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House Democrats on Wednesday postponed indefinitely a vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism after a contentious meeting in which some new members confronted leaders over their push to rebuke Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. In the party's weekly closed meeting, Democrats protested the way... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Dems are going too far to come back.
The U.S. government ran an operation to screen journalists, activists and others while investigating last year's migrant caravan from Mexico, a San Diego TV station reported Wednesday, citing leaked documents. Dossiers that included photos from their passports or social media accounts, date of... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Liberal stupidity to cover their lack of correct journalism.
There’s a new push to allow North Carolina teachers to carry guns in school that some state lawmakers think has a chance of being approved this year. Charlotte Observer
VOA VIEW: Children may be safer.
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Despite early signs hinting at the storm's toxic impact, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and Texas' Commission on Environmental Quality declined an offer from NASA to fly a plane with advanced air quality monitoring sensors over Houston, the Los Angeles Times has found. Houston Chronicle
It's also hard to determine how much Texas residents are paying in state taxes compared with the 49 other states in the U.S. Fortunately, 24/7 Wall St. which is part of the USAToday.com, has made the bottom line on state taxes easier to understand and compare. How bad is Texas' state tax burden? Study compares all 50 states Houston Chronicle
Even foes of Vice President Mike Pence used to agree he's a decent guy. Now that defining characteristic is being disputed because of his LGBTQ stand.
VOA VIEW: Pence may be too decent.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report will not contain any indictment of the president. If there was such bombshell evidence of collusion or illegal acts, it would have been leaked by now. As a result, anti-Trumpers are calling for every word of the report to be made public in hopes there is at least some … Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
North Korea's state TV has aired a documentary glorifying leader Kim Jong Un's recent visit to Vietnam that omitted the failed nuclear negotiations with President Donald Trump ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Expected when Un controls the media in NK.
It was just a couple of days after he’d left the nuclear summit between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un after it collapsed in Hanoi, and where was America’s top diplomat? On morning drive-time radio in Iowa. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo had barely touched down at Andrews Air... LA Times
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Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren each came to the defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar on Wednesday for remarks that critics have called anti-Semitic. The three U.S. senators spoke out as House Democrats postponed a vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism... LA Times
When Congress passed a new farm bill in December 2018, it allowed hemp production to fire up beyond the university research setting. When the bill passed, Agriculture Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried … Miami Herald
The Trump administration will bar dozens of Venezuelan leaders from the United States in the latest move by the Trump administration to help remove Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro from power. … Miami Herald
A U.S. military commander says his country is keeping a close watch on North Korea following reported activity at a rocket launch site there. The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral Phil Davidson, says he is working with countries including South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and France to enforce sanctions... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Good because NK cannot be trusted.
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President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, considered seeking a presidential pardon last year, it was revealed Wednesday. Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, told The Post that his client did entertain the possibility of a pardon as part of a joint defense agreement Cohen had with the president after Cohen’s Manhattan office was raided in... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Cohen is a proven liar.
The United States trade deficit in goods reached $891.3 billion in 2018 — the highest it’s ever been. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal media spin.
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s entry into the 2020 Democratic primary could provide voters with a clear front-runner. New York Times
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Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd filed a lawsuit against the United States late Wednesday, alleging that it acted illegally by enacting a law that forbids the government from doing business with companies that use Huawei equipment as a "substantial or essential component" of their system. Rueters
VOA VIEW: America First - the lawsuit will fail.
New activities have been detected at a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles plant, South Korean media said on Thursday, as U.S. President Donald Trump said he would be very disappointed if Pyongyang rebuilt a rocket site. Rueters
The 3rd Marine Air Wing at Miramar is investigating a recent incident in which two Marines appeared to be in blackface, an act that has been condemned by the local NAACP and some congressional leaders. The Marines assigned to the air wing recently were seen in a now-viral social media video wearing... San Diego Tribune
Taiwan has submitted an official request to purchase new fighter jets from the United States to “counter current enemy threats,” the island’s deputy defense minister said Thursday. The request comes as Chinese leader Xi Jinping has used increasingly strident rhetoric toward Taiwan, a self-governed island which split from the mainland during […] Seattle Times
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said Fox News won't host Democratic debates during the 2020 presidential campaign, reports say.
VOA VIEW: The DNC wants to sensor their stupidity.
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The Republican Party of Virginia is offering a cash reward if someone hands over a photo showing the state’s attorney general in blackface.
Southwest is selling a limited number of connecting flights, meaning travelers from the Midwest and East Coast have to spend a night in California.
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s remarks came as she pleaded with skeptical House Democrats to support President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a border wall. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: A clear crises.
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U.S. precipitation has now been unsurpassed over the last three-, six- and 12-months. Washington Post
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg presented his vision for the future of Facebook as a "a privacy-focused messaging and social networking platform" on Wednesday after years of scrutiny from advocacy groups, users and politicians following privacy breaches and scandals. ABC
VOA VIEW: Facebook is a joke.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border as she clashed with Democrats for the first time since they wrested control of the House. The hearing came as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection released new figures showing a massive uptick in attempted border crossings in recent months despite the colder weather. Nielsen warned that, at the current pace, the U.S. was on track to encounter close to one million undocumented migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of the budget year. ABC
VOA VIEW: Dems looked and sounded like the fools they are.
Senator Martha McSally, who was the first female US fighter pilot to fly in combat, was speaking at a hearing on the sex assaults in the military. The Arizona Republican said she did not report the rape as she felt ashamed and confused, and distrusted the system. Reports of sexual assaults across the US military jumped nearly 10% in 2017. Ms McSally told the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on Wednesday: "I stayed silent for many years. "But later in my career, as the military grappled with the scandals, and their wholly inadequate responses, I felt the need to let some people know, I too was a survivor
Witnesses and colleagues say an American citizen working as a journalist in Venezuela has been detained after security forces searched his apartment. A doorman at Cody Weddle's residence said a squad of five men wearing black uniforms demanded entry early Wednesday and left with the journalist in custody.
A spokesman for the State Department said the U.S. aware of a missing journalist and issued a warning to President Nicolás
Amazon is closing all its U.S. pop-up stores, with the retailing giant confirming plans to close 87 kiosks in malls and Whole Food and Kohl's stores around the country. "After much review, we came to the decision to discontinue our pop-up kiosk program," an Amazon spokesperson told CBS MoneyWatch by email. Amazon is instead expanding its bookstores and so-called 4-star stores offering highly rated items, and will open additional locations of both brands this year, the spokesperson added.
VOA VIEW: Amazon is running.
First there was "Jeff Bozo." Now there's "Tim Apple."
President Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook have had some tense moments in the past, but none quite like this. In a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the importance of technology in education, Trump referred to the head of the iPhone maker as "Tim Apple." President Trump uses nicknames for many people — mostly adversaries like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Liberals hate be come back of Trump.
A federal judge in California on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question on the 2020 census and ruled it was unconstitutional and unlawful. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A foolish dumb judge.
US intelligence officials will no longer be required to publicly disclose the number of civilians killed in airstrikes against terrorist targets "outside areas of active hostilities" due to a new executive order issued by President Donald Trump on Wednesday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Obama wanted to make the US look bad.
President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen speaks with reporters after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed hearing. CNN
The suspect in the alleged attack on a conservative activist who was manning a recruitment table at the University of California, Berkeley campus Feb. 19 pleaded not guilty to four counts at his arraignment Wednesday. FOX News
Exclusive: Equality and Human Rights Commission close to deciding if it should inquire into antisemitism responseBritain’s equality watchdog is close to deciding if it will launch an inquiry into whether the Labour party’s handling of antisemitism cases complies with equalities law.If the Equality and Human Rights Commission decides to investigate, it would be a significant blow to Labour and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, because the bar for launching a formal investigation into whether the party is carrying out its statutory duties is relatively high. Continue reading... Guardian
PM’s spokesman says UK still looking for backstop changes after ‘robust’ discussionsDowning Street has insisted the meaningful vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal will go ahead as promised on Tuesday, despite negotiations in Brussels stumbling.The prime minister’s spokesman repeated the line on Wednesday that the government is determined to secure “legally binding changes” to the Irish backstop, despite the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, returning empty-handed from the talks. Continue reading... Guardian
The Berlin-based daily paper Tagesspiegel queried Mohammaddin bin Ketapi about whether his country is safe for homosexuals and Jews Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Foolish statement and position.
“I call on the international community to halt, by any means, Iran's attempts to bypass the sanctions via the sea,” he said. Jerusalem Post
The system arrived in Israel on Tuesday along with some 200 troops from US European Command (EUCOM) for a month-long drill between the two allies. Jerusalem Post
President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen provided the U.S. House Intelligence Committee with new documents and may hand over more, the panel's chairman said after a day-long hearing behind closed doors. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Big deal - nothing.
The Democratic National Committee on Wednesday said it will not allow Fox News to host any of its candidates' political debates through 2020, citing a report this week about the conservative channel's ties to U.S. President Donald Trump. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Dems want to silence truth.
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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday defended the government's position that the country faces a dire crisis due to migration at the U.S.-Mexico border in the face of fiery questioning from Democrats in Congress. Reuters
The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Wednesday, to discuss the latest findings of the global chemical weapons watchdog in Syria, which concluded that there were “reasonable grounds” that a chemical attack took place during the crucial battle for control of Eastern Ghouta, last April. UN News
The UN is calling for some $120 million to provide life-saving humanitarian aid, desperately needed by 3.8 million North Koreans, as it releases its 2019 Needs and Priorities Plan for the country. UN News
VOA VIEW: NK better wake up quick.
The Trump administration's immigration policies drew attention from four congressional committees Wednesday. The oversight hearings began a day after U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that it apprehended more than 76,103 undocumented migrants at the southern border in February, the highest in 12 years.
VOA VIEW: The truth cannot be hidden.
The U.S. is pursuing initiatives, and threatening more sanctions, in support of a transition of power in Venezuela, national security adviser John Bolton said. UPI
Crude oil prices fell early Wednesday following a report Tuesday detailing a larger-than-expected buildup by the American Petroleum Institute. UPI