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Want to know why Washington balks at sending the city money? Read Julia Marsh’s Post story last week on the $2 million Mayor Bill de Blasio just spent on new hires and pay hikes. Even as he threatens layoffs and furloughs, de Blasio brought in or promoted at least 10 people, many with six-figure salaries, boosting payroll... New York Post
VOA VIEW: NYC will not get more from De Blasio's waste.
Conservative: Dr. Fauci Reveals His Limits Last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci testified (remotely) before the Senate, and it wasn’t encouraging, scoffs The Wall Street Journal’s James Freeman. Pressed by Sen. Rand Paul (a medical doctor) about the fact that “the virus has caused very low mortality [and] that many Covid-19 forecasts have proven to be wrong,”... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Fauci is a fraud.
Financially struggling American Media still has its hand out, waiting for a loan valued at between $5 million and $6 million under the federal Payroll Protection Program run by the Small Business Administration, The Post has learned. An AMI spokesman declined to comment this week on whether the owner of the National Enquirer, Us Weekly... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The left liberal media should not be bailed out.


The United States needs to quickly revise its coronavirus aid program for small businesses to extend the eight-week period in which the law currently requires companies to spend the money, a key U.S. senator said on Sunday. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Needed by the small business under 50 employees.
Eric Trump told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, "The Democrats are trying to milk this for everything they can and it's sad."        USA Today
As travel begins to pick up again after the coronavirus shutdown, car-rental companies are eager to assure customers they are getting a clean car.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Rentals are doing their part.
In 2016, 12% of Bernie Sanders supporters backed Donald Trump in the general election. Polls and interviews suggest that number will shrink in 2020.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Fools!
Making an unannounced appearance on NBC's telecast of an exhibition golf match Sunday, President Trump said in an interview that the country is making progress on the return of live sports during the coronavirus pandemic. In early April Mr. Trump hosted a conference call with commissioners from most of the prominent ... Washington Times
Eric Trump predicted over the weekend that the nation's concern over coronavirus will "magically" disappear once Democrats can no longer milk it for electoral purposes. The president's middle son said in an interview on Fox News that the coronavirus-related shutdowns are an effort to sabotage the Trump election campaign that ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems selfishly want the US economy to stay down so they can get votes.


Two different weather systems and their interaction with each other will bring hazardous weather to the eastern half of the nation over the next two days. ABC
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, the storm will stay away from shore.
On a weekend when many pandemic-weary people emerged from weeks of lockdown, leaders in the U.S. and Europe  are weighing the risks and rewards of lifting COVID-19 restrictions knowing that a vaccine could take years to develop ABC
The Atlas V rocket, carrying the X-37B space plane, launched from Cape Canaveral on Sunday. BBC
Officials lifted the veil slightly before Sunday's launch, saying two experiments from NASA were on board. CBS
VOA VIEW: Secrecy is best.

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In these times of coronavirus, Trump's digital campaign is showcasing a rotating display of branded merchandise catering to life under shutdown. CBS
President Trump spent the weekend at Camp David, where he tweeted out praise for the "great job" his administration had done responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, health experts warn a vaccine may still be far off and Congress can't come to terms on additional stimulus measures. Nikole Killion reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: A good job was done, under the conditions.
Medical companies are trying to develop coronavirus test kits that can be used at home. But creating a quick, affordable and accurate test is proving to be a challenge. Imtiaz Tyab reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: That works.


The Fed noted that the recovery likely would depend on how Americans feel about their safety. CNBC
Changes to guidance in the small business loan program may give ammunition to critics who charge that the government is too lax in its oversight. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The government cannot not be trusted in monitoring waste and fraud.
The auto supplier industry needs an influx of around $20 billion to $25 billion as soon as possible to avoid widespread issues, including bankruptcies, according to a trade association leader. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The government cannot bailout all.
The U.S.'s daily coronavirus death toll neared 89,000 on Sunday, with the total number of cases rising to more than 1.46 million even as 48 states began to ease shelter-in-place restrictions. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good leadership.
Trump can fire any federal employee, but "if it looks like it's in retaliation ... that could be unlawful," Pelosi said. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is an idiot.

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Democratic lawmakers launched an investigation into Linick's removal, claiming Pompeo wanted the inspector general removed because he was under investigation for wrongdoing. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A traitor should be fired.
The Supreme Court is looking eager to weigh in on the Second Amendment weeks after it punted on its first substantial gun rights case in nearly a decade. CNBC
The Trump administration on Friday moved to block global chip supplies to blacklisted telecoms equipment company Huawei Technologies, spurring fears of Chinese retaliation. CNBC
VOA VIEW: China has no say.

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With the start of what could be an active hurricane season just weeks away, the state of Florida is preparing how to respond to any future storms while taking the coronavirus pandemic into account. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Change is necessary.
U.S. authorities are not yet seeing spikes in coronavirus cases in places that are reopening but it was still too early to determine such trends, health secretary Alex Azar said on Sunday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Great!
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday said it had come to his attention that the Chinese government had threatened to interfere with the work of U.S. journalists in Hong Kong, and said any decision impinging on Hong Kong's autonomy could affect the U.S. assessment of Hong Kong's status. Reuters
VOA VIEW: China should stand down.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday there will be negotiations on the new $3 trillion coronavirus relief legislation passed by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and that Democrats have "no red lines." Reuters
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is playing games.
Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday, renewing Iran's demand for U.S. troops to be withdrawn from the Middle East. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Iran is their worst enemy.
Israel's parliament approved on Sunday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new unity government, ending more than a year of political deadlock, but he still faces a trial starting next week for alleged corruption. Reuters
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday welcomed a power-sharing deal to end a months-long political stalemate in Afghanistan, but chided President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah for taking so long. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Both sides are acting foolishly.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that reopening plans do not entirely "depend on a vaccine" after the Trump administration set a goal to develop a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year." UPI
VOA VIEW: True words.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday temporarily put on hold an expansion of voting by mail during the coronavirus pandemic. UPI
VOA VIEW: There should be no voting by mail.

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