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British Prime Minister Theresa May acknowledged that the government's strategies to get her Brexit deal approved in Parliament failed, saying Saturday there's little prospect lawmakers will back the thrice-rejected divorce agreement "in the near future." With the U.K. once again days away from... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: May is a poor leader.
President Donald Trump warned on Saturday that a Democratic victory in 2020 could "leave Israel out there," as he highlighted his pro-Israel actions in an effort to make the case for Jewish voters to back his re-election. Speaking at the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Trump... Baltimore Sun
Israel's election campaign has been a three-month roller coaster of mudslinging, scandals and more scandals. But when voters head to the polls on Tuesday, one name will be predominantly on ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Netanyahu is the future of Israel.
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When he moved to Pennsylvania about five years ago, it was a coin toss which party Brian Heitman would register with. No longer. Since Donald Trump's election in 2016 ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Dems are pro black, liberals, socialists and progressives.
Lucy Flores has seldom been shy about saying what she felt needed to be said. When running for the Nevada Legislature as a 30-year-old political neophyte, she was open with voters about her parents’ broken marriage, about her teenage life in a Las Vegas gang, about how she had stolen cars. LA Times
In case you missed it, Bernie Sanders is now, for all practical purposes, the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. The Vermont socialist pulled in $18 million in the first three months of 2019, most of it from small donors. His nearest rival, Kamala Harris, collected... LA Times
VOA VIEW: A socialist won't win.
Montana's agriculture industry has experienced the negative impacts of Trump administration tariffs on foreign products and withdrawal from agreements with countries that generate vital revenue. Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: Liberal wishful thinking.
Rep. Devin Nunes, the former chair of the House Intelligence Committee, plans to send referrals to Attorney General William Barr this week, in order to get the Department of Justice to pick up investigations where Republicans in Congress left off. “We have eight referrals that we are prepared to send over to the attorney general... New York Post
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned Sunday. CBS News was first to report that Nielsen was meeting with President Trump at 5 p.m. and would call it quits. The president soon tweeted that she was out. “Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position. “Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service. I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary of @DHSgov,” Trump tweeted Sunday evening. In her resignation letter, obtained by CNN, she wrote that it was “the right time to step aside.”
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Expected Federal Reserve board nominee Stephen Moore said Sunday that he couldn’t talk about what the Fed should do, but then suggested the central bank should cut interest rates. New York Post
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Since Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order placing a moratorium on captial punishment in March, Democratic candidates for president have lined up to support it. New York Times
“Primaries are often the only way that underrepresented and working-class people are able to have a shot at pursuing elected office,” said Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York. New York Times
U.S. House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler called on Attorney General William Barr on Thursday to release any summaries of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia report that were prepared by Mueller's team. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Dems will never be satisfied.
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Eastern Libyan forces carried out air strikes on the southern part of Tripoli on Sunday and made progress toward the city center, residents said, escalating an operation to take the capital as the United Nations failed to achieve a truce. Rueters
The conservative takeover of the SupremeThe conservative takeover of the Supreme Court that was anticipated following President Donald Trump's two selections has been stalled by a budding bromance between the senior and junior justices. Chief Justice John Roberts and the court's newest member, Brett Kavanaugh, have voted in tandem on nearly every case that's come before them since Kavanaugh joined the court in October. They've been more likely to side with the court's liberal justices than its other conservatives. Roberts and Kavanaugh have obvious reasons for their reluctance to join the court's three other conservatives in ideological harmony. USA Today
The White House acting chief of staff said "voters knew the president could've have given his tax returns," knew he didn't and "elected him anyway" in 2016 CBS
VOA VIEW: Mulvaney is right.
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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the "worst case scenarios" for the economic impact of a full closure of the U.S.-Mexico border "are off the table," but added that President Trump's threats to shut down ports of entry should be taken "quite seriously." "The worst case scenarios are off the table for the moment," Kudlow said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. Still, Kudlow said people, including the Mexican government of Manuel López Obrador, need to understand the president is not bluffing. "We're not there, but people should take it quite seriously," he added.
Booker may have exceeded his fundraising expectations, but his campaign still trails behind the other candidates. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Booker is a loser.
The discussions, reported by Reuters, suggest that Riyadh is preparing a strategy to deal with potential passage of the No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act, known as NOPEC. The legislation is widely viewed as a longshot, which means the Saudi move to marginalize the dollar is unlikely to come to pass. Still, the kingdom has discussed the proposal with other OPEC members, two sources told Reuters. Another source said Riyadh has broached the subject with U.S. energy officials. If the Saudis followed through, it would chip away at U.S. influence over global financial markets and Washington's ability to enforce sanctions on foreign entities. CNBC
Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) reacts to Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal's (D-MA) demand for six years of President Donald Trump's tax returns. This comes as the President's lawyers sent a letter fighting the committee's request. CNN
VOA VIEW: Neal is a fool.
When it comes to considering the top political issues facing the country -- immigration, health care and gun control among them -- politicians in Congress can give the impression that the public is hopelessly divided on policy solutions. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal media wishful thinking.
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A bill before Florida's legislature would require minors to get consent from a guardian before terminating a pregnancy. Stephanie Loraine Piñeiro was 17 when she discovered she was pregnant for the second time.
She says her parents were livid about her first pregnancy a year earlier, though she never dared tell them she was raped. Her father took her to a clinic for an abortion. On the way home, she says, he threw birth control pills from the clinic out of the car window and ordered her to abstain.
The Mueller report is coming. Attorney General William Barr notified Congress that he was "well along" in making redactions to the report, and expected to release the report by "mid-April, if not sooner." CNN
VOA VIEW: Nothing - liberal ignorance.
University of Kansas students will soon be able to study the rise of the "angry white male." The college course, called Angry White Male Studies, will dive into "the deeper sources of this emotional state while evaluating recent manifestations of male anger" in the United States and Britain since the 1950s. The course catalog description states: "Employing interdisciplinary perspectives this course examines how both dominant and subordinate masculinities are represented and experienced in cultures undergoing periods of rapid change connected to modernity as well as to rights-based movements of women, people of color, homosexuals and trans individuals."
VOA VIEW: What about the angry women and black males.
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Labour defends antisemitism response after documents suggest party failed to act on hundreds of complaintsThe Jewish Labour Movement passed a motion of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership on Sunday as the party came under renewed pressure over its handling of antisemitism allegations.Labour disputed a report in the Sunday Times, which drew on leaked internal documents, that its system for dealing with complaints has been beset by delays, inaction and interference from the leader’s office. Continue reading... Guardian
In the past week Joe Biden has been the subject of damaging news reports after two women accused the former US vice-president of inappropriate behaviour. Biden - who has hinted at launching a bid to be the Democratic candidate for the US presidency in 2020 – responded by saying he does not believe he has acted inappropriately during his long public life. The recent developments have underscored some of the challenges he will face if he does make a bid for the White HouseJoe Biden's very bad week: has his White House run failed before it begins?Nancy Pelosi urges Joe Biden to keep his hands to himself Continue reading... Guardian
Bank has put aside £700m to settle charges relating to Iranian sanctions bustingStandard Chartered is bracing itself for a bumper fine this week that could total hundreds of millions of pounds as it settles US charges over Iranian sanctions violations.The London-headquartered but Asia-focused bank is expected to draw a line under a long-running investigation into sanctions busting by Wednesday when a six-year deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with US authorities is set to expire. Continue reading... Guardian
When asked about the Trump administration’s response to the plan, Netanyahu said, “they will react as they will react. We will see.These are my principles.” Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: The Palestinians would not know what to do with a state.
Move would mark first time Washington officially designates a military branch in another country a ‘terrorist’ entity. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Iran is losing and will lose more.
“The friendship between our two countries is deep and long-lasting. Israel and the US are at the forefront of scientific research. Our joint efforts will bring incredible discoveries," Rivlin said. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: As it should be.
Attending the Summit of the League of Arab States in Tunis, Tunisia, on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, recognized the critical importance of the region on the international stage and called for even stronger cooperation between the UN and the Arab States. UN News
American Airlines announced Sunday it will cancel 90 flights daily through early June because of the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 jets. UPI
British Prime Minister Theresa May said "compromise on both sides" could deliver a Brexit solution amid a stalemate in cross-party talks on the matter. UPI
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