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Congratulations to Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and US Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback: You’ve angered the monsters in Beijing. China’s rulers on Monday sanctioned the four pols, plus the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, in an effort at a tit-for-tat after Washington imposed penalties on several Chinese officials... New York Post
VOA VIEW: A plus for the Senators.
Maybe the senseless death of little Davell Gardner will finally shock the city’s leaders into supporting the NYPD instead of hobbling it. The attack that wound up killing the 1-year-old was plainly a gang hit: Up to three men drove up in a dark SUV, parked right by the picnickers — and opened fire. Gang... New York Post
VOA VIEW: De Blasio will be forced to resign.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is asking Alabama Republicans to ignore President Trump and vote Tuesday to return him to the US Senate. Sessions, fired and repeatedly humiliated by Trump, spent the final campaign stretch alleging that Trump-endorsed college football coach Tommy Tuberville may be a secret liberal. Tuberville’s campaign “is funded and directed by... New York Post
VOA VIEW: A sad tale.

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New legislation has chilled Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement — and potentially altered the city forever. New York Times
VOA VIEW: China will be the big loser.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said Monday the retailer currently requires masks at 3,700 stores and a national mandate is "something that's on our minds."        USA Today
Despite the stereotype that Donald Trump's political base is "old," the president has drawn negative ratings from seniors in Wisconsin throughout his term.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Biden is not winning anywhere = a liberal media falsehood.
Twelve people, or their families, who were hurt or killed in Seattle protests over the past six weeks filed financial claims Monday against the city of Seattle, King County and Washington state, alleging police used excessive force or failed to secure the safety of peaceful protesters. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Total madness.
Black Lives Matter is not inherently political so federal employees are free to express their support for the movement while on the job, according to the government agency that polices such matters. The Office of Special Counsel says employees can wear BLM pins, post supportive messages to their social media ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Crazy.
New York State leaders are debating a bill that would require all police officers to get liability insurance. ABC
VOA VIEW: Why should police have to pay for insurance and having same will bring many lawsuits?

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The federal government incurred the biggest monthly budget deficit in history in June as spending on programs to combat the coronavirus recession exploded while millions of job losses cut into tax revenues ABC
VOA VIEW: Thanks to China.
The team has not released what the new name will be. ABC
VOA VIEW: Political correctness.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed one of the strictest abortion bans in the country and a federal judge quickly blocked the measure that includes a ban as early as six weeks into the pregnancy ABC
Ministers may confirm on Tuesday that face coverings will be compulsory inside shops in England. BBC
VOA VIEW: Safety first.

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Several lawsuits have now been filed against an ICE policy that bars foreign students from taking only-online coursework in the fall. CBS
VOA VIEW: The president must protect the country.
Indoor operations for restaurants, movie theaters and other businesses are to close as the pandemic spikes in the Golden State. CBS
Peter Navarro, White House trade adviser, claimed Fauci "has been wrong about everything I have ever interacted with him on." CBS
VOA VIEW: Fauci has been wrong on all predictions.

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1 in 5 U.S. renters in jeopardy as extra federal unemployment benefits run out and eviction moratoriums come to an end. CBS
VOA VIEW: No free rides or blame making.
MGM is reopening its Springfield, Massachusetts casino at 25% occupancy. The casino has strict guidelines in place to ensure guest safety. CNBC
President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of his friend Roger Stone. A pardon for former national security advisor Michael Flynn is not off the table. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As he should, if needed.
American Airlines is the latest airline set to send out federally-required notices to staff about potential furloughs. CNBC
VOA VIEW: There is little choice.
More than 200 universities are backing a legal challenge to the Trump administration's new restrictions on international students, arguing that the policy jeopardizes students' safety and forces schools to reconsider fall plans they have spent months preparing. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The lawsuits will fail.

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President Trump retweeted a conspiracy from ex-game show host Chuck Woolery attempting to discredit the CDC and doctors' warnings about the coronavirus. CNN
The remarkable stock market comeback of 2020 has another notch in its belt: Stocks once again turned positive for the year. CNN
A Democrat sheriff in Arizona on Sunday slammed the notion advocated by Black Lives Matter protesters to defund the police, arguing that demonizing law enforcement will lead to “lawlessness” and “change the entire dynamic of who we are as a nation” because then you “won’t find good men and women willing to do this job.” FOX News
VOA VIEW: Foolish thought.

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White House Chief Technology Officer Michael J.K. Kratsios will be the acting head of Pentagon research and engineering, the Defense Secretary said on Monday. UPI
Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they always wear a face mask when in public or do so "very often," a new Gallup poll showed Monday. UPI
U.S. pharma giant Pfizer and BioNTech announced Monday that they have received "fast track" designation from U.S. health officials for two COVID-19 vaccine candidates. UPI
VOA VIEW: Who will take the first vaccine?
North Korea could be taking sides in ongoing disputes between the United States and China as the U.S. and its allies, including Japan, are pursuing new defense strategies in the South China Sea. UPI
VOA VIEW: No one cares what NK says.

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     Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday bizarrely claimed that hungry New Yorkers stealing bread were behind an “uptick in crime” in the city — despite the fact that overall crime is down, while shootings and murders have soared.  AOC is an idiot. 

     “Do we think this has to do with the fact that there’s record unemployment in the United States right now? The fact that people are at a level of economic desperation that we have not seen since the great recession?” she said in a Thursday town hall, a clip of which was shared by The Hill on Twitter Sunday.

     “Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent. And so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money. So, you maybe have to — they’re put in a position where they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.” The divisive rep shot down claims that a reduced NYPD budget has led to more chaos, arguing that Gotham was slipping before the department’s budget was cut July 1.

     “Keep in mind that this uptick in crime that’s happening right now is with a $6 billion New York City Police Department budget. We have shoved more and more and more money into the NYPD. It has not prevented this uptick in crime,” she said in a Thursday town hall, a clip of which was shared by The Hill on Twitter Sunday.

     While shootings and murders have skyrocketed this year, overall crime has been trending down. There have been a little over 1,300 fewer major crimes reported this year, for a 3-percent reduction over 2019, according to NYPD data. Ocasio-Cortez also slammed the NYPD for blaming bail reform for a rise in city shootings, as she appeared to cite an exclusive Post report debunking the bogus claim.

     Despite 528 shootings through June 30, up 46 percent from last year, only one person released under the new law were charged in a shooting.