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House Democrats launched a measure to terminate President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to get more money for his proposed border wall. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she will bring a resolution to terminate Trump's national emergency proclamation for a vote on Tuesday, the first swing congressional Democrats are taking to try to block the additional border wall money the president is seeking through executive action. ABC
VOA VIEW: Fools!
Nearly 140 million Americans from the Rockies to the Northeast are under alert for dangerous weather this weekend due to a powerful storm taking shape in the central U.S. on Saturday. Dangers include a severe weather outbreak and flash flood threat across the South; near blizzard conditions from the Plains to the Upper Midwest; and strong, damaging winds from Texas to the Northeast. The complex system brought 3 to 4 feet of snow in Arizona and over 7 inches of rain in Alabama ABC
New documents obtained by CBS News show the situation at Southwest Airlines is worse than previously known. At different times throughout the last week, more than 60 Southwest 737s were taken out of service by mechanics for unscheduled maintenance. The airline says the "unscheduled aircraft downtime," or UADs, have spiked at several maintenance hubs in particular. Southwest said that since February 12, the average UAD in Orlando has surged to 60 hours a day compared to an average of 10.2 hours per day over the last two years. CBS
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The Boeing 767, operated by Atlas Air Inc., was headed from Miami to Houston. A twin-engine cargo plane with three people onboard crashed near Baytown, Texas, on Saturday, authorities said. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an alert on the Boeing 767 after losing radio contact approximately 30 miles southeast of Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. CBS
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a March 2018 meeting that it's wrong for other companies to be so fearful of his company's outsize presence. In fact, many companies that mentioned Amazon as a competitor on earnings calls are doing very well. The questioner noted that as the e-commerce giant has expanded into almost every major business category, some of Amazon's partners and customers have started to express their concerns. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Amazon is too big.
Mueller did not recommend that the judge impose a specific prison sentence on Manafort, but the special counsel did highlight his "bold" criminal actions and extensive pattern of deceit. Former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort "repeatedly and brazenly" broke the law, special counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing unsealed Saturday. "The crimes he engaged in while on bail were not minor; they went to the heart of the criminal justice system," Mueller wrote in a sentencing memorandum in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. CNBC
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Three members of the Venezuelan National Guard defected Saturday at Venezuela's border with Colombia, the Colombian immigration department said. CNN's team in Ureña witnessed Venezuelan Armed Forces fire tear gas at three members of the opposition-leaning National Assembly while they were attempting a peaceful mediation with protesters. Journalist Stefano Pozzebon said three congressmen, two men and one woman, raised their hands in the air Saturday afternoon and started slowly walking toward a human barricade of Venezuelan armed forces when the soldiers fired tear gas at them. CNN
VOA VIEW: Maduro should step down while he can.
President Donald Trump has agreed to keep about 400 US troops in Syria after the withdrawal of most US forces there this spring, a senior administration official said. CNN
Top defense officials toured sections of the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday to analyze if reinforcement efforts are needed to block drug smuggling and other illegal activity, as the Pentagon weighs diverting billions of dollars for President Donald Trump's border wall. FOX News

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Billionaire Warren Buffett says the company he built through decades of acquisitions continues to perform well even though he hasn't found any major deals at attractive prices recently. Buffett released his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders on Saturday. He wrote that investors should continue betting on the American economy because Berkshire has prospered by doing so, but that they shouldn't forget about the rest of the world. FOX News
A decade after the crash, many nations are still on emergency monetary policies, even before a new downturn strikesCentral banks are getting twitchy. On average, recessions have come along once a decade since the mid-1970s and the nadir of the last downturn occurred almost a decade ago.The Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has predicted that there will be a recession in America by the time Donald Trump comes up for re-election at the end of next year. Guardian
A government led by Lapid and Gantz, Netanyahu warned, “will establish, I want to say sooner or later, but with them it will be much sooner, a Palestinian state.” Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: A Palestinian state is a joke.
Princess Reema Bint Bandar bin Sultan will be the new ambassador to the United States, Saudi Arabia has announced. Jerusalem Post

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un set off by train for Vietnam on Saturday, for his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump next week, media reported, and hours later, two witnesses saw a train crossing into China from North Korea. Reuters
As the number of refugees and migrants from Venezuela continues to rise – hitting the 3.4 million mark this month – United Nations agencies sounded the alarm on Friday over the humanitarian needs these women, children and men face, and the strain this represents for communities hosting them. UN News

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      A federal judge appeared poised on Thursday to order the government to fully account for all migrant families that were separated before and after the Trump administration formally announced it's "zero-tolerance" policy. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the administration to end the family separation policy on June 26, 2018, and to reunite nearly 3,000 children who were being held in the Department of Health and Human Services at the time of his order. The alleged parents should not have crossed into the US illegally - they caused the problem and taxpayers are paying.

     But the liberal nutty ACLU is now asking the judge to expand his order to include families that were separated during the previous year, following media reports and an inspector general report that revealed the administration had an unofficial family separation policy in place as far back as July 2017.

     Department of Justice attorney Scott Stewart fought back against the ACLU request during a court hearing before Sabraw on Thursday,arguing that the government has gone "above and beyond" to facilitate the reunification of thousands of children with their parents rather than fight the judge's order "tooth and nail."