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Senate Approves Bill To End Shutdown, As Dems Back Down
Democrats backed off their opposition after being given assurances from Republicans that the Senate would soon consider legislation that would protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. It was a stark contrast from the Senate Democratic position just a few days ago. “We will vote today to reopen the government,” Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said on the Senate floor. Fox
VOA VIEW: Democrats and Schumer lost.

Republicans Hope To Release 'Jaw-Dropping' Memo On Surveillance Abuses
Rep. Dave Joyce, a Republican from Ohio, told Fox News on Monday that the intelligence committee plans to work on releasing the document but warned that once Americans see it, they’ll “be surprised how bad it is.” The process of releasing the memo could take up to 19 congressional working days which puts its release around mid-March. The document’s release would first need approval from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who can decide to bring the committee back together for a vote. Fox
VOA VIEW: The American people are losing confidence in the FBI and DOJ.

Polish Doctor Living In US For 40 Years Detained By ICE
A Polish doctor who has lived in the U.S. for nearly four decades has been jailed and faces deportation for two decades-old misdemeanor charges, the Washington Post reports. Lukasz Niec, who was arrested on Tuesday morning, is a lawful permanent resident who has lived in Michigan since childhood and has an American wife, daughter, and stepdaughter, his sister told the Post. He does not speak Polish and has no family there, she said. Slate

Watchdog Group Files Complaint Against Trump
The confidentiality settlement reportedly paid to an adult-film star who said she had an affair with Donald Trump years before he became president may have violated campaign finance laws, a watchdog group alleged Monday. In a pair of federal complaints, Common Cause, a nonprofit government watchdog group, argued that the settlement amounted to an unreported in-kind contribution to Trump's campaign.Washington Post
VOA VIEW: More people seeking to attack Trump - waist.


Five Missing In Oklahoma Gas Well Explosion
Five oil rig workers are missing after an explosion Monday in an Oklahoma gas well, Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said in a press conference. Seventeen employees were rescued but "five are still unaccounted for at the well," Morris said. One person was treated on site for burns, but no one was taken to the hospital, said Pittsburg County Emergency Management Director Kevin Enloe. CNN

Pence Draws Applause For US Embassy Move To Jerusalem
Vice President Mike Pence says the United States will open an embassy in Jerusalem by the end of 2019 — much more quickly than initially promised. Pence announced the new timetable in a speech before the Knesset, Israel's parliament, drawing a standing ovation from Israeli lawmakers, and accelerating one of the Trump administration's most contentious foreign policy decisions to date. NPR
VOA VIEW: The US is moving its embassy where it rightfully belongs.

US Seeks To Address Turkey's 'Legitimate' Security Concerns
The US is willing to work with Turkey to address its "legitimate" security concerns in northern Syria, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said. He was speaking after Turkey's military incursion into northern Syria to fight the Kurdish YPG militia at the weekend. Turkey sees the group as terrorists, but they have been crucial in a US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group. Ankara said the US had to stop backing the YPG if they wanted cooperation. BBC


Senior Officials Say Trump Often Imitates Prime Minister Modi-Indian Accent
President Donald Trump reportedly often imitates Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's accent — but according to The Washington Post, some of the prime minister's recent comments have changed Trump's entire outlook on how the world views US policy. Senior administration officials told The Post that Trump puts on Modi's accent when imitating him in the White House. But Modi's comments on America's presence in Afghanistan reportedly changed Trump's view of the war. Business Insider
VOA VIEW: Anything to pull down Trump - it won't work.

Ivanka Trump's Memorable First Year In The White House
Donald Trump was not the only member of his family to have a big year in politics. It was also an interesting year for his daughter, Ivanka. Despite her initial insistence on “60 Minutes” shortly after the 2016 election that she would assist her father only “as a daughter,” Ivanka Trump soon moved to Washington, D.C., where she and husband Jared Kushner began advising her father. In many ways, it’s been a no-win situation. Fortune

Brand New US Navy Ship Trapped In Canada
The USS Little Rock – unveiled in a ceremony on Dec. 16 in Buffalo, New York and attended by nearly 9,000 people – has not moved far since due to adverse weather conditions that kept the warship trapped at bay in Canada, the Toronto Star reported. The warship known as a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) cost $440 million to build and stretches 387 feet in length and weighs 15 tons more than the Statue of Liberty.  Google News

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US Economy To Grow 2.7 Percent In 2018
The United States is projected to grow 2.7 percent in 2018 as President Trump’s tax cuts boost growth, the International Monetary Fund said in a new report Monday, delivering more positive economic news as the president passes his one-year mark in the White House. But deep inequality remains in the country and the IMF does not expect the growth to last long.  Washington Post

Trump Taxes Solar Imports in Biggest Blow to Renewables Yet
In the biggest blow he’s dealt to the renewable energy industry yet, President Donald Trump decided on Monday to slap tariffs on imported solar panels. The U.S. will impose duties of as much as 30 percent on solar equipment made abroad, a move that threatens to handicap a $28 billion industry that relies on parts made abroad for 80 percent of its supply. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Silly!

Liberals Livid After Shutdown-Schumer Sellout
Liberal activists are furious with Democratic senators after most of them agreed to reopen the federal government without a firm path to shielding young immigrants from deportation. As the third day of the shutdown dawned, liberal advocates and immigration groups fired off a joint statement blasting as "unacceptable" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) offer to merely hold a vote on immigration — with no promises for action from the House or White House — in exchange for Democratic votes to reopen the government. But three hours later, Democratic senators agreed to just those terms — sparking anger on the left. Politico
VOA VIEW: Schumer looked like an idiot in the beginning and end.

Read The Draft White House Infrastructure Plan
Below is a leaked draft document with plans for the White House infrastructure plan, a key campaign priority of President Trump. Comment from White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters: “We are not going to comment on the contents of a leaked document but look forward to presenting our plan in the near future. Axios


Trump Vs. California: Tensions Rise
After sodden hillsides thundered into Montecito, obliterating scores of homes and killing nearly two dozen people, seven days went by before President Trump first acknowledged the disaster. Even then, word came not from Trump, but from his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who noted in a two-sentence statement that the president "has been briefed and will continue to monitor the mudslides." LA Times

Undocumented Workers Continued To Be Hired
When federal agents raided dozens of 7-Eleven stores across the country earlier this month and arrested 21 workers suspected of being undocumented immigrants, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director Tom Homan declared that the highly publicized raids were meant to send a message to employers: “If you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable.” East Bay Times
VOA VIEW: If you do the crime - you pay.

TSA Issues Emergency Order On Cargo From 5 Muslim Countries
The Transportation Security Administration issued an emergency order Monday for more intense scrutiny on U.S.-bound air cargo on flights departing from five majority-Muslim countries, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the U.A.E. Why it matters: This is based on threat assessments about each country, according to the TSA. The countries were selected due to “a demonstrated intent by terrorist groups to attack aviation from them.” Axios

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North Korea Hijacks the Olympics
At first, it seemed like a joke. Because the name of the South Korean city where the Olympics will occur in February—Pyeongchang—sounds so much like the North Korean capital—Pyongyang—many joked that scores of spectators would accidentally turn up in North Korea expecting the Olympics, only to be bitterly disappointed. But, little by little, the Olympics really are becoming North Korea’s show, regardless of which city they'll actually occur in. Weekly Standard
VOA VIEW: SK has made a major mistake.

Lost FBI Texts Could Form Basis For Motion To Dismiss
The latest news that five months’ worth of text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and DOJ attorney Lisa Page is sure to make supporters of President Donald Trump continue to claim that the Russia investigation is a politically-motivated scheme. More importantly, however, Trump’s lawyers will now be able to do the same. Strzok has already been outed as anti-Trump, leading to his dismissal from the probe, and his past communications with Page showed a potential Justice Department bias towards Hillary Clinton. The fact that now nearly half a year’s worth of text messages between Strzok and Page during the time leading up to Robert Mueller‘s appointment as Special Counsel weren’t preserved by the Justice Department will surely fuel motions from Team Trump’s lawyers against the investigation. Law & Crime

Supremes Join Trump To Dismanele Obama Power Grab
The justices ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot provide a hedge of protection preventing courts from reviewing its actions by requiring such appeals be heard only in some courts. “Today’s ruling is a victory for the rule of law and for accountability in government,” said James S. Burling, of Pacific Legal Foundation. His organization worked with farmers, ranchers and other landowners nationwide who wanted to fight the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. ruling. That vastly expanded the federal government’s claim to authority over any water, even water-filled ditches, puddles and more. WND
VOA VIEW: Obama was anti the law and  justice.

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New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Not Shrinking, But Growing Stronger
“Meanwhile, a widespread decline in churchgoing and religious affiliation had contributed to a growing anxiety among conservative believers.” Statements like this are uttered with such confidence and frequency that most Americans accept them as uncontested truisms. This one emerged just this month in an exceedingly silly article in The Atlantic on Vice President Mike Pence. Religious faith in America is going the way of the Yellow Pages and travel maps, we keep hearing. The Federalist
VOA VIEW: Harvard research is a joke.

Terrifying Forecast For North Korea's Nuclear Arsenal
CIA director Mike Pompeo says nuclear North Korea is only a “handful of months” away from being able to strike the US, according to a new report. “North Korea’s nuclear weapons program is continuing to expand, advance, become more powerful, more capable, more reliable,” he told “CBS This Morning.”‘ Asked how long until dictator Kim Jong-Un could hit the US, Pompeo said a “handful of months.” NY Post

Dan Rather: Tanned, Rested, and Ready to Report Stuff That May or May Not Be True
Daniel Irvin Rather, Jr. is 86 years young. That's an age when most Americans, if they're still kicking, start contemplating what's next. They've had a good run, and it's time to start planning a dignified exit. Time to start thinking about what sort of legacy they're leaving for future generations. Time to go out with a little grace. Not Dan Rather, though! Oliver Darcy, CNN: Former "CBS Evening News" anchor Dan Rather wasn't too familiar with The Young Turks Network when he took a meeting with the online progressive news network's founder and chief executive officer, Cenk Uygur ... PJ Media
VOA VIEW: Rather is a liar.

Are Democrats Becoming More Like Republicans?
On October 7, 2013, President Barack Obama took the podium at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and made the case to the American people that compromise, not ideological showdown, was what the country needed. America was in the midst of a weeks-long government shutdown, a fiasco triggered by the Republican Party’s demand to defund the Affordable Care Act in exchange for funding the government, and Obama’s remarks from that moment are worth reading today. They show how much the Democratic Party has changed — and how much it hasn’t: Vox

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