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The sun-scorched city of Ahmedabad has rarely seen a spectacle like what is expected Monday, when President Trump kicks off an official visit to India. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Trump is not just a leader - he is a needed image for America.
The US Transportation Security Administration said Sunday it was barring employees from using the Chinese-owned video app TikTok to post on the agency’s website. The announcement came in the wake of warnings from Sen. Chuck Schumer that the popular app, which was banned by the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies, could pose... New York Post
VOA VIEW: China cannot be trusted,
The NYPD has issued a new strict social media policy for its officers  — as the top brass tries to tamp down on leaks and Internal Affairs probes a union head’s often antagonistic online rhetoric, The Post has learned. The new policy, which was issued on Feb. 12, tells officers not to post any information... New York Post

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New York City transportation authorities have inflicted lots of bike lanes on locations where they are particularly inappropriate. But for sneering, arrogant disregard — make that contempt — for the surroundings, none can equal the plan for a “protected” bike lane along Midtown’s Sixth Avenue from West 35th Street to Central Park South this year.... New York Post
VOA VIEW: De Blasio should resign.
The primary race is entering a critical nine-day stretch that could effectively determine the nomination as candidates face a debate, the South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday contests. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are imploding.
U.S. Democratic presidential contenders campaigned across the country on Sunday seeking to blunt Bernie Sanders' momentum after his dominant victory in Nevada solidified his front-runner status ahead of 15 key nominating contests in the next 10 days. Rueters
VOA VIEW: There is no haven for Dems.
Twitter account for gold medal-winning 1980 U.S. hockey team defends appearance at Trump rally: "This is not about politics or choosing sides."        USA Today
A spokesman for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the threats are believed to be part of a wider series made against JCC's nationally.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Madness!
Biden said Steyer had spent "a lot of money" in South Carolina and he assumed that was "part of the reason why those numbers are down."        USA Today
VOA VIEW: An excuse and waste of time and money.

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Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., appeared on ABC's "This Week" ahead of the South Carolina primary. ABC
VOA VIEW: True words.
The U.S. government and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are about to face off in a high-security London courthouse ABC
VOA VIEW: Assange will have to answer for his actions.
China's president has warned its virus epidemic is still “grim and complex” and called for more efforts to defeat the disease and prevent it from disrupting spring planting of crops ABC
VOA VIEW: XI has a major problem.
Russian authorities are going to significant lengths to keep the virus in China from surfacing in Moscow ABC
VOA VIEW: Moscow tries to fault all.

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The coronavirus has been spreading fast and cases of the outbreak spiked in South Korea this week. More than 600 people have been infected there. CBS
VOA VIEW: SK has a major problem.
President Trump is on his way to India where he will spend a quick 36 hours there which. The festivities will include a massive campaign-style rally, some sightseeing and trade talks. Ben CBS
After Bernie Sanders' victory in Nevada, a new CBS Battleground Tracker poll shows the Vermont senator gaining ground on Joe Biden in South Carolina. The former vice president holds the top spot with 38%, but Sanders isn't far behind. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems have a major problem.

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"Given how close the race is between second and third place, we ask that you take these steps before releasing any final data," Pete Buttigieg's campaign wrote. CBS
VOA VIEW: Buttigieg is a joke.
As of 6:38 p.m. ET Sunday, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were 323 points lower, pointing to an implied opening plunge of 316.41 points for the index on Monday. CNBC
A 5-4 Supreme Court is allowing a rule that would make it more difficult for immigrants to obtain legal status if they use public benefits like food stamps and housing vouchers to go into effect in every state. CNN
VOA VIEW: Good for the country and American people!
Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson swiftly and scathingly told President Donald Trump's long-time friend Roger Stone there's no legal reason he should be able to remove her from his criminal case, two days after he accused her of bias because she said jurors who found him guilty served with integrity. CNN
VOA VIEW: The judge has a major issue.
Philip Haney, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) whistleblower who was an outspoken critic of the administration of former President Barack Obama, was found dead Friday, about 40 miles east of Sacramento, Calif., local authorities said.  FOX News

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Annual card will be recyclable and avoid use of 12.5 tonnes of plastic a year, trust saysThe National Trust has ditched plastic for the annual membership card it sends out to 5 million members, it has announced.The new card will be made from a type of strong and durable paper featuring a tough water-based coating, with the paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. They will be produced in a mill powered by its own biomass. Guardian
President Donald Trump on Sunday accused Representative Adam Schiff of leaking classified information on Russian interference in the 2020 U.S. election to hurt Democratic presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Schiff is big mouth idiot.
Warren Buffett on Saturday called on corporate America to make their boards of directors more accountable to shareholders and less beholden to chief executive officers, perhaps by reducing their pay and requiring that they buy more stock. Reuters
VOA VIEW: A lot of double talk.

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Isreal and Gaza exchanged a barrage of rockets on Sunday after two Palestinians were shot on the southern Gaza Strip. UPI
VOA VIEW: Israel must and should protect its land and people.
President Donald Trump said Sunday that he has not yet selected a permanent nominee to be the next director of national intelligence and is considering as many as five candidates. UPI
Early returns from Iran's parliamentary election show conservative allies of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gaining a sizable majority. UPI
VOA VIEW: The conflict with Iran will last longer.
U.S. forces and Taliban fighters began a near cease-fire Saturday as part of an agreement to reduce violence for a week to potentially secure a peace deal, a top U.S. military commander said. UPI
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

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     There should be no federal funds for left leaning schools. Republican lawmakers in Maryland are criticizing a history lesson at a public high school near Baltimore that compared President Donald Trump with Nazis and communists. A slide used in an Advanced Placement history class at Loch Raven High School in Towson shows a picture of Trump above pictures of a Nazi swastika and a flag of the Soviet Union. Two captions read “wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall” and “oh, THAT is why it sounds so familiar!”

    The Baltimore Sun reports that state Del. Kathy Szeliga arranged for copies of the slide and the school system's response to be sent to her fellow Baltimore County lawmaker. She also posted the image on Facebook. "It is horrific. It is educational malfeasance,” Szeliga said Friday at a meeting of the county’s delegation. Baltimore County Councilman Wade Kach called it “a piece of propaganda” that didn’t belong in a classroom.

     Charles Herndon, a spokesman for Baltimore County schools, said students in advanced high school classes are "discerning, intelligent students who are going to be able to draw their own inferences and draw their own conclusions." "The topics being discussed in the class included World Wars and the attempts by some leaders throughout history to limit or prevent migration into certain countries. In isolation and out of context with the lesson, The school system said the slide was not part of the resources it provides for AP history teachers. The image could be misunderstood," the school district said in a statement.

     The school system said the issue had become a personnel matter "which will be appropriately addressed by the school administration and is not subject to further clarification.”