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Julie Su's nomination to lead the Labor Department is back in the Senate for confirmation after languishing last year. LA Times
VOA VIEW: She should not be approved.
An FBI analyst testified Monday that Alec Baldwin's "Rust" prop gun was functioning when he received it. Baldwin's involuntary manslaughter trial will begin with jury selection July 9. LA Times
Tattoos are a trendy way to decorate your body, but a new study reveals that the inks used in the process often contain unlisted substances that could cause health problems Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Tattoos are not a smart way to safety.

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President Joe Biden will meet next month with members of the 1.3-million member International Brotherhood of Teamsters, one of the largest unions that remains undecided in the 2024 presidential election, the union said Tuesday. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Trump will get many of the members.
House Speaker Mike Johnson was "very optimistic" after Tuesday's meeting with President Joe Biden and the other three top Congressional leaders that a government shutdown will be averted before Friday's deadline. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Johnson better not cave in on the border.
NASA's new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has found a galaxy in the early universe from about 11.5 billion years ago that is so massive, it should not exist, challenging the standard model of cosmology. Newsmax
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, vowed to hold Secretary of State Antony Blinken in contempt of Congress if he does not produce review documents relating to the Biden administration's "catastrophic withdrawal" from Afghanistan. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: As he should.
The heavy vehicles were flung into the water as part of what is known as "dead-load" testing. New York Post
Hundreds of American children were poisoned last year. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Good job Biden.

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A judge wants to hear more from a key witness as he weighs whether Fani T. Willis, the prosecutor who brought the case, has a disqualifying conflict of interest. New York Times
VOA VIEW: He should dismiss the case.
A high school teacher complains that students watch Netflix on their phones during class; a chemistry teacher says students use gambling apps to place bets during the school day. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: They should be banned.
The federal government's appeal of a ruling against its bump stock ban goes to the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Washington Times
Most employees at an Alabama Mercedes plant have signed union cards with the United Auto Workers, the union announced Tuesday. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The cars will go up.

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Americans are spending more money on food than they have in 30 years​ and Kellogg's has a solution to that: eat cereal for dinner. CBS
VOA VIEW: It might be a good suggestion.
In its battle against the fentanyl epidemic, the DEA is intensifying crackdowns on pill press usage, crucial in the illicit production of fentanyl-laced pills. The agency is now putting e-commerce platforms on notice to regulate sales under existing laws to avoid facing legal action. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good!
Donald Trump Jr. received a letter containing a white powdery substance at his Florida home on Monday afternoon. CBS

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Ruth Gottesman's monumental $1 billion contribution to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine marks a groundbreaking moment, ensuring free tuition for both present and future students. CBS
Retirement 401(k) account balances bounced back in 2023 to the highest level in nearly two years. CNBC
France's suggestion that Ukraine's allies had not "ruled out" sending ground troops into Ukraine has caused indignation and outrage in Russia. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It might cause Russia to reconsider its tactics.
Congress is scrambling to negotiate a spending deal to avert a full government shutdown on March 8. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Republicans have to play hard ball.
The U.S. Army is slashing about 5% – or 24,000 – of its force in an effort to restructure the service to be better prepared for future wars. FOX News
VOA VIEW: This is not a smart move - conceding to bad management.

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A judge has determined that Nathan Wade’s former law partner and divorce lawyer must tell the court what he knows about the special prosecutor’s relationship with District Attorney Fani Willis. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Bad news for Willis.
A White House meeting between President Joe Biden and congressional leaders is set for Tuesday with another threat of a partial government shutdown looming. UPI
The White House said on Tuesday it will make $1.7 billion in commitments for the Biden administration's campaign to address hunger and build healthier communities around the country. UPI
VOA VIEW: More vote buying.

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Family Dollar Stores has pleaded guilty to storing food, drugs, medical devices and cosmetics in a rodent-infested warehouse that shipped products to hundreds of stores across six states. UPI
VOA VIEW: Madness!
President Joe Biden told reporters Monday that an Israel-Hamas cease-fire is "close," saying he hopes to see a Gaza cease-fire "by next Monday." UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden untrue hype.

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     Typical liberal madness.  A bill that would allow killers serving a life sentence without parole to possibly be re-sentenced cleared a major hurdle Friday in California's Democratic-led state Legislature

     The state Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced Senate Bill 94, which now moves to the next phase of voting. The bill would allow California prison inmates serving a sentence of life without parole (LWOP) for certain crimes to petition for re-sentencing if the offense occurred before June 5, 1990, and the completion of at least 25 years of their sentence.   Those convicted of first-degree murder of a police officer would be exempt. Those who are re-sentenced would have the opportunity to someday go in front of a parole board, which could deny them release. 

     In a social media post, state Sen. Dave Cortese, a Democrat who introduced the bill, simply said he was "thrilled that these key bills of mine passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee." Fox News Digital has reached out to Cortese's office.  "I’d like to say I am shocked Senate Bill 94 passed out of the Democrat-controlled Assembly Appropriations Committee, but I’m not,"Jessica Millan Patterson, chair of the California Republican Party, said in a statement. "California Democrats continue to send a crystal-clear message to all Californians: they would rather protect violent murderers than focus their efforts on true public safety and protecting victims."

     Assemblyman Bill Essayli, a Republican and former federal prosecutor, said those sentenced for heinous crimes should serve their full prison term, even if that's life without the possibility of parole. "Killing two individuals with aggravating circumstances isn't enough to justify a LWOP sentence? Being an accomplice to a mass murderer isn't?," he asked. "Killing a peace officer is sufficiently heinous, but killing a firefighter or other public official isn't?  These exclusions are purely political."

     "LWOP sentences are promises to the victim's families that they need never fear the person will be let out of prison," he added. "This will permit a large percentage of LWOP offenders to be re-sentenced to standard first-degree murder and eligible for parole immediately."