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Zelensky's top priority: Make sure the number of Republicans unwilling to continue funding the war effort doesn't get any bigger. LA Times
VOA VIEW: An open account is untentible.
A study published in Science estimated that Mexican cartels recruit about 360 workers each week to replace those lost to violence or incarceration. LA Times
The new COVID-19 vaccine rollout is off to a rocky start, with reports emerging of insured Americans being billed nearly $200 for the shot, which received FDA approval last week. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Another Biden mess.
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Aja Evans, a 2014 Olympic bobsled bronze medalist, has filed a lawsuit alleging that a doctor who worked on Team USA's medical staff subjected her to nearly a decade of sexual abuse and harassment during treatment. Newsmax
Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis did not hold back in his criticism of President Joe Biden's administration, U.S. public health policy under COVID-19, and government "misinformation," and the lack of scientific support for vaccine pushes. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: It is a matter of lack of trust.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is sending Texas National Guard troops to the southern border to hold off what he declared in a letter to President Joe Biden to be an "invasion" of illegal migrants. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Somebody must do something to stop the illegal madness.
U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's attempt to restart his stalled spending agenda failed Thursday when Republicans for a third time blocked a procedural vote on defense spending, raising the risk of a government shutdown in just 10 days. Newsmax
New York State might finally have reached a watershed moment, according to Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul, who is suggesting that being a sanctuary state is no longer tenable under President Joe Biden's open border policies. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: How long will the obvious last?
The directive is intended to embed the cost of climate change into all federal agencies. But it is not legally binding and could come with legal and logistical challenges. New York Times
VOA VIEW: More stupid waste.
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Vice President Kamala Harris said Thursday that the Biden administration is taking the first steps toward removing medical bills from people's credit scores, which could improve ratings for millions of people. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A false credit score is misleading.
A tropical storm warning was issued Thursday from coastal North Carolina to Delaware ahead of a potential tropical cyclone that's approaching the densely populated East Coast. Washington Times
A federal appeals court is considering cases out of North Carolina and West Virginia that could have significant implications on whether individual states are required to cover health care for transgender people with government-sponsored insurance. Washington Times
President Joe Biden ordered federal agencies to continue holding Norfolk Southern accountable for its February derailment in eastern Ohio and appoint a FEMA official to oversee East Palestine's recovery, but he still stopped short of declaring a disaster. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is playing games.
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Congress is nearing a deadline to avoid a federal government shutdown. One federal agency paying close attention is FEMA, which is tasked with helping communities like the Vermont towns ravaged by flooding in July. But between FEMA's already tight budget and the congressional impasse, communities struggling to recover could end up feeling the squeeze. CBS
VOA VIEW: Sad for those in need.
The Biden campaign is also releasing a new ad to try to improve support with Hispanic voters. CBS
VOA VIEW: What else would be said at this time, but good news for Republicans.
In a new book, former Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson alleges Rudy Giuliani groped her on the day of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. A spokesperson for Giuliani denies the claim. CBS
VOA VIEW: Hutchinson is a loser.
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Thousands of migrants have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in recent days, overwhelming facilities and prompting one city to issue a disaster declaration. CBS
U.S. border agents apprehended roughly 140,000 migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border during the first 20 days of September, an average of roughly 6,900 each day. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden stupidity.
The jackpot is now the eighth largest in the history of the Powerball game in a year of big wins. CBS
Murdoch's departure comes as his media empire, which includes The Wall Street Journal and Fox News, gears up for the 2024 election. CNBC
Higher mortgage rates and lower inventory levels are hitting homebuyers hard. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The nation's financial security is being lost.
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Credit card rates and debt are at an all-time high as the Federal Reserve raised borrowing costs to tame inflation. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The Federal Reserve has hurt the US economy.
A military judge could rule as soon as Thursday whether an accused 9/11 architect held at Guantánamo Bay is competent to stand trial after PTSD diagnosis. FOX News
A measure that would federally protect a South Dakota site where U.S. Army soldiers massacred hundreds of Native Americans in 1890 has been approved by the U.S. House. FOX News
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According to the U.S. Census, which recorded its most detailed race and ethnicity data in 2020, America has 3.5 million Middle Eastern or North African residents. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The numbers seem very low.
The number of people filing for unemployment benefits for the first time last week tumbled to its lowest total since January, according to new statistics released by the Labor Department on Thursday. UPI
VOA VIEW: It makes no sense.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Washington Thursday to meet with congressional leaders before holding talks with U.S. President Joe Biden. UPI
A growing dispute between war-stricken Ukraine and ally Poland has led to Warsaw announcing it has stopped sending military weapons to Kyiv on Wednesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Is the coalition failing?
Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, has been ordered to appear in person next month for his first court hearing on felony gun charges after a judge denied his request Wednesday to appear virtually. UPI
VOA VIEW: No more special privileges.
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Fighting Americans are booted for migrants is un-American. A well-known veterans’ advocate made up a story about two dozen ex-military members getting ousted from hotels to make way for migrants in upstate New York, according to a state assemblyman.
Nearly two dozen homeless veterans living in New York hotels had their stays cut short in order to make room for migrants arriving from the U.S. southern border, according to a nonprofit. An executive with the Yerik Israel Toney Foundation said the upstate hotels informed the veterans last week that their bookings were being ended and they would have to find new lodging, the New York Post reported. “Our veterans have been placed in another hotel due to what’s going on with the immigrants,” nonprofit CEO Sharon Toney-Finch told the newspaper. The Yerik Israel Toney Foundation helps homeless and low-income veterans in need of living assistance.
Ms. Toney-Finch said the hotels didn’t explicitly say the veterans were being told to leave so they could accommodate migrant arrivals, but she said the timing of the decision made it clear. She said she suspects the government’s willingness to pay above-market prices to house the migrants is why hotels cooperate. A January court ruling allowed a Holiday Inn in Manhattan to charge up to $190 per night while it served as a shelter for migrants. The hotel’s average daily room rate at the time was $102. “Whether you agree with asylum-seekers being here or not, we can’t just ignore these veterans that are in our charge that we are supposed to protect: the New Yorkers and Americans,” state Assemblyman Brian Maher, a Republican who represents part of the Orange County area, told the Post.