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About 150 demonstrators march in Portland and smash windows; police report multiple arrests. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Unity is just a meaningless word for Biden.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others on the left are pushing for a “9/11-type” commission to probe the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. But it sounds like they really want a politicized panel looking to make hay of the assault. It would be great to have a truly neutral probe of what went wrong that... New York Post
VOA VIEW: A liberal stupidity.
President Biden released his COVID war plan Thursday, promising “help is on the way.” Alas, it’s far from clear the strategy will meet the challenge. The 198-page plan vows to “spare no effort to ensure Americans can get vaccinated quickly, effectively and equitably.” Washington will spur manufacturers to boost vaccine production, via the Defense Production... New York Post
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If former President Donald J. Trump intends to live in South Florida full time, he is likely to encounter some friction. (Though his fans are thrilled.) New York Times
VOA VIEW: Trump is far from silent = he is a tireless leader.
Biden ran for office on a promise to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, a pledge that could determine his administration's success.
VOA VIEW: A failed false promise.
Now that he's out of office, President Trump faces a big challenge: rehabilitating his brand after a divisive term that included two impeachments.
VOA VIEW: Trump will prevail.
California is reporting a surge in coronavirus unemployment claims last week for independent contractors, gig workers and the self-employed, and the tens of thousands of claims are raising renewed concerns about widespread fraud. The state received more than 77,000 additional claims compared with a week earlier, ... Washington Times
Who’s on first, what’s on second, and nobody knows exactly how the Senate is being run right now. Though Democrats technically took the reins of the chamber this week, they have been unable to reach a power-sharing deal with Republicans, leaving the Senate partially frozen. Democrats hold the gavel in ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Washington is a mess - with fools in leadership.
It was Donald Trump’s baby, but it’s Joe Biden’s charge now. The creation of the U.S. Space Force, America’s newest military service, became fodder for late-night TV hosts and political cartoonists when it came to life with Mr. Trump’s signing of the $738 billion defense bill in December 2019. Online ... Washington Times
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President Joe Biden is putting into play his national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks ABC
VOA VIEW: Biden is playing games.
Attorneys for the state of Texas have returned to a federal appeals court to argue that the state should be able to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure ABC
Facebook said Thursday it was deferring its decision to indefinitely suspend Donald Trump's account to its Oversight Board. ABC
VOA VIEW: Facebook is trying to save the rescission of Section 230.
World leaders have breathed an audible sigh of relief that the United States under President Joe Biden is rejoining the global effort to curb climate change, a cause that his predecessor had shunned ABC
VOA VIEW: Another major Biden mistake.
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The Vatican’s criminal tribunal has convicted the former head of the Vatican bank and his lawyer of embezzling millions of euros in proceeds from the sales of Holy See-owned real estate ABC
VOA VIEW: A thief is a thief.
President Joe Biden’s top adviser on the pandemic says the United States will again fund the World Health Organization and join its consortium aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines fairly around the globe ABC
VOA VIEW: Fauci is as much a joke as Biden.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she is "ready" to send the Trump impeachment article to the Senate, but is waiting for answers on how a trial would work. ABC
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Civil rights groups are celebrating President Joe Biden's swift revocation of a Trump administration order that had banned federal agencies, contractors and recipients of federal funding from conducting certain diversity training ABC
Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said President Trump "incited an insurrection on the U.S. Capitol" on January 6. CBS
VOA VIEW: Stupid thought.
The 46th president is undoing some of his predecessor's executive actions. CBS
Democrats are considering passing the bill through reconciliation, which would allow it to be passed without GOP support. CBS
VOA VIEW: The beginning of liberal push.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he has yet to hear back from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. CBS
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More than three decades after launching his first presidential campaign, President Joe Biden will begin his first full day in the White House. Weijia Jiang reports on Mr. Biden's inaugural address to the nation and the historic ceremony. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden's wish comes through.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says the city has not been given enough COVID-19 vaccines even though they have the capacity to administer them. David Begnaud reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden's madness and first failure.
"I expect that we will be meeting with one of the new President's economic advisors within a week," Senator Susan Collins said. CBS
VOA VIEW: Bipartisanship will not happen.
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The president plans to retain Wray as the head of the FBI, a source familiar with the matter tells CBS News. CBS
VOA VIEW: Wray is a weak joke.
President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan is facing skepticism from Republicans as Democrats start the process of passing a bill. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It makes no sense.
Joe Biden's business allies have been discussing ways to pay for the president's eventual infrastructure proposal. CNBC
Seven Democratic senators filed a complaint urging a probe of GOP Sens. Ted Cruz's and Josh Hawley's efforts to overturn the presidential election results. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Fools acting like the fools they are.
The new CDC director said Thursday that the Biden administration is trying to figure out exactly what's holding up the national Covid-19 vaccine rollout. CNBC
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 is an idiot.
Ford will recall 3 million older vehicles due to potential issues with air bag inflators in the vehicles, costing the automaker an estimated $610 million. CNBC
Facebook on Thursday announced that it will refer its decision to indefinitely suspend the account of former President Donald Trump to its Oversight Board. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A foolish move.
The White House has ordered an intelligence review of Russian misdeeds ranging from the SolarWinds hack to alleged bounties on US troops, but will pursue an agreement with Moscow on an issue of mutual concern: nuclear arms control. CNN
• In Biden's Oval Office, Cesar Chavez takes his place among America's heroes
• Many Biden White House staff are working from home in another break from Trump CNN
VOA VIEW: There goes America First.
VOA VIEW: As predicted - fear tactics.
The Defense Department will stop building a wall along the southern border of the United States as it reviews President Joe Biden's executive order calling for construction to halt. UPI
The House and Senate voted to approve a waiver for Lloyd Austin to lead the Department of Defense Thursday, paving the way for his historic confirmation. UPI
President Joe Biden on Thursday named new acting heads for the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission. UPI
VOA VIEW: Control free speech and business.
Two suicide bombings targeted a marketplace in central Baghdad on Thursday, the first of its kind there in nearly two years. UPI
VOA VIEW: What is Biden going to do?
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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?