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A University of Georgia fraternity has been suspended after a video appearing to show some of its members using a racial slur and mocking slavery went viral on social media. Atlanta Journal
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a letter on Friday that the city council’s attempt to have her administration investigated for potentially misusing city funds to hire her campaign staff was itself unlawful. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: Bad and foolish move.
Attorney General William Barr scoured special counsel Robert Mueller's confidential report on the Russia investigation with his advisers Saturday, deciding how much Congress and the American public will get to see about the two-year probe into President Donald Trump and Moscow's efforts to elect... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Give Barr time to do the right thing.
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While eating lunch at the Mineral City Mill and Grill in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Friday, Rep. Steve King - the Iowa Republican who has made a series of statements embracing white nationalism - got a face-full of water from another restaurant patron, authorities said. Blake Gibbins, 26, of Lafayette,... Baltimore Sun
A North Carolina company specializing in vacuum-packed pork skins is recalling three of its most popular spicy products because of what the USDA termed a “high” health risk issue. Charlotte Observer
A passenger peed on another’s luggage during a flight from Chicago to Charlotte, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department report. In a statement late Friday to The Charlotte Observer, airline Charlotte Observer
During the 2018 Texas Senate race, Austin resident Michele Schwartz canvassed for Beto O’Rourke and opened a pop-up office for his campaign at her home. A “religious” follower of Pod Save America — a favorite podcast among liberals — the race between O’Rourke and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz presented her with an obvious choice. On Saturday, though, Schwartz turned out for a rally at Texas Southern University to hear U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, stump to a Houston audience for the first time in her presidential campaign. Houston Chronicle
Four rural Nevada counties are balking at a new state law calling for strict background checks, with elected lawmakers voting to join a "Second Amendment sanctuary" ... Las Vegas Sun
The Demilitarized Zone that’s divided North Korea from South Korea since the Korean War evokes images of the Berlin Wall that divided East Berlin from West Berlin from 1961 to 1991, but it shows no signs of going down after the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Las Vegas Sun
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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont called on Americans to “stand up to hatred of all kinds” on Saturday as he paid a visit to a Koreatown mosque to commemorate the victims of the mass shooting in New Zealand. “Your background is different than mine,” the candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Sanders is a socialist.
The end of the special counsel’s inquiry into the far corners of President Trump’s White House and campaign is poised to upend the political landscape. But with the final report still secret, both parties are left to scramble in the dark to seize political advantage. Congress is still waiting... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are looking stupid.
Bernie Sanders kicked off the first of three rallies in California on Friday evening, promising to complete what he began three years ago with his improbable bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Drawing a crowd of thousands to downtown’s Waterfront Park, many of whom supported his 2016... LA Times
The leaders of five Caribbean nations sympathetic to the Trump administration’s hard line on Venezuela spent Friday discussing the South American nation, as well as how the United States can … Miami Herald
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Details of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election — and the possible involvement of members of President Donald Trump’s campaign — were held back for a second day as Department of Justice officials kept the findings a closely guarded secret. Democrats and Republicans alike held their... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems are going mad.
President Trump has seven women currently serving as senior White House advisers — more than any of his three predecessors. At the same time in their presidencies, Barack Obama had five; George W. Bush three, and Bill Clinton five. The report, in the Washington Examiner, notes that presidents who served before Clinton appointed so few... New York Post
Some of the Southern District of New York’s investigations into President Trump and his family business grew out of its case against Michael D. Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and fixer. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are now concerned over what they wished for.
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Record flooding along the Missouri River has impaired treatment of drinking supplies in Kansas City, raising health risks for infants, the elderly and others with compromised immune systems, the municipal water service warned on Saturday. Rueters
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's administration has reached its final stage and there will soon be a change in government, opposition leader Juan Guaido said, adding that his allies have spoken with high-ranking military members about changing sides. Rueters
A lawsuit filed by an affordable housing advocacy group claims the San Diego Housing Commission is perpetuating racial segregation by setting its housing values below market rate. In the suit filed March 7 by the San Diego Tenants Association, attorney Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi argues the Housing... San Diego Tribune
A decision not to charge someone who has been under investigation does not mean that they are innocent.
Most Democrats, including me, would gleefully support Biden over Trump or Pence. Yet it would be delusional to ignore the brutal undertow facing him.
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The case is an example of how the Trump administration’s attempts to end DACA have confused recipients, their families, government agencies and employers, muddling an already-complex web of immigration policies. Washington Post
Even as floodwaters receded in hard-hit places in in the Midwest, experts warned Saturday that with plenty of snow still left to melt in northern states, the relief may only be temporary. Rainfall and some snowmelt spurred flooding in recent weeks that's blamed in three deaths so far, with two men in Nebraska missing for more than a week. Thousands were forced from their homes in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri, as water broke through or poured over levees in the region. The damage is estimated at $3 billion, and that figure is expected to rise.
VOA VIEW: A bad year of storms.
The father of a slain black teenager pleaded for peace Saturday after the acquittal of a white police officer triggered an apparent retaliatory shooting at the defense attorney's office and touched off protests in the streets of Pittsburgh. Police put officers on 12-hour shifts until further notice. Early Saturday, five to eight shots were fired into the building where the officer's attorney, Patrick Thomassey, works, police in nearby Monroeville said. No one was hurt. Police said they had been staking out the place as a precaution, and the gunfire erupted after they left to answer another call around midnight.
VOA VIEW: The jury also have black members.
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The Islamic State group remains a threat, the US president says, after its five-year "caliphate" ends. BBC
The US and its allies have reclaimed the last territory in Syria held by Islamic State (IS) militants. BBC
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is recognizing "the reality on the ground" about Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights CBS
VOA VIEW: The decision is simple - 50 years.
The special counsel has submitted his findings into potential ties between the Kremlin and Trump campaign CBS
President Donald Trump is sending U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Beijing on Thursday to continue U.S. trade talks with China. CNBC
Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, says he thinks a recession in 2019 is unlikely if inflation stays in check, gives his opinion on how the 2020 election will pan out, and talks about how to improve the state of our economy. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Trump will win big in 2020.
House Democrats, on their afternoon conference call, renewed their demands for full transparency of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, according to people on the call. CNN
VOA VIEW: Dems are sore losers.
On the evening Robert Mueller submitted his report to the Justice Department, ending the special counsel investigation that has clouded all but a few months of his presidency, President Donald Trump was not huddled in a war room or dictating defiant tweets to his underlings. CNN
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was glowing as he stepped up to a podium in the backyard of his Jerusalem home to welcome U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to a holiday dinner. FOX News
Organisers hail UK’s ‘biggest-ever demo’, while Tom Watson leads calls for fresh referendumIn one of the biggest demonstrations in British history, a crowd estimated at over one million people yesterday marched peacefully through central London to demand that MPs grant them a fresh referendum on Brexit.The Put it to the People march, which included protesters from all corners of the United Kingdom and many EU nationals living here, took place amid extraordinary political turmoil and growing calls on prime minister Theresa May to resign. Guardian
Manning held in isolation for 22 hours a day after being jailed for refusing to testify to grand jury investigating WikiLeaksSupporters of Chelsea Manning have demanded her release from effective solitary confinement, in which she has been held for more than two weeks since being jailed for contempt of court. Related: Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify to grand jury in WikiLeaks case. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Manning is an idiot.
Earlier on Saturday evening Israeli aircraft struck two cells of Palestinians launching explosive balloons from the al-Bureij refugee camp towards southern Israeli communities. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Palestinians better get things right.
He continued that “the work that our administration’s done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state, remains,” and he is “confident that the Lord is at work here. Jerusalem Post
U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Saturday pored over a special counsel report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow, and was due to release key findings soon. Reuters
Teams from the three U.S. airlines that own 737 MAX jets were heading to Boeing Co's factory in Renton, Washington, to review a software upgrade on Saturday, even as Southwest Airlines Co began parking its 34 MAXs near the California desert. Reuters
The federal government's budget deficit grew to $234 billion in February, the largest monthly shortfall on record, according to a Treasury Department report. UPI
VOA VIEW: Obama cost the US much in 8 years of negligence.
FEMA released private information of over 2 million survivors of hurricanes and fires to a contractor, a Department of Homeland Security report said. UPI
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Tough luck for those who don't like it. From Syria to Turkey and beyond, President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights drew strong condemnation on Friday. The Syrian government called it "irresponsible" and a threat to international peace and stability, while Iran's foreign ministry said it plunges the region into a new crisis.
The Foreign Ministry in Damascus said Trump's statement confirms "the blind bias of the United States to the Zionist entity," referring to Israel, and added that it won't change "the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian." The ministry also said Damascus is now more intent on liberating the Golan, "using every possible means."
Trump's announcement the day before was a major shift in American policy and gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political boost a month before what is expected to be a close election.
Israel unilaterally annexed the Golan Heights in 1981. The U.N. Security Council resolution 497, issued after the annexation, refers to Israel as "the occupying power" and says Israel's attempt to "impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect."