Two new studies build on evidence that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 jumped to humans in a Wuhan market, and did so twice. LA Times
VOA VIEW: China caused the pandemic - on purpose.
Attorney General Merrick Garland yet again emphasized, in a Wednesday interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, his bizarre claim that only right-wing extremists are to blame for political violence in the United States.   “This is the most difficult question in a democracy,” dodged the AG when asked why he can’t simply act against “people with strong... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Garland is mad.
White House spokesman John Kirby slammed the idea that Saudi Arabia's government could have purposely exposed President Biden to COVID-19. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal gossip.


Thomas’ apparent decision to step down from the seminar he's taught since 2011 comes amid backlash after he and four other SCOTUS justices voted to overturn Roe v. Wade in June. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Liberals have their way.
The West Virginia Democrat, a holdout on his party’s domestic agenda, said the package would reduce inflation, a concern he had cited in rejecting it just weeks ago. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Manchin will prove that he is a liberal wolf in sheep's clothing.
Savers will benefit and borrowers can expect to pay more on credit cards, student loans and other forms of debt. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Mostly bad news.
The network devoted little airtime to the speech on Tuesday by a former president its hosts often defend. Notably, it did go live with Mike Pence’s address. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal news media wishful thinking.
The vitamin pills do not prevent bone fractures in most people or protect against many other diseases, adding to questions about medical guidance many now take for granted. New York Times
WNBA star Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia on drug charges since traveling to the country in February.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Giner admitted having the drugs - the special treated is because she is black.


The USA TODAY Network has a goal to have our newsroom teams match the racial and ethnic makeup of the communities we serve by 2025. Here's how we're doing.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: In other words, going more to the left.
A group of Senate Republicans led by Iowa's Chuck Grassley have introduced a broad package to clarify and strengthen violent crime laws related to homicide, bank robbery, carjacking, kidnapping and other offenses. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good, but will Dems object.
Thousands of felons behind bars and on probation became eligible Wednesday to vote in North Carolina after a judicial panel struck down a 1973 law. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A bad idea.
NASA is launching two more mini helicopters to Mars in its effort to return Martian rocks and soil samples to Earth. Washington Times

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The Senate has passed a bill that's designed to encourage more semiconductor companies to build chip plants in the United States ABC
VOA VIEW: A good start.
A judge was hearing arguments over whether to temporarily block the ban. ABC
A U.S. House investigation has found that gun manufacturers have taken in more than $1 billion from selling AR-15-style guns over the past decade ABC


The cost of air travel skyrocketed this summer, but prices are expected to dip again as autumn approaches. ABC
VOA VIEW: As expect each year.
The company allegedly avoided writing mortgages in some minority-majority areas. ABC
VOA VIEW: If the credit scores are not high enough, there is no discrimination.
Heat warnings issued for Pacific Northwest as temperatures break records. ABC
Some GOP leaders are hoping the prospect of losing massive legal payments would dissuade Donald Trump from announcing a presidential run too soon. ABC
VOA VIEW: Leftwing propaganda.
The rise in the federal funds rate, which is what banks charge each other for overnight loans, comes as several significant pieces of economic data are released this week. CBS
VOA VIEW: Expected!

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At a bodega in the Bronx, the price for New Yorkers' favorite breakfast sandwich has increased by $2. CBS
VOA VIEW: More like inflation and recession.
The scheduled call between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping comes amid heightened tensions over Taiwan. CBS
VOA VIEW: Xi will eat Biden's lunch.
The president completed his five-day course of Paxlovid and five full days of isolation as of Wednesday morning, his doctor said. CBS

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Meta's second-quarter earnings report comes after a 50% plunge in the company's stock price this year. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Trust is in question.
Men who have sex with men are the group at the highest risk of infection right now from monkeypox, according to the WHO. CNBC
VOA VIEW: At least the facts are open.
As credit card balances rise, more Americans may be considering tapping their nest egg to reduce the debt. Here's what experts say you should first consider. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Paying high interest rates is not good.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says the country's "best guess" for dealing with Covid this fall is a booster shot that targets the BA.5 omicron subvariant. Here's why. CNBC
VOA VIEW: No one should believe Fauci.
Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said the move was tantamount to a "gas war." CNBC
VOA VIEW: Europe should have prepared for Putin's arrogance.
Top executives of gun manufacturers defended their products in front of a House committee Wednesday, with the chairwoman accusing them of making money off the blood of Americans. UPI
VOA VIEW: Things will change in November.
Ukrainian officials said that its forces have used a U.S.-supplied rocket system to target a key bridge and disrupt a major route that Russia uses to send military supplies through the southern part of the country. UPI
Releasing millions of barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve has likely reduced the price of gas at the pump by up to 40 cents per gallon, according to Treasury Department estimates. UPI
VOA VIEW: Depleting the reserves is not smart.
Beijing's defense ministry has warned that the Chinese military would "never sit idly by" and take "strong measures" if U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi makes a rumored visit to Taiwan. UPI
VOA VIEW: Not going to Taiwan will show the US is weak to the world.

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