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President Donald Trump's campaign and affiliated committees announced Thursday they raised more than $21 million in the final three months of 2018, a strong showing at a particularly tumultuous point in his presidency and a sign of the formidable head start he has in fundraising over the Democrats. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Trump will have big reelection bucks.
The Internal Revenue Service has told lawmakers it would return from the government shutdown buried in millions of unanswered taxpayer letters, weeks behind schedule on training for workers and in need of hiring thousands of new employees for this tax filing season, according to two House aides. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Even though a little puffed - blame Dems.
Heidi Cruz, 46, reportedly met in the Oval Office with Trump on Monday, following meetings last week with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House advisor Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter. She also met with Larry Kudlow, director of the White House's National Economic Council. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: So!

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The president's words raise the possibilities that the government could shut down again or he could push for an emergency declaration.          IndyStar
VOA VIEW: Dems are showing their stupidity.
When Democrats Kamala Harris and Julian Castro announced their 2020 presidential bids, they did so before large, adoring crowds of political allies in their hometowns of Oakland and San Antonio, respectively. When former Starbucks CEO and Seattle SuperSonics owner Howard Schultz made his first official appearance. LA Times
After pleading not guilty Tuesday to seven felony charges, Roger Stone emerged from the federal courthouse here into the kind of fever dream fracas that he has sought for decades as the country's most notorious Republican operative. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Expected!
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds of the deadly synthetic opioid from a secret compartment inside a load of Mexican produce during an inspection of a truck heading into Arizona. LA Times
President Trump spoke during an exclusive interview with The New York Times in the Oval Office on Thursday. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal mews organizations are looking bad.
The 68-to-23 vote marks the second time in two months that a Republican-led Senate has admonished the president on foreign policy. New York Times
VOA VIEW: There are times fools don't comprehend all the facts.

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Washington is willing to discuss "many actions" to improve ties and entice Pyongyang to give up nuclear weapons, the U.S. special envoy for North Korea said on Thursday, but set out an extensive list of demands for the North, including a full disclosure of its weapons program. Rueters
As homicides in Mexico continue to break records, President Andres Manuel López Obrador has declared an end to his country’s drug war, and announced a special plan for Tijuana that involves the collaboration of military forces and civilian law enforcement agencies. The proposal was made Thursday. San Diego Tribune
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, recently stepped up his advocacy for a Navy SEAL on trial for war crimes, including contacting military leaders with administrative and supervisory roles in the trial. Wednesday Hunter also sent a letter to President Donald Trump. San Diego Tribune
American Legion officials are calling on New York lawmakers to request the Pentagon exhume the Long Island graves of sailors killed in a World War II ship explosion in an attempt to identify the fallen servicemen. The American Legion’s New York state organization approved a resolution in early January. Seattle Times

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The reports cast doubt on a theory long held by Democrats that the blocked phone calls were to his father, informing him of the controversial meeting.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Dems are looking small.
The proposal would bring transparency to one of the most secretive aspects of drug pricing by ending the widespread practice of rebates to middlemen — often cited as a major driver of ever-increasing drug prices. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Good!
Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone is due back in court Friday in the special counsel's Russia investigation as prosecutors say they have recovered "voluminous and complex" potential evidence in the case, including financial records, emails and computer hard drives. Stone faces a status conference in federal court. Washington Times

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Roger Stone also said he has not spoken to President Trump since the indictment. Roger Stone, President Trump's longtime ally, responded to what federal prosecutors described as "voluminous and complex" evidence in the special counsel case against him -- yet called last week's blockbuster indictment "flawed." ABC
VOA VIEW: Stone is a publicity seeking nut.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Arizona say they've made their biggest fentanyl bust ever. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds (114 kilograms) of the synthetic drug that is helping fueling a national epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses from a secret compartment inside a load of Mexican produce heading into Arizona. ABC
VOA VIEW: Dems say there is no crisis - they are nuts.
The online giant's shares fall almost 5% in after-hours trading despite record Christmas sales. Shares in the online giant fell almost 5% in after-hours trading despite it reporting record sales and profit for the Christmas holiday period. Amazon expects sales to grow between 10% and 18% in the first quarter, slightly below analyst forecasts. A hit from currency exchange rates was partly to blame, the firm said. In the three months to the end of the year, which included the crucial Christmas period, profit rose 63% to $3bn (£2.2bn) while revenue was up 20% to $72.4bn. BBC
The removals marked the social media site's latest efforts to prevent disinformation campaigns. Social media giant Twitter said it has removed thousands of accounts believed to have ties to Iran, Russia and Venezuela as part of its aggressive campaign against malicious and suspicious accounts. In a blog post from Twitter's head of site integrity, Twitter said it removed the accounts for spreading disinformation on its site in an effort to target the 2018 midterm elections. CBS
They were canceled amid a deep freeze that brought record cold temperatures to Illinois. More than 4,000 flights have been canceled at Chicago's two international airports amid a deep freeze that brought record cold temperatures to Illinois. Flight tracking website, Flight Aware, said close to 3,300 flights in and out of O'Hare Airport and more than 850 at Midway Airport were canceled between Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon. CBS

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"There's not going to be any wall money in the legislation," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday morning. Hours later, Trump said, "If they don't give us a wall, it doesn't work." "There's not going to be any wall money in the legislation," Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters on Thursday morning as congressional Democrats unveiled their opening offer for border security funding, part of a formal negotiating process currently underway on Capitol Hill. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is a lying idiot.
After December's surprise surge in hiring, economists expect January's payrolls may have grown by just about 165,000, and there's a chance that may even be too high. After December's surprise surge in hiring, economists expect January's payrolls may have grown by just about 165,000, and there's a chance that may even be too high. CNBC
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Thursday she was "stunned" that President Donald Trump publicly chastised top US intelligence officials by saying they were "naive" after they disputed several of his claims of foreign policy success. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Thursday she was "stunned" that President Donald Trump publicly chastised top US intelligence officials by saying they were "naive" after they disputed several of his claims of foreign policy success. CNN
VOA VIEW: Albright is bias.

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Even after two years, President Donald Trump's assaults on US spy chiefs are shocking coming from a commander in chief. Even after two years, President Donald Trump's assaults on US spy chiefs are shocking coming from a commander in chief. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal media propaganda.
Catholic leaders in Texas on Thursday identified 286 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children, a number that represents one of the largest collections of names to be released since an explosive grand jury report last year in Pennsylvania. FOX News
A pair of NFL season ticket holders who wanted to see a full or partial rematch between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams were out of luck Thursday after a federal judge wouldn’t force the league implement a rule that could’ve led to a do-over. FOX News
Diplomats scramble to mitigate impacts on West Bank stability. Jerusalem Post
"We are clear; this commitment does not in any way preclude us from addressing Iran's hostile and destabilizing activities." Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Europeans should be careful not to run against the US and Trump.
Some U.S. refiners have begun reducing crude processing as crude oil costs have risen following U.S sanctions on Venezuela and as gasoline margins crashed to their lowest in nearly a decade, market sources said on Thursday. Reuters
President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping soon to try to seal a comprehensive trade deal as the top U.S. trade negotiator reported "substantial progress" in two days of high-level talks. Reuters
The United States and China came to an agreement on the sale of soybeans Thursday, as both sides seek to reach a deal before increased tariffs take effect. The United States and China came to an agreement on the sale of soybeans Thursday, as both sides seek to reach a deal before increased tariffs take effect. Trump announced that China agreed to purchase 5 million tons of U.S. soybeans after holding two days of discussions with a Chinese delegation including Vice Premier Liu He. UPI
VOA VIEW: China is doing a little better.

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