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Gov. Gavin Newsom embraced his role as a surrogate for President Biden in Thursday's debate against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Newsom sounded like a Biden/Harris lapdog.
Former President Donald Trump lashed out at the judge overseeing his civil fraud trial in New York, the judge's wife, and state Attorney General Letitia James in a social media post Friday, saying any other court would call for "an immediate Mistrial with sanctions." Newsmax
VOA VIEW: A truism.
Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Hunter Biden's attorney Abbe Lowell they will not let his client dictate the terms of how he will testify in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, which Comer chairs. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Comer must stand tall.


Israel's intelligence services are planning a worldwide assassination campaign to hunt down and kill Hamas leaders after the nation's war in the Gaza Strip is over. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Israel is determined to wipe out Hamas.
The researcher who presented mummified remains from Peru to Mexico's Congress as evidence of "nonhuman" aliens on Earth now claims that tests confirm these remains contain DNA that is "not from any known species." Newsmax
Israel used the last week to gain intel on Hamas positions through its intelligence sources housed inside Gaza. New York Post
VOA VIEW: As they should.
The Biden administration issued new rules to prevent Chinese firms from supplying parts for electric cars set to receive billions of dollars in tax credits. New York Times
VOA VIEW: China should pay.
An appeals court upheld the disorderly conduct convictions Friday of actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself in 2019 and lying about it to Chicago police. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Hew should go to jail.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday in state district court in Lubbock County, state Attorney General Ken Paxton accused Pfizer of promoting the vaccine and its boosters by making "unsupported claims." Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A rip-off.


Calls to cancel Disney's streaming service surged on social media after billionaire Elon Musk singled out Disney CEO Bob Iger as a leader of the advertising boycott against Musk-owned platform X. Washington Times
Southwest Airlines is close to a deal with its pilots union that could avert a strike right before the busy holiday season. Washington Times
It's President Joe Biden's turn to bring some holiday spirit to the U.S. capital. Washington Times
Rep. George Santos is just the sixth House member in U.S. history to be expelled and the first in more than 20 years. CBS
VOA VIEW: Santos actions may be wrong, but know court found him guilty.

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Cantaloupes contaminated with the bacteria have been linked to more than 100 illnesses and two deaths. CBS
Sandra Day O'Connor was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, and she retired in 2006. CBS
Former President Trump claimed the wife of the judge in his New York trial made several posts about him and had "taken over control" of the trial. CBS
VOA VIEW: The truth is, what.


A group of congressional Democrats and veteran Capitol Police officers are seeking civil damages for the harms they allege they suffered because of the Capitol riot. CBS
VOA VIEW: There is the SC.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Friday pushed back on market expectations for aggressive interest rate cuts ahead. CNBC
Pfizer said it still plans to release phase two trial data on a once-a-day version of its weight loss drug, known as danuglipron, in the first half of 2024. CNBC
Individual countries announced voluntary reductions totaling 2.2 million barrels per day for the first quarter of 2024. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Very much possible.
Delivery drivers and postal workers face threats of robberies and carjackings this holiday season, with assaults of postal workers reportedly surging. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Very possible.

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Five senators have demanded President Biden implement a travel ban on China due to an alarming spike in an unknown respiratory illness. FOX News
A federal watchdog is investigating the decision-making process behind the selected site for a new FBI headquarters, which has faced allegations of a conflict of interest. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Biden is known to make financial gain of his powers.
An annual report on capital punishment says more Americans now believe the death penalty is administered unfairly. The report says a Gallup poll from October that found 50% of Americans believe capital punishment is applied unfairly is another sign of the death penalty's further isolation in the U.S. FOX News

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A U.S. district judge has blocked Montana's statewide ban of the social media app TikTok, saying the law violated the Constitution's First Amendment. UPI
VOA VIEW: TikTok must be banned.
The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing to expand cockpit voice recording capacity to 25 hours in newly manufactured aircraft. Currently, the recorders only capture 2 hours of data. UPI
Suicides by firearm have increased 11% since 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. UPI
VOA VIEW: Bad times.

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December 05, 2023

     Defund lawmakers will spike attention.  It was a sunny day in the East Bay and there had already been multiple armed carjackings, two armed robberies, a handful of armed assaults and a fatal hit-and-run, and it was just after noon. For West Oakland, California, resident Seneca Scott, it was just another Wednesday morning. 

     "So the reason that Oakland is not safe and livable is because of the failed policies of our neo-progressives who have come to dominate our local government," Scott, founder of the nonprofit Neighbors Together Oakland, told Fox News. "The defund movement was a dismal failure."  "No one feels safe to go outside, businesses are failing, and we created a dangerous doom loop," the safe neighborhood advocate continued. "The luxury politics of our elite who don't live with the consequences of their policy is absolutely destroying our city."

     There were nearly 500 homicides in Oakland from 2018 to 2022, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, making the town the most dangerous city in the Bay Area. From July 6 to 12, Oakland police reported 251 larceny cases, 146 motor vehicle thefts, 43 robberies, 94 assaults and 50 burglaries, according to city data
      "It's been a long-standing issue that Oakland doesn't have enough 911 dispatchers and there's a lot of turnover and attrition in that position," Scott said. "We don't have enough dispatchers and people are waiting upwards of 20 minutes to get someone on the phone."  The Oakland 911 dispatch system has failed twice.

     The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ standards mandate 90% of 911 calls should be answered in 15 seconds or less. Oakland police, in the first three months of 2023, answered only 55% of calls in 15 seconds or less.   Oakland police's 911 average answer time during June was the worst in the state, taking callers over a minute to reach emergency dispatchers, an NBC Bay Area investigation found"The 20-year-old system is waiting to fail catastrophically," a recent Alameda County Grand Jury report found regarding Oakland's 911 system.