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President Trump ripped former Defense Secretary James Mattis as “the world’s most overrated general” on Wednesday during a White House sit-down on Syria with Congressional leaders, sources told The Post. The presidential gibe came as Sen. Chuck Schumer quoted the general’s interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday in which he said that the Islamic... New York Post
VOA VIEW: A tough call.
Joe Biden burned through campaign funds at a fast clip over the past three months, ending the final quarter in 2019 with less than $9 million — after his team shelled out over $924,000 on private jets. The former vice president’s war chest of $8.9 million was a small fraction of what his leading rivals... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Pitiful and wasteful.
Democratic voters gave Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg got the top grades for their performances at Tuesday night’s debate in Ohio. FiveThirtyEight.com and Ipsos polled a group of 3,360 Democratic primary voters nationwide and had them grade the hopefuls on a four-point scale. Those voters said Warren earned a 3.2... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems are looking to make Pocahontas the frontrunner.

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Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has deleted an infamous, year-old post from her social media in which she boasted of a DNA test proving her Native American ancestry — dating back at least six generations. The tweet and a corresponding video on the Massachusetts senator’s site were found to have been scrubbed when right-wing columnist... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Suspicion.
Joe Biden on Wednesday flatly refused to answer a question about whether he should have stopped his son Hunter from doing business in Ukraine in a field in which he had zero experience. “My son’s comments speak for themselves,” he said during a press briefing a day after he defended him during Tuesday’s Democratic presidential... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts Biden.
President Trump again defends his decision to withdraw American troops, an order that many, including Republicans, have interpreted as acquiescing to Turkey’s incursion against a United States ally. New York Times
Bernie Sanders got the news that he would be receiving Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement while he was lying in his hospital bed.        USA Today
The Syrian civil war was a mess from the beginning. There's no clear U.S. interest and no need for U.S. troops, writes Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.        USA Today
Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee have asked the Justice Department and IRS to investigate the National Rifle Association. Reps. Gerald Connolly of Virginia and Jamie Raskin of Maryland wrote on Wednesday as leaders of subcommittees on civil rights and civil liberties and on government investigations to implore ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems have gone mad.

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Pete Buttigieg is making his move in the Democratic race, sharpening his presidential campaign messages with a dire warning that the party's far-left wing is deepening the country's political divide by infuriating middle-of-the-road voters and thereby could throw the election to President Trump. The 38-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The left attacks are costing Dems much in 2020.
A Georgia county school district is putting on hold a new rule letting transgender students use the bathrooms that align with their gender identity ABC
VOA VIEW: A good reprieve.
Top Democrats walked out of a White House meeting on Syria Wednesday after they said President Donald Trump insulted them. ABC
VOA VIEW: Pelosi and other Dems do a stupid thing.
General Motors and United Auto Workers have reached a tentative deal to end a nationwide strike. ABC
VOA VIEW: Who won - bet on GM.

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UK and EU officials are continuing technical talks, but there is no sign of a breakthrough ahead of Thursday's summit. BBC
Images of Kim Jong-un astride a white steed on Mount Paektu fuel speculation of a major announcement. BBC
VOA VIEW: A fool.
"You don't want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I don't want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy," the president wrote CBS
VOA VIEW: Erdogan better wise up.

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Although President Trump has touted the pact as "the biggest deal ever" for farmers, the devil is in the details CBS
VOA VIEW: Liberal media propaganda.
"What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown, sad to say," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems had the meltdown.
Former Vice President Joe Biden's donors are mixed on how to move forward with a campaign that has $8.9 mililon on hand going into the crucial fourth quarter. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden looks bad, but he is not out.
Beto O'Rourke said Tuesday in the Democratic debate that the Massachusetts senator was being "punitive" of the wealthy in her tax plan and rhetoric. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Warren is not one - that's her beef.
President Donald Trump slammed one of his key allies on Capitol Hill, Sen. Lindsey Graham, over his approach to Turkey's incursion in Syria. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN desire that is not totally true.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday deflected when asked whether there was a broader strategy behind President Donald Trump's actions in the ongoing conflict in Syria, saying Trump "makes decisions and then absorbs data and facts." CNN
Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday tweeted his support for Justin Trudeau, urging Canadians to reelect their Prime Minister in Monday's federal election. CNN
VOA VIEW: Obama is a fool.
A former adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who abruptly resigned last week spoke on Wednesday to an impeachment inquiry into allegations President Donald Trump pursued political interests in his dealings with Ukraine. Reuters
VOA VIEW: A liar is a liar.

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democratic leaders cut short a meeting with Republican President Donald Trump after he had a "meltdown" over a House of Representatives vote condemning his Syria withdrawal and showed no signs of having a plan to deal with a crisis there. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is the one that had a major meltdown.
U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Wednesday the committee will make public transcripts of interviews conducted with witnesses in the impeachment probe of President Donald Trump. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The big question is when?
Chinese diplomats in the United States must now give advance notice of any meetings with state, local and municipal officials, as well as at educational and research institutions, senior State Department officials said on Wednesday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Good!
The United States carried out a pre-planned air strike in northern Syria on Wednesday to destroy an ammunition cache and military equipment that were left behind as U.S. personnel prepare for a withdrawal from northeast Syria, U.S. officials said. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Good, but wasteful.
The United States on Wednesday restored economic aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras that had been cut off after the Trump administration complained the three Central American countries had done too little to halt a surge in migration. Reuters
The United States carried out a secret cyber operation against Iran in the wake of the Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh blame on Tehran, two U.S. officials have told Reuters. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Good!
Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested a fourth associate of Rudy Giuliani on charges of involvement in a campaign finance scheme. UPI
President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Italy to increase its NATO contributions during a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!

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