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Fresh off a surprise New Hampshire showing, Amy Klobuchar campaigns in Nevada. LA Times
VOA VIEW: A waste of time and hope.
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Hizzoner — who pulled the plug on his own quixotic presidential bid last September — will endorse the left-leaning Vermont senator for the Democratic presidential nomination in the coming days, City Hall sources confirmed Friday. New York Post
VOA VIEW: A big fool endorsing a bigger fool.

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Amid turmoil in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, the attorney general has also sent outside prosecutors to review other politically sensitive cases. New York Times
A day after the attorney general publicly rebuked him, President Trump rejected the tradition of an independent Justice Department. New York Times
VOA VIEW: True!
For Jeff Sessions, Roy Moore and other Republicans vying for a chance to take back Doug Jones’s seat, winning over voters may mean winning over the president first. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Sessions should get Trump's support.
A top Chinese official acknowledged on Friday that the new coronavirus is a deep challenge to the country, but defended Beijing's management of the epidemic while lashing out at the "overreaction" of other countries. Rueters
VOA VIEW: China should not be trusted.
The Trump administration is considering a 10% tax cut for middle-class Americans and making some other tax reductions permanent as part of a package it intends to propose before the November election, a top White House adviser said on Friday. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Good!
Vindman, an impeachment witness fired from the White House by Trump, will have interim assignment before enrolling at a senior service war college.        USA Today

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A state court judge on Friday heard arguments on whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging an Iowa law passed last year that would block Planned Parenthood of the Heartland from receiving federal grant money for sex education courses. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Planned Parenthood is a joke.
Roger Stone has launched a new bid to get a second trial likely based on allegations of bias against his jury's forewoman, according to an updated trial docket late Friday. Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington acknowledged Stone has asked for a new trial but the Justice Department hasn't responded. ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: There a good ground for a new trial.
Homeland Security is sending elite Border Patrol teams to assist ICE in tracking down and deporting people from sanctuary cities, The New York Times reported Friday, marking a major escalation in President Trump's battle with communities that shield illegal immigrants. Officials said they were pressed into the move ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
The U.S. and Taliban reached an agreement on Friday to reduce violence, which could open the door to the two sides finalizing the larger deal reached last year. ABC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

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The Justice Department has informed former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that it will not seek charges again him for allegedly lying to internal investigators. ABC
VOA VIEW: Questionable!
He faces additional federal charges in New York and Los Angeles. ABC
VOA VIEW: The outcome was predictable.
Appeal judges overturn a ruling that found Islamic faith weddings were legally recognised in the UK. BBC

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The conservative radio host said the country wouldn't elect Buttigieg president because he's been "kissing his husband"‚Äč on stage after debates. CBS
VOA VIEW: Limbaugh maybe right.
The death toll is nearing 1,400, but global health officials say a massive spike in Chinese cases isn't necessarily the "tip of an iceberg." CBS
VOA VIEW: The situation looks bad.
Democrats are also proposing a bill to prevent an official nominated by the president to intervene in a case involving the president. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems have gone mad, more mad.
Social media giant will make it easier for all campaigns to run branded content on influencers' accounts. CBS
The proposal would be part of a new batch of proposed tax cuts. CNBC
VOA VIEW: To early to make a good decision.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday warned of Chinese telecom giant Huawei's "insidious aggression" and called on other nations to work with the U.S. as the globe races to develop 5G networks. CNBC
Barr's review comes as the attorney general is already under fire for easing a sentencing recommendation for Trump friend Roger Stone. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The case is questionable.
The United States Air Force updated its official dress code policy this month, in observance of religious practices, which will allow military personnel to wear turbans or hijabs as a part of the uniform.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: Not a good idea.

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U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said on Friday there were no investigations into Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the former National Security Council aide who testified in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial and was fired by the White House along with his twin brother. Reuters
A group of three U.S. Senators visited Kiev on Friday to convey a message of continued bipartisan support for Ukraine after it got entangled last year in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Reuters
U.S. consumer spending slowed further in January, with sales at clothing stores declining by the most since 2009, a trend that could raise concerns about the economy's ability to continue expanding at a moderate pace. Reuters
VOA VIEW: It's too early to make a sound decision.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa Friday, where he will aid efforts to compete with the growing influence of China and fight threats of terrorism. UPI
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday lashed out at the United Nations Human Rights Office over a report published earlier this week listing businesses operating in occupied Palestinian territory. UPI
VOA VIEW: As he should be.

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