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The government's security Cabinet said it is implementing a law passed last year allowing Israel to withhold funds used to pay stipends to Palestinian attackers and their families from taxes Israel collects on the behalf of the PA. Nabil Abu Rdeineh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said in a statement that Israel's action was "a unilateral blow" to bilateral agreements, and that any deduction of taxes by Israel was "piracy of the Palestinian people's money." ABC
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Poland upset about Netanyahu statement that Poles "cooperated" with the Nazis. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki canceled his plans to attend a meeting of central European leaders in Israel starting Monday amid new tensions over how Polish behavior during the Holocaust is remembered and characterized. Morawiecki informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's of his decision by phone Sunday, Michal Dworczyk, who heads the prime minister's chancellery, said. ABC
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
The pledge comes after an ex-acting FBI chief recalls discussions on removing the president. The chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee has vowed to get to the bottom of allegations that discussions were held in 2017 on removing President Donald Trump from office. Senator Lindsey Graham pledged to issue subpoenas "if that's what it takes". Ex-acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe has said deputy US attorney general Rod Rosenstein discussed the numbers needed to invoke the 25th Amendment. BBC
VOA VIEW: Good!

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Weiner's original sentence was previously reduced for "good behavior."Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman who pleaded guilty to sending sexually explicit material to a teen, has been released from federal prison ahead of the end of his 21-month sentence. Federal records show Weiner, who was imprisoned in Massachusetts, is now being housed at a Residential Re-entry Management facility in Brooklyn, New York, ahead of his final release date of May 14. CBS
U.S. airlines will soon add nonbinary gender options for travelers when they book their tickets, an effort to bring airline booking systems in line with state identification cards that also offer the option. The changes aim to bring airlines in line with nonbinary identification cards so that travelers' reservations match their IDs. Several states including California and Oregon offer nonbinary options on identification cards and other documents. United Airlines in the coming weeks will allow travelers to choose from four options when they book their tickets: male, female, undisclosed and unspecified. Travelers who do not identify with a gender will be able use the tile "Mx," said Maddie King, a United spokeswoman. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dumb on behalf of all who put up with the BS.
The stock market is euphoric over the idea that a trade deal between the U.S. and China will fix the economy and boost earnings, but the bond market still sees uncertainty and a possible recession lurking. Buyers have been jumping into both markets, and the broader stock market is now up 18 percent from the low it plunged to on Dec. 24. The S&P 500 Index has bounced back to 2,775, about 5 percent below its all-time high. But when you look at the bond market, Treasury yields remain surprisingly low, reflecting fears about a weakening economy and lingering uncertainty. CNBC
After Amazon announced the company would not be building their second headquarters in New York, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said she believed the company "has not shown good faith to New Yorkers." CNN
VOA VIEW: Cortez is an idiot.
Brian Stelter and his panel examine Fox News' use of the word "coup" after former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview with CBS that the Justice Department held meetings about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and questioned whether there was cabinet support to remove President Trump. CNN
Six illegal immigrants with ties to a Mexican drug cartel — a rival of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, whose notorious leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was convicted last week — were arrested in an elaborate drug trafficking operation in North Carolina, according to reports. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Yet, the Dems say there is no crises.

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Austria's chancellor has described parts of U.S. President Donald Trump's foreign policy as "very successful" as he prepares to visit Washington this week. Austria's chancellor has described parts of U.S. President Donald Trump's foreign policy as "very successful" as he prepares to visit Washington this week. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Sunday's edition of Austrian newspaper Die Presse that one of the main aims of his visit is to help avert a trade war, which he said "would endanger thousands of jobs in Austria." FOX News
Addiction experts say time lag is being exploited to circumvent bank limitsPayPal has been accused of letting problem gamblers spend up to £150,000 a day, prompting concerns that addicts are using the online payment system to circumvent bank limits.MPs and gambling experts called for the company to be more responsible to stop people racking up huge debts that could force them into bankruptcy. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Sad!
"The risk is great and the risk will be even greater if you continue to turn a blind eye to severe violations of international law," he said, pointing the finger at Israel and the United States. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Iran will lose any conflict with Israel.
The Vatican will gather senior bishops from around the world later this week for a conference on sex abuse designed to guide them on how best to tackle a problem that has decimated the Church's credibility, but critics say it is too little, too late. Reuters

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Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used. Reuters
VOA VIEW: It would be wise to side with Trump.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said President Donald Trump is ignoring a "real emergency" -- Camp Fire afterward -- and is "manufacturing a crisis" on border. UPI
VOA VIEW: Newsome is the fool that is spending needed money to help illegals.

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     Merkel is an idiot.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel drew lengthy applause Saturday for her spirited defense of a multilateral approach to global affairs and support for Europe's decision to stand by a nuclear deal with Iran. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was not among the impressed, however, and he doubled down on American criticism of Europe.

     Merkel's comments at the Munich Security Conference, an annual gathering of world leaders and top global defense and foreign policy officials, followed days of acrimony between the U.S. and Europe over Iran.


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     Merkel told the group — which included the largest U.S. delegation ever with dozens of members of Congress, Ivanka Trump, Pence and others — that she shared American concerns about many Iranian efforts to increase its power in the region. But while she said the split with the U.S. over Iran's nuclear agreement "depresses me very much," she defended it as an important channel to Tehran, stressing the need for international diplomacy.

     Europe made a bad choice of Iran over the US.


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