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President Trump is locked in a struggle with Republican leaders over plans for his Senate impeachment trial. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Time will tell even if there is going to be a vote to impeach.
If one accepts the Democrats’ tendentious narrative of what transpired on the now-infamous July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, their “abuse of power” impeachment article arguably fits within Alexander Hamilton’s description, in Federalist 65, of the Constitution’s “high crimes and misdemeanors” as an “abuse or violation of some public... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Foolish!
The U.S. economy is doing well and looks set to stay that way next year, two top Federal Reserve policymakers said on Friday, remarks that suggest they are content to leave interest rates where they are. Rueters
VOA VIEW: It all adds up.

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A senior U.S. senator said on Friday he would block President Donald Trump's efforts to overhaul the weapons exports regime to make it easier for gun makers to sell small arms to foreign buyers. Rueters
Event marks fourth time the candidate has stopped in San Diego County since launching his second presidential campaign. San Diego Tribune
Sen. Sanders rescinded his endorsement of Cenk Uygur for a congressional run Friday following criticism of his past derogatory remarks about women       USA Today
Presidential contenders former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others might skip December debate over labor dispute, throwing match-up into turmoil. ABC
VOA VIEW: The Dems have no one and nothing to offer.
Two articles of impeachment against President Trump are heading for a vote in the full House. The Judiciary Committee cleared the way with a vote after a marathon debate. CBS
VOA VIEW: Don't be surprised in some Dems don't vote to impeach Trump.
Amazon's Ring service says "malicious actors" have obtained some user passwords and gained access to their accounts. CBS
VOA VIEW: Don't trust.

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While new polls​ have Buttigieg leading the field in New Hampshire and in a tight race with the top candidates in Iowa, he has polled low among black voters CBS
The White House made the announcement days before tariffs would have gone into effect on December 15 CBS
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, Trump did not give up much.
Trump says Washington will not charge Beijing with any new tariffs and will slightly reduce existing tariffs. CNBC
• California Supreme Court says law requiring presidential candidates to turn over tax returns is invalid CNN
VOA VIEW: Hopefully the Supremes will do right.

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Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo stood by his criticism of Senate Republicans for not reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and taking action against gun violence, saying "death is not political." CNN
Prime minister wants ‘healing to begin’ after gamble on Brexit-focused election pays offLatest election news - live updatesBoris Johnson has claimed he wants to “let the healing begin” over Brexit, pitching himself as the prime minister of a one-nation government after winning the largest Conservative majority since Margaret Thatcher.Speaking outside Downing Street, Johnson said the NHS would be his top priority in government, and the country needed “a permanent break” from the issue of Brexit after three and a half years of bitter division. Guardian
The United States and China cooled their trade war on Friday, announcing a "Phase one" agreement that reduces some U.S. tariffs in exchange for what U.S. officials said would be a big jump in Chinese purchases of American farm products and other goods. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Let's see if China will keep the deal.

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The U.S. special envoy for North Korea will arrive in South Korea on Sunday ahead of a year-end deadline set by Pyongyang for Washington to soften its approach to stalled denucleazisation talks, Seoul and Washington said on Friday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: NK better wise up.
The U.S. Attorney leading the investigation of corruption within the United Auto Workers (UAW) told Reuters on Friday the union's leadership still is not fully cooperating with the government, but that individuals are giving federal investigators tips that could expand the probe. Reuters
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
A federal judge rejected Friday a request to delay a lawsuit against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross over defiance of congressional subpoenas. UPI
Internet companies and advocacy groups, led by Mozilla, filed a court appeal Friday to rehear a decision on repealing net neutrality rules. UPI

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Retail sales in the United States rose only slightly in November in somewhat of a disappointing start to the holiday season, the Commerce Department said in its monthly report Friday. UPI

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December 14, 2019

     The FBI can no longer be trusted.  The FBI owes Carter Page an apology. That wasn’t the headline after the Justice Department released a blistering internal review of the FBI’s Russia investigation. The top news was that the FBI had solid grounds to investigate, and it wasn’t a partisan hoax, as President Trump angrily insists. But Page’s ordeal — as a former Trump campaign advisor who became the target of court-approved wiretapping — tells us something disturbing about the FBI. In July 2016, when the FBI opened its investigation into contacts between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign, Page was one of the first Americans the agency looked at.

     Based largely on Steele’s allegation, the FBI asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a warrant to intercept Page’s communications, including his texts, emails and calls.  But the FBI omitted two pieces of exculpatory evidence from its application to the FISA court.