Trump And Women: Trump Pledges $50M To Help Women Entrepreneurs
From the sidelines of the Group of 20 world leaders' summit in Hamburg, Germany, Ivanka Trump, a senior White House adviser to her father, launched the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative to help advance the economic empowerment of women around the world. President Donald Trump said Saturday the U.S. would contribute $50 million to the new World Bank fund conceived by his daughter that aims to help women entrepreneurs access capital and other support. Fox
VOA VIEW: Points for money.
Republicans Stymied In Their Efforts To Adopt A Budget
Republicans relished criticizing congressional Democrats when they fumbled or flat-out didn’t try to approve a budget. They took particular joy in upbraiding former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, when he didn’t shepherd a budget through the Senate, piously preaching the virtues of congressional budgeting. Certainly the struggle to OK a budget doesn’t look good for Republicans, who now control the House and Senate. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Waste and mismanagement also targets Republicans.
New Requirement For High School Students: No Plan, No Diploma
A product of Chicago's South Side, DeAvion Gillarm will be the first in his family to attend college. "I always had a plan," said Gillarm, a Morgan Park High School graduate headed to Lincoln College next month. "You're not going to be successful without a plan." Under a controversial new requirement, starting in 2020, students hoping to graduate from a public high school in Chicago must provide evidence they, too, have a plan for the future: either acceptance to college or a gap-year program, a trade apprenticeship, military enlistment or a job offer. CNN
VOA VIEW: A good idea, but unconstitutional.
Trump Appeared To Agree Moscow Did Not Interfere In Election
Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters Saturday that US President Donald Trump appeared to agree with Moscow's position that it did not interfere in last year's election during their bilateral talks at the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday. "I repeat, he asked a lot of questions on this matter," Putin said at a Saturday press conference. "I answered as many as I could answer. I think he took it into consideration and agreed with it. But you should ask him what his opinion is on that." Putin went on to say Trump raised the issue of election meddling and "devoted a lot of time to this issue. Our position is well-known, and I repeated it — there is no basis to think that Russia interfered in the election process. What's important is that we agreed that the uncertainty on these matters cannot exist, especially in the future." CNN
VOA VIEW: As usual, CNN was bias when they used the word appeared.
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Lives Matter Leaders Sued Over Baton Rouge Police Shooting
A police officer wounded in a shooting rampage in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last year that left three officers dead sued Black Lives Matter movement leaders on Friday, accusing them of inciting violence that spurred the attack. The lawsuit filed in a U.S. district court in Louisiana named DeRay McKesson and four other Black Lives Matter leaders as defendants and sought at least $75,000 in damages. A police officer wounded in a shooting rampage in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last year that left three officers dead sued Black Lives Matter movement leaders on Friday, accusing them of inciting violence that spurred the attack. It came on the one-year anniversary of one of the deadliest days in modern U.S. history for law enforcement. On July 7, 2016, a black man angered by what he saw as deadly racial bias in U.S. policing launched a downtown Dallas sniper attack, killing five officers deployed at a protest decrying police shootings of black men. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Good!
Renews Bid To Narrow Trump Travel Ban
The state of Hawaii renewed its bid to narrow President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban, following court rulings which said the state had taken the wrong procedural approach in attempts to challenge the administration's policy earlier this week. In a court filing late on Friday, Hawaii's attorney general asked a Honolulu judge to issue an injunction allowing grandparents and other family members to travel to the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court last month let the ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries 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: The Supreme Court has ruled - Hawaii is wasting their liberal time.
Bombers Carry Out Exercise In South Korea In Show Of Force To North
Two U.S. B-1B bombers and American and South Korean fighter jets on Friday conducted an exercise that included practicing attack capabilities at a training range, in a show of force to North Korea days after that regime tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. U.S. Pacific Command said the Lancer bombers took off from an air base in Guam and "practiced attack capabilities by releasing inert weapons at the Pilsung Range." The Pilsung Range is well inside South Korean territory, but local media reported that the bombers also flew close to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two countries although they did not enter the zone or cross any demarcation lines. MSNBC
Battle Against ISIS In Syria And Iraq, Civilians Suffer Most
Malnourished, injured and emotionally traumatized civilians have been staggering out of Mosul’s Old City as Iraqi soldiers continue to drive the last remnants of ISIS fighters out of the conflict zone. They may be the lucky ones. The sense of urgency by U.S.-led coalition forces to liberate the ISIS strongholds of Mosul, in Iraq, and Raqqa, in Syria, has come at a heavy cost — particularly for the civilians trapped in the two cities. MSNBC
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A federal judge has given Twitter permission to proceed with a First Amendment lawsuit brought against the Department of Justice over restrictions limiting how tech companies can disclose details about government surveillance requests. Twitter sued the government in 2014 after the Justice Department barred the company from revealing the exact number of requests for user data it’s received from federal authorities, but the government countered by claiming disclosing that data would be detrimental to national security. Washington Times
Governor To Sign Unprecedented Bill Providing Free Abortions For All
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday that she plans to sign a sweeping, unprecedented bill requiring insurers to provide free abortions for their customers, including illegal immigrants. “The ability to control our bodies and make informed decisions about health are critical to providing all Oregonians the opportunity to achieve our full potential and live productive, thriving lives,” the Democratic chief executive said in an email. “Attempts to deny access to contraceptives and family planning are an attack on all Oregonians, particularly women of color, low-income and young women.” Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Crazy and expensive on all the people.
Haley On Consequences For Russian Meddling: "Ask The President"
The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was asked Saturday what consequences Russia will face as a result of its interference in the 2016 election, and she declined to specify, telling Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson, "I think you're going to have to ask the president." Haley spoke to Face the Nation as President Trump concluded a three day trip to Europe for the G-20 summit. While he was there, Mr. Trump came face to face with Russian President Vladimir Putin -- the two men have spoken on the phone, but this was their first in-person encounter. CBS
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Trump Sits In For President Trump At G-20 Meeting
Ivanka Trump, President Trump's daughter and White House adviser, took Mr. Trump's seat during a meeting of G-20 leaders in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday as Mr. Trump stepped away during the proceedings. A photo posted to Twitter by a Russian official attending the session during the last day of the G-20 summit shows Ivanka Trump seated next to British Prime Minister Theresa May. Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel can be seen seated nearby. Svetlana Lukash, the official who posted the photo which was subsequently deleted, is the Russian sherpa to the G-20, the group of 20 major industrialized nations. CBS
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.
Wave Breaks 131-Year-Old Los Angeles Record
A blistering heat wave has broken a 131-year-old record in Los Angeles. The National Weather Service reports that the temperature hit 96 degrees Saturday in downtown Los Angeles. That beats a record of 95 degrees for the date set in 1886. Other records for the day fell at the weather service office in Oxnard and nearby Camarillo, both in Ventura County. Southern California is under an excessive heat warning with triple-digit temps expected in valleys and inland areas. ABC
Flight Attendant Smashes Wine Bottle Over Disruptive Passenger's Head
A Delta Airlines flight attendant on Thursday night smashed a wine bottle over the head of a male passenger who lunged for an exit door and assaulted a flight attendant and fellow passenger during a Beijing-bound flight from Seattle, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday by prosecutors in Washington State. Joseph Daniel Hudek IV, 23, of Tampa, Florida, appeared in U.S. District Court on Friday. He did not speak during the hearing. His attorney, Robert Flennaugh II, declined to comment, according to The AP. Hudek was charged with interfering with a flight crew. He is expected to remain in custody at least until a detention hearing on July 13. ABC
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House Gaffe Names Xi As President Of Taiwan, Not China
President Donald Trump’s press secretary mislabeled Chinese President Xi Jinping as the leader of Taiwan after a much-anticipated meeting at the Group of 20 summit, adding an embarrassment to a record of fraught relations. The apparent error crept into a White House transcript of Trump’s remarks before meeting with Xi in Hamburg, which referred to the president of the Republic of China -- the official name for Taiwan. Xi’s real title is president of the People’s Republic of China, the one-party communist state set up after Mao Zedong’s victory in the Chinese civil war in 1949. Mao’s vanquished opponents fled to Taiwan and maintained the claim over all of China, referring to themselves as the Republic of China and keeping a United Nations seat under that name until 1971. China considers the island a province and has made recognition of the policy the foundation for diplomatic ties with the U.S. and other countries. Bloomberg
Outcome Shows Trump's America Is Going Its Own Way
World leaders forged a fragile compromise at a summit in Germany that failed to conceal the reality that Donald Trump’s America is increasingly going its own way. The Group of 20 nations meeting in Hamburg agreed to fight protectionism while tacitly recognizing Trump’s concerns about excess steel capacity and what he says are unfair trade practices. On climate change, the U.S. was again isolated, with all 19 other members agreeing that the Paris accord on cutting harmful emissions was “irreversible.” “I always said that this wouldn’t be easy and that we shouldn’t hide areas of discord,” Chancellor Angela Merkel, the summit host, told reporters on Saturday at the end of two days of talks. “The communique has to reflect those areas where there is no consensus.” Bloomberg
Erodes Republican Support Of Health Care Bill
A week that Senate Republicans had hoped would mobilize conservatives and shore up support for their measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act instead ended with eroding enthusiasm, as usually reliable Republican senators from red states blanched at its impact on rural communities. With Congress set to return Monday after a week’s recess, Republican lawmakers are increasingly aware that their seven-year promise to dismantle President Barack Obama’s largest policy achievement is deeply imperiled. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., signaled this week that he would not vote for the bill as written, following negative remarks from other senators with large poor and rural populations. That was the 10th defection. Las Vegas Sun
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Protests Mark End Of G-20 Summit Hours After Riots
Tens of thousands of peaceful protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg on Saturday, hours after masked rioters clashed with police, burned cars and looted businesses. Marching on a route close to where some of the worst violence unfolded overnight, protesters chanted, sang, danced and played music as world leaders wrapped up their two-day summit in the German port city. An eclectic crowd of families pushing baby carriages, Kurdish groups, Scottish socialists and anarchists waving flags and shouting anti-capitalist slogans progressed through the city accompanied by thousands of police officers. Despite the mayhem late Friday and early Saturday, many officers patrolling the march removed their helmets and appeared relaxed as the huge crowds passed by. Organizers said some 78,000 demonstrators participated, while police estimated the crowds at about 50,000. Las Vegas Sun
Governor Backs Emergency Regulations Amid Marijuana Shortage
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval endorsed emergency regulations to combat a shortage of marijuana at legal recreational retailers in the state. The state law legalizing recreational marijuana starting this month dictated that wholesale alcohol distributors be granted exclusive rights to transport marijuana for the first 18 months of legal sales, but a lack of approved distributors has created a potential shortage, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. "Based on reports of adult-use marijuana sales already far exceeding the industry's expectations at the state's 47 licensed retail marijuana stores, and the reality that many stores are running out of inventory, the Department must address the lack of distributors immediately. Some establishments report the need for delivery within the next several days," Department of Taxation spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein said. UPI
Connection Exists Between Parkinson's And Melanoma
People with Parkinson's disease are about four times more likely to develop melanoma skin cancer, and conversely, people with melanoma have a fourfold higher risk of getting Parkinson's, researchers report. Although doctors have known about the connection between these diseases, they still don't know why having one increases the risk of the other. "Future research should focus on identifying common genes, immune responses and environmental exposures that may link these two diseases," said study first author Dr. Lauren Dalvin, who's with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "If we can pinpoint the cause of the association between Parkinson's disease and melanoma, we will be better able to counsel patients and families about their risk of developing one disease in the setting of the other," she said in a Mayo news release. UPI
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TO VOTE ON JERUSALEM, CONVERSION
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation will vote Sunday on a series of bills with ramifications on diplomatic and political issues and matters of religion and state.
The committee is expected to approve a bill initiated by Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett that could make it practically impossible to divide Jerusalem. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vetoed the proposal last week because it wasn’t coordinated with Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin, but they have since worked out their differences. The legislation would require 80 lawmakers to approve any attempt to retreat from Israeli sovereignty in any part of the capital, blocking what is likely to be a key component of any final-status agreement with the Palestinians. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Jerusalem will never be divided, again.
REASONS THE UNESCO HEBRON DECISION MATTERS TO ISRAEL AND THE WORLD
In a contentious secret vote, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee declared the Old Town of Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs a Palestinian heritage site in danger. The decision was condemned by Israel, but welcomed by the Palestinians. Palestinian Authority Foreign Ministry Riyad al-Maliki said that the world had “recognized our right to register Hebron and the Ibrahimi Mosque under Palestinian sovereignty and on the World Heritage List.” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin tweeted “UNESCO seems intent on sprouting anti-Jewish lies, while it remains silent as the region’s heritage is destroyed by brutal extremists.” BBC
Hamburg: Leaders Fail To bridge Trump Climate Chasm
Leaders of 19 nations at the G20 summit in Germany have renewed their pledge to implement the Paris deal on climate change, despite the US pulling out. Deadlock over the issue had held up the last day of talks in Hamburg but a final agreement was eventually reached. It acknowledges President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement without undermining the commitment of other countries. The compromise comes after violent protests in the host city. The joint summit statement released on Saturday said: "We take note of the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from the Paris Agreement." BBC
Bourbon Producers Warn Of Financial Damage If EU Retaliates Against Trump
The US bourbon industry has warned that its business and consumers around the world will be harmed if the European Union acts on a retaliatory threat to target American whiskey exports. At the G20 summit in Hamburg on Friday, the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, said that if the US took measures against Germany and China’s steel industries, the EU would “react with counter-measures” within a few days. Guardian
Haley: Global Face Of Trump Administration Strikes Delicate Balance
Taking her place at the dais in an emergency meeting of the United Nations security council this week, Nikki Haley aimed a characteristically stinging rebuke at North Korea over its successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile – and raised the threat of military retaliation. It was not the first time Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, has led the rhetorical charge against adversaries of the US. While Rex Tillerson has taken an unusually low profile as America’s top diplomat and key posts remain unfilled at the the state department, some have even characterized Haley as the de facto secretary of state. Guardian
Obama Poses For Selfie With Wide-Eyed Baby At Alaska Airport
An Alaska mother is cherishing cellphone photos she snapped of her wide-eyed 6-month-old baby in the arms of former President Barack Obama. Jolene Jackinsky was at Anchorage International Airport on Monday looking for an airline when she ended up in a waiting area for private flights where a man she thought looked like <Mr Obama was sitting. "As I got closer, I thought: Oh my God, it is Obama," she recalled Friday from Newhalen, a small Alaska village where she's vacationing. Telegraph
Isil Fighters Flee Across River Tigris As Iraqi Forces Advance In Final
Cornered Islamic State militants in Mosul set off suicide bombs and threw themselves into the Tigris river to escape advancing Iraqi forces on Saturday, as the fight for the city entered what the army said was its “final hours”. Commanders declared Mosul would soon be back under their full control, marking an end to the largest urban battle since the Second World War. The jihadist group promised to fight to the death for the tiny remaining sliver of land they still held on the western side of Iraq’s second city. But on the streets of the historic Old City, Isil’s last redoubt, troops were already celebrating. Telegraph
Condemns Terrorist Attack In Rafah, Egypt
Condemning yesterday's terrorist attack against a checkpoint in Rafah, Egypt, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Security Council have underscored the need to bring the perpetrators to justice. In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres “reiterated the UN's support to the Government of Egypt in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.” “The Secretary-General hopes those responsible for the cowardly act will be swiftly brought to justice,” the statement added. According to reports, at least 23 Egyptian soldiers were killed and many injured in the attack. UN News
Years Into South Sudan's Independence, Children Denied Childhoods
As South Sudan enters its sixth year of independence, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is calling the situation in the country “a catastrophe for children” and cautioned that they are being denied a childhood in nearly all aspects of their lives. “A country's independence day should be celebrated. However, today in South Sudan, there will be no celebration for the millions of children caught up in this conflict,” said Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF's Representative in South Sudan, on the occasion of South Sudan's Independence Day on 9 July. He noted that children in South Sudan are suffering “unthinkable hardships and setbacks” in their education, nutrition, health and other rights. UN News
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