In the final day of a week of House impeachment hearings, a former senior White House aide warned that President Trump and his Republican allies have embraced a "fictional narrative" on Ukraine that is propagated by Russian security services to undermine U.S. democracy. LA Times
VOA VIEW: A liberal Dem fool.
Democrats likely "Final Four" candidates offer a measure of diversity: A woman, an openly gay man; two of the oldest men ever to run for president, and the youngest. But missing is any candidate of color. LA Times
VOA VIEW: The first man of color did a very poor job.
LOS ALTOS HILLS, Calif. — Former President Barack Obama warned Democrats on Thursday against adopting “purity tests” in the presidential primary and said any adversity the candidates face in the contest will make whoever emerges an even stronger nominee. Obama spoke to about 100 donors during a question-and-answer session with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems are fools and have no chance.


Senate Republicans plan to confront the growing likelihood of an impeachment trial of President Trump head-on, fighting allegations of a quid pro quo with Ukraine by calling a slew of witnesses that could potentially include Hunter Biden. A half-dozen GOP senators huddled with White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner as the... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems would be fools to allow an impeachment.
Rep. Adam Schiff’s House Intelligence Committee has now heard all its announced public-hearing impeachment witnesses, yet all those hours of televised testimony plainly failed on their announced goal: to change Americans’ minds. Part of the problem is that Democrats had already released (or leaked) the best evidence they had, so the public hearings brought zero... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems have shot themselves in the foot.
The president said Chief Petty Officer Gallagher, who has been at the center of a high-profile war crimes case, would not lose his membership in the elite commando force. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The commander-in-chief has spoken.
President Donald Trump wants an impeachment trial to go forward in the U.S. Senate because he would receive due process there and he expects Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden would be among the witnesses, a White House spokesman said on Thursday. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Dems would make a big mistake.
Facebook Inc has agreed to turn over additional documents after the California state attorney general's office went to court earlier this month to compel the social media firm to comply with requests for information in its privacy investigation. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Facebook needs to be split.
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden refused to bow to pressure from immigration rights activists who demanded at a town hall meeting here Thursday that he publicly commit to stop kicking illegal immigrants out of the country. Pressed on whether he would sign an executive order stopping ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Smart move.


From the airwaves of Fox News to talk radio to the right-wing blogosphere, conservative voices across the nation are asking: What happened to Matt Drudge? No right-tilting media outlet wields more influence than the Drudge Report, the widely read news-aggregation site launched in 1996. But those who follow the site ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Drudge is wishy-washy.
Black lawmakers in Georgia said Thursday that they will push for a state hate crimes law after a white 16-year-old girl was accused of plotting to attack black churchgoers. In a statement, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus said it will push for a state hate crimes law ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The PC would prevail.
Court officials say the upcoming trial of a white man charged with making racist threats against a black activist in Virginia has been postponed. A federal judge on Thursday pushed back the trial date for Daniel McMahon of Brandon, Florida. The trial was originally scheduled to ... Washington Times
Salad products have been recalled over fears of a potential E. coli contamination. ABC
VOA VIEW: It took too long.

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President Donald Trump has invited 10 GOP senators to lunch at the White House Thursday amid the impeachment battle, including Mitt Romney and Susan Collins. ABC
VOA VIEW: Preempting a problem or possibility is smart.
Ex-adviser Fiona Hill says he ignored advisers who said Russia had meddled in the 2016 election. BBC
VOA VIEW: So Dems want to presume.
The prime minister described the charges as an "attempted coup", blaming a "tainted" process. BBC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.


Senator Lindsey Graham suggested that the White House thinks there's a better than 50% chance the House will not impeach Mr. Trump CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems would look foolish if they impeach.
Concerns that U.S. won't reach a trade deal with the world's second-largest economy has turned investors cautious CBS
VOA VIEW: China is losing the battle that must be fought.
A shakeup at USCIS, the agency which oversees the nation's immigration system, has seen the promotion of two officials who once worked for an anti-immigration organization described as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. CBS
VOA VIEW: As they should.
President Trump tweeted Thursday the Navy would not strip Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher of his status in the elite force CBS
VOA VIEW: The Navy brass are causing themselves problems.
"Those of us who've been involved in Civil Rights for a long time we know that it is important that we not compare our struggles," the California senator said Thursday CBS
VOA VIEW: The Dems are fighting each other.

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Bloomberg's team filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday that says he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination CBS
VOA VIEW: Bloomberg would be smart to walk.
Microsoft said on Thursday it had been granted a license from the U.S. government to export software to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Huawei cannot be trusted.
Hong Kong will hold its district council election on Sunday — the first governmental polls since the city's social unrest began in June. CNBC

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The bill Trump signed keeps the government running through Dec. 20, setting up another potential showdown over spending next month. CNBC
The botched workout could actually work in Kaepernick's favor if the Super Bowl quarterback decides to bring another lawsuit against the league, sports and gaming attorney Daniel Wallach said. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Foolish!
Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are working with the White House to prepare for the likely Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, coalescing around the idea that allowing Democrats to lay out their evidence may be the best course of action to protect the President. CNN
VOA VIEW: Showing they have nothing.
CNN's Chris Cuomo ask Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) about his interview on Fox News after President Donald Trump tweeted about the lawmaker. CNN
VOA VIEW: Swalwell should not be interviewed on Fox.
House Democrats are well within their authority to subpoena President Donald Trump's financial papers, House lawyers told the Supreme Court on Thursday. CNN
VOA VIEW: So they say.
President Donald Trump's former Russia adviser Fiona Hill urged lawmakers in the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry on Thursday not to promote "politically driven falsehoods" that cast doubt on Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Reuters
A Chinese national who worked for Monsanto before it was purchased by Bayer AG was indicted on Thursday on charges of stealing trade secrets, the U.S. Justice Department said. Reuters
VOA VIEW: China is hurting themselves even more at the wrong time.
U.S. Navy warships, on two occasions in the past few days, have sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea, the U.S. military told Reuters on Thursday, at a time of tension between the world's two largest economies. Reuters
A U.S. Navy SEAL facing a move to expel him from the elite commando force was told on Thursday that the Navy proceedings against him will go forward, despite a declaration to the contrary from President Donald Trump, the sailor's lawyer said. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Fools!
The Trump administration on Thursday rolled back Obama-era chemical safety rules put in place after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people. UPI
After the two main winners of elections in September failed to form a unity government, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday gave the mandate to lawmakers hoping it will stave off the need for a third election. UPI
South Korean climate experts said Thursday ultrafine dust from China has declined, a day after a joint research report on long-range transport pollution was released in Seoul. UPI
The Trump administration is asking South Korea to pay as much as $15 billion for the costs of maintaining U.S. troops on and beyond the peninsula, according to a South Korean press report. UPI
VOA VIEW: SK should pay their fair share.

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