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Socialist Bernie Sanders likes to vacation in a fixer-upper wood cabin in Vermont, calling it his “summer camp.” Billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s summer camp, on the other hand, consists of a $10 million waterfront mansion in Bermuda and a $20 million estate in Southhampton. The presidential wannabes traded blows on Wednesday’s debate stage when Bloomberg suggested... New York Post
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls the Coastal GasLink pipeline project controversy "a critical moment" for Canada. LA Times
They posted an extraordinary statement on their website insisting they still had the right to the word 'royal'. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Meghan and Harry are being foolish.
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The jury in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial in New York said on Friday they were deadlocked on the most serious criminal charges and suggested they were unanimous on the others leveled against the former Hollywood mogul. Rueters
VOA VIEW: A foolish mess.
Wells Fargo & Co will pay $3 billion to resolve criminal and civil probes into fraudulent sales practices and admitted to pressuring employees in a fake-accounts scandal, U.S. officials said on Friday, wrapping up one of the last major investigations looming over the bank. Rueters
Sen. Bernie Sanders was told by U.S. officials that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign, according to the Washington Post
VOA VIEW: First Trump, now Sanders.
The statement from Mike Bloomberg comes days after the former New York City mayor was slammed about the agreements by Democratic rivals in the Las Vegas debate.
United Airlines, which is following the lead of JetBlue Airways, said travelers will be able to avoid the increase if they prepay for bags in advance. USA Today
Washington state health officials want to change a rarely used law that makes it a felony to intentionally expose a sexual partner to HIV, saying the current penalties don’t have an impact on reducing transmissions or improving public health. The state Department of Health has proposed ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The bill makes no sense.
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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer shot and killed his family at their Florida home before turning the gun on himself, authorities said. ABC
He has so far failed to persuade Congress to pass anything like it. ABC
VOA VIEW: Dems will obstruct.
The former Ukraine ambassador who provided chilling testimony during the Trump impeachment hearings has a book deal ABC
VOA VIEW: She is a traitor.
President Trump has had difficulty finding a confirmable nominee for Director of National Intelligence, dismisses reports Russia helping reelect him. ABC
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An application to trademark the Sussex Royal brand has also been removed, a spokesperson for the couple says. BBC
Most of the 34 coronavirus cases in the U.S. are people who were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. CBS
New Mexico AG claims the company uses its dominance in educational software to track millions of future customers. CBS
VOA VIEW: Google is too much.
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Bloomberg and Steyer are spending huge sums on their 2020 campaigns, as Sanders leads fundraising among the nonbillionaire Democrats. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Steyer is not as smart as Bloomberg
The Trump administration is planning a 5G summit with global tech leaders in April at the White House, officials said. CNBC
President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney railed against the so-called "deep state" during an appearance at the Oxford Union in the UK earlier this week, according to two attendees and quotes of his remarks provided to CNN. CNN
Meghan and Harry’s non-profit organisation will no longer be named Sussex Royal Foundation, spokeswoman saysThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer use the word royal, as in their “Sussex Royal” branding, a spokeswoman for the couple has said.The spokeswoman said: “While the duke and duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organisation, given the specific UK government rules surrounding use of the word royal, it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organisation, when it is announced this spring, will not be named Sussex Royal Foundation. Guardian
Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign on Friday alleged that rival Bernie Sanders’ “Trump-like rhetoric” encouraged supporters to vandalize a Bloomberg campaign office in Tennessee and others across the country. Reuters
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Nearly 75,000 Nevadans participated early in the state's Democratic U.S. presidential nominating contest, the party said on Friday, a sign of a potentially large turnout in the first test for the candidates in the diverse western United States. Reuters
A European Union summit ended abruptly on Friday after leaders failed to reach agreement on the bloc's long-term budget, following a two-day stand-off between poorer countries and "frugal" member states seeking to rein in spending. Reuters
Sales of existing homes in the United States fell by 1.3 percent last month, the National Association of Realtors said in its monthly report Friday. UPI
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday the United States and the Taliban in Afghanistan will sign a peace agreement at the end of the month if a temporary truce next week holds. UPI
VOA VIEW: It will not last.
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AOC is a figment of her own imagination. 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 it on “today’s Internet culture,”since “the internet uniquely allows anonymous trolls to swarm individuals and get away with it.” But Sanders should denounce their “vicious” behavior “more forcefully, as Ocasio-Cortez eventually acknowledged.” After all, their hostility “toward any person who disagrees, no matter how civilly, distracts from Sanders’ core message and isolates on-the-fence voters.” And their harassment of “many of Nevada’s union workers” after the state’s “largest union came out against Bernie Sanders and his unworkable Medicare for All proposal” could “very well” hurt his standing in the state.