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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's refusal to testify before the Jan. 6 select committee forces Democrats to make tough choices. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal Dems will regret their stupidity.
Antony J. Blinken, in a hasty trip to Ukraine, assures officials that the U.S. will punish Russia if it further invades the former Soviet republic. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Weakness is not respected.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman was one of 28 protesters arrested at the Capitol Thursday as they called for the Senate to alter its 60-vote legislative filibuster to pass two major election reform bills. New York Post
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki finally acknowledged that the outcome of November's midterm election would be on the up and up even without election reform measures. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Back talking foolish Biden statement.
The United Nations on Thursday adopted a measure to fight Holocaust denial and condemn the Nazi genocide that killed millions of Jews. New York Post
Biden's overhaul of Public Service Loan Forgiveness has erased the student debt of more than triple the projected number of borrowers.
VOA VIEW: Borrowers should pay their debt.
US needs effective president to deal with China and Russia, inflation, COVID, and climate change terrorizing citizens from Florida to California.
VOA VIEW: A legacy of weakness, stupidity and losses.
China has taken a draconian approach to combatting COVID, but will it be enough with thousands entering for Beijing Olympics.
VOA VIEW: A good question.
Critical race theory is not just an issue in schools. Republicans want to restrict how companies like CVS and Verizon talk to employees about racism. USA Today
VOA VIEW: CRT is an assault on sanity.
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The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a cash bail report but did not make a recommendation because its members couldn't agree.
VOA VIEW: Don't do the crime if you can't pay bail.
In their fight to protect voting rights, faith leaders plan to urge the NFL to pull the Super Bowl out of Arizona because of restrictive voting laws.
VOA VIEW: A silly gesture.
Sen. Joe Manchin III threw cold water Thursday on President Biden’s hopes for a quick restart to talks on the administration’s failed $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act. Mr. Manchin, West Virginia Democrat, said any discussions on the mammoth social welfare and climate change package would be “starting from scratch.” ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Manchin is starting to sound like a good Dem presidential candidate in 2024.
President Biden campaigned as a wily Senate dealmaker who would bring both parties together, but he's abandoning that model after one year of failed dealmaking in the White House. Despite serving 36 years in the Senate, Mr. Biden acknowledged after one year as president that all of his experience on ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden never was a good deal maker.
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Carjackings in the nation’s capital have tripled since 2019 and officials say the alarming trend — reflected in similarly stunning crime stats from the Washington suburbs and from cities across the country — is being driven by youngsters. A Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson told The Washington Times on Thursday that ... Washington Times
Two California counties violated the Constitution's right to keep and bear arms when they shut down gun and ammunition stores in 2020 as nonessential businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. Officials in Los Angeles and Ventura counties had separately won lower court ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Unusual for the 9th Circuit.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance antitrust legislation that targets large technology companies, and is vehemently opposed by Apple and Google. Debate over the bill split senators into unusual factions: Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Democrat, and Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, supported the legislation, while Sens. Dianne Feinstein, California ... Washington Times
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A conservative media watchdog group launched a billboard campaign Thursday outside Coca-Cola’s Atlanta headquarters, calling on the soft drink giant to explain its sponsorship of the upcoming Beijing Olympics in light of China's human rights abuses. Accuracy in Media accused the company of hypocrisy with a billboard displaying the phrase: ... Washington Times
Regulations issued by President Biden during his first year in office will cost $201 billion and add 131 million hours in annual paperwork, far exceeding the first-year outcomes of Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, according to an analysis released Thursday. The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute that ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A total failure.
A former Clinton-era secretary of labor said on Thursday that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema should be assaulted for refusing to gut the filibuster. Robert Reich, a far-left economist who served as labor secretary from 1993 to 1997, took to social media shortly after Ms. Sinema voted with Republicans to reject remaking ... Washington Times
President Biden's decision to use executive action to deliver a racial justice overhaul of the country’s policing policies is drawing protests and lawsuit threats from law enforcement officials. Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, vowed legal action if Mr. Biden unilaterally strips police of qualified immunity, a ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden has gone too far left.
Retail sales took an unexpected dip in December in what could be a signal that persistently rising inflation is prompting a pullback in consumer spending ABC
VOA VIEW: Inflation is on a rise.
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A U.N.-backed group says it has signed agreements with more than two dozen generic drug makers to produce versions of Merck’s coronavirus pill to supply 105 developing countries ABC
White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Vice President Kamala Harris argued President Joe Biden wasn't casting doubt on the integrity of 2022 election results. ABC
VOA VIEW: Always an excuse for stupidity.
Pro-abortion rights advocates are pursuing a multi-pronged offensive to protect access in states with divided governance, where the future of abortion care is less predictable. CBS
VOA VIEW: A fight maybe brewing.
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The telecom carriers are expanding their high-speed networks to bring faster service to more parts of U.S. CBS
A CBS News poll found that one year into Kamala Harris' term, Americans have given her a 44% approval rating—the same as President Biden. CBS
In a Wednesday night vote, Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema joined their Republican colleagues to defeat a change to filibuster rules that would have allowed a voting rights bill to pass with only Democratic support. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good for the American people.
Rules on transgender athletes returned to the forefront when Penn swimmer Lia Thomas started smashing records this year. CBS
The bill has significant implications for Amazon, Apple and Google in particular. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It needs to be done.
"There's two really big components that I feel strongly about that I'm not sure I can get in the package," President Biden told reporters Wednesday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Less giveaway programs.
Officials from Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Kansas and California have all announced new or renewed Covid emergency orders since the start of the month. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The liberal media likes to deceptively include GOP.
Home sales were weaker than expected in December as mortgage rates rise. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The situation will get worse.
A day earlier, President Joe Biden said he expected President Vladimir Putin would invade Ukraine. Biden vowed that that move would be "a disaster" for Russia. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Putin is not doing anything that is not expected.
Health experts weigh in on the theory that Covid's omicron variant may be the most transmissible the virus can get. CNBC
The United States accused Russia of recruiting current and former Ukrainian government officials to attempt to take control of Ukraine's government as it unveiled new sanctions on Thursday. CNN
The real estate market was on fire last year, with the frenzied pace of sales activity pushing home prices to record highs. CNN
A Texas teen who was arrested and charged in the murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend was released from jail Wednesday morning after posting his $250,000 bond, according to court documents obtained by Fox News. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Low bond for murder.
There’s plenty of winter to go around the country today, including areas across southern Texas and the Gulf Coast, where very cold air has settled in. FOX News
New Yorkers express concern over safety on the city's subway system after a homeless man pushed a woman to her death from a train platform FOX News
Fulton County Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis asked a Superior Court Judge Thursday to convene a special grand jury in her investigation of former President Trump's efforts to overturn Georgia's 2020 election. UPI
VOA VIEW: Grand juries are a joke and as easy to put together as a ham sandwich.
President Joe Biden on Thursday attempted to clarify his stance on a potential Russian incursion into Ukraine after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky took issue with comments made during a briefing. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden stupidity.
Various political leaders, activists and advocacy organizations expressed disappointment on Thursday toward Senate Republicans and two Democrats after they blocked efforts to pass landmark voting rights legislation. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good for America.
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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.