Biden was caught on a hot mic while responding to reporters' shouted questions before they were escorted from the East Room.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: A mad fool.
Gov. Hochul’s administration used improper influence late last month to help recreational pot seller Ascend Wellness seal its $75 million deal to buy the MedMen marijuana dispensary chain, the suit filed on Monday claims. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Hochul is just as much an opportunist as Cuomo.
Activists warn that the failure to deliver on promises to Black voters could hurt Democrats in the midterm election. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden has failed everything he has ever done.
Slog of trench warfare in eastern Ukraine yields scenes reminiscent of World War I. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Putin would be smart to end the standoff.
More than two dozen members of the House of Representatives have called on leadership to bring a bill aimed at banning members from trading and owning individual stocks to the floor. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Pelosi has made a fortune trading stock that she knew or had something to do with the advantage.


Supporters of a law that would make members of Congress put their assets in blind trusts and forbid them from trading individual stocks say the measure would help restore public confidence in lawmakers — but some Democrats also see an added bonus: revenge on Joe Manchin. New York Post
Western countries have responded to hospital staff shortages by hiring army personnel, volunteers, retirees and stepping up international recruitment. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Survival of the fittest.
Thirteen of Omicron’s mutations should have hurt the variant’s chances of survival. Instead, they worked together to make it thrive. New York Times
The alliance is sending more jets and ships to the region. The decision comes as Britain joined the U.S. in withdrawing the families of diplomats in Kyiv. New York Times
VOA VIEW: If allies double cross the US, they can lose future US support.
The controversial unit’s return is part of an ambitious plan announced by Mayor Eric Adams to confront a growing crisis of gun violence. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It's criminal violence.


The court’s new conservative supermajority may be skeptical of admissions programs that take account of race to foster educational diversity. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Discrimination of any kind is wrong.
Responses to an essay by a doctor that argued that it shouldn’t. Also: Conservatives and climate change; political donations; the Covid Olympics; shooting hoops. New York Times
After a nail-biting 29 days of travel and deployments, the James Webb Space Telescope fired its thrusters Monday to reach its new home in orbit.       USA Today
A DHS bulletin warns Russia could launch a cyberattack against U.S. targets due to Washington's response to its potential invasion of Ukraine       USA Today
VOA VIEW: The US can reciprocate.

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Biden has said the U.S. would not send troops to defend Ukraine but could deploy more American forces to Poland and other eastern European countries.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: The US must stand fast.
Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich warned Sunday of the retribution the GOP could take against Jan. 6 investigators.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: As they should.


House Democratic Conference Chairman Hakeem Jeffries has been enjoying a tax break that cuts the property tax on his Brooklyn condo to $213 a year, according to newly revealed records. The congressman, who frequently calls for tax hikes to make the wealthy “pay their fair share,” co-sponsored that hefty tax ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are dirty and get caught.
A poll released Monday finds that more than half of U.S. voters want Dr. Anthony Fauci to keep leading the government’s COVID-19 response, despite President Biden’s continued low approval ratings. The survey by the Trafalgar Group found that 53.7% of respondents from all political affiliations said they do not believe ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Don't believe all you hear or read.
The “Great Resignation” isn’t just for rank-and-file workers. Corporate CEOs are quitting their jobs in significant numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic, employment watchers say. The executive outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas reports that the number of chief executive officers who left their jobs in the fourth quarter of 2021 ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Change is clear.
The Navy is appealing a federal court order in Texas that bars the service from taking action against 35 SEALS who refuse to take a COVID-19 vaccine on religious grounds. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor issued a Jan. 3 injunction, ruling that the Navy likely violated the First Amendment and ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A mistake.
A coalition of 120 conservative leaders is calling on Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to resign, citing his role in labeling parents who speak up at school board meetings as “domestic terrorists.” In an open letter published online Monday by the Conservative Action Project, the group cites emails ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: He should resign for violating the law and lies.

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The COVID-19 pandemic in Europe could move into a new phase in which it is more manageable and rises seasonally, a top World Health Organization official said Sunday, reflecting similar optimism in the U.S. once the omicron wave subsides. "It's plausible that the region is moving towards a kind of ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: WHO has no clue.
Stocks fell sharply as investors anticipate inflation-fighting measures from the Federal Reserve and fret over the possibility of conflict between Russia and Ukraine ABC
VOA VIEW: These are worrying times.
With inflation punishing consumers and threatening the economy, the Federal Reserve will likely signal its intent this week to begin raising interest rates in March for the first time in three years ABC

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President Joe Biden held a video call with European allies on Monday as Western nations warned the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine remained high. ABC
VOA VIEW: Biden should lead, not ask permission.
IBM's revenue growth accelerated, and the company's net income jumped in the quarter after the spinout of a major part of its business. CNBC
The top staff investigator for the House Jan. 6 panel was fired from his position at the University of Virginia by the state's new GOP attorney general. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As it should be.
The lawsuits against Harvard and the University of North Carolina argue that the admissions policies discriminate against Asian-American applicants. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The cases should be dismissed.
As the cryptocurrency market selloff continues on Monday, here's how financial experts recommend withstanding the highs and lows. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A foolish play for the average.
President Biden is considering sending U.S. troops to Eastern Europe amid the rapidly deteriorating security situation on Ukraine's border with Russia. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As things look grim.
Congress hasn't offered a federal tax break on jobless benefits collected in 2021. That may surprise taxpayers, since one was available the prior year. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Money is light and anything may be possible.
Planned Russian naval exercises within Ireland's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) are "not welcome" or "wanted right now," Ireland's Foreign Affairs Minister has said, as tensions between Russia and the West continue to simmer over fears that Moscow is planning an invasion of Ukraine. CNN
VOA VIEW: No one. other than Putin knows what will happen.
Those of us who live in Ukraine have anxiously read the headlines over the last few months, proclaiming the threat of war looming over our country. With as many as 100,000 Russian troops amassed at the Ukrainian border, this is hardly a surprise. CNN
VOA VIEW: The guess is unknown.
CNN legal analyst Elle Honig reacts to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's Fox interview where he falsely claimed that lawmakers serving on committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 insurrection could face jail time. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN liberal stupidity.
At a rally against vaccine mandates in Washington, DC, on Sunday, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. likened vaccine policies in the US to the actions of a totalitarian state, even suggesting Anne Frank was in a better situation when she was hiding from the Nazis. CNN
VOA VIEW: It does make sense.
FBI agents searched the headquarters of pop-up COVID-19 testing chain Center for COVID Control following allegations that the company issued faulty test results and engaged in fraudulent insurance billing. UPI
VOA VIEW: Fraud should be punished hard.
A new letter signed by 27 members of the House asks that members of Congress be banned from trading or owning stocks. UPI
VOA VIEW: It should be mandated.
President Joe Biden will meet on Monday afternoon with members of his administration to examine various avenues to lower prices for working American families, the White House said. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden and his gang do not have a clue.
The head of the Internal Revenue Service warned of a "frustrating" experience for U.S. taxpayers Monday as the 2022 tax filing season officially got underway. UPI
VOA VIEW: Delays will be guaranteed.
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a lawsuit filed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over proxy voting rules she set for the lower chamber during the COVID-19 pandemic. UPI
VOA VIEW: The Supremes chickened out.

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