Activist Suggests Resisting Trump Is A 'Form Of Jihad'
Controversial Muslim activist Linda Sarsour gave a fiery speech last weekend where she said fellow Muslim-Americans do not have to “assimilate” and blasted Trump administration policies, even suggesting that resisting those policies could count as a “form of jihad.” Sarsour’s remarks came at the annual Islamic Society of North America convention in Illinois. Sarsour, who was a lead organizer in the Women’s March after President Trump's inauguration, slammed the new administration, specifically referring to the president’s executive order to temporarily ban travel from six predominantly Muslim countries. Fox
VOA VIEW: Sarour lost her mind.
Trump's Favorable Ratings Climb
As Melania Trump settles into her new role as first lady, a Fox News Poll shows a jump in her popularity. Fifty-one percent of voters view Melania Trump favorably. That’s up 14 points since December and up 16 points from the first time the Fox News Poll asked about her last summer. At that time, 35 percent viewed the wife of the controversial candidate favorably and 40 percent unfavorably (August 2016). Twenty-four percent couldn’t rate her. Today, 28 percent view her negatively, while one in five are unable to rate her (20 percent). The First Lady enjoys a surge in favorability across the board; Republicans (+24), Democrats (+12), men (+17), women (+15), voters under age 45 (+18) and ages 45 and over (+16) all view her more positively than a year ago. Fox
VOA VIEW: Why would any sane person find Melania anything less than favorable?
Russia Disagree Over What Trump And Putin Actually Said To Each Other
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for over two hours Friday afternoon, discussing interference in US elections and ending with an agreement on curbing violence in Syria. But a diplomatic dust-up immediately broke out after the session when Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Trump accepted Putin's assurances there was no Russian involvement in the 2016 American election. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN will be apologizing, again.
Coal, Perry Confuses Supply And Demand
Energy Secretary Rick Perry confused the relationship between the fundamental forces in an economy while extolling the Trump administration's embrace of the coal industry, economists said. "Here's a little economics lesson: supply and demand. You put the supply out there and the demand will follow," he said Thursday, according to Standard & Poor's Taylor Kuykendall. The former Texas governor made the comment while speaking with employees at a coal-fired power plant in Maidsville, West Virginia. A message left by CNN with Perry's office Friday was not returned. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN has no shame.
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On Reboot Of Space Council: ‘America Will Once Again Lead In Space’ For
On Thursday, July 7, Vice President Mike Pence laid out his vision for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the newly revived National Space Council (NSpC), saying “America will once again lead in space for the benefit and security of our nation and all of the world.” In his speech at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Pence mentioned the NSpC, saying, “After being dormant since 1993, I’m proud to report that the National Space Council is up and running once again. And it will be my great honor, as vice president of the United States, to serve as its chair.” CNS
Jobs In June; Record 153,168,000 Employed
The U.S. economy added 220,000 jobs in June, the best showing since February and well above analysts' expectations of 174,000. The Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics also said the number of employed Americans -- which set records in February, March and April -- set another record in June, at 153,168,000 employed. And the number of Americans not in the labor force -- after four straight monthly gains – dropped a bit to 94,813,000. People age 16 and older who are not institutionalized or in the military are counted as “not in the labor force” if they are neither working nor looking for work. This number includes retirees, students, homemakers, the disabled, and others who have stopped looking for work for whatever reason. The labor force participation rate rose a tenth of a point to 62.8 percent in June, which is within two-tenths of a point where it's been since January. As BLS has noted, the participation rate shows no clear trend. CNS
VOA VIEW: A plus for Trump.
Appeals Court Denies Hawaii Bid To Narrow Trump Travel Ban
A U.S. appeals court on Friday denied the state of Hawaii's request to issue an emergency order blocking parts of President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said it did not have jurisdiction to act on Hawaii's request. The U.S. Supreme Court last month let the ban on travel go forward with a limited scope, saying it could not apply to anyone with a credible "bona fide relationship" with a U.S. person or entity. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Hawaii is a rogue district.
Voter Fraud Panel To Meet As U.S. States' Refusals Mount
President Donald Trump's commission to investigate possible election fraud will convene this month, a government notice said on Friday, as more U.S. states have refused to hand over at least some voter data. Trump created the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in May, after claiming without evidence that millions of people voted illegally for his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 election. U.S. civil rights groups and Democratic lawmakers have called the panel a voter suppression tactic by Trump, a Republican who won the presidential election by securing a majority in the Electoral College tally of delegates even as he lost the popular vote to Clinton by some 3 million votes. Reuters
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Untreatable Gonorrhea Spreading Globally
Drug-resistant gonorrhea is becoming more common, making a once easily treated infection into a nightmare disease, the World Health Organization said Friday. Gonorrhea, known commonly as "the clap" or "the drip," is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases there is. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk and any kind of sex, including anal and oral sex, can pass it along.It was once easily treated with a quick dose of antibiotics. But, like all bacterial infections, strains have evolved that can evade the mechanisms used by antibiotics and now WHO says they are becoming increasingly common. “The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them,” said WHO’s Dr. Teodora Wi. MSNBC
Sheriff Says His Officers Won’t Carry Narcan
The sheriff of one opioid-ravaged Ohio county is refusing to equip his deputies with Narcan, the drug that has saved the lives of countless overdosing addicts. Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones insists he is not heartless but says requiring deputies to administer the remedy puts them in danger and the cost of repeatedly treating people with Narcan is “sucking the taxpayers dry.” “All we’re doing is reviving them, we’re not curing them,” Jones told NBC News on Friday. “One person we know has been revived 20 separate times.” MSNBC
VOA VIEW: A wise sheriff.
Podesta Lashes Out At ‘Whack Job POTUS’ Over G-20 Tweet: ‘Get A Grip’
John Podesta rebuked President Trump on Friday for bringing up his infamous stolen documents during the G-20 Summit. Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chairman unleashed a string of insults at the commander in chief for mentioning him in connection with DNC hacks during the 2016 election. Mr. Trump said world leaders at the Group of 20 Summit were “talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA.” The president’s tweet from Hamburg, Germany, came in conjunction with his first sit-down meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Washington Times
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‘Fairly Convincing Fake NSA Document’ Sent To MSNBC Showing Trump-Russia
MSNBC‘S Rachel Maddow told viewers on Thursday night that a high-quality National Security Agency forgery was sent to the network showing collusion between President Trump’s associates and Russia. Someone appears to have gone to great lengths to trick “The Rachel Maddow Show” into passing off fake NSA documents as proof that Mr. Trump’s campaign worked with Russian state actors. The host spoke for 20 minutes on a document sent to the network June 5, which coincided with legitimate leaks published by The Intercept. “Somebody, for some reason, appears to be shopping a fairly convincing fake NSA document that purports to directly implicate somebody from the Trump campaign in working with the Russians in their attack in the election,” Ms. Maddow said, The Daily Caller reported. The host laid out a timeline of events revolving around the arrest of former defense contractor Reality Leigh Winner, The Intercept’s leak, and documents sent to MSNBC. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Maddow is a liberal idiot.
Summit 2017 Protests Prompt Police To Call In Reinforcements
Anti-globalization activists clashed violently with police across the German port city of Hamburg all day Friday, setting cars ablaze and trying to enter the convention center where Group of 20 leaders tackled topics like international terrorism, climate change and trade issues. Responding to a second day of protests, police ordered in more than 900 additional officers from across the country to get the clashes under control. Over 160 police officers were injured, dozens of activists had to be taken to the hospital and more than 70 protesters were detained. German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the violent protests as "unacceptable." CBS
Ryan Tries To Quell Town Hall Controversy, But Voters Still Want To Talk
It was only 6 years ago that Rep. Paul Ryan's town halls were packed and overflow crowds were the norm. But the now-House-speaker's events these days are more like the two employee town halls he held Thursday, where the questions were easy, the general public was barred and there was no followup from reporters. Asked on Thursday when he would take questions from reporters, Ryan said, "I gotta go." But on Friday, he held a press conference in Madison. CBS News asked him when he might schedule an open town hall for his constituents. "Let me respond. Aside from the obvious security concerns, what we find is that there are people who are trying to come in from out of the district to disrupt town hall meetings," Ryan said. "I don't want to have a situation where we have a screaming fest, a shouting fest where people are being bused in from out of the district to get on TV." CBS
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Bombers Fly Over East And South China Seas In Challenge To China
Two U.S. bombers flew over the East and South China Seas on Thursday in a direct challenge to China. The B-1B Lancers flew from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam to the East China Sea, linking up with Japanese fighters in what was the first time U.S. Pacific Command-directed Lancers conducted training with Japanese partners at night, according to the Air Force. The training mission occurred the day before President Trump and Chinese President Xi met at the G-20 summit in Germany. ABC
Says He 'Absolutely' Still Wants Mexico To Pay For Wall
President Trump revisited an issue that has been a mainstay for him since the campaign trail, saying he "absolutely" still wants Mexico to pay for a wall on the southern border on the U.S. Trump's remarks at the G-20 summit during his meeting with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto are the latest from the president on the project, a campaign hallmark that was met with both lavish praise and derision. Trump's promise for a wall across the border has seen many iterations since he first introduced the concept and questions have arisen about how the project would be funded. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good for Trump.
Assange Joins Trump's War On CNN
Julian Assange has had it with CNN. Since July 4, the founder of WikiLeaks has tweeted 14 times in support of Donald Trump's latest battle with the media: Gif-Gate.
Like many controversies in Washington these days, this one involves a tweet. Last week Trump tweeted a gif that portrayed him putting fake wrestling moves on a body with the CNN logo for its head. Assange's interest in this is all about CNN's response. On July 5, the network's master internet sleuth, Andrew Kaczynski, tracked down the Reddit user who came up with the Trump-CNN wrestling video. But because the maker apologized on the forum, CNN decided not to name him. That said, "CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change." Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: CNN committed blackmail and extortion.
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Takes A Risk With Talk Of Bipartisan Health-Care Bill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking a risk by calling for a bipartisan health-care plan if the Republican-only bill fails: While his comments may encourage conservatives to fall in line with his approach, party moderates may be emboldened to abandon the GOP legislation. McConnell told a home-state Kentucky audience Thursday that if Republicans can’t “agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to the private health insurance market must occur.” Bloomberg
To Open Up Retail For Industrial Hemp As Production Expands
Baby hemp plants are sending off their distinct skunky smell at a farm in Pahrump, but these weeds won’t wind up in a joint. The farm is one of the state’s cultivators of hemp crops that have almost no THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high. A new law means plants like these can be grown in Nevada and used for retail products. Nevada Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Program Manager Russell Wilhelm says the state is setting up the new industrial hemp regulations and fielding increased interest from prospective producers. Las Vegas Sun
Russia Announce Syria Cease-Fire After Trump-Putin Talks
The United States and Russia struck an agreement Friday on a cease-fire in southwest Syria, crowning President Donald Trump's first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is the first U.S.-Russian effort under Trump's presidency to stem Syria's six-year civil war. The cease-fire goes into effect Sunday at noon Damascus time, according to U.S. officials and the Jordanian government, which is also involved in the deal. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who accompanied Trump in his meeting with Putin, said the understanding is designed to reduce violence in an area of Syria near Jordan's border and which is critical to the U.S. ally's security. Las Vegas Sun
In Pregnancy May Have Transgenerational Effects
A new study by the University of California Riverside suggests drinking alcohol during pregnancy will not only affect the unborn child but also future generations of children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued numerous warnings over the years about the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, which can lead to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, or FASD. In spite of the warnings, many women still drink alcohol during pregnancy. But a new study, published July 6 in Cerebral Cortex, has found that alcohol can affect the unborn baby, and also future grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Previous studies have shown that prenatal alcohol exposure, or PrEE, affects the anatomy of the neocortex, the region of the brain responsible for complex behavior and cognition in humans, and can cause abnormal motor behavior and increased anxiety in offspring. UPI
Recurring Intestinal Infections Increasing In United States
Recurring Clostridium difficile intestinal infections are rising sharply in the United States, researchers warn. These infections sicken about 500,000 people a year, cause tens of thousands of deaths, and cost the U.S. health care system about $5 billion, according to investigators at the University of Pennsylvania. C. difficile causes diarrhea, severe gut inflammation and can lead to deadly blood infections, especially in the elderly. A review of nationwide health insurance data found a nearly 200 percent increase in the annual incidence of multiple recurring C. difficile infections between 2001 and 2012. For ordinary C. difficile, incidence rose by about 40 percent. UPI
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MAKE ALIYA, ISRAEL MAKES JEWS NON-JEWISH'
The Grand Rabbi of the Satmar hassidic group in Williamsburg, New York, Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum – now on a visit to France – told a gathering of Jews not to immigrate to Israel because the state is making their co-religionists non-Jewish. Satmar is a fiercely anti-Zionist hassidic group that has waged an ideological battle against the State of Israel since its inception. Last year, the leader of the Williamsburg sect of Satmar adherents began raising millions of dollars to provide haredi (ultra-Orthodox) educational institutions for the children of French immigrants to Israel who arrived in record numbers following an increase in France in recent years of antisemitic hatred and attacks. Jerusalem Post
YORK ASSEMBLYMAN CALLS FOR DEPORTATION OF FORMER NAZI GUARD FROM US
State Assemblyman Dov Hikind called on US President Donald Trump this week to take action to deport Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi concentration camp guard. Although a US judge ordered Palij deported more than a decade ago in 2004, finding him guilty of guarding at the SS forced Labor camp Trawniki in Poland during World War II, he still resides in Queens, New York. “I’ve been reaching out to high-level members of the Trump Administration,” Hikind, the son of Holocaust survivors, said. “The rights and freedoms we enjoy in America should not extend to those who facilitated the death of countless innocent people.” Jerusalem Post
Crisis: Saudi-Led Bloc Vows New Measures
The four Arab states leading a boycott against Qatar have condemned its rejection of their demands and warned of unspecified new measures against it. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates said Doha was intent on continuing a "policy aimed at destabilising security in the region". New measures would be enacted in an "appropriate and timely manner". They cut links with Qatar in June over its alleged support of terrorism and ties with Iran. It denies wrongdoing. BBC
Fails In Quarter Of Abortions, Say Experts
More than 14,000 women, who were treated at BPAS clinics, became pregnant despite using the pill or a long-acting contraceptive. They often spotted their pregnancy late because they hadn't expected their contraception to fail. No method of contraception can ever be 100% effective. But long-acting reversible methods are said to have a very low failure rate (99% effective). BBC
Uses Trump Order To Get Permission To Take Rocks From Grand Canyon
An Australian geologist who is trying to prove the existence of the biblical great flood will be allowed to collect rock samples from the Grand Canyon. Andrew Snelling was awarded a PhD by the University of Sydney in 1982 and is the director of research at Answers in Genesis, a Christian science group that believes in the literal interpretation of the Bible. On Friday, News Corp reported that Snelling’s Grand Canyon research project had been approved after he agreed to drop a lawsuit against the national park’s administrators. Guardian
Trying To Water Down G20 Text On Lowering Emissions
Donald Trump is being accused of trying to water down the wording of a G20 draft communique about climate change, with US and EU officials expected to clash over the issue in talks expected to stretch through the night. One section of the draft, seen by the Guardian, took note of the US decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change, but added: “The United States affirms its strong commitment to a global approach that lowers emissions while supporting economic growth and improving energy security needs.” Guardian
Protesters ‘Will Be Armed’ When They Protest In Support Of Confederate
Ku Klux Klan members will be armed for their own protection when they rally against the removal of a Confederate statue on Saturday, according to an organiser. James Moore, a member of the Loyal White Nights of the Ku Klux Klan, told The Washington Post that Klansmen would defend themselves if attacked at the demonstration in Charlottesville, North Carolina. “It’s an open-carry state, so our members will be armed,” he said, adding that he expected as many as 100 people to turn out in protest at Charlottesville City Council’s decision to pull down a statute of General Robert Lee. Telegraph
In Talks About Getting Police Powers To Enter Private Property And Seize
The charity is in talks with police chiefs and the Government about new statutory powers to allow its inspectors to gain access to gardens, sheds and outhouses without a police officer. The news appalledsome MPs and campaign groups. One MP said the "RSPCA is a welfare charity not a private police force". The organisation wants the new powers despite a cross-party group of MPs publishing a report last November in which the RSPCA was accused of “targeting vulnerable, ill and elderly” people and removing their pets. Telegraph
Conference Adopts Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons
Countries meeting at a United Nations conference in New York today adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years. “The treaty represents an important step and contribution towards the common aspirations of a world without nuclear weapons,” the spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres said following its adoption. “The Secretary-General hopes that this new treaty will promote inclusive dialogue and renewed international cooperation aimed at achieving the long overdue objective of nuclear disarmament,” Stéphane Dujarric added. UN News
Security Approach ‘Central’ To Achieving Sustainable Development – UN Officials
United Nations officials today highlighted the benefits of a human security approach to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as tackle a range of other issues, during a high-level event held at Headquarters. “The human security approach is instrumental to sustainable development, inclusive peace, justice and the well-being and dignity of all people. It is in fact central to the 2030 Agenda,” said Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, addressing the event. UN News
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