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Robert Mueller’s job may be done, but President Donald Trump still faces potential legal peril from many sides. Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating the Trump Organization and his 2016 campaign for possible campaign finance violations. They’ve also issued subpoenas to Trump’s inaugural... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Liberal wishful thinking.
Michigan will no longer fund adoption agencies that turn away parents who are LGBT because of religious objections, a move that was part of the terms of a legal settlement announced Friday. President Donald Trump highlighted faith-based adoption agencies during his keynote at the National Prayer... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: The interests of the child is most important.
The UNC Board of Governors should consider having universities cosign student loans so the schools have a vested interest in helping their students succeed, a board member told the group … Charlotte Observer
VOA VIEW: Parents should not be put on the hook.

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has begun to strike a very different tone. Beto O'Rourke has raised a mountain of money in his campaign. And support for a ban on red light cameras seems to be dropping at the Texas Capitol. Listen to what's going on in Texas politics. Houston Chronicle
Five former officers and employees of an Indiana loan packaging and servicing company were charged in connection with a conspiracy to defraud the SBA.          IndyStar
From Syria to Turkey and beyond, President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights drew ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Tough luck for those who don't like it.
A U.S. judge appeared skeptical Friday of one of the key arguments that civil liberties groups have made to try to block the Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Illegals should be sent back, period.
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report is done. But members of Congress are just getting started. Within moments of the Justice Department’s announcement Friday evening that Mueller had filed the report on his investigation into Russian election interference, congressional Democrats and... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Tough luck.
The president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Richard Cohen, announced his resignation Friday, the latest in a series of high-profile departures at the anti-hate organization amid allegations of misconduct and workplace discrimination of female and black employees. Cohen had been with the organization... LA Times
VOA VIEW: The Center has been a joke for a long time.

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Miami’s police chief has publicly denounced a proposed state law that would require state and local law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: The Miami Chief is wrong.
Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, said on Friday that the president’s legal team wants an advance look at Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report before it is made public. Giuliani, however, added that Trump’s lawyers have not received any notice that they will get a look at the findings before they are released. Mueller wrapped... New York Post
VOA VIEW: It's a lie.
A Utah college professor stopped in the middle of his macroeconomics lecture to confess to his students that he had viewed child pornography, according to a new report. The 42-year-old part-time instructor at Utah Valley University, whose name was not released, started discussing his addiction out of the blue Dec. 3, a search warrant affidavit... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Fool!
President Trump says he will keep tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods in place even if a trade deal is reached. His top advisers are heading into another round of critical trade talks in Beijing. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Good!

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The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) exposed 2.3 million disaster survivors to possible identity theft and fraud by sharing sensitive personal information with an outside company, according to an internal government watchdog. Rueters
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs failed to modify its electronic systems and lacked an accountable official to oversee implementation of the “Forever GI Bill,” resulting in a bungled rollout last year that affected thousands of college students, a new report from the agency’s Inspector General... San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: The VA has been mislead.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom revealed new details of his plans to charge water customers in the state a new tax to fund safe drinking water for the state's disadvantaged communities. He announced Wednesday his plans to charge water customers an extra amount ranging from 95 cents to $10 a month — money that, combined with fees on animal farmers, dairies and fertilizer sellers, he projects will raise $140 million a year that could be put toward testing wells, aiding public water systems and treating contaminated water. San Francisco Gate
VOA VIEW: Dumb!

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Adult film star Stormy Daniels briefly appeared at the Illinois Capitol on Friday to protest the state’s tax on strip clubs. The porn actress who alleges she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became president read a two-minute statement opposing the tax. Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Waste of time.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Within minutes of receiving notification that special counsel Robert Mueller had turned over his report on the Russia investigation, congressional Democrats were calling for the report to be fully released, including the underlying evidence. They have threatened subpoenas if it is not. The demands are setting up a potential tug of war […] Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Fools!
A lawsuit claims that two JetBlue pilots drugged three crew members during a Puerto Rico layover, with one pilot allegedly raping two crew members.         USA Today
Democrats agree that climate change needs to be addressed. Pronto. But they're divided on if Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' Green New Deal is the answer.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: A foolish proposal.
Customers will be able to identify themselves as male, female, undisclosed or an unspecified “X,” corresponding with the gender listed on their passports or identification cards, the airline said. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Crazy!

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Eliminating standardized testing would remove the one admissions criterion that can prevent fraud and increase social mobility. Washington Post
Border Patrol agents had to rescue a double-amputee illegal immigrant in a wheelchair from an island in the middle of the Rio Grande this week, a day after pulling a deaf and dumb man from the water. The rescues are part of a pattern of increasingly frail or ailing migrants ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Praise to the Border Patrol.
Congressional Democrats demanded immediate access Friday evening to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative report, saying lawmakers must see his raw materials and conclusions to prevent mischief. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Charles E. Schumer also warned the White House against asking for a "sneak preview" before Congress sees the ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems will keep pushing.

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A proposal to expand Washington state's existing sanctuary state rules is moving forward in the Legislature, potentially strengthening an existing wall of West Coast states with such policies. The bill, from Mercer Island Democratic Sen. Lisa Wellman, would limit the ability of police to inquire about ... Washington Times
Special counsel Robert Mueller's much-anticipated report – the product of nearly two years of investigation – will not include any further indictments, according to a senior Department of Justice official. The report was handed to the Justice Department for Attorney General Bill Barr’s review, and Congress has been notified of the transfer late Friday afternoon, according to a Justice Department spokeswoman. According to federal regulations, the special counsel's final report should be "a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel." ABC
VOA VIEW: The Dems will look stupid.
Democratic candidates running to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020 reacted quickly to the news Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller had delivered his highly anticipated report to the Department of Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, all called for the report -- the product of nearly two years of investigation -- to be released immediately to the American people. ABC
VOA VIEW: The Dems are acting like Dems - idiots.
Theresa May has told MPs that a third vote on her Brexit deal may not take place next week "if it appears there is not sufficient support". It comes after European Council President Donald Tusk said Brexit's fate was "in Britain's hands". EU leaders have agreed to delay the departure date by at least two weeks. If MPs approve the PM's deal next week, Brexit would be delayed from 29 March until 22 May. Otherwise the UK has until 12 April to propose a new plan. BBC
US President Donald Trump says he has ordered the withdrawal of recently imposed sanctions against North Korea. In a tweet on Friday, he mentioned additional large-scale sanctions" by the US Treasury that had been added to already existing restrictions. It is believed he was referring to the treasury's move on Thursday to blacklist two China-based shipping companies for reportedly violating sanctions against North Korea. Pyongyang has made no public comment. BBC
VOA VIEW: A mistake or knowledgeable move.
General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a factory north of Detroit. The $300 million investment comes less than a week after a series of critical tweets from President Donald Trump oveThe company says the investment in its Orion Township, Michigan plant will enable the factory to manufacture a Chevrolet vehicle based on the battery-powered Bolt. GM wouldn't say when the new workers will start or when the new vehicle will go on sale, nor would it say if the workers will be new hires or come from a pool of laid-off workers from the planned closings of four U.S. factories by January. CBS
VOA VIEW: Thanks to an active president.
Washington is bracing for special counsel Robert Mueller to release his report. Democrats are already preparing to call him to testify if the findings are not made public. Politico's Darren Samuelsohn joins CBSN to explain. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems will act like the idiots they are.
California accounted for nearly three out of every four nonfarm jobs created in the nation during February, according to data released Friday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The truth is ...
Attorney General William Barr on Friday notified lawmakers that he intends to provide information about the conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller's report "as soon as this weekend." CNBC
VOA VIEW: Barr should take his time.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency Friday as result of "a vast tree die-off throughout the state" and deteriorating forest conditions that have increased the risk of wildfires. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Why should Trump help?
Special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his completed investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department announced Friday. CNN
CNN correspondents go back to basics to guide you through everything you need to know about the divorce between the EU and the UK. CNN
Immigration officials plan to release nearly 2,000 immigrants from custody in the Texas area over the weekend, according to the local ABC-TV affiliate. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Sad!
Paper says ‘critical phase’ could last months as fears rise over disruption to transport and food suppliesThe extent and range of the impact of a no-deal Brexit is revealed in a confidential Cabinet Office document that warns of a “critical three-month phase” after leaving the EU during which the whole planning operation could be overwhelmed. Guardian
Amid calls to ‘fall on her sword’, PM writes to Tory MPs saying deal will return if there is sufficient supportPressure on Theresa May has reached new heights as ministers backed attempts to let parliament take control of the next stage of the Brexit process and MPs openly speculated that her time in office could end within weeks.As a beleaguered May returned from Brussels, MPs suggested her deal could lose by an even higher margin, with several saying the timing now required the prime minister to “fall on her sword”. Continue reading... Guardian
VOA VIEW: May should walk - she has failed.
Trump's announcement marked a dramatic shift in US policy and gave a boost to Netanyahu, who is in a closely contested race in the April 9 election. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Good!
Trump's declaration is the latest US step to fuel anger in the region, both in states that are hostile to Israel and others that have relations with it and are allied to the United States. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Foolish thought.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday tapped Stephen Moore, a conservative economic commentator and fellow critic of Federal Reserve policy under Chairman Jerome Powell, to join the U.S. central bank's board of governors, a move that would put a Trump loyalist inside the world's most important financial institution. Reuters

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Fundamentally linked to human development, gender justice requires ending inequality and redressing existing disparities between women and men, according to a high-level United Nations forum on the situation in Arab States. UN News
The White House on Friday declared the Islamic State 100 percent defeated in Syria. UPI
The United States imposed new sanctions on Iran, targeting people involved in nuclear and missile research programs, the U.S. Treasury Department announced. UPI
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