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President Donald Trump is set to deliver his State of the Union address on the eve of an expected acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial. Will he mention it? ABC
VOA VIEW: A great speech while Pelosi and Dems acted foolishly.
A 100-year-old retired Tuskegee Airman and his great-grandson, an aspiring Air Force Academy cadet, were lauded by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Trump pointed to Iain Lanphier, a 13-year-old from Arizona studying at an aviation academy, as a potential recruit for the new Space Force. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Smart!
President Trump interrupted his State of the Union address on Tuesday to award conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The honor — the highest civilian award in the country — comes one day after Limbaugh announced he has advanced lung cancer and is undergoing treatment for the disease. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Received with grace.
The Democratic Women's Caucus organized a similar effort ahead of last year's State of the Union. ABC
VOA VIEW: They dressed and acted like the idiots they are.
The Iowa Democratic Party is beginning to release results from Monday night's caucuses but no winner has been declared yet.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: A major screw up.
Shadow Inc. quickly rose to the national political spotlight Tuesday morning when the much anticipated results of the caucuses were delayed. ABC
VOA VIEW: A failure.
Iowa voters wanted electability more than anything else, and they chose the Democratic socialist and the former mayor of South Bend over the familiar.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Iowa voters have been pawns in a game of how to cheat.
"This is a big blow for the Democrat party and the entire process," Terry Sullivan, who managed Marco Rubio's 2016 campaign, told "CBS This Morning." CBS
VOA VIEW: Iowa Dems look bad.
The Nevada Democratic Party said on Tuesday that they will not use the app involved in the disastrous Iowa caucuses for their Feb. 22 election contest. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Smart move.
Two weeks after their government was replaced, Russians remain unsure of the intentions of President Vladimir Putin. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Putin wants to stay in power as long as he can.
President Trump predicted Tuesday that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will challenge Sen. Chuck Schumer for his New York seat and that she will “kick his ass.” Trump made the pot-stirring remark during a traditional pre-State of the Union luncheon for TV news personalities. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Trump should not make cross predictions.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday slammed last week’s “absolutely inappropriate” assault on the city transit system by a group of cop-hating agitators, saying he was “repulsed” by the protests. The violent demonstration Friday by the radical group Decolonize This Place, which claims to favor a free transit system without a police presence, caused widespread... New York Post
Many Jewish settlers in the West Bank aren't thrilled with President Trump's new peace plan, even though it favors them over the Palestinians. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
The Maine senator became the latest Republican to condemn President Trump’s conduct but argue it did not warrant his removal. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Republicans will unite.
Conservative U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts always looked unlikely to become the hero for liberals at President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial that some of them had hoped for. He turned out to be a mere bit player in the drama. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Dems are lost.
Macy's will close 125 stores and slash about 2,000 positions over the next three years.       USA Today
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck near the south coast of Puerto Rico Tuesday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Puerto Rico is a big mess.

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A Republican state senator has dropped a proposal attacking what he called “social justice prosecution” by empowering Indiana’s attorney general to appoint special prosecutors to take over criminal cases that local authorities decide they won’t pursue. Washington Times

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Record daily snowfall fell yesterday in Salt Lake City of almost nine inches, the biggest snowstorm of the season for the city. ABC
Senators are using floor speeches Tuesday and Wednesday to explain their thinking ahead of a vote to acquit or convict President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial. ABC
VOA VIEW: Smart Dems will vote to acquit.
Royal Caribbean has canceled eight cruises out of China through early March and is taking more precautionary steps because of the virus outbreak that began in China ABC
VOA VIEW: As they should.
The Foreign Office is issuing the advice to minimise the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. BBC
VOA VIEW: As they should.

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The US military deployed a new submarine-launched low-yield nuclear weapon, something the Pentagon sees as critical to countering the threat posed by Russia's arsenal of smaller tactical nukes. CNN
VOA VIEW: Protecting the US is important.
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg explains to CNN's John Berman why he declared victory in the Iowa caucus despite no official results. CNN
VOA VIEW: How - desperation.

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Border agents in Texas arrested 36 illegal immigrants last week after finding them hidden beneath a wooden plank inside the back of a dump truck that had appeared to be filled with gravel and dirt.   FOX News
VOA VIEW: Sad!
Decision leaves tens of thousands weighing up huge choice without knowing why they should leaveFull story: UK tells Britons in China to leaveStay or go? Britons in China weigh up coronavirus risksThe British government’s surprise announcement telling Britons to leave China “if they can” comes amid mounting international concern about the spread of coronavirus.But the advice came with no detailed guidance about why the UK’s position had changed – making it unclear whether this was a political stance, or a position based on new medical guidance that British authorities have not shared publicly. Guardian
VOA VIEW: As they should.
For the first time in nearly 50 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration examined asbestos testing for talc powders and cosmetics at a hearing on Tuesday, after traces of the known carcinogen were found in several such products, including Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder. Reuters
The U.S. Senate's top Republican exhorted fellow senators on Tuesday to acquit President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, warning that the fate of the republic depended on it, even as his Democratic counterpart called Trump a threat to democracy. Reuters
VOA VIEW: It will be done.
The White House's top economic adviser said on Tuesday that China's coronavirus would delay a surge in U.S. exports to China expected from the Phase 1 trade deal that was to take effect later this month. Reuters
Republican Senator Rand Paul gave the purported name of the anonymous whistleblower at the center of President Donald Trump's impeachment in a speech in the Senate on Tuesday, after earlier being blocked from doing so during Trump's trial. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The so-called whistleblower should be exposed.
The U.S. Justice Department has reached out to app developers as part of its investigation into Apple Inc , one of the four big tech companies being probed for alleged anti-competitive behavior, according one of the developers and another person familiar with the investigation. Reuters
Iran's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a death sentence for an Iranian man accused of spying for the United States' Central Intelligence Agency. UPI
VOA VIEW: A big mistake.
North Korea is deploying a special team of 30,000 health workers to combat the deadly coronavirus, as the official death toll in neighboring China and adjacent countries climbed to 427 on Tuesday. UPI
A freshman representative and one of the first Latinas elected to Congress from Texas, Veronica Escobar said she was incredulous when she was tapped to deliver a State of the Union response in Spanish. UPI
VOA VIEW: A foolish Dem move.

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