In one case, a Saudi exchange student disappeared from the U.S. just before his 2017 trial on a manslaughter charge in Portland. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Saudi Arabia is a friend on convenience.
President Trump's legal team accuses House Democrats of trying to overturn the 2016 election in an angry response Saturday to the impeachment trial. LA Times
VOA VIEW: No question.
Three rockets fell near the US embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, local time, according to reports. The Katyusha rockets hit inside the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign missions, Iraqi police sources told Reuters. No casualties were immediately reported. Sirens could be heard blaring in the area after the missiles made... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Someone is playing with fire.


Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday used his MLK Day pulpit to rail against the Trump administration and increasing tensions in the Middle East. Speaking at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 34th annual celebration of Martin Luther King and later at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in Harlem, de Blasio used the civil rights icon’s... New York Post
VOA VIEW: De Blasio is an idiot.
Rudy Giuliani pal Lev Parnas wants Attorney General William Barr off his case, according to newly filed court documents. “Federal ethics guidelines bar federal employees from participating in matters in which their impartiality could be questioned, including matters in which they were personally involved or about which they have personal knowledge,” reads the letter faxed... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Parnas is a fool.
Three Katyusha rockets fell on Tuesday inside Baghdad's Green Zone which houses government buildings and foreign missions, Iraqi police sources told Reuters. Rueters
President Vladimir Putin accelerated a shake-up of Russia's political system on Monday, submitting a constitutional reform blueprint to parliament that will create a new center of power outside the presidency. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Putin wants to get this desperate madness over as quick as possible.
Trump's Davos trip coincides with a new phase of the Senate impeachment trial in which senators will set rules for the rest of the proceeding.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Doing what is best for the US.
An appeals court has upheld murder convictions for two men in the 2010 fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death revealed the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling investigation. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday affirmed the murder convictions of Ivan Soto-Barraza and Jesus ... Washington Times


January is in full swing in the eastern half of the United States where temperatures and wind chills are below zero in the Northern Plains and New England. ABC
Activity from one of Alaska's 80 volcanoes triggered aviation warnings after it began to spew ash and lava over the weekend. ABC
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans have hit a hurdle when Parliament’s upper chamber told the government to give European Union citizens living in the U.K. physical proof of their right to remain after the country leaves the bloc ABC
VOA VIEW: Let's move forward.
The Trump administration plans to move forward with a new rule aimed at stopping what it calls "birth tourism." ABC
VOA VIEW: A good point and problem to resolve.

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The president's legal team laid out its arguments against impeachment in formal legal brief before the Senate trial. CBS
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
The amount in loan interest payments quickly adds up to thousands extra for someone with just a "fair" credit score. CBS
An executive summary accused the House Democrats of conducting a rigged process and said they succeeded in proving that Trump had done nothing wrong. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A good point.


No incumbent president this century has been so thoroughly outraised by a field of challengers in the year before a reelection contest. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal media stupidity - there is no huge margin - the numbers are all Dem candidate versus Trump.
Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang said that if he is elected to serve in the White House, he is prepared to empower the consumer to kickstart the economy if it slips into a recession. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Stupid!
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would vote to convict President Donald Trump if he were a senator, he told Craig Melvin in an exclusive interview that aired on NBC's "TODAY Show" Monday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Idiot!
The IMF has become less optimistic about global growth, warning that the outlook remains sluggish and there are no clear signs of a turning point. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The world has a problem, but the US is looking good.
When Pat Cipollone steps foot onto the faded blue carpet of the Senate chamber next week, the relative anonymity he has enjoyed for much of his three-decade law career will be stripped away by the glare of cameras and the scrutiny of history. CNN

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be against impeaching President Donald Trump. CNN
Puerto Rico’s Gov. Wanda Vázquez on Sunday fired two more officials in the most recent development since anger broke out over a viral video showing unused emergency supplies allegedly leftover from Hurricane Maria aid sitting in a warehouse in a small town currently grappling with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake last month. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A sad state of affairs.
More than 22,000 armed gun-rights activists peacefully filled the streets around Virginia's capitol building on Monday to protest gun-control legislation making its way through the newly Democratic-controlled state legislature. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Good news.

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There will be more action by the United States to support Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, after meeting with Guaido on the sidelines of a regional conference in Bogota. Reuters
Hundreds of Central Americans waded across a river into Mexico on Monday, some clashing with waiting security forces, in a new challenge for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's efforts to contain migration at the bidding of the United States. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Mexico is doing their job - upsetting the liberal media.
A lawyer for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou argued on Monday that "double criminality" was at the center of a trial to decide whether Meng can be extradited to the United States, a case that has strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Tough!
Iran said on Monday it could quit the global nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if European countries refer it to the U.N. Security Council over a nuclear agreement, a move that would overturn diplomacy in its confrontation with the West. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Big deal.
President Donald Trump touted the recent passage of a new North American trade deal as he spoke to thousands of farmers and ranchers Sunday at the American Farm Bureau Federation's convention in Austin. UPI

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