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Wisconsin Company To Implant Microchips In Its Employees In August
A Wisconsin tech company says they are about to become the first business in the U.S. to offer microchip implants to its employees. Three Square Market (32M), a River Falls-based software design company, says starting August 1st, it will be offering microchips to all their employees. The chips will be implanted underneath the skin between the thumb and forefinger, which will allow employees to pay for food and drinks in the company’s break room, open security doors, and login into their computers without any special cards—or passwords. “Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.," Todd Westby, 32M CEO said in a company press release. The technology the company is using is called RFID or (Radio-Frequency Identification) that uses electromagnetic fields to identify electronically-stored information. The chips will also use near-field communications (NFC), the same type of technology that is used in most contactless credit cards and mobile payments. Fox
VOA VIEW: What is next.

Mueller Probe: Meet The Lawyers Who Gave $$ To Hillary, Now Investigating Team Trump
President Trump’s tough criticism of Special Counsel Robert Mueller signals a renewed effort to challenge his investigators’ credibility over their track record of pro-Democratic political donations and other associations. There is no shortage of examples to fuel the president's case. Of the 15 attorneys currently on staff for Mueller, at least seven have donated to Democratic candidates and campaigns, including Trump's 2016 rival Hillary Clinton. The rest have not made political donations, according to federal records; and none of the attorneys on Mueller’s roster donated money to Trump.  “This is just a witch hunt—it’s all a hoax,” White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway told “Fox & Friends” last week after Trump criticized Mueller in a New York Times interview. “People should know what folks’ past motivations, and their political motivations are—these weren’t minor donations, these were significant donations by members of that team.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Trump has good reason to cry unfair.

The Next Great Medical Innovations That Ccould Save Children
What medical advancements could save the lives of our children in the future? That's the question members of the American Academy of Pediatrics asked themselves. Their answers were published last week in the journal Pediatrics. "We thought about the next 40 years and what fields of study might lead to great medical achievements," said co-author Dr. Tina Cheng, Director of the Department of Pediatrics at John Hopkins Hospital. "We wanted to identify areas that could have the greatest impact on improving children's lives," added co-author Dr. Clifford Bogue, a critical care pediatrician at Yale University School of Medicine. "Because we believe child research is a great investment, we thought it would be helpful for advocating for funding in the future." CNN

Eric Holder: Trump Voter Fraud Commission Led By 'Fact-Challenged Zealot'
Former US attorney general Eric Holder on Monday assailed President Donald Trump's voting commission and unsubstantiated claim that voter fraud is widespread, calling the commission "another frightening attempt to suppress the votes of certain Americans." "The creation of this new federal commission on election integrity by this administration is another frightening attempt to suppress the votes of certain Americans," Holder told attendees of the NAACP National Convention
Former US attorney general Eric Holder on Monday assailed President Donald Trump's voting commission and unsubstantiated claim that voter fraud is widespread, calling the commission "another frightening attempt to suppress the votes of certain Americans." CNN
VOA VIEW: Why is Holder afraid of the truth coming out?

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Jared Kushner: Trump 'Had A Better Message And Ran A Smarter Campaign, And That Is Why He Won'
On the heels of his closed-door appearance at the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday, Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, told reporters at the White House that he did not collude with Russia and knew of no one in the campaign who did. He said reason Trump won the presidency was because he had a better message and campaign than Hillary Clinton. Kushner also said he had no improper contacts with Russia and did not rely on Russian funds for his businesses. "Let me be very clear: I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so. I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds for my businesses, and I have been fully transparent in providing all requested information," Kushner said. "Donald Trump had a better message and ran a smarter campaign, and that is why he won. Suggesting otherwise ridicules those who voted for him," he said. CNS News
VOA VIEW: Kushner did what the Obama people never did.

U.S. Catholic Bishop: Politicians Who Made Gay 'Marriage' Legal Must Not Receive Communion
In a recent video explaining basic Catholic Church teaching on why same-sex marriage is immoral and wrong, Bishop Thomas Paprocki, who heads the Catholic diocese of Springfield, Illinois, also explained why Catholics who engage in or support seriously sinful behavior must not present themselves for Communion at Mass until they go to Confession and amend their lives, and this is particularly true of politicans who made homosexual "marriage" legal and who "aid and abet abortion."
It is also true, said the bishop, for Catholics who use artificial birth control that they must "repent, go to Confession, and amend their lives" before they may present themselves for Communion. CNS News
VOA VIEW: The Bishop has gone too far.

U.S. Allows Fast Processing Again For Some H-1B Visa Applications
The U.S. government said on Monday it would resume fast processing of H-1B visas requested by institutions of higher education and nonprofit and governmental research organizations, while leaving in place a longer approval time for companies that use the visas. President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to crack down on immigrants, whom he said were taking jobs from U.S. citizens, and signed an executive order in April calling for a review of the H-1B program. The visa allows foreigners with certain skills to work temporarily in the United States. Reuters

Trump Unloads On Washington Post In Late Night Tweetstorm
President Trump blasted and appeared to threaten the Washington Post in a series of tweets Monday night, after the newspaper ran a story on his Syria policy. “The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the facts on my ending massive, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad,” Trump wrote in the first of a three-tweet storm about the paper at around 10:30 p.m. The paper had just published a story online saying, “Cooperation with Russia becomes central to Trump strategy in Syria.” The story said Trump’s policy “essentially carves up Syria into no-go zones for each of the players — President Bashar al-Assad’s fight, with Russian and Iranian help, against rebels seeking to overthrow him, and the US-led coalition’s war to destroy the Islamic State.” NY Post
VOA VIEW: The liberal media needs to be exposed.

McCain To Return To Washington For Health-Care Bill Vote
Less than a week after revealing he is battling brain cancer, Sen. John McCain said Monday he will return to Washington on Tuesday to take part in the health care votes that could begin that day. In a statement released late Monday, his office said McCain "looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow to continue working on important legislation, including health care reform, the National Defense Authorization Act, and new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea.”
McCain announced last week that he had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer. The Senate is expected to consider a procedural motion Tuesday that would begin debate on a Republican health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. GOP leaders have struggled to cobble together enough votes to open the debate and to pass any version of the proposed legislation. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Publicity stunt or honest care for the country.

Medicaid, Pension Costs Create Budget Complications For U.S. States
A sluggish forecast for U.S. economic growth as well as an increase in U.S. states' Medicaid and pension contribution costs is creating a budgetary squeeze in many state capitols, according to a research report issued by S&P Global Ratings on Monday. While the risk of a recession within the next 12 months has fallen into a 15-20 percent range from 20-25 percent, the rate of economic expansion "is expected to remain fairly anemic at 1.8 percent over the longer term (roughly 10 years), well below the 3.0 percent average growth rate that prevailed from 1980 to 2000," the report said. Reuters

MSNBC Tops Fox News As Most-Watched Cable Network On Primetime Weekdays
MSNBC finished ahead of Fox News as the most-watched cable network during weekday primetime last week, averaging 2.34 million viewers from July 17-21. It marks the first time in the 21-year history of the cable network that it came in as the No. 1 cable network during weekday primetime among total viewers. While President Trump slams CNN as “fake news” on a regular basis, its historically progressive rival MSNBC has made big strides among viewership the entire year. It has now beaten CNN among total primetime viewers for 29 of the last 30 weeks dating back to the start of 2017. SF Gate
VOA VIEW: The conclusion comes from a liberal finding and report.

House Rejects Effort To Move Money Around To Fund VA Program
The House has rejected a plan to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall in its Choice program of private-sector care following opposition from veterans' groups. The vote was 219-186 Monday on a bill to provide a six-month funding fix, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi joined other members of her party in voicing objections after veterans expressed concerns about cuts to other parts of the VA. The Choice program offers veterans federally paid medical care outside the VA and is a priority of President Donald Trump. SF Gate

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Philippine President Duterte Vows To Continue Nation’s War On Drugs
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed Monday to continue his bloody war on illegal drugs despite international and domestic criticism and warned that offenders will end up in "jail or hell." In his second state of the nation speech, Duterte also insisted he would not hold peace talks with communist rebels because of continuing attacks. Security issues dominated his most important annual speech, including a disastrous two-month uprising by pro-Islamic State group militants in a southern city, the worst crisis he has faced. MSNBC

EPA Chief Taps Taxpayer Dollars For Weekend Flights Home
Records show the head of the Environmental Protection Agency spent weekends in his home state during his first three months in office, frequently flying to and from Oklahoma at taxpayer's expense. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's expense reports from March, April and May were released following a Freedom of Information request filed by Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit watchdog group. The records show Pruitt traveled home at least 10 times, typically leaving Washington on Fridays and returning on Mondays. Pruitt was either in Oklahoma or on trips that included stops there for nearly half the days encompassed in the three-month period, costing more than $15,000. EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman did not respond to emails or phone messages from The Associated Press on Monday seeking comment. Philadelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: It does not look good for Pruitt.

Small-Business Sales: Job-Training Firms Worth More Than Medical
Tech-based education and training firms are selling at premium prices, and are fetching more than the health and medical companies that used to get the best prices, a review of thousands of U.S. small-company sales shows. Among firms with $10 million to $500 million in yearly revenues, 165 education and training firms that were sold last year changed hands for an average of nearly 13 times earnings, before interest, taxes, and amortization and depreciation. That’s up from seven times earnings in 2012, according to Capstone Partners LLC of Boston, which advises companies for sale and collects business-sale data. Health and medical small-business prices, by contrast, have been nearly flat in recent years. Almost 1,600 medical- and health-related firms tracked by Capstone sold for an average of about 9.4 times earnings last year. That’s little changed from prices in 2012, while for other service-sector companies, sales premiums have risen. Philadelphia Inquirer

Black Women Picking Up Firearms For Self-Defense
Sitting in a classroom above a gun range, a woman hesitantly says she isn't sure she could ever shoot and kill someone, even to protect herself. Couldn't she just aim for their leg and try to maim them? Her instructor says self-defense is not about killing someone, but is instead about eliminating a threat. If the gun gets taken away by a bad guy, the instructor says, "I promise you they're not going to be having any sympathy or going through the thought process you are." Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: Does race have to be a issue?

Trump: ‘Obamacare Is Death’
President Donald Trump declared the Affordable Care Act a "meaningless promise" Monday, using his presidential bully pulpit to amplify his calls for action on stalled Republican attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare — which he called "death" at one point. "Obamacare has wreaked havoc on the lives of innocent, hard-working Americans," Trump said at the White House, joined by families whom he said had suffered under the ACA. The president hammered Democrats for their lack of bipartisanship and decried their criticism of Republican efforts to reform health care. MSNBC

Democrats Surge To Giant Advantage In Recruiting Candidates
A huge number of Democrats have already filed papers signaling an interest in running for the U.S. House in 2018, according to a new study released Monday that signals just how much anti-Trump sentiment is shaping the political scene. More than 200 Democratic challengers have filed with the Federal Election Commission and already reported raising at least $5,000 for their bids, the Brookings Institution said. That’s more than four times the number Democrats had recruited at this point in 2015. With the election still 16 months away, that level of interest in running is “truly remarkable,” wrote Michael J. Malbin, who said it shows Democrats ready to take advantage if there’s a national political tidal wave. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Democrats will lose big in 2018.

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Dianne Feinstein Pushes For Attorney General Sessions To Testify On Russian Ambassador Meetings
The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is putting public pressure on her Republican counterpart to invite Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify before lawmakers to answer questions about his interactions with the Russian ambassador. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Monday asked committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley to invite Mr. Sessions before the committee to address discrepancies between his accounts of meetings with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, in which he has said he did not discuss the Trump campaign, and reports that indicate Mr. Kislyak told his superiors in Moscow that the two had discussed campaign matters. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Sessions has refrained from Russian activity.

Pentagon Cites "Unsafe" Chinese Intercept Of U.S. Surveillance Plane
The pilot of a U.S. Navy EP-3 surveillance plane took evasive action to avoid possible collision with a Chinese fighter jet during an encounter off the Korean peninsula, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. The spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said two Chinese J-10 fighters intercepted the U.S. plane Sunday in international airspace between the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea, in an area he described as west of the Korean peninsula. Davis said one of the Chinese planes approached at a high rate of speed from beneath the American plane, then slowed and pulled up, prompting the EP-3 pilot to take evasive action. He called the Chinese pilot's action unsafe. CBS
VOA VIEW: China should be sanctioned.

New Details Emerge On Fruitfly, Highly-Invasive Mac Malware
Six months after it was discovered, the first Mac malware of the year is still causing a stir. The recently discovered Fruitfly malware is a stealthy, but highly-invasive, malware for Macs that went undetected for years. The controller of the malware has the capability to remotely take complete control of an infected computer -- files, webcam, screen, keyboard and mouse. But despite its recent discovery, little is known about the malware. Given how rare Mac malware is -- especially one with all the hallmarks of what could be a nation state attacker -- Patrick Wardle, a former NSA hacker who now serves as chief security researcher at Synack, got to work. CBS

After President Trump's Public Attacks, Can Jeff Sessions Survive As Attorney General?
In five months as attorney general, Jeff Sessions has pursued the staunchly conservative agenda that then-candidate Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail. He has refocused the nation’s attention on violent crime; ordered a sweeping review of police reform agreements that punished troubled agencies; threatened so-called sanctuary cities for harboring illegal immigrants; and rolled back a series of Obama-era civil rights actions, including a Justice Department challenge to a controversial voter identification law in Texas. Sessions has done virtually everything that Trump seemed to want, except one thing: protect the boss from an expanding investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 that already has wound its way to the Oval Office. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Sessions made one major mistake - giving up control in Russia probe.

Maine Dispensary Owner Offers Free Weed For Trash Clean-Up
A medical marijuana businessman in Maine is offering weed for weeds in a program to encourage Gardiner residents to clean up their city. WCSH-TV reports that Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit Medical Marijuana, offered residents who collected trash Saturday free marijuana. The businessman says anyone who was over 21 was offered free marijuana if they presented a bag of trash that was collected in town. Meehan’s company advertised the cleanup effort on Facebook, and he says he hopes to expand what he calls “the day of service” program to the entire state. Mehan says the program is about bringing awareness to the “life-changing” nature of cannabis as well. Boston Globe

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Trump Tells Reporter To Be 'Quiet'
President Donald Trump told a reporter asking questions Monday to be "quiet." A White House reporter called out questions as Trump posed for photographs with interns in the East Room. Asked if Attorney General Jeff Sessions should resign, Trump rolled his eyes. When the reporter asked the president if he had a message on health care, Trump said "quiet." The president then told the interns that the reporter "was not supposed to do that" and was "breaking a code." ABC
VOA VIEW: Shame on the reporter.

CIA And FBI Documents On Investigation Into Kennedy Assassination Are Released
More than 3,800 records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy have been released today by the National Archives. Most of the documents were previously released with parts redacted, and 441 have never been released before. Of those that were previously redacted, some have now had the redactions removed.
Among the materials, which include CIA and FBI records, are transcripts and 17 recordings of interviews with Yuri Nosenko, a former KGB agent who defected in 1964 and claimed he was in charge of the KGB file on Lee Harvey Oswald when Oswald was in the Soviet Union. The list of documents released Monday also includes some referring to the investigation into Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968, five years after President Kennedy was killed. ABC

Yes, Google Can Keep Dominating Advertising
The biggest worry about Google and Facebook is whether they can stay Google and Facebook. That is, can those two companies continue to dominate advertising.It won't be an easy task, especially for the relative elder statesman Google. But it should be feasible for Google to stay Google. For a sense of the dominance of the two tech giants, consider their recent track record. Total worldwide spending on television and radio commercials, newspaper ads and other measured advertising grew by about $83 billion from 2012 to 2016, according to figures from Magna Global. Google and Facebook's advertising revenue rose by a combined $58 billion over those years, which means the two companies were responsible for roughly 70 percent of all the growth in global advertising. Google's ad revenue alone has been consistently equivalent to more than 40 percent of the annual growth in global advertising spending. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: There has been too much of a dominance by Google.

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Trump Administration Ends Funding For Teen Pregnancy Programs
A nationwide, successful teen pregnancy prevention program is being eliminated under President Donald Trump's proposed FY 2018 budget, with all organizations funded by it notified this month their funding will end next year. As part of the proposed budget, the Trump Administration plans to halt funding of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention, or TPP, Program two years early by eliminating $213.6 million to over 81 TPP organizations, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
"On July 1, HHS awarded 81 continuations for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Tier 1 and Tier 2 grant awards for a total of $89 million," a spokesperson for HHS told UPI. "All of these grantees were given a project end date of June 30, 2018." UPI

Critics Denouce Trump’s ‘Tacky And Disrespectful’ Boy Scouts Speech
The Boy Scouts official Facebook page was flooded with angry comments from parents and former scouts who called Monday’s speech by President Trump “unbelievably tacky and disrespectful.” “A statement from the [Boy Scouts of America] denouncing this speech and the conduct of the crowd booing a former president needs to be forth coming immediately,” Robin Tilson wrote. “Everything that the BSA stands for was discredited today by this speech and the reaction from many attendees.” Trump made a surprisingly political speech to the gathering of 40,000 young men at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree. The president slammed the media and his Democratic opponents — at one point eliciting boos for President Obama. At the event in West Virginia, the huge crowd enthusiastically cheered Trump and even got a chant going that said “we love Trump.” NY Post
VOA VIEW: The crowd said one thing and the media another.

Ambassador To Israel Says US Helped Solve Crisis
The American ambassador to Israel says the speedy resolution of a diplomatic crisis with Jordan proves how closely Israel works with the Trump administration. David Friedman told Israeli lawmakers in parliament on Tuesday that the standoff over a deadly shooting near the Israeli Embassy in Jordan could "have gone very bad" without the American intervention. Trump's Mideast envoy, Jason Greenblatt, met with Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday in the administration's first high-level, on-the-ground engagement in the crisis. Tampa Tribune

When He Travels, Trump Favors States That Voted For Him
President Donald Trump surveyed the crowd of thousands of Boy Scouts at their summit Monday and assessed, "There's a lot of love in this big, beautiful place. And a lot of love for our country." He singled out for affection West Virginia, a state that gave him his largest margin of victory in November. "What we did, in all fairness, is an unbelievable tribute to you and all of the other millions and millions of people that came out and voted to make America great again," he said as chants of "USA!" broke out among the Scouts, most of whom were too young to vote. It's a message that only works in Trump-backing corners of America. As president, he's been drawn again and again to those comfort zones, while largely avoiding states where voters chose his Democratic opponent, a review by The Associated Press found. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: A liberal media evaluation.

Samsung Releases Its First Biosimilar Drug In U.S.
Electronics giant Samsung made its first foray into U.S. pharmaceuticals Monday when it joined efforts with Merck to release a lower-cost version of a rheumatoid arthritis drug. Samsung Bioepis, a subsidiary of the South Korean producer of televisions and smartphones, and Merck Biosimilars released Renflexis, a version of Johnson & Johnson's Remicade. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave approval in April to the drug, which the companies said would be sold for about 35 percent less than current list price of Remicade. Samsung said its version would cost about $750 per vial. Another version of the drug, Inflectra, made by Pfizer and Celltrion, sells for about 15 percent of the cost of Remicade. UPI

Democrats Reveal Their Plan To Return To Power
Eight months after a crushing election defeat that left the party in the political wilderness, Democrats are charting a path back to power in 2018 and 2020 -- and it begins with emphasizing kitchen-table issues above all else. Party leaders plan to roll out a policy and messaging blueprint on Monday in Berryville, Virginia, west of Washington, which is represented in Congress by Republican Barbara Comstock in the type of political swing district that Democrats think they must win to take back control of the House. “It is called ‘A Better Deal,’” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” of the party’s plan. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: What happens when Democrats lose further?

Mattis Blasts Pentagon For Wasteful Spending
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is scolding the Pentagon's unwieldy bureaucracy for wasteful spending. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, Mattis pointed to a recent report by the U.S. special inspector general for Afghanistan. The report said the Pentagon had wasted tens of millions of dollars by buying private-label uniforms of questionable use for the Afghan military over a 10-year period. The uniform episode is to be a focus of a House Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday. In a memo last Friday, Mattis said the wasteful spending on uniforms is an example of "cavalier or casually acquiescent decisions." He added that such decisions undermine the mission in Afghanistan and undercut public trust. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Great statement.

Trump’s New Messenger Says Briefings Back On Camera
President Donald Trump's new communications chief says television cameras will start rolling again in the White House briefing room. Anthony Scaramucci — the Wall Street financier who joined the administration last week — tweeted on Monday that "the TV Cameras are back on." Under Press Secretary Sean Spicer — who resigned over Scaramucci's new role — the daily press briefings had become must-see TV. But in recent weeks, Spicer moved into a more behind the scenes role, putting the briefing largely in the hands of his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who made them off-camera events. Scaramucci said the briefings will be back on TV, noting that he discussed the move with the president. Las Vegas Sun

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DID NETANYAHU FORGET SECRET REGIONAL ALLIES DURING THE TEMPLE MOUNT FIASCO?
In recent years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has heralded Israel’s growing ties with Arab countries in the region. In 2016, at a speech to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, he said Arab countries were changing their views on Israel. “They don’t see Israel anymore as their enemy, but they see Israel as their ally,” he said. Shared interests include opposition to instability in the region, the Iranian threat and Islamist extremism. Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem Holy Site Tensions 'Must Ease By Friday'
The UN's Middle East envoy has warned tensions over a holy site in Jerusalem must ease by Friday, or risk spreading "well beyond" the ancient city. Nikolay Mladenov urged a rapid solution to the current crisis over the site, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount. Tensions rose after two Israeli policemen were killed on 14 July, prompting Israel to install metal detectors. On Friday, 21 July, three Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces as thousands protested in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. Later the same day, three Israeli civilians were stabbed to death and a fourth injured by a Palestinian who entered a home at a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank. BBC

Syria War: Russia Sends Police To Southern 'Safe Zones'
Russia says it has deployed forces to monitor so-called de-escalation zones in southern Syria. The defence ministry said military police had been sent to Eastern Ghouta on the edge of the capital Damascus, and to an area in the south-west. It is the first time foreign personnel have been despatched to help implement the "safe zones" agreed with Turkey and Iran earlier this year. Rebel groups have not publicly signed up to the de-escalation agreement. A Russian defence ministry spokesman, Lt Gen Sergei Rudskoi, said a contingent had set up two checkpoints and 10 observation posts on front lines between Syrian forces and rebels in the two areas. BBC

Jared Kushner Sealed Real Estate Deal With Oligarch's Firm Cited In Money-Laundering Case
Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump, who acts as his senior White House adviser, secured a multimillion-dollar Manhattan real estate deal with a Soviet-born oligarch whose company was cited in a major New York money laundering case now being investigated by members of Congress. A Guardian investigation has established a series of overlapping ties and relationships involving alleged Russian money laundering, New York real estate deals and members of Trump’s inner circle. They include a 2015 sale of part of the old New York Times building in Manhattan involving Kushner and a billionaire real estate tycoon and diamond mogul, Lev Leviev. Guardian

'Female Senators' To Blame For Health Bill Struggle, Says Republican Congressman
A Republican lawmaker has blamed “female senators” for his party’s failure thus far to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s healthcare law, noting that if they were men he would challenge them to a duel. Blake Farenthold, a congressman from Texas, singled out the women as the US Senate prepares to vote on Tuesday on whether to move forward with legislation that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Speaking with a local radio station on Monday, Farenthold said it was “absolutely repugnant” that the Republican-controlled Senate had yet to pass a healthcare bill. Guardian

Rex Tillerson 'To Quit As Donald Trump's Secretary Of State Before The End Of The Year'
Rex Tillerson is growing increasingly disillusioned with President Donald Trump and could leave his administration before the end of the year, according to two sources who spoke to CNN. The secretary of state has found himself undermined by the president, who openly contradicts him and appears disinterested in the work of Mr Tillerson's team of career diplomats at the state department. Friends of Mr Tillerson's had previously believed he would ride out the rollercoaster at Foggy Bottom - home of the state department. But CNN on Monday reported that the friends had noticed "a change in tone," and thought that he could well be planning on leaving Washington. Telegraph
VOA VIEW: CNN cannot be trusted with real facts.

Donald Trump Latest Approval Rating And Impeachment Odds
Donald Trump's Presidential approval rating continues to worsen in the wake of the developing investigation into his campaign's ties with Russia. The revelation that his son, Donald Jnr, met with a Russian lawyer to discuss potentially damaging info about Hillary Clinton follows a month after it emerged that the President is under investigation for a possible obstruction of justice. Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to examine Russia’s role in the presidential election, is now reportedly directly examining the behaviour of the President as well members of his wider campaign team. Telegraph

Latest Round Of UN-Led Global Consultations Spotlights Migrants’ Contributions To Development
Although the net benefits of migration far outweigh its costs, the public perception is often the opposite, a senior United Nations official pointed out today, as the latest round of consultations on a global compact for migration began in New York. “Such public perceptions and attitudes negatively influence sound migration policy choices,” said Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration, in her remarks to the session, which wraps up tomorrow at UN Headquarters in New York. UN News

Security Council Cites Terrorism, Deteriorating Humanitarian Conditions As Challenges For West Africa
The Security Council today welcomed recent positive political developments in some West African countries, but expressed concern over the threat of terrorism in the region. “The Security Council strongly condemns all terrorist attacks carried out in the region, in particular in Northern and Central Mali and the Lake Chad Basin region, notably by Boko Haram and Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),” said the Security Council President for the month of July, Liu Jieyi, in a presidential statement. On behalf of the Council, Mr. Liu expressed particular concern over attacks on civilians – the primary victims of terrorist violence – while underscoring the importance of a holistic approach to degrade and defeat the terrorists in compliance with international law. UN News

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