On upcoming Russia talks, Secretary of State Antony Blinken says it's hard to make diplomatic progress when there's 'a gun pointed to Ukraine's head.' LA Times
VOA VIEW: Blinken has no idea of how to negotiate diplomatic progress.
Several gubernatorial candidates slammed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's controversial policy of not prosecuting certain low-level crimes. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Bragg should be ousted.
Before the two countries met amid rising tensions over Ukraine, a senior Russian official and the U.S. Secretary of State set a pessimistic tone. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The US know little under Biden leadership.


Vaccine mandates. Boosters. Exemptions. Testing protocol. Just a handful of public health questions that human resources departments now have to answer. New York Times
With one of the craziest stretches in real estate history continuing to spark demand for more housing, experts examine if a correction is on the way.      USA Today
VOA VIEW: There may be a housing shortage.
Chicago school leaders canceled class for a fourth day in the nation's third-largest district as negotiations with the teachers' union over remote learning and safety protocols failed to produce an agreement over the weekend. The announcement came as the principals of some schools had already notified families that ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The Union must be taken out.
A top Biden administration health official on Sunday contradicted Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s claim about the number of kids seriously ill with COVID-19. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, disputed Justice Sotomayor's claim on Friday that 100,000 kids were in serious condition and ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The left is in a battle.
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is pleading with the Supreme Court to expedite its consideration of former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit to block the release of executive branch records to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. In an amicus brief filed ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: As they should.
A Maryland county health officer has issued a public safety order requiring residents to wear masks indoors despite elected officials voting against extending an existing mandate and COVID-related emergency declaration. The Anne Arundel County Council voted 4-3 against implementing the mandate following a more than six-hour-long hearing on Friday before ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A fool.


More than 800,000 noncitizens and “Dreamers” in New York City will have access to the ballot box as soon as next year after Mayor Eric Adams allowed legislation approved by the City Council to automatically become law ABC
VOA VIEW: This is total liberal madness.
The U.S. and Japan have agreed to keep American troops within their bases as worries grew about a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the country ABC
The Biden administration has issued new, clear warnings to Russia on penalties it may face if it goes ahead with threats to invade Ukraine ABC
VOA VIEW: Putin does not fear Biden or his threats.
CBS News' Mark Strassmann reports on the surging demand for COVID-19 tests as Omicron continues to sweep across the country. CBS
VOA VIEW: What tests?

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says "there's an agreement to be reached" with West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin on President Biden's Build Back Better Act. CBS
VOA VIEW: Manchin cannot be trusted by either side.
Brad Raffensperger, the secretary of state of Georgia, says "the only person who should touch your ballot is you and the election official." CBS
VOA VIEW: A sound good idea.
CBS News' Holly Williams reports from Ukraine, where forces are bracing for a possible Russian invasion. CBS
VOA VIEW: Being prepared is important.


Captain Amy Bauernschmidt took control of the USS Abraham Lincoln, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, becoming the first woman to do so. It's a breakthrough for women in the military as she heads to China where tensions have been rising. CBS
VOA VIEW: PC, not the best idea.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb says the Omicron variant appears to have peaked in several states in the mid-Atlantic. CBS
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
The bond market could continue to set the course for stocks in the week ahead, after a choppy start to the new year. CNBC
"There's nothing more important for us to do than protect our Constitution and our democracy," Nancy Pelosi said. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dems will change democracy and the Constitution.
By this week's end, the U.S. and its allies likely will know whether Russian President Putin is willing to negotiate or whether he's determined to escalate. CNBC
VOA VIEW: We will soon know.

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To make your money last, experts have recommended taking up to 4% of your nest egg per year in retirement. New research suggests you should spend even less. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Few will retire with $1M.
Shimao Group shares briefly plunged more than 17% Friday after Reuters reported the property developer failed to make full repayment on a trust loan. CNBC
VOA VIEW: China deserves to lose.
Inflation was the big market story in the latter half of 2021, and two ETF experts expect that theme to dominate again this year. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Inflation is here to stay for a while.

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National Retail Federation's chief economist, Jack Kleinhenz, said the latest Covid wave is unlikely to prompt an economic slowdown or a shutdown of businesses. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It does add up.
President Joe Biden has the lowest Senate confirmation rate of first-year nominations among the last three presidents, according to a new report from a group that studies presidential transitions. CNN
VOA VIEW: Biden has been a broad mistake.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke out forcefully about Trump's role in the insurrection during his impeachment trial. However, his statement on the anniversary of Jan. 6 didn't mention the former President. CNN reporter Eva McKend breaks down McConnell's strategy to deal with Trump. CNN
In Michigan, a group of Donald Trump's supporters is working on a petition to mandate an outside audit of the 2020 election and establish a grand jury with the power to arrest election officials who refuse to cooperate. CNN
VOA VIEW: It would be interesting.
CNN's Jake Tapper presses New York City Mayor Eric Adams on the appointment of his brother, a retired police officer, as deputy commissioner of the NYPD. Adams says the appointment is in review by the NYC Conflicts of Interest Board. CNN
VOA VIEW: Tapper is an idiot.
A Florida school has a policy against teaching critical race theory, arguing that such curriculum is the result of a 'controlled' message from the media. FOX News
Swimming parents told Fox News the NCAA should review its policies regarding transgender athletes and women's sports. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Transgender people should compete within their birth gender.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell voiced her concern in an email to all uniformed officers Friday evening about Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s light on crime approach in the Big Apple. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good but Adams is still an unknown.
A health system operating in Maricopa County, Arizona, will allow COVID-positive employees to continue working. FOX News
New California health guidance outlines hospitals and other care providers can force COVID-postive healthcare workers to continue working if they are asymptomatic. FOX News
VOA VIEW: CA is a mixed bag of tricks.
More than 138,000 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized as of Sunday, nearing a pandemic high of 142,000, as infections rise due to the highly infectious Omicron variant. UPI
The Biden administration Saturday issued new warnings to Russia if the country invades Ukraine, but also detailed offers the White House is prepared to discuss. UPI
VOA VIEW: The US should not and cannot backdown.
The U.S. Treasury Department said Friday it would reallocate $1.1 billion in pandemic rental assistance from places where it went unused to states and cities with a higher need for the aid. UPI
VOA VIEW: A major mistake - the US cannot be a charity.
The U.S. Defense Department has agreed to keep its troops on bases in Japan and limit activities off installations in Korea amid surghing cases COVID-19 cases. UPI

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