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President Donald Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, a top White House adviser said on Sunday. Baltimore Sun
If the NBA All-Star Game is a celebration of basketball, having the game in Charlotte is in large part a celebration of Michael Jordan. And Jordan’s eponymous sneaker line that Charlotte Observer
"I bring greetings from the 45th president of the United States of America, President Donald Trump," Pence said. Mike Braun was wearing the button-down — a folksy hallmark of his 2018 U.S. Senate campaign — during a Capitol Hill portrait session just weeks after taking the oath of office. The sleeves, no longer rolled up, were now hidden under a suit jacket, just as in many of the lawmaker portraits that lined the front wall of this Washington, D.C., photo studio. IndyStar
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President Donald Trump said Thursday that personal attorney Michael Cohen handles very little of his legal work, but did represent him in the "crazy Stormy Daniels deal," a rare presidential public reference to the porn star who claims she had sex with the president in 2006. Prosecutors in New York quickly claimed Trump's early-morning comments buttress their arguments that not much of the material that the FBI seized from Cohen's home, office and hotel should be protected by attorney-client privilege. Within two hours of Trump's interview, the prosecutors submitted papers in court citing Trump's comments. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Cohen is a loud mouth.
The rally focused intensely on income inequality and what Warren called a federal government more interested in working for multinational corporations rather than small families. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Warren is an idiot.
Europeans need to do more than talk if they want to preserve a deal meant to keep Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States, Iran's foreign minister said ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: It would be foolish to go against the US.
President Trump again indicated this week he might be open to revisiting the controversial new limit on state and local tax deductions that hits many middle-income residents hard in California and other high-tax, Democratic states. Even so, don’t count on any changes to the Republican tax bill... LA Times
Upholding a judge’s decision that sided with former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and national Democrats, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that a Florida law requiring. Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: Mail votes should excluded.
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Iran's president on Monday described U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran as an economic war being waged on his country and stressed that "economic war is more difficult than military war." Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: Foolish thought, but real.
In one of his first conversations with President Trump after becoming acting FBI director, the president asked Andrew McCabe about his “loser” wife. In a sit-down with “60 Minutes” aired Sunday night, McCabe recalled that Trump asked him, “What was it like when your wife lost her race for state senate? . New York Post
Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said in a newly released television interview that President Trump believed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assessment on North Korea’s nuclear program over that of US intelligence agencies. “And, essentially, the president said he did not believe that the North Koreans had the capability to hit us here. New York Post
VOA VIEW: McCabe is a known liar.
A 2015 deal between President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China that curtailed hacking intended to steal trade secrets appears to have been unofficially canceled. New York Times
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Israel says on Monday that it would host bilateral meetings with the Czech, Slovak and Hungarian leaders this week after Poland withdrew from a planned five-way summit in Jerusalem in protest at Holocaust rhetoric. Rueters
Hopes of progress in Sino-U.S. trade talks and expectations of policy stimulus from central banks lifted world stocks to 2-1/2 month highs on Monday, though European gains were dampened by concerns over the car sector's outlook. Reuters
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is expected to sit for a U.S. Supreme Court argument Tuesday for the first time since she underwent surgery in December to remove cancerous masses from one of her lungs. Ginsburg’s presence will be a relief to liberals worried about any prospect that the 85-year-old. LA Times
VOA VIEW: She should retire.
For miles, you drive past the reeds and marshes of the Louisiana Gulf Coast on a February morning under a cloudy, bruised-colored sky. Then, after going over a ridge, it appears. The first thing you see are three storage tanks 200 feet high and within moments the entire project rolls out. San Diego Tribune
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In President Donald Trump’s repeated calls for a border wall, he has recently turned his focus to the horrors of human trafficking along the southern border to illustrate the need for such a barrier. “Even one woman or one child trafficked is too many,” San Diego Tribune
The government's security Cabinet said it is implementing a law passed last year allowing Israel to withhold funds used to pay stipends to Palestinian attackers and their families from taxes Israel collects on the behalf of the PA. Nabil Abu Rdeineh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said in a statement that Israel's action was "a unilateral blow" to bilateral agreements, and that any deduction of taxes by Israel was "piracy of the Palestinian people's money." ABC
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Poland upset about Netanyahu statement that Poles "cooperated" with the Nazis. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki canceled his plans to attend a meeting of central European leaders in Israel starting Monday amid new tensions over how Polish behavior during the Holocaust is remembered and characterized. Morawiecki informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's of his decision by phone Sunday, Michal Dworczyk, who heads the prime minister's chancellery, said. ABC
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
The pledge comes after an ex-acting FBI chief recalls discussions on removing the president. The chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee has vowed to get to the bottom of allegations that discussions were held in 2017 on removing President Donald Trump from office. Senator Lindsey Graham pledged to issue subpoenas "if that's what it takes". Ex-acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe has said deputy US attorney general Rod Rosenstein discussed the numbers needed to invoke the 25th Amendment. BBC
Weiner's original sentence was previously reduced for "good behavior."Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman who pleaded guilty to sending sexually explicit material to a teen, has been released from federal prison ahead of the end of his 21-month sentence. Federal records show Weiner, who was imprisoned in Massachusetts, is now being housed at a Residential Re-entry Management facility in Brooklyn, New York, ahead of his final release date of May 14. CBS
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U.S. airlines will soon add nonbinary gender options for travelers when they book their tickets, an effort to bring airline booking systems in line with state identification cards that also offer the option. The changes aim to bring airlines in line with nonbinary identification cards so that travelers' reservations match their IDs. Several states including California and Oregon offer nonbinary options on identification cards and other documents. United Airlines in the coming weeks will allow travelers to choose from four options when they book their tickets: male, female, undisclosed and unspecified. Travelers who do not identify with a gender will be able use the tile "Mx," said Maddie King, a United spokeswoman. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dumb on behalf of all who put up with the BS.
The stock market is euphoric over the idea that a trade deal between the U.S. and China will fix the economy and boost earnings, but the bond market still sees uncertainty and a possible recession lurking. Buyers have been jumping into both markets, and the broader stock market is now up 18 percent from the low it plunged to on Dec. 24. The S&P 500 Index has bounced back to 2,775, about 5 percent below its all-time high. But when you look at the bond market, Treasury yields remain surprisingly low, reflecting fears about a weakening economy and lingering uncertainty. CNBC
After Amazon announced the company would not be building their second headquarters in New York, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said she believed the company "has not shown good faith to New Yorkers." CNN
VOA VIEW: Cortez is an idiot.
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Brian Stelter and his panel examine Fox News' use of the word "coup" after former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview with CBS that the Justice Department held meetings about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and questioned whether there was cabinet support to remove President Trump. CNN
Six illegal immigrants with ties to a Mexican drug cartel — a rival of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, whose notorious leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was convicted last week — were arrested in an elaborate drug trafficking operation in North Carolina, according to reports. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Yet, the Dems say there is no crises.
Austria's chancellor has described parts of U.S. President Donald Trump's foreign policy as "very successful" as he prepares to visit Washington this week. Austria's chancellor has described parts of U.S. President Donald Trump's foreign policy as "very successful" as he prepares to visit Washington this week. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Sunday's edition of Austrian newspaper Die Presse that one of the main aims of his visit is to help avert a trade war, which he said "would endanger thousands of jobs in Austria." FOX News
Addiction experts say time lag is being exploited to circumvent bank limitsPayPal has been accused of letting problem gamblers spend up to £150,000 a day, prompting concerns that addicts are using the online payment system to circumvent bank limits.MPs and gambling experts called for the company to be more responsible to stop people racking up huge debts that could force them into bankruptcy. Guardian
"The risk is great and the risk will be even greater if you continue to turn a blind eye to severe violations of international law," he said, pointing the finger at Israel and the United States. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Iran will lose any conflict with Israel.
The Vatican will gather senior bishops from around the world later this week for a conference on sex abuse designed to guide them on how best to tackle a problem that has decimated the Church's credibility, but critics say it is too little, too late. Reuters
Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used. Reuters
VOA VIEW: It would be wise to side with Trump.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said President Donald Trump is ignoring a "real emergency" -- Camp Fire afterward -- and is "manufacturing a crisis" on border. UPI
VOA VIEW: Newsome is the fool that is spending needed money to help illegals.
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Dems are becoming more and more stupid. House Democrats are laying the legal groundwork to force the White House to cough up notes on President Trump’s one-on-one meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) are leading the charge, according to the news site, and could demand testimony from Trump’s interpreter or issue subpoenas for documents.
“All we want is for the American people to know the truth,” Engel was quoted as saying. “I’m not out at all to get the president. I’m out to get the truth.” Fool! The White House is expected to cite executive privilege to fend off the Democrats’ demands.