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Scaramucci Removed As White House Communications Director
President Trump’s headline-grabbing communications director Anthony Scaramucci was shown the door Monday after just 11 days on the job – as retired Gen. John Kelly took command of the White House staff, moving swiftly to impose order on a West Wing gripped for weeks by infighting. Fox
VOA VIEW: Scaramucci had a big mouth - bigger than Trump.

John Kelly Takes Command As Trump Slams Back At Accusations Of 'White House Chaos'
Retired general John Kelly took command Monday of President Trump's White House staff, in a shakeup that could serve to restore discipline and focus to a White House that’s been gripped by internal power struggles that have played out in the press. Fox
VOA VIEW: Kelly is starting out right - will Trump let him continue?

Scaramucci Firing Suggests John Kelly May Be More Of The Boss Than We Thought
In one of his first acts as White House chief of staff, John Kelly pushed out the newly minted communications director Anthony Scaramucci, a stunning move that suggests the new boss has wider leeway than many people thought when President Trump announced his hiring late Friday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Scaramucci took is position at a higher level than it was - we were right, again.

U.S. Slaps Sanctions On Venezuelan President Maduro
The move comes a day after Maduro declared a sweeping victory in a vote that will allow him to further consolidate his power over the crisis torn nation. Much of the world -- and many of Venezuela's own citizens -- have called the vote an assault on democracy. "Yesterday's illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a statement announcing the latest sanctions on the Latin American country. CNN

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Transgender: We’re ‘Medically Reliant’ Like Diabetics, Asthmatics; ‘Should Be Disqualified’ From Military
Reacting to President Trump’s announcement preventing transgender people in the military, Edie Dixon, a transgender man who identifies as a woman, told the Blaze on July 27 that he agrees with the president’s decision, saying that transgenders are “no better” than diabetics or asthmatics, and “should be disqualified” from the military. CNS
VOA VIEW: If a person can't identify with his or her gender, they have  major problem.

Trump Studying Executive Action On Healthcare, Senator Rand Paul Says
U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he spoke to President Donald Trump by phone about healthcare reform on Monday and told the president he thought Trump had the authority to create associations that would allow organizations to offer group health insurance plans. Reuters

U.S. Embassy In Moscow Says Locked Out of Diplomatic Property
The U.S. embassy in Moscow accused Russian authorities on Monday of barring diplomatic staff from a property on the outskirts of Moscow, after having earlier agreed to grant access until midday on Tuesday for them to retrieve belongings. A Russian foreign ministry official, quoted by state news agency RIA, said the U.S. embassy had sent in its trucks without first obtaining permits which, the official said, are required by law because the property is in a conservation area. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Russia is making a big mistake.

Senators Pressure Retailers To Root Out “Shameful” Labor Abuse Of Truckers
A group of high-profile Democratic Senators, led by Sherrod Brown of Ohio, wrote letters to the nation’s top retail CEOs Monday, demanding they crack down on trucking companies that turned their workers into modern-day indentured servants. USA Today

Trump Dictated Son’s Misleading Statement On Meeting With Russian Lawyer
On the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Germany last month, President Trump’s advisers discussed how to respond to a new revelation that Trump’s oldest son had met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign — a disclosure the advisers knew carried political and potentially legal peril. Washington Post

Officer Who Beat Woman With Baton Had 14 Previous Use Of Force Incidents
A DeKalb County police officer who is on restricted duty pending the outcome of a use of force investigation had more than a dozen previous incidents, Channel 2 Action News reported Monday. Officer P.J. Larscheid has been with DeKalb police more than five years and in that time he used force 14 times, including euthanizing a deer with a firearm in 2011, according to the personnel file obtained by Channel 2. Atlanta Journal

White House Says Trump Has No Plans To Shift Cabinet Members
Simmering tensions between President Donald Trump and his attorney general appear to be cooling down. The White House said Monday that Trump has "100 percent" confidence in his Cabinet, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Trump's cabinet makes Obama's a total failure.

CATS Unveils A New Way For People To Buy Train Tickets On Their Smart Phones
Light-rail riders have a new way to pay for their tickets, as the Charlotte Area Transit System has unveiled its new mobile app, CATS Pass. The app could make it easier for people to buy train tickets, but it’s also a hedge against broken ticket-vending machines on the Lynx Blue Line. To launch CATS Pass, the transit system partnered with Passport, a Charlotte technology company headquartered on South Mint Street. The app is available on Google Play or the Apple App Store. Charlotte Observer

Schumer Says ‘Our Founding Fathers Intended’ For Congress To ‘Improve Our Healthcare System’
Senate Minority Leaders said last night at the end of the debate over the Republicans “skinny repeal” of Obamacare that the Founding Fathers of the United States intended for Congress to improve the healthcare system. The constitutionality of the Obamacare law was challenged all the way to the Supreme Court because the federal government never before had attempted to order citizens to buy a particular product. It was upheld on a 5-4 vote because Chief Justice John Roberts determined the individual mandate to buy insurance was really a “tax” not a mandate. CNS
VOA VIEW: Schumer has lost all reason - the founding fathers did not have healthcare anywhere on their minds.

GOP Candidate For Florida Governor Takes To Twitter To ‘Stop CNN’
First, Adam Putnam proudly called himself an “NRA sellout.” Now the Republican candidate for governor is lighting up social media again with a tactic that appears to have come straight from Donald Trump’s playbook: an online petition on his Twitter feed to “stop CNN.” “Aren’t you tired of the liberals taking fake news to new extremes? I am,” Putnam tweeted. Miami Herald

Internet Pricing 101: Why Costs Are All Over The Map
There are 95 million American households with fixed — as in, not wireless — internet access, but few of us really understand why we pay what we pay, especially when we hear about a neighbor or relative with a cheaper rate and faster speed. The answer isn’t especially enlightening or comforting. San Diego Tribune

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Los Angeles To Host 2028 Olympic Summer Games, Paris Gets 2024
"La La Land" will have to wait just a little longer to bring home the gold. Los Angeles will be the host of the 2028 Summer Olympics instead of the 2024 games, officials confirmed on Monday. "Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the first time in 44 years is a golden opportunity for LA," Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson said in a statement on Monday. After reaching a deal with the International Olympic Committee, the Olympics will return to the City of Angeles in 2028, the third time since it first hosted in 1932. MSNBC

About Face
Not long ago, Sen. John McCain was reviled by leftists as a war-mongering hothead, but now he’s their hero, thanks to his vote to preserve Obamacare. The left-wing feminist group UltraViolet announced Monday that it would fly a plane banner over Phoenix to thank the Arizona Republican for his vote last week against the so-called “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It might backfire as a good thing for Republicans.

Republicans Move To Tax Reform, But Fight Feared Similar To Obamacare Repeal
After their health care bill collapsed in spectacular fashion last week, Republican congressional leaders insist they won’t make the same mistakes with tax reform, the other big-ticket promise they made to voters, and to which they will turn next. But there are enough similarities between the two issues that lawmakers are worried. Republicans go into the debate with only vague principles, have struggled to pique Democrats’ interest and have received conflicting signals from the White House about priorities. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Democrats and the liberal media are scared of a Republican victory.

Tropical Storm Emily: Power Outages, Rain, Fishermen Rescued
Tropical Storm Emily weakened to a tropical depression Monday afternoon as it slogged eastward across the Florida peninsula, spreading drenching rains, causing power outages and leaving two fishermen to be rescued from Tampa Bay. ABC

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One In Three Americans Took Prescription Opioid Painkillers In 2015
How many Americans are using prescription opioid painkillers? About one in three. That's the stunning number in a new survey released Monday from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which calculated that a whopping 91.8 million Americans used drugs like OxyContin or Vicodin in 2015. And nearly five percent of the adults surveyed told researchers they took these drugs without their doctor’s permission, the study reported. MSNBC

Russia Ramps Up Retaliation Against United States Over New Sanctions
Russia ramped up its retaliation against the United States over new sanctions passed by American lawmakers on Sunday, with Russian President Vladimir Putin saying that U.S. diplomatic and consular positions must be reduced by hundreds of staff, CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports. All weekend, as the world waited, Putin didn't utter a word on the topic. He was busy with the pomp of Russia's Navy Day, both a celebration and a reminder to the international community that Russian muscle extends out over the oceans. CBS
VOA VIEW: Russia is helping Trump.

Trump Presents First Medal Of Honor Of His presidency
An Army medic from Michigan who risked his life multiple times to rescue Vietnam War comrades is the first person to be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Trump. Mr. Trump presented America's highest military honor to James McCloughan on Monday afternoon at a White House ceremony, calling him "a brave guy." CBS

Temple Professor Calls 'Confederate' An Appeal To The Pro-Trump Masses
By the time this week’s HBO Game of Thrones episode ended Sunday night, the hashtag #NoConfederate was trending No. 1 in the United States and No. 2 worldwide on Twitter. April Reign, creator of the 2015 #OscarsSoWhite social media campaign – which protested the lack of diversity among Oscar nominees for two years in a row – was one of a small group of African American women who announced the #NoConfederate campaign Friday. Philadelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

Putin’s Bet On A Trump Presidency Backfires
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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Pentagon Still Awaiting White House Guidance On Transgender Military Ban
The Pentagon still has not received guidance from the White House since President Trump tweeted that transgender individuals may not serve in the U.S. military, the Pentagon confirmed Monday. "What we saw was what amounts to an announcement from the commander in chief," Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said of the series of tweets that Trump posted last Wednesday, in which he wrote that "no transgender individuals" will be allowed "to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military." ABC

Trump Says Kelly Will Be ‘Spectacular’ On New Chief's First Day
Retired Marine Corps General John Kelly, hired to bring discipline to a crisis-ridden White House, began his first day on Monday as President Donald Trump’s second chief of staff with a strong endorsement from his boss. “He will do a spectacular job, I have no doubt, as chief of staff,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office after Kelly was sworn in. Later, in a meeting of his Cabinet, Trump said that Kelly’s work as Homeland Security secretary -- where he vigorously implemented the president’s promised crackdown on undocumented immigration -- “is nothing short of miraculous.” Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Kelly will be spectacular if he can make the decisions.

Don't Succumb To Crazy White House Fatigue
That was fun. Just 240 or so hours ago, Anthony Scaramucci, absent relevant experience and credentials, became the White House communications director. It was a palace coup that also forced the departures of press secretary Sean Spicer and chief of staff Reince Priebus from the administration of President Donald Trump, and appeared to leave Steve Bannon’s future in doubt as the presidency’s Dark Lord. Bloomberg

Kelly Shows His Clout
Firmly taking charge in an unruly White House, former Gen. John Kelly moved in Monday as President Donald Trump's new chief of staff and immediately made sure that Trump's profanity-spouting new communications director was shown the door, ignominiously ousted after less than two weeks on the job. It was the latest head-snapping sequence of events at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., but Trump dismissed any talk of disarray. He insisted in a morning tweet there was "No WH chaos," then followed up in the evening with a satisfied "great day at the White House." Sun Sentinel
VOA VIEW: Liberal chaos only.

Tropical Storm Emily Makes Landfall
The tropical storm that barrelled through the Tampa Bay area Monday was downgraded to a tropical depression, the National Weather Service said. Emily made landfall on Anna Maria Island on Monday morning and brought a deluge to Tampa Bay, with more than 8 inches of rainfall in Valrico over the last 48 hours and nearly 6 inches in St. Petersburg. The storm left two brothers stranded in Tampa Bay, clinging to a range light, after the heavy rains sank their 17-foot boat around 9:45 a.m. The Coast Guard saved the Tampa men — Tung Le, 47, and Thanh Le, 41 — who were fishing Monday morning when their engine died and the storm overtook them. Tampa Tribune

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Billions Down The Drain As New Nuclear Plants Scrapped
Billions of dollars spent on two new nuclear reactors in South Carolina went up in smoke Monday when the owners nixed plans to finish them after years of delays and cost overruns, dealing a severe blow to the industry's future. The reactors were set to be among the first built in the U.S. in decades. While the decision will save customers billions in additional costs, customers of the two utilities — Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas — may get little to nothing refunded of the billions they've already paid for the now-abandoned project. Las Vegas Sun

Shinzo Abe Denounced For Delayed Response To North Korea Test
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the target of public criticism following the launch of North Korea's latest missile. Yoshihiko Noda, a lawmaker with Japan's main opposition party, denounced Abe for his decision to commute from his private residence in Tomigaya, Shibuya, on Friday night, when North Korea launched what may have been an intercontinental ballistic missile. UPI

The Internet Can’t Get Enough Of Mooch’s Firing
The internet has caught “Mooch” fever — and the only prescription is more memes. Anthony Scaramucci is already out as White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci is already out as White House communications director Social media users were putting their Photoshop skills to the test on Monday in wake of Anthony Scaramucci’s removal from his position as White House communications director. As word spread of his departure, countless people began posting funny GIFs and memes on every platform possible — in the attempt to provide some hilarity amid all the drama. One of the more popular photo disses was a re-imagining of the 2003 film, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” New York Post
VOA VIEW: "Your fired" is easy to say by Trump.

Democrats’ Economic Agenda Needs Some Work
This past week the Democratic Party began unveiling an economic agenda ahead of next year’s midterm elections, assuming it can’t merely run against President Donald Trump. Depending on what happens with GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare,the party might get a very simple, powerful message against their opponents: Republicans took away health care from millions and raised insurance prices for millions more. Seattle Times

Pence Pledges U.S. Commitment To NATO During Estonia Trip
Speaking in Estonia Monday, Vice President Mike Pence reinforced the United States' commitment to a NATO against aggression. After speaking with leaders of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, three former Soviet Union republics but now NATO members bordering Russia, Pence commented, "A strong and united NATO is more necessary today than at any point since the collapse of Communism a quarter-century ago." UPI

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US Ambassador Friedman Briefs Trump On Temple Mount Crisis
America's ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has debriefed President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on a crisis over the Temple Mount that gripped Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians earlier this month. Friedman is in town as part of a "long-planned trip," one White House official told The Jerusalem Post. But his meeting on Monday with the president, his senior White House adviser and special representative for international negotiations naturally focused on the events of recent days. Jerusalem Post

Five Post-Abbas Possibilities
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was briefly hospitalized July 29 for what various sources said was fatigue and a routine checkup. Each time Abbas gets sick, commentators rush to wonder what will come next after the 82-year old leader leaves office. The question of succession has both a sense of urgency and also dread, with one official describing it in 2014 as like “Samson in the temple,” ready to bring it all down. Jerusalem Post

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Confronts Heckler
The embattled Republican, cradling a basket of nachos, says to the fan "you're a big shot", their faces inches apart. The drama unfolded during Sunday's Brewers v Cubs game in Milwaukee. Mr Christie has the lowest approval ratings in the history of New Jersey, and stoked anger recently by using a beach closed to the public. The baseball heckler, Brad Joseph, said that after Mr Christie walked past his seat, "I yelled his name and told him that he sucked". BBC

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Found Guilty Of Violating Judge's Order
He was found to have violated a judge's 2001 order that he cease detaining migrants who are not suspected of having committed a state crime. Judge Susan Bolton determined that by detaining those living in the US illegally, Mr Arpaio was acting as a de facto wing of the federal government. He faces up to six months in prison. BBC
VOA VIEW: Count on a Trump pardon - if needed.

Twelve Key Departures In Six Months Of Donald Trump's Presidency
Anthony Scaramucci’s stay in Donald Trump’s White House was, in the peculiarly fitting words of Thomas Hobbes, nasty, brutish and short. Trump removes Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director. On Monday, reportedly guided by the appalled new chief of staff, Gen John F Kelly, the leviathan in the Oval Office stirred and flicked his tail. Just 10 cuss-filled and controversial days after the New York entrepreneur’s arrival prompted the exit of the former press secretary Sean Spicer, Scaramucci’s resignation as director of communications was announced. Guardian

Trump Vows 'All Necessary Measures' To Protect Allies From North Korea, Says Abe
Donald Trump has vowed to take “all necessary measures” to protect United States allies from North Korea’s evolving military threat, the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has said following a phone conversation with the US president. The talks between Trump and Abe came after North Korea conducted its second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test on Friday – a move analysts said put most of the US within range of Pyongyang’s missiles. Guardian

Scaramucci Ousted From White House: Tweets, Memes And More Reactions
Anthony Scaramucci was ousted from his position as White House communications director Monday, just 10 days after he joined President Donald Trump's administration. Scaramucci's departure comes days after he gave an expletive-laden interview to The New Yorker, disparaging then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and top Trump strategist Steve Bannon. Newsday

Uber Plans To Issue Own Credit Card With Barclays
Riding-sharing company Uber plans to launch its own credit card, partnering with the British bank Barclays. The card will be coming later this year, Barclays said last week. Uber would be the first of the riding-sharing companies to have a co-branded credit card, which are a popular way for companies to cement customer loyalty. They typically give points or credits toward awards, with the most popular cards offering airlines and hotels. Newsday

Free Movement Will End In 2019 As Philip Hammond Is Reined In By Theresa May
Freedom of movement will end in March 2019 and it is "wrong" to suggest arrangements will stay the same after that, Downing Street has said, in an apparent division between the Prime Minister and the Chancellor. Last week Philip Hammond, who was in charge of the country while Theresa May was on holiday in Italy, said he favoured a "standstill" Brexit transition with "many arrangements remaining very similar to how they were the day before we exited". Telegraph

There's Now A Clear Chain Of Command From Donald Trump To John Kelly
There was never any doubt about John Kelly the man. After his appointment as White House chief of staff, one particular passage from a book on his rise through the Marines Corps was circulated among administration officials. The anecdote from The March Up, by the military writer and retired Marine Bing West, was offered as evidence of character. Telegraph

Tech Companies Policing The Web Will Do More Harm Than Good
THE INFLUENCE AND proliferation of extremist content, hate speech, and state-sponsored propaganda on the internet has risen around the globe, as demonstrated by Russia’s involvement in the US election and the rise of ISIS recruitment online. As a result, the pressure that governments, media, and civil society are placing on technology companies to take meaningful action to stem the flow of this content is at an all-time high. Wired

What Google's New Autoplay Experiment Means For The Future Of Search
IF YOU'VE SEARCHED for the name of a movie on Google recently, you may have seen and heard something you didn't expect: a trailer for that film automatically playing on the search result page. Google has begun embedding autoplaying videos in the search results of a small number of its users, as first reported by Search Engine Land. "We are constantly experimenting with ways to improve the Search experience for our users," the company explained in a statement. But even if it is just an experiment, it's a weird experiment, given that Google plans to block autoplaying videos in its Chrome browser because their research has shown that consumers really, really hate ads that automatically play audio or video. Wired

Mobile Broadband Subscriptions On Track To Hit 4.3 Billion In 2017 – UN Report
Mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to reach 4.3 billion globally by the end of 2017, according to a new report released by the United Nations telecommunications agency. New data from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) also show that 48 per cent of the world's population now uses the Internet. The proportion is 71 per cent for the group of young people aged 15-24. “ITU's ICT Facts and Figures 2017 shows that great strides are being made in expanding Internet access through the increased availability of broadband networks,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao in a press release. UN News

Afghanistan: UN Mission Condemns Suicide Attack Against Iraqi Embassy In Kabul
The United Nations political mission in Afghanistan today denounced an attack on the embassy of Iraq saying it is another attack aimed at the international community but where Afghan civilians bear the brunt of the violence. “This attack shows complete contempt for human life, as well as the international law designed to protect diplomats,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan. UN News

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