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Democrats must contend with plunging optimism and frustration with new rules on masking and vaccinations, while Republicans risk being blamed for the large number of vaccine holdouts in their party. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Dems will lose big if voters are wise.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces a narrower majority after swearing in newly-elected Rep. Jake Ellzey, a Texas Republican on Friday, leaving her little room to keep her caucus unified on key legislative items. New York Post
President Biden on Friday urged states to spend $46.5 billion in federal rental relief to prevent mass evictions as Democrats on Capitol Hill struggle to find enough votes to extend a national moratorium amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden likes to give away money to losers.
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President Joe Biden’s not exactly the Great Communicator, but his team’s messaging on COVID has been a complete disaster. And that’s bad news for the nation, since all the dubious advice and whiplash reversals will only undermine trust — in Biden, the vaccination and America’s recovery. Fact is, the top priority of Biden and his... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The messages have been confusing.
Publicly available mortality data shows an increasingly huge gap between Russia's official coronavirus death toll and likely real toll of the pandemic in the country. ABC
VOA VIEW: Russia is a proven deceptive nation.
The highest ranking Republican in the Wisconsin Assembly says he is expanding a probe into the 2020 presidential election, saying it will take more investigators and time than originally planned ABC
The DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel has determined the Treasury Department must hand over former President Trump's tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee. ABC
VOA VIEW: This is a political Dem move.
A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 195 million people worldwide and killed over 4.1 million of them. ABC
VOA VIEW: It seems to get worse.
Walmart is also requiring some employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 4. CBS
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New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are slightly higher than they were a year ago, in the summer of 2020. And about 35,000 vaccinated people per week are coming down with what's called breakthrough infections, the CDC says. Charlie De Mar has the details. CBS
VOA VIEW: No major announcement.
Newly released documents show that former President Trump pressured his acting attorney general late last year to call the 2020 election results corrupt. Kris Van Cleave has the story. CBS
VOA VIEW: And the real truth is ...
The Cuban regime is cracking down on protesters exercising speech in Cuba. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden is only giving lip service.
"CBS This Morning" lead national correspondent David Begnaud visited New Orleans, a COVID-19 hotspot where kids are making up a large number of cases. Dr. Ron Elfenbein, the medical director and owner of First Call Medical Center, joined CBSN to discuss the importance of wearing masks and getting vaccinated as the Delta variant spreads. CBS
VOA VIEW: No one really knows all the facts.
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The Treasury should have enough cash to pay the country's obligations into the fall, experts estimate. CBS
"I think I am the most famous artist in the MAGA world," the president's 51-year-old son said on a podcast. CBS
VOA VIEW: Hunter is a sick freak.
Walmart's corporate staff as well as management-level employees must be vaccinated against Covid by Oct. 4, according to a memo obtained by CNBC. CNBC
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Amazon's disappointing results on Thursday pushed down shares of top U.S. e-commerce companies. CNBC
Amazon urges drivers not to "operate any unsafe vehicles" but drivers say managers encourage them to ignore safety hazards during daily inspections. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Whoever advanced the policy should be jailed.
The procedural vote on the infrastructure bill continued Democrats' push to pass a sweeping economic agenda. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Republicans should do something to stop the deal.
The DOJ sued Texas and Gov. Greg Abbott to block a state order aimed at restricting the travel of undocumented migrants who could potentially transmit Covid. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A waste of time and money.
Renters will no longer be protected from eviction come August. But there's still time to apply for federal rental assistance. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Taxpayers should not have to pay rental payments.
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The economy has improved and lawmakers are unlikely to offer another tax break to those who collected unemployment benefits this year, experts said. CNBC
The CDC data published Friday was based on 469 cases of Covid associated with multiple summer events and large public gatherings in July in Massachusetts. CNBC
President Joe Biden said Friday the US will, "in all probability," see more guidelines and restrictions amid rising coronavirus cases and the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. CNN
VOA VIEW: Biden is not doing to well reducing the COID cases.
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Republican lawmakers in Georgia are requesting that the state undertake a performance review of local election officials in Fulton County -- a move that could result in a GOP takeover of election operations in a heavily Democratic region of this battleground state. CNN
A children's hospital in Louisiana is experiencing a wave of Covid-19 hospitalizations as the Delta variant pervades the region. CNN
A 16-year-old Chicago teenager has been charged with two carjackings as the number of carjackings has increased by more than half over last year. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Lawlessness is growing.
Vice President Kamala Harris plans to travel to Singapore and Vietnam in August to speak with the countries' leaders about regional security and COVID-19, among other issues, the White House announced Friday. UPI
VOA VIEW: A foolish trip.
The Senate voted Friday to advance a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, virtually guaranteeing it will pass the chamber and be sent to the House. UPI
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, it will fail.
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Biden has been silent about Cuba, China, Russia, Iran, North Korea - showing weakness. The State Department on Wednesday condemned the use of violence to crush ongoing protests in Iran, breaking the Biden administration’s silence over a widening uprising against the Tehran government that has been unfolding this week in several cities across the country. The Iranian people have a right to voice their frustrations and hold their government accountable, but we have seen disturbing reports that security forces fired on protesters, resulting in multiple deaths,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. “We condemn the use of violence against peaceful protestors.”
The statement came after multiple news reports that security forces had fired on protesters engaged in a demonstration last week over severe water shortages in southwest Khuzestan province. Human Rights Watch issued a statement on July 22 noting reports of three protesters being killed and asserting that “Iranian authorities appear to have used excessive force against demonstrators in southwestern Iran protesting lack of access to water.” Iranian authorities have sharply denied the reports, but an umbrella group of Iranian exile dissident groups charged the protests are more extensive and violent than the regime has admitted.