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Israel will hold an unprecedented third election after the Knesset failed to muster the votes needed to nominate any candidate for prime minister. LA Times
The inspector general's report shows the FBI is still struggling with gross misconduct. LA Times
VOA VIEW: The FBI can no longer be trusted.
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg also did work for a health insurer and environmental groups while employed by McKinsey & Co. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Buttigieg is a loser, once again, said.
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Ms. Warren, who has ramped up her criticism of her presidential opponents after months of avoiding conflict, issued another rebuke Thursday in a speech about the economy and corruption. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Warren is sounding desperate.
The attorney general has acted more like a henchman than the leader of an agency charged with exercising independent judgment. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Expected from the liberal bias NYT.
The president’s campus intervention ignores the bigger threat of anti-Semitism and threatens speech. New York Times
The White House has reached a "deal in principle" with Beijing to resolve the 17-month U.S.-China trade war, according to a source briefed on the trade talks. Rueters
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday signed off on a trade deal with China that would delay a new round of tariffs that was to be put in place on Dec. 15, Bloomberg News reported. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, Trump did not bend.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on course to win Thursday's election comfortably, giving him the numbers in parliament needed to pass his Brexit divorce deal next month, according to an exit poll on Thursday. Rueters
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An exit poll has predicted Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives will win an outright majority in Thursday's election with a total of 368 seats. Rueters
VOA VIEW: More than socialists.
MSCI's global stock index hit a record high on Thursday and the U.S. dollar gained along with U.S. Treasury yields after reports the United States has reached in principle a "phase one" trade deal with China. Rueters
In partnership with the Metropolitan Advisory Committee, or MAAC, the Consul General of Mexico in San Diego will award $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who have already been admitted to college for the Fall 2020 semester. San Diego Tribune
Trump touted a bipartisan deal he reached with Democrats that would grant federal workers 12 weeks of paid parental leave.
VOA VIEW: Not good for taxpayers.
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Donald Trump's reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee target Democrats from districts that voted for the president in 2016.
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Kids and young adults tend to be more afflicted by complications from influenza B, according to Dr. Aaron Milstone at Johns Hopkins University. USA Today
For most job candidates, time spent at Harvard University would be front-and-center on their resume. But as Sen. Elizabeth Warren stumps across the country seeking the presidency, her time as an Ivy League law professor is strikingly absent from the story she tells voters, replaced by her hard-scrabble Oklahoma roots, ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Warren does not want to seem uppity.
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The Obama Justice Department and the FBI twice debated whether to give the Trump campaign a "defensive briefing" on Russia but decided not to, according to the department's inspector general report. Trump supporters say that such a heads-up could have changed history and short-circuited an investigation, given that no Trump ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It shows liberal bias.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman has confirmed that agents from its Homeland Security Investigations division are working with the IRS to execute a search warrant at multiple sites in the Atlanta area ABC
Federal investigators have determined that the shooting at the Air Base Pensacola that killed three people was likely a "terror" attack inspired by radical ideology. ABC
VOA VIEW: There is no question.
House Speaker Pelosi called the impeachment articles against President Trump "very strong" as on the House Judiciary Committee Republicans noted no crimes are alleged. ABC
VOA VIEW: Pelosi and her clan look stupid.
Thursday is the final day for Democratic presidential candidates to qualify for the next debate, which is one week from today in Los Angeles. So far only seven candidates have done so, including Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is surging in recent polling. In Iowa, he's in a tight race with the top candidates, and a poll in New Hampshire has him leading. Buttigieg joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the impeachment hearings, what his record shows in helping minority communities, and how he plans to tackle the student debt crisis. CBS
VOA VIEW: Buttigieg is a loser.
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The debate will take place in South Carolina on February 25. The Democratic National Committee announced details for the first four early-voting state presidential primary debates. CBS
VOA VIEW: A futile effort.
Trump met with his top economic advisors Thursday afternoon as he decides whether to delay tariffs set to take effect Sunday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The US cannot give in to China.
Lawmakers have an agreement to keep the government running past a Dec. 20 shutdown deadline. CNBC
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The injunction would likely seek to block Facebook from enforcing policies around how its apps interact, sources told The Wall Street Journal. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook needs to be sanctioned.
The majority leader will likely hold a vote to clear Trump, not just dismiss impeachment charges, two GOP senators say CNN
The US military tested Thursday a conventional missile that was previously banned by the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty that the Trump administration exited earlier this year, citing Russian violations. CNN
Kim Foxx, the Cook County state attorney who dismissed charges against Jussie Smollett earlier this year, filed motions Wednesday to expunge more than 1,000 marijuana convictions, a move that paves the way for clearing tens of thousands of convictions. FOX News
China and the United States are in close communication on trade, officials in Beijing and Washington said, days before tit-for-tat tariffs are due to go into effect. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
U.S. stock indexes jumped to new highs on Thursday, and Treasury yields rose, after President Donald Trump tweeted that a trade deal with China was "very close" and on a report that U.S. trade negotiators had offered to cancel a fresh round of tariffs on Chinese goods. Reuters
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday the House would act next week to wrap up its impeachment inquiry, following up on whatever decision is taken on articles of impeachment by the House Judiciary Committee this week. Reuters
VOA VIEW: We will see what the final vote will be - Dems will lose.
The International Monetary Fund would welcome any deal to reduce U.S.-China trade tensions and tariffs, but is urging the world's two largest economies to permanently resolve their 17-month trade war, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said on Thursday. Reuters
Lawyer Alan Dershowitz said on Thursday he had met President Donald Trump at the White House amid reports that Trump is considering adding him to his legal team to fight an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate. Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump reprised his ridicule of 16-year-old Greta Thunberg on Thursday after the Swedish climate activist was named Time's Person of the Year for 2019. Reuters
VOA VIEW: A Times unjust fool.
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Liberal High education is devastating the nation. Social justice ideology is turning higher education into an engine of progressive advocacy, according to a new report by the National Association of Scholars. Left-wing activists masquerading as professors are infiltrating traditional academic departments or creating new ones — such as “Solidarity and Social Justice” — to advance their cause. They are entering the highest circles of college administration. From these perches, they require students to take social justice courses, such as “Native Sexualities and Queer Discourse” or “Hip-hop Workshop,” and attend social-justice events in order to graduate.
But social justice education is merely a symptom of an even deeper perversion of academic values: the cult of race and gender victimology a k a “diversity.” The diversity cult is driven by one overwhelming reality: the seemingly intractable achievement gap between whites and Asians on the one hand, and blacks and Hispanics on the other. Radical feminism, as well as LGBT advocacy, are also deeply intertwined with diversity and social justice thinking on campus and off. But race is the main impetus. Liberal whites are terrified that the achievement and behavior gaps will never close. So they have crafted a totalizing narrative about the supremacist white norms and racism that allegedly hold back black achievement.
Objectivity, a strong work ethic, individualism, a respect for the written word, perfectionism and promptness are among the “white norms” that diversity and social-justice theory seek to deconstruct. In New York City, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is inflicting social justice ideology on local schools. Any act of self-discipline or deferred gratification is now simply a manifestation of white supremacy.