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Top Republican predicts Flynn guilty plea will be thrown out
A day before fired FBI Director James Comey is set to again testify behind closed doors with House Republicans, a party leader is predicting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's case against ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will soon be thrown out of court. California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa told Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" that the FBI had "tricked" Flynn into not having a lawyer and had improperly "post-dated" documents to "morph" them into critical evidence against him. He promised Comey would face tough questioning about the episode. Fox
VOA VIEW: The FBI did wrong.

Schiff previews new line of attack against Trump
California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the incoming House Intelligence Committee Chairman, charged Sunday that President Trump's financial records with Deutsche Bank and Russia might reveal a "form of compromise" that "needs to be exposed." Days after he told The New Yorker that Deutsche Bank was an "obvious place to start" when he begins making records demands next month, Schiff suggested that there had to be some reason that the German banking giant was willing to work with the Trump Organization. "The concern about Deutsche Bank is they have a history of laundering Russian money," Schiff said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Fox
VOA VIEW: Schiff is an idiot.

Colin Kroll, co-founder of HQ Trivia and Vine, found dead
Colin Kroll, co-founder and CEO of the hit gaming app HQ Trivia, was found dead Sunday morning in New York. He was 34 years old. Police found Kroll in the bedroom of his New York apartment, after Kroll's girlfriend called the New York Police Department asking for a wellness check, a law enforcement source told CNN.
"We learned today of the passing of our friend and founder, Colin Kroll, and it's with deep sadness that we say goodbye," a spokesperson for HQ said in an emailed statement. "Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time." Kroll was unconscious and unresponsive and pronounced dead on the scene. Police notified his family, according to New York Police Detective Ahmed Nasser. CNN

N.C. Republicans see path to dump nominee in still-undecided House race
Legislation quickly passed by North Carolina’s lawmakers this week would prepare a path for Republicans to dump their nominee in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations. “I think (legislators are) worried that Mark Harris might be damaged goods and they want to have the opportunity to have a different Republican nominee,” said Carter Wrenn, a Republican operative and consultant to former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms and others for more than 40 years. “That’s how I read those teas leaves.” If the state elections board decides ballot irregularities or other problems cast the true outcome into doubt and force a redo, the legislation - if allowed to go into law by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper - would require new primary elections 9th Congressional District race, in addition to a new general election. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Republicans need to build a backbone.

County gains $10M for detaining undocumented immigrants
An Illinois county has raked in $10 million in federal funds for its decades-old deal with the government to detain immigrants living in the country illegally, according to a report. McHenry County signed a bed-rental contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the early 2000s, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The federal government agreed to pay the northwest Illinois county about $7 million for the bed-rental program. The contract was to expire after 10 years in 2015, but county officials renewed the contract in 2014. According to the contract, ICE pays the county $95 per inmate per day. By the end of 2018, the program will reportedly bring in more than $10 million, which is up from $8.3 million last year.  Fox

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Schumer: ‘There Will be No Additional Appropriations to Pay for Border Wall. It is Done’
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.) said on the Senate floor on Thursday that there will be no funding for President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border because the Democrats in Congress will never allow it. “I want to be crystal clear. There will be no additional appropriations to pay for the border wall. It is done,” Schumer said. “The President’s position on the wall is totally contradictory, ill-informed, and frankly irresponsible,” Schumer said. Schumer indicated that congressional Democrats would not agree to fund the border wall even if Trump “shutdown” the government to try to make them do it. CNS
VOA VIEW: Schumer is a fool.

'SNL' shows world without Donald Trump as president in 'It's a Wonderful Life' spoof
"Saturday Night Live" took us to a world without Donald Trump as president in a send-up of the classic Christmas film "It's a Wonderful Life." The show started with the classic black-and-white open and Trump on the balcony of the White House. "I don't think I can do this anymore," Alec Baldwin, making another cameo as Trump, said. "It's awful, everything's falling apart, sometimes I wish I was never president." Kenan Thompson appeared beside him to take him to a party and show him just that reality. "Everyone looks so different, what are those things on their faces?" Trump asked. "Those are called smiles, Mr. Trump," ABC
VOA VIEW: SNL is a mad liberal waste.

Iranian general fatally shoots himself by accident
The website of Iran's Revolutionary Guard is reporting that a general who fought in Syria and Iraq has allegedly accidentally killed himself while cleaning a gun. Gen. Ghodratollah Mansouri allegedly shot himself in the head by accident while cleaning his pistol, according to the Sunday report. The report added that Mansouri was veteran of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war and a "defender of the shrine," a reference to Iranians who fight against the extremist Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Since 2014, Mansouri was a regional commander of the Guard's ground forces in the northeastern city of Mashhad, some 900 kilometers east of the capital Tehran. Hundreds of Iranian forces have been killed fighting IS in Syria and Iraq. ABC

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Trump says he will review the case of soldier charged with murder
President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he will review the case of Army Major Matt Golsteyn, a Special Forces soldier and Afghanistan veteran charged with pre-meditated murder. "At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a 'U.S. Military hero,' Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder. He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas. @PeteHegseth @FoxNews" Trump tweeted. Golsteyn has been charged in a 2010 killing of a suspected bomb maker in Afghanistan as part of a battle in Helmand Province. His lawyer, Philip Stackhouse, has maintained the death occurred during a mission ordered by his superiors. The Army has been investigating the killing intermittently since 2011. CNN

Stephen Miller: Trump "absolutely" willing to shut down government over border wall
President Trump is "absolutely" willing to shut down the government if Congress doesn't authorize funding for a border wall and will do "whatever is necessary" to get the wall built, according to Stephen Miller, a White House senior adviser. "If it comes to it, absolutely. This is a very fundamental issue," Miller said Sunday on "Face the Nation" when asked whether Mr. Trump is willing to allow a shutdown. Miller said Democrats, who oppose the president's requested $5 billion for wall funding, must decide "whether they want to fight for America's working class, or promote illegal immigration." "At stake is the question of whether or not the United States remains a sovereign country," he said. CBS
VOA VIEW: Bet on it.

Southern Baptist report on slavery ties includes no reflection on racial equality today
In a country where corporate statements of diversity and inclusion are as common as executive offices occupied by white men, a number of institutions have made damning public assessments of their historical engagement with slavery. The ways in which these institutions sanctioned slavery and profited from it is no longer a secret. So when the Louisville, Kentucky-based Southern Baptist Theological Seminary made public this week a similar report, many wondered: Why now, and what’s next? The report said that all of the seminary’s founders owned slaves (more than 50 people were owned), and that the seminary used religious ideology to defend slavery and racial inequality both before and more than 100 years after emancipation.  NBC
VOA VIEW: The Southern Baptist is a joke.

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Rudy Giuliani claims Michael Cohen hush payments, possible Russia collusion 'not a crime'
Hush money during the campaign? "Collusion" with Russia? No crimes here, President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani asserted in two contentious Sunday show interviews. Giuliani was peppered with questions during interviews with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week" and Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" about the hush payments to women that contributed to former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's three year prison sentence, which he received on Wednesday, and special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. "Even if" Cohen's story "were true, it's not a crime," Giuliani told Wallace. In both interviews, Giuliani was asked to respond to Cohen's Friday interview with Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America." "Pathetic.  NBC

Saudi Arabia rejects U.S. Senate position on Khashoggi: statement
Saudi Arabia early on Monday rejected “the position expressed recently by the United States Senate”, saying that the Jamal Khashoggi murder is a crime that does not reflect the policy of the kingdom, a statement by Saudi’s foreign ministry said. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rejects the position expressed recently by the United States Senate, which was based upon unsubstantiated claims and allegations, and contained blatant interferences in the Kingdom’s internal affairs, undermining the Kingdom’s regional and international role”, the statement carried by Saudi Press Agency said. Reuters

Trump blasts Jeff Sessions for allowing 'Russian Witch Hunt Hoax' to ever start
President Trump took a jab Sunday at one of his favorite punching bags, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who he blames for the special counsel investigation.
“Jeff Sessions should be ashamed of himself for allowing this total HOAX to get started in the first place!” Mr Trump tweeted on Sunday. The president requested Mr. Sessions resign as attorney general, which he did just after the midterm elections last month. Mr. Trump has nominated former Attorney General William Barr, who served under the late President George H.W. Bush to replace him. Mr. Sessions recused himself in March of 2017 from overseeing the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, citing his role as a supporter who campaigned with the president as a conflict of interest. . Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The Russian probe has been costly to the nation - Shame on Mueller and Dems.

Pig virus could hit US in a year
A global outbreak of African swine fever will reach the US within a year unless border protections are tightened and imports of high-risk pork products banned, warn biosecurity experts. It would cost the US economy $16.5bn (£12.9bn) in the first year alone, it has been estimated. An ongoing epidemic of the virus, which is deadly for pigs but cannot yet be transmitted to humans, has prompted the US Department of Agriculture to review and strengthen its border protections. After outbreaks in Belgium and China this year, the USDA has increased the use of sniffer dogs at major ports, airports, land borders crossings, and has also built quarantine stations and increased passenger and cargo inspections on flights from China and Russia, the worst hit countries.  Guardian

Trump blasts Jeff Sessions for allowing 'Russian Witch Hunt Hoax' to ever start
President Trump took a jab Sunday at one of his favorite punching bags, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who he blames for the special counsel investigation.
“Jeff Sessions should be ashamed of himself for allowing this total HOAX to get started in the first place!” Mr Trump tweeted on Sunday. The president requested Mr. Sessions resign as attorney general, which he did just after the midterm elections last month. Mr. Trump has nominated former Attorney General William Barr, who served under the late President George H.W. Bush to replace him. Mr. Sessions recused himself in March of 2017 from overseeing the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, citing his role as a supporter who campaigned with the president as a conflict of interest. . Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The Russian probe has been costly to the nation - Shame on Mueller and Dems.

Pig virus could hit US in a year
A global outbreak of African swine fever will reach the US within a year unless border protections are tightened and imports of high-risk pork products banned, warn biosecurity experts. It would cost the US economy $16.5bn (£12.9bn) in the first year alone, it has been estimated. An ongoing epidemic of the virus, which is deadly for pigs but cannot yet be transmitted to humans, has prompted the US Department of Agriculture to review and strengthen its border protections. After outbreaks in Belgium and China this year, the USDA has increased the use of sniffer dogs at major ports, airports, land borders crossings, and has also built quarantine stations and increased passenger and cargo inspections on flights from China and Russia, the worst hit countries.  Guardian

County gains $10M for detaining undocumented immigrants
An Illinois county has raked in $10 million in federal funds for its decades-old deal with the government to detain immigrants living in the country illegally, according to a report. McHenry County signed a bed-rental contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the early 2000s, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The federal government agreed to pay the northwest Illinois county about $7 million for the bed-rental program. The contract was to expire after 10 years in 2015, but county officials renewed the contract in 2014. According to the contract, ICE pays the county $95 per inmate per day. By the end of 2018, the program will reportedly bring in more than $10 million, which is up from $8.3 million last year.  Fox

Ten years on, Fed's long, strange, trip to zero redefined central banking
Whatever the acronym, when the U.S. Federal Reserve dropped its policy rate to near zero on Dec. 16, 2008, to counter a full-scale economic crisis, it ushered in what the central bank’s chairman at the time, Ben Bernanke, called “the end of the old regime.” A decade later, the full impact and import of that move are still not fully clear. But the Fed was never the same. The decision to move to zero ushered in wholesale changes to how the Fed works, from its building a massive balance sheet to adopting an explicit 2 percent inflation target and holding regular post-meeting press conferences. A new body of research continues to explore the likelihood that trips to the “effective lower bound” will become common. Reuters

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Former fossil fuels lobbyist to head interior department as Zinke exits
Ryan Zinke’s exit as interior secretary elevates a former lobbyist to the job, meaning the top two US environmental agencies will now be run by people previously paid by industry. The deputy secretary, David Bernhardt, will take over at least temporarily when Zinke steps down at the end of the year. He also could be in the running to head the department permanently. And at the Environmental Protection Agency, the acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, who was a coal lobbyist, will be nominated to keep the post. Bernhardt was a fossil fuels and water industry lobbyist at the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck before he joined the Trump administration. He was previously the chief lawyer at the interior department under the George W Bush administration.  Guardian

Michael Cohen has evidence for ‘everything’: lawyer
President Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen has “corroborating evidence for everything” he has told investigators, his former attorney Lanny Davis revealed Sunday on “Face the Nation.” Davis, who is now just an adviser to Cohen, went on television as the president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani was doing the same – and labeling Cohen as a liar. President Trump had taken to Twitter too calling his ex-lawyer a “rat.” “They BROKE INTO AN ATTORNEY’s OFFICE!” Trump tweeted in all caps. “Why didn’t they break into the DNC to get the Server, or Crooked’s office?” Trump added, referring to the nickname he bestowed upon his former political rival, Hillary Clinton. New York Post

New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate
A report prepared for the Senate that provides the most sweeping analysis yet of Russia’s disinformation campaign around the 2016 election found the operation used every major social media platform to deliver words, images and videos tailored to voters’ interests to help elect President Trump — and worked even harder to support him while in office. The report, a draft of which was obtained by The Washington Post, is the first to study the millions of posts provided by major technology firms to the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), its chairman, and Sen. Mark Warner (Va.), its ranking Democrat. The bipartisan panel hasn’t said whether it endorses the findings. It plans to release it publicly along with another study later this week.  Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Now what?

North Korea warns US sanctions could 'block the path to denuclearization forever'
North Korea has warned that new U.S. sanctions on three of its top officials could “block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever” and could result in a return to “exchanges of fire.” The warning came days after the Treasury Department imposed the fresh sanctions on the three – who include Choe Ryong Hae, seen as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s right hand-man – citing continuing human rights abuses, censorship and the death last year of American prisoner Otto Warmbier.
The statement, issued on Sunday by North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, gave credit to President Donald Trump, saying he “avails himself of every possible occasion to state his willingness to improve DPRK-U.S. relations.” USA Today
VOA VIEW: NK is looking for trouble.

"Hard deadline" for reaching trade deal with China
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said March 1 marks a "hard deadline" for the U.S. and China to reach a firm trade agreement.  Mr. Trump claimed China had agreed to "reduce and remove" tariffs at a meeting at the G-20 summit in Argentina, but China has been less reluctant to say so — and U.S. administration officials had different takes on how firm any agreement with China was. The two countries are continuing talks for 90 days. "As far as I'm concerned, it's a hard deadline," Lighthizer said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "When I talked to the president of the United States, he's not talking about going beyond March. He's talk ing about getting a deal. If there is a deal to be gotten, we want to get it in the next 90 days."  CBS

Trump admin looks to counter China, Russia's growing power in Africa with new strategy
The Trump administration plans to unveil a new strategy for Africa this week focusing on countering China's growing influence on the continent, as well as Russia's attempts to gain footholds in resource-rich, unstable countries, two senior U.S. officials told NBC News. The strategy will call for bolstering U.S. ties with countries deemed potentially vulnerable to overtures from China and Russia, as well as seeking to fend off attempts by North Korea and Iran to make inroads through economic investments or arms sales, said the senior administration officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. NBC

More fact-finding in Clinton email case
The email controversy that dogged Hillary Clinton through much of the 2016 presidential race could well be kicking around through the 2020 contest after a federal judge ordered additional fact-finding into whether Clinton’s use of the private email system was a deliberate effort to thwart the Freedom of Information Act. In a scathing opinion issued Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth said that despite FBI, inspector general and congressional investigations into Clinton’s use of a private account for all her email traffic during her four years as secretary of state. Politico
VOA VIEW: Little is needed - Hillary is guilty.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: Merkel choice elected CDU leader
Germany's ruling Christian Democrat Union has chosen Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as its new party leader, ending Angela Merkel's 18-year reign. The CDU general secretary narrowly beat Friedrich Merz, a millionaire lawyer, in a run-off vote in Hamburg. Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer, or AKK as she is also known, received 517 of 999 votes. Mrs Merkel, who plans to serve out her term as chancellor until 2021, gave an emotional farewell speech on Friday at the special party conference. As the head of Germany's largest party, Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer could now become the next German chancellor. The former prime minister of the state of Saarland said: "I learned what it is to lead, and above all learnt that leadership is more about being strong on the inside than being loud on the outside." BBC

Comey, dubbed 'amnesiac with incredible hubris'
Former FBI Director James Comey is back on the Hill for an encore, after controversial appearance more than a week ago in which he told lawmakers seeking answers to the FBI's handling of the Trump-Russia collusion probe some version of "I don't know" at least 245 times. The Dec. 7 session, before two House committees, left lame-duck Republican lawmakers fuming as Comey repeatedly said "I don't remember," "I don't know" and "I don't recall" when grilled about investigations Republicans believed were aimed at hurting President Trump. The questioning covered the FBI's probe of Hillary Clinton's email server and how a counter-intelligence investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election morphed into an all-encompassing probe of Trump's inner circle, including the obtaining of FISA warrants used to spy on American citizens. Fox

New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate
A report prepared for the Senate that provides the most sweeping analysis yet of Russia’s disinformation campaign around the 2016 election found the operation used every major social media platform to deliver words, images and videos tailored to voters’ interests to help elect President Trump — and worked even harder to support him while in office. The report, a draft of which was obtained by The Washington Post, is the first to study the millions of posts provided by major technology firms to the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), its chairman, and Sen. Mark Warner (Va.), its ranking Democrat. The bipartisan panel hasn’t said whether it endorses the findings. It plans to release it publicly along with another study later this week.  Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Now what?

North Korea warns US sanctions could 'block the path to denuclearization forever'
North Korea has warned that new U.S. sanctions on three of its top officials could “block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever” and could result in a return to “exchanges of fire.” The warning came days after the Treasury Department imposed the fresh sanctions on the three – who include Choe Ryong Hae, seen as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s right hand-man – citing continuing human rights abuses, censorship and the death last year of American prisoner Otto Warmbier.
The statement, issued on Sunday by North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, gave credit to President Donald Trump, saying he “avails himself of every possible occasion to state his willingness to improve DPRK-U.S. relations.” USA Today
VOA VIEW: NK is looking for trouble.

N.C. Republicans see path to dump nominee in still-undecided House race
Legislation quickly passed by North Carolina’s lawmakers this week would prepare a path for Republicans to dump their nominee in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations. “I think (legislators are) worried that Mark Harris might be damaged goods and they want to have the opportunity to have a different Republican nominee,” said Carter Wrenn, a Republican operative and consultant to former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms and others for more than 40 years. “That’s how I read those teas leaves.” If the state elections board decides ballot irregularities or other problems cast the true outcome into doubt and force a redo, the legislation - if allowed to go into law by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper - would require new primary elections 9th Congressional District race, in addition to a new general election. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Republicans need to build a backbone.

"Hard deadline" for reaching trade deal with China
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said March 1 marks a "hard deadline" for the U.S. and China to reach a firm trade agreement.  Mr. Trump claimed China had agreed to "reduce and remove" tariffs at a meeting at the G-20 summit in Argentina, but China has been less reluctant to say so — and U.S. administration officials had different takes on how firm any agreement with China was. The two countries are continuing talks for 90 days. "As far as I'm concerned, it's a hard deadline," Lighthizer said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "When I talked to the president of the United States, he's not talking about going beyond March. He's talk ing about getting a deal. If there is a deal to be gotten, we want to get it in the next 90 days."  CBS

Trump admin looks to counter China, Russia's growing power in Africa with new strategy
The Trump administration plans to unveil a new strategy for Africa this week focusing on countering China's growing influence on the continent, as well as Russia's attempts to gain footholds in resource-rich, unstable countries, two senior U.S. officials told NBC News. The strategy will call for bolstering U.S. ties with countries deemed potentially vulnerable to overtures from China and Russia, as well as seeking to fend off attempts by North Korea and Iran to make inroads through economic investments or arms sales, said the senior administration officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. NBC

More fact-finding in Clinton email case
The email controversy that dogged Hillary Clinton through much of the 2016 presidential race could well be kicking around through the 2020 contest after a federal judge ordered additional fact-finding into whether Clinton’s use of the private email system was a deliberate effort to thwart the Freedom of Information Act. In a scathing opinion issued Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth said that despite FBI, inspector general and congressional investigations into Clinton’s use of a private account for all her email traffic during her four years as secretary of state. Politico
VOA VIEW: Little is needed - Hillary is guilty.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: Merkel choice elected CDU leader
Germany's ruling Christian Democrat Union has chosen Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as its new party leader, ending Angela Merkel's 18-year reign. The CDU general secretary narrowly beat Friedrich Merz, a millionaire lawyer, in a run-off vote in Hamburg. Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer, or AKK as she is also known, received 517 of 999 votes. Mrs Merkel, who plans to serve out her term as chancellor until 2021, gave an emotional farewell speech on Friday at the special party conference. As the head of Germany's largest party, Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer could now become the next German chancellor. The former prime minister of the state of Saarland said: "I learned what it is to lead, and above all learnt that leadership is more about being strong on the inside than being loud on the outside." BBC

Comey, dubbed 'amnesiac with incredible hubris'
Former FBI Director James Comey is back on the Hill for an encore, after controversial appearance more than a week ago in which he told lawmakers seeking answers to the FBI's handling of the Trump-Russia collusion probe some version of "I don't know" at least 245 times. The Dec. 7 session, before two House committees, left lame-duck Republican lawmakers fuming as Comey repeatedly said "I don't remember," "I don't know" and "I don't recall" when grilled about investigations Republicans believed were aimed at hurting President Trump. The questioning covered the FBI's probe of Hillary Clinton's email server and how a counter-intelligence investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election morphed into an all-encompassing probe of Trump's inner circle, including the obtaining of FISA warrants used to spy on American citizens. Fox

Trump praises Green Beret charged with rogue killing of Afghan man
The Army Green Beret charged with murder for the rogue killing of an Afghan man in 2010 is a “hero,” President Trump tweeted Sunday as he promised to “review” the case. “At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a ‘U.S. Military hero,’ Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder. He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas. @PeteHegseth @FoxNews,” he tweeted Sunday morning. Two people cooperating with U.S. forces brought the Afghan to a US military compound the day after a 2010 bazaar explosion that killed two marines. New York Post

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Yemen ceasefire deal: ‘Potential’ now to restore humanitarian lifeline to millions
“This agreement has the potential to allow the ports of Hudaydah and Saleef to operate at near-normal capacity,” WFP spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel told journalists in Geneva. “The free flow of commercial food supplies into Yemen should prevent further increases in food prices, which have sky-rocketed in the last few months.”
WFP and other UN agencies have described Hudaydah as the principal lifeline for two-thirds of the population, who have endured suffering on a huge scale since fighting escalated between Government forces and Houthi opposition militia, in March 2015. Before the warring sides agreed a deal at UN-led talks in Sweden this week, clashes had prevented the sustained supply of commercially shipped food and fuel through Hudaydah.  UN

DNC Chair Tom Perez goes to war with state parties
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez launched an attack on his own party’s state organizations Saturday with a long and angry email over the future of the party’s most valuable asset — its voter data file. Just days before an important Tuesday meeting in D.C. on the future of the data operation, Perez sharply criticized a new proposal from state party leaders and singled out prominent state officials by name. “For some inexplicable reason, this proposal would tear down just about everything about our current data structure, reversing so much of the progress we made over the past decade,” Perez wrote.  Politico
VOA VIEW: Perez will destroy the DNC.

Durbin to lawmakers: ‘Park yourselves on the sidelines’ until Mueller probe ends
The Senate’s second-most-powerful Democrat urged his colleagues Sunday to “park yourselves on the sidelines” until special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of prosecutors finish their work. “I think the responsibility of Congress is very clear: Park yourselves on the sidelines and let Mueller complete this investigation,” said Minority Whip Dick Durbin, referring to the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. “Don't interfere in any way, shape, or form,” Durbin added during an interview with journalist George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” The Illinois Democrat also called on the special counsel’s eventual report to be widely released following the probe's conclusion. Politico

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8 million people work illegally in the U.S., and here’s why that’s unlikely to change
They make beds in inns across the country. They pick oranges in Florida, strawberries in California, vegetables in Ohio and apples in Washington. And they have built new subdivisions in Phoenix, Atlanta and Charlotte. For years, policymakers have talked about shutting off the influx of undocumented workers. But the economy has grown to rely on them. Ending illegal immigration, say many of those who have studied the issue, could mean that American workers would lose their jobs, companies would close and the economy would contract. Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Madness!

Trump lawyer Giuliani rules out Mueller interview with Trump
With a number of probes moving closer to the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and his attorney unleashed a fresh series of attacks on the investigators, questioning their integrity while categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with the special counsel. Trump and Rudy Giuliani used Twitter and television interviews Sunday to deliver a series of broadsides against special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in New York. Giuliani said he was “disgusted” by the tactics used by Mueller in his probe into Russian election interference, including in securing guilty pleas from the president’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn on a charge of lying to federal investigators. Trump, Giuliani said, would not submit to an interview by Mueller’s team.  Seattle Times

Trump picks Heather Nauert to be UN ambassador
President Trump has chosen State Department official Heather Nauert to serve as the next US ambassador to the United Nations. Nauert would replace current ambassador Nikki Haley, who plans to leave her post at the end of the year, according to Bloomberg News. She had served as the State Department spokesman and was promoted in March to acting under secretary of state for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Nauert was formerly a co-host on morning cable news show “Fox & Friends” as well as a correspondent for CBS News. New York Post

Camp Fire cleaning crew fired over ‘abhorrent’ social media posts
Three construction company employees assigned to clean up the Camp Fire burn zone were fired — and face a criminal investigation — after one of them allegedly posted to social media a series of offensive photos showing themselves in the scorched Northern California area, the company announced. The Bigge Crane and Rigging employees were fired following their “abhorrent” behavior cleaning up the town of Paradise, in Butte County, which was destroyed by the deadly Camp Fire. A spokesperson for the Paradise Police Department confirmed to Fox News on Sunday that officials have opened a criminal investigation into the employees’ behavior, and were consulting with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office.  New York Post

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