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"I would welcome the opportunity to be Secretary of Defense, but not at the expense of being a good father," Patrick Shanahan said in a statement. ABC
VOA VIEW: Excuse for a nomination that would not happen.
Government research shows pot use is most common during the first trimester. ABC
The president tweeted that Patrick Shanahan is resigning to "devote more time to his family". BBC
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The drug bust netted approximately 16.5 tons, making it the largest in history in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania CBS
CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett interviews President Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale CBS
VOA VIEW: Trump will win big.
The former White House communications director is slated to testify before a House committee Wednesday morning CBS
The Democratic congresswoman from New York worries Americans could lose the U.S. "to an authoritarian and fascist presidency" CBS
VOA VIEW: Cortez is a media created idiot.
Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters on Tuesday requested that Facebook pause its development of Libra, an upcoming cryptocurrency that the company plans to release in 2020. CNBC
But a look at state-by-state data clarifies the scale of Trump's challenge. As the president tries to rally supporters at a 2020 kickoff rally in Orlando on Tuesday, he is fighting from behind. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Fools didn't remember 2015 and 2016 - Trump does not poll.
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The fabric of America is crumbling. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives the nation's infrastructure a D+ grade -- that's the roads and bridges we drive on every day, the airports we use for business and vacation travel, and the schools where we send our children to learn. And newer networks critical to modern life, like broadband internet, haven't even reached many areas yet. CNN
The White House is asserting immunity for President Donald Trump's long-time confidant Hope Hicks from having to testify on Wednesday about her time in the White House. CNN
VOA VIEW: As they should.
The lead prosecutor of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing a wounded teenage ISIS prisoner under his care in Iraq and other war crimes described the defendant in his opening statement Tuesday as a murderer who was out for blood. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Foolish way to treat a hero.
Frontrunner comes under pressure over issues including tax cuts and IslamophobiaBoris Johnson has been forced on to the defensive in a fractious five-way Tory leadership debate, coming under pressure on issues from Islamophobia to his plan to cut taxes for top earners.The former foreign secretary remains overwhelming favourite to be Britain’s next prime minister after winning the second round of voting among Conservative MPs convincingly, with 126 votes of the 313 cast. Guardian
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Release of colour images adds more clarity to debate but fails to prove responsibilityThe sophistication of the attacks on two shipping tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week had already led most independent analysts to conclude Iran was responsible for the high-profile explosions.But there has been scepticism from some key countries, including Germany and Japan, after the US initially released a grainy black and white video it said showed Iranian forces removing an unexploded mine from one of the two targeted ships. Iran has denied involvement. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Iran looks bad and will lose this conflict.
The US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, responded on Twitter to Annen by writing his 133,000 followers: " Iranians aren’t allowed to be on twitter..." Jerusalem Post
China and the United States are rekindling trade talks ahead of a meeting next week between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, cheering financial markets with hope that an escalating trade war between the two countries would abate. Reuters
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Guatemala has not yet committed to becoming a "safe third country" for U.S.-bound migrants seeking asylum, but is analyzing with the United States how to contain flows of people from Central America, the Interior Minister said on Tuesday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Guatemala better get on board or lose the money they get from the US.
U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to take military action to stop Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb but left open whether he would back the use of force to protect Gulf oil supplies that Washington fears may be under threat by Iran. Reuters
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States was very prepared with regard to Iran, as tensions ramped up after attacks on several oil tankers and Tehran's announcement it would step up uranium enrichment. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The US does not fear Iran - they have talked big, but done nothing.
Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that a U.S. Navy hospital ship will set sail to relieve pressure from the strain of increase in displaced Venezuelans. UPI
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts introduced a new universal child care bill Tuesday with freshman Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico. UPI
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Calling housing "a human right," Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro unveiled a series of new proposals to address housing affordability issues that are mounting across the country. UPI
VOA VIEW: Castro has no clue.
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Never Trumpers are at a loss. President Trump needled the “never Trumpers” on the fourth anniversary of him and First Lady Melania Trump descending the escalator at Trump Tower to announce his bid for the presidency. The video posted on his Twitter page begins with “The Simpsons” send up of Trump launching his campaign on June 16, 2015, and segues into a rash of celebrities and politicians pooh-poohing his chances of winning the White House.
“There’s not going to be a President Donald Trump,” actor George Clooney says on the video. “Trump will not be president,” said former President Obama. Similar sentiments were made in the video by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, comedian Stephen Colbert and longtime nemesis Rosie O’Donnell. The video shows pundits downplaying Trump’s chances of beating Hillary Clinton, who they said had a 100 percent chance to win.
It then switches to election night 2016 and shows one state after another falling for Trump, as he amasses Electoral College votes. It ends with Trump on a billboard with the words “Super Trump.” The president tweeted out parts of the video last July. It was first published by eLouai on Dec. 5, 2016.