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A U.S. service member has been killed in Afghanistan according to the NATO-led coalition in that country, but no other details are available about how he was killed. "One U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan today as a result of enemy small arms fire," said a brief statement from Resolute Support, the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan. ABC
VOA VIEW: Someone must pay.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed enforcement of the Trump administration ban on transgenders in the military. The move, which is temporary, reverses a lower court order that had put the policy on hold. The court said Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan would have denied the request to stay the lower court's order. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good news.
No deal makes hard border obvious, says EC spokesman, but Irish government calls that unacceptable. Margaritis Schinas made the comments at the commission's daily media briefing. If he was pushed to speculate what might happen in a no-deal scenario, he said, it was "pretty obvious you will have a hard border". However, the Irish government has repeated its stance that it will "not accept a hard border on this island". BBC

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NASA Astronaut Eric Boe has been pulled from a commercial crew test flight for medical reasons. Eric Boe, one of three astronauts assigned to the first piloted test flight of a Boeing CST-100 Starliner commercial crew ship later this year has been removed from the mission due to unspecified medical issues, NASA announced Tuesday. He will be replaced by veteran astronaut Mike Fincke. CBS
It's unclear what President Trump will do, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked him to postpone the speech. The White House has asked the House sergeant-at-arms for a State of the Union walk through, according to a senior administration official, an indication that the White House is still interested in going ahead with the annual address. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked President Trump to postpone his speech or deliver it in writing due to the shutdown, although Mr. Trump has yet to officially respond. CBS
VOA VIEW: It should be in the House or big stadium.
If the shutdown continues through the week, Friday will mark the second federal paycheck missed by affected federal workers, whose household budgets have been completely upended. The financial shock is about to get much worse for government employees sidelined by the budget stalemate in Washington. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The shutdown will be 110% owned by Dems.
Starbucks shares are heating up, and one top technical analyst is betting the stock is gearing up for an even bigger rally when it reports earnings later this week. The financial shock is about to get much worse for government employees sidelined by the budget stalemate in Washington. CNBC
Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has expressed interest in the Trump campaign's relationship with the National Rifle Association during the 2016 campaign."When I was interviewed by the special counsel's office, I was asked about the Trump campaign and our dealings with the NRA," Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide, told CNN. The special counsel's team was curious to learn more about how Donald Trump and his operatives first formed a relationship with the NRA and how Trump wound up speaking at the group's annual meeting in 2015, just months before announcing his presidential bid, Nunberg said. CNN
VOA VIEW: Mueller has gone mad.
An attempt before the Supreme Court for a company to dodge a grand jury subpoena related to the Mueller investigation revealed a new twist Tuesday: that the company is wholly owned by a foreign government. In essence, the foreign nation is fighting off the US Justice Department's attempt to collect information as it builds a criminal case. The development comes in a redacted petition the country filed with the Supreme Court that was made public Tuesday. CNN

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A tentative deal was reached Tuesday between Los Angeles school officials and the teachers union that will allow educators to return to classrooms after a six-day strike against the nation's second-largest district, officials said. FOX News
The late Amos Oz was right to say ‘even unavoidable occupation is a corrupting occupation’. Israeli voters should heed his wordsIn the last nine months of 2018, according to the United Nations, Palestinians – many of them children – were killed at the rate of around one a day while taking part in protests along Israel’s perimeter fence with Gaza about their right to return to ancestral homes. They included medics and journalists. Most of the dead were unarmed and posed no danger to anyone, with little more than rocks in their hands and slogans on their lips. Guardian
VOA VIEW: The Guardian is liberal trash.
Trump trails Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kirsten GillibrandSign up for the Guardian’s daily morning briefing 8.57pm GMT The US military said an American service member was killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan. No other details, including the service member’s name or branch, were released pending the notification of the family. The incident is being investigated, the military said. . Guardian
VOA VIEW: The liberal media did not learn their 2016 less - fools.
Reports said that the IAF has struck at least two targets in Gaza, one in the southern part and in the center. Jerusalem Post

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The lawyer for a former U.S. marine accused of spying by Russia said on Tuesday that his client had been misled before his arrest and believed that a thumb drive handed to him in a hotel room had contained holiday snaps rather than secret information. Reuters
U.S. stocks ended lower on Tuesday, snapping a four-session rally, as a gloomy global economic growth outlook, trade concerns and disappointing company forecasts dampened sentiment. Reuters
The emotional and physical pain brought on by bullying can be excruciating, yet this behavior continues to abound in schools globally, according to a new report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that is calling for all children to have access to a "safe, inclusive” learning environment. . UN News

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The global economy grew at a “steady” 3.1 per cent last year and similar levels of growth are expected in 2019, but these headline figures mask growth that is uneven and often failing to reach where it is most needed, the UN’s chief economist warned on Monday. UN News
Officials in Washington state have declared a measles outbreak after 22 people became infected this year, following the second worst year for measles nationwide. Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000 due to its vaccination program, but new outbreaks have been caused by travelers who bring the virus back from other countries and spreads among people who are not vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. UPI

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     House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is allegedly seizing the initiative in the trench warfare over Trump’s government shutdown and his border wall, telling the president that the State of the Union address should be postponed, or perhaps forgone altogether, for the deceptive reason of security. It would be both unfair and unwise to ask Secret Service agents and other officers to protect the VIP-packed event, she contends, while they are not being paid their salaries. Trump appropriately retaliated last Thursday by denying Pelosi military aircraft for her planned trip to Brussels and Afghanistan.

     Pelosi has proven how much an idiot she isThe matter is now in the Senate and the Dems will have to go on record for obstructing.