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New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand formally joined the 2020 White House race on Sunday and previewed the hard line she will take against President Donald Trump by announcing a rally outside one of his signature Manhattan properties. She had spent more than a month traveling around the country to... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Waste of time.
President Donald Trump's claims that reduced tensions with North Korea resulting from his personal diplomacy with Kim Jong Un demonstrated progress toward a nuclear deal were undercut Friday as Pyongyang lashed out at the administration's "gangsterlike" tactics and blamed his top aides for the... Baltimore Sun
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Senate Bill 21, which would raise the smoking age in Texas, is one of the top priorities of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: A waste of time.

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Please, Tom Steyer, stop spending all that money on impeachment ads. If you want to run spots against President Donald Trump, target his shameful 2020 budget. Las Vegas Sun
Iowa, that land of corn and political dreams, is planning big changes to its caucus system, and right about now you may be asking: What is a caucus and why should I care? The answer is simple. The sentiments expressed by roughly a quarter-million or so Iowa Democrats on the first Monday night in... LA Times
Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro has asked his entire Cabinet to file their resignations as he struggles to maintain control of the country amid a two-month long political crisis. In a … Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: A show of ignorance.
The US military is readying plans to keep 1,000 American forces in Syria – a development that comes three months after President Trump announced he wanted a full withdrawal, according to a report on Sunday. The Trump administration’s talks with Turkey, European allies and US-backed Kurdish fighters haven’t resulted in an agreement to create a... New York Post
He’s still not laughing. President Trump went after “Saturday Night Live” Sunday morning after the show aired a rerun of an episode from last year. “It’s truly incredible that shows like Saturday Night Live, not funny/no talent, can spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), over & Over, without so... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The big joke is SNL.
More than 100 Democrats — and at least four of the party’s presidential candidates — have endorsed “Medicare for all,” a new phrase for the old concept of a single-payer system. New York Times
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An intriguing area of focus in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Kremlin's role in the 2016 U.S. election is a proposed Moscow real estate deal that Donald Trump pursued while running for president despite denying at the time any links to Russia. Rueters
Donald Trump promised to keep his business and his presidency separate. Two years and many entanglements later, they face expanding investigations.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.
Southwest's first Hawaii flight was Flight 6808 from Oakland to Honolulu. The airline initially is offering daily service from Oakland and San Jose, California.         USA Today
Studies so far aren’t that good, but they do suggest a small to moderate effect. And other treatments may be needed. Washington Post

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When it comes to aircraft, Boeing has long been the government’s favorite. Washington Post
House Democrats demand more transparency from federal law enforcement after the recent disclosure of arrest data. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Dems always make demands.
Theresa May's Brexit deal will not return to the Commons this week unless it has support from the DUP and Tory MPs, the chancellor says. The PM's plan is expected to be voted on for a third time in the coming days. But Philip Hammond told the BBC's Andrew Marr that it would only be put to MPs if "enough of our colleagues and the DUP are prepared to support it". He did not rule out a financial settlement for Northern Ireland if the DUP backed the deal. BBC
VOA VIEW: May is not a good leader.

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The college admissions scandal has rocked schools across the country while reigniting discussions about race, wealth and getting accepted into top schools. CBS
VOA VIEW: There are more race than wealth issues in colleg admissions.
President Trump is defending Fox News host Jeanine Pirro after her show was off the air on Saturday night. The scheduling change came one week after she was criticized for doubting Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's patriotism. CBS
Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff, said Sunday that President Donald Trump "is not a white supremacist" and attempts to tie him to the alleged New Zealand mosque shooter are "absurd." CNBC
VOA VIEW: Liberals will go at any extreme.
Google is about to reveal its plan to take on the $140 billion gaming industry, but experts are skeptical it has a chance. The tech giant best known for its search engine and Android operating system for smartphones now seeks to take a stab at revolutionizing the $100+ billion gaming industry currently dominated by incumbents like Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. As Google seeks to diversify its revenue sources beyond digital ads, gaming presents a massive opportunity for the company. But Google appears poised to take a different approach when it presents its vision for the "future of gaming" during its Game Developers Conference (GDC) presentation on Tuesday in San Francisco. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Google is getting too big.
Preliminary data recovered from the black boxes of last week's Ethiopian Airlines crash has revealed "similarities" to October's fatal Lion Air crash, the Ethiopian Minister of Transport said Sunday. CNN

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With bipartisan calls for Boeing to ground the 737 Max planes after a fatal crash in Ethiopia, President Trump tweeted his distrust of modern aviation technology. CNN
Border Patrol agents worked together to rescue five illegal aliens who were trapped on a snowy mountain on Thursday morning in Arizona, according to a media release from U.S Customs and Border Protection FOX News
The city that hosts the largest St. Patrick's Day parade in the South was left with the largest cleanup in the South on Saturday after revelers littered a downtown square with cups, food wrappers and other garbage. FOX News

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Third meaningful vote unlikely this week unless PM believes she has enough support to winTheresa May will embark on a final desperate scramble to win the Democratic Unionist party’s backing for her Brexit deal on Monday, in the hope that it could unlock parliament’s support at the third time of asking.With several prominent Brexiters, including the former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey, now willing to switch their vote and support the deal, government sources said they hoped DUP backing could create “a sense of momentum”. Guardian
Site says it will remove any clip featuring gunman’s footage even if that would not normally break its rulesFacebook removed 1.5m copies of the video of the New Zealand terrorist attack in the first 24 hours after Friday’s shootings, highlighting the enormous challenge involved in keeping violent and offensive material off social networks.Fifty people died in the attack on two mosques in Christchurch, which was livestreamed for 17 minutes on Facebook by the gunman. Although the original footage was removed after an hour and banned by the most popular social media sites, it has since been repeatedly reuploaded by other users, leaving tech companies struggling to keep it off their servers. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Too many videos were posted.
Parties bash each other over terror attack in Ariel that left one dead. Jerusalem Post
Her anti-Jewish sentiment isn’t an isolated incident. She has shown over and over to embrace antisemitism through her rhetoric, both in her speech and through a series of tweets. Jerusalem Post
There was no let up in sight for devastating floods across the U.S. Central Plains states that have already killed two people, torn apart homes and businesses and cut off small towns, forecasters said on Sunday. Reuters
No winner was announced in Saturday's drawing for the Powerball jackpot, sending the top prize's total worth to an estimated $550 million. UPI

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