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President Biden weighs more limits on international travel as scientists try to determine how dangerous the new Omicron variant will be. LA Times
VOA VIEW: No words of wisdom from Biden.
The immigration measures face an uphill battle in the Senate, which is expected to take up the legislation next month, and they could be stripped by the Senate parliamentarian well before that. LA Times
VOA VIEW: It shows Dems are a lost breed.
In a closely watched review, an FDA panel voted 13 to 10 to recommend authorization of Merck's COVID-19 pill, though with many caveats. LA Times
VOA VIEW: The drug has little legitimacy.
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Abimbola Osundairo told jurors in Chicago’s criminal court on day three of the trial how Jussie Smollett directed nearly every aspect of the alleged fake attack. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Smollett is a lying idiot.
Many public health experts were opposed to a boosters-for-all approach. The new variant is changing some minds. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Omicron is a fear or scare tactic.
As wealthy countries react to the new Omicron virus variant with travel bans and booster shots, the World Health Organization scolded them, calling the steps ineffective and unfair. New York Times
VOA VIEW: WHO is a disgrace.
How abortion-rights groups failed to stop the erosion of Roe v. Wade. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It never made sense.
The first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in the United States was confirmed after an all-night session by scientists in San Francisco
There are 34 Senate seats up in 2022, providing both parties opportunity to make gains in a Senate where Democrats hold a slim majority.
VOA VIEW: The only Dem majority is the VP.
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An advocacy group organized in February to “combat critical race theory” said it will continue its battle of words with The Salvation Army, promising to fire a barrage of social media advertisements asking the charity to say America isn’t racist. In a video-streamed news conference, Kenny Xu, president of Color ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Sad thing to not trust an icon organization.
Nearly 10,000 U.S. military personnel have applied for religious waivers to avoid the COVID-19 vaccine but so far not a single one has been approved, publicly available Pentagon data show. This potentially paves the way for thousands of service members to be booted from the force in the coming months. ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The US should not take a chance to lose trained military.
Democrats vowed Wednesday to push new gun-control legislation and to revive stalled bills in Michigan's Republican-led Legislature following a mass shooting that left four high school students dead and others with serious injuries. But GOP leaders, who have long opposed such measures and have favored looser ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Honest Americans want their arms more than ever.
A broad bipartisan majority of voters say corporate executives should spend less time virtue signaling on social issues and more on developing and selling their products, according to research from a strategic data analysis firm. The Brunswick Group study, titled "The Talking Trap," shows that most Democrats and Republicans are ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
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Hundreds of abortion debate partisans crowded the plaza in front of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, intermingling and trading chants as justices heard the highly anticipated arguments inside. “Who’s choice?” “My choice,” was a frequent call-and-response on the abortion rights side, countered by "Hey hey, ho ho, ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The country if changing and fighting back.
Al Kelly believes there has been a permanent shift in how consumers worldwide pay for goods and services. His 91-year-old parents are a prime example. The CEO of payments processing giant Visa recently visited his mother just after she'd finished buying her groceries online - something ... Washington Times
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments in a historic case on abortion rights that could involve overturning its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. ABC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
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The first case of the Omicron variant has been detected in the U.S. Health officials are trying to ease concerns, saying vaccines do give some protection against the new strain. Dr. Celine Gounder joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero to discuss the latest COVID-19 variant and how people can protect themselves. CBS
VOA VIEW: The Biden clan don't have a clue.
The major averages fell sharply, giving up solid gains, on Wednesday after the CDC confirmed the first case of omicron in the U.S. CNBC
Facebook on Wednesday announced its decision to reverse long-standing policy that prevented most cryptocurrency companies from running ads on its services. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook is deceptive.
The Pentagon called for global halt to anti-satellite weapons testing on Wednesday, further decrying the practice after Russia's destructive demonstration. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Big talk, but no one is listening.
Banks have been under pressure from consumer advocates to eliminate overdraft fees because they often punish those who can least afford to pay them. CNBC
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A federal judge suggested Wednesday that Donald Trump and others who spoke at the "Stop the Steal" rally on January 6 should be held accountable for the US Capitol riot that followed, saying the then-President "stoked" the crowd and "might've inspired what happened." CNN
VOA VIEW: Foolish liberal judicial stupidity.
• Another house Democrat announces he won't see reelection CNN
VOA VIEW: To lose, again.
The US and South Korea will develop a new operational war plan to address the threat from North Korea, senior defense officials said Tuesday, as the Pentagon shifts its focus to the Indo-Pacific region following its recently completed global force posture review. CNN
VOA VIEW: NK is making more stupid moves.
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Lara Logan, a Fox News personality and host on the network's streaming service, appeared on Wednesday to stand by her widely condemned comparison of Dr. Anthony Fauci to an infamous Nazi doctor — all while the right-wing channel remains silent about the matter. CNN
VOA VIEW: Fauci is an idiot.
Rep. Cori Bush said women shouldn't have to ask, let alone fight for, abortion access. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Few care what Bush says.
The University of Connecticut is asking applicants for an assistant therapy professor position to consider contributing to the dismantling of "structural racism" and advocating for "anti-racist policies." FOX News
VOA VIEW: A socialist idea.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday struggled with questions about fetal viability as it tackled a Mississippi abortion law that challenges the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision. UPI
Japan's government took steps on Wednesday to suspend all air travel into the country for the month of December over growing concerns about the newest COVID-19 variant. UPI
VOA VIEW: A strong position.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday he will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Thursday as tensions between the countries reached a new high. UPI
VOA VIEW: Blinken has no clout.
A year after Facebook banned Holocaust denial posts and classified them as "hate speech," the Anti-Defamation League found cracks in the enforcement that led to more anti-Holocaust posts on the social media site. UPI
VOA VIEW: Facebook cannot be trusted.
A global rise in the cost of energy was the main factor in pushing consumer prices in the eurozone to a record level during the month of November, officials said. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden is putting the US in a bad position.
To commemorate World AIDS Day on Wednesday, President Joe Biden unveiled an updated national strategy to fight the disease -- which also aims to end the epidemic in the United States by the start of the next decade. UPI
VOA VIEW: False promises.
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The Cuomo's should be finished. CNN “indefinitely” suspended host Chris Cuomo on Tuesday over his secret role in trying to defend his brother, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, from the sexual harassment allegations that forced him from office — and for using his journalistic resources to aid that effort. CNN may bring Cuomo back after a slap on the wrist.
The move came a day after state Attorney General Letitia James released a trove of subpoenaed records that include texts showing the “Cuomo Prime Time” star agreed to contact news industry “sources” for advance information on damaging reports regarding his older brother. In a prepared statement, CNN said the material “shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense.” “The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions,” the network said. “When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly. But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second.”
CNN added: “However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew. As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.” Chris Cuomo’s CNN contract is worth $6 million a year, according to the Celebrity Net Worth website, and last year he told listeners of his SiriusXM radio show that he’d renewed the deal for an unspecified length of time, Variety reported. His benching came less than four months after Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace rather than face an all-but-certain impeachment over an Aug. 3 report released by James that found he’d sexually harassed 11 women, including nine current or former state employees.