NEWS - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2023 - NEWS
At the United Nations, Biden and Zelensky sought to convince developing nations weary of a protracted fight in Ukraine to continue global support for Kyiv. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Zelensky is hustling more money.
The National Institutes of Health on Wednesday said it will launch clinical trials for a novel HIV vaccine in the U.S. and South Africa. Newsmax
President Joe Biden and his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, played up their mutual affection for workers' rights Wednesday as the leaders of the Western Hemisphere's two largest democracies met in New York, steering clear in public about their differences... Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden is a joke.
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The family of a North Carolina man who died after driving his car off a collapsed bridge while following Google Maps directions is suing the technology giant for negligence, claiming it had been informed of the collapse but failed to update its navigation system. Newsmax
General Motors and Stellantis Wednesday laid off 2,000 and 370 additional workers, respectively, as a result of the United Auto Workers strike. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: UAW workers are hurting their finances.
David Weiss, the special counsel overseeing the Hunter Biden criminal probe, is reportedly worried about a lack of assistance from other federal prosecutors, IRS official Michael Batdorf told congressional investigators during closed-door testimony recently. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Weiss looks bad.
Donald Trump lashed out on Wednesday at the request by Special Counsel Jack Smith last week for a narrow gag order on the former president in in the criminal case accusing him of attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Newsmax
Attorney General Merrick Garland lost his temper in a heated exchange with Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J., during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Garland doges all questions.
The U.S. government is awarding $45 million in grants to help clinics treating long COVID develop new models of care and expand access, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Wednesday. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Another Dem liberal slush fund.
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President Joe Biden once again failed to mention New York City’s desperate migrant crisis in another address during his trip to meet with the United Nations General Assembly in the city this week. Speaking at a UN leaders reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Tuesday evening. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems figure not mentioning the border crises will be forgotten.
Central bankers held rates steady at 5.25 to 5.5 percent, and forecast that they could still make a final quarter-point rate move this year. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The Feds have gone too far.
Three generals were on track for confirmation, but Senator Tommy Tuberville, the Alabama Republican who has been blocking them, said he would continue to hold up others over a Pentagon abortion policy. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Tuberville must hold tight.
The president put aside his frustrations with the Israeli prime minister over his “extremist” government to focus on issues of mutual interest, like Iran and Saudi Arabia. New York Times
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Action on the floor stalled as Speaker Kevin McCarthy struggled for votes to bring spending bills up for debate and remained stalemated with right-wing members. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Republicans can not give in the Dems.
The soft-spoken attorney general struck a sharper tone during testimony before the Judiciary Committee, saying prosecutors won’t be “intimidated” by threats from Trump allies. New York Times
VOA VIEW: You can't defend the indefensible.
Ray Epps, a onetime Donald Trump supporter who was the target of a right-wing conspiracy theory about the Jan. 6, 2021, attack that forced him into hiding, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge for his role in the U.S. Capitol riot. Washington Times
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President Joe Biden is creating the first-ever federal office of gun violence prevention. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: More like Biden setting an office of gun confiscation.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday signed a bill setting the state's presidential primary for April 2, potentially putting former President Donald Trump on the ballot as he stands trial in Manhattan for a hush-money criminal case. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Trump must prevail on election interference.
Millions of Americans who admit to mental health problems and abuse of drugs or alcohol have gone untreated due to social stigmas and lack of affordable options, a government report shows. Washington Times
Supreme Court justices are set to discuss next week whether to take up appeals from Jan. 6 defendants in the upcoming term -- and legal experts say the outcome of any legal battles settled by the high court could ultimately affect the Justice Department's prosecution of former President Donald Trump. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The SC must prevail in stopping Biden and Dem rogue prosecution of Trump.
Environmental activists are praising President Biden's American Climate Corps, which the White House says will serve as a major green jobs training program. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden is creating another agency to spend money.
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Five U.S. citizens detained by Iran were freed Monday in exchange for the transfer of $6 billion in unfrozen Iranian oil assets and the release of five Iranians facing charges in the U.S. CBS
VOA VIEW: Hard to fool the American people.
Sen. Tommy Tuberville is blocking hundreds of military promotions and confirmations. CBS
The Pentagon plans to make it easier for LGBTQ+ veterans to retroactively obtain honorable discharges they may have been denied because of their sexuality. CBS
VOA VIEW: The game changes to meet Biden's agenda.
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ASR Pharma said it was surprised and "deeply disappointed" by the FDA request for more trial data on its Neffy nasal spray for severe allergic reactions. CBS
Extreme weather is spurring some insurers to exit states like California and Florida, while homeowners grapple with surging premiums. CBS
VOA VIEW: Louisiana is another state much more troubled than CA.
The recall came after the company discovered that one of its wrapping machines allowed for thin strips of film to remain on the cheese slices after the wrapper is removed. CBS
As gun-running networks help arm Mexican drug cartel members, an intelligence program called "Project Thor" seeks to stop the flow of firearms. CBS
VOA VIEW: Seeing is believing.
President Mark Reuss focused on the union's public bashing of GM and elements of the company's "record" contract proposal that included 20% pay raises. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The UAW is playing games and demanding too much.
The reports are fueling confusion among insured patients about whether they can still access Covid shots for free. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A good question.
Mortgage demand rose last week despite another increase in interest rates. CNBC
Attorney Lin Wood has become a state witness in the prosecution of Donald Trump over interference in the 2020 election in Georgia. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Willis is a lying idiot.
The FAA has approved several drone companies including Zipline to fly beyond the visual line of sight, a key milestone for the unmanned aircraft industry. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A problem waiting to happen.
Homeland Security Investigations has issued a new 15-page report outlining its strategy to fight the opioid crisis as it says the “United States is facing an unprecedented epidemic of deaths." FOX News
VOA VIEW: The biggest problem and solution are the open border policy.
A cargo train carrying hundreds of migrants was stopped nearly 150 miles south of Piedras Negras, Mexico, which is just across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Illegal immigration problem is growing.
SpaceX countersued the Justice Department in a bid to block a lawsuit alleging employment discrimination at the company. UPI
The White House on Wednesday warned of the looming threat of a government shutdown, urging House Republicans to approve a spending package. UPI
VOA VIEW: Republicans must be tough and not be afraid of a government shut down.
Hurricane Nigel continues to strengthen, as it turned northward Tuesday night. The National Hurricane Center forecasts Nigel will accelerate toward the northeast through the rest of the week. UPI
A Georgia judge on Tuesday gave two lawyers indicted with former President Donald Trump for their attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election permission to interview members of the grand jury that indicted them. UPI
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Fighting Americans are booted for migrants is un-American. A well-known veterans’ advocate made up a story about two dozen ex-military members getting ousted from hotels to make way for migrants in upstate New York, according to a state assemblyman.
Nearly two dozen homeless veterans living in New York hotels had their stays cut short in order to make room for migrants arriving from the U.S. southern border, according to a nonprofit. An executive with the Yerik Israel Toney Foundation said the upstate hotels informed the veterans last week that their bookings were being ended and they would have to find new lodging, the New York Post reported. “Our veterans have been placed in another hotel due to what’s going on with the immigrants,” nonprofit CEO Sharon Toney-Finch told the newspaper. The Yerik Israel Toney Foundation helps homeless and low-income veterans in need of living assistance.
Ms. Toney-Finch said the hotels didn’t explicitly say the veterans were being told to leave so they could accommodate migrant arrivals, but she said the timing of the decision made it clear. She said she suspects the government’s willingness to pay above-market prices to house the migrants is why hotels cooperate. A January court ruling allowed a Holiday Inn in Manhattan to charge up to $190 per night while it served as a shelter for migrants. The hotel’s average daily room rate at the time was $102. “Whether you agree with asylum-seekers being here or not, we can’t just ignore these veterans that are in our charge that we are supposed to protect: the New Yorkers and Americans,” state Assemblyman Brian Maher, a Republican who represents part of the Orange County area, told the Post.