NEWS   THURSDAY, JULY  13, 2017   NEWS

Democratic Reps File Article Of Impeachment Against Trump
Two Democratic congressmen introduced an article of impeachment on Wednesday against President Trump, accusing him of obstruction of justice over his firing of former FBI Director James Comey. The resolution says Trump “prevented, obstructed and impeded” the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn by “threatening and then terminating” Comey. “We now begin the effort to force the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on obstruction of justice and Russian interference in our election,” said California Rep. Brad Sherman, who sponsored the resolution. Texas Rep. Al Green is a co-sponsor. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Totally idiotic congressmen.

Trump Unloads On Hillary Over Double Standard, Amid Reports Dems Also Got Foreign Help
President Trump ripped Hillary Clinton and fellow Democrats Wednesday over what he described as a double standard for their respective associates' alleged coordination with foreign governments in the 2016 campaign. The president has been on defense over fresh revelations of a meeting his eldest son held last year with a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on Clinton. But Trump used his widely followed Twitter account Wednesday to draw attention to a Washington Times article claiming Democrats had used false information from Russia to attack him and his campaign. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Hillary is losing it bad.

Verizon Data Of 6 Million Users Leaked Online
Verizon confirmed on Wednesday the personal data of 6 million customers has leaked online. The security issue, uncovered by research from cybersecurity firm UpGuard, was caused by a misconfigured security setting on a cloud server due to "human error." The error made customer phone numbers, names, and some PIN codes publicly available online. PIN codes are used to confirm the identity of people who call for customer service. No loss or theft of customer information occurred, Verizon told CNN Tech. UpGuard -- the same company that discovered leaked voter data in June -- initially said the error could impact up to 14 million accounts. CNN

What Happens If Congress Doesn't Repeal Obamacare
Even if Congress fails to repeal Obamacare, Republicans have a big decision on their hands. Will they take steps to shore up the health reform law that has brought coverage to 20 million people or will they drive a stake in Obamacare's heart? Senate Republicans are struggling to unify behind a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. An updated version is expected to be released this week, with leaders hoping to mollify many of the senators who have voiced opposition to the initial legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just canceled part of the August recess in hopes of buying more time to pass the bill. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN would like to keep Obamacare - they will have negative news to sell when it fails.

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AG Sessions Visits Gitmo, May Refill It With New Prisoners
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats went to visit the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on July 7 in order to “to have an up-to-date understanding of current operations.” President Trump, Jeff Sessions, as well as other members of the administration have previously stated their intention to keep “Gitmo” up and running, possibly using it to incarcerate ISIS fighters. However, the current administration has yet to take concrete action, leaving the prison’s future uncertain. CNS
VOA VIEW: Good!

After Passenger Dragged, Chicago Says Police Will Handle Airport Incidents
Months after an online video of a United Airlines passenger being dragged from a plane went viral and sparked global outrage, Chicago aviation officials on Wednesday said future airport disturbances will be handled by city police, not aviation security officers. The forced removal of a passenger on April 9 to make room for airline employees trying to fly to Louisville was "completely unacceptable," Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans said in a 12-page report.
Other policy changes outlined in the report include the removal of the word "police" from aviation security uniforms and vehicles in coming months. "Their role is to perform security functions, not policing functions," Evans said in the report. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Police is better trained to deal with hard passengers.

U.S. Attorney General Says To Hire 300 Prosecutors To Fight Crime
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Wednesday the Justice Department plans to hire 300 additional assistant U.S. attorneys to help fight a recent national increase in crime, including a focus on transnational gangs such as MS-13. "As you all know, we have a multi-front battle in front of us right now: an increase in violent crime, vicious gangs, an opioid epidemic, threats from terrorism and human traffickers," Sessions said in a speech in Las Vegas. Referring to so-called sanctuary cities, Sessions said one problem is the refusal of 300 U.S. jurisdictions to hand over illegal immigrants who commit crimes to federal immigration authorities. "These jurisdictions are protecting criminals rather than their law-abiding residents," he said. Reuters

‘Bridgegate’ Mastermind David Wildstein, A Former Christie Ally, Avoids Prison
A former ally to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who was the mastermind of the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scheme will not go to prison after pleading guilty and giving testimony that helped convict two former aides to the Republican governor. Federal Judge Susan Wigenton in Newark sentenced David Wildstein to three years' probation Wednesday along with 500 hours of community service and a ban on working in government. He faced 21 to 27 months in prison under a plea agreement, but federal prosecutors had asked for him to only get probation after his testimony helped convict former Christie staffer Bridget Kelly and Wildstein's former supervisor, former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive Bill Baroni. MSNBC

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New Heart Imaging Method May Predict Heart Attacks
Researchers say they’ve developed a better way of scanning someone’s heart to predict who is most at risk of a heart attack or stroke — long before conventional imaging methods can do it. By the time someone knows he or she has blocked arteries, it’s too late to do much more than bypass surgery or putting in a stent to prop open the narrowed vessels. Sometimes a heart attack or stroke is the very first symptom. About 750,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. Dr. Charalambos Antoniades of Britain’s University of Oxford and colleagues reported Wednesday that they have developed a new imaging method that detects inflamed fat cells as they are transforming into the inflamed, hardened plaques that clog up arteries. MSNBC

Parisians Turn Up Their Noses On Trump Visit
Parisians are greeting President Trump's visit Thursday for Bastille Day celebrations in the way the French do best: total disdain. "Pfff — he should just go to Pittsburgh," student Marie Billoteau, 24, said, harking to Trump's explanation June 1 for withdrawing from the Paris climate change agreement: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” Many expressed bewilderment that their new president, Emmanuel Macron, invited an American president who had supported Macron's right-wing opponent and disagrees with the French government on a range of international issues. Others just shrugged and said Trump will enjoy his first visit here as president to be feted as the guest of honor. USA Today
VOA VIEW:  The liberal headline is typical left-wing propaganda.

Delays Ahead: Heat Waves To Disrupt Airplanes' Ability To Take Off
As if air travel wasn't already stressful enough. Just last month, American Airlines was forced to cancel dozens of flights from Phoenix when temperatures of nearly 120 degrees made it too hot for smaller jets to take off. Now, a study finds such heat-related flight disruptions will become more common in the next few decades as temperatures rise because of global warming. Blistering heat waves like the one that scorched the Southwest in June will make it harder for aircraft around the world to take off, according to the report published Thursday. Extreme heat affects a plane's ability to take off. Hot air is less dense than cold air, and the hotter the temperature, the more speed a plane needs to lift off. A runway might not be long enough to allow a plane to achieve the necessary extra speed for a safe takeoff. That means weight must be dumped, or the flight is delayed or canceled.  USA Today

Trump FBI Pick Wray ‘Very Committed’ To Mueller Probe, Dismisses ‘Witch Hunt’ Claims
FBI director nominee Chris Wray told a Senate committee Wednesday that he does not consider Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to be a “witch hunt” and he is dedicated to supporting the ongoing probe of Russian interference in the presidential election. “I do not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt,” Mr. Wray said during a conformation hearing under questioning from Sen. Lindsey Graham. President Trump has repeatedly used the term to describe the Russia inquiry — even venting about it Wednesday morning on Twitter. Washington Times

Mike Pence’s Spokesman: ‘Not Aware’ Of Donald Trump Jr.’s Meeting With Russian Lawyer
Mike Pence’s spokesman said Wednesday that the vice president was “not aware” of any meetings between Donald Trump Jr. and any Russian officials. “That stuff, the special prosecutor and counsels are looking at. The entire time I’ve known him, he’s been entirely focused on talking to the American people,” Marc Lotter said on Fox News, regarding Mr. Pence. Mr. Lotter referred to the statement from the vice president’s office released on Tuesday that said Mr. Pence was “not aware” of the meeting, which took place prior to him joining the campaign. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Jr. has already said that the meeting was a nothing - no one cared.

Trump Says Putin Would Have Preferred Hillary Clinton As President
President Trump said Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would have preferred Hillary Clinton as U.S. president instead of himself. In an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network's Pat Robertson, the president said that Russia would have benefited from a Clinton victory because she would weaken the military and drive up energy prices. "As an example, if Hillary had won, our military would be decimated. Our energy would be much more expensive. That's what Putin doesn't like about me. And that's why I say why would he want me? Because from day one I wanted a strong military, he doesn't want to see that. And from day one I want fracking and everything else to get energy prices low and to create tremendous energy," he said in the interview that airs Thursday. CBS
VOA VIEW: There is no question that Putin would have preferred a Hillary win.

Coast Guard Returns 102 Migrants To Haiti In Biggest Interception In A Year
The U.S. Coast Guard returned 102 migrants to Haiti on Wednesday, the largest migrant interdiction in more than a year, officials said. The migrants were crammed aboard a small sailboat with standing room only when they were intercepted near the Bahamas on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Coast Guard said. Coast Guard and its partner agencies continue to maintain a strong presence along our maritime border and will continue to interdict and rescue those who embark on these illegal voyages in unsafe vessels such as this one.” The migrants were returned to Haiti aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk where they received food, water and medical attention, officials said. Since Oct. 1, about 1,028 Haitians have tried to illegally migrate by sea to the United States, the spokesman said. Sun Sentinel

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President Trump’s Approval Rating Stuck Near 40 Percent
President Trump's approval rating is at or near 40 percent, according to new survey data released this week. A Gallup poll released Wednesday found that 40 percent of Americans approve of Mr. Trump's job performance, while 55 percent disapprove. An Economist/YouGov poll also released Wednesday put Mr. Trump's approval rating at 41 percent among registered voters nationwide, and his disapproval rating at 52 percent. And according to a Reuters/Ipsos survey released Tuesday, 40 percent of Americans believe the president is doing a good job, while 57 percent disagree. The percentage of Americans who applaud the job Mr. Trump is doing as president has scarcely changed in the last two months. On May 12, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Mr. Trump's approval rating stood at 41.6 percent, and his disapproval rating stood at 53.3 percent. Today, those numbers are 40.5 percent and 54.3 percent, respectively. CBS
VOA VIEW: The liberal poll shows the real Trump approval rating is growing higher.

Rep. Steve Scalise Transferred Out Of ICU
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., has been transferred out of the intensive care unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, ABC News has learned. He remains in serious condition and is still being treated for an infection. Scalise, the House majority whip, has been receiving treatment after being shot in the hip on the morning of June 14 during a GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. ABC

Speaker Ryan: It's 'Important' To Get To Bottom Of Trump Jr.'s Meeting With Russian Lawyer
House Speaker Paul Ryan says it’s “important” investigators “get to the bottom” of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer, declaring “it is absolutely unacceptable that Russia — or any other country — but Russia meddled in our elections.” “We have a special counsel that’s doing an investigation over at Justice Department. We have an investigation here in the House. We have an investigation in the Senate,” Ryan, R-Wis., said during a press conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill. “I think it’s very important that these professionals in these committees do their jobs so that we can get to the bottom of all of this.” ABC
VOA VIEW: The American public is tired of the Russia, Russia, Russia.

Agency Says OPEC Compliance With Output Cut Fell In June
The International Energy Agency says the rate of compliance by OPEC countries to their agreed production cuts fell sharply in June, one reason why oil prices dropped to 2017 lows in recent weeks. In a monthly update, the Paris-based agency said Thursday it estimates compliance fell to 78 percent in June from 95 percent the previous month. However, it noted that compliance should be judged over the whole period of the production cut to March 2018, rather than just one month. One positive for oil prices could be a rebound in global demand growth, which the IEA estimated at 1.5 million barrels per day in the second quarter of 2017 from 1 million in the first. Seattle Times

North Korea's Kim: Dictator? Reformer? Shrewd Negotiator?
Ruthless dictator? Economic reformer? Shrewd master of nuclear brinksmanship? When Kim Jong Un took the helm of North Korea in late 2011, speculation swirled around the young, Swiss-educated leader. What would he do for an economically backward authoritarian nation that had been in a high-stakes nuclear standoff with its neighbors and Washington for years? Almost six years later, there are still unanswered questions, but some things about Kim have come into focus. His rule has actually seen the economy improve, and when it comes to the nuclear drive, it's obvious that Kim, who rattled nerves last week by test-firing his country's first intercontinental ballistic missile, has a more uncompromising stance than his late father, Kim Jong Il, who occasionally sat down for talks with Washington meant to gain concessions. Houston Chroncile
VOA VIEW: Jong Un is a spoiled gangster.

Governor Scrambles For Support As Climate Deal Inches Onward
A plan to extend California's signature climate initiative for another decade is scheduled to go before legislative committees Thursday, despite opposition from some environmental advocates. Gov. Jerry Brown and top lawmakers have struggled to line up support with Democratic legislative leaders indicating Wednesday that climate and air quality negotiations had expanded to include the state's lack of affordable housing. Brown is pressing lawmakers to extend California's cap-and-trade legislation, which puts a limit on carbon emissions and requires polluters to obtain permits to release greenhouse gases. The governor touts the program around the world as an effective way to affordably address climate change, but its legal authorization expires in 2020. The current proposal would expand the program until 2030.
However, environmental justice advocates say concessions he made to the oil industry and other polluters will harm the environment. Houston Chronicle

US, Nigeria Team Up To Help Citizens Report Corruption
The United States government is teaming up with Nigerian groups to launch a web-based platform allowing people to report everyday corruption in Africa's populous nation. Graft is widespread and sometimes spectacular in Nigeria, and President Muhammadu Buhari took office in 2015 vowing to eradicate it. He warned that "if we don't kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria." Earlier this year, more than $43 million in cash was found in a Lagos apartment and forfeited to the federal government. Tampa Tribune

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Trump To Commission Carrier After Criticizing New Technology
President Donald Trump will preside over the commissioning of the nation's newest aircraft carrier. The U.S. Navy on Wednesday confirmed Trump's scheduled appearance at the July 22 ceremony at its base in Norfolk, Virginia. The president had previously criticized some of the new technology on the USS Gerald R. Ford because of cost overruns and delays. The ship is the first of the Navy's new and advanced Ford class of aircraft carrier . The president told Time magazine earlier this year that the Navy should go back to using steam catapults to launch fighter jets because the new system "costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it's no good." Bloomberg

Michigan Official Stands By Call For Killing Of All Muslims
A local official in northern Michigan refuses to apologize for sharing Facebook posts calling for the killing of "every last Muslim" and for nuclear weapons to be used on the world's 10 largest Muslim-majority cities. Jeff Sieting, the village president in Kalkaska, which is about 230 miles (370 kilometers) northwest of Detroit, said Monday that he doesn't owe anyone an apology over his Facebook posts, the Record-Eagle of Traverse City reported. The posts were discovered by area native Cindy Anderson, who along with others unsuccessfully sought an apology last month. They're now looking to remove Sieting from office. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Sieting is nuts.

Washington Braces For A Long, Hot Summer Slog Of Politics
The nation's capital is bracing for a long, hot summer, and that's not even counting the weather. The White House is immersed in allegations of scandal. Congressional Republicans are ensnared in their own divisions. Instead of movement on health care, taxes and more, GOP control figures to produce a grim summer slog as lawmakers and the Trump administration grind it out into August and beyond. That's traditionally summer vacation time in Washington, D.C., when Congress goes on a five-week recess, and much of the rest of the town follows suit to escape the stultifying heat and humidity. President Barack Obama would embark on an extended annual visit to Martha's Vineyard. Not this year. With Republicans six months into full control of Congress and the White House but with practically nothing to show, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate would stay in session an extra two weeks, into mid-August. Las Vegas Sun

Bernie Sanders On 2020 Presidential Run: 'I Am Not Taking It Off The Table'
Sen. Bernie Sanders says it is too early to talk about the 2020 presidential election, though he refused to rule out a potential run. "I am not taking it off the table," Sanders said in an interview set to air Thursday on the Make It Plain with Mark Thompson on SiriusXM's Progress channel. "I just have not made any decisions. And I think it's much too early." Amid constant speculation about a future presidential run after the 2016 election, Sanders, I-Vt., kept the door open and criticized President Trump's policies, saying "there's a whole lotta fights that we have to fight" ahead of the 2020 election. Indy Star
VOA VIEW: Sanders is just toying with the liberal media.

It Looks Like Apple Will Have Plenty Of iPhone Owners That Could Use An Upgrade This Holiday Season (AAPL)
As smartphones have gotten stronger, the pressure on people to upgrade their phones has dipped. Apple’s iPhone is no exception to that, according to recent Newzoo data charted for us by Statista. There were 728 million iPhones still in use as of April 2017, according to Newzoo. The most widely-active model within that pool of devices was the iPhone 6, which accounted for 21% of active iPhones worldwide. In total, a little over half of the iPhones in use were released in 2014 or earlier. Depending on how bullish you are on the iPhones expected to launch this fall, this is either an exciting sign or a worrying trend for Apple. Right now, the rumors suggest Apple will launch three phones for the holidays: two standard iPhone 7s upgrades, and a so-called iPhone 8 that’s said to feature a revamped design. SF Gate

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House Conservatives Hold Budget Hostage Over Tax Plan Details
Conservative House Republicans are threatening to vote against a budget deal unless it lays out details of a plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code -- including the specific tax rate that would be set for corporations. Representative Mark Meadows, head of the right-wing Freedom Caucus, said the House should cancel or delay the planned August recess until there is agreement on “a set of principles” for the tax plan that President Donald Trump and congressional leaders have promised since shortly after his election. Those principles should include a decision on the unpopular border-adjusted tax that House Speaker Paul Ryan defends as a way to pay for cutting corporate and individual rates, Meadows said. Bloomberg

Trump Jr. Willing To Testify About Meeting Russian Lawyer
Donald Trump Jr. said he would be willing to testify about his meeting with a Russian lawyer who he was told had damaging documents on Hillary Clinton during the U.S. presidential campaign. Trump Jr. made the comment during a Fox News appearance Tuesday night. After host Sean Hannity said Trump Jr. had "nothing to hide," the host asked him whether "you'll testify under oath, all of that?" "All of it," Trump Jr. replied. UPI
 

China Defends Imports Of North Korean Iron Ore
China defended Thursday its purchase of iron ore from North Korea following criticism by U.S. President Donald Trump and said it is "strictly and earnestly" complying with U.N. sanctions. China stopped importing North Korean coal but total trade has risen, which prompted Trump to complain last week Beijing is failing to use its economic leverage to stop Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons. Chinese purchases of North Korea iron ore rose 34 percent from a year earlier in the first five months of the year, according to a South Korean industry group, the Korea International Trade Association. Iron ore is among China's biggest imports from the North after it stopped buying coal this year due to the sanctions. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: China is not a friend of the US and peace.

Melania Trump Takes Her Own Path In Paris Visit
U.S. first lady Melania Trump took her own path through Paris on Thursday as she and President Donald Trump began a two-day visit to the French capital, starting at a children's hospital. At Necker Hospital, Melania Trump visited a ward decorated with images from "The Little Prince," an iconic French novel written and illustrated by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. She spoke briefly in French to six children, asking how they were and introducing herself before switching to a translator to ask how long they expected to stay. One of the children, a 14-year-old girl named Ysatis, was in a wheelchair and said she expected to leave the hospital Monday for a month of rehabilitation. SF Gate

Massive Iceberg Breaks Away From Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf
Scientists knew this day was coming. It was only a matter of time before a massive fissure finally broke and a huge iceberg separated from Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf. According to the latest images from NASA's Aqua MODIS satellite, the giant iceberg broke off from the Antarctic ice shelf sometime between Monday and Wednesday. At 2,239 square miles, the iceberg is gigantic. Its size is roughly four times the size of the city of London, and its volume is twice that of Lake Erie. It weighs more than 1 trillion metric tons and, with the iceberg now gone, the Larsen C ice shelf is now 12 percent smaller. UPI

Democrat Sorry For 'Aggressively Sarcastic' Anti-Trump Post
A Maine Democratic lawmaker says he regrets an "aggressively sarcastic and inappropriate" Facebook post criticizing President Donald Trump. Rep. Scott Hamann on Tuesday called Trump a "half-term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet." Hamann says he shouldn't have used such language and was trying to make a point about the state of political discourse. Maine GOP Chairwoman Demi Kouzounas told reporters that Hamann's expletive-laced post was an implied death threat against the Republican president. Kouzounas called on Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon to act. Gideon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. Philadelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: Common Democratic stupidity.

Plane Almost Landed On Four Other Planes At San Francisco Airport
Audio has emerged of the moment an Air Canada aircraft nearly landed on four other planes, narrowly avoiding what could have been the “greatest aviation disaster in history.” The A320 from Toronto was cleared to land on a runway at San Francisco International Airport in the US just before midnight on Friday local time. But instead, the pilot of Flight AC759 inadvertently lined up to land on a parallel taxiway where four planes — loaded with passengers and fuel — were waiting to depart. NY Post

Jared And Ivanka To Mingle With Moguls Who Aren’t Trump Fans
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are hitting the road. The two powerful White House insiders are going to attend Allen & Co.’s mogulfest here in this resort town — mixing it up with some of the most powerful media moguls in the world, including some who have not exactly been full of praise for President Trump. Kushner, the president’s senior adviser and son-in-law, and Trump, the president’s oldest daughter and assistant, might want to steer clear of attendee Sam Altman, a Silicon Valley investor, who has slammed the president for his move to void certain visas. NY Post

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EREKAT: US TOLD NETANYAHU TO CURB ISRAELI SETTLEMENT BUILDING
US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace team told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that settlement construction must be limited, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said he was informed on Tuesday by the American team. Erekat, Palestinian Authority General Intelligence Services chief Majid Faraj, and Palestine Investment Fund chairman Muhammad Mustafa met two members of Trump’s Middle East peace team, Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman, on Tuesday at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. Jerusalem Post

UN ENVOY ADVISES US TEAM TO 'AIM LOW' ON MIDEAST PEACE PROCESS
The UN's special envoy to the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, has some simple advice for the US team currently exploring ways to move the Mideast diplomatic process forward: aim low. “It is not helpful right now to jump to final status issues and arrangements, and it would be premature in a way, because the level of mistrust between the sides is so big that if you suddenly jump to those issues, you will not have a constituency on either side, and it would not look reasonable,” Mladenov told diplomatic reporters at a briefing on Wednesday. Jerusalem Post

Trump: I Get Along 'Very Well' With Putin
President Trump says he gets along "very well" with Russia's President Vladimir Putin. He was interviewed by the Christian Broadcasting Network days after his much anticipated meeting with Mr Putin at the G20 summit in Hamburg. The US president also said he was sure Mr Putin would have preferred Hillary Clinton was sitting in the White House. Several investigations are under way into allegations Russia helped get Mr Trump elected. Mr Trump has denied any knowledge of this and Russia has also repeatedly denied interfering. On the meeting with Mr Putin, Mr Trump said "people said, oh, they shouldn't get along. Well, who are the people saying that? I think we get along very, very well. "We are a tremendously powerful nuclear power, and so are they. It doesn't make sense not to have some kind of a relationship."
Mr Trump cited the recent ceasefire in south-western Syria as an example of how co-operation with Mr Putin worked. BBC

Marijuana Shortage: Nevada Considers Emergency Measures
State officials in Nevada are considering emergency measures to deal with a lack of marijuana. Demand has been strong since recreational use was legalised on 1 July.
There are plenty of outlets but not enough distributors, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. Legislation gave liquor wholesalers the right to distribute, but most do not meet the licence requirements, Nevada's tax department is quoted as saying. The department issued a "statement of emergency", which means state officials could adopt emergency measures to combat the shortage. BBC

Democrats Call For Jared Kushner's Security Clearance To Be Revoked
Jared Kushner’s White House security clearance should be “re-evaluated” after the revelation that he attended a now notorious meeting with Donald Trump Jr and a Russian lawyer, according to a former White House ethics tsar. Democratic senators were still more forceful on Wednesday, one saying of Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser: “I don’t know why he still has a job.” Kushner is facing growing pressure over his presence at the June 2016 meeting, which email correspondence published by Trump Jr said was intended as part of a Russian government effort to damage Hillary Clinton’s election campaign. Guardian

Google Ducks $1.27bn Bill For Back Taxes In France
A French court handed Google’s parent company, Alphabet, a reprieve from a 1.11bn-euro ($1.27bn) tax bill on Wednesday in a major victory for the tech giant. The decision comes after six years of fighting with the French tax authority over back taxes it claims are due from the tech firm for the years 2005 to 2010. The French tax administration argued that Google had to pay taxes in France because the California firm and its subsidiary in Ireland have been selling a service for inserting online ads to clients in France for years through its Google search engine. Guardian

'Stay Tuned': Kid Rock Hints At Run For Senate In Michigan After Confirming Campaign Website Is Real
Kid Rock, a supporter of President Donald Trump, has become the latest celebrity to consider entering politics. The musician from suburban Detroit, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, has been touted in the past as a possible Republican challenger to unseat Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, who is up for re-election next year. On Wednesday, he confirmed that a campaign website entitled “Kid Rock for Senate” was real. “I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real… http://kidrockforsenate.com  The answer is an absolute YES,” Ritchie tweeted on Wednesday. Telegraph

Theresa May's Government Could 'Come Apart Like A Chocolate Orange' Over Brexit, Watchdog Chief Warns
Theresa May's Government is putting a successful Brexit at risk by failing to show "active and energetic" leadership, the head of the National Audit Office has warned.
In an unprecedented intervention Sir Amyas Morse said Whitehall departments are being left to "struggle on their own" with the challenges of Brexit because of a failure of leadership and direction. He said the Government could "come apart like a chocolate orange" unless departments are given more support, as he warned Mrs May that Brexit poses the "biggest challenge" since the Second World War. Telegraph

Billions Around The World Lack Safe Water, Proper Sanitation Facilities, Reveals UN Report
Some three in ten people around the world lack access to safe and readily available water at home, and almost six in ten to safely managed sanitation, a new United Nations report has warned, calling on countries to do more to fulfil these basic human needs. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) joint report, Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: 2017 Update and Sustainable Development Goal Baselines, many homes, healthcare facilities and schools also lack soap and water for handwashing, putting the health of all people – but especially young children – at risk for deadly diseases. UN News

UN Envoy On Sexual Violence In Conflict Urges Protection Of Survivors Released From ISIL-Held Mosul
The United Nations official advocating against the use of sexual violence in conflict today urged all Iraqis to shun stigmatization, and called for women and girls returning from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) captivity to be embraced into their communities and supported, especially if they have children as a result of rape. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, urged “all relevant stakeholders to ensure the return of women and girls from Da’esh captivity in safety and dignity,” in a statement. The Under-Secretary-General also called on everyone to welcome the women and girls back into their communities and to support them in healing, as well as “to address all their human rights protection needs, in particular those of children born to survivors of rape.” UN News

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