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Mexico is seeing record numbers of COVID-19 cases. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Mexico must get it together.
Whether president misspoke or reflected European unease, the White House rushed to contain the damage. Ukraine reacts furiously. LA Times
VOA VIEW: A very idiotic statement.
Well-connected Democrat Tony Podesta raked in $1 million last year lobbying the Biden White House on behalf of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden is dirty.
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City business leaders grilled Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in a virtual meeting -- with some blaming his policies for contributing to fears that the Big Apple is growing unsafe. New York Post
President Joe Biden joined Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and numerous other Democrats this week in a partisan attempt to preemptively delegitimize the 2022 election. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems are known for delegitimizing elections.
The latest media-Democratic party nontroversy on Mitch McConnell’s alleged “racism” is so stupid – considering President Biden has made racially charged comments, Kyle Smith writes. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems response to what they have no response is 'racism'.
“I find it phenomenally disappointing that people are willing to play politics with children’s lives,” Gov. Kathy Hochul preened Friday of resistance to her masking mandate for New York schoolchildren — thereby playing a disgraceful bit of politics herself. It’s now beyond doubt that masking kids, especially tots, does nothing to stop the spread of... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Hochul is an idiot.
Stocks are off to their worst start of a year since 2016 as the central bank pulls back the enormous stimulus programs it began in the early months of the pandemic. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Inflation will grow under Biden.
Extra vaccine doses were expected to lower infection rates. But the shots also seem to be preventing severe illness caused by the new variant, the C.D.C. reported. New York Times
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Labor Secretary Marty Walsh says he has a remedy for the 'Great Resignation' that is upending the U.S. economy: Create better jobs.
VOA VIEW: That's not the answer.
Many people decried a comment Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made this week implying Black people aren't Americans. He responded Friday.
VOA VIEW: Liberal stupidity.
Every week, the CDC updates its list of countries that should be avoided due to COVID-19. But are travelers paying attention?
VOA VIEW: Travelers are being foolish.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has rejected a prosecutor’s demand for records of his appearance at a pro-Donald Trump rally that preceded the assault on the U.S. Capitol. Last week, the Travis County district attorney’s office had set a four-day deadline for Paxton to turn over the ... Washington Times
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Legal advocacy groups are dissatisfied with President Biden's progress on criminal justice, which they argue has fallen short of the more than 100 changes he promised on the campaign trail, according to a new survey. In the survey published this month by legal news service Law360, seven of the 13 ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is causing the high crimes.
President Biden on Friday announced his intent to nominate election law attorney Dara Lindenbaum to serve as the top elections money regulator at the Federal Elections Commission. Ms. Lindenbaum will be nominated to serve as a commissioner on the FEC’s six-member panel. It is comprised of four commissioners, a vice ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is doing everything possible to stack all the decks.
The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down President Biden’s vaccine mandate for the private sector is forcing big companies to take divergent paths with some requiring shots anyway and others deciding it is not worth the bother. In doing so, executives are dealing with a patchwork of local rules and ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Businesses that are following mandates may be looking at litigation.
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The Biden administration is defending legal liability protections for tech platforms against a court challenge from former President Donald Trump in his lawsuit against Facebook. The administration’s intervention in Mr. Trump’s case defends a legal provision, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, that President Biden campaigned against before his ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: 230 must be omitted.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has apologized for referring to the criminals looting packages from Union Pacific freight trains as “gang” members. “This is not one-off. This is organized theft,” Mr. Newsom said during a news conference at the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. “These are organized gangs of people that are ... Washington Times
Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday condemned antisemitic violence after the Justice Department came under fire for its initial response to last weekend’s hostage crisis at a Texas synagogue. In prepared remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mr. Garland said he and President Biden “will not tolerate attacks on ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The defense was as dumb and the original statement.
A federal judge has denied a motion by a spokesman for former President Donald Trump to have his bank records returned by the House committee probing the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Obama-appointed Judge James Boasberg denied the motion on Thursday, saying that he is constitutionally barred ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Trumps tax returns are protected.
A U.S. judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction barring the federal government from enforcing President Joe Biden’s requirement that federal workers without qualifying medical or religious exemptions be vaccinated for COVID-19 ABC
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Intel announced Friday that it will invest more than $20 billion in two new chip factories in Ohio. ABC
VOA VIEW: All chips should be made in the US.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is suing the Biden administration over its demand that the state stop sending millions in federal COVID-19 relief money to schools if they don’t have mask requirements or close due to COVID-19 outbreaks ABC
The move means asylum-seekers will be returned to an area of Mexico the U.S. warns Americans not to visit because of rampant crime and kidnappings. CBS
VOA VIEW: It sounds good.
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A bipartisan group of senators is now working on narrower election reforms after the Senate failed to pass major voting rights legislation this week. CBS
VOA VIEW: Republicans should not give in to Dems.
Starting this summer, an ID.me account will be required to view a tax transcript or pull up payment history on IRS.gov. CBS
"Revoking these honorary degrees reinforces our values and allows us to lead with truth and integrity," the university's president said. CBS
Biden's job approval has slipped more among moderate Democrats than liberal ones. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems are foolish.
With the emergence of omicron, the future course of the pandemic is unclear as experts struggle to understand how new variants emerge. CNBC
Prior to Friday's close, Amazon's worst week was Dec. 21, 2018. CNBC
VOA VIEW: They should get worse.
The new version of the Cadillac Escalade adds to GM's growing lineup of high-powered gasoline models ahead of the automaker's push toward electric vehicles. CNBC
Some House Democrats have threatened to block President Joe Biden’s signature proposal if the broken-up plan drops relief for the $10,000 SALT deduction limit. CNBC
New York Mayor Eric Adams has appointed to a top city job an executive with ties to the Trump Organization and Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. CNBC
Federal agencies were told on Friday to raise the minimum wage to $15 for workers, according to a memo from the Office of Personnel Management. CNBC
Many police departments blame an officer shortage on how the public views law enforcement, because of controversy surrounding police reform and deadly use of force. FOX News
Officials said during a press conference on Friday that the hostage situation at a synagogue in Colleyville was both an "act of terrorism" and a "hate crime." FOX News
Even though it's January, AccuWeather meteorologists are monitoring a gale-force area of low pressure for the potential to develop into an out-of-season tropical depression or storm in the eastern Pacific Ocean. UPI
President Joe Biden on Friday encouraged local leaders to spend federal funds made available to them through COVID-19 relief and infrastructure packages. UPI
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor called a Texas abortion ban a "disaster" and a "grave disservice to women" in a dissent backed by liberal judges. UPI
VOA VIEW: Sotomayor is an idiot.
Vice President Kamala Harris and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Friday will visit San Bernardino, Calif., to highlight the local benefits of the bipartisan infrastructure law. UPI
VOA VIEW: Harris has no clue.
Lebanon's financial collapse, which has pushed many into poverty, has also seen growing anger against Hezbollah, with more voices openly blaming it for the ongoing crisis and for its allegiance to Iran. UPI
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov ended a 90-minute meeting in Geneva Friday without an agreement on concerns over Ukraine but committed to continue talking. UPI
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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.