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China has underscored its commitment to its claim to Taiwan. ABC
VOA VIEW: China threats should not be considered and tolerated.
Peaceful protests against President Putin’s military mobilization order. ABC
VOA VIEW: Things not looking good for Putin.
Public school advocates who oppose a massive expansion of Arizona’s private school voucher system have filed enough signatures to block it from taking effect ABC
VOA VIEW: The liberals don't want to give children a good education.


California Gov. Gavin Newsom is traveling to Texas amid a public feud with the state's Republican governor ABC
Tropical Storm Ian, which formed over the central Caribbean Sea late Friday, is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane with a path toward Florida. ABC
The ruling by the judge reinstates a 1901 abortion ban that includes jail time for providers. ABC
VOA VIEW: Dems are fools.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ each lost more than 1.5% on Friday, with the Dow closing at its lowest level since late 2020. CBS News correspondent Michael George has more on the troubling economic trends. CBS
VOA VIEW: The economy is looking to get worse.
Minority leader Kevin McCarthy unveiled the House Republican midterm agenda. CBS News congressional correspondent Nikole Killion spoke with McCarthy about why he wants to be speaker. CBS
VOA VIEW: Better than what Dems have done or offer.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency. CBS


U.S. stocks fell sharply, dropping to the lowest level since November of 2020. Also, at least 50 people have been killed in protests in Iran over the death of a young woman in police custody for wearing an “improper” head covering. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener. CBS
VOA VIEW: All Biden and Dems fault.
NASA aims for Tuesday launch of oft-delayed Space Launch System rocket, but forecasters are 80% no-go. CBS
The Biden administration announced Friday it is awarding $1.5 billion in grants to help states, territories and tribal lands combat the opioid crisis. CNBC
VOA VIEW: This will not solve the problem - closing the border will.
There are some options that homebuyers can explore to reduce the costs involved in buying a house. CNBC
VOA VIEW: There is no real way to save - mortgage rates will increase more.

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Italy's voters head to the polls on Sunday in a snap general election that is likely to see a government led by a far-right party come to power. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Better than far left.
See where Ian is headed | How to help victims of Fiona CNN
Lisa Altman used to take pride in being able to eat what she wanted without worrying much about the cost. CNN
VOA VIEW: Good time for dieting.


Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt (Ret.) responds to a CNN report that Russian President Vladimir Putin is personally giving directions to Russian forces on the ground in Ukraine. CNN
VOA VIEW: Putin is mad.
Soldiers going door-to-door in Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine were met with protests during Saturday's second day of referendum voting, official media reported, as the G7 nations condemned the poll as a sham. UPI
VOA VIEW: The election is a fraud.
South Korean military and political officials said Saturday they are on alert for the possible firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile by North Korea. UPI
An Arizona judge on Friday ruled that an 1864 territorial law banning abortions should be reinstated, just a day before a new ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy was to take effect. UPI
VOA VIEW: Change the law, if it is not wanted.
House Republicans promised to increase fossil-fuel production, curb illegal immigration, and enact tough on crime policies as they formally unveiled their 2023 agenda on Friday in southwestern Pennsylvania. UPI

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Justice Department prosecutors have recommended against charging Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., amid a federal sex-trafficking investigation, reports said Friday. UPI
VOA VIEW: It was a Dem and liberal media fraud.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas spoke Friday at the United Nations General Assembly and accused Israel of "destroying the two-state solution" for peace and enforcing a stalemate with violence. UPI
VOA VIEW: It is the Palestinians who don't want peace - they like the free handouts.

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September 25, 2022

     We’ll admit, we winced when we saw the headlines about Sen. Lindsey Graham proposing a federal abortion law, something that has zero chance of passing any decade soon.

     But it’s actually a smart, nuanced move to push forward the national conversation and the state-by-state ones — beyond the sloganeering of the pro-life and pro-choice extremes.  Those elements both roared into reaction after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade to leave the question to the states: Blue states passed strong abortion-rights protections; red ones, strong limits and sometimes near-total bans.  Yet most Americans — indeed, most people all over the world — are in the middle.  Logic seems to pass over Dems heads - each state can make their own law on the subject.  Just as pro-lifers never want to talk about abortion in the case of rape or incest, pro-choicers never want to talk about very late and partial-birth abortions — and for the same reason: Those questions favor the other side.

     Which means that any sane compromise will rule out most abortions late in pregnancy and carve out exceptions for rape and incest, as well as to save the life of the mother (something everyone agrees on). But Graham’s real intention is to move the conversation away from a constant obsessing on the edge cases where the most highly-charged emotions lie.  The only serious major question is when to draw the main line. And polls suggest most people would put it at about 15 weeks, 3½ months along. That’s also where nearly every other advanced nation bans most abortions. As Scott Johnson noted in The Post, it’s 12 weeks in Denmark; “France, 14 weeks; Sweden, 18. The world average is about 13 weeks.” Around 90% of US abortions now happen before 15 weeks, by the way (the Centers for Disease Control puts it at 98%), so that limit (with the exceptions most people support) isn’t remotely extreme.  The reality is that, as our democracy works the issue out, it’s where America is surely headed.