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Last month, Turkey signed a memorandum with the Libyan government in Tripoli establishing economic maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Turkey makes no sense.
Brexit mandate in hand, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson now confronts threats to U.K. unity and daunting negotiations with the EU. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
President Trump is locked in a struggle with Republican leaders over plans for his Senate impeachment trial. LA Times
VOA VIEW: What will ultimately happen is a guess.
In a USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll, Americans split on impeachment, but a narrow majority opposes conviction. The issue ranks low as a voting concern in 2020.
VOA VIEW: Liberal media polls are way off.
In the first nominating state, many Democrats feel a responsibility to identify a candidate who can win in states more diverse than their own. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Many blacks don't believe they are being used.
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Out-of-staters who have been convicted of serious misdemeanors won’t be able to purchase a gun license in the Empire State under a new proposal Gov. Cuomo unveiled Sunday. State law already bans New York residents from obtaining gun licenses if they commit misdemeanors qualified as “serious offenses”—like forcible touching, unlicensed possession of a firearm and... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The Second Amendment must prevail.
California is spending $187 million to try to ensure an accurate count of its population. The Texas Legislature decided not to devote any money to the job. Why? The key seems to be which party controls state government. New York Times
Few politicians have teams to spot false statements about them online, or to fight back before it spreads. New York Times
VOA VIEW: No true facts are being told.
Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special envoy for North Korea, arrived in South Korea on Sunday as Pyongyang stepped up pressure on Washington to make concessions to revive stalled denuclearization talks ahead of a year-end deadline. Rueters
A handful of major states resisted pressure on Sunday to ramp up efforts to combat global warming as a U.N. climate summit ground to a close, angering smaller countries and a growing protest movement that is pushing for emergency action. Rueters
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Small groups of protesters gathered in shopping malls across Hong Kong on Sunday amid brief scuffles with riot police as attention turned to an upcoming meeting between Hong Kong's leader and China's president. Rueters
VOA VIEW: China better wake up.
The decision to impeach Trump rests with moderate Democrats representing districts Trump won. If enough defect, the effort will fail in the House.
VOA VIEW: There may not be an impeachment.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been in the job a year. Critics say homelessness is rising, housing prices are too high, and the grid is dangerous.
VOA VIEW: Newsom is a total loser.
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Amid the congressional impeachment inquiry, Trump supporters interrupted an event recognizing the Armenian Genocide to protest Rep. Adam Schiff.
VOA VIEW: Schiff is a fool.
Signs flashed by students during the game can be associated with “white power." ABC
VOA VIEW: The liberal Dems want to make up anything.
The former FBI director admitted the bureau acted with "real sloppiness" in its applications to wiretap former Trump campaign aid Carter Page. CBS
VOA VIEW: Comey has been caught.
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The South Carolina senator responded to the former vice president's critical comments concerning questions about his son Hunter's affiliation to a Ukrainian gas company. CBS
The Democratic whip says it's not just the president on trial as the impeachment probe moves ahead: "The Senate is on trial too." CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems and liberals are desperate.
CBS News Elections and Surveys Director Anthony Salvanto and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe break down the latest Battleground Tracker poll on the 2020 race and Americans' views on impeachment. CBS
VOA VIEW: The liberal media are brainwashing the American people.
Since 1928, the S&P has only showed a gain of between 5-10% six out of the 91 calendar years. CNBC
Joe Biden is a career politician. Hunter Biden is a 49-year-old man. Declaring them both essentially off-limits for serious attack is basically a primary election death sentence for every Democrat running against Biden. CNBC
VOA VIEW: They are all fools.
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China and Europe have been promoting their currencies as substitutes for the dollar in the face of expanding U.S. sanctions and protectionist trade policies. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Trump knows best.
Former FBI Director James Comey conceded that there was "real sloppiness" involved with the bureau's effort to obtain warrants to secretly surveil a Trump campaign adviser in 2016, saying in a Sunday interview that he was "overconfident" with his trust in the bureau's procedures. CNN
VOA VIEW: Comey is playing games.
North Korea calls Trump a 'heedless and erratic old man' CNN
VOA VIEW: Un is being stupid.
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The Justice Department's internal watchdog sharpened his criticism of the FBI on Wednesday, telling lawmakers he was alarmed that "so many basic and fundamental errors" occurred in the early months of the FBI's probe into potential Trump-Russia collusion. CNN
VOA VIEW: Faith in the FBI has been lost.
Fox News hosts are offering their own interpretation of the FBI report recently released by the Department of Justice Inspector General. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN has lost credibility and now wants to falsely shift blame on FOX.
A clearer picture of the next charged investigation into the FBI's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election is emerging, and President Donald Trump is already cashing in on suggestions that it could reveal damning accusations of bias by law enforcement and intelligence officials that last week's inspector general report debunked. CNN
Dozens of U.S. Navy pilots have written a letter demanding Capitol Hill lawmakers and top military brass allow more pilots to carry arms on bases, and allow those standing watch at flight schools across the country to be armed in the wake of the shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola by a Saudi officer training there. FOX News
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Schiff: Trump ‘has done far worse than anything Nixon did’Lindsey Graham will ‘not pretend to be a fair juror’The lies have it: how Republicans abandoned the truthDonald Trump has done “far worse than anything Nixon did”, a leader of the impeachment process in the House said on Sunday, adding: “The question is why are Republicans placing this president above their oath of office.” Related: Trump need fear only one Democrat: Warren Sanders | Robert Reich Guardian
VOA VIEW: Dems are foolish losers.
Top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives made a last-minute pitch to Republicans on Sunday for why they should put partisanship aside and vote to impeach President Donald Trump. Reuters
Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special envoy for North Korea, arrived in South Korea on Sunday as Pyongyang stepped up pressure on Washington to make concessions to revive stalled denuclearization talks ahead of a year-end deadline. Reuters
The "phase one" U.S.-China trade deal will nearly double U.S. exports to China over the next two years and is "totally done" despite the need for translation and revisions to its text, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Sunday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: China needs the trade.
The U.S. government covertly moved to expel two officials from the Chinese embassy earlier this year, after they drove onto a military base, the New York Times reported, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter. Reuters
With the first Democratic nominating contests less than two months away, former Vice President Joe Biden is already looking beyond to Super Tuesday in March, when some of the biggest electoral prizes will be up for grabs. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Biden just has to play it cool and let the other Dems continue their stupidity.
Recent developments concerning North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes are “deeply troubling”, the UN’s Assistant Secretary-General for the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific said on Wednesday, briefed the Security Council. UN News
VOA VIEW: NK has to wake up.
House Democratic leaders on Sunday rebuked Republican Senate leaders who said they would work with President Donald Trump and seek to ensure a speedy impeachment trial. UPI
China on Sunday announced Sunday it would not implements additional tariffs on some U.S. good after a Phase 1 trade deal on Friday. UPI
Top U.S. nuclear negotiator Stephen Biegun arrived in Seoul amid rising tensions over North Korea's apparent rocket engine tests this month ahead of its year-end deadline for Washington to show flexibility in advancing t UPI
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Starbucks is hiring some wacky people.Starbucks is in the spotlight again for alleged mistreatment of law enforcement officers. The Riverside County, California, sheriff’s department claims that two of its deputies were refused service at a Starbucks location on Thursday night. Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco tweeted late Friday, “The anti police culture repeatedly displayed by Starbucks employees must end.”
The incident comes two weeks after an Oklahoma police officer’s Starbucks order had the name “Pig" printed on one of the cups. Starbucks fired the worker it says put the offensive word on the cup, and apologized to law enforcement. "This language is offensive to all law enforcement and is not representative of the deep appreciation we have for police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe," the company said in a statement following the incident.
Starbucks tells ABC News that the two California deputies were in uniform about 11 p.m. Thursday and were not refused service, but inattentive workers ignored them for about five minutes. The incident is under investigation. Officials with the company have said they reached out to Sheriff Bianco to apologize.