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The freezing air follows 2 feet of snow that fell in parts of New York. Brutal Arctic blast overtakes eastern US. Brutally cold temperatures and whipping winds swept through the eastern U.S. Monday. Temperatures Monday morning were 30 to 40 degrees colder than just a day earlier in some areas. In Philadelphia, it was 48 degrees on Sunday morning and a biting 12 degrees on Monday. ABC
VOA VIEW: Cold!
Absence rate among unpaid government airport screeners hits 10 percent. The percentage of TSA airport screeners missing work has hit 10 percent as the partial government shutdown stretches into its fifth week. The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that Sunday's absence rate compared to 3.1 percent on the comparable Sunday a year ago. The workers who screen passengers and their bags face missing another paycheck if the shutdown doesn't end early this week. ABC
VOA VIEW: Those who refuse to work should not receive back pay.
Kamala Harris, who previously served as an attorney general, says she is "very excited" about running. The California senator, who was elected in 2016, previously served as the state's attorney general. "I love my country," she told ABC's Good Morning America, adding she would "fight for the best of who we are". The 54-year-old, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, is described as a rising star within the party. Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tulsi Gabbard, John Delaney and Julian Castro are among those who have also announced their intentions to run. BBC
VOA VIEW: Another fool.

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A new government rule requires hospitals to post their prices online. But the lists are hard to interpret, and some don't factor in insurance payments or Medicare rates, Anna Werner reports. CBS
President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani backtracked on Monday from earlier comments that Trump pursued a business deal to erect a tower bearing his name in Moscow throughout 2016, saying his statements "were hypothetical and not based on conversations I had with the President." CNBC
VOA VIEW: Giuliani makes too many gaffs.
85 percent of US energy executives are optimistic about the industry's growth prospects in 2019. Executives in the U.S. oil and gas industry are said to be much more optimistic about growth in the sector, compared to last year. In its annual study, DNV GL, claimed that 85 percent of American executives questioned believed there were reasons to expect an increase in drilling in 2019. CNBC
The House Judiciary Committee chairman said Wednesday that his panel would subpoena special counsel Robert Mueller's final report if William Barr, President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, does not release it to the public. "If necessary, our committee will subpoena the report. If necessary, we'll get Mueller to testify," Rep. Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on "Anderson Cooper 360." CNN
VOA VIEW: Nadler is an idiot.
During a speech at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in South Carolina, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told the crowd that "we now have a president who is a racist." CNN
VOA VIEW: Sanders is a socialist idiot.
Nearly a year and a half after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, many are still far from a full recovery. The city has received more than $1 billion in federal funds for long-term housing recovery. It’s been nearly a year and half since Hurricane Harvey devastated this Texas city. Yet, many victims say they are nowhere close to full recovery. FOX News

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As the gun control debate continues to grip the nation, a survey released this month by the Department of Justice (DOJ) showed that that armed criminals primary source for guns is, by far, is the black market. As the gun control debate continues to rage, a survey released this month by the Department of Justice (DOJ) showed that armed criminals' primary source for guns is, by far, the black market. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Gun control or restrictions won't stop criminals.
PM faces a looming revolt over a no-deal Brexit as Corbyn criticises her talks as ‘PR sham’Theresa May reiterated her opposition to a second Brexit referendum on Monday night, claiming it would threaten Britain’s “social cohesion” and insisting the centrepiece of her strategy remained negotiating changes to the Irish backstop.With just 67 days to go until Britain is due by law to leave the European Union, May exasperated MPs and business groups by offering scant evidence that she was willing to change course. Continue reading... Guardian
The pace of ice loss has increased four-fold since 2003 as enormous glaciers are depositing ever larger chunks of ice into the Atlantic ocean, where it melts, causing sea levels to rise Greenland is melting faster than scientists previously thought, with the pace of ice loss increasing four-fold since 2003, new research has found. Enormous glaciers in Greenland are depositing ever larger chunks of ice into the Atlantic ocean, where it melts. Guardian
Ukrainian President Poroshenko asks Israel for aid in freeing captured sailors from Russia. Jerusalem Post

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Negotiations to end a strike by teachers in Los Angeles made progress on Monday, but educators will not return to work until Wednesday at the earliest even if contract talks produce a deal because union members must ratify it before halting their walkout. Reuters
Murders in Mexico rose by 33 percent in 2018, breaking the record for a second year running, official data showed, underlining the task facing the new president who has pledged to reduce violence in the cartel-ravaged country. Investigators opened to 33,341 murder probes compared with the previous year's record of 25,036 according to information from the Interior Ministry. Reuters
Michael Møller, head of the UN in Geneva, has warned delegates to the Conference on Disarmament that cyber-security challenges, and the existence of new weapons systems and technologies, are not being sufficiently addressed or reflected in current arms control regimes. UN News

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Calling on governments to take human rights obligations into account when designing economic reforms, an independent United Nations rights expert said on Monday that “human rights impact assessments are key to the process”. UN News
A suicide bomber attacked an Afghan intelligence training facility in the Wardak province Monday, killing dozens of people, security officials said. A suicide bomber attacked an Afghan intelligence training facility in the Wardak province Monday, killing dozens of people, security officials said. The bomber used a Humvee to ram into the compound run by the country's national intelligence agency, causing an explosion, The Washington Post reported. After the explosion, gunmen entered the compound, where they were killed by security forces. UPI
Germany withdrew the operating permit for Iran's Mahar Air to fly in and out of the country, accusing the airline of being involved in illegal activities. Germany on Monday withdrew the operating permit for Iran's Mahar Air to fly in and out of the country, accusing the airline of being involved in illegal activities. German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported that the government sanctioned the airlines for helping the Iranian government spy. UPI

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     Dems are acting like the fools they arePresident Trump gave what he called a "major announcement" about the southern border and the partial government shutdown on Saturday. In his speech, Mr. Trump cited the "humanitarian crisis" at the border, where he said young children were being "exploited" by coyotes and women were being sexual assaulted. He did not distinguish between illegal migration and asylum seekers.

     "The lack of border control provides a gateway -- and a very wide and open gateway to allow illegal criminal and aliens to get into the United States," Mr. Trump said, adding that he would keep to the promise he made as a candidate to "fix this crisis." 

     "The radical left can never control our borders. I will not let it happen. Walls are not out included $800 million in immediate humanitarian aid, $805 million for improved drug immoral, in fact it is the opposite of immoral," Mr. Trump said.  The deal Mr. Trump laid detection technology at legal ports of entry, hiring 2,750 new border agents and 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce court backlogs -- all of which Democrats support. The deal also includes new system to allow Central American minors to apply for asylum in their home countries.

     He also said that he would extend protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for three years, as well as an extension of the legal status of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. Mr. Trump announced that he planned to hold weekly bipartisan meetings at the White House to discuss immigration reform.