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U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II says that the practice of arresting immigrants at their homes without a judicial warrant is unconstitutional. LA Times
VOA VIEW: A fool liberal judge.
More migrants illegally enter the United States along this California stretch of the border than anywhere else. They're not coming from the places you'd expect LA Times
U.S. deaths due to drug overdoses fell last year, the first decrease in five years, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Good news.

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump accepted the endorsement of the National Rifle Association at the NRA Leadership Forum in Dallas on Saturday night. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Good for the US.
Before delivering his remarks at NRA Leadership Forum in Dallas on Saturday night, the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign announced the launch of the Gun Owners for Trump coalition. Newsmax
Michigan Democrats are calling for a state elections investigation into signatures written on GOP Senate candidates' petitions to determine if any were forged or fraudulent in a move one campaign said is aimed to eliminate Republicans from the ticket altogether. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: A tactic used by Dems.
House Speaker Mike Johnson's support of former President Donald Trump during his Manhattan trial has some members of his own party apprehensive, The Hill reports. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Liberal worry.
Threats of terrorism loom over the upcoming 2024 T20 World Cup in New York as the Islamic State group issues warnings targeting the cricket tournament, amplifying concerns about safety and security, the U.S. Sun reported. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: The Islamic State is getting brazen.
Hunter Biden's allies are reportedly looking into establishing a legal defense fund for him after his chief financial backer, Hollywood entertainment lawyer Kevin Morris, has been telling people he is running out of money to keep helping him. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: There is no legal defense to Hunter's actions.

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The Cook Political Report altered its rating for the Arizona Senate race from "toss-up" to "lean Democrat" on Friday, citing the lack of a "palatable" Republican nominee in Kari Lake. Newsmax
The Biden administration told a meeting of foreign ambassadors that it believes Hamas terrorists withdrew from hostage negotiations last week in an effort to instead ramp up more worldwide pressure on Israel. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: To hell with Hamas.
Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., said the House Freedom Caucus held a presser outside former President Donald Trump's business records trial in New York City out of protest of the gag order he's under. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: A little payback.
The month of June is shaping up to be a potential nightmare for President Biden with his re-election, his legacy and Hunter Biden’s freedom all on the line over the course of a month-long gantlet. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Goodbye Joe.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbot vowed to continue bussing migrants to New York City and took a shot at Mayor Eric Adams during a speech on Saturday. New York Post
VOA VIEW: As he should.
Hundreds of protesters rallied within sight of the U.S. Capitol, chanting pro-Palestinian slogans and voicing criticism of the Israeli and American governments as they marked a painful present - the war in Gaza - and past - the exodus of some 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were forced from what is now Israel when the state was created in 1948. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Pro Palestinian's are anti America.
Conservative Catholics want to know if the NFL's commitment to "inclusion" includes them after watching the league distance itself from Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Butker did nothing wrong - it was a good speech.

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Thousands of protesters are expected to turn out for a rally in the nation's capital Saturday in support of Palestinian rights and an immediate end to Israeli military operations in Gaza. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: All anti America fools.
A media personality who co-founded a conservative political action committee has been appointed to a seat on the Georgia State Election Board, which is responsible for developing election rules, investigating allegations of fraud and making recommendations to state lawmakers. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: So!
At a recent primary debate, congressional candidate Dave Williams took the microphone and unleashed the same MAGA arguments that vaulted him from a former state representative to chairman of the Colorado Republican Party. Washington Times
The announcement escalates a divide within Israel's leadership. CBS
VOA VIEW: Quit!
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito faces mounting scrutiny over an upside down U.S. flag outside his home. The flag upside down became a symbol of the stop the steal movement used by rioters and election deniers after the 2020 election. CBS
VOA VIEW: He should stay.

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IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler are also asking to intervene in the case, arguing the IRS has a conflict of interest in the matter. CBS
VOA VIEW: The Judge should.
Ongoing work to resolve a persistent helium leak has pushed the first piloted Starliner flight back at least four more days, to May 25. CBS
While the State Department bulletin is meant for overseas travel, there is concern of a domestic threat from ISIS, two sources told CBS News. CBS
VOA VIEW: Liberal woke BS.

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There are some signs that shoppers are holding off on big-ticket buys, the latest signal of the economy contracting at the hands of tighter monetary policy. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A real sign of Biden economic failure.
Several tax cuts enacted by former President Donald Trump are set to expire after 2025 without changes from Congress. Here's how it could affect your wallet. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It would be a travesty for the nation.
The results are a blow to the UAW's organizing efforts a month after the Detroit union won an organizing drive of Volkswagen plant workers in Tennessee. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Smart move.
The University of Pennsylvania police department made several arrests after hundreds of protesters descended into a campus building and attempted to occupy it. FOX News
VOA VIEW: They should be prosecuted.
An Interior Department staffer became the first Jewish-American political appointee to publicly resign in protest of President Biden's support of Israel. FOX News
The State Department urged Americans abroad to exercise increased caution, citing the potential for "terrorist attacks" and other violent actions. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A valid precaution.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin vetoed separate measures that would protect access to contraception and remove a tax exemption for the United Daughters of the Confederacy. UPI
Humanitarian aid has started moving into Gaza via a temporary pier, two days after the U.S. military began construction on the floating causeway. UPI
VOA VIEW: Hamas will attack.
On Friday the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $63 million in local road safety grants for 99 communities. The money is from the Biden administration's bipartisan infrastructure law. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden vote buying.

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     The White House called “offensive” new House Speaker Mike Johnson’s remark that the problem with gun violence, and mass shootings in particular, is with the human heart and not with the guns themselves.  The truth hurts.

     It is the White House’s first rebuke, and likely not the last, since Johnson, R-La., was elected speaker.  In the wake of the mass shooting in Maine and calls from the Biden administration for action on gun laws, Johnson told Fox News on Thursday night, “At the end of the day, the problem is the human heart. It’s not guns. It’s not the weapons. At the end of the day, we have to protect the right of the citizens to protect themselves, and that’s the Second Amendment. And that’s why our party stands so strongly for that. … This is not the time to be talking about legislation.”

     White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement Friday, “we absolutely reject the offensive accusation.”  “Gun crime is uniquely high in the United States because congressional Republicans have spent decades choosing the gun industry’s lobbyists over the lives of innocent Americans,” Bates said, according to The Hill. “Gun violence is now the main reason that American children’s hearts stop beating. Not cancer, not car accidents — gun violence.”

     Bates said Republican lawmakers’ unwillingness to act to prevent “weapons of war” from being used by civilians is a root cause for gun violence, calling the mass shooting in Maine, “the latest proof point that gun crime is an urgent national security crisis.”  Earlier during her daily briefing, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called on Johnson to lead a House effort on gun control legislation.

     “The House has a new Speaker who said he’s ready to get to work and to find common ground,” she said. “Now is the time to find common ground. Let’s work together to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. “Let’s work together to enact universal background checks, require safe storage of guns, and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous individuals who have no business being armed with a weapon of war.”