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The fallout from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack will land before the Supreme Court on Tuesday when the justices consider the scope of a federal obstruction statute. CBS
VOA VIEW: The truth needs to be seen.
Jury selection begins Monday in the “hush money” trial of former President Donald Trump. Trump, who strongly denies breaking any laws, is charged in New York with trying to illegally cover up an alleged affair with an adult film star. There are more than 500 potential jurors being considered for the historic trial. CBS
VOA VIEW: A wrongful trial.
In a joint statement, twelve major news organizations, including CBS News, called on President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump to commit to debates during the 2024 White House campaign. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden will chicken out.

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Social services, such as parenting classes and economic development programs, can help, some health experts say. CBS
The Supreme Court said Monday it would not hear a case involving Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, who was sued by a Baton Route police officer after a 2016 protest. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good!
Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles against military targets in Israel in an attack that President Joe Biden described as "unprecedented." CNBC
The growth in workers' annual earnings has retreated from an initial surge during the Covid-19 pandemic. But some jobs are still paying healthy raises. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Someone will pay for any abuse.
Retail sales increased 0.7% for the month, considerably faster than the Dow Jones consensus forecast for a 0.3% increase. CNBC
A retired rear admiral in the Navy and director of NOAA said that UFO capability to seamlessly transition from air to water without a splash 'jeopardizes US maritime security' FOX News

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Dennis Bostick pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit a felony in a plea deal for groping his seatmate throughout an Alaska Airlines flight from San Diego to Seattle. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A fool.
A group of self-described anti-war activists in Chicago cheered when a man announced on Saturday that Iran had launched a barrage of missiles and drones at Israel. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A mad group of idiots.
A new CENTCOM review found there is no evidence that Marine snipers at Abbey Gate in Kabul had eyes on the suicide bomber before the August 2021 attack that killed 13 service members. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Makes no sense.
Civil lawsuits alleging that Khalifa Hifter, a Libyan military commander and U.S. citizen, killed civilians in the Libyan civil war was tossed out of U.S. court. FOX News
VOA VIEW: No jurisdiction.

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The Commerce Department said on Monday that March retail and food services sales jumped 0.7%, more than double what forecasters had predicted but it also raised concerns about inflation. UPI
Scientists are finding new ways to explore low gravity environments, like the ones found on moons or asteroids. UPI
With the IRS' midnight Monday deadline for tax filing season 2024 counting down, the Treasury Department reported that $80 billion additional funding from the Inflation Reduction Act meant the IRS had smashed targets. UPI

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The White House announced another tech deal on Monday, saying it will give Samsung $6.4 billion to help it build large semiconductor plants in Texas in a continued move to beef up America's manufacturing sector. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden is giving out money to benefit his reelection.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday confirmed a criminal investigation is underway to determine if criminal wrongdoing was part of the March collapse of Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge. UPI

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April 20, 2024

     DHS is one of the biggest spreader of misinformation.  The Department of Homeland Security has claimed in internally circulated memos that it has regulatory or statutory authority to seek out and ask social media companies to censor accounts and individuals it has deemed are spreading misinformation. 


     The memos, dated as early as February 2022, include pages titled “DHS Authorities in the MDM Space,” shorthand for misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation. But the pages are completely blank, redacted by DHS, which relied on exemptions under a Freedom of Information Act request by the libertarian Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

     The documents refer to a “Ukraine playbook.” The memos ostensibly were generated prior to last year’s launch of the DHS’ Disinformation Governance Board, which was disbanded only weeks after its revelation due to publicity of the office. However, the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana subsequently filed suit against the Biden administration, winning a July 4 court order prohibiting it from further contact with social media companies. The order by U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty claimed the DHS “seems to have assumed a role similar to an Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth.’

    The Supreme Court stayed the order until Friday, when it was expected to rule further. AFPF’s Director of Investigations Kevin Schmidt said that while the Disinformatio n Governance Board may have been disbanded, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified to the Senate Homeland Security in May 2022 that the office was supposed to have developed “guidelines” and “guardrails” so as to “not infringe on people’s free speech rights.”  Since the board has been disbanded, and the DHS has responded to the FOIA request with redacted critical information, it is unclear what those guidelines and guardrails are or under what authority the DHS is operating.