Immigration rights advocates are calling on the incoming Biden administration to honor its “commitments” to asylum seekers — as a caravan of thousands of Hondurans headed toward the U.S. border.  “We recognize the importance of the incoming Government of the United States having shown a strong commitment to migrants and asylum seekers, which presents an... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden must continue left.
Kellyanne Conway is sticking up for President Trump in the wake of last week’s violence on Capitol Hill, telling “Real Time” host Bill Maher that “his legacy … will survive.” “Those marauders and murderers insult, not represent, the Trump movement,” Conway told Maher Friday on his HBO talk show. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Loyalty is good.
The Hong Kong government objected to a US congressional report criticizing Beijing’s handling of the city as “biased, politically motivated and not reflecting the truth.” The annual report from the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China this week said the “one country, two systems” framework in Hong Kong has been “dismantled,” severely undermining the rule of... New York Post
VOA VIEW: China has lost with HK move.


In conservative Bakersfield, Calif., Kevin McCarthy enjoys solid support. But in the days since impeachment, some Republicans now say he has not been loyal enough to President Trump. New York Times
VOA VIEW: McCarthy blinked scared.
Experts say officials misjudged the Trump crowd and feared criticism about a violent federal response similar to 2020's Black Lives Matter protests.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Liberal stupidity.
Trump had already announced he would skip Biden's inauguration, breaking with more than a century of tradition.        USA Today
Iran said its military fired long-range ballistic missiles into the Indian Ocean on Saturday that reportedly came relatively close to a commercial ship and U.S. Navy forces. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of the Iranian Armed Forces, launched the missiles during a military drill from up to more ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Iran is not scared of Biden.
USDA says Nestle is recalling more than 762,000 pounds of pepperoni Hot Pockets. ABC
VOA VIEW: Hopefully no one eats the Hot Pockets.
The company filed for bankruptcy protection in a Texas court Friday. ABC


Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. CBS
VOA VIEW: Fear stupidity.
"The Federal Government will have executed more than three times as many people in the last six months than it had in the previous six decades," Sotomayor dissented. "...This is not justice." CBS
VOA VIEW: They deserve each other.
Extraordinary security measures are being taken in Washington, D.C and across the country ahead of Inauguration Day, as new details come to light about just how close a violent mob got to Vice President Mike Pence during the deadly siege on the Capitol. Nikole Killion reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: Liberal directions were a major problem on January 6.
Four House committees asked the FBI and other agencies for information related to security and intelligence failures connected to the Jan. 6 riots in D.C. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dems will not the final report.

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Democratic governors criticized the Trump admin for apparently misleading public health officials about holding a stockpile of Covid-19 vaccines in reserve. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal Dems are the major reasons for losses in Blue states.
The Biden administration will also "quickly jumpstart" efforts to make the vaccines available at local pharmacies across the U.S. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A fools mess.
Laschet is currently the prime minister of Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia region, the most populous federal state in the country.  CNBC


President-elect Joe Biden is calling for relief for day-care providers, low-income families and upping child-care tax credits. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden make the problem worse.
In a blog post that was updated Friday, the company said the action was meant to prevent people from using its platform to incite violence. CNBC
Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert's communications director has resigned in the wake of the Capitol insurrection earlier this month, according to a source familiar with the matter. CNN
Democratic Rep. Lou Correa of California said Saturday he has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration while isolating. CNN
Some believe the cases are tied to a civil rights complaint filed against the city. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A very bad decision.

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During his first week in office, President-elect Joe Biden intends to issue a slate of executive orders undoing key policy changes made under President Donald Trump's administration. UPI
VOA VIEW: Foolish move.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at Wednesday's inauguration. UPI
VOA VIEW: Two fools.
Alex Azar, chief of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said the violence at the U.S. Capitol would "tarnish" the legacy of the Trump administration in his resignation letter. UPI

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The U.S. Navy plans to integrate anti-ship missiles aboard its amphibious ships, it announced this month, part of a larger effort to increase ship firepower. UPI

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January 16, 2021

     Bankrupting the nation from the jump start.  President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled a whopping $1.9 trillion economic recovery plan for digging out of the coronavirus-fueled economic downturn that he’ll pitch to Congress as one of his first acts as commander in chief. The big-spending bailout, which he’s calling the American Rescue Plan, proposes $1,400 checks for most Americans, an extension of the eviction and foreclosure moratorium until September and a national vaccination program as local distribution rates continue to fall short

     “The crisis of deep human suffering is in plain sight. There’s no time to waste. We have to act and we have to act now,” Biden said in a speech from Wilmington, Del., on Thursday evening in which he called for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to help him pass his ambitious plan. “This is what economists are telling us. More importantly, it is what the values we hold dear in our hearts as Americans are telling us. A growing chorus of top economists agree that in this moment of crisis with interest rates at historic lows, we cannot afford inaction,” he continued, touting the enormous bailout as a “smart fiscal investment” in the nation’s future.

     Despite Biden’s hard sell, Republicans in Congress who vociferously opposed a similar $2.2 trillion bailout pushed by House Democrats in October are likely to raise objections to his package, too. The bill will be the most pressing piece of legislation on Biden’s agenda as he takes office amid a worsening pandemic that has so far killed 386,000 Americans and infected 23.2 million. It follows on the heels of a $900 billion bailout Congress passed just last month after months of inaction caused by partisanship. That bill included a $300 weekly unemployment supplement, $284.4 billion in forgivable small-business Paycheck Protection Program loans and $600 stimulus checks for most Americans. In his speech, Biden said that package was not enough.