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The tight governor’s race in Virginia is a proving ground for strategies that could help determine control of Congress next year. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Not really if the Dem wins - Virginia is a solid blue state - bad for Dems if the Republican wins.
Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi, whose district includes parts of Long Island and Queens, said he was "very angry and frustrated that I wasn't advised ahead of time," about the incoming migrants. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Total anti America madness.
U.S. health officials are laying out plans to let most Americans buy hearing aids without a prescription ABC
VOA VIEW: Either they work or they don't - no need for a prescription.
The Biden administration is hesitant to call our competition with China a new cold war, even though Beijing has zero qualms about making the parallels with our decades-long struggle with the Soviet Union abundantly clear. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden is weak.
Top national security aides to former President Trump also talked him out of launching military raids against drug cartels inside Mexico. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Trump hesitated a few times, if the story is true.

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There are so many decent citizens in Texas and throughout this country. We can remember the past. We have learned from it.       USA Today
Trump's mocking of Powell drew rebuke across the political spectrum. Powell, who was vaccinated but had multiple myeloma, died of COVID complications.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Powell was not a good patriot or leader.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer rejected a request from Maine healthcare workers Tuesday evening to halt the state’s requirement for them to get vaccinated or lose their jobs. It's the third time a justice has refused to step in and block a vaccine mandate since August. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Sad!
Nearly 20 state school board associations broke ties with or distanced themselves from the National School Boards Association after it asked President Biden to target parent protests at school boards with federal "domestic terrorism” investigations. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the FBI would go after parent protestors within days of ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
Congressional Democrats touted their uniform resolve to finally strike a deal on President Biden’s $3.5 trillion expansion of the federal welfare state on Tuesday, but despite the rhetoric and another attempt by the president to mediate, strong divisions remain over how to move forward. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The Dem fools don't see a political death pill.

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PHOENIX — The Biden administration threatened Tuesday to revoke the authority for three Republican-controlled states to handle their own workplace safety enforcement because they have refused to adopt rules to protect health care workers from COVID-19. The threats were sent to Arizona, South Carolina and Utah as the U.S. Occupational ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Abuse of power.
It hasn’t taken long for Attorney General Merrick B. Garland to squander a reputation as a straight shooter. Mr. Garland, who took office vowing to depoliticize the Justice Department, has drawn fire this month for directing federal law enforcement to keep tabs on parents deemed too outspoken in their opinions ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Garland is an idiot.
The chairman of the New York Democrats is facing condemnation and calls to resign from members of his own party after he invoked the Ku Klux Klan and its former leader while explaining why he didn't endorse a New York Democratic mayoral candidate. Washington Times
The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is demanding the Defense Department abandon its mandate that all troop and civilian personnel get vaccinated against COVID-19. In a sharply worded letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Oklahoma Sen. James M. Inhofe, the ranking Republican and former chairman of the ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The mandate is very bad for military readiness.

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Portland, Oregon, has had 67 homicides so far this year and the city has surpassed its previous full-year record of 66 in 1987 ABC
VOA VIEW: No proper law and order is the cause of the problem
Mayorkas is fully vaccinated and is only experiencing minor congestion, a spokesperson said. CBS

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With sales of flu-fighting products up sharply, pharmacy chain reminds people to get their annual flu shots. CBS
VOA VIEW: Will be another mandate?
The administration now proposes to ask banks to report account information only for accounts with $10,000 or more in transfers. CBS
VOA VIEW: Still a total violation of privacy.
Senate Democrats are fractured over whether to support Saule Omarova, Biden's indicated choice to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Another Biden leftist incompetent.
Fighting climate change has been a main component of the president's "Build Back Better" agenda. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Climate change is a joke.
Gov. Abbott's reelection campaign saw a contribution from Walmart after he signed two bills that restricted abortion and voting access. CNBC

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Demand for single-family rental homes is showing no sign of easing up, and that is pushing rents through the roof. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Property owners are winning because of federal stupidity.
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, a Nebraska Republican, said he is shocked to be accused of lying to FBI agents when asked about campaign contributions. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell if guilty of anything.
Southwest and American Airlines are trying to reassure employees about job security ahead of the federal vaccine deadline. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Smart move.

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Businesses across the U.S. are struggling to find workers. In August there were more than 10 million job openings across the country. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The personal standoff.
Gas prices have jumped by more than $1 per gallon over the last year and are expected to keep rising, at least in the short term. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden stupidity.
When the pandemic hit, wages took a dive. But a key measurement used to calculate Social Security benefits, the average wage index, was able to bounce back. CNBC
Facebook has admitted to allowing users “to share information about how to enter a country illegally or request information about how to be smuggled,” in a letter to the Arizona attorney general. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Facebook is guilty of many wrong doings.
Law enforcement leaders are pinning blame on the "defund the police" movement and liberal soft-on-crime prosecutors for the dramatic rise of assaults and violence toward police officers in 2020, which increased by 4,000 attacks from 2019. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The truth is clear.
Texas Republicans defended a new law targeting critical race theory at public schools, doubling down that the legislation in no way would require teachers to include an “opposing view” of the Holocaust in classroom instruction, as the atrocities of the Nazi regime against Jews and others are historical fact. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good!
More than 60,000 police and law enforcement officers were assaulted on the job in 2020 – up by more than 4,000 from the prior year, recent FBI statistics show.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: Sad!
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Ukraine continues to have U.S. support against Russian aggression and is free to decide its own foreign policy during a visit to Kyiv Tuesday.  UPI
VOA VIEW: Very few, if any, trust Biden.
Social media giant Facebook on Tuesday reached a $14 million settlement with the U.S. government over accusations it discriminated against American workers in its hiring practices. UPI
VOA VIEW: Chump change settlement.
President Joe Biden's nominee to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection faced tough bipartisan questioning at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, likely foreshadowing a close confirmation vote. UPI
VOA VIEW: Magnus is a joke.
Pakistan's military said Tuesday that it has detected and blocked an Indian submarine from entering its territorial waters, which would be the third such incursion over the past five years. UPI
VOA VIEW: There is always a purpose.

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     Biden is trying to make the US a "for free" country.  Republican members of a House committee will launch a campaign next week attacking President Biden’s $3.5 trillion social spending plan, condemning the legislation as “welfare expansion” and a job killer, according to a report. 

Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee will huddle at a roundtable forum on Wednesday to spotlight the ways the legislation will cripple the economy, increase entitlements and wipe out jobs, the Washington Examiner reported. 

     “The meeting will focus on the massive welfare state expansion included in Democrats’ Build Back Better reconciliation bill and how policies that foster government dependency ultimately fail our most vulnerable families and children,” Republicans ​on the panel said.​  Republicans are in the minority in the House, but they plan to roll out an aggressive campaign to ​scuttle the legislation as Democrats try to work out a deal before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Oct. 31 deadline for a vote.

     “Even though the U.S. has more than 10 million job openings and is facing a worker shortage, Democrats are making the largest expansion of the welfare state in our lifetimes and discouraging work, threatening the recovery of our post-COVID economy,” ​the GOP House members said.​ They said American families need good-paying jobs, not “more emergency spending and endless government checks.”​​ The Republicans also plan to tout how their policies would reduce poverty by building a strong economy, creating more opportunities and linking federal benefits to work.