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Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday lost a bid to pause a $454.2 million judgment against him while he appeals the decision in New York state's civil fraud case, meaning he must soon post assets with the court to prevent authorities from seizing his property. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: There is still the SC.
Older U.S. adults should roll up their sleeves for another COVID-19 shot, even if they got a booster in the fall. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Few trust the CDC.
President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden took a defiant tone at a Republican-led House of Representatives impeachment inquiry into his father, calling it a "baseless" partisan pursuit against his family. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Hunter is in denial.
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Former President Donald Trump surpassed President Joe Biden in a head-to-head matchup in Maine, a state Biden won in 2020. Newsmax
Fraudulent enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program could be costing taxpayers up to $3 billion a year, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Newsmax
VOA VIEW: This is Biden's fault.
The EU should consider using the profits from frozen Russian assets to help fund Ukraine's offensive against the Kremlin. New York Post
Rep. Jamie Raskin said he is “not aware” of any meetings President Biden had with Hunter’s foreign business associates -- despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. New York Post
VOA VIEW: He is a liar in denial.
The Republican speaker, who has come under bipartisan pressure to strike a deal that his far-right members are resisting, is weighing a temporary funding patch that would allow more time for negotiations. New York Times
VOA VIEW: No deal should be made.
Republicans, many of whom have said they support access to the treatment, argued that it should be left to states to ensure its legality after an Alabama court ruled that frozen embryos were children. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Each state should pass their own laws.
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The first nationwide count of telehealth abortions includes pills mailed to states with abortion bans by clinicians in states with shield laws. New York Times
A new poll finds that many Americans want to limit the free speech of those who offend them. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It will be interesting.
Former President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law formally threw her hat into the ring at the Republican National Committee. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It may be a good move.
Multiple House committee chairmen demanded Tuesday that the Biden administration come clean over how Jose Antonio Ibarra came to the U.S., why authorities caught and released him, and why he was still free when a Georgia nursing student was killed. Washington Times
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A federal judge ruled Tuesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stretched the Constitution beyond its breaking point with her pandemic-era voting rules that allowed lawmakers to vote on bills without even being present. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: They were illegal.
A report finds most graduates can't find a job requiring one within a year of commencement. Washington Times
The Kentucky Republican, who turned 82 last week, announced his decision on the Senate floor on Wednesday. CBS
VOA VIEW: He was a good Leader with a few mistakes.
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The Supreme Court heard arguments in a challenge to a Trump-era ban on bump stocks for firearms put in place in the wake of the 2017 mass shooting. CBS
Firefighters are stretched thin as they combat four active wildfires across the Texas panhandle, leading to disaster declarations in 60 counties. The Smokehouse Creek Fire, the largest of the blazes, has yet to be contained and has doubled in size, extending its reach into Oklahoma. CBS
VOA VIEW: A sad situation.
Because Feb. 29 only comes every four years, Mary Lea Forsythe has only been able to celebrate her actual birthday a handful of times over a century. CBS
President Biden is visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Wednesday for his annual physical exam. CBS
The FAA said Boeing has 90 days to come up with a plan to improve quality control. CNBC
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Higher mortgage rates continue to hit demand from both current homeowners and potential homebuyers. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It is getting high.
U.S. President Joe Biden will issue a new executive order intended to safeguard the personal data of American citizens from countries deemed hostile. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The order should not be weak.
New drug treatment options are coming for cats and dogs as the divide between animal and human health is starting to narrow. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It sounds like madness.
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NASA warned that its TIMED spacecraft and Russia's Cosmos 2221 satellite passed dangerously close to one another in Earth's low orbit on Wednesday. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The situation sounds fishy.
Border Patrol agents have nabbed 11 people with violent criminal records, including convictions for murder, rape and child molestation. FOX News
VOA VIEW: They should not be allowed in the US.
The U.S. is grappling with long wait lists when it comes to state-covered services for children with disabilities. Families face significant delays in accessing these resources. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Illegal migrants should not come first.
Hunter Biden told GOP-run House Oversight and Judiciary committees Wednesday in a private impeachment deposition that his father was never involved in his business. UPI
VOA VIEW: He should be found guilty of lying to Congress.
The Mega Millions jackpot reached $607 million on Wednesday after no one matched the winning numbers in Tuesday's game, officials said. UPI
Donald Trump promised to bring his business savvy to the White House to grow the U.S. economy. As he seeks re-election, some see his first-term record as a promise kept. UPI
The United States and Britain on Tuesday unveiled sanctions targeting the Iran-backed Houthi militia over its attacks on their military ships as well as commercial vessels transiting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. UPI
VOA VIEW: They should be hit very hard.
The United States, Britain and Germany joined at least five other NATO countries in rebuffing French President Emmanuel Macron's call for the West to consider sending troops to fight in Ukraine. UPI
VOA VIEW: The situation is creating different opinions and demands.
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Mexico is seeking provocation with weak Biden. The Mexican government placed a piece of the Berlin Wall just a stone's throw from the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, sending a clear message to border-security advocates in the U.S.
Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero and former Mexican foreign secretary Marcelo Ebrard installed the shard of the Soviet wall during a ceremony last month. A plaque near its base, written by Caballero, reads, "May this be a lesson to build a society that knocks down walls and builds bridges." The message-laden move comes as the U.S. continues to expand its barriers across the nearly 2,000 miles of territory dividing the U.S. and Mexico. Unlike the U.S. border, however, the Berlin Wall was originally installed by an occupying power to divide a nation against itself.
"Why in Tijuana? How many families have shed blood, labor and their lives to get past the wall?" Caballero asked. "The social and political conflict is different than the Berlin Wall, but it’s a wall at the end of the day. And a wall is always a sphinx that divides and bloodies nations." President Biden's administration has struggled to stem the flow of migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border throughout his administration. There were hundreds of thousands of migrants illegally entering the U.S. each month earlier this year. In last July, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 183,503 migrant encounters.
"We remain vigilant and continue to adjust our operational plans to maximize enforcement efforts against those individuals who do not use lawful pathways or processes, knowing that smugglers continue to use disinformation to prey on vulnerable individuals," acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller said in a statement last week.