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Special counsel Robert Mueller's office on Friday issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of BuzzFeed News' report that said President Donald Trump's former attorney told Mueller that the president directed him to lie to Congress. BuzzFeed, citing two unidentified law enforcement... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Buzzfeed further lost its credibility.
President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear program, the White House announced Friday. News of a second meeting with the reclusive North Korean leader came after Trump met at the White House... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Un may be playing Trump.
Green, an outspoken advocate for impeaching President Donald Trump on the basis of his past racial comments, said Farrakhan's attacks on Jews should also be denounced. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Farrakhan is an idiot.


Tony Buzbee on Friday laid the seeds for a mayoral campaign built on tackling crime, paying firefighters more and putting stricter limits on political donations to city officials. Houston Chronicle
The warning is in effect from early Saturday to early Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.          IndyStar
America's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government. Las Vegas Sun
The government shutdown, which began December 22, is the longest on record, causing national parks to rely on volunteers and donations to stay open. Las Vegas Sun
Newly empowered Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are preparing to reopen the panel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, seeking new interviews and financial records even as Republicans appear ready to boycott the inquiry. Republicans who previously led the committee. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are acting like the fools they are.
President Donald Trump was paying tribute Saturday to the four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria this week as he set off to Dover Air Force Base. Miami Herald


Former President George W. Bush took time out of his day to personally deliver some pizza to his Secret Service detail as they continue to go without pay due to the government shutdown. The 72-year-old posted a picture of the kind act on his Instagram page Friday, along with a message for federal lawmakers. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Bush should stay out of the issue.
The decision by Democrats, and the president’s suggestion that he would have an announcement on Saturday, were the first indications of possible movement over the shutdown. New York Times
The Afghan Taliban rejected reports in the Pakistani media that they were prepared to resume meetings with U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Islamabad and repeated their refusal to deal directly with the Afghan government. Rueters
Hundreds of Central American migrants broke their way into a federal port of entry on Mexico’s southern border early Friday, authorities said, bucking efforts by Mexican immigration officers to register their arrival in an orderly manner. Mexico’s top immigration official, Tonatiuh Guillén, said. San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: Mexico is not doing enough to stop the migrants.

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California’s new law abolishing the requirement to post bail for release after arrest, scheduled to take effect in October, was put on hold Wednesday when bail bond companies qualified a referendum to put the issue before voters in November 2020. San Francisco Gate
Warren is one of many presidential candidates attempting to carve a niche online. Blame it on Donald Trump or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- but politicians are extremely online, and they're here to stay. Yes, it is bizarre to see Brooklyn grandpa Chuck Schumer tweeting about Cardi B in conversation with his much younger colleagues. But it isn't just Twitter. Politicians are also showing up on Instagram, a medium that Ocasio-Cortez has seized upon as an effective way to communicate with the public. CBS
VOA VIEW: Warrens is nuts.
Eight lots of the blood pressure-lowering drugs irbesartan and irbesartan HCTZ are recalled after testing reveals a carcinogen A drug company on Friday announced the recall of eight more lots of irbesartan blood pressure medication after testing revealed the drugs contained trace amounts of a carcinogen. Prinston Pharmaceuticals recalled one lot of irbesartan tablets and seven lots of irbesartan HCTZ tablets. USA Today


President orders new policy forbidding Congress members from traveling on government planes without the written approval of his chief of staff.         USA Today
Previous research has linked marketing to opioid prescriptions, but the researchers said their study was the first to extend the comparison to overdose deaths. Washington Post
The absence of help at federal sites is a loss for the Park Service and a letdown for volunteers, project leaders say. Martin Luther King Jr. “Day of Service” on Saturday because the partial government shutdown has the gates locked at the national park along the Anacostia River. The Student Conservation Association has postponed its day of service on Monday at Washington’s Anacostia Park, where about 400 volunteers were already registered to participate. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Dems are hurting their own.
The university urged a federal judge to reject allegations of illegal racial bias in its’ admissions process and rule in its favor without allowing the lawsuit to go to trial. Washington Post
Johnsonville LLC has recalled more than 48,000 pounds of raw ground frozen pork patties that may be contaminated with materials including black rubber. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Friday by the company based in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. The material was produced and packaged on Sept. 27, Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, 2018, with the name Johnsonville Grillers, cheddar cheese and bacon flavor. ABC
VOA VIEW: Bad news - pork is not safe from the start.

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A man described by federal drug agents as the country’s most significant drug trafficker in Africa has been arrested and brought to the United States to face charges. David Cardona-Cardona arrived Thursday in New York where he was charged with arranging to trade cocaine for surface-to-air missiles and other advanced weaponry. ABC
Model Judith Heard hopes her story of sexual abuse will prompt other women to tell their stories - and to support one another.She arrives for our interview in a borrowed £50,000 dress. She's a jetsetter and socialite, in London for some modelling engagements and charity events. On the surface, her life differs entirely from that of the average East African. But there is one thing Judith Heard has in common with many women in Uganda. BBC
VOA VIEW: Propaganda game.
The U.S.-born Iran state TV anchor was born Melanie Franklin in New Orleans but has worked for Iranian state TV for 25 years. Marzieh Hashemi, a U.S. citizen who has lived and worked in Iran for much of her adult life, is being held as a material witness by the U.S. government. On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell unsealed information about her arrest, allowing it to be made public. The ruling says that she was arrested on a material witness warrant issued by a U.S. District Court judge, and she has not been accused of any crime. CBS
VOA VIEW: All the facts are not known.

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As the special counsel's investigation grows increasingly damaging to President Donald Trump's close associates, and possibly the president himself, it's worth looking at how Mueller obtains this crucial information in the first place. While Mueller is reportedly close to wrapping up his probe, his legal filings and blockbuster media reports, such as BuzzFeed's bombshell saying Trump ordered his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, indicate he's working on a case epic in scope — and that he knows far more than the public might realize. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Mueller is a joke and fake.
The latest revelation comes on the heels of the Pentagon's missile defense review, which addresses anti-satellite capabilities that "could threaten U.S. space-based assets." According to the missile review, "Russia is developing a diverse suite of anti-satellite capabilities, including ground-launched missiles and directed-energy weapons, and continues to launch 'experimental' satellites that conduct sophisticated on-orbit activities to advance counterspace capabilities." CNBC
Speaker Nancy Pelosi canceled a planned trip to visit troops in Afghanistan Friday, after -- her office alleged in a statement -- the White House leaked the details of the congressional delegation's commercial plane travel. Speaker Nancy Pelosi canceled a planned trip to visit troops in Afghanistan Friday, after -- her office alleged in a statement -- the White House leaked the details of the congressional delegation's commercial plane travel. CNN
VOA VIEW: The Dems looked like fools and now trying to clean up their act.
Despite the government shutdown, Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Park will be open Jan. 19 to Feb. 3 thanks to a $83,500 grant from the Delta Airlines Foundation. Just hours before tens of thousands of people descend upon the historic Auburn Avenue, the birth city of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. saw a sudden change in fate. “I think we have to go straight to Hallelujah,” exclaimed Georgia State Rep. “Able” Mable Thomas (D). FOX News
VOA VIEW: More extra help.
Prominent Democratic donor Terry Bean was indicted on two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sex abuse. Bean was arraigned Thursday on the charges, TV station KGW8 reported. He pleaded not guilty and was taken into custody at Lane County jail in Oregon. He was released Thursday and told KGW8 he was “innocent.” FOX News
VOA VIEW: Time will tell the truth.
In the second-longest shutdown in US government history, Donald Trump continues to demand more than $5bn for a border wall. Congress is in deadlock, and some 800,000 federal employees have been sent home or are working without pay. The president has threatened that the shutdown could last ‘months or even years’. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Liberals are at fault.
This coming May, the Israeli Airline Pilots Association will be holding the Israel Aviation Conference, the most important aviation conference in the Middle East. Jerusalem Post
World stock indexes jumped on Friday, with Wall Street posting a fourth straight week of gains, and the dollar had its first positive week since mid-December as optimism increased that an end is in sight to the U.S.-China trade conflict. Reuters
The United States is pushing for regular reviews of China's progress on pledged trade reforms as a condition for a trade deal - and could again resort to tariffs if it deems Beijing has violated the agreement, according to sources briefed on negotiations to end the trade war between the two nations. Reuters
The longest government shutdown in U.S. history continues to disrupt the FDA's oversight of potentially life-saving drugs such as allergy medication. UPI
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold a second round of talks on denuclearization in February, the White House said. UPI
VOA VIEW: NK cannot be trusted.

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    Wasting taxpayer money while there is a shutdown is foolish - Trump made a wise decision.  President Donald Trump said Thursday he was denying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a military plane for a trip to Afghanistan that was set to begin in the afternoon. Pelosi had been scheduled to leave within the hour that Trump's letter was made public, making for the awkward site of a large blue Air Force bus idling outside the Capitol as the implications of the President's missive came into focus.

     "Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed," Trump wrote Pelosi on Thursday. "We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over."  "Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative," Trump wrote.

     The President has the authority to direct the Defense Department to not use military assets to support a congressional delegation to military theaters. That includes air transport and additional security procedures.