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Border Patrol agents did not mistreat a pregnant migrant who began to give birth immediately after being caught, the agency’s inspector general said Friday, shooting down a story that then-Sen. Kamala Harris seized on during the presidential campaign. Ms. Harris, echoing a complaint filed by the woman and her husband, ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Harris is a liar and an idiot.
The Biden Department of Education has retreated from its endorsement of the Abolitionist Teaching Network, saying it promoted the group's extremist racial-justice agenda by "mistake." A link to the group's manifesto was in an Education Department guide for re-opening schools amid the pandemic. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: They got caught.
While Dr. Fauci said on the whole that fully vaccinated Americans can largely still go unmasked, he said in certain local COVID hot spots mask mandates could make sense. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Fauci is an idiot.
On Wednesday, the United States and Germany issued a joint statement signing off on the completion of Nord Stream 2 — and Team Biden’s approval marks the culmination of a stunning about-face. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden madness.
Maricopa County in Arizona on Friday rolled out a JustTheFacts.Vote website that seeks to debunk misconceptions about the 2020 presidential election results and unproven stolen election claims that former President Trump and his allies have trumpeted since voters sent him packing. Washington Times

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Kaseya, the information technology company whose software was exploited to deliver the REvil ransomware strain to its customers this month, announced it has obtained a universal decryptor key that restores infected systems. Nearly three weeks after the crippling supply-chain attack, Kaseya said Thursday that it recently acquired the decryptor key ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The bad guys must be prosecuted and punished to the fullest.
Congressional Republicans have lined up their counter-programming to the first hearing of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's select committee on the Jan. 6 riot — a protest outside the Capitol. This demonstration on Tuesday will focus, however, on the unrest in Cuba that’s drawn concern from both sides of the aisle. ... Washington Times
Fox News host Sean Hannity denied Thursday night that he said viewers should get vaccinated against COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and ripped "idiots in the media mob" for reporting otherwise. "I never told anyone to get a vaccine," Mr. Hannity said during his cable show. Washington Times
Most Americans who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do, according to a new poll that underscores the challenges facing public health officials amid soaring infections in some states. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It makes no sense.

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At least 270,000 migrants have sneaked into the U.S. and burrowed into communities across the country so far this fiscal year, according to the latest Border Patrol data. Agents know them as “gotaways” who represent an acute national security risk, according to the head of the National Sheriffs' Association’s border ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is causing a major problem for the nation.
The number of NFL players who are in the COVID-19 vaccination process has reached 80%, with nine teams having 90% or more of their players in that category ABC
VOA VIEW: Smart people play the odds.
Some call them HENRYs, short for “high earners, not rich yet.” ABC
Dozens of cities and counties and the state of California are experimenting with giving some low-income residents a guaranteed income of $500 to $1,000 each month to do with as they please, and tracking what happens ABC
VOA VIEW: Free mad money.

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The winners of the primaries will face off on Nov. 2. ABC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
Firefighters have officially ended their search for bodies in the debris of the collapsed Surfside condo building ABC
"It's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down," Ivey said of COVID cases in her state. CBS
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.

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General Motors recalled more than 50,000 late-model Chevy Bolt electric cars, citing fire risks. CBS
The stands were mostly empty as athletes attended the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. Some protesters are calling for a cancellation of the Games as COVID cases in Japan rise. CBS
The Biden administration ordered 200 million more doses of the Pfizer vaccine as COVID cases rise and some cities are implementing safety measures to prevent another wave. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden likes to spend money.
The State Department temporarily shut down its emergency appointment booking site for passports, saying scammers were booking and selling the appointments for high prices. Many travelers are in limbo amid a huge backlog of passport applications. CBS
Major indexes blast to new records as Wall Street sets aside worries that COVID variants could stub economic growth. CBS

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Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida and Nevada are reporting the highest daily average of new cases per capita over the past week. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Bad news.
The U.S. economy is expected to post another roaring growth spurt in the second quarter, before a slow and steady dose of reality starts to sink in. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The economy is being propped with free fed money.
Treasury Secretary Yellen warned her department will start "extraordinary measures" on Aug. 2 if lawmakers don't raise the debt ceiling. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The government cannot keep spending and borrowing.

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Between stimulus payments, advance child tax credits and the expanded earned income tax credit, the bottom 60% of earners get an average $3,450 from Washington. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The government cannot keep making and giving free money.
As coronavirus cases are on the rise in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis vows he won't impose a mask mandate. CNN
Washington D.C., police chief Robert Contee said law enforcement officials have issued warnings over the years that the loss of police officers would be problematic for the city, which has seen a spike in gunplay following "intentional efforts" to defund his department. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Police in many cities are getting the shaft.
Paramedics are on the front line of the pandemic and they are a necessity. However, officials say as training requirements increase the pay for many EMS workers is not enough. Local and rural communities are feeling the impact the most. FOX News
Public school students in Washington, D.C., will resume in-person lessons in the fall, but the city will require face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when they do. FOX News
VOA VIEW: This may be a national staple.
Dashcam video from Texas law enforcement shows about a dozen migrants pouring out of a smuggler’s car after a pursuit by state troopers, one of a number of examples of law enforcement encountering vehicles packed with those entering the country illegally. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A continuous of the Biden border fiasco.
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overstepped its authority when it imposed a moratorium on evictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. UPI
VOA VIEW: A very factual ruling.
The United States seeks partners to counter threats in space from China and Russia, U.S. Space Force chief Gen. John Raymond said during a European trip. UPI
VOA VIEW: The US better wake up.
The United States and Iraq are preparing a statement on plans to reduce the role of U.S. troops in Iraq to a purely advisory role by the end of 2021, officials of both nations said this week. UPI
VOA VIEW: Another major Biden fiasco.
North Korea blasted South Korea's rising home prices Friday in a statement that claimed the Kim Jong Un regime's "socialist system" was superior to the South's capitalist economy. UPI
VOA VIEW: NK is becoming brazen.
The world's biggest military alliance said it would work toward stronger cooperation with South Korea. UPI
VOA VIEW: Getting together is better.
Genera Motors on Friday issued a safety recall for almost 70,000 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles due to a defect in their batteries that could spark a fire. UPI

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     A Democratic proposal that would give Black people more federal aid than White people to make down payments on homes is bringing charges of reverse racism and threats of lawsuits. Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, proposed the race-based down-payment program to be included in President Biden’s $3.5 trillion package of health care, clean energy and anti-poverty programs that he dubbed “human infrastructure.”

     Housing advocates are demanding that Democratic leaders follow Ms. Water’s lead. They say her proposal would finally deal with the inequality that White people are far more likely to own homes than Black people and other minorities. They point to a study by the liberal Urban Institute that shows the homeownership gap has widened since the 1960s. The study found that 72% of White families and 42% of Black families owned homes in 2017. That 30-point gap was up from 27 points in 1960.

     Ms. Waters, a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus who now chairs the Financial Services Committee, said she would like the federal government to give $20,000 grants for down payments to people if neither they nor their parents own a home.  White prospective homebuyers would be eligible for the $20,000 grants, but people of color would be more likely to fit the criteria. Particularly alarming to critics is that Ms. Waters would give another $5,000 in down-payment assistance to members of a “socially disadvantaged group.” The legislation defines the group as those “identifying as Black, Hispanic, Native American, or Asian American, or any combination thereof.”