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President Biden's Republican critics charge that he has foisted a "bait and switch" on voters — that he campaigned as a moderate but veered abruptly to the left after he arrived at the White House. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is weak and is following the left and progressives.
Companies have been outspoken about many issues in the the past, including race relations and gun control. Karol Markowicz writes it's time for businesses to speak up about rising crime. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Woke companies are not for America.
Trust the science. That’s what Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been telling us for the past year in justifying the draconian and crippling COVID measures enacted under his emergency powers. The restrictions were not his fault, he suggested; he had to follow the directives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He even endlessly claimed... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Cuomo is playing games to deflect his own problems.

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The CDC issued new guidelines allowing fully vaccinated Americans to go without wearing a mask in most instances. The Post editorial board writes that it's time for politicians to keep up and unmask. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Stupidity!
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel defended his nation’s bombing of Gaza. Here’s the latest. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Total madness?
The largely liberal, secular beachside city has a reputation for being a hedonistic bubble. But during the past week, Tel Aviv has been targeted by at least 160 rockets. New York Times
Fleeing virus-devastated economies, migrants are traveling long distances to reach the United States and then walking through gaps in the border wall. The Arizona desert has become a favorite crossing point. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The border is open, regardless what Biden says.
Vaccinated people can safely take off masks in most circumstances, according to new health rules. What's to stop unvaccinated people from unmasking?       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Time will tell what will be.
The Trump administration moved the embassy to Jerusalem, supported Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights and cut Palestinian aid.       USA Today

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The Israeli military spokesman said Israeli troops were trying to trick Hamas into going into its network of underground tunnels, but he denied being part of the ploy.       USA Today
Police officers across the country have been fired, demoted or otherwise disciplined for social media posts that voice opposition to Black Lives Matter and violence during racial justice protests. In recent weeks, two policewomen in New Jersey were fired or demoted for calling BLM protesters “terrorists,” and a police officer ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Police should not be punished for exercising their First Amendment right.
A self-published book warning that neo-Marxist thought and leftist practices such as diversity training are threatening to undermine the effectiveness of the U.S. military has cost a senior officer in the U.S. Space Force his command. Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron at Colorado’s Buckley ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Truth should not be punished to prevent it from being told.
President Joe Biden, under political pressure, agreed to admit four times as many refugees this budget year as his predecessor did, but resettlement agencies concede the number actually allowed into the U.S. will be closer to the record-low cap of 15,000 set by former President Donald ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden's stupidity is not working, but harming the US.

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Schiff said the U.S. has to be involved in a "sustained diplomatic engagement" to bring an end to the violence between Israel and Hamas. CBS
VOA VIEW: Schiff is a conniving liar.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president's chief medical adviser, says "the accumulation of all of those scientific facts, information and evidence brought the CDC to make that decision, to say, now when you're vaccinated, you don't need to wear a mask, not only outdoors, but you don't need to wear it indoors." CBS
VOA VIEW: Fauci is an unbelievable liar.
"I think any country has to defend itself. It has a natural right of self-defense," Netanyahu told "Face the Nation." CBS
VOA VIEW: Israel has the right to defend itself.

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CBS News foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reports from Tel Aviv on the dramatic escalation of violence in the Mideast. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden's weakness and Arab support is the main cause.
Since the assassination of JFK, the United States Secret Service has stepped up its mission to protect the president and others. But as described by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Carol Leonnig in her new book, "Zero Fail," the USSS is an agency reluctant to examine its operational failures, jeopardizing the Secret Service's mission. Correspondent Jim Axelrod talks with Leonnig; former agent Jonathan Wackrow, who served 14 years with the Secret Service; and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, about the challenges facing the Service, including a major one: transparency. CBS
VOA VIEW: The secret service and FBI have lost American people trust.
Colonial Pipeline has returned its entire system to normal operations and is delivering millions of gallons of fuel each hour. CNBC
The Paycheck Protection Program was supposed to run through May 31. But by the first week of May, it ran out of money. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A lot of games have been played.
GOP Rep. Liz Cheney on Sunday doubled down in opposing the direction her party is headed following Donald Trump's election defeat, as other congressional Republicans, including the congresswoman who replaced her in House leadership, said it's time to move on from intraparty politics. CNN
VOA VIEW: Cheney is becoming a major trouble maker.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy took to Fox News to praise former President Trump's energy, while criticizing that of President Biden. CNN
VOA VIEW: Going from self dependent to having to buy oil from Russia is a major loss.
AccuWeather meteorologists say another round of severe weather and flooding will develop in the United States in the middle of May, but this time, threats will be focused on the center of the country, rather than the Southeast. UPI
Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City killed at least 33 people in Gaza City, including two boys 1 and 3, early Sunday morning in the deadliest day since fighting between the two sides in one week, the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said. UPI
VOA VIEW: Hamas is counting on Biden weakness.

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     National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins accused Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Friday of spreading “misinformation” about the use of federal grant money by the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. The NIH is wrong and lying.

     Earlier this week, Paul accused the NIH and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of funding so-called “gain of function” research into bat coronaviruses through grants. Gain of function research refers to the process of studying viruses by making them more virulent and transmissible in people. “It’s really unfortunate that a lot of misinformation is being spread around here,” Collins insisted on Fox News’ “Special Report”.

     “Let me be very clear, we never approved any grant that would have supported gain of function research on dangerous coronaviruses to see if they could be more transmissible or lethal for individuals in the human species,” he added. “That was not something that we would have done … we never approved that kind of research and that’s something Sen. Paul might want to be a bit more clear about.”