Trump Resumes Attacks On CNN, MSNBC, Says Van Susteren Fired For Resisting 'Trump Hate'
President Trump on Saturday widened his attack on CNN and MSNBC, going after company executives instead of his usual criticism of the cable networks’ on-camera stars while still deriding “fake news.” “I am extremely pleased to see that @CNN has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism. It's about time!,” Trump said in one tweet. He comments follows CNN earlier this week retracting a story on its website about the Senate investigating a Russian bank linked to Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci. Fox
VOA VIEW: Good for Trump - CNN losses.

First Lady Responds To Brzezinski Attack: She Doesn't 'Know Me'
First lady Melania Trump is fighting back against MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski’s attacks against her and husband President Trump including the suggestion that Mrs. Trump is doing the “worst job in the country” for the sake of the couple’s son. “I'm just telling you, Melania's got the worst job in the country and I don't think she wants do it a lot longer. I think she will do it for as long as she has to for her son, and that's it,” Brzezinski said in an interview published Friday. Fox
VOA VIEW: Brezezinski lost her mind.

Trump On States Rebuffing His Voter Fraud Effort: 'What Are They Trying To Hide?'
President Donald Trump called out the nearly 30 states expressing concerns about the legality of his administration's efforts to investigate voter fraud, asking what the states might be hiding in a tweet Saturday morning. "Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide," Trump wrote. The Trump administration's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent all 50 states a letter Wednesday requesting data from the their voting rolls, including the full names of registered voters, dates of birth, party registration, last four digits of Social Security numbers and voting history. CNN
VOA VIEW: What is the right word.

How Illinois Became America's Most Messed-Up State
Politicians are notorious for making promises they can't keep. But they really outdid themselves in Illinois -- and now the state is paying for it. Illinois is on the verge of becoming America's first state with a junk credit rating. The financial mess is the inevitable result of spending more on pensions and services than the state could afford -- then covering it up with reckless budget tricks. After decades of historic mismanagement, Illinois is now grappling with $15 billion of unpaid bills and an unthinkable quarter-trillion dollars owed to public employees when they retire. CNN


Maine Governor Orders Partial Shutdown With Budget In Limbo
A budget impasse between Maine Governor Paul LePage and Democratic lawmakers triggered a shutdown of nonessential state services on Saturday, after the conservative Republican threatened to veto a bipartisan compromise reached by lawmakers. LePage has insisted on a budget with deeper spending cuts than those contemplated by lawmakers and has promised to veto any spending plan that raises taxes. "This is about the future of Maine. The Maine people are taxed enough. I will not tax them anymore and in my budget overall taxes were decreased," LePage said in a statement announcing the partial shutdown, the first in the state since 1991. Reuters

Trump’s White House Off To Slow Start With Spanish Speakers, Activists Say
The Trump White House no habla español. Well, un poquito. After a succession of administrations that embraced Spanish-language content, President Donald Trump's White House is all but ignoring Spanish speakers even though he has a robust online presence in English. His administration has yet to offer a Spanish White House website. It has eliminated the position of director of Hispanic media outreach. And its Spanish-language Twitter account is heavy with English text and features sloppy translations. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in January that the administration had its "IT folks working overtime" to roll out a new Spanish language site after went dark in the hours after Trump took office. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Why do we need Spanish or any other language but English to get the presidents' message?

NASA Revives Plan To Put Nuclear Reactors On Mars
As NASA makes plans to one day send humans to Mars, one of the key technical gaps the agency is working to fill is how to provide enough power on the Red Planet’s surface for fuel production, habitats, and other equipment. One option: small nuclear fission reactors, which work by splitting uranium atoms to generate heat, which is then converted into electric power. NASA’s technology development branch has been funding a project called Kilopower for three years, with the aim of demonstrating the system at the Nevada National Security Site near Las Vegas. Testing is due to start in September and end in January 2018. MSNBC


Shooting Injures 17 People At Little Rock, Arkansas Nightclub
At least 17 people were shot after gunfire erupted at a concert in Little Rock, Arkansas early Saturday, police said on social media. At least one person injured in the shooting at a venue called the Power Ultra Lounge was initially listed in critical condition and has since been upgraded to stable, Little Rock police said on Twitter. It was not immediately clear if anyone was arrested in connection with the shooting. "We do not believe this incident was an active-shooter or terror-related incident," police said on Twitter. "It appears to have been a dispute at a concert." Reuters

Bill Maher Labels Conservative Outlets Donald Trump’s Personal Pravda
The conservative media’s fawning coverage of President Trump has effectively provided his administration with its own propaganda apparatus on par with the Soviet Union’s, late night host Bill Maher suggested during Friday’s broadcast of his weekly HBO program. Mr. Maher was rattling off a list of assets that could potentially help the president’s 2020 reelection campaign during Friday’s episode when he compared three right-leaning outlets to Pravda, the state-run broadsheet that served as the Soviet Union’s official newspaper during Communist rule. “He’s got the power of the government behind him now – he didn’t have that before when he was just a clown; the Republican party is still with him, including those state legislatures; gerrymandering,” Mr. Maher said. “He has basically Pravda in Fox News, in Breitbart, in Drudge. He went back on his pledge about the DREAMers last week. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Maher is a liberal loser and he is upset that his ratings are low.

Hundreds Line Up Outside Nevada Marijuana Dispensaries For First Day Of Retail Weed Sales
The former mayor of Las Vegas and a current state senator were among the first Nevadans to legally purchase recreational marijuana on Saturday as the Silver State became the fifth in the nation where adults can legally buy weed without a doctor’s recommendation. A total of 44 dispensaries were authorized to begin selling recreational pot to customers starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, and hundreds of of customers lined up outside Nevada’s pot shops to be among the first patrons of the state’s recreational weed program. Washington Times

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Obama Pushes Tolerance And Respect In Childhood Home Of Jakarta
Following another week of dust-ups between the media and President Trump, his predecessor shared a bit of wisdom Saturday from the other side of the world about tolerance and taking the daily news cycle in stride. "I wasn't worried about what was in the newspapers today," former President Obama said during a nostalgic visit to Indonesia's capital, his childhood home. "What I was worried about was, 'What are they going to write about me 20 years from now when I look back?'" Mr. Obama was greeted by a crowd of thousands, including leaders, students and businesspeople, in Jakarta, where he opened the Fourth Congress of Indonesian Diaspora. He is wildly popular in Indonesia, where many view him as an adopted son. A statue of the boy still remembered as "Barry" stands outside his old elementary school. CBS
VOA VIEW: Obamas push is now limited.

12 Injured After SUV Strikes Pedestrians In New York City
At least 12 people were injured Saturday afternoon when an SUV struck pedestrians in Harlem, CBS New York reports. The extent of the injuries are unclear, but the victims are expected to survive. First responders told the station that the incident does not appear to be terror related. NYPD and FDNY crews responded to the incident near the corner of Park Avenue and 125th Street just after noon. Police said a 58-year-old man was driving a Cadillac Escalade westbound on 125th when he rear ended a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus, mounted the sidewalk, and struck two pedestrians. CBS

25 Shot, 3 Others Injured At Little Rock Nightclub; No Apparent Connection To Terror
At least 25 people were shot in a nightclub in Little Rock, Arkansas, early Saturday morning and three others suffered unrelated injuries, police said. One of the injured was initially listed in critical condition, but later updated to stable after the shooting at Power Ultra Lounge in the state's capital city around 2:30 a.m. CT. The other injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, according to the Little Rock Police Department. The wounded were transported to various hospitals in the area. Later Saturday morning, the Little Rock Police Department wrote on Twitter: "At this time, all are expected to survive." ABC


Bronx Hospital Gunman Sent Email To Newspaper Before Shooting
The doctor accused of opening fire with an assault weapon at his former workplace in New York City, killing one and injuring several others, wrote an email to a newspaper ahead of the rampage, according to the publication. Dr. Henry Bello -- who police sources say unleashed a hail of bullets from an AR-15 that was hidden under his lab coat before taking his own life -- complained in the note about having his bid to obtain a medical license shut down, according to the New York Daily News. ABC

Jared Kushner Almost Bought The National Enquirer Three Years Ago
The National Enquirer’s ties to President Donald Trump and his family are so close that his son-in-law Jared Kushner almost bought it three years ago. What began as talk show criticisms of the president and erupted into a Twitter war between Trump and two TV hosts escalated Friday to include a claim that White House officials offered to help spike a negative story about them in the tabloid. All MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski would have to do is apologize to the president.
Kushner, according to New York Magazine and other publications citing unidentified sources, was one of those White House messengers. Kushner’s relationship with the Enquirer dates back to his pre-election career as a real estate developer and publisher of the New York Observer, then a weekly newspaper. Bloomberg

Obama In Indonesia Takes Swipe At Trump On Paris Climate Accord
Former U.S. President Barack Obama has pointed to the importance of the Paris climate accord while criticizing Donald Trump for pulling the world’s biggest economy out of the pact. Trump said last month he would withdraw from the pact and seek to negotiate a better deal, in a move that attracted widespread criticism from counterparts in Europe and elsewhere. The decision by Trump to walk away from the 2015 agreement was also criticized by business leaders, with some describing it as a setback for the environment. Bloomberg

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Pope Removes German Cardinal As Sex Abuse Crisis Catches Up
Pope Francis sacked the head of the Vatican office that handles sex abuse cases Saturday, just days after he released another top Vatican cardinal to return home to stand trial for alleged sexual assault. The developments underscored how the Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis has caught up with Francis, threatening to tarnish his legacy over a series of questionable appointments, decisions and oversights in his four-year papacy. Perhaps sensing a need to change course, Francis declined to renew the mandate of German Cardinal Gerhard Mueller as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office that processes and evaluates all cases of priests accused of raping or molesting minors. Las Vegas Sun

Measure Would Require New War Authorization From Congress
A stunning move this week by a House panel to force a debate on new presidential war powers revealed mounting frustration that Congress has for too long dodged one of its most important responsibilities: to decide whether to send American fighting forces into harm's way. The measure crafted by Rep. Barbara Lee of California, an anti-war Democrat and the only member of Congress to oppose the post-Sept. 11, 2001, authorization, demands a debate on new war powers to reflect how the dynamics of the battlefield have shifted. For example, American troops are battling an enemy —Islamic State militants — that didn't exist 16 years ago in a country — Syria — that the U.S. didn't expect to be fighting in. Las Vegas Sun

U.S., Philippines Jointly Patrol Sulu Sea For Piracy
The U.S. and Philippine navies on Saturday conducted a joint patrol in the Sulu Sea to combat piracy and other maritime crime, the U.S. Embassy in Manila said. The USS Coronado coordinated with the Philippine Del Pilar Class Frigate Ramon Alcaraz at the invitation of the Manila government. Prior to the patrol, the Coronado took part in training with the Philippine navy near Cebu to sharpen tactical skills, the Embassy said. UPI

Pharmacies May Still Deny Teens 'Morning After' Pill, Despite No Age Restriction
Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has lifted age restrictions on the use of the "morning after" pill, new research suggests that many teens may still have a tough time trying to get the emergency contraception. In the study, researchers posing as teenagers were often told erroneously by pharmacies that they needed a prescription for the over-the-counter pill or they were denied it altogether because of their age. "In 2013, the FDA lifted the age restrictions for emergency contraception, and a lot of people thought, 'Great, we won, it's over, and now it's available and acceptable to anyone without any identification,'" said study author Dr. Tracey Wilkinson, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. "But knowing a little about what happens to my patients, and understanding that just because there were a lot changes it doesn't mean that implementation is universal, I was really interested in trying to figure out if anything had changed once those restrictions had been removed," she added. UPI

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is pushing Hamas toward a war with Israel, Sufian Abu Zaida, a close confidant of self-exiled Fatah leader Muhammad Dahlan, said on Thursday. “If Abu Mazen’s [Abbas’s] pressure on Gaza continues with Israel’s participation, Hamas will not just accept it,” Abu Zaida, who is a former PA prisoner affairs and civil affairs minister, said in a telephone interview with The Jerusalem Post. “Hamas will decide that it has no choice but to have another confrontation with Israel.” Jerusalem Post

The IDF struck a canon belonging to Bashar Assad's regime in Syria in retaliation for errant fire from the internal fighting in Syria that spilled over into Israeli territory twice on Saturday, the military confirmed. The target that was hit is situated in the northern Golan Heights on the Syrian side. The army's response comes after a projectile landed Saturday evening in Israel’s northern Golan Heights, believed to be from fighting between the Assad regime and rebel groups near the city of Quneitra. Jerusalem Post

Donald Trump Warns North Korea Of 'Determined Response'
US President Donald Trump says that years of "strategic patience" with North Korea have failed and it is now time for a "determined response". "Together we are facing the threat of the reckless and brutal regime," Mr Trump said at a press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Mr Trump called on North Korea to "choose a better path... quickly". Separately, Mr Moon said that it was necessary to continue to engage in dialogue with North Korean leaders. The South Korean president added that his country would pursue defence reforms and continue to build up the capacity to defend itself. BBC

Bitcoin Accepted At New York Pre-School
Marco Ciocca, co-founder and chairman of the Montessori Schools in Flatiron & Soho, added the option in June, after growing inquiries from parents. The decision comes as an increasing number of places - including universities in London and Greece - take the digital currency as payment. About 10 parents of the roughly 300 students have opted to pay in Bitcoin so far, Mr Ciocca said. He predicts that number will rise in coming years. BBC

'I don't think it's civil to kill people': rage continues over Republican health bill
Anger over Republican efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to spill over into town hall meetings, as voters express fears that they and millions of others could be left uninsured by any Trump-endorsed healthcare legislation. At a town hall in Baton Rouge on Friday, Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana faced angry questions over the Senate healthcare bill. A medical doctor and an opponent of the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), Cassidy is co-sponsor with Susan Collins of Maine of an ACA replacement called the Patient Freedom Act. On Friday he spent more than an hour meeting constituents, at a meeting that was called to discuss flood recovery. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Democrats have gone mad.

Cyber Expert Says GOP Operative Wanted To Expose Hacked Clinton Emails
A former British government intelligence official has said he was approached last summer by a veteran Republican operative to help verify hacked Hillary Clinton emails offered by a mysterious and most likely Russian source. The incident, recounted by Matt Tait, who was a information security specialist for GCHQ and now runs a private internet security consultancy in the UK, may cast new light on one of the pathways the Russians used to influence the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump’s favour. Guardian

Prince Charles Hails Canada As An 'Example To All' As It Celebrates 150th Birthday
Canada celebrated its 150th birthday at a star studded national extravaganza where the Prince of Wales told the thousands gathered their homeland was a place "others look to for example". The Prince shared a stage with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and hailed the Commonwealth nation's positive attributes, from championing human rights to being responsible stewards of the environment. In a rousing televised speech Mr Trudeau told his fellow citizens that their country was made strong "not in spite of our differences but because of them". Telegraph

Donald Trump To Stay Away From US Women's Open - 'Hopefully He Won't Show Up And It Won't Be A Big Debacle'
A leading women’s professional has urged President Donald Trump to stay away from the US Women’s Open in two weeks’ time, saying it would be “a debacle” if he did turn up. Trump owns the course in Bedminster, New Jersey, and has used it so much in his presidency so far that it has been nicknamed “Camp David North”. But Brittany Lincicome, the two-time major winner and US Solheim Cup star, declared she would prefer it if the controversial leader stayed away. Telegraph

On International Day, UN Promotes Cooperative Solutions For Social Inclusion
Cooperatives help to build inclusive economies and societies, and can help to eliminate poverty and reach the other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the head of the United Nations labour agency today said, marking the International Day of Cooperatives. “Let us draw on the strengths of cooperatives as we pool efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda and make sure that no one is left behind,” the Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder said, referencing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which includes the SDGs. UN News

'Clear Understanding' In Ongoing Talks Between Greek Cypriot, Turkish Cypriot Sides – UN
Secretary-General António Guterres has met with the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities and their backers at the Conference on Cyprus in Switzerland, saying there is now an understanding of what is needed for a possible settlement on the Mediterranean island. In a statement from his spokesperson, the Secretary-General said he held a “positive, results-oriented meeting” last night with the heads of the delegation, including Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. UN News

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