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Bills dealing with casinos, religious liberty and gun control are unlikely to become law this year in Georgia. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: Than what?
President Donald Trump proposed a $4.7 trillion budget plan Monday that stands as a sharp challenge to Congress and the Democrats trying to unseat him in 2020, the first act in a multi-front struggle over the role of government that threatens to consume Washington for the next 18 months. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: A lot to read.
The Trump administration is proposing a sharp slowdown in Medicaid spending as part of a broad reduction in the government's investment in health care, calling for the public insurance for the poor to morph from an entitlement program to state block grants even after a Republican Congress rejected... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Entitlement programs are becoming burdensome.

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The U.S. Department of Justice will monitor Harris County elections for up to four years under the proposed settlement of a federal lawsuit over inadequate access to polling places for disabled voters. Commissioners Court will consider the 15-page settlment during an executive session at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. Under the proposed agreement, Harris County would have to make accessibility improvements to voting sites, as well as hire two outside election monitors and hire or designate an in-house Americans with Disabilities Act compliance officer. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Access can become a real problem.
A South Korean presidential adviser says a possible North Korean rocket launch would be "catastrophic" for diplomacy on the North's nuclear program ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: NK would be making a major mistake.
The United States announced late Monday that it is pulling the remaining staff from its embassy in Venezuela, citing the deteriorating situation in the South American nation ... Las Vegas Sun
As the chief executive of Wells Fargo & Co. gets set to tell lawmakers that the bank is moving past its history of consumer abuses, a new report contends the embattled San Francisco financial institution is backsliding. Some current and former employees said new customer-unfriendly sales incentives... LA Times
As Venezuela was staggering under water shortages and a deadly blackout Monday, Washington piled on the problems, hitting Nicolás Maduro with additional sanctions designed to leave his regime starved for … Miami Herald
Describing China’s internment of an estimated 1 million Muslims as a “horrific situation,” a U.S. envoy on religion called Tuesday for an independent investigation into the detentions and for the release of those being held. Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, said China has done nothing to assuage concerns from... New York Post

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney grilled current VP Mike Pence about the Trump administration’s foreign policy in a closed-door meeting, reports said Monday. Cheney, at the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum on Sea Island, Ga., pressed Pence about President Trump’s habit of making major policy announcements on Twitter, according to The Washington Post. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Trump will be Trump as long as the liberal media fails to report facts.
Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s chief executive, speaking at the organization’s annual meeting last year. There is growing discomfort among leaders at the N.R.A. over the videos its streaming service produces. New York Times
At a recent conference in Brooklyn on marijuana legalization, Jacob Plowden, left, spoke about the lack of diversity and inclusion in the cannabis industry. New York Times
A momentous question hanging over Washington is whether investigations into President Donald Trump will prompt the U.S. Congress to try to remove him from office through the impeachment process set out in the U.S. Constitution. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Dems would be fools to try impeachment.

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The University of San Diego has raised its annual tuition above the $50,000 level for the first time, placing the campus among a relatively small number of private liberal arts schools nationwide who charge at least that much money. USD will charge $50,450 in tuition and fees during the 2019-20... San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: High flying liberals.
The nation’s largest health insurer is expanding a program that passes rebates from drugmakers directly to the people that use their medications. Beginning next year, all employer-sponsored health care plans that use UnitedHealthcare must give point-of-sale discounts directly to consumers. Insurers typically get rebates from pharmaceutical companies to help offset high […] Seattle Times
As Tucker Carlson refused to apologize Monday for his comments on child rape and women, Media Matters released additional radio clips.         USA Today

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As special counsel Robert Mueller wraps up an investigation President Donald Trump repeatedly slammed as a "witch hunt," the question is: Now what?         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Dems will go nuts regardless what is in the report.
The education secretary said she would no longer enforce a rule that bars the practice, saying the restriction runs afoul of a recent Supreme Court decision. Washington Post
The zone from Texas north through the Dakotas and Minnesota is likely to be hit hardest. Washington Post
New Mexico would become the first U.S. state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a bill brokered between Republicans and Democrats, as a new wave of states weighs legislation that would legalize recreational sales and ... Washington Times
The 2020 Democratic National Convention will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a city with both symbolic and strategic importance to the party. ABC
VOA VIEW: A bad location for DNC.

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In a Washington Post interview released Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said he was against impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying ABC
VOA VIEW: There is no charge to start an impeachment.
"[Twenty] years ago, I never thought I'd be ready to run for POTUS before 2028," the Georgia Democrat tweeted, adding, "But life comes at you fast ..." CBS
VOA VIEW: Abrams is a nobody to even consider being a candidate.
The 2020 Democratic National Convention will be held in Milwaukee. A dozen candidates are running for the presidential nomination but the field is still growing. Ed O'Keefe has the latest. CBS
VOA VIEW: The Dem debates will be fun to watch.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday blamed Russia and Cuba for causing Venezuela's political crisis by supporting President Nicolas Maduro. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Pompeo is right.
The White House wants $21 billion for NASA, and the budget request reveals opportunities for private space companies to earn lucrative future awards, several industry analysts told CNBC. CNBC
Two US airlines fly the 737 MAX 8 -- the type of jet that crashed last year in Indonesia killing 189 people and on Sunday in Ethiopia killing all 157 on board. CNN
The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday evening declined to order airlines to ground the Boeing 737 MAX 8 after two recent crashes. CNN
Top lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee are requesting an unclassified briefing on a database kept by Customs and Border Protection that tracked journalists and others in a large migrant caravan last fall. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Liberals are grasping at straws.
Catholic church officials say they are imposing ministerial restrictions on two former bishops accused of sexual harassment. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Jail!
As Britain prepares for a pivotal few days, how is the Commons lining up?What happens this week?Theresa May will bring her Brexit deal back to parliament for MPs to be given the chance to accept or reject it in the so-called meaningful vote two. Guardian
Security service lawyer says it ‘regrets’ claims against Peter Morrison were not investigatedMI5 warned the cabinet secretary in the 1980s about rumours that a minister had a “penchant for small boys” but did not inform the police or launch an investigation into the allegations, according to a member of the security services.Giving evidence anonymously to the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA), a lawyer with the security service apologised for it having taken a “narrow, security-related view” of the accusations against Sir Peter Morrison. Guardian
The 45-minute meeting took place at the Jordanian ambassador's residence and briefly touched on the administration's upcoming effort to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: There will be no Israeli-Palestinian deal.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took Lindsey Graham to plateau, and the senator vowed to work for U.S. recognition. Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Theresa May clinched legally binding Brexit assurances with the European Union on Monday in a last ditch attempt to win over rebellious British lawmakers who have threatened to vote down her divorce deal again. Reuters
The United States will start initial production on parts for ground-launched cruise missile systems, the Pentagon said on Monday, after Washington announced it plans to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Reuters
“Human rights are core to the 2030 Agenda, and sustainable development is a powerful vehicle for the realization of all human rights,” the UN’s Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, said in a speech to the Human Rights Council, on Thursday. UN News
Mexico's president said he wants a referendum on abortion, upsetting activists who signaled their opposition to voting on women's reproductive rights. UPI
VOA VIEW: Interesting!
Americans' view of China has fallen to its lowest level in years, a new survey showed Monday. UPI
VOA VIEW: As it should be.

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