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An expert witness called by Democrats for the House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday admitted she has given thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) asked Pamela Karlan, a professor at Stanford University Law School, if she gave $1,000 to Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren during testimony at the House Judiciary Committee. “I... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The so-called liberal professors showed their bias.
An expert witness in Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing riffed on the name of the president’s teen son, Barron — drawing a swift and forceful rebuke from the Trump campaign. “Contrary to what President Trump has said, Article 2 [of the Constitution] does not give him the power to do anything he wants,” testified... New York Post
President Donald Trump's actions to prod Ukraine to pursue investigations that could benefit him politically represent impeachable offenses, constitutional law experts called by Democrats testified to the U.S. Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers laid the groundwork for formal charges against Trump. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Lying deranged fools.
The Trump administration is proposing tariffs on up to $2.4 billion worth of French imports — including Roquefort cheese, handbags, lipstick and sparkling wine — in retaliation for France's tax on American tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. LA Times
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The attorney general’s comments drew criticism that he was conflating objections to police misconduct with a disrespect for the police. New York Times
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday night that the public can soon stop talking about Brexit if he wins next week's general election and that there is significant investment waiting once the political paralysis is over. Rueters
The top U.S. solar industry trade group on Wednesday urged members to use social media to "punch back" in an escalating dispute over whether the Trump administration's tariffs on imported panels are killing or creating American jobs. Rueters
Mexico's government said on Wednesday that progress was being made toward revising a new North American trade pact, and that protections for biologic drugs will be sharply reduced under it, in what would be a setback for U.S. pharmaceutical companies. Rueters
Harris was the only 2020 Democrat who made a serious appeal to both liberals and moderates. But she lacked the skills and experience to make it work. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Harris is a fool.
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Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, alleges that CNN published a "demonstrably false hit piece" on him. USA Today
VOA VIEW: CNN should pay.
Republicans moved to distance themselves from Florida congressional candidate George Buck after he called for Ilhan Omar and Democrats to be hanged. USA Today
An Arizona lawmaker wants to make it harder for schoolchildren to avoid saying the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning. Republican Rep. John Fillmore of Apache Junction introduced legislation that would require students to recite the pledge each morning unless a parent excuses them. Schools would also be ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Officials of a Virginia city have rebuffed pleas by gun advocates asking it to declare the city a so-called "Second Amendment Sanctuary." Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea on Monday announced at a packed city council meeting that he sees no benefit in validating what the U.S. Constitution already ... Washington Times
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A House Republican on Wednesday asked Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham to subpoena phone records of Rep. Adam B. Schiff, who led the impeachment investigation against President Trump. In the letter, Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana said Mr. Schiff, California Democrat, had invited the scrutiny when his investigation obtained ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The truth may hurt Dems.
President Donald Trump has dismissed the significance of repeated contacts between his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and phone numbers linked to the White House and its budget office ABC
VOA VIEW: Rational answer.
A judge has ordered the state of Tennessee to pay more than $46,000 in legal fees to a white nationalist group it unsuccessfully tried to charge for event security costs ABC
VOA VIEW: More people and groups should watch what they say about others.
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Google has taken down a U.K. Conservative Party ad on YouTube that used BBC news footage, days after Facebook took similar action on grounds that it infringed intellectual property rights ABC
VOA VIEW: A major mistake that will cost Google.
Footage appeared to show Canada's PM laughing about the US president with other leaders. BBC
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
The four-term congressman said that the "countless hours" spent on the impeachment inquiry and investigating Russian election interference "rendered my soul weary." CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems look and sound pitiful.
Critics say new rules that stiffen work requirements for federal nutrition aid will hurt the poor. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good - now there is no reason for the able-bodied not to get a job.
President Trump is clashing with other western leaders at a NATO summit in London. He took jabs at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday and argued with French President Emmanuel Macron over Syria. Paula CBS
VOA VIEW: They needed to get off their ass.
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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp tapped financial services executive Kelly Loeffler to the state's soon-to-be vacated Senate seat, instead of Trump's choice, staunch ally Rep. Doug Collins. CNBC
The Trump administration changed food-stamp requirements to "increase employment," not simply remove people from the program, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says. CNBC
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin voices opposition to the OECD about the recent introduction of digital services taxes. CNBC
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The ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, Doug Collins (R-GA), implied the witnesses called for Wednesday's hearing did not have enough time to accurately prepare their testimony. Professor Pamela Karlan had a strong response. CNN
VOA VIEW: Karlan is a liberal fool.
North Korea will send a "Christmas gift" to the United States, but what that present contains will depend on the outcome of ongoing talks between Washington and Pyongyang, a top official has warned. CNN
VOA VIEW: NK is making a bad threat that they will regret.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he would consider Sen. Kamala Harris as a potential running mate, a day after she dropped out of the presidential race. CNN
Terrifying rumors initially propelled by Facebook's algorithms have sparked fears that men driving white vans are kidnapping women all across the United States for sex trafficking and to sell their body parts. While there is no evidence to suggest this is happening, much less on a national, coordinated scale, a series of viral Facebook posts created a domino effect that led to the mayor of a major American city issuing a warning based on the unsubstantiated claims. CNN
VOA VIEW: Facebook must be split and sanctioned.
George Zimmerman, the onetime neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, has sued the boy's family and others for damages in excess of $100 million. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Watch what you say.
Alphabet's leadership change has some investors hoping that the owner of Google will take a hard look at the cash-burning ventures championed by its founders. Reuters
Exercise bike maker Peloton Interactive Inc said on Wednesday it was encouraged by support from some customers and social media users, despite its Christmas ad coming under criticism for being "sexist" and "dystopian". Reuters
Wall Street gained ground on Wednesday in a broad-based rally as investor sentiment brightened after U.S. President Donald Trump said talks with China on an interim trade deal were going "very well." Reuters
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
China warned on Wednesday that U.S. legislation calling for a tougher response to Beijing's treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority will affect bilateral cooperation, clouding prospects for a near-term deal to end a trade war. Reuters
VOA VIEW: China better not dig itself a verbal hole they can't get out of.
The United States and Sudan will exchange ambassadors for the first time in 23 years, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday. UPI
A Japanese official declined to comment in detail about future negotiations with the United States regarding defense cost-sharing for U.S. troops, while defending "appropriate sharing" of the burden. UPI
VOA VIEW: Japan should pay its fair share.
U.S. automaker General Motors said Wednesday it's decided to discontinue the Buick Regal in North America -- to focus on an all-sport-utility vehicle lineup, similar to Ford's. UPI
Payroll company ADP and Moody's analytics said Wednesday the U.S. economy grew by 67,000 jobs for the month of November -- substantially short of what most Wall Street experts predicted. UPI
The Vatican said Wednesday Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Catholic Bishop Richard J. Malone, the leader of the Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., which has been rattled by accusations of sex abuse for two years. UPI
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