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It shouldn’t be news that former National Security Adviser John Bolton can attest to a White House scheme to pressure Ukraine on investigations. The existence of this campaign, now at the center of the impeachment fight, has been obvious for months. There is no mystery here, no whodunnit, no dining-car reckoning from “Murder on the... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Bolton likes war with those he dislikes.
President Trump’s impeachment defense team late Monday painstakingly scrutinized Hunter Biden’s high-paying job at Burisma, arguing that President Trump was right to be concerned about corruption involving the Ukrainian energy company for giving such a position to the then-vice president’s under-qualified son. Trump lawyer Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general, linked Joe Biden’s official... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden is guilty.
With admirable poise given the explosions around them, President Trump’s lawyers began their second day of defense with a point-by-point dissection of the case against their client. They calmly focused on the transcript of Trump’s July 25th call with the president of Ukraine, with Jay Sekulow saying it involved no “violation of an oath.” Ken... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Trumps impeachment is a Dem obsession.
President Donald Trump's impeachment trial may not result in his removal from office, but it could help determine whether his Republicans retain control of the Senate in the November congressional elections. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Republicans should not let Dems push them to the side.
President Trump's defense team put Hunter Biden and former President Barack Obama on trial on Monday during the impeachment case in the Senate, questioning why Democrats weren't outraged about Mr. Biden's $3 million sweetheart deal with a Ukrainian gas company or Mr. Obama "caving" to Russia on missile defense. Brushing ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden should be in jail.
The president's attorneys largely sidestepped new revelations reportedly contained in a manuscript of a book by John Bolton. CBS
VOA VIEW: Bolton is selling a book - craftily.
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday that he has had discussions with his GOP colleagues and it is "increasingly likely" that others would join his ongoing push for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. CNN
VOA VIEW: Romney is a traitor.
A report by The New York Times may now persuade some key Republican senators to change their minds about allowing witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. UPI
VOA VIEW: It would be a major mess once the door is opened.
Kenneth Starr, the lawyer whose investigation led to the impeachment of former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1998, told the Senate on Monday that the process was happening all too often in what he called an "age of impeachment" as he spoke in defense of his client, President Donald Trump. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Makes sense to stand of the side of right.
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A federal appeals court struck down Arizona rules that ballots cast in the wrong precinct must be discarded and a state law that made it a crime for someone to deliver another person's ballot to a precinct. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Liberals are protected, again.
The U.S. imported substantially less steel in 2019 as President Trump's tariffs on a wide range of foreign countries worked their way through the market, according to a new industry report released Monday. The American Iron and Steel Institute reported finished steel imports dropped 17 percent from 2018 to 2019. ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good for the US.
A U.S. military aircraft crashed in Afghanistan on Monday, according to a spokesperson for U.S. Forces Afghanistan. There was no information about injuries or casualties. ABC
VOA VIEW: How did the aircraft crash?
Federal prosecutors in New York along with the FBI have asked to interview Prince Andrew as part of their Jeffrey Epstein investigation. ABC
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The Supreme Court issued an order Monday to temporarily allow a Trump administration rule that would deny certain immigrants legal status in the U.S. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good, the Liberals lose.
Hong Kong has confirmed two more of the coronavirus. ABC
"I can't speak for the senator, I can only speak for myself," Bloomberg said in Burlington, Vermont on Monday. CBS
VOA VIEW: Why does Bloomberg want to speak for Trump?
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Stocks tanked after more cases of the coronavirus were confirmed, ratcheting up worries over the virus' impact on the economy. CNBC
President Donald Trump was impeached late last year after disclosures that he had asked Ukraine's new president to announce investigations of the former Vice President Joe Biden and Hunter Biden. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The Bidens, all Bidens have little credibility.
Leading health insurance companies sank after polling data showed Sanders eclipsed longtime Democratic front-runner Joe Biden. CNBC
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears to be escalating his criticism of NPR — this time not just with words but with actions. CNN
The United States warned against travel to China on Monday and Canada issued a more narrow travel warning as a spreading coronavirus outbreak has killed 81 people, stranded tens of millions during the biggest holiday of the year and rattled global markets. Reuters
VOA VIEW: As they should.
The U.S. State Department urged Americans on Monday to reconsider going to China because of the coronavirus, after warning against travel to the Hubei province of China, where the respiratory illness is believed to have originated, . Reuters
VOA VIEW: As they should.
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China is the world's second-largest arms producer, after the U.S., a Swedish research center said Monday. Russia slipped based on more information on Chinese companies being made available. UPI
A five-year readiness overhaul of the Israel Defense Force, known as the Momentum Plan, was approved by Defense Minister Naftali Bennett. UPI
President Donald Trump welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House Monday, one day before the U.S. leader will unveil a Middle East peace plan that was originally promised months ago. UPI
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, the plan makes sense.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a proposal designed to attract top scientists and mathematicians to Britain once it leaves the European Union later this week. UPI
North Korea state media is warning against the excessive use of smartphones among children. UPI
VOA VIEW: Few care what NK wants or thinks.
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The number one enemy of the American people is the liberal media. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo escalated his clash with a respected NPR journalist on Saturday, lashing out at her and what he called the “unhinged” news media. A day earlier, he abruptly ended an interview with her.
The statement, which used the fiery language to attack the news media. The interview between Mr. Pompeo and the reporter, Mary Louise Kelly, circulated widely after it was published on Friday night. Describing a tense exchange after a taped part of the interview, Ms. Kelly said that Mr. Pompeo shouted at her repeatedly using the “f-word” and challenged her to find Ukraine on an unlabeled map that his aides pulled out.
In his statement, released on Saturday morning by the State Department, Mr. Pompeo said: “It is shameful that this reporter chose to violate the basic rules of journalism and decency. This is another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and this administration.” He added, “It is no wonder that the American people distrust many in the media when they so consistently demonstrate their agenda and their absence of integrity.” Mr. Pompeo also said Ms. Kelly, a veteran reporter who is a host of “All Things Considered,” had lied in “setting up our interview” and in agreeing to have the “post-interview conversation” off the record.