Chicago Preps Lawsuit Against Trump Administration Over Sanctuary Cities Threat
Chicago’s mayor said the Windy City will sue the Trump administration next week over its policy of withholding funds from so-called sanctuary cities shielding illegal immigrants from federal authorities. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The mayor is a losing idiot.

China Rrges North Korea To Be ‘Smart’ And Drop Its Missile Tests
A U.S. push to further isolate North Korea appeared to be reaping some dividends Sunday as China, Pyongyang’s major benefactor, urged its outcast neighbor to make a “smart decision” and stop conducting missile launches and nuclear tests. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, after meeting with North Korea’s top diplomat during an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathering here in the Philippine capital, said the situation on the Korean Peninsula is critical. He also said, however, that it could be a turning point for negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear proliferation, which led the U.N. Security Council to impose more sanctions on North Korea and its exports on Saturday. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: North Korea is a problem for the world - China is playing smart.

The first Affordable Care Act Enrollment Season Of The Trump Era Is Still A Mystery
As the fate of the Affordable Care Act dangled dramatically in the Senate last month, the Trump administration abruptly canceled contracts with two companies that have helped thousands of Americans in 18 cities find health plans under the law. The suspension of the $22 million contracts, which ends enrollment fairs and insurance sign-ups in public libraries, is one of the few public signs of how an administration eager to kill the law will run the ACA’s approaching fifth enrollment season. With that sign-up period less than three months away, the government appears to be operating on contradictory tracks, according to insurers, state insurance commissioners, health-policy experts and leaders of grass-roots groups that have worked to enroll the roughly 10 million consumers around the country who now have ACA coverage. Washington Post

Kellyanne Conway: Trump 'Not Discussing' Firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway made no commitments Sunday when asked directly whether President Trump won’t fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. “The president has not even discussed that,” she said on ABC’s This Week. Host George Stephanopoulos asked again, “But will he commit not to fire him?” and she repeated her statement, adding that she isn’t his lawyer. “You have to listen to his special counsel, Ty Cobb. He has said very clearly ... that we will continue to cooperate with Bob Mueller and his investigation,” she said. Trump told The New York Times last month that Mueller would be crossing a red line if he began looking at Trump’s finances, something Mueller is reportedly doing. Mueller is convening grand juries, which would allow him to subpoena documents and witnesses.USA Today
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.


'Terrifying' Turbulence Injures 10 On American Airlines Flight To Philadelphia
An American Airlines flight from Greece to Philadelphia was hit by "severe turbulence" just before landing, injuring at least 10 people, the airline said. The three passengers and seven crew members injured in Saturday's flight from Athens were taken to a hospital for treatment. "I was looking forward and I just saw everything just move upward about 4 feet," passenger Alex Ehmke told NBC News. "So, I saw drinks, you know, flying up against walls and up on the ceiling.” The airline said Flight 759 — carrying 287 passengers and a dozen crew members — briefly encountered severe turbulence shortly before landing.  American said the fasten seat belt sign was on at the time. Jessica Huseman, a ProPublica reporter on the flight, tweeted that a flight attendant had dislocated his shoulder during the incident.USA Today

Fox News Suspends Eric Bolling Amid Sexual Harassment Alegations
 ric Bolling has become the latest Fox News personality to face sexual harassment allegations and an unsure future at the network. "Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway," the network said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. The Huffington Post said it talked to at least a dozen sources who said the 54-year-old author and panelist on the Fox News Specialists sent an unsolicited photo of male genitalia via text message to at least two colleagues at Fox Business and one colleague at Fox News several years ago on separate occasions. UPI
VOA VIEW: Fox is stricter than the liberal media.

Nissan Workers In Mississippi Reject Bid To Unionize
Nissan factory workers in Mississippi this week overwhelmingly struck down a bid to join the United Auto Workers union, capping a years-long campaign that drew national attention. Roughly 3,500 workers in the Canton, Miss., automobile plant rejected the measure by a 63-37 percent margin, USA Today Network reported. The campaign had been contentious. Some claimed Nissan intimidated its workers to vote against unionization and others said managers at the plant have given preferential treatment to white employees. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and actor Danny Glover had traveled to Canton in support of the unionization effort. It marks the latest unsuccessful push to unionize workers in the south -- long a region where such bids fail to materialize.UPI

Pence Slams Times Story About 2020 Bid As 'Disgraceful And Offensive'
Vice President Pence on Sunday dismissed a New York Times story saying he and other top Republicans are running shadow campaigns to defeat President Trump in 2020, calling the report “disgraceful and offensive.” “Today's article in the New York Times is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family and our entire team. The allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this administration,” Pence said in an official White House statement.  The Times story published Sunday suggests Pence, Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are visiting early-voting states and taking other actions that indicate at least a preliminary 2020 effort.Fox
VOA VIEW: The NYT is looking real bad.


Dershowitz: Being Black Doesn't Give You a License To Call People Racist
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz had some strong words for Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who accused him of being a racist. "Being black doesn't give you a license to call people racist any more than being Jewish gives you a license to call people anti-Semitic," the lifelong Democrat told host Abby Huntsman. Last week, Special Counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury for the investigation into the Trump campaign's relationship with Russia. Dershowitz noted that moving the grand jury from Virginia to District of Columbia was good for those who oppose the president. "[Washington] has an ethnic and racial composition that would be somewhat less favorable to Donald Trump," Derhsowtiz said. Congresswoman Waters attacked Dershowitz over his statement, calling it "absolutely racist."Fox
VOA VIEW: Blacks have been the most racists.

FBI leads Search For Suspects After Minneapolis Somali Mosque Explosion
The FBI was searching for suspects after an explosive device tore through part of a suburban Minneapolis mosque on Saturday, as people were preparing for morning prayers. A room was damaged but the blast did not cause any injuries, authorities and witnesses said. The blast happened at around 5am at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, according to Bloomington police chief Jeff Potts. Windows of the imam’s office were shattered, either by the blast or by an object thrown through them, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. One worshipper saw a pickup truck speeding away shortly after the explosion, said Mohamed Omar, the center’s executive director. He said the mosque, which primarily serves people from the area’s large Somali community, occasionally receives threatening calls and emails. Guardian

FBI Leads Search For Suspects After Minneapolis Somali Mosque Explosion
The FBI was searching for suspects after an explosive device tore through part of a suburban Minneapolis mosque on Saturday, as people were preparing for morning prayers. A room was damaged but the blast did not cause any injuries, authorities and witnesses said. The blast happened at around 5am at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, according to Bloomington police chief Jeff Potts. Windows of the imam’s office were shattered, either by the blast or by an object thrown through them, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. One worshipper saw a pickup truck speeding away shortly after the explosion, said Mohamed Omar, the center’s executive director. He said the mosque, which primarily serves people from the area’s large Somali community, occasionally receives threatening calls and emails. Guardian

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Gay Man Says Leaders Tried To Run Him Out Of Oklahoma Town
When Randy Gamel and his husband were looking for a retirement home, a six-bedroom fixer upper in the tiny western Oklahoma town of Hitchcock caught their eye. They bought it in 2014, and Gamel moved to the quiet community from Fort Worth, Texas, to start upgrades. He set out to make himself a part of the agricultural community of a little more than 100 residents. He befriended neighbors, took an interest in town politics and soon became the town clerk. But it wasn't long before Gamel began feuding with longtime locals over how the town should be run. Many town leaders and employees are related, and Gamel says he has a reputation for speaking up, vociferously, when he sees a problem. The local sheriff from the nearby county seat of Watonga was soon being called to the town routinely to settle disputes involving Gamel and other townsfolk. Houston Chronicle

Joining Arab States, Israel Says It Plans To Ban Al-Jazeera
Israel said Sunday it plans to ban Qatar's flagship Al-Jazeera network from operating in the country over allegations it incites violence, joining Arab nations that have shut down the broadcaster amid a separate political dispute. The news organization, in turn, said it will take legal action. Communications Minister Ayoob Kara said he plans to revoke the press credentials of Al-Jazeera journalists, effectively preventing them from working in Israel. Kara said he has asked cable and satellite networks to block Al Jazeera transmissions and is seeking legislation to ban them altogether. The minister, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party, gave no timetable for such measures. Houston Chroncile

Heavy Rains In New Orleans Overwhelmed City’s Pump Stations
Officials in New Orleans say heavy rainfall overwhelmed the city's pump stations, contributing to flooding in some areas. reports city officials said Sunday that some neighborhoods saw between 8 and 10 inches (20 and 25 centimeters) of rain over a few hours Saturday. That was too much for the Sewerage & Water Board's 24 pump stations to cope with even though all were operating. Deputy Mayor Ryan Berni told reporters the city has no immediate plans to request an emergency declaration from the state, but that could change as the city collects more information on flood damage. City homeland security director Aaron Miller says that with more heavy rain predicted for Monday afternoon, the city's pumping capacity could be overwhelmed again. Las Vegas Sun


Gov. Jerry Brown: Democrats Don’t Have a Pelosi Problem
California Gov. Jerry Brown during an interview on "Meet The Press" on Sunday said Democrats’ troubles cannot simply be attributed to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, so the party needs to “rise above” to appeal to a wider swath of the country. “If you added up pluses and minuses, I think Nancy Pelosi is a major pillar of the Democratic Party,” Brown told host Chuck Todd. “And the answer is not to try to replace her with somebody, but to make sure the candidates represent and can empathize and be a part of the district they're running in.” MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal MSNBC agenda.

Affirmative Action Policies Evolve, Achieving Their Own Diversity
Just a year ago, after the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions program by a single swing vote, the question seemed to be edging, at last, toward an answer: Colleges could, the justices ruled, consider race when deciding whom to let through their gates. “I thought this was settled,” said Anthony P. Carnevale, an economist at Georgetown University who studies affirmative action. “I thought it was done.” Only for the moment. A series of lawsuits and complaints have continued to challenge such practices, and last week, President Trump’s Justice Department joined the chorus, signaling that it would marshal lawyers to investigate and perhaps sue colleges over “intentional race-based discrimination” in admissions. Besieged in court, routed in eight states, accused of favoring blacks and Latinos at the expense of Asians and whites, affirmative action — a major legacy of the civil rights era — is once again the subject of uncomfortable scrutiny.NYT
VOA VIEW: Expected from the liberal NYT.

Under Trump, Coal Mining Gets New Life on U.S. Lands
The Trump administration is wading into one of the oldest and most contentious debates in the West by encouraging more coal mining on lands owned by the federal government. It is part of an aggressive push to both invigorate the struggling American coal industry and more broadly exploit commercial opportunities on public lands. The intervention has roiled conservationists and many Democrats, exposing deep divisions about how best to manage the 643 million acres of federally owned land — most of which is in the West — an area more than six times the size of California. Not since the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion during the Reagan administration have companies and individuals with economic interests in the lands, mining companies among them, held such a strong upper hand. New York Times

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Strong Reaction In New Hampshire To Trump's 'Drug-Infested Den' Remarks
Was it "really disgusting" or "right on the mark"? Those show the range of reactions in New Hampshire to President Donald Trump's characterization of the state as a "drug-infested den" while speaking to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in January.Trump's remarks came to light this week when The Washington Post published a transcript of the phone conversation between the two leaders. The state's politicians -- Republicans and Democrats -- were quick to denounce those comments, but other Granite State residents also weighed in. "I think we're used to the President going over the top," Grant Bosse, editorial page editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper in Manchester, told CNN. "If you're a fan of the President, you don't mind that he went over the top again in describing a very serious problem." The Union Leader is known for its conservative editorial stance, and Publisher Joseph McQuaid called Trump "a liar, a bully, a buffoon" in a September editorial endorsing Libertarian Gary Johnson in the 2016 election. On Friday, however, the paper's letters to the editor section was flooded with New Hampshire residents eager to defend Trump. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN works hard to report Trump in the negative - they continue to lose.

GM Recalling About 700,000 Chevy and GMC Trucks
The vehicles may have a software problem that can cause them to spontaneously lose their electric power steering assistance for about one second, according to the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "If [the power steering] assist is lost and suddenly returned, the driver could lose temporary control of the steering wheel, increasing the risk of a crash," NHTSA said in a public document. The cars are particularly vulnerable to the issue when a driver performs low-speed turns, according to NHTSA. More than 690,000 vehicles -- model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierra trucks -- are potentially affected by the issue. GM (GM) is telling owners of the trucks involved in the recall to take their vehicles into a dealer, where they can receive free of charge a software update to fix the issue.CNN

Sen. Warren Honing Campaign Pitch As GOP Eyes 2018 Campaign
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren won’t face voters for more than a year, but the broad outlines of the effort to unseat the Massachusetts Democrat, and her re-election pitch to voters, are taking shape. Two Republicans have announced their candidacies, two others are said to be weighing runs, and conservative political groups are chipping away at the candidate. Still, Warren enjoys enormous advantages, including a national base of support, a fat campaign account and solid poll numbers. Hanging over everything is the question of whether Warren will run for the White House in 2020.Boston Globe

Tillerson Doubles Down As China Takes New Hard Line On North Korea
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on the offense at a summit here as he tries to increase the pressure on, and isolation of, North Korea after the U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions against the country's rogue regime. Tillerson is in Manila for an annual summit hosted by Southeast Asian countries collectively known as ASEAN. He’s meeting with regional partners, including Russia and China, just days after North Korea tested its second intercontinental ballistic missile in a month. The new sanctions were drafted by the U.S. in consultation with China and passed unanimously at the U.N. Saturday. They block North Korean sales of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore, and seafood. The sanctions also halt any expansion of North Korea’s guest worker programs in other countries. CNN

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Venezuela Arrests Over 'Uprising Attempt'
Arrests have been made in Venezuela after soldiers tried to launch an uprising against President Nicolás Maduro. An attack was launched against a military barracks in Valencia in the north-western Carabobo state. Two attackers were killed and at least 10 were arrested, Mr Maduro said. A video released on social media showed uniformed men saying they were rising against a "murderous tyranny". Venezuela has seen months of protests. "This is not a coup but a civil and military action to re-establish constitutional order," said the leader, who gave his name as Juan Caguaripano. Mr Cabello said full control had been restored at the Fuerte Paramacay military barracks. Army chief Gen Jesus Suarez Chourio said: "What happened today was a terrorist, paramilitary, mercenary attack paid for by the right [the opposition] and its collaborators, paid for by the North American empire" - a reference to the US, which has denounced President Maduro's recent actions.BBC

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