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Mueller's Team Has Only One Known Republican
The majority of the 17 publicly confirmed attorneys on Mueller’s team are registered Democrats -- and others have made Democratic political donations. That donation history has long fueled concerns from Trump-aligned Republicans about potential bias in the unit. While any team of investigators is bound to have members with their own political views, the Democratic-leaning makeup of this particular team was underscored when The Daily Caller reported that no registered Republicans were working under Mueller. Fox
VOA VIEW: The Mueller probe and team are a hoax.

A Wild Speech! Trump Goes Off-Script.
"CPAC has always been about big ideas and putting them into action," President Trump began, reading from a teleprompter. But as he read in a monotone, the president suddenly caught his own image on a giant video monitor. "What a nice picture that is, look at that, I’d love to watch that guy speak, oh God," the president said as he looked at his larger-than-life image, while the audience began cheering. He then turned his back to the crowd – watching himself on the big screen – and pantomimed fixing his hair, primping and pressing the tops and sides. Fox News

Mueller Just Took A Big Step Closer To Trump
To date, four people have pleaded guilty to charges brought against them by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team. Two were ancillary characters: a businessman who apparently sold bank account numbers to Russian trolls; and a lawyer who had worked with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime partner Rick Gates. Two were closer to the campaign. One is campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, whose connections to Russia-linked characters helped spur the initial investigation in July 2016 into whether President Trump’s campaign had aided Russian interference efforts. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: There has not been any Russia connection.

New North Korea Sanctions For KJU
President Donald Trump announced Friday that the US Treasury Department is imposing new sanctions against North Korea specifically targeting the country's shipping and trading companies and vessels in an effort to further isolate the rogue regime. Senior administration officials told reporters on Friday that Trump would discuss new sanctions on North Korea during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference and touted the sanctions as the headline of the of the speech. CNN

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Military Parade Scheduled For Veterans Day
The memo, which was summarized to POLITICO by a senior administration official, was sent from McMaster to Secretary of Defense James Mattis. It says that Trump wants Mattis to brief him on “concepts of operation for this event.” The memo also said that the parade route should begin at the White House and end at the Capitol. Trump, who revels in pageantry, first floated the idea of putting on a military parade after he witnessed France’s Bastille Day parade last summer as a guest of French president Emmanuel Macron. Politico

Chief Of Staff And National Security Advisor Bailing?
Longstanding friction between President Donald Trump and two top aides, the national security advisor and chief of staff, has grown to a point that either or both might quit soon, four senior administration officials said. Both H.R. McMaster and John Kelly are military men considered as moderating influences on the president by imposing a routine on the White House. They have also convinced Trump of the importance of international alliances, particularly NATO, which he has criticized as not equally sharing its burdens with the United States. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Don't believe much reported by the liberal media.

Trump Seems To Miss His Old Life
Between grievances about  “atrocities” committed by the “crooked media,” President Trump paused during Friday's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference to reminisce about the good old days. “They used to treat me so good, too, before I ran for office,” Trump said of the press. “I used to get the greatest publicity. A friend of mine said to me, ‘You know, you used to be the king of getting great publicity. What happened?’ I said, ‘Well, I have a lot of views that they're opposed to for a lot of bad reasons.’ ” Washington Post

Boeing Reportedly Nears Deal With Trump For 2 New Air Force One Planes
Boeing and President Donald Trump are nearing a multibillion-dollar deal for two new Air Force One planes, potentially ending the drawn-out and highly publicized negotiations between the two parties, Defense One reported. Boeing confirmed to CNBC that Trump and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg "had a productive meeting this week." In a Tuesday meeting at the White House, Trump and Muilenburg had a breakthrough in gridlocked negotiations on the two 747 jumbo airliners that the military purchased from the aerospace firm last summer and an announcement is anticipated soon, Defense One reported. CNBC

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McMaster-Code Red Alert
It is horrifying to witness our national security leaders issuing a virtual cry for help because our president refuses to listen or lead America’s defense against the foreign attack. Why, when Russia attacks America, does Trump attack the Americans who defend us? Think also about how disturbing it is that when the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee launches an attack against the FBI, it is bannered around the world by Russian bots championing and megaphoning his attack. Hill
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

Act Of War-Kremlin Approved Mercenary Attack On US Troops In Syria
That attack occurred on the night of February 7 and stretched into the next morning. The Pentagon says about 300 to 500 pro-Assad regime fighters attacked U.S. and Syrian rebel forces near the town of Deir al-Zour. The U.S. responded with a large jet and helicopter-led counterattack. In the end, no U.S. or Syrian rebel troops were killed, but the Pentagon estimates about 100 pro-Assad attackers died. The U.S. says it notified Russia before launching its counterattack. CNBC

Trump Threatens To Pull ICE Out Of California. Let Sanctuary Cities 'Figure It Out For Themselves'
Trump added that California state officials were doing a “lousy management job,” and criticized them for supposedly harboring “criminals,” the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. “Frankly, it’s a disgrace, the sanctuary city situation, the protection of these horrible criminals in California and other places,” Trump said. “If we ever pulled our ICE out and we ever said, ‘Hey, let California learn and let them figure it out for themselves,’ in two months, they’d be begging for us to come back. They would be begging,” he added. Fox

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Cruz Embraces Trump Ahead Of Re-Election
Up for a second Senate term in Texas this year, "Lyin' Ted" Cruz, as President Donald Trump nicknamed him, is suddenly Trump's biggest fan. Faced with a potentially tough re-election battle against Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Cruz has used recent public appearances -- including a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday -- to embrace Trump, stake out hard-line positions in debates over gun control and immigration, and antagonize Democrats.  CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN likes to point out anything against Trump.
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Trump Hasn't Forgiven McCain For Killing Obamacare
President Donald Trump has again blasted Sen. John McCain for voting against the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act last summer — but did not once call him by name. “We’re having tremendous plans coming out now, healthcare plans, at a fraction of the cost, that are much better than Obamacare,” Trump said Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Then, motioning a “thumbs down,” — which is what McCain did when he voted against the bill last summer — Trump continued, “And except for one senator who came into the room at 3 in the morning and went like that, we could have had health care too.” Time
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.

Trump Jr. Cancels US Foreign Policy Speech In India
A scheduled speech by Donald Trump Jr on US foreign policy in India has been abruptly changed to a “fireside chat” hours before the address was supposed to begin in Delhi. The 15-minute speech was initially called “Reshaping Indo-Pacific ties: the new era of cooperation”, but the title was amended on the website of the business conference to remove any reference to a topic.  Guardian

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Ivanka Goes For Gold. Charms At Olympics.
Ivanka Trump arrived in South Korea on Friday where she met President Moon Jae-in for dinner, ahead of a weekend that will be spent cheering on Team USA at the Winter Olympics. The first daughter's arrival in the country is a deliberate riposte to North Korea after Kim Jong-un sent his sister Kim Yo-jong to the opening ceremony of the Winter Games, along with an army of 100 cheerleaders, completely upstaging Vice President Mike Pence in the process. Daily Mail UK

Medals Fall Well Short Of USOC Projections
It was a sweeping goal, spelled out on a colorful, full-screen slide and presented to leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee in a meeting last year. Sports executives in America targeted athletes on Team USA to win 37 medals at the Pyeongchang Games. Heading into the final 48 hours of action, the United States had 21. Even if things were to go well over the handful of remaining events, the team will fall more than 10 medals short of the goal. Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: PC won the most gold.

New York's Waldorf Astoria Is Now Controlled By The Chinese Government
One of the symbols of New York luxury is now in the hands of Beijing. The Chinese government has taken control of Anbang Insurance Group, a Beijing-based conglomerate that has aggressively acquired overseas companies and properties including the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The move highlights the complexities the US faces as more and more Chinese companies—often with opaque ownership structures—attempt to purchase stateside companies. Quartz

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Where The Heck Is Steve Bannon?
One year after Steve Bannon’s appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference drew a crowd rivaling President Trump's, the former White House chief strategist will not even set foot inside the Gaylord National Hotel for a conference that will showcase the people who now represent the Trump agenda. Bannon’s complete absence from an event that featured him heavily in 2017 demonstrates just how much the White House team — and the party itself — has shifted during the first year of Trump’s presidency. Washington Examiner

FBI Tip-Line Caller Said Nikolas Cruz 'Is Going To Explode'
A person close to the teenager accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI she was concerned he would “get into a school and just shoot the place up,” according to a transcript of her call with a bureau tip line operator more than a month before the massacre. The transcript, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, provides chilling detail about the woman’s efforts on Jan. 5 to warn authorities about Nikolas Cruz’s propensity for violence and his troubled past. The caller’s identification was redacted from the transcript. WSJ

Bullied NFL Lineman Posts Shotgun Photo, Forces High School To Close
Former Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin posted a chilling Instagram story that forced a high school to close. On Thursday, Martin caught the attention of school officials with a story that featured a photo of a shotgun and the names of former Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey as well as the Los Angeles-area high school, Harvard-Westlake, that Martin attended. The 28-year-old was taken into custody on Friday, ABC reported. NY Post

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China Unveils Plans For Hypersonic Jet That Can Fly Anywhere In The World In 3 Hours
A new hypersonic aircraft could ferry passengers anywhere in the world in under three hours. Travelling at up to 3,800 miles an hour, more than six times the speed of a typical commercial jet and twice as fast as a supersonic aircraft, it has been deped for the Chinveloese military, but could be used for passengers. Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences say they have tested a scaled-down model of the hypersonic jet in a wind tunnel, where it reached a top speed of 5,343mph. Telegraph

Trudeau's Disastrous Trip To India
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, normally a darling of Western media, has been roundly, and sometimes savagely, mocked for a trip to India that included cultural, fashion, and political blunders at every turn. Trudeau's trip began to go awry right off the bat. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, known for his social-media savvy, did not make any posts welcoming Trudeau, who was greeted off the plane by a low-level agricultural minister. On Tuesday, Trudeau's wife, Sophie, posed for a photo with Jaspal Atwal, a Sikh separatist who was once convicted of trying to assassinate an Indian politician. Business Insider
VOA VIEW: Trudeau is a childish idiot.

Demand For Exorcisms Is Up Threefold In Italy, So Vatican Is Holding Conference
The Vatican hopes to step up its game against demon possessions with a week-long international conference in April to address a threefold increase in demand in Italy alone for the services of exorcists. The church is particularly alarmed over the uneven skills of some of its current exorcists and worried about priests who are no longer willing to learn the techniques. USA Today

Missing CDC Employee Left Work Sick 10 Days Ago, Hasn't Been Seen Since
Police are asking the public for help finding a missing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employee who went home sick 10 days ago and hasn't been seen or heard from since. Timothy Cunningham, 35, went to work on Feb. 12 and left sick, the Atlanta Police Department said. Cunningham, who studied at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is  commander in the Public Health Service and has been sent to respond to public health emergencies including the Ebola virus and the Zika virus, according to the CDC. ABC

Trump Hits 50% Approval Rating
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove. This is the president’s highest job approval rating since mid-June of last year. President Obama earned 45% approval on this date in the second year of his presidency. The latest figures include 34% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. Rasmussen
VOA VIEW: This poll makes more sense over the liberal left polls.

The Horrifying Life Of Sex Slavery N Korean Cheerleaders Face
Members of the North Korean national cheerleading squad — who have been featured gleefully rooting at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics — are systematically forced to have sex with high-ranking members of Kim Jong Un’s twisted regime, according to a disturbing report. Behind the scenes, the troupe — dubbed the “Pleasure Squad” by insiders — are forced to perform sex acts on party leaders during their trip to the Olympics, a defector with knowledge of the sexual slavery told Bloomberg News. NY Post

Missouri GOP Says George Soros Is Behind Governor Greitens' Indictment
The Missouri Republican Party suggested on Friday that billionaire George Soros was behind the indictment of the state’s Republican governor on felony invasion of privacy charges, stemming from a lewd picture he allegedly took of his mistress against her will. “Kim Gardner has received more than $200,000 from George Soros groups,” a statement from the party read, referring to the St. Louis Circuit Attorney who launched an investigation into Governor Eric Greitens. Daily Beast

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