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For the first time in its history, the Human Rights Campaign has declared a state of emergency for the country's LGBTQ+ people. LA Times
VOA VIEW: The left seems worried.
A new analysis from the International Air Transport Assn. showed that unruly-passenger incidents increased 47% in 2022. Physical abuse incidents, while rare, increased 61% year over year. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Lawlessness if growing everywhere.
Prosecutors have started calling witnesses to a federal grand jury in Miami after months in which activity in the investigation was centered on a separate grand jury in Washington. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The DOJ is going after Trump to help Biden.
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The decision, which national groups had been closely watching, was a potential setback to gun regulations spurred by a Supreme Court ruling last year that vastly expanded the right to bear arms. New York Times
VOA VIEW: A person should not be barred from owing a gun for life if he did not commit a violent crime.
A federal judge wrote that the plaintiffs suing to block the new law are “likely to prevail on their claim that the prohibition is unconstitutional.” New York Times
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
The stunning merger between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf came as Secretary of State Antony Blinken was set to visit Saudi Arabia.
"Do you really believe that the US govt should execute every person who is gay?" Texas Sen. Ted Cruz asked of Florida Pastor Tom Ascol.
VOA VIEW: Of course the answer should be no.
Louisiana is poised to become the latest state to enact laws targeting the LGBTQ+ community, after the Republican-controlled Legislature on Tuesday sent a package to the Democratic governor that includes a ban on gender-affirming care for minors. Washington Times
A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a request to block a new Washington state law banning the sale of certain semi-automatic rifles, one of three measures recently signed by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in an effort to reduce gun violence. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The SC has the ultimate say.
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Canada is dealing with a series of intense wildfires that have spread from the western provinces to Quebec, with hundreds of forest fires burning. The smoke has traveled into the United States, resulting in a number of air quality alerts issued since May. Washington Times
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived Tuesday in Saudi Arabia on a trip in which he plans to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid strained relations between Riyadh and Washington. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Blinken went to beg for help.
Unlawful southern border entries have decreased 70% from record highs since end of Title 42, according to DHS. ABC
VOA VIEW: The biggest question, can DHS be believed?
The PGA Tour has announced it will be merging operations under a single owner with its rival, >the Saudi-backed LIV Golf, as well as the DP World Tour. ABC
VOA VIEW: A disappointment for many.
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The Atlanta City Council on Tuesday approved funding for the construction of the proposed Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, dubbed "Cop City" by critics. ABC
An innovator warns of artificial intelligence's "existential risk" to humanity. ABC
VOA VIEW: AI is a danger to humanity
Actors represented by the Hollywood union SAG-AFTRA voted to authorize a strike if the major studios, streamers and production companies don’t meet their demands for a new contract by June 30 ABC
VOA VIEW: Unions are a danger to society.
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The global economy is likely slowing sharply this year, hobbled by high interest rates, the repercussions of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the lingering effects of the coronavirus pandemic ABC
VOA VIEW: These are bad times and getting worse.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in New Hampshire to announce his 2024 presidential campaign. CBS
VOA VIEW: A waste of time.
Residents have been urged to stay out of the water for 48 hours because there could be "increased bacteria" in the water. CBS
The letter from House Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Jordan comes a day after lawyers for former President Donald Trump met with the special counsel and other officials at the Justice Department. CBS
VOA VIEW: The DOJ is weaponized to attack Trump.
Software giant said it has identified and fixed technical glitch that failed to delete child accounts in certain cases. CBS
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A bipartisan deal to raise the federal debt ceiling included changes to SNAP food assistance benefits. Here's who may be hit the hardest. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The liberals are concerned about the free ride.
Republican Rep. George Santos of New York was charged last month with an array of financial crimes. CNBC
In a scathing complaint filed in federal district court, Merck excoriated the Medicare price negotiation process as a "sham" and "tantamount to extortion." CNBC
VOA VIEW: Anything involving Biden is a joke.
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Union labor issues at West Coast ports continued Monday, with fears of wider disruption to logistics and trucking companies during peak shipping season. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Unions are short lived growing because of Biden.
New York City is giving away "Safer Smoking" crack pipes and free anti-overdose meds Narcan in a vending machine designed for drug users, officials said. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Leftwing stupidity.
An increase in domestic consumption and the potential for elevated crude oil prices led to a near-2% upward revision in the forecast for the consumer price for gasoline, the U.S. Energy Department reported Tuesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: The left may wake up, but don't count on it.
The Treasury Department on Tuesday sanctioned two members of the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion for arms trafficking in the United States and fuel theft in Mexico. UPI
VOA VIEW: The biggest sanction would be closing the border.
A major hydroelectric dam in Russia-occupied southern Ukraine was destroyed early Tuesday, forcing thousands of residents in the area to evacuate and raising fears over the safety of a nearby nuclear power plant. UPI
VOA VIEW: The big question is who done it?
Terry Strada, the national chair of 9/11 Families United, said in a blistering statement that the organization was "shocked and deeply offended" by the stunning announcement of the new alignment. New York Post
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A Florida teacher is under fire for using students as “political props” in TikTok skits — including one that shows white kids bowing down to their black classmates. A teacher that should have never been allowed to teach.
Ethan Hooper, a sixth-grade language teacher at Howard Middle School in Orlando, was put on leave after parents complained about several eyebrow-raising videos he posted to his personal TikTok page. In one video, white students fan, feed and bow down in front of several black classmates to commemorate black history month. In another, Hooper had his kids take aim at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ crackdown on books deemed inappropriate for young kids. The Republican governor’s “Stop WOKE Act” compels school districts to remove texts that espouse critical race theory, along with books containing sexually explicit prose or illustrations.
In the clip, the teacher walks around the room snatching benign books — including Harry Potter — from kids as they read them, announcing that anything related to race and black history is prohibited. DeSantis has pushed back on that narrative, however, noting that the teaching of black history is mandatory in Florida public schools.
While the students appear to be giggling during the unorthodox lessons, displeased parents have accused Hooper of injecting politics into the classroom and enlisting students as participants. “If one of the teachers was using my kid for political gain, that would upset me,” Howard Middle School dad CJ Johnson told Click Orlando. “What if I don’t believe in that, and, you know, that’s not what I’m teaching my kid.” The backlash only intensified when right-wing Twitter account Libs of TikTok shared the clips on social media. “He needs to lose his job now. He can take his issues to adults in the system. Instead, he used children he’s supposed to be caring for on a personal social media account,” one critic fumed. “I wonder if his activism is a part of the curriculum? I’m gonna go out on a limb and "guess no," another added.