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Mayor de Blasio claimed his wife’s recent flurry of activity — starting a podcast and a post-natal care program in Brooklyn with city resources — has nothing to do with her mulling a run for political office in the borough. “If you ask what’s motivating it, did it have anything to do with the potential... New York Post
VOA VIEW: De Blasio is trying to rip off the city.
Mike Bloomberg’s wallet might come to the rescue. The media billionaire, who was pummeled by Democratic rivals in his first primary debate appearance Wednesday — has shattered the record for TV and radio ad spending for a presidential campaign – and it’s only February, a new analysis reveals. Bloomberg has spent a combined $354.3 million... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Bloomberg is spending to try to win.
2020 watch: AOC vs. the Bernie Bros Even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who endorsed Bernie Sanders in October, “admitted on Wednesday that the Bernie Bros have become a ‘real problem’ for Sanders’ campaign,” reports the Washington Examiner’s Kaylee McGhee. AOC has a point in distancing Sanders from “the toxic environment his online army has created,” blaming... New York Post
VOA VIEW: AOC is a figment of her own imagination.

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The 14 coronavirus-stricken Americans evacuated from a cruise ship in Japan were flown back to the US on a plane full of healthy people against advice from the CDC, a report said Thursday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials argued the 14 infected Diamond Princess passengers shouldn’t be flown back with the about 300... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dumb!
A classified briefing to lawmakers angered the president, who complained that Democrats would “weaponize” the disclosure. New York Times
VOA VIEW: A liberal saying.
T- Mobile US and Sprint Corp said on Thursday that they had agreed on new merger terms and were looking to close the deal as early as April 1. Rueters
VOA VIEW: The merger should be stopped.
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren will get help in the final days before Nevada's caucuses from a super PAC, despite her outspoken opposition to such fundraising efforts. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Double talk.
A debate-stage scrap between Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren spilled onto the Democratic campaign trail on Thursday as the former New York mayor sought to move past his rocky debate debut and the senator dug in on attacking her billionaire rival. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Warren is desperate.
Kuwait's ports authority suspended the movement of people to and from Iran until further notice because of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak in that country, state news agency KUNA said early on Friday. Rueters
VOA VIEW: As they should.

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Iraq banned border crossings by Iranian nationals for three days from Thursday amid fears of the coronavirus, Iraq's state news agency said on Thursday. Rueters
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Is the Harvey Weinstein sex crimes jury confused or being careful? It started deliberations with lots of questions.        USA Today
The "rigged" system is suddenly working in Sen. Bernard Sanders' favor. The Vermont Democratic socialist and most of the other 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls cried foul when the Democratic National Committee changed the rules and allowed billionaire media mogul Michael Bloomberg onto the debate stage, but the setup proved to ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It would be easy to beat a socialist.
Ukraine's foreign minister says the government is happy that impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump are over and it now wants to advance relations with the United States ABC
VOA VIEW: In other words, move on.

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Roger Stone, a longtime friend and campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, faces sentencing Thursday morning for lying to Congress. Might Trump pardon him? ABC
VOA VIEW: New trial or pardon?
DNC chair Tom Perez called for a recanvass because of the technology problems plaguing the state party since the night of the caucuses. CBS
Pete Buttigieg finished second and Amy Klobuchar third. Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden aren't projected to get any delegates. CBS

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Indicators this week from the key Philadelphia and New York Federal Reserve districts showed a sharp rebound that far exceeded Wall Street expectations. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal wishful thinking.
Almost 20 million television viewers tuned in to watch the ninth Democratic debate on Wednesday, the first to feature former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Voters wanted to see how big of a fool Bloomberg would be.
In her latest move bashing billionaires, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has placed an ad in Sheldon Adelson's own newspaper, revealing that he'd pay $2.3 billion under her wealth tax. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Warren looks more like a mad fool.
As soon as Mike Bloomberg entered the race, astute political observers began wondering what historic effect his candidacy and unlimited financial resources would have on this election. It now looks like we have an answer. Bloomberg is helping Bernie Sanders win. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell - but Trump would beat Sanders bad.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, months after admitting it paid more than $12 million to victims sexually abused by their clerics as children. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Bad news.

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The leaders of Germany and France called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to express their concern about the humanitarian situation in Syria's Idlib region, urging an end to the conflict there, a German spokesman said. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Putin will do little to help any competitive country.
Michael Bloomberg faced a barrage of attacks at his first Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday, as his rivals assailed the free-spending and fast-rising billionaire over his record on race, history of sexist comments and the use of his massive fortune to muscle his way into the contest. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Expected!
The U.S. Army’s famed 82nd Airborne Division said 800 paratroopers have returned home to Fort Bragg, N.C., on Thursday after a hasty deployment to the Middle East following the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad last year. FOX News
VOA VIEW: With GOD's speed.

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Issue raised by Trumps chief of staff Mick Mulvaney in meeting with Dominic CummingsThe White House campaign against Britain’s decision to allow Huawei to supply 5G network technology is expected to continue after a critical UK-US meeting at Downing Street broke up without reaching agreement on the issue.Sources said that the American delegation, led by acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, were unimpressed with attempts made by the prime minister’s chief aide Dominic Cummings to persuade them to work together on developing alternatives to the Chinese supplier. Continue reading... Guardian
VOA VIEW: Huawei cannot be trusted.

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     Bloomberg has many problems, but a lot of money. Mike Bloomberg is trying to position himself as a moderate candidate who has the resources and record to unite the Democratic Party to take on President Donald Trump this fall.  But despite his recent surge in polls, that might be a difficult task, as he remains a divisive figure among a group historically important to Democrats — labor unions.

     To be sure, unions’ support or opposition may not make or break Democratic candidacies this cycle, as key constituencies within the party are merely looking for the best chance to win in November. The influential Nevada Culinary Workers’ union declined to support any of the Democratic candidates ahead of the debate Wednesday night and the state’s caucuses this Saturday. Nor is there a clear front-runner for endorsement of the 12.5 million-member AFL-CIO, as former Vice President Joe Biden, once the would-be union darling, continues to fall in the polls
 

     Yet the chances of Bloomberg becoming a champion of organized labor early in the primary season might seem small, despite his recent unveiling of some union-friendly policy proposals. Bloomberg’s media company, Bloomberg LP, is not unionized, though the legal research firm it acquired in 2011, Bloomberg BNA, does have a union. During his three-term run as New York mayor, Bloomberg’s tough tactics earned him a mixed record with unions: He had his share of enemies and allies, as well as people who straddled the divide.