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China expands its links to Afghanistan as entrepreneurs scout for business opportunities and Beijing makes overtures to the ruling Taliban in Kabul. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden stupidity.
FBI Director Christopher Wray confessed Thursday he left an August Senate oversight hearing to hike the Adirondacks. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Wray should resign to avoid being ousted.
The Biden administration has been bracing for congressional investigations, cognizant of the serious political threat posed by even a narrow Republican majority in the House. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden cannot handle the challenge.

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Former President Trump, who recently announced a 2024 White House bid, isn't charged in the case against two of his companies.       USA Today
Trump announces he'll run again in 2024 as lawsuits, official inquiries and legal problems persist       USA Today
VOA VIEW: No more than those implemented by a Dem House with impeachment.
The people whose information will actually be collected under a new federal regulation are innocent business owners who have done nothing wrong.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: The Dem lead government is against the people.
Conservative Roman Catholic bishops claimed the top spots in the church's just-concluded U.S. leadership conference, angering moderates in the church but bolstering those seen as skeptical of the liberal reform agenda of Pope Francis. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The Church should not be partisan.
A federal judge on Thursday blocked Florida's law that banned college and university professors from teaching elements of critical race theory, such as that one race is more privileged, superior or oppressive than another. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal stupidity which will be overturned by the SC.
Reacting to the tumult and mass layoffs at Twitter under its new owner Elon Musk, a group of Democratic senators on Thursday asked federal regulators to investigate any possible violations by the platform of consumer-protection laws or of its data-security commitments. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dem will abuse their power.

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The Biden administration plans to ask the Supreme Court to reinstate the president's student debt cancellation plan, according to a Thursday legal filing, warning that millions of Americans will face financial strain if the plan remains stalled in court when loan payments are scheduled to restart in January. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The SC will not overrule in favor of Biden.
Donald Trump's longtime finance chief choked up on the witness stand Thursday, saying he betrayed the Trump family's trust by scheming to dodge taxes on $1.7 million in company-paid perks, including a Manhattan apartment and luxury cars. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Trump was not charged.
Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock is betting that former President Donald Trump is so toxic in Georgia that he's running a new ad that simply repeats the ex-president's endorsement of Republican challenger Herschel Walker. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Warnock fears Trump.
Federal marine agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection were shot after they approached a suspected smuggling boat. ABC
VOA VIEW: Sad for the loss of an agent.

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The Federal Reserve may have to raise its benchmark interest rate much higher than many people expect to get inflation under control, said James Bullard, who leads the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis ABC
VOA VIEW: Raising rates makes no sense in the reduction of inflation.
New FTX CEO has never seen a "complete failure" of corporate controls of a company in his career, including Enron, he said. ABC
VOA VIEW: It was a designed scam.
Nancy Pelosi said she will remain in Congress to serve her California district. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good riddance!

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While some victims' families and survivors fight for gun control, others across the state are choosing to fortify schools by arming their children's teachers. CBS
These books have been banned at schools and libraries. Why? CBS
VOA VIEW: They should oust CRT, woke and progressive books.
Black children and kids with disabilities were disproportionately impacted, according to CBS News analysis of Education Department data. CBS
VOA VIEW: They have fewer parental controls and supervision.
Rents in October rose 4.7% compared with October 2021, the slowest annual increase in 18 months, according to Realtor.com. CNBC
Bullard said Thursday the central bank still has a lot of work to do before it brings inflation under control. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A truism.

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Key rail union votes and decisions are coming as UPS, retailers, and the U.S. economy prepare for a potential strike that could shut down the freight network. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Unions will try to put the American people at a disadvantage.
The Republicans vying for chairman of the Ways and Means Committee will drop the effort to obtain former President Donald Trump's tax returns. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Retirement account balances sank for the third quarter in a row, according to Fidelity Investments, the largest 401(k) provider in the U.S. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Investers should be careful.

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After clinching the majority in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, top Republicans on Thursday outlined a broad range of investigative targets focused on President Joe Biden and his family's business dealings. CNN
VOA VIEW: Good!
The Trump Organization stopped several illegal tax practices around 2017 when Donald Trump took office, former Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg testified in a New York court on Thursday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Illegal tax practices or taking advantage of loopholes?
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham's appearance before Georgia's Fulton County grand jury regarding an election probe into former President Trump was delayed again. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good!
The new CEO of cryptocurrency exchange FTX said Thursday the company had a complete failure of corporate control. John J. Ray III said in a bankruptcy filing it was the worst case he had ever seen. UPI
VOA VIEW: Expected when theft was in the plans.
Vice President Kamala Harris will join Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Asian leaders in Bangkok starting Thursday for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation ministerial meeting. UPI
VOA VIEW: A waste of time and embarrassment.
The British government has ordered Nexperia BV -- a subsidiary of a Chinese-owned company -- to sell a British semiconductor microchip plant to "mitigate the risk to national security." UPI
VOA VIEW: Wise decision.
North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile into the East Sea on Thursday, hours after issuing a warning to the United States and its allies of a "fiercer" response to their increasing security cooperation. UPI
VOA VIEW: NK should be treated as a rogue hostile nation.

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