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Judge Slams Trump's `Capricious' Tweet Of Military Trans Ban
A Republican-appointed federal judge slammed U.S. President Donald Trumpís promised ban on transgender soldiers, saying in a ruling that his tweets announcing the plan were capricious and unqualified. The decision on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis in Baltimore, Maryland, temporarily bars the administration from implementing any part of Trumpís August directive that the military return to an earlier policy of barring transgender Americans from the armed forces. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: The Court has no oversight over the Administration.

FCC Looks To Repeal Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules
The Federal Communication Commission appears bound to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules prohibiting internet service providers from slowing or blocking certain websites. The action is led by President Donald Trump appointee FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a former commission official and Verizon attorney, who previously said the new Republican majority FCC leadership would "fire up the weed whacker" and dismantle industry regulations.  ABC News

Mugabe Has Resigned
Robert Mugabe has resigned as the leader of Zimbabwe after more than 30 years in power, according to a statement read by the speaker of the country's parliament. The speaker read a letter reportedly from Mugabe, in which he said he was resigning immediately and voluntarily in an effort to ensure a "smooth transfer of power," according to the Associated Press. ABC News
VOA VIEW: Will their be peace?

Congressman Bob Brady Under FBI Scrutiny
Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pennsylvania, is suspected of wrongdoing in the FBI's investigation into payments his campaign allegedly made to his opponent in 2012 to encourage him to drop out of the race, according to an approved search warrant application filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Two political consultants have already been charged in the campaign finance probe involving Brady's reelection campaign, but the recently unsealed search warrant application appears to be the first time Brady himself is mentioned as suspected of criminal wrongdoing in the probe. Federal prosecutors last month said Kenneth Smukler and Donald Jones planned a scheme for the Brady campaign to make an illicit $90,0000 campaign donation to Jimmie Moore, intended to pay down campaign debt. CBS News

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Border Patrol Faces Deepening Mystery
The U.S. Border Patrol is investigating the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of one agent and serious injury of another. Agent Rogelio Martinez died Sunday from injuries sustained in the line of duty. He and the second agent, who has not been publicly identified, were found late Saturday in a culvert near Van Horn, Texas, not far from the Mexico border. The surviving agent is in stable condition, but he apparently does not remember anything that happened, reports CBS News correspondent David Begnaud. According to an internal Border Patrol email, it's unclear if they were attacked or fell into the culvert. CBS News

Trump Pardons Two Thanksgiving Turkeys
President Donald Trump on Tuesday joined the ranks of presidents to pardon turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving, granting Drumstick and Wishbone the turkey mercy in the Rose Garden. Joined by first lady Melania Trump and son Barron, Trump said he was "pleased to report that unlike millions of other turkeys at this time of year, Drumstick has a very bright future ahead of him." The president, saying "Hi, Drumstick," predicted the turkey "is going to be very happy." NBC News

Additional Remains Of Sgt. Johnson In Niger
Military investigators found the additional remains of Sgt. La David Johnson at the site where he was killed in Niger last month, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Department of Defense spokeswoman Dana White issued a statement saying a joint U.S. Africa Command investigation team found the human remains Nov. 12. "Today, we can confirm that the Armed Forces Medical Examiner has positively identified these remains as those of Sgt. Johnson," she said. UPI

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Brazil Nears Constitutional Ban On Abortion
Bucking a regional trend toward more liberal abortion laws, conservative lawmakers in Brazil are one step away from enacting a constitutional ban on ending pregnancies ó even if they result from rape or could endanger the motherís health. A special committee of Brazilís lower house voted Nov. 8 to enshrine ďthe inviolability of the right to life from conceptionĒ in the countryís Carta Magna, as the federal constitution is known, setting off at times raucous protests from pro-choice activists in more than 30 cities. For final approval, the amendment still needs a two-thirds majority in the full Chamber of Deputies, as well as in the Senate. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The law is very broad.

Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation Made 16 References To God; Trump's, 6; Obama's, 1
In the first proclmation declaring a national day of Thanksgiving, in 1789, President George Washington referenced God 16 times. For comparison, President Donald Trump referenced God 6 times in his recent proclamation, and back in 2016, his last year in office, then-President Barack Obama referenced God once. In his Oct. 3, 1789 proclamation, President Washington declared November 26, 1789 "to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be...." CNS News
VOA VIEW: Liberal don't like to mention GOD unless it helps their cause.

FS1's Sharpe: 'I Wish' LaVar Ball's Son Had Been 'In Saudi Arabia, I Know What They Do There' to Thieves
Commenting on the help President Donald Trump provided in getting three UCLA basketball players released from a jail in Communist China for shoplifting -- and the ingratitude of one of the player's fathers, LaVar Ball, for Trump's help -- three-time Super Bowl winner and NFL Hall-of-Famer Shannon Sharpe said Ball was "wrong" and that this wouldn't be an issue if his son "had kept his sticky-ass fingers in his pockets." Sharpe, co-host of Fox Sports' Skip and Shannon Undisputed, added that he wished the son, LiAngelo Ball, hypothetically had "been in Saudi Arabia," where they cut off a hand sometimes in cases of theft. CNS News

Trump Administration Scrambles Media Signals
President Donald Trumpís administration is scrambling media signals. The Department of Justice on Monday sued to block AT&Tís merger with Time Warner over concerns the two will use content to stiff rivals. But another agency intends to scrap rules that force internet providers to treat web traffic equally. Trying to stop AT&Tís $85 billion offer for HBOís parent is an unusual move in itself. The success of M&A transactions based on a similar vertical structure, such as Comcastís acquisition of NBC Universal, certainly left executives at the two companies convinced that their deal would sail through. A Republican-led White House and Congress ought to have bolstered their chances too, as the GOP usually champions looser rules that favor business. Reuters

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John Conyers Investigation Has Begun
The leaders of the House Ethics Committee say the panel has begun an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by Michigan Rep. John Conyers. A statement from Reps. Susan Brooks and Ted Deutch says the committee is aware of public allegations that Conyers may have engaged in sexual harassment of members of his staff and used official resources for impermissible personal purposes. Newsday
VOA VIEW: Conyers has a serious problem and more coming.

Parasite From Vietnam May Be Killing Vets
A half a century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet ó test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia. The Department of Veterans Affairs this spring commissioned a small pilot study to look into the link between liver flukes ingested through raw or undercooked fish and a rare bile duct cancer. Newsday

Russian Nuclear Facility Denies It Is Source Of High Radioactivity Levels
A secretive Russian nuclear facility has denied it was behind high atmospheric concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106, after Russiaís meteorological service confirmed levels several hundred times the norm were found in several locations in the country during tests in late September. Guardian

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US Justice Department Threatens To Sue Harvard
The U.S. Justice Department has threatened to sue Harvard University to obtain a trove of records as part of an investigation into the universityís admissions practices following a lawsuit from a group of Asian-American students. A Nov. 17 letter from the department gives Harvard until Dec. 1 to turn over a variety of records that Justice officials requested in September, including applications for admission and evaluations of students. Telegraph

Bob Weinstein Paid £250,000 Settlement To Harvey Weinstein's Accusers
Harvey Weinsteinís brother wrote a £250,000 cheque from his own bank account to pay for a settlement with two British assistants who accused him of sexual harassment. Bob Weinstein insists that he was unaware of the series of settlements signed by his older brother, and that he had no idea of the decades of abuse he perpetrated. His claim not to know about Harvey Weinsteinís actions is significant, because it shields him from the financial fallout of any possible lawsuits. Telegraph

Ikea US Relaunches Furniture Recall After Child Dies
Ikea has re-launched a recall of millions of chests and dressers in the US and Canada following the death of an eighth child. It said items in its Malm range and other chests and dressers pose a "serious tip-over and entrapment hazard" if not secured to a wall. Ikea first recalled the furniture in 2016 after four children had died. It has no plans for a UK recall, stating that the chest of drawers "meet all mandatory stability requirements". Josef Dudek, a 2-year-old boy in California, died when he became trapped beneath a three-drawer Malm chest after he had been put down for a nap by his father. BBC

Trump Transgender And Immigration Policies Meet Legal Defeat
The Trump administration has suffered twin legal defeats on its immigration and transgender policies. A California judge permanently blocked a presidential order to cut funding from US cities that refuse to co-operate with immigration officials. And a Maryland judge blocked the administration's ban on transgender people from serving in the military. President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban has also been hit by courtroom setbacks. California US District Judge William Orrick ruled that the immigration order was "unconstitutional on its face". BBC

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Most Of U.S. To Enjoy Nice Weather For Thanksgiving
Forecasters are projecting favorable weather for most of the United States during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. As nearly 51 million Americans gear up to travel around the holiday, the Pacific Northwest will be one problematic spot for those in transit. Coastal rain and mountain snow are forecast as a Pineapple Express storm generates moisture. Airports in Portland, Ore., and Seattle, Wash., should expect flight delays, AccuWeather said. UPI

Single U.S. Airstrike Wipes Out 100 Terrorists In Somalia
A single American military airstrike killed an estimated 100 or more fighters allied with the Somali-based terror group al-Shabab, the Pentagon revealed Tuesday, adding to an an escalating body count as the Trump administration ramps up the counterterrorism campaign in the East African nation. U.S. forces working with the Somalian government on Tuesday confirmed an American sortie against a suspected al-Shabab camp ended with more than 100 fighters dead. Washington Times

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