Six executives for Houston-based Citgo have been held in Venezuelan prisons for more than two years without trial. LA Times
VOA VIEW: How is this happening?
Unless a centrist favorite soon emerges, party leaders may increasingly look to Michael R. Bloomberg as a potential savior. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Liberals are nervous.
Pope Francis on Wednesday dismissed a proposal to allow some married men to be ordained in remote areas, reaffirming the Roman Catholic Church's centuries-old commitment to celibacy among priests. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Celibacy is a threat to the Church.
Democrats vying for the right to challenge U.S. President Donald Trump turned their focus on Wednesday to Nevada and South Carolina after Bernie Sanders solidified his front-runner status by narrowly beating Pete Buttigieg in New Hampshire. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Dems do not have a viable candidate.


Catholic communities across the Amazon said they would keep pushing for married men to be allowed to celebrate Mass in the remote rainforest region, after a papal decision on Wednesday blocked their path to the priesthood. Rueters
Lis Smith, senior communications adviser for presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, said frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders represents "divisive politics." ABC
VOA VIEW: Buttigieg is a fool.
A recently retired U.S. diplomat whose abrupt removal by President Donald Trump from her post as ambassador to Ukraine became a focus of the impeachment hearings is receiving an award or “excellence” in the conduct of diplomacy. Marie Yovanovitch was expected to accept the Trainor Award from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University in a ceremony Wednesday, making her first public appearance since testifying before Congress in the impeachment proceedings. ABC
VOA VIEW: A liberal award to a worthless person.
A surprising reversal in the criminal case of President Trump's longtime ally Roger Stone has sparked outrage and accusations of interference. Four career prosecutors withdrew from Stone's case after the DOJ rejected their sentencing recommendation. Trump has strongly criticized the prosecutors in the past. Jeff Pegues reports on the latest reactions from within the Justice Department. CBS
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
Facebook is expected to rake in nearly $800 million during the current election cycle, far more than No. 2 Google. CBS
VOA VIEW: The madness is going too far.
Ehud Olmert, whose own proposal in 2008 failed to reconcile Israelis and Palestinians, said he "will be the most enthusiastic supporter of President Trump if he succeeds." CBS
VOA VIEW: It should.


The president said the case "was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought." CBS
VOA VIEW: Trump should have styed out of the case. - it was too much of a recommendation.
The sea of red ink is hemorrhaging in Washington, with the federal government already racking up a budget deficit that is averaging close to $100 billion a month. CNBC
Trump's comments came after Democrats accused him of improperly pressuring the Justice Department to sharply reduce a recommended prison sentence for Roger Stone. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The Dems will look foolish, again.

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President Donald Trump said the lesson he learned from his impeachment trial is that "Democrats are crooked" and "vicious." CNN
Congressional Republicans downplayed the involvement of President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr in the sentencing of Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone, saying they see no reason for the investigations that Democrats are demanding. CNN
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
• Iowa dems will begin recanvass this weekend • Analysis: Why Bernie Sanders is right where he needs to be heading into Nevada CNN
VOA VIEW: As he should.


Attorney Michael Avenatti’s future is now in the jury’s hands in the Nike-related extortion and fraud case -- and on Wednesday afternoon, the group submitted its first questions to the judge. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Avenatti is quilty.
Virginia authorities say a black man seen wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood at a Virginia shopping center told sheriff's deputies he was performing a social experiment. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A question many ask.
Move is the latest sign that PM could take a more cautious approach to government Boris Johnson has set aside plans for a radical overhaul of Whitehall machinery in favour of a modest shakeup of his top team on Thursday, in the latest indication that his approach to government may be less revolutionary than that of his key adviser, Dominic Cummings.After giving the go-ahead to the controversial HS2 rail project, which Cummings was known to be sceptical about, Johnson appears to have rejected – or postponed – proposals to merge or abolish government departments. Instead, several cabinet ministers who are deemed by Downing Street to have performed poorly in recent months are likely to be shown the door. Guardian
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin insisted on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's tax cuts will still pay for themselves over 10 years, even as the administration forecasts near-term deficits close to $1 trillion. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The liberal media is wishful thinking.
The Pentagon is likely to back new U.S. restrictions on Huawei Technologies, reversing earlier opposition to a proposal meant to further crack down on exports to the blacklisted Chinese company, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Huawei is a threat to the world.

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Former Goldman Sachs head Lloyd Blankfein and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin both said that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would destroy the U.S. economy if he wins. Reuters
U.S. presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday won endorsements from three Congressional Black Caucus members, a positive sign for his campaign, which has drawn scrutiny lately over his past support for a controversial policing tactic. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Bought black lawmakers.

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U.S. Africa Command is shifting its strategy to focus on containing al Qaeda and ISIS affiliates and other militant groups, according to reports and comments from Pentagon officials. UPI
VOA VIEW: The US military should hit hard.
The House judiciary committee voted Wednesday to end President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel by people from certain countries. UPI
VOA VIEW: Foolish Dem move.
The central bank may not have adequate tools to combat a recession, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in testimony ending Wednesday. UPI

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