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A man follows a teen girl from car to car on the 6 train — then slashes her in the head. A stranger beats a blind man in a Queens station, simply over an accidental touch by his cane. A woman fends off a would-be rapist in a Brooklyn subway bathroom. An angry passenger hits... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Why isn't it happening?
A brawl broke out at a Bernie Sanders rally in Colorado on Sunday when a supporter of the Vermont senator confronted another man for wearing a T-shirt that read “Black Guns Matter,” a report said. The man sporting the shirt, who is black, told CBS Denver that he was recording the presidential hopeful at the Colorado... New York Post
“Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history,” former President Obama tweeted. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Obama is a joke and no one is laughing.

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Germany seems poised to follow Britain in letting the Chinese maker build next-generation networks, despite last appeals from the United States. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The US can put Huawei in check.
Immigrant-rights activists are on a winning streak against the Trump administration in the deserts of Arizona — and they have a 1990s-era religious freedom law to thank for it. In two cases in recent months, activists who left water for illegal immigrants escaped punishment after judges ruled they were motivated ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Madness!
President Trump is set to travel Tuesday to the belly of the Democratic beast — California, the prime target of his clashes on sanctuaries for illegal immigrants, a powerful foe of his auto-mileage proposal, a flashpoint in his battle over federal funding for abortion and the home of what he ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: CA is losing much.
A Virginia Republican state senator says she's running for governor next year as an unabashed conservative whose top priority will be to promote gun rights. Sen. Amanda Chase announced her candidacy Monday to a crowd of about 100 outside the Capitol on Monday, saying voters were unhappy ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Chase should win.
Even if he keeps winning only a quarter of the vote, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders could still capture the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: The Dem party is a mess.
An Indiana university says a white professor accused of discrimination after he called university police to his classroom because a black student refused to change seats won't teach for the remainder of the semester ABC
VOA VIEW: What was the so-called discrimination?

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The top elections official in Kansas is pushing to make the state's central voter registration database more secure by changing how counties tap into it ABC
VOA VIEW: And the point is ...
David Frost's remarks come amid warnings the UK and EU will "rip each other apart" in trade talks. BBC
VOA VIEW: The UK should make its own laws.
Democrats in Nevada are already voting in Saturday’s caucus, the next event in the presidential race. The newest poll shows Bernie Sanders leading Joe Biden by seven points, with four other contenders bunched up behind them. Most are focusing on a rival who won’t be on the ballot, former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg. Major Garrett breaks down some of the opposition the billionaire former Republican is facing over his unorthodox approach. CBS
VOA VIEW: Either in or out.
"We can save Earth," but countries, companies and individuals must work together, Amazon founder says. CBS

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They focused in particular on the risks of using Chinese telecommunications company Huawei for emerging 5G technologies. CBS
VOA VIEW: China is a major problem.
Walmart e-commerce sales in the U.S. grew by 41% in the third quarter. But can the retailer take these strong sales and turn a profit. CNBC
Former New York City and billionaire businessman Mike Bloomberg has released plans to help shore up Social Security and increase retirement savings as part of his bid for the White House. Here's how his proposals aim to boost workers' bottom lines. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A foolish plan.

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EU industry commissioner Thierry Breton said on Monday that Facebook must adapt to Europe's standards, not the other way around. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As it should.
China's foreign ministry spokesperson brought up old allegations that the U.S. spied on Germany leader Angela Merkel to accuse Washington of hypocrisy over its claims that Huawei is untrustworthy. CNBC
VOA VIEW: China wants to control technology through Huawei.
The Trump administration is weighing trade restrictions on China that would limit the use of American chip-making equipment, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Trump must protect the nation and world.
"That was an act of terror," he said of the Jan. 2 strike that killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani, a key military figure of Iranian and Middle East politics. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Iran is going nowhere trying to put down Trump.
Matthew Smith of Sacramento, California, and his wife decided to stay aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Fourteen Americans evacuated from the ship on US-chartered flights have tested positive for novel coronavirus, the US departments of State and Health and Human Services said. Watch "Full Circle" every weeknight at 5pm E.T. CNN
VOA VIEW: That may be a wise decision.

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John Bolton issued a plea that his upcoming book isn't "suppressed" by the White House in his first public remarks since the impeachment inquiry into Trump wrapped. CNN
Border Patrol agents arrested a man Wednesday after discovering 26 illegal immigrants hiding inside a tractor-trailer that was crossing into California at the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The BP is protecting the nation.
Democratic White House contenders Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg stepped up their attacks on each other on Monday, with Sanders accusing the media mogul of trying to buy the election and Bloomberg saying the senator and his fervent supporters were hurting the party. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Dems are put each other down.

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The Trump administration is considering changing U.S. regulations to allow it to block shipments of chips to Huawei Technologies from companies such as Taiwan's TSMC , the world's largest contract chipmaker, two sources familiar with the matter said. Reuters
VOA VIEW: It should be done.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced corruption and touted American business on Monday during the second leg of an African tour in Angola, where the government is seeking to claw back billions of dollars looted from state coffers. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Pompeo is right.
Virginia lawmakers dealt a setback to Gov. Ralph Northam and the state's gun control advocates Monday, voting to defer a proposed ban on sales of assault weapons. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!
The Taliban on Monday officially acknowledged it has reached an agreement with the United States to reduce violence in Afghanistan and said the deal would be signed by the end of February. UPI
VOA VIEW: Time will tell and if so, for how long?

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     Bloomberg is pitiful. Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is considering Hillary Clinton as a vice presidential running mate after positive internal polling about the potential pairing, according to the Drudge Report, which cited sources close to the Bloomberg campaign. According to Drudge, in such a partnership Bloomberg would change his official residence from New York to Colorado or Florida. The constitution suggests there may be limitations in both members of a presidential ballot residing in the same state.

     Jason Schechter, director of communications for the Bloomberg campaign, said in a statement to CNBC: “We are focused on the primary and the debate, not VP speculation.” A spokesperson for Clinton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  Clinton was asked earlier this year by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres if she would consider running as vice president in the 2020 presidential election.  “Well, that’s not going to happen,” Clinton said at the time. “But no, probably no.”

     Clinton has been less coy when addressing the current field of Democratic candidates. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hillary Clinton slammed Sen. Bernie Sanders, her main competitor in the 2016 Democratic primary, saying “nobody likes him” and accusing him of supporting sexist attacks against his rivals. Bloomberg has recently has been asked to answer for accusations the company he founded, Bloomberg LP, was discriminatory toward women.