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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is in an extremely awkward position for his first face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are hurting the US.
Three months’ paid parental leave for a brand-new branch of the military? It’s a deal! President Trump and Congressional negotiators are about to settle on a new budget package that trades 12 weeks of paid leave for federal workers in exchange for the establishment of the Space Force, a new military branch that Trump has... New York Post
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and other Senate Democrats running for president might find themselves pulled off the campaign trail for the trial of President Trump. New York Post
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Hong Kong was gearing up for a mass rally on Sunday that is expected to gauge support for pro-democracy demonstrations in the Chinese-ruled city as the government appealed to people to express their views peacefully. Rueters
The United States and Iran each freed a prisoner on Saturday in a rare act of cooperation between two longtime foes whose ties have worsened since President Donald Trump took office. Rueters
Japanese planes bombed the Hawaii naval base 78 years ago and launched the U.S. into World War II.
No. 1 LSU is headed to the College Football Playoff. The Tigers finished the regular season 13-0 after a defeat of Georgia in the SEC title game.
"He has not told me what he found," President Donald Trump says of an investigation by his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, in Ukraine.
VOA VIEW: Something will happen - the big question is what?
Former New York City Mayor and 2020 hopeful Mike Bloomberg said New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, also a presidential candidate, was "very well spoken." ABC
VOA VIEW: Booker is an idiot.
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State's AG says there's no reason to weigh in on the “Free the Nipple” case. ABC
The Trump campaign is flooding Facebook with anti-impeachment ads that imply House Democrats are pushing "treason" allegations against President Trump. ABC
In Washington, House Democrats are in the final stages of preparing articles of impeachment. President Trump once again dismissed the inquiry on his way to Florida, where he'll speak at an event Saturday night. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems sound foolish.
New details were released on Saturday about the gunman who shot and killed three people at a Florida military base. The gunman had an extensive online footprint, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute. CBS
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The release of the report comes ahead of the second Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing on Monday. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems sound and look foolish.
North Korea called the European action "another serious provocation" and "stupid and serious." CBS
VOA VIEW: NK is making a dumb mistake.
As Silicon Valley courts a closer relationship with the Pentagon, tech firms have faced backlash for pursuing lucrative defense contracts. CNBC
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The swap comes amid growing tensions between Iran and the U.S. and massive protests in Iran. CNBC
The ideas in Elizabeth Warren's bill demonstrate how dramatically she wants to reshape years of U.S. regulatory doctrine and policy. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Warren makes things up.
Google has a tool that lets you automatically delete all the location data it stores on you in Google Maps after a certain amount of time. CNBC
The question of which stage the economic cycle is in now after a decade-long expansion is not that simple. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal make-believe.
The World Bank on Thursday adopted a plan to aid China with $1 billion to $1.5 billion in low-interest loans annually through June 2025. The plan calls for lending to "gradually decline" from the previous five-year average of $1.8 billion. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The World Bank should pay attention to what it is doing.
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Sen. Kamala Harris is gone, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has risen, Sen. Elizabeth Warren seems to have lost her momentum, and overlooking the shuffling deck from on high is former Vice President Joe Biden, who was the favorite before he was even a candidate. CNN
VOA VIEW: Warren is a loser and Biden is a nobody.
Since Sen. Cory Booker issued a call this week for maintaining a diverse field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, grassroots donors have answered in a big way. CNN
VOA VIEW: A total waste of money.
He may not be on the Democratic ballot, but the 2020 presidential candidate wielding the most influence over the party's remarkably unsettled primary fight is President Donald Trump. CNN
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Eleventh-hour appeal to anti-Tory voters as poll shows Conservative majority halvedA cross-party alliance of opposition politicians has launched an 11th-hour appeal to anti-Tory voters to consider switching allegiance in Thursday’s general election, amid signs that a late surge of tactical voting in a few swing seats could deprive Boris Johnson of a majority in parliament.The calls from senior Labour, Liberal Democrat and SNP figures come as a major poll suggests Johnson’s likely majority has been cut in half in the last two weeks – from 82 a fortnight ago to just 40 with four days to polling day. Guardian
The actress who appeared in a widely criticized Christmas advertisement for exercise bike maker Peloton Interactive Inc has a new role selling gin for actor Ryan Reynolds. Reuters
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg vowed on Saturday to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to improve public education if elected, with a plan that boosts funds for "underserved children" and expands early childhood learning. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Buttigieg is a liberal news nothing.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that he was not prepared at this point to label as "terrorism" the attack a day earlier at a U.S. Navy base in Florida, where a Saudi airman is accused of killing three people. Reuters
President Donald Trump said on Saturday he did not think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wanted to interfere in next year's U.S. presidential election and said he would be surprised if Pyongyang acted hostilely. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Trump should not play into Un.
The House judiciary committee released a report Saturday outlining historical arguments for impeachment of the president. UPI
VOA VIEW: Prejudicial worthless nothing.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said the Pentagon plans to review the screening process for foreign students after a deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. UPI
The Supreme Court has refused the U.S. Department of Justice's request to overrule a lower court's decision to block the government's plan to resume federal executions. UPI
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It would be desperation foolishness. Now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked House committee chairmen to draft articles of impeachment for President Donald Trump, it's a virtual certainty that he will be impeached and tried in the U.S. Senate.
It's not too late for the Democrats in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail to make the proper adjustments to avoid all the impeachment-related pitfalls they face. But that will take a lot more foresight than we're seeing evidence of right now. The most likely outcome is that what was once considered the absolute nadir for a presidential administration will end up barely moving the electoral needle one way or another.