GOP Senators Champion Bill To Cut Legal Immigration Levels
President Trump joined two Republican senators on Wednesday to champion legislation overhauling legal immigration in America, calling for a merit-based system that would significantly cut admissions over the next decade. Speaking at the White House, the president called it “the most significant reform to our immigration system in a half century.” “As a candidate, I campaigned on creating a merit-based immigration system that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers, and that is why we are here today,” Trump said. He was joined by Georgia Sen. David Perdue and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, the Republicans who first introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy, or the RAISE Act, in February. They have said the legislation aims to reduce the number of green cards issued in half from 1 million to 500,000 a year. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Good for conservatives - whining for liberals.
Department Reportedly Going After Affirmative Action Programs
News that the Justice Department is reshuffling resources in its civil rights division to go after colleges' affirmative action policies ignited a firestorm Wednesday – with civil rights groups and Obama education officials quickly condemning the move, though it's unclear what exactly the DOJ is planning. Late Tuesday, The New York Times obtained an internal DOJ job announcement that sought lawyers interested in a project on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.” While the notice doesn’t come right out and say which races and ethnicities are considered by the Trump administration as “at risk” for discrimination, the reported implication was that Jeff Sessions’ DOJ could go after affirmative action policies. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Good!
House: "Public Support Is So Immense" On This Immigration Overhaul
"This is an issue we campaigned on" and that "American people voted for," Trump adviser Stephen Miller said about the immigration change to move the US to a merit-based system. However, only hours after it was announced, GOP Congress members expressed their concern about it, and it faces a tough road in the House and Senate. Miller brushed that off when asked about it just now in the briefing, saying, "Over time, you're gonna see massive public push for this kind of immigration." CNN
VOA VIEW: Real conservatives and pro Americans will approve.
Show Up For Jobs At Amazon Warehouses In US Cities
Thousands of people showed up Wednesday for a chance to pack and ship products to Amazon customers, as the e-commerce company held a giant job fair at nearly a dozen U.S. warehouses. Although the wages offered will make it hard for some to make ends meet, many of the candidates were excited by the prospect of health insurance and other benefits, as well as advancement opportunities. It's common for Amazon to ramp up its shipping center staff in August to prepare for holiday shopping. But the magnitude of its current hiring spree underscores Amazon's growth when traditional retailers are closing stores — and blaming Amazon for a shift to buying goods online. Amazon said it received "a record-breaking 20,000 applications" and hired thousands of people on the spot, and will hire more in the coming days. The number was less than the 50,000 it had announced it was planning to hire before the event took place. Tampa Tribune
Miller vs. Jim Acosta Sent The White House News Briefing Completely Off
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller was about to finish his turn at the microphone when, declaring that the last question was not sufficiently on topic, he said he would take one more and pointed to CNN's Jim Acosta. If you are not familiar with the characters here, allow me to share quick bios. Miller is the aide to President Trump who made a memorable and rather authoritarian proclamation on TV in February: “Our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.” Acosta is the CNN reporter who got under Trump's skin during a January news conference, prompting Trump to exclaim, “You are fake news!” The Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Miller made Acosta feel and look ignorant.
Father Of Boy Found Abused And Neglected In Mexico City Arrested By ICE,
he father of a five-year-old boy found abused and neglected in Mexico City in June was arrested on his way to work in Escondido and deported by immigration agents Tuesday. The father, Pascual Castro, was an unauthorized immigrant who had been deported nine times previously, most recently in 2013, according to a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Castro was arrested by early Tuesday morning during what spokeswoman Lauren Mack described as a “targeted enforcement action conducted by ICE Fugitive Operations.” He was deported under a prior notice of removal issued by an immigration judge. In a phone interview from Tijuana Wednesday, Castro said he was arrested on his way to work in the morning, then sent back across the border that afternoon. He said his plans now are to get to Mexico City and pick up his son, Anthony. The child was found June 27 in the home of an aunt and uncle in a Mexico City neighborhood by police responding to a tip from a neighbor. San Diego Tribune
Adviser Stephen Miller Slams CNN’s Jim Acosta To His Face: ‘Ignorant And
Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller went after CNN’s Jim Acosta during Wednesday’s press briefing, calling the reporter “insulting, ignorant and foolish.". Miller took to the podium to discuss President Trump’s plan to revamp legal immigration when the CNN senior White House correspondent was called on for a question about the new policy that favors English-speaking immigrants. Acosta said that Trump’s plan “does not sound like it’s keeping with American tradition” on immigration before reading a passage from the Statue of Liberty, noting that it “doesn’t say anything about speaking English.” San Francisco Gate
VOA VIEW: Great!
Trump Backs Plan
That Would Curb Legal Immigration
President Donald Trump threw his support Wednesday behind legislation that looks to curb the level of legal immigration into the United States by proposing a skills-based immigration system. Trump backed the effort from Republican Sens. David Perdue and Tom Cotton in a speech atthe White House. But the plan faces long odds in Congress. Top White House aides have been working with Perdue and Cotton on the bill that -- if passed -- would dramatically remake the current immigration system, which allows a number of ways to bring family members to the US along with job-based visas. CNN
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Applies Brakes On North Korea War Talk: ‘We’re Not Your Enemy’
The United States “does not seek a regime change” in Pyongyang, and is not looking for a speedy reunification of the Korean peninsula or for “an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday. “We’re trying to convey to the North Koreans, we are not your enemy, we are not your threat, but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond,” the administration’s top diplomat said during a rare appearance at the State Department’s regular press briefing. CNS
VOA VIEW: Tillerson was too reasonable.
Trump ‘Condemns’ Venezuelan President Arresting Opposition Leaders
During the White House press briefing on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that President Trump “condemns” the arrest of Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma, two Venezuelan opposition leaders detained by the Venezuelan government under President Nicolás Maduro Moros. Early Tuesday morning, Ledezma and Lopez were detained by the Venezuelan government, while they were under house arrest, according to BBC News. Sanders was asked by a reporter Tuesday, “What is the president’s reaction to the two opposition leaders being jailed in Venezuela now after the sanctions yesterday?” CNS
Says Trump May Try To 'Wriggle Out' Of Russia Sanctions
House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi expressed concern on Wednesday about Republican President Donald Trump's statement on the Russia sanctions law, saying it raises concerns about whether he intends to follow it. "President Trump's signing statement raises serious questions about whether his administration intends to follow the law, or whether he will continue to enable and reward Vladimir Putin’s aggression," she said. "The Republican Congress must not permit the Trump White House to wriggle out of its duty to impose these sanctions for Russia’s brazen assault on our democracy." Reuters
VOA VIEW: Pelosi has lost her liberal mind.
Rare Bipartisan Display, Democrats Back Trump On China Trade Probe
Three senior Democratic senators, in a rare show of bipartisanship, urged U.S. President Donald Trump to stand up to China as he weighs launching an investigation of its intellectual property and trade practices. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer encouraged the Republican president to skip the investigation and go straight to action against China. "We should certainly go after them," said Schumer in a statement. Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon and Sherrod Brown of Ohio also urged Trump to rein in China. Reuters
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And Democrats Suddenly Want To Fix Obamacare
Bipartisanship is suddenly the talk of Capitol Hill, where Republicans and Democrats are now expressing a tentative desire to join hands after a brutal debate over Obamacare repeal. In the House, the "Problem Solvers" caucus, which consists of 43 members from both parties, put out a list of broad principles for a series of Obamacare tweaks. "My hope is we can be responsible legislators and recognize we can take on those cost issues, we can take on the issue of health care, but let’s do it together," said Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., who chairs the caucus, in an interview Tuesday. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Democrats want to take credit for the defeat of the Republican heathcare and be part of the new form.
Test-Launches ICBM Amid North Korea Tensions
The U.S. military successfully test-launched an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from California early Wednesday, according to an Air Force spokesman — just days after North Korea's second test of an ICBM. The unarmed Minuteman III missile was launched at 2:10 a.m. PT from Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles. An Air Force statement said that the test was not a response to recent North Korean actions, but shows that America's nuclear enterprise is "safe, secure, effective and ready to be able to deter, detect and defend against attacks on the United States and its allies." MSNBC
U.S. Attorney Arrested For Allegedly Stalking Woman
Richard Thompson — who was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia in 2001 — was in jail in Glynn County for almost a week on aggravated stalking charges. He was released on bond, and his charges are pending in superior court. The woman Thompson allegedly stalked was not identified. She and Thompson broke up after being in a relationship for about a year, but he continued to harass, surveil and stalk her, the victim’s attorney, Donna Crossland, said. “There were several attempts in and out of court to make him stop,” she said. “He didn’t.” Crossland alleged that Thompson violated three Family Violence Act orders that were issued against him last year, so the victim took out an arrest warrant application. Atlanta Journal
Scaramucci Says He Still Hasn't Met His Newborn Son
Anthony Scaramucci has dominated headlines over the past two weeks. Between his 10-day stint as White House communications director, giving an expletive-filled interview with the New Yorker, and denying a rumored affair with a Fox News host, it seems Scaramucci hasn't been able to meet his newborn son. Scaramucci famously missed the birth of his child on July 24. He was with the president in West Virginia at the Boy Scout Jamboree when his wife, Deidre Ball, went into labor. The New York Post's Page Six reported he simply sent her a text. Ball filed for divorce weeks earlier on July 6. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda and dumb Scaramucci.
In Brock Turner Sex Abuse Case Hires Trump Consultant
A California judge facing a recall effort after sentencing former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexual assault has hired a political consultant who ran President Donald Trump's Arizona campaign. Disclosure forms filed Monday show that Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky paid $30,000 to Brian Seitchik's Phoenix-based RDP Strategies. Reports with the California secretary of state's office showed Persky has raised $128,000 through the end of June. The recall campaign has taken in $444,000 in that same time. Charlotte Observer
Fifth Judge Confirmed, Trump Outpaces Obama And Bush
President Trump may be facing a roadblock on the rest of his nominees — but he’s outpacing his predecessors when it comes to getting federal judges confirmed, with his fifth court pick approved by the Senate on Tuesday. Alabama lawyer Kevin Christopher Newsom was confirmed to a seat on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on a 66-31 vote, with 16 Democrats joining the GOP. He’s the third circuit judge approved so far, and combined with one district judge and Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, puts the president and the GOP-led Senate well ahead of pace. By comparison, President Obama had zero judges confirmed in his first six months and it took him until November of 2009 to get three circuit court nominees cleared through the Senate. President George W. Bush had one circuit judge and two district judges confirmed by August of his first term. Washington Times
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Gore’s Nashville Estate Expends 21 Times More Energy A Year Than Typical
Former Vice President Al Gore’s sprawling, 10,070-square-foot estate near Nashville, Tennessee, expended more than 21 times more energy than the average U.S. household over the past year, according to a new report. A report by the National Center for Public Policy Research — self-described as a nonpartisan, independent conservative think tank — said that according to data obtained from the Nashville Electric Service (NES), a public electric company that powers Mr. Gore’s home and most of Nashville, the 20-room mansion in upscale Belle Meade used 230,889 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity during the past 12 months. That’s roughly 21.4 times more than the 10,812 kWh a year used up by the typical American household, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Hypocrite!
Suicide Attack Kills 2 U.S. Service Members, Pentagon Says
A suicide bomber struck a NATO convoy near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Wednesday killing two U.S. service members, the Pentagon said. The Taliban promptly took responsibility for the attack, and a spokesman for the insurgents said the bombing allegedly killed 15 soldiers - a claim that appeared exaggerated as many similar Taliban claims have been in the past. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said two U.S. service members were killed in action in the attack and that more information would be provided when it became available. In their claim of responsibility, the Taliban also said the attack destroyed two armored tanks. The insurgents' spokesman for southern Afghanistan, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, said fighter Asadullah Kandahari was the "hero" who carried out the attack with a small pick-up truck, packed with explosives. CBS News
Sweeping Sanctions Bill Targeting Russia, Iran And North Korea
President Trump has signed a sweeping sanctions measure that targets Russia, Iran and North Korea, the White House said in a statement Wednesday. The president's signature comes after some speculation that he could veto or not sign the legislation, which passed both chambers of Congress in overwhelming votes last week. Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials had signaled, however, that Mr. Trump planned to sign the bill into law. While he signed the bill, the president made clear in a statement Wednesday that he's signing the bill "for the sake of national unity" even though he isn't satisfied with some of its provisions. "I favor tough measures to punish and deter bad behavior by the rogue regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang. I also support making clear that America will not tolerate interference in our democratic process, and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russian subversion and destabilization," he said. CBS News
VOA VIEW: So be it.
States Pay The Teachers The Most. Where Does Your State Fall?
If you want to make big bucks in teaching, head to Alaska where teachers earn nearly $20,000 more than the national average. But be warned: a good chunk of that money will go to the cost of living there. The average salary for an Alaskan teacher is not in the top tier once adjusted for cost of living, said Steve Atwater, acting dean of the University of Alaska's School of Education, which partners with school districts in Alaska Teacher Placement, a program to recruit teachers and school administrators. Atwater, a former superintendent in Alaska, said the higher base pay is also a result of the difficulty to recruit teachers to Alaska. He tends to see highest pay in the most remote districts where it can be difficult to recruit teachers. Indy Star
Travel Advisory — Is Missouri The New Mississippi?
The NAACP has singled out Missouri for this distinct non-honor: Ours is the first state for which the civil rights group has issued a travel advisory, warning people of color to approach with caution. This is a dramatic announcement, and it’s human nature that our first response might be to wonder whether we’re really such standouts when discrimination is so rampant. But let’s not waste any time indulging that impulse because we have real problems to fix. Among them is the recently enacted Missouri law that as of Aug. 28 will make employment discrimination suits all but impossible to win. (Unless you have the ex-boss on tape saying, “You bet race is the reason I’m firing Miss Smith,” how can anyone prove that race wasn’t just a reason but the reason?) The law, which will require fired workers to prove that bias was the explicit reason they were let go, rather than that bias was a contributing factor, is an embarrassment and a mistake the public should demand that lawmakers correct. Kansas City Star
VOA VIEW: The NAACP likes to make something out of nothing.
Job Opening To Defend Earth From Aliens Comes With A 6-Figure Salary.
If “Independence Day” and “War of the Worlds” are among your favorite films, this might be your dream job. NASA has posted a job opening for a planetary protection officer. The job involves preventing alien contamination during NASA space missions and stopping alien micro-organisms from reaching Earth. It also covers avoiding contamination of alien worlds by probes or other missions. OK, so maybe it’s less about blasting alien invaders than in the movies. Also, in order to qualify you must have an advanced degree in engineering, science or math, plus be a recognized expert in planetary protection. You’ll also need to have at least one year of experience as a top-level civilian government employee. Miami Herald
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Safe Repair Of Disease-Causing Gene In Human Embryos
Altering human heredity? In a first, researchers safely repaired a disease-causing gene in human embryos, targeting a heart defect best known for killing young athletes — a big step toward one day preventing a list of inherited diseases. In a surprising discovery, a research team led by Oregon Health and & Science University reported Wednesday that embryos can help fix themselves if scientists jump-start the process early enough. It's laboratory research only, nowhere near ready to be tried in a pregnancy. But it suggests that scientists might alter DNA in a way that protects not just one baby from a disease that runs in the family, but his or her offspring as well. And that raises ethical questions. ABC News
Washington Tries To Protect Tech, China Could Fight Back
As the Trump administration moves to take on China over intellectual property, Washington will find it has limited firepower. Beijing has a strong grip on American technology companies, and global trade rules could favor China. Technology is proving a major battleground for China and the United States, as both sides vie to protect their economic and national security interests. Beijing has forced a long list of American companies to enter joint ventures or share research with Chinese players, part of a broader push to create its own technology giants. From makers of smartphones to chips to electric cars, American businesses have reluctantly agreed, fearful of losing access to China, which has the second-largest economy in the world. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The NYT is in favor of China, but they would lose a battle with the US.
Veto Override On Russia sanctions, Trump's Signing Statement Raises Constitutional
After signing a bill that greatly curtailed his ability to relax sanctions on Russia, President Trump issued two separate, simultaneous statements — one widely quoted and full of Trumpian bluster, the other dry and legalistic. It's that second, less-analyzed signing statement that will have the bigger impact on how the law that imposes stiff financial penalties on Moscow over its election meddling and military aggression in Ukraine is actually implemented. Trump raised a number of constitutional objections to Congress's attempts to dictate his conduct of foreign policy — not just with Russia but also Iran and North Korea. While his press statement blasted Congress for being unable to pass a health care bill, negotiating bad deals, and encroaching on presidential power, the official signing statement was much more measured in its tone. USA Today
School Building Collapses After Explosion Caused By Gas Leak
An explosion caused a school building to collapse in Minneapolis this morning, injuring a number of people, the Minneapolis Police Department said. The explosion set the building at Minnehaha Academy on fire and the flames were further fed by a ruptured gas line, according to police. The Minneapolis Fire Department confirmed the explosion was caused by a gas leak and said contractors were doing construction on the gas lines at the time of the explosion. The fire has since been put out, police said. Crews are searching for two unaccounted for people, according to the fire department. ABC News
May Toughen Trade Threats On China
President Donald Trump’s administration may be on the verge of ramping up its threats against China on trade. If the talk ever turns to action, there could be troubling consequences for the global economy. U.S. officials are gearing up to investigate China over what the administration perceives to be violations of intellectual property, said a government official who spoke on condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the probe hasn’t been announced. The administration is considering having the U.S. Trade Representative’s office investigate the matter under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, the New York Times reported. The provision allows the president to impose tariffs to protect U.S. industry from foreign countries’ unfair trading practices. Bloomberg
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Jones Reaches 22,000 For First Time
The Dow Jones industrial average climbed over 22,000 on Wednesday for the first time ever. The stock market barometer closed Tuesday at an all-time closing high of 21,963 points. On Wednesday, it reached 22,000 points right away once the New York Stock Exchange opened at 9:30 a.m. CNBC reported that Apple, whose stock was up almost 6 percent in the premarket, helped aid the morning's record gains. Its the latest record mark since President Donald Trump took office in January. The index has surpassed 19,000, 20,000 and 21,000 points this year. UPI
Tech Company Says Venezuela Vote Numbers 'Tampered With'
Turnout figures for the controversial vote in Venezuela to establish a Constituent Assembly were tampered with, the company that provided the voting technology said Wednesday. On Sunday, the regime of President Nicolas Maduro said more than 8 million people turned out in a referendum to effectively replace the elected parliament -- the National Assembly -- with one that has the power to rewrite the Constitution. Eight million people is about 41 percent of the voting-eligible population of the country. UPI
Is Considering Perry For Homeland Security Chief
The Trump administration is considering Energy Secretary Rick Perry as one possible replacement for John Kelly at the Department of Homeland Security, according to three people familiar with the deliberations. Kelly became White House chief of staff on Monday, and President Donald Trump has not made a decision about who should succeed him as Homeland Security secretary. White House officials are considering others for the position in addition to Perry, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing a personnel matter. "Secretary Perry is focused on the important mission of the Department of Energy. He’s honored to be mentioned, but he loves what he’s doing," said Robert Haus, director of public affairs at the department. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Trump must make his own decision.
Fargo Faces Lawsuits, Angry Lawmakers Over Car Lending
Wells Fargo is now facing at least three lawsuits from customers who say they were hurt by the bank's latest scandal, over how it operated its auto lending business. The bank admitted last week that roughly 570,000 customers were signed up for car insurance that they did not need. Many couldn't afford both the car payment and the extra insurance, which made them fall behind in payments. At least in 20,000 cases, cars were repossessed. Politicians are also angry with Wells, with Democrats calling for a Congressional investigation. The bank had faced bipartisan outrage after admitting last fall that employees opened as many as 2 million accounts without getting customers' permission to meet sales targets. It paid $185 million to regulators and settled a class-action suit for $142 million. Las Vegas Sun
Affirmative-Action Move Raises Concern For Colleges
The Trump administration’s intent to investigate whether using race in college admissions discriminates against white students and to sue schools deemed in violation brought sharp rebuke Wednesday from some local and national education officials who see it as frivolous and divisive. “It’s an approach that reflects a campaign of fear and intimidation to prevent institutions from following what the Supreme Court has already said was constitutionally permissible,” Philadelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: Liberals are worried.
Compares Afghan War To Remodeling Of 21 Club
President Trump reportedly compared the war in Afghanistan to the renovation of Manhattan’s upscale 21 Club during a meeting with his military advisers. Trump was discussing a war strategy for the beleaguered country when he mentioned how the posh restaurant botched their restoration in the 1980s by hiring an expensive consultant, according to NBC News. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Total madness.
Beach Hires Law Firm To Sue Drug Manufacturers Over Opioid Epidemic
Delray Beach hired a law firm Tuesday to sue drug manufacturers over the opioid epidemic sweeping South Florida. The city hired San Diego-based law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, whose attorneys helped to secure a $7 billion settlement against Enron in 2008, to seek damages on behalf of Delray for alleged deceptive marketing practices. Amid a rising number of overdoses, Mayor Cary Glickstein solicited the firm in June, arguing the city is taking necessary steps to stop the next generation of addicts. Sun Sentinel
Bypass Trump On Health Act
Congressional Republicans moved on Tuesday to defuse President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off critical payments to health insurance companies, maneuvering around the president toward bipartisan legislation to shore up insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the influential chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, announced Tuesday that his panel would begin work in early September on legislation to “stabilize and strengthen the individual health insurance market” for 2018. He publicly urged Trump to continue making payments to health insurance companies to reimburse them for reducing the out-of-pocket medical expenses of low-income people. Las Vegas Sun
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Of Israelis Support Death Penalty For Palestinian Terrorists
Some 70 percent of Israelis favor giving the death penalty to Palestinian terrorists who murdered Israelis, according to the monthly Peace Index that was released by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University Wednesday. The poll found that 69.8% of Israelis would support giving death sentences after a trial to Palestinians who murdered Israeli citizens for nationalistic reasons. The percentage saying they would oppose the death penalty was 25.3%, and 4.9% said they did not know or declined to respond. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Good!
Man Says He Murdered Jewish Girlfriend To "Free Palestinian Prisoners'
The body of a missing Jewish woman from the Binyamin District of the West Bank was found by police last week after her Arab boyfriend confessed to strangling her and bashing her head with rocks in Holon to “release Palestinian prisoners.” Police first received a report that Michal Halimi, 29, who was pregnant and married to another man, was missing at the end of May and launched an investigation to find her. A gag order, lifted Wednesday, was implemented for the duration of the search. Jerusalem Post
Opens Montreal Olympic Stadium For Migrants From US
More than 4,300 people have crossed into Canada seeking refugee status since January. The majority of those have crossed into the province of Quebec, straining resources of government and community groups. The stadium received the request for space last Friday. Asylum seekers began to be moved into the building, one of Montreal's most well-known landmarks, on Wednesday morning. Canada has seen a significant increase in the number of people crossing illegally into the country between official points of entry and seeking asylum. Over 3,300 people crossed into Quebec between 1 January and 30 June. BBC
Politicians And Babies: A Lose-Lose Situation?
It is "unacceptable" to be getting those questions in 2017, the politician, Jacinda Ardern, said said. So what added scrutiny are female politicians under, and, conversely, can mothers sometimes use their family lives to their political advantage? 'Deliberately barren'. Some politicians have faced serious political attacks for not having children. New Zealanders just need to look across the water to Australia for one example: former Prime Minister Julia Gillard. In an editorial, the Sydney Morning Herald wrote: "Her media persona does not fit the expectations of some voters: a single woman, childless, whose life is dedicated to her career." BBC
Sanders Pushes Universal Health Plan In Wake Of Republican Repeal Failure
Bernie Sanders has spent the first months of the new Congress defending Barack Obama’s health reforms as Republicans vowed to repeal them. But after the GOP’s seven-year drive to eliminate the Affordable Care Act collapsed on the Senate floor last week, Sanders is ready to introduce his own solution – government-run universal healthcare for all Americans. 'Wait for the show': how John McCain helped torpedo the Republican health plan. The Vermont senator will spend the next several weeks leading a campaign to build support for his plan before unveiling the bill next month. On Wednesday, he launched a six-figure digital advertising campaign on Facebook and Google that encourages supporters to become “citizen co-sponsors” of his plan, which he calls “Medicare for All”, according to Sanders spokesman Josh Miller-Lewis, a reference to the public healthcare program for older Americans. The Guardian
Scouts And Mexico Both Deny Claims Of Calling Trump To Offer Praise
The president of Mexico and the Boy Scouts have refuted Donald Trump’s claims that he received calls from them praising his immigration policies and speech-making abilities. On Monday, Trump claimed that Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, had given him “the ultimate compliment” by phoning to say fewer people were crossing the US-Mexico border. Last week, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump claimed the “head of the Boy Scouts” had called him to describe his speech at their national jamboree “the greatest speech that was ever made to them”. But on Wednesday Peña Nieto and the Boy Scouts said they had not made those calls to the president. Trump claimed on Monday: “The president of Mexico called me. They said their southern border … very few people are coming because they know they’re not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment.” Asked about the alleged call, Mexico’s foreign relations department said Peña Nieto “has not had any recent telephone communication with President Donald Trump”. The Guardian
Smart Toys Could Endanger Some Children
The FBI recently issued a public service announcement concerning an unusual topic for law enforcement: toys. The bureau encourages parents to consider cyber security before introducing smart, interactive, internet-connected toys into their homes. “These toys typically contain sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage components and other multimedia capabilities — including speech recognition and GPS options. These features could put the privacy and safety of children at risk due to the large amount of personal information that may be unwittingly disclosed,” the announcement says. Newsday
Comey Has Book Deal, Publication Set For Next Spring
Former FBI Director James Comey has a book deal. Flatiron Books told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Comey is writing a book about leadership and decision making that will draw upon his career in government. Comey will write about experiences that made him the FBI's best-known and most controversial FBI head in recent times, from his handling of the bureau's probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server to allegations of ties between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Trump fired Comey in May and soon after told NBC News that he was angered by the FBI's investigation into "this Russia thing with Trump and Russia," which he called a fake story. Comey has since testified before Congress that Trump asked him to end an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn and kept memos about his meetings with the president. Newsday
Philip Retires: Duke Of Edinburgh Meets Royal Marines At Final Public Event
The Duke of Edinburgh has met Royal Marines who have completed a mammoth 1,664 mile trek - his final official Royal event before he retires from public engagements. In the grounds of Buckingham Palace, Philip celebrated the achievements of servicemen who have taken part in the 1664 Global Challenge, a series of strength and endurance feats raising funds and awareness for the Royal Marines Charity. The Queen's Consort announced in May he would be retiring from royal engagements after more than 65 years supporting the monarch in her role as head of state and attending events for his own charities and organisations. Telegraph
Trump Pulled Out Of Playing The President In Sharknado 3 In Order To Run
For The White House
Donald Trump pulled out of playing the US president in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No, a sequel to the cult disaster movie Sharknado, in order to make his real life bid for the White House, it has emerged. Makers of the film said Mr Trump was in "serious talks" for the part in 2015 and was "thrilled" at the prospect. But they were then told it was "not the best time" because he was "thinking about making a legitimate run for the presidency," according to the Hollywood Reporter. Telegraph
Caved To China, Just Like Almost Every Other Tech
Apple recently removed some of the virtual private networks from the App Store in China, making it harder for users there to get around internet censorship. Amazon has capitulated to China's censors as well; The New York Times reported this week that the company's China cloud service instructed local customers to stop using software to circumvent that country's censorship apparatus. While caving to China's demands prompts a vocal backlash, for anyone who follows US tech companies in China it was anything but surprising. Apple and Amazon have simply joined the ranks of companies that abandon so-called Western values in order to access the huge Chinese market. Wired
Facebook's Chatbots Will Not Take Over The World
The notion of machines rising up against their creators is a common theme in culture and in breathless news coverage. That helps explain the lurid headlines in recent days describing how Facebook AI researchers in a “panic” were “forced” to “kill” their “creepy” bots that had started speaking in their own language. That’s not quite what happened. A Facebook experiment did produce simple bots that chattered in garbled sentences, but they weren’t alarming, surprising, or very intelligent. Nobody at the social network’s AI lab panicked, and you shouldn’t either. But the errant media coverage may not bode well for our future. As machine learning and artificial intelligence become more pervasive and influential, it’s crucial to understand the potential and the reality of these technologies. That’s particularly true as algorithms come to play a central role in war, criminal justice, and labor markets. Wired
New Resolution, UN Security Council Moves To Thwart Terrorists' Access
The United Nations Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons, particularly small arms and light weapons, the “destabilizing accumulation and misuse” of which the 15-member body said “continue to pose threats to international peace and security and cause significant loss of life.” The Council “strongly condemned” the continued flow of weapons, military equipment, unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and their components, and improvised explosive device (IED) components to and between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh), Al-Qaida, their affiliates, and associated groups, illegal armed groups and criminals. UN Member States were encouraged to prevent and disrupt procurement networks for weapons, systems and components between and among such groups and entities. Member States were specifically urged to ensure the ability to take appropriate legal actions against those who are knowingly engaged in providing terrorists with weapons and to ensure proper physical security and management for stockpiles of small arms and light weapons. UN News
UN Condemns Killing Of Civilians In Herat Mosque Attack
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the UN political mission in Afghanistan have denounced last night's attack against worshippers gathered in a mosque in the city of Herat which killed at least 31 civilians and injured many more. “The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack,” said his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, in a statement issued overnight. “Attacks that deliberately target civilians are clear violations of fundamental human rights and international humanitarian law,” he added. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) joined in the condemnation of the attack at the Jawadia mosque. UN News
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