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The lights went out across much of Venezuela, reviving fears of the blackouts that plunged the country into chaos a few months ago. LA Times
ICE can more quickly arrest and deport undocumented immigrants anywhere in the United States — without going before an immigration judge — under a new policy announced by the Trump administration. LA Times
The Rev. Al Sharpton successfully petitioned Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) on Tuesday to schedule congressional hearings on police misconduct and social justice in the wake of federal prosecutors’ decision not to bring charges in the death of Eric Garner. The announcement was made by a Sharpton spokeswoman following a day spent meeting with Capitol Hill... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Sharpton is no real Rev = he is a race baiter.
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Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit against Michael Cohen and one of her former lawyers, Keith Davidson — which accused them of colluding with each other in a bid to protect President Trump — has been officially dismissed. Agreements had been made between Daniels, Cohen and Davidson back in May to settle her claims against them, and a... New York Post
As the country’s first single leader in more than 40 years, he brings an unsettled domestic situation unique in the annals of modern-day prime ministerial politics. New York Times
Severe wind and rain in the northeastern United States left thousands without power on Tuesday, as a record-breaking heat wave ebbed and a flash flood threat moved south with the storm. Rueters
Russia is determined to interfere in U.S. elections despite sanctions and other efforts to deter such actions before the next presidential election in 2020, FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday. Rueters
The Federal Elections Commission concluded the Mexican businessman now in prison violated federal campaign laws, but decided his conviction and prison sentence were sufficient punishment. San Diego Tribune
Starting in October 2018, federal law informant agencies including Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement began tracking almost 60 people working in Tijuana, leading them to be harassed and detained while entering Mexico through the San Ysidro port of entry, according to a complaint filed in court Tuesday. San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: As they should be.
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Starbucks says it will offer delivery in most of the U.S. by early next year. The Seattle coffee company launched delivery last fall in Miami with its partner, Uber Eats. It has since expanded to 10 additional U.S. cities, including ... Las Vegas Sun
The House overwhelmingly approved a resolution Tuesday opposing an international effort to boycott Israel, a rare bipartisan vote as Democrats try to tamp down increasingly heated political rhetoric over differences with the longtime U.S. ally. Democrats have been wrestling with the issue all year. Liberal lawmakers, most notably Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., […] Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: As it should be.
Within "the Squad," Ocasio-Cortez comes in with the highest favorable rating at 23%, followed by Omar at 19%, Tlaib at 18% and Pressley at 17%.
VOA VIEW: The Squad is a joke.
When Rep. Adam B. Schiff convened the House intelligence committee's first meeting this year, the California Democrat declared that his top priority would be restoring civility to a panel that spent the first two years of the Trump administration riven by deep divisions over the occupant of the White House. ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Schiff is a lying idiot.
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Republicans scuttled Democrats' attempt Tuesday to grant special protections to tens of thousands of Venezuelan migrants living in the U.S., rallying enough votes to block the measure from clearing on the House's fast-track calendar. GOP lawmakers said they supported the opposition to Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, but weren't ready to ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good move by Republicans.
A Virginia judge has dismissed a lawsuit by activists which sought to force the city of Norfolk to move its 112-year-old Confederate monument. The Virginian-Pilot reports that Chief Judge Mary Jane Hall said in an 11-page order entered Tuesday that the plaintiffs failed to prove ... Washington Times
The maps used to elect Louisiana's seven state Supreme Court justices are discriminatory against African American voters, according to a civil rights group's lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge seeks a declaration that the districts violate the federal ... Washington Times
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday filed another lawsuit in his ongoing effort to block a congressional committee from accessing his tax records. ABC
The Trump administration proposed a new rule on Tuesday that could mean as many as three million people could lose access to food stamps. ABC
VOA VIEW: That may be good.
The Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm Mark Esper as the next defense secretary, the first permanent leader the Pentagon has had since James Mattis resigned in December. ABC
He beat Jeremy Hunt in a ballot of party members and will enter Downing Street on Wednesday. BBC
VOA VIEW: This may be good - England may have its own Trump.
The DOJ is examining leading online platforms—likely Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple—to see if they're monopolies CBS
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In an exclusive interview with the head of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, CBS News learned thousands of unaccompanied migrant children are at risk of spending the rest of their childhoods in federal custody. His Obama administration predecessor, Bob Carey, said the current rhetoric is making migrant families "fearful." He said if no one comes forward to claim unaccompanied children because they fear the government, those kids will be detained longer. CBS
The fight for funding came to a close in Congress on Tuesday after the Senate voted to fund the bill until 2092 CBS
Apple has asked the Trump administration to exclude 15 components from import tariffs, according to U.S. Trade Representative comment filings published recently. CNBC
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill Tuesday that would forgive the student debt of tens of millions of Americans. CNBC
He's loomed -- mostly unseen -- over all but a few months of President Donald Trump's tenure. On Wednesday, former special counsel Robert Mueller moves from the wings to center stage, occupying a spotlight the President would prefer just fade. CNN
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MI) pushed back on an audience member's "appalling" question about female genital mutilation at the Muslim Caucus Education Collective's 2019 Conference. CNN
The New York City Police Benevolent Association demanded that the district attorney invoke felony charges against those accused of throwing water or other substances at officers. The call came after viral videos surfaced on Monday showing officers being doused or pelted while onlookers jeered. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Police should not have to take abuse.
As he becomes PM, new Tory leader knows he has to unite his party – and deliver BrexitBoris Johnson will underline his determination to unite a fractured and demoralised Conservative party and deliver Brexit by 31 October as he achieves his long-cherished ambition of becoming Britain’s prime minister.The new Tory leader has already begun “love-bombing” sceptical centre-ground MPs as Theresa May prepared to leave No 10 Downing Street after three fraught years. Guardian
Last month the Syrian army said it had shot down a number of Israeli missiles targeting the location Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Israel should not be messed with.
Like Trump, Johnson is an ardent supporter of Israel. Like Trump, Johnson is not subtle. And, like Trump, Johnson triggers great objection to anything he supports Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: They may be a match.
The top Democrat on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee said Sunday he believes there is "substantial evidence" that President Donald Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors, and he plans to ask former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to present those facts at a congressional hearing on Wednesday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: It will be dull or interesting.
The Federal Trade Commission is set to announce on Wednesday that Facebook Inc has agreed to a sweeping settlement of significant allegations it mishandled user privacy and pay $5 billion, two people briefed on the matter said. Reuters
VOA VIEW: It was a cheap deal.
Owners of cannabis companies told a Senate committee Tuesday that they are forced by federal law to operate as cash-only businesses, making it difficult to pay taxes and creating safety concerns. UPI
The North Carolina city that will host the 2020 Republican convention next summer has passed a resolution condemning hate speech, after a campaign rally led by President Donald Trump generated controversy last week. UPI
VOA VIEW: It will be interesting.
South Korean officials may have requested the release of classified U.S. documents pertaining to the 1980 Gwangju Uprising, according to a local press report. UPI
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President Trump on Monday insisted there was “no racial tension” in the US, just hours after he continued his attacks on four radical freshman Democratic congresswomen — calling them “very Racist” and “not very smart.”
“No, no racial tension. No, there’s no racial tension,” Trump answered during a White House sit-down with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, when asked about the four — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, all women of color. It is all Dem and liberal make believe - Dems and liberals want tension.