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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick launches a late-entry bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. The longtime Obama ally will offer centrists another alternative to Joe Biden. But he faces steep odds. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Another Dem fool.
President Trump claimed not to watch the first public impeachment hearings on TV, hosting the president of Turkey while a House committee began presenting evidence of whether he should be impeached. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Trump does work long hours.
Supreme Court conservative justices sounded ready to agree with the Trump administration's position that the Obama-era DACA program is illegal. LA Times
VOA VIEW: DACA should lose the battle.

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Amazon is protesting the Pentagon’s decision to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, citing “unmistakable bias” in the process. Amazon’s competitive bid for the “war cloud” project drew criticism from President Donald Trump and its business rivals. The project, formally called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, pitted leading... New York Post
The New York Times listed the book with a dagger next to it, indicating a large portion of the sales came from bulk orders. New York Post
VOA VIEW: What's the next excuse?
The sites said they would delete posts that include the purported name of the Ukraine whistle-blower. But the name keeps reappearing. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Facebook and YouTube should be sanctioned and reduced in size.
Hong Kong is expected to confirm on Friday it plunged into recession for the first time in a decade, amid concerns the economy could be in even worse shape than feared as months of anti-government protests take a heavy toll. Rueters
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's credibility has collapsed amid revelations in the Ukraine inquiry, former diplomats say.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Liberal spin.
Michael Avenatti's 15 minutes of fame did not extend to the game show "Jeopardy!" On the show's "tournament of champions" airing Thursday night, none of the well-versed contestants could think of Mr. Avenatti's name when host Alex Trebek read the following clue: "This lawyer's star rose while repping Stormy Daniels ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!

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Back in the day, district attorneys sought to throw the book at criminals, but thanks to progressive mega-donors like George Soros, today's prosecutors look increasingly like San Francisco's Chesa Boudin. Mr. Boudin, a former Hugo Chavez translator and the son of Weather Underground radicals, doesn't believe in charging offenders for ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal garbage must not prevail.
Senior State Department officials appointed by President Donald Trump retaliated against a career employee, according to an Office of Inspector General report. ABC
VOA VIEW: Crazy!
One year after his confirmation to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh makes his first public speaking appearance as a justice at a Federalist Society dinner. ABC
House Speaker Pelosi says Wednesday's testimony from two U.S. diplomats in the first public impeachment hearings uncovered "evidence of bribery" against President Trump. ABC
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is deranged.

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Nearly 900 members strong, the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was the first and only all-black Women's Army Corps unit deployed to Europe during WWII. They made sure soldiers received their mail, but weren't recognized for their service. Jim Axelrod shares one member's story. CBS
VOA VIEW: Recognition for doing what?
A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Trump's tax returns can be turned over to state criminal investigators CBS
VOA VIEW: As they legally should.
Nevada's caucuses, the third contest of the Democratic primary and a key test of candidates' support among Hispanics, Asian Americans and labor unions CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems are worried.

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Gunshots rang out at the start of classes at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California. At least two students are dead and three others wounded. As Jonathan Vigliotti reports, the suspect is a 16-year-old student. CBS
VOA VIEW: Crazy sadness that liberals will use to change the Second Amendment.
This Saturday, Louisiana will hold an election between incumbent Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican businessman Eddie Rispone CBS
VOA VIEW: Liberal spin.
GOP incumbent Matt Bevin, who had the backing of President Trump, had requested a recanvass CBS
Barr was writing in support of the FCC's draft Report and Order that banned the two companies in the U.S. as a national security threat. CNBC
VOA VIEW: True!
"This outrageous rule aims to price out low-income and working-class immigrants from U.S. citizenship," says an immigration rights advocate. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The cost is too low.

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The president's personal attorney said he believes Trump will remain loyal to him, despite Republicans weighing whether to make Giuliani an impeachment scapegoat. CNBC
An impromptu effort to pass a gun background check bill in the Senate unanimously was quickly nixed by a Republican senator who said it would infringe on Second Amendment rights, as news of a mass shooting at a California high school came rolling in Thursday morning. CNN
VOA VIEW: Good!
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper landed in South Korea on Thursday to navigate renewed threats from an "enraged" North Korea and newly heightened strain in the alliance with Seoul that congressional aides, lawmakers and Korea experts say has been caused by President Donald Trump. CNN

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Turkey has begun the process of returning alleged foreign ISIS fighters to their home countries, starting with an American, a Briton and seven Germans. CNN
The Austin City Council will vote Thursday on whether to turn area hotels into homes for the homeless.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: Madness!
Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and Israel declared a halt to hostilities across the Gaza Strip border on Thursday but a lasting ceasefire appeared tenuous as they differed on terms. Reuters
White House budget official Mark Sandy will give testimony in a closed session of the U.S. House of Representatives impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump if he is subpoenaed, his lawyer said on Thursday. Reuters
An office meant to protect whistle-blowers within the Department of Veterans Affairs was weaponized against them and promoted a culture of fear within the massive federal agency, lawmakers said. UPI
Federal agents have busted an international counterfeiting ring that swindled technology giant Apple out of more than $6 million, U.S. prosecutors said Thursday. UPI
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has confirmed that the United States plans to keep 500 to 600 troops on the ground in Syria and that the U.S. would continue to partner with Syrian Democratic Forces. UPI
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she will strongly defend the whistle-blower who first expressed concerns about President Donald Trump's conduct and ultimately spawned a congressional impeachment investigation. UPI
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is going to defend a fraud.
Former Vice President Joe Biden announced a new infrastructure plan Thursday that would spend $1.3 trillion over 10 years to revitalize the Highway Trust Fund, create jobs and slash carbon emissions. UPI
VOA VIEW: Dumb promises.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin expressed solidarity during the BRICS Summit in Brazil this week. UPI

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November 15, 2019
     A U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday it would not revisit an October decision backing a U.S. House of Representatives subpoena issued to President Donald Trump’s accounting firm for his financial records.

Trump sued the House panel in April, arguing that its subpoena exceeded limits on Congress’s investigative power. 

     The 8-3 vote by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, declining the Republican president’s request to rehear arguments that the subpoena to Mazars LLP was illegitimate, brings Democrats closer to shedding light on his business interests and how he built his fortune. The House Oversight Committee subpoenaed Mazars this year, saying it needed the records to determine if Trump complied with laws requiring disclosure of his assets, and to assess whether those laws needed to be changed.

     He said the true motive for the subpoena was to expose private financial information “with the hope that it will turn up something that Democrats can use as a political tool against the President.” A lower court judge ruled against Trump in May, saying the documents might assist Congress in passing laws and performing other core functions.

     The final stop will be the Supreme Court, where hopefully justice will prevail.

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