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U.S. officials are trying to shore up NATO support for the Ukraine war effort without losing sight of the Israel-Hamas conflict. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is being wishy-washy.
Marine veteran Paul Whelan was attacked by another inmate in a Russian prison while serving a 16-year sentence on espionage charges. Newsmax
U.S. suicide numbers reached a grim new high in 2022.The increase was most acute among women over the age of 24, according to provisional data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Life is getting tough for all.
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House Republicans are considering holding a formal vote next month to authorize the impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden as the party looks to legitimize an investigation into wrongdoing by the president. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: It's a bad, but needed situation.
The House Oversight and Accountability Committee will recommend charging Hunter Biden with contempt of Congress if he does not comply with its subpoena compelling him to appear for a closed-door deposition. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Jail is a good place for him.
U.S. forces and militias backed by Iran have launched tit-for-tat attacks, fueling concerns as Israeli forces have also clashed with Iranian-backed groups. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden weakness will cost US loses.
Police departments have issued warnings about a new Apple setting that lets users exchange contact information by bringing their devices together. Tech experts say the fears are overblown. New York Times
The justices heard arguments over whether the Constitution allows the agency to pursue enforcement actions before its own judges instead of in federal courts. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The federal court are superior.
President Biden's aggressive push to accelerate the nation's wind energy comes amid increasing public opposition to both onshore and offshore wind farms, and critics say rising costs to build and maintain them will ultimately be passed along to taxpayers and ratepayers. Washington Times
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VOA VIEW: Total stupidity.
House lawmakers are poised to boot embattled GOP Rep. George Santos later this week, but doing so will come at a cost to Republicans, gouging away at an already thin majority. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Something the Dems would not do.
Ohio's governor and lieutenant governor have been drawn into a FirstEnergy Corp. investors lawsuit connected to the $60 million bribery scheme concocted by the Akron-based energy giant and a now-incarcerated House speaker. Washington Times
Officials in a rural Arizona county who delayed canvassing the 2022 general election results have been criminally charged, the state's top prosecutor said Wednesday. Washington Times
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An American citizen is expected to be among the hostages released by Hamas Wednesday. CBS
A U.S. military Osprey aircraft crashed near an island off the coast of southern Japan, killing at least one person. CBS
VOA VIEW: There is something wrong with the aircraft.
Philips Respironics' DreamStation 2 device may have an electrical or mechanical problem that causes it to smoke or burn. CBS
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The 2022 rise was mainly due to the waning pandemic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers said. CBS
The acceleration topped the initial 4.9% reading and was better than the 5% Dow Jones forecast. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Probably exaggerated numbers to make Biden look good.
Markets largely expect that the Fed has stopped raising rates and will start cutting in 2024. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Inflation is still high.
OPEC+ oil allies meet Thursday to decide policy over meetings overshadowed by internal strife. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The situation is the middle east is and will look bad.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has halted the use of spring-loaded traps that disperse cyanide powder to kill coyotes and other livestock predators. FOX News
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Top GOP senators are demanding the Biden administration yield answers to Congress on its plans to implement "voter mobilization" efforts. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Biden will cheat.
The U.S. National Park Service has revealed a plan to remove stray cats from a historic seaside area in Puerto Rico, citing concerns about potential disease transmission. FOX News
Calling anti-Semitism a "five-alarm fire that must be extinguished," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on Wednesday that many Jews around the world have felt under attack since the Oct. 7 and before. UPI
VOA VIEW: The US should take a hard line to the pro Palestine madness.
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Large Iranian military financial networks were sanctioned Wednesday by the U.S. Treasury Department for allegedly funding groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. UPI
VOA VIEW: A minimum gesture.
Two Democrats voted with Republicans in the Senate on Tuesday to block José Javier Rodríguez, President Joe Biden's nominee to serve as assistant secretary of the Labor Department, from advancing. UPI
VOA VIEW: He should be blocked.
The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree was lit up Tuesday night in a holiday tradition led by House Speaker Mike Johnson, after the National Christmas tree near the White House toppled over in gusty winds. UPI
VOA VIEW: It fell like Biden.
The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially comes to a close on Thursday, stirred up a fourth-place ranking when it comes to most-named storms in a year. UPI
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Defund lawmakers will spike attention. It was a sunny day in the East Bay and there had already been multiple armed carjackings, two armed robberies, a handful of armed assaults and a fatal hit-and-run, and it was just after noon. For West Oakland, California, resident Seneca Scott, it was just another Wednesday morning.
"So the reason that Oakland is not safe and livable is because of the failed policies of our neo-progressives who have come to dominate our local government," Scott, founder of the nonprofit Neighbors Together Oakland, told Fox News. "The defund movement was a dismal failure." "No one feels safe to go outside, businesses are failing, and we created a dangerous doom loop," the safe neighborhood advocate continued. "The luxury politics of our elite who don't live with the consequences of their policy is absolutely destroying our city."
There were nearly 500 homicides in Oakland from 2018 to 2022, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, making the town the most dangerous city in the Bay Area. From July 6 to 12, Oakland police reported 251 larceny cases, 146 motor vehicle thefts, 43 robberies, 94 assaults and 50 burglaries, according to city data.
"It's been a long-standing issue that Oakland doesn't have enough 911 dispatchers and there's a lot of turnover and attrition in that position," Scott said. "We don't have enough dispatchers and people are waiting upwards of 20 minutes to get someone on the phone." The Oakland 911 dispatch system has failed twice.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ standards mandate 90% of 911 calls should be answered in 15 seconds or less. Oakland police, in the first three months of 2023, answered only 55% of calls in 15 seconds or less. Oakland police's 911 average answer time during June was the worst in the state, taking callers over a minute to reach emergency dispatchers, an NBC Bay Area investigation found. "The 20-year-old system is waiting to fail catastrophically," a recent Alameda County Grand Jury report found regarding Oakland's 911 system.