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Democrats on Friday denounced a plan by President Donald Trump's personal attorney to push Ukraine to open investigations that he hopes could benefit Trump politically, decrying it as an overt attempt to recruit foreign help to influence a U.S. election. Rudy Giuliani said he would to travel to... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: No foul, no harm.
Trade talks between the U.S. and China broke up Friday with no apparent agreement, and President Donald Trump asserted that there was "no need to rush" to get a deal between the world's two biggest economies. Hours earlier, the Trump administration hiked tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: China will intimately lose.
The question comes up over and over, with extremist material, hate speech, election meddling and privacy invasions. Why can't Facebook just fix it? It's complicated, with reasons that include Facebook's size, its business model and technical limitations, not to mention years of unchecked growth.... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Facebook's greed will be their demise - they must be regulated.

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Democrats call it a "constitutional crisis." But is it? Stunned by the extent of the White House's blanket refusal to comply with oversight by Congress, the Democrats warn that the Trump administration is shattering historic norms and testing the nation's system of checks and balances in new and... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Dems are on foolish direction.
A top commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said Friday that Tehran will not talk with the United States, an Iranian news agency reported — a day after President Donald Trump said ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Iran is in serious trouble.
In 2016, Donald Trump stormed Washington and swept aside a hostile Republican Party establishment. Now, as he seeks reelection, the president has tightened his grip on the GOP as loyalists — whose main credential is fealty to the White House — seize control of state parties around the country. ... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Republicans must earn and maintain a back bone.
Homeland Security officials are making it tougher for people seeking asylum to get over the first hurdle in the lengthy process of gaining U.S. protection, giving new power to Border Patrol agents and taking some discretion away from trained asylum officers, according to internal memos obtained... LA Times
The U.S. Border Patrol said Friday that it plans to open a second tent facility to detain migrants in South Texas next to one it opened last week. In a … Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: The migrant madness must end.
Donald Trump Jr. is not likely to appear before a Senate Intelligence Committee as a Republican insider told The Post that there’s “no way” the president’s son would sit down for a grilling by Democratic senators on the panel who are seeking to unseat his father as president in 2020. Trump Jr. is deciding whether... New York Post
VOA VIEW: To appear would be a mistake.

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President Trump believed that Donald F. McGahn II, his former White House counsel, showed disloyalty by telling investigators about Mr. Trump’s attempts to maintain control over the Russia investigation. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The truth is ...
China has pledged to stem a flood of the synthetic opioid fentanyl onto America's streets, where it kills thousands of people a month, but U.S. security experts are skeptical about whether Beijing is willing, or even able, to follow through. Rueters
Three main differences remain in the China-U.S. trade talks, including the removal of all the additional tariffs, Chinese state media said on Saturday, following the end of the latest round of negotiations in Washington. Rueters
Iran could target U.S. commercial ships including oil tankers, the U.S. Maritime Administration said on Friday, as a senior Iranian cleric said a U.S. Navy fleet could be "destroyed with one missile." Rueters
VOA VIEW: Iran would be making a major mistake by attacking the US.

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President Donald Trump has effectively taken charge of the nation’s premier Fourth of July celebration in Washington, moving the gargantuan fireworks display from its usual spot on the Mall to be closer to the Potomac River and making tentative plans to address the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, according to […] Seattle Times
It was outside the charred remains of a church in Louisiana last week that Rep. Steve Scalise talked to the pastor about how to forgive.         USA Today
Stacey Abrams declined to say whether she would run for president, but said that she was "going to look at the 2020 presidential election."         USA Today
VOA VIEW: A fool with foolish thought.

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Money transfers to Latin America from the United States peak in May — a Mother’s Day effect. Washington Post
A former public official in suburban New Orleans is scheduled to make his first court appearance on corruption charges May 22. Chris Roberts resigned recently from his position as a Jefferson Parish Council member. On Thursday, he was indicted by a federal grand jury in New ... Washington Times
House Democrats' plans to blacklist rebellious strategists have sparked a backlash from a key party demographic, with dozens of chapters of College Democrats vowing to boycott the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee over its efforts to protect incumbents from primary challenges. In doing so, the boycotting chapters are finding a champion ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Cortez is a nothing propped by the liberal media.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed a new rule Friday to make people seeking housing assistance have to prove their legal status, in a move that could oust thousands of illegal immigrants. Secretary Ben Carson said the rule would bring policy into compliance with the law, which generally ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
The U.S. military is deploying a Patriot anti-missile battery to the Middle East to further deter threats from Iran, the Pentagon announced on Friday. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good!

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Former FBI general counsel James Baker made a rare public defense of the Russia investigation's origins Friday. ABC
VOA VIEW: Baker has much to explain.
Rep. Adam Schiff said Friday that Democrats are using Congress' "inherent contempt” power to impose fines on Trump officials. ABC
VOA VIEW: Waste of time - obstruction instead of positive legislation.
The funds will be spent on four fence replacement four projects in two states. Along with $1 billion the department announced in April, spending on border barriers adds up to $2.5 billion CBS

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Republicans have expressed concern about Steele's role in the origin of the Russia investigation CBS
VOA VIEW: Good!
The USS Arlington and a Patriot battery will join the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a U.S. Air Force bomber task force. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Iran is playing with fire.
Uber ended its first day of trading lower, but that's because investors don't appreciate what the company can do, a former Uber exec says. CNBC
Mnuchin said Monday that a request for Trump's income tax returns "lacks a legitimate legislative purpose." CNBC
VOA VIEW: Foolish Dem waste of time.
None of the six Democrats who have been provided access to a less-redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report have gone to the Justice Department to read it, according to a source familiar with the matter. CNN
VOA VIEW: Dems don't want to see the truth, so they can play obstruction.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller will not testify before his committee next week and that the exact date for Mueller to come speak publicly before Congress is under discussion. CNN
Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan says despite assertions by Facebook when it banned him from its platform, he is not a hater of Jewish people, not a misogynist nor a homophobe. FOX News
VOA VIEW: There is no question or doubt that Farrakhan is anti-Semitic.
Dispute between economic powerhouses is reminiscent of cold war standoff in CubaThe economic conflict that has been simmering between the US and China has entered a new and dangerous phase. Without question, the world is closer to a full-blown trade war than it has been since the 1930s.The issue now is whether the two sides can step back from the brink. So far, financial markets think the standoff is akin to the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962, the closest the US and the Soviet Union came to nuclear conflict during the cold war. Guardian
VOA VIEW: China is losing in the trade war.
To be sure, 30 Palestinians were killed and 154 injured by Israeli efforts to stop the rocket rampage. Many of these were terrorists. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Omar is an anti America idiot.
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi reaffirmed her commitment to the State of Israel and the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Meaningless deception.
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd lawyer James Cole's prior work at the U.S. Department of Justice created a conflict of interest that should disqualify him from defending the Chinese company in a case of alleged bank fraud and sanctions violations, U.S. prosecutors said in a filing on Friday. Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that trade talks with China would continue even after Washington moved to hike tariffs on Chinese goods, avoiding the worst-case scenario of a complete breakdown in negotiations between the world's two largest economies. Reuters
President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the U.S. trade representative to start the process of raising tariffs on all remaining imports from China, the USTR said in a statement. Reuters
VOA VIEW: As he should.
The House Ways and Means Committee on Friday sent a subpoena to the International Revenue Service and Treasury Department for copies of President Donald Trump's tax returns. UPI
VOA VIEW: A total waste of time.
The House on Friday passed a $17.2 billion disaster relief bill to help rebuild in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, over objections from President Donald Trump. UPI
VOA VIEW: A waste of money.
The Treasury Department named two companies subject to sanctions on Friday, adding that Venezuela's defense and security sectors also could face similar action. UPI
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and foreign minister Sergey Lavrov next week during a trip to Sochi, Russia, the State Department announced Friday. UPI

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