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Samantha Power Sought To Unmask Americans On Almost Daily Basis
Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was 'unmasking' at such a rapid pace in the final months of the Obama administration that she averaged more than one request for every working day in 2016 – and even sought information in the days leading up to President Trump’s inauguration, multiple sources close to the matter told Fox News. Two sources, who were not authorized to speak on the record, said the requests to identify Americans whose names surfaced in foreign intelligence reporting, known as unmasking, exceeded 260 last year.  Fox
VOA VIEW: There is a lot to be discovered and some have to be liable.

NY Times Reporter Slammed After Saying Boy Mowing White House Lawn Sends Bad Signal On Child Labor
A former New York Times labor reporter has been slammed on social media for a snarky tweet hitting the White House for letting an 11-year-old boy mow the Rose Garden lawn last week. Steven Greenhouse, who worked for the Times for 31 years and still writes for the paper on occasion, took issue with the feel-good story of the boy, Frank Giaccio, of Falls Church, Va., who showed up at the White House Friday to cut the grass at the invitation of President Trump. Fox
VOA VIEW: Liberals sound more and more stupid.

Special Counsel Asks WH For Documents Pertaining To Trump Presidency
Special counsel Robert Mueller has requested documents and information covering a range of events from President Donald Trump's White House, including two firings and an Oval Office meeting, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. Mueller's investigators are looking for documents and emails relating to the dismissals of national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI director James Comey, according to the sources.  CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is getting information that it shouldn't, or making thing up.

Hurricane Maria Knocks Out Power To All Of Puerto Rico, Cripples Other Islands
Hurricane Maria's eye has left Puerto Rico, but the mammoth storm is still lashing the island with devastating winds. Maria weakened to a Category 2 hurricane Wednesday afternoon, with winds of 110 mph. But hurricane-force gusts topping 74 mph still extend over much of Puerto Rico, the National Hurricane Center said. Maria's brute force wiped out electricity to the entire island. "We are 100% without power," a spokesman for the Puerto Rico governor's office said Wednesday. CNN


Nicaragua Joins Paris Accord, Leaving Trump Alone With Syria
Nicaragua will reportedly join the Paris climate accord, leaving the U.S. and Syria as the only two nations left refusing to support the landmark deal to fight global warming. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega told state media that his government planned to sign the agreement “soon,” according to a report from the Managua-based television station 100% Noticias. A call seeking comment to the Nicaraguan embassy in Washington wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday.  Bloomberg

Facebook Faces Growing Pressure Over Russia’s Use In Election
Facebook Inc. is facing growing pressure from Congress over Russia’s use of social media to influence the U.S. election, with several Democrats calling Wednesday for such companies to face disclosure requirements for political advertising. Facebook -- which recently disclosed it was paid by Russians for election-related ads -- is expected to be called before the Senate Intelligence Committee for a public hearing in October, with panel leaders demanding a full accounting from the company. Bloomberg

RNC Spent Over $230K Last Month Covering Trump's Legal Fees In Russia Investigations
The Republican National Committee spent over $230,000 last month to cover President Donald Trump's legal fees related to the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, an RNC official confirmed for ABC News. The money went to two members of Trump's personal legal team: $131,250 to Jay Sekulow and $100,000 to John Dowd through their law firms. Fees to Sekulow's firm covered work by other attorneys at his firm, the Constitutional Litigation and Advocacy Group. ABC News

Trump Slashes At Obama's Legacy, But Risks His Own
Republicans for years failed to gut the legacy of their nemesis Barack Obama: Now they can do so within a matter of days. President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers have the chance to shred the signature achievements of the 44th President's two terms -- Obamacare and the nuclear deal with Iran. Trump has often given the impression that overturning his predecessor's imprint on America and the world from the environment to health care, from foreign policy to Wall Street is the most compelling rationale of his presidency. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN will fault anything that repeals the Obama mess.

Trump Sounded Like 'Barking Dog' At UN, North Korean Official Says
President Donald Trump sounded like a “barking dog” in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly this week, North Korea's foreign minister said Thursday. “There is a saying that goes: ‘Even when dogs bark, the parade goes on,’” Ri Yong Ho told reporters near the U.N. headquarters in New York City. “If (Trump) was thinking about surprising us with dog-barking sounds then he is clearly dreaming.” Ri joked that he felt “sorry” for Trump’s aides when asked about Trump referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “rocket man.”  Fox News
VOA VIEW: No one listens to anything NK has to say.

Duterte Reportedly Orders Cops To Kill Son If Drug Smuggling 'Rumors' Are True
Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine president notorious for his strict drug policy, reportedly said in a speech Wednesday that police could kill any of his children if it is proven they are involved in drugs. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Duterte said he warned his 42-year-old son about his stance. “My orders are to kill you if you are caught, and I will protect the police who kill you,” he reportedly said. His son Paolo was reportedly accused of having a role in an organized crime syndicate, a charge he denies.  Fox News

How The Graham-Cassidy Bill Compares With Past Republican Health Care Repeal Efforts
The clock is ticking for Senate Republicans to be able to repeal and replace Obamacare — and follow through on their almost seven-year promise — through a special process that requires fewer votes. The deadline to pass the bill with a simple majority of at least 51 votes is Sept. 30. For Republicans who worked around the clock in July to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, it's deja vu. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Susan Collins, R-Maine; and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, are on the fence once more about supporting the GOP's latest health care proposal.  ABC News


Amazon May Unwittingly Give Tips To Would-Be Bombers
British police made two more arrests Wednesday in last week's London subway bombing. Five people are now in custody. Thirty people were hurt when the bomb partially exploded. Now, Amazon is reviewing procedures after it was revealed its website may unwittingly give tips to would-be bombers. The main explosive in the London subway bomb didn't go off. Building a functioning bomb is complicated. But an investigation has revealed that getting ingredients needed too make a simple bomb has become easier than ever. CBS

Ambassador Nikki Haley Says Trump Doesn't Want War With North Korea
After President Trump delivered some of his harshest threats directed at the North Korean regime at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley tells "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday that Mr. Trump doesn't actually want to go war with the North Koreans. "No one wants war, the president doesn't want war, we tried to do this through dialogue, we tried to do this through sanctions we've tried every diplomatic matter we can, and we're not giving up on that," said Haley, appearing to shift from Mr. Trump's warning of "total destruction" in his first speech to the General Assembly. CBS News
VOA VIEW: Trump had many opportunities to go to war with NK.

Manafort Offered Private Briefings On 2016 Race To Russian Billionaire
Shortly before Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination last summer, his campaign chairman offered to provide private briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire with Kremlin ties, his spokesman confirmed to NBC News. The offer appeared in emails between then campaign chairman Paul Manafort and one of his employees, some of which suggested Manafort was seeking to use his role to make money, the Washington Post reported. NBC News

Obama Swipes At, But Doesn't Name, Trump
In a rare public appearance eight months after leaving office, former President Barack Obama took shots at his successor's plans on health care and foreign policy but didn't criticize him by name. In a speech and question-and-answer session that closely resembled the types of appearances he favored as president, Obama called repeated efforts to repeal his signature health care law "frustrating." He defended institutions like the United Nations as essential to collective diplomacy. CNN
VOA VIEW: No one care what Obama says - he is gone and should go to jail.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Political Awakening
Technically speaking, Mark Zuckerberg has been on paternity leave. In late August his wife, Priscilla Chan, gave birth to their second child, a girl. But though Zuckerberg, the chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., stayed away from the office for a month after the delivery, he has been utterly unable to avoid what’s become a second full-time job: managing an escalating series of political crises. In early September, Facebook disclosed that it sold $100,000 in political ads during the 2016 election to buyers who it later learned were connected to the Russian government. Bloomberg

With The Clock Ticking, Senate Plans To Vote On New Obamacare Repeal Bill Next Week
The Senate plans to vote on a bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare next week, amid uncertain support from lawmakers and opposition from medical groups and health insurers. “It is the Leader’s intention to consider Graham-Cassidy on the floor next week,” said McConnell Spokesman David Popp Wednesday afternoon, referring to the bill by the names of its co-sponsors. Support for the Graham-Cassidy bill, considered to be Republican’s last shot to follow through with a campaign promise to undo Obamacare, hinges on a handful of Senators who have not yet indicated how they plan to vote. ABC News

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GOP Pols Tell Jimmy Kimmel: Call Us Before Your Next Health Care Rant
Jimmy Kimmel should have picked up the telephone, not the microphone, if he was unhappy with Republicans' latest effort to replace Obamacare, two of the senators behind the proposal said Wednesday. One day after Kimmel ripped into Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., as a liar, Cassidy, backed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., defended their legislation, and said the late-night comedian would have been better off if he had learned about the bill before blasting it on national television.  NBC News
VOA VIEW: Kimmel is a leberal news hound.

Iran, Venezuela Fire Back After Trump’s Strong Criticism At UN
President Trump’s debut U.N. General Assembly speech Tuesday drew strong reactions from two of the three regimes he criticized most sharply, although the response from Kim Jong-un – whom Trump derisively labeled “rocket man” and said he was on a “suicide mission” – is yet to be seen. Trump flailed the “depraved” regime in Pyongyang for human rights abuses and a “reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles,” and warned that if forced to defend itself or its allies the U.S. could “totally destroy North Korea.” CNS News
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.

Republicans Plan Healthcare Vote, Obama And TV Host Denounce Bill
Senate Republicans announced plans to vote next week on their latest bid to scuttle Obamacare even as a popular comedian who has become part of the U.S. healthcare debate denounced the bill and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of “real human suffering.” President Donald Trump, who has expressed frustration at the Senate’s failure thus far to pass legislation to replace Obama’s signature legislative achievement, said “47 or 48” Republican senators already back the new bill, which needs 50 votes for passage in the 100-seat Senate that his party controls 52-48.Reuters


Pelosi: Dreamers’ Parents ‘Did A Great Thing’ In Sneaking Them Into U.S.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that illegal immigrant parents who brought their children to the U.S. in defiance of the law “did a great thing,” giving the country an infusion of successful young people. Mrs. Pelosi’s comments strike a dissonant note from many analysts, who while saying the Dreamers are sympathetic since they had no say in the decision, say the parents do deserve blame for creating the problem. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is an anti America idiot.

Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan’s Ambassador, Welcomes Donald Trump’s Plan For Long-Term U.S. Occupation
A country that has long fiercely resisted foreign occupiers is ready to accept a long-term U.S. military presence to ensure stability and security, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Washington said in an interview, adding that Kabul is also ready to forge stronger ties with regional powers such as Iran and India to defeat an Islamist insurgency and serve as a check to neighboring Pakistan. The Afghanistan plan recently endorsed by President Trump, forgoing Obama-era withdrawal timelines while pumping more than 3,000 additional U.S. troops into the country, is finally the right formula to capitalize on gains made over 16 years of war, said Afghan Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib.  Washington Times

SEC Says Its Corporate Filing System Was Hacked
Federal securities regulators said late Wednesday that hackers gained access to the government's electronic system for corporate filings and may have made illicit gains by trading on the information. The Securities and Exchange Commission discovered the intrusion, which occurred last year, only in August. The agency said in a statement that a software vulnerability in its so-called EDGAR filing system, which publicly listed companies use to make regulatory disclosures, was "exploited" for access to nonpublic information. CBS News
VOA VIEW: Another Obama administration screw-up.

Tillerson Says He Doesn't Know Trump's Decision On Iran Deal
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that while President Trump has made a decision on the Iran deal, Tillerson doesn't know what the commander-in-chief has decided. "He has not shared that with anyone externally," Tillerson said of Mr. Trump. Tillerson chuckled as he said Trump will reveal his decision "when he thinks it is useful to let you know." He described Mr. Trump's thinking as "very deliberative," saying he is studying if the deal serves the interests of the American people.  CBS News

NBC/WSJ Poll: Public Likes Trump’s Bipartisan Move — But Little Else
President Donald Trump’s approval rating has inched up, and more than 70 percent of Americans support his recent deal with Democratic leaders to provide hurricane relief and keep the government open for 90 days, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. But the same poll finds that only a third of the public believes Trump has accomplished much as president, and fewer than 30 percent back his handling of health care, race relations and the violent episode in Charlottesville, Va. And as Trump has reached out across the aisle — as well as lashed out at members of his own party — the ratings of Republican leaders Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have fallen to new lows. The NBC/WSJ poll — conducted Sept. 14-18 — comes after Trump worked with Democrats on temporarily funding the government and raising the debt limit, as well as after two hurricanes hit Texas and Florida. Trump’s overall job-approval rating in the poll stands at 43 percent, which is up three points since August, although that’s within the survey’s margin of error of plus-minus 3.3 percentage points. Fifty-two percent disapprove of the president’s job. NBC News
VOA VIEW: Liberal polls have been wrong in the past = Trump's ratings are much higher than being reported.

New GOP Plan Could Sow Health Care Chaos
The latest Republican bill to repeal Obamacare would set the stage for a decade of new health care fights as states struggle to cover residents with less money and an unstable source of funding. A new analysis of the Graham-Cassidy bill by Avalare Health, an independent consulting firm, found states would receive $215 billion less from 2020 to 2026, when the bill’s biggest changes take effect, than under current law. The Avalere study's findings closely mirror an analysis by the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that opponents of the bill have frequently cited. Experts say the long and difficult process to implement Graham-Cassidy could create years of chaos in the insurance market, potentially hiking premiums and unsettling markets in 2018 and beyond. NBC News

Rescue Teams Take To Puerto Rico Streets In Darkness
Puerto Rico may be without power for months after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory with powerful winds that downed trees, ripped the roofs off homes and turned roads into rivers with flash flooding. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló told CNN late Wednesday night that it may take months to restore power to the entire island. He said that as a result of the powerful Category 4 hurricane, no one on the island has power from utilities since the power grid is 'a little bit old, mishandled and weak'. 'It depends on the damage to the infrastructure,' Rosselló said. ' Daily Mail UK

Price’s Private-Jet Travel Breaks Precedent
In a sharp departure from his predecessors, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price last week took private jets on five separate flights for official business, at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars more than commercial travel. The secretary’s five flights, which were scheduled between Sept. 13 and Sept. 15, took him to a resort in Maine where he participated in a Q&A discussion with a health care industry CEO, and to community health centers in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, according to internal HHS documents. POLITICO

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Trump Rebounds After Polling Slide
President Donald Trump’s summer swoon appears to be over. After months of declining poll numbers, the president’s approval ratings have stabilized — and even ticked up slightly — over the past month. Following a low of 39 percent in the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll last month after his controversial reaction to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump is back at 43 percent in this week’s survey. POLITICO
VOA VIEW: Trump's ratings are much higher.

GOP Takes Heavy Fire Over Pre-Existing Conditions
The new ObamaCare repeal measure from Senate Republicans would give states a way to repeal protections for people with pre-existing conditions, a controversial move that opponents of the bill are denouncing. The provision attracted widespread attention on Wednesday after late-night host Jimmy Kimmel blasted Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a lead author of the legislation. Kimmel said the senator is violating the “Jimmy Kimmel test,” which Cassidy coined as a way of saying that no one should be denied care because they can’t afford it. Hill

Melania Trump Condemns Bullying — And Raises Some Eyebrows — In Her First U.N. Speech
Melania Trump gave her most expansive remarks as first lady Wednesday, condemning bullying and calling on world leaders to take their responsibility for guiding the next generation seriously. “By our own example we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit,” Trump said at a luncheon she hosted for the spouses of world leaders at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. “We must remember that they are watching and listening. .?.?. As adults we are not merely responsible. We are accountable.” Washington Times

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Prosecutors Want Anthony Weiner To Serve About 2 Years In Prison
Anthony D. Weiner, the disgraced former Democratic congressman, has asked not to serve any prison time for his conviction in a sexting case. But his request for probation was “simply inadequate,” federal prosecutors said on Wednesday, adding that “his crime deserves time in prison.” In a sentencing memo, the government asked a judge to give Mr. Weiner, 53, a prison term of 21 to 27 months in a case that enmeshed him in an F.B.I. investigation of Hillary Clinton last year before the presidential election. Mr. Weiner, who is to be sentenced on Monday, could receive up to 10 years in prison on one count of transferring obscene material to a minor, a 15-year-old girl with whom he exchanged lewd texts over several months in early 2016. NY Times

An Apocalyptic Mass Extinction Will Begin In 2100
A mass extinction which wipes out humanity will be underway by the year 2100, scientists have claimed. By the end of the century, it’s feared that so much carbon will have been added to the oceans that the planet will have passed a “threshold of catastrophe” which leads to the destruction of our species. In the past 540 million years the planet has endured five such wipeouts – including the extinction of the dinosaurs. The worst took place 252 million years ago and is known as the Great Dying. This disaster killed off more than 95 percent of marine life when the seas suddenly became more acidic. Now geophysicist Professor Daniel Rothman says we are seeing a disturbing parallel today – this time because of man-made global warming. NY Post

Ivanka Trump Reveals Battle With Postpartum Depression
In an interview with talk show host Doctor Oz airing on Thursday, Mr. Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka revealed that she suffered from "some level" of postpartum depression after delivering each of her three children. "It was very – it was a very challenging, emotional time for me because I felt like I was not living up to my potential as a parent or as an entrepreneur and an executive. And I had had such easy pregnancies, that in some way the juxtaposition hit me even harder," Trump said on the daytime talk show. When asked why she chose to share such a personal revelation about her health, Trump conceded she didn't intend on going that far, but said the issue was "incredibly important."  CBS News

With Popular Single-Payer Plan, Bernie Sanders Enters New Territory
When he introduced his Medicare-for-all bill last week, Bernie Sanders also put down on paper the idea he’s been talking about, sometimes loudly, sometimes with caution, other times not publicly at all, for more than 20 years: a “wealth tax” in the United States. In 1997, in his book, Outsider in the House, he declared it “high time to establish a tax on wealth similar to those that exist in most European countries.”  BuzzFeed News
VOA VIEW: Sanders is a socialist "nut job".

Push To Unseal Whitewater Indictment Against Hillary Clinton Gets Court Date
A federal appeals court will hear a case brought by Judicial Watch on Friday to make public draft indictments of Hillary Clinton from the Whitewater scandal in the 1990s. Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that files Freedom of Information Act requests, wants copies of the documents that the National Archives and Records Administration has declined to release. It filed a FOIA request for the documents in March 2015 and in October 2015 the group sued for the 238 pages of responsive records. McClatchy DC

Oklahoma City Police Fatally Shoot Deaf Man Despite Yells Of 'He Can't Hear You'
Police in Oklahoma City fatally shot a deaf man Tuesday night who they say was advancing toward them with a metal pipe as witnesses yelled that the man was deaf and could not hear them. It's the fifth officer-involved shooting in the city this year, according to the Oklahoma City Police Department. Officers were responding to a hit-and-run accident around 8:15 p.m., Capt. Bo Mathews, the police department's public information officer, told reporters Wednesday. NPR

Trump’s Decision On ‘DREAMers’ Reverberates Through Health Care Industry
The Latino clients often approach her for help, Jennifer Rodriguez said, recognizing a friendly face and asking in bits of broken English whether their native Spanish is familiar to her. Rodriguez, 28, works at a psychiatric care facility in Elkhart, Ind., as an administrative assistant, helping clinicians care for children and adolescents with mental illness. Interpreting for clients doesn’t fall under her job description, and her boss sometimes tells her to say no when she’s overwhelmed. USA Today

UK Scientists Edit DNA Of Human Embryos
The blueprint for life - DNA - has been altered in human embryos for the first time in the UK. The team at the Francis Crick Institute are unravelling the mysteries of the earliest moments of life. Understanding what happens after a sperm fertilises an egg could lead to ways of improving IVF or explain why some women miscarry. The embryos were modified shortly after fertilisation and allowed to develop for seven days. The researchers are exploring one of the most astounding of transformations. We have all journeyed from a single fertilised egg to a human being - built from myriad different tissues ranging from bone to those needed to read this page. BBC

Trump Says Latest Obamacare Repeal Plan Has 'Very Good Chance'
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he thought the latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare had a “very good chance” of passing and said the U.S. Senate eventually would be forced to make a deal on the issue. “I think there’s tremendous support for it. I think it’s actually much better than the previous shot,” Trump told reporters in New York. Reuters

Russia Warns U.S. It Will Target U.S.-Backed Fighters In Syria If Provoked
Russia said on Thursday it had warned the United States it would target areas in Syria where U.S. special forces and U.S.-backed militia were operating if its own forces came under fire from them, something it said had already happened twice. Russia was referring to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting with the U.S.-led coalition, which Moscow said had diverted from the battle to take Raqqa to Deir al-Zor, where Russian special forces are helping the Syrian army push out Islamic State militants.  Reuters

California Attorney General Sues Trump Administration Over Border Wall Construction
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration challenging the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, a cornerstone of President Trump's hard-line immigration platform. The lawsuit says the border wall "threatens the state of California's economic, procedural and sovereign interests and will harm the state's natural resources." The lawsuit argues that federal officials have not complied with state and federal environmental laws, violating the "separation-of-powers" doctrine of the U.S. Constitution by neglecting the legislative branch of government.  USA Today
VOA VIEW: Another anti America liberal acts lile and idiot.

Trump’s Puzzling Speech To African Leaders, Annotated
President Trump delivered a brief speech to African leaders Wednesday at the United Nations, and in the span of about 800 words, he twice conjoined the names of two countries, Namibia and Zambia, creating the nonexistent nation of “Nambia,” and told the leaders that many of his friends go to Africa to “get rich.” Below are his full remarks, along with our annotations. (Note: This is a White House transcript, and the White House corrected Trump's “Nambia” reference to “Namibia.” That is not what he said, so we have changed the transcript for accuracy.)  Washington Post

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