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The criticism comes amid global supply-chain disruptions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic,        IndyStar
VOA VIEW: Buttigieg is an idiot.
Nearly 1,000 people flocked to a Times Square rally Saturday to protest the COVID-19 vaccine and mandates that they get jabbed. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The battle goes on.
The US Marine who posted videos on social media ripping the military for the Biden administration’s botched pullout from Afghanistan has been issued a letter of reprimand and ordered to forfeit $5,000 worth of pay over one month. Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller pleaded guilty at his court-martial hearing Thursday to six misdemeanor-level charges — including willfully disobeying... New York Post

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The main House war chests for both Democrats and Republicans have a combined $128 million in the bank — more than double the sum at this point in 2020. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Republicans must win both Houses
As President Biden and his allies in Congress work to whittle down the size of their ambitious domestic plans, Democrats must sell a bill without knowing precisely what will be in it. New York Times
VOA VIEW: More like mad bill.
The Department of Homeland Security was forced to restart the program after trying to end it earlier this year. MPP forces migrants to wait in Mexico.      USA Today
VOA VIEW: The Court ordered it to restart - it made sense.
So far, 8.8 million Americans have received a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Here's everything to know about booster doses of all three vaccines.       USA Today
Where the nation sees snarled supply lines and the White House warns of empty Christmas shelves, the Port of New Orleans sees opportunity. In what some might call “disruptive capitalism,” New Orleans port officials are trying to lure some of the transoceanic shipping that currently bobs for ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The New Orleans port might be closer to many distribution centers.
President Biden’s relationship with America’s law enforcement community has gone from bad to worse in the nearly nine months that he has occupied the Oval Office, according to veteran police officers. Rank-and-file cops and unions who broke away from Mr. Biden to endorse former President Trump now say they are ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden turned his back on violence and defunding the police.

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The Biden administration is warning the public about cyber threats against U.S. water systems that may affect clean drinking water in communities nationwide. The warning directs organizations responsible for securing water systems to be on the lookout for attacks ranging from hacks to ransomware. The advisory — which was issued ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Few believe Biden's threats.
The coronavirus was the leading cause of death for people ages 35 to 54 last month and made the list of top seven causes of death in other age groups, a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis found. COVID-19 ranked as the leading cause of death among people 35 to 54 years ... Washington Times
The CDC has released its public health guidance for the 2021 holiday season, offering up mostly general advice on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. ABC
VOA VIEW: How many times will the guidance change?
Last month, Waymo, a sister company of Google, began testing its self-driving vehicles in San Francisco. Neighbors on one dead-end street realized they were seeing a lot of the cars for no apparent reason. CBS

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The opportunity to make big money in cryptocurrency is attracting huge investments to industrial-scale bitcoin mining, with thousands of supercomputers and an enormous energy demand, so much so that some companies are using power plants to fuel their operations – which may create real-world concerns for the environment. CBS News meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardelli reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: Some are trying, or will try to make a quick buck.
Infighting among congressional Democrats and the White House has not only stalled President Biden’s trillion-dollar infrastructure bill — it has also forced revisions on other initiatives. Debra Alfarone reports from the White House. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems are struggling period.
The controversial bill will head to Governor Greg Abbott's desk if the state house approves an amendment to the legislation's terminology. CBS
VOA VIEW: Men should not play with women athletes.

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Researchers observed "zero difference" in vaccination rates before and after states announced cash prize lotteries. CBS
VOA VIEW: It takes more than money to make people change their mind about taking the vaccination.
The lone surviving victim of a deadly August 2020 shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is suing the city and its leaders, claiming police conspired with vigilantes. FOX News
Michigan officials charged three individuals with attempted voter fraud in relation to the 2020 general election, but have urged the public to stop spreading claims of "widespread" fraud.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: Hide the truth.
The Texas Senate passed legislation Friday that requires students to compete on school sports teams that correspond with the biological sex listed on their birth certificate. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good!
President Joe Biden said that being a cop today is "harder than it's ever been" in a speech Saturday saying that additional support and reform is needed for the increasingly burdened and dangerous profession. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden is not sincere.

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The United States has offered to pay an undisclosed amount to families of 10 Afghans civilians, including seven children, killed in a mistaken drone strike in August, the Pentagon said. UPI
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Inflation, supply chain problems and reduced government payments couldn't beat back demand from consumers who spent more money than expected in September. UPI

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October 18, 2021

      Biden has hurt all Americans and the nation.  President Joe Biden’s chief of staff brushes off record-high inflation and the supply-chain crisis helping fuel it as “high class problems.” It’s a stunning admission of indifference from a well-connected multimillionaire — but just the latest example of this administration’s cluelessness about Americans’ suffering from its failures.

     “This,” Ron Klain emphasized Wednesday in quote-tweeting Harvard economist Jason Furman, who wrote, “Most of the economic problems we’re facing (inflation, supply chains, etc.) are high class problems. We wouldn’t have had them if the unemployment rate was still 10 percent. We would instead have had a much worse problem.” Fine: The rising cost of everything from groceries to diapers to cars is no problem for Klain, who’s worth between $4.4 million and $12.2 million. But food, fuel and housing are costing households at the $70,000 median annual income an extra $175 a month. The Consumer Price Index rose 5.4 percent last month from a year ago, and wholesale prices jumped a record 8.6 percent. Such inflation hits working Americans and those on fixed incomes, such as seniors, the hardest.

     With most Americans vaccinated, we should be well on our way back to the pre-pandemic booming economy, which saw just 3.5 percent unemployment in February 2020. Instead, nearly 40 percent of US households report serious financial difficulties, such as trouble paying utility bills, in recent months; it’s 60 percent among households earning under 50 grand a year. They can thank Biden and the Democrats. Throwing trillions into an already-recovering economy was bound to lead to inflation, as was boosting unemployment benefits $300 a week until September. The resulting rise in demand and worker shortage have also contributed to the supply-chain mess, with a record number of job openings in the trucking industry. A backlog of nearly 100 cargo ships has sat for a month off Southern California, unable to unload goods at ports that handle more than half of American imports.

Biden only moved to open the Los Angeles port 24/7 this week — and actually thanked his Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force for its “leadership.” What has it been doing since he established it in June? Not much, clearly: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, one of its leaders, has been on paternity leave since mid-August. Talk about fiddling while Rome burns. Team Biden simply doesn’t care about the pain. Of the news that the economy added just 194,000 jobs last month, far below expectations of 500,000, Biden breezily said, “The monthly totals bounce around,” while Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said of his own department’s numbers, “I don’t think it’s as bad as what everyone’s reporting.” Biden killed the Keystone Pipeline, along with its well-paying jobs, his first day in office, and climate czar and private-jet fan John Kerry suggested the newly unemployed “can be the people who go to work to make the solar panels.”