With no breakthrough in sight, President Donald Trump will argue his case to the nation Tuesday night that a "crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border requires the long and invulnerable wall he's demanding before ending the partial government shutdown. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers face missed pay. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: The American people need to know the facts and truth.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month, the Supreme Court said. Ginsburg was not on the bench as the court met Monday to hear arguments. It was not clear when she would return to the court. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: She should retire.
The conundrum over what to do with Paddock’s firearms underscores the increasingly complex and delicate considerations that have arisen for victims and their relatives as mass shootings have become a more frequent part of the discussion on how to handle the weapons once the investigations are over. Las Vegas Sun


Kamala Harris hasn't launched a bid for the presidency yet, but she has launched the narrative around which her campaign would be built. Hers is the latest political autobiography to hit the shelves. In a medium as predictable for White House aspirants as an Iowa stump speech. LA Times
VOA VIEW: An idiot.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff expressed concern Monday that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III might decline to look into President Trump’s private business dealings as he investigates Russia’s interference in America’s 2016 election. As a result, the Burbank congressman said, it could be up to Democrats. LA Times
VOA VIEW: A double idiot.
As the federal government enters its third week with offices shuttered, scientists fear a prolonged shutdown could take a toll on critical government work, from predicting hurricanes to fighting coral reef destruction. Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: Only a fool believes their will be some problem.
A senior U.S. official trying to negotiate the safety of Kurdish allies in northeastern Syria was apparently rebuffed by Turkey's president who said Tuesday there would be "no concession". Miami Herald
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday at the start of a four-day visit, in what’s likely an effort to coordinate with his only major ally ahead of a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump that could happen early this year. New York Post
Sen. Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have requested equal air time to counter expected “malice and misinformation” in President Trump’s Tuesday night address to the nation. The Democratic leaders in the House and Senate released a joint statement on Monday night that addressed the shutdown and ongoing border wall battle. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Very few want to hear their garbage.


The White House announced that President Trump would make a prime-time address and then travel to the southern border this week. New York Times
Ousted Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn declared his innocence in his first public appearance since his November arrest, telling a Tokyo court on Tuesday that he had been wrongly accused of financial misconduct. Rueters
A standoff continued Monday between Mexican police and Central American migrants at a private warehouse converted into a shelter near the U.S.-Mexico border. It was shuttered by Mexican authorities Friday, but about 50 Central American caravan members still refused to leave by late Monday. San Diego Tribune
Torrent Pharmaceuticals has expanded its recall of losartan potassium tablets, the latest of more than one dozen recalls of blood pressure drugs.         USA Today

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Causing damage at a cost of $16.5 billion, the devastating Camp Fire was the world's costliest natural disaster in 2018.         USA Today
It’s the ultimate indignity for workers who endured two years of hiring freezes, inept bosses and sometimes open hostility to their missions. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: There are very few who don't want a job with this Administration.
U.S. allies said they picked up two American men on a battlefield in Syria. The Pentagon and the anti-ISIS coalition said they are aware of reports from America's Kurdish allies in Syria that at least two American citizens who were allegedly fighting with ISIS have been captured. "We are aware of open source reports of reportedly American citizens currently in custody who were believed to be fighting for ISIS. However, we are unable to confirm this information at this time. ABC
VOA VIEW: If true, the America men should face heavy charges.


South Korean media say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be on his way to Beijing for his fourth summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Officials in China and in Seoul had no immediate comment. North Korea rarely reports such visits until they are over. The reports said a train like the one often used by Kim was seen crossing through the Chinese border city of Dandong late Monday amid heavy security. ABC
VOA VIEW: Un is trying to see what is his best hand - choosing China would be a bad mistake.
Exclusion zones around airports will be extended and drone users will have to be registered under the plans. The area around airports where drones are banned from flying will also be extended, and from 30 November operators of drones between 250g and 20kg will need to be registered. Labour said action on drones should have been taken years ago. Last month flights from Gatwick were suspended for more than 36 hours after drones were reported over the airfield. BBC
The actor denies a charge of indecent assault and battery stemming from a groping allegation in 2016. Actor Kevin Spacey remained silent as he appeared in court to face a charge of indecent assault and battery stemming from an allegation of groping in 2016. He is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old male at a bar in Nantucket, Massachusetts, in 2016. A not guilty plea was entered on the two-time Oscar winner's behalf by his lawyers. BBC
Currently, only 12 percent of IRS workers are on the job, and they are mostly working on security and technology. Tax refunds will not be affected by the partial government shutdown, a top Trump administration official claimed in a briefing with reporters Monday. However, for the time being, only 12 percent of the IRS workforce is on the job -- without pay -- and they are mainly focused on security and technology. The agency's shutdown plans have said it is not issuing refunds or even answering phone help lines during the shutdown. CBS
VOA VIEW: A lot of hype by liberal media.
Unpredictable changes in Americans' income are on the rise and associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Fluctuations in personal income will likely harm your financial well-being, but more surprisingly, unpredictable changes in income are also bad for your physical health, a new study shows. Long-term income volatility -- a sudden and usually negative change in one's income over time -- was shown to carry a nearly two-fold risk of cardiovascular disease and death, according an article based on the study, CBS

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that CBP stopped nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists from crossing the southern border in fiscal year 2018. U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered only six immigrants on the U.S-Mexico border in the first half of fiscal year 2018 whose names were on a federal government list of known or suspected terrorists, according to CBP data obtained by NBC News. CNBC
Wall Street analysts have the lowest percentage of 'buy' ratings on Apple stock since 2005 — at 49 percent. Apple has become more unloved by Wall Street analysts than at any time in the past 14 years. Another 51 percent are 'holds.' As Apple shares plummeted in the fourth quarter, losing more than 30 percent, analysts changed their views on the stock. CNBC
Donald Trump has done a lot of unprecedented things since he started running for president in June 2015. He's attacked prisoners of war. He's bullied just about everyone in the world of politics. He's downplayed the white supremacist violence that led to a woman's death in Charlottesville, Virginia. He's said thousands, literally, of things that are not true. But the most amazing trick Trump has pulled as a politician -- and now as president -- is to convince lower-middle class, predominantly white voters that he is one of them. CNN
VOA VIEW: Trump may not directly relate - dumb question.

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The big four broadcast networks are deliberating over President Donald Trump's request to air a Tuesday night prime time address on border security, a network executive told CNN. Trump announced in a tweet that he will deliver his address at 9 p.m. ET. In his tweet, the President characterized the situation on the border as a "national security crisis." CNN
VOA VIEW: The liberal media hate Trump facts and truth.
National Parks across the country are some of the most noticeable impacts of the partial government shutdown, that is not the case at Everglades National Park, though. The big draws at Everglades National Park in South Florida are the birds, the endless sawgrass and, of course, the alligators. FOX News
President confirmed he will discuss the ‘humanitarian and national security crisis’ on the southern border on Tuesday nightHow have you been affected by the government shutdown?Stay informed: sign up for our new US briefing 9.58pm GMT 9.37pm GMT NBC is reporting that only six people in the federal terrorism database were stopped at the southern border in the first half of 2018. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Good move.
Seas absorb 90% of climate change’s energy as new research reveals vast heating over past 150 yearsGlobal warming has heated the oceans by the equivalent of one atomic bomb explosion per second for the past 150 years, according to analysis of new research.More than 90% of the heat trapped by humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions has been absorbed by the seas, with just a few per cent heating the air, land and ice caps respectively. The vast amount of energy being added to the oceans drives sea-level rise and enables hurricanes and typhoons to become more intense. Guardian
According to the party's statement, 71% percent of the Israeli public currently supports regulation of the cannabis market. Jerusalem Post Inc and Netflix fueled a second straight session of gains on Wall Street on Monday, as the resumption of U.S.-China trade talks helped ease concerns that have pummeled the market in recent months. Reuters
The President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, announced on Monday that he is stepping down, after more than six years in the role. Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank CEO, will assume the role of interim President, from 1 February. In a statement, Mr. Kim said that “It has been a great honour to serve as President of this remarkable institution, full of passionate individuals dedicated to the mission of ending extreme poverty in our lifetime. UN News
A U.S. Navy ship entered the Black Sea over the weekend for the first time since Russia seized three Ukrainian vessels there last year. The amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry passed through Turkey's Dardenalles Strait on Sunday, arriving in the Black Sea on Monday, whose border is shared by Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria. UPI
The Justice Department has asked a federal judge in Texas to delay a motion in a lawsuit linked to the Affordable Care Act because of the government shutdown. Federal attorneys filed the request Friday, but it did not appear on the court docket until Monday. The request stems from House Democrats filing a motion asking the lower chamber to intervene in the lawsuit against the ACA, filed by Republican officials. UPI

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