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Russia Sends Spy Ship Near US Coast, Deploys Banned Missiles At Home
A Russian spy ship was spotted patrolling off the East Coast of the United States on Tuesday morning, the first such instance during the Trump administration -- and the same day it was learned the Kremlin had secretly deployed controversial cruise missiles inside Russia and flew within 200 yards of a U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S. officials told Fox News. The Russian ship was in international waters, 70 miles off the coast of Delaware and heading north at 10 knots, according to one official. The U.S. territory line is 12 nautical miles. It was not immediately clear where the ship is headed. Fox News
VOA VIEW: The liberal media is the biggest culprit in spreading the rumors and problems.

Bill O'Reilly: A Stunning Display Of Dishonesty From The National Press And Radical Left
Last week, about 680 undocumented aliens were arrested by ICE officials countrywide. Many of them have already been deported. The coordinated raids targeted aliens who had committed crimes in the USA -- mostly felonies.  venty five percent of those taken into custody had convictions, including homicide and rape. One man arrested in Chicago, was an Iraqi citizen with a conviction of sexual abuse of a victim [who was] unable to consent. Many of the arrested non-felons were associating with the criminals. But those facts have largely gone unreported by the American press. And by the radical left, which is actively misleading you. Here are a just a few examples: Speaking on CNN, California State Sen. Kevin De Leon (D) said, “What took place yesterday with raids and personal homes is part of the cog of the Trump deportation machine.” Fox News

Ethics Office: White House Should Investigate Conway For Ivanka Trump Plug
The Office of Government Ethics is recommending that the White House take disciplinary action against Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to President Trump, for endorsing Ivanka Trump's products in a TV interview. Walter Shaub, the director of the ethics office, wrote in a letter to the White House that there is "strong reason to believe" Conway violated ethics standards and that disciplinary action is warranted. He suggested that the White House open an investigation. Shaub likened what Conway did to appearing in a TV commercial. Conway gave the endorsement on Fox News Channel last week, one day after the president attacked the Nordstrom department store chain for treating his daughter unfairly. Nordstrom has said it dropped her line of clothing and accessories because they weren't selling well. CNN
VOA VIEW: Dumb and waste of time.

Trump, Aware Of DOJ Warning, Asked Flynn To Resign After Loss Of Trust
President Donald Trump asked for Michael Flynn's resignation after he lost trust in his national security adviser for misleading Vice President Mike Pence over his calls with Russia's ambassador, the White House said Tuesday. Trump was also made aware of the Justice Department's concerns about Flynn's calls with the Russian ambassador, according to White House spokesman Sean Spicer. The President's counsel, Don McGahn,  a meeting with Trump and a small circle of advisers.
"Immediately after the Department of Justice notified the White House counsel of the situation, the White House convened counsel briefed the President and a small group of senior advisers," Spicer said. Spicer insisted that Flynn had done nothing illegal but had lost the confidence of the President in an escalating drama that has focused scrutiny on Trump's handling of the issue and his ties with Moscow. CNN

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Ryan: Trump 'Made The Right Decision To Ask For (Flynn's) Resignation'
"National security is perhaps the most important function or responsibility a president has," House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told a news conference on Tuesday morning. "And I think the president made the right decision" to ask for Gen. Michael Flynn's resignation as national security adviser, he added. "You cannot have the national security adviser misleading the vice president and others," Ryan said. Flynn resigned Monday night, saying he "inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador." Ryan said he would not "prejudge" any of the circumstances surrounding Flynn's ouster, until more information becomes available: "I think the administration will explain the circumstances that led to this," Ryan said. (President Trump reportedly planned to comment on Flynn's resignation some time on Tuesday.) CNS News

Liberal Frenzy: 'Impeach' Trump; 'Traitor! Resign By Morning'
Liberal activists, stung by their election loss, have been angling to get rid of President Trump since the day he took office. Some of them are now seizing on the resignation of National Security Director Michael Flynn as the scandal they need to topple Trump -- or more of his top advisers. In his resignation letter, Flynn wrote, “because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President-Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador.” Flynn reportedly did discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador, but he didn't tell that to Vice President Pence, who denied it on national television.
In a series of furious tweets early Tuesday morning, film-maker Michael Moore, the epitome of the angry liberal, called both Flynn and Trump traitors, demanding either Trump's impeachment or resignation -- whichever comes first, presumably. CNS News
VOA  VIEW: Liberal extremists are as dangerous and sxtrieme radical Islamists.

U.S. Secret Service Director Stepping Down
U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy plans to step down next month, the agency said on Tuesday, two years after he took charge of the agency following high-profile security lapses by the service responsible for protecting the president. "Congratulations Dir Clancy on your retirement! The men & women of the @SecretService are grateful for your 29 years of service & leadership," the Secret Service said on Twitter. Clancy will leave on March 4, an agency spokesman said. Clancy's departure means that President Donald Trump will be able to select his own security chief. The Secret Service has almost 7,000 employees and is charged with protecting the president and his family as well as combating counterfeiting. Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, named Clancy head of the Secret Service in February 2015 after he had served as acting director for four months. Reuters

U.S. Weather Service Says Hit By First-Ever Data System Outage
The U.S. National Weather Service said on Tuesday it suffered its first-ever outage of its data system during Monday's blizzard in New England, keeping the agency from sending out forecasts and warnings for more than two hours. The weather service's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System Network Control Facility failed Monday afternoon when the primary and backup routers lost power, the NWS said in a statement. The outage lasted two hours and 36 minutes. "The AWIPS communications system is a very reliable configuration and this is the first time both routers failed simultaneously," the weather service said. The outage came as a blizzard was pummeling New England and engineers in Northern California were trying to repair problems at the United States' tallest dam ahead of more rain. Reuters

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Michael Flynn Resigns, Hillary Clinton Delivers Wry Response
Michael Flynn was among the harshest critics of Hillary Clinton's private email server during the presidential campaign. So it is hardly surprising that the former Democratic contender exacted a smidgen of wry revenge Tuesday after Flynn resigned as President Donald Trump's national security adviser. Clinton posted a message referring to tweets by Flynn and his son last year in which they linked to baseless news stories about her campaign. The retired Army lieutenant-general quit hours after it emerged the Justice Department warned the White House it believed he could be subject to blackmail. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Hillary won this one.

Office Of Government Ethics: ‘Strong Reason’ To Think Conway Violated Rules
The Office of Government Ethics warned the White House there is "strong reason" to believe presidential aide Kellyanne Conway violated ethics rules and that disciplinary action is warranted in a letter made public on Tuesday. OGE Director Walter Shaub said Conway's urging of Americans to buy Ivanka Trump's products during a television interview from the White House briefing room "would establish a clear violation of the prohibition against misuse of position." The OGE letter comes in response to a bipartisan inquiry into the incident the top ranking Republican and Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Conway had been "counseled" for the incident. But Shaub said his office has not received any notification of disciplinary action. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal wishful thinking.

‘Never Chelsea’ Movement Grows Among Liberal Activists
They weren’t ready for Hillary, and now they’re definitely not ready for her daughter, Chelsea Clinton. The activists who fueled Sen. Bernard Sanders‘ presidential bid last year and who have become the raging heart of the party as it seeks to rebuild itself, shudder at the thought of the 36-year-old daughter of the former president and secretary of state searching for a race of her own. “Chelsea needs to go away,” said Guinevere Boyd, a 49-year-old from Alaska who attended a Democratic National Committee forum this weekend. “She has nothing to offer. She has said some horrible clueless things about progressives and progressive issues.” For decades the sideshow to her parents, the younger Ms. Clinton has stepped out of their shadow in the months since her mother’s loss to Donald Trump in the presidential race. Washington Times

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Bret Baier: Sources Fear ‘Intelligence Industrial Complex’ Trying To ‘Disqualify’ Trump
Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier says his sources are worried that an “intelligence industrial complex” in the nation’s capital may be trying to “disqualify” President Trump. The resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn from the White House late Monday prompted Mr. Trump to decry a spate of leaks. White House spokesman Sean Spicer echoed his boss’ message at a press briefing, which the “Special Report” host said was valid. “I think there’s a point there, and there are a number of different people on Capitol Hill and in the administration who I’ve talked about who are concerned that there is, in fact, this intelligence industrial complex that is trying to take out Donald Trump, or somehow discredit him, or get under and disqualify him or some of his officials that are working for him,” Mr. Baier said, Mediaite reported. “It’s a real issue, and it is something that Sean Spicer got to right there in that answer.” Washington Times
VOA IEW: Liberals want the Trump administration in chaos.

Photo Of Ivanka Trump Sitting In President's Chair Raises Eyebrows
A photo of Ivanka Trump sitting in the president’s Oval Office chair has raised some eyebrows on Twitter. The picture, which Ivanka tweeted on Monday, shows her sitting in the chair with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and her father, President Donald Trump, standing behind her. “A great discussion with two world leaders about the importance of women having a seat at the table!” she tweeted with the picture. CBS

White House Denies Public Scene At Mar-A-Lago Posed Security Risk
The White House is facing questions about whether President Trump discussed sensitive national security information in a public setting.   Late Saturday night, President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed the latest North Korean missile test. Images were posted on social media showing the world leaders just moments before that statement having dinner in a public dining room at Mar-a-Lago. In one you can see Mr. Trump on a cell phone; another shows Mr. Trump and the Japanese prime minister reading information by camera light. The White House says the two leaders were discussing a press conference about the test. CBS

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500 US Troops Arrive In Romania To Bolster Defense
Five hundred U.S. troops are arriving at a Romanian Black Sea port with tanks and hardware to bolster defense in the East European NATO nation. The U.S. embassy said the "Fighting Eagles," 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, will be stationed in the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in eastern Romania on a rotating basis. U.S. Ambassador Hans G. Klemm said Tuesday the deployment underscores that "the strong U.S.-Romania strategic partnership exists in both word and deed." ABC

Mazda Recalls Nearly 174K Cars To Fix Faulty Seats
Mazda is recalling about 174,000 small cars in the U.S. because the seats can change angles suddenly, making the vehicles hard to drive. The recall covers the Mazda 2 subcompact from the 2011 model year and the 2010 and 2011 Mazda 3 and Mazdaspeed 3 compacts. The company says the seat height adjustment links can break or detach from the seat frame, changing the seat angle and increasing the risk of a crash. ABC

Goldman Stock Hits Record On Bets Trump Will Unleash Wall Street
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. climbed to a record high on optimism President Donald Trump’s administration will spur trading and dealmaking, slash corporate taxes and roll back costly regulations after installing the firm’s executives in top government posts. The shares rose 1.3 percent to $249.46 at 4 p.m. in New York, passing a record close set in late 2007, just before the industry plunged into a crisis that almost brought down the global financial system. Goldman’s stock recovered much of its loss in the years after that turmoil, and since Trump’s election has soared 37 percent, leading the Dow Jones Industrial Average higher. Bloomberg

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Trump Calls In Sessions And Kelly For Next Steps On Travel Ban
President Donald Trump summoned Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to the White House Tuesday to review options for dealing with court rulings that put a hold on an executive order restricting immigration and travel to the U.S. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the president and the cabinet secretaries are continuing discussions about the next steps for the White House in response to setbacks in federal courts to implementing restrictions that Trump has called essential to U.S. national security. Bloomberg

Las Vegas Is Home To 170,000 Immigrants Here Illegally
The number of unauthorized immigrants in Southern Nevada would form the fifth-largest largest city in the state, according to a Pew Research Center study published last week. An estimated 170,000 unauthorized immigrants reside in the Las Vegas, Paradise and Henderson area, according to Pew researchers, who used 2014 population figures. Most of the United States’ 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants live in just 20 major metropolitan areas, the study found, with the largest populations in New York, Los Angeles and Houston. The Las Vegas area is 14th largest collection, with about the same number as San Diego. Las Vegas Sun

New York Times: Reporter’s Melania Trump Dig ‘Inappropriate’
The New York Times says a reporter's comment about an unfounded rumor about first lady Melania Trump in a private conversation with an actress at a party was "completely inappropriate." The comment came to light after actress Emily Ratajkowski tweeted Monday that a Times journalist told her "Melania is a hooker." Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said in a statement Monday that the unnamed reporter does not cover Washington or politics. She said, "The comment was not intended to be public, but it was nonetheless completely inappropriate and should not have occurred." Murphy said editors have spoken with the reporter. Mrs. Trump said Monday : "Applause to all women around the world who speak up, stand up and support other women!" Las Vegas Sun

Trump Nixes Anti-Corruption Regulation For U.S. Energy Companies
President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed legislation to scrap an anti-corruption regulation enacted last year to increase transparency in the business dealings of energy companies. Trump signed House Joint Resolution 41 to repeal the rule, which required U.S. energy companies to disclose any payments involving domestic or foreign governments to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The regulation from former President Barack Obama's administration was part of the Dodd-Frank Act, a regulatory reform package passed in 2010 as a response to the financial crisis and Great Recession. UPI News

Senate Confirms McMahon To lead Small Business Administration
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly confirmed Linda McMahon, a former World Wrestling Entertainment executive to lead the Small Business Administration.
McMahon, who founded the WWE with her husband Vince in 1980, was approved 81-19 in one of President Donald Trump's least combative nominations. The Republicans have a 52-48 majority in the Senate. McMahon, 68, has no government experience but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said her background as leader of the WWE, which grew to $659 million in revenue in 2015, would help small businesses. "McMahon, who built a small company from the ground up, understands the many challenges small businesses can face," he said. "She certainly come a long way from sharing a desk with her husband and leasing a typewriter." UPI News

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GERMAN NEWS AGENCY 'REGRETS' ANTISEMITIC CONSPIRACY ABOUT TRUMP
The German press agency DPA apologized Tuesday after writing in an article ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with US President Donald Trump that important Jewish donors catapulted Trump into the presidency. Daniel Killy, a spokesman for the Hamburg Jewish community, told The Jerusalem Post that “It’s not a statement of the neo-fascist NPD Party. It’s the German Press Agency spreading ‘Jewish lobby’ and other antisemitic clichés – truly unbelievable!.” Jerusalem Post

FOREIGN MINISTRY MUM ON REPORTS ENVOY TO EGYPT PULLED AMID SECURITY CONCERNS
The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday declined to comment on reports that Israel’s Ambassador to Egypt David Govrin was pulled out of the country with the entire embassy staff several weeks ago because of security concerns. “Due to security concerns we have limited the return of the Foreign Ministry embassy team to Cairo,” the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said in a statement. A report in the Telegraph said that Govrin was brought home at the end of December, which would be just some four months after he took up his position in Cairo. Jerusalem Post

Dubai Announces Passenger Drone Plans
Media captionThe drone was first unveiled at the CES tech fair in 2016. A drone that can carry people will begin "regular operations" in Dubai from July, the head of the city's Roads and Transportation Agency has announced at the World Government Summit. The Chinese model eHang 184 has already had test flights, said Matt al-Tayer. The drone can carry one passenger weighing up to 100 kg (220 pounds) and has a 30 minute flight time. The passenger uses a touch screen to select a destination. There are no other controls inside the craft. It is "auto-piloted" by a command centre, according to a video released by the government agency. BBC

Syria War: 'Dozens Killed' As Jihadists Clash In Idlib
Dozens of fighters have been killed in clashes between two jihadist factions in northern Syria, reports say. The battles involved Tahrir al-Sham, formerly an al-Qaeda affiliate, and Jund al-Aqsa, regarded as close to so-called Islamic State (IS). UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the fighting was a "war for influence" in Idlib province. Inter-factional fighting has beleaguered insurgents since early on in the Syria war. BBC

Donald Trump Lifts Anti-Corruption Rules In 'Gift To The American Oil Lobby'
Donald Trump moved on Tuesday to expunge rules aimed at forcing oil companies to disclose payments made to foreign governments in order to secure lucrative mining and drilling rights. The rules, called the Cardin-Lugar regulations, were established under the Dodd-Frank Act, the wide-ranging financial regulations brought in after the last financial crisis. Energy industry executives, including the former Exxon boss and now secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, have lobbied hard against the rule, arguing it gives global rivals a competitive edge. Guardian

Venezuela Vice-President Denounces 'Imperialist Aggression' Of US Sanctions
Venezuela’s powerful vice-president has described his blacklisting by the United States on drug charges as an “imperialist aggression” in the first bilateral flare-up under the new US president, Donald Trump. “We shall not be distracted by these miserable provocations,” Tareck El Aissami, the most senior Venezuelan official yet sanctioned by the United States, said in a series of defiant tweets. “We will see this vile aggression dispelled.” The US Department of Treasury on Monday labeled El Aissami a drug “kingpin”, accusing him of facilitating shipments by air and sea and having links to drug gangs in Mexico and Colombia. Guardian

Donald Trump's White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway Denies Tweeting Valentines Day Message To A White Nationalist From Her Account
Donald Trump's White House adviser's Twitter account retweeted a white nationalist on Tuesday, and then sent a Valentines day "love" tweet back to the user. Kellyanne Conway deleted the exchange, on her account when Buzzfeed highlighted the exchange, and said she had not sent the messages saying she "denounced" whoever it was. Mrs Conway has been under pressure to explain why she went on television this week to insist that Michael Flynn, Mr Trump's national security adviser, had the "full confidence" of the president, hours before he was forced from the White House. Telegraph
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Donald Trump's 'Fake Tan Line' Mocked By Social Media After Forehead Is Exposed By Wind
A gust of wind briefly disrupted Donald Trump’s meeting with Canadian President Justin Trudeau yesterday, as the two leaders entered the White House. For a split second, the new U.S. President’s hair was blown out of place to reveal what some have described as a fake tan line on the leader’s forehead. The meeting has already been mocked on social media for Mr Trump and Mr Trudeau’s ‘awkward’ looking handshake, with images from the incident having been turned into popular memes.
This is not the first time Donald Trump’s bronzed complexion has been commented upon. At the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, the rapper Busta Rhymes referred to Donald Trump as “President Agent Orange” in his politically charged performance. Telegraph

Synthetic Drugs Are Making Headway In Afghanistan, UN Agency Reports
Methamphetamine is increasingly being seized by law enforcement in Afghanistan, and there is also evidence that it is being produced in the country, according to the first of its kind assessment on synthetic drugs released today by the United Nations drug and crime agency. After spending eight-months gathering information on drugs known locally as ‘glass,’ ‘tears of love or ‘sheesha,’ the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) concluded that “there are strong indications that methamphetamine use is establishing itself among opiate users, which are already one of the most vulnerable parts of Afghan society.” “The report comes in a timely fashion, adding another layer of understanding to the very complex Afghan drugs situation,” said UNODC's Director of Public Affairs, Jean-Luc Lemahieu. UN News

In Oman, UN Chief Guterres Seeks Ways To Help Bring Peace To Middle East
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today expressed his support for the countries like Oman that are in the forefront of mediation efforts to resolve conflict. “This is my first visit to the region and the objective is to be able to consult the Government of Oman to see how I can be useful, recognizing that it’s Member States and the people that have the leadership in bringing peace to the region,” Mr. Guterres told the press, following a meeting with Oman’s foreign minister, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah. “How I can be useful in supporting all those like Oman, who has always been in the first line of mediation trying to bring together the parties to the conflict and trying to make sure that peace is possible?” the UN chief said. UN News

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