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President Donald Trump on Tuesday ruled out trying to expand the Supreme Court with new justices - or "court packing" as critics call it -- even as the idea has gained traction with several Democratic candidates for president.
"No, I wouldn't entertain that," Trump said in response to a question from a reporter with the Daily Caller at his Rose Garden news conference with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro. "The only reason that [Democrats are] doing that is they want to try and catch up." ABC
VOA VIEW: Good - its liberal Dems garbage.
Facebook announced Tuesday that it will block landlords and creditors from using a person's demographic data including a person’s zip code, gender and age, to target certain groups in online advertisements.
The announcement is part of a legal settlement with groups that promote fair housing laws. They complained in court last year that the social media giant enabled real estate brokers and landlords to exclude certain demographics when advertising.
VOA VIEW: Facebook changed because is was forced.
The PM will write to the EU asking for Brexit to be postponed, amid reports of a cabinet row. BBC
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Republican Rep. Mark Green of Tennessee said Tuesday he is introducing a constitutional amendment to limit the number of justices on the Supreme Court to nine, after several Democratic presidential candidates have expressed support for expanding the number of justices to 15. CBS
VOA VIEW: Protecting the status quo is a good idea - liberals hate the current facts.
President Trump will nominate Steve Dickson to replace Acting FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell CBS
The State Department on Tuesday announced the U.S. signed an agreement that would allow American rocket companies to operate from Brazil. CNBC
House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson wrote to the CEOs of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft requesting a briefing. CNBC
VOA VIEW: An explanation is warranted.
The White House missed a House Judiciary Committee deadline to turn over scores of records as part of a sweeping Democratic-led investigation into whether President Donald Trump abused his power in office, according to a source familiar with the situation. CNN
VOA VIEW: Dems are looking to obstruct.
Hundreds of pages of search warrant documents for Michael Cohen released Tuesday give the public a new understanding of how special counsel Robert Mueller has tackled his broad mandate and provide fresh details of the investigation into President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer. CNN
VOA VIEW: A major question.
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Four leading Democrats are demanding a new FBI investigation into a Florida woman's apparent ties to Donald Trump, focusing on whether she illegally sought to leverage her relationship with the President by selling access to Chinese clients. CNN
VOA VIEW: Dems way of obstruction.
Billionaire New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being offered a deferred prosecution plea deal to resolve charges accusing him of paying twice for sex with a prostitute at a Florida shopping center massage parlor. FOX News
A Catholic diocese in Mississippi on Tuesday released the names of 37 clergy members who it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children. FOX News
With many MPs convinced that PM’s days are numbered some are saying they will not stay in party run by ‘Brexit ultras’Conservative MPs are orchestrating against a potential leadership campaign by Boris Johnson, with several talking of resigning the whip if he were to become party leader.With Tories convinced that Theresa May’s days in No 10 are numbered, MPs are feverishly discussing who will seek to replace her, how organised the teams are and whether a general election would be necessary. Guardian
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Complaints to seven primaries follow suspension of lessons at some Birmingham schoolsPrimary schools in Manchester have been contacted by parents unhappy over sex and relationships lessons that teach children about LGBT rights, in the wake of similar classes being withdrawn in Birmingham after protests.The Guardian understands that parents at seven primary schools have contacted school management to discuss the inclusion of the lessons in the curriculum. Guardian
“The submarine case is very worrying,” said Gilad, the former head of the diplomatic-security division of the Defense Ministry and today head of IDC's Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS). Jerusalem Post
A draft of the plan included an oil pipeline from Saudi Arabia to Gaza, according to newly released 'Kushner, Inc.' Jerusalem Post
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Europe and Canada said they would seek their own guarantees over the safety of Boeing's 737 MAX, further complicating plans to get the aircraft flying worldwide after they were grounded in the wake of two accidents killing more than 300 people. Reuters
The chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and another key Democrat asked the Transportation Department's inspector general on Tuesday to examine key decisions made by the Federal Aviation Administration in certifying the Boeing 737 MAX for use. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Dems are wasting time.
U.S. investigators sought warrants to read Michael Cohen's emails in July 2017, nine months before the FBI raided the home and office of President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, according to documents made public on Tuesday. Reuters
The election of President Felix Tshisekedi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), marks “an extraordinary opportunity” for the country to advance civil and political rights, said a senior UN official, on Tuesday at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. UN News
President Donald Trump said the U.S. could be "a lot tougher" with sanctions against Venezuela at a news conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. UPI
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that federal authorities can arrest legal immigrants for deportation for crimes they committed years earlier. UPI
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Putin is controlling speech in Russia. President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a set of bills that will make it illegal to spread "fake news." The legislation seeks to punish the distribution of information that "exhibits blatant disrespect for the society, government, official government symbols, constitution or governmental bodies of Russia. Prosecutors can direct their complaints about online media to the state, which can block access to websites if the offending material isn't taken down. This, experts say, is new. "The Prosecutor's office may now block such fake news sources prior to the judicial decision. It gives the Prosecutor's office an extremely high authority and almost completely eliminates the Russian (albeit completely non-free) courts from the game," Maria Snegovaya, an adjunct fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis, wrote in an email.