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Former President Barack Obama's post-White House memoir isn't expected to be released this year, setting up the likelihood that the highly anticipated book will drop during the 2020 campaign. Publisher Penguin Random House started alerting foreign partners and others about the status of Obama's... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Obama's lies should be interesting.
A former White House lawyer defied a congressional subpoena Tuesday, setting the Trump administration on course for another collision with the Democratic-led House over its pursuit of documents related to the Russia investigation. Don McGahn's refusal to provide the documents to the House Judiciary... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: As he should - Dems are acting stupid.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said the economic playing field in the U.S. has been tilted in favor of corporate CEOs and shareholders and vowed to “rebuild the middle class” if he makes it back to the White House as president. “There used to be a basic bargain in the country ... If you contributed to the success — the economic ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Biden couldn't rebuild anything.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered a definitive verdict Tuesday on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia in 2016 — “case closed.” “Two years of exhaustive investigation, and nothing to establish the fanciful conspiracy theory... LA Times
More than two years into the Trump presidency, California has embraced its role as chief antagonist — already suing the administration more times than Texas took President Obama to court during eight years in office. It’s having an effect. California’s lawsuits have targeted the administration’s... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Silly thought.
In a surprise twist, the U.S. and other allies are considering negotiating with Cuba to join efforts to resolve the political standoff in Venezuela after the recent failed attempt by … Miami Herald
The New York Times obtained 10 years worth of President Trump’s tax returns from the late 1980s and early 1990s — and reported how he lost hundreds of millions of dollars on failed business deals. The documents from 1985-1994 show he lost millions each year on casinos, hotels and retail space — totaling a loss... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Silly waste of time and fake news.
FBI Director Christopher Wray refused to use the term"spying" on Tuesday when referring to the bureau's investigation into the Trump campaign — despite the attorney general's use of the term. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Wray is a light weight.
The bill would authorize state officials to release any state tax return requested by a leader of one of three congressional committees. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Foolish waste of time.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Tuesday and met with the Iraqi prime minister after telling reporters the United States was concerned about Iraqi sovereignty because of increasing Iranian activity. Rueters
With a multibillion-dollar settlement looming for Facebook over user privacy violations, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg met with U.S. lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to discuss legislation to protect users of the social network, officials said. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Facebook must be regulated.
The president has described the asylum system as a “scam” allowing criminals into the country, and changes to initial screenings likely will make it more difficult to seek refuge in the United States. Washington Post
The move would reverse a decision by former defense secretary Jim Mattis, who prevented service academy athletes from playing pro sports directly after graduating. Washington Post

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The White House has instructed former White House counsel Donald McGahn not to comply with a subpoena from House Democrats for documents related to the Mueller probe. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good!
House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings is threatening to withhold salaries from officials at the Interior and Commerce Departments he says are refusing to be interviewed. ABC
VOA VIEW: Cummings does not have the power he claims.
President Donald Trump took investors by surprise when he escalated a trade war with China in announcing steep new tariffs on Chinese goods. ABC
VOA VIEW: A slow turn today will equal a larger turn later.

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Investors jittery as the Trump administration ratchets up the pressure ahead of negotiations on Thursday CBS
Heavy spending during the ride-hailing company's first reporting period since its IPO led to a $212 million loss CBS
The CEO of Polaris is calling an impending tariff increase a catastrophe for his business. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The potential tariff increase may be blessing.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company is adding privacy features to Google Maps and giving users more control over data storage. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Google should be regulated.
Powell wrote that the Federal Reserve viewed climate risks through the lens of potential "shocks to the system" in the form of severe weather events, rather than as a systemic vulnerability. CNBC

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President Donald Trump directed his reelection campaign to issue a blistering statement implicitly condemning a longtime political adviser who used Trump's name to raise millions of dollars for an unaffiliated political group, several people familiar with the President's reaction said. CNN
The Trump administration has taken a step toward changing the way the poverty threshold is calculated, a move that could strip many low-income Americans of their federal benefits. CNN
A high school teacher is reportedly fighting back against a New Jersey school district, claiming in a lawsuit Monday that she was made to “take the blame” for a 2017 controversy over edited yearbook photos that originally showed support for President Trump. FOX News

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A U.S. official says intelligence information that prompted the Pentagon to send an aircraft carrier and Air Force bombers to the Middle East included indications that Iran had moved short-range ballistic missiles aboard boats in or near the Persian Gulf. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
An "unstable situation" was unfolding at a Colorado school Tuesday afternoon with reports of shots fired and multiple injuries, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said. FOX News
The Pentagon says a U.S. Navy hospital ship is preparing to deploy to Latin America to provide medical services in countries where several million Venezuelans have taken refuge. FOX News
Government concedes it cannot reach deal in time to avoid European electionsHopes are fading that a cross-party Brexit deal could be struck within days after Labour sources described Tuesday’s three-hour round of talks as “the most robust to date”.Labour’s negotiating team was irked by leaks to Sunday newspapers about concessions Theresa May was preparing to make, which they believe amounted to little more than a rehash of the existing deal. Guardian
Pro-democracy campaigner İyad el-Baghdadi has been vocal critic of Saudi crown princeThe CIA has warned Norway that a prominent Arab activist who is living in the country under asylum protection is facing a potential threat from Saudi Arabia, the Guardian has learned.The pro-democracy activist, İyad el-Baghdadi, is a vocal critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Guardian
President Donald Trump and aides on Tuesday briefed a group of Republican senators on a merit-based immigration plan that would let more highly-skilled workers into the United States and fewer low-skilled workers, a senior administration official said. Reuters
Months before evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr.’s game-changing presidential endorsement of Donald Trump in 2016, Falwell asked Trump fixer Michael Cohen for a personal favor, Cohen said in a recorded conversation reviewed by Reuters. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Cohen is a liar.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer detailed suits Tuesday against tax-prep giants H&R Block and Turbo Tax, alleging the firms defrauded low-income clients into paying for services they should've gotten for free. UPI
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Tuesday after canceling a Berlin meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the last minute. UPI

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