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Former President Donald Trump has "big advantages" on the issues voters care most about, and that's why he's ahead of President Joe Biden in most of the national polls. Newsmax
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Medical experts are warning that the country could face a "syndemic" as the weather cools and COVID-19 and flu cases begin to rise. Newsmax
Animal shelters are dealing with an influx of dogs and cats since the pandemic lockdown, and the overcrowded conditions are leading to higher euthanasia rates. LA Times
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The U.S. Supreme Court is set on Monday to hear arguments over the legality of a roughly $6 billion bankruptcy settlement involving Purdue Pharma, maker of the powerful and highly addictive pain medication OxyContin that played a key role in the country's opioid. Newsmax
It's difficult to prove whether a pneumonia outbreak that has hit children in a county in Ohio is connected to a massive outbreak in China, but this will be a tough year overall for the disease. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: China is responsible.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday he's lost "all confidence" in Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin over his "naive" comments about the Israel-Hamas war, including concerns that Israel's tactics could turn Gaza civilians into future enemies. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: So be it, but Israel must rid the world from Hamas.
The jury ruled last week that the egg producers used various means to limit the domestic supply of eggs to increase the price of products during the 2000s. New York Post
VOA VIEW: They should pay more
Despite criticism for inadvertently harming Gazans, IDF officials say it is the best in the world at avoiding harming civilians when fighting an enemy that refuses to respect innocent life or the international rules of war. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Israel has two battles, Hamas and civilian losses.
Liberal-leaning professors are leaving coveted jobs with tenure. And there are signs that recruiting scholars has become harder. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal scholars are less needed.
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Louisiana lawmakers now have until the end of January to draw and pass new congressional boundaries to replace a current map that a federal judge said violates the Voting Rights Act by diluting the power of the state's Black voters. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: More dumb liberal thinking.
An appeals court ruled Friday that Texas' floating border wall in the Rio Grande is illegal under federal law, delivering a victory to President Biden as he battles Gov. Greg Abbott over the surge in illegal immigration. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Abbot should hold out for the SC.
Punting on trying to pass a full year's appropriations bill will undercut U.S. security moves in Asia and hurt military recruiting when the services are struggling to persuade enough people to enlist, the nation's top general told lawmakers this week. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: These are tough times.
A protester was in critical condition Friday after setting themself on fire outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta, authorities said. A security guard who tried to intervene was also injured. Washington Times
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By the dozens, congressional members are announcing their exits at the end of this term. There is growing concern that Congress, which flirted twice this year with a federal government shutdown, is about to lose more of its dealmakers. CBS
Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September 2019 after it faced scores of lawsuits related to the opioid crisis. CBS
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The U.S. Navy plans to use inflatable cylinders to lift and roll a jet plane off a coral reef in Hawaii. CBS
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Former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, both of whom are vying for the Republican presidential nomination, were holding campaign rallies in Iowa Saturday. CBS
VOA VIEW: Trump has it in the bag.
The Pentagon said on Sunday that a U.S. naval destroyer and several commercial vessels came under attack in the Red Sea CNBC
VOA VIEW: Not enough was done by weak Biden.
Workers with both pensions and Social Security may have their benefits reduced. That may come as a surprise to some workers and their families. CNBC
The move is a surprise from Amazon, given the company's Kuiper system aims to compete with Elon Musk's Starlink in the satellite broadband market. CNBC
An artificial intelligence robot chemist could be the key to allowing humans to survive on Mars thanks to its ability to quickly supply oxygen not found in the atmosphere. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
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Dani Dayan, chairman of the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center, points a finger at Ivy League administrations for rampant antisemitism on college campuses. FOX News
Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued an executive order increasing the number of personal of the armed forces by 170,000, citing the war in Ukraine and "NATO expansion." UPI
VOA VIEW: Putin is hurting for manpower.
A Washington, D.C., man has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison for impersonating a federal agent in a cloak-and-dagger scheme that ensnared the U.S. Secret Service last year. UPI
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Donald Trump's defense attorney in the Fulton County, Ga., election subversion case said Friday that his trial will not move forward if he is elected. UPI
A federal judge has dismissed a pair of arguments from Donald Trump's legal team, striking down an argument that the former president has blanket immunity in the election interference case proceedings against him. UPI
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Mexico should do more to stop illegal migration into the US. Mexico’s top diplomat said her country has sent a diplomatic note to the U.S. government expressing concern that Texas’ deployment of floating barriers on the Rio Grande may violate 1944 and 1970 treaties on boundaries and water.
Foreign Relations Secretary Alicia Bárcena said Mexico will send an inspection team to the Rio Grande to see whether any of the barrier extends into Mexico’s side of the border river. She also complained about U.S. efforts to put up barbed wire on a low-lying island in the river near Eagle Pass, Texas.
Bárcena said that if the buoys impede the flow of water, it would violate the treaties, which requires the river remain unobstructed. Mexico has already asked that the barriers be removed. Texas began rolling out the new floating barrier on the Rio Grande in early July. It is part of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s multibillion-dollar effort to secure the U.S. border with Mexico, which already has included busing migrants to liberal states and authorizing the National Guard to make arrests.
Migrant advocates have voiced concerns about drowning risks from the buoys and environmentalists questioned the impact on the river. Once installed, the above-river parts of the system and the webbing they’re connected with will cover 1,000 feet (305 meter) of the middle of the Rio Grande, with anchors in the riverbed. No one dies if they don't try to cross.