is America's information and news center for the 21st Century. brings news, information, and commentary to the world. If you have any news, information, or comments to share,

Email: or Call: 504-455-9956


Senate leaders on Tuesday agreed to hold votes this week on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with President Donald Trump or vote to temporarily end the shutdown and keep negotiating. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Dems has a less chance of passing their foolish proposal.
Hundreds of Internal Revenue Service employees have received permission to skip work during the partial government shutdown due to financial hardship, and union leaders said Tuesday they expect that number to surge as part of a coordinated protest that could hamper the government's ability to process returns. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: No back pay for those who skip work.
With no end to the government shutdown in sight, Indiana's Republican members of Congress are standing behind Trump's request for a border wall.          IndyStar


When President Trump abruptly announced on Dec. 19 that he was pulling all U.S. troops out of Syria, he suggested they were already on the way home. “We have won against ISIS,” the president said, referring to Islamic State. “Our boys, our young women, our men — they’re all coming back." Still not all members of the military have left Syria.. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal media propaganda.
The percentage of American adults without health insurance surged upward in 2018, reaching levels not recorded since before President Trump took office, according to a new national survey that revealed widespread coverage losses over the last two years. LA Times
For the second time this month, Torrent Pharmaceuticals expanded its recall of Losartan, a drug used to treat high blood pressure, a blood pressure-related heart problem and diabetes-related kidney is kidney issues. Miami Herald
A man suspected of killing five people in a shooting at a Maryland newspaper has been given extra time to consider an insanity plea. The Capital reports a judge on Tuesday extended the insanity plea deadline, giving 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos until March to modify his not guilty plea. Five people were shot. New York Post
President Trump announced on Saturday a plan that would provide temporary protection from deportation for some immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall. New York Times
Jody Davis, a transgender woman who is trying to join the Ohio National Guard, said she found it absurd that she may not be able to, as she had already served for eight years. New York Times


An attempt by British lawmakers to prevent a no-deal Brexit was gaining momentum on Wednesday after the opposition Labour Party said it was highly likely to throw its parliamentary weight behind the bid. Rueters
With a new caravan on the way, Tijuana government officials have not given much thought to avoiding the chaos that arrived in November with 6,000 Central American migrants. “Well, let’s hope they don’t come here,” said Leonardo Neri, a federal volunteer and the coordinator for a temporary migrants. San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: Mexico is the biggest loser of the caravans.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is heading to the United States with the hope of improving relations between the two countries. Maas told reporters in Berlin Wednesday morning before his departure he would meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and that, “it’s about working less against each other." Seattle Times
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib were among the outspoken progressive appointments to the influential Oversight and Reform committee, which is poised to investigate Trump under new Democrat leadership.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Idiots at large.

YOU can speak out and be heard by having your own "Column" - Visit the "Public Opinion" Section above.

China will top the US as largest retail market in 2019, a report says. It highlights China's growing middle class and shift to consumer driven economy.         USA Today
A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said that two drones were spotted near a smaller about 20 miles north of Newark. Washington Post
Icy weather conditions prompted officials to shut down Detroit's main airport as slippery conditions from freezing rain left some Michigan roadways treacherous and shut down some schools. The Federal Aviation Administration reports Detroit Metropolitan Airport was closed about 8 p.m. Tuesday. Washington Times


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
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.

ATTENTION TALK SHOW HOSTS: We are honored that many radio talk show hosts use our Web Portal for their "show prep." We would appreciate your occasional mention of our site to your audience. Thanks!

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.

ADVERTISEMENT: If you want to advertise your business or Web Site, send us an email by clicking on "Contact" above. It could be the best business decision you make.

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
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
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
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

VOA VIEW -- Is the opinion of "Voice of Americans", which is a private entity not affiliated in any way with the United States government or any of its agencies. The opinions expressed here, in whatever medium or format, are not necessarily the opinions of the ownership or advertisers of this web site - 0415.

P.O. Box 10307 
New Orleans, LA 70181
(504) 888-8255
Robert Namer
Voice Of America
©2018 All rights reserved.

DECEMBER 27, 2018

     Dems are the cause of the government shut down.  Senator Chuck Schumer lambasted President Donald Trump over his demand that American taxpayers pay for a border wall which has led to a partial government shutdown. In an exclusive interview with USA TODAY House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald Trump of using "scare tactics" to build support for his proposed U.S.-Mexican border wall, which she joked had been reduced from a giant, cement structure "to, I think, a beaded curtain."

     Trump and congressional Democrats remained locked in a bitter stalemate Tuesday over billions of dollars in funding for the wall, which Trump said is necessary to end a partial government shutdown. Most lawmakers are home for the holiday, so a speedy resolution would amount to a Christmas miracle.  While wishing a Merry Christmas to troops overseas, Trump said he doesn't know when the government shutdown will end.  "It’s a disgrace what’s happening in our country," Trump said in the Oval Office. "But other than that, I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas."

     Though congressional Democrats said they will not support money for a border wall, Trump said the United States needs "a wall, a fence, whatever they want to call it." The remarks underscore how dug in both the White House and congressional Democrats have become amid the shutdown that began Friday at midnight. The president kept a low profile on Christmas Eve, posting on Twitter that he was "alone" at the White House waiting for Democrats to agree to a deal to reopen federal agencies. The White House said Trump met with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about border security but provided no details about the discussion.

     The big Trump surprise is his Midnight Tuesday trip to Iraq with the First Lady.  This was a big positive play of all the soldiers.