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An Army veteran wearing a mask and carrying more than 150 rounds of ammunition for his high-powered rifle was shot dead Monday after he opened fire outside a busy federal courthouse in downtown Dallas, authorities said. Federal officers killed 22-year-old Brian Isaack Clyde after he approached... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Deranged is deranged.
The fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer in the Indiana city where Pete Buttigieg is mayor presents both political peril for a presidential candidate who has struggled to connect with minority voters and an opportunity to show leadership on issues of race and policing that are critical... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Buttigieg looks like a bigger fool.
Iran will surpass the uranium-stockpile limit set by its nuclear deal in the next 10 days, an official said Monday, raising pressure on Europeans trying to save the accord a year after the U.S. withdrawal lit the fuse for the heightened tensions now between Tehran and Washington. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Foolish threats.

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The Trump administration said Monday it is easing previously announced cuts in hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Central American nations of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala but will not allow new ... Las Vegas Sun
Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro called for a sharp rise in federal spending on housing for millions of Americans who are living on the street or struggling to pay rent. Castro, who was secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama, on Monday proposed a federal... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Dem foolish statement.
Not every 2020 Democratic hopeful will get to go head to head with front-runner Joe Biden when the candidates meet for their first debate in Miami later this month, but the former vice president will be on the stage with some formidable rivals, including Sens. Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders and... LA Times
VOA VIEW: It will be two days of funny nonsense.
A gunman who opened fire on a Dallas courthouse on Monday morning shared photos of ammunition and warned of an approaching “storm” on Facebook days before he was killed by police in the firefight. Clad in tactical gear and carrying 150 rounds of ammunition, the masked gunman Brian Isaack Clyde, 22, opened fire with an... New York Post
At a time when tensions among North Korea, China and the United States have been high, some officials see Mr. Xi’s trip to Pyongyang as a way to cool things down. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Cool things down or make more problems by showing support.
The decision came after Attorney General William Barr’s top deputy sent a letter to state prosecutors. Mr. Manafort will now be held in a federal lockup while he faces state charges. New York Times

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Famous from birth in 1924, Gloria Vanderbilt became even more so thanks to a custody trial, designer jeans and as mom to CNN's Anderson Cooper.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: The latter being a major mistake.
In an interview with Fox News, he called the controversy “a Washington piece of silliness.” Washington Post
Life outside the White House has been sweet for former President Barack Obama, with perhaps the most difficult thing being the one he does best: politics. Mr. Obama is navigating a landscape in which he must fit his obvious relish for the celebrity lifestyle with an unwritten code of conduct ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A big liberal fool.
President Trump will officially launch his reelection campaign Tuesday in Florida, with polls showing he has Democrats right where he wants them: beating him in nearly every survey. It's the same position in which Mr. Trump found himself four years ago, when he was a Washington outsider instead of the ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The polls are foolish, as they were in 2015 and 2016.

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At least 15 people broke State Department rules in mishandling former Secretary Hillary Clinton's emails, the department said in a review released publicly Monday. While the full review is not completed, the department said it's found 23 violations and seven infractions of security protocols related to Mrs. Clinton's emails. Some ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A major debacle.
The Supreme Court dismissed an appeal from Virginia’s House of Delegates which sought to reinstate the state’s legislative map struck down for racial gerrymandering. On Monday, in a 5-4 decision, the court said the House of Delegates lacked standing to bring the case. Clarence Thomas was a surprise liberal vote. ABC
VOA VIEW: A major surprise.
The United States is sending 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran. ABC
VOA VIEW: We have to do what has to be done.

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"I plan on, if I'm your nominee, winning Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, believe it or not, and I believe we can win Texas and Florida, if you look at the polling data now" CBS
VOA VIEW: Foolish thought or position.
The new CBS News Battleground Tracker poll finds Joe Biden remains the first choice of Democrats. But other candidates are finding support. CBS
The CBS News Battleground Tracker poll finds that 67% of likely Democratic voters in the early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina believe that if their party wins back the White House, it will be because they turned out voters who stayed home in the past. CBS News political correspondent Ed O'Keefe, CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns and Wall Street Journal reporter Ken Thomas spoke to "Red & Blue" about the 2020 race. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems are turning off voters.
The Pentagon said that the crew of one of the tankers, the Japanese Kokuka Courageous, found an unexploded limpet mine on its hull following an initial explosion. CNBC
Iranian ambassador to the United Kingdom Hamid Baeidinejad tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that the United States and Iran are heading towards a confrontation, while Iran also announced an escalation of its nuclear program. CNN
VOA VIEW: An Iran mistake.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the United States is "considering a full range of options" regarding rising tensions with Iran, including military options, but emphasized that President Donald Trump has said that he does not want to go to war. CNN
Attorney Michael Avenatti blasted actress Alyssa Milano on Twitter Monday afternoon in response to a tweet she issued about his arrest for domestic violence last year. FOX News
Eurosceptic backer warns that hardliners want frontrunner to rip up May’s dealBoris Johnson has been accused of giving MPs contradictory promises on Brexit to win their votes, as one of his highly Eurosceptic backers warned that hardliners want to see him effectively tear up Theresa May’s deal with the EU.The Conservative leadership frontrunner will face questions on his Brexit stance in a television grilling for the first time in the campaign on Tuesday, amid frustration among his rivals that he is getting away with pledging to be “all things to all MPs” on issues from Brexit to HS2 in one-on-one meetings with them. Guardian

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Beijing’s public support for Hong Kong leader likely hides private fury, but letting her go would be another humiliationThe most obvious casualty of Hong Kong’s extraordinary uprising against chief executive, Carrie Lam, and her campaign to tie the city more closely to China, will be the bureaucrat-turned-politician’s own career. If she stays on, it will only be as a lame duck leader.But the city’s turmoil is also a major challenge to her boss and patron, Chinese president, Xi Jinping. Guardian
VOA VIEW: China should not push the issue.
The rocket fire comes amid tensions between the US and Iran and as Islamic State continues to threaten Iraq months after its defeat in Syria. Jerusalem Post
"Antisemitism continues to rise, from attacks on Jewish houses of worship to street beatings in New York." Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is scared to make a righteous move.
The Kremlin said on Monday that Iran had so far faithfully stuck to internationally-agreed curbs on uranium enrichment and that Moscow was unaware of any statement suggesting that Tehran intended to stop doing so. Reuters
This year's holiday season could be tighter for many Americans if the U.S. government imposes tariffs on another $300 billion worth of Chinese imports - because that will include tech products, game consoles, toys, cribs, ornaments and Santa hats. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The US will win any tariff war with China.
China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has taken a harder-than-expected hit from a U.S. ban, the company's founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said, and slashed revenue expectations for the year. Reuters
VOA VIEW: There will be even more problems for Huawei.
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has sent extra teams this week to the border between Peru and Ecuador to support the authorities, as an unprecedent number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants – over 15,000 – have entered Peru this week. UN News
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a case brought by a lesbian couple who sued after an Oregon bakery refused to bake a wedding cake for them citing religious convictions. UPI
VOA VIEW: Cowards!
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he'll force Democrats to vote on President Donald Trump's $4.5 million request for emergency funding at the border to show where lawmakers stand on the issue. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!
The chief executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei said the United States cannot stop the firm's commercial progress despite sanctions. UPI
VOA VIEW: Foolish statement.

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     Never Trumpers are at a loss.  President Trump needled the “never Trumpers” on the fourth anniversary of him and First Lady Melania Trump descending the escalator at Trump Tower to announce his bid for the presidency. The video posted on his Twitter page begins with “The Simpsons” send up of Trump launching his campaign on June 16, 2015, and segues into a rash of celebrities and politicians pooh-poohing his chances of winning the White House.

     “There’s not going to be a President Donald Trump,” actor George Clooney says on the video. “Trump will not be president,” said former President Obama. Similar sentiments were made in the video by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, comedian Stephen Colbert and longtime nemesis Rosie O’Donnell. The video shows pundits downplaying Trump’s chances of beating Hillary Clinton, who they said had a 100 percent chance to win.

     It then switches to election night 2016 and shows one state after another falling for Trump, as he amasses Electoral College votes. It ends with Trump on a billboard with the words “Super Trump.” The president tweeted out parts of the video last July. It was first published by eLouai on Dec. 5, 2016.