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The Russia-Ukraine crisis offers a lesson: The U.S. is still a superpower, but its ability to influence events overseas is increasingly limited. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is facing a crisis he doesn't understand.
The coronavirus surge, caused by the Omicron variant, may be declining in some parts of the country, according to White House officials Friday. LA Times
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer used an alias at a Manhattan hospital while checking in on the high-priced escort he was accused of choking hours before in February of 2016. New York Post

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Public records show that Jeffries and his family reside in a condo unit in Prospect Heights, paying just $213 a year in property taxes. New York Post
VOA VIEW: A rip-off that has been exposed.
House candidate Harriet Hageman, endorsed by former President Donald Trump defeated Rep. Liz Cheney in a Republican Party straw poll in Wyoming. New York Post
VOA VIEW: A good start.
President Joe Biden said that rising inflation is just a "bump in the road," but has some product, such as oil, at its priciest in seven years. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems will choke on inflation.
President Joe Biden shows a lack of power as the Chief of Staff Ron Klain delivers a message that signals who really runs the White House. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Most have known Biden is only a puppet.
The Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns was first announced at the governor’s State of the State address and is set to meet for the first time. New York Post
VOA VIEW: A foolish thought and excuse.
The State Department on Sunday ordered the families of all American personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine to leave the country amid heightened fears of a Russian invasion. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Putin would not attack Ukraine if it put American military in harm's way.

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The New York Police Department reported 461 felony assaults in the subway system in 2021; data shows this is the most assaults since 1997. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
With a late-night announcement about Russian meddling in Ukraine, the U.K. signaled its aim to be a player in Europe’s security crisis — even as scandals besiege Prime Minister Boris Johnson. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Time is against Putin.
Gov. Kristi Noem says these two bills will "ensure that both unborn children and their mothers are protected in South Dakota."       USA Today
Sarah Palin and the New York Times will face off Monday in court over an editorial she says falsely tied her to the 2011 Arizona shooting that left six dead and a member of Congress seriously injured. Mrs. Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, accused the Times and its former ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Interesting!

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Supporting the elimination of the filibuster has become the new litmus test for Democrats running for U.S. Senate in battleground races across the country. Democrats in Senate primary races in Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania have pledged to change the filibuster or eliminate it. They also are denigrating ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems want to save their standing by changing election laws.
Using Iranian bank funds freed from American sanctions, South Korea has paid Iran’s $18 million in delinquent dues owed to the United Nations ABC
VOA VIEW: The fools have taken charge of the political zoo.
GOP Congressman Michael McCaul, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says the president is pursuing "passive deterrence" that has failed to change Russian President Vladimir Putin's behavior. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden is a weak coward.

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former FDA commissioner, says the FDA and Pfizer are "looking very closely at the data that's accrued to see if they can make a decision around this." CBS
Congressman Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the House committee investigating the January 6 attack, says the panel has "had conversations" with former Attorney General William Barr. CBS
VOA VIEW: So!
The richest one percent of Americans now owns 16 times the wealth of the bottom 50 percent. That disparity has brought to light questions about the need for billionaires – and their need for even more money. Correspondent Mark Whitaker talks with activist-filmmaker Abigail Disney and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy about whether acquiring a billion or more dollars is a valued goal; and with professor Ingrid Robeyns, who proposes the concept of "limitarianism" – determining a moral limit to how much wealth one can accumulate. CBS
VOA VIEW: Socialistic thought.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the U.S. has made "clear that there would be massive consequences for renewed Russian aggression" against Ukraine. CBS
VOA VIEW: Putin doesn't seem to fear Biden and his threats.
"We've had conversations with the former attorney general already. We have talked to Department of Defense individuals," Thompson said. CBS

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Forty-nine years after its landmark inception, Roe v. Wade’s status is being questioned as the Supreme Court mulls over a decision on a Mississippi law that bans nearly all abortions after 15 weeks. Natalie Brand has more. CBS
Following the fatal shooting of a police officer on Friday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams is calling on the federal government to do more to get illegal firearms off the streets. Gun violence is rising across the U.S., with more than 1,000 people killed in homicides and accidental shootings just this year. Michael George has the details. CBS
VOA VIEW: This is not a gun issue - it's left-wing madness.
The Nasdaq suffered its steepest weekly drop since March 2020, as investors turn their attention to quarterly results from Big Tech. CNBC

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Despite a week of mounting legal woes, former Trump advisers David Urban and Alyssa Farah Griffin tell CNN's Dana Bash that the former President shouldn't be worried. CNN
VOA VIEW: The so-called legal woes are liberal Dem nonsense.
In America's two-party competition, the strategy, tactics and rhetoric of Republicans and Democrats sometimes resemble two sides of the same coin. CNN
VOA VIEW: More like conflicting rhetoric.
When the survivors of last weekend's attack on a Texas synagogue talk about why they're alive today, they point to two factors. CNN
An event at Washington University in St. Louis is asking students one question: "Is Professionalism a Racist Construct?" FOX News
VOA VIEW: Liberal stupidity.
New Orleans residents are demanding accountability over an uptick in carjackings happening more frequently in broad daylight and in one neighborhood known for its strip of bars, restaurants and shops. FOX News
VOA VIEW: More like mad.
Sacramento County DA Anne Marie Schubert said "rogue prosecutors" in California need to be reined in FOX News
Thousands of people marched on Washington, D.C., on Sunday in opposition of vaccine mandates and other public health restrictions UPI
VOA VIEW: The public is getting fed up.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday he is as "confident as you can be" that the United States will see Omicron COVID-19 cases peak in mid-February, but warned that the virus has "surprised us in the past." UPI
VOA VIEW: Fauci is an idiot.
Michael Avenatti, the disgraced attorney who represented Stormy Daniels in her 2018 lawsuit against Donald Trump, has sought a two-week delay to the trial over whether he cheated her out of her $300,000 book advance. UPI
The U.S. State Department issued a statement Saturday condemning ISIS for an attack on a prison in northeast Syria made to free detained fighters. UPI
VOA VIEW: Stop condemning, start taking action.

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January 24, 2022

          Biden was not present in his presidential bid and performance.  President Joe Biden promised us the most transparent administration in American history. Instead, the man who campaigned largely from his basement is still Hidin’ Biden: He held fewer press conferences than any of his five immediate predecessors the first year in office. His Wednesday presser marking Thursday’s anniversary of his inauguration was just his 10th — and only his second solo one.

     And Biden gave just 22 media interviews last year, fewer than any of his six most recent predecessors, Towson University’s White House Transition Project found.  While he’s “taken questions more often at his events than his predecessors, he spends less time doing so,” notes Towson professor Martha Joynt Kumar. “He provides short answers with few follow-ups when he takes questions at the end of a previously scheduled speech.”As White House Correspondents’ Association President Steven Portnoy complained in a tweet, “The historical record of a presidency requires more than fleeting Q&A.”

     The Committee to Protect Journalists released its own report last week, condemning “the president’s limited availability to journalists, the administration’s slow responses to requests for information, its planned extradition of Julian Assange, restrictions on media access at the US southern border, and its limited assistance to Afghan journalists.” Biden spent a quarter of his time in Delaware, away from most of the Washington press corps, but won’t release his Delaware visitor logs. When he finally does take questions, his staff often equip him with a hand-picked list of suitable journalists to call on. In November, Sky News Australia showed images of Biden’s detailed list of pre-approved reporters he could deign to speak with after the G20 summit in Rome.