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COVID-19 claims the lives of Black and Latino Americans earlier than it does for whites. Nonwhite victims are typically a decade younger than whites, the CDC says. LA Times
VOA VIEW: It's more habits than racism.
TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is under mounting pressure from lawmakers, who see the company as a potential national security threat. LA Times
Chief Justice Roberts sends a message that the Supreme Court is independent and not an ally of one party. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Robert is a flake.
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Under mounting pressure from scientists, the World Health Organization allowed that the coronavirus might float in the air and issued new guidelines recommending people avoid enclosed spaces with poor ventilation. LA Times
VOA VIEW: WHO should not be believed.
Face coverings are already compulsory on transport in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus. BBC
Family company's top exec, Robert Unanue, calls an anti-Trump Goya boycott an attempt at "suppression of speech." CBS
President Trump says Americans may soon receive another stimulus payment to help weather the coronavirus recession. CBS
Millions of Americans went back to work in May and June. Rising coronavirus caseloads could threaten their jobs again. But there's a silver lining: they can resume their unemployment benefits. CNBC
North Korean soldiers are feeling hare-ied by a recent request by military authorities to start breeding more rabbits — 15 of them to be exact, according to a new report. The directive from the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces came down June 7 ordering soldiers and their families to raise more bunnies to eat, including... New York Post
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More than 150 Minneapolis police officers are filing work-related disability claims after the death of George Floyd and ensuing unrest, with about three-quarters citing post-traumatic stress disorder as the reason for their planned departures, according to an attorney representing the officers. Their duty disability claims, which will take months to process, come as... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Good game plan.
President Trump has repeatedly ridiculed Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s fitness to be president. Mr. Biden’s campaign has called it a smear that has backfired. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The NYT is not credible.
The social network has been under intense pressure for allowing misinformation and hate speech to spread on its site. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Seeing is believing.
New Orleans City Council President Jason Williams and an attorney in his law firm pleaded not guilty to federal tax fraud charges on Friday. Williams, 47, and Nicole Burdett, 39, appeared remotely before a federal magistrate judge and entered their pleas to charges of conspiracy, preparing ... Washington Times
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The Justice Department plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that halted the first federal execution in nearly two decades after family members of the victims raised concerns they would be at high risk for coronavirus if they had to travel to attend it. Daniel Lee, 47, had ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: As they should.
China has rejected any prospect of joining in trilateral arms limitation talks with the U.S., calling reports from Washington that it would do so a distortion of its stated position ABC
Only a small percentage of borrower data is available to the public. ABC
VOA VIEW: Thieves and opportunists cheated the needy.
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A Honduran family's quest for asylum in United States shows how difficult it has become to seek asylum during the coronavirus pandemic ABC
VOA VIEW: It should be difficult to enter the US illegally.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the rally was postponed due to a storm, as it would have been held in an outdoor venue. CBS
The Catholic Church used an unprecedented exemption to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed aid. CBS
VOA VIEW: This is a major rip-off.
Nation's second-largest automaker won't give up its status as top seller of transportation for law enforcement. CBS
Trump blamed China for not stopping the spread of the coronavirus, according to reporters who were traveling with the president on Air Force One. CNBC
VOA VIEW: China is the biggest loser.
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"In our current situation, it is very unlikely that we can eradicate or eliminate this virus," said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's health emergencies program. CNBC
VOA VIEW: WHO cannot be trusted.
"Dr. Fauci's a nice man, but he's made a lot of mistakes," Trump said in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Fauci is a loser
In a series of tweets, Trump said too many universities and school systems are about "Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education." CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good - they mostly have a liberal agenda.
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• Goya CEO tells Fox he won't apologize after his praise for Trump sparks boycott • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Chef José Andrés and more criticize Goya CEO CNN
A circuit judge ordered Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday to cease issuing or enforcing executive orders related to Covid-19 on the same day that the Democrat signed an executive order mandating that Kentuckians must wear a facial covering or mask in public in certain situations. CNN
VOA VIEW: Double standards.
St. Petersburg police officers will no longer respond to non-violent 911 calls, such as those involving quality-of-life complaints or mental health concerns. FOX News
French President Emmanuel Macron urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to move forward with plans to annex portions of the West Bank in a phone conversation late Thursday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Israel should go forward.
The United States has approved Taiwan's purchase of upgrades to Patriot III missiles for about $620 million, a move that is being welcomed in Taipei amid high tensions with China. UPI
California is suing the Trump administration over its new policy requiring international students to take in-person classes amid the coronavirus pandemic, or face deportation. UPI
VOA VIEW: A waste of time.
United Airlines and its pilots union have reached an agreement for voluntary furloughs and early retirement in an effort to ease economic hardship and anticipated industry job cuts in the coming months. UPI
The United States' top general told Congress officials are working to corroborate reports Russia offered the Taliban bounties to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and that they will act if the reports are confirmed. UPI
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Pelosi is an idiot.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday refused to condemn protesters who toppled a statue of Christoper Columbus in her hometown of Baltimore before tossing it in a nearby harbor, blowing it off by saying, “People will do what they do.”“I think that its up to the communities to decide what statues they want to see,” Pelosi (D. Calif) said when pressed on the July 4 incident where a mob of activists tore down the statue of Columbus, dragged it to the edge of Inner Harbor and threw it into the water, according to local media reports. Explaining her position, the Democratic lawmaker, 80, said she wasn’t a sentimental person, and even went so far as to compare monuments to her grandmother’s earrings, which she hadn’t kept.
“I’m not one of those people who’s wedded to, ‘Oh, a statue to somebody someplace is an important thing’,” she told reporters at a press briefing on Capitol Hill. “If the community doesn’t want the statue there, the statue shouldn’t be there,” she said, skipping over the rule of law. “I don’t care that much about the statues.” When one reporter pushed back on Pelosi, suggesting it would be better for the City Council to remove the statue than a “mob in the middle of the night,” the congresswoman said: “People will do what they do.”
Pelosi’s nonchalant stance towards the toppling of statues around the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death stands in stark contrast to President Trump, who has warned he would pursue hefty criminal sentences for offenders. Pelosi, whose father was the mayor of Baltimore from 1947 to 1959, also took a different stance to local leaders who condemned the protester’s behavior. Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. Jack Young said he would not tolerate the destruction of the statue of the 15th century Italian explorer who colonized the Americas. “If we identify them, they will be brought to justice,” Young said, according to the Baltimore Sun. “We support peaceful protest. This is not a peaceful protest,” Young added. “It is unacceptable.”