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The Trump administration is expanding its restrictions on U.S. funding for international health care providers and non-profits that perform or promote abortion. ABC
The U.S. Department of Justice now says it supports a federal judge's ruling that the entire Affordable Care Act should be overturned. ABC
VOA VIEW: Hopefully the truth and justice will stand.
MPs have set out details of their plan to consider other Brexit options, as Theresa May was warned more ministers could quit unless she changes course. The Commons will begin voting on alternatives on Wednesday, in a process likely to continue into next week. MPs will fill out a series of ballots testing support for different ideas. Ex-minister Alistair Burt said the PM must recognise a "different answer" was now needed but ex-Brexit secretary David Davis warned of impending chaos.
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The government has officially responded to the record-breaking petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled, which will be debated by MPs next week. The petition, which has passed more than 5.75m signatures, has been scheduled for debate on Monday, 1 April along with two other Brexit petitions. Responding, the government said it "acknowledges the considerable number of people" who have signed it. But revoking Article 50 would "break the promises" made to voters, it said.
Congress missed a deadline to reauthorize emergency food stamp funding for Puerto Rico this month. Now, Jeff Stein of the Washington Post reports President Trump is upset about the amount of money going to the island. Stein joined "Red & Blue" with more on the story. CBS
VOA VIEW: PR refuses to be a state, but wants much.
His comments come as NASA scrapped its first all-female spacewalk because it lacked enough well-fitting space suits for women CBS
A judge also granted a motion to seal the case, CBS Chicago reported. The Cook County State's Attorney's Office called the development "a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case," although it wasn't clear what prompted the move to drop the charges. Less than two weeks ago, Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police about a hate crime. Smollett has insisted he is innocent and said Tuesday he has been "truthful and consistent" since the beginning.
VOA VIEW: A total travesty in justice - this must be investigated and heads must roll.
The former Senate majority leader and Republican presidential candidate served in World War II CBS
President Donald Trump has nominated U.S. Air Force General John "Jay" Raymond to lead the U.S. Space Command, a new combatant command that will oversee the military's missions and war fighting in space. CNBC
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A Chicago lawyer who once worked with celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti on a lawsuit says Avenatti didn't disclose a multimillion-dollar settlement of that case — and then shorted him on more than $250,000 of legal fees that he was owed. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Avenatti should go to jail for a long time.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said he does not believe justice was served in the case of Jussie Smollett, after all charges against Smollett were dropped, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel added that the outcome was a "whitewash of justice." CNN
Actor Jussie Smollett says he has been "truthful and consistent" from the jump. The prosecutor's office says dropping the charges was just and appropriate. The mayor and police superintendent? Not so fast, they say. CNN
VOA VIEW: Smollett should be prosecuted.
The first female Muslim member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives says she was offended by a colleague's decision to open session with a prayer that "at the name of Jesus every knee will bow." FOX News
VOA VIEW: A good point is made.
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President Donald Trump is nearing a victory over Democrats as the House tries overriding his first veto, a vote that seems certain to fail and would let stand his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border. FOX News
A pair of subpoenas for testimony to a federal grand jury in Manhattan were among the files released under Foia lawDocuments offering a glimpse of attention paid to Donald Trump’s real estate company by the FBI over the past four decades were published by the bureau on Tuesday, following years of resistance.A pair of subpoenas for testimony to a federal grand jury in Manhattan, which were accepted by attorneys who worked for the Trump Organization, were among the files released under freedom of information (Foia) laws. Continue reading... Guardian
Israeli fighter jets struck several targets in the southern Gazan city of Khan Younis, including a military compound and a weapons manufacturing site belonging to Hamas, the military said. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Israel prevail over aggression.
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Speaker Pelosi and other American politicians highlight importance of US-Israel relationship in final AIPAC plenary session Jerusalem Post
The top Democrat on tax policy in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday that he is determined to seek President Donald Trump's tax returns, despite the political victory handed to Trump by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Fools - the law is the law.
Split decisions on Tuesday by a U.S. government panel in acrimonious patent disputes between iPhone-maker Apple and chip supplier Qualcomm left the battle lines largely unmoved ahead of a U.S Federal Trade Commission ruling and a major trial next month. Reuters
The Trump administration shifted its stance on the Affordable Care Act, backing the complete invalidation of the healthcare law. UPI
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor solicitation charge and requested a jury trial in Florida. UPI
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Venezuelan schools and businesses closed Tuesday due to the country's second electrical blackout in a month. UPI
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Most sane people new what the which hunt would produce - nothing, Attorney General William Barr told Congress on Sunday that a sweeping investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of coordination between Russian Intelligence and the Trump Campaign in 2016, as Barr said there was not enough evidence to pursue allegations of obstruction of justice against President Donald Trump, though Mueller left open that question in his report.
In a four page letter summarizing the major findings of the Mueller investigation, the Attorney General said, "the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign."
On the question of whether the President obstructed justice by impeding the investigation into the underlying matter, Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had concluded from the Mueller findings that, "the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense."