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Oral arguments are set for Wednesday afternoon before the Colorado Supreme Court over whether former President Donald Trump's role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol prevents him from running for office again in the state under a constitutional ban. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: A foolish thought.
President Joe Biden joked Wednesday that many Democrats can beat Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election, but told reporters, "I will defeat him." Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden couldn't defeat anyone without cheating.
President Joe Biden was asked Wednesday about his repeated denials of knowledge of Hunter Biden's business dealings, and he continued to deny the allegations of payments to him as "just a bunch of lies." Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden still lies with impunity from the liberal media.


House Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Wednesday threatened Hunter Biden with contempt of Congress charges if he fails to appear for a Dec. 13 deposition before the oversight panel. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: They should keep their promise with no deals.
The Biden administration's government agencies have paid to police and censor constitutionally protected speech, which Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said amounts to "laundering taxpayer dollars." Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Biden has weaponized all government agencies to cheat.
Former NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines called progressive Rep. Summer Lee, D-Pa., a "misogynist" after the lawmaker condemned the activist's testimony as "transphobic" and asked that it be stricken from the record during a House hearing. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: She is, and an idiot.
The Israeli military has encircled the home of Hamas' top leader in Gaza as Palestinians are warned to flee from the enclave's southern half, officials said. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Hopefully they get him.
Senate Republicans have been negotiating for weeks with Democrats over the provisions in Biden’s $106 billion national security supplemental funding request. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden would be wise to give in.
President Biden and Democrats in Congress appealed for Republicans to allow the emergency spending bill to advance, but the G.O.P. dug in, demanding strict border provisions be added. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It will be on Biden and liberal Dems.


The proposal has elicited mounting opposition from tobacco companies, Black activists worried about police enforcement and small businesses, as President Biden moves into an election year. New York Times
Sen. Bernie Sanders is knocking the proposed funding for Israel in the $110 billion emergency aid package that the chamber weighed, Tuesday in a letter to his colleagues. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Sanders is an idiot.
Former President Donald Trump is urging supporters to "guard the vote" during next year's election, a phrase that has set off alarm bells among pro-democracy advocates who say it signals permission to take extreme measures that could intimidate voters and threaten election workers. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: All should.
A federal appeals court has largely sided with two white Louisiana sheriff's deputies in a lawsuit filed by a Black woman, rejecting her claims that they used excessive force against her as they investigated an allegation she had been riding a motorcycle without a helmet. Washington Times

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Republicans insist border security funding must be included in any national security funding package. CBS
VOA VIEW: The GOP must hold tight to their demands.
A new lawsuit from New Mexico's attorney general claims Meta's social-media platforms are images and lets adults find and contact CBS
VOA VIEW: High Tech companies must be held accountable.
Federal prosecutors in the U.S. charged four Russian soldiers with war crimes for allegedly abducting and torturing an American citizen in Ukraine shortly after Russia's invasion. CBS
VOA VIEW: Now what?


A new intelligence report warns foreign terrorists may use the ongoing Israel-Hamas war to increase calls for violence during the holiday season in the U.S. CBS
VOA VIEW: The US must be prepared and act swiftly.
Just four candidates will appear on stage for the fourth primary debate, which takes place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama tonight. CBS
VOA VIEW: A foolish gesture.
Private sector job creation slowed further in November and wages showed their smallest growth in more than two years, ADP reported. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It shows inflation is still high.
After hitting 8% in October, the rate for the popular 30-year mortgage is heading back down toward 7%. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Don't count things are easing.
Two regional aircraft clipped wings at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday. The incident occurred around 7 p.m. as both jets were waiting for gate space. FOX News

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Shannon Christie Epstein allegedly brawled with seven deputies at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, kicking one in groin, biting another. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A disgrace.
President Joe Biden will sign an executive order during a tribal nations summit that aims to make it easier for Native Americans to access federal funding. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Buying more votes.
Vice President Kamala Harris received a golden gavel from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in honor of her 32nd tie-breaking vote in the Senate, a new record. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Big stupidity.

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Authorities arrested one suspect on Wednesday after a bomb threat forced a lockdown at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla. UPI
Rep. Kevin McCarthy said on Wednesday that he will leave his seat in Congress by the end of the year, months after being ousted as House speaker. UPI
VOA VIEW: A major mistake.
Sen. Ron Wyden warned Wednesday that foreign government demands for smartphone push notification data from Google and Apple could facilitate surveillance of users. UPI
VOA VIEW: This is bad for US people.
Nearly three weeks after Republicans cleared the release of security footage from the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, House Speaker Mike Johnson blamed delays Tuesday on the time it takes to blur participants' faces. UPI

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December 09, 2023

     Talk can be bravado and can be cheap.  President Biden’s administration vowed consequences for those responsible for hacking a Microsoft cloud system that granted access to government emails on Sunday.

     White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan made the statement during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” saying investigators are still working to pin down the source of the hack. Preliminary investigations suggest the hack came from a China-based group.  “This was actually an intrusion into a Microsoft cloud system, and through that cloud system they got into unclassified U.S. government emails. It was the U.S. government who discovered the intrusion, alerted Microsoft, got it shut down. And now we’re taking steps to ensure that’s not an ongoing vulnerability,” Sullivan said.

     “Secondly, this is the type of activity and behavior that we have seen from multiple foreign adversaries over multiple administrations. And in every case, we take the necessary time and rigor to be able to fully investigate what happened, who did it, and what the best response is. We’re still in the middle of that. So I’m going to leave it to our continued working through of this challenge. But as we have in the past, we will take steps to hold those who perform this responsible,” he added.

     Microsoft stated last week that a China-based hacking group it identified as Storm-0558 breached email accounts from approximately 25 organizations, including U.S. government agencies.  The threat actor, the tech giant noted, primarily targets government agencies in Western Europe and focuses on espionage, data theft and credential access. 

     “We have been working with the impacted customers and notifying them prior to going public with further details. At this stage – and in coordination with customers – we are sharing the details of the incident and threat actor to benefit the industry,” Microsoft said in a blog post.  Microsoft began an investigation into anomalous mail activity based on customer-reported information on June 16, with the inquiry revealing that Storm-0558 gained access to organization and consumer email accounts using Outlook Web Access Exchange Online and Outlook.com starting on May 15.