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The White House is planning for "dire" contingencies that could include rationing supplies of vaccines and treatments this fall if Congress doesn't approve more money for fighting COVID-19. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: What about all the money transferred from COVID-19 to fund illegal immigration?
The deadly Buffalo, N.Y., shootings are fueling anxieties among Black communities that their safety will always be compromised. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal media propaganda.
U.S. Senate passes legislation to turn a formerly segregated "Mexican" school in west Texas into a historic site. LA Times

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Abbott CEO Robert Ford apologized for the devastating baby formula shortage Saturday, but admitted the steps his company is taking "won’t end the struggles of families today." New York Post
VOA VIEW: Another Biden blunder.
There is no universal definition of the complex condition, but clues about causes and potential treatments are beginning to emerge. New York Times
The requirement to test for Covid before flying to the United States is hated by many travelers and the U.S. travel industry. But the government shows no sign of getting rid of it. New York Times
Arizona's Republican governor has signed legislation that will prevent state health officials from ever adding a COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required school inoculations and bar face mask mandates in any buildings operated by state or local governments. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
Three U.S. Air Force Academy cadets whose refusal to get COVID-19 vaccines threatened their May 25 graduation -- along with the risk of a repayment demand for six-figure tuition costs -- will be awarded their degrees, officials said Saturday. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: They should not be deprived of their commissions.
Two Republican frontrunners are hoping to clinch primary majorities as candidates make their final pitches to Georgia voters on Saturday ahead of Tuesday's election. Washington Times

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The top U.S. military officer is challenging the next generation of Army soldiers to prepare America’s military to fight future wars that may look little like the wars of today ABC
VOA VIEW: It always has and always will.
Biden said last year he’d only meet with the North Korean leader so long as he committed to a discussion about denuclearization. ABC
VOA VIEW: Biden is a joke.
U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol say after meeting that they will consider expanded joint military exercises to deter the nuclear threat from North Korea ABC
Hotter weather and drought conditions are expected to drive up energy demand, potentially straining the nation's aging power grid. CBS
VOA VIEW: All thanks to Biden's dumb oil mistake.

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Several states across the East Coast are expected to see extremely high temperatures over the weekend. This will mark one of the first major heat waves of 2022. Meteorologist Kelly Cass has more. CBS
Russia responded to sanctions for invading Ukraine by saying Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg and hundreds more can't visit. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden is an idiot to think otherwise.
Billions of dollars are being spent to bring self-driving vehicles to the road. Commercial autonomous vehicles like robotaxis may be first. CNBC

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Renault's idea of developing a passenger vehicle that uses hydrogen technology is not unique. CNBC
VOA VIEW: How electric cars will perform is yet to be noted.
Small business owners consistently leave cybersecurity off their list of top risks. The level of threat is higher than they think, and customers are worried. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The cyber unknown is still a mystery.
Gottlieb’s remarks come two days after U.S. health officials confirmed a case of the virus in a man from Massachusetts who recently traveled to Canada. CNBC
If there's more bad news from retailers in the coming week, that could be a negative catalyst for an already cranky stock market. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The market is hard, and the only feeling is negative.
Extreme heat will sweep the East Coast over the weekend, while a cold front will bring relief to firefighting efforts in the Southwest. Fires are burning in New Mexico, Texas and largely across the West. FOX News

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The mask mandate reinstated by the Berkeley Unified School District goes into effect Monday as health officials are concerned about the coronavirus. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A little too soon.
The Department of Justice will appeal a federal court decision barring the Biden Administration from ending Title 42. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A very dumb idea.
A New York court formally approved the state's new congressional and state Senate maps, setting the stage for some Democratic incumbents to face one another in primary races. UPI
VOA VIEW: Dems would mess up a good dream.

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The J.M. Smucker Co. has issued a recall for select varieties of Jif peanut butter sold in the United States and Canada in response to a possible salmonella contamination. UPI

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May 22, 2022

     That great sloshing sound you hear is the tens of billions of dollars of unspent COVID-19 relief funds slopping around federal, state and local government coffers. But the Biden administration wants to appropriate billions more and is resorting to scare tactics to get it. More COVID money has been diverted to illegal migrant relief.

     The federal government has appropriated roughly $4.8 trillion in six COVID-relief laws, the most recent being President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan in March 2021. In January, the Government Accountability Office reported that only 87% of the total was obligated — legally committing the US government to pay — and only 76% was spent.  Contrary to what most Americans probably believe, little of the total was allocated for COVID vaccines, treatments and testing. Only 11% ($484 billion) was routed to the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency most directly involved with responding to public-health emergencies. By the end of November, HHS had only obligated 80% and spent 47% of its funds.

     Amazingly, little of the HHS funding was directed to prevention or treatment and most remains unspent. Of the $41 billion allocated for vaccine research and development, procurement and distribution, less than a third had been spent. Of the $17 billion earmarked for drug and therapeutics research, development and procurement, less than 30% had been expended. And only slightly more than a quarter of the $58 billion allotted to procure and distribute tests and setting up community-based testing programs had been spent.  That didn’t stop the administration from seeking another $22.5 billion in March to pay for COVID treatments, tests, vaccines and research. Congressional negotiators cut the amount to $15.6 billion. But when Republicans objected to spending new money on the coronavirus response without first using unspent funding from existing aid programs, including money for state governments, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pulled it from the $1.5 trillion annual spending bill.