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Alejandro N. Mayorkas, a Cuban immigrant who grew up in California, is the first U.S. Cabinet official impeached in nearly 150 years. LA Times
VOA VIEW: It's needed - he must go.
US President Joe Biden called for a hike in steel tariffs on "cheating" China Wednesday as he courted blue-collar voters on an election campaign trip to the battleground state of Pennsylvania. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden is running scared.
The Heartland Institute revealed that 28% of likely voters would be willing to engage in illegal voting activity if it would help their preferred candidate win the 2024 presidential election. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Madness - Dems will try very hard.

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A classified addendum to an official Russian foreign policy document includes plans to weaken the U.S. and its allies in all areas. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Russia should be watched.
Russian online campaigns to influence the upcoming U.S. presidential election kicked into gear over the past 45 days, but at a slower pace than in past elections. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Russia wants Biden to remain in office.
The Justice Department has reached a deal to pay approximately $100 million to 100 women and girls who were sexually assaulted by former national women's gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Taxpayers should no pay for the actions of a corrupt doctor.
President Biden twice implied Wednesday that his uncle Ambrose Finnegan was eaten by cannibals in New Guinea after his plane went down during World War II — even though military records show that the aircraft disappeared over the Pacific. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden has clearly lost his mind.
Democrats moved quickly to sweep aside the article of impeachment accusing the homeland security secretary of refusing to enforce immigration laws, calling it unconstitutional. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Dems will have to pay at the polls.
Experts and couples are challenging the conventional wisdom that sex is essential to relationships. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Only by liberal fools.

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The officer, Jatonya Muldrow, said she had been transferred to a less desirable position based on her sex. Lower courts ruled that she had failed to show concrete harm. New York Times
Winning the state, where he narrowly defeated Donald J. Trump in 2020, is crucial to his re-election strategy. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is spreading lies.
Ford Motor has issued a recall on over 450,000 SUVs and pickups over an electrical issue that could result in loss of drive power. Washington Times
Pro-life groups were dismayed when former President Donald Trump declined to support federal limits on abortion access, but one leading organization says that shouldn't stop abortion foes from voting for him. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The country needs to oust Biden.

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Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed a bill to codify the meaning of "woman" in state law, becoming the second female Democratic governor to nix such legislation over concerns about transgender rights. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Hobbs is an idiot.
Private religious schools are more effective at producing engaged citizens than traditional K-12 public campuses, a study has found. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
Colleges increasingly are offering optional graduation celebrations divided by race, sexuality and income in their first spring commencement season since the Supreme Court overturned affirmative action. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Fools!

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House Republican leadership on Wednesday unveiled three bills that are part of a complicated plan by Speaker Mike Johnson to approve more foreign aid. CBS
VOA VIEW: It may not pass without Dems.
President Biden is on a three-day swing through Pennsylvania and the Rust Belt. CBS
VOA VIEW: Anything to buy votes.
The vehicles' failure to detect a "sudden degradation" in the battery could lead to to a sudden loss of power, Ford warns. CBS
VOA VIEW: A major problem for Ford.
The Senate is set to convene for the impeachment trial of Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday afternoon, with Democrats aiming to bring the effort to a quick end. CBS
VOA VIEW: A full trial is needed - Dems say no trial, period.
The campaign will work with private and public sector partners to combat rising rates of child exploitation and abuse online. CBS
VOA VIEW: Very little will be accomplished under Biden administration.

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The IMF forecast will be galling for Western nations which have sought to economically isolate and punish Russia for its 2022 invasion of Ukraine. CNBC
The Biden administration released its new proposal to forgive student debt for millions of Americans. It hopes this plan will survive legal challenges. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Don't count on it = no loan forgiveness.
President Joe Biden will call on the U.S. Trade Representative to triple the China tariff rate on steel and aluminum imports. CNBC

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Dozens of anti-Israel agitators took over Columbia University's campus on Wednesday, demanding divestment from companies connected to Israel. FOX News
VOA VIEW: They should be ousted.
The Biden administration plans to reject the construction of an access road to the Ambler mining district in northern Alaska. The rejection is expected later this week. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Biden is mad.
One home invasion suspect was shot and another died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after targeting a Southern California home. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Home invasion must be stopped.
A Disney Cruise Line worker was arrested for possession of child pornography — the third crew member at the company to be charged for child pornography this year. FOX News
The U.S. Senate Wednesday will scrutinize Boeing's safety practices at two committee hearings. Whistleblower Sam Salephour will appear but Boeing's CEO David Calhoun will not. UPI
The United States will impose new sanctions targeting Iran, the White House said late Tuesday, in response to Tehran's weekend attack on Israel. UPI
VOA VIEW: Not enough.
Restaurants in California are being warned not to serve certain oysters on the half-shell, from Republic of Korea, which could be contaminated with norovirus, the Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Pay attention.
Electronic voting technology company Smartmatic announced Tuesday it has settled its defamation lawsuit against conservative news outlet One America News for broadcasting lies about the 2020 election. UPI
VOA VIEW: A waste.

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     DHS is one of the biggest spreader of misinformation.  The Department of Homeland Security has claimed in internally circulated memos that it has regulatory or statutory authority to seek out and ask social media companies to censor accounts and individuals it has deemed are spreading misinformation. 


     The memos, dated as early as February 2022, include pages titled “DHS Authorities in the MDM Space,” shorthand for misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation. But the pages are completely blank, redacted by DHS, which relied on exemptions under a Freedom of Information Act request by the libertarian Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

     The documents refer to a “Ukraine playbook.” The memos ostensibly were generated prior to last year’s launch of the DHS’ Disinformation Governance Board, which was disbanded only weeks after its revelation due to publicity of the office. However, the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana subsequently filed suit against the Biden administration, winning a July 4 court order prohibiting it from further contact with social media companies. The order by U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty claimed the DHS “seems to have assumed a role similar to an Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth.’

    The Supreme Court stayed the order until Friday, when it was expected to rule further. AFPF’s Director of Investigations Kevin Schmidt said that while the Disinformatio n Governance Board may have been disbanded, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified to the Senate Homeland Security in May 2022 that the office was supposed to have developed “guidelines” and “guardrails” so as to “not infringe on people’s free speech rights.”  Since the board has been disbanded, and the DHS has responded to the FOIA request with redacted critical information, it is unclear what those guidelines and guardrails are or under what authority the DHS is operating.