At a 1994 news conference, a passionate Nancy Pelosi spoke critically against extending China's trading privileges with the United States because of Beijing's record on human rights, a cause that had pitted a bipartisan congressional coalition against President Bill Clinton. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: They both look and talked like fools.
President Donald Trump says he has ended "catch-and-release" for asylum seekers, but in cities on the U.S. border with Mexico it is catch and can't release fast enough. Since late October, the U.S. has been releasing asylum-seeking families so quickly they don't even have time to make travel arrangements. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Madness.
Russian space agency officials aren't happy that their leader's invitation was ripped out from under him last week -- and now they want answers from NASA. "We are still waiting for clarification on the current situation from the American agency through our established partner channels or from NASA representatives in Russia," Vladimir Ustimenko, a representative for the Russia state space corporation Roscosmos, told state-run news agency TASS on Sunday. Houston Chronicle


In his first act as senator, Indiana Republican Mike Braun was expected to file a bill freezing Congress pay during government shutdowns.          IndyStar
A special train believed to be carrying Kim Jong Un departed Beijing on Wednesday after a two-day visit by the North Korean leader to the Chinese capital. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Mystery tour.
It will guarantee health care for the estimated 600,000 uninsured New Yorkers. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday unveiled a plan that provides health care to all city residents, regardless of their ability to pay or their immigration status. The new program, NYC Care, will guarantee health care for the estimated 600,000 New Yorkers who do not currently have health insurance, according to the mayor's office. Undocumented immigrants will also be included in the plan. ABC
VOA VIEW: Madness - who is paying?
U.S. and Chinese envoys extended trade talks into a third day Wednesday after President Donald Trump said negotiations aimed at ending a tariff war. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: China is losing the trade war.
The FBI couldn’t crack the Sinaloa cartel’s encrypted messages, so they went after the man who built the communications system for the powerful narcotics trafficking network FBI agent Stephen Marston told jurors in the trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on Tuesday that Cristian Rodriguez had created. LA Times
Amid fears of military coups and assassination plots, the Venezuelan government has increasingly been detaining and torturing military personnel and their families, a new report finds. Miami Herald


Now that the Trump administration has revamped the North American Free Trade Agreement, it is taking a look at kicking key countries out of its sister pact that are in Central America. Miami Herald
Iran's supreme leader has called U.S. officials "first-class idiots," mocking American leaders as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tours the Mideast. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments on Wednesday were unusually harsh, calling out U.S. officials. Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: Iran leader is the biggest idiot.
The homeless man who allegedly worked with a New Jersey couple to scam hundreds of thousands of dollars in a GoFundMe scheme missed a court date Tuesday, prompting a judge to issue a warrant for his arrest, according to reports. Johnny Bobbitt missed a court hearing Tuesday afternoon to face charges that he violated conditions of his release. New York Post
President Trump sought to go over the heads of Congress to enlist support for his border wall, raising the stakes of a conflict that has closed many federal agencies. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Good = liberal will lose.

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Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, plans to narrow the panel’s Russia investigation. New York Times
British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to win over the Northern Irish party which props up her government to her Brexit deal on Wednesday, just hours before lawmakers were due to resume a debate on the divorce accord. Rueters
World stocks extend their gains to hit a near-four week high and oil prices rose on Wednesday on optimism that the United States and China may be inching toward a trade deal, soothing fears an all-out trade war could hit a slowing global economy. Rueters


Many San Diegans who tuned in for President Donald Trump’s prime-time speech on border security Tuesday night said they didn’t hear anything new. Trump spoke of a “growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” oscillating between his hard line rhetoric linking drugs and criminals. San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: Overnight rhetoric.
Four people were arrested Monday on accusations of working for a fentanyl-smuggling ring that supplied undercover agents with thousands of counterfeit oxycodone pills. The operation acquired more than 10,000 fentanyl pills that were smuggled from Mexico through San Diego ports of entry. San Diego Tribune
They always anticipated U.S. support would run out, but President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to rapidly pull U.S. forces out of northeast Syria has nevertheless stunned the Kurds there, who for the past three years have been America’s partner in fighting the Islamic State group. Seattle Times
Once administrators at the middle school were alerted to the alleged behavior, the school's resource officer immediately removed the teacher from the classroom and the building. Fairfield police received a complaint Tuesday at about 10:30 a.m. about the alleged incident involving 41-year-old Tracey Abraham. According to a statement from Fairfield schools, students at Creekside Middle School reported "suspicious behavior by the substitute that was taking place behind" the teacher's desk. USA Today
VOA VIEW: An idiot.
Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian asked a federal judge Tuesday to impose $1 billion in damages against the government of Iran to deter future taking of American hostages, saying his ordeal began when one of three Iranian security agents pointed a gun at his head in the parking garage of his Tehran apartment building at about 8 p.m. on July 22, 2014. Washington Post

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The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of a Georgia gang member it says is armed and dangerous. News outlets report the agency said Tuesday that it is seeking information on 25-year-old Antariouse "Phat" Caldwell, who was indicted last year of an anti-racketeering charge of conspiracy to murder. Washington Times
Despite a high-profile visit by U.S. officials to Turkey this week, the two nations remain at odds over the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, specifically the implications for America's Kurdish allies in Syria.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rebuffed National Security Adviser John Bolton on Tuesday, refusing a meeting and expressing frustration in the messaging from Bolton and others that Erdogan says differs from what he said was a deal with Trump, signaling he'd prefer to communicate with the president instead. ABC
VOA VIEW: Turkey should not make demands,
In its annual report on global prospects the World Bank forecasts a slowdown in economic growth. The Bank's forecast for the global economy is expansion this year of 2.9% and 2.8% in 2020. But overhanging the broadly favourable outlook are rising concerns that could mean economic performance falls short. BBC

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Departures at London’s Heathrow airport were temporarily stopped after a drone was seen. Flights from the west London airport resumed about an hour after police said a drone had been seen. A Heathrow spokeswoman had said it was a "precautionary measure" to "prevent any threat to operational safety". BBC
Arizona Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva, who represents a district along the U.S.-Mexico border, voiced his opposition to President Trump's calls for a border wall. He spoke to CBSN ahead of the president's national address on immigration Tuesday. CBS
VOA VIEW: Grijalva is a liberal fool.
J.C. Penney announced Tuesday that holiday sales fell and it plans to close three stores by the spring as part of an ongoing evaluation of its performance. For the nine weeks ended Jan. 5, same-store sales fell 3.5 percent on an adjusted basis. On an "unshifted basis," sales were down 5.4 percent at stores open at least a year. CNBC
The unidentified firm is continuing its fight to have the Supreme Court hear its request toss out the grand jury subpoena it received for information. The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed hefty contempt fines to resume against a mysterious foreign-owned company that is locked in a battle over evidence with federal prosecutors believed to be working for special counsel Robert Mueller. CNBC
VOA VIEW: So be it.
Lawyers for Paul Manafort appear to have missed a significant court filing deadline of midnight Tuesday to respond to the special counsel's office's accusation that he lied about five topics during his post-guilty-plea cooperation sessions. Special counsel Robert Mueller believes that Paul Manafort was sharing polling data and discussing Russian-Ukrainian policy with his close Russian-intelligence-linked associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, while he led the Trump presidential campaign, according to parts of a court filing that were meant to be redacted by Manafort's legal team Tuesday but were released publicly. CNN
The owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop can proceed with his lawsuit against the state of Colorado, accusing them of anti-religious bias against him for refusing to make cakes that celebrate transgender identity and gay marriage, a federal district court ruled. Jack Phillips has accused the Colorado Civil Rights Commission of anti-religious bias because it punished him for refusing to bake a cake celebrating gender transition. FOX News
Government suffers defeat during debate on the finance bill in the CommonsTheresa May faces a concerted campaign of parliamentary warfare from a powerful cross-party alliance of MPs determined to use every lever at their disposal to prevent Britain leaving the EU without a deal in March. Guardian
‘Super-Earth’ among trio of planets and six supernovae detected by Tess missionThree new planets and six supernovae outside our solar system have been observed by Nasa’s planet-hunting Tess mission in its first three months. Guardian
Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman warned of the high probability of foreign intervention in the upcoming elections. Jerusalem Post
Within the space of 25 years, a company that began life selling niche second-hand books from a garage in Seattle has become the world’s most valuable business. Amazon was worth £634bn when the US stock market closed on Monday, surpassing Microsoft for the first time. Jeff Bezos, the founder, started off with the sale of a book entitled Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought, by Douglas Hofstadter. Telegraph
VOA VIEW: Amazon should be reduced in size.
More than a week after voters went to the polls to choose a new President in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), results have yet to be announced and all primary telecommunications remain shut down – prompting a UN expert on Monday to urge the authorities to restore internet services as “a matter of urgency”. UN News
The EU announced sanctions against a unit of the Iranian intelligence agency and two individuals for their alleged involvement in assassination plots. The move places both individuals and the intelligence unit onto the EU's terror list, accusing them of carrying out attacks as part of plots against Iranian opposition figures in Denmark and France. As a result of the designation, the accused will have their assets frozen and will be subject to other restrictions. UPI
America's soybean industry is scrambling to find new international trading partners after the trade war with China cost the industry it's single largest buyer. Before the trade dispute, China purchased around 30 percent of all the soy grown in the United States -- and 60 percent of the exported soy. UPI

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