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An extremist Israeli group for months has been blocking life-saving aid earmarked for Gaza. LA Times
VOA VIEW: The report is questionable.
A new poll showed President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump tied at 41% each in Virginia, where a Republican presidential candidate has not won since George W. Bush in 2004. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Good!
One of former President Donald Trump's criminal cases remains "frozen" as a result of the Supreme Court not ruling on his claims of presidential immunity Friday. Newsmax

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COVID vaccine makers will be advised to update their shots to target the KP.2 variant, an offshoot of the JN.1 variant that spread widely last winter, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: They are not trustworthy.
President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, will drop his civil lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani and his former lawyer Robert Costello that claims the two manipulated data from his old laptop. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: The truth is admitted in court.
A new $4 million ad campaign by a super PAC supporting Pennsylvania Republican senate candidate David McCormick blamed President Joe Biden for the southern border crisis. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: A truism.
Attorney General Merrick Garland will not be prosecuted for contempt of Congress because his refusal to turn over audio of President Joe Biden’s interview in his classified documents case “did not constitute a crime,” the Justice Department said Friday. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden protects his own.
Welfare offices and other agencies in 49 US states are providing voter registration forms to migrants without requiring proof of citizenship, leading Republicans and conservatives to call for swift federal action to stop the handouts. New York Post
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Three athletes who failed drug tests before the 2021 Olympics had tested positive for a powerful steroid several years earlier. They were not suspended in either incident. New York Times

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The dramatic decline in crime that President Biden and other federal leaders touted this week has some analysts questioning whether a spotty data collection process is painting a misleadingly upbeat picture of public safety. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It's an FBI deception.
More than a dozen Wells Fargo employees were terminated last month after an internal investigation uncovered simulated keyboard activity that made it appear as if they were working. Washington Times
A Texas man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly threatened to murder an FBI agent involved in the Hunter Biden investigation, leaving a message that the last thing the agent will hear is the "horrified shrieks [of their] widows and orphans." Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dumb!
Fuselage maker Spirit AeroSystems said documents for some aircraft parts that entered production were falsified. CBS
VOA VIEW: It should be checked.

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The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives exceeded its authority when it issued the rule outlawing bump stocks. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good judgement!
Federal officials are investigating after a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max went into a "Dutch roll" on a flight from Phoenix to Oakland. CBS
On Thursday, the Supreme Court rejected restrictions on a widely used drug, mifepristone, used in abortion pills. It was the court's first major abortion-related ruling since it overturned Roe v. Wade two years ago. CBS

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The judge called the Title IX rule expanding LGBTQ protections for students a "threat to democracy," temporarily blocking it Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana and Idaho. CBS
VOA VIEW: It will be overturned.
Russian President Vladimir Putin set out the requirements for Moscow to start peace talks with Ukraine, more than two years after its full-fledged invasion. CNBC
VOA VIEW: They will be unreasonable.
The second-quarter estimated tax deadline is June 17, and you could trigger a penalty if you don't send a payment, according to the IRS. CNBC
As the Department of Education works with student loan servicers to update borrowers' monthly payment amounts, some will get to skip a month. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The operative word would be "may".
"Russia has to pay," European Council President Charles Michel said, after G7 leaders agreed to tap Russia's frozen assets for a $50 billion loan to Ukraine. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good!

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Dozens of tourists say they fell ill on a recent visit to a popular and picturesque stretch of waterfalls deep in a gorge neighboring Grand Canyon National Park. FOX News
A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was convicted of accepting bribes from criminal organizations wanting to bring drugs and illegal migrants across the southern border. FOX News
VOA VIEW: As he should have.
Six men face criminal charges after they allegedly captured hogs in Texas then turned them in to two Louisiana state-run hog hunting contests and won. FOX News

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A 4-year-old was found dead and her 6-year-old sister alive after they were abducted following their mother's murder in Louisiana. FOX News
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that alliance defense ministers have agreed to a new plan for coordination of security assistance and training for Ukraine. UPI
The United States "will respond accordingly" if Iran goes through with plans to expanded its nuclear program, the State Department warned Thursday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Talk is cheap.
South Korean and U.S. officials held an emergency phone call about an upcoming visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to North Korea, Seoul's Foreign Ministry said Friday. UPI
The Treasury Department said U.S. sanctions were imposed Friday in close coordination with Turkey on four people allegedly linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!

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June 17, 2024

     A letter from 29 Republican members of Congress  to the Federal Communications Commission warned the agency that its proposed rules regarding “net neutrality” are “unlawful,” and should be left for Congress to determine.  Republicans make a good point.

     “We write to express our disappointment and opposition to your announcement that the FCC will vote to reclassify fixed and mobile broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934,” the letter from the members to FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said. “Not only is this bad public policy, but it is also unlawful. Reclassification and the associated heavy-handed regulations that accompany this action continues to be a solution in search of a problem.”

     A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released by the FCC looks to enact regulations and control over broadband internet access by classifying it as a telecommunications service under the Communications Act of 1984, which would give the agency “additional authority to safeguard national security” and provide “a uniform, national regulatory approach to protect the open Internet by preventing broadband Internet access service providers from engaging in practices harmful to consumers.” 

     “This notice proposes to classify broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service and provide the Commission with authority necessary to safeguard the open Internet, advance national security, and protect public safety,” the FCC document said. “[It] also proposes to reestablish conduct rules for Internet service providers that would provide a uniform, national approach for safeguarding Internet openness, replacing the current patchwork of state requirements.”

    The Congress members argued that the current “light-touch” regulations on the industry have led to lower prices and faster speeds, while also allowing the industry to “thrive.” The members also warned that a more “heavy-handed” regulatory framework based on “utility-style” regulations is different from the single company telephone industry the rules were designed to address in the 1930s, citing the intense competition among internet providers in the industry today.