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A flood of cheap Chinese electric car exports has raised the specter of another trade war with the U.S. And it has Tesla worried. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is allowing China to gain over the US.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump abruptly canceled a campaign rally in North Carolina on Saturday because of an incoming storm, telling the crowd he was "devastated" and promising to return to the battleground state soon. Newsmax
Amid posts about his canceled rally Saturday night and decrying the unwinding of presidential immunity by his political persecuting prosecutors, Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hailed battleground polls favoring him on "trust to do a better job." Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Trump should win big.

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A new COVID-19 revelation has come about via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request released Friday indicating that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) had funded coronavirus gain-of-function research in Wuhan. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Fauci should be in jail.
The $95 billion House foreign aid bill passed Saturday has important accountability features unlike the Senate’s blank check, says House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: We will see how accountability is prevails.
A Honduran national who had been living in the United States illegally was released into the community after he had been arrested for sexually assaulting a minor, ICE reported on Friday. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Pitiful!
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaking outside the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, called for action against Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., immediately following the House vote on foreign aid bills totaling billions of dollars. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
Should Donald Trump be found guilty in any of his four criminal cases, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-S.C., would like to see the former president no longer eligible for Secret Service protection. House Homeland Security Committee Democrats on Friday posted the comments of ... Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Fools will did all they can to keep Trump from campaigning.
President Joe Biden's special counsel Jack Smith, seeking to convict former President Donald Trump for challenging the 2020 presidential election and retaining White House documents under the Presidential Records Act, will threaten democracy, Trump says. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Never has one party worked so hard to keep another from the polls.

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London's police force has been forced to issue two apologies after officers threatened to arrest an "openly Jewish" man if he refused to leave the area around a pro-Palestinian march because his presence risked provoking the demonstrators. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: A dumb action.
Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton slammed President Biden's handling of Israel's response to Iran, accusing the administration of exerting "enormous pressure" on Israel's Friday response to Iran's attack last weekend. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden has no honest reason to be president.
The Palestinian native said "I need to apologize" for his language to Torres -- which was widely blasted as racist -- but still went on to describe the congressman as "a shill being used by Israel." New York Post
The New York Times headline hinted at the injustice of Donald Trump by declaring: “Trump on Trial vs. Biden on the Trail: An Unusual 2024 Stretch Begins.” New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden is a sham.

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It was a week to remember for West Virginia track-and-field athlete Becky Pepper-Jackson, but not so much for the girls competing against the transgender teen. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: An undeserved win.
The foreign aid bills' passage marked a pivotal moment for House Speaker Mike Johnson. CBS
VOA VIEW: Looks bad for Johnson.
U.S. officials have said Section 702 of FISA is crucial in disrupting terrorist attacks, cyber intrusions, and foreign espionage. CBS
VOA VIEW: Minor changes.

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The company said the legislation would "trample the free speech rights" of TikTok users. CBS
VOA VIEW: It must be ousted, ASAP.
Twelve students and a teacher were killed during the school shooting the worst the nation had seen at the time. CBS
VOA VIEW: Sad!
The RNC announced an ambitious initiative to monitor vote processing in the 2024 presidential election. CBS
VOA VIEW: Needed!
The Bitcoin network completed its fourth "halving," which reduces miners' rewards and helps the cryptocurrency maintain its digital gold quality. CNBC
Volkswagen workers in Tennessee have voted in favor of the United Auto Workers — marking the union's first successful organizing drive of a foreign automaker. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A major mistake.

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President Biden mocked Donald Trump for Trump Media's stock decline in a Pennsylvania speech. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden opens his mouth with stupidity.
Investors seem to believe that Israel's limited retaliatory strike has provided Iran with an off ramp to refrain from counterattacking. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Israel made a miner strike.
Trump's New York hush money trial completed jury selection on Friday and will introduce opening statements on Monday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The judge is a liberal idiot.

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Tesla has issued a voluntary recall of 3,878 of its Cybertruck vehicles to repair a "trapped pedal" issue seen in a viral TikTok video. CNBC
Donald Trump owns nearly 60% of Trump Media, which operates the Truth Social app. DJT shares are sharply down since their March trading debut. CNBC
Citadel Securities, whose founder is Ken Griffin, was mentioned in a letter by Trump Media CEO Devin Nunes. Donald Trump owns most Trump Media shares. CNBC
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago president Austan Goolsbee on Friday said "more sniffing" is needed before the Fed can cut interest rates. Here's what to know. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Inflation is growing.
After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, complaints that pregnant women were turned away from emergency rooms in the U.S. spiked in 2022, according to federal documents. FOX News
The U.S. Border Patrol has asserted its authority to confiscate cannabis shipments as New Mexico businesses file complaints that more than $300,000 worth of marijuana has been seized. FOX News
VOA VIEW: So be it.
The Air National Guard has delayed a plan for its Alaska unit that would have converted 80 Active Guard and Reserve members to dual status tech positions. FOX News
Some protesters near Columbia University shouted pro-Hamas slogans this week as the anti-Israel protest began at the private university. FOX News
VOA VIEW: They should be jailed.
The United States will withdraw more than 1,000 troops from Niger as the African nation deepens ties with Russia. UPI
President Joe Biden on Saturday signed the Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act hours after its passage in the Senate, renewing a controversial but reformed warrantless surveillance law. UPI
VOA VIEW: Miner changes were made.
N.Y. Attorney General Letitia James on Friday asked a judge to void Donald Trump's $175 million bond in his civil fraud case as she cast doubt on the ability of the company that posted it to secure an amount that high. UPI
VOA VIEW: James is the real fraud.
A third House Republican is seeking to strip the gavel from Speaker Mike Johnson's, R-La., hands. UPI
VOA VIEW: All fools.

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     DHS is one of the biggest spreader of misinformation.  The Department of Homeland Security has claimed in internally circulated memos that it has regulatory or statutory authority to seek out and ask social media companies to censor accounts and individuals it has deemed are spreading misinformation. 


     The memos, dated as early as February 2022, include pages titled “DHS Authorities in the MDM Space,” shorthand for misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation. But the pages are completely blank, redacted by DHS, which relied on exemptions under a Freedom of Information Act request by the libertarian Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

     The documents refer to a “Ukraine playbook.” The memos ostensibly were generated prior to last year’s launch of the DHS’ Disinformation Governance Board, which was disbanded only weeks after its revelation due to publicity of the office. However, the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana subsequently filed suit against the Biden administration, winning a July 4 court order prohibiting it from further contact with social media companies. The order by U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty claimed the DHS “seems to have assumed a role similar to an Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth.’

    The Supreme Court stayed the order until Friday, when it was expected to rule further. AFPF’s Director of Investigations Kevin Schmidt said that while the Disinformatio n Governance Board may have been disbanded, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified to the Senate Homeland Security in May 2022 that the office was supposed to have developed “guidelines” and “guardrails” so as to “not infringe on people’s free speech rights.”  Since the board has been disbanded, and the DHS has responded to the FOIA request with redacted critical information, it is unclear what those guidelines and guardrails are or under what authority the DHS is operating.