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Elevated prenatal exposure to fluoride was associated with increased risk of neurobehavioral problems in 3-year-olds, according to a study of children in Los Angeles. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Be careful.
Three former U.S. foreign policy officials in Donald Trump's administration met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other public figures in Israel on Monday. Newsmax
After four years of Joe Biden, Americans know that they are not better off. Most voters are angry and the rest are worried. They want Biden to let the voters decide the next president, as our democracy provides. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: Truism!


Former President Donald Trump leads President Joe Biden by six points nationally in a head-to-head race, according to a survey released Monday. Newsmax
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Monday sharply criticized the International Criminal Court's prosecution team for seeking an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling it "a slap in the face" to the country's independent judiciary. Newsmax
VOA VIEW: The ICC is a joke.
Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. could face a setback in his bid to get on the ballot in all 50 states by claiming New York as his residence — despite barely showing up at his purported Westchester domicile that is currently in foreclosure proceedings for non-payment. New York Post
The government has for the first time ordered nationwide rolling blackouts for Monday night to conserve energy. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Ukraine is hurting.
After a secret review several years ago, the bureau cut off confidential sources thought to be connected to Russian disinformation. New York Times
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin committed Monday to keeping U.S. weapons moving to Ukraine as Kyiv faces one of its toughest moments against a renewed assault by Russia. Washington Times


People with HIV can breastfeed their babies, as long as they are taking medications that effectively suppress the virus that causes AIDS, a top U.S. pediatricians' group said Monday in a sharp policy change. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Why take a chance?
Former President Donald Trump's judicial nominees have made an impact on abortion, guns and administrative law. Washington Times
"I consider the drugs available on the market today as the first generation of weight-loss drugs," the senior study author said. "Now we have developed a new type of weight-loss drug." New York Post
Hunter Biden backpedaled days after a report that "sugar brother" Kevin Morris, who has bankrolled Hunter since meeting him in 2019, is "completely tapped out" after giving or loaning the scandal-plagued Biden at least $4.9 million. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden problems are coming forward more and more.

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Some bags of Pedigree dry dog food could pose a health hazard to pets, Mars Petcare warned in a recall posted by the FDA. CBS
House Republican leadership said a Senate effort to revive a once-failed border security measure is "dead on arrival" in the lower chamber. But the legislation may not make it out of the Senate. CBS
VOA VIEW: Failed stupidity.
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a challenge to Maryland's ban on so-called assault weapons, allowing legal proceedings to play out. CBS
VOA VIEW: The bas is a violation of the constitution.


In the latest poll, former President Donald Trump is leading President Joe Biden by 5 points in Arizona and nine points in Florida. CBS
The TSA expects about 2.9 million people at its checkpoints on Friday for Memorial Day weekend. It is planning to top 3 million screens in a day, a new all-time high, later this summer. CBS
Ebrahim Raisi, president of OPEC's third-largest producer, died in a helicopter accident. CNBC
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to make a key decision on approving ether ETFs. CNBC
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by Omar Khadr, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, seeking to vacate his convictions. FOX News
VOA VIEW: As the should.

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Federal wildlife officials have declared the dunes sagebrush lizard an endangered species due to threats from energy development, sand mining and climate change. FOX News
Mexico's "most powerful and ruthless" cartel - The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG)- operates in all 50 state and is competing with a rival cartel in the US, the DEA said FOX News
VOA VIEW: The FEDs are failing the American people.
UCLA officials reportedly locked the doors to a building where conservative students were going to host a pro-Israel event led by Jihad Watch founder Robert Spencer. FOX News
VOA VIEW: UCLA has gone rogue.

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The International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his defense minister and three top Hamas leaders on Monday. UPI
VOA VIEW: ICC has lost credibility.
At least 11 civilians, including a pregnant woman, were killed and 28 injured after Russian forces shelled Ukraine's northeastern Kharkiv province amid a 10-day-old offensive to carve out "a buffer zone." UPI
VOA VIEW: Russia continues their madness.

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      A new study out of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, which has received contributions from oil giants Exxon and Chevron, finds that the actual hidden costs of fueling an electric vehicle, which some allege equates to $1.21 per gallon of gas, is more like $17 per gallon — all things considered.  It may be a  little higher.

     In their paper "Overcharged Expectations: Unmasking the True Costs of Electric Vehicles," the study's authors, Brent Bennett and Jason Isaac, ostensibly argue that while the direct cost of "fueling up" to an EV owner may appear low, the real costs and considerations add up to be significantly more.

     "EV advocates claim that the cost of electricity for EV owners is equal to $1.21 per gallon of gasoline (Edison Electric Institute, 2021)," the authors contend, "but the cost of charging equipment and charging losses, averaged out over 10 years and 120,000 miles, is $1.38 per gallon equivalent on top of that. Adding the costs of the subsidies to the true cost of fueling an EV would equate to an EV owner paying $17.33 per gallon of gasoline."

    The paper goes on to assert that the U.S. government uses regulatory standards, mainly Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions standards, to indirectly finance the growth of EVs. These standards force automakers either to comply, often by selling more EVs, or to buy credits from those who do, adding hidden costs to traditional gas and diesel vehicles.

     "When we pay for a gallon of gasoline," they continue, "we are paying for the entire infrastructure to refine, transport, and market that gasoline. When an EV owner connects to the electric grid, how much are they paying for the extra generation, transmission, and distribution costs that they are imposing on the grid, and will those embedded costs rise over time?"

     Answering this, the authors conclude, "The stark reality for proponents of EVs and for the dreamers in the federal government, who are using fuel economy regulations to force manufacturers to produce ever more EVs, is that the true cost of an EV is in no way close to a comparable ICEV [internal combustion engine vehicle].