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At least 30 members of an anti-ICE coalition were arrested during a Times Square protest Sunday, according to police and the group. Those arrested were among nearly 500 demonstrators with the group Close The Camps who rallied on the steps of the New York Public Library at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue around 3 p.m.... New York Post
VOA VIEW: As they should be.
His Democratic rivals are trying to capitalize. New York Times
VOA VIEW: As they should.
The presidential candidates worked to sell their pitches to the state’s caucusgoers on Sunday, but also ripped into the billionaire they will soon face in the Super Tuesday contests on March 3. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Bloomberg is a foolish rich spoiler.
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Iran says it would be willing to negotiate with the US if the Trump administration returns to the Iranian nuclear deal and drops economic sanctions.
VOA VIEW: No way a deal can be made.
Joe Biden said Sunday morning that he is disappointed' in Sen. Lindsey Graham for bowing to political pressure.
VOA VIEW: Biden is whining.
Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's position on abortion is a striking statement about where the Democratic Party stands in 2020, Briggs writes.
VOA VIEW: Buttigieg is a nothing trying to fit in a game that has not winner.
California legislators are expected to pass a resolution condemning the state’s role in the U.S. government’s internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II ABC
VOA VIEW: As they should.
U.S. and Iraqi officials say at least four rockets hit near the sprawling U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and a Iraqi base hosting American troops inside the Green Zone ABC
VOA VIEW: Someone or country should pay dearly.
Some 400 people from the US were among those confined on the Diamond Princess near Tokyo. BBC
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The Trump administration announced more deployment of ICE officers in "sanctuary cities" to target illegal immigration. Meanwhile, Democratic 2020 candidates are preparing for the upcoming Nevada caucuses, ready to discuss major issues such as immigration, health care and gun control. CBS
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves the Pearl River would continue to rise throughout the day and officials urged residents to pay attention to evacuation orders and check road closures. CBS
President Trump attended the Daytona 500 in Florida on Sunday. The president excited racing fans there by taking a pre-race lap in his limousine, called "The Beast." CBS
The $12 million haul has allowed Klobuchar to devote more resources to the Super Tuesday states, she said. CBS
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The country's overall total is now 70,548 confirmed cases, and 1,770 deaths, according to China's National Health Commission. CNBC
VOA VIEW: China cannot be trusted with their updates.
"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 looking for trouble.
Mark Zuckerberg shifted Facebook's focus to groups in 2017, and users are now engaging with more content from groups as part of the social network's shift toward meaningful communities. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook can't be trusted.
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U.S. mistrust of China goes as far back as the 1950s, when national authorities set unrealistic production quotas that led local officials to inflate data. CNBC
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday cast China as a rising threat to world order -- saying the world's most populous nation steals Western know-how, intimidates smaller neighbors and seeks an “advantage by any means and at any cost.” FOX News
VOA VIEW: China is a threat to the world.
More than 1,000 former U.S. Justice Department officials on Sunday called for Attorney General William Barr to resign over his handling of the trial of a longtime adviser of President Donald Trump. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The operative word is "former" or better, "trash."
Israel's prime minister on Sunday hailed what he called efforts by friendly states to stop the International Criminal Court opening an investigation into alleged war crimes against Palestinians. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The ICC is a joke.
Iran will never hold talks with the United States under pressure, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, adding that Tehran's help was essential in establishing security in the Middle East. Reuters
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Five Democratic candidates have qualified for upcoming debates in Nevada and South Carolina as the Democratic National Committee released qualifications for the Feb. 25 debate in Charleston. UPI
Benny Gantz, chairman of Israel's Blue and White party, said Sunday he will form a government with neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Arab parties after the upcoming elections. UPI
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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.