Weeks after Russian occupation, rural areas outside Ukraine's capital still yield forest graves. Exhumations remain a near-daily task for police. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Sad, Putin atrocities.
Moscow's forces take aim at Ukrainian infrastructure and Western weapons shipments as the European Union considers phasing out Russian oil imports. LA Times
VOA VIEW: It will be just and wise to fight Russian oil.
Abortion rights are being undone bit by bit in many Southern and Midwest states through new restrictions in anticipation of Roe vs. Wade's reversal. LA Times


Small numbers of Ukrainian civilians manage to leave Mariupol despite the new Russian attacks, which probably doomed additional evacuations. LA Times
If he fears a humiliating loss, Putin could order the use of a small-scale nuclear weapon against Ukraine. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is too weak to put Putin in check.
The oldest son of former President Donald Trump has met with the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol, according to two people familiar with the matter. New York Post
Mayorkas, testifying at the Senate Appropriations Committee, was grilled over the hiring of Nina Jankowicz as the DHS' "disinformation czar." New York Post
VOA VIEW: Mayorkas knows nothing or very little.
Polling suggests an overturning of Roe v. Wade might not carry political consequences in states that would be likeliest to put in restrictions. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are blowing the issue out of proportion.
Was it meant to galvanize the left or right? It is something of a mystery. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The left will lose the most.


The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate, which will set off a domino effect throughout the U.S. economy, from credit cards to mortgages.      USA Today
VOA VIEW: The fact is that Biden has caused the present inflation.
IRS customer service was overwhelmed with 282 million phone calls last year and answered only 11% of them.      USA Today
"I wouldn't say it's just a matter of time," White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha said of the possibility of Biden getting COVID.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Biden will have to go back into hiding.
If it stands, the leaked Supreme Court draft striking down Roe v. Wade would represent the biggest victory in the pro-life movement's half-century history, but abortion foes are taking a wait-and-see approach instead of a victory lap. Washington Times

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Former President Trump's role as a kingmaker in the Republican Party was solidified in Ohio and Indiana when all 22 candidates he endorsed came out on top this week in the GOP primaries. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Time will tell, but 22 wins are a big plus.
The main athletic association for Georgia high schools voted Wednesday to ban transgender boys and girls from playing on the school sports teams matching their gender identity, saying instead that students must play on teams that match the sex listed on their birth certificates at birth. Washington Times
President Biden committed a pro-choice no-no by using the word "child" in reference to abortion, a slip that Republicans and pro-life advocates were quick to flag. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is an idiot.


Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Wednesday he will not ask the Department of Veterans Affairs to send staff to the border to help with the expected surge of illegal immigrants, bowing to critics who said the shift would hurt American veterans' care. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Mayorkas is a loser.
The Satanic Temple is requesting to fly a flag over Boston City Hall after the U.S. Supreme Court this week ruled the city violated the free speech rights of a conservative activist seeking to fly a Christian flag outside the downtown building. Washington Times
Meanwhile, 27% of parents said their child will “definitely not” get vaccinated. ABC
VOA VIEW: 27% smart parents.
The World Health Organization says the number of newly reported coronavirus cases and deaths continued to fall in the last week, continuing a global decline that first began in March ABC
VOA VIEW: WHO has no real advice.
The EU is planning a sixth package of sanctions targeting Moscow. ABC

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It's the largest hike since 2000. CBS
Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers reacted to a draft majority opinion from the Supreme Court, obtained and published by Politico, that indicated that a majority of the high court appears ready to overturn Roe v. Wade. CBS
VOA VIEW: As they should, but Dems need the issue to take Biden out of the news.

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Business leaders say an $18 hourly minimum would force them to lay people off or possibly close for good, CBS
The president emphasized how strong job gains have increased total incomes and led to additional tax revenues that have improved the government's balance sheet. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden exaggerates.
Yields of short-dated U.S. Treasurys were moving higher on Wednesday morning. CNBC
Just 30% of adults surveyed by Gallup said now is a good time to buy. It's the first time the share fell below 50% since the question was first asked in 1978. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It does look bad for the house market.
Eight attorneys general wrote a letter to President Joe Biden on Wednesday, requesting that he forgive federal student debt for every borrower. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Those who make and benefit by a loan, should pay it.
President Joe Biden touted sizable reductions in the federal deficit in the current fiscal year as part of his administration's economic savvy. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden lies.
Workers are feeling confident in a booming market where there are nearly two job openings for every person who wants one. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Free money is causing a major problem.
The Education Department has canceled around $6.8 billion in student debt for more than 110,000 borrowers through the public service loan forgiveness waiver. CNBC
The leak of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's draft majority opinion potentially overturning Roe v. Wade could damage public trust in the nation's highest court and lead to criminal charges. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A major security and confidence problem.
U.S. Marshals and Supreme Court Police have not indicated plans to increase security around the court or justices amid anticipated protests over the court's potentially striking down Roe v. Wade. FOX News
Biotech firm Moderna said on Wednesday that it tripled sales of its COVID-19 vaccine during the first three months of 2022 and smashed most analysts' expectations with more than $6 billion in revenue. UPI
VOA VIEW: The big money fraud.
The U.S. economy added almost 250,000 private-sector jobs during the month of April, ADP and Moody's Analytics said in their monthly assessment on Wednesday -- missing expectations by about 130,000 hirings. UPI
VOA VIEW: Don't believe all you hear or read.
North Korea launched a ballistic missile into the sea off of its east coast Wednesday, the militaries of South Korea and Japan said, as concerns rise that a nuclear provocation is on the way. UPI
VOA VIEW: NK is a danger to the world.

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