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Manhattan Judge Juan Merchan, who is presiding over former President Donald Trump's business records case, must recuse himself, said attorney David Schoen, who represented Trump in his second impeachment trial. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: No question
Support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party has increased significantly since Oct. 7 when Hamas terrorists waged the deadliest attack on Jews since the Holocaust, according to a poll released Friday. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: He has done a good job for his people and country.
A juror dismissed in Donald Trump's business records trial reportedly said he felt caught in a "competition" between a "cowardly" judge and prosecutors. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: It's clear.

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The shocking incident occurred minutes after a jury was seated in former President Trump's hush money trial. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Madness!
Hackers linked to China have been snooping around critical U.S. infrastructure to put themselves in place to attack "at the right moment," according to FBI Director Christopher Wray. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden does not listen to facts.
The Biden administration expanded the definition of sex to include transgender with its Friday release of updated Title IX rules. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden is mad.
Executive pay on Wall Street has long been a hot-button issue New York Post
Democrats stepped in to support bringing the aid package to the floor, in a remarkable breach of custom on a key vote that paved the way for its passage. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Johnson is in political trouble.
Nearly 50 leaders and activists who worked with Mr. Kennedy at an environmental nonprofit group will run ads calling on him to “Honor our planet, drop out.” New York Times
VOA VIEW: This has never been done before.

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The administration has blocked a proposed industrial road needed to mine copper in the middle of the state, and has banned oil drilling on 13 million acres in the North Slope. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden has gone beyond reason and the constitution.
Check-in service for Southwest Airlines customers at Sacramento International Airport was offline for hours and flights were delayed Thursday after somebody cut an AT&T telecommunications cable. Washington Times
The FBI issued a warning to Americans this month about a new "smishing" texting scam that says the target has unpaid road tolls. Washington Times
The United States is building the first new nuclear warhead in 40 years but will do so without nuclear testing, Energy Department officials told Congress Wednesday. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The US must have the edge.

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Red Lobster is contemplating bankruptcy, reportedly in part because of an $11 million record loss last year that the seafood restaurant attributed in part to the promotional offer of unlimited shrimp. Washington Times
Retailers are ditching and limiting shelf-checkout at some stores, particularly those hit by theft and customer complaints. CBS
VOA VIEW: It made no sense from the beginning.
The MY 2024 Cybertrucks have faulty accelerator pedals that may be dislodged when high force is applied. CBS

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The bills are part of a complicated plan by Speaker Mike Johnson to get badly needed lethal aid to Ukraine, as well as security funding for Israel and Taiwan. CBS
VOA VIEW: It's not over yet.
President Biden held a campaign event with 15 members of the Kennedy family Thursday, as they threw their support behind Mr. Biden instead of their own relative, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. CBS
VOA VIEW: It will cost Biden.
Staffing shortfalls have led to forced overtime and tightly packed air traffic controller schedules CNBC
Israel launched a limited direct military attack on Iranian soil early Friday morning. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Not enough action taken.
The IRS has again waived required minimum distributions for some inherited retirement accounts. CNBC

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Gasoline futures have risen nearly 29% this year with prices at the pump currently averaging $3.67 a gallon. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Thank Biden and Dems.
Problems with the new FAFSA have resulted in fewer students applying for college financial aid, which could impact enrollment decisions for the fall. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden has created the problem.
Louisiana authorities on Monday arrested David Hernandez, 49, in connection with his estranged wife Lisa Hernandez's murder. David is accused of stalking Lisa before killing her. FOX News

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The Environmental Protection Agency has designated two forever chemicals used in cookware, carpets and firefighting foams as hazardous substances, officials said. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Be careful.
Isra Hirsi, daughter of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was arrested Thursday during an anti-Israel protest at Columbia University in New York. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A sick left wing radical.
A Jewish Columbia University student was told to "kill yourself" and kicked in the stomach during an anti-Israel protest at the Ivy League university. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The radicals are going too far.
The Biden administration has sent 50 Haitians back to their country, marking its first deportation flight in months to the Caribbean nation, officials said. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Action had to be taken.
The U.S. Treasury on Friday announced new sanctions against "two violent extremists" accused of raising money to carry out violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. UPI
Apple is removing the Meta-owned social media applications WhatsApp and Threads from its app store in China, after officials in that country ordered the company to pull the apps. UPI
VOA VIEW: The US should do the same with TIK TOK.
Russian attacks in Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih and Synelnykove, Ukraine Friday destroyed several floors of a residential building killing eight people and damaging a railway station. UPI
The Republican-majority House Rules Committee advanced long-stalled bills to aid the defenses of Ukraine and other allies late Thursday with the support of Democrats needed to overcome objections by three GOP hardliners. UPI
The United States blocked a U.N. Security Council resolution on Thursday to recognize the state of Palestine as a full member state of the United Nations. UPI
VOA VIEW: As it should.

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April 20, 2024

     DHS is one of the biggest spreader of misinformation.  The Department of Homeland Security has claimed in internally circulated memos that it has regulatory or statutory authority to seek out and ask social media companies to censor accounts and individuals it has deemed are spreading misinformation. 


     The memos, dated as early as February 2022, include pages titled “DHS Authorities in the MDM Space,” shorthand for misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation. But the pages are completely blank, redacted by DHS, which relied on exemptions under a Freedom of Information Act request by the libertarian Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

     The documents refer to a “Ukraine playbook.” The memos ostensibly were generated prior to last year’s launch of the DHS’ Disinformation Governance Board, which was disbanded only weeks after its revelation due to publicity of the office. However, the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana subsequently filed suit against the Biden administration, winning a July 4 court order prohibiting it from further contact with social media companies. The order by U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty claimed the DHS “seems to have assumed a role similar to an Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth.’

    The Supreme Court stayed the order until Friday, when it was expected to rule further. AFPF’s Director of Investigations Kevin Schmidt said that while the Disinformatio n Governance Board may have been disbanded, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified to the Senate Homeland Security in May 2022 that the office was supposed to have developed “guidelines” and “guardrails” so as to “not infringe on people’s free speech rights.”  Since the board has been disbanded, and the DHS has responded to the FOIA request with redacted critical information, it is unclear what those guidelines and guardrails are or under what authority the DHS is operating.