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The White House said Tuesday that President Trump warned Russia’s top diplomat against any interference in the 2020 US elections — and that he urged him to negotiate an end to its conflict with Ukraine. “President Trump warned against any Russian attempts to interfere in United States elections and urged Russia to resolve the conflict... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Good!
Migrants who are sick, or have sick children, have had their U.S. immigration hearings postponed for months LA Times
VOA VIEW: Good!

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The poll found that 51% of registered voters surveyed said they don't want to see Trump impeached and removed from office -- compared to 45% who do. New York Post
VOA VIEW: America speaks out.
The president’s action will protect Judaism under civil rights law and empower the Education Department to withhold money from institutions that tolerate anti-Israel movements. New York Times
The Trump administration's choice of Patrick Bumatay has been controversial, mostly due to criticism of his lack of experience San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: A good start.
Government debt and global stock markets held steady on Tuesday as uncertainty kept risk appetite in check days ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline for a new round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports. Rueters
Bloomberg is at 5% with Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters in a poll published Tuesday, still far from the leading three candidates.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: No one able to beat Trump.
A massive bronze sculpture of a young black man in a hoodie astride a horse was permanently installed Tuesday in Virginia's capital city, not far from one of the country's most prominent displays of Confederate monuments. At least 1,000 people crowded the lawn of the Virginia Museum ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Pitiful!

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Democrats, in their drive toward impeachment, charge that President Trump withheld U.S. aid to Ukraine until Kyiv agreed to launch an investigation into potential corruption involving former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and to conduct an inquiry into Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Washington Times
Obamacare returned to the Supreme Court for the fifth time, dividing the justices in a complicated case with big stakes for taxpayers. ABC
VOA VIEW: Most likely.
The U.S. Navy has suspended flight training for 300 Saudi military students in wake of the Naval Air Station Pensacola shootings. ABC
VOA VIEW: As they should.
The Pentagon's Office of Inspector General has opened a review of the U.S. military deployments to the southern border. ABC
VOA VIEW: The Pentagon may be wise not to cross Trump.

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Only two days before the deadline to qualify for the last Democratic presidential primary debate of 2019, entrepreneur Andrew Yang secured his last qualifying poll. ABC
VOA VIEW: A waste.
The US president hits back after being accused of abusing his powers and obstructing Congress. BBC
VOA VIEW: Fools!
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also met with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in Washington Tuesday, saying election meddling won't be tolerated. CBS

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Known as "The Reckoning Crew," the group of more than 90 women includes current and former elected officials, activists, and faith leaders. CBS
VOA VIEW: Who cares.
He is set to hold the rally hours after House Democrats announced articles of impeachment against him. CBS
VOA VIEW: Bad for Dems.
Private equity investors are lobbying against the drug bill, telling Pelosi's staff the plan would dry up financing for small biotech firms. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Pelosi can't pass anything.
The Trump administration now needs to submit USMCA ratifying legislation, which the House could pass this year. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dems could get nothing if Trump says no to the changed deal.
Lisa Page's lawsuit alleging violation of the Privacy Act came a day after the Justice Department's internal watchdog in a new report said she "did not play a role in the decision" to open a probe into Trump's 2016 campaign or related cases. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Page is a fool that should hide.

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"As the bill stands, she plans on voting no," says Ocasio-Cortez spokeswoman Anika Legrand-Wittich. CNBC
President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at FBI Director Christopher Wray after the man he chose to lead the bureau backed the findings of an inspector general report that found the investigation into Russian election interference was properly launched. CNN
VOA VIEW: Wray has been weak from the beginning.
CNN political commentator and Democratic strategist Paul Begala predicts that this will not be the first attempt at impeaching President Trump because he believes Trump would be impeached again if he ignored a possible Supreme Court ruling that would force key White House witnesses to testify. CNN
VOA VIEW: A total idiot.

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A group of U.S. Navy instructor pilots asked top military brass for permission to arm themselves in the wake of the shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., where a Saudi military pilot gunned down three American sailors and wounded eight others. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Reasonable idea.
A Michigan high school student claims her teacher assaulted her last week because she was wearing a pin supporting President Trump, according to Monday reports. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The teacher should be fired.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo is being criticized this week after he ripped into Senate Republicans, accusing them of delaying legislation for the benefit of the NRA, this after one of his officers was killed in the line-of-duty over the weekend while responding to a domestic abuse call.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: The Police Chief should be dismissed.
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives announced impeachment charges against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, making him the fourth president in U.S. history to face a formal effort to remove him from office. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Not a trial, yet.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the U.S. Senate would not take up the USMCA trade deal next week before congressional recess. Reuters
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stressed that the United States has a stake in Mexico's success as representatives from the United States, Mexico and Canada gathered in Mexico City on Tuesday to sign modifications to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a new trade pact. Reuters
U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Tuesday he is still not fully convinced that the FBI acted without bias when it opened its 2016 investigation into possible links between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Barr is right.
Growth of U.S. labor costs was not as robust as initially thought in the third quarter, suggesting inflation could remain tame in the near term. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Liberal wishful thinking.
The revised United States Mexico Canada trade agreement reached between House Democrats and the White House improves U.S. President Donald Trump's initial deal with new provisions targeting the environment and other areas, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is shooting herself in the fool.
A New York State Supreme Court judge ruled Tuesday that Exxon Mobil is not liable for alleged securities fraud involving climate change regulations risk. UPI
Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said she won't attend the next primary debate on Dec. 19, and instead use that time to meet voters in the early election states of New Hampshire and South Carolina. UPI
Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates, one of the first to be indicted as part of the Justice Department's Russia investigation, will serve no prison time if the court adheres to a recommendation from prosecutors. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!
The city of Jerusalem has granted permissions for the United States to move ahead with a permanent embassy there, officials said Tuesday. UPI

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     Castor sounded more authentic and knowledgeable than the Dems attorney. Stephen Castor, the lawyer drafted by House Republicans to fight Democrats’ impeachment case, brought his legal documents to Monday’s hearing inside a reusable grocery tote. The attorney strolled into the appearance before the House Judiciary Committee looking more prepared to cook up some steaks than argue a high-stakes case, pulling sheaves of legal briefs out of a green Fresh Market tote bearing the words “live, eat, shop, reuse.”
 

     The bizarre accessory raised eyebrows across Twitter. “I kept expecting Castor to pull a box of 365 brand toaster pastries out of that bag,” wrote user @breeze_in_clev, referring to the store-brand of Fresh Market rival Whole Foods. “Castor is dropping a strong hint that he wants a new bag for Christmas,” cracked @pat_mckeever. Another user, @IamShaneMorris, mocked up a conversation between Castor and his wife as the lawyer prepared to leave for the hearings this morning. “Babe, why don’t you take that nice briefcase I got you for your birthday?” wrote Morris in the role of Mrs. Castor.