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Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will hold a press conference Thursday morning on the Mueller report release. ABC
VOA VIEW: So be it.
The full Mueller report is due to be released on Thursday. Attorney General William Barr released a summary of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Paula Reid has the latest. CBS
VOA VIEW: Why not?
There will be two versions of the redacted special counsel report, with one being released to the public and one that will eventually go to a limited number of members of Congress with fewer redactions, the Justice Department said Wednesday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Why not?

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U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said on Wednesday he has been told by the Justice Department that Congress will not receive Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report until after Attorney General William Barr's 9:30 a.m. EDT news conference on Thursday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: So!
Delta Air Lines says it will need to hire about 500 aircraft mechanics this year, as it faces retirements of existing aircraft maintenance technicians while growing its business. Atlanta Journal
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe won't run for president in 2020, according to two people familiar with calls he made Wednesday to allies. McAuliffe had flirted with a Democratic presidential run for months, popping up in early voting states late last year and campaigning with candidates in... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Who cared?
The Trump administration on Wednesday intensified its crackdown on Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, rolling back Obama administration policy and announcing new restrictions and sanctions against the three countries whose leaders national security adviser John Bolton dubbed the "three stooges of socialism."... Baltimore Sun
The National Rifle Association expects to draw up to 80,000 members later this month during its annual convention in Indianapolis.          IndyStar
Israel's president on Wednesday formally nominated Benjamin Netanyahu for a fourth consecutive term as prime minister, officially launching a process that is expected to result in a new government dominated by ... Las Vegas Sun
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Kamala Harris, who has made her prosecutorial record a centerpiece of her presidential bid, said she now has misgivings about a California law she championed that punished parents of habitually truant schoolchildren. Speaking on the liberal podcast “Pod Save America,” Sen. Harris said the arrests... LA Times
VOA VIEW: President stupidity.
Congress has passed just 12 new laws since January. One modifies pay for podiatrists working for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Another renames a vets center in North Ogden, Utah. A third revises the charter of the National Future Farmers of America Organization. Democrats, who control the... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are failing.
A bill signed into law Wednesday allows medical marijuana oil distribution in Georgia, creating a way for registered patients to obtain the drug. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: Questionable!
The Trump administration is tightening restrictions on travel and remittances to Cuba, reversing the engagement policies from the Obama era while increasing pressure on the island’s government in response to … Miami Herald

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Higher state gasoline taxes have won approval in seven Republican-run states since President Donald Trump took office, an unusual step for a party adamantly opposed to more taxes and a … Miami Herald
Former pizza exec Herman Cain said Wednesday he won’t withdraw his name from consideration for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board despite a lack of GOP support in the Senate. Cain told The Wall Street Journal that he’s “very committed” to hanging on as the White House considers whether to formally nominate him for... New York Post
Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said Wednesday that China Mobile’s proposal to enter the American market raised security concerns. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Good!

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Federal prosecutors announced charges against 60 medical professionals on Wednesday. Brian Benczkowski, an assistant attorney general, said the case was investigated by a new task force looking for patterns of over-prescribing in the Appalachian region. New York Times
2020 Democrats are faulted for flipping or praised for maturing as they explain their shifting positions. Trump doesn't worry about niceties like that.         USA Today
Dozens of medical professionals are accused of illegally dispensing 32 million pills, including doctors who prosecutors said traded sex for prescriptions and a dentist who unnecessarily pulled teeth from patients to justify giving them opioids. Washington Post
Rapes, murders and other crimes committed by U.S. troops have been a chief diplomatic concern in Tokyo and Washington. Washington Post
An AK-47-toting man smuggling illegal immigrants opened fire on ICE agents in Phoenix last week, sparking a shootout that left another member of his smuggling gang dead, according to court documents detailing the latest episode in what authorities say is growing violence in the illegal immigrant economy. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Madness!

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A federal appeals court scheduled a hearing next week over whether to stop the Trump administration from forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for immigration court hearings. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday set a hearing for April 24 in San Francisco over ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A waste of time.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents looking to make arrests inside courthouses in New York can't do so without judicial warrants or orders, according to a directive from the New York State Office of Court Administration that took effect Wednesday. The move was hailed by immigration advocates, ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: NY has gone madder.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently toured this waterlogged town near the Missouri River, blasting President Donald Trump as complicit in the flooding that has plagued large swaths of western Iowa in recent weeks. "We have a president who says that climate change is a hoax," said Inslee, ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Real stupidity.

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As part of the Trump administration's effort to slow migrants from crossing the southern border, Attorney General William Barr has ordered that some of those claiming asylum should be denied bail, meaning they could be stuck behind bars for years, rather than days. Under previous policy, those who seek asylum were granted a bail hearing if they claimed "credible fear" threats or threats of persecution in their home country while waiting for their cases to be heard. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good!
Abortion rights advocates asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a controversial Louisiana law requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges. ABC
VOA VIEW: A civil rights violation.
Two-time president Alan García shot himself as police came to arrest him over corruption claims. BBC
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, has invited top White House policy aide Stephen Miller, best known for his hardline positions on immigration, to testify before his committee May 1. Miller, as CBS News' chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett has reported, is behind an overhaul of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Cummings' request for testimony — which Miller is likely to deny, at least initially — comes as the president is considering sending detained illegal immigrants to sanctuary jurisdictions and closing large sections of the border. CBS
VOA VIEW: The president is allowed a certain amount of confidence.
North Korea tested a new type of tactical guided weapon on Wednesday, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Thursday morning local time. The test of "a powerful warhead" was overseen by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and marks the first public weapons test from the rogue regime since President Donald Trump's historic meeting with Kim in Singapore last year. The White House and Pentagon did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. The latest revelation comes less than two months after the collapse of nuclear talks between Trump and Kim in Vietnam. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A major mistake.
Attorney General William Barr will discuss special counsel Robert Mueller's report at a 9:30 a.m. ET press conference on Thursday. CNBC
A former Trump administration official who cooperated with Robert Mueller's probe is having serious second thoughts about talking to the special counsel's office, citing concerns about being named in the Justice Department's redacted version of the report. CNN
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives moved Wednesday to toughen penalties for people who do not report suspicions about repeated child sexual abuse and make it explicit that nondisclosure terms in contracts cannot prevent people from talking to police in child molestation investigations. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Parts are questionable and parts are needed.
Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg said Wednesday that he's proud of his record as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, but realizes some problems remain. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Not a good record to be very proud of.
Research by author reveals corporations and aristocrats are the biggest landownersHalf of England is owned by less than 1% of its population, according to new data shared with the Guardian that seeks to penetrate the secrecy that has traditionally surrounded land ownership.The findings, described as “astonishingly unequal”, suggest that about 25,000 landowners – typically members of the aristocracy and corporations – have control of half of the country. Continue reading... Guardian
VOA VIEW: So!
PM may avoid setting out new agenda despite parliament running out of businessTheresa May could put off the Queen’s speech until later this year, with government sources saying there were no immediate plans to bring one forward while parliament had not yet approved a Brexit deal.May had been widely expected to schedule a Queen’s speech setting out the government’s legislative agenda within weeks, because she announced a two-year parliamentary session in mid-June 2017. Continue reading... Guardian
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has raised international and Palestinian ire with his campaign pledge to annex the portions of Area C of the West Bank where all the settlements are located. Jerusalem Post
Before the Holocaust, approximately one-third of Warsaw was Jewish. Jerusalem Post
Major automakers are bullish on the outlook for the U.S. economy and auto sales, but one big question remains - will President Donald Trump throw a grenade into the sector by imposing sweeping tariffs of up to 25 percent on car and auto parts imports? Reuters
VOA VIEW: Liberal guess work.
Amid pressure from Washington, Mexico is backpedaling on promises of better treatment for Central American migrants, leaving hundreds stranded in unsanitary camps near its southern border and allegations of irregular detentions. 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 National Rifle Association sued Oklahoma-based advertising agency Ackerman McQueen, saying the company refused to provide documentation about billing. UPI
A South Florida judge on Wednesday issued a protective order preventing prosecutors from releasing video evidence of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at a day spa as part of his solicitation case. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!

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The U.S. goods and services trade deficit dropped 3.4 percent to $49.4 billion in February, its lowest level since June 2018, according to a report released Wednesday by the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. UPI
VOA VIEW: A start.
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