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The situation in Ukraine's heavily contested eastern Donbas region "is extremely difficult," President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
India values its relationship with the United States, but it wants to keep its ties to Russia too. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Their differences are at odds.
Leftists have infiltrated schools under the banner of sex education, successfully molding the minds of children beneath their parents’ noses. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The left has gone madder.

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A particularly fearsome unit of Moscow’s invading army arrived in the Kyiv suburb in mid-March. The soldiers’ reputation preceded them. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Russia will have to pay for its arrogance.
The spread of the Omicron variant has given scientists an unsettling answer: repeatedly, sometimes within months. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Several times is the right answer.
The West needs to prepare options for how we would respond militarily and economically to a seismic shift in the global geopolitical terrain. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is the problem.
Women and children fleeing war zones in Ukraine are left vulnerable, often in foreign countries where traffickers can exploit them.       USA Today
Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, were accused Sunday of a decades-long cover-up of sexual abuse within the group. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The coverup is clear.
Arizona's Republican governor has signed legislation that will prevent state health officials from ever adding a COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required school inoculations and bar face mask mandates in any buildings operated by state or local governments. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!

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Two Republican frontrunners are hoping to clinch primary majorities as candidates make their final pitches to Georgia voters on Saturday ahead of Tuesday's election. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
The average price of regular-grade gas spiked to $4.71 per gallon. ABC
VOA VIEW: And growing.
He stayed in the hospital more than a week following a stroke. ABC
VOA VIEW: The socialist Dem will not prevail in November.
President Joe Biden is expected to come out with a list of countries that will join an Indo-Pacific trade pact, but Taiwan won’t be among them ABC
VOA VIEW: Biden is showing he is in China's pocket.

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Americans have been increasing their spending even as prices soar. ABC
The United States Air Force delivered the first shipment of specialized formula from Europe to deal with the shortage. A plane landed in Indianapolis on Saturday with 78,000 pounds of forumla. Christina Ruffini reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good!
A federal judge is expected to deliver a ruling that could have a big impact on other cases in the largest criminal prosecution in American history. CBS
VOA VIEW: It will go right or left - expect the latter.

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"They haven't told me the level of exposure yet but it is something that everybody should be concerned about," the president said. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden doesn't know up from down.
President Biden visited Japan amid ongoing Chinese military exercises. Japan is looking to expand its military and commercial ties with the U.S. CBS
GOP Sen. Rick Scott of Florida says the midterm elections are "going to be about the effectiveness of the Biden administration, and I think it bodes well for Republicans." CBS
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York says President Biden "has done a very good job under incredibly difficult circumstances." CBS
VOA VIEW: Jeffries is an idiot.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says Russian President Vladimir Putin has "dramatically changed the geostrategic posture of Western Europe" with his invasion of Ukraine. CBS
VOA VIEW: Really!

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Stock futures rose in overnight trading Sunday after the Dow fell for its 8th straight week amid a broader market sell-off. CNBC
The White House has been bracing itself for a "genuine possibility" there will be either a missile test or a nuclear test during Biden's first visit to Asia as president. CNBC
VOA VIEW: NK is acting stupid.
The operations are expected to open during the first half of 2025, with an annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles, CNBC

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Polish President Andrzej Duda said that "no one can shake" his nation's unity with Ukraine as he addressed Parliament in Kyiv on Sunday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Most NATO nations would agree.
The Russian military continued their attack on the key eastern Ukraine city of Severodonetsk on Sunday, but Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said they were eventually pushed back after fierce fighting. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!
The Republican Party of Wisconsin voted at its annual convention to refuse to endorse any of the party's four candidates for governor, a first in the party's history. UPI

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     That great sloshing sound you hear is the tens of billions of dollars of unspent COVID-19 relief funds slopping around federal, state and local government coffers. But the Biden administration wants to appropriate billions more and is resorting to scare tactics to get it. More COVID money has been diverted to illegal migrant relief.

     The federal government has appropriated roughly $4.8 trillion in six COVID-relief laws, the most recent being President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan in March 2021. In January, the Government Accountability Office reported that only 87% of the total was obligated — legally committing the US government to pay — and only 76% was spent.  Contrary to what most Americans probably believe, little of the total was allocated for COVID vaccines, treatments and testing. Only 11% ($484 billion) was routed to the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency most directly involved with responding to public-health emergencies. By the end of November, HHS had only obligated 80% and spent 47% of its funds.

     Amazingly, little of the HHS funding was directed to prevention or treatment and most remains unspent. Of the $41 billion allocated for vaccine research and development, procurement and distribution, less than a third had been spent. Of the $17 billion earmarked for drug and therapeutics research, development and procurement, less than 30% had been expended. And only slightly more than a quarter of the $58 billion allotted to procure and distribute tests and setting up community-based testing programs had been spent.  That didn’t stop the administration from seeking another $22.5 billion in March to pay for COVID treatments, tests, vaccines and research. Congressional negotiators cut the amount to $15.6 billion. But when Republicans objected to spending new money on the coronavirus response without first using unspent funding from existing aid programs, including money for state governments, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pulled it from the $1.5 trillion annual spending bill.