Toombs County remains solidly Trump country. But many in the area have nuanced views about immigration because of the county’s agricultural industry. M&T Farms is based in Toombs County, a rural Southeast Georgia county that voted overwhelmingly for Trump — 73 percent — in the 2016 presidential election. Toombs remains solidly Trump country. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: The wall must go up - period.
After North Carolina’s largest counties cut ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency said it’s been forced to adopt a “new normal”: one that resulted in the arrest of hundreds of immigrants living here illegally this week. “This is the direct conclusion of dangerous policies of not cooperating with ICE,” said Sean Gallagher, who oversees the agency’s operation in the Carolinas and Georgia. Charlotte Observer
VOA VIEW: The law is the law.
President Donald Trump was highly criticized on Twitter Saturday for appearing to make a joke about the Trail of Tears. The president's use of the word trail in all caps is a potential reference to the Trail of Tears, the forced relocation of Native Americans from their homelands in the Southern United States to reservations in Oklahoma in the 1800s. Thousands of Native Americans died during the event. Andrew Jackson was the president who signed the Indian Removal Act into law in 1830. IndyStar
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.


People who really, deeply care about Hispanic and black unemployment data understand that those raw percentages don’t even come close to telling the full story. It is said that the best lies have a grain of truth in them. That’s the ideal way to characterize President Trump’s assertion in the State of the Union address that “African-American, Hispanic-American and Asian-American unemployment have all reached their lowest levels ever recorded.” IndyStar
VOA VIEW: Facts are facts.
As he lays ground to run for president, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock looks back with regret at his failure to recognize the gravity of a top aide’s sexual harassment of a colleague. After he was fired, the advisor went to work for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and was soon accused of harassing a female co-worker. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Dems have a major problem.
Last week, no fewer than six committees of the House of Representatives were investigating potential grounds for impeaching Donald Trump as president of the United States. They don’t use the word “impeachment.” LA Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are at a loss in what to do.
A German Catholic cardinal who was ousted from a high doctrinal position by Pope Francis said in a “manifesto of faith” that the church has become too focused on mercy instead of traditional doctrine. Gerhard Cardinal Mueller didn’t refer to Francis by name, but took jabs at his willingness to allow remarried Catholics to receive Communion, and asserted women cannot be ordained priests. New York Post
The Border Patrol caught 325 people — including 32 unaccompanied youngsters — who illegally crossed a vehicular barrier into Arizona on Saturday. The Daily Mail said they were found after they lit a campfire to cope with the freezing temperatures. The group included another 150 kids who were with families. They’re all from countries in Central America. Two of the children were taken to a local hospital. A 5-year-old was treated for chicken pox and a 12-year-old for a skin infection. New York Post
Democrats risk alienating women or African-Americans depending on how they respond to allegations that Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia sexually assaulted two women. New York Times
VOA VIEW: A broad liberal problem.


Venezuela's most successful financial operations in recent years have not taken place on Wall Street, but in primitive gold-mining camps in the nation's southern reaches. Rueters
Officials signed a short-term agreement on Sunday to boost South Korea's contribution toward the upkeep of U.S. troops on the peninsula, after a previous deal lapsed amid U.S. President Donald Trump's call for the South to pay more. Rueters
One caravan of more than 1,800 migrants has been camped out by the Texas border in Piedras Negras. A second caravan numbering 2,000 has been moving this week through southern Mexico. Several hundred other migrants remained at a stadium in Mexico City earlier this week, preparing for the next step. San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: Caravans will continue as long as Dems keep fighting for open borders.
Hundreds of millions of dollars in driving and parking fines are written up every year in the Bay Area. In San Francisco alone, parking tickets fines alone add up to $124 million dollars per year. San Francisco Gate

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Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is set to join the 2020 presidential race Sunday, becoming the most prominent Midwestern candidate as the party tries to win back voters in a region that helped put Donald Trump in the White House. Klobuchar said she would make a “big announcement” about her political plans at an event along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. She already is scheduled to speak Feb. 21 in Iowa, site of the nation’s first caucuses on the nominating calendar. Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are going to mar any chances one prevails.
"Saturday Night Live" tackled Virginia's blackface controversy by fielding questions from state officials on when it's OK to wear blackface. Apparently, there is never an appropriate time to wear blackface — who would've thought? Keenan Thompson spoke to a room full of Virginia government officials, who all unanimously agreed that Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax should resign due to multiple accusations of sexual assault raised against him. USA Today
Three months after they arrived, most of the 6,000 migrants are gone. The familiar ritual unfolds each morning like clockwork now, next to the giant "Mexico" in block letters that greets visitors and migrants to the Chaparral pedestrian crossing into San Diego. A woman standing under a temporary shade looked at a large book containing a list of migrants waiting to claim asylum in the United States. USA Today


Mathew Golsteyn told The Post that he has found the Army’s investigation dishonest, and he can no longer stay silent about it: "They do not obey their own rules." The incident first came under scrutiny by the Army in October 2011, the same year Golsteyn was awarded a Silver Star for valor in different actions. Golsteyn said he had planned to join the CIA and go to Iraq in 2012, and in a polygraph test for the CIA he said he had killed an unarmed man and burned the body. Washington Post
In announcing his plans to speak at the March for Truth, the former Democratic congressman slammed Trump’s “racist, inflammatory rhetoric” about the border. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: A waste of time and good for a Trump 2020 win.
A Kentucky sheriff has told the local fiscal court he is suspending all law enforcement activities because of lack of funding. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports , Martin County Sheriff John Kirk took the stage without invitation at a fiscal court meeting Monday. Washington Times
The U.S. military is proceeding with its 120-day plan to pull all U.S. troops and equipment out of Syria by the end of April, although so far only equipment and supplies have been removed. However, U.S. officials say the White House will have to tell the military within a matter of weeks whether to proceed with the actual removal of troops. Two U.S. officials say the U.S. military withdrawal plan is proceeding independently of the White House effort to get guarantees from Turkey not to attack America’s Kurdish allies after U.S. troops pull out. ABC
VOA VIEW: What ever the commander-in-chef says.
President Donald Trump's campaign has spent nearly $100,000 of donor money to pay legal bills to the firm representing Jared Kushner, Winston & Strawn. President Donald Trump's campaign has spent nearly $100,000 of donor money to pay legal bills to the firm representing Jared Kushner, the latest campaign finance records show. ABC

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The rally for Warren's announcement took place in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the site of a 1912 strike by textile workers. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren officially launched her presidential campaign Saturday morning, over a month after she announced an exploratory committee to test the viability of a bid for the White House. The rally for Warren's announcement took place in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the site of a 1912 strike by textile workers, making it a symbolic location to launch a campaign largely focused on economic inequality. CBS
VOA VIEW: A waste of time, good for Republicans.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency. There was an unusual sight at the world-famous Pike Place Market in Seattle Saturday morning: about 4 inches of snow on the ground already. Two to six more inches of snow were in the forecast as a winter storm pounded the state. One county official warned the storm could be a "once every decade or two occurrence," CBS News' Carter Evans reported. CBS
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces will start an assault on Saturday against Islamic State's last enclave in the part of Syria where the U.S.-led coalition has been supporting operations against the group, an SDF official told Reuters. "The battle will be launched this evening and its mission will be to eliminate the last remnants of the terrorist organization," Mustafa Bali, the head of the SDF media office, said, describing it as the "last battle". CNBC

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Republican and Democratic negotiators are exchanging border security proposals that contain far less funding for the border wall than President Donald Trump has demanded, with just days left before a deadline to release their bill ahead of another potential government shutdown. CNN
VOA VIEW: Dems may screw up any chance of a deal.
A clarifying week in Washington showed how ugly the war of oversight between President Donald Trump and House Democrats will become and dug new battle lines in the most intense exchanges yet of the 2020 campaign. CNN
VOA VIEW: Dems are wasting the American voters time.
While controversy around her heritage lingers, voters call the Democrat’s fight against economic injustice ‘inspiring’. On a cold, blustery January day in 1912, immigrant women walked out of the Everett Mill in the Massachusetts factory town of Lawrence demanding higher wages and better working conditions. Mill owners and city government responded in a swift and heavy-handed manner; local militias and police forces were called to the streets. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Warren is nuts.
Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin calls US President Donald Trump's policy regarding Iran and Hezbollah 'negative.' Jerusalem Post
African nations are setting an example for richer countries when it comes to the treatment of refugees, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a press conference on Saturday, following a meeting with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. UN News
City officials in Arizona are demanding the federal government remove new razor wire along the U.S.-Mexico border. City officials in Arizona are demanding the federal government remove new razor wire along the U.S.-Mexico border. The razor wire extends from the border fence to the ground as U.S. Army soldiers have added new rows of concertina wire along the border in Nogales, Ariz. UPI
VOA VIEW: Arizona liberals are causing problems for themselves.
Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner announced the National Cannabis Roundtable Friday, a lobby group aimed at getting federal restrictions removed for marijuana growth and use. Boehner, who was House speaker from 2011 to 2015, will serve a chair of the roundtable that represents legal marijuana businesses in 23 states and the District of Columbia, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. UPI
VOA VIEW: Former power used for money.

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