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If, underlying the Mar-a-lago raid, “there isn’t a very substantial there there, the Biden administration just took the world’s most reputable police force and turned it into the American version of the Tonton Macoute,” fumes TK News’ Matt Taibbi. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden has made the US look bad to the world.
The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee is requesting that a top former FBI official testify about whistleblower claims that agents were pressured to reclassify cases as "domestic violent extremism" to fulfill the Biden administration's crusade against home-grown terrorism. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The FBI has to be cleaned out from the top, ASAP.
The politicization of the FBI began under former director Robert S. Mueller's transformation of the bureau from a traditional law enforcement agency to counter intelligence powerhouse in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, according to a former G-Man. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The FBI has lost credibility and respect.
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Representative Scott Perry’s lawyer said he was told he is not a target of the Justice Department’s expanding inquiry into one element of the effort to keep Donald J. Trump in power after his loss in 2020. New York Times
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken urges free and fair Congo elections following the government's arrest of a key opposition figure and its backsliding on climate action. LA Times
VOA VIEW: There is no assurance that the Congo will adhere to real Democracy.
Rep. Jerry Nadler said he supports allocating more funding to the police during a PIX-11 debate Tuesday night -- reversing course from claims he made two years ago that he was all for cutting the NYPD budget. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Nadler should be voted out.
A lawyer for Donald J. Trump said that over the course of about four hours, the former president answered only one question, about his name, toward the beginning of the interview. New York Times
VOA VIEW: As he should have done.
Inflation in the U.S. fell to 8.5% in July, from a historical high 9.1% in June, but small businesses have continued to face challenges. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Nothing to brag about.
Abortion will remain legal in Wyoming while a lawsuit that contests a ban on the procedure in nearly all cases moves ahead, a judge ruled Wednesday. Washington Times
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A pair of wide-ranging social media studies released Wednesday finds cyberbullying complaints highest on Meta's Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram platforms as adolescents increasingly switch to TikTok. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Facebook is the big cyberbully.
There's plenty about slavery at the historical homes of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, but not so much about their monumental legacies as Founding Fathers, according to a newly released report. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The left is going too far, too far.
The slowdown coincides with a series of rate hikes from the Federal Reserve. ABC
VOA VIEW: Gas prices will rise again.
Russian authorities on Wednesday raided the home of a former state TV journalist who quit after making an on-air protest against Moscow’s war in Ukraine ABC
VOA VIEW: Souds like what happened with Trump in Florida.
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China is criticizing a U.S. law to encourage processor chip production in the United States and reduce reliance on Asian suppliers as a threat to trade and an attack on Chinese business ABC
VOA VIEW: China should weep, if the US maintains a backbone.
Eviction filings around the country are returning to pre-pandemic levels in many cities and states ABC
VOA VIEW: The government should not be able to control private rentals.
Former President Trump is expected to sit for a deposition Wednesday as part of the New York attorney general’s civil probe into his real estate business, sources say. ABC
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A member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps allegedly tried to arrange the murder of Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton, the Justice Department said ABC
VOA VIEW: Iran should be punished more.
After news of the search spread, many surrounded Mar-a-Lago with banners supporting Trump. CBS
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Beef, lamb, nuts, dried fruit and coffee were rated the worst in a study that looked at the environmental impact of 57,000 different foods. Scientists found squash, fizzy drinks like Colas and sports and energy drinks were least harmful to the environment. CBS
Medicare's Hospital Insurance trust fund will run out of money in 2028, trustees say. CBS
VOA VIEW: This has been threatened before.
Consumer prices rose 8.5% over the past 12 months, marking a slowdown but still painfully high for millions of Americans. CBS
VOA VIEW: A short-lived slow down - high interest rates are the prices to be paid.
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High inflation points to a possible 9.6% Social Security cost-of-living adjustment in 2023, according to a new estimate based on data released on Wednesday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: This does not cover the cost of inflation.
Ford CEO Jim Farley said the prices of key battery minerals will likely stay elevated for a while, but the company is looking into alternatives. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
Proposed tax credits of up to $7,500 for EVs under the Inflation Reduction Act could be counterintuitive for sales of EVs, according to several companies. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Buying EVs is not a good plan.
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Mortgage rates made unusually wide swings last week, and that may have caused some borrowers to try to take advantage and save money on a refinance. CNBC
Single buyers of electric vehicles would need to have income of less than $150,000 to qualify for the credit, and luxury models would largely be ineligible. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A foolish thought.
Wall Street lobbyists targeted Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to keep the carried interest loophole intact before the provision was dropped from the climate and tax bill. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Sinema was bribed.
As a supplement, vitamin D's popularity is only growing — but doctors have mixed opinions on whether it's a good idea or not. Here's what you need to know. CNBC
The Cracker Barrel in Portland, Oregon's Jantzen Beach mall abruptly shuttered this week. Employees say the closure is due to security issues, locals point to theft and drug use. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Portland will pay for having high crime.
Leora Levy won the Connecticut Republican primary for U.S. Senate after being backed by former president Donald Trump. It's Levy's first time being a political candidate. FOX News
President Biden on Wednesday signed legislation that will help veterans who were exposed to toxins during their time in the U.S. Armed Forces -- a bill that needed a second vote to get past Republicans. UPI
Russia launched new mortar attacks on sites in eastern and southern Ukraine on Wednesday, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed to recapture a part of the country seized by Moscow almost a decade ago. UPI
VOA VIEW: That would be a good happening.
Four states held primary elections Tuesday, including a contest that pit candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence against each other. UPI
VOA VIEW: Pence lost again.
Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania said FBI agents have seized his cellphone. UPI
VOA VIEW: Total madness and the agents must be held accountable.
Israeli security forces killed a wanted Palestinian militant and at least one other person following an early Tuesday gun battle in the streets of an occupied West Bank city, authorities and officials said. UPI
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Former President Trump addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference. Voters will fight for the country and Trump in November and in 2024.
“The proud patriots here today are the beating heart of the conservative movement,” Trump said after taking the stage to the stirrings of The Village People’s hit “Y.M.C.A “ “You are the loyal defenders of our heritage, culture, our Constitution and our God-given rights. You never stop fighting for America, and I will never ever stop fighting for you.” Trump was frequently interrupted by raucous applause from the GOP activists who gathered for the CPAC conference in the Hilton Anatole’s Trinity Ballroom in Dallas.
In a nearly two-hour address, the former president threw out hefty chunks of red meat, coming out in favor of stop-and-frisk policing and the death penalty for drug dealers — a punishment he said was used in China for such offenses. The speech also came with the standard denunciations of old foes like Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — who he branded an “old broken crow” — and, of course, President Joe Biden. “You could take the five worst presidents in American history and put them together and they would not have done the damage Joe Biden has done to our country in two years,” he said. Trump, however, was mum on whether he would seek a rematch with Biden in 2024.
“I ran twice and won twice, and I did much better the second time than I did the first. And now we may have to do it again,” was all he offered. The question of whether or not Trump will seek to reclaim the White House in 2024 has dominated GOP political circles in recent months. The former president — now 76 years old — has publicly teased the possibility with little subtlety. “I’ve already made that decision,” he told New York Magazine last month, adding that the only decision left for him was whether he would announce something before or after the midterm elections.