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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has courted Russia, to U.S. chagrin, while serving as a stalwart in the Western NATO alliance. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Erdogan cannot be trusted.
Just five of the 33 senior students at Marlin High School near Waco, Texas met the requirements for graduation due to either grades or attendance, KWTX-TV reported. New York Post
"Several Cubans" were taken Wednesday to the area of the "special military operation," which is how Russia refers to the war, after signing year-long contracts to join the army, the Ryazan Gazette, a local news outlet in the Ryazan region of Russia, reported. New York Post
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"Porn addiction can lead to desensitization to sexual stimuli, which can decrease arousal and lead to difficulties achieving and maintaining an erection," Dr. Rob Weiss told The Post. New York Post
VOA VIEW: What is the real truth?
With the government on track to reach its borrowing limit within days, negotiators sealed an agreement in principle to raise the debt ceiling for two years while cutting and capping certain federal programs. New York Times
VOA VIEW: What does the facts look like - McCarthy's future is at stake.
Vladimir V. Putin of Russia looks like a commander in absentia, treating the war in Ukraine as unfortunate but distant. His options have narrowed, but he is still betting on outlasting his foes. New York Times
Republicans have criticized recent estimates of what Black Americans are owed in reparations. But for Democrats, they pose deeper problems for a party eager to retain the allegiance of Black voters. New York Times
VOA VIEW: No reparations.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Biden struck a tentative deal on Saturday to raise the debt limit in exchange for cutting spending. Washington Times
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Pine Valley, California, announced Friday the seizure of 112 pounds of blue fentanyl pills worth around $1,536,000. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good, but a drop in the bucket of what enters.
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A federal judge ruled Friday that a rural Colorado school district can bar a high school student from wearing a Mexican and American flag sash at her graduation this weekend after the student sued the school district. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A good judgement.
U.S. authorities have arrested two suspected Chinese government agents in connection with an alleged plot by Beijing to disrupt and ultimately topple the exiled anti-communist Falun Gong spiritual movement. Washington Times
But he says there's no deal yet with President Joe Biden. ABC
VOA VIEW: McCarthy must hold the line.
AAA estimates that more than 42 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, the highest number since 2005. Of those, 3.4 million are expected to fly to their destination. Kris Van Cleave has more. CBS
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A state judge on Friday temporarily halted a new South Carolina law that bans nearly all abortions after six weeks. The judge halted the law pending a review by the state's Supreme Court. CBS
VOA VIEW: Time will tell the finale outcome.
Officials fear a repeat of a deadly outbreak from Mexico that killed nearly half of meningitis patients. CBS
The Nasdaq closed out its fifth straight weekly gain and is again outperforming other U.S. indexes as tech stocks are back in favor. CNBC
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State Farm General on Friday announced that it will stop accepting new homeowners insurance applications in California. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Insurance is getting hard to get and becoming more costly.
As the world transitions to a more cashless society, Mastercard’s value has continued to soar. CNBC
Elon Musk responds to Mark Cuban's frustrations about Twitter's algorithm, but the spat isn't over. Now Cuban is raising a new issue about the timeline. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It's hard to say where Cuban stands.
Online loans and merchant cash advance offers will come for business owners as banks tighten credit access, but there are big risks with these funding options. CNBC
Dr. Garry Nolan, a pathology professor at Stanford University, said, "Aliens have been on Earth for a long time" and sent "intermediaries" to collect intelligence FOX News
VOA VIEW: It's hard to prove or disprove.
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been subject to legal scrutiny for alleged abuse of office and other scandals for nearly a decade, has been impeached and removed from office pending a state Senate trial. UPI
VOA VIEW: An interesting delima.
Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs announced that the state's former governor misappropriated $50 million in funds that had been provided by the American Rescue Plan. UPI
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Kudos to The Free Press and whistleblower Jamie Reed for exposing the horrors of the pediatric gender industry. As it should be.
Reed — a leftist and self-identified queer woman married to a trans man — worked for years as a case manager at The Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She took the job to help serve a marginalized group. But what happened on the job defies explanation, and violates the major tenet of the Hippocratic Oath: First do no harm.
Shocker No. 1: The center had no formal treatment protocols; its co-directors made life-changing decisions on an ad-hoc basis basically by whim. And the rest of what Reed saw over her career there was much worse. Like an explosion in the number of intake calls, with the vast majority being for girls, often in groups from the same school and sometimes coming in with imaginary self-diagnosis of Tourette’s and other neurological conditions.
Per Reed, the doctors at the clinic knew these neurological self-diagnoses were examples of social contagion — but refused to admit the same might be possible of self-diagnosed gender dysmorphia. And all it took to get these kids on hormones was one letter from a therapist plus a single medical consultation. Those hormones have potentially life-altering and irreversible consequences, including sterility, liver toxicity and severe sexual issues. Worse yet, intakes came in from a mental-health unit at the hospital. Yes, kids with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder were put on hormones as a cure for their mental illness (including one patient who compulsively sexually abused dogs).
Parental rights? Blatantly, routinely disregarded. Reed cites a case of a young tomboy whose mother, mid-divorce, decided her daughter was trans with zero evidence and got her on a puberty blocker via the clinic. The father fought and lost a court battle to stop it. Total madness.