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Venezuela won a seat on the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday despite a campaign by many countries opposed to Nicolas Maduro’s government and its rights record. New York Post
A majority of baby food contains toxic heavy metals that can affect brain development, a disturbing new investigation has found. Tests of 168 baby foods from 61 brands spanning big names to niche ones found heavy metals in 95 percent of them, according to the report published Thursday. New York Post
If President Trump doesn’t demonstrate the leadership that America needs, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office. New York Times
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A top Pentagon official who oversees policy on Ukraine won't testify on Friday before the congressional committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump but is expected to do so next week, two sources told Reuters on Thursday. Rueters
Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said on Thursday that the White House had never required Ukraine to investigate the 2016 U.S. election in exchange for military aid, reversing comments he made earlier that day. Rueters
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House resolution criticizing President Trump for pulling troops overwhelmingly passes with rare bipartisan support San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: Republicans who voted to the contrary should feel ashamed.
Graham has been one of President Trump's most vocal defenders in other controversies. But on Syria, the defense hawk has become Trump's chief antagonist. USA Today
In her fight against corporate America, Warren is turning off a key group of voters who want to oust Donald Trump: the liberal women who work there.
VOA VIEW: Warren is a nut.
The Syrian civil war was a mess from the beginning. There's no clear U.S. interest and no need for U.S. troops, writes Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
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Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is tied with his Republican challenger in the first poll made public since last week's primary. Mr. Edwards and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone are tied at 47% support, according to the poll, which will be made public Friday by We Ask America. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A Republican should win.
In his now-infamous July phone call with Ukraine's president, President Donald Trump referred briefly to a long-discredited conspiracy theory that tries to cast doubt on Russia's role in the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee. Some Trump backers who circulate unsubstantiated rumors have latched onto some version of the ... Washington Times
An earlier proposal to hold next year's summit there had already drawn criticism from Democrats. ABC
VOA VIEW: The Dems are losing their cool - if they ever had any.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday declined to place a timeline on the impeachment process, pushing back on whether it would wrap up by the 2020 election. ABC
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Elijah Cummings, the long-serving Democratic congressman who was deeply involved in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, has passed away at the age of 68. ABC
Energy Secretary Rick Perry, described by colleagues as one of the "three amigos" on U.S. policy on Ukraine, told President Donald Trump that he plans to resign. ABC
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The PM is facing an uphill battle to get his new Brexit deal through the House of Commons on Saturday. BBC
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US Vice-President Mike Pence says the pause in operations will allow Kurdish-led forces to withdraw. BBC
VOA VIEW: Turkey made a wise decision.
Facebook founder stands by the social media company's controversial policy of permitting lies in political ads CBS
VOA VIEW: Facebook need to be sanction and split.
The storm is likely to develop into a tropical or subtropical system before Friday CBS
The decision about the monthlong strike was announced as local union leaders approved the tentative deal between the union and GM that was announced Wednesday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: GM workers continue to lose.
In a speech Thursday at Georgetown University on free speech, Zuckerberg chastised ByteDance-owned TikTok for censoring content. CNBC
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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) delivers remarks from the Senate floor aimed at President Donald Trump following the announcement of a ceasefire in Syria, saying the announcement was "not a victory" and questioned the timing of the negotiations. CNN
VOA VIEW: Romney continues his mean spirited loser rhetoric.
President Trump's acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says that aid to Ukraine was in fact tied to President Trump's wish for an investigation into the 2016 election. CNN
VOA VIEW: Acosta and the liberal media did not allow the entire scrip.
Newly discovered letters from the late President Ronald Reagan show a "unique and often controversial side" of the Gipper -- which has been outside the reach of the public and scholars -- on issues in the news today like the president's feeling of poor treatment by the press, criticism of people within his administration leaking to the press, and supporting Israel and its government, among others. FOX News
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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he has a lot of confidence in his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, after Mulvaney told reporters that Ukraine's investigation into the 2016 election was one of the reasons Washington had delayed aid to Kiev, before denying the White House had done that. Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his Middle East policy, as he comes under bipartisan criticism over his administration's move to withdraw U.S. troops from northeast Syria and an agreement for a 120-hour pause to a Turkish incursion of the area. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Turkey cannot be trusted.
Two American businessmen charged with conspiring to violate campaign finance laws with former associates of U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani pleaded not guilty on Thursday. Reuters
Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said on Thursday that the White House had never required Ukraine to investigate the 2016 U.S. election in exchange for military aid, reversing comments he made earlier that day. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts liberal Dems.
Wall Street advanced on Thursday as investor sentiment was buoyed by a string of corporate earnings beats and encouraging geopolitical developments. Reuters
The Senate on Thursday was unable to override President Donald Trump's second veto of a resolution to block his emergency declaration to justify funding a border wall without congressional approval. UPI
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Dems are looking to make Pocahontas the frontrunner. Democratic voters gave Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg got the top grades for their performances at Tuesday night’s debate in Ohio. FiveThirtyEight.com and Ipsos polled a group of 3,360 Democratic primary voters nationwide and had them grade the hopefuls on a four-point scale.
Those voters said Warren earned a 3.2 to top the list, while Sanders tied with the South Bend, Ind., mayor with a 3.1. They were followed by former Vice President Joe Biden (3) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (2.9). Rep. Tulsi Gabbard received the lowest marks. Her average was 2.4 points.
In the middle of the pack were Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, both with 2.8 points. Then came businessman Andrew Yang, with 2.7 points, followed by former Rep. Beto O’Rourke with 2.6 points. Circling the bottom with Gabbard were former HUD Director Julian Castro and billionaire Tom Steyer with 2.5 points.
Pollsters had also asked respondents to rate the favorability of the candidates before Tuesday’s debate in order to determine if a candidate over or under-performed, with the assumption being that better-liked candidates would have an edge.
Warren had the highest pre-debate favorables – and respondents found she also performed the best. Sanders performance, with the second best grade, was in line with his popularity too – as he had the third highest favorability rating.