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The 737 inmates on California's largest-in-the-nation death row are getting a reprieve from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who plans to sign an executive order Wednesday placing a moratorium on executions. Newsom also is withdrawing the lethal injection regulations that death penalty opponents already have... Baltimore Sun
The United States said Tuesday it would pull its remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela this week, rupturing relations as the socialist South American country plunges deeper into chaos. Venezuelan society appears to be unraveling amid a nationwide blackout and critical water shortages that... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Maduro is making a big mistake.
North Carolina has jumped several spots to an estimated ranking of 29th in the nation in average teacher pay, according to a new report released Tuesday by the National Education … Charlotte Observer
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The storms are expected to continue on Wednesday. Houston Chronicle
The polling is imperfect, but it’s fair to say that more than 70 percent of American Jews and Muslims vote Democratic. They do so, in part, because Democrats have spoken out strongly against both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. And now, both groups are horrified by … Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Dems should practice what they preach.
Minimum wage increases are being debated all over the country, and it’s an issue that Nevada has taken up in the past. There is a path toward a higher minimum wage here this session … Las Vegas Sun
Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, could see his prison term extended by 10 years Wednesday at his second sentencing for crimes prosecuted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in the Russia investigation. Manafort was sentenced last week to nearly four years in prison... LA Times
VOA VIEW: The media got the last sentencing all wrong.
Joe Biden beamed from ear to ear in a Washington hotel ballroom Tuesday as firefighters chanted “Run, Joe, run!” “Save it a little longer,” the former vice president told the union members. “I might need it in a few weeks.” He may need more than that. Biden’s not-yet-announced campaign already... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden will lose if he runs.
The FDA approved a new generic version of valsartan, a blood pressure and heart medication drained into shortage by numerous recalls since July. Alkem Laboratories received the approval. Miami Herald
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President Donald Trump can't get enough of Rep. Ilhan Omar. As Democrats try to turn the page after the freshman lawmaker's remarks, criticized by some as anti-Semitic, ignited an embarrassing, … Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: The Dems made a major mistake in the Omar debacle.
The Obama family’s personal tennis coach was among the dozens of people charged Tuesday in a sweeping college admissions bribery scheme. Gordon Ernst — who once taught former first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha — was accused of conspiracy to commit racketeering when he was the tennis coach at Georgetown University.... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Obama had a part in the scam.
Pilots made a number of complaints to federal authorities about the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane months prior to Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people, according to a new report. The complaints were made by pilots about flights that took place in Oct. and Nov. of 2018 and were input into a federal... New York Post
Delegates to China's parliament are urging the overhaul or even scrapping of controversial family planning rules and say radical steps are needed to "liberate fertility" and reverse a decline in births and a rapidly shrinking workforce. Rueters
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In his first week in office, Gov. Gavin Newsom sent a strong warning to cities and counties: He was coming for their road repair dollars if they didn’t meet state goals for new housing. “If you’re not hitting your goals, I don’t know why you get the money,” Newsom said when he announced his budget... San Diego Tribune
Iran’s official IRNA news agency says President Hassan Rouhani has met with Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric — the first such meeting for an Iranian leader. The report says Rouhani met with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on the third and last day of his official visit to Iraq. Wednesday’s meeting took […] Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: A major problem.
"The View" aired a segment joking about an internet theory that first lady Melania Trump sometimes uses a body double. Trump's team is not happy.
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.
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The Pentagon's new transgender policy will go into effect April 12, barring entry to those who require treatment for gender dysphoria.
Thirty-seven percent of Catholics told Gallup that “recent news about sexual abuse of young people by priests” has them personally questioning whether to remain Catholic. Washington Post
“This was not a decision we made lightly,” said Avenatti, who had been Daniels’s attorney in two lawsuits against President Trump. Daniels said she is now retaining Clark Brewster as her personal lawyer. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: What will be his next fame?
British Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered a huge setback after her Brexit deal was voted down by lawmakers for the second time in three months, even as the deadline for leaving the European Union approaches in less than three weeks. The Brexit deal, which has received heavy criticism from all sides of British politics, was voted down by a margin of 149, with 242 in favor to 391 against, Tuesday night. In the end, it was a resounding defeat for the prime minister's flagship Brexit deal, which she has spent the best part of two years negotiating.
VOA VIEW: May lost - she is a bad leader, or better, no leader.
The U.S. announced it was withdrawing all of its embassy staff from Venezuela amid the ongoing political and economic crisis, although Maduro says he is kicking them out. ABC
VOA VIEW: Maduro is an idiot.
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Senators and airline workers call on the Federal Aviation Authority to suspend the 737 Max. The FAA said a review showed "no systemic performance issues" and there is no basis for grounding the aircraft.
An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday killing all 157 people on board, in the second fatal accident involving the 737 Max 8 model in five months. A wave of countries have banned the plane from their airspace.
VOA VIEW: There are questions and reasons to worry.
New York Attorney General Letitia James has issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank, as part of an inquiry she has opened into President Trump's business dealings. CBS News confirms that the subpoenas are related to the financing of four Trump Organization projects and a failed attempt to buy the Buffalo Bills back in 2014. The New York Times first reported the existence of the investigation.
VOA VIEW: Destructive fool.
The program forgives student loans for workers in the government and some nonprofits after they make payments for 10 years CBS
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Latest recall covers many Honda and Acura models from 2001 through 2016 with defective airbag part installed in prior recall CBS
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the committee's ranking member, asked Cigna, CVS, Humana, OptumRx and Prime Therapeutics to testify on Capitol Hill on April 3. CNBC
FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell said on Tuesday that the agency's review of the Boeing 737 Max has provided no basis so far to ground the aircraft. CNBC
Dozens of parents, including famous actresses, college coaches and a winemaker were charged in an alleged conspiracy to get students into top colleges, according to a federal criminal complaint. CNN
VOA VIEW: A game for the rich and wealthy - they got caught.
FBI Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta told reporters wealthy parents paid between $200,000 and $6.5 million for guaranteed admission into certain elite colleges. CNN
VOA VIEW: How much time will they get for the fraud?
A lawsuit worth $275 million was filed against CNN on Tuesday over the network's alleged "vicious attack" against Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann. FOX News
The White House is trying to prevent a high-profile congressional rejection of President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency at the southwest border, or at least reduce the number of Republican senators voting against him. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Republicans should stick together.
PM promises MPs free vote on no-deal Brexit on Wednesday after second drubbingFollow all the latest developments liveTheresa May has suffered a second humiliating defeat on her Brexit deal, as MPs voted it down by a crushing majority of 149, dealing a fresh blow to her shattered authority.With just 17 days to go until the UK is due to leave the EU, backbenchers from both sides of the Brexit divide immediately began manoeuvring to take control of the next steps of the process, in a series of key votes in the coming days. Guardian
Netanyahu said that these developing ties are an “important message for the vision of peace – peace through strength.” Jerusalem Post
The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee plans to hold a hearing on the fatal crashes of two Boeing Co 737 MAX 8 jets since October as a growing number of lawmakers called on U.S. regulators to ground the airplane. Reuters
Venezuela ordered American diplomats on Tuesday to leave within 72 hours after President Nicolas Maduro accused U.S. counterpart Donald Trump of cyber "sabotage" that plunged the South American country into its worst blackout on record. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Maduro is an idiot.
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday to allow Ohio to cut state funding to Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions. UPI
VOA VIEW: Taxpayer money should be able to be refundable.
The Federal Communications Commission is "overbuilding" rural United States in its efforts to improve broadband access in states like North Dakota and South Dakota UPI
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