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Trump chose to attack Suleimani after military leaders outline Iranian plans, officials say. LA Times
VOA VIEW: It was a just decision.
Known as Iran’s “shadow commander,” Qassem Soleimani was one of the country’s most powerful yet mysterious figures — hailed as a hero, revered as the head of the elite Quds Force and lauded by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a “living martyr of the revolution.” But to the US, the 62-year-old major general was... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Soleimani was foolishly protected.
The Washington Post recently published a surprising indictment of MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. Post media critic Erik Wemple wrote that Maddow deliberately misled her audience by claiming the now-discredited Steele dossier was largely verifiable — even at a time when there was plenty of evidence that it was mostly bogus. At the very time Maddow... New York Post

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., mocked Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Friday after the senator suggested that she and other Democrats were “outraged” over the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Cruz was responding to a tweet in which Omar called on members of Congress to step in and prevent President Trump from engaging in armed... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Omar needs to be ousted from Congress and the US.
The killing of General Suleimani, intended as a shot against Iran, could accelerate an Iranian objective: pushing the United States military out of Iraq. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Iraq would be attacked by Iran if the US left.
The Pentagon, State Department and the White House pointed to imminent attacks that Soleimani had been orchestrating as the reason for killing him.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Bad cowardly policies.
Faced with years of Iran's escalating aggression in the Middle East, Donald Trump has been a model of restraint. Finally, Iran had gone too far.       USA Today
Warren stated she now supports Trump's renegotiated USMCA because it "makes improvements." This sets her apart from fellow progressive Bernie Sanders.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Warren if failing.
Google records your queries when you use the "Hey Google," wake word with its speakers. But for voice search, it records way more, like everything        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Google is a danger to all.

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U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California is staying silent on when he will resign after he pleaded guilty to using campaign money for personal expenses, drawing the ire of a fellow Republican who wants to replace him. The six-term congressman said last month that he would ... Washington Times
How U.S. cities are ramping up security after a U.S. airstrike killed Iran's top general. ABC
VOA VIEW: A careful thing to do.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday lauded the killing of Iran's top general while Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed lack of notice to Congress. ABC
VOA VIEW: Dems and Schumer are coward fools.
President Donald Trump on Friday defended his order to kill a top Iranian general. ABC
VOA VIEW: A proper and wise thing to do.

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Tehran says the US attack on Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad was an "act of international terrorism". BBC
VOA VIEW: Iran is making stupid boastful nonsense.
The UK prime minister was not told in advance about the attack that killed General Qasem Soleimani, the BBC understands. BBC
"We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war," President Trump said of Qasem Soleimani's death. CBS
VOA VIEW: The world should watch what being just is about.

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McConnell said on the Senate floor that House Democrats have "done enough damage," and their turn is over, but he added that the Senate "can't hold a trial without the articles" of impeachment. CBS
VOA VIEW: McConnell is standing tall.
The U.S. is telling American citizens to get out of Iraq. The warning comes as Iran promises revenge for an American airstrike that killed a top Iranian commander, General Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin joined CBSN to discuss the latest. CBS
VOA VIEW: The actions and stand are clear.
Joe Biden called the strike killing an Iranian military leader a "hugely escalatory move in an already dangerous region" CBS
VOA VIEW: Coward losers.
U.S. assassination of Iran's top general Qasem Soleimani is sending shockwaves through the Middle East and beyond. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The US is not cowards.
Less than a day after the U.S. announced that it killed top Iranian military leader Gen. Qasem Soleimani in a surprise airstrike in Baghdad, Trump attended the previously scheduled launch of his 2020 campaign's "Evangelicals for Trump" coalition. CNBC

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The Trump administration has yet to publicly explain the legal justification for killing Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, prompting Democratic lawmakers to question whether the President had the authority to order the strike without Congressional approval and raise concerns that Iran's potential response was not fully considered. CNN
VOA VIEW: Do nothing Dems have no clue.
The Selective Service website crashed Friday because of "the spread of misinformation," the agency tweeted. CNN
US orders 3,000 troops to region after death of Qassem Suleimani, while six reportedly killed in more strikes targeting Iraqi militiaThe Iran crisis – live updatesThe Middle East is starting the decade under the shadow of a major new conflict, as Iran vows to take revenge for the US drone strike that killed its most powerful general, Qassem Suleimani.The Pentagon ordered 3,000 reinforcements to the region, diplomats were reportedly told to pack their bags in case of sudden evacuation, and the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, called his counterparts around the world to try to persuade them the US was “committed to de-escalation”. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Iran would make a foolish mistake to retaliate.

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The United States and its allies have suspended training of Iraqi forces due to the increased threat they face after a U.S. air strike in Baghdad on Friday killed a top Iranian general, the German military said in a letter seen by Reuters. Reuters
VOA VIEW: As they should.
In mid-October, Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani met with his Iraqi Shi'ite militia allies at a villa on the banks of the Tigris River, looking across at the U.S. embassy complex in Baghdad. Reuters
The United States had "clear, unambiguous" intelligence that a top Iranian general was planning a significant campaign of violence against the United States when it decided to strike him, the top U.S. general said on Friday, warning Soleimani's plots "might still happen." Reuters
VOA VIEW: He lost out at the end.
South Koreans born after 1995 are less supportive of unification and feel less affinity for North Koreans despite a common ethnic identity, according to a recent survey. UPI
U.S. Secretary of State Mark Esper's suggestion the United States could restart joint exercises with South Korea is raising speculation in Seoul. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!

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