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Haitian migrants continue to pour into Texas. But hoping to avoid deportation, many decide to cross the Rio Grande back to Mexico. LA Times
VOA VIEW: More come in than go out.
Some Latin American countries are loosening or scrapping their abortion laws, even as access to abortion shrinks in the U.S. It's a dramatic flip of circumstances. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Times are changing.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas is indisputably good at one part of his job: always referring to the migrant surge at the border as a “challenge,” never a “crisis.” He visited Del Rio, Texas, recently and refused to use the offending word about more than 10,000 Haitian migrants huddled under a bridge, living among trash... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The fiasco is clear for all to see.
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Nearly one in five nursing home staffers are still refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine despite a state mandate to get a first shot by Sept. 27 in facilities that house frail elderly residents most vulnerable to the deadly disease. Despite the mandate, 18 percent are still refusing to get the vaccination, according... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden can't win the battle.
Dr. Alan Baird of San Antonio became the first abortion provider to face legal action sparked by the new anti-abortion law in Texas. New York Post
The first wave of Haitians deported from a massive encampment under a Texas bridge arrived back in their home country over the weekend, with some returning for the first time in years. The Biden administration began special expulsion flights to the Caribbean nation Sunday after nearly 15,000 migrants — the vast majority originally from Haiti... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Illegal immigration is the injustice.
The bill by Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez seeks to supersede state law and give green card and work visa holders the right to vote in local elections. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Total Dem madness.
After a top Senate official rejected a proposal to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants, Democrats said they would craft an alternative. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Pitiful losers.
Businesses attacked. Data stolen. Miles of pipeline shut down. The scourge of ransomware is worse than ever. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It is time to fight back without reservations.
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The number of kids fatally shot and wounded has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data suggests last year was the deadliest since at least 2014.
Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott may face former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke in the 2022 election.
VOA VIEW: O'Rourke is a loser.
Immigrant rights advocates said Monday that Democrats must change, ignore or overturn the Senate parliamentarian’s ruling that the law precludes adding an amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants to the $3.5 trillion budget bill. Some activists said they’re willing to give party leaders more time to change Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough’s ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Progressives don't like to lose.
Congressional Democratic leaders on Monday set themselves on the road to a potential government shutdown and a default on U.S. debt by the end of the month. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York announced they would seek to suspend the ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It will be an interesting battle that Dems must lose.
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Texas sued the Biden administration Monday over its directive that employers let transgender people use bathrooms and locker rooms according to their gender identification rather than their biological sex. The state claims the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's June directive runs afoul of a state's ability to enact its own policies ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Men should not be able to go into women's locker rooms and bathrooms.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas blamed an unexpected “sudden” surge of Haitians for overwhelming his agents on the border in Texas and establishing a migrant camp on the banks of the Rio Grande, but insisted Monday that his department does have operational control of the boundary. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It is Biden's stupidity and fault.
Texas state troopers used cars to erect a wall of metal this weekend, sealing off the U.S.-Mexico border in Del Rio, and the Homeland Security Department said it was rushing agents and officers to the site to process the thousands of migrants who had made it across, as officials moved ... Washington Times
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Pro Kremlin ruling party wins majority in parliamentary elections amid opposition claims of widespread ballot fraud. ABC
Gov. Greg Abbott's third special legislative session will tackle trans rights. ABC
LGBTQ veterans who were given other than honorable discharges from the military due to their sexual orientation are eligible to receive full benefits, the VA announced. ABC
VOA VIEW: A Biden change.
Trump himself has not been charged with any wrongdoing. ABC
VOA VIEW: The Dems never give up.
Twitter said Monday it will pay $809.5 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about how much its user base was growing and how much users interacted with its platform ABC
VOA VIEW: A low settlement.
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Stocks slumped on Wall Street Monday, mirroring losses overseas and putting the S&P 500 on track for its biggest drop since May ABC
A Missouri official is asking the state Supreme Court to suspend the law licenses of a St. Louis couple who gained national attention last year when they waved guns at racial injustice protesters outside their home ABC
VOA VIEW: A travesty in justice.
More than 675,000 Americans have now died of COVID-19. ABC
VOA VIEW: Sad and China is the blame.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell held strong Monday on his assertion that Republicans will not help Democrats address the debt ceiling. CBS
VOA VIEW: Republicans should hold fast.
The Justice Department also asked a judge to temporarily halt enforcement of the six-week abortion ban. CBS
VOA VIEW: The DOJ cannot override the Texas law.
Mississippi officials are asking the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. CBS
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
The 125,000-spot refugee cap for fiscal year 2021 will mark a 733% increase from the historic low 15,000-person ceiling former President Donald Trump set before leaving office. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden is raising the cap, not the US.
President Biden will be addressing the United Nations General Assembly for the first time. CBS
The new air travel policy from the administration will begin in November. CBS
VOA VIEW: As they should.
California and Texas are set to receive thousands of Afghans evacuated to the U.S., while other states are expected to resettle fewer than a dozen or none at all. CBS
VOA VIEW: A big deceptive mess.
President Biden’s plan to give booster shots to most Americans was rejected by an FDA advisory panel just days before its rollout. The panel did, however, endorse a Pfizer booster shot for older Americans or those at risk of serious disease. Jonathan Vigliotti has the latest. CBS
VOA VIEW: An approval is not a mandate.
Snack giant's proposed changes to overtime rules and length of shifts led employees to walk off the job in August. CBS
The ruling is a crushing setback for Democrats, who hoped to use the budget reconciliation process to create a massive legalization program for 8 million undocumented immigrants. CBS
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts Dems.
Strategists say the renewed sell-off in U.S. markets on Monday is in part thanks to partisan gridlock in Congress over the debt ceiling. CNBC
Facebook accused the Wall Street Journal of mischaracterizing its efforts in an exhaustive investigation into how it responds to its own research. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook is deceptive.
The wealthiest Americans may be avoiding $163 billion in income taxes every year, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Here’s how they do it. CNBC
Dr. Scott Gottlieb said U.S. intelligence agencies should investigate emerging public health threats overseas to combat future disease outbreaks. CNBC
Progressive groups are launching a $2 million pressure campaign against Republican lawmakers to show that a majority of voters support Joe Biden's agenda. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Progressives want to change the US.
House legislation, part of a $3.5 trillion budget plan, would prohibit individual retirement accounts from holding investments for "accredited investors." CNBC
The price of bitcoin dropped sharply Monday as investors began shedding risk amid an equity markets decline. CNBC
The indictment details what prosecutors called a "sweeping and audacious" scheme to avoid taxes on compensation for executives. CNBC
VOA VIEW: First Russia lies, now it's taxes.
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Blue-lining is when banks or mortgage lenders draw lines of risk around certain neighborhoods and streets, often without clear disclosure. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Who wants to put money in loans where there is a high risk of no return or loss?
Strategists do not now expect financial contagion from the crisis at a large Chinese property developer, but they do say there could be economic impact. CNBC
NASA received about a dozen proposals from companies to build private space stations that would replace the International Space Station later this decade. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
Pfizer and BioNTech tested a two-dose regimen of 10 micrograms — about a third the dosage used for teens and adults — administered three weeks apart. CNBC
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's unveiled her 2022 budget proposal on Monday, with includes increased spending on law enforcement amid surging gun violence not seen in decades. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Lightfoot is an idiot.
Three weeks after Hurricane Ida slammed Louisiana, residents are facing an unpleasant consequence. Many people have not had their household trash picked up in weeks. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A major screwup.
Despite originally making landfall as a Category 1 Hurricane in Texas early last week, the now remnants of Tropical Cyclone Nicholas continue to pose a heavy rainfall and flash flooding threat Monday. FOX News
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 614 points on Monday as all three major U.S. indexes turned in their worst days in months. UPI
Tropical Storm Rose, the 17th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, is moving across the open Atlantic but appears that it won't make landfall anywhere, forecasters said Monday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Where will it go?
Tropical Storm Peter, the 16th named system of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, is projected to pass multiple islands in the Caribbean in the coming days. UPI
The United States will keep its land border with Canada and Mexico mainly closed for at least one more month due to COVID-19 restrictions, a senior Biden administration official announced Monday, UPI
North Korea said Monday that a controversial new defense deal in which the United States, Australia and Britain will share nuclear submarine technology could spark an arms race in the Asian-Pacific corridor. UPI
VOA VIEW: NK is a bigger problem.
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Former US Rep. Beto O’Rourke is a liberal idiot, who is preparing to run for governor of Texas, according to a report Sunday — as a new poll showed the onetime Democratic presidential hopeful gaining ground against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. O’Rourke plans to announce his comeback candidacy later this year, Axios said, citing unidentified political operatives in the Lone Star State. Abbott is seeking reelection in 2022 and has raised more than $55 million for his campaign.
But support for the incumbent has been dropping since January and is now at just 45 percent, with 54 percent saying Texas is on the wrong track, according to a poll conducted last week by the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler. O’Rourke has cut Abbott’s lead in a hypothetical match-up from 12 percentage points to 5 in the past two months, the Morning News reported Sunday.
Deceptive pollster Mark Owens, a professor at UT Tyler, said Abbott was being hurt by his staunchly conservative positions on “so many issues” — including opposing mandatory mask-wearing and vaccinations against COVID-19 and championing the state’s strict anti-abortion law.