Photos from a late 1970s UNC yearbook that show white members of university fraternities partying in Klan costumes and pretending to lynch a classmate wearing blackface have caused outrage on campus. The photos were initially posted Wednesday by Colin Campbell, editor of the N.C. Insider, a News & Observer publication, on his personal Twitter page. The first photo was of two white students dressed in white hooded robes approximating the garb of the Ku Klux Klan, holding onto a rope that appears to be draped over a chandelier and tied in a noose around the neck of another student. Charlotte Observer
VOA VIEW: It's a shame.
Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention have declined for more than a decade to create a list of sexual predators from affiliated churches. But the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News assembled one of our own. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Put out, or it will be put out for you.
Amid contentious talks on border security, President Trump sought Sunday to preemptively cast blame on Democrats if an impasse over his demand for a border wall leads to a second partial government shutdown this week. Stopgap funding for about one-third of the government is due to expire at midnight. LA Times
VOA VIEW: The Dems will hurt themselves.


Sen. Amy Klobuchar doesn’t have much star power in a Democratic primary packed with it. She can’t compete with several of the other presidential hopefuls in social media presence, fundraising aptitude, or even ability to fire up the base with big, ambitious policy plans. LA Times
A strong storm hitting Hawaii has knocked out power, brought down tree branches, flooded coastal roads — and even brought snow. Snow is not unheard of in mountainous parts of the islands. Miami Herald
Ahead of a rally Monday in El Paso, Texas, to boost support for his proposed border wall, President Trump signaled that he is still mulling an executive order to fund the barrier if congressional negotiations break down. “President is on sound legal ground to declare a National Emergency. There have been 58 National Emergencies declared... New York Post
VOA VIEW: It seems legal.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, who once stirred outrage by claiming, “Israel has hypnotized the world,” came under fire again Sunday by claiming that a pro-Israel lobby pays off American politicians. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle called her out when she tweeted that the relationship between the United States and Israel is “all about the the Benjamins.” New York Post
Since his election in November, Mr. Newsom has emphasized a progressive vision for California and the country, pitching his state as a leader on issues like immigration, climate change and income inequality. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal foolishness.


Hundreds of thousands of Iranians held nation-wide rallies on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the fall of the Shah and the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shi'ite cleric who led an Islamic Revolution that rattles the West to this day. Rueters
A young woman and her friends celebrate her quinceañera by posing for photographs at an overlook in El Paso. The tension surrounding President Trump’s planned visit to the city on Monday is revealing political fissures. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It's the liberal news media message.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez has faced off against plenty of corporate representatives, but none quite like this one. Adult-film performer Stormy Daniels has emerged as a leading critic of a Gonzalez bill that would cement into law a court ruling requiring employers to hire workers as employees. San Diego Tribune
When California voters passed Proposition 64 allowing recreational marijuana, they likely imagined a place like March and Ash. Stepping into the licensed Mission Valley dispensary is reminiscent of a high-end beauty counter. Stylish yet approachable, the shop is staffed with friendly “budtenders”. San Diego Tribune
The Polish government has joined forces with the United States to co-host an international conference on the Middle East, hoping to strengthen its ties with Washington as its seeks greater protection from Russia. But other longstanding relationships are being tested. Iran’s government, which views the conference as a hostile act. Seattle Times
Last year's mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, prompted a number of states to pass "red flag" laws that allow law enforcement or family members to seek an order seizing guns from people who appear violent and pose a possible danger. Nine states have passed laws over the past year allowing police or household members to seek court orders requiring people deemed threatening to temporarily surrender their guns, bringing the total to 14. Several more are likely to follow in the months ahead. ABC
VOA VIEW: What right will be taken if people lie.

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Official figures show that the British economy slowed sharply in the last three months of 2018 as uncertainties over Brexit intensified. The Office for National Statistics said Monday that the British economy grew by a quarterly rate of only 0.2 percent during the fourth quarter, down from the 0.6 percent tick recorded in the previous three-month period. Seattle Times
An attorney for AMI chairman David Pecker appeared on ABC's "This Week" to double down against allegations of extortion and blackmail by Amazon chief executive and Washington Post owner Jeffrey P. Bezos. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Questionable!
A truck driver accused of killing 11 people and wounding seven during an attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue in October is expected to appear Monday morning in a federal courtroom to be arraigned on additional charges. The hearing in Robert Bowers' case is expected to be short. Washington Times


Hungary's anti-immigration PM says the government is boosting aid for families. The measures announced by Viktor Orban during his "state of the nation" speech are meant to encourage women to have more children and reverse Hungary's population decline. The benefits include a lifetime personal income-tax exemption for women who give birth and raise at least four children; a subsidy of 2.5 million forints ($8,825) toward the purchase a seven-seat vehicle for families with three or more children; and a low-interest loan of 10 million forints ($35,300) for women under age 40 who are marrying for the first time. ABC
VOA VIEW: Poor people should not have large number of children.
U.S. fears about China and Russia's growing influence in Central Europe will top Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's agenda as he heads to the region this week, Trump administration officials say. Pompeo leaves Sunday on a five-nation tour of Europe that will begin in Hungary and Slovakia where he will raise those concerns and the importance of promoting democracy and the rule of law to counter Beijing and Moscow's efforts to pull the countries away from the West and sow divisions in the European Union and NATO. ABC
An Alabama church had a pew that honored Confederate President Jefferson Davis. An Alabama church has removed a pew honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis, saying the memorial had no place at a time when rebel symbols have been adopted by white supremacists. The pastor of St. John's Episcopal Church, Robert C. Wisnewski Jr., posted a message on the church website last week saying the wooden pew was dedicated more than 90 years ago at a service featuring a pro-lynching segregationist. ABC
VOA VIEW: A make mistake.

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Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir joins moderator Margaret Brennan to discuss the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the war in Yemen and more. CBS
Rep. Don Beyer, D-Virginia, tells Margaret Brennan that both Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax should step down. CBS
Camera-laden towers and underground sensors plug the gaps in the existing US-Mexico border fence. While President Trump demands a wall costing several billions of dollars, and the Democrats suggest technology would be better suited to the job, we are being given a whistle-stop tour of some of the tech already in use within Arizona's Tucson Sector. BBC
VOA VIEW: A wall is necessary.
As bond yields fall on global growth fears, Wells Fargo is making some changes. This month, the firm cut both its year-end Federal Reserve interest rate hike forecast and bond yield targets. However, the firm's global head of interest rate strategy said the decision has little to do with an economic slowdown abroad. "It boils down to the Fed," Michael Schumacher said Thursday on CNBC's "Futures Now." "What does the Fed care about most? CNBC

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President Donald Trump might be in jail by the time Election Day comes around, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said on her first full day of campaigning as a declared presidential candidate. The moment marked a notable shift in tone for Warren, who has been reluctant to take on Trump directly by name since she announced her exploratory campaign on New Year's Eve. Warren elaborated on those comments to reporters at an event in Iowa City, pointing to the ongoing investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election by special counsel Robert Mueller. CNN
VOA VIEW: Warren is an idiot.
North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones died on Sunday at age 76, according to a statement on the congressman's website. "After faithfully representing the people of Eastern North Carolina in Congress and the state legislature for over 34 years, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) passed away this afternoon in Greenville, North Carolina. CNN
Denver teachers are planning to strike Monday after failed negotiations with the school district over base pay. The Denver Classroom Teachers Association released a statement Saturday saying the district's proposal lacks transparency and "pushes for failed incentives for some over meaningful base salary for all." Teachers plan to picket around the city beginning Monday as the district tries to keep schools open by staffing them with administrators and substitutes. FOX News
The Trump administration's special envoy for Afghanistan is returning to the country after stops in Europe and the Middle East for an extended diplomatic tour aimed at pushing a U.S. peace initiative. The State Department said in a statement Sunday that Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad would spend the rest of February traveling to Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan and Pakistan. FOX News
PM’s reply to Labour leader’s letter stresses her objections to UK being in a customs union. Theresa May has effectively ruled out Labour’s ideas for a compromise Brexit plan, shutting off another potential route to a deal as business groups warned that with less than 50 days to go the departure process was entering the “emergency zone”. Guardian
The Iranian scientist was allegedly involved in the 2012 assassination of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan in Tehran and was able to enter the UK using the migrant crises as a cover, reports the Daily Mail. Jerusalem Post
PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said that his government was “prepared for all scenarios in case Israel deducts money from the tax and tariff duties.” Jerusalem Post
Talks on border security funding collapsed after Democratic and Republican lawmakers clashed over immigrant detention policy as they worked to avert another U.S. government shutdown, a Republican senator said on Sunday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Dems will have to back off
When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Hungary, Slovakia and Poland this week he wants to make up for a lack of U.S. engagement that opened the door to more Chinese and Russian influence in central Europe, administration officials say. Reuters
There are some 68.5 million people currently displaced around the world, with 25.4 million crossing national borders in search of safety. Even a healthy migrant or refugee can fall sick, while traveling to – or sheltering in – a receiving country. Poor living conditions and lifestyle adjustments to a totally new environment, are just two possible reasons why, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first Report on the health of refugees and migrants in the WHO European Region. UN News
President Trump gave his State of the Union speech last week—and what a speech it was. Clocking in at 82 minutes, it was the third longest State of the Union speech ever. (Unable to break the record for the longest speech ever? Sad!) But journalists aside, nobody really cares about the runtime except for the poor people who had to sit through the whole thing. We'll get back to them later. In the meantime, let's look at what Trump said. Wired
VOA VIEW: Trump made a good speech.

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