The federal budget deficit is ballooning on President Donald Trump's watch and few in Washington seem to care. And even if they did, the political dynamics that enabled bipartisan deficit-cutting deals decades ago has disappeared, replaced by bitter partisanship and chronic dysfunction. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: No one ever seemed concerned over deficit.
Most people arrested as the result of FBI terrorism investigations are charged with non-terrorism offenses, and more domestic terror suspects were arrested last year than those allegedly inspired by international terror groups, according to internal FBI figures reviewed by The Washington Post. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: It says a lot for how people think or act.
In private discussions with his aides, President Donald Trump has devised an eye-popping formula to address one of his long-standing complaints: that allies hosting U.S. forces don't pay Washington enough money. Under the formula, countries would pay the full cost of stationing American troops on their territory, plus 50 percent more, said U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the idea, which could have allies contributing five times what they provide. Trump calls the formula "cost plus 50," and it has struck fear in the hearts of U.S. allies who view it as extortionate. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: It's about time countries paid for US protection.


When Donald Trump was elected president, rancher John Ladd said smuggling traffic on his ranch immediately dipped, and he slept soundly for the first time in years. Ladd, 63, a fourth-generation cattle rancher, had voted for Trump and his promise to build a border wall and have Mexico pay for it.... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.
A federal appeals court decided Thursday that immigrants who cross the border without authorization may go to court to appeal a decision by U.S. immigration authorities to deny them asylum. The decision, by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, could keep immigrants in the... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal judges need to be vanquished.
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
VOA VIEW: Good reason the vote for Trump.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office has undergone rapid changes since it got a new sheriff, including a policy to halt the sharing of information with federal immigration agents that would help them determine whether inmates were eligible for deportation. Sheriff Earnell Lucas said his decision... LA Times
The nation’s new consumer financial watchdog came under fire from House Democrats on Thursday for an industry-friendly shift under her predecessor that she has appeared to continue since taking office three months ago. Kathy Kraninger defended some of those changes, including weakening oversight... LA Times
VOA VIEW: All fools.
A Chinese-American massage-parlor entrepreneur arranged for a group of Chinese business executives to attend a paid fundraiser for President Donald Trump in New York City at the end of 2017, … Miami Herald


Dr. Douglas Kwazneski was helping a Pittsburgh surgeon remove an appendix when something jarring happened. The surgical stapler meant to cut and seal the tissue around the appendix locked up. Miami Herald
President Trump called his former right-wing ally Ann Coulter a “Wacky Nut Job” in a tweet Saturday night, insisting that despite her criticism he’s still “winning on the border.” Coulter tore into him on Fox News on Saturday for his lack of progress in building his border wall. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Coulter does seem a little wacko.
A new Des Moines Register poll shows Bill de Blasio getting zero interest from likely Democratic caucus-goers as either a first or second presidential choice. Former Vice President Joe Biden — who has yet to announce his candidacy — led the 20-candidate pack as the first choice of 27 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers, and... New York Post
VOA VIEW: De Blasio is a worthless liberal nut job.
Senior Department of Homeland Security officials are in hot water for a post calling controversial freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) a “Trojan horse” on social media. The post shared by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Leslie Derewonko also said Omar, who is Muslim, came to the US amid a “refugee outbreak” under former President Barack... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Omar is a Trojan horse.

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President Trump’s proposed budget is expected to include more funds for a wall but spending cuts in other areas. New York Times
Senior Airman Sterling Crutcher and his wife, Aimee. Members of his squadron recently threw them a baby shower. New York Times
President Donald Trump on Monday will ask the U.S. Congress for an additional $8.6 billion to help pay for the wall he promised to build on the southern border with Mexico to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking, officials familiar with his 2020 budget request told Reuters. Rueters


Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden topped a poll of Iowa voters on Saturday that also showed Senator Bernie Sanders gaining momentum against him in the No. 2 spot. Rueters
Confirmation that the U.S. government has compiled dossiers on human rights activists, journalists and lawyers interacting with the migrant caravan in Mexico has reignited an age-old clash between civil liberties and government authority. What U.S. Customs and Border Protection is calling a valid... San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: Dems are scared.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer has a message for California Republicans: It’s time to get a separation from the national GOP. In a Sacramento speech last week, Faulconer stressed the “need for California Republicans to be viewed once again as the party of responsible solutions. San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: On the contrary, if they want to win.
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is engulfed in a no-money, no-sex scandal in which nothing illegal happened, but the fallout could topple him in the election this fall. Two high-profile women in Trudeau’s Cabinet resigned in protest, and his top aide quit too. Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Trudeau is a liberal fool.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro isn’t ruling out direct payments to African-Americans for the legacy of slavery — a stand separating him from his 2020 rivals. The former housing secretary says, “If under the Constitution we compensate people because we take their property. Seattle Times

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The historic 'For The People Act' unites Democrats behind popular proposals to expand voting and improve democracy. The goal: Never another Trump.         USA Today
Republicans released their interview with Bruce Ohr, a Justice Dept. official linked to infamous Trump dossier, and accused a top Democrat of coaching Michael Cohen. Washington Post
The month of March is National Women's History Month and to commemorate the United States Census Bureau has released statistics that depict more women in the workforce. ABC

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Skeptics say the move is to get around regulation. ABC
VOA VIEW: Facebook must be controlled and regulated.
Pro- and anti-government protesters fill the streets as power cuts add to a national crisis. BBC
VOA VIEW: Maduro must go.
Separate investigations from the Sacramento County district attorney and California attorney general concluded the officers did not violate protocol in the death of the unarmed Clark CBS
Former Vice President Joe Biden could kick off his 2020 presidential campaign as soon as next month. If he does decide to join the race, Biden would arguably be the most experienced candidate. Andrew Desiderio, a congressional reporter for Politico, joined CBSN to discuss. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden will lose big, if he runs.
A big chunk of the 2020 Democratic field began making Texas an unlikely early-state stop Saturday and pushed back on big tech in front of young, social-media savvy crowds in a city where companies including Google and Apple have big footprints. CNBC
Twenty-five percent of U.S. households are unbanked or underbanked, according to a 2017 survey by the FDIC. Those are people who either don't have a bank account, or have an account, but still use financial services outside the banking system. CNBC
George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, said that the degradation of the rule of law under President Donald Trump -- including attacks on the freedom of the press -- risked turning the US into a "banana republic." CNN
VOA VIEW: George is a fool.
Nicholas Sandmann's attorney, Lin Wood, revealed a massive lawsuit against CNN over its coverage of the incident is likely to be filed in coming days, during an interview on "Life, Liberty & Levin." FOX News
VOA VIEW: CNN deserves to lose big.
Houston officials are planning to lay off 400 firefighters to fund a voter-approved measure to award pay raises to the city fire department. FOX News
Stephen Barclay held talks with Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson over their plan to break Brexit deadlockThe cabinet minister in charge of Brexit has held detailed talks with Labour MPs who are championing plans for a second referendum – amid signs of mounting desperation inside Theresa May’s government about what to do if the prime minister’s deal suffers another crushing defeat on Tuesday.... Guardian
Demonstrations spark fears country’s political crisis could deepen following huge blackoutSupporters of Venezuela’s leader, Nicolás Maduro, and his US-backed challenger, Juan Guaidó, returned to the streets on Saturday amid fears the political crisis could be entering a turbulent new phase.After a strained 48 hours for Venezuela, in which almost the entire country was affected by a blackout, thousands of demonstrators turned out to champion their respective leaders, both of whom claim the presidency. Continue reading... Guardian
The rocket fire came hours after Israeli aircraft attacked several Hamas military targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday night, hours after a projectile was fired towards southern Israel, the IDF said. Jerusalem Post
"In her remarks, she has branded every Muslim in America as an antisemite, and this is absolutely unacceptable and un-Islamic," Ahmed said. Jerusalem Post
An Islamic State fighter detained in Syria urged Italy on Saturday to let him come home to start a new life, saying he had abandoned the self-styled jihadist "caliphate" after growing disillusioned with its rulers. Reuters
Possible tornadoes touched down in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi on Saturday, damaging homes, causing minor injuries and leaving people without power. UPI
A Chinese woman who founded a spa where Robert Kraft was accused of paying for sex also ran a business offering access to President Donald Trump. UPI

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