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Ahead of Baldwin's July trial in Santa Fe, a special prosecutor alleges that videos show the actor-producer "engaging in horseplay with his gun and pulling his gun when the scene did not call for the pulling of his gun." LA Times
VOA VIEW: Baldwin is exposed.
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a California woman's drug smuggling conviction that was based in part on an expert's testimony that criminal gangs rarely use "blind mules" to move drugs across the southern border. LA Times
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, is questioning why the Biden administration is encouraging federal agencies to place signs promoting him next to taxpayer-funded projects. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden uses America every chance he can.

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The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Louisiana over a law requiring that all public classrooms display the Ten Commandments. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: The ACLU is idiotic.
Home loan borrowing costs eased again this week as the average rate on a 30-year mortgage declined to its lowest level since early April. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: It's still very high.
Middle-class Americans would need to put 35.4%, or $127,000, down on the average home costing $360,000 in the U.S. today to afford it, according to a Zillow report Wednesday. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Buying is becoming very hard.
Former President Donald Trump continues to lead President Joe Biden in key swing states. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Great for America.
The city of Denver is considering approving a contract with the Housing Connector to assist 250 households with move-in financial assistance and rental subsidies to support the city's All in Mile High initiative. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Paid by taxpayers.
Two federal judges in South Florida privately urged Aileen M. Cannon to decline the case when it was assigned to her last year, according to two people briefed on the matter. She chose to keep it. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Good!

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Sylvia Gonzalez, a Texas city councilwoman, said officials violated the First Amendment by arresting her after she criticized the city manager. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Valid judgment.
American Airlines put an unspecified number of employees on leave for their involvement in an incident in which several Black passengers were removed from a flight in Phoenix, allegedly over a complaint about body odor. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal stupidity.
A pair of cyber incidents Wednesday and Thursday against software provider CDK Global forced thousands of car dealerships nationwide to put their business in neutral. Washington Times
The U.S. has made the "difficult but necessary" decision to prioritize the delivery of certain air-defense missiles to Ukraine, meaning other countries expecting shipments must wait, the White House said Thursday. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden wants to cover up the money he received from Ukraine.

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The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against a couple who sought to undo part of the 2017 tax reforms put into place under former President Donald Trump. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Sad losers'.
Candidates had until 12:00:01 a.m. ET Thursday to meet the qualifications for the first presidential debate, which will be hosted by CNN. CBS
VOA VIEW: As expected.
The CDC looked at emergency medical services data from 27 states. CBS
VOA VIEW: So???

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The court ruled 7-2 that the so-called mandatory repatriation tax is constitutional under Article I and the 16th Amendment. CBS
VOA VIEW: As they should.
AAA is predicting nearly 71 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the nine-day travel period around the 4th of July, which is up 5% from last year. Among the top destinations are London, Rome, Alaska, Hawaii and Anaheim, California. CBS
Alberto, the season's first named storm, was downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression on Thursday. CBS
VOA VIEW: Be careful.
Gilead's experimental twice-yearly medicine to prevent HIV was 100% effective in a late-stage trial, the company said Thursday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: When do you take the shot and why?
States like Florida have passed bills that help protect homeowners against squatters. Many of these bills give law enforcement the authority to remove unlawful residents. FOX News
VOA VIEW: All states should have the same laws.

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Turks and Caicos Islands has repealed a mandatory minimum of 12 years in prison as punishment for ammo offenses after arrests of five American tourists. FOX News
VOA VIEW: As they should.
A Florida man was caught on video buying a face mask before proceeding across the street in an attempt to rob a Wells Fargo bank in Florida. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Madness!
Romania agreed on Thursday to move one of its Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine to help the country defend itself against Russia's continued two-year invasion. UPI
VOA VIEW: As they should - all NATO countries should go the extra mile.

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President Vladimir Putin of Russia arrived in Vietnam on Wednesday as he continues to court support from communist-led Asian nations amid his war against Ukraine. UPI
VOA VIEW: A foolish nation would support Putin.
The World's Largest Swimming Lesson event on Thursday will hold its 15th anniversary celebration in an effort to raise worldwide awareness on the importance of teaching kids and adults how to swim and "Be Water Aware." UPI
The United States will send Taiwan $360 million in arms and support equipment as the U.S. ally faces increasingly aggressive maneuvers by China. UPI
VOA VIEW: China should be careful.

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      The United States' main step toward keeping the war between Israel and Hamas from becoming a regional crisis in the Middle East is to work to contain Iran, Newsmax foreign policy analyst Walid Phares said Sunday.  Action against Iran should be taken now.

     "What's behind the Gaza war is Iran," Phares said on Newsmax's "Wake Up America." "So what our forces and our capability in Syria and Iraq need to do is cut down or cut off the link between Iran and northern Israel, and that would be the Iran forces sitting at the Syria-Iraq border."  Rich Goldberg, senior adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, also on the program, added that he believes the United States must have a stance that reiterates it can respond to Iran's threats. 

     "We're not trying to have a war with Iran here," he said, "but if you signal to Iran that you can walk all over the Middle East, you can walk all over Americans, kill Americans, take Americans hostage, you will get a war.  "The idea here is to restore deterrence. Remember Reagan said peace through strength. We've had a lot of weakness demonstrated, which is why we have conflict."

     Meanwhile, Israel has pulled its diplomats out of Turkey after President Tayyip Erdogan told thousands at a pro-Palestinian rally that the Israelis are acting as war criminals, and Phares said Turkey is becoming important in the conflict because "masks are falling in the Middle East." "Those radical forces, including the Muslim Brotherhood, one of its branches is the AK Party now in charge of Turkey," Phares said. "It is now telling the world that they will sign with Hamas, as simple as that, but that has consequences. Turkey is a member of NATO. Turkey is located geopolitically in an extremely important position, so there needs to be two things."

     That means not only must Turkey and the United States speak about what is in store, but Turkey should also speak with the command of NATO in Brussels and "fall in line: either Turkey is pro-West or Turkey now is heading toward becoming a new Taliban. You can't have both."