Stacey Abrams canceled an appearance in May at the University of California to support a local union involved in a labor dispute.  Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: Very few want to listen to anything Abrams has to say.
Hauling out boxes of “Healthy Holly” books and documents, dozens of federal law enforcement agents Thursday struck homes, businesses and government buildings across Baltimore as an investigation into Mayor Catherine Pugh’s business dealings widened. FBI agents and IRS officials executed search... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Pugh should resign.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed during their first summit Thursday he is willing to give up his nuclear weapons — but only if he gets an ironclad guarantee of security beforehand. The Russian president stressed that Moscow and Washington both want... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Un is playing a game, as usual.


As former Vice President Joe Biden entered the 2020 presidential race Thursday, he immediately looked past the vast field of Democratic rivals and threw down the gauntlet toward President Trump, casting the race as a “battle for the soul of the nation.” His strategy amounts to a bet that ideology... LA Times
One of Donald Trump’s first acts as president was to pull the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12-nation free-trade deal that President Obama negotiated but left unfinished. Trump derided the pact as a bad deal for America. But leaving it hasn’t turned out that well either.... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.
The federal government has six months to identify potentially thousands of children who were separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border early in President Donald Trump's term, a judge … Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: A difficult task.
Rep. Ilhan Omar spoke to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on the phone this week and demanded to know why the social media platform hadn’t deleted a tweet from President Trump that she said incited violence against her. The Twitter boss called Omar on Tuesday to talk about the presidential tweet, which shared a provocative video... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Omar is an idiot.
Immigrants who come to the country seeking asylum are having a harder time being granted amnesty since President Trump took office, new data shows. A total of 68 percent of immigrants who applied for asylum nationwide have been denied so far in 2019 and the numbers in the city have more than doubled since four... New York Post
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Anita Hill’s name was trending on Twitter on Thursday as many women said they supported her — and, by clear implication, not Joseph R. Biden Jr. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Regret for what - making false claims?


A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday blocked a Trump administration rule that would prohibit taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers, according to the state attorney general. Rueters
VOA VIEW: The judge will be overruled.
A federal judge has blocked enforcement of a Texas law that requires contractors to certify that they don’t boycott Israel. In a 56-page opinion filed Thursday, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman of Austin said boycotts are protected free speech, declaring the law fails to serve a compelling state interest. Seattle Times
The Interior Department is re-evaluating options following a court ruling last month that blocked parts of the administration's offshore drilling plan.         USA Today
Louisiana Tech University endured “severe damage” to its athletic facilities from the twister. Washington Post

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President Trump greeted children of White House staffers and the media Thursday as part of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, and urged them never to drink, smoke or use drugs. "Never take drugs, don't drink alcohol, don't smoke, enjoy your life," the president told kids. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good advice.
A pair of legal groups sued the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, seeking to compel the agency to enforce campaign finance laws. ABC
VOA VIEW: Liberals make excuse for their ills and loss.
Joe Biden has hired Symone Sanders, a prominent African American political strategist, as a senior adviser to his newly launched presidential campaign ABC
VOA VIEW: Biden is looking to gain the black vote.


The Pentagon's inspector general has cleared acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, on charges he's showed favoritism toward Boeing. ABC
A formal inquiry is to be held into the leaking of discussions about Huawei at the National Security Council, the BBC has learned. This follows the Daily Telegraph publishing details of a meeting about using the Chinese telecoms firm to help build the UK's 5G network. Several cabinet ministers have denied they were involved in the leak. Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill is to lead the inquiry, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said. BBC
Facebook said it's cracking down on personality quizzes that can reveal information about your passwords and answers to website security questions -- the name of your first pet, for instance, or the first rock concert you attended -- a year after Cambridge Analytica reaped data about millions of the social-media giant's users without their permission through a personality app. In an update for developers, Facebook said "apps with minimal utility, such as personality quizzes, may not be permitted on the platform." A company spokeswoman said personality quizzes and other apps will be subject to heightened scrutiny under new platform policies. CBS
VOA VIEW: Facebook is trying to alter the fact that they have many flaws.
President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner spoke out for the first time since the Mueller report was released. At the Time 100 Summit, Kushner downplayed Russian election interference as "a couple of Facebook ads," and said the Mueller Investigation had a harsher impact on democracy. Time magazine senior White House correspondent Brian Bennett moderated the conversation with Kushner, and joins CBSN to discuss. CBS
Since 2016, Facebook collected the address book data of 1.5 million users whom were asked to enter their email passwords when signing up for new accounts, according to a Business Insider report earlier this month. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook has gone too far for too long.

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A study analyzing 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren's student debt relief plan may reduce concerns about a windfall for the wealthiest Americans. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It won't work.
He's the Democratic candidate President Donald Trump has long worried would emerge as his general election rival. Now, with the entry of former Vice President Joe Biden into a crowded primary field, a race that once seemed to Trump like abstract chatter has sharpened into a concrete proving ground that will challenge his hold on the nation's political spotlight. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN foolishness - Biden would be easy to beat.
CNN's Anderson Cooper tackles President Trump's "bizarre vernacular" and ego in his "Ridiculust" segment. CNN
VOA VIEW: Cooper is a loser and idiot.

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The Massachusetts judge accused of helping an illegal immigrant evade an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer has pleaded not guilty to all counts. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Time will show the truth - guilty.
A 72-year-old Michigan priest has been sentenced to two to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to sexual misconduct. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Sad - celibacy is the major problem.
A Coast Guard lieutenant who investigators said espoused white nationalist views and compiled a hit list of prominent Democratic politicians and media personalities cannot be held in custody before his trial on drug and gun charges. FOX News
Senior figures in Theresa May’s cabinet deny role in leaking details of vote in National Security Council meetingCabinet members who were at Tuesday’s National Security Council (NSC) have been sent an ultimatum by Whitehall’s most powerful official to confess or deny whether they leaked a controversial decision to allow Chinese telecoms firm Huawei to help build the UK’s 5G phone network. Guardian
More than 30 people set sail on fishing vessel Jhonnaly Jose that capsized in heavy seas More than 30 Venezuelans are missing, feared drowned, after their boat sank attempting to reach Trinidad in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The fishing vessel, Jhonnaly Jose, had left the port city of Guiria but capsized in rough seas near the uninhabited Patos Island, 3 miles (5km) from the Venezuelan coast. Guardian
The tie between Passover and Easter dates back to the Last Supper, when Jesus had a Passover Seder soon before his crucifixion. This happened on what is now Maundy Thursday, three days before Easter. Jerusalem Post
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said peace and security on the Korean Peninsula will entirely depend on future U.S. attitude, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Friday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Un can't be trusted and the US has nothing to prove.
A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday blocked a Trump administration cutoff of U.S. subsidies for poor women obtaining birth control from Planned Parenthood and other clinics that offer abortion services or information to patients, according to the state attorney general. Reuters
VOA VIEW: One judge that has overreached.
Facebook Inc is preparing for a record-setting fine from U.S. regulators over privacy issues, but Wall Street shrugged at the looming penalty after the company added users and trounced profit expectations for the first quarter. Reuters
VOA VIEW: No one should put personal info on Facebook or any other social media.
A federal court ruled Thursday that Michigan must redraw its congressional and legislative maps and hold new Senate elections in 2020. UPI
VOA VIEW: Let's wait for the results on higher courts.
President Donald Trump has ordered the Defense Department to conduct federal government background checks instead of the Office of Personnel Management. UPI
In all, the federal government paid $261 billion in refunds this year -- the first since President Donald Trump's tax code reform law took effect. UPI
VOA VIEW: Thank you, President Trump.

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DECEMBER 27, 2018

     Dems are the cause of the government shut down.  Senator Chuck Schumer lambasted President Donald Trump over his demand that American taxpayers pay for a border wall which has led to a partial government shutdown. In an exclusive interview with USA TODAY House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald Trump of using "scare tactics" to build support for his proposed U.S.-Mexican border wall, which she joked had been reduced from a giant, cement structure "to, I think, a beaded curtain."

     Trump and congressional Democrats remained locked in a bitter stalemate Tuesday over billions of dollars in funding for the wall, which Trump said is necessary to end a partial government shutdown. Most lawmakers are home for the holiday, so a speedy resolution would amount to a Christmas miracle.  While wishing a Merry Christmas to troops overseas, Trump said he doesn't know when the government shutdown will end.  "It’s a disgrace what’s happening in our country," Trump said in the Oval Office. "But other than that, I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas."

     Though congressional Democrats said they will not support money for a border wall, Trump said the United States needs "a wall, a fence, whatever they want to call it." The remarks underscore how dug in both the White House and congressional Democrats have become amid the shutdown that began Friday at midnight. The president kept a low profile on Christmas Eve, posting on Twitter that he was "alone" at the White House waiting for Democrats to agree to a deal to reopen federal agencies. The White House said Trump met with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about border security but provided no details about the discussion.

     The big Trump surprise is his Midnight Tuesday trip to Iraq with the First Lady.  This was a big positive play of all the soldiers.