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Federal authorities are continuing to arrest rioters who took part in the siege on Capitol Hill. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good!
The U.S. Capitol complex temporarily locked down during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration after a fire in a homeless encampment roughly a mile away sent a plume of smoke into the air and caused security concerns ABC
VOA VIEW: Fear!
Garth Brooks is performing at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. ABC
VOA VIEW: Brooks will loose followers.

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Sen. Josh Hawley has found a new publisher after his book was dropped by Simon & Schuster in the wake of the siege of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump ABC
VOA VIEW: Good!
Tuesday marks President Trump's final full day in office. CBS
VOA VIEW: As he should.
CBS News polling found that only 31% of Republican voters consider Joe Biden the legitimate winner of the election. CBS
VOA VIEW: There are a few who believe Biden stole the election.
As Washington, D.C., prepares for Wednesday's inauguration, a defense official tells CBS News that National Guard troops in the city will be screened. The arrival of troops and unprecedented security measures come as a new video gives a closer look inside the attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Jeff Pegues reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dem fear.
Biden is planning on a 10-day blitz of executive action on what his administration is calling the "four crises" facing the country. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dumb move for a dumb man.
The website of Parler — a social media platform popular with conservatives and supporters of President Donald Trump — is back online. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Let's see for how long.

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"One thing that's clear is that the issue of getting 100 million doses in the first 100 days is absolutely a doable thing," Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The mess will begin soon.
A majority of millionaire investors say a stock bubble is occurring, but their market risk appetite is still going up, with a shift in portfolio strategy. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden will cause a major down turn is US viability.
Google's director of economic policy Adam Cohen called the lawsuit from 10 Republican-led states "misleading." CNBC
VOA VIEW: It's a US and world ripoff.
President-elect Biden promised to make community college tuition-free. Such a plan could increase the number of students and their incomes over time. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Madness!

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• Inauguration updates: Harris thanks people of California for 'honor of serving them' • Trump's 11th-hour pardons keep with tradition • Armed demonstrators gather at Virginia state Capitol ahead of inauguration CNN
VOA VIEW: Dems cannot be trusted.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is demanding acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller "immediately cease" his plans to install a Trump loyalist as the National Security Agency's general counsel, calling the move "highly suspect" and arguing it represents a "disturbing disregard" for the country's national security. CNN
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is trying to control.
President Donald Trump is expected to lift coronavirus-related travel restrictions starting on January 26, nearly a week after he leaves office, a White House official said Monday. CNN

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A commission stood up by President Donald Trump as a rebuttal to schools applying a more accurate history curriculum around slavery in the US issued its inflammatory report on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. CNN
VOA VIEW: Someone is telling the truth.
President-elect Joe Biden and his administration vow to ensure Black and brown people get equal access to the Covid-19 vaccine through mobile clinics, vaccination centers and partnerships with local communities, the chair of Biden's Covid-19 Equity Task Force said during a Black clergy event on Monday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Race baiting.
The FBI on Sunday appealed to the public for help in identifying six suspects accused of assaulting D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone, who the department says suffered a mild heart attack when he was repeatedly beaten and Tasered by attackers at the U.S. Capitol.  FOX News
Small groups of right-wing protesters — some of them carrying rifles — gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country Sunday, outnumbered by National Guard troops and police brought in to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol. As darkness fell, there were no reports of any clashes. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Little will be caused by conservatives.
The number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths approached 400,000 Monday, as hard-hit states like California braced for more cases and vaccine supplies were running out in many states. UPI

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Kamala Harris formally stepped down from her role as senator Monday in advance of taking the oath of office as vice president of the United States in the 59th presidential inauguration. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good for the Senate, bad for the country.
Twitter suspended the account of newly elected Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green for 12 hours, saying she violated its civic integrity policy numerous times. UPI
VOA VIEW: Sad!
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden should build on the 2018 Singapore summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. UPI
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.

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January 18, 2021

     Two decades ago, the government established a federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King.  Blacks are more likely than whites to commemorate Martin Luther King's birthday. They're also more inclined to harbor doubts about progress toward his dream of racial equality. Three-fourths of the people in this country say there has been significant progress toward equality, but only 66 percent of blacks felt that way.

     Participation in the holiday was enhanced by legislation passed in 1994 establishing the day as one of service.  According to the Bureau of National Affairs, all 50 states gradually recognized a King holiday. But only one-third of businesses offer a paid holiday.

    Most whites find the national holiday another undeserved entitlement. No other Ameican has their own holiday.  Why should King?  One day for all the presidents of the United States, while Martin Luther King has a holiday for himself.  That is how far the politicians have gone to appease the black populous.  What next, Jesse Jackson Day.  If there was a vote of the people, the MLK holiday would be soundly defeated.  What happened to representation of the people.

     There are many people that should be credited for the civil rights movement.  Many of which are white.  It would be more appropriate, and acceptable, to have MLK day renamed Civil Rights Day.  Hopefully the time is near - it will come.