From mandating COVID-19 shots for everyone over 50 to excluding the uninoculated from more venues, European countries get tougher on the unvaccinated. LA Times
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez promised Amazon organizers she would stand by them at a rally outside a Staten Island warehouse trying to unionize – until she bailed on them. New York Post
VOA VIEW: AOC is a coward.
The city’s four other district attorneys are not exactly sold on the soft-on-crime prosecutorial policies laid out this week by newly minted Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg. New York Post


Mayor Lori Lightfoot ripped the Chicago Teachers Union’s latest proposal, which backtracked on an earlier demand for mandatory testing -- but wouldn’t put kids back in classrooms until Jan. 18. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The union should be taken out.
The Biden administration and its allies are developing new possible sanctions ahead of a series of meetings to defuse the crisis with Moscow. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Doses Biden have the guts to protect a friendly nation and stop tyranny?
Chicago teachers have voted to go remote. Other unions are agitating for change. For Democrats, who promised to keep schools open, the tensions are a distinctly unwelcome development. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Dems must go.
Nearly nine in ten respondents to a USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll said there is a mental health crisis in the United States.       USA Today
Congressional Democrats want to make the observance of the 2021 U.S. Capitol riot an annual event. Democratic Reps. Dean Phillips of Minnesota and Jason Crow of Colorado said they have introduced legislation to designate permanently Jan. 6 as “Democracy Day” to “ensure the lessons of the January ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are fools and so is this new idea.
A Maryland county health officer has issued a public safety order requiring residents to wear masks indoors despite elected officials voting against extending an existing mandate and COVID-related emergency declaration. The Anne Arundel County Council voted 4-3 against implementing the mandate following a more than six-hour-long hearing on Friday before ... Washington Times


Gas prices rose across the nation but dipped in New Jersey amid fears about the possible effect of COVID-19's omicron variant on the economy. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $3.38, down a penny ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden and Dems are causing the high gas prices.
The Coca-Cola Company is adding a new ingredient to its Fresca citrus soda: alcohol. Corona’s Constellation Brands brewer is partnering with Coke to release a canned cocktail version called Fresca Mixed later this year. In 2020, Coke released Topo Chico hard seltzer, its first canned alcoholic carbonated beverage. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Interesting!
Gov't advisers claim the 3rd dose offers enough protection to the elderly. ABC
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
The internal struggles of the movement started by late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez were encapsulated by the apparent defeat _ and its aftermath _ of one of his brothers during the gubernatorial election in November ABC

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President Joe Biden faces a steep path to achieve his ambitious goal of slashing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 ABC
VOA VIEW: Biden's goals are foolish dreams
The University of Pennsylvania came under fire this week after a law professor made inflammatory comments about Asians and the Asian-American community. ABC
VOA VIEW: The professor should take the easy way out.
The Supreme Court on Friday wrestled with the power of federal agencies to impose vaccine mandates or vaccine-or-test requirements on tens of millions of workers. ABC


More than 200 guard members are being deployed to 50 sites to help with clinical staffing and crowd control, the governor said. CBS
VOA VIEW: A little too late.
Inflation was the big market story in the latter half of 2021, and two ETF experts expect that theme to dominate again this year. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Inflation will last as long as Biden is in charge.
Citigroup has had the most aggressive vaccine policy among Wall Street firms. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A legal battle will follow.
While an inventory squeeze at dealerships isn't getting worse, pent-up demand is expected to keep inventories low and prices high this year. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Things will be bad for a while.
National Retail Federation's chief economist, Jack Kleinhenz, said the latest Covid wave is unlikely to prompt an economic slowdown or a shutdown of businesses. CNBC

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The Covid pandemic caused a surge in housing costs and a rise in unemployment, leaving nearly 600,000 Americans unhoused in 2020. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Americans are unhoused, while Biden lets migrants enter the country.
Amazon will now offer one week, or up to 40 hours, paid Covid leave for all U.S. employees, instead of two weeks paid leave. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As they should.
The shortened waiting period for boosters comes as data shows that two doses do not provide strong protection against symptomatic infection from omicron. CNBC

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Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will be remembered by a host of top Democratic politicians at his memorial service in Las Vegas on Saturday, with President Joe Biden speaking at the service and former President Barack Obama eulogizing the late senator. CNN
South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, announced Saturday he is running for re-election in 2022. CNN
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction on Friday updated its quarantine rules for school children and staff exposed to COVID-19. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
A group of parents in Chicago has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Teachers Union, claiming that school closures this week were the result of an "illegal strike." FOX News
VOA VIEW: A good start - the teachers union should be abolished.
Iran on Saturday added to its list of sanctions placed against dozens of former and current U.S. officials and military leaders in retaliation for the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani. UPI
VOA VIEW: Iran should be punished further.
The Iranian government said Friday it's prepared to hold bilateral talks with the countries whose citizens were killed in the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in 2020 near Tehran. UPI

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