Stash food and cash, Facebook-unfriend Russia nationalists: yes. Learn that bomb shelter map: maybe. Ukraine hopes for best and readies for the worst. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Putin would make a major mistake if Ukraine were invaded.
Many people who are vaccinated, boosted and had COVID before are getting it again — and they are furious. They no longer believe the doctors or the president. Several of my patients have come to me (via televisit) feeling I let them down by pushing them to get the vaccine and then the booster only... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Noone knows the real facts.
The NYPD will soon roll out a new hybrid plainclothes police squad to combat gun violence in the Big Apple — in a revamped version of the former anti-crime unit. New York Post


On Thursday, the US Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate on private employers. Mayor Eric Adams should take the Supremes’ hint and drop the similar city mandate on local businesses that he inherited. As Gov. Kathy Hochul has stated and the data show: Omicron in New York has peaked and is no longer... New York Post
VOA VIEW: NYC should be freed from mandates.
With their broad voting rights push nearing a dead end, Democrats must soon decide whether to embrace a far narrower bipartisan effort to protect vote counting and administration. New York Times
Democrats already were expecting a rough election year. But their struggle to advance priorities has some calling for a course correction. New York Times
VOA VIEW: No reset, big 2022 loss.
The intelligence said the operatives were trained in urban warfare and explosives and could try to stage an incident. New York Times
A winter storm began to dump snow across the upper Midwest on Friday as it made its way toward the South and eventually the East Coast.       USA Today
Democrats are flummoxed about the next move on President Biden’s plan to blow up the filibuster and rewrite the nation’s voting laws after support among Senate Democrats fractured. Lawmakers say retreating from the fight is impossible after Mr. Biden wed himself in gutting the chamber’s longstanding filibuster rule that requires ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems lies have surrounded them.


The Supreme Court said Friday it would hear the case of a Washington state high school football coach who was sacked for praying on the field after games. Joseph Kennedy, who was barred from coaching football at Bremerton High School in 2015, will have his case heard by the high ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The coach should win.
Over a dozen House Republicans sent a letter Friday to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal threatening to hold social media companies accountable for censoring conservative voices. The letter highlighted Twitter’s suspension of the account of Dr. Robert Malone, a researcher involved in the development of mRNA vaccines who has been critical ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: 230 must be taken out.
Financial experts say more Americans face growing debt and delinquent credit card payments this year as the effects of COVID-19 stimulus payments wane, looming federal interest-rate hikes take hold and inflation erases income gains. Most credit card companies saw delinquent payments tick upward in November as the effects of government ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Sad state of financial affairs.
If Democrats do trigger the so-called “nuclear option” to carve out a special exception to normal filibuster rules to approve new voting rights legislation, they may actually be paving the path for stiffer voting standards — eventually. Political pros say the next time Republicans take the reins in Washington, they’ll ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems will lose big if they take out the filibuster.

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Republican Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa says the Biden administration is refusing to answer his questions about the FBI’s 2016 targeting of the conservative group Concerned Women for America, which has sparked concerns of political bias in the bureau’s ranks. “The FBI’s failure to fully answer Congress’ questions about ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Where is the beef?
It will allocate nearly $27 billion in funding to repair and replace bridges. ABC
VOA VIEW: Much theft and waste will come forward.
North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea. ABC
VOA VIEW: NK is testing weak Biden.


The founder of a national charter school network who once served as a White House adviser under President Barack Obama has pleaded guilty to a charge alleging he stole over $200,000 from the network ABC
VOA VIEW: Obama had a part in the scam.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin objected to extending the credit. ABC
The Biden administration plans to launch its website for free at-home COVID tests on Wednesday. ABC
VOA VIEW: It will be hard to administrate and control.
Insurers are scrambling to set up systems that reimburse Americans for rapid tests by Saturday deadline. CBS
VOA VIEW: The rip-off is eminent.
Over 37% of immigrants in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody have declined vaccination, according to data obtained by CBS News. CBS
VOA VIEW: Sad and true.

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President Biden is facing two major setbacks. The Supreme Court blocked his COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large businesses and two Democratic senators dealt a blow to his efforts to passing voting reform. Nancy Cordes reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden's ratings are lower than being reported.
Discontent over skyrocketing inflation is the most important issue for voters heading into this year's midterm election, Frank Luntz told CNBC on Friday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The people are not as big fools as Dems perceive.
President Joe Biden said he would urge businesses to implement the rules voluntarily. CNBC

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Senate Republicans are set to block two voting rights bills, leading Democrats to consider filibuster changes to pass them. CNBC
VOA VIEW: He would be less sinister forgetting the entire idea.
The website for the newly established federal effort to distribute Covid-19 rapid tests by mail across America will launch for requests on January 19, but will be limited to four rapid tests per residential household, according to senior administration officials. CNN
VOA VIEW: There will be a lot of waste, theft and deception.
Nina Turner does not hold back on her feelings about Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) after they voted against President Biden's plan to change filibuster rules. CNN
VOA VIEW: Biden will lose if he figures revenge.
Two of the biggest retail pharmacies in the U.S. are temporarily closing some stores and pharmacies on the weekends as the latest surge in Covid-19 causes staff shortages. CNN
The University of Tennessee has proposed creating a critical race theory collective center as well as integrating diversity, equity and inclusion practices. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The university should be boycotted.
Lebanon is in danger of losing its Internet connection and being isolated from the outside world, which would have catastrophic implications for the economy, society and security. UPI
GOP Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, announced Friday he's not running for reelection. UPI
VOA VIEW: No one would support a traitor.
China has banned flights from the United States and other countries as it struggles to contain COVID-19 cases ahead of the Lunar New Year and the Winter Olympics. UPI
VOA VIEW: A major mistake.
U.S. intelligence suggests Russia may be planning a false-flag operation to justify an invasion of Ukraine, officials said Friday. UPI
Hospital ICU beds across the United States reached 83% percent capacity Friday, as cases of the highly contagious COVID-19 Omicron variant continued to surge. UPI
The Biden administration has given Arizona 60 days to reprogram $173 million in federal COVID-19 stimulus spending to use the money as Biden's American Rescue Act intended. UPI
VOA VIEW: Revenge is stupid - Biden fits the latter.
Retail sales dropped 1.9% in December compared to November sales, the Commerce Department said Friday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden killed December.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday he hopes security talks with the United States can resume despite the two countries and NATO failing to come to any agreements in discussions earlier this week. UPI

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