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Special counsel Robert Mueller's much-anticipated report – the product of nearly two years of investigation – will not include any further indictments, according to a senior Department of Justice official. The report was handed to the Justice Department for Attorney General Bill Barr’s review, and Congress has been notified of the transfer late Friday afternoon, according to a Justice Department spokeswoman. According to federal regulations, the special counsel's final report should be "a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel."
VOA VIEW: The Dems will look stupid.
Democratic candidates running to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020 reacted quickly to the news Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller had delivered his highly anticipated report to the Department of Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, all called for the report -- the product of nearly two years of investigation -- to be released immediately to the American people.
VOA VIEW: The Dems are acting like Dems - idiots.
Theresa May has told MPs that a third vote on her Brexit deal may not take place next week "if it appears there is not sufficient support". It comes after European Council President Donald Tusk said Brexit's fate was "in Britain's hands". EU leaders have agreed to delay the departure date by at least two weeks. If MPs approve the PM's deal next week, Brexit would be delayed from 29 March until 22 May. Otherwise the UK has until 12 April to propose a new plan.
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US President Donald Trump says he has ordered the withdrawal of recently imposed sanctions against North Korea. In a tweet on Friday, he mentioned additional large-scale sanctions" by the US Treasury that had been added to already existing restrictions. It is believed he was referring to the treasury's move on Thursday to blacklist two China-based shipping companies for reportedly violating sanctions against North Korea. Pyongyang has made no public comment. BBC
VOA VIEW: A mistake or knowledgeable move.
General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a factory north of Detroit. The $300 million investment comes less than a week after a series of critical tweets from President Donald Trump oveThe company says the investment in its Orion Township, Michigan plant will enable the factory to manufacture a Chevrolet vehicle based on the battery-powered Bolt. GM wouldn't say when the new workers will start or when the new vehicle will go on sale, nor would it say if the workers will be new hires or come from a pool of laid-off workers from the planned closings of four U.S. factories by January. CBS
VOA VIEW: Thanks to an active president.
Washington is bracing for special counsel Robert Mueller to release his report. Democrats are already preparing to call him to testify if the findings are not made public. Politico's Darren Samuelsohn joins CBSN to explain. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems will act like the idiots they are.
California accounted for nearly three out of every four nonfarm jobs created in the nation during February, according to data released Friday. CNBC
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Attorney General William Barr on Friday notified lawmakers that he intends to provide information about the conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller's report "as soon as this weekend." CNBC
VOA VIEW: Barr should take his time.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency Friday as result of "a vast tree die-off throughout the state" and deteriorating forest conditions that have increased the risk of wildfires. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Why should Trump help?
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Special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his completed investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department announced Friday. CNN
CNN correspondents go back to basics to guide you through everything you need to know about the divorce between the EU and the UK. CNN
Immigration officials plan to release nearly 2,000 immigrants from custody in the Texas area over the weekend, according to the local ABC-TV affiliate. FOX News
Paper says ‘critical phase’ could last months as fears rise over disruption to transport and food suppliesThe extent and range of the impact of a no-deal Brexit is revealed in a confidential Cabinet Office document that warns of a “critical three-month phase” after leaving the EU during which the whole planning operation could be overwhelmed. Guardian
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Amid calls to ‘fall on her sword’, PM writes to Tory MPs saying deal will return if there is sufficient supportPressure on Theresa May has reached new heights as ministers backed attempts to let parliament take control of the next stage of the Brexit process and MPs openly speculated that her time in office could end within weeks.As a beleaguered May returned from Brussels, MPs suggested her deal could lose by an even higher margin, with several saying the timing now required the prime minister to “fall on her sword”. Continue reading... Guardian
VOA VIEW: May should walk - she has failed.
Trump's announcement marked a dramatic shift in US policy and gave a boost to Netanyahu, who is in a closely contested race in the April 9 election. Jerusalem Post
Trump's declaration is the latest US step to fuel anger in the region, both in states that are hostile to Israel and others that have relations with it and are allied to the United States. Jerusalem Post
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U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday tapped Stephen Moore, a conservative economic commentator and fellow critic of Federal Reserve policy under Chairman Jerome Powell, to join the U.S. central bank's board of governors, a move that would put a Trump loyalist inside the world's most important financial institution. Reuters
Fundamentally linked to human development, gender justice requires ending inequality and redressing existing disparities between women and men, according to a high-level United Nations forum on the situation in Arab States. UN News
The White House on Friday declared the Islamic State 100 percent defeated in Syria. UPI
The United States imposed new sanctions on Iran, targeting people involved in nuclear and missile research programs, the U.S. Treasury Department announced. UPI
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The Atlanta Mayor is an idiot. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday blasted Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over her decision last year to bar the city jail from holding federal immigration detainees. “It is amazing to think the mayor actually said – in her words — she would not be complicit in an immigration policy that intentionally inflicts misery,” said Pence, who met with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials during a stop in Atlanta.
“I would say to the mayor that criminal illegal immigrants – gang members on our streets – are what inflict misery. The flow of illegal drugs like cocaine and meth and fentanyl inflict misery and wreck our families and communities. Human trafficking inflicts misery.”
Flanked by Gov. Brian Kemp, U.S. Sen. David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, Pence said ICE officials “do not inflict misery. They bring safety and security to the people of Atlanta, and they deserve the respect of every elected official in this country.”