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Five Black officers who beat Black motorist Tyre Nichols are charged with murder. The case has raised questions about the role race plays in policing. LA Times
VOA VIEW: It shows that race is not a major problem in policing - illegal actions have no color.
The "Breaking Bad" actor said he believes critical race theory is "essential" to schools. New York Post
VOA VIEW: CRT has no place in schools.
The five officers charged with the murder of the young Black man are also Black, complicating the anguish and efforts at police reform. New York Times
VOA VIEW: There is no race issue when the incident is black on black.

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Israel and the West Bank were gripped by violence this week. Its roots predate Israel’s new far-right government, but the government’s ministers and goals are fueling tensions. New York Times
VOA VIEW: What about the far-left?
The bureau tried to court Oleg Deripaska, a Russian aluminum magnate, as an informant. Instead, one of its own top agents may have ended up working for him. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It shows how the left is starting and making trouble for all.
After two months of turmoil, the former president who is running again in 2024 resumed campaigning with events in New Hampshire and South Carolina.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Welcome back.
Customs and Border Protection agents in San Diego performed three seizures Tuesday, netting nearly 300 pounds of narcotics, worth around $4 million in street value, the agency announced Friday. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Madness!
A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that the mayor of Philadelphia discriminated against Italian Americans in renaming the city's Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous Peoples' Day. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
The Minnesota Senate voted early Saturday after a marathon debate to write broad protections for abortion rights into state statutes, which would make it difficult for future courts to roll back. Washington Times

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Airmen report blood cancer diagnoses after serving at Malmstrom Air Force Base. ABC
VOA VIEW: Nothing seems to be safe.
The Taliban are doubling down on their ban on women’s education. ABC
VOA VIEW: The Taliban are anti women.
The first time in history the population center is taking a southern swerve. ABC
VOA VIEW: The South is warmer, and life is cheaper.
Republican lawmakers who've spread election conspiracy theories and falsely claimed that the 2020 presidential outcome was rigged are overseeing legislative committees charged with setting election policy in two major battleground states ABC
VOA VIEW: The liberal media is always looking to create problems.

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The U.S. government's ability to safeguard its most sensitive information is under fire. On Friday, former Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged "mistakes were made" after classified documents were recently found in his Indiana home. The discoveries with Pence, former President Trump and President Biden have prompted the National Archives to ask every living former president and vice president to check for classified records. But many in Congress are questioning why the executive branch was not more careful. Christina Ruffini is at the White House with the latest. CBS
VOA VIEW: The problem has grown by Biden stupidity and greed.
The unionization effort at Trader Joe's comes amid a larger wave of organizing largely led by younger workers. CBS
VOA VIEW: The problems for the store will grow.
For dealers, EVs will mean new employee training, infrastructure and substantial investments to be able to service, sell and charge the vehicles. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It will not be easy or cheap.

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Unemployment benefits aren't reaching people in a timely manner despite a low volume of claims. The system is still recovering from the initial pandemic shock. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Recovery will take time.
Despite rising U.S. rental prices, competition is easing in some markets as inventory grows, according to a new report. CNBC
The co-authors of "From Here to Equality" say the federal government should pay $14 trillion in reparations to Black Americans. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A liberal media stupid thought that will not come to pass.
McCarthy also confirmed to reporters on Friday he had convened a meeting in his office that day with Elon Musk and several top Republicans. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Musk will try.
More than 16 million people have been approved for student loan forgiveness, but whether they see the relief will depend on the Supreme Court's decision. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden is trying to buy votes.

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Amazon said it is adding fees to some orders so that it can keep prices low, according to a notice sent to customers. CNBC
The Strategic Production Response Act requires agencies to lease federal land for oil and gas drilling to offset drawdowns. It's unlikely to become law. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden must be stopped.
While the bank was hit by industrywide slowdowns in capital markets activity last year, CEO David Solomon also faced his own set of issues. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Still not big sacrifice.

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Experts, including a former White House Council of Economic Advisers chair, weigh in on where the economy stands and how consumers can brace for what's ahead. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It's liberal media dumb talk.
The personal consumption price index excluding food and energy for December increased 4.4% from a year ago. CNBC
Former President Donald Trump on Saturday delivered a speech in his first official 2024 presidential campaign event in New Hampshire. UPI
The United States could be at war with China in 2025, a four-star general predicted Friday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
South Korean opposition leader Lee Jae-myung on Saturday criticized the country's ruling party as a "dictatorial regime" after being forced by prosecutors to answer questions over corruption allegations. UPI
On Friday the World Health Organization updated its list of medicines that should be stockpiled to deal with nuclear and radiological emergencies. UPI

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     Religious doctors and hospitals will not have to perform gender-transition procedures in violation of their conscience, a federal appeals court ruled. A just decision.

     The ruling by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked for a second time a Biden administration mandate for medical professionals to perform the procedure. The mandate, contained in a rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, expanded the definition of nondiscrimination “on the basis of sex” to include gender identity. 

     HHS issued the mandate in 2016, interpreting the Affordable Care Act as requiring “physicians to perform gender-transition procedures on any patient, including children, regardless of whether the doctor believed the procedure could harm the patient.”  The ruling by a three-judge panel came in Sisters of Mercy v. Becerra, a case filed by a coalition of Catholic hospitals, a Catholic university and Catholic nuns who run clinics for the poor. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a nonprofit public interest law firm, represented the Catholic groups.

     The Catholic groups said enforcing the mandate on religious health care providers would violate guarantees contained in the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. HHS had said it would offer an “exception” to the mandate “on a case-by-case basis” to religious providers who applied for one.  Luke Goodrich, vice president and senior counsel at Becket, said the court’s decision freed health care professionals to act in accordance with their conscience and best medical judgment.