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H.R. McMaster Showed Trump Photo Of Afghan Women In Miniskirts To Escalate War
President Donald Trump was reluctant to send more troops to Afghanistan after years of saying the war was “wasting our money.” So national security adviser H.R. McMaster used a 1972 photo of Afghan women in miniskirts to show the president that the country had once adopted Western values and to convince him to escalate the war, according to The Washington Post. McMaster reportedly showed Trump a black-and-white snapshot of bare-legged women in Kabul to illustrate that the region might be able to embrace Western ideals again.  Huffington Post
VOA VIEW: Expected from the liberal news.

Breitbart News Wants Trump To Know His Base Is Not Happy About Afghanistan
Breitbart News had a clear message for President Donald Trump following his speech on the war in Afghanistan Monday night: His voter base is not happy. Breitbart News’ Adam Shaw wrote that the president’s “‘America First’ base was the biggest loser” after Trump announced he would keep troops in Afghanistan and promised to take a more aggressive stance toward Pakistan. Soon after the president’s speech, Breitbart News splashed headlines on its front page saying the president had “flip-flopped” on his longtime position to end the war in Afghanistan. Huffington Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal media tales of mixed news - Trump's speech was good.

Two Kennedys Arrested After Wild Party In Cape Cod
Two members of the Kennedy clan were arrested for refusing to tone down a raucous party early Sunday. Police in Barnstable, Mass., collared Matthew “Max” Kennedy, 52 — the ninth son of assassinated former New York senator Robert F. Kennedy — and his daughter Caroline, 22, at a home near the family’s famed Hyannis Port compound at 1 a.m. Cops showed up after several noise complaints about the rager, where party-goers were also lighting off fireworks. Officers asked them to keep it down, but they refused, so police cuffed them, according to CapeCod.com. NY Post

Stocks Rally Worldwide, Crude Rebounds On Supply
Global equity markets rallied on Tuesday, lifted by mining companies in Europe and surging technology shares on Wall Street, while crude oil rebounded on indications that supply is gradually tightening, especially in the United States. U.S. stocks surged, with information technology shares .SPLRCT rising 1.45 percent, while European shares snapped a three-day losing streak in a broad advance. A 2.1 percent slide in the benchmark S&P 500 index over the past two weeks led investors to step in, said Dennis Dick, a proprietary trader at Bright Trading LLC in Las Vegas. Reuters

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As Tax Debate Heats Up, Republicans Tweak Business Interest Plan
Congressional Republicans, seeking to address the complaints of small businesses, are floating changes to their controversial proposal to eliminate business tax deductions for debt interest payments, business lobbyists said on Tuesday. A top U.S. Republican on tax policy acknowledged that modifications are in the works, but did not provide details. The debt interest proposal, long seen by Republican policymakers as necessary to help drive economic growth, is backed by large companies with ready access to equity financing that they could substitute for debt if eliminating the interest deduction made issuing debt too costly.  Reuters

Sharpton: ‘Any Match Could Lead To An Explosion’
America's reality TV president has made America face its reality, on TV. Now, civil rights leaders across the country worry what will come from Donald Trump's equivocation on racism and hatred—and the country’s struggle in the week and a half since Charlottesville to deal with a problem much bigger than a few hundred wannabe Nazis with Tiki torches. Civil rights leaders talk about deep, visceral fear about where this could lead, and not in the usual political “concern” or “objections.” POLITICO
VOA VIEW: The majority of Americans are against statue removal.

Ryan Faces Heat Back Home In Wisconsin
The pride of Wisconsin got an earful back home. House Speaker Paul Ryan remains undeniably popular in his home state. He routed a Donald Trump-inspired primary challenger last year to win reelection. Yet the shortcomings of an all-Republican Washington this year have drawn disapproval from voters across the political spectrum, and it was all too evident at a nationally televised town hall here on Monday night. “I had high hopes since you're the speaker and my congressional representative. How have you not been successful up until this point as a leader to get this done like you promised? POLITICO
VOA VIEW: Republicans are weak - they talk the talk but fail to walk.

Governors Preparing Bipartisan Health Care Plan For Congress To Consider
In the wake of congressional Republicans' failure to pass a health care bill, two governors from different parties are going to bring their own ideas to Washington. Staff for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, are working on a joint health care plan. Kasich told Colorado Public Radio's Colorado Matters that they expect to release it ahead of September hearings in the U.S. Senate. They also intend to get other governors from both parties to sign onto the plan, to show support at the state level. "We're getting very close. NPR

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Largest Asteroid Ever Tracked To Pass By Earth Sept. 1
The largest asteroid ever tracked by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will pass by Earth just 11 days after the Great American Solar Eclipse. Asteroid Florence, named after nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, will pass by Earth on Sept. 1 at a safe distance of 4.4 million miles, roughly 18 times the distance between the Earth and the moon. Florence is 2.7 miles wide, making it the largest asteroid ever tracked by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "While many known asteroids have passed by closer to Earth than Florence will on Sept.1, all of those were estimated to be smaller," Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, told al.com. UPI

Powerball Jackpot Soars To $700M -- The Second-Largest In U.S. History
The estimated payout in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing has soared to $700 million -- the second-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history. The estimated amount was announced by Powerball on Tuesday. The jackpot could grow before the six balls are drawn in Tallahassee, Fla., at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday. The $700 million is what would be doled out to one winner in 30 payments over 29 years. If the lump sum option is chosen, the payout would be $443.3 million. The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million for each $2 ticket. Saturday's drawing produced no winners for the then-$535 million pot.  UPI
VOA VIEW: Only two dollars a chance to win - maybe.

Donald Trump Decided Not To Lose The War In Afghanistan
Last night, Donald Trump did the responsible thing. He reneged on a campaign promise to avoid losing a war. That’s exactly what we want presidents to do when they win elections, learn new information, and begin to fully understand the strategic, cultural, and political ramifications of promises foolishly made. We want them to do what Trump candidly did last night — admit that “decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office.” In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, if there is any such thing as a bipartisan strategic commitment, it’s a commitment to never again preside over a debacle like the fall of Saigon. National Review

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Thousands Of US Paratroopers Expected To Arrive In Afghanistan Soon
Several thousand paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division are expected to arrive in Afghanistan in the coming weeks, a U.S. defense official told Fox News Tuesday. The official refused to be more specific about the timetable because the orders had not yet been signed. Gen. Joseph Votel, the top U.S commander for the Middle East, earlier told reporters in Saudi Arabia that the deployments could take days or a few weeks. Fox

UNICEF Warns Use Of Children As 'Human Bombs' Is On The Rise In North-East Nigeria
The United Nations children agency today expressed extreme concern at the appalling increase in the cruel and calculated use of children, especially girls, as “human bombs” in north-east Nigeria. “Since the beginning of January 2017, 83 children had been used as so-called human bombs, 55 being girls, most of them often under 15 years old,” UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) spokesperson Marixie Mercado told reporters at today's regular press briefing in Geneva.
“The 27 other children were boys and one was an infant strapped to a girl,” she continued. United Nations News

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Pay Up, Europe: What Trump Gets Right About NATO
Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, has a point about Europe and NATO. In May, in a speech at the alliance’s headquarters, in Brussels, he told his fellow leaders that “NATO members must finally contribute their fair share.” In July, he repeated the warning in Warsaw. “Europe must do more,” he said. European leaders may find these demands grating, especially given Trump’s unpopularity among their constituents, but they should heed them. In recent years, Europe has become a dangerous place. In search of domestic support, Russian President Vladimir Putin has turned to aggression abroad, invading Ukraine and intervening in Syria. Since any one military adventure can provide only a temporary popularity boost, Putin will always need new victims. Foreign Affairs

Missouri Governor Stays Execution Of Convicted Killer Amid New DNA Evidence
A Missouri man convicted of murder will not be put to death on Tuesday night after Gov. Eric Greitens issued a stay of execution and ordered a review of his case amid new DNA evidence. "A sentence of death is the ultimate, permanent punishment," Greitens said in a statement. "To carry out the death penalty, the people of Missouri must have confidence in the judgment of guilt. CNN

Upside Down: Trump’s Kid Gets Grief From The Daily Caller And Defense From Chelsea Clinton
A recurring story line in the conservative Daily Caller goes something like this: President Trump's 11-year-old son, Barron, gets bullied online by some jerk, proving that liberals and the media (which are basically the same thing) have no class. Washington Post

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