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President Donald Trump attacked California and its plans for a high-speed train on Twitter Tuesday as he responded to a 16-state coalition's lawsuit challenging his national emergency declaration. "As I predicted, 16 states, led mostly by Open Border Democrats and the Radical Left, have filed a lawsuit in, of course, the 9th Circuit! California, the state that has wasted billions of dollars on their out of control Fast Train, with no hope of completion, seems in charge!" Trump tweeted. ABC
VOA VIEW: Dems will be Dems - dumb.
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Roger Stone, the political operative and former adviser to Donald Trump, to explain his since-deleted Instagram post on Monday in which he slammed the judge. He later issued an apology to her. Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued an order for Stone to return to U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday for a show cause hearing to explain why the conditions of his release and limited gag order "should not be modified or revoked in light of the posts on his Instagram account." ABC
VOA VIEW: A fool acted like a fool.
The 77-year-old senator and self-declared socialist announces a second bid for the White House. US Senator Bernie Sanders says he will run again for president in 2020, making a second attempt to win the Democratic Party's nomination. The 77-year-old Vermont senator became a progressive political star in 2016 although he lost his candidacy bid. His campaign says it raised $1m (£777,000) within three and half hours of launching. BBC
VOA VIEW: Sanders only way to gain money and media attention.

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Kim Chang-son has been seen checking out potential venues ahead of the summit in Hanoi. During his visit to the capital city of Hanoi, the de-facto chief of staff Kim Chang-son, has been seen checking out potential summit venues. Kim Jong-un will meet Mr. Trump on 27-28 February for a planned second meeting. Their first meeting, in Singapore last June, was the first time the two countries' serving leaders had met. BBC
Both the president and his eventual 2020 Democratic challenger will be wooing Florida's growing Latin American. Decrying what he portrayed as the pitfalls of socialist governance in Latin America, President Trump crafted a not-so-thinly-veiled campaign pitch to the region's diaspora in Florida, a battleground state crucial to his 2020 reelection bid. "We are here to proclaim a new day is coming in Latin America," the president told a raucous crowd peppered with tricolor Venezuelan flags on Monday. CBS
VOA VIEW: Socialism is bad
Deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters is leaving her post in the White House communications shop after more than two years on the job, calling it an "honor and a privilege to serve the president." Walters is heading to the public relations firm Edelman where she'll serve as vice president of U.S. public affairs. CBS
The United States economy should grow by another 3 percent in 2019, despite some disappointing indicators that kicked the year off, a top economic advisor to President Donald Trump told CNBC on Tuesday. If it happens, it would be the second year U.S. economic growth defied expectations. "We're sticking with our guns. We think we're going to have another 3 percent year," said Kevin Hassett, chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dems doing all possible to reduce economic growth.
The Massachusetts senator and 2020 Democratic hopeful proposed a sweeping new system of nationwide child care that would cost $700 billion over 10 years, and be paid for by a tax on the country's wealthiest individuals. Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday unveiled a sweeping new proposal for universal child care aimed at providing licensed early childhood care for every family in the country at a cost of no more than 7 percent of that family's income. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A socialist idea and plan.
The Vatican has revealed that it maintains secret guidelines for priests who father children despite their vows of celibacy. "I can confirm that guidelines exist; it is a document for internal use," Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said in a statement to CNN, adding that the document was not intended for publication. The existence of Vatican guidelines for dealing with priests who father children was first reported by The New York Times. CNN
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An Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State after becoming radicalized online realized she was wrong and now wants to return to the United States, a lawyer for her family said Tuesday. FOX News
Joan Ryan says party has become ‘infected with scourge of anti-Jewish racism’. Joan Ryan has become the eighth Labour MP to resign and join the breakaway Independent Group, claiming Jeremy Corbyn’s party has become “infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism”. Ryan, the MP for Enfield North, said she had been a member for four decades – but could no longer remain as a Labour MP. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Good!
The decision to create a single diplomatic mission was announced last October by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who did not say at the time when this would take place. Jerusalem Post
New York Fed President John Williams on Tuesday said he was comfortable with the level U.S. interest rates are at now and that he sees no need to raise them again unless economic growth or inflation shifts to an unexpectedly higher gear. Reuters

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Despite record numbers of people forcibly displaced across borders, with 1.2 million in need of a new permanent place to call home last year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) released new data on Tuesday showing that only 55,700 of them – 4.7 per cent – were able to be resettled in 2018. UN News
President Donald Trump signed a directive Tuesday ordering the Department of Defense to create the Space Force initially as part of the Air Force. UPI

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     O'Rourke is an idiot.  After three terms in Congress and an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate, El Paso Democrat Beto O'Rourke has made clear his view that immigrants should be welcomed as "human beings" and that "walls end lives."  No walls keep Americans safe and bud guys out.                       

    Now, signaling that he may soon announce a 2020 White House run, O'Rourke is putting a finer point on his immigration agenda, releasing a 10-point plan that calls for citizenship for both "Dreamers" and their parents, as well as for "millions more" who now live in the U.S. illegally.  Insanity,  rewarding those who benefited and  the parents who broke the immigration laws, 

     O'Rourke, long criticized for a lack of specifics in an otherwise sunny vision of cross-border relations, appears to be doubling down on the formulation he offered in a television interview last week in response to President Donald Trump's pro-wall rally in El Paso.

     Not only does the 46-year-old El Paso native oppose new wall construction, he would like to see an end to the physical barriers that already divide his home town from neighboring Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.