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Sen. Lisa Murkowski told reporters Monday she agrees with fellow Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, who also voted not to hear witnesses at the Senate impeachment trial, that President Donald Trump acted inappropriately. But unlike Alexander, who also said he didn’t think it rose to an impeachable offense and would vote to acquit, Murkowski did not... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Both will vote to acquit.
Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry, said the U.S. has "inappropriately overreacted" to the coronavirus outbreak.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: The US has to be careful and protect its own.
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake was reported Sunday at 10:37 p.m. Pacific time 20 miles from Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaii, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Not good news.
Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary James Byrne was fired Monday morning — less than five months after assuming the role. Byrne was axed “due to loss of confidence in [his] ability to carry out his duties,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a statement. “The decision is effective immediately.” The former deputy secretary was sworn in... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Madness!
One of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers — who says the millionaire pedophile sexually abused her starting when she was 14 — will be at the 2020 State of the Union on Tuesday as the guest of California Congresswoman Jackie Speier. Courtney Wild, 31, is the namesake of a proposed bill aiming to prevent the kind of... New York Post

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The authorities hunt for people from Wuhan, the center of the outbreak, encouraging citizens to inform on others. Even those without symptoms are being ostracized. New York Times
VOA VIEW: China is scared.
U.S. Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg vowed on Monday he would not let President Donald Trump bully him as the war of words between the two New York business tycoons and political rivals became nastier. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Bloomberg is a rich bully.
United Airlines said on Monday it will move up its temporary suspension of U.S.-bound flights from mainland China by one day to Tuesday. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Smart!
Justice Department officials will meet on Tuesday with representatives of state attorneys general to discuss their investigations of search and advertising giant Google, according to sources familiar with the plans. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Google needs to be split.
Private schools, not just religious schools, cannot receive general public school funding in California San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: As they should.

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Rush Limbaugh revealed on his radio show Monday that he has been diagnosed with an advanced lung cancer.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: May he get well.
House impeachment managers and President Donald Trump's legal team are making their closing arguments Monday as senators prepare to vote on Wednesday.        USA Today
Walgreens will pay $7.5 million to settle with California authorities after an employee was criminally charged with impersonating a pharmacist and illegally filling more than 745,000 prescriptions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kim Thien Le has pleaded not guilty to felony impersonation charges. Prosecutors said ... Washington Times

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FBI Director Christopher Wray will testify before the House Judiciary Committee this week about a scathing report from the Justice Department inspector general that found the bureau bungled its investigation into the ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, the panel announced Monday. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The status of the FBI has dropped.
First lady Melania Trump will enter the political fray next month, helping her husband raise money for his re-election campaign. Mrs. Trump will host a March 18 fundraiser at Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida and a March 25 event in Beverly Hills, California, Politico reported Monday, citing invitations to ... Washington Times
Concern about the coronavirus outbreak in China and its impact on this year's Tokyo Olympics has reached Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ABC
VOA VIEW: Abe should caution his words.

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Up to 15 inches of rain fell in parts of western Washington in the last seven days pushing rivers over their banks and producing significant flooding. ABC
But the EU's Michel Barnier offers a contrasting vision of negotiations, calling for a "level playing field". BBC
VOA VIEW: The countries are not bound to be united in trade.
As the figures rise fast and the 1st death is confirmed outside China, the U.S. government has declared a public health emergency and cut travel links. CBS
VOA VIEW: That are known.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl Sunday night, helping his team win in a dramatic comeback against the San Francisco 49ers. Williams joins "CBS This Morning" with reaction on the game, the first national championship for the Chiefs in 50 years. CBS
They rallied after trailing the San Francisco 49ers by 10 points midway through the fourth quarter. CBS

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President Trump's impeachment trial is expected to come to an end Wednesday. House managers and the president's legal team will give their closing arguments today. CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang and former Justice Department national security prosecutor Joseph Moreno joined CBSN with more on what to expect. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems sounded like beggars.
In the U.S. democracy, the Electoral College chooses the president. That means the candidate with the most total votes may not win the election. This leads some to say the Electoral College is not a proper demonstration of the will of the people. Others feel the Electoral College ensures a fair democracy. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The electoral college is fair to all.
"In the U.S., it's really a fear based on media and this being something new," Dr. Jennifer Lighter, hospital epidemiologist at NYU Langone Health, said of the new coronavirus. CNBC

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Jill Biden tells CNN's John Berman that Sen. Lindsey Graham used to be a family friend but that he has "changed" since the election of President Donald Trump. CNN
VOA VIEW: Biden is a fool.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a massive, record-breaking seizure of counterfeit Super Bowl merchandise in Miami on Thursday, worth an estimated $123 million were it authentic. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Thieves should be harshly punished.
The dollar strengthened and a gauge of global stocks jumped, lifted by an unexpected rebound in U.S. manufacturing that helped temper fears that caused stocks overnight in Asia to plunge on the potential impact of the coronavirus in China. Reuters
With acquittal seemingly assured, the Democrats prosecuting U.S. President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial urged the Senate on Monday to convict him to show no president is above the law while his legal team called the case against him politically motivated, reckless and baseless. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Trumps lawyers sounded professional.
Bitcoin in January had its best year-opening month in seven years and on Monday saw its highest value since last fall, highs experts say were at least somewhat fueled by the deadly coronavirus outbreak. UPI
VOA VIEW: Only fools will work with Bitcoin.
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has rolled out a tax plan that would raise $5 trillion over 10 years from the United States' wealthiest citizens and corporations, but would not impose a "wealth tax." UPI
VOA VIEW: Bloomberg is a rich fool.
Republicans are far more satisfied about current aspects of American life than are Democrats, according to a new survey a day before President Donald Trump gives his annual assessment in his State of the Union address. UPI
VOA VIEW: Life is better now than 3 years ago.
North Korea and Russia have temporarily suspended the operation of a railway that runs between the two countries, according to a Russian press report. UPI
VOA VIEW: As they should.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday his government will work on a new law aimed at preventing early release for inmates who were convicted of terror-related offenses, in light of a stabbing attack in London. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!
The United States will evacuate more American citizens from China's Hubei province that has been under lockdown amid a deadly outbreak of a mysterious new virus, U.S. Security of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!

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