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Democrat Elizabeth Warren is saying no to a televised town hall on Fox News, slamming the network as "a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists." Several of Warren's rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have already held or agreed to hold town halls... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Warren is a fool.
Alabama lawmakers were debating a proposal to outlaw almost all abortions in the state Tuesday ahead of a vote on the hardline measure that has splintered Republicans over its lack of an exception for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. The bill before the GOP-dominated Alabama Senate would... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Crazy!
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, distinguishing himself among nearly two dozen candidates as the field's only statewide elected official to win a state that President Donald Trump carried in 2020. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: A waste of time and money.

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The U.S. government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles (161 kilometers) of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a national monument and a wildlife refuge, according to ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Good!
Wary of the political risks and practical difficulties of Medicare-for-all proposals that would move every American into a government health plan, Democrats increasingly are embracing more modest plans to use Medicare to expand insurance coverage. This strategy — backed by former Vice President... LA Times
VOA VIEW: The American heath care system will go bad.
A federal judge has rejected attorney Michael Avenatti's request to be represented by a public defender in a case alleging he stole from clients, cheated on his taxes and committed … Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: Avenatti should get no breaks.
Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro has lost trust in his inner circle, can’t venture out into public and is sleeping in a bunker as he clings to power in the shattered … Miami Herald
President Trump on Tuesday said he was in the dark about his attorney general’s appointment of a federal prosecutor to scrutinize the origins of the Justice Department’s Russia probe — but that he welcomed the news. “I didn’t ask him to do that. I didn’t know it. I saw it last night, and they want... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The American people need to know the facts.
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are both aggressively battling for the backing of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — suggesting she could make or break a Democratic run for president, according to a new report. “I think it’s one of the most important endorsements in America right now,” progressive consultant Rebecca Katz told Politico of Ocasio-Cortez’s support. Sanders... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Cortez is a liberal media loser.

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Ambassador David M. Friedman, standing next to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, spoke at an event commemorating the anniversary of the United States Embassy move to Jerusalem. New York Times
Venezuela's top court accused four opposition lawmakers of treason on Tuesday, following similar accusations against 10 legislators this month, escalating a deep political crisis in the South American country. Rueters
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Russia on Tuesday that Washington would brook no interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election and wanted Moscow to take action to show there would be no repeat of its suspected 2016 meddling. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Russia would be wise to listen.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s allies on Capitol Hill are scrambling to soften the blow from his trade war with China amid mounting anxiety from farm-state lawmakers that the protracted battle and escalating tariffs could irreparably damage their local economies. Vice President Mike Pence met privately Tuesday with Senate Republicans for a second week […] Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: The US will intimately be the big winner.

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American farmers know they can't control Mother Nature, but they shouldn't have to worry about the climate for trade agreements, too.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Liberal news wishful thinking.
Democratic Party-financed operative Christopher Steele secretly made false felony charges against President Trump associates that weren't included in his infamous public dossier, according to an analysis of a State Department internal memo. Mr. Steele, a former British intelligence officer, produced the 35-page dossier for the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The Dems must lose.
On the escalating trade war with China, Democrats are backing the president in theory but are slamming his execution. ABC
VOA VIEW: Dems can't argue with facts - they have to put some negative spin.

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A prominent board member of the National Rifle Association urged the organization to clean “its own house” and move on from CEO Wayne LaPierre’s leadership on Tuesday. ABC
VOA VIEW: LaPierre may have legitimate problems.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez goes after Former Vice President Joe Biden, although not by name, on his reported "middle ground" climate change policy. ABC
VOA VIEW: Cortez is a nobody made up by the liberal press.
But the secretary of state vows to keep pressuring Iran as tensions rise over an incident in the Gulf. BBC
The Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed the president's son to answer questions on previous Russia-related testimony CBS
VOA VIEW: Time will tell what will be brought out.
The House Intelligence Committee wants to know if attorneys representing Trump family members obstructed the committee's Russia investigation CBS
VOA VIEW: Fools continue their obstruction.

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Prosecutors also were informed that a woman accused of sexually servicing Kraft for cash will refuse to testify against him. CNBC
Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 and Office 2010 in 2020. As customers move to newer products, Microsoft will be able to sell them additional tools, an executive said Tuesday. CNBC
CNN analyst Ana Navarro reacts to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) advising Donald Trump Jr. to ignore the subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee, saying that Graham is serving as President Trump's accomplice. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is fake news.

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A federal judge in Washington cast doubt on Tuesday that the courts could limit Congress' ability to investigate President Donald Trump, in the first major hearing over congressional subpoenas for Trump's financial records. CNN
VOA VIEW: The Supreme Court may have the final say.
Three brothers who were sexually abused by a priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Vatican, claiming the Holy See bears responsibility because the case was mishandled by former Archbishop John Nienstedt and the Vatican's former ambassador to the United States. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Celibacy is the key problem with the Church.
Georgia's insurance commissioner faces charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. FOX News
Firm, which employs 4,500 people, seeks £75m support two weeks after £120m loanBritish Steel is seeking emergency funds from the government, blaming politicians’ failure to strike a Brexit deal for a crisis that leaves one of the UK’s last two steelworks – and 4,500 staff – facing an uncertain future.The company, which owns the Scunthorpe steelworks, is in rescue talks with its lenders over a £75m rescue package that is understood to be at risk of falling apart unless the government contributes. Guardian
VOA VIEW: A major mess.
Russian president strikes optimistic note in first high-level talks with US secretary of state since end of collusion investigationVladimir Putin told the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, on Tuesday that he hoped the conclusion of Robert Mueller’s investigation would make possible a revitalisation of US-Russian relations.The remarks came as the Russian president sat down with Pompeo for the first high-level talks between the two countries since the release of Mueller’s redacted report on his investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump 2016 presidential campaign. Guardian
Khamenei also reiterated that Iran would not negotiate with the United States on a nuclear deal. Jerusalem Post
Jewish Americans are likely to be the primary targets of disinformation and computational propaganda campaigns leading up to the 2020 United States presidential election. Jerusalem Post
President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms posing a national security risk, paving the way for a ban on doing business with China's Huawei, three U.S. officials familiar with the plan told Reuters. Reuters
VOA VIEW: China and Huawei cannot be trusted.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr is working with top intelligence officials and a senior federal prosecutor on at least the third inquiry to date into the origins of the Mueller probe of President Donald Trump and Russian election meddling, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Reuters
Drivers for ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc are independent contractors and not employees, the general counsel of a U.S. labor agency has concluded, in an advisory memo that is likely to carry significant weight in a pending case against the company and could prevent drivers from joining a union. Reuters
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov for three hours Tuesday before a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss relations. UPI
While talking about his new autobiography Tuesday, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens spoke about the justices now sitting on the high court and proposals to add more. UPI
VOA VIEW: Stevens should keep his mouth shut.
Officials from North Korea's Red Cross Society are in China this week, a sign the Kim Jong Un regime could be preparing to request food aid from the world's second-largest economy. UPI

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