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Michael R. Bloomberg forged a campaign juggernaut by breaking all the usual rules, shunning retail politics and ignoring the first primary-season contests. He has yet to collect a single convention delegate. Democratic Party voters across the political spectrum have embraced him anyway, virtually sight-unseen. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Bloomberg did bad in the debate.
With a series of retweets, President Trump kept up attacks on federal law enforcement agencies, despite pleas from the attorney general. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The JD is a cesspool of liberals an anti America traitors.
The move places a loyalist atop the intelligence agencies that the president has long battled. New York Times

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Vulnerable to the charge that the problem has exploded under Democratic rule, Gov. Gavin Newsom pleaded with legislators to take action. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Nothing will be done by a liberal disgrace.
A meeting of U.S. government officials to discuss further curbs on exports to Huawei and China is still on for Thursday, two sources said, despite a pushback from President Donald Trump against stricter limits on shipments of U.S. products overseas. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Huawei must be stopped.
Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg's decision to back a tax on trades marks a blow for Wall Street lobbyists which had seen the moderate Democrat as a potential ally, said analysts and lobbyists. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Bloomberg has enough money to go against anyone he wants.
With no end to the coronavirus outbreak in sight, health officials grapple with the issue of whether recovered patients can get reinfected.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: A major problem.
Earlier in February, the House Judiciary Committee wrote in a letter to the court that Murguia's actions constituted "harm to its employees."        USA Today
The future of the Boy Scouts could be in doubt, according to arguments that kicked off the first day of hearings for the organizations' bankruptcy.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Sad!

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President Trump told farmers and ranchers in California Wednesday that he was delivering on a campaign promise by taking executive action to deliver more irrigation water to them. "I promised to help solve the water crisis that was crippling our farmers due to chronic mismanagement and misguided policies," Mr. Trump ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are destroying a great state.
President Donald Trump will kick off his West Coast campaign swing Wednesday with a rally in Phoenix. ABC
VOA VIEW: Step one.
Ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's latest visit to Saudi Arabia, top lawmakers urged him to raise the case an American citizen who has been reportedly tortured. ABC
VOA VIEW: There may be some reality.
The Pentagon's number three official resigned on Wednesday at the request of President Donald Trump. ABC
VOA VIEW: Anti administration personnel should resign.

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Zimmerman accused the candidates of "maliciously publishing false and misleading" tweets about his shooting of Trayvon Martin to "garner votes in the black community." CBS
VOA VIEW: As he should, if his position is true.
Hundreds of passengers stuck for weeks on the coronavirus-plagued Diamond Princess in Japan are finally getting their freedom, even as dozens more test positive. CBS
VOA VIEW: A big mess.
As the FBI and other federal agencies look for signs of Russian interference in the 2020 election, Russian propaganda is being transmitted on America's airwaves. It's happening in the middle of the country. CBS

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The resignation of two Catholic school teachers is causing outrage in a community outside of Seattle after some, including local officials, claim they were actually fired for being gay. Both former teachers of Kennedy Catholic High School recently got engaged to their same-sex partners. Vladimir Duthiers breaks down the story’s details and possible fallout. CBS
VOA VIEW: A private school should be able to hire and fire at will.
Even as Mike Bloomberg rises in the polls, he remains a divisive figure among a group historically important to Democrats — labor unions. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Bloomberg has many problems, but a lot of money.
Key fundraisers are jumping ship from Joe Biden's struggling presidential campaign to instead support Mike Bloomberg's ascending candidacy, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. CNBC
VOA VIEW: In other words, political traitors.
Several Democratic presidential candidates have proposed a financial transaction tax to rein in wealth inequality, but the cost could extend to the population it's meant to help: everyday Americans. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dems have lost their minds.
Sen. Bernie Sanders' national press secretary distorted Michael Bloomberg's past heart issues and called questions about the Vermont senator's health and requests for additional records a "smear" campaign. Sanders spokeswoman Briahna Joy Gray later said she misspoke when she said Bloomberg had experienced heart attacks in the past. CNN
VOA VIEW: It was low to lie about a persons health.

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The Pentagon's top policy official is expected to depart his post soon, according to two sources familiar with the matter. John Rood, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon, lost support among senior national security leadership and has been asked for his resignation, one of the sources said. CNN
VOA VIEW: A traitor should go.
The union the represents rank-and-file police officers in a New York town said its members played a game of catch and release with a suspect this week after he was arrested three times in one day and let go because of the state's new bail reform law. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Pitiful De Blasio laws.
A federal judge in Arizona ruled Wednesday that certain U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) facilities in the state must provide clean mats and thin blankets to migrants who are held for more than 12 hours, and allow them to clean themselves.  FOX News

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San Francisco's newly-minted sheriff says his officers won't help federal authorities identify and deport undocumented immigrants despite increasing pressure from the Trump administration to crack down on people living illegally in sanctuary cities across the country. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Trump should make the fools suffer and the people vote them out of office.
Trump’s chief of staff gives clear warning about using Chinese firm to supply equipmentDonald Trump’s acting chief of staff has warned there could be “a direct and dramatic impact” on the sharing of intelligence between the US and UK if Boris Johnson’s government goes ahead with allowing Huawei to supply equipment to build the British 5G mobile phone network.Mick Mulvaney’s remarks represent one of the most forceful warnings yet by senior Trump administration officials, who have repeatedly made clear their concerns about the British decision to allow the Chinese company to supply its technology. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Only a fool nation doesn't realize the reality.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a lower court's temporary injunction against a Florida law preventing former felons from voting if they are unable to pay court-ordered fines and fees. UPI
The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday it will step up efforts to collect back taxes from wealthier Americans who haven't filed returns for years. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!
North Korea state media berated South Korean television programs for excessive use of words that mix the Korean language with foreign tongues. UPI
VOA VIEW: NK is pushing stupidity.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, whose campaign was sidelined last fall when he suffered a heart attack, says he won't release his full medical records -- going back on a promise he made four months ago. UPI
VOA VIEW: The Dems say nothing.
The Air Force announced Wednesday that the Gunsmith Shop has completed delivery of a new rifle -- known as the Air Crew Self Defense Weapon, or GAU-5A -- for aircrews in most ejection seat aircraft. UPI
North Korea accused Japan of harboring ambitions to reinvade the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday, in a reference to joint drills with the United States. UPI
VOA VIEW: NK more stupidity.
North Carolina's voter ID law was put on hold, possibly until November, after a state appeals court panel ruled the 2018 measure was enacted with an intent to discriminate against minorities. UPI
VOA VIEW: The right to vote should be protected.

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     The Utah state Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday effectively to decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults, reducing penalties for a practice with deep religious roots in the predominantly Mormon state. The bill, which would treat the offense of plural marriage as a simple infraction on par with a parking ticket, now moves to the Utah House of Representatives, where it is likely to face greater resistance. The operative words are "consenting adults." 

     The bill swiftly cleared the Republican-controlled Senate on a vote of 29-0 with little discussion. Under current law, polygamy - typically involving a man who cohabitates with and purports to marry more than one wife - is classified as a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.  If the Senate bill becomes law, punishments for plural marriage would be limited to fines of up to $750 and community service.
    

     However, fraudulent bigamy - in which an individual obtains licenses to marry more than one spouse without their knowledge, or seeks to wed someone underage without her consent - remains a felony. The chief sponsor of the measure, Senator Deirdre Henderson, said the intent of the bill is not to legalize polygamy but to lower the penalties so those from polygamous communities who are victims of crimes can come forward without fear of being prosecuted themselves. It also would make it easier for otherwise law-abiding polygamists to obtain access to critical services such as medical or mental health care, education or even employment without fear, she said.