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Lawmakers will turn Atlanta into a hotbed of debate about voting rights and ballot access Tuesday with two separate meetings set to delve into problems that clouded last year’s election and ways to fix them before next year’s vote.   Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: The US seems to look like third world country.
A Republican operative, who last year rounded up votes for a GOP candidate running for Congress, conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation, North Carolina's elections director said Monday. The director's testimony came on the first day of a hearing into whether mail-in ballots... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
Days after a federal judge imposed a limited gag order on him, Trump confidant Roger Stone posted a photograph of that judge to his Instagram page and included her name, a close-up of her face and what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun sight near her head. Stone deleted the picture soon after,... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Fool!

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A winter weather advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for western North Carolina’s mountains and foothills, with freezing rain expected late Tuesday into Wednesday. Forecasters believe the … Click to Continue » Charlotte Observer
Signaling that he may soon announce a 2020 White House run, former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke is putting a finer point on his immigration agenda, releasing a 10-point plan that calls for citizenship for both "Dreamers" and their parents, as well as for "millions more" who now live in the U.S. illegally. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: O'Rourke is an idiot.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) celebrates its 106th anniversary today. Houston Chronicle
Sanders called out Trump as "the most dangerous president in modern American history," as well as "a fraud, a racist, a sexist" and a "xenophobe."          IndyStar
VOA VIEW: Sanders wants the socialist media views.
A powerful storm will roar across the country over the next 2-3 days, spreading heavy snow, torrential rain, and crippling ice to more than 200 million Americans.          IndyStar
Today, socialism has new, angrier advocates. Speaking well of it gives the speaker the frisson of being naughty and the fun of provoking Republicans like those whose hosannas rattled the rafters when the president vowed that America would never become socialist. Socialism is, however, more frequently praised than defined because … Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Socialism is a problem.

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Refusing to back down amid a mounting battle over Venezuela's humanitarian crisis, the government of President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that it will ... Las Vegas Sun
President Trump, speaking Monday in vote-rich south Florida, called on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s supporters to abandon him or face ruin, and denounced what he termed socialism at home and abroad. Aides had billed Trump’s speech as a show of support for Venezuela’s opposition leader... LA Times
Five Americans who claimed to be on “a government mission” are facing charges of possession of illegal arms and other crimes in Haiti after being arrested by Haitian police with … Miami Herald
Kamala Harris had the best campaign roll-out. Amy Klobuchar's snowy debut showed grit. Elizabeth Warren's opening campaign video was a bit odd. Take it from an unlikely armchair pundit sizing … Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: All the Dem candidates are losers.

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A former North Korean diplomat says leader Kim Jong Un has no intention of giving up his nuclear weapons and sees his upcoming second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump as a chance to cement his country’s status as a nuclear weapons state. Thae Yong Ho, who defected to South Korea... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Time will tell - Un can't be trusted.
Venezuela’s embattled president, Nicolas Maduro, is rejecting President Donald Trump’s call for a new day in Venezuela and comparing the tone of the American president’s speech in Miami to that of a Nazi. Trump said Monday that the U.S. stands behind opposition leader Juan Guaido and condemns Maduro and his government’s socialist policies.... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Maduro would be wise to walk away.
A 45-year-old migrant suffering health problems has become the latest to die in Border Patrol custody after crossing the border in Texas. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It proves the crises is clear.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday Pakistan would retaliate if India were to attack in response to a bombing in the disputed Kashmir region, which India blamed on Pakistan, while adding he wanted to cooperate in investigating the blast. Rueters
EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler rejected a proposal from his staff that would have reduced the ambition of the nation’s biofuel policy over the next three years, arguing the targeted range it included for annual ethanol consumption was too low, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Rueters
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday that he is running for president in 2020. "Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump," the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist said in an email to supporters. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Fool!
China's top economic official will hold trade talks in Washington later this week – another sign that efforts to avoid an all-out trade war are making progress. But the Trump administration is still urging U.S. allies to shun Huawei, claiming the Chinese telecom giant gives confidential information to China's government. In his first TV interview with an American journalist, Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei spoke with "CBS This Morning" co-host Bianna Golodryga. Watch the extended interview with Ren starting Wednesday, Feb. 20 on "CBS This Morning." CBS

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Walmart reports earnings and revenue for this past holiday quarter that top analysts' expectations, as its e-commerce sales surged 43 percent. CNBC
Democrats keep coming up painfully short in what is theoretically the nation's top swing state. Too much is at stake in 2020 to let it happen again.         USA Today

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Mueller says Stone communicated with WikiLeaks and the GRU. He could be holding back charges for strategic reasons. That's what I did as a prosecutor.         USA Today
Using opioids appears to double the risk that a driver will trigger a fatal crash, regardless of whether alcohol is in the mix too, a new study by researchers at Columbia University has found. Washington Post
Pope Francis is hosting a four-day summit on preventing clergy sexual abuse, a high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops around the world that the problem is global and that there are consequences if they cover it up. The meeting opening Thursday comes at a ... Washington Times
The European Parliament has projected which parties will get seats after the European Union-wide May election and says that the center-right Christian Democrat EPP group would remain the largest party ahead of the center-left Socialist S&D. The redesigned European Parliament is expected to have 705 seats total, which would include lawmakers. Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Better than the other possibility.
An 11-year-old student in Florida refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and was arrested for a resulting confrontation with a teacher and police officer.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: A bad example.
Democrat Elizabeth Warren used her first visit to Nevada as a presidential candidate to describe a squeeze on working families and a political system that she says fails to protect homeowners, including the residents of Las Vegas who were pummeled by the mortgage crisis a decade ago. The Massachusetts senator spoke about her work as a consumer activist and her role overseeing the bailout of banks and insurers a decade ago, a job that brought her to the city to hear from residents struggling to keep their homes. ABC
VOA VIEW: Warren is an idiot.
The evidentiary hearing into possible election fraud in the 2018 general election in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District officially got underway Monday, and the lead investigator with the State Board of Election claims the evidence they plan to present will show a "coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme," took place in the 2018 general election."We believe that the evidence...will show that a coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme operated during the 2018 general election in Bladen and Robeson counties," North Carolina Board of Elections executive director Kim Strach said in her opening statement. ABC
VOA VIEW: The Republican should be given the nod.
US President Donald Trump has issued an angry response after a TV interview on Sunday alleged that officials had held discussions to have him removed. Mr. Trump tweeted of "illegal and treasonous" behavior and an "illegal coup attempt". In the interview, ex-acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe said talks had been held in 2017 about invoking a clause that can remove a president deemed unfit. The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman has vowed to investigate the claims. Lindsey Graham said the claims were an "attempted bureaucratic coup". BBC
VOA VIEW: McCabe is a liar and traitor.
A report by the British Parliament calls Facebook and its executives "digital gangsters," and says an 18-month investigation finds the company knowingly violated privacy and competition laws. Jennifer Grygiel, a social media expert and communications professor at Syracuse University, joins CBSN with more. CBS
VOA VIEW: Facebook is a rogue group and very dangerous.
"The separation of powers is being violated, we're going to ... make sure that Donald Trump cannot steal money from the states and people who need them," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says. CNBC
Sen. Amy Klobuchar will take to the national stage on Monday headlining a CNN town hall in New Hampshire to make her most public case yet for why she should be the next President of the United States. CNN
VOA VIEW: A waste of time.
Iranian hackers have always been attacking the US, however the amount of attacks was drastically lower after the nuclear deal was signed in 2015. Jerusalem Post
The Jerusalem Police detained five east Jerusalem Arabs who tried to enter the premises of the Golden Gate, which has been closed by a court order. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Israel is protecting itself.
Former top FBI official Andrew McCabe decried the "relentless attack" he said U.S. President Donald Trump has launched against the agency, according to released excerpts of an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, to be aired early Monday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: McCabe made the FBI look bad.
The U.S. auto industry urged President Donald Trump's administration on Monday not to saddle imported cars and auto parts with steep tariffs, after the U.S. Commerce Department sent a confidential report to the White House late on Sunday with its recommendations for how to proceed. Reuters
VOA VIEW: It is China's move.
2019 is a critical year, the “last chance” for the international community to take effective action on climate change, General Assembly President Maria Espinosa said on Thursday, during a briefing to announce the UN’s roadmap to the Climate Summit in September. UN News

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     McCabe is a known liar and traitor. Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said in a newly released television interview that President Trump believed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assessment on North Korea’s nuclear program over that of US intelligence agencies.

     “And, essentially, the president said he did not believe that the North Koreans had the capability to hit us here with ballistic missiles in the United States. And he did not believe that because President Putin had told him they did not. President Putin told him that the North Koreans don’t actually have those missiles,” McCabe revealed during a sit-down with “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday night.

     CBS’ Scott Pelley asked what US intelligence had said to Trump. McCabe answered that US officials told Trump that Putin’s assessment “was not consistent with any of the intelligence our government possesses.”

     “To which the president replied, ‘I don’t care. I believe Putin,’ ” McCabe recalled, having learned of the conversation from an FBI official who had just returned from a meeting at the White House.

     “It’s just an astounding thing to say,” McCabe said. “To spend the time and effort and energy that we all do in the intelligence community to produce products that will help decision makers and the ultimate decision maker, the president of the United States — make policy decisions. And to be confronted with an absolute disbelief in those efforts and an unwillingness to learn the true state of affairs that he has to deal with every day was just shocking.”

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