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Few along the border, from asylum seekers to U.S. agents, have answers for how President Biden will confront the challenge left to him by Trump, with about 30,000 migrants waiting in limbo and thousands more heading north. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is a joke.
Just days in office and President Biden is already moving to end-run good government by ordering the Justice Department to start restoring an Obama-era practice that funds liberal groups instead of actual victims of alleged wrongdoing. The Trump administration put the kibosh on such slush-fund payments in 2017. As then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions put it:... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden is growing socialism.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday announced that former President Trump’s impeachment trial will begin the week of Feb. 8 — after President Biden indicated he wanted a two-week delay to focus on getting his administration up and running. The New York Democrat said on the Senate floor that Trump’s legal team will have... New York Post


While Democrats have vowed to repeal the former president’s signature 2017 law, his successor is more likely to tinker with it, given constraints. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The normal liberal move - raise taxes.
The order for the evaluation from the intelligence community comes as judges continue to deny bail for suspects in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is trying to build his own defense and offense group.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked a federal judge to block a new Biden administration policy that pauses most deportations for the next 100 days.       USA Today
In an email interview, Whitlock told IndyStar that Black Lives Matter is a "sweet-sounding name that acts as a racial divider."       USA Today
VOA VIEW: A bad group.
President Trump's defeat and right-wing competitors likely influenced Fox's post-election ratings drop, but will it only be temporary?        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Wishful thinking by the left.
The State Department announced an emergency 90-day halt on admitting refugees from Iraq who helped the U.S. war effort after authorities revealed Friday that the program had been breached in a brazen conspiracy to steal refugees’ files.Acting Secretary of State Daniel B. Smith said they need to study ... Washington Times


Sales of existing homes rose 0.7% in December, helping to push sales for the entire year to the highest level in 14 years, giving the economy a rare bright spot in a global pandemic ABC
VOA VIEW: Thanks to Trump.
A wintery blast will hit a large part of the country as a couple of storms cross the nation. ABC
The president signed two executive orders Friday aimed at lessening the economic fallout from the pandemic. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden is causing a major financial mess.
The plug to the freezer was found to be loose after a contractor accidentally unplugged it while cleaning, an official said. CBS

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The Senate majority leader said the House would send the article of impeachment against former President Trump on Monday. CBS
The Guard members were asked by Capitol Police to relocate to a parking garage to rest during their shifts. That drew swift condemnation from lawmakers. CBS
Experts say several state and federal investigations into Trump and his business dealings are putting the former president's future in legal jeopardy. CBS
VOA VIEW: Foolish thought.


President Joe Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion relief bill could face some congressional hurdles, analysts say. CBS
The vice president's residence at the Naval Observatory, where Harris will live, is undergoing repairs. CBS
Brad Smith said because Microsoft has contributed to campaigns, representatives can attend events, and that can result in a willingness to work with Microsoft. CNBC
VOA VIEW: You can't defend the indefensible.
As the pandemic rages on, the senators told the CEOs that is "vital" for Americans to get accurate information about the coronavirus vaccines. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dems want more control.
Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin would be the first Black leader of the Pentagon, breaking one of the more enduring barriers in the U.S. government. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Political correctness - Dem style.

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Even if the vaccines are less effective against new variants, they'll still likely provide enough protection to make them worth getting, Dr. Anthony Fauci said. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Fauci never made a correct prognostication.
Tech companies disclosed their lobbying spending for the fourth quarter late Thursday night, revealing big swings in spending from 2019 to 2020. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Not lobbying - more like bribing.
It had once been a transatlantic art scandal -- or at least various actors of questionable intent would have you believe it was. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal stupidity.

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Some colleges have faced criticism for how strict their coronavirus safety measures are. FOX News
A former ADT employee admitted Thursday to hacking into hundreds of customers’ video feeds to watch naked women and couples having sex for his own sexual gratification, federal officials said. FOX News
VOA VIEW: People should be more wise.
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VOA VIEW: Biden it taking the country to the left and into bankruptcy.
The Departments of Defense and Homeland Security stopped construction work on the southern border wall and began a 100-day halt to deportations on Friday. UPI
The former head of the Vatican bank was sentenced to almost nine years in prison for money laundering and a real estate embezzlement scheme during the pontificates of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict. UPI
The Biden administration on Friday began halting most deportations for 100 days to "review and reset enforcement priorities" following a Trump administration that instituted a "zero tolerance" policy. UPI

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January 22, 2021

  With Joe Biden’s inauguration as president of the United States, the country is perhaps closer than ever to a $15 federal minimum wage. In a speech last week, Biden outlined his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which will send aid to those hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. Under the plan, Biden will call on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour from the current $7.25. The federal minimum wage has not been increased since 2009. While boosting the federal minimum wage to $15 is popular among some lawmakers, activists and consumers, it still faces a lot of opposition to becoming law.

      In 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Raise the Minimum Wage Act, which would have incrementally increased the hourly wage each year, reaching $15 in 2025. But then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blocked it. Even though Democrats now have a slim majority in both the House and the Senate, it’s not a given that Congress will be able to pass it as proposed, and the $15 wage is a sticking point for a number of lawmakers.  The increase won't stop as those making that amount would want an increase - where will is stop?  How many will go unemployed and what will the cost of all goods be?