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The European Parliament has projected which parties will get seats after the European Union-wide May election and says that the center-right Christian Democrat EPP group would remain the largest party ahead of the center-left Socialist S&D. The redesigned European Parliament is expected to have 705 seats total, which would include lawmakers. Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Better than the other possibility.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand that European countries take back their citizens fighting in Syria received a mixed reaction Monday, as nations voiced concerns about how to bring home-grown Islamic State extremists to trial. The question of such foreign fighters has been a conundrum for the Europeans for several years. Seattle Times
An 11-year-old student in Florida refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and was arrested for a resulting confrontation with a teacher and police officer.
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Democrat Elizabeth Warren used her first visit to Nevada as a presidential candidate to describe a squeeze on working families and a political system that she says fails to protect homeowners, including the residents of Las Vegas who were pummeled by the mortgage crisis a decade ago. The Massachusetts senator spoke about her work as a consumer activist and her role overseeing the bailout of banks and insurers a decade ago, a job that brought her to the city to hear from residents struggling to keep their homes.
VOA VIEW: Warren is an idiot.
The evidentiary hearing into possible election fraud in the 2018 general election in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District officially got underway Monday, and the lead investigator with the State Board of Election claims the evidence they plan to present will show a "coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme," took place in the 2018 general election."We believe that the evidence...will show that a coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme operated during the 2018 general election in Bladen and Robeson counties," North Carolina Board of Elections executive director Kim Strach said in her opening statement.
VOA VIEW: The Republican should be given the nod.
US President Donald Trump has issued an angry response after a TV interview on Sunday alleged that officials had held discussions to have him removed. Mr. Trump tweeted of "illegal and treasonous" behavior and an "illegal coup attempt". In the interview, ex-acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe said talks had been held in 2017 about invoking a clause that can remove a president deemed unfit. The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman has vowed to investigate the claims. Lindsey Graham said the claims were an "attempted bureaucratic coup".
VOA VIEW: McCabe is a liar and traitor.
Since the outbreak began, more than 100 people have been hospitalized. Dozens more people have gotten sick from eating turkey products contaminated with salmonella, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Since December, 63 more people have become ill, bringing the total to 279 people from 41 states and the District of Columbia. CBS
A report by the British Parliament calls Facebook and its executives "digital gangsters," and says an 18-month investigation finds the company knowingly violated privacy and competition laws. Jennifer Grygiel, a social media expert and communications professor at Syracuse University, joins CBSN with more. CBS
VOA VIEW: Facebook is a rogue group and very dangerous.
"The separation of powers is being violated, we're going to ... make sure that Donald Trump cannot steal money from the states and people who need them," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says. CNBC
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar will take to the national stage on Monday headlining a CNN town hall in New Hampshire to make her most public case yet for why she should be the next President of the United States. CNN
VOA VIEW: A waste of time.
Iranian hackers have always been attacking the US, however the amount of attacks was drastically lower after the nuclear deal was signed in 2015. Jerusalem Post
The Jerusalem Police detained five east Jerusalem Arabs who tried to enter the premises of the Golden Gate, which has been closed by a court order. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Israel is protecting itself.
Former top FBI official Andrew McCabe decried the "relentless attack" he said U.S. President Donald Trump has launched against the agency, according to released excerpts of an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, to be aired early Monday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: McCabe made the FBI look bad.
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The U.S. auto industry urged President Donald Trump's administration on Monday not to saddle imported cars and auto parts with steep tariffs, after the U.S. Commerce Department sent a confidential report to the White House late on Sunday with its recommendations for how to proceed. Reuters
VOA VIEW: It is China's move.
2019 is a critical year, the “last chance” for the international community to take effective action on climate change, General Assembly President Maria Espinosa said on Thursday, during a briefing to announce the UN’s roadmap to the Climate Summit in September. UN News
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McCabe is a known liar and traitor. Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said in a newly released television interview that President Trump believed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assessment on North Korea’s nuclear program over that of US intelligence agencies.
“And, essentially, the president said he did not believe that the North Koreans had the capability to hit us here with ballistic missiles in the United States. And he did not believe that because President Putin had told him they did not. President Putin told him that the North Koreans don’t actually have those missiles,” McCabe revealed during a sit-down with “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday night.
CBS’ Scott Pelley asked what US intelligence had said to Trump. McCabe answered that US officials told Trump that Putin’s assessment “was not consistent with any of the intelligence our government possesses.”
“To which the president replied, ‘I don’t care. I believe Putin,’ ” McCabe recalled, having learned of the conversation from an FBI official who had just returned from a meeting at the White House.
“It’s just an astounding thing to say,” McCabe said. “To spend the time and effort and energy that we all do in the intelligence community to produce products that will help decision makers and the ultimate decision maker, the president of the United States — make policy decisions. And to be confronted with an absolute disbelief in those efforts and an unwillingness to learn the true state of affairs that he has to deal with every day was just shocking.”