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Pence visits U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, attends fundraiser for Perdue during a stop in Atlanta. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: The Atlanta Mayor is an idiot.
A press secretary for former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts alleging she obstructed requests for records. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: The truth - time will tell.
The government of New Zealand announced a ban on "military-style" semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity magazines Thursday, just a week after such weapons were used in attacks on two mosques in the city of Christchurch that killed 50 people. An immediate sales ban went into effect to prevent... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Knee jerk reaction.
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America is waiting for special counsel Robert Mueller's report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the past 22 months could end up disappointed. The exact timing of Mueller's endgame is unclear.... Baltimore Sun
North Carolina is failing to protect children from drinking lead-contaminated water in schools, advocacy groups warn, prompting state lawmakers to push for testing at public schools and childcare facilities. North … Charlotte Observer
Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a powerful White House aide, did not preserve all of her official emails as required by federal law, and her husband, Jared Kushner, used a ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Cummings is an idiot.
The commandant of the Marines has warned the Pentagon that deployments to the southwest border and funding transfers under the president's emergency declaration, among other unexpected demands, have posed “unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency.” In two internal memos,... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Good way of losing a position.
When President Trump proposed opening nearly the entire U.S. coastline to more offshore oil and gas drilling, the backlash from states seeking exemptions was swift. Governors, Republican and Democratic, and state legislatures up and down the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines protested so vigorously... LA Times
Worn down by three years of indecision in London, European Union leaders on Thursday grudgingly offered the UK more time to ease itself out of the bloc, delaying by several weeks — but not eliminating — the threat of a chaotic British exit. After a meeting that stretched through the afternoon and over... New York Post
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took issue with the hosts of “Fox & Friends” and former Gov. Mike Huckabee after they suggested that ghost writers are coming up with questions for her at House committee hearings. “You know what’s amusing about this whole thing? New York Post
VOA VIEW: Cortez is a liberal media clown.
The United States warned in a report on Friday that increased meddling from China in Hong Kong had adversely impacted the city, straining international business confidence in the Asian financial hub. Rueters
VOA VIEW: China wants to show it is in control.
Floodwaters that devastated swaths of Nebraska and Iowa rolled downstream along America's longest river on Thursday, swamping more Midwestern farmland as waterfront communities in Missouri and Kansas hurried to shore up strained levees. Rueters
California Gov. Gavin Newsom revealed new details of his plans to charge water customers in the state a new tax to fund safe drinking water for the state's disadvantaged communities. He announced Wednesday his plans to charge water customers an extra amount ranging from 95 cents to $10 a month — money that, combined with fees on animal farmers, dairies and fertilizer sellers, he projects will raise $140 million a year that could be put toward testing wells, aiding public water systems and treating contaminated water. San Francisco Gate
VOA VIEW: Newsom is destroying CA
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Justice gave the GOP Congress 880,000 pages on the Clinton email probe. There's no excuse to bury information on Trump, Russia and counterintelligence.
VOA VIEW: Schiff will not like what he is wishing for.
Adm. Karl Schultz said he is thankful for an increase in funding in 2019 to build new vessels but that the service still has an operations budget that has “essentially been flatlined” over the past eight years. Washington Post
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While Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan isn't completely ruling out a potential primary challenge to President Donald Trump, he said Thursday that currently "it doesn't make any sense at all." Hogan spoke to reporters Thursday with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Hogan friend who is in ... Washington Times
The White House on Thursday rejected a Democratic request for information on private conversations between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, including an interview with an interpreter who sat in on their one-on-one meeting in Helsinki last summer. In a letter earlier this month, the House ... Washington Times
President Donald Trump announced on Twitter on Thursday that the U.S. is recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. ABC
VOA VIEW: Smart and good move.
Facebook Lite, Facebook and Instagram users are impacted. Facebook officials admitted on Thursday that the tech giant stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text -- able to be read by employees. "As part of a routine security review in January, we found that some user passwords were being stored in a readable format within our internal data storage systems," Facebook's vice president of engineering, security and privacy Pedro Canahuati wrote in a post on the company's website Thursday morning.
VOA VIEW: Facebook is being exposed.
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that would deny colleges certain federal research and education grants if they failed to comply with free speech standards outlined by the administration. "Under the guise of speech codes and safe spaces and trigger warnings, these universities have tried to restrict free thought, impose total conformity and shut down the voices of great young Americans ... all of that changes starting right now. We're dealing with billions and billions and billions of dollars," Trump said, surrounded by student activists at a White House ceremony Thursday afternoon.
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The UK could be offered a Brexit delay to 22 May on the condition MPs approve the PM's deal next week, the latest draft European Council document says. But if they do not, EU leaders would back a shorter delay until 12 April. The draft conclusions seen by the BBC say the UK would then be expected to "indicate a way forward before this date". But they are still subject to change as EU leaders continue to discuss options late into the evening. The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March if no extension to the Article 50 process is agreed.
Five schools in Birmingham have stopped teaching about LGBT rights following complaints by parents. Amir Ahmed, a lead campaigner for the parents, told Sima Kotecha: "Morally, we do not accept homosexuality as a valid sexual relationship to have." The No Outsiders project was set up to educate children to accept differences in society.
In a New York Times op-ed, the ousted FBI director says he only cares "that the work be done, well and completely" Former FBI Director James Comey says he does not know what special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election will look like, but he also doesn't care whether it implicates President Trump. CBS
VOA VIEW: Comey is an idiot.
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No one — not even the chief executive officer of AT&T — is safe from robocalls. Telecom boss Randall L. Stephenson was interrupted by a phone spammer while onstage at an Economic Club event in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. CBS
Levi Strauss' initial public offering marks a new era for the 166-year-old denim company, Wall Street experts say. CNBC
Several top Democratic donors have told former Vice President Joe Biden that they won't help him raise funds in the early stages of the party's 2020 presidential primary, CNBC has learned. Their reason: skepticism that Biden actually can win the Democratic primary. Biden, who has yet to announce whether he will run, has reached out to leading financiers over the past week to see whether they will help him raise money for a presidential run. His pitch:
House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings said Thursday his committee has obtained new information that several senior White House officials have used personal email and messaging accounts to conduct government business, asserting that President Donald Trump's son-in-law communicated with foreign leaders through a private messaging application that appears to lack adequate safeguards. CNN
The White House rejected a demand from the House Oversight Committee to turn over documents and comply with interviews concerning the security clearances of some of President Donald Trump's closest advisers, including Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. CNN
The stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring for most of the nation, U.S. weather officials said Thursday. FOX News
A man in jail in New Jersey on murder charges is in a dangerous position, caught between the law and the Mafia. FOX News
Sources close to cabinet say No 10 is ‘run by lunatics’ after May’s speech attacking MPsCabinet ministers believe there is now a real risk of a no-deal Brexit, with sources close to them describing the mood in government as depressing and No 10 as “run by lunatics”.Senior members of the cabinet from both sides of the Brexit argument are understood to think the chances of the UK leaving without a deal have substantially increased after the prime minister set herself against a longer extension to article 50. Guardian
Some of the Democratic candidates for the US presidential elections said on Thursday they would not attend the annual AIPAC conference in Washington DC next week. Jerusalem Post
The new poll came on a day when the election got even dirtier than it had been before. Jerusalem Post
Boeing Co plans to offer as standard a safety feature that might have warned earlier of problems that possibly played a role in the crashes of Ethiopian and Indonesian planes that killed almost 350 people, two officials briefed on the matter said on Thursday. Reuters
The U.S. Treasury Department designated Chinese shipping companies for penalties after they allegedly helped North Korea evade international trade sanctions. UPI
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law Thursday that outlaws abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, prompting constitutional challenges. UPI
U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the U.S. needs a Space Force to maintain the nation's "dominance" in space, and protect the systems the military and country depend on. UPI
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In these early weeks of the presidential campaign, Democratic candidates have faced a battery of unusual questions, prompted partly by President Trump’s dark warning in his State of the Union address against “new calls to adopt socialism in our country.” The first question Democrats got after that was easy: Are you a socialist? Bernie Sanders said yes; everyone else said no.
The second was not so expected: Are you a capitalist? Elizabeth Warren had the quickest answer. “I am a capitalist to my bones,” she said. “I believe in markets. What I don’t believe in is theft.” Others agreed, declaring themselves capitalists — just discontented ones.
Liberals have gone mad - all Dems running for president have dodge capitalism.