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The House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff, is opening an investigation into how the Department of Homeland Security responded to protests over police brutality, according to a new report. The probe will focus specifically on the department’s intelligence arm which reportedly distributed material on both reporters and demonstrations who were present... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Schiff is an idiot.
President Trump on Monday said that he may order a payroll tax cut via an executive order to boost the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. “I can do that also through an executive order, so we’ll be talking about that,” Trump said at a White House press briefing. Trump has lobbied for months for a... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Maybe, maybe not.
Members of a congressional oversight panel want to know how YRC Worldwide won a $700 million loan from the Treasury Department. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Liberals will waste more time.

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The founder of ByteDance, Zhang Yiming, dreamed of building a global tech company based in China. Then the geopolitical reality set in. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It should be all or nothing.
About 1,360 firefighters and multiple aircraft were battling the blaze as it spread to more than 26,000 acres in Southern California.        USA Today
Isaias is forecast to bring torrential rain, flash flooding and storm surge. ABC
VOA VIEW: It is what it is.
A Virginia judge has dissolved one injunction but imposed another preventing Virginia's governor from removing an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E ABC
VOA VIEW: Good!
President Donald Trump has fired the chair of the Tennessee Valley Authority, criticizing the federal-owned corporation for hiring foreign workers ABC
VOA VIEW: As he should.
President Donald Trump for the first time publicly criticized coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx for her weekend response to criticism from Speaker Pelosi. ABC

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Nevada's Legislature has passed a bill that would add the state to a growing list of U.S. states that will mail all active voters ballots for the November 2020 election amid the coronavirus pandemic ABC
VOA VIEW: It will be interesting.
Parent company of Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank also filed. Many recent filers were already struggling but virus-forced closure of non-essential stores pushed them to brink. CBS
VOA VIEW: Sad!
The World Health Organization is warning the road to normalcy will be long and that there may never be a "silver bullet" for the novel coronavirus. Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider joined CBSN to discuss the latest developments, including an increase in the projected number of U.S. deaths, and why wearing a face shield isn't as good as wearing a mask. CBS
VOA VIEW: The WHO knows little.
Congressional Democrats argue that the White House does not understand the severity of the situation facing Americans. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems are causing a hardship on the most needy.

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Microsoft had previously said it could buy TikTok's operations in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. CNBC
VOA VIEW: All or nothing with restrictions.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said it has become "much clearer" that someone is likely at greater risk if they're in an indoor space where there's less air circulation and "any degree of aerosolization." CNBC
VOA VIEW: Fauci has had may false predictions.
Former President Barack Obama endorsed 118 candidates up and down the ballot in 17 states, most of which were for Democrats locked in tight races. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Few will follow Obama.

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Airlines and unions are pushing for additional federal aid as a recovery in demand remains remote. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It's tough for large and small.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addresses her recent criticisms that she doesn't have confidence in Dr. Deborah Birx's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. CNN
VOA VIEW: The lack of confidence for Pelosi is greater.
CNN's Dana Bash speaks with House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) about his fears that President Donald Trump will not allow a fair 2020 presidential election. CNN
VOA VIEW: Clyburn is an idiot.
An estimated 10.3 million gun transactions were processed from the beginning of January to June 1. FOX News
VOA VIEW: As it should.
At least 15 people were killed in Portland during the month of July, which was the highest number of deaths in a single month since the 1980s, according to Portland Police. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Thanks to a liberal Dem major.

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More than three dozen of America’s largest cities are seeing a double-digit surge in homicide rates, a new report finds. FOX News
The United States and Poland completed negotiations of an enhanced defense cooperation agreement, the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw announced on Monday, which includes an increased U.S. troop presence and other capabilities. UPI
VOA VIEW: Friendly nations should work together.
Raytheon Co. and Israeli company Rafael announced a joint venture on Monday to establish production of Israel's Iron Dome defense weapons system in the United States. UPI

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A group of U.S. governors called on President Donald Trump Monday to extend funding for special deployments of National Guard forces to help with the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. UPI
VOA VIEW: Sounds reasonable.
The United States saw a dramatic decline in new COVID-19 cases on Sunday -- 47,500, the lowest single-day figure in about a month. UPI
VOA VIEW: A good start.

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     Israel could save the world from China.  Critically ill COVID-19 patients recovered rapidly from respiratory failure after three days of treatment with RLF-100, a therapy granted fast-track designation in the United States, two drug companies said Sunday. Geneva-based Relief Therapeutics Holdings AG RFLB.S has a patent for RLF-100, or aviptadil, a synthetic form of a natural peptide that protects the lung. US-Israeli NeuroRx Inc. partnered with Relief to develop the drug in the United States.-19.

     While a Phase 2/3 clinical trial with 70 patients is ongoing, RLF-100 is being administered on an emergency basis to some patients who are too ill to be admitted to the trial. The first report of rapid recovery under emergency use was posted by doctors from Houston Methodist Hospital, the companies said in a joint statement. It said a 54-year-old man who developed COVID-19 while being treated for rejection of a double lung transplant came off a ventilator within four days of treatment with RLF-100.

     Similar results were subsequently seen in more than 15 patients treated under emergency use, the companies said. The two companies also said independent researchers in a biocontainment laboratory in Brazil reported that aviptadil blocked replication of the SARS coronavirus in human lung cells and immune cells.