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Rosenstein, Christie Temper Reports Of Mueller Grand Jury In Russia Probe
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday tempered news reports about special counsel Robert Mueller impaneling another grand jury in his Russia meddling-collusion case, suggesting the move doesn’t mean the investigation is expanding or perhaps an indictment is now imminent. “It doesn't say anything about the likelihood of indictments,” Rosenstein told “Fox News Sunday.” “It's just a tool that we use like any other tool in the course of our investigations.” Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May to lead a federal investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 White House race, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the probe. Rosenstein declined to comment on the specifics of the case or on whether Mueller has indeed impaneled another grand jury, in addition to one reportedly looking into the financial records of Michael Flynn. Fox
VOA VIEW: Time will tell who is telling the truth or playing games.

Rosenstein Ready To Prosecute 'Anybody Who Breaks The Law' In Effort To Stop Leaks
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein acknowledged Sunday that “anybody who breaks the law” -- including White House staffers and members of Congress -- could be prosecuted, as the Justice Department heightens its efforts to stop leaks of classified information. Rosenstein made the comments on "Fox News Sunday," amid a torrent of damaging leaks to President Trump’s administration and several days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the department has expanded efforts to crack down on the problem. Rosenstein also made clear that the focus of the investigations is the leaks and how they are likely damaging to national security. Fox

FBI Tracked 'Fake News' Believed To Be From Russia On Election Day
The FBI monitored social media on Election Day last year in an effort to track a suspected Russian disinformation campaign utilizing "fake news," CNN has learned. In the months leading up to Election Day, Twitter and Facebook were the feeding grounds for viral "news" stories floating conspiracies and hoaxes, many aimed at spreading negative false claims about Hillary Clinton. On Election Day, dozens of agents and analysts huddled at a command center arrayed with large monitoring screens at the FBI headquarters in Washington watching for security threats, according to multiple sources. CNN
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Here's Why The NAACP Says Missouri Is Unsafe For Minorities
Travel advisories warn you to carefully consider visiting certain places. Reasons typically range from severe weather to government instability, from civil war to terrorism. The US State Department issues such advisories on a regular basis. Earlier this month it warned Americans against traveling to Somalia because of widespread terrorist and criminal activity, including kidnappings, bombings and murders. Last week, the NAACP issued a travel advisory of its own, warning people of color that their civil rights could be violated in the state of Missouri. The advisory, issued by the Missouri NAACP State Conference and endorsed by the national organization, is the first of its kind in the civil rights organization's 108-year history. "Individuals traveling in the state are advised to travel with extreme CAUTION," the advisory says. "Race, gender and color based crimes have a long history in Missouri."CNN
VOA VIEW: The NAACP started a problem that does not exist.

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Republican Senator Unsure He Agrees With Trump That Russia Probe Is 'Witch Hunt'
A Republican senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee told ABC News on Sunday that he is not sure he agrees with President Donald Trump's dismissal of the Russia investigation as a "witch hunt." ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Sen. Thom Tillis on "This Week" Sunday if he agrees with the president’s recent statement that "the entire Russia story [is] a fabrication, a witch hunt and a hoax." Tillis and a Democratic colleague on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chris Coons of Delaware, have introduced legislation aimed at protecting the role of Special Counsel Robert Mueller in leading the Russia investigation. The bill, called the Special Counsel Integrity Act, would allow any special counsel terminated from their position to challenge the firing before a three-judge panel. ABC
VOA VIEW: Either Tillis is a fool or is playing a game.

Corrosion Of Ride Caused Deadly Ohio State Fair Accident
Excessive corrosion of the Fire Ball ride led to the accident that killed a teenager and injured seven others at the Ohio State Fair in July, according to the manufacturer of the attraction. All rides at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus were shut down after 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell was killed after the Fire Ball ride he was on fell apart in mid-air on July 26. Corrosion on the interior of the support beam reduced the beam's thickness, which led to the accident at the fair, KMG International said in a statement released Sunday. The company said it conducted an investigation into the incident, which included a visit to the scene and a review of video footage of the incident. The company also conducted a metallurgical inspection of the ride. ABC

Cotton on Senate bills to protect Mueller: "I don't see them going very far"
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, said Sunday he does not see two bills that seek to stop President Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller "going very far." "Congress is a co-equal branch of government. And in my opinion, for decades, Congress has ceded too much authority to the executive branch," Cotton said on CBS News' "Face the Nation." "And we should exercise our constitutional responsibilities seriously and with vigor."  "The independent counsel statute in the 1970s and '80s and '90s was a disaster," he said. "We have an executive branch in which the power of all the departments and all the agencies reports to the single elected member of the president."CBS
VOA VIEW: A total waste of time.

Clippers Player Willie Reed Arrested On Domestic Violence Charge
Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed was arrested and jailed Sunday in Miami on a misdemeanor battery charge, CBS Miami reports. His wife told police that he dragged her across the apartment while wrestling for a purse and later pulled her hair and grabbed her by the wrist during an argument Saturday night, according to the police report. Reed's wife told police the argument started when she told her husband she wanted a divorce. She said she was knocked to the ground while struggling over her purse and dragged around the apartment until the strap broke. She also alleged Reed tore her shirt as she went to the lobby of the apartment building to notify the concierge, then returned to get her two children. When the woman picked up her youngest son and started to exit the apartment again, she told police that Reed grabbed her by the hair to take the child back, then grabbed her left wrist and twisted her arm to get her to the ground. She said she responded by hitting Reed in the head with a glass candle. CBS
 
Tropical Storm Franklin could be hurricane when hits Yucatan
Tropical Storm Franklin could be near hurricane strength when it hits Mexico's Yucatan peninsula Monday evening. The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported at 5 a.m. that Franklin's top winds already strengthened to 45 mph (75 kph) in the northwestern Caribbean, where it's moving west-northwest at 13 mph (21 kph) off the coast of Honduras. It was expected to hold that course, making landfall at the Yucatan Monday evening, then crossing over the Gulf Tuesday on a path to central Mexico. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Punta Allen, and with tropical-storm-force winds extending up to 140 miles (220 kilometers) from the center, Belize could feel the effects by late afternoon. Miami Herald

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Val Kilmer Pushes Back On 'More Negative Health Lies'
Actor and artist Val Kilmer insists "family needs" and not poor health are to blame for some recent changes in his schedule. "So happy to be back in Tuscan. Sold out giant #Rialto and they painted this on their walls! Can't wait to see the lobby," the actor tweeted Saturday, along with a photo of the mural featuring the words: "Val Kilmer Presents Cinema Twain. Aug. 5," and an image of Kilmer dressed as the iconic wordsmith and storyteller, Mark Twain. "See reviews fr fans lst nite against new try to dredge up more negative health lies because I had to shuffle shows because of family needs," he said in a Twitter post Sunday. UPI

Tillerson Says Russia Willing to Discuss Ukraine
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Russia is showing "some willingness" to start talking about a resolution to the crisis in Ukraine.  Tillerson made the comment after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. After the meeting, the Russian diplomat announced that the Trump administration was sending its new special representative for Ukraine negotiations to Moscow for talks. Tillerson says the U.S. has been deliberate about coordinating with all the parties involved in the crisis. He says that's to avoid the perception the U.S. is trying to cut a side deal that would undermine any group's interests. Tillerson says the U.S. has deep differences with Russia including on Ukraine, but that it's not a good idea to "just cut everything off on one single issue." He says the U.S. and Russia still have important national security issues to discuss. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Something the liberal news media don't understand or don't care to report.

'A Good Man, Very Pro-Israel': Trump Fefends McMaster From Far-right Snipers
Donald Trump has come to the defense of his national security advisor, HR McMaster, in the face of a sustained attack on the army general from the far right. The president put out a short statement on Friday night which described McMaster as a “good man”, and said they were “working very well together”. But by Trump’s standards it was a terse statement, unlikely to stem the flow of invective from the president’s own hardline supporters or resolve the factional conflict inside the White House. Many of the attacks have come through the Breitbart News website, which was run until last August by Trump’s in-house ideologue, Stephen Bannon. Breitbart stories described McMaster as “increasingly volatile” and said he “frequent blows his top”. Another headline said he was “deeply hostile to Israel and to Trump”. UPI

With Rising Homicides In Big Cities, Republican Governors Intensify Police Patrols
Sgt. Brad Sevier usually patrols an area of Missouri where there is one farm for every 20 residents. Now the Missouri state trooper commutes an hour to patrol the big city. On orders from Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, Sevier and about two dozen troopers have laid claim to St. Louis highways that slice through some of America's most dangerous neighborhoods, a move that has sparked concern among residents wary of heavy policing. It's the first time in decades that state troopers have patrolled the city, Greitens said. "We are looking for anything," Sevier said shortly before pulling over a motorist for an expired license plate near downtown. "I don't see how it can be detrimental having more law enforcement in an area that really needs more policing." The governors' actions mirror President Donald Trump's vow to send in federal agents to curb crime in Chicago, which he said in June had reached "epic proportions." Sun Sentinel

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Pence's Sensitivity To Talk of 2020 Speaks to White House Insecurity
For months, President Trump’s White House has been prone to veering off message, sometimes wildly so. But it was crystal clear on one point Sunday: No one except Trump should put up a hand for the 2020 GOP presidential nod. Vice President Mike Pence denied that he is considering a run for the presidency the next time around, issuing a statement, the vehemence of which underscored how sensitive the White House is to any questioning of whether Trump will seek a second term. In what appeared to be a coordinated message, the White House also hit back Sunday at a report in the New York Times that described steps Pence and some GOP lawmakers have taken that could position themselves for presidential bids. Pence went so far as to call the newspaper’s report “disgraceful and offensive.”Sun Sentinel

Trump’s Deals In Russia Once Encouraged Even By Clintons Now Under Scrutiny
When Donald Trump and his global real estate company were making what appears to be a limited number of financial deals in the 2000s with Russians, the political atmospherics were much more permissive. But what was done then with the encouragement of Washington is being judged harshly today as investigators still look for hints of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Any Trump associate who ever talked to a Russian is in danger of being subjected to an FBI interview. Any deal the Trump Organization may have made five or 10 years ago might be fodder for special counsel Robert Mueller and his large team of prosecutors.  During the 2000s and early 2010s, Washington and its liberal press corps seemed to bless everything Russia. The Obama administration openly urged entrepreneurs such as Mr. Trump to do business with Moscow. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: It shows the Washington hypocrisy and bias.

Troops At Risk For Suicide Not Getting Needed Care
Pentagon health care providers failed to perform critical follow-up for many troops diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome who also were at high risk for suicide, according to a new study released Monday by the RAND Corp. Just 30% of troops with depression and 54% with PTSD received appropriate care after they were deemed at risk of harming themselves. The report, commissioned by the Pentagon, looked at the cases of 39,000 troops who had been diagnosed in 2013 with depression, PTSD or both conditions. USA TODAY received an advance copy of the report. USA Today

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BlackRock, Vanguard Say Bond Market's Got This Trade All Wrong
Two titans of the bond market are still clinging to the idea that inflation is going to make a comeback. Time and again, weak economic data have made the market’s inflationistas -- many of whom were beguiled by President Donald Trump’s pro-growth promises -- look a little foolish. But for Vanguard and BlackRock, it’s only a matter of months before inflation is back at 2 percent. Regardless of what does (or doesn’t) happen in Washington, a tight job market will boost wages, lead Americans to spend more and push up consumer prices. Add to that a weak dollar and prospects the Federal Reserve will hold off raising interest rates until 2018, and they see a good chance the bond market is too downbeat about inflation. Bloomberg

Trump Administration Stirs Alarm Over Voter Purges
Larry Harmon, 60, hadn’t voted in a while when he drove to the high school in November 2015 to weigh in on a local referendum in Kent, Ohio. But he wasn’t allowed to cast his ballot. "I served in the military and they tell us, 'Oh, you’re fighting for freedom.'" he said. "Then you come back and you’re taken off the voter rolls because you didn’t vote for two elections? That doesn’t make sense. I thought that was our right." Thanks to six years of inactivity — and a single piece of unanswered mail asking him to confirm his voter registration — Harmon, now a plaintiff in a major voter purge lawsuit before the Supreme Court, was removed from Ohio’s voter rolls.  MSNB
VOA VIEW: Liberals and Democrats will do everything possible to win.

After U.S. Experience, Germans Brace For Russian Election Mischief and Fake News
Intelligence officials here are on high alert, bracing for a wave of cyberattacks, embarrassing information leaks and fake news stories spread on social media as part of an expected Russian campaign to sow political discord ahead of next month’s German federal elections. The nation’s domestic intelligence agency says Moscow would like to see Chancellor Angela Merkel, a backer of sanctions against Russia, lose in September, but since that outcome is unlikely, the Kremlin can be expected to settle for any shenanigans that weaken the public’s “faith in democracy.” Many fear the Russian subversion effort will get fuel from the U.S. presidential vote while even contested charges of Russian hacking and meddling in the campaign have become a consuming political and legal distraction for the Trump administration. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has pointed to Russian influence on the recent U.S. and French elections, warning “it cannot be ruled out that there will be similar attempts on the election in Germany.” Washington Times

Affirmative Action Policies Evolve, Achieving Their Own Diversity
Just a year ago, after the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions program by a single swing vote, the question seemed to be edging, at last, toward an answer: Colleges could, the justices ruled, consider race when deciding whom to let through their gates. “I thought this was settled,” said Anthony P. Carnevale, an economist at Georgetown University who studies affirmative action. “I thought it was done.” A series of lawsuits and complaints have continued to challenge such practices, and last week, President Trump’s Justice Department joined the chorus, signaling that it would marshal lawyers to investigate and perhaps sue colleges over “intentional race-based discrimination” in admissions. Besieged in court, routed in eight states, accused of favoring blacks and Latinos at the expense of Asians and whites, affirmative action — a major legacy of the civil rights era — is once again the subject of uncomfortable scrutiny. NY Times

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New Chief of Staff Reins in White House Aides-and Trump's Tweets
On his fifth day on the job as Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, John Kelly gathered about 200 White House aides for a meeting where he spelled out in blunt terms the way things are going to work in the West Wing he now oversees. The retired Marine Corps four-star general said he didn’t care whether they had been part of the Trump campaign or had joined the administration from Capitol Hill or another corner of the political world, according to people who attended the meeting. They all work for the president now, he told them, and they had to act as one team. Bloomberg

North Korea Threatens 'Thousands-Fold' Revenge Sgainst U.S. for Sanctions
North Korea said Monday it will launch “thousands-fold” revenge against the United States, after the United Nations imposed new sanctions on Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile programs. The statement came after the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new U.S.-drafted sanctions Saturday, including a ban on coal and other exports worth over $1 billion. "We are ready to retaliate with far bigger actions to make the U.S. pay a price for its crime against our country and people," the reclusive nation warned via the official Korean Central News Agency. It said it would take a "stern action of justice." North Korea regularly makes flamboyant threats against the U.S. and the West.  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho both attended a meeting of foreign ministers in Manila on Sunday, but avoided any direct contact. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi publicly admonished North Korea to abide by the new sanctions. USA Today
VOA VIEW: NK is an ant that makes loud noise.

Why ‘Roseanne,’ ‘Will & Grace’ and other TV reboots are walking back major story lines
As “Roseanne” gears up for its return to television after more than two decades off the air, its creators opted to pretend a plot line taken in the original series’ finale never happened. It’s a tactic seen in other shows, too, such as “Will & Grace” and “Dallas.” In the case of “Roseanne” and “Dallas,” producers resurrected popular characters killed off in previous incarnations of the shows. With “Will & Grace,” characters who had children when the show ended in 2006 will carry on as if they never had kids in a new version of the program. As once popular shows resurface again in new forms, television fans are growing used to plotlines being rejiggered. As networks and streaming services race to revive old shows — as evidenced by “Twin Peaks,” “Fuller House,” “The X-Files,” “24” and “Arrested Development,” to name a few — this challenge will likely become increasingly common.Washington Post

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Venezuela Government And Rebellious Soldiers Both Claim ictory in Base Attack
A small group of men staged a pre-dawn assault on an army base in Venezuela on Sunday, making off with weapons and declaring themselves in rebellion against the beleaguered government of President Nicolás Maduro. Government officials and a spokesman for the rebellious soldiers offered conflicting versions of events at the Paramacay military base in Valencia, each side declaring victory. Maduro, whose socialist government has come under widespread condemnation for moves seen as attempts to strengthen its grip on power, said 20 men stormed the base shortly before 4am. Sentries were caught off guard and the attackers made for the base’s weapons supply, he said. Guardian

Venezuela Searches For Rebels After Deadly Clash At Army Base
A search is under way in Venezuela for 10 men who escaped with weapons after an attack on a military base, President Nicolás Maduro says. The assault in the north-western city of Valencia was carried out by 20 people, he said. Two were killed, one was injured and seven were arrested. Earlier, a video posted on social media showed uniformed men saying they were rising against a "murderous tyranny". Despite the incident, the situation appears to be calm in the country. On state television, Mr Maduro congratulated the army for its "immediate reaction" in putting down the attack in the early hours of Sunday, saying they had earned his "admiration." He called the incident a "terrorist attack" carried out by "mercenaries", and said the security forces were actively searching for those who had escaped. "We'll get them," he vowed.BBC

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