Sen. Amy Klobuchar lags top Democratic presidential rivals, but experts say the Midwesterner's values and work meeting Iowa voters could bring an unexpected payoff. LA Times
VOA VIEW: No chance.
"We expect Iran to pledge readiness to carry out a full and open investigation," Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky says of airliner shootdown. LA Times
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Democrats and some Republicans have called for state Rep. Matt Shea to resign in the wake of a report involving anti-government activities. LA Times
VOA VIEW: No, there is no place for a domestic terrorist.


It’s out with the old and in with new at Walmart as the retailer continues its huge winter clearance sale. During the sale, you can score major savings on Christmas decor, toys, clothing, electronics and more. There are even markdowns on household essentials and sports gear to help you kick off those New Year’s goals.... New York Post
The Treasury Department’s removal of the designation provided a major concession to China just days before it is set to sign a trade deal with the United States. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Trump should not give in to China.
Fearful of public anger over a plunging economy, Iran’s leaders appear to be turning inward, pulling back from escalation. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Iran never had any chance against the US.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Monday that he would raise the threshold needed to open counterintelligence investigations of presidential campaigns, a move that follows complaints by President Donald Trump about government surveillance of his 2016 election campaign. Rueters
President Trump and his national security advisers have offered shifting accounts of what prompted the decision to kill Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: There is no question - except for liberals, Dems and socialists.
Three women claimed the ban violated the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause because it applies to women but not men.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Cowards!


Leading Catholic thinkers on Monday offered context mixed with criticism of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's reaffirmation of celibacy in the priesthood in a new book, an apparent rebuke of Pope Francis' reported consideration of easing rules against marriage for clergy in the Amazon. The Rev. James J. Martin, who is ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Celibacy must be terminated.
A claim that Louisiana lawyers are unconstitutionally required to join and pay dues to the state bar association was rejected Monday by a federal judge. New Orleans attorney Randy Boudreaux filed the lawsuit last year in U.S. District Court, claiming the mandatory Louisiana State Bar Association ... Washington Times
Anti-government protesters turned violent over the weekend in Tehran, with protesters angry at being lied to over the downed Ukrainian plane. ABC
VOA VIEW: Not good for Iran.
Talking points to Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign volunteers allegedly instructed them to attack Sen. Elizabeth Warren over her support from wealthy Democrats. ABC
VOA VIEW: Warren is whining.

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Sen. Cory Booker ends presidential campaign ABC
VOA VIEW: Booker never had a chance.
A subtle design feature of the AR-15 rifle has raised a technical legal question that is derailing criminal cases tied to one of America's most popular weapons ABC
"These are complex matters for my family to resolve." ABC
VOA VIEW: Scared!


While some market watchers worry China could renege on its promises, a former White House officials says the deal is a big strucutural win. CNBC
VOA VIEW: China can't be trusted.
The budget shortfall hit $1.02 trillion for the year, a 17.1% increase from 2018, which itself had seen a 28.2% jump from the previous year. CNBC
Joe Biden's campaign chairman privately met with some of Wall Street's top donors last week in an attempt to rally them around the former vice president's push for the Democratic nomination. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden is desperate for money.
"The degree of unrest that there is in the country... is significant," Gen. James Jones told CNBC. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Iran has a major regime conflict.
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg used a CNN op-ed Monday to blast his party's outsized emphasis on Iowa and New Hampshire, saying such a focus risks ignoring battleground contests. CNN
VOA VIEW: Bloomberg is a bad candidate with a lot of money.

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New York’s controversial bail-reform law is being blamed for the release of an accused serial bank robber who may have struck another bank after he got out of jail. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A very bad law.
A Florida man who spat on a fellow bar patron wearing a "Make America Great" hat was sentenced to 90 days in jail and one year of supervised probation.  FOX News
Presenter Gellare Jabbari apologised to Iranians ‘for the 13 years I told you lies’At least two presenters working for the Iranian state broadcaster IRIB have announced they have quit their jobs, with a third saying she quit some time ago after having told lies on behalf of the state for 13 years.Gelare Jabbari apologised in an Instagram post, writing: “It was very hard for me to believe that our people have been killed. Forgive me that I got to know this late. And forgive me for the 13 years I told you lies.” Continue reading... Guardian
VOA VIEW: It shows Iran is loosing it.

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Accusations of lethal force against protesters in Iran should be fully investigated, a spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday, saying reports of violence against those protesting the downing of a civilian airliner were "worrying." Reuters
The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on seven Venezuelan politicians it said led a bid by President Nicolas Maduro to wrest control of the country's congress from U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido. Reuters
Nearly eight hours before Iran’s Jan. 8 missile attack on U.S. forces at bases in Iraq, American and Iraqi soldiers at Ain al-Asad air base scrambled to move personnel and weaponry to fortified bunkers, two Iraqi officers stationed at the base told Reuters. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Iran didn't want to cross Trump.
A senior investigator from Iran is expected to visit Ukraine in coming days and will determine whether a Ukrainian laboratory is suitable to decode black boxes from a plane that crashed last week, a senior Ukraine security official said on Monday. Reuters
President Donald Trump will travel to Texas this weekend to speak at the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention, the organization said Monday. UPI
South Korea brushed aside North Korea's public snub of Seoul's call for cooperation on Monday, as Pyongyang appeared to be wavering on negotiations. UPI
VOA VIEW: NK is pushing its luck - Un is a fool.

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