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Health officials are warning people who are infected with monkeypox to stay away from household pets, since the animals could be at risk of catching the virus ABC
VOA VIEW: No one really knows the entire problem.
Congressional committees on Tuesday accused the DHS inspector general of delaying answers on missing Secret Service texts, hint at subpoena to force compliance. ABC
VOA VIEW: The Biden admin hide much information.
King's Hawaiian issued a voluntary recall of its pretzel hamburger and slider buns and pretzel bites. ABC

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U.S. regulators have finalized a long-awaited rule that's expected to allow millions of Americans to buy hearing aids without a prescription ABC
VOA VIEW: Prices will drop.
Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone his one-time deputy have been interviewed by the FBI regarding documents stored at Mar-a-Lago, sources tell ABC News. ABC
The bill passed the House and Senate along party lines last week. CBS
VOA VIEW: The bill is a total slush fund for Dems and blue states - no real inflation deduction.
The planned test had been postponed after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan; China reacted to the visit by announcing live-fire exercises in the waters surrounding the island. CBS
VOA VIEW: Postponement was due to Biden weakness.
Jonathan and Diana Toebbe pleaded guilty to espionage charges in February. But the judge rejected their plea agreements. CBS
The move came as officials predict levels at Lake Mead, the largest U.S. reservoir, will plummet even further. CBS
VOA VIEW: Poor planning.

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The Department of Homeland Security inspector general says he's following federal guidelines for ongoing probes. CBS
VOA VIEW: The DHS is deflecting problematic info in the texts.
The belts may not properly restrain a passenger in a crash, increasing the risk of injury, regulators said. CBS
The FBI said in a statement it "follows search and seizure procedures ordered by courts, then returns items that we do not need to be retained for law enforcement purposes." CBS
VOA VIEW: It shows that there were unwarranted seizures.
Title 42 allows U.S. border officials to quickly expel migrants and asylum-seekers on public health grounds. CBS

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Rep. Liz Cheney, Trump's biggest GOP critic in the House and a leader on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot select committee, is expected to lose to Harriet Hageman. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good!
The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that it would cancel the student loans for 208,000 borrowers who attended ITT Technical Institute. CNBC
Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the U.S. and wider West, claiming Tuesday that America wants to drag out the war in Ukraine. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Putin is an idiot.

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A growing backlog at European ports and shutdowns in China due to power rationing and heat is creating snarls for major trade lanes. CNBC
Blumenthal said his staff found the same type of deceptive ads violating Google's policies that it said it removed after a 2021 investigation by The Markup. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Google must lose title 230.
President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, calling it one of the "most significant laws in our history," pouring billions into fighting climate change, enhancing healthcare and mitigating rising prices. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden, again talks nonsense - nothing he says are true.
Two House Democrats on Tuesday accused the head of the Department of Homeland Security of obstructing investigations into missing Secret Service text messages related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. UPI
VOA VIEW: Dems would not like to hear or see the truth.
The cost of gas keeps falling in the U.S. during the normally busy summer driving season, but experts say the lower prices may lead to more cars on the road and possibly an uptick in prices at the pump. UPI
VOA VIEW: Gas prices will go up.

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August 18, 2022

     Former President Donald Trump urged Republicans not to become complacent ahead of November’s midterm elections and warned that the U.S. stands at the precipice of becoming “Venezuela on steroids” should Democrats maintain control in Washington.  America is in for a battle for its future.

     Mr. Trump, who headlined the Conservative Political Action Conference in Texas, continues to wield significant clout in the GOP and backed several successful primary candidates as the party eyes a red wave in Congress in the fall. But he said now is not the time for the party to rest on its laurels.  “This is no time for complacency,” he said. “We have to seize this opportunity to deal with the radical left, socialist lunatics and fascists. And we have to hit them very, very hard. It has to be a crippling defeat.”

     “We have to run aggressive, unrelenting and boldly populist campaigns,” he said.   Republicans who have bucked the former president faced daunting odds in the primaries. But Democrats have hoped to leverage the same fervor that has given rise to their Republican opponents to their advantage in the fall betting that, when all is said and done, voters will back moderate Democrats over Republicans who remain in Trump’s pocket.