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A 16-year-old boy from Guatemala who died in U.S. custody Monday had been held for six days — twice as long as federal law generally permits — then transferred to another holding facility after he was diagnosed with the flu. The teenager, identified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as Carlos... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: The fault are those who promoted and directed the teen to come to the US illegally.
President Donald Trump warned Iran early on Monday not to threaten the United States again or it'll face its "official end," shortly after a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad overnight. Iran's foreign minister quickly responded in kind on Twitter with his own message: #NeverThreatenAnIranian.... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Iran will make a grave mistake.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has sometimes used her personal email accounts for government business and has not always properly saved the messages, according to an ... Las Vegas Sun


California lawmakers are considering proposals that would make the state the first in the nation to offer government-funded health care to adult immigrants living in the country illegally ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Total madness.
President Donald Trump is insisting he didn't borrow from many banks because he "didn't need the money," not because they wouldn't do business with him. Trump's tweets Monday appear to be in response to New York Times reporting that ... Las Vegas Sun
The Supreme Court refused Monday to block an excessive force suit against the city of Newport Beach, clearing the way for a jury to decide whether the police are liable for shooting and killing a mentally ill young man who came running at them holding a pair of scissors. The justices refused to... LA Times
VOA VIEW: There was little time to question the man.
Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris released a plan Monday to overhaul U.S. discrimination laws to ensure women and men are paid equally for the same work. Companies would be required to obtain a federal certification showing they are not underpaying women, under Harris’ proposal. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Harris is an idiot.
So far ahead of the pack that he can only see Donald Trump, former vice president Joe Biden kept his sights on the president Monday night and warned during a … Click to Continue » Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: Trump is making NATO responsible.
Lori Lightfoot told aldermen and other city powerbrokers assembled at her inauguration Monday as Chicago's first black woman mayor that she meant what she said on the campaign trail about … Miami Herald


People were falling all over themselves to see President Trump during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania Monday night. At least five people fainted during the 7 p.m. stop in Montoursville, forcing Trump to stray from his remarks to continually call for medical help. “We need a doctor, please,” Trump said after the first supporter dropped... New York Post
President Trump on Monday blasted GOP Rep. Justin Amash as a "loser" after the Michigan congressman doubled down on accusations that the president engaged in impeachable conduct. New York Post
VOA VIEW: True words.
President Trump’s call to investigate business deals by former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son in China is the latest to raise questions about possible abuse of power. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Liberals and Dems only feel its OK to investigate Trump.
The U.S. government on Monday temporarily eased some trade restrictions imposed last week on China's Huawei, a move that sought to minimize disruption for the telecom company's customers around the world. Rueters

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The U.S. government's temporary easing of trade restrictions on Huawei Technologies bears little meaning on the company as the Chinese firm has made preparations, Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei told state broadcaster CCTV on Tuesday in an interview. Rueters
American Airlines says a slowdown by mechanics led to nearly 2,200 flight cancellations, delays since February and has intensified.         USA Today
Nearly 3 in 10 Americans dip into retirement savings, says Transamerica. It pays for higher education, lowering debt and covering medical costs.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: The 401(Ks) have increased over the past two years.


States are debating whether revenge porn is free speech. Washington Post
Congressional Democrats are eyeing legislation that would affirm the right to abortion and counter new pro-life laws in a host of states, in a move that could expose divisions within the Republican Party over how far some of the states have gone. Several presidential candidates have called for action, and ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The GOP maybe starting a losing battle.
The House intelligence committee on Monday released two transcripts of closed-door interviews with Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, along with some exhibits from the testimony. The committee's decision to release the transcripts came two weeks after Cohen reported to federal prison for a three-year sentence. ... Washington Times
President Donald Trump's former fixer, Michael Cohen, told Congress it was Trump's personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, who suggested he tell lawmakers that the negotiations for Trump Tower Moscow ended in January 2016, even though they continued for months after that. The House Intelligence Committee on Monday released ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Nothing said by Cohen is believable.
The Trump administration's Mideast peace plan is off to rocky start after announcing an economic summit that was largely rejected by Palestinians. ABC
VOA VIEW: The left and Palestinians will lose.

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President Donald Trump has blocked the testimony of former White House counsel Donald McGahn before Congress relating to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. ABC
VOA VIEW: This should make Dems mad.
A unanimous Supreme Court has blocked, for now, a multi-party lawsuit against Merck over "atypical femoral fractures" caused by osteoporosis drug Fosamax. ABC
VOA VIEW: It must be right is all agree.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the US president should try showing Iranians some respect. BBC
VOA VIEW: Iran is already in trouble.

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Although white students are becoming a minority in the public school system, they are seeing increasingly fewer students of color in their classrooms CBS
Amid ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Iran, Iraq's President Barham Salih told CBS News he doesn't want his country dragged into another conflict. Iraq is in a tough spot, hosting more than 5,000 U.S. troops, while also depending on militias, many backed by Iran. Roxana Saberi reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: Iran will be the ultimate loser.
Twice this term, Gorsuch has signed onto 5-4 rulings that entrenched the rights of Native American tribes under 19th-century treaties. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Gorsuch is causing a stir - he is starting to act questionable.
Iran has quadrupled its output of nuclear material amid rising tension with the U.S. and dangerous escalations in the Middle East. CNBC
A federal district judge has told the accounting firm Mazars it will need to turn over Donald Trump's accounting records from before he was President to the Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal fool judge.
The House Intelligence Committee on Monday released a transcript of roughly 15 hours of closed-door testimony from President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen. CNN
With questions mounting over President Donald Trump's tough talk on Iran, top national security officials are heading to Capitol Hill to brief Congress. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Dems don't get a so-called counterpoint.
The battle between sanctuary jurisdictions and the Trump Administration has soared to new heights with a flap over a small regional airport in Washington state. FOX News
Survey shows 71% of people from ethnic minorities faced discrimination, up from 58%‘Always the easiest excuse’: is racism rising in the UK’s most diverse area?Ethnic minorities in Britain are facing rising and increasingly overt racism, with levels of discrimination and abuse continuing to grow in the wake of the Brexit referendum, nationwide research reveals.Seventy-one percent of people from ethnic minorities now report having faced racial discrimination, compared with 58% in January 2016, before the EU vote, according to polling data seen by the Guardian. Guardian
Survey also finds three in five Britons say politics is broken in both Westminster and BrusselsThree in five British voters say politics in Westminster and Brussels is broken, according to a poll that finds pro- and anti-Brexit parties are running neck and neck ahead of the European elections on Thursday.The survey, shared with the Guardian by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), found Britons nurture some of the highest levels of political disaffection in Europe, with 60% of those polled saying the system in the UK and the EU is broken. Guardian
U.S. President told reporters that he was willing to have talks with Iran "when they're ready" but no discussions were going on now. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Iran will lose big if they continue to mess with the US.
The National Rifle Association was more deeply involved than previously disclosed in the formation of a movement that encouraged county sheriffs not to enforce some gun-control laws, a U.S. gun-control advocacy group said on Monday, based on public records it obtained. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Liberal info is questionable.
Former White House Counsel Don McGahn's lawyer told the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Monday that his client would not testify before the panel on Tuesday, according to a letter viewed by Reuters. Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he disagreed with a federal judge who ruled against his attempt to block a House of Representatives committee from seeking his financial records and told reporters he would appeal the decision. Reuters
VOA VIEW: As he should.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., introduced a bipartisan bill Monday seeking to raise the national legal age to purchase tobacco to 21. UPI
Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai said Monday he is giving a thumbs up to the $26.5 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint after the companies agreed to a series of commitments. UPI
VOA VIEW: This may not be good for consumers.

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DECEMBER 27, 2018

     Dems are the cause of the government shut down.  Senator Chuck Schumer lambasted President Donald Trump over his demand that American taxpayers pay for a border wall which has led to a partial government shutdown. In an exclusive interview with USA TODAY House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald Trump of using "scare tactics" to build support for his proposed U.S.-Mexican border wall, which she joked had been reduced from a giant, cement structure "to, I think, a beaded curtain."

     Trump and congressional Democrats remained locked in a bitter stalemate Tuesday over billions of dollars in funding for the wall, which Trump said is necessary to end a partial government shutdown. Most lawmakers are home for the holiday, so a speedy resolution would amount to a Christmas miracle.  While wishing a Merry Christmas to troops overseas, Trump said he doesn't know when the government shutdown will end.  "It’s a disgrace what’s happening in our country," Trump said in the Oval Office. "But other than that, I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas."

     Though congressional Democrats said they will not support money for a border wall, Trump said the United States needs "a wall, a fence, whatever they want to call it." The remarks underscore how dug in both the White House and congressional Democrats have become amid the shutdown that began Friday at midnight. The president kept a low profile on Christmas Eve, posting on Twitter that he was "alone" at the White House waiting for Democrats to agree to a deal to reopen federal agencies. The White House said Trump met with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about border security but provided no details about the discussion.

     The big Trump surprise is his Midnight Tuesday trip to Iraq with the First Lady.  This was a big positive play of all the soldiers.