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Former President Trump was once greeted in California with street protests. Now his visits generate more supporters than foes. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Good news for Trump.
The Supreme Court should take up former President Donald Trump's case after his conviction on 34 counts of falsification of business records. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Conservatives should do what is right.
Investigations have unearthed a New York-area insurance scam being pushed by suspected Russian mobsters and MS-13 gangs, luring migrants and homeless individuals into turning a minor accident into a $1.5 million-plus windfall. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: NYC is corrupt.

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President Trump believes and supports Ukraine's survival and strength, but he also thinks that Europe should do more. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and then-President Donald Trump used to be politically indistinguishable before they were primary rivals, but now they may be again. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: It may be a good play for Trump.
If you thought the Cold War had returned last week, you were not daydreaming. New York Post
VOA VIEW: It should Biden weakness.
An emerging coalition that views Donald J. Trump’s agenda as a threat to democracy is laying the groundwork to push back if he wins in November, taking extraordinary pre-emptive actions. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal Dems are acting scared.
The fate of a ban on bump stocks is now in the hands of Congress after the Supreme Court ruled Friday that current law doesn't allow the government to outlaw them as equivalent to machine guns. Washington Times
A group of 28 riders aboard the AtmosFEAR attraction at the Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, Oregon, Friday were suspended upside down when the pendulum ride stalled. Washington Times

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Authorities on Sunday identified the man who opened fire at a splash pad in suburban Detroit before taking his own life. Washington Times
Four Florida police officers have been indicted for manslaughter in connection with a 2019 shootout on a busy rush-hour street that left a hijacked UPS driver and a passerby in a nearby car dead. Washington Times
72% of Americans say higher prices have been a hardship or more difficult, and 63% rate the economy as fairly bad or very bad. CBS
VOA VIEW: Bad for Biden.
Amid heightened terrorist alerts, the Biden administration needs to declassify the information of the terrorist threats that they are seeing so that there can be a public discourse. CBS
VOA VIEW: More good news for Trump.

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Jimmy Kimmel hosted a conversation with President Biden and former President Barack Obama. CBS
VOA VIEW: All fools.
Much of the South is trapped under a heat dome which is expected to shift east in the coming week. CBS
It includes a handwritten draft of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and the crystal flute saved by first lady Dolly Madison. CBS

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Hershey, Mondelez, Mars and Ferrero are among the companies that will have to get creative to deal with soaring prices for cocoa, a key ingredient in chocolate. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Get rid of Biden.
A Southwest Airlines flight from Honolulu to Kauai came just 400 feet from slamming into the Pacific Ocean after the pilots encountered treacherous weather conditions. FOX News
The suspect in a Louisiana child abduction case was arrested and the body of the missing 4-year-old was found dead in the woods. FOX News
Gun Owners of America says it fears YouTube's new policy that age restricts firearms content will have a "chilling effect on the First and Second Amendments." FOX News
VOA VIEW: Firearms age should be equal.
Commander Biden, the German Shepherd owned by President Joe Biden, had a previously undisclosed biting incident involving a U.S. Secret Service agent, it has been revealed. UPI
VOA VIEW: The dog is bad.

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Donald Trump spoke to Black leaders and headlined a Turning Point USA event Saturday in Detroit as he seeks to wrestle the Great Lakes State back from President Joe Biden. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden is looking bad all around.
U.S. forces have launched a barrage of attacks destroying Houthi radar sites that helped the group target commercial shipping vessels, according to U.S. Central Command. UPI
VOA VIEW: All Houthis military should be destroyed.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Americans about a possible shortage in obtaining Adderall, a key treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. UPI

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House Speaker Mike Johnson said he'll go to federal court in an attempt to release audiotapes of President Biden's investigation after the Justice Department refused to prosecute AG Garland for contempt of Congress. UPI
VOA VIEW: Time will tell which side wins.

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     The COVID-19 treatments millions of Americans have taken for free from the federal government will enter the private market next week with a hefty price tag.  Biden paid too much and now the companies want to bilk the people.

     Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is setting the price for a five-day treatment of Paxlovid at $1,390, but Americans can still access the pills at no cost — for now. The less commonly used COVID-19 treatment Lagevrio, manufactured by Merck, also will hit the market next week.  Millions of free, taxpayer-funded courses of the pills will remain at pharmacies, hospitals and doctor’s offices across the country, U.S. Health and Human Services officials said Friday. People on private insurance may start to notice copays for the treatments once their pharmacy or doctor’s office runs out of the COVID-19 treatments they received from the government.

     The U.S. government initially inked a deal with Pfizer to pay more than $5 billion for 10 million courses of Paxlovid in 2021.  Under a new agreement, reached last month between Pfizer and the federal government, people on Medicaid, Medicare or those who are without medical insurance will not pay any out-of-pocket costs for the treatment through the end of next year. Pfizer will also offer copay assistance for the treatment through 2028. The Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and Indian Health Service will still be able to access Paxlovid the government has on hand. The government will also get 1 million treatment courses to keep in its stockpile.  Suppliers to pharmacies, doctor’s offices and hospitals can begin ordering the treatments from the drug companies.