Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have confirmed they are force-feeding nine detainees who initiated a hunger strike at an El Paso, Texas, detention center. Ten detainees at the facility are under a self-imposed hunger strike, ICE spokeswoman Danielle Bennett said in an email Saturday. Baltimore Sun
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said his country would follow the United States in suspending its participation in a treaty banning midrange nuclear weapons, the latest step toward the demise of a pact that had been a pillar of international arms control since the close of the Cold. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Putin is bluffing and making threats in desperation.
Cynics often dismiss the annual State of the Union speech as a useless ritual. They’re wrong. The words, to be sure, are usually forgettable. But the event itself — the pomp-filled spectacle, the partisan applause and the equally partisan silences, unscripted reactions by Supreme Court justices will be rememberable LA Times
VOA VIEW: It would be better than the Super Bowl.


The Federal Bureau of Prisons said Saturday that work to restore power to a detention center in New York City where inmates have gone without heat and electricity for a week will be completed by Monday. But a congresswoman who visited the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn for the second time says it isn't necessary. LA Times
A Venezuelan air force general on Saturday became the country’s first senior military official to defect from President Nicolás Maduro’s government, announcing support for mass protests to oust the socialist dictator. In a YouTube video posted Saturday, Gen. Francisco Yanez claimed that “90 percent” of the armed forces are against Maduro. Maduro began a second term earlier last month. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Good start.
A former U.S. Marine sergeant and Orlando gun shop owner was found guilty by a Fort Lauderdale federal jury Friday of conspiring with a Haiti senator and others to illegally bring in semi-automatic weapons. Miami Herald
Justin E. Fairfax, the lieutenant governor of Virginia, would become the only current African-American governor in the United States if Ralph Northam answers calls to resign. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Being black would make a difference.
Syrian state media, citing a military source, said U.S.-led coalition jets hit a Syrian army position near the battle front against Islamic State pocket late on Saturday, causing damage and injuries. Rueters
  Two U.S. immigrant rights attorneys and two journalists who have worked closely with members of a migrant caravan in Tijuana said they had been denied entry into Mexico in recent days after their passports were flagged with alerts by an unknown government. Their stories are nearly identical. San Diego Tribune


Up to 1,600 PG&E customers found themselves without power early Saturday morning, as a storm system moved its way through the Bay Area overnight. San Francisco Gate
A legal advocacy group sued the state of Texas Friday, alleging three top state officials conspired to violate thousands of foreign-born citizens' voting rights when they advised counties to review the citizenship status of suspected non-citizen voters. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Liberal desperation.
Nissan announced Sunday it has cancelled plans to make its X-Trail SUV in the UK — a sharp blow to British Prime Minister Theresa May, who fought to have the model built in northern England as she sought to shore up confidence in the British economy after it leaves the European Union. Seattle Times
With 50 touchdowns and 5,097 passing yards, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes had a sizzling debut season as a starter that was capped with the NFL MVP award.         USA Today

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A report by the department’s inspector general says ICE cited thousands of violations but rarely fined contractors. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: ICE has some explaining to do.
Jerry Seinfeld was sued Friday by a company claiming it bought the comedian's 1958 Porsche for $1.5 million only to discover it was a fake.         USA Today
U.S. Rep. John Lewis believes sometimes people have to kneel before they can be heard so he supports NFL players who want to peacefully demonstrate against police brutality and social injustice. "There's nothing wrong with kneeling," Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Lewis is a anti white racist and kneeling at the game would be bad for the NFL.


The widow of a Utah mayor killed while serving in Afghanistan will attend President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night at the U.S. Capitol. Jennie Taylor will be in the House gallery as a guest of U.S. Rep. Bob Bishop, a Utah Republican. Washington Times
The Russian president made the announcement a day after the U.S. left the deal. President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia’s military to begin developing new medium-range missiles in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States is leaving a key Cold War nuclear arms treaty. Putin announced that Russia was also suspending the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces, or INF treaty, a day after the U.S. said it was pulling out of the 1987 agreement over alleged Russian violations. ABC
VOA VIEW: Russia has been breaking the deal all along.
Virginia's Ralph Northam now denies he was in a photo of men in blackface and a KKK robe. Mr Northam said he recognised that people would find this "hard to believe". He also admitted blackening his face to impersonate singer Michael Jackson at an event in the same year. Top US Democrats have called on him to resign. But he says he will stay on. BBC
VOA VIEW: Northam called his Republican opponent a racist.
Amazon used to reject the need for ad spending, but Jeff Bezos has changed his view and turned the company into a major advertiser. If it seems like you're seeing Amazon ads all over the place, there's a reason why: Jeff Bezos no longer hates them. Amazon's CEO once famously said ads are "the price you pay when your product is unremarkable." CNBC

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed early parliamentary elections on Saturday, seeking to shore up his crumbling rule. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed early parliamentary elections on Saturday, seeking to shore up his crumbling rule after a senior general defected to the opposition and tens of thousands thronged the streets in protest at his government. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Anything that Maduro proposes would be rigged in his favor.
It's been nearly 200 years since white performers first started painting their faces black to mock enslaved Africans in minstrel shows across the United States. It was racist and offensive then, and still is today. The latest controversy to erupt over blackface is a photo in Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook. It depicts one person in blackface and another dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan. After initially apologizing for appearing in the photo, the Democratic governor now says he is neither the person in blackface nor the person dressed as a Klansman. CNN
During the 2016 presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump was not granted a loan from Deutsche Bank following an extensive debate within the ranks of the bank, The New York Times reported on Saturday. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN bias propaganda.

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The Trump administration says it would require extraordinary effort to reunite what may be thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents and, even if it could, the children would likely be emotionally harmed. FOX News
Protests take place in cities across the country amid optimism from the opposition, as president speaks to rival march. Tens of thousands of Venezuelan protesters streamed on to the streets of the capital on Saturday for what they described as the final push to force Nicolás Maduro from power. Guardian
General Motors Co said on Saturday it is negotiating "feasibility conditions" to invest 10 billion reais ($2.73 billion) in Brazil from 2020 to 2024, after having warned last month that new investments would depend on returning to profit. Reuters
It's less than two weeks before another potential government shutdown and border security remains a sticking point in negotiations for a long term deal. President Trump insists on getting funding for a border wall with or without the support of Congress. CBS
VOA VIEW: It would a true and warranted Declaration.
An off-duty Transportation Security Administration officer, in an apparent suicide, fell to his death Saturday inside the Orlando International Airport and disrupting flights. UPI

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