The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been surging and Americans looking for a test have been faced with long wait times and a scarcity of at-home testing kits. Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy joins to explain why he's disappointed in the Biden administration’s pandemic response and how the science surrounding cloth masks has evolved. Later, Senator Cassidy weighs in on Democrats' push to change the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation and his hopes President Biden and the Democrats attempt to work in a bipartisan manner on issues important to Americans. Though fewer jobs are now being created in the U.S. than economists initially predicted, we’re seeing stable labor force participation rates, the lowest unemployment rate recorded since before COVID-19, and American workers making more money now than ever before. With increasing inflation levels, continuous supply chain disruptions, and a prominent rise in people quitting their jobs to seek better opportunities, it seems the current state of our economy is riddled with contradictions. Associate Editor of The Wall Street Journal John Bussey is here to explain how our economy manages to look this way amidst COVID-19 and offers potential predictions about what we can expect in light of the Omicron variant’s recent surge in the U.S. Plus, commentary by Guy Benson, host of the Guy Benson Show.
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Evening Edition: What Is Known About The Newest COVID Omicron Variant
10:58As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 infects millions of people around the world, many health experts hope it could lead to the end of coronavirus in Europe and other regions of the world. Though this comes as a sub-variant was identified and is spreading in several countries around the world as well. Dr. Syra Madad, the Special Pathogens Program senior director at NYC Health and Hospitals, discusses whether or not global trends suggest if the end of the COVID pandemic is near, what researchers know about the newest COVID Omicron variant BA.2, and why vaccinating the world's poorest countries is so important.
NJ Democrat On Police Reform: “You Need To Invest, Not Defund.”
29:26As major U.S. cities are seeing a spike in crime rates and tragedies like the recent death of two N.Y.P.D. officers, a bipartisan group of lawmakers have responded by introducing the Invest to Protect Act. New Jersey Democratic Congressman Josh Gottheimer who co-authored the bill, joins the Rundown to discuss the legislation, how he is addressing the needs of his district in Washington, and the importance of lawmakers working across the aisle to create concrete progress. For eight seasons on Fox Nation, Brian Kilmeade has been traveling across America exploring places that were pivotal in the country’s history, with his show ‘What Made America Great.’ Now, the Fox & Friends co-host and Brian Kilmeade Show radio host is launching a new weekend show ‘One Nation,’ which will premiere on Saturday, January 29th on The FOX News Channel. Kilmeade joins the Fox News Rundown to talk about what he’ll be bringing to his latest endeavor. Plus, commentary by comedian and writer, Kris Fried.
Evening Edition: Combating Anti-Semitism On International Holocaust Remembrance Day
9:17Today, the world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the day in 1945 when the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated. This year, the day is also being used by influential members of the Jewish community to speak out against the rise of anti-Semitism. Recently, the United Nations passed a resolution to condemn Holocaust denial. It was co-sponsored by Germany, but Iran did not approve of the measure. The event highlights how certain groups of people around the world still deny that the Holocaust took place and add to ongoing international antisemitism. Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel's former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, discusses what world leaders can do to combat the alarming rise of anti-Semitism.
The Battle To Replace Justice Breyer
30:52Sources familiar with 83-year-old Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer have shared he plans to retire at the end of the current term after more than 27 years on the Court. Now, all eyes shift to President Biden as Americans anticipate who he will choose to fill the liberal justice’s seat. During his presidential campaign, then-candidate Biden stated he intends to appoint the first female African-American Supreme Court Justice and Americans are curious to see if he will follow through on his promise. Fox News Chief Legal Correspondent Shannon Bream joins to discuss what landmark cases still remain for Justice Breyer before he steps down, who the frontrunners are to replace Breyer and how the nominating process for a new justice will play out. As athletes across the globe prepare for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, several countries have announced diplomatic boycotts of the games, meaning that their top officials won’t be in attendance. The controversy over this year’s Olympics stems from human rights concerns alleging China’s abuse towards Uyghur Muslims. In response, the Chinese government has denied the accusations and warned that political comments could be subject to punishment. Two-time Olympic cross-country skier, Noah Hoffman, joins The Fox News Rundown to discuss the safety and censorship of athletes in this year’s games, the role of sponsors, and the many pressures Olympic athletes face during their careers. Plus, commentary by radio show host, Jason Rantz.
Evening Edition: A "Humanitarian Disaster" In the Gulf
10:01This month, Iranian-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen have launched drone and ballistic missile attacks against the city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The events mark a clear escalation and expansion of violence related to the civil war in Yemen. Efforts at finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict, which has raged for years but has been largely been overlooked by the international press, have been unsuccessful so far. Jack Kennedy, a senior analyst at IHS Markit, discusses the motivation behind the latest attack, the ongoing efforts to end the civil war, and why it's important the world pays more attention to this humanitarian disaster.
How To Address America's Surge in Violent Crime
28:24Crime remains a huge concern for Americans, as violent crime rose in 2020 and national police data shows this trend continued in 2021. On Friday, January 21st U-S Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the federal government plans to create a comprehensive strategy to help cities and towns fight against rising violent crime. Former federal prosecutor, Jim Trusty, joins to break down Americans’ growing frustration over rising crime, how shifting politics on law enforcement and criminal punishments are contributing to the trends the U.S. is seeing, and what can be done from a federal level to help communities across the nation combat crime. Amid rising international tensions, North Korea fired two test missiles into the sea on Tuesday, marking what has now been five rounds of tests this January. Earlier this month, the US imposed new sanctions on North Korea, however, the country responded with more tests and a warning of even more to come. Bruce Klingner, a former CIA Deputy Division Chief for Korea and a Senior Fellow for Northeast Asia at the Heritage Foundation, joins the Fox News Rundown to discuss what to make of the nuclear missile tests and warnings, compare how the Biden and Trump administrations handled relations with North Korea and predict what we can expect through the rest of the year. Plus, commentary by Guy Benson, host of the Guy Benson Show.
Evening Edition: Russian Sanctions Have Failed Before. Will This Time Be Different?
9:47As Russia continues sending troops to the Ukrainian border and Vladimir Putin shows no sign of ceasing threats of an invasion, the Biden Administration has responded by placing 8,500 troops on heightened alert for possible deployment to Eastern Europe. Though the U.S. and NATO are hopeful they will not need to utilize these troops, this action, along with further talk of implementing extreme sanctions, is intended to send the message to President Putin they are prepared for a conflict. Chris Miller, Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses why sanctions against Putin have failed in the past, and the probability of NATO and Russia going to war in the near future.
Is The Ukraine Crisis Emboldening U.S. Adversaries?
31:11On Monday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that 8,500 U.S. troops were placed on heightened alert amid the deteriorating situation between Russia and Ukraine. As the U.S. and NATO prepare contingencies to take action, Russia continues to gather armed troops on Ukraine's border and China sends warplanes toward Taiwan. Congresswoman Michelle Steel (R-C.A.) joins to explain why she believes the U.S. must take strong actions to deter potential invasions of Ukraine and Taiwan, the issues posed by China hosting the Olympics, and how foreign actors like North Korea will watch the U.S. response to these moments closely. President Biden enters his second year in office with low approval numbers and increasing questions over whether he should run for re-election in 2024. According to a recent FOX News survey, 60% of people don’t plan on voting for President Biden if he decides to run. Mark Penn, former Clinton advisor and CEO of Stagwell Inc., joins The Rundown to discuss whether the re-emergence of former Democratic nominee, Sec. Hillary Clinton would help lead Democrats to victory in 2024. Plus, commentary by National Security Expert, Dr. Rebecca Grant.
Evening Edition: Other Hot Spots Outside Ukraine
11:09As America orders the removal of U.S. embassy personnel currently based in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, and countries across the globe urge their citizens to flee Ukraine, the threat of a Russian invasion into the country appears to grow larger every day. However, there are signs diplomacy could still work. Fox News Senior Field Producer Yonat Friling joins the Rundown to discuss how Russian conflict with the U.S. may be less severe than many Americans fear. Friling also breaks down what's happening in other parts of the globe, from the attempted ballistic missile attack in Abu Dhabi and more signs that the threat of ISIS is still very real.
Risch On Russia: “Words Are Good, Actions Are Better”
29:22Though President Biden addressed the U.S.’s current conflict with Russia during his press conference last Wednesday, reports have since emerged that Putin could now be plotting to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine. Russia denies they intend to invade Ukraine despite amassing more than 100,000 troops at the Ukrainian border, and this announcement puts more pressure on the Biden administration to take action. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) joins to discuss why President Biden must immediately exchange words for action to deter Russian aggression, how imposing sanctions could impact Russia, and what the future holds for current U.S. conflicts with Iran and China. For the past two years, Covid has kept movie fans out of theaters and on their sofas as many opted to watch new releases via streaming services rather than risk going to cinemas. However, the recent box office success of "Spiderman: No Way Home" could suggest a return to normalcy as blockbusters bring audiences back to theaters. Fox News contributor and movie critic, Kevin McCarthy joins the Rundown to discuss what it takes for a movie to be successful during a pandemic, how streaming services have changed the cinema landscape, and the importance of theaters to be adaptable with releases. Plus, commentary by Fox News Medical Contributor and author of "Panic Attack," Dr. Nicole Saphier.