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triggered outrage Tuesday by comparing the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry to a lynching, assigning the horrors of a deadly and racist chapter in U.S. history to a process laid out in the Constitution. Illinois U.S. Rep Bobby Rush and House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., the highest-ranking... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Big deal made out of nothing.
U.S. troops leaving Syria and heading to neighboring Iraq do not have permission to stay in the country, Iraq's military said Tuesday as American forces continued to pull out of northern Syria after Turkey's invasion of the border region. The statement appears to contradict U.S. Defense Secretary... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: We saved and put out a lot of money to ingrates.
Some Democrats are putting up caution signs for Hillary Clinton as she wades back into presidential politics by casting 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard as a "Russian asset," mocking President Donald Trump's dealings with a foreign leader and drawing counterattacks from both. Bernie Sanders, who lost... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: She is out of her mind.


In the not too distant future, slot machine players might not need to insert their loyalty cards to rack up points. Using facial-recognition technology, the ... Las Vegas Sun
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will make a move Wednesday to kill the $10,000 federal cap on state and local tax deductions. The New York senator will force a vote on a bill that would overturn an IRS rule from June that banned charitable contributions to state and local governments in exchange for... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Schumer maybe right for a change.
Bostonians would face up to 6 months behind bars for calling someone “bitch” under a proposed bill that has opponents barking mad. The legislation would criminalize the term if it is used to “degrade or demean” another person — classing it as disorderly conduct punishable with a $150 fine for a first offense or a... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Insane!
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is trying to help another young, left-leaning insurgent defeat a long-term Democratic incumbent — in Texas. AOC on Tuesday announced that she’s backing Jessica Cisneros in a bid to topple 64-year-old veteran Rep. Henry Cuellar, first elected in 2004. Cuellar is considered one of more the more conservative Democrats in Congress. He... New York Post
VOA VIEW: AOC and the liberal media think that she has some worth.
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren called for people across the country to support striking Chicago teachers after joining educators picketing outside an elementary school on Tuesday, the fourth-day classes have been canceled in the nation’s third-largest school district. The Massachusetts senator took photos with teachers gathered outside the West Side elementary school and... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Big deal.
U.S. state attorneys general probing Alphabet's Google plan to meet next month in Colorado to discuss a probe into whether the search giant's business practices break antitrust law, according to three sources knowledgeable about the meeting. Rueters


President Donald Trump's G7 and trade adviser, Kelly Ann Shaw, is leaving his administration for a position in the private sector, White House officials said on Tuesday, marking the departure of one of the most senior women on the president's economic team. Rueters
Hong Kong's embattled government announced extra financial support on Tuesday for the Chinese-ruled city battered by political unrest and facing its first recession in a decade. Rueters
VOA VIEW: China needs to get a hold on itself.
"What does lynching mean? That a mob grabs you, they don't give you a chance to defend yourself," Lindsey Graham said.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Liberals made the expression ugly.
When asked on whether she regretted signing the memo that resulted in family separations, Nielsen said, "I don't regret enforcing the law because I took an oath to do that..."        USA Today

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi should formalize the impeachment inquiry by a vote of the whole House, writes Rep. Andy Biggs, chairman of the Freedom Caucus        USA Today
A memoir by President Trump's spiritual adviser Paula White-Cain has drawn praise and derision from evangelicals, revealing division within Mr. Trump's base over the credibility of his Christian mentor. Ms. White-Cain's "Something Greater" traces her conversion at 18 to her life as a Florida megachurch televangelist. I Washington Times
The Brexit vote was on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and there were 329 members who voted in favor of the bill, with 299 against. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good and bad news.


A New Jersey seminary announced a plan to put $27.6 million in scholarships to repent for its own ties to slavery. ABC
VOA VIEW: Foolish thought and move.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighed in on President Trump's tweet comparing the impeachment process against him to "a lynching" on "The View" Tuesday, Oct. 22. ABC
VOA VIEW: Not one of Trump's finest moves.
The anonymous senior Trump administration official behind a 2018 New York Times op-ed that declared there was a “resistance” within the administration is writing a book. ABC
Russia and Turkey have reached an agreement to share control of Syria's northern border, superseding a deal Turkey made with the U.S. last week. ABC
Drug company says it will seek permission in the US to start marketing the potentially 'life-changing' new drug. BBC

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A decline in the nation's air quality since 2016 is linked to nearly 10,000 deaths, Carnegie Mellon researchers say CBS
VOA VIEW: Trump will be blamed - as usual.
Zuckerberg will try to reassure Congress about Facebook's digital currency as appetite grows for breaking up company CBS
VOA VIEW: Facebook must be taken down.
Federal regulators said hackers used one company's technology to spy on users' location and online activities CBS

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Beijing is reportedly developing a plan to replace Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam by March, the Financial Times reports. CNBC
"'Everything' was dependent on such an announcement, including security assistance," Sondland said, Taylor testified in the closed-door hearing with House lawmakers conducting an impeachment inquiry into the president. CNBC
VOA VIEW: And the truth ...
Acting US Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor plans to fill in the gaps of his text messages with US diplomats about Ukraine that have formed a key part of the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump and Ukraine, according to a source familiar with his testimony. CNN
VOA VIEW: We don't know the truth.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he never had -- or at least doesn't recall having -- a conversation with President Donald Trump in which he described Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as perfect. CNN
New York City and California filed a joint lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Postal Service to stop the mail service provider from shipping thousands of cartons of cigarettes from foreign countries to U.S. residents in an attempt to curtail cigarette tax evasion.  FOX News
The resolution warns that the decision has only benefitted American enemies Syrian President Assad, ISIS, Russia and Iran, according to CNN. Jerusalem Post
Syrian and Russian forces will deploy in northeast Syria to remove Kurdish YPG fighters and their weapons from the border with Turkey under a deal agreed on Tuesday which both Moscow and Ankara hailed as a triumph. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Not good for the US.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday faced the cold reality of a minority government that will likely be forced to tilt left to survive, a move that risks upsetting the business community and stoking alienation in oil-producing provinces. Reuters
Premiums for the benchmark healthcare plans under the Affordable Care Act are set to drop by about 4 percent for the 2020 coverage period. UPI
Three senators representing both parties introduced legislation Tuesday to force large technology companies -- like Facebook and Google -- to create tools users can use to transfer personal data to other services. UPI
VOA VIEW: A good plan.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party has won enough seats to secure him a second four-year term following a contentious election cycle -- but is expected to lose his majority in Parliament. UPI
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday introduced a resolution opposing the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, one week after the House passed a similar measure. UPI

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     The Supreme Court is very political.  Five or more votes determine the ruling at the court, but for a petition to be granted review, only four justices’ votes are needed. Like so much else hidden from view at the Supreme Court, the public never knows which four have voted for review.
     For run-of-the-mill petitions, there is a combination of strategy and courtesy that goes into a justice’s vote to grant review. But in a petition as highly charged as the Louisiana one, a group of four justices would not risk bringing it to argument if they were not confident in the outcome.

     The three dissenters in the earlier Texas abortion case remain on the court: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, whose anti-abortion views are clear, have been added to the bench since then. The “Rule of Four has become the "Sure Thing of Five."

     The notice to grant review can then be seen in the larger context of today’s Supreme Court: Major cases are almost always decided by the slimmest of margins and often feature legal reasoning based not on history and precedent but on how to achieve a particular outcome. Cases that determined the winner of a presidential election, who may obtain health carewho can vote or whom we can marry easily fall into this category