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While honoring Louisiana State University's football team at the White House, President Donald Trump turned to the Senate impeachment trial, with a vulgar comment ABC
VOA VIEW: It shows that Trump is not afraid.
Hillary Rodham Clinton has advice for Democratic voters faced with an unsettled field of presidential contenders: pick a winner ABC
VOA VIEW: Dems would do better without Hillary.
Ayatollah Khamenei praises the Revolutionary Guard amid anger over the downing of a passenger jet. BBC
VOA VIEW: Iran is at a loss.

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Former special prosecutors from Bill Clinton's impeachment trial are on the president's team. BBC
Despite his seeming long-shot chances for the presidency, Bloomberg has become a favorite target for President Trump on Twitter CBS
VOA VIEW: Bloomberg is wasting his money.
Anti-trust suit by stalled rivals calls Facebook "one of the largest unlawful monopolies ever seen in the United States." CBS
VOA VIEW: Facebook should be broken up.
The Supreme Court will decide whether Electoral College voters have a constitutional right to cast ballots for candidates who didn't win their state's popular vote, the justices announced on Friday. CNBC
Trump's comment about impeachment came at a White House meeting with the LSU national college football championship team, which defeated Clemson in the title game. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A cute way to put the scam.
Companies including Amazon, Nike, Warby Parker and Marriott express disappointment after Tennessee Gov. Lee's announcement he will sign an anti-LGBTQ adoption bill into law. CNBC

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After President Trump said that he didn't know Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, Parnas' attorney Joseph Bondy released a video that shows the two together in a group of people at Mar-a-Lago. CNN
VOA VIEW: Having a picture with Trump is the background means nothing.
More than eight in 10 African Americans believe President Donald Trump is racist and that he has contributed to making racism a bigger problem in the United States, according to a new Washington Post-Ipsos poll. CNN
VOA VIEW: If true, blacks are making a serous mistake.
20th Century Fox is an icon of Hollywood history. Its epic fanfare title card has appeared in front of "The Sound of Music," "Star Wars" and other major films over the past 85 years. But in 2020, that name is going to change. CNN
VOA VIEW: A foolish mistake.
Wall Street's major indexes climbed to record highs on Friday after strong U.S. housing data and signs of resilience in the Chinese economy raised hopes of a rebound in global growth. Reuters

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Prominent attorney Alan Dershowitz and two former independent counsels, Ken Starr and Robert Ray, will be among those defending President Donald Trump when his impeachment trial begins in the Senate in earnest on Tuesday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: A very good high level team.
U.S. homebuilding surged to a 13-year high in December as activity increased across the board, suggesting the housing market recovery was back on track amid low mortgage rates, and could help support the longest economic expansion on record. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Good!
The United States and its Western allies will put additional pressure on the Venezuelan authoritarian regime of Nicolás Maduro, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday the United States is responsible for inflaming tensions around the world with "aggressive" foreign policies. UPI
VOA VIEW: Russia is fanning the flames of tension.

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     The deal should not be approved. A group of U.S. states suing to block T-Mobile US Inc from merging with Sprint Corp on Wednesday told a federal judge that the deal would raise prices for consumers, while the phone companies pushed back and emphasized they would compete aggressively to push prices down. The states filed a lawsuit in June to block the merger, saying it would harm low-income Americans in particular.

     T-Mobile and Sprint contend that the merger would enable the combined company to compete more effectively with dominant carriers Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc. U.S. District Court Judge Victor Marrero, who will decide the fate of the merger, heard closing arguments in the case on Wednesday. Marrero did not ask any questions of either party and said he would make a decision “as promptly as possible.”

     Glenn Pomerantz, a lawyer for the states, said that the case would impact at least 130 million customers, since a merger would leave the United States with three major phone carriers instead of four. “If this merger goes forward, they’re at risk for paying billions of dollars more every single year for those services,” he said.