Says Future Of Her Leadership Role 'Unimportant,' But Is A 'Master legislator'
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Sunday again dismissed assertions that she should resign her long-held leadership post, saying “I am a master legislator.” Pelosi, who has been the House’s top Democrat since 2007, has faced repeated suggestion that she step down since 2010, when Republicans took control of the chamber in a wave election. Fox
VOA VIEW: Pelosi staying in her present role is good for Republicans.
Trump Gets His First 2020 Challenger
The next presidential election is still 1,194 days away, but President Trump already has his first challenger in the 2020 race. “I'm running for President,” Maryland Democratic Rep. John Delaney tweeted Friday. Delaney, a wealthy former bank executive who represents Maryland’s sixth district in the Washington suburbs but is not known nationally, was elected to Congress in 2012. Fox
VOA VIEW: Delaney has no chance.
Confirms US Diplomatic Missions In Russia Will Be Cut
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday confirmed that US diplomatic missions in Russia will be cut by 755 people, following a sanctions bill the US Congress passed last week. The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday demanded that the United States cut its diplomatic staff in Russia and said it would seize two US diplomatic properties in a sharp response to the new US sanctions bill. CNN
VOA VIEW: The US can reciprocate.
Rips China After North Korea Missile Test
A day after North Korea tested a ballistic missile that it claims can reach all of the United States, US President Donald Trump ripped China for not reining in Kim Jong Un and his missile program. "I am very disappointed in China," Trump wrote in a pair of Twitter posts. "...they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!" CNN
VOA VIEW: Pushing Trump was a mistake.
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Incitement Is The Problem – Not Israeli Security Measures
Palestinians murdered 2 Israeli Druze police officers on the Temple Mount. In response, Israel temporarily closed the Al-Aqsa mosque to Friday prayers and then installed metal detectors to protect civilians. Palestinian officials claimed these security actions were a defilement of the Al-Aqsa mosque and used this as an opportunity to call for violent Intifada. CNS
Did This Become A Civil Rights Issue?
Mark Levin, speaking on President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban on his nationally syndicated radio program Thursday, asked, “When did this become a civil rights issue?” “When did this become a civil rights issue?” Mark Levin asked. “Did somebody run on this? Did Obama run on this? No. Same with our bathrooms, since when did our bathrooms become a civil rights issue?” CNS
VOA VIEW: Transgender is a confusion that is not needed in the military.
Call On New Trump Chief Of Staff To Fix White House Chaos
Republicans on Sunday urged President Donald Trump's new chief of staff John Kelly to rein in the chaos within the White House on Monday but said the retired Marine Corps general will be challenged to assert control. In his first six months in office, Trump has upended White House convention with a loose decision-making style and an open-door policy to his Oval Office for advisers, both internal and external. Infighting among his senior staff has become bitter and public. Reuters
THAAD Missile Hits Test Target Amid Growing Pressure From North Korea
The United States said it shot down a medium-range target ballistic missile in its latest test of the country's THAAD missile defense program, which is designed to protect the country against potential threats from countries such as North Korea and Iran. The test, conducted over the Pacific Ocean, comes amid heightened tensions with North Korea, which on Saturday said it had conducted its own successful test of a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that proved it has the capacity to strike American's mainland. Reuters
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Base Sticks With Him — Except In The South
This week, a new set of state polls from Gallup showed President Donald Trump’s job approval numbers are very uneven and hold some deep challenges, but a deeper look at the numbers reveals clues about potential shifts in the electorate. On the most basic level the Gallup data, based on daily tracking polls from Jan. 20 through June 30, show Trump’s job approval is “underwater” (with higher “disapprove” than “approve” numbers) in 31 of the 50 states. His approval number is only 50 percent or higher in 17 states. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.
Happens To Foreign Human Trafficking Victims In The United States?
At age 19, Indira Karimova became a victim of human trafficking after she was married off to her second cousin and brought to the United States. After their arranged marriage in Kyrgyzstan, Karimova and her husband moved to America before settling in Tyler, Texas, where she alleges she was subjected to years of abuse. MSNBC
Treasury Nixes Struggling Obama-Era Government-Run Retirement Program
The Treasury Department said Friday that it’s canceling an Obama-era program designed to help Americans who don’t have access to a 401k plan at their work save for retirement, saying interest was too low to justify the expense to taxpayers. Known as my RA, the program was one of President Obama’s State of the Union promises in 2014. It was supposed to try to reach millions of Americans whose jobs didn’t offer retirement savings or pensions plans, and would invest their money in government bonds. Washington Times
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House Counselor Kellyanne Conway: I Will Do Whatever Trump, Kelly Ask Me
White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday expressed hope that retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, will bring a sense of order and discipline to a White House that has seen significant top-level turnover and has tried to beat back persistent reports of internal chaos. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The liberal media call chaos what they can't control.
Say Trump Creating “Conflict And Drama” And “Chaos” As Core Backers Applaud
Six months in, President Donald Trump's strongest backers like seeing him fight his chosen opponents: they want the president to call out those he believes disloyal, do even more to make Democrats mad, fight with the mainstream media, and feel he's taking on "people who deserve it." CBS
VOA VIEW: Most don't buy what the liberal media is trying to cell.
Calls North Korea A "Clear And Present Danger" To The United States
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said Sunday that North Korea poses a "clear and present danger" to the United States, in the wake of the country's second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Feinstein said on "Face the Nation" that after spending time on intelligence and in briefings, she's "convinced that North Korea has never moved at the speed that this leader has to develop an ICBM to put solid fuel, to have an interesting launch device, and to have a trajectory which, as of the latest analysis, would enable it to go about 6,000 miles and maybe even hit as far east as Chicago." CBS
VOA VIEW: Obama is a major problem.
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Dines With John Kelly, Steve Mnuchin, Wilbur Ross At Trump Hotel In DC
President Donald Trump had dinner Saturday at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. with retired Gen. John Kelly, just one day after the White House announced that the outgoing Secretary of Homeland Security would replace Reince Preibus as the White House chief of staff. Joining Trump and Kelly at the hotel -- located less than a mile from The White House -- was Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Also present were Mnuchin's wife, Scottish actress Louise Linton, and Ross' wife, Hilary Geary. ABC
Lost, But Republicans Still Want To Investigate Her
Democrat Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to President Donald Trump, but some Republicans in Congress are intensifying their calls to investigate her and other Obama administration officials. As investigations into Russian meddling and possible links to Trump's campaign have escalated on both sides of the Capitol, some Republicans argue that the investigations should have a greater focus on Democrats. ABC
GOP Senators Stand Tall At Legacy Moment
“I thought it was the right vote. I do my job as a senator.” That was the simple explanation that U.S. Sen. John McCain gave for casting what turned out to be the deciding vote in the GOP’s long-standing political effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: 3 GOP Senators have to answer to their constituency.
The Italian Stereotype We've Been Trying To Ditch
When I was younger, I asked my mother if I could add a vowel to the end of my name. “Why,” she said, not particularly surprised that her quirky eldest child would make a bizarre statement like that. “Because,” I answered, “I want people to know that I’m Italian and with a name like Flowers they won’t.” Philadelphia Inquirer
Was Joking When He Told Boy Scouts He’d Fire Me: Price
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said President Trump was just joking last week when he threatened to fire him in front of tens of thousands of Boy Scouts. “Oh … it was a humorous comment that the president made,” Price said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” New York Post
Need To Push Congress Toward Universal Health Care
Sometimes, what you can accomplish is a matter of what you believe is possible or even worth doing in the first place. We ought to have a better health-care system in the United States, but we don’t because the will to create one has been lacking. That might be changing. Seattle Times
Tropical Depression Six Forms
Near Tampa; Will Soak South Florida
A tropical depression that formed off the coast of Tampa early Monday is expected to mean a couple of days of very heavy rain for South Florida and Central Florida. The system of disturbed weather became Tropical Depression Six before dawn, according to the National Hurricane. Sun Sentinel
Latest: Afghan Police Say Attack On Iraq Embassy Is Over
The Latest developments surrounding an attack on the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul, the Afghan capital (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The Afghan Interior Ministry says a four-hour-long attack on the Iraq Embassy in Kabul is over. The attack began shortly before noon on Monday, after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the embassy gates. Another three attackers stormed inside the building from where they battled Afghan security forces. Tampa Tribune
Bet On A Trump Presidency Backfires Spectacularly
A little more than a year after the Russian effort to interfere in the American presidential election came to light, the diplomatic fallout — an unraveling of the relationship between Moscow and Washington on a scale not seen in decades — is taking its toll. President Vladimir V. Putin bet that Donald J. Trump, who had spoken fondly of Russia and its authoritarian leader for years, would treat his nation as Mr. Putin has longed to have it treated by the West. That is, as the superpower it once was, or at least a major force to be reckoned with, from Syria to Europe, and boasting a military revived after two decades of neglect. New York Times
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Bombers Fly Over South Korea After North’s 2nd ICBM Test
The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea following the country's latest intercontinental ballistic missile test. The U.S. also said it conducted a successful test of a missile defense system located in Alaska. The B-1 bombers were escorted by South Korean fighter jets as they performed a low-pass over an air base near the South Korean capital of Seoul before returning to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in a statement. Las Vegas Sun
Mayor Among 15 killed In Drug Raids
A Philippines mayor suspected of involvement in the illegal drugs trade was among 15 shot dead by police in raids Sunday, officials said. Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., his wife and brother were killed in an exchange of gunfire between the mayor's security team and police serving search warrants in the family's properties around 2:30 a.m. Sunday on Mindanao island, authorities said at a media briefing. UPI
Killed, Three Injured In German Nightclub Shooting
German authorities said one person was killed and three others were injured in an early Sunday nightclub shooting in the city of Konstanz. Konstanz police and prosecutors said in a joint news release that a gunman opened fire at the Grey nightclub about 4:30 a.m. Sunday and was shot in an exchange of gunfire with police. The suspect died after undergoing emergency surgery for his wounds. UPI
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Bill On Israel Boycotts Sets Up Free Speech Battle
Earlier this month, one of America's largest civil liberties organizations announced opposition to a congressional bill that would target international efforts to boycott, divest and sanction Israel, setting up an uncomfortable fight between US-based Israel lobbies and free speech advocates. Jerusalem Post
White House Circus
The national security adviser. The press secretary. The lead counsel. The communications director. The FBI director. And now the chief of staff. Any one of these departures would be newsworthy just six months into an administration, but the sheer number in this White House speaks for itself: Donald Trump is out of control of his team. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
Officials Killed As Voting Starts
The killings took place before voting started to elect a new assembly with powers to rewrite the constitution. The opposition says it is a power grab by President Nicolás Maduro and is boycotting the vote. The government says the constituent assembly is the only way to bring peace back to the country after months of violent protests. BBC
White House Communications Chief Apologises To Trump
In his first news conference, the new White House communications chief says sorry to his new boss, President Donald Trump, for calling him a "hack politician" in 2015. Anthony Scaramucci put it down to political inexperience. BBC
Breitbart: The White House Has A New Favorite Rightwing Media Outlet
Fox News has such an influence on Donald Trump that US journalists now react to the president’s proclamations on Twitter by searching for the Fox and Friends segment that inspired them. This intimate feedback loop between the Fox morning show and the president has made it “the most powerful TV show in America”, in the words of a New York Times critic. For Rupert Murdoch, a ruthless player in conservative politics across continents, such influence is striking. But it’s not new. The Guardian
Wing Woes For President Trump
There were the promises to add 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and to start the southern border wall. Trump celebrated economic gains, citing GDP growth for the second quarter. He said the Second Amendment was safe during his tenure, and reassured the audience that Obamacare would implode on its own. He boasted that illegal crossings from Mexico are down 78 percent and he pledged to continue the crackdown on MS-13 gang members. Newsday
White House Aim To Put Public Focus Back On Legislative Bouts
President Donald Trump’s administration sought Sunday to shift the public focus back to its legislative battles after a turbulent week of West Wing infighting, trumpeting that it still intends to uproot Obamacare despite a stinging Senate floor loss. “Don’t give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace . . .,” the president tweeted Sunday morning, “and go to 51 votes (nuke option), get Cross State Lines & more.” Newsday
Votes In Controversial Election For 'Super Power' Assembly To Rip Up Country's
Existing Democratic Institutions
A parliamentary candidate and an opposition activist were among five people killed on Sunday as President Nicolas Maduro defied international pressure and internal strife to hold a controversial election. Mr Maduro summoned conflict-weary Venezuela to the polls on Sunday to vote in 545 members of a new constituent assembly which his supporters claim will end months of violence, but his detractors say ushers in a dictatorship. Telegraph
Drove A Tesla Model 3. Here's What You Need To Know
The Tesla Model 3 might be the newest and "affordable" vehicle in the electric automaker's lineup, but as I pushed my foot down on its accelerator, I thought, Yeah, this thing's still a Tesla. There's the silent driving, the signature rapid acceleration, and the semi-autonomous Autopilot function built right in. The company has been reminding customers that the Model S, its luxury car rolled out in 2012, will remain the flagship sedan and have the fanciest features. But if you’ve lusted after that expensive Model S, you’ll likely be satisfied with the Model 3 too. Wired
Goin' All Mooch, All The Time!
I KNOW I say this every week, but: what a week. It started with the President delivering such an inappropriate speech to Boy Scouts that it prompted an official apology from the Boy Scouts of America, and it ended with a Senate vote on healthcare that lasted until 1:30am, humiliated Senate leader Mitch McConnell and wound up with John McCain being lionized even though Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins really deserve the credit. With so much going on, you might be wondering what else could possibly have happened when you were doing such ludicrous, unnecessary things like sleeping; that's where I come in. Wired
Chief Condemns DPR Korea's Latest Launch Of Ballistic Missile
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres condemned today's launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). “This is again a manifest violation of Security Council resolutions. The DPRK leadership must comply fully with its international obligations and work together with the international community to resolve the outstanding issues on the Korean Peninsula,” said the Spokesman for the Secretary-General. UN News
Rights Defenders In Viet Nam Should 'Never Be Treated As Criminals,' Says
UN Rights Office
The United Nations rights office expressed concern today over the intensifying crackdown in Viet Nam against human rights defenders who have questioned or criticized the Government and its policies. Noting that last Tuesday, well-known activist Tran Thi Nga was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment and five years' house arrest for so-called “anti-State propaganda” for comments posted online, Liz Throssell, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed “serious concerns about the severity of the sentence and the conduct of the trial, which does not appear to have met due process standards.” UN News
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