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Breonna Taylor's death, along with the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last spring, catalyzed the protest-driven movement to reform police organization nationwide. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Expect return fire when one shoots at police.
An ex-boyfriend’s run-ins with the law entangled her even as she tried to move on. Interviews, documents and jailhouse recordings help explain how she landed in the middle of a deadly drug raid. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Taylor was not totally innocent.
It will be difficult for Kentucky prosecutors to build a case against former Louisville police officer Brett Hankinson after he was indicted in connection to the drug raid that led to the death of Breonna Taylor,  former Washingont D.C. homicide detective Ted Williams told “Bill Hemmer Reports" Wednesday. FOX News
VOA VIEW: It would be hard to make the charges stick.
Illinois officials disparaged a Kentucky grand jury's decision on Wednesday to bring no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor during a drug raid gone wrong, but they asked anyone participating in local protests in response to be peaceful. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: As they should.
The median age of people with COVID-19 in the U.S. has declined, with adults in their 20s now accounting for more cases than people in any other age group. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Sad!
China's forceful implementation of a new language policy in Inner Mongolia has drawn criticism, even from the Communist Party elite. LA Times
VOA VIEW: China is becoming more radical.
Cuomo has argued for months that Congress needs to approve upwards of $14 billion to stave off massive, permanent spending reductions to areas like healthcare, education and local governments. New York Post

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With partisans on both sides shouting about yet another “most important election ever,” how should Americans in the middle, unhappy with both sides, vote? Realistically, the biggest danger is a Joe Biden victory — since, with Democratic control of Congress, he would likely push through reckless, radical programs. That’s what Democrats did the last time... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Trump is the only choice.
TikTok asked a US judge on Wednesday to block a Trump administration order that would require Apple and Alphabet’s Google to remove the short video-sharing app for new downloads starting on Sunday. A federal judge in San Francisco on Saturday issued a preliminary injunction blocking a similar Commerce Department order from taking effect on Sunday... New York Post
VOA VIEW: TikTok must be ousted.
Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin — four swing states that could decide who wins the presidency — have officially canceled Election Night. Democrats in all four states won legal battles in the last week to allow ballots arriving days after Election Day to still be counted. In Michigan, ballots can arrive two weeks late.... New York Post
VOA VIEW: In person voting is the only fare and secure voting.
President Trump on Wednesday slammed Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle after she and Prince Harry implicitly endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. “I’m not a fan of hers,” Trump told reporters at a White House press briefing. “And I would say this — and she probably has heard that — but I wish a lot... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Markle is a big fool.
Unlike some of its competitors, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine does not need to be frozen and may require just one shot instead of two. New York Times

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Bondi's comments drew fire on social media from critics who said she was fanning Trump's rhetoric about lawlessness in cities.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom sought Wednesday to fight the state's disastrous wildfires by phasing out gas-powered cars, signing an executive order requiring all new passenger vehicles sold by 2035 to be emissions-free. The first-in-the-nation mandate on in-state vehicle sales is expected to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 35% as drivers switch ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Madness!
Joseph R. Biden is giving President Trump a run for his money when it comes to being "Mr. Unconventional" in the 2020 presidential race. The Biden camp is electing to all-but cede the day-to-day spotlight to Mr. Trump — wagering that the Republican's campaigner-in-chief mode will turn ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is an idiot.
More than 200 federal agents assigned to the anti-crime task force known as Operation Legend have left Kansas City, authorities announced Wednesday. Kansas City was the first city where agents from several federal law enforcement agencies were sent to work with local law enforcement to ... Washington Times

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A Senate GOP report issued Wednesday on Joe Biden's son's Hunter and his ties to a Ukrainian energy firm found only that his role was "problematic" for U.S. policymakers. ABC
VOA VIEW: Legal rip off.
The Acting Department of Homeland Security defended the Department's positions under his tenure. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good!

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Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump are bringing President Donald Trump's law-and-order message to Minneapolis, the city where George Floyd's death set off a worldwide protest movement ABC
Eric Trump offered to be deposed after Election Day, but a judge ruled he must appear by Oct. 7. ABC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell - bet there will be no deposition before the election.
Four activists have filed a lawsuit against Facebook, the suspected gunman Kyle Rittenhouse and two leaders of online militia group. ABC
VOA VIEW: Facebook deserves the worse.
Four former employees are expected to plead guilty next month for their role in the intimidation scheme. CBS
VOA VIEW: They got caught playing their liberal games.
The fight in Washington over late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement is just getting started. President Obama may pick a nominee as early as next week, but Republicans vow to block it. Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett joins CBSN to discuss Scalia's legacy, and what's next for the Supreme Court. CBS

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"It shouldn't be a surprise that the Senate is willing to push a president's nominee through in an election year when they share the same political affiliation," Barrett said. CBS
VOA VIEW: The truth is clear.
"I think this will end up in the Supreme Court," the president said of the presidential election. CBS
VOA VIEW: It is necessary to be conscious.
Administration health officials testified after the U.S. passed the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths. CBS

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It was Biden's first trip to North Carolina since the coronavirus pandemic forced him to cancel campaign travel this spring. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden is scared.
Slaoui admitted in a phone interview with CNBC that he still holds shares in GlaxoSmithKline, where he worked for nearly 30 years, and said he plans to use them as part of his retirement. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good!
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) hits back at President Donald Trump's racially divisive attack on her saying "the President clearly loves to prey on people's fears." CNN
VOA VIEW: Omar should lose reelection.
Wednesday's announcement comes after de Blasio said that his entire office, including the mayor himself, will be furloughed for a week to help offset losses and fight the city's budget crisis. FOX News
VOA VIEW: How many times will employees have to pay for De Blasio stupidity?
Ten U.S. Marines F-35B fighter planes arrived on the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to begin exercises in the North Sea, the Marines announced. UPI
TikTok on Wednesday banned advertisements for fasting apps and weight loss supplements from its social media platform, citing the need to keep users safe from "harmful content and behavior." UPI
VOA VIEW: Deception!
The Justice Department called for reforms Wednesday to the Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act that largely protects Internet companies from responsibility for data posted by users. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!
Tesla Inc. sued the Trump administration this week in an effort to keep it from collecting tariffs on parts the electric automaker receives from China. UPI
VOA VIEW: Dumb!
Mars Foods on Wednesday announced the change it will make to the name of its Uncle Ben's rice brand, due to its racial imagery. UPI
VOA VIEW: PC stupidity.
Walmart announced Wednesday it will hire 20,000 seasonal workers in the United States for the holiday season, partly to handle what's expected to be a major increase in online sales. UPI

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     Expect return fire when one shoots at police.   Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, planned a date night: dinner at a steakhouse, followed by a movie in bed. Usually, they headed to his apartment, where he lived alone and she had left a toothbrush and a flat iron. But that night, they went to the small unit she shared with her younger sister, who was away on a trip. It was dark when the couple pulled into the parking lot, then closed the door to Apartment 4 behind them. She fell asleep next to him just after midnight on March 13, the movie still playing.
 

     From the parking lot, undercover officers surveilling Ms. Taylor’s apartment before a drug raid saw only the blue glow of the television. When they punched in the door, the police identified themselves. They had a valid and legitimate warrant, they did not do a "no nock" entry.  Mr. Walker reached for his gun and let off one shot, wounding an officer. He and another officer returned fire, while a third began shooting through Ms. Taylor’s window and patio door. Ms. Taylor was struck six times.  There was no racial issue. Although Ms. Taylor had no criminal record and was never the target of an inquiry, Mr. Glover’s frequent run-ins with the police entangled her. She had been interviewed in a murder inquiry, and paid or arranged bail for him and his associates.

     Breonna Taylor has since become an icon, her silhouette a symbol of police violence and racial injustice. Michelle Obama and Kamala Harris spoke her name during their speeches at the Democratic convention. Oprah Winfrey ceded the cover of her magazine for the first time to feature the young Black woman, and paid for billboards with her image across Louisville. Beyoncé called for the three white officers who opened fire to be criminally charged. N.B.A. stars including LeBron James devoted postgame interviews to keeping her name in the news.  Unfortunately, Taylor was in the wrong place, with the wrong man.

     In Louisville, demonstrators have led nightly protests downtown, where most government buildings and many businesses are now boarded up. As outrage mounted, the city fired one of the officers, pushed out the police chief and passed “Breonna’s Law,” banning “no-knock” warrants, which allow the police to burst into people’s homes without warning. Protesters say that is not enough.  The mother received $12M from the city.

     Nearly six months after Ms. Taylor’s killing, the story of what happened that night — and what came before and after — remains largely untold. Unlike the death of George Floyd, which was captured on video as a white police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck, Ms. Taylor’s final moments remain in shadow because no such footage exists.

     It will be difficult for Kentucky prosecutors to build a case against former Louisville police officer Brett Hankinson after he was indicted in connection to the drug raid that led to the death of Breonna Taylor,  former Washingont D.C. homicide detective Ted Williams told “Bill Hemmer Reports" Wednesday.