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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced Thursday to nearly four years in prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians, much less than what was called for under sentencing guidelines. Manafort, sitting in a wheelchair as he deals with complications... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: A good deal.
The Trump administration on Thursday proposed new rules mandating when certain workers must be given overtime pay, pushing a plan that would raise pay for more than a million people but scales back the previous administration's plans to expand overtime pay to even more workers. Under the administration's... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: A needed changed.
Gov. Greg Abbott has quietly been stocking Texas courts with Republican judges freshly rejected by voters, employing one of the strongest powers of his office to stem the erosion of the GOP's decades-long dominance in the state. In the three months since the worst election night for Texas Republicans in a generation, four of Abbott's last six judicial appointments to fill key court vacancies have been former Republican judges who lost their 2018 races. One was elevated to the Texas Supreme Court just weeks after being voted out of a lower court in Houston. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: What's strange about this?

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Reducing immigration into the greater Houston area by 30 percent would cost the regional economy $51 billion by 2036, according to a study released Thursday. The report by the Center for Houston's Future, a local think tank associated with the Greater Houston Partnership, found that a continued flow of immigrants at current or higher levels is essential for area businesses to attract enough skilled and unskilled workers. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Liberal thinking.
Tiptoeing along the edge of caricature, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says: Native Americans should be “at the table” with African-Americans for a “robust discussion” about making some Americans pay reparations to other Americans to atone for misdeeds by still other Americans. The enumeration of the misdeeds, and the assignment of guilt for them, will presumably come later. What is, however, already clear is that … Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Reparations are a crazy thought.
Based on two summits to date between the United States and North Korea, Kim Jong Un has shown his stripes and has no intention of dropping his nuclear program as the central component of his power. President Donald Trump will not be successful in getting the rogue state to disarm its nuclear stockpile and curtail its ground-level testing. There may be some bargains reached during future negotiations and summits, but Kim will not ever completely relinquish his nuclear capabilities. He sees it as the strength of his reign. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: NK cannot be trusted.
China's foreign minister on Friday promised "all necessary measures" to defend Chinese companies and citizens abroad amid legal clashes between tech giant Huawei and Washington ... Las Vegas Sun
Eagan Avenatti, the longtime firm of lawyer Michael Avenatti, filed late Thursday for federal bankruptcy protection. It’s the second time in two years that it has sought court protection from its creditors. The move came three weeks after Jason Frank, a former lawyer at the firm, filed court papers... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Avenatti is a user and fraud.
The lawsuit that porn actress Stormy Daniels filed against President Trump to void her nondisclosure agreement over their alleged affair was dismissed Thursday by a federal judge in Los Angeles. U.S. District Judge S. James Otero found that Daniels’ lawsuit was moot because she had already “received... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Good!

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The Florida Senate affirmed the right to smoke medical pot Thursday afternoon. SB 182 made it through its last stop during the day’s session, with just eight days to spare … Miami Herald
Voting for Brexit has proven to be much easier than fulfilling the wishes of U.K. voters. While the American trade focus has rightfully been on China, the United Kingdom is … Miami Herald
Authorities in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas say at least 25 Central American migrants have died when the truck they were traveling in overturned. The Chiapas state prosecutor’s office said in a statement late Thursday that 29 others were injured in the accident. It appears the driver lost control of... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Yet, Dems say there is no crises.
After starting a campaign to raise awareness about hijabs and why women wear them, an Islamic call center has become inundated with hate-filled, Islamophobic calls. The Islamic Center of North America’s Dallas, Texas branch (INCA) and sister organization GainPeace say their hotline has been receiving over 200 hate calls per week since putting up the... New York Post

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Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Publishers have already begun taking orders for a report that he is expected to produce, despite no one knowing when that will happen or how much, if any, will be made public. New York Times
Venezuela's government shut schools and suspended working hours on Friday after the capital Caracas and other major cities awoke without electricity due to a problem that struck the South American country's main hydroelectric plant on Thursday. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Maduro must go.
Turkey is running out of time to avert a showdown with the United States over its plans to buy advanced Russian air defenses and spurn a counter-offer from its NATO partner, raising the chance of U.S. sanctions against Ankara. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Turkey is playing a dangerous game.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday met with a small group of residents in San Ysidro who dismissed the notion that their border community is facing a crisis that stems from illegal immigration and drug smuggling. The arranged get-together at a small restaurant was an apparent response to President Donald... San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: The liberal fool is running for president.
Pope Francis is denouncing the “depraved hatred” behind a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in parts of the world and says interfaith dialogue can help counter it. Francis made the comments during a Friday audience with a delegation of the American Jewish Committee. He lamented that their meeting was taking place amid […] Seattle Times
Because Trump has directed pointed criticism of disaster recovery at California and Puerto Rico, critics question if he's playing favorites.         USA Today
Former Colorado governor and presidential candidate John Hickenlooper gave a fiery-for-him speech aimed at President Trump on Thursday.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: A waste of time.
Is there anyone who believes Trump is the one telling Hannity what to say? He has become a mouthpiece for Fox News generally and Hannity specifically.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Hannity is a such up.

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The Webster County attorney has cleared two officers who killed a man during an exchange of gunfire. Forty-five-year-old Matthew Hurley, of Wall Lake, died Dec. 31 after engaging in a gunfight while driving away from officers who had been called to a disturbance just outside ... Washington Times
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced Thursday to nearly four years in prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians, much less than what was called for under sentencing guidelines. Manafort, sitting in a wheelchair as he deals with complications... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: A good deal.
The Trump administration on Thursday proposed new rules mandating when certain workers must be given overtime pay, pushing a plan that would raise pay for more than a million people but scales back the previous administration's plans to expand overtime pay to even more workers. Under the administration's... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: A needed changed.

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Gov. Greg Abbott has quietly been stocking Texas courts with Republican judges freshly rejected by voters, employing one of the strongest powers of his office to stem the erosion of the GOP's decades-long dominance in the state. In the three months since the worst election night for Texas Republicans in a generation, four of Abbott's last six judicial appointments to fill key court vacancies have been former Republican judges who lost their 2018 races. One was elevated to the Texas Supreme Court just weeks after being voted out of a lower court in Houston. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: What's strange about this?
Reducing immigration into the greater Houston area by 30 percent would cost the regional economy $51 billion by 2036, according to a study released Thursday. The report by the Center for Houston's Future, a local think tank associated with the Greater Houston Partnership, found that a continued flow of immigrants at current or higher levels is essential for area businesses to attract enough skilled and unskilled workers. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Liberal thinking.
Tiptoeing along the edge of caricature, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says: Native Americans should be “at the table” with African-Americans for a “robust discussion” about making some Americans pay reparations to other Americans to atone for misdeeds by still other Americans. The enumeration of the misdeeds, and the assignment of guilt for them, will presumably come later. What is, however, already clear is that … Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Reparations are a crazy thought.
Based on two summits to date between the United States and North Korea, Kim Jong Un has shown his stripes and has no intention of dropping his nuclear program as the central component of his power. President Donald Trump will not be successful in getting the rogue state to disarm its nuclear stockpile and curtail its ground-level testing. There may be some bargains reached during future negotiations and summits, but Kim will not ever completely relinquish his nuclear capabilities. He sees it as the strength of his reign. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: NK cannot be trusted.
China's foreign minister on Friday promised "all necessary measures" to defend Chinese companies and citizens abroad amid legal clashes between tech giant Huawei and Washington ... Las Vegas Sun
Eagan Avenatti, the longtime firm of lawyer Michael Avenatti, filed late Thursday for federal bankruptcy protection. It’s the second time in two years that it has sought court protection from its creditors. The move came three weeks after Jason Frank, a former lawyer at the firm, filed court papers... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Avenatti is a user and fraud.
The lawsuit that porn actress Stormy Daniels filed against President Trump to void her nondisclosure agreement over their alleged affair was dismissed Thursday by a federal judge in Los Angeles. U.S. District Judge S. James Otero found that Daniels’ lawsuit was moot because she had already “received... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
The Florida Senate affirmed the right to smoke medical pot Thursday afternoon. SB 182 made it through its last stop during the day’s session, with just eight days to spare … Miami Herald
Voting for Brexit has proven to be much easier than fulfilling the wishes of U.K. voters. While the American trade focus has rightfully been on China, the United Kingdom is … Miami Herald
Authorities in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas say at least 25 Central American migrants have died when the truck they were traveling in overturned. The Chiapas state prosecutor’s office said in a statement late Thursday that 29 others were injured in the accident. It appears the driver lost control of... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Yet, Dems say there is no crises.
After starting a campaign to raise awareness about hijabs and why women wear them, an Islamic call center has become inundated with hate-filled, Islamophobic calls. The Islamic Center of North America’s Dallas, Texas branch (INCA) and sister organization GainPeace say their hotline has been receiving over 200 hate calls per week since putting up the... New York Post
Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Publishers have already begun taking orders for a report that he is expected to produce, despite no one knowing when that will happen or how much, if any, will be made public. New York Times
Venezuela's government shut schools and suspended working hours on Friday after the capital Caracas and other major cities awoke without electricity due to a problem that struck the South American country's main hydroelectric plant on Thursday. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Maduro must go.
Turkey is running out of time to avert a showdown with the United States over its plans to buy advanced Russian air defenses and spurn a counter-offer from its NATO partner, raising the chance of U.S. sanctions against Ankara. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Turkey is playing a dangerous game.
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday met with a small group of residents in San Ysidro who dismissed the notion that their border community is facing a crisis that stems from illegal immigration and drug smuggling. The arranged get-together at a small restaurant was an apparent response to President Donald... San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: The liberal fool is running for president.
Pope Francis is denouncing the “depraved hatred” behind a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in parts of the world and says interfaith dialogue can help counter it. Francis made the comments during a Friday audience with a delegation of the American Jewish Committee. He lamented that their meeting was taking place amid […] Seattle Times
Because Trump has directed pointed criticism of disaster recovery at California and Puerto Rico, critics question if he's playing favorites.         USA Today
Former Colorado governor and presidential candidate John Hickenlooper gave a fiery-for-him speech aimed at President Trump on Thursday.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: A waste of time.

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Is there anyone who believes Trump is the one telling Hannity what to say? He has become a mouthpiece for Fox News generally and Hannity specifically.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Hannity is a such up.
The Webster County attorney has cleared two officers who killed a man during an exchange of gunfire. Forty-five-year-old Matthew Hurley, of Wall Lake, died Dec. 31 after engaging in a gunfight while driving away from officers who had been called to a disturbance just outside ... Washington Times
Former White House chief of staff John Kelly wouldn't comment Wednesday on whether President Donald Trump ordered him to give a security clearance to Jared Kushner. ABC
VOA VIEW: The right position to take.
Facebook is tackling rampant misinformation campaigns about vaccines on its platforms. The company will both fight the proliferation of false information about vaccines in its News Feed, ads, on Instagram or suggested content. It will also try to provide context and correct information about vaccine safety and public health, Facebook said in a statement released on Thursday. The announcement comes just two days after Ethan Lindenberger, an Ohio teenager, told a U.S. Senate committee he defied his parents to get vaccinated despite growing up in an anti-vaccine, or "vaccine-hesitant" home. ABC
VOA VIEW: Facebook does nothing.
After a solid year of data breaches, privacy scandals and controversial policy decisions, Mark Zuckerberg now says he wants Facebook to become a "privacy-focused" social network. Facebook's critics have laughed at the suggestion. Until now, it has been encouraging people to share more, scooping up buckets of personal data and using it to rake in advertising cash. In a 3,200-word blog, Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said "privacy-focused communications" would become more important than open social networks in the future. In some countries, this is already the case. BBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook is all about $$$.
"I'm going to see if by joining this race I can add something to the conversation," says Massachusetts Democrat CBS
"What's happened here is criminal," Sen. Richard Blumenthal said of conditions at military housing locations, which include black mold, lead paint and pest infestations CBS
Two House Democrats asked the White House and Justice Department to turn over documents that could show whether President Donald Trump sought to intervene in the regulatory review of the $85 billion acquisition. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dems want obstruction.
President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, is suing the Trump Organization, saying it failed to fulfill its contractual obligations to indemnify him or pay his attorneys' fees relating to his work on behalf of the organization. CNN
VOA VIEW: Foolish publicity stunt.
The White House and House Democrats are preparing for an all-out war over a sprawling set of demands made by a host of powerful chairmen, as senior lawmakers say the Trump administration is already engaging in unprecedented stonewalling in just the third month of the new Congress. CNN
VOA VIEW: Dems are seeking nothing positive.
A Utah teacher is on administrative leave after she made a 9-year-old Catholic student wash off the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead. FOX News
A Mexican journalist has again been ordered deported from the United States despite his fear that his stories about corruption make him a target in one of the world's most dangerous countries for reporters. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The law is the law.
More than 100 false accounts posed as far-right and leftwing activists to sow division, says companyFacebook has removed a network of more than 100 accounts and pages for “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” on its social networks – the first time it has done so for UK-based operations seeking to influence British citizens.The operation was spread over Facebook and Instagram and used a network of fake accounts to pose as both far-right activists and their opponents. Guardian
The resolution passed on Thursday, 407-23, in the US House of Representatives, with Ilhan Omar's support. Jerusalem Post
"Hamas must understand that [the IDF] will respond to any manifestation of aggression with double the force. It is better that they understand this now, rather than later." Jerusalem Post
U.S. President Donald Trump is open to additional talks with Pyongyang over denuclearization, his national security adviser said on Thursday, despite reports that North Korea is reactivating parts of its missile program. Reuters
VOA VIEW: NK cannot be trusted.
President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort told a court on Thursday ahead of his sentencing for bank and tax fraud that his life is "professionally and financially in shambles." Reuters
VOA VIEW: Manafort made himself a victim of greed and stupidity.
The older refugee and migrant children get, the less likely it is that they will get a quality education: less than a quarter of the world’s refugees make it to secondary school, and just one per cent progress to higher education. Even for migrants who settle in wealthy, developed host countries, accessing university is an uphill struggle. UN News
The Government Accountability Office this week warned that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are exposing taxpayers to potential losses in the trillions of dollars. UPI
U.S. humanitarian aid arrived in Colombia, the latest batch of supplies stockpiled at Venezuela's border amid a blockade led by President Nicolas Maduro. UPI
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