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Hard-line conservative Republicans joined with Democrats to remove the Bakersfield Republican from the speaker's chair. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Stupid Republicans.
Butler becomes the first out gay person of color to serve in the Senate, and the first out LGBTQ+ person to represent California in the chamber. LA Times
Russian attacks plunged Ukrainian cities into darkness last winter. War-weary citizens brace for more blackouts amid a rush to protect Ukraine's electrical grid. LA Times
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Tuesday she was very optimistic about the outlook for the U.S. economy. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: An optimistic fool.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday began hearing a series of cases that could result in a generational contraction in the power of federal agencies to regulate businesses and corporate fraud. Newsmax
Several hundred migrants in southern Mexico awaited buses north on Monday under a new government program meant to help manage the numbers arriving. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Trump is needed to put an end to Mexico sending their indigent to the US.
Top global automakers Tuesday reported a rise in U.S. new vehicle sales for the third quarter, buoyed by resilient demand for latest models and improved supplies. Newsmax
As the vast majority of federal employees worked from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government spent $3.3 billion on new office furniture. Newsmax
Wall Street tumbled as it focused on the downside of a surprisingly strong job market. The S&P 500 lost 1.4% Tuesday. The Dow fell 431 points and wiped out the last of its gains for the year so far. Newsmax
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Former President Donald Trump posted on social media to remind Republicans who they should be fighting. Trump commented before the scheduled House vote on whether to remove House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., from his position. "Why is it that Republicans are always fighting each other?" Newsmax
The former president attacked Justice Arthur F. Engoron’s clerk in a social media post that soon disappeared. He was called to account behind closed doors. New York Times
The Republican push to use military force in Mexico against drug cartels started in the Trump White House. He has plans to make the idea a reality in 2025. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It should be in the cards for the future.
The Justice Department has invoked a 200-year-old law to detain thousands of undocumented immigrants as witnesses in smuggling cases. Judges have locked up some for six months or more. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The DOJ is a joke.
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The trip comes at a time of heightened tensions between Beijing and Washington, as the Biden administration restricts investments in key Chinese sectors while trying to improve relations. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is selling the US. short.
The Republican National Committee has warned former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy that they would be banned from any future RNC debates if they participate in a joint appearance on Fox News. Washington Times
Hollywood actors are expected to extend contract negotiations with the major studios this week to get the entertainment industry moving again. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: There is little support for actors.
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A Wisconsin judge ruled on Tuesday against a school district's policy of adopting students' preferred pronouns and names without obtaining parental consent, a decision cheered as a "groundbreaking legal win" for parents' rights. Washington Times
The Pentagon's chief financial officer warned Congress last week that "nearly all available security assistance funding for Ukraine" has been "exhausted." CBS
VOA VIEW: Much has been spent.
"The federal government's lack of intervention and coordination at the border has created an untenable situation for Illinois," Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker wrote. CBS
A deal that included a diversion in connection with a firearms charge and a guilty plea to two misdemeanor tax charges collapsed in court over the summer. CBS
VOA VIEW: Hunter plead guilty and now not guilty, which is it.
Nobody hit the jackpot in Powerball's Monday drawing, raising the next jackpot to an estimated $1.2 billion for Wednesday. CBS
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Mortgage rates follow loosely the yield on the 10-year Treasury, which has been climbing this week. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It will rise higher.
U.S. Treasury yields rose Tuesday as investors considered the state of the economy as they awaited data that could inform monetary policy. CNBC
Former President Donald Trump, who glared at NY Attorney General Letitia James on the tense first day of the trial, is present in the courtroom again for Day 2. CNBC
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House Speaker McCarthy is under fire from fellow Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz because of a bill passed with Democrats that avoided a government shutdown. CNBC
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, faces an existential threat before the Supreme Court. CNBC
VOA VIEW: These are bad times.
An entire Air Force squadron will face limitations to when and where they can drink off-duty after leaders called out "irresponsible alcohol consumption" by unit airmen. FOX News
Ten U.S. drug manufacturers have agreed to participate in the initial round of the first-ever pricing negotiations between Medicare and the nation's pharmaceutical giants, the Biden administration announced Tuesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Time will tell the results.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will carry out nationwide tests Wednesday afternoon in which every active mobile phone across the United States will issue a loud warning tone. UPI
VOA VIEW: This is very tricky.
The first day of former President Donald Trump's multimillion-dollar civil fraud trial in New York City wrapped up Monday with his former accountant testifying for the prosecution. UPI
VOA VIEW: A coward traitor.
The number of job openings increased by more than a half-million in August while people quitting their jobs remained steady over the same period. UPI
VOA VIEW: These are not good financial times - Biden is the main problem.
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Biden is a fool. The Biden administration refuses to believe those who threaten Supreme Court justices, vandalize churches or firebomb pregnancy centers are domestic terrorists. Instead, it labels parents concerned about their children as terrorists. Nearly 100 people on the terror watchlist have been caught crossing our southern border this year, but that’s an unimportant detail to this administration. Just who are domestic terrorists? Against a hellishly red backdrop at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall last fall, President Biden provided an ominous outline. “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” he said.
“There’s no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans. And that is a threat to this country.” In essence, Biden was declaring that his political rivals and those who dare to stand in the way of his agenda are the “real” terrorists. And the Biden administration has compiled a long and consistent record of wielding abusive government power against its opponents.
Just this week, MRC Free Speech America exposed a Biden administration-directed program under which the Department of Homeland Security weaponized an anti-terrorism taskforce funded to the tune of $40 million.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas characterized the program, called the Targeted Violence & Terrorism Prevention Grant Program (TVTP), as a “high priority.” One of the grants, for $352,109, went to the University of Dayton.