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Iranians are finding it harder than ever to afford even basic goods as political unrest roils the country and the government cracks down harshly. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Iran must continue to suffer.
Social media users quickly blasted the "Deuces" crooner for his online antics, with many tweeting things like, "Get that domestic abuser off my screen." New York Post
VOA VIEW: Brown acted like an idiot.
“Congress is set to expose what may be the largest censorship system in U.S. history,” cheers Jonathan Turley. This week, “a new House select subcommittee will hold its first hearing on the FBI and the possible ‘weaponization’ of government agencies.” New York Post
VOA VIEW: Biden used government agencies to back his lies.

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There have been scores of recent incidents in which Beijing has used a wide variety of methods to obtain intelligence, as well as military and commercial technology, from the US. New York Post
VOA VIEW: China is the number one spier of the world.
There is nothing new about superpowers spying on one another, even from balloons. But for pure gall, there was something different this time. New York Times
VOA VIEW: China sought to get caught.
The president plans to use his first State of the Union address since Republicans took control of the House to call for bipartisan cooperation. Neither he nor many others expect that to happen. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden will look and sound like the liar and idiot he is.
The move by the alliance of conservative donors could provide an enormous boost to a Republican alternative to the former president. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It's more than money that wins an election.
The court’s new majority will rehear two major voting rights cases decided two months ago. The rare move heightens the debate over partisan influences on state courts. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The courts are political.
Though the Insight Women's Center sits at the epicenter of a reinvigorated battle in the nation's culture wars, the only hint of its faith-based mission to dissuade people from getting abortions is the jazzy, piano rendition of "Jesus Loves Me" playing in a waiting room. Washington Times

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Delight Foods, a food importer based in New Jersey and California, is recalling 2,961 pounds of catfish steaks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service announced Friday. Washington Times
President Joe Biden sounded like a candidate making his case for a second term Friday night as he rallied a raucous meeting of national Democrats who chanted, "Four more years!" Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A fool and good for Republicans.
Sightings of a massive surveillance balloon believed to be from China were popping up on social media as the object traveled across the U.S. ABC
A former Israeli prime minister who served briefly as a mediator at the start of Russia’s war with Ukraine says he drew a promise from the Russian president not to kill his Ukrainian counterpart ABC
VOA VIEW: Putin is known to break promises and lie.

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The European Union is launching its ban on imports of Russian diesel fuel ABC
VOA VIEW: Good!
The downing of a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon was met by lawmakers with a mix of praise, criticism and concern. ABC
VOA VIEW: Biden is shown to be a coward.
China sent a balloon over U.S. airspace last week to send a message about the country's sway across the globe, Sen. Marco Rubio said on "This Week" ABC
VOA VIEW: It made the US look weak.

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Gary Cohn, the former top economic adviser in the Trump White House and now vice chairman of IBM, discusses the strong January job numbers, the possibility of a recession in the first half of 2023 and the impact of failing to raise the debt ceiling. CBS
Four new members of Congress — Reps. Robert Garcia, Mike Lawler, Summer Lee and Zach Nunn — discuss the potential for bipartisan cooperation on crime, policing, immigration, the debt ceiling, spending and more. CBS
VOA VIEW: Very little with Dem help.
CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports on the latest fallout from the Biden administration shooting down a suspected Chinese spy balloon after it traveled across the U.S. CBS
VOA VIEW: China is taking a foolish position.
Journalist and "Sunday Morning" contributor Mark Whitaker, author of the new book "Saying It Loud: 1966-The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement," examines the birth of Black Power, the activism of Stokely Carmichael, and the lessons — and warnings — for today's activists about the importance of messaging, unity and cross-racial alliances. CBS
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas says President Biden should have taken action sooner to shoot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon. CBS
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts Biden.

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Americans want compromise. The prospect of default impacts views. CBS
Elon Musk tweeted Sunday that the last few months have been "extremely tough," but said that Twitter is "now trending to break even." CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good!
Rising food costs are pushing consumers to get more creative about where they go for groceries. CNBC

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• Opinion: Biden doesn't throw away his shot CNN
VOA VIEW: Biden has to justify his late action.
Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges (Ret.) tells CNN's Fareed Zakaria why the Russian-occupied region of Crimea could be a decisive area for the Ukrainian military in the next phase of the war. CNN
Police in suburban Atlanta are investigating after residents reported finding flyers with antisemitic imagery and messaging in their driveways. CNN
Marijuana users have a constitutional right to own firearms, a federal judge in Oklahoma City ruled Friday, marking the latest challenge to firearms regulations. FOX News
VOA VIEW: As long as they are not a felon.
Asheville, North Carolina, has seen a 200% monthly increase in break-ins amid a violent crime spike that comes as its police department has been hemorrhaging officers. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Dems are the cause of lawlessness.
The owner of a Connecticut clothing store used two legally owned firearms to fatally shoot a suspected armed robber who opened fire on the owner and hit him in the back, police say. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good!
Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of Russia's Wagner Group of mercenaries, said Sunday that Ukrainian troops were "fighting to the last" while denying online accounts that Ukrainian troops were withdrawing from Bakhmut. UPI
China's Embassy in Washington on Saturday said that the country "reserves the right to respond further" after the United States downed a surveillance balloon that had flown over the country this week. UPI
VOA VIEW: China broke international law.
France, India and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday announced a trilateral cooperation initiative to work together on various issues, including energy and combatting climate change. UPI

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February 06, 2023

     Despite his admission “The pandemic is over,” President Joe Biden is refusing to commit to funding our nation’s military unless we continue to force servicemembers to take the COVID shot. In fact, when asked, his press secretary refuses even to say he’ll sign the funding bill. Biden harms national security.

     Our military is suffering a severe recruiting crisis, and Biden’s fixation on a never-ending pandemic and woke military is certainly not helping. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I’ve spent the last six months fighting for our men and women in uniform set to be discharged thanks to the draconian Biden vaccine mandate; and for six months, I have fielded nothing but political deflection that betrays the White House’s complete disregard for our military and our national security.

     This should be unthinkable when America’s adversaries around the world are threatening the safety and security of our nation and its allies. North Korea is racing to expand its ballistic missile capabilities, China is increasing its threats against our partner Taiwan and Russia has deepened its relationship with Iran to help wage its war against Ukraine.  During times like these, Biden should be laser-focused on ensuring the US military remains the most lethal fighting force on the globe. Instead, he continues to impose a vindictive and unnecessary vaccine mandate on our troops, forcing many of them to the sidelines. As commander in chief, one of the president’s most important duties is to protect those who volunteer to serve our nation, a duty he violated when he imposed the mandate.

     The Pentagon made COVID vaccinations mandatory for our nation’s troops in August 2021. The rules were clear: All servicemembers would take the shot or risk being fired. In doing this, Biden not only failed our men and women in uniform — he undermined our national defense.