrants who became U.S. citizens was only greater in 1996 and 2008, when 1,040,991 and 1,046,539 adults were naturalized. CBS
VOA VIEW: Legal immigrants are welcome.
"Whether the battle for Ukraine fills one with hope or with fear, Volodymyr Zelensky galvanized the world in a way we haven't seen in decades," Time's editor in chief wrote. CBS
VOA VIEW: Time's is a trash tabloid.
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The case Moore v. Harper stems from North Carolina Republicans' redrawing of the state's congressional map after the 2020 Census. CBS
VOA VIEW: All the facts must be known.
After a high-stakes runoff, Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock is heading back to Capitol Hill. CBS News congressional correspondent Nikole Killion and Washington correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tia Mitchell break down how Warnock was able to come out on top againt Republican Herschel Walker. CBS
VOA VIEW: A sad loss for Georgia and the US.
Elon Musk has converted some conference rooms at the social media company's hub into sleeping quarters, according to Forbes. CBS
Residents in Moore County, North Carolina are in a race to save perishable goods after "targeted" attacks on two North Carolina power substations continues to leave thousands of homes and businesses without power. CBS News has also learned other states, including Oregon and Washington, are also reporting power outage attacks, according to government officials. Mark Strassmann has the latest. CBS
VOA VIEW: The culprits must be caught and punished.
The bank leaders are providing evidence that the Fed's campaign to subdue inflation by raising borrowing costs is beginning to impact consumer behavior. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The economy is hurting.
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In notes on Wednesday, analysts predicted that Meta, Google's YouTube and Snap would stand to gain from a TikTok ban in the U.S. CNBC
VOA VIEW: TIKTOK must be banned, and the other big tech companies should be stripped of Section 230.
Prescriptions for ADHD medications have been rising, which is leading to long waiting times for treatment and medication shortages in the U.S. CNBC
The decision comes as a growing number of cities have voted to curb gas consumption in buildings. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A dumb and bad idea.
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Pfizer said the FDA has accepted its RSV vaccine candidate for review under an expedited process that reduces the approval process by four months. CNBC
National Economic Council Director Brian Deese said the U.S. economy is resilient and poised to become a center of productivity despite historic inflation. CNBC
The cost of ocean freight from China bound for the U.S. West Coast has plunged year over year as demand falls more rapidly than logistics managers forecast. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As they should.
GOP leader Kevin McCarthy's struggle to win 218 votes to be House speaker threatens to delay Republicans' plans to hit the ground running in the new majority. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Only foolish Republicans will start a problem.
Partnership comes at a time of huge disruption within global energy markets following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. CNBC
Your three-digit credit score can determine the interest rate you’ll pay for credit cards, car loans and mortgages. The higher your score, the lower the rate. CNBC
VOA VIEW: CS should be better reported.
Lawyers for former President Donald Trump recently hired a team to search four of his properties for any potentially remaining classified materials, according to a source familiar the matter. CNN
The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, US Capitol attack is weighing criminal referrals for former President Donald Trump and a number of his closest allies, multiple sources tell CNN. CNN
VOA VIEW: It shows Dems fear Trump, politically.
Donald Trump's legal team will be back in court Wednesday morning to try to convince an federal appeals court that the former president should be immune from liability in three separate lawsuits stemming from the January 6, 2021, insurrection. CNN
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
Elon Musk is on the verge of losing his status as the world's richest person, at least according to one metric. CNN
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new six-part docu-series is set to drop on Netflix on Thursday. CNN
Oregon's Measure 114, which will tighten gun laws in the state, has faced numerous setbacks by lawsuits and outcry from law enforcement over the implementation of such laws. FOX News
VOA VIEW: It's unconstitutional.
Maryland's executive branch of government is banning the use of TikTok and certain other China and Russia-based platforms. Recently, South Dakota enacted a similar ban. FOX News
While the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps have paused separating troops for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine, the Army has continued to kick out soldiers who don't comply. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The Army is acting foolish.
A border patrol agent was killed in a high-speed chase with a group of illegal immigrants in Texas on Wednesday. The agent leaves behind two children, but has not been identified. FOX News
Peruvian President Pedro Castillo Wednesday said in a public address he was dissolving Congress and imposing an emergency government to rule by decree hours before a scheduled vote Wednesday to impeach him. UPI
U.S. retail gasoline prices are following broader commodity prices lower, charting four straight weeks of declines. UPI
German authorities arrested 25 people connected with the so-called conspiracy Reich Citizens movement with planning a violent far-right overthrowing of the country's government. UPI
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it has neither pushed Ukraine or provided help with them striking military targets within Russian borders but it would vigorously assist Kyiv in defending itself. UPI
China announced Wednesday that it would loosen its stringent zero-COVID controls after widespread protests against the draconian policies broke out across the country and escalated into calls for greater freedom. UPI
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ON THIS DAY 81 YEARS AGO AT 7:55 IN THE MORNING, THE FIRST DIVE BOMBERS FROM A JAPANESE AIRCRAFT CARRIER ARRIVED OVER Pearl Harbor. IN A LITTLE OVER AN HOUR THE JAPANESE COMPLETED THEIR MISSION AND OFFICIALLY BROUGHT THE UNITED STATES INTO WORLD WAR II.
PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT MADE THE STATEMENT THAT THIS WAS A DATE THAT WOULD LIVE IN INFAMY. HAS IT AND WILL IT? THE LIBERAL MEDIA AND THOSE OF THE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS PERSUASION HAVE BEEN PLAYING DOWN THIS DATE YEAR AFTER YEAR. IT IS NOW TALKED ABOUT AND MENTIONED IN AN APOLOGETIC WAY. TO DISCUSS IT MIGHT OFFEND THE JAPANESE. BUT WHAT CAN BE FOUND TO BE OFFENSIVE BY ANY AMERICAN IS JAPANESE TOURISTS VISITING AND TAKING PICTURES AT THE SUNKEN MONUMENT OF THE ARIZONA.
NO, WE SHOULD NOT HARBOR ILL FEELINGS TOWARDS THE JAPANESE OF TODAY. THERE ARE MANY GOOD LOYAL AMERICANS OF JAPANESE ANCESTRY. WE MUST LIVE IN PEACE AND HARMONY. HOWEVER, WE SHOULD NOT INSULT THE MEMORY OF ALL THOSE WHO FOUGHT AN DIED TO DEFEAT THAT EVIL EMPIRE.
MAN MUST LEARN FROM HIS MISTAKES SO THAT HE CAN AVOID REPEATING THEM. HOW CAN THAT HAPPEN IF THE PAST IS CAREFULLY SWEPT UNDER THE CARPET? MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE WRONG NOT TO HEADLINE NEWS STORIES COMMEMORATING THE ANNIVERSARY OF Pearl Harbor TODAY. REGARDLESS, A FEW WILL REMEMBER AND KEEP THE WATCH.
A POINT OF IRONY IS THAT THE SAME LIBERAL MEDIA THAT WRITE AGAINST THE OFFENSIVE NATURE OF THE CONFEDERATE FLAG MAKE NO COMMENT REGARDING THE JAPANESE FLAG OF THE RISING SUN -- A SYMBOL THAT HAS COST THE LIVES OF MANY AMERICANS AND OTHERS -- A FLAG THAT REPRESENTS BARBARIC ACTS COMMITTED TO OPPOSING MILITARY FORCES AND CIVILIANS.