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Comedian Jon Stewart scolded Congress Tuesday for failing to ensure that a victims' compensation fund set up after the 9/11 attacks never runs out of money. Stewart, a longtime advocate for 9/11 responders, angrily called out lawmakers for failing to attend a hearing on a bill to ensure the fund can... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: There was neglect and abuse by undeserving recipients.
A U.S. permanent resident and Lebanese businessman who was imprisoned for years in Iran has been freed and is on his way back to his native Lebanon, an official in Beirut said Tuesday. Nizar Zakka, held in Iran since 2015, was on a plane accompanied by the chief of Lebanon's General Security Directorate,... Baltimore Sun
A group of state attorneys general led by New York and California filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to block T-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid for Sprint, citing consumer harm. The state attorneys general said the ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Good - there are too many mega companies.
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President Trump couldn’t wait to arrive in Iowa before attacking Joe Biden. And vice versa. With the two rivals both campaigning in the state later Tuesday, and a potential 2020 election matchup between the two 70-something white men coming into clearer focus, the bitter back-and-forth began early... LA Times
Two of the best-known women in Democratic politics had just recorded a video to upbraid Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, when Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez started bantering about the final episode of “Game of Thrones.” Their riff bemoaning the show’s anti-feminist... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Cortez is a worthless prize - she is a liberal media fabrication.
The acting Homeland Security secretary said on Tuesday that 90 percent of asylum seekers are missing their court dates after being released into the US. Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan told the Senate Judiciary Committee that a new pilot program resulted in thousands of families ditching their scheduled hearings, according to Fox News. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The number is even higher.
Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who was stripped of his committee assignments for his pro-white nationalist statements earlier this year, was reportedly barred from Air Force One Tuesday while President Trump traveled to the Hawkeye State. King tried to wheedle an invite from the White House, but administration officials rejected the request, sources told CNN.... New York Post
Donald Trump Jr. is set to meet with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed-door session on Wednesday. The appearance by the president’s son follows a subpoena by the GOP chairman of the committee, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr. Trump Jr. backed out of meeting with the committee twice before Burr decided to... New York Post
Many remain skeptical of “dialogue,” but effective local leadership, backed by strong international support, can forge agreements that work. New York Times
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Kroger Co said on Tuesday it would start selling cannabis-based products in 945 stores, joining the growing number of retailers that are trying to tap the demand for cannabidiol (CBD) products. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Madness for a buck.
Assemblymember Todd Gloria's bill would end gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. San Diego Tribune
President Donald Trump is nominating a federal district judge from southern Mississippi to serve on one of the nation’s most conservative federal appeals courts. The White House on Tuesday announced the nomination of 52-year-old Halil “Sul” Ozerden to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The New Orleans-based court handles cases […] Seattle Times
President Trump wants to make it easier for genetically engineered plants and animals to enter the food supply, and he signed an executive order Tuesday directing federal agencies to simplify the “regulatory maze” for producers. The move comes as companies are turning to newer genetic engineering techniques that make it easier […] Seattle Times
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So, maybe we are alone after all. The number of planets in the universe that could sustain life is much smaller than had been thought, scientists said.
VOA VIEW: Who really knows?
United Airlines is introducing ConnectionSaver, a new tool that identifies departing flights that can be held for connecting customers.
A survey found that two-thirds of business decision-makers who are aware of grave climate-change reports have reviewed or changed their energy management strategies. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal thinking and saying.
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Attorney General William P. Barr has formed a task force aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abuses, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. The working group is comprised of nine U.S. attorneys who will look at loopholes in existing gun laws and bolster state efforts to ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Feel good extremes.
The Treasury Department released its final rules Tuesday outlawing the push by Democrat-led states to undermine the GOP's new tax law, saying that donating to state-run charities isn't a substitute for paying federal taxes. A number of high-tax states had balked after the tax changes President Trump signed in 2017 ... Washington Times
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Tuesday his panel expects an appearance from special counsel Robert Mueller in short order. "We'll get Mr. Mueller's testimony soon enough," the New York Democrat told reporters. "We hope we don't have have to subpoena him but we will if we have to." ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Time will tell - Nadler boasting.
Facing a massive influx of refugees at the southern border, the Army's Fort Sill in Oklahoma will be used as an emergency shelter for unaccompanied migrant kids. ABC
VOA VIEW: We have to do what we have to do.
Democrats have wanted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Don McGahn in contempt of Congress, and now have moved to take them to court. ABC
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The United States record the biggest ever victory in the Fifa Women's World Cup as they hammer Thailand 13-0. BBC
Lawmakers say the fast-food chain must do more to protect workers at more than 14,000 locations across U.S. CBS
Some members of Congress, including many Republicans, have criticized the Trump administration for bypassing congressional review of the deal CBS
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The House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed administration officials requesting documents related to the 2020 census CBS
The order was viewed as a way to bolster the bottom line of farmers caught in the crosshairs of Trump's trade war with China, sources said. CNBC
The Quinnipiac Poll showed the top Democratic candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, leading Trump by a double-digit margin in a potential 2020 matchup. But it also found that five other Democratic contenders leading the president as well. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Liberals want to twist and spin good Trump news.
The controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar's remarks about the September 11, 2001, terror attacks widened Friday, as progressives and 2020 hopefuls rushed to the Minnesota Democrat's defense and President Donald Trump amplified the issue by tweeting a video featuring the destruction of the World Trade Center. CNN
VOA VIEW: Pushing a militant over an American President is dumb.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN's Manu Raju on Tuesday that she's "done" with President Donald Trump but would not say whether she told Democrats behind closed doors that she'd rather see Trump "in prison." CNN
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is the one who is done.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has "kept his word" when it comes to nuclear and missile testing, contradicting his own national security adviser, John Bolton, who just hours earlier had accused Pyongyang of failing to follow through on its commitments. CNN
Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is reminding civilian Defense Department employees and service members not to engage in political activity while on the job. FOX News
The U.S. Department of Justice is backing three families who are suing to force the state of Maine to pay tuition for some students to attend religious high schools. FOX News
Citywide shutdown expected on Wednesday as hundreds of businesses call for a boycottHundreds of demonstrators have rallied outside government offices in Hong Kong, preparing to stay overnight to protest against a controversial extradition law.Hong Kong faces a citywide shutdown on Wednesday after hundreds of businesses, parents and teachers called for a boycott of work and classes to show their opposition to the proposed bill, which would allow mainland China to pursue fugitives in the former British colony. Guardian
VOA VIEW: A big mistake to allow China to take such action.
The top U.S. antitrust enforcer said on Tuesday that studying enforcement actions against Standard Oil and AT&T decades ago can help lay the groundwork for looking at possible anti-competitive behavior at today's tech giants such as Alphabet's Google and Facebook. Reuters
The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to give lawmakers clear authority to sue Trump administration figures who defy congressional subpoenas, beginning with former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who is expected to face swift action. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Dems will try anything to obstruct.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday insisted there was more to the migrant deal with Mexico announced over the weekend, even after Mexican officials unveiled new details of the agreement, and waved around a document that he said proved his point. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Dems hate the fact that Trump won.
U.S. President Donald Trump took a public stance against the use of CIA informants to spy on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, saying it would not happen on his watch and possibly taking away a valuable tool of the U.S. intelligence community. Reuters
Four former EPA administrators on Tuesday told a House subcommittee that the agency needs to re-establish its scientific credibility and return to its mission. UPI
VOA VIEW: Liberal losers.
Facebook announced Tuesday it's launching a new optional program to pay users if they allow the social media company to monitor how they use their cellphone. UPI
VOA VIEW: Only a fool would agree to the program.
A Gallup World Poll showed Tuesday that most Iranians see their economy as worse off since the U.S. decision a year ago to leave the Iran nuclear deal. UPI
Iran formally delivered a new surface-to-air missile defense system, called Khordad 15th, to its Air Defense Force in a ceremony in Tehran. UPI
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