President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected last year on his pledge to bring peace, but he faces record-high homicide rates and increased scrutiny of his security policies. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Liberals don't know how to fight crime well.
Queen Elizabeth II is apparently considering retiring in about 18 months so her son, Prince Charles, can assume the throne, reports in the UK said Wednesday. The 93-year-old monarch is weighing stepping down around her 95th birthday, the same age that her husband, Prince Philip, withdrew from his royal duties, sources told the UK’s Express.... New York Post
Walmart’s Black Friday deals tend to be some of the strongest out there. They are matching other retailers on hot products like gaming console bundles and will have a lot of exclusives, too, like a giant plush Olaf doll from “Frozen/Frozen II” for just $15. Walmart’s Black Friday sale starts at 10 p.m. ET on... New York Post


Mexico on Wednesday rejected "interventionism" after U.S. President Donald Trump said he will designate the Latin American nation's cartels as terrorist organizations, while a former U.S. official warned of unintended outcomes from such a move. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Something has to be done - Mexico isn't doing well to stop the problem.
Joseph R. Biden's political fate in South Carolina ultimately could be decided by voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, where the former vice president's shaky performance on the campaign trail will be put to the test first, setting the tone for the ensuing contests. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden looks and sounds weak.
A U.S. diplomat who was a key witness in last week's Democratic impeachment hearings against President Trump threatened to sue media outlets over a Wednesday story accusing him of serial sexual misconduct over a decade ago. Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, was accused by ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Sondland looks in trouble and Dems may pay a heavy price bringing him as a savior.
President Donald Trump denied heart problems as he praises his "gorgeous chest" at "homecoming" rally in Sunrise, Florida, on Tuesday night. ABC
VOA VIEW: Liberal wishful thinking.
Massachusetts has become the first state with a permanent ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes ABC
It was a sign President Donald Trump was distancing himself from his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani. ABC


The Human Rights and Democracy Act has angered Beijing, and could complicate US-China trade talks. BBC
VOA VIEW: China pushed the US and Trump too far.
Some former Netflix customers are being charged subscription fees, months after closing their accounts. BBC
VOA VIEW: Thieves!
Millions of people are searching for Black Friday deals. But some sites that look legitimate could end up tricking shoppers. CBS
VOA VIEW: Be watchful.
Just ahead of Thanksgiving, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a food safety alert over romaine lettuce. There are at least 67 cases of E. coli across 19 states. Meg Oliver reports. CBS

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President Trump is likely to reject a Democratic offer to allow him or his lawyers to appear at upcoming impeachment hearings. But he continues to call the inquiry unfair. CBS
VOA VIEW: A smart decision.
Johnson is on course to win a majority of 68 in parliament at the Dec. 12 election, according to a model from pollsters YouGov. CNBC
"Friday is not quite as big as it was, Saturday's not as big as it was, but in total it's a huge event. It's still vitally important to the success of all retailers," Gerald Storch says. CNBC


Tensions that have been mounting for months between some of the nation's most senior military officers and President Donald Trump are boiling over after his decision to intervene in the cases of three service members accused of war crimes. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberals and the fake news are against the President.
Recently ousted Navy Secretary Richard Spencer detailed President Donald Trump's intervention in a war crimes case in a Washington Post op-ed Wednesday, calling the President's actions "shocking and unprecedented." CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal news spin.
President Donald Trump touted his move to intervene in the cases of three service members accused of war crimes at a campaign rally on Tuesday, framing the objections he faced from senior Pentagon officials as coming from the "deep state." CNN
VOA VIEW: Trump is standing behind those show stood behind this country.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he was "flabbergasted" to discover that then-Navy Secretary Richard Spencer had been working a White House back channel to resolve a standoff over controversial Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher. CNN
VOA VIEW: As he should be.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has arrested 90 foreign students in recent months in a sting operation under a fake Michigan university designed to draw in students who are trying to stay in the U.S. illegally, according to a new report. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Pitiful!

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Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly on Wednesday directed Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday to terminate Navy SEAL Trident review boards for three officers connected to the Eddie Gallagher case. FOX News
President was told about the complaint in late AugustAid was released on 11 September amid pressure from CongressDonald Trump was briefed on the whistleblower complaint about his dealings with Ukraine before the White House released nearly $400m in military aid to Kyiv, officials said on Wednesday, shedding new light on events that triggered the impeachment inquiry.The president was told about the complaint in late August in a briefing by the White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, and John Eisenberg, an attorney with the White House national security council, according to two officials not authorized to publicly discuss the matter. Guardian
China warned the United States on Thursday it would take "firm counter measures" in response to U.S. legislation backing anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and said attempts to interfere in the Chinese-ruled city were doomed to fail. Reuters
VOA VIEW: China would make a big mistake.

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Hong Kong police said they would enter Polytechnic University on Thursday after a two-week siege drove most protesters out, but just before midnight, a masked man emerged and asked them to halt their plan. Reuters
The Justice Department has closed an antitrust investigation into a trade group that includes Verizon and AT&T among its members and which had been criticized for making it harder for consumers to switch carriers. Reuters
President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, called the president this week to reassure him that he had been joking when he told media outlets he had "insurance" if Trump turned on him in the Ukraine scandal, Giuliani's lawyer said on Wednesday. Reuters
Venezuela has paid about $5 billion in oil to Cuba and China and made military purchases from Russia worth hundreds of millions of dollars this year amid its ongoing economic crisis, a U.S. Venezuela diplomat said. UPI
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday put a temporary hold on a ruling earlier this week requiring former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before the House in its impeachment inquiry. UPI
VOA VIEW: A start.
Over 6,000 blank and counterfeit driver's licenses, originating in China and headed for New York City, were confiscated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. UPI
There was a 2 percent drop in abortions reported in the United States in 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. UPI

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