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Beijing's move to tighten its grip on Hong Kong drew swift condemnation from U.S. officials as they weighed options for new sanctions. LA Times
VOA VIEW: It is not easy, but a must.
Twenty large chains received more than $5 billion in federal grants even while sitting on more than $100 billion in cash. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Scam artists who should be punished.
Joe being stuck at home during an election year may turn out to be a good thing. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is weak and propped by the liberal media.

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Presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden is winning the lesser-of-two-evils battle against President Trump. It was a different story when Mr. Trump emerged as the fallback option four years ago for most voters who were not thrilled with either him or Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal stupidity.
In Trump she no longer trusts. Ann Coulter went on a Twitter tear against the president, calling him, among other things a "retard," a "moron," and someone who can't even pretend to be a "decent, compassionate human being." The occasion for the right-wing icon's ire was Mr. Trump's increasingly personal ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A traitor.
California will allow churches and other houses of worship to reopen at up either 25% capacity or 100 attendees during the coronavirus pandemic, the state announced Monday, though local county authorities still have final approval over whether to allow it within their jurisdiction. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Taken a command from Trump.
President Trump is no longer taking hydroxychloroquine. The president revealed in an interview with Sinclair Broadcasting that he had "just finished" a two-week regimen combining the antimalarial drug with zinc. "Finished, just finished," he said in an interview that aired Sunday. "And by the way, I'm still here." ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
Russian prosecutors ask 18 years for Paul Whelan, the former US Marine held in Russia on espionage charges. Whelan's trial wrapped up on Monday. ABC
VOA VIEW: A deal will be made.
A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 342,000 people worldwide, and more 5.3 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19. ABC

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A federal judge has ruled that Florida law can't stop felons from voting because they can't pay back any legal fees, court costs and restitution ABC
VOA VIEW: Madness!
Public pools in the U.S. will look very different this summer if they open at all with the coronavirus threat still looming ABC
VOA VIEW: The schools have to open.
The Republican National Convention in Charlotte is expected to kick off August 24. CBS
VOA VIEW: NC can't afford to lose the convention.
"If you have a problem figuring out if you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black," Biden told Charlamagne Tha God on "The Breakfast Club." CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden is a loser fool.

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The Bidens, who both wore black masks, placed the wreath of white roses before the Memorial Wall. CBS
Movie theater owners are implementing new strategies in order to reopen safely amid the coronavirus pandemic, some of which could change movie theater operations altogether. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It will take some time.
A GOP official called the state's effort "radical" and a "recipe for disaster that would create more opportunities for fraud," NBC News reports. CNBC
VOA VIEW: No mail-in-voting.

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For many businesses, adjusting supply chains in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic means expanding from China, not necessarily leaving, some analysts say. CNBC
VOA VIEW: China will lose at the end.
President Donald Trump escalated his feud with former attorney general Jeff Sessions by saying he was not "mentally qualified" for the job. CNN
VOA VIEW: The differences have gone to far.
A group of protesters holding a rally outside of Gov. Andy Beshear's mansion at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky, Sunday hung an effigy of the governor on a tree outside. CNN
VOA VIEW: Sad!
Joe Biden left his home for the first time in months on Monday, sporting a face mask to lay a wreath at the Delaware Memorial Bridge Veteran's Memorial Park. CNN
Press conference raises more questions but Boris Johnson gives full backing to adviserCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe crisis that has engulfed the government over Dominic Cummings’ conduct continues to rage unabated after an unprecedented press conference in which the prime minister’s chief aide repeatedly refused to resign or apologise for breaking lockdown rules.After an outpouring of public anger rattled No 10, Cummings attempted to explain why he drove 264 miles from London to his parents’ estate in Durham despite suspecting that both he and his wife had coronavirus. Guardian

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Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an "immediate second peak" if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said on Monday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: WHO can't be trusted in anything they say.
Israel will not miss a "historic opportunity" to extend its sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, calling the move one of his new government's top tasks. Reuters
Federal health authorities warned that rats may exhibit "unusual or aggressive" behavior because they have been cut of from food waste due to coronavirus-related closures of restaurants nationwide. UPI

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China's top diplomat called on the United States to ease North Korea sanctions, the same day North Korea's Kim Jong Un discussed strengthening nuclear deterrence, according to state media reports. UPI
VOA VIEW: The US should not lift any NK sanctions.

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May 25, 2020

     MEMORIAL DAY IS A LEGAL HOLIDAY IN MOST OF THE STATES AND IN THE TERRITORIES.  IT IS OBSERVED BY THE ARMED FORCES.  THE HOLIDAY WAS ORIGINALLY DEVOTED TO HONORING THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO FELL IN THE CIVIL WAR, BUT IT IS NOW ALSO DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ALL WAR DEAD.  IN 1868, GENERAL JOHN A. LOGAN, COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC, ISSUED AN ORDER DESIGNATING THE DAY AS ONE OF WHICH THE GRAVES OF SOLDIERS WOULD BE DECORATED.

     MEMORIAL DAY IS CALLED BY MOST, A HOLIDAY, A DAY OFF OF WORK, AN EXTENDED WEEKEND TO RELAX, PARTY AND HAVE A GOOD TIME.  THIS, UNFORTUNATELY, IS A CALLOUS NOTION AND PRACTICE.  MEMORIA DAY IS A SOLEMN DAY.  IT SHOULD NOT BE CELEBRATED WITH JUBILATION, PICNICS, FAN-FARE, AND/OR SHOPPING FOR SALES, BUT INSTEAD WITH DIGNITY, PRAYER AND HUMILITY.  MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATES THE SACRIFICES OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES TO PRESERVE THE FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS THAT WE HAVE AS A NATION TODAY.

     THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WE ARE ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS.  MANY DO NOT HAVE A RELATIVE THAT HAS BEEN SLAIN IN BATTLE IN DEFENSE OF OUR FREEDOM, BUT OTHERS DO.  WHILE SOME DON'T DIRECTLY SHARE THE OTHER'S GRIEF, THEY DO SHARE THE FREEDOM THAT RESULTED FROM THAT ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.  SHOULD WE NOT TAKE THE TIME TO MEMORIALIZE THAT LOSS BY VISITING THE GRAVE SITE OF A FALLEN HERO?  THOSE WHO DO NOT FEEL THAT WAY, DO NOT DESERVE THE FREEDOMS THAT RESULTED FROM THAT ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.  MAY OUR WAR DEAD REST IN PEACE AND FOREVER BE REMEMBERED IN OUR HEARTS FOR GIVING US PEACE AND FREEDOM.