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Republicans investigate how pro-Palestinian protests and an encampment on campus were handled after videos show some activists preventing passage of students deemed to be Zionist. LA Times
VOA VIEW: There is no valid UCLA excuse for their lack of prevention.
Senate Republicans again blocked a bill meant to clamp down on the number of migrants allowed to claim asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sought Thursday to underscore GOP resistance to the proposal. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Republicans did not block anything, they only did not vote for garbage.
The Colorado Republican Party said parents should pull their children out of public schools due to "LGBTQ indoctrination." Newsmax
VOA VIEW: As they should.

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A majority of Americans consider themselves middle class, according to a new Gallup poll. Newsmax
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., reportedly is furious at the "slow roll" of a law guaranteeing incentive pay parity to National Guardsmen and reservists for special skills with their active-duty counterparts. Newsmax
The 81-year-old Biden also mistakenly referred to his vice president as "President Kamala Harris" — making the error for at least the 8th time. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden is not all there.
An outcry of veterans and critics came forward and highlighted the bevy of American warriors who have been forsaken both on the battlefield and at home. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden BS.
The case concerned a constitutional puzzle: how to distinguish the roles of race and partisanship in drawing voting maps when Black voters overwhelmingly favor Democrats. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Tuff for Dems.
Such losses could hurt Ukrainian morale as Russia makes advances all along the front line. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Sad, but at a heavy loss.

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Fifty-two Democrats joined Republicans in favor of the legislation, which has little chance of enactment but offered the G.O.P. a chance to amplify Donald Trump’s claims of widespread illegal voting by noncitizens. New York Times
VOA VIEW: As it should be.
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday in a legal battle involving Coinbase, reasoning that when users agree to arbitration -- but in a separate contract are subject to a particular court jurisdiction -- it's up to judges to decide which agreement is valid and whether to send the legal conflict to arbitration or into trial. Washington Times
Fish oil supplements, widely recognized for their heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, have become a popular choice to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Washington Times
Half of swing-state voters are concerned about potential violence surrounding the upcoming presidential election. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are feared by most.

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The Justice Department filed a federal lawsuit accusing Ticketmaster and its parent company Live Nation of illegally monopolizing the live entertainment industry. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good!
Artificial intelligence can create fake images and videos of real people, including so-called deepfake porn. Congress is now considering a bill to make it illegal to share those images, exposing those who post deepfake porn to jail time and a hefty fine. There were more than 21,000 deepfake porn videos online last year. CBS
VOA VIEW: The situation must be stopped.
The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1 and ends on November 30. CBS
VOA VIEW: All must be watchful and prepared.

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Despite being critical of former President Donald Trump while on the campaign trail, former presidential candidate Nikki Haley said Wednesday that she will vote for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in November. CBS
VOA VIEW: She needs to be more humble.
The bill is likely to fail for a second time, but Democrats will try to use Republicans' resistance to shift the narrative on border security in their favor. CBS
VOA VIEW: The lie is clear - Biden's stupidity and lies.
Soaring auto insurance costs have been a principle driver behind inflation over the past year. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Thank Biden.
Ocean freight spot rates are experiencing a sudden, surprise spike as a container crunch in peak shipping season roils global trade and could hit the consumer. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The consumer always pays the blunt.
Higher mortgage rates were hampering sales of newly built homes in April. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Expected!

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The Harvard Corporation vetoed a decision by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to permit 13 seniors facing discipline for participating in an anti-Israel encampment to graduate. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good!
The business and office of Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens was raided by the FBI, although officials did not say whether the Mississippi prosecutor was suspected of wrongdoing. FOX News
A House committee is holding a hearing Thursday to discuss the ongoing protests advocating for Palestinians in Gaza and anti-Semitism on college campuses. UPI
VOA VIEW: The guilty should be punished.

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Mexico has the market cornered on tomato imports in the United States, and that has the U.S. Department of Commerce considering adding tariffs to protect domestic tomato growers. UPI
VOA VIEW: As they should.
An Orthodox rabbi has accused JetBlue Airways Corp. of discrimination for removing him from a flight after he asked to switch seats to avoid sitting next to a woman, which would violate his religious beliefs. UPI
VOA VIEW: A good point.
Patrick Space Force Base in Cape Canaveral, Fla., is the new headquarters for the U.S. Space Force Training and Readiness Command, which goes by STARCOM. UPI
Sen. Rick Scott of Florida announced Wednesday that he is making it a three-way race to succeed Mitch McConnell as the next Senate Republican leader. UPI

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May 28, 2024

      U.S. intelligence agencies virtually disregarded Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups in the years following the 9-11 attacks, The Wall Street Journal reported.  Hamas was a quiet despot.

     Instead, the focus was on leaders of al-Qaida and the Islamic State, according to U.S. officials.  Mainstream media reports in the past several weeks have asked how Israeli and U.S. intelligence failed to discover what Hamas had planned for Oct. 7, when the group’s terrorists attacked Israel.

     More than 1,400 Israelis have been killed, and more than 200 others were taken to Gaza as hostages. AP reported that the death toll among Palestinians has exceeded 8,800, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Current and former U.S. officials said intelligence agencies had a handful of analysts tracking events in the Gaza Strip before the attacks, but the U.S. ceded the responsibility for monitoring Hamas to Israel, the Journal reported.


     "In terms of intelligence failures, which really do lie mostly on Israel, I think we should also share some blame for missing this event," Marc Polymeropoulos, a retired CIA operations officer with extensive counterterrorism experience, told the Journal. "Ceding the target to the Israelis now looks to have had consequences." Israel's intelligence services have relied on human intelligence, eavesdropping, and other technical means throughout the West Bank and Gaza.

     "It is almost inconceivable how they missed this," Polymeropoulos told NBC News.  Soon after the Hamas attack on Israel, The Washington Post's David Ignatius wrote an opinion column under the headline, "Hamas attack is an intelligence failure that may take Israel years to unravel."  "True intelligence failures result not simply from a lack of information but also an inability to understand it," Ignatius wrote. "Israelis knew the malevolent hatred that animated Hamas and its backers in Iran. What they didn’t appreciate was the creativity and competence of their adversaries. This was a level of organized malice that was, literally, unthinkable."