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Stocks fell sharply as investors anticipate inflation-fighting measures from the Federal Reserve and fret over the possibility of conflict between Russia and Ukraine ABC
VOA VIEW: These are worrying times.
With inflation punishing consumers and threatening the economy, the Federal Reserve will likely signal its intent this week to begin raising interest rates in March for the first time in three years ABC
President Joe Biden held a video call with European allies on Monday as Western nations warned the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine remained high. ABC
VOA VIEW: Biden should lead, not ask permission.

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IBM's revenue growth accelerated, and the company's net income jumped in the quarter after the spinout of a major part of its business. CNBC
The top staff investigator for the House Jan. 6 panel was fired from his position at the University of Virginia by the state's new GOP attorney general. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As it should be.
The lawsuits against Harvard and the University of North Carolina argue that the admissions policies discriminate against Asian-American applicants. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The cases should be dismissed.
As the cryptocurrency market selloff continues on Monday, here's how financial experts recommend withstanding the highs and lows. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A foolish play for the average.
President Biden is considering sending U.S. troops to Eastern Europe amid the rapidly deteriorating security situation on Ukraine's border with Russia. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As things look grim.
Congress hasn't offered a federal tax break on jobless benefits collected in 2021. That may surprise taxpayers, since one was available the prior year. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Money is light and anything may be possible.

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Planned Russian naval exercises within Ireland's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) are "not welcome" or "wanted right now," Ireland's Foreign Affairs Minister has said, as tensions between Russia and the West continue to simmer over fears that Moscow is planning an invasion of Ukraine. CNN
VOA VIEW: No one. other than Putin knows what will happen.
Those of us who live in Ukraine have anxiously read the headlines over the last few months, proclaiming the threat of war looming over our country. With as many as 100,000 Russian troops amassed at the Ukrainian border, this is hardly a surprise. CNN
VOA VIEW: The guess is unknown.
CNN legal analyst Elle Honig reacts to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's Fox interview where he falsely claimed that lawmakers serving on committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 insurrection could face jail time. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN liberal stupidity.
At a rally against vaccine mandates in Washington, DC, on Sunday, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. likened vaccine policies in the US to the actions of a totalitarian state, even suggesting Anne Frank was in a better situation when she was hiding from the Nazis. CNN
VOA VIEW: It does make sense.

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FBI agents searched the headquarters of pop-up COVID-19 testing chain Center for COVID Control following allegations that the company issued faulty test results and engaged in fraudulent insurance billing. UPI
VOA VIEW: Fraud should be punished hard.
A new letter signed by 27 members of the House asks that members of Congress be banned from trading or owning stocks. UPI
VOA VIEW: It should be mandated.
President Joe Biden will meet on Monday afternoon with members of his administration to examine various avenues to lower prices for working American families, the White House said. UPI
VOA VIEW: Biden and his gang do not have a clue.

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The head of the Internal Revenue Service warned of a "frustrating" experience for U.S. taxpayers Monday as the 2022 tax filing season officially got underway. UPI
VOA VIEW: Delays will be guaranteed.
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a lawsuit filed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over proxy voting rules she set for the lower chamber during the COVID-19 pandemic. UPI
VOA VIEW: The Supremes chickened out.

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January 24, 2022

          Biden was not present in his presidential bid and performance.  President Joe Biden promised us the most transparent administration in American history. Instead, the man who campaigned largely from his basement is still Hidin’ Biden: He held fewer press conferences than any of his five immediate predecessors the first year in office. His Wednesday presser marking Thursday’s anniversary of his inauguration was just his 10th — and only his second solo one.

     And Biden gave just 22 media interviews last year, fewer than any of his six most recent predecessors, Towson University’s White House Transition Project found.  While he’s “taken questions more often at his events than his predecessors, he spends less time doing so,” notes Towson professor Martha Joynt Kumar. “He provides short answers with few follow-ups when he takes questions at the end of a previously scheduled speech.”As White House Correspondents’ Association President Steven Portnoy complained in a tweet, “The historical record of a presidency requires more than fleeting Q&A.”

     The Committee to Protect Journalists released its own report last week, condemning “the president’s limited availability to journalists, the administration’s slow responses to requests for information, its planned extradition of Julian Assange, restrictions on media access at the US southern border, and its limited assistance to Afghan journalists.” Biden spent a quarter of his time in Delaware, away from most of the Washington press corps, but won’t release his Delaware visitor logs. When he finally does take questions, his staff often equip him with a hand-picked list of suitable journalists to call on. In November, Sky News Australia showed images of Biden’s detailed list of pre-approved reporters he could deign to speak with after the G20 summit in Rome.