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Mitt Romney's scathing critique of President Donald Trump has reignited a simmering feud between the two men, casting the incoming junior senator from Utah as the president's highest-profile Republican foil and stoking talk of Trump's vulnerability to a challenger for the party's 2020 nomination. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Romney is a loser who lost much credibility.
Trump's public request for Russian help in finding Hillary Clinton’s emails was a violation of US law. There are ways to hold him accountable. Prosecutors triggered a national firestorm last month when they asserted that President Donald Trump conspired with his ex-fixer, Michael Cohen, to commit campaign finance crimes involving hush money payments to two women. But the discussion has overlooked another Trump campaign finance offense — one that is even easier to prove because it occurred in plain sight. On July 27, 2016, Trump called on Russia to find presidential Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. IndyStar
VOA VIEW: Liberal news propaganda.
At least four people came forward with allegations of misconduct against Sergio Galvez, former head coach of USA Gymnastics' national tumbling team.          IndyStar

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About 175 people in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers rested up Thursday ahead of the final leg of their monthlong journey to seek asylum in the United States, with the Trump administration warning they could be prosecuted, detained and quickly deported. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Illegals must be stopped.
Increasing numbers of Guatemalan families trying to enter the U.S. illegally are avoiding the most popular routes in favor of more dangerous, remote desert crossings like those used by two children who died in December in Border Patrol custody, officials say. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Fools!
Federal judges sometimes have to decide cases involving sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. In the past year, however, the court system has had to look inward at an equally wrenching problem: powerful judges who harass and abuse law clerks and other employees in the privacy of chamber. LA Times
California authorities on Wednesday said that 50 people died in car crashes involving drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the extended New Year’s weekend in the state– a disturbing increase from 40 deaths reported the same time last year. California Highway Patrol officers arrested 1,140 statewide for driving under the influence. New York Post
In an interview with the New York Times Magazine, former Senate leader Harry Reid called President Donald Trump "the worst president we’ve ever had." "We’ve had some bad ones, and there’s not even a close second to him," the Nevada Democrat told the Times in an article that covered Reid's time as Senate majority leader, his relationship with his Democratic successor, Chuck Schumer, and his view on Trump's former Cabinet members.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Reid is a fool.
A Louisiana man was arrested Wednesday for posting threats on social media toward police officers — dubbing Jan. 2 “Kill Cops Day,” according to officials. Harlan Cyprian, of Covington, allegedly issued the threats in a Facebook post. Cops say they were alerted Wednesday morning and steps were “immediately taken to ensure the safety” of local officials. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Cyprian should be put under the jail.

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As Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont considers another run for president, former staffers said he had failed to address the harassment and sexism they faced while working on his 2016 campaign. New York Times
Britain is more likely to end up leaving the European Union without a deal if parliament rejects the agreement Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated with Brussels, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Thursday. With less than three months until Brexit lawmakers will make a pivotal decision later this month: accept May’s plans for a managed exit and relatively close economic ties, or reject the deal and spawn huge uncertainty about the country’s next steps. Rueters
The federal government’s top transportation official came to Atlanta Thursday to survey the new I-85 bridge she has agreed to pay for. Chao with join Gov. Nathan Deal for a ceremony dedicating the rebuilt stretch of highway near Piedmont Road, which reopened last weekend just six weeks after a fire caused the bridge to collapse March 30. Atlanta Journal
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Wednesday it would hold confirmation hearings on Jan. 15 and 16 for Attorney General nominee William Barr, who has come under fire from Democrats for his criticism of the special counsel's Russia probe. Rueters

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will question representatives of Holtec International on Jan. 9 about canisters the New Jersey-based company manfactured to store spent nuclear fuel at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). San Diego Tribune
As homicides in Mexico reached unprecedented levels in 2018, Tijuana registered its highest numbers on record. The city’s year closed with more than 2,500 killings, and there was no sign of any slowdown. Seven victims were killed on Saturday, and another three on Sunday. San Diego Tribune
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s acting ambassador to Italy, Jo Song Gil, went into hiding with his wife in November, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers in Seoul on Thursday. A high-profile defection by one of North Korea’s elite would be a huge embarrassment for leader Kim Jong Un as he pursues diplomacy. Seattle Times

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The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics says former Republican Virginia Rep. Thomas Garrett misused staffers for tasks such as dog sitting and buying him cigarettes. The Daily Progress reports the committee released its report Wednesday, just before Garrett’s Thursday departure from the House. Seattle Times
The D.C. judiciary is federally funded, and the marriage bureau is considered nonessential. Of all the casualties of the federal government shutdown — sidelined employees, shuttered museums, the dark Panda Cam at the National Zoo — few anticipated this one: holy matrimony. Dewy-eyed couples planning to tie the knot in the nation’s capital have been doused with cold reality: The courthouse office that issues marriage licenses is closed. It doesn’t matter that the event space is booked. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Blame the Dems.
Although Romney is critical of Mr. Trump in the editorial, he also writes that he will follow the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Mitt Romney slammed President Trump's leadership, writing in an editorial in The Washington Post that "the president has not risen to the mantle of the office." Romney will be sworn in as the junior senator from Utah on Thursday. "To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation," Romney wrote. "A president should unite us and inspire us to follow 'our better angels.' CBS
VOA VIEW: Romney is a loser and now made a big full out of himself.
The storm moving across the South will deliver a difficult commute. A developing storm in the Southwest brought another round of snow to the Four Corners on New Year’s Day, including almost 3 feet of snow in the mountains north of Albuquerque. The storm will interact with a low in the Gulf Of Mexico and bring snow, freezing rain, sleet and flooding in the southern U.S. through Friday. Winter storm warnings, winter weather advisories, flash flood watches and winter storm watches are in effect for parts of the southern U.S. from Arizona to Mississippi. ABC
Trump invited congressional leaders back to the White House for negotiations Friday after a briefing on the president's proposed border wall appeared to yield little progress. Challenges abound in trying to bridge the divide over the wall. Returning to the Capitol on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stressed that his chamber will not vote on the plan the House aims to pass Thursday because Trump has signaled he will not sign it. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dems are acting like the fools they are.

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Apple boss Tim Cook says the firm 'did not foresee the magnitude of economic deceleration' in China. In an unexpected disclosure, the iPhone maker said it expected revenue of about $84bn (£67bn) in the three months to 29 December. That is down from its November forecast of at least $89bn - a prediction that had already disappointed investors. BBC
Ex-US marine Paul Whelan was arrested on Friday on suspicion of spying - claims his family denies. The US state department confirmed Mr Huntsman went to Lefortovo detention centre in Moscow. Mr Whelan's brother David said consular staff told him his brother was fine and looked healthy. BBC
A doctor was fired from the Cleveland Clinic after her anti-Semitic social media posts surfaced. A prominent hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, fired a first-year resident after discovering anti-Semitic comments in her social media posts. Lara Kollab worked as a first-year resident at the Cleveland Clinic from July to September 2018. She has since deleted all of her social media, but screenshots of her posts — dating back to 2011 — have been documented by the Canary Mission, a site dedicated to exposing anti-Semitism in an effort to combat its rise on college campuses. CBS
VOA VIEW: The fool was fired and getting another job will be very difficult.

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Banks and credit unions that cater to federal workers are readying financial help for their customers as the government shutdown drags on. The assistance includes low- or no-interest payroll advances and loans for workers facing dwindling cash reserves. A total of 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed or working without pay since December 21, and won't receive their next paychecks until the government reopens. CNN
The Supreme Court could now decide as early as Wednesday afternoon whether an unnamed foreign-owned company will have to pay daily fines for avoiding a grand jury subpoena related to Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation. The Supreme Court could now decide as early as Wednesday afternoon whether an unnamed foreign-owned company will have to pay daily fines for avoiding a grand jury subpoena related to Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation. CNN
On his first day as acting defense secretary, Pat Shanahan is emphasizing that China should be the Pentagon's main focus.On his first working day in charge of the Pentagon, Pat Shanahan declared his focus to be "China, China, China." But he also got a taste of President Donald Trump's more scattershot way of looking at the world. FOX News
Executive order transfers regulation and creation of indigenous reserves to agriculture ministry controlled by agribusiness lobbyHours after taking office, Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, has launched an assault on environmental and Amazon protections with an executive order transferring the regulation and creation of new indigenous reserves to the agriculture ministry – which is controlled by the powerful agribusiness lobby. Guardian
All-party group and lawyers concerned for eight women allegedly mistreated in Saudi Arabia prisonA cross-party group of British parliamentarians and international lawyers is requesting the right to visit eight female activists detained in Saudi Arabia, following allegations that they have been subjected to ill treatment, including torture. Guardian
Blaming the balance of power in Syria on his predecessor, Barack Obama, Trump said the country was "lost long ago" and that he did not want the US military fighting there forever. Jerusalem Post
Netanyahu raised issue with Pompeo in Brasilia; also met Orban and discussed contentious Holocaust museum in Budapest. Jerusalem Post
General Motors Co hit 200,000 total electric vehicles sold in the United States by the end of 2018, reaching a threshold that triggers a phase-out of a $7,500 federal tax credit over the next 15 months, a person briefed on the matter said Wednesday. The largest U.S. automaker reached the figure in the fourth quarter of 2018, which means the credit will fall to $3,750 in April, and then drop to $1,875 in October for six months. Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had received a "great" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and would probably meet him again in the not-too-distant future as part of efforts to persuade him to give up his nuclear weapons. Reuters
VOA VIEW: No deal until NK gives up nuclear weapons.
This daring mission will land nearly 50 years on from the historic Apollo landings and will be followed in late 2019 by a Chinese sample return mission," Andrew Coates, professor of physics at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory in Surrey, told the BBC. Prof Coates added that the information gleaned from the mission "will be hugely valuable in understanding the formation of the Moon". Telegraph
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres strongly condemned Tuesday’s attacks against the UN compound in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, saying that intentionally attacking UN personnel may constitute "a violation of international humanitarian law.” Seven mortars landed inside the compound, injuring two UN staff members and one contractor. None of the injuries is life-threatening. UN News
Americans ranked education, healthcare, the economy and social security at the top of the list of what should be top priorities of Congress and White House. Eighty percent of Americans surveyed said that the four topics were either extremely or very important for Congress and the White House to work on, led by education with 87 percent. Healthcare policies and the economy followed at 85 percent with social security register as a top priority with 80 percent. UPI
VOA VIEW: The wall is the number one issue.

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