Goes On Rampage Against The Media, Sitting Arizona Senators At Phoenix
A defiant President Trump rallied with his base for more than an hour Tuesday in Arizona, trashing the media over its coverage of his response to the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., while criticizing the state’s Republican senators for not getting behind him. The president also signaled during the Phoenix rally that he could soon pardon Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff in Maricopa County famous for his tough stance against illegal immigration. But Trump was most animated when defending himself against accusations he wasn’t forceful enough in condemning the white supremacists and racists who were protesting in Charlottesville earlier this month. He blamed the media for distorting his comments. At one point, the president pulled a piece of paper out of his jacket and re-read his initial statements condemning the racists involved the protests. Fox
VOA VIEW: President Trump did not go on a Rampage - he had a pleasant and direct speech.
Book Reveals What She Was Really Thinking At Trump Debate: 'Back Up, You
“Back up, you creep.” That’s what Hillary Clinton suggests in her forthcoming memoir she wanted to say to then-candidate Donald Trump, during a close-quarters debate last October. In that second presidential debate, the Republican nominee famously paced around his Democratic rival. In an audio excerpt of Clinton’s book aired Wednesday on MSNBC, Clinton spoke in unprecedented terms about her distaste for the billionaire businessman who is now president – and zeroed in on that debate moment, seeming to reveal an inner monologue that was quietly telling off Trump as the two debated policy. Fox
VOA VIEW: The creep won, the idiot liar lost.
Trump Thanks Chelsea Clinton For Defending Barron
First lady Melania Trump thanked former first daughter Chelsea Clinton on Tuesday night for defending Barron Trump against online bullying -- at the same time President Donald Trump was delivering a raucously divisive speech to supporters in Phoenix. "Thank you @ChelseaClinton - so important to support all of our children in being themselves! #StopChildhoodBullying," the first lady tweeted. Clinton came to the youngest Trump's defense after an article in the conservative news publication The Daily Caller criticized the President's 11-year-old son's style and clothing. "The youngest Trump doesn't have any responsibilities as the president's son, but the least he could do is dress the part when he steps out in public," entertainment reporter Ford Springer wrote in the story that published Monday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal CNN twisted the facts for their agenda - "raucously divisive speech."
Behind Unverified Trump Dossier Meets Senate Investigators
Senate investigators met this week with the co-founder of the political research firm behind the explosive dossier full of unsubstantiated and salacious material about President Trump's alleged ties with Russia. Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who later helped found the private investigation firm Fusion GPS, sat down with Senate Judiciary Committee staff behind closed doors on Tuesday, congressional aides told NPR. Simpson's firm hired a respected former British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele, to compile the dossier, which alleges that Trump had a long-running relationship with Russia and that the Kremlin holds compromising material on him. NPR
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Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding
President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to bring the U.S. government to the brink of a shutdown if needed to pressure Congress into funding the border wall that was a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign. Delivering a warning to Democratic lawmakers who have objected to his plans to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico frontier, Trump called them “obstructionists” and said that it was time for the U.S. to crack down on illegal immigration. “If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” Trump told thousands of supporters gathered in Phoenix for a campaign-style rally. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Good position.
Found Belongs To Missing Swedish Journalist
Danish police confirmed on Wednesday morning that the torso found in the area in which a journalist went missing two weeks ago does belong to the woman. Kim Wall, a 30-year-old reporter, is believed to have died this month aboard an amateur-built submarine that sank in the Baltic Sea, The Associated Press reported. Police said Wednesday the torso -- which was found without a head, legs or arms -- is the remains of Wall. Danish police tweeted the torso was a DNA match with the reporter. Police said DNA from dried blood found on the submarine and DNA from Wall's hair brush both matched the remains. ABC News
Democrats Remember That They Nominated A Hawkish Candidate?
Democrats are quite upset about President Trump’s decision to ramp up the war in Afghanistan — and I’m upset about it too, but I just have to ask: Do they remember that their own nominee had the most hawkish foreign-policy record in the race? Now, I really can’t say enough about how much I disagree with President Trump’s decision to remain involved and to send up to 4,000 more troops into this disastrous war. After 16 years, somewhere between hundreds of billions and even trillions of dollars — and thousands of American military (plus tens of thousands of civilian) lives lost — and the U.S.-backed government controls less than 60 percent of the country’s territory. National Review
VOA VIEW: Hillary wanted a bigger involvement.
‘Trump Administration Must…Abandon The Bigoted Ideology That Clearly Governs
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said in a statement released Friday that she welcomed the firing of White House strategist Steve Bannon and said that the Trump Administration must “abandon the bigoted ideology that clearly governs its decisions.” “Steve Bannon’s firing is welcome news, but it doesn’t disguise where President Trump himself stands on white supremacists and the bigoted beliefs they advance. CNS
VOA VIEW: Dumb position and explanation.
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Cancels Jared Kushner Meeting After US Withdraws Aid
Egypt has called off a scheduled meeting between its foreign minister and top US presidential adviser Jared Kushner after the US decided to withhold millions of dollars in aid. However, the office of the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, said he would meet the US delegation led by Kushner later in the day. Two US sources told Reuters on Tuesday that Washington had decided to deny Egypt $96m (£75m) in aid and to delay a further $195m because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms. Guardian
Ryan Says He Won't Support Censuring President Trump
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said he will not support a resolution to censure President Donald Trump over his comments following a white supremacist rally in Virginia, but said Trump "messed up" by saying "both sides" were to blame for violence and that there were "very fine people" among those marching to protect Confederate statues. Newsday
VOA VIEW: Ryan played being a fool.
Price Of An Uber Ride In Question As Investors Assess Firm's Value
What is the true cost of an Uber ride? That simple question is often lost among the many controversies facing the ride-services company as it tries to hire a new chief executive and resolve a bitter dispute with the old one, Travis Kalanick. But it may be the most important question of all when it comes to determining the value of Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], which has built its business on massive subsidies to both riders and drivers, producing huge losses in the process, and it has yet to show that it can maintain growth without them. Uber will report second-quarter financials to investors this week, which will offer fresh insight on whether the company can get profitable any time soon. Reuters
To Lose Job Over Ship Collision
The Navy will relieve the senior admiral in charge of the service’s Seventhh Fleet based in Japan in response to four embarrassing accidents this year, two of which killed sailors at sea, two U.S. officials said. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin will be removed from his job formally Wednesday, the official said. The incidents include the deadly collision Monday of the destroyer USS John S. McCain with a much heavier oil tanker off Singapore, and a June 17 accident in which the destroyer USS Fitzgerald was ripped open by a larger Japanese container ship. Seven sailors were killed in the Fitzgerald crash, and at least some of the 10 sailors reported missing from the McCain are dead, Adm. Scott Swift, the commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, said Tuesday. Philadelphia Inquirer
Street Journal Top Editor Trashes Staff Over Trump Coverage
Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker trashed his staff’s coverage of President Trump as “commentary dressed up as news reporting,” according to the New York Times. The Times reported that there is “unease and frustration in his newsroom” after Baker emailed a group of journalists on his staff at 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday criticizing the paper’s rough draft of coverage from Trump’s rally in Arizona. “Sorry. This is commentary dressed up as news reporting,” Baker wrote, according to the Times. “Could we please just stick to reporting what he said rather than packaging it in exegesis and selective criticism?” SF Gate
VOA VIEW: The liberal media are being seen for what they are.
Kennedy Accused Of Smashing Glass Valuables During Arrest
The grown son of Robert F. Kennedy is accused of behaving like a baby and smashing a cabinet full of glass during his arrest, though he said the “truth” will lead to his vindication. A Barnstable police report obtained by the Daily News details the allegedly chaotic Cape Cod party where Max Kennedy and his daughter Caroline were taken into custody earlier Sunday morning. Officer Armando Feliciano said that he arrived at the Hyannis Port, Mass., home around 1:30 a.m. after several noise complaints, eventually encountering Max Kennedy, sweating profusely with “noticeably bloodshot and glassy eyes.” NY Daily News
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Stokes Primary Challenge Against Flake
President Donald Trump continues to amp up the pressure on Sen. Jeff Flake, savaging the Arizona Republican on Twitter and holding a private meeting with several of his prospective primary opponents. Before taking the stage in Phoenix on Tuesday evening for a campaign-style rally, the president huddled backstage with state Treasurer Jeff DeWit and former state GOP Chairman Robert Graham. Both are considering running against Flake, an outspoken critic of the president who recently published an anti-Trump book, “Conscience of a Conservative.” POLITICO
VOA VIEW: Flake is being trumped - pun intended.
Ryan Doesn't Want To Fight With Trump
Paul Ryan will distance himself from the president. He’ll occasionally offer some polite and always constructive criticism of Trump’s most egregious tweets and statements. But the Republican House speaker will not do battle with a man who, as of about a year and a half ago, he wanted to see anywhere but the Oval Office. That was the main, not-particularly-surprising takeaway from Ryan’s CNN town hall on Monday night, an event that Trump upstaged with his last-minute decision to deliver an address to the nation on Afghanistan. The Atlantic
VOA VIEW: Smart move on Ryan's part.
Town Refuses To Remove Swastikas From Park
A Canadian town says it will not remove swastikas from a public park because it has historical significance. The Nazi symbols adorn an anchor that was on display in Pointe-des-Cascades, Quebec. Corey Fleischer, who goes around Montreal removing hateful graffiti, tried to paint over the swastikas. But the mayor stopped him and had police remove him from the park, arguing the anchor is a part of local history. The anchor has a plaque that identifies it as a "souvenir of Nazism", and says it was used in Europe at the end of War, probably on a merchant boat, and found in 1980. BBC
Street Banks Warn Downturn Is Coming
HSBC Holdings Plc, Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley see mounting evidence that global markets are in the last stage of their rallies before a downturn in the business cycle. Analysts at the Wall Street behemoths cite signals including the breakdown of long-standing relationships between stocks, bonds and commodities as well as investors ignoring valuation fundamentals and data. It all means stock and credit markets are at risk of a painful drop. Bloomberg
Widens Rift With Congress As Critical Showdowns Loom
President Trump has widened an extraordinary rift with his own party, as he threatened a government shutdown over his long-promised border wall and attacked key lawmakers whose votes he needs heading into a crucial legislative period. The escalating tensions between the Republican president and the Republican Congress endanger delicate negotiations in the coming weeks to overhaul the tax system, keep the government running and avoid a costly default on the country’s debt. NY Times
VOA VIEW: So said in the libeal media.
Orleans Braces For Harvey With Some Pumps Still Out
As Tropical Depression Harvey strengthens in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on its way toward Texas, the weaknesses recently revealed in New Orleans' drainage system have put the city on edge. "We know that the pumps are not where they need to be and, certainly with a named storm, that makes us feel very uneasy in general," Michelle Douglas, president of the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association, said Wednesday (Aug. 23). Lakeview remains one of the most vulnerable neighborhoods in the city as emergency crews scramble to repair downed pumps, fix power-generating turbines at the Sewerage & Water Board's Carrollton power plant and install backup generators at pumping stations throughout the city. Google News
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To Stop Travel From Countries That Refuse To Help Homeland Security
The Trump administration has triggered visa sanctions against four countries that have refused to take back citizens the U.S. is trying to deport — tapping a little-used but very effective tool for forcing compliance. Officials at Homeland Security and the State Department confirmed the move Tuesday but declined to name the four countries. Sources who tracked the deliberations in recent weeks, however, said the countries were Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Triggering the sanctions fulfills a campaign promise by President Trump, who had chided the Obama administration for not doing more to force countries to take back their deportees. Washington Times
Iran Nuclear Fears, Israel To Bolster Its Fighter Jet Arsenal
Israel will take delivery of two more stealth F-35 “Adir” fighter jets by the end of the month, joining the five already undergoing tests at IAF bases. An additional two jets will arrive by October, and in December Israel is set to declare Initial Operational Capability of its F-35 stealth fighter jets, making it the first air force outside the United States to do so. The single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters are expected to be used for long-range missions and will, according to senior Israeli officials, provide complete air superiority in the region for the next 40 years. The Lockheed Martin F-35 is the most expensive military weapons system in history. Jerusalum Post
VOA VIEW: Smart move.
US Academic Resigns As
Science Envoy And Hides Secret 'Impeach' Message To Donald Trump In resignation
Another week, another resignation. This time it is one of the State Department’s science envoys who has publicly resigned over Donald Trump’s response to violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, and like some other resignations it came with a not-so-hidden message in the text. Daniel Kammen, a professor at the University of California, Berkely, posted a letter to Twitter saying Mr Trump’s failure to denounce neo-Nazis and the far-Right was part of a disturbing pattern . Telegraph
VOA VIEW: Good-bye!
Declares A State Of Disaster For 30 Texas Counties
Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster for 30 Texas counties in anticipation of Tropical Depression Harvey making landfall in the Gulf Coast region. The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey have reformed into a tropical depression and is headed toward the Texas coast, the National Weather Service announced Wednesday. According to the weather service, the storm could make landfall by Friday. A hurricane watch is in effect from Port Mansfield to the San Luis Pass, which includes Matagorda, Jackson and Brazoria counties, according to the NWS. Houston Chronicle
Lawmaker Who Wrote About Trump Assassination Faces New Challenges
Lt. Gov. Mike Parson is calling on Missouri Senate leaders to convene a special session to expel Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal over a Facebook comment she posted saying she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated. Chappelle-Nadal, a University City Democrat, deleted the comment and said posting it was a mistake. She said she posted the comment out of frustration with Trump’s statements about recent events in Charlottesville, Va., where an alleged white supremacist drove his car into a crowd near the city’s downtown mall, killing a 32-year-old woman. On Sunday, she publicly apologized to Trump and his family, along with her Senate colleagues. Kansas City Tribune
VOA VIEW: A Republican lawmaker would have resigned or been fired by now.
Hints At Economic Sanctions Against Venezuela: ‘Our Resolve Is Unwavering’
Vice President Mike Pence hinted Wednesday at soon-to-come economic sanctions against the Venezuelan government, but he offered little in the way of specifics of what a more robust U.S. response might look like or when it might come, choosing instead to deliver a broader message of hope to increasingly despondent Venezuelans. Pence indicated the Trump administration intends to further punish Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his loyalists for undermining the South American country’s democracy. Economic sanctions, perhaps aimed at restricting trade in Venezuelan debt in dollars, could come as early as this week, the Miami Herald has learned. But Pence did not detail any potential penalties. Miami Herald
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Day Of Remembrance, UN Says History Of Slave Trade Can Help Combat Social
Remembering the universal demand for freedom that led to the 1791 insurrection by slaves in what is now Haiti, the head of the United Nations cultural and educational agency today marked the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition by underscoring the importance of teaching this history to young people. “We are counting on the teaching of this history to place tomorrow's citizens on the path to peace and dignity,” said Irina Bokova, in a message to mark the Day, which is observed annually on 23 August. Ms. Bokova is the Director-General of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which has played a leading role within the UN system in fostering understanding and recognition of the slave trade. United Nations
House, McConnell Push Back On Reports Of Souring Relationship
President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued statements on Wednesday afternoon affirming their “shared priorities,” a day after The New York Times reported that the two men’s relationship had soured significantly in recent weeks. “President Donald J. Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell remain united on many shared priorities,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. McConnell’s office put out a statement earlier Wednesday attributed to the majority leader: “We have a lot of work ahead of us, and we are committed to advancing our shared agenda together and anyone who suggests otherwise is clearly not part of the conversation.” Daily Beast
VOA VIEW: This made the New York Times look stupid and bias.
Orleans Drainage System Still Weak As Harvey Churns In Gulf
I don’t know if New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is a praying man but if he is he better hit his knees as the storm churning in the Gulf of Mexico could end up damaging his legacy beyond repair. Mayor Landrieu admits the city’s drainage system is in a weakened state with 15 pumps still not working. What Mr. Landrieu did not say is as mayor it’s his fault. Meanwhile soon-to-be tropical storm Harvey is churning and strengthening and deciding where to go. Currently forecasters predict it will hit Texas but could turn back toward Louisiana after making landfall meaning the Crescent City could see a lot of rain this weekend. They also say even if Harvey makes landfall in Texas the wet side of the storm might still impact New Orleans and then only get worse if the storm turns back toward the east. The Hayride
Latest: Florida Unsure Who Is Responsible For Monument
The Latest on protests against Confederate monuments that have occurred in the aftermath of deadly violence at a Virginia rally by white nationalists (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Who's responsible for the 135-year-old Confederate monument in front of Florida's Old Capitol? It depends on who you ask. Amid a national debate over Confederate statues and memorials, state officials are in a disagreement over who is charge of the memorial to local Confederate soldiers that was placed on the Capitol grounds in 1882. Republican Gov. Rick Scott said this week said that it's up to the Florida Legislature to decide whether or not to remove the monument. The Scott administration maintains that the monument is an exhibit attached to a museum inside the Old Capitol run by the Legislature. Tampa Bay Observer
Risks Backlash In Farm Belt States If NAFTA Gets Scrapped
Ditching NAFTA without a replacement could be devastating to U.S. agriculture and end up costing Americans more for groceries, according to experts. Mexico and Canada represent nearly one-third of total U.S. agricultural exports. Corn, soybeans, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as livestock and dairy are major U.S. exports to those countries. President Donald Trump said in a speech late Tuesday that it's unlikely the U.S. will be able to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Some believe Trump risks a backlash in the farm belt states where he's had political support if he does away with the trade deal. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Liberal backlash, not true facts.
Zero-Sum Choice: A Wall Or A Tax Cut
The many promises President Trump made last night in Phoenix included a tax cut for business and middle-class families, and congressional approval of taxpayer money to build a border wall with Mexico even at the cost of a government shutdown. But it is a near-certainty that the president will not get both in 2017. He faces a classic zero-sum choice: The more Congress focuses time and energy on one, the more it will distract from the other. That means the president is going to have to decide, very soon, how he wants the fall policy debate to play out. Does he want Congress to spend the next few months battling over the budget and funding a border wall? Or does he want lawmakers to try to pass a tax cut? Forbes
Diaby Sues Facebook Users Over Racist Comments
Karamba Diaby, who in 2013 became one of the first two black members of the German parliament, has pressed charges against racist Facebook users commenting on a post by a far-right party, according to Germany's Deutsche Welle (DW) media network. The racist comments were left underneath a post published on Monday by the National Democratic Party (NPD). It featured a picture of one of Diaby's election campaign posters and a caption that read: "German representative of the people, according to the SPD. Who betrayed us? The Social Democrats." Al Jazeera
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Frets Over Possible Huge Surge In Asylum-Seekers
Canada fears a huge surge in asylum seekers crossing the border from the United States, putting political pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of a 2019 election, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The number of migrants illegally entering Canada more than tripled in July and August, hitting nearly 7,000. Haitians, who face looming deportation from the United States when their temporary protected status expires in January 2018, accounted for much of the inflow. Two sources familiar with Canadian government thinking said citizens from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras, who are slated to lose their U.S. protected status in early 2018, may also head north. Reuters
And Google Team Up To Challenge Amazon
Google and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT -0.07% are joining forces in a partnership that includes enabling voice-ordered purchases from the retail giant on Google’s virtual assistant, challenging rival Amazon.com Inc.’s AMZN -0.92% grip on the next wave of e-commerce. Wal-Mart said Wednesday that next month it will join Google’s online-shopping marketplace, Google Express. While the deal will add hundreds of thousands of Wal-Mart items to Google Express, it will also give Wal-Mart access to voice ordering. The deal won’t alter how consumers receive their orders, because Wal-Mart will fulfill purchases made through Google Express. Wall Street Journal
Diplomats In Cuba Diagnosed With Serious Health Conditions, Medical Records
According to medical records reviewed exclusively by CBS News, a U.S. doctor who evaluated American and Canadian diplomats working in Havana diagnosed them with conditions as serious as mild traumatic brain injury, and with likely damage to the central nervous system. The diplomats complained about symptoms ranging from hearing loss and nausea to headaches and balance disorders after the State Department said "incidents" began affecting them beginning in late 2016. A source familiar with these incidents says officials are investigating whether the diplomats were targets of a type of sonic attack directed at their homes, which were provided by the Cuban government. CBS News
Nazi Camp Survivors Warn Of Far-Right Revival
An Austrian committee representing victims of one of the Third Reich’s biggest death camps warned Wednesday against the risk of seeing the “malicious” far-right return to power in October elections. Founded by former Nazis in the 1950s, the Freedom Party (FPOe) is currently in third place with 24 percent in surveys of voter intentions, behind the Social Democrats (SPOe) with 27% and the centrist People’s Party (OeVP) with 32%. Neither of the two leading parties has ruled out forming a coalition with the FPOe, which has spent the last few years polishing its extremist image under leader Heinz-Christian Strache. Times of Israel
Can’t Stop Talking About The Size Of His Crowd
President Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to tout the “packed house” at his Phoenix rally despite photos showing a sparse crowd and news reports saying people began walking out during the rambling, 76-minute speech. “Phoenix crowd last night was amazing — a packed house. I love the Great State of Arizona. Not a fan of Jeff Flake, weak on crime & border!” Trump wrote on Wednesday, the morning after the campaign-style rally. . NY Post
Unfit To Be President? There’s A Fast Way To Get Rid Of Him.
For those who watched President Donald Trump’s tirade in Phoenix Tuesday night and his angry news conference in New York a week earlier, and then recall his Twitter threats about nuclear weapons earlier this month, there is some good news: A president can be removed from office if his Cabinet deems him mentally unstable. There is also bad news: The only person who can start that process, Vice President Mike Pence, has been loath to utter even a negative word about his boss. And then there’s the worst news: Even a process that would effectively take the nuclear launch codes away from Trump far faster than impeachment ever could still may not be fast enough. Huffington Post
VOA VIEW: Wishful liberal media ignorance.
Detained At Trump Tower
Political strategist Melissa Byrne was in Atlanta for Netroots Nation earlier this month when the discussion turned to protesting President Donald Trump. The president would be returning to Trump Tower the next week for the first time since his inauguration, and a plan was quickly hatched for a demonstration inside the building. Byrne had barely unfurled the banner she smuggled in before a guard grabbed it. Byrne ended up on the ground. She assumed she’d be escorted from the building but instead was handcuffed and taken to a room off the atrium of Trump Tower, where she found herself facing 10 NYPD officers and the Secret Service. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: More liberal hogwash.
Were ‘Not Messing Around’ With Protesters After Trump’s Speech
People protesting President Trump’s speech in Arizona on Tuesday tossed rocks and bottles at police who responded with tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets, according to a report. The crowd was mostly quiet leading up to Trump’s speech at the Phoenix Convention Center, but it turned into bedlam later as the protesters shouting “No Trump, no KKK” and “Shame” clashed with cops in the 107-degree heat, according to a report in the Daily Mail. At one point, a man wearing a gas mask kicked a tear gas canister back at police. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal media propaganda.
Court Backlog Hangs Over Trump's Reform Push
President Donald Trump has repeatedly boasted of Immigration and Customs Enforcement action on his watch, at times suggesting his presence in the White House has helped push border arrests in 2017 to their lowest level in years. But while Trump has made efforts to curb both legal and illegal immigration during his first few months in office, his reforms – which he is expected to discuss Tuesday night when he speaks at a rally in Phoenix – are likely to be delayed in part by what one analyst describes as a "massive" immigration court backlog. U.S. News & World Report
Of 2 Pot States Push Back On Trump Administration
Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a one-time Republican no longer affiliated with a party, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week asking the Department of Justice to maintain the Obama administration's more hands-off enforcement approach to states that have legalized the drug still banned at the federal level. The Olympian
Watches Tag-Team Operation Against ISIS
As Hezbollah and the Syrian and Lebanese armies enter the fourth day of a major offensive against an Islamic State enclave in the Qalamoun mountains of Lebanon, Israel watches nervously. The Lebanese Army on Saturday opened its offensive against Islamic State on the northeast border with Syria near the town of Ras Baalbek, while Hezbollah announced its assault staged from the Qalamoun region on the Syrian side of the border. While the Lebanese Army said that it was not coordinating with Syria or Hezbollah, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari said that “the Lebanese military, backed by the Hezbollah resistance movement and the nation’s support, have managed to score major victories against the [ISIS] terrorists.” Jerusalem Post
Trump Aide's Email Draws New Scrutiny In Russia Inquiry
Congressional investigators have unearthed an email from a top Trump aide that referenced a previously unreported effort to arrange a meeting last year between Trump campaign officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to sources with direct knowledge of the matter. The aide, Rick Dearborn, who is now President Donald Trump's deputy chief of staff, sent a brief email to campaign officials last year relaying information about an individual who was seeking to connect top Trump officials with Putin, the sources said. The person was only identified in the email as being from "WV," which one source said was a reference to West Virginia. It's unclear who the individual is, what he or she was seeking, or whether Dearborn even acted on the request. One source said that the individual was believed to have had political connections in West Virginia, but details about the request and who initiated it remain vague. CNN
State Department Expands Travel Warnings For Mexico's Beachside Tourist
The U.S. State Department has released an updated travel advisory for Mexico, expanding its warnings specifically about the regions that are home to some of the country's most popular tourist destinations. The agency cautioned U.S. citizens that homicide rates are on the rise in areas such as the states of Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, and Baja California Sur, which is home to Los Cabos. Citing Mexican government statistics, the State Department noted Tuesday that, so far, 2017 has seen much higher rates of violence in those regions than during the same period last year. "While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens," the department writes of both states, as well as of Baja California. "Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred." NPR
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