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President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end U.S. military assistance in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen. In a break with the president, Congress voted for the first time earlier this month to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try to stop U.S. involvement in a foreign... Baltimore Sun
The special counsel's Trump-Russia report will be out on Thursday for all to see. But not all of it. The Democrats' demands for a full, unredacted version of Robert Mueller's report are likely to prompt a political and legal battle that could last for months, if not much longer. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: No full report - it would be leaked.
Microsoft is launching the Ion Smart Cities Accelerator in Houston to help grow companies developing sensors, robotics and other technologies that focus on big-city problems such as transportation and disaster response. Houston Chronicle
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a plan to cut back on the use of water from the Colorado River, which serves 40 million people in the U.S. West ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: It's called stepping up.
Sen. Bernie Sanders took heat from some Democrats for holding a town hall meeting on Fox News Channel. But it turned out to be the most-watched town hall of the campaign season so far. The Nielsen company estimated that 2.55 million people watched the ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: It was a Sanders one hour commercial.
Ending more than 20 years of practice, the Trump administration will allow U.S. citizens to sue over property confiscated from them in Cuba after the 1959 revolution, with potential defendants including the Cuban government and major European and Canadian companies. LA Times
The Trump administration moved Monday to restart a controversial policy that forces Central American asylum seekers to return to Mexico to await adjudication of their claims, an approach dubbed “Remain in Mexico.” The move came after a federal appeals court in California temporarily lifted an injunction... LA Times
Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker admitted Tuesday that there is an issue with illegal immigration on the southern border — and urged fellow Democrats not to deny the severity of the situation. Booker, a senator from New Jersey, made the statement at a campaign event in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, according to video of the event.... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Booker is an idiot.
The Trump Organization wants a judge to toss Michael Cohen’s lawsuit claiming the company owes him more than $1.9 million because of a contract he claims he had with his former employer, which the company calls “phantom” and “fictitious,” in new court papers. President Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer” sued the Trump Organization last month... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Good, so the court does not waste time.
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Federal prosecutors sought an interview with Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a former WikiLeaks activist, after secretly indicting Julian Assange. New York Times
Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday won a major victory in its wide-ranging legal dispute with Apple Inc as the companies reached a surprise settlement that called for the iPhone to once again use Qualcomm modem chips. Rueters
U.S. stocks ended slightly higher on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 inching closer to its all-time high following a string of mostly positive earnings, while a drop in healthcare shares limited the advance. Rueters
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday signed into law a major overhaul of state oil and gas rules, turning the focus away from encouraging production and directing regulators to make public safety and the environment their top priority. The law also gives local government significant new authority to restrict the location of […] Seattle Times
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Ecuador’s president on Tuesday accused Julian Assange of hosting numerous hackers at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to give them directions on how to propagate information on topics important to the WikiLeaks founder and his financiers. President Lenin Moreno said that Swedish programmer Ola Bini, who is in custody in Ecuador, was […] Seattle Times
No. 3 and No. 4 wireless carriers are looking to combine to better fight off dominant Verizon and AT&T in their quest for customers.
Tax extensions can help you avoid penalties and prevent you from rushing through the filing process. But they're not an excuse to procrastinate needlessly.
VOA VIEW: Feel relief - get it done.
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The attorneys general oppose the Trump administration's move to scale back federal authority over streams and tributaries that feed the nation's largest rivers. Washington Post
Yuma, a city on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, declared a state of emergency Tuesday, saying it cannot handle the crush of illegal immigrants the government is being forced to release onto its streets. Mayor Doug Nicholls said the migrants are being released by the Border Patrol into his community ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: This nation must be freed from illegals.
The Trump administration wants to open two new tent facilities to temporarily detain up to 1,000 parents and children near the southern border, as advocates sharply criticize the conditions inside the tents already used to hold migrants. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a notice to potential contractors that it wants to house 500 people in each camp in El Paso, Texas, and in the South Texas city of Donna, which has a border crossing with Mexico.
VOA VIEW: Illegals must not be allowed to enter the US.
.Native American voters face poor access to polling sites, discrimination by poll workers and unfair identification requirements, tribal leaders told members of Congress who traveled Tuesday to a reservation in North Dakota where voting rights were a key issue in last years U.S. Senate race. A House elections subcommittees meeting at the Standing Rock reservation was the latest in a series of on-site visits across the country on voting-rights issues. Activists told the panel that obstacles still remain more than five decades after Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, which aimed to eliminate such impediments for minority voters.
Packages of Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies sold at Walmart and other retailers nationwide are being recalled because they many contain an "unexpected solidified ingredient." Nabisco parent Mondelez Global issued the recall on Tuesday after receiving reports of "potential adverse health effects," it said in its recall notice. CBS
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Roy Moore, the Republican iconoclast accused of sexual misconduct, is leading among Republican voters in a new poll on the upcoming Alabama Senate race. Moore narrowly lost a special election to fill former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' seat amid allegations from several women that heA poll by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy published Tuesday found that 27 percent of Republicans polled would support Roy Moore's candidacy in the 2020 election. Reps. Mo Brooks, Bradley Byrne and Gary Palmer trail behind Moore with support in the teens, while Del Marsh and Tim James were under ten percent. Moore's support was highest among women, 31 percent of whom said they would support Moore. had touched or kissed them inappropriately when they were teenagers, and he was an adult. CBS
VOA VIEW: It's a long time before the election.
The Interior Department's inspector general will investigate conflict of interest complaints against Secretary David Bernhardt. CNBC
When you stand still on trade, you fall behind. Nowhere is this more apparent for the United States than in Japan, the world's third largest economy and a top market for U.S. exports, writes Tom Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. CNBC
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CNN's Don Lemon says the explosive details surrounding an alleged college admissions scam contribute to the belief some have that the system is rigged against them. CNN
VOA VIEW: People don't trust and without it, there is no belief.
In President Donald Trump's mind, the release this week of Robert Mueller's findings is a moment to mark his long-proclaimed innocence. In the minds of some current and former White House officials, the moment isn't quite as rosy. They are dreading Thursday's publication of the more-than-300 page report, several of them told CNN in recent days, even as the President himself has told aides and friends he is eager to see his name cleared. While few people close to Trump are predicting any bombshells, there is a sense of apprehension among advisers because they believe the full report will provide the closest and most credible account to date of tumult and chaos inside the West Wing. CNN
VOA VIEW: There will be no end - Dems will make one lie after another.
Federal authorities say they've reached an agreement with a Texas city that settles a lawsuit over the city's initial refusal to allow an Islamic group to develop a Muslim cemetery. FOX News
A federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday rejected yearslong proceedings against the accused mastermind of the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. The proceedings were conducted by a military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. FOX News
Lawsuit could benefit 46 million people even if they have never owned the credit cardAlmost every adult in the UK could receive a payout of up to £300 from Mastercard after a court ruling paved the way for a £14bn class action lawsuit.The legal action taken by former financial ombudsman Walter Merricks claims that 46 million UK consumers paid higher prices in shops over a 16-year period because of allegedly excessive transaction fees charged by Mastercard. Continue reading... Guardian
Firefighters risked their lives to stop the raging fire spreading to the two belfry towersNotre Dame Cathedral was within “15 to 30 minutes” of complete destruction as firefighters battled to stop flames reaching its gothic bell towers, French authorities have revealed.A greater disaster was averted by members of the Paris fire brigade, who risked their lives to remain inside the burning monument to create a wall of water between the raging fire and two towers on the west facade. Guardian
Satellite pictures show railcars at Yongbyon site, raising concern radioactive material is being transportedWeek-old satellite images show movement at North Korea’s main nuclear site that could be associated with the reprocessing of radioactive material into bomb fuel, a US thinktank has reported.Any new reprocessing activity would underscore the failure of a second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Hanoi in late February to make progress toward North Korea’s denuclearisation. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Un will make a major mistake in double crossing Trump.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to visit Moscow in the coming months with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Palestinians have no loyalties.
In fact, beyond the harsh rhetoric, one can discern a broad consensus in Israel for the outgoing government’s actual diplomatic and defense policies. Jerusalem Post
The first shipment of humanitarian aid from the Red Cross intended to alleviate a dire economic crisis in Venezuela arrived in the once-prosperous, oil-rich country on Tuesday, a representative of the organization and a lawmaker said. Reuters
As U.S. Democrats emphasize building their 2020 presidential campaigns on grassroots support, fewer than half amassed at least 50 percent of their early financial backing from small-dollar donations, a Reuters analysis found. Reuters
The United Nations Security Council has condemned the announcement by Taliban militants in Afghanistan of its spring offensive, saying it will result in more “unnecessary suffering and destruction for the Afghan people”. UN News
The USS Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, has been deployed to the Black Sea, where it will conduct security operations, as well as work with NATO allies and partners on combined readiness. UPI
Iranian lawmakers voted Tuesday to list U.S. forces in western Asia as a terrorist organization in a retaliatory move. UPI
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