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Under a proposed law, New York election officials would be required to provide “drop boxes” for voters to place their ballots in to avoid the June 23 primary debacle. State Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), introduced the legislation, which would authorize local boards of election to install ballot drop boxes at various locations. New York Post
Democratic lawmakers in Albany are never satisfied: Their party already has a firm lock on the key levers of power, yet last week they moved to solidify that power even more — via an amendment to the state Constitution. And because they control both houses of the Legislature, the measure sailed through easily, with barely... New York Post
VOA VIEW: NY has to clean its act.
In April 2005, then-Sen. Barack Obama took to the Senate floor and ardently spoke out against GOP efforts to end the filibuster. Then a rising star in the Democratic Party, Obama noted that despite the pressure partisans might feel, it was imperative to “rise above an ‘ends-justify-the-means’ mentality, because we’re here to answer to the... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems don't believe fairness.
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On issues big and small, Joseph R. Biden Jr. will not be rushed, including the critical choice of a running mate. He’s deliberative, and he doesn’t mind extending his timetable — again and again. New York Times
'Uniting America' will be the DNC convention's theme. Speakers include former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
President Trump and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler finally found something to agree on — protesters have gotten out of hand, and are now guilty of attempted murder. Mr. Trump, at a press conference in New Jersey Friday night, renewed his offer to send in National Guard troops to quell violence ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The so-called protesters should be arrested.
Talks between the administration and Democratic leadership on a path forward for a COVID-19 relief bill collapsed Friday. ABC
VOA VIEW: Dems failed to get their foolish way.
A federal court ruled Friday that House Democrats can sue to enforce a subpoena for testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn. ABC
VOA VIEW: There are higher courts that will foil this madness.
A public defender's study shows that Black drivers accounted for nearly 80% of police searches and routine traffic stops in predominantly white Minneapolis ABC
VOA VIEW: It may be that black drivers are more guilty of traffic violations.
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Russia wants a second term for President Trump while China does not, a US intelligence chief says. BBC
VOA VIEW: China and Iran want Biden.
New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo on Friday gave the green light to open schools in the state. Mola Lenghi reports. CBS
Unemployment stimulus talks ground to a halt on Friday as the unemployment rate dropped to 10.2%. It is unclear what the White House can do to restore federal unemployment benefits that lapsed for millions of Americans last week. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good for Trump.
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Friday clarified an earlier comment which insinuated that the African American community lacks diversity of opinion. CBS
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U.S. intelligence shows that Russia is trying to "denigrate" Joe Biden, and China prefers that President Trump lose reelection, an assessment described by the ODNI says. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden does not need help is denigrating himself.
Scientists are hoping for a coronavirus vaccine that is at least 75% effective, but 50% or 60% effective would be acceptable, too, Dr. Anthony Fauci said. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Fauci is an idiot.
Immigration enforcement agents have uncovered a cross-border tunnel that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is saying could be the "most sophisticated" yet. FOX News
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More than 65 nights of demonstrations carried on in areas of Portland, Ore., on Thursday night, just hours after the city's mayor decried the unrest that has roiled Portland since George Floyd's death. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Portlands liberal mayor is at fault for the riots.
Negotiations on the next COVID-19 relief bill fell apart Friday, with Democratic leaders and administration officials failing to meet their self-imposed deadline for a deal. UPI
Led by the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the Air Force and Navy held joint training exercises this week near Japan, the 7th Fleet announced. UPI
The U.S. government on Friday sanctioned Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and 10 others for complying with Chinese policies it says restrict the island's freedoms. UPI
VOA VIEW: HK is losing or better, lost its greatness.
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Trump and Republicans should not give in to Dems. President Trump is prepared to sign executive orders on Friday to revive a moratorium on evictions and the lapsed federal boost in unemployment insurance pay, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday. “By Friday if we haven’t made significant progress and we’re just too far apart, the president is prepared to take an executive action on those two items,” Meadows said in a CNN interview. “The good news for your viewers is if Congress can’t get it done, the president of the United States will.”
Trump repeated the threat — but not the specific date — at a White House press briefing Wednesday night. The president said he was also considering reducing payroll taxes by executive order. “The Democrats are primarily interested in a $1 trillion bailout of the poorly run states,” Trump said. “And we can’t go along with the bailout money. We’re not going to go along with it, especially since it’s not COVID-related.”
The federal eviction moratorium and a generous $600-a-week boost in unemployment pay expired last month. An estimated 23 million people could face eviction by October, and more than 30 million people are receiving unemployment benefits from states. Talks on Capitol Hill are moving slowly. Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin are leading the Republican side of talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).