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President Donald Trump said there's a 'good chance' he'll declare a national emergency to get border wall money after calling congressional talks a "waste of time." ABC
VOA VIEW: The best option.
The LA City Attorney said it wasn't opposed to charging him in the future. The Los Angeles City Attorney announced Friday that, after reviewing all of the investigative reports and considering all of the evidence in the case, it would not be filing charges against the lawyer. The case had been sent to the LA City Attorney for possible misdemeanor charges after the Los Angeles County District Attorney declined to file felony charges last year. ABC
VOA VIEW: It's a shame.
Maroon 5 haven’t had an easy ride in the lead up to their Super Bowl performance. The Super Bowl half-time show draws in audiences of up to 100m people. As a musician, it's just about the biggest stage you could hope for. Some performances - including shows by Michael Jackson and Prince - are still spoken about years later. So surely no artist would turn it down? But Cardi B and Rihanna are just two who reportedly rejected the NFL's offer to perform in Atlanta this Sunday. BBC

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Following Pence's speech, Venezuelan-state run television, Tele Sur, showed Maduro marching with a couple thousand members of the Venezuelan military. In an area of greater Miami known as "Doral-zuela" due to its vibrant Venezuelan community, Vice President Mike Pence rallied support Friday for opposition leader Juan Guaidó. CBS
President Trump complained the House speaker was "very rigid" in budget negotiations. He sat down with CBS News "Face the Nation" host Margaret Brennan for an exclusive interview Friday. Days before a State of the Union address in which he's expected to stress unity, President Trump said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is "very bad for the country," in an exclusive interview with CBS News "Face the Nation" host Margaret Brennan. CBS
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is an idiot.
After all the earnings were in, the benchmark iShares U.S. Aerospace and Defense ETF finished January up 12.3 percent – its best month since April 2009. Nobody spends money on arms like the United States. The Trump administration's 2019 defense-friendly spending bill increased the Pentagon's spending power to a grand total of $717 billion. And this week, America's top five defense firms – Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon – posted their fourth-quarter earnings. CNBC
Experts say Schultz — who already was facing long odds of winning by saying that if he runs for the White House in 2020 it will be as an independent — hurt his chances during the week even further with a series of unforced errors. Former Starbucks chief Howard Schultz touted his background as a poor kid from Brooklyn during the rollout this week of his potential independent presidential run — but the billionaire's overall performance got a big Bronx cheer from political analysts. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Schultz won't last - Dems hate him.
President Donald Trump has re-nominated his former physician Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson to receive a second star, even as he remains under Pentagon investigation over allegations of improper behavior. The President's push for Jackson to get a bump in his military rank comes less than a year after Jackson withdrew from consideration as Trump's nominee for secretary of Veterans Affairs over allegations that he was "abusive" toward colleagues, loosely handled prescription pain medications and was periodically intoxicated. CNN

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The three Americans who thwarted a 2015 terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train were awarded French citizenship in a special naturalization ceremony in Sacramento on Thursday. The three Americans who thwarted a 2015 terror attack on a Paris-bound train were awarded French citizenship on Thursday during a special naturalization ceremony in Sacramento. Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone were aboard the 15:17 train to Paris in August 2015 when a terrorist attempted to open fire on passengers on the train. FOX News
A series of prominent Democrats demanded Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's resignation on Friday, excoriating him for appearing in a racist yearbook photo showing one person dressed in blackface and another in the KKK's signature white hood and robes. Pressure is mounting on Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam to resign. CNN
VOA VIEW: Northam should resign.
ELF Cosmetics managed to bat away more than $40m in penalties after reporting its breach of sanctions to authoritiesA California cosmetics company has agreed to pay a nearly US$1m fine for importing fake eyelashes containing materials from North Korea in breach of sanctions, the US treasury has announced. Guardian
Russia has suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty after a similar move by the United States, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The deal meant nothing to Russia.

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The Holocaust illustrates how easily “people can move from condoning brutality, to committing genocide” and shows that “leaders who sanction hate speech or make anti-Semitic or xenophobic slurs” are encouraging their own citizens “to do the same”, the UN’s head of Global Communications told leading members of the Jewish community at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday. UN News
The bloodshed, fueled by cristal - methamphetamine - is fundamentally different from previous iterations of violence in Tijuana. San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: Tijuana is a mess next to the US border.
A strong earthquake has jolted southern Mexico, rattling nerves and swaying tall buildings hundreds of miles away in the capital, but there are no reports of serious damage, injuries or deaths. A strong earthquake jolted southern Mexico on Friday, rattling nerves and swaying tall buildings hundreds of miles away in the capital, but there were no reports of serious damage, injuries or deaths. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake had a magnitude of 6.6. ABC

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One week after Roger Stone’s arrest and indictment, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Friday warned she may impose a gag order on the veteran GOP operative with close ties to President Donald Trump, but said she has not yet made a decision. The pre-trial proceeding should not be a "public relations campaign,” Judge Amy Berman Jackson said, adding that she's worried that Stone treating the pre-trial process "like a book tour" could taint a potential jury at a future trial. ABC
VOA VIEW: Stone is a publicity hound.
The biggest private U.S. employer will also pay bonuses for good attendance, saying 300,000 workers may qualify. Retailing giant Walmart is giving hourly workers paid time off in the U.S., nationalizing a policy that conforms with an increasing number of cities and states mandating employers provide paid sick leave. Starting Saturday, all Walmart store and warehouse workers will be able to accrue as many as 48 hours of what the retailer calls "Protected Paid Time Off," which differs from regular vacation time and can be used for any reason. CBS
The layoffs will impact white-collar workers and are part of the automaker's efforts to reduce headcount. General Motors will start a round of involuntary layoffs on Monday, cutting about 4,000 white-collar jobs, according to the automaker's hometown newspaper, the Detroit Free Press. GM wouldn't confirm the timing of the job cuts, with a spokesman telling CBS MoneyWatch that the company's priority is to first communicate with its employees about the cuts. CBS
Iran unveiled a new cruise missile with a range of 1,300 km (800 miles) on Saturday during celebrations marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, state television reported. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Iran is a world problem.
It's less than what the average baseball player earns and almost half the average NBA player's salary. When we think of football players, names like that of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady or Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald often come to mind — household names with multi-million-dollar contracts and lucrative endorsements with sportswear companies and other brands. But when these two players face off at Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, they'll be the exception rather than the rule CNBC
In an interview Thursday with The New York Times, President Donald Trump was asked whether there was anyone in the rapidly forming 2020 Democratic field who he thought might be his toughest opponent. "I would say, the best opening so far would be Kamala Harris," Trump responded. "I would say, in terms of the opening act, I would say, would be her." CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN making their own liberal news.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren has apologized to Cherokee Nation leaders over her attempt to use a DNA test to confirm her past claims to Native American ancestry, the tribe said. The presidential hopeful "reached out to us and has apologized to the tribe," Cherokee Nation executive director of communications Julie Hubbard said in a statement. CNN
VOA VIEW: Warren's presidential campaign is all but over.
An illegal immigrant – who’s served at least three stints in U.S. prisons for sexually abusing children -- was reportedly arrested during an early morning traffic stop in Texas on Wednesday. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The example for the need of a border wall.
The Supreme Court is temporarily keeping a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics on hold. Justice Samuel Alito says in a brief order Friday that the justices need more time to review arguments for and against the law, which requires doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The law was set to take effect Monday, though clinics have asked the high court to block its enforcement. FOX News

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Exclusive: leaked emails show officials planning crisis centres to manage halt in waste exports to EU Government officials are preparing to deal with “putrefying stockpiles” of rubbish in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to documents leaked to the Guardian. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March, export licences for millions of tons of waste will become invalid overnight. Environment Agency (EA) officials said leaking stockpiles could cause pollution. Guardian
Street demonstrations designed to drive Maduro out of office will be held on Saturday as he insists ‘we are indestructible’ Mass street protests designed to drive Nicolás Maduro out of office and into exile will sweep cities across Venezuela again on Saturday as Hugo Chávez’s successor fights for his political life and the future of their leftist Bolivarian revolution. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Maduro would be wise to walk away - while he can.
Trump's senior adviser, Jason Greenblatt, slammed PA officials via tweet on Friday for shedding what he characterized as crocodile tears on the loss of aid. Jerusalem Post
One way Iran’s efforts are taking place are below the official Syrian state structures – in the arming and sponsoring of Iran-controlled paramilitary formations on Syria soil. Jerusalem Post
The United States announced on Friday it will withdraw from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia in six months unless Moscow ends its alleged violations of the landmark 1987 arms control pact. Reuters
VOA VIEW: This does not look like someone who was tied to some Russia conspiracy.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam apologized on Friday for a photograph on his 1984 medical school yearbook page showing two people at a party in racist garb, one smiling and in blackface and standing next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan costume. Reuters
VOA VIEW: It is time to resign.
David Mikkelson, one of Snopes' founders, disagreed with their depiction of the partnership, but said that Facebook had left his employees in the dark about whether their efforts were working. Doreen Marchionne, Snopes' managing editor, said employees had expressed frustration about the partnership during two recent staff virtual meetings and through an internal survey. Sites such as Snopes, Politifact and Factcheck.org are at the center of Facebook's efforts to fight fake news, receiving money in return for independently checking and rating stories being shared on its service. Telegraph
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed, on Friday, the announcement of a new Government in Lebanon; the result of eight months of negotiation, following general elections last May. UN News
President Donald Trump plans to ask Congress to pass legislation on key trade agreements during next week's State of the Union address. UPI

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