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The Justice Department filed a federal lawsuit accusing Ticketmaster and its parent company Live Nation of illegally monopolizing the live entertainment industry. CBS
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Artificial intelligence can create fake images and videos of real people, including so-called deepfake porn. Congress is now considering a bill to make it illegal to share those images, exposing those who post deepfake porn to jail time and a hefty fine. There were more than 21,000 deepfake porn videos online last year. CBS
VOA VIEW: The situation must be stopped.
The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1 and ends on November 30. CBS
VOA VIEW: All must be watchful and prepared.

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Despite being critical of former President Donald Trump while on the campaign trail, former presidential candidate Nikki Haley said Wednesday that she will vote for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in November. CBS
VOA VIEW: She needs to be more humble.
The bill is likely to fail for a second time, but Democrats will try to use Republicans' resistance to shift the narrative on border security in their favor. CBS
VOA VIEW: The lie is clear - Biden's stupidity and lies.
Soaring auto insurance costs have been a principle driver behind inflation over the past year. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Thank Biden.
Ocean freight spot rates are experiencing a sudden, surprise spike as a container crunch in peak shipping season roils global trade and could hit the consumer. CNBC
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Higher mortgage rates were hampering sales of newly built homes in April. CNBC
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The Harvard Corporation vetoed a decision by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to permit 13 seniors facing discipline for participating in an anti-Israel encampment to graduate. FOX News
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The business and office of Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens was raided by the FBI, although officials did not say whether the Mississippi prosecutor was suspected of wrongdoing. FOX News
A House committee is holding a hearing Thursday to discuss the ongoing protests advocating for Palestinians in Gaza and anti-Semitism on college campuses. UPI
VOA VIEW: The guilty should be punished.
Mexico has the market cornered on tomato imports in the United States, and that has the U.S. Department of Commerce considering adding tariffs to protect domestic tomato growers. UPI
VOA VIEW: As they should.
An Orthodox rabbi has accused JetBlue Airways Corp. of discrimination for removing him from a flight after he asked to switch seats to avoid sitting next to a woman, which would violate his religious beliefs. UPI
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Patrick Space Force Base in Cape Canaveral, Fla., is the new headquarters for the U.S. Space Force Training and Readiness Command, which goes by STARCOM. UPI
Sen. Rick Scott of Florida announced Wednesday that he is making it a three-way race to succeed Mitch McConnell as the next Senate Republican leader. UPI

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May 28, 2024

      U.S. intelligence agencies virtually disregarded Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups in the years following the 9-11 attacks, The Wall Street Journal reported.  Hamas was a quiet despot.

     Instead, the focus was on leaders of al-Qaida and the Islamic State, according to U.S. officials.  Mainstream media reports in the past several weeks have asked how Israeli and U.S. intelligence failed to discover what Hamas had planned for Oct. 7, when the group’s terrorists attacked Israel.

     More than 1,400 Israelis have been killed, and more than 200 others were taken to Gaza as hostages. AP reported that the death toll among Palestinians has exceeded 8,800, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Current and former U.S. officials said intelligence agencies had a handful of analysts tracking events in the Gaza Strip before the attacks, but the U.S. ceded the responsibility for monitoring Hamas to Israel, the Journal reported.


     "In terms of intelligence failures, which really do lie mostly on Israel, I think we should also share some blame for missing this event," Marc Polymeropoulos, a retired CIA operations officer with extensive counterterrorism experience, told the Journal. "Ceding the target to the Israelis now looks to have had consequences." Israel's intelligence services have relied on human intelligence, eavesdropping, and other technical means throughout the West Bank and Gaza.

     "It is almost inconceivable how they missed this," Polymeropoulos told NBC News.  Soon after the Hamas attack on Israel, The Washington Post's David Ignatius wrote an opinion column under the headline, "Hamas attack is an intelligence failure that may take Israel years to unravel."  "True intelligence failures result not simply from a lack of information but also an inability to understand it," Ignatius wrote. "Israelis knew the malevolent hatred that animated Hamas and its backers in Iran. What they didn’t appreciate was the creativity and competence of their adversaries. This was a level of organized malice that was, literally, unthinkable."