In a meeting with regional leaders, Vice President Mike Pence on Monday announced minor new U.S. sanctions against loyalists of President Nicolas Maduro and called on other nations to follow the Trump administration's lead in freezing the assets of Venezuela's state oil giant PDVSA. Baltimore Sun
In recent years, fast-food chains have been forced to become more transparent. So, too, have other chain restaurants across the country. Here are the calorie counts for some of the most common fast-food menu items. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Good advise.
Deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2017 hit the highest level since federal data collection started in 1999.          IndyStar


The United States is more likely to be involved in a "shooting war" in the disputed South China Sea than the Philippines but the latter would be embroiled in. he family of a dual Saudi-U.S. citizen imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for more than a year are claiming that he has been subjected to routine torture and is on the verge of an emotional breakdown. Las Vegas Sun
Next week marks the start of a new round of elections in the nation's last unresolved congressional race after November's results were thrown out. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: The people need representation.
The nation’s economic growth declined at the end of last year for the second straight quarter, denying President Trump the 3% annual increase he had promised that Republican tax cuts would spur. And growth this year and next won’t hit that level either, economists said. LA Times
Turkey's trade minister says a U.S. decision to end a preferential trade program with Turkey is inconsistent with the two countries' aim to increase annual bilateral trade to $75 billion. Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: Turkey should fly right.
China announced a robust annual economic growth target and a 7.5 percent rise in military spending Tuesday as it convened an annual legislative session overshadowed by a tariff war. Miami Herald
Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with potentially damaging inquiries into his White House. Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: The Dems are fools.


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter on Monday night to once again defend Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar over the comments she keeps making about Israel — which have been deemed anti-Semitic by many, including fellow Democrats. Responding to a tweet from California Rep. Juan Vargas, who blasted Omar earlier in the day. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Both should taken off committees.
Representative Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, last month in Washington. On Monday, he outlined his investigation into obstruction of justice by President Trump. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Fools!
To turn up pressure on Cuba’s communist government, the Trump administration is reversing longstanding practice and allowing U.S. citizens to sue certain Cuban companies over property expropriated decades ago, officials said Monday. U.S. officials said they intend to hold government and military. LA Times
Turkey's trade minister says a U.S. decision to end a preferential trade program with Turkey is inconsistent with the two countries' aim to increase annual bilateral trade to $75 billion. Miami Herald

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Ben Carson, the secretary for Housing and Urban Development, said on Monday that he plans to leave the agency and return to the private sector at the end of President Trump’s first term. “I will certainly finish out this term,” Carson said in an interview with Newsmax TV that will air Monday night. New York Post
The National Security Agency has shut down a controversial program that collects domestic phone and text records, a senior Republican congressional aide said. New York Times
China's government and its leading smartphone maker, Huawei Technologies Ltd, stepped up pressure on Monday on the U.S. and Canadian governments in a dispute over trade and telecoms technology that has ensnared Huawei's CFO, who faces U.S. criminal charges. Rueters
VOA VIEW: China is the problem.


Turkey’s trade minister says a U.S. decision to end a preferential trade program with Turkey is inconsistent with the two countries’ aim to increase annual bilateral trade to $75 billion. Ruhsar Pekcan tweeted on Tuesday that Turkey intends to press ahead with efforts to reach the target “without losing any momentum.” Seattle Times
Far too many retirees simply claim Social Security ASAP without fully understanding the implications of this choice.         USA Today
While the main weather story Sunday was the deadly tornado outbreak in the South, the other big weather news is the ongoing record cold in the central and eastern U.S.         USA Today
The sprawling investigations have produced hundreds of prostitution-related charges and created a maelstrom of media attention — almost entirely because of the inclusion of solicitation charges against Robert Kraft, owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Washington Post
President Trump promised to issue an executive order soon that would require universities to protect free speech on campus. University officials and First Amendment scholars responded to the proposal with questions about the details of the policy, which are not yet known. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Colleges should allow free speech.

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At least 23 were killed by tornadoes in Lee County, about 60 miles northeast of Montgomery, Alabama. This storm brought the highest tornado death toll in the United States since 2013, according to the National Weather Service. At least three children -- age 6, 9 and 10 -- were among the victims, according to the local coroner. ABC
Drugmaker facing myriad lawsuits over its role in the opioid epidemic is weighing a Chapter 11 filing, Reuters reports. Purdue Pharma is considering filing for bankruptcy as the OxyContin maker looks to limit its potential liabilities from lawsuits over the drugmaker's alleged role in the nation's deadly opioid epidemic, according to reports that cited people familiar with the matter. CBS
VOA VIEW: Bad news for all.
"It's the sort of thing you see in a tiki bar," Daniel Blau, a Munich-based art dealer told The New York Times. Multiple art dealers and experts told The New York Times that the wooden statue depicting a Hawaiian war god could be much less valuable, and created much more recently, than Christie’s claimed ahead of the November 2017 auction. CNBC

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler blasted Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio for an 'inane AND anti-Semitic' tweet that spelled billionaire hedge funder Tom Steyer's last name with a "$." Steyer wants President Donald Trump impeached. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Nadler is an idiot.
The Senate's top Republican leader says opponents of President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border have enough Senate votes to prevail on a resolution aimed at blocking the move. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Republicans must stand tall.
Officials from the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories met with Japanese Foreign Minister to discuss "ways to promote stability in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip." Jerusalem Post
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported the highest number of cases of measles in decades, with 229,068 in 2018. Jerusalem Post
Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper joined the growing field of Democratic presidential candidates on Monday, hoping to position himself as a centrist and an experienced officeholder who is best poised to defeat Republican President Donald Trump in 2020. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Another waste of time.
Three U.S. House of Representatives committees asked the White House and State Department on Monday for details on President Donald Trump's talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, seeking to interview translators and other staff involved in their conversations. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Dems are wasting their time.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said that the agency was continuing to monitor activities around North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre, which according to news reports is believed to have supplied plutonium for DPRK’s nuclear weapons programme, and was a central issue in talks that broke up without agreement last week in Vietnam, between United States President, Donald Trump, and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. UN News
Cuba is on its way to seeing a growth in annual tourism to the island of at least 5 million visitors this year, officials said Monday. UPI
Reynolds American tobacco introduced new television ads Monday meant to promote its Vuse Alto e-cigarettes as a way to help adult smokers quit altogether and to slow down teenage vaping. UPI

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