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Experts said that while the pause on Johnson & Johnson's vaccine may make sense for the U.S., stoppages in poorer countries would end up costing lives. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Even third best has some value.
El Salvador is known to jail women for miscarriages, stillbirths and other obstetric emergencies. An international lawsuit could bring about important change. LA Times
A veteran Chicago prosecutor was placed on leave amid an uproar over how he described a police shooting of a 13-year-old boy in court. Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy is on paid leave from the Cook County prosecutor’s office while the statements he made regarding the shooting of Adam Toledo are investigated, the Chicago Sun... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Toledo was armed and had residue on this hand.

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Alaska will make free COVID vaccines available to visitors arriving at key airports starting on June 1, Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced Friday, in an effort to boost the state’s beleaguered tourism industry. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Smart move.
Since testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial began on March 29, more than three people a day have died at the hands of law enforcement. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It's the Biden presidency.
Two dozen other U.S. states are also confronting high case numbers. Here’s the latest on Covid-19. New York Times
Over two decades of war, the Pentagon had fended off the political instincts of elected leaders frustrated with the grind of Afghanistan. But President Biden refused to be persuaded. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Stupidity!
The lawmakers, who encouraged their followers to protest in Washington on Jan. 6, have capitalized on the riot to draw huge campaign donations. New York Times
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger said GOP lawmakers who plan on joining the "America First Caucus" should be removed from their committee assignments.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Kinzinger may not be reelected.

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The U.S. has reported 30% of adults are fully vaccinated and nearly 50% of the U.S. adult population has received at least one vaccine dose.       USA Today
The therapy can be life-saving, especially in the early stages of an infection, and it's becoming easier to access across the US.       USA Today
The New York City Police Department has instructed its officers not to take unscheduled days off beginning Monday and until further notice. Closing arguments in the trial of former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin, the white officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, are ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Expecting trouble from the lawlessness left.
Chicago police critics call for charges in shooting of a boy. ABC
VOA VIEW: The boy had and shot a handgun.

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Talks are aimed at bringing U.S. back into world powers’ 2015 deal with Tehran. ABC
VOA VIEW: It shows that Iran cannot be trusted and no deal should be made.
Donald Trump's legacy continues to loom over the GOP, as both those backed by him and those who oppose him are boasting strong fundraising numbers heading toward 2022. ABC
VOA VIEW: Trump will prevail.
The pause on the use of the J&J Covid vaccine may not slow the overall U.S. vaccine rollout, but could make it tougher for some populations to get a shot. CNBC

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Iran is now enriching uranium at 60%, close to levels needed for a bomb. Israel has several strategies to stop Iran's program. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Israel is stepping up.
Consumer demand and manufacturing snags — a shortage of microchips — have led to an inventory squeeze in both the new- and used-car markets. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Prices are going up.
Elon Musk's SpaceX beat Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Dynetics to win nearly $3 billion to build NASA's lunar lander.. CNBC
Isaiah McKinnon, former chief of police and deputy mayor of Detroit, explains the importance of de-escalation training and how it can save lives. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Who de-escalates the bad guys?
The US has long relied on China for rare earth metals, but domestic supply chains are being pursued as climate and technology investments increase under Biden. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

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US intelligence agencies still do not know "exactly where, when or how Covid-19 virus was transmitted initially" in China but remain focused on two primary theories, that "it emerged naturally from human contact with infected animals or it was a laboratory accident," the Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal CNN fails to admit China caused the pandemic.
Prince William and his brother Prince Harry set recent family frictions aside to walk together after attending the funeral service of their grandfather Prince Philip at Windsor Castle Saturday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Harry is a misfit.

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Five months after the presidential election and nearly 100 days into President Joe Biden's term, the Supreme Court is still considering whether to take up a case related to voting rights in the battleground state of Pennsylvania. CNN
VOA VIEW: The Supreme Court is chicken.
White House officials signaled in a conference call with refugee resettlement advocates late Friday that President Joe Biden is likely to raise the current refugee cap of 15,000 quickly, well ahead of the May 15 deadline set Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter. CNN
VOA VIEW: Biden is selling the country.
A collection of California nonprofits filed a civil rights complaint last week alleging discrimination against San Diego’s largest public school district over its embrace of the controversial “critical race theory.” FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good!
President Joe Biden on Friday said he and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reaffirmed the two countries' alliance and spoke at length about challenges from China. UPI

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     Biden is no match against Putin.  Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving President Joe Biden his first massive foreign-crisis test — and it’s nerve-wracking to watch. Russia is on the brink of open war on Ukraine, a nation it’s been torturing mostly via proxies, at the cost so far of 14,000 lives, since it seized Crimea in 2014. Moscow has been adding troops in the area for weeks; it now has 40,000 troops in Crimea and 40,000 more elsewhere along the border. That’s more than 10 percent of Russia’s entire military manpower.

     Secretary of State Antony Blinken notes it’s “the largest concentration of Russian forces on Ukraine’s borders since 2014. That is a deep concern not only to Ukraine, but to the United States.” Biden’s response? Send in warships — only to call them back after Russia hinted it would target them. He also called Putin on Tuesday to ask for an in-person summit (which the tyrant declined) and give the “United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

     But similar tough talk in the Obama years didn’t save Crimea — nor did later US sanctions on Russia. Yet Biden’s now imposing new sanctions in hopes they’ll work this time. Now administration officials are talking of how they don’t want the crisis to spin “out of control” — which is music to Putin’s ears. The Russian president for life (he just signed a law leaving him in power until 2036 — when he’s 84) won’t be deterred by anything except truly credible threats. President Barack Obama couldn’t pull that off. Is Biden going to do any better?