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Panama City and nearby Florida Gulf Coast beaches are drawing vacationers even as the region struggles with lingering damage from Hurricane Michael, which struck in October 2018. Michael was one of only four known Category 5 hurricanes to make U.S. landfall. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: Hopefully a mild season.
The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it's not clear if the White... Baltimore Sun
A Democratic lawmaker from Naperville on Wednesday blamed the Trump administration's border policies for the deaths of migrant children, and the acting head of the Homeland Security Department lashed out at the "appalling accusation." Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: The blame for the death of migrant children are on those who brought them over the border illegally.

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With tariffs from China hitting their export market, a spate of bad weather hurting crop production and labor becoming harder to find, North Carolina tobacco farmers have faced their share … Charlotte Observer
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders on Wednesday tried to tamp down the brewing fervor among rank-and-file lawmakers to move more aggressively toward trying to impeach President Trump, even as she accused the president of engaging in a “cover-up.” LA Times
VOA VIEW: Let the Dems try and see what happens.
A nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog group is asking the Federal Elections Commission to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has taken donations from foreign nationals, which would violate federal … Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: The Dems have a new angel each day.
President Donald Trump dropped the pretense of working with congressional Democrats on Wednesday and sent a clear message that his re-election campaign will be centered on condemning overzealous investigations Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: The Dems presented nothing but obstruction since they took control of Congress.
Vice President Mike Pence says Democrats in Congress need to focus on passing trade agreements that help North Carolina workers, rather than extend what he called unfounded investigations of President … Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: The Dems have gone mad.
A 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and mayor was more than an hour late for a campaign appearance in Queens on Wednesday — Mayor Pete Buttigieg was stuck in traffic. As Rep. Gregory Meeks updated the crowd at LaGuardia Community College about Buttigieg’s delay, someone called out: “He should have taken the train.” New York Post
VOA VIEW: A real fool.

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She promised grassroots activism, but this is ridiculous. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has taken aim at cauliflower, claiming that growing the vegetable in community gardens in non-white neighborhoods is an act of colonialism. “When someone says that it’s ‘too hard’ to do a greenspace that grows yuca instead of, I dunno, cauliflower or something, New York Post
VOA VIEW: Cortez is nuts.
President Trump, his company and his three eldest children sought to block Deutsche Bank and Capital One from complying with the subpoenas issued by congressional committees. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Dem foolishness.
Retired Navy Admiral and former U.S. special operations chief William McRaven has no regrets about criticizing President Donald Trump, though he said on Wednesday that friends in the military faulted him for disparaging the commander-in-chief. Rueters
VOA VIEW: McRaven is an idiot.
The U.S. Treasury will not introduce a redesigned $20 bill picturing escaped slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman next year as planned, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday. Rueters
VOA VIEW: As it should do.

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China must prepare for difficult times as the international situation is increasingly complex, President Xi Jinping said in comments carried by state media on Wednesday, as the U.S.-China trade war took a mounting toll on tech giant Huawei. Rueters
VOA VIEW: XI should wise up more.
Saudi Aramco signs initial agreement to buy liquefied natural gas from Sempra's anticipated project on Texas Gulf Coast San Diego Tribune
North Carolina teacher Kristen Thompson was arrested Tuesday after abruptly resigning days earlier from Pathways Elementary School in Hillsborough.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Madness!

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Mississippi’s law, which bans abortions after six weeks, is part of a nationwide barrage of restrictions meant to challenge the Constitution and force the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling in Roe v. Wade. Washington Post
Some Trump associates are contemplating lawsuits against the people who they believe defamed them in the Russia election collusion investigation. A possible road map: the successful lawsuit of wrongly suspected biological weapons scientist Steven Hatfill, who accepted a multimillion-dollar settlement in 2008. Several former Trump campaign officials are in early ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Fight the Dems.
A federal judge in New York is refusing to block congressional subpoenas seeking financial records from two banks that did business with President Donald Trump. ABC
VOA VIEW: Next will be the court of appeals and the Supreme Court thereafter.
Federal prosecutors are expected to charge Michael Avenatti with additional financial crimes Wednesday, sources briefed on the case told ABC News. ABC
VOA VIEW: Avenatti will pay dearly.
President Donald Trump responded angrily to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claim he's "engaged in a cover-up" just after they met at the White House. ABC
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is a fool.

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The Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, stepped down over the PM's Brexit policy. BBC
NORAD sent F-22s to ward off Russian bombers and fighter jets that entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone twice CBS
VOA VIEW: Russia is playing with fire.
A California native who admitted to providing support to the Taliban is expected to be released from a federal prison. He was with them in Afghanistan on 9/11. CBS

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Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is not among the 24 Democratic cadidates vying for the presidency, but she's rumored to still be considering a run. CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns joined "Red & Blue" to discuss if, or when, Abrams will enter the race. CBS
VOA VIEW: Abrams would be foolish to get in the race - she is a nobody.
The president may have more success in the court fights to come. But the two losses are nonetheless a dramatic setback for his legal strategy. CNBC
Even as President Donald Trump insists he's supportive of infrastructure projects, some say his record proves otherwise, especially when looking at high-speed rail. CNBC
Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott intends to allow a comprehensive abortion rights bill to become law, as other states led by Republican governors across the nation work to restrict the procedure. CNN
President Donald Trump's angry threats Wednesday to not work with congressional Democrats until they stopped investigating him came at a sensitive time for talks over several important issues that bipartisan negotiators on Capitol Hill and the White House had hoped to wrap up before Congress leaves as early as Thursday for the Memorial Day recess. CNN
VOA VIEW: Dems are acting stupid.
Federal officials say the Trump administration's decision to lift a moratorium on coal sales from public lands could hasten the release of more than 5 billion tons of greenhouse gasses. FOX News
John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free after nearly two decades in prison. FOX News
Senior cabinet members call on PM to pull planned vote on withdrawal agreement billAll today’s Brexit news – live updatesTheresa May faces the stark choice of quitting or being turfed out of Downing Street by her own party, after Andrea Leadsom resigned from the cabinet amid a furious backlash against the prime minister’s “new Brexit deal”.Leadsom quit on Wednesday evening, using her resignation letter to attack the ill-discipline of her cabinet colleagues, and warn that she no longer believed its approach would “deliver on the referendum result”. Guardian
"You young people should be assured that you will witness the demise of the enemies of humanity, meaning the degenerate American civilization, and the demise of Israel," Khamenei said. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Khamenei is a fool.
The House Oversight Committee has reached an agreement with President Donald Trump's attorneys to seek an expedited appeal in a court case in which lawmakers are seeking the U.S. leader's financial records from his accounting firm, the panel said in a statement on Wednesday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Good!
Amazon.com Inc said shareholders rejected proposals to curb and audit its facial recognition service on Wednesday, just as members of Congress indicated there was bipartisan support to one day regulate the technology. Reuters
After a severe weather outbreak hammered areas from Texas to Kansas and Missouri early this week, more severe weather will threaten these same areas in the days leading up to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. UPI
President Donald Trump praised the "immortal acts of courage" of 14 first responders who received the Public Safety Officer Medal of Honor on Wednesday afternoon at the White House. UPI
The House intelligence committee will receive an unredacted version of the Mueller report in exchange for not enforcing a subpoena against Attorney General William Barr, committee chairman Adam Schiff said Wednesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: A foolish move, if true.

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     Biden better direct himself to his initial opponents - Dems.  Former Vice President Joe Biden blasted President Trump for shaming him for abandoning Pennsylvania — an attack line the president deployed at his Montoursville, Pennsylvania, rally Monday night.

     “My family did have to leave Pennsylvania when I was 10,” Biden wrote in a fundraising plea Tuesday, reminding his supporters about the circumstances that brought his family to Delaware — that his dad had lost his job. “We moved to Delaware where my dad found a job that could provide for our family,” Biden said.

     “This is proof that Donald Trump doesn’t understand the struggles working folks go through. He doesn’t understand what it’s like to worry you will lose the roof over your head. He doesn’t understand what it’s like to wonder if you’re able to put food on the table.”

     Pennsylvania is a key battleground state. Biden, a Scranton native, opened up his campaign headquarters in Philadelphia.  Trump was the first Republican to win Pennsylvania in two decades when he bested Democratic Hillary Clinton.

     No wonder that Trump’s No. 1 Democratic focus at his rally in the Keystone State was Biden, who was leading him by 11 points in a Quinnipiac poll of Pennsylvania voters conducted earlier this month. Both the president and his son Donald Trump Jr., who was the crowd’s warmup act, talked about their ties to the state.