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Republicans investigate how pro-Palestinian protests and an encampment on campus were handled after videos show some activists preventing passage of students deemed to be Zionist. LA Times
VOA VIEW: There is no valid UCLA excuse for their lack of prevention.
Senate Republicans again blocked a bill meant to clamp down on the number of migrants allowed to claim asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sought Thursday to underscore GOP resistance to the proposal. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Republicans did not block anything, they only did not vote for garbage.
The Colorado Republican Party said parents should pull their children out of public schools due to "LGBTQ indoctrination." Newsmax
VOA VIEW: As they should.

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A majority of Americans consider themselves middle class, according to a new Gallup poll. Newsmax
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., reportedly is furious at the "slow roll" of a law guaranteeing incentive pay parity to National Guardsmen and reservists for special skills with their active-duty counterparts. Newsmax
The 81-year-old Biden also mistakenly referred to his vice president as "President Kamala Harris" — making the error for at least the 8th time. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden is not all there.
An outcry of veterans and critics came forward and highlighted the bevy of American warriors who have been forsaken both on the battlefield and at home. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden BS.
The case concerned a constitutional puzzle: how to distinguish the roles of race and partisanship in drawing voting maps when Black voters overwhelmingly favor Democrats. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Tuff for Dems.
Such losses could hurt Ukrainian morale as Russia makes advances all along the front line. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Sad, but at a heavy loss.

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Fifty-two Democrats joined Republicans in favor of the legislation, which has little chance of enactment but offered the G.O.P. a chance to amplify Donald Trump’s claims of widespread illegal voting by noncitizens. New York Times
VOA VIEW: As it should be.
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday in a legal battle involving Coinbase, reasoning that when users agree to arbitration -- but in a separate contract are subject to a particular court jurisdiction -- it's up to judges to decide which agreement is valid and whether to send the legal conflict to arbitration or into trial. Washington Times
Fish oil supplements, widely recognized for their heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, have become a popular choice to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Washington Times
Half of swing-state voters are concerned about potential violence surrounding the upcoming presidential election. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are feared by most.

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The Justice Department filed a federal lawsuit accusing Ticketmaster and its parent company Live Nation of illegally monopolizing the live entertainment industry. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good!
Artificial intelligence can create fake images and videos of real people, including so-called deepfake porn. Congress is now considering a bill to make it illegal to share those images, exposing those who post deepfake porn to jail time and a hefty fine. There were more than 21,000 deepfake porn videos online last year. CBS
VOA VIEW: The situation must be stopped.
The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1 and ends on November 30. CBS
VOA VIEW: All must be watchful and prepared.

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Despite being critical of former President Donald Trump while on the campaign trail, former presidential candidate Nikki Haley said Wednesday that she will vote for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in November. CBS
VOA VIEW: She needs to be more humble.
The bill is likely to fail for a second time, but Democrats will try to use Republicans' resistance to shift the narrative on border security in their favor. CBS
VOA VIEW: The lie is clear - Biden's stupidity and lies.
Soaring auto insurance costs have been a principle driver behind inflation over the past year. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Thank Biden.
Ocean freight spot rates are experiencing a sudden, surprise spike as a container crunch in peak shipping season roils global trade and could hit the consumer. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The consumer always pays the blunt.
Higher mortgage rates were hampering sales of newly built homes in April. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Expected!

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The Harvard Corporation vetoed a decision by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to permit 13 seniors facing discipline for participating in an anti-Israel encampment to graduate. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good!
The business and office of Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens was raided by the FBI, although officials did not say whether the Mississippi prosecutor was suspected of wrongdoing. FOX News
A House committee is holding a hearing Thursday to discuss the ongoing protests advocating for Palestinians in Gaza and anti-Semitism on college campuses. UPI
VOA VIEW: The guilty should be punished.

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Mexico has the market cornered on tomato imports in the United States, and that has the U.S. Department of Commerce considering adding tariffs to protect domestic tomato growers. UPI
VOA VIEW: As they should.
An Orthodox rabbi has accused JetBlue Airways Corp. of discrimination for removing him from a flight after he asked to switch seats to avoid sitting next to a woman, which would violate his religious beliefs. UPI
VOA VIEW: A good point.
Patrick Space Force Base in Cape Canaveral, Fla., is the new headquarters for the U.S. Space Force Training and Readiness Command, which goes by STARCOM. UPI
Sen. Rick Scott of Florida announced Wednesday that he is making it a three-way race to succeed Mitch McConnell as the next Senate Republican leader. UPI

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     U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane ordered the release of all indigent criminal defendants held in Oregon jails if they are not appointed an attorney within a week of their first court appearances, The Oregonian newspaper reported.  Oregon has gone too far left.

    There were 135 indigent defendants housed in Oregon jails without access to a lawyer, according to the report.  "In essence, they have been locked away without a voice, being too poor to afford an advocate to speak for them in the courtroom," McShane wrote in his 32-page opinion.  The judge's order will take effect Nov. 16. Those released from jail can be placed on conditions while their cases are still pending, the judge's order said, according to the Oregonian.  McShane said that without the help of lawyers who could walk them through the legal process, jailed defendants would not be aware of their rights to bail release hearings.

      he order after a lawsuit was filed by the Oregon Federal Public Defender's Office this summer on behalf of Washington County criminal defendants. The suit asked that the court dismiss the cases due to a lack of legal representation.

     "The reason that defendants are not appearing at critical stages is that they don't have a lawyer," McShane wrote.  They don't have a lawyer to inform them of their rights to a bail or release hearing, review discovery, challenge an indictment, intervene in a grand jury process or seek preservation of evidence at critical proceedings, the judge said.  "Worse still, they sometimes plead guilty just to be released," McShane wrote. "Taken together, these practices highlight the need for swift appointment of counsel to ensure minimum protections for incarcerated defendants."

     The Washington Examiner noted that the order expands McShane's ruling from August, in which prisoners in Washington County who are without legal representation are to be released after 10 days.