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Rejecting a plank of President Donald Trump's foreign policy, the House on Thursday invoked never-before-used powers to demand that his administration withdraw support from the Saudi-led war in Yemen . The Senate passed the same resolution in March with bipartisan support. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: The liberal media spins facts.
Aides to Joe Biden struck a more aggressive tone on Monday as the former vice president faced scrutiny over his past behavior toward women. In a statement, Biden spokesman Bill Russo blasted "right-wing trolls" from "the dark recesses of the internet" for conflating images of Biden embracing acquaintances,... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Biden's acts are dumb and his alone.
Jussie Smollett has refused to pay more than $130,000 to reimburse Chicago investigative costs and the city said Thursday it will sue the "Empire" actor for ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Smollett should pay the costs and much more.
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A glimpse at the guest list for the Rev. Al Sharpton’s confab here this week would surely astonish any New Yorker arriving in a time machine from the 1980s. Every major Democrat who has launched a White House bid has cleared their schedule to get in front of the Reverend. Few things once seemed... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are pitiful.
President Donald Trump has announced that U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza is his pick to replace Linda McMahon as Small Business Administration chief. Trump tweeted Thursday night that McMahon has "done … Miami Herald
Joe Biden hit back at President Trump on Thursday after the commander in chief tweeted out a video mocking the former vice president’s handsy reputation. “I see that you are on the job and presidential, as always,” Biden tweeted to Trump. Biden on Wednesday released a video on Twitter promising to “be more mindful” of... New York Post
President Trump plans to raise $1 billion for his re-election campaign — more than double what he spent to win the White House in 2016. The president’s appeal to big-dollar donors will be on full display this weekend when he hosts a $15,000-a-plate dinner for the national Republican Party in Los Angeles. New York Post
President Trump said that talks with China were “going very well” and that the two countries were headed toward an agreement that might be “the biggest deal ever made.” New York Times
VOA VIEW: China owes the US much for a long time of abuse.
By the time the delegates at the Federal Convention in 1787 got around to debating how the president ought to be chosen, they had already approved the three-fifths clause, that counted slaves as three-fifths of a person. New York Times
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U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen has received requests for information from at least six government entities since late February, according to a letter from Cohen's attorney to Democratic lawmakers, a sign of ongoing interest in evidence Cohen may have on his former boss. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Cohen wants out of jail or at least a delay.
San Diego County filed suit in U.S. District Court against the Trump administration over its handling of asylum-seekers. The county seeks an injunction to force the resumption of ICE's "safe release" policy. San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: A waste of money and time.
Dear Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, will you join me in honoring those who have achieved the American dream despite struggling through 'humble' conditions?
The exchange marked the first time the labor secretary and former U.S. attorney has been publicly questioned about the deal since a federal judge ruled in February that it had violated the law. Washington Post
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President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen says he has new information to offer Democrats if authorities reduce or delay his upcoming three-year prison sentence. In a letter to lawmakers Thursday, Cohen's attorneys say he has discovered substantial files on a hard drive that could help investigations of the president. Washington Times
Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas said Thursday that if elected president he would sign off on a resolution that calls for the creation of a commission to study reparations for the descendants of slaves. The embrace of the reparations push on Capitol Hill comes after he passed on multiple ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: O'Rourke is a joke.
The Justice Department on Thursday defended Attorney General Bill Barr's handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's report but without directly addressing news reports that Mueller’s investigators are upset over what Barr has chosen to keep secret for now. “Given the extraordinary public interest in the matter, the Attorney General [previously] decided to release the report's bottom-line findings and his conclusions immediately -- without attempting to summarize the report,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement.
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The Ethiopian Airlines crew commanding the Boeing 737 Max 8 followed all recommended procedures but couldn't regain control of the doomed flight, investigators said. ABC
Downing Street called Thursday's talks "detailed and productive", with more planned for Friday. BBC
The deal between Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos leaves her with a 4% stake in the tech titan he founded. BBC
Boeing admitted on Thursday a faulty sensor was a major factor in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight, as well as a crash in Indonesia last October. Kris Van Cleave has the latest. CBS
MIT, Princeton and UC Berkeley are among the colleges cutting ties with the Chinese tech giant CBS
VOA VIEW: This is a good start.
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During a House Appropriations Committee hearing, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Secretary Ben Carson went toe-to-toe over the removal of LGBT nondiscrimination guidance from the Housing and Urban Development's website after Carson's appointment. CNN
VOA VIEW: Foolish double talk.
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he's recommended Herman Cain, a former pizza executive who dropped his bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination amid sexual harassment allegations, for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board. CNN
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is repealing rules unveiled in 2015 that banned baptisms for children of gay parents and made gay marriage a sin worthy of expulsion. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Back walking position.
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A raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that federal authorities are touting as the largest in a decade was the latest in a series of similar enforcement actions under the Trump administration over the last two years. FOX News
Letter to include proposal to offer MPs vote on second referendum, source suggestsTheresa May is expected to write to Jeremy Corbyn to set out the government’s offer on Brexit, with negotiations due to resume in Downing Street on Friday.With just five days to go before the prime minister must travel to Brussels to request a further Brexit delay from EU leaders, little progress appears to have been made on finding a compromise deal both Labour and the Conservatives can back. Guardian
Exclusive: Long-awaited government white paper proposes regulator to enforce duty of care and fine offendersSocial media executives could be held personally liable for harmful content distributed on their platforms, leaked plans for a long-awaited government crackdown obtained by the Guardian reveal.There has been growing concern about the role of the internet in the distribution of material relating to terrorism, child abuse, self-harm and suicide, and ministers have been under pressure to act. Guardian
At the time the IAEA bristled at being told what to do, saying it does not take information presented to it at face value and sends inspectors "only when needed." Jerusalem Post
In 2005, Israel left the rest of the Gaza Strip. Israel therefore has already captured and ruled the Gaza Strip twice. The third time is not likely to be a charm. Jerusalem Post
The U.S. government granted waivers to just 6 percent of visa applicants subject to its travel ban on a handful of countries during the first 11 months of the ban, new data reviewed by Reuters shows. Reuters
The U.S. House of Representatives will sue to block President Donald Trump's transfer of money to pay for a border wall along the border with Mexico, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Pelosi and her ilk are anti US.
The House on Thursday voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act with added measures to close the so-called "boyfriend loophole." UPI
VOA VIEW: The Act is foolish is thought and concept.
President Donald Trump said Thursday he would not close the U.S.-Mexico border for at least a year, backing off of an earlier threat to close the border as early as this week. UPI
VOA VIEW: Trump is confusing his biggest supporters.
Retail giant Target said Thursday it's raising the minimum hourly wage for workers nationwide to $13, and plans to increase that to $15 next year. UPI
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