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After identifying remnants of bird flu virus in grocery store milk, federal officials insist the nation's milk supply is safe. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Let them drink it.
The Supreme Court will decide whether emergency room doctors can perform abortions if a pregnant person's health is threatened. LA Times
VOA VIEW: As it should.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday blasted House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., over his trip to Columbia University, saying his visit "is only adding to the division" over the ongoing pro-Palestine protest on campus. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Hochul is an idiot.

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Tennessee is poised to become the second state in the nation to make it illegal for adults to help minors get an abortion without parental consent, a proposal that is likely to face immediate legal challenges should Gov. Bill Lee sign it into law.Tennessee's GOP-dominant... Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Needed!
President Joe Biden sought to play up his working-class roots Wednesday by telling union workers that former President Donald Trump, his likely GOP rival in the 2024 presidential race, "looks down on us." Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden has no administration successes - only attacks against Trump.
According to a new Monmouth University poll, 80% of Americans want House Speaker Mike Johnson to keep his job, and Democrats are now seeing him in a more positive light than they did last year after he was elected to the job. Newsmax
Porn star Stormy Daniels will not have to answer a subpoena from former President Donald Trump's defense team as his criminal trial continues. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Wrong!
The almost-complete ban on abortions in the state could go into effect as soon as June 8 if not repealed, the state’s attorney general said. New York Times
The former president is asking the Supreme Court to put the presidency above criminal law as he pursues a broader agenda of expanding the office’s power should he win the election. New York Times

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I do not believe that the Columbia demonstrators are driven by antisemitism, but their actions have gone way too far. New York Times
VOA VIEW: They are chaos.
Republican legislative leaders in Ohio say they are negotiating with Democrats to assure President Joe Biden appears on the state's November ballot, but the exact shape of the solution remains murky. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The law should be followed by all.
A state investigator testified Wednesday that he considers former President Donald Trump and his White House chief of staff to be uncharged co-conspirators in a scheme to claim that he had won Michigan in the 2020 election, despite Democrat Joe Biden's clear victory. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden and his supporters clearly cheated to win.
The Biden administration on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to declare federal law supreme and to force states with severe abortion bans to allow exceptions in emergency cases where a woman's health is at risk. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Crazed stupidity.

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor botched the status of abortion laws Wednesday when she said some states bar all abortions, even in cases where the mother's life is at stake. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Sotomayor is an illiterate fool.
If former President Donald Trump is convicted in his hush money trial in New York, it would likely be overturned on appeal, according to legal experts. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It is a liberal joke.
The nation's school meals will get a makeover under new nutrition standards that limit added sugars for the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday. Washington Times

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House Speaker Mike Johnson is visiting Columbia University on Wednesday where he's expected to join calls for the president's resignation and decry "virulent antisemitism" on campuses. CBS
VOA VIEW: Sad intimidation.
The Federal Trade Commission is planning to ban non-compete clauses, which are the parts of employer contracts that bar workers from leaving for a competitor or starting a competing business. The measure is not official and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce called the ban “unlawful,” saying it would sue the FTC to block it. CBS
VOA VIEW: It's totally unconstitutional.
Trump Media CEO Devin Nunes is asking four House committees to investigate possible "naked" short selling in the company's shares. CBS
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Less than two years after the overturn of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court is set to hear a high profile case Wednesday on Idaho’s near-total abortion ban that some doctors say is putting pregnant women at risk. CBS
VOA VIEW: Idaho has gone too far.
TikTok has up to a year to be sold by its China-based owner for face a ban in the U.S., potentially impacting 170 million users and small businesses nationwide. The bill won bipartisan support on fears China could use TikTok to collect and exploit Americans’ private data. CBS
VOA VIEW: TikTok must go as soon as possible.

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Throughout hours of testimony in Donald Trump’s New York criminal trial, David Pecker, former National Enquirer publisher, described a strategy ahead of the 2016 presidential election to buy stories and kill them to protect the former president. CBS
The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that pits Idaho's near-total abortion ban against a federal law that requires hospitals to offer emergency care. CBS
"America is a nation founded on the promise of second chances," President Biden said in a statement. CBS
VOA VIEW: Another payoff.

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TikTok vowed to legally challenge the measure if President Joe Biden signed it into law. CNBC
VOA VIEW: TikTok must be banned.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has long threatened to sue the FTC over the noncompete ban. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Donald Trump's media company CEO Devin Nunes wants Congress to probe possible manipulation of the company's stock. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good!
Tesla shares surged more than 10% on Wednesday after CEO Elon Musk said the company plans to produce new affordable EV models by early 2025. CNBC
The Biden-Harris administration announced a final rule Tuesday that raises the minimum salary threshold to qualify for overtime pay. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The US through Biden is sounding socialistic.
Agitators at Columbia University in New York City and other elite colleges across the U.S. have participated in anti-Israel demonstrations that include hateful language. FOX News
VOA VIEW: They are shouting stupidity and hatred.
Students at a growing number of U.S. colleges and universities are forming anti-Israel protest encampments with a unified demand of their schools. FOX News
VOA VIEW: They should be ousted and some jailed.
Columbia University has set a deadline for administrators and anti-Israel protesters to reach an agreement that would include ending the encampment on campus and dispersing. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The nonsense should be stopped now.
The Transportation Department said on Wednesday it will issue a final rule requiring airline carriers to promptly give passengers cash refunds when owed for things like canceled or significantly delayed flights and delay UPI
VOA VIEW: Action must be taken to void abuse.

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     The Federal Trade Commission and 17 state attorneys general filed a widely anticipated antitrust case against Amazon, alleging the retailing giant illegally wields monopoly power to maintain higher prices, harming customers and weakening competition.  They have had a monopoly from the beginning.  

     "Our complaint lays out how Amazon has used a set of punitive and coercive tactics to unlawfully maintain its monopolies," FTC Chair Lina Khan said in a statement. "The complaint sets forth detailed allegations noting how Amazon is now exploiting its monopoly power to enrich itself while raising prices and degrading service for the tens of millions of American families who shop on its platform and the hundreds of thousands of businesses that rely on Amazon to reach them."

    She added, "Today's lawsuit seeks to hold Amazon to account for these monopolistic practices and restore the lost promise of free and fair competition."The lawsuit, filed in Western Washington district court, takes aim at a company that started as a scrappy online bookseller in 1994 but has since transformed into an internet and retailing behemoth. The complaint alleges that Amazon regularly exploits its size and reach to block lower prices and compel merchants to use the e-commerce company's logistics and advertising services. 

     "Amazon is a monopolist that uses its power to hike prices on American shoppers and charge sky-high fees on hundreds of thousands of online sellers," said John Newman, Deputy Director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition, in a statement.Millions of people visit Amazon.com each day, but that's no guarantee for third-party sellers that their products are seen, according to Molson Hart, the seller of educational building-toy brand, Brain Flakes. "We spent nearly $100,000 to advertise our products in Amazon searches last year," Hart noted in an April blog post in which he argues the company's pricing policies are helping to fuel inflation.

     The states joining the FTC in the lawsuit are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.