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A Washington political consultant initially entangled in the Russia investigation was sentenced Friday to three years of probation for illegal lobbying and skirting the ban on foreign donations to President Donald Trump's inaugural committee. W. Samuel Patten and prosecutors had asked for leniency,... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Crime and punishment.
Reversing its earlier decision as well as a lower court ruling, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday decided the name of the state's lethal injection supplier can remain secret. Houston Chronicle
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revoked a policy earlier this month which prohibited children of parents in a same-sex relationship or marriage from being baptized and confirmed in the church. While the reversal of the 2015 policy signals a softening in attitudes by the church toward the LGBTQ community, reactions in Las Vegas and elsewhere continue to be mixed. Chani Leavitt, who grew up a devout Mormon but has since left the church, is skeptical of the church’s motives. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: A true religious mess.

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The president of a college Republican group in Ohio has apologized for a fundraising email that referred to Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a "domestic terrorist." Tom Ferrall is chairman of the Ohio College Republican Federation and a senior at the University of Dayton. He says the email was sent Wednesday without his approval by a third-party fundraising firm he wouldn't name. Ferrall says his organization has severed ties with the firm. He says the email wasn't something he or the organization would ever endorse. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Cortez is a joke.
In the 2018 midterm election, President Trump bet the House on immigration and lost; for 2020, he has bet the White House. That’s the clear lesson of this week’s events at the Department of Homeland Security: the departure of Kirstjen Nielsen as secretary; the purge of high-level officials associated... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Trump has won much and Dems lost much.
President Trump’s new special envoy for combating anti-Semitism has issued a broad definition for the prejudice that targets Jews. On Thursday, his first day on the job, Elan Carr suggested that any organized boycott of Israel was anti-Semitic. He also tossed out decades of U.S. and international... LA Times
VOA VIEW: A truism.
The handwritten notification of President Abraham Lincoln's death is being offered for sale by a Philadelphia documents dealer. Nathan Raab, president of the Raab Collection, says the telegram was thought to be lost, and calls it "truly one of our great finds." It was written inside the home where... Baltimore Sun
National security adviser John Bolton will travel to Miami next week to give a speech on actions that the United States is taking to address the situation in Venezuela, Cuba … Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: None of the three countries are fiends of the US.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that China's financing of President Nicolás Maduro's government is prolonging the crisis in Venezuela. Pompeo kicked off a four-country tour of Latin … Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: China is causing the problem to last longer.

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President Trump on Friday released a video montage of the 9/11 attacks interwoven with controversial Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments that trivialized the acts of terror. “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!,” Trump tweeted in all caps above the video. The video includes Omar’s much-criticized remarks to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in March with quick cuts... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Omar and Dems are looking very bad.
President Trump announced plans Friday to expand 5G networks, opening up a record amount of new radio frequencies and keeping the US abreast of tech rivals like China. “We want to be the leader in this, we’re the leader in everything else,” he said at the White House before cracking that the US would next... New York Post
President Trump last week privately urged Kevin McAleenan, the border enforcement official he was about to name as acting secretary of homeland security, to close the southwestern border to migrants despite having just said publicly that he was delaying a decision on the step for a year, according to three people briefed about the conversation. It was not clear what Mr. Trump meant by his request or his additional comment to Mr. McAleenan that he would pardon him if he encountered any legal problems as a result of taking the action. Federal judges have already blocked the administration’s attempts to limit asylum seekers who illegally enter the country, and it is not likely that Mr. McAleenan would have ended up in jail if he had followed the president’s directive. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Mexico better get its act together real quick.
The United States District Court in San Francisco, where a settlement was reached on Friday between the Trump administration and separated Central American families. New York Times

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The U.S. government can continue at least temporarily to send asylum seekers back to Mexico after President Donald Trump scored a rare ruling in his favor on Friday from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Good!
Mississippi federal Judge Carlton Reeves also assailed the Trump administration for lack of diversity in judicial appointments.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Foolish!
Controversial proposal to place migrants in sanctuary cities would punish Democrats who failed to support President Trump's immigration policies.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

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The merger of its communications bureaus is the biggest structural change at the State Department in 20 years. Washington Post
The Latest on a court ruling that would have prevented the Trump administration from returning asylum seekers to Mexico to await court hearings (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked a judge's order that would have stopped the Trump administration from ... Washington Times
President Donald Trump weighed in Friday on the most recent controversy involving Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, retweeting video edited to suggest that the Minnesota congresswoman was dismissive of the significance of the Sept. 11 attacks. The video pulls a snippet of Omar's speech last month to the ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: There is no question that Omar was dismissive of 9/11 and who was at fault.
Kim Foxx, the embattled Chicago state's attorney whose office has come under fire for its handling of the Jussie Smollett case, has asked the local inspector general to conduct an "independent review" of their investigation, she confirmed in a statement. The news comes the day after the city's law department announced that they are suing Smollett to recoup the amount that they had to spend in order to cover the overtime of police officers during the investigation. ABC
VOA VIEW: Foxx will hopefully be sanctioned or more forcefully dealt with.
President Donald Trump has acknowledged planning to free immigration detainees in Democratic urban strongholds as a political retaliation ploy. The Republican president tweeted that his antagonists should be "very happy" about the idea given their "open borders, open arms policy". He said he was targeting so-called sanctuary cities, which have policies to aid undocumented immigrants. But there was scepticism on the left and right about Mr Trump's idea. BBC
VOA VIEW: Good idea.

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Georgetown University once owned slaves. Now students there have voted to pay money to the descendents of those slaves. CBS
VOA VIEW: Fools!
Gay rights and religion are at the heart of a simmering feud between Vice President Mike Pence and Pete Buttigieg. It comes before the South Bend, Indiana, mayor is expected to launch his bid for president. CBS
VOA VIEW: Buttigieg is a fool.
President Trump said Friday he could release an "unlimited supply" of undocumented immigrants into California CBS
VOA VIEW: Newsom should love the idea - just kidding.

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The agency cited high rates of violations in nearly identical letters sent to retailers last week. CNBC
As Facebook's scandals have increased so too has the amount of money the company spends to protect CEO Mark Zuckerberg. CNBC
A Sprint, T-Mobile merger is the path to the best 5G network we're likely to see in the U.S. and it will drive AT&T and Verizon to invest, says New Street Research's Jonathan Chaplin CNBC
During President Donald Trump's visit to the border at Calexico, California, a week ago, where he told border agents to block asylum seekers from entering the US contrary to US law, the President also told the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan, that if he were sent to jail as a result of blocking those migrants from entering the US, the President would grant him a pardon, senior administration officials tell CNN. CNN
VOA VIEW: Good thought.
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said Friday that the Pentagon has yet to receive a formal request for additional support from the US military on the southern border but expects that his department will be providing additional support. CNN
VOA VIEW: So be it - if needed.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of all models of the Fisher-Price Rock N' Play sleepers after infants died. ABC
Though President Donald Trump on Friday publicly revealed his proposal to transport and release undocumented immigrants into sanctuary cities, the White House received legal guidance months ago that such a policy would run afoul of the law, open the administration to lawsuits, and ultimately undermine the President's desire to deport undocumented immigrants. CNN
VOA VIEW: Bring them on.
A second federal judge has blocked the Department of Homeland Security from forcing tens of thousands of Haitians to return to their native country. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Liberal judges cause the nation problems.
The U.S. Justice Department won't appeal a decision by a Detroit federal judge who threw out female genital mutilation charges against members of a Muslim sect. FOX News
President said in an interview with the Atlantic the first daughter ‘would’ve been great’ because ‘she’s very good with numbers’Donald Trump has confirmed that he considered naming his daughter Ivanka Trump to head the World Bank, and also thinks she would have been a great UN ambassador.In an interview with the Atlantic published on Friday, Trump was apparently quite eager to sing his daughter’s praises: the author writes that she requested an interview with Ivanka herself and was turned down, but instead got a call that the president wanted to talk to her. Guardian
It’s the second time that the Trump administration has extended its vow to protect allies from the court explicitly to Israelis. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: The INT'L Court is a joke.
The Minnesota Congresswoman also drew a contrast between the responses of people to mass shootings as opposed to terror attacks perpetrated by Muslims. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Omar is a danger to the nation.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the breakdown in talks with the United States has raised the risks of returning to past tensions, but he is only interested in meeting President Donald Trump again if the United States comes with the right attitude, state media KCNA said on Saturday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Un is acting like the fool he is.
U.S. Senator Mark Warner, who co-sponsored legislation this week to ban deceptive practices by social media companies, said on Thursday he was eyeing additional bills aimed at limiting hate speech and allowing users to move their data across platforms. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Warner will never make the cut.
President Donald Trump said Friday he prefers for the federal government to stay out of the nation's development of 5G. UPI
After peaking in 2017, the number of active shooter incidents in the United States fell slightly in 2018 to 27, the FBI reported. UPI

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