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Authorities were using boats and large vehicles on Saturday to rescue and evacuate residents in parts of the Midwest where a recent deluge of rainwater and snowmelt was sent pouring over frozen ground, overwhelming creeks and rivers, and killing at least one person. Baltimore Sun
An Australian senator had a raw egg cracked over his head and faces censure from his fellow lawmakers after sparking outrage by blaming Muslim immigration for the New Zealand mosque shootings. Sen. Fraser Anning came under blistering criticism over tweets on Friday. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Dumb!
Gillibrand announced the launch of a presidential exploratory committee in January CBS
VOA VIEW: Another loser.

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Biden said he has the "most progressive record of anybody running," but quickly corrected himself and said "anybody who would run" and then added, "I didn't mean it" CBS
New York Times contributing opinion editor Wajahat Ali talks to CNN 's Ana Cabrera about his views on white supremacy after a terrorist attack in New Zealand left 50 dead. CNN
VOA VIEW: Foolishness!
When a gunman killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh last year, Muslim communities in the area raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the victims. Now the Jewish community in Pittsburgh is repaying the kindness after a massacre at two mosques in New Zealand. CNN
VOA VIEW: The right thing to do.
A sparsely populated mountain county in North Carolina has declared itself a “gun sanctuary county” and intends to defy attempts by federal or state government to enforce strict gun control. Charlotte Observer
VOA VIEW: No gun control.
The biggest Republican field in nearly a decade is set to run in North Carolina’s special 9th Congressional District, a race that will draw national attention both for why it’s … Charlotte Observer
VOA VIEW: Great!
Twelve Republicans stood up for the Constitution, the Congress and the foundational belief of our Founding Fathers that our democracy could and would work best when there existed three co-equal branches of government — the executive, the legislative and the judicial. Whatever other reasons those 12 GOP senators who voted to put a check on Trump’s power grab this past week may have had, at the core was the … Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: 12 Republicans have a reelection problem.

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Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said Saturday that being a white man in a 2020 Democratic field that's so deeply diverse won't be a hindrance because his gender and race ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: His ignorance is a disadvantage.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York formally announced her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday, casting herself as the party’s strongest champion of reversing President Trump’s agenda. Gillibrand, who launched an exploratory committee in January, has been campaigning... LA Times
Rep. Maxine Waters on Thursday called for the firing of Wells Fargo & Co. Chief Executive Tim Sloan after the bank reported his pay increased last year by nearly $1 million despite continued consumer scandals. The 4.9% increase in total compensation in 2018, to $18.4 million, included a $2-million... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Waters is an idiot.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido embarked on a new stage of his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday as the rivals held competing rallies in the capital of Caracas, a pattern which has unfolded repeatedly as both sides attempt to convey strength. Addressing large crowds in the northern city of Valencia, Guaido pledged to deliver a better life for struggling Venezuelans as he began a planned tour of the country gripped by an economic and political crisis. ABC
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, neither side makes a foolish mistake.

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A U.S. Navy veteran from California has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, his lawyer said Saturday, becoming the first American known to be imprisoned there since President Donald Trump took office. Though the case against Michael R. White remains unclear, it comes as Trump has taken a hard-line approach to Iran by pulling the U.S. out of Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. Iran, which in the past has used its detention of Westerners and dual nationals as leverage in negotiations, has yet to report on White's sentence in state-controlled media. Its mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment. ABC
President Trump said white nationalism is not a rising threat, but rather a small group of people with very serious problems. Republican strategist and CBSN political contributor Michael Graham and Democratic strategist Joel Payne joined CBSN to discuss the president's response. CBS
VOA VIEW: Fools a making something out of nothing.
The death toll from shootings at two mosques in New Zealand has risen to 50. Thirty-six people remain hospitalized. CBS

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Even before former Rep. Beto O'Rourke announced his formal 2020 presidential run Thursday, he enjoyed political support in California, where a draft movement has included supporters throughout the state. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Beto will not make it to the convention.
President Donald Trump again attacked late Sen. John McCain Saturday -- prompting the Arizona Republican's daughter Meghan McCain to respond that "no one will ever love" Trump the way they loved her father. CNN
VOA VIEW: McCain's daughter should have kept her mouth shut.
A newly released snippet of a deposition with the ex-British spy behind the Trump-Russia dossier describes some of the steps he took to verify information he collected for it in 2016, including pulling from a user-generated citizen journalism initiative operated by CNN, iReport, which no longer operates. CNN
VOA VIEW: The truth favors Trump.
An African-American woman who took over a small-town Alabama newspaper that recently called for the Ku Klux Klan to "ride again" has stepped down. FOX News
Maryland police say five MS-13 gang members stabbed one of their own 100 times and drove the body to Virginia where they set it on fire. FOX News
VOA VIEW: MS-13 are a danger.

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President says it ‘will make us look good and doesn’t matter’, before returning to internecine spats with swipe at John McCainDonald Trump claimed on Saturday to have “told” House Republicans to vote for the Mueller report to be made public, as they did on Friday, because it would “make us all look good and doesn’t matter”. Guardian
Lawyer says 46-year-old convicted on two charges‘Unclear’ if charges politically motivated, attorney addsA US navy veteran has been sentenced to 10 years in an Iranian prison, his family’s lawyer said, after he was arrested last July while visiting an Iranian woman in the city of Mashhad. Related: Reporter Jason Rezaian on 544 days in Iranian jail: ‘They never touched me – but I was tortured’ Guardian
Last month, the Prime Minister’s Office clarified that Netanyahu never said “The Poles” but just “Poles,” meaning that he was referring to some, but not all. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: A play on words.

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While in Jerusalem, Pompeo is expected to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in spite of the close proximity of his visit to Israel’s April 9th election. Jerusalem Post
U.S. President Donald Trump urged General Motors Co to reopen Ohio plant in a tweet on Saturday, ten days after the plant made its last Chevrolet Cruze. Reuters
VOA VIEW: GM should listen.
The United States will reduce the B2 tourist visa validity for Cuban nationals to three months with a single entry from five years of multiple trips. UPI
U.S. agents in New Jersey confiscated 1 million pounds of smuggled pork from China amid an African swine fever virus scare, authorities said . UPI

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