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Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III transferred power briefly for elective treatment. The Pentagon says it was unrelated to cancer, for which his prognosis is "excellent." LA Times
James Carville has expressed a candid rebuke of what he sees as the Democrats' failing political agenda."We keep wondering why these young people are not coming home to the Democrats: Why are Blacks not coming home to the Democrats?" Newsmax
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts!
The U.S. and Philippine Marines are engaging in military exercises in an apparent preparation for war with China, which could be touched off by China's imperialistic designs on keeping Taiwan under its sphere of influence. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: China is a danger and Biden is weak.

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Sen. Roger Marshall, speaking from the First Division "Big Red One" Monument near the White House Sunday, said Memorial Day is the time to remember all the members of the military who paid the ultimate sacrifice when they died fighting for the United States. Newsmax
Alina Habba said that jurors should have been sequestered from the public for the holiday weekend ahead of closing arguments this coming week. New York Post
VOA VIEW: She is right.
This is a wake-up call to the Democratic Party, who just seems to think that you can criticize what Trump did four years ago and that that will be enough. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden is history.
In most cities, rates of homicide and violent assault are down significantly from pandemic-era highs. But property crimes have risen, fueling voter anxiety. New York Times
Moscow is again amassing forces near the border, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine warned. His comments came as officials said that a Russian strike had killed at least 16 people in Kharkiv. New York Times
VOA VIEW: A Ukraine attack on the border could hit many Russian troops.
The Supreme Court could soon decide if Mexico is allowed to sue gun manufacturers in the United States Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It should be no.

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor has admitted that some Supreme Court decisions have brought her to tears. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Many on the other side feel the same.
Jews had plenty of reasons to feel unwelcome at this year's Harvard graduation, thanks to the Palestinian flag-waving, but the last straw for Rabbi Hirschy Zarchi was the graduation speaker. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: As all should have.
An upstate New York man has pleaded guilty to charges that he snatched away a police officer's can of pepper spray during a chaotic clash with officers guarding the U.S. Capitol building during the Jan. 6, 2021 riot. Washington Times
He is thought to be a close associate of the sons of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who is serving a life sentence in the U.S. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good!

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More than 2.95 million travelers were screened at U.S. airports Friday, a new single-day record according to the Transportation Security Administration. CBS
A chaotic scene unfolded as former President Donald Trump took the stage, as Libertarians clashed with pro-Trump attendees throughout his speech. CBS
VOA VIEW: Expected, but Trump was not clashed as much.
Rep. Pat Ryan warned of Americans losing touch with "those that are fighting our wars and their families," saying "we have to figure out how to bring folks together, and get more folks serving." CBS
VOA VIEW: The US will lose the most if the divide remains the same.

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The National WWII Museum in New Orleans is in a race against time to preserve the stories of the men and women who fought in the war effort. Thanks to voice recognition software and AI, veterans will be able to "converse" with future generations. CBS
Investors likely will have to sweat out a summer during which it looks increasingly unlikely that the Federal Reserve will be cutting interest rates. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As expected.
Many Gen Zers are embracing a life outside of 9-to-5 corporate America, some for the various kinds of control that lifestyle can bring. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Fools!
The memo comes after Chair Martin Gruenberg announced on Monday his plans to resign as soon as his successor is confirmed. CNBC
A Michigan Islamic center honored the deceased Iranian leaders killed in a helicopter crash last week. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The world is at a better place.

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Christopher Quaglin, 38, of North Brunswick, New Jersey, sounded off on U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden before and after being issued a 12-year prison sentence. FOX News
Municipalities around the U.S. are continuing to recruit lifeguard applicants with pay incentives amid a shortage of qualified personnel to staff beaches and pools. FOX News
A pilot and six passengers aboard a single-engine Cessna U206C all parachuted to safety before the plane crashed near a Missouri airport. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Close call.

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Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry said Friday he has signed into law a bill making abortion pills a controlled substance and criminalizing possession without a prescription. UPI
VOA VIEW: A mistake.
American customs officials on Friday confirmed they rescued 68 undocumented migrants from an overloaded ship near Puerto Rico. UPI
Former CIA officer Alexander Yuk Ching Ma pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to gather and send national defense information to the People's Republic of China. UPI
VOA VIEW: Sad!
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., the only Palestinian American in Congress, attended and spoke at Saturday's The People's Conference for Palestine in Detroit. The conference honored known terrorists and featured the wife of an imprisoned terrorist as its keynote speaker. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Tlaib is a terrorist and should be defeated.
Russia is riling up extremist proxies in Europe to sabotage and undermine support for Ukraine and the covert operation is picking up intensity. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Russia is acting carelessly.

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     U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane ordered the release of all indigent criminal defendants held in Oregon jails if they are not appointed an attorney within a week of their first court appearances, The Oregonian newspaper reported.  Oregon has gone too far left.

    There were 135 indigent defendants housed in Oregon jails without access to a lawyer, according to the report.  "In essence, they have been locked away without a voice, being too poor to afford an advocate to speak for them in the courtroom," McShane wrote in his 32-page opinion.  The judge's order will take effect Nov. 16. Those released from jail can be placed on conditions while their cases are still pending, the judge's order said, according to the Oregonian.  McShane said that without the help of lawyers who could walk them through the legal process, jailed defendants would not be aware of their rights to bail release hearings.

      he order after a lawsuit was filed by the Oregon Federal Public Defender's Office this summer on behalf of Washington County criminal defendants. The suit asked that the court dismiss the cases due to a lack of legal representation.

     "The reason that defendants are not appearing at critical stages is that they don't have a lawyer," McShane wrote.  They don't have a lawyer to inform them of their rights to a bail or release hearing, review discovery, challenge an indictment, intervene in a grand jury process or seek preservation of evidence at critical proceedings, the judge said.  "Worse still, they sometimes plead guilty just to be released," McShane wrote. "Taken together, these practices highlight the need for swift appointment of counsel to ensure minimum protections for incarcerated defendants."

     The Washington Examiner noted that the order expands McShane's ruling from August, in which prisoners in Washington County who are without legal representation are to be released after 10 days.