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Memorial Day inspires mixed emotions: pride in the valor of those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom; sorrow that such self-sacrifice should have been necessary. Pride in past valor may be best expressed in the St. Crispin’s Day speech from “Henry V” (Act IV, Scene iii), delivered by the young king on... New York Post
VOA VIEW: We must remember this is a solemn day, not seek entertainment.
A sweeping security law signals Beijing's determination to crush pro-democracy protests at the risk of deepening its rift with the U.S. It is a bold strategy from Chinese leader Xi Jinping. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Hong Kong is a major international problem.
The White House on Sunday announced a ban on non-citizens travelling from Brazil to the US. The Trump administration said it is suspending entry to the US by anyone who has been in the coronavirus-stricken country in the past 14 days. “The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected individuals seeking to enter... New York Post
VOA VIEW: As he should.

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A Chinese-American advocacy group says that having city schools Chancellor Richard Carranza oversee instruction to fight Asian bias “is like having the KKK run training on anti-Black bigotry.” The group, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance Greater New York, issued a statement ripping the “race-trafficker-in-chief’’ after the Department of Education told The Post on Saturday that... New York Post
VOA VIEW: There is no bias - China caused the pandemic - period.
The United Kingdom should ensure that China's efforts to impose a new national security law on Hong Kong are on the agenda for the G7 meeting in June, Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong wrote in the Financial Times newspaper on Sunday. Rueters
VOA VIEW: As it will be.
States are reopening, but many people are still quarantining alone during the coronavirus pandemic, threatening their mental and physical health.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: A valid point.
The last time the national average was less than $2 per gallon heading into a Memorial Day Weekend was in 2003, according to the AAA.        USA Today
University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel said the Wolverines won't play college football if there are no students on campus this fall.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
The first astronauts launched by SpaceX are breaking new ground for style with hip spacesuits, gull-wing Teslas and a sleek, matching rocketship ABC
VOA VIEW: It's about time - good.

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Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, appears on ABC's "This Week." ABC
VOA VIEW: Another close will not happen - the country can't afford one.
The country is gripped by the spectacle of a serving leader being tried for the first time. BBC
"We want you up," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "We want people to be to watch sports, to the extent that people are still staying home. It gives people something to do, it's a return to normalcy." CBS
VOA VIEW: How?
Memorial Day weekend is typically robust with Americans traveling throughout the country. But this year, many are expressing skepticism about the safety of traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. CBS
VOA VIEW: As they should, if wise.

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As the unofficial start to summer kicks off with the Memorial Day weekend, Americans are flocking to nearby beaches and parks to relax despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. CBS
VOA VIEW: Stay in sun and at least six feet away.
Eric Rosengren said the reason the unemployment rate will remain high is because the industries that have been battered most by the coronavirus rely on the comfort of consumers. CBS
VOA VIEW: No one knows, but the position may be possible.
Nine years ago, a crewed spaceflight blasted off from American soil for the last time. But this week, astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will launch a new era of human spaceflight, when they board a commercial SpaceX rocket and take off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. CBS

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Trump has criticized mail-in voting, claiming it invites voter fraud. CBS
VOA VIEW: BS - no mail-in vote.
The U.S. government could impose sanctions against China, National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien said on Sunday in response to China's announcement of new national security law in Hong Kong that would curtail the city's autonomy and democracy. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The US should send heavy sanctions on China.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine addressed the controversial debate on wearing masks on Sunday by joining North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum in dismissing the politicization of wearing face coverings to curb the spread of the coronavirus. CNBC
Covid-19 has infected more than 5.34 million people worldwide and killed at least 342,694. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Sad!
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Sunday warned that key employees -- including health care workers, firefighters, police officers and teachers -- could be laid off if the state does not receive additional funding from the federal government. CNN
VOA VIEW: Murphy is a cry baby loser.

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Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of people who rallied on Sunday to protest against Beijing's plan to impose national security laws on the city. Reuters
VOA VIEW: China should back down.
Any in-person meeting of Group of Seven leaders will take place at the end of June, White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said on Sunday. Reuters
More than four-fifths of publicly listed companies that received emergency small-business loans from the U.S. government have held onto them, sticking with a certification that they need the money, according to data from market research firm FactSquared. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Sad!

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China dropped its annual growth target for the first time on Friday and pledged more government spending as the COVID-19 pandemic hammers the world's second-biggest economy, setting a somber tone to this year's meeting of parliament. Reuters
VOA VIEW: China is losing bad.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld California Gov. Gavin Newsom's restrictions on places of worship reopening as part of the state's stay-at-home order. UPI
VOA VIEW: The most liberal rogue court.
White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said Sunday he believes unemployment rates will continue to rise in the next two months and may remain in double digits through November. UPI
VOA VIEW: Bad news.

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     MEMORIAL DAY IS A LEGAL HOLIDAY IN MOST OF THE STATES AND IN THE TERRITORIES.  IT IS OBSERVED BY THE ARMED FORCES.  THE HOLIDAY WAS ORIGINALLY DEVOTED TO HONORING THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO FELL IN THE CIVIL WAR, BUT IT IS NOW ALSO DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ALL WAR DEAD.  IN 1868, GENERAL JOHN A. LOGAN, COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC, ISSUED AN ORDER DESIGNATING THE DAY AS ONE OF WHICH THE GRAVES OF SOLDIERS WOULD BE DECORATED.

     MEMORIAL DAY IS CALLED BY MOST, A HOLIDAY, A DAY OFF OF WORK, AN EXTENDED WEEKEND TO RELAX, PARTY AND HAVE A GOOD TIME.  THIS, UNFORTUNATELY, IS A CALLOUS NOTION AND PRACTICE.  MEMORIA DAY IS A SOLEMN DAY.  IT SHOULD NOT BE CELEBRATED WITH JUBILATION, PICNICS, FAN-FARE, AND/OR SHOPPING FOR SALES, BUT INSTEAD WITH DIGNITY, PRAYER AND HUMILITY.  MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATES THE SACRIFICES OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES TO PRESERVE THE FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS THAT WE HAVE AS A NATION TODAY.

     THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WE ARE ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS.  MANY DO NOT HAVE A RELATIVE THAT HAS BEEN SLAIN IN BATTLE IN DEFENSE OF OUR FREEDOM, BUT OTHERS DO.  WHILE SOME DON'T DIRECTLY SHARE THE OTHER'S GRIEF, THEY DO SHARE THE FREEDOM THAT RESULTED FROM THAT ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.  SHOULD WE NOT TAKE THE TIME TO MEMORIALIZE THAT LOSS BY VISITING THE GRAVE SITE OF A FALLEN HERO?  THOSE WHO DO NOT FEEL THAT WAY, DO NOT DESERVE THE FREEDOMS THAT RESULTED FROM THAT ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.  MAY OUR WAR DEAD REST IN PEACE AND FOREVER BE REMEMBERED IN OUR HEARTS FOR GIVING US PEACE AND FREEDOM.