The U.S. strike in Baghdad that killed Qassem Suleimani, Iran's top general, may mark a death blow for American political influence in Iraq. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Iraq made a bad mistake.
This year will be the biggest budget challenge for Gov. Andrew Cuomo since he took office in 2011. Exploding costs in New York’s popular health-insurance program for the needy is largely fueling the state’s projected $6 billion budget deficit for 2020, and Cuomo is already so worried about getting it under control that he didn’t... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Liberals know how to create a deficit.
Some American partners in the region are celebrating the demise of a powerful Iranian adversary but believe it is wisest to do so discreetly. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Iran may pay a heavier price.


An unprecedented combination of low U.S. unemployment, weak inflation and low interest rates has the U.S. Federal Reserve grappling with how to fight the next recession, as experts debate new approaches to financial regulation as well as a fuller overhaul of Fed strategy. Rueters
VOA VIEW: They should try to enjoy good times.
U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sunday won the support of three politicians who helped Democrats seize control of the House of Representatives in 2018, endorsements that could help bolster arguments he is best positioned to fend off Republicans this year. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Nothing can help Biden beat Trump.
A federal website was taken down after a hacker posted pro-Iranian messages and an image of President Donald Trump being punched in the face.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Iranian retaliation would be costly to Iran and those involved.
"It has become an enormous challenge trying to comply with the different state requirements," a small-business owner in Arizona said.       USA Today
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tells reporter, "Don't (expletive) with me" when questioned about his support for the Republican Party.        USA Today
One U.S. service member and 2 DOD contractors killed in a terror attack on a U.S. base in Kenya, according to U.S. Africa Command. Two DOD employees were wounded. ABC
VOA VIEW: Not a good sign.


Actress Rose McGowan says her tweet that apologized on behalf of the U.S. to Iran for “disrespecting their flag and people” wasn't anti-American ABC
VOA VIEW: McGowan is a traitor.
Iran lifts all limits on uranium enrichment, effectively ending its commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal. BBC
VOA VIEW: Iran will pay dearly.
This week on "Face the Nation," tensions are at an all-time high between the U.S. and Iran in the wake of President Trump's order to carry out an airstrike that killed the regime's top military leader. CBS
VOA VIEW: It's better to live free than to in constant fear.
2019 was arguably the Trump administration's most successful one in its quest to severely restrict asylum and overhaul the legal immigration system. CBS
VOA VIEW: A great accomplishment.

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The DNC Chair says he disagrees with the contention that the party’s debate qualifications made it hard for minority candidates to make it to the debate stage. CBS
VOA VIEW: There is no Dem that has a chance in a one on one debate with Trump.
Petraeus called the death of Soleimani more significant than the deaths of Osama bin Laden and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. CBS
VOA VIEW: The killing was just and needed.
The Connecticut Democrat said the strike against the Iranian general could open a "Pandora's box" that puts the lives of U.S. officials at risk. CBS
VOA VIEW: It's about time.


The vote comes after a U.S. airstrike killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, sparking an outcry in Iraq. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A dumb vote
Pompeo's comments in an interview on ABC's "This Week" follow reports that some senior White House officials were skeptical about the rationale for the drone strike. CNBC
Lindsey Graham wants to start President Donald Trump's trial within days, even if it means the chamber proceeds without receiving articles of impeachment from the House of Representatives. CNBC
Leading Democrats such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have criticized the administration for not consulting with Congress before launching the strike that killed Soleimani. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Trump is the commander-in-chief.
Trump warned Iran that the U.S. has targeted 52 sites "at a very high level and important to Iran and Iranian culture." CNBC
VOA VIEW: Iran would be wise to adhere.

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The military adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader said Sunday that his country's response to the killing by the United States of one its most influential commanders will certainly be a military response "against military sites." CNN
VOA VIEW: Foolish advice.
Retired Major General James "Spider" Marks says Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) should "just be quiet" after Murphy criticized President Trump's decision to carry out a strike which led to the death of top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. CNN
VOA VIEW: A good point for a coward that should not be a US Senator.
CNN's Jake Tapper asks House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff to explain why a top House attorney for Democrats discussed the possibility of bringing a third article impeachment against President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice relating to the Mueller investigation. CNN

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Angry critics of President Trump’s decision to authorize the killing of Iran’s top military general protested in at least 70 locations throughout the U.S. on Saturday, including New York City's Times Square and outside the White House. FOX News
VOA VIEW: All whining cowards.
Secretary of state attempts to defend legality of air strikePete Buttigieg: ‘Pompeo did not prove strike prevented attack’The Trump administration was scrambling on Sunday to justify its claim that the killing of Iran’s most powerful general was about stopping a war rather than starting one, as tensions spiralled by the hour. Related: Trump vows to hit 52 sites 'very hard' if Iran retaliates over Suleimani killing Guardian
VOA VIEW: No defense is necessary.
A small but growing number of Hong Kong protesters who fled to Taiwan for safety over the past few months fear an opposition victory in the island's election this week will put them in peril and force them to leave. Reuters
Three Katyusha rockets fell in Baghdad on Sunday, including two inside the capital's heavily fortified Green Zone housing government buildings and foreign missions, the Iraqi military said. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Attack any American or American installation would be actionable.
In an apparent slip of the tongue on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Israel as a nuclear power before correcting himself with a bashful nod and an embarrassed smile. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Many already new.
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkish military units had started moving to Libya to support Fayez al-Serraj's internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli. Reuters

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