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The day before attorneys battle in open court over whether Mark Harris should be officially named the winner of the race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. The day before attorneys battle in open court over whether Mark Harris should be officially named the winner of the race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, the state’s major political parties competed to set the public narrative. They held dueling press conferences that characterized the investigations into alleged ballot fraud in widely divergent ways. Charlotte Observer
VOA VIEW: The GOP candidate should win.
On Day 30, the shutdown showdown continues, even after President Donald Trump made a weekend offer to include protections for immigrants with DACA and TPS in return for $5.7 billion for a border wall.  Here's what you need to know. In the fifth week of the record-long government shutdown, negotiations seemed as stuck as ever, even as President Donald Trump over the weekend offered what he portrayed as a compromise with Democrats. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Only foolish liberals would object.
The agency once known as the U.S. Border Patrol is in its 95th year and in most ways looks nothing like it did when it was created May 28, 1924. The first recruits received only a badge and a revolver from the federal government. They didn't receive uniforms until December 1924, and even furnished their own horse and saddle. Most of their work was guarding the expanse between border stations. Houston Chronicle

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Hemp may soon be growing in fields on farms all across Indiana, thanks to the recently passed Farm Bill. This could be huge for farmers and industry. Farm fields across the state may soon look a bit different: Hemp is on the horizon in Indiana. IndyStar
VOA VIEW: Madness!
Pelosi’s play was a stiletto-sharp reminder of how much power she wields — and an illustration of how deftly she is wielding it. Democrats who demanded new leadership in the House should be thankful. Pelosi will go down in history as the first woman to hold the office that ranks behind only president and vice president. But this second tour of duty as speaker may prove even more consequential than the first, given the vandalism Trump is committing against our government institutions. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Pelosi has proven how much an idiot she is.
When Kamala Harris looks back on her first campaign, a run for San Francisco district attorney, she remembers a brutal awakening. “San Francisco is hard-knocks politics,” the freshly declared 2020 White House hopeful once said in an interview. “People sling mud. They punch the gut.” LA Times
Researchers have discovered another secret ballistic missile base in North Korea, one of an estimated 20 that the communist state has not declared. The base, called Sino-ri, was disclosed in a report released Monday by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington D.C.-base         USA Today
VOA VIEW: North Korea cannot be trusted.
The lawyer for an American man being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying said Tuesday that classified Russian materials were found on him when he was arrested. Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, was arrested in Moscow at the end of December. The arrest raised speculation that he could be swapped for one of the Russians held in the U.S. New York Post
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.

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BEIJING — China on Tuesday demanded the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite a top executive of the tech giant Huawei, shifting blame to Washington in a case that has severely damaged Beijing’s relations with Ottawa. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Meng Wanzhou’s case was out of the ordinary and Canada’s extradition treaty with the U.S. infringed on the “safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.” New York Post
Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to use state funds to help migrant families arriving at the California border. Much of the money will likely go to San Diego nonprofits and community organizations, collectively known as the San Diego Rapid Response Network, running a temporary shelter for families released. San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: Liberal stupidity.
The Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman, right, clearly broke the rules in hitting Tommylee Lewis of the Saints before a pass arrived, but the referees did not call a penalty and the play was not reviewable by league rules. New York Times
British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to break the parliamentary deadlock over Brexit on Monday by proposing to seek further concessions from the European Union on a plan to prevent customs checks on the Irish border. Rueters

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President Donald Trump would have Americans believe that Michael Cohen’s guilty plea and statements to prosecutors aren’t valid because Cohen is a known liar. Yes, the man who made serial lying mainstream is now saying that lying disqualifies someone from being creditable. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.
Sudanese authorities have cracked down on Arabic-language foreign media working inside the country, as protests against the autocratic rule of President Omar al-Bashir enter their second month, news channels said. Qatari satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera said that its correspondents in Sudan had their work permits withdrawn by security officials on Monday. Seattle Times
President Donald Trump paid a brief visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington on the holiday honoring the civil rights leader. Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence on a frigid and windy day. The two laid a wreath at the foot of the memorial, then held a brief moment of silent. Baltimore Sun

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Saints owner Gayle Benson said it was "undeniable that our team and fans were unfairly deprived" of fair shot at the Super Bowl. After the team’s 26-23 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game, Saints owner Gayle Benson issued a statement through the team’s official website, blasting the officiating and saying it is “undeniable” that a missed call “unfairly deprived” New Orleans from a shot at reaching the Super Bowl. USA Today
VOA VIEW: A major mistake.
China's decision to stop accepting certain materials is fueling a growing disparity between the recycling services available to city dwellers and those for rural and small-town residents are starting to get squeezed by a change that is wreaking havoc on the global recycling market. Hannibal, Mo., population 18,000, has stopped accepting recyclable plastics labeled with the numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7, such as yogurt containers and shampoo bottles. Villages near Erie, Pa., no longer take glass. Washington Post
Twenty-three private colleges have reduced tuition since 2016. Some need to bolster recruiting. Others want to escape a pricing formula that assumes prospective students view high tuition as a mark of educational quality.The movement exposes a reality of higher education long hidden in plain sight: The difference between sticker prices and what the average student actually pays is often vast. St. John’s started pondering a shift in 2017, as its total charge for tuition, fees and room and board neared $70,000 a year. Washington Post
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!
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
Venezuela's government said Monday it put down a mutiny by a National Guard unit in a poor neighborhood a few miles from Venezuela's presidential palace. The uprising triggered protests in the same neighborhood, which were dispersed with tear gas as residents set fire to a street barricade of trash. Baltimore Sun
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.

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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
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
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
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.