Viewed as a referendum on the protests that have divided Hong Kong, the election will help gauge popular opinion and validate one side over the other. LA Times
VOA VIEW: China Is the big loser.
The defense of Polytechnic University, a campus left in squalid ruin, has been a costly campaign for Hong Kong's protest movement that's left many exhausted and searching for new ideas. LA Times
Nancy Pelosi said she undertook impeachment “prayerfully,” and apparently what the House speaker was praying was that she could get it over with as soon as possible. The House is preparing to send a flagrantly incomplete factual record to the Senate as the basis of an ­effort to remove a sitting president for the first... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Fools!


In a modern spin on feudalism, the entire editorial board of Bloomberg News is taking a leave of absence … and joining the boss’ presidential campaign. But that only dodges the least of the ethical issues here. Michael Bloomberg isn’t selling his company as he runs for president, just stepping away — while his handpicked... New York Post
Former Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, who was fired this weekend for his handling of the Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher case, defended himself Monday in his first interview since his ouster Spencer, speaking to CBS News, said President Trump’s decision to allow Gallagher to retire as a Navy SEAL and keep his SEAL “Trident pin” sends... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Only a fool defies his/her boss.
The defense secretary said that the president had also ordered the Pentagon not to oust a Navy SEAL from that elite unit. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Good point.
Tightening control over efforts to manage the upheaval in Hong Kong, the Chinese leadership has set up a crisis command center on the mainland side of the border and is considering replacing its official liaison to the restive semi-autonomous city, people familiar with the matter said. Rueters
China's foreign ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad on Monday to protest against the passing in the U.S. Congress of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, saying it amounted to interference in a Chinese internal matter. Rueters
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Down, but not out, Sen. Kamala Harris is counting on some "black girl magic" here in South Carolina to help resurrect her flagging presidential bid. Ms. Harris has raised the stakes by going all-in in Iowa, but she hasn't forgotten South Carolina, where she has spent the ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Harris is a waste.


President Trump on Monday hosted the prime minister of Bulgaria, the latest in a string of Eastern European leaders who've found common ground with an unconventional American president looking to tap business opportunities and one-up his predecessor. Seated close enough to whisper, Mr. Trump and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov discussed ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Obama was a nothing president.
President Donald Trump has signed a bill that makes certain acts of animal cruelty a federal felony, saying it's important for the nation to combat "heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty." The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act prohibits extreme acts of cruelty when they occur in interstate ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A major mistake.
President Trump signed a bill Monday that directs the Treasury to issue silver-dollar coins in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote. Mr. Trump said 400,000 of the coins will be minted and honor heroes such as Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton ... Washington Times
Defense Secretary Mark Esper revealed on Monday that it was President Donald Trump who ultimately ordered Eddie Gallagher be allowed to retire as a Navy SEAL. ABC
VOA VIEW: Trump is covering Gallagher six.

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GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham is doubling down on his call to investigate the Bidens, highlighting just how increasingly personal the impeachment inquiry is turning. ABC
The president reiterated a defense of his decision to vindicate Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher CBS
Action filed on behalf of some 38,000 employed at the fast-food chain's corporate-run stores across California CBS
VOA VIEW: Dumb greed.


Problem discovered after anonymous tip that an Illinois company sold meat without getting USDA approval CBS
VOA VIEW: Foolish greed.
Strong winds and gusts threaten to ground SpongeBob, Snoopy and other giant character balloons that feature in the parade CBS
The outgoing energy secretary, in an interview with Fox News, said he told Trump he had been chosen by God to carry out God's plan CBS
VOA VIEW: Trump came when needed.
The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to McGahn in April, seeking his testimony on matters related to former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. CNBC
VOA VIEW: He does not have the answer many questions - if the order stands.
Yujing Zhang, a 33-year-old Shanghai business consultant, was charged with unlawfully entering Trump's Mar-a-Lago club and lying to federal agents. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As it should be.

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Adam Schiff says the Trump impeachment probe has revealed "a fact pattern that is overwhelming, unchallenged, and damning." CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dems folly.
The Manhattan U.S. attorney's office, which is conducting the investigation, already is prosecuting two of Giuliani's associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who are charged with campaign finance crimes. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dems never give up.
George Papadopoulos, a former campaign advisor to President Donald Trump, is officially running for Congress in California. CNBC

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Some lawmakers are pushing to go further and include what many in the party say is clear criminality detailed in Mueller's report CNN
VOA VIEW: A total waste of time.
In the months ahead, the Republican leaders of the Senate will likely determine the fate of the Trump presidency. CNN
Christopher Gibbs, a farmer and former GOP official in Ohio, is now mulling a run against one of President Trump's fiercest defenders, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). CNN
VOA VIEW: A foolish thought.
President Trump maintains that he has full confidence in his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, as the impeachment inquiry brings them both under increased scrutiny. CNN
VOA VIEW: Trumps rewards loyalty.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave President Donald Trump a boost by extending its hold on a lower court ruling that required his longtime accounting firm to hand over his financial records to a Democratic-led House of Representatives committee. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, the Supreme Court does the right thing - ends the madness.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday that a version of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement that House Democrats could back was "within range" but that they needed to conduct a final review. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
President Donald Trump ordered the Pentagon to let a Navy SEAL convicted of battlefield misconduct keep his Trident pin designating him as a member of the elite force, instead of holding a review board, his defense secretary said on Monday. Reuters
President Donald Trump on Friday accused a witness in the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry of lying and offered an explanation for his controversial use of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine policy, saying Giuliani's crime-fighting abilities were needed to deal with a corrupt country. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Liars they are and Giuliani is doing his job.
Facebook and Twitter announced Monday that hundreds of users' personal data has been breached by a third party through certain apps. UPI
VOA VIEW: Fools use Facebook and it should be sanctioned.
South Korea's sluggish economy could recover in 2020 on the strength of exports, according to a Seoul-funded research institute. UPI

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