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Robert Kraft's plea deal offer for prostitution charges hinders real progress on sex trafficking
Robert Kraft's plea deal offer for prostitution charges hinders real progress on sex trafficking

Those who buy sex have more power and privilege than those who sell it. There's a disgusting imbalance in every commercial sex interaction.

Australian PM welcomes
Australian PM welcomes 'moderation' from Turkey's Erdogan

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday welcomed some "moderation" in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments in the wake of the Christchurch massacre. Trying to take the sting out of a diplomatic row that has threatened relations between Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, Morrison pointed to a recent Erdogan column in the Washington Post as progress. "Overnight, progress has been made on this issue and overnight we've already seen a moderation of the president's views," Morrison said, citing the article in which Erdogan stepped away from direct criticism of New Zealand.

The Latest: Justices seem troubled by Mississippi conviction
The Latest: Justices seem troubled by Mississippi conviction

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on Supreme Court arguments on excluding black jurors (all times local):

New figures reflect lack of diversity at elite New York City high schools
New figures reflect lack of diversity at elite New York City high schools

Only seven black students were offered admission to Stuyvesant High School's freshman class of 895 students.

'Will call you when I land,' texted Indian Ethiopia crash victim

An Indian newly-wed who died in the Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines plane crash had texted her husband she would call him on landing, local media reported Tuesday. Shikha Garg, who was travelling to attend the annual assembly of the UN Environment Programme, had got married less than three months ago to Soumya Bhattacharya after dating for three years. Bhattacharya was also supposed to fly with her to Nairobi but a last-minute change in plans meant he stayed back in New Delhi, the mass-circulation Times of India reported.

US to pull all remaining diplomatic staff from Venezuela
US to pull all remaining diplomatic staff from Venezuela

The United States will withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas as the crisis in Venezuela deepens, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Monday. The move worsens already tattered relations, with President Donald Trump having said he rules out no options including military intervention to oust President Nicolas Maduro as Washington monitors rapidly unfolding events in the oil-rich but crippled South American nation supported by Russia and China. The US has already imposed sanctions designed to choke off Venezuelan oil sales, the lifeblood of the leftist government in Caracas.

Rep. Ilhan Omar retweets a post blasting Meghan McCain for her
Rep. Ilhan Omar retweets a post blasting Meghan McCain for her 'faux outrage' on Israel comments

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) retweets a post blasting Meghan McCain for her 'faux outrage' on Omar's Israel comment

Why isn't Pelosi getting tough on Democrats like Ilhan Omar? Her majority is at stake.
Why isn't Pelosi getting tough on Democrats like Ilhan Omar? Her majority is at stake.

The speaker should use her power to bring novice firebrands into line. They could threaten centrists from tough districts who delivered House control.

Democrats including Ocasio-Cortez condemn US strategy on Venezuela
Democrats including Ocasio-Cortez condemn US strategy on Venezuela

Sixteen Democratic lawmakers, among them rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, on Thursday sent a joint letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticizing what they described as "counterproductive" US strategy on crisis-hit Venezuela. "We write to express our deep concern regarding the Trump Administration's handling of relations with Venezuela, particularly its suggestions of military intervention, imposition of broad unilateral sanctions, and recent recognition of an opposition leader as interim president," the legislators wrote.

Santa Anita Park horse deaths: Another horse dies, bringing death toll to 21 horses
Santa Anita Park horse deaths: Another horse dies, bringing death toll to 21 horses

Another horse died Tuesday at Santa Anita Park, bringing the death toll to 21 horses within the last two months.

Gun control: House passes bill extending time for background checks
Gun control: House passes bill extending time for background checks

The House passed a gun-control bill extending time for background checks, but the Senate is unlikely to take it up.

Gay rights activist set fire to his own home in fake hate crime, Michigan police say
Gay rights activist set fire to his own home in fake hate crime, Michigan police say

The Michigan case of Nikki Joly and his burned home is gaining national attention alongside the Jussie Smollett case, which has taken a similar twist.

Former Republican Lawmakers Urge Congress to Block Trump
Former Republican Lawmakers Urge Congress to Block Trump's National Emergency Declaration

A group of former Republican lawmakers urged Congressional Republicans to block President Trump's emergency declaration in an open letter released Monday.Five former Senators and 19 House members signed the letter, which was first published by Politico, calling on Congress to support a joint resolution ending the national emergency Trump declared earlier this month."We who have signed this letter are no longer Members of Congress but that oath still burns within us," the former lawmakers write. "That is why we are coming together to urge those of you who are now charged with upholding the authority of the first branch of government to resist efforts to surrender those powers to a...

A Week Bristling With Challenges for Trump
A Week Bristling With Challenges for Trump

This is a week replete with challenges for President Donald Trump. Border: House Democrats have set a vote for tomorrow on a resolution to block Trump's emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern U.S. Border with Mexico. Summit: The president said yesterday he doesn't expect to lift sanctions on Kim Jong Un's regime, as he prepares for a summit with the North Korean leader this week on U.S. demands that Pyongyang end its nuclear program.

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says universal basic income isn
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says universal basic income isn't a socialist policy

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says he would like to implement a 'value added' tax to harness the gains from new technologies to pay for a universal basic income.

China against forcefully sending aid to Venezuela
China against forcefully sending aid to Venezuela

China said Friday it was against forcefully sending "so-called humanitarian assistance" to Venezuela, warning it could spark conflict in the crisis-torn country. China has loaned billions to Venezuela and has remained committed to President Nicolas Maduro even as the country has fallen deeper into economic crisis. Foreign aid mostly from the US has piled up on Venezuela's borders as the Maduro government refuses to let it into the country.

Southwest Airlines cancels nearly 400 flights as maintenance woes, winter storms linger
Southwest Airlines cancels nearly 400 flights as maintenance woes, winter storms linger

The airline continues to have a higher-than-usual number of aircraft out of service due to maintenance and is dealing with snow in Las Vegas.

14 Designers Decorate the Modernism Week Show House With Flair
14 Designers Decorate the Modernism Week Show House With Flair

The Latest: Snow forces closure of Vegas to Phoenix route
The Latest: Snow forces closure of Vegas to Phoenix route

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on rare snowfall in the Las Vegas area (all times local):

Hoda Muthana
Hoda Muthana's attorney calls her a 'scumbag monster,' but says she deserves to be brought back to US

Hassan Shibly says that Hoda Muthana may have valuable intelligence the U.S. could use against ISIS; Peter Doocy reports.

France Says Internet Platforms Could Be Fined for Racist Content

President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday night told the annual meeting of France's largest Jewish organization that a law could be presented in May in response to a recent spate of anti-Semitic incidents. "There will be an obligation for results: if the content is not taken down then there will be a fine, and a large fine," Mahjoubi said on France Info radio.

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