Trump And Approval Ratings - What The Elite Media Won't Tell You
According to the elite media, President Trump is a negative, dangerous, unpredictable leader who is getting more and more unpopular. The most recent average of polls has President Trump at 39 percent approval. One news analyst wrote that Trump is turning us from a 50-50 country to a 60-40 country, with the new majority consolidating against the president. In their eagerness to declare the Trump presidency a failure, the elite media is failing to inform us of two things. First, President Reagan had a similar period during his first term when his approval rating fell to 35 percent -- even lower than President Trump’s. Reagan bounced back, carried 49 states in a landslide reelection, and went on to oversee an economic boom and change world history by pushing the Soviet Union into collapse. Fox
VOA VIEW: Trump real approval rate is much higher than being reported.

'Civil Disobedience' March From Charlottesville To DC Will Demand Trump's Removal
Protesters are planning a march starting from Charlottesville, Virginia to Washington, D.C. to fight white supremacy and demand that President Trump be removed from office. "The March to Confront White Supremacy" will spend ten days starting on Monday, August 28 travelling to the nation's capitol and then occupy it with non-violent demonstrations.  Fox
VOA VIEW: It should be called the march of idiots.

Trump To Aides: 'I Want Tariffs'
President Donald Trump and his administration have gradually taken a harder line against China on trade issues, inching closer to matching Trump's tough talk during the campaign. But the pace has been all too slow for a president intent on retaliating against alleged Chinese foreign trade abuses and rebalancing the US-China trading relationship. "I want tariffs," Trump told a coterie of top advisers in the Oval Office during retired Gen. John Kelly's first week as chief of staff, a source with direct knowledge of the meeting told CNN. Axios first reported details of the tense Oval Office meeting. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN needs to replace its ignorance.

In Response To Trump Tweet, Mexico Reiterates It Won't Pay For The Wall
The Mexican government on Sunday again stressed its position that it will not pay for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. Trump tweeted Sunday morning: "With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other." In response, the country's foreign ministry released a statement saying Mexico would not pay for a wall or other physical barrier at the border "under any circumstances." "This determination is not part of a Mexican negotiating strategy, but a principle of national sovereignty and dignity," the statement said.  CNN
VOA VIEW: Mexico has already paid and will continue to pay for the wall.


Iran Slaps Down Haley: No One Sees Military Sites Without Ayatollah’s Permission
Two years after the Obama administration contended that the nuclear deal it reached with Iran had opened the door to international inspection of military sites, a senior military adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared Sunday that it does not. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) “allows no inspection of Iran’s military sites,” the Mehr news agency cited Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi as saying. “No foreign and domestic official and not even unauthorized officials of the Iranian Armed Forces are allowed to inspect Iran’s military sites without Ayatollah Khamenei's permission.”  CNS

Nancy Pelosi Says It Would Be ‘Immoral’ To Build Wall On U.S.-Mexico Border
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said  this week that it would be “immoral” to build a wall at the international border between the United States and Mexico. Pelosi was reacting to President Donald Trump’s declaration at a rally in Phoenix, Ariz., that he might force a shutdown of the government if Congress does not approve money to fund the start of construction of the wall he has promised to build. “ CNS
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is immoral herself.

The Right Is Losing Its Ability To Speak Freely Online. Should The Left Defend It?
Matthew Prince had the power to kill the white supremacist hate site the Daily Stormer for years, but he didn’t choose to pull the trigger until 16 August. That’s when the chief executive of website security company Cloudflare “woke up … in a bad mood and decided to kick them off the Internet”, as he told his employees in an internal email. Without Cloudflare’s protection, the Daily Stormer was forced to retreat to the darknet, where it is inaccessible to the majority of internet users. Cloudflare is just one of many internet companies that cleaned house amid a wave of public outrage following a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.  The Guardian

Hillary Clinton Takes The Stage At The Fox Theatre In November
Former U.S. Sen., Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will take the stage of Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Nov. 13 as part of her national book tour. Tickets go on sale Sept. 18. “In cities across the US, Hillary will pull the curtain back on a story that’s personal, raw, detailed, and surprisingly funny,” a release said. “She’ll take audiences with her on a first-person journey, and bring you a highly personal perspective on what happened during the election, and what’s next.  What you’ll see will be her story – Live. Her story of resilience, how to get back up after a loss, and how we can all look ahead.”Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: A liberal lie.

Trump Won’t Be Stopping In Houston During Trip To Harvey-Ravaged Texas
Houston will not be on President Trump’s itinerary when he visits the Lone Star State on Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday. “The place he will be going to will not be Houston so [he] will not be getting into harm’s way or interrupting the evacuations or emergency response in the Houston area,” Abbott said on “CBS This Morning.”  “He most likely will be going closer to where the hurricane hit land,” he added, according to a report in Politico. The White House announced Sunday that the president would travel to Texas on Tuesday but didn’t provide details on exactly where he would visit. At least five people have lost their lives due to Hurricane Harvey, which has been renamed Tropical Storm Harvey. About 30,000 people are expected to be housed in emergency shelters. NY Post


West Wing Dems Blocking Trump From Reading Breitbart News
Axios national politics reporter Jonathan Swan suggested in an appearance on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports this week that West Wing Democrats and globalists, whose allies have never been able to handle Breitbart News’ relentless “40 minutes of hell” of pressure for causes important to working-class Americans of all backgrounds, were frustrated that Trump was reading articles from Breitbart News. Breitbart
VOA VIEW: Dems can't block anything.

Team Trump Turns To Rove Playbook To Juice 2018 Turnout
Donald Trump’s White House may take a page from the Karl Rove playbook. The administration has been in talks to put conservative initiatives on the ballot in 2018 midterm battleground states in hopes of energizing base voters dispirited by the performance of Republican-controlled Washington. The strategy is similar to the one Rove used in 2004. The George W. Bush political guru helped engineer a slate of anti-gay marriage amendments that year to boost GOP turnout in swing states such as Ohio, an approach that many are convinced helped pave the way for Bush’s reelection.  POLITICO

Transgender Lawsuits Seek To Reverse Donald Trump’s Pentagon Policy
Advocates for the transgender ideology have filed two new lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s decision to end former President Barack Obama’s short-lived pro-transgender policies at the Pentagon. The legal fight over the Pentagon’s rules is important because pro-transgender advocates are trying to persuade judges throughout the nation to approve and establish their claim that the government officials — including teachers, school boards, city councils and state legislatures —  must validate and support people who are trying to live as members of the other sex, regardless of each person’s male or female biology. Breitbart
VOA VIEW: Time will tell - bet on Trump.

Officials Defend Decision Not To Evacuate Ahead Of Harvey
Houston-area officials are defending the decision not to issue mandatory evacuations ahead of Harvey, which inundated the region with life-threatening floods. Officials released more water from Houston-area reservoirs Monday, hoping for relief from the storm's devastation. The additional water — on top of another round of pounding rain — could endanger thousands of homes.  NY Daily News

India, China Agree To Withdraw Troops In Himalayas Standoff
India and China have agreed to pull their troops from the contested Doklam plain in the Himalaya Mountains after a two-month impasse, the countries announced Monday. Troops from both sides are slowly being pulled back from what is known as the Doklam standoff. The "Doklam Disengagement Understanding" calls for a "no war, no peace" status in the area for 70 days, and a gradual withdrawal of troops by both sides. UPI

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More Than 30,000 People Expected In Shelters As Extent Of Harvey’s Blow Comes Into Chilling Focus
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Houston and an ever-expanding swath of cities and towns remained under siege Monday by torrential rain and surging floodwaters with officials predicting more than 30,000 people may be forced into temporary shelters. “We are not out of the woods yet,” Elaine Duke, the acting Homeland Security secretary, told reporters. Washington Post

Eric Reid Decides To Kneel During Anthem Again: We’re Not “Un-American.”
Eric Reid protested during the national anthem all last year, kneeling with then teammate-Colin Kaepernick, but decided this offseason it was time to move on. With time to reflect on what happened two weeks ago in Charlottesville, he decided he needed to continue. Reid was again on one knee during last night’s game against the Vikings, and explained to reporters afterward why he had the “change of heart.” “A lot of thinking. A lot of praying. NBC News
VOA VIEW: Reid will lose like Kaepernick.

9 Trillion Gallons Of Water —So Far
Hurricane Harvey has flooded Texas with 9 trillion gallons of rainfall — and counting. If the same volume of water were concentrated inside city limits, it would fill the footprint of Philadelphia with 30 stories of rain. City Hall would be more than 50 percent submerged. The total rainfall from Harvey is likely to tally up to a widespread 15 to 30 inches, with a few localized spots picking up to 50 inches or more. Putting this much rainfall into perspective is challenging; after all, the sheer volume of water is incredibly tough to visualize.  Philadelphia Inquirer

200,000 Deportation Cases Quietly 'Closed' Under Obama
During the Obama era up to 200,000 deportation cases were "administratively closed" without action, a move that left tens of thousands of illegal immigrants free to roam America, sometimes indefinitely, according to a new report. When added to those cases still pending court action, it brings the backlog of cases to about 800,000, far more than previously known. In the report for the Center for Immigration Studies, former immigration judge Andrew R. Arthur said that there are some 100,000 cases that were closed, but told Secrets that it could be as high as 200,000. "My back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest at least 100,000 more are possible, for 200,000 on top of the 600,000 we currently have," said Arthur. Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: Obama hurt this nation.

New Hamas Leader Says Relations With Iran Have Been Restored
Hamas’ new leader in the Gaza Strip on Monday said his group has restored relations with Iran and is using its newfound financial and military aid from the country to gear up for a new round of battle with Israel. Yehiyeh Sinwar delivered his assessment as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting neighboring Israel. At a meeting with the U.N. chief, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu complained about what he said was rising anti-Israel activity by Iran and its allies across the region. Iran was once Hamas’ top backer.  AP


New Confederate Memorial Unveiled In Alabama
More than 200 people attended an unveiling ceremony for a new Confederate monument Sunday afternoon in Alabama's Crenshaw County. The modest stone marker commemorates the "unknown Confederate soldiers" who died in the Civil War but have been forgotten by history, particularly those from Crenshaw County and the surrounding area. The memorial now stands in a confederate memorial park first opened in May 2015 on private land in an unincorporated area next to Dry Creek RV Park about three miles north of Brantley. It sits among existing monuments, replica cannons and tall flagpoles flying Confederate and other flags. Drudge Report

Stephen King ‘Blocks’ Trump From Seeing Killer Clown Movie ‘It’
In a post late Thursday, the Maine horror author said he would block Trump from seeing the upcoming movie “It” or the currently showing television series “Mr. Mercedes,” both based on his books. King’s tweet says “No clowns for you, Donald. Go float yourself.” The movie “It” is about a group of children who confront their fears while confronting the evil balloon-carrying clown, Pennywise. The movie is due out next month. “Mr. Mercedes” is about a killer who drives a stolen Mercedes into a crowd. The series began airing earlier this month on the Audience network. King was blocked by the president this summer. He has a long history of being critical of Trump. Breitbart
VOA VIEW: King is a well known idiot.

Rising Waters In Houston Mean Rising Gas Prices Everywhere
Harvey is drowning Houston. But, it’s the rest of the nation, especially Florida, that should have filled gas tanks before the storm. And, now, as soon as possible after the storm. Last week’s 6-cent Florida-wide jump in single gallon of regular average price could be the low hurdle to the coming gas price high jump amid the misery of Harvey. Sunday, as the Houston Chronicle reported, ExxonMobil shut down its Baytown refinery, the second largest refinery in the nation. Miami Herald

Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Allies ‘Untouchable’ In White House
A new Vanity Fair article explores Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and the couple’s role in Washington D.C. and the White House. The article details that while they are still not respected by the Washington D.C. elite, the couple has pushed their enemies out of the White House. “If you are hitched to them, you are untouchable,” a former Trump adviser explains. “While Kushner’s own politics are difficult to discern, he seems to excel at waging war against certain colleagues, whom he views as detrimental to his father-in-law,” writes Sarah Ellison in the magazine. Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, Sebastion Gorka, Kellyanne Conway, Rex Tillerson, and Jeff Sessions have faced criticism while allies like Gary Cohn, H. R. McMaster, and Dina Powell remain unchallenged.  Breitbart
VOA VIEW: Sour grapes.

White House Watch: Trump's Advisers Are Speaking Out, In Ways Both Harsh And Subtle
There’s a protest of sorts happening among some of President Trump’s Cabinet officials and top advisers. It was Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, who kicked things off on Friday by way of an interview with the Financial Times. Following the president’s broadly criticized response to the violent rally of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Cohn told the British paper that Trump “can and must do better” on race relations. “I have come under enormous pressure both to resign and to remain in my current position,” Cohn told the Times. The Weekly Standard

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Caitlyn Jenner Ambushed By Trans Woman Over Trump Support At An LGBT Event In Los Angeles
Caitlyn Jenner was ambushed by a trans woman over her support of Donald Trump. The reality star, 67 was attending the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles on Saturday night when she was confronted by Ashlee Marie Preston. The activist and journalist found it 'ridiculous' that Caitlyn - a trans woman herself - allegedly continues to support Trump after he authorized banning trans people from serving in the military on Friday. 'You're a f**king fraud and a fake,' said Preston. Daily Mail UK
VOA VIEW: Anti Trump idiots look worse.

Everyone’s Running For President In 2020
Look, there’s a Maryland congressman at the Iowa State Fair just being a "normal person enjoying the fair with my family." And there’s the mayor of Los Angeles stumping for a candidate in what just happens to be Manchester, New Hampshire. Oh, and over there, a billionaire former reality TV star (sound familiar?) is beating the president in polls. Just six months after President Donald Trump's inauguration, and more than two years out from the first 2020 presidential nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, every Democrat seems to think he or she could be the next president. NBC News
VOA VIEW: Wishful thinkers.

Hope Hicks Is A Trump Team 'Survivor' And Now Interim Communications Director
If you Google interim White House communications director Hope Hicks, you'll find plenty of articles referencing her youth (she's 28), her time as a model and her work in corporate public relations for Ivanka Trump's brand. But people who know her say if that's all you hear, you'll conjure an incomplete image of Hicks. "They say, 'Well, Hope is so beautiful. She's a model, that's the only reason Donald Trump hired [her]' — it's not true at all," says Sam Nunberg, an adviser to President Trump from 2011 to mid-2015. "Anybody who underestimates her is making a big mistake."  NPR

Top Democrat Fears House Intelligence Committee May Split On Russia Probe Findings
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said he fears the panel's Russia investigation could end up producing two separate, partisan reports offering contradictory conclusions to Americans. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said he will work with other committee members "to do everything we can to prevent two separate reports" on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. "The ideal would be a comprehensive report with bipartisan support," Schiff said in a phone interview from California with USA TODAY. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Liberals will produce their own lies, which will be bad news for them.

Mark Cuban Eyes The White House — Will Run If He Finds ‘Solutions’ To America’s Woes
Billionaire businessman, reality TV personality and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has his eye on a presidential run in 2020 — that is, if the man has a plan. “Is there a chance I am talking to the 46th president of the United States?”  Washington Times

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Hurricane Harvey Shuts Two Of The Largest U.S. Ports
Hurricane Harvey shut the second-largest U.S. port, Houston, and the sixth, Corpus Christi. Combined, they handled 319 million tons of goods, or about 14 percent of shipping that passed through the nation’s ports in 2014, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Bloomberg

Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Is Making New Homes More Expensive
Last year, Jim Brown and other home builders around Atlanta could get a good framing crew at a rate of $3.25 per square foot. This year, the few framers they can find demand, and get, almost double that. “They can ask anything,” Brown said. “There aren’t enough of them left.” A high-end home builder who supported President Donald Trump last year, Brown said the president’s immigration policies have dried up the already stretched supply of Hispanic-dominated framing labor. That has driven up home prices by slowing the supply of new houses as well as raising the cost of building them. Bloomberg

Missile Defense To Begin At 3 US Bases In Japan
Japan's military will practice deploying anti-missile batteries at three U.S. bases in Japan as concern grows about the North Korean missile threat. The exercises will take place Tuesday at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo and at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in western Japan. They will be repeated on Sept. 7 at Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. The U.S. military says the drills will test the ability of Japanese and U.S. forces to work together and assess firing locations at the bases. ABC

Democrats ‘Learned Nothing’ From 2016
There is a long history of judgment by the Democratic Party. Erick Erickson, founder of Red and The Resurgent blog, points out that Democrats began pushing the idea that “a vote for the GOP was a vote for racism” since 2000, methodically expanding the narrative through the next seven midterm and general elections. The trend continues. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Fighting everything is a no win situation for Democrats.

66% Of Americans Now Fear Speaking Their Minds In A Politically Correct Nation
Is the nation switching from the land of the free and the home of the brave — to the land of the silent, and the home of the reluctant? Citizens are wary of speaking their minds, a new poll suggests. Many Americans are opting to stay quiet in an intensified culture of political correctness fostered by activism and often biased media coverage. “Few Americans think they have true freedom of speech today and think the country is too politically correct,” reports a new Rasmussen Reports survey. It reveals that just 28 percent of Americans believe that they have think Americans “have true freedom of speech today.”  Google News

Heather Heyer's Mom Speaks At MTV VMAs
Susan Bro, mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, spoke at the MTV VMAs and presented the award for best fight against the system. Heyer was killed amidst the Charlottesville violence earlier in August when James A. Fields Jr. drove a car into a group of protesters. Rev. Robert Mead IV, a descendant of Robert E. Lee, made a few remarks before introducing Bro to the stage.  CBS News

German Police Raid Homes Of Suspects Plotting To Kill Leftist Politicians
German police on Monday raided the homes and workplaces of a policeman and another person suspected of planning to capture and kill left-wing politicians because of their views on immigration, authorities said. The suspects, who feared Germany’s refugee policies would impoverish the country, had begun to stockpile food and ammunition and plan attacks, the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement. Huffington Post
VOA VIEW: Unfortunate liberal propaganda.

Entire Texas National Guard Activated In Response To Harvey
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has activated the state's entire National Guard in response to Hurricane Harvey, the governor's office announced Monday. That will raise the total number of guardsmen who are deployed to around 12,000. They will help with search, rescue and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the storm, the governor's office said. "It is imperative that we do everything possible to protect the lives and safety of people across the state of Texas as we continue to face the aftermath of this storm," Abbott said in a news release Monday, adding that the state's National Guard is working closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. CBS

Tom Bossert Calls Criticism Of Trump Pardoning Arpaio During Hurricane "Wrong"
White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert called Sen. Chuck Schumer's claim that President Trump hid his pardoning of former sheriff Joe Arpaio under reports of Hurricane Harvey "clearly wrong." "I think the president weighed the totality of the circumstances and the sheriff's history of service, both in the military and to the law enforcement community, and decided that the 80-something year old man with his history and record of service deserved clemency at this point," Bossert said Sunday on CBS News' "Face the Nation." Face The Nation
VOA VIEW: Fools look bad - Arpaio was more deserving than anyone Obama pardoned.

Atlanta To Unveil Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Statue
As statues honoring Confederate leaders come down across the United States, a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be unveiled Monday in downtown Atlanta. The 8-foot-tall bronze statue will be situated at the state Capitol, grounds dominated by figures from Georgia's Confederate and segregationist history. Gov. Nathan Deal will be joined by members of the King family, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, state Rep. Calvin Smyre, Capitol Arts Standards Commission members and other dignitaries at the unveiling. The sculpture will be visible for up to two blocks down the street named for the civil rights leader, who was assassinated in 1968. UPI

Barcelona Attackers Evaded Checks Specially Designed To Prevent Attacks
A jihadist cell that killed 16 people in a double attack in Catalonia earlier this month managed to evade controls specifically intended to detect potential threats, Spain’s interior minister said on Monday, promising to review procedures. Spanish authorities say the Islamic State-inspired group spent months plotting their attack in a town south of the Catalan capital Barcelona, where on Aug. 17 one member mowed down crowds along the city’s most famous avenue. Reuters reported last week that Spanish police may have missed an opportunity to uncover the cell's plot by not raising the alarm after a massive blast on Aug. 16 at the house where they were preparing explosives for a larger attack. Reuters

Tillerson Explains ‘What Winning Looks Like’ In Afghanistan
Winning in Afghanistan looks like “reconciliation” among the Taliban and the Afghan government and the end of terrorist safe havens, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told "Fox News Sunday." I think we all recognize that for the past couple of years, the Taliban has been advancing and Afghan forces have been unable to push them back. So, there will be a definite change in military tactics on the ground. Now, all of this is directed at sending a message to the Taliban that we are not going anywhere. We're going to be here. We're going to continue to fight for the Afghan government, support the Afghan security forces. CNS

'Ten Commandments Judge' Roy Moore's Star Rising In Alabama Senate Runoff Race
Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore is seeing his star rise in the state’s Republican Senate race despite both President Trump and Vice President Pence publicly backing his incumbent rival. Moore, a Christian conservative known as the “Ten Commandments Judge,” finished atop a crowded field during the Aug. 15 primary, winning 39 percent to incumbent Sen. Luther Strange’s 33 percent. Because no candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote, Moore and Strange, endorsed by Trump and Pence, head to a Sept. 26 runoff. Last week, Moore, who has portrayed himself as an anti-establishment crusader, was endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. "Judge Moore has shown he has what it takes to stand up to the out-of-touch political establishment,” Palin said. Fox News

City Officials Give Updates Sunday On Harvey Preparations In New Orleans
Mayor Mitch Landrieu and several city officials gave another round of updates Sunday as the city hunkers down for possible heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Harvey. City leaders have been holding news conferences on Harvey before and after the storm made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane. While the current forecast keeps Harvey in Texas, many state and local officials worry that flooding from the storm's heavy rains could extend into Louisiana. Harvey is forecast to remain in Texas, but rain bands from the storm could reach parts of southeast Louisiana over the next few days. Landrieu said he has been meeting with the National Weather Service and Gov. John Bel Edwards to discuss the impacts of Harvey on Louisiana. The preparations come as New Orleans marks the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. WDSU

Judges Remain Silent As Trump Pardons Arpaio
President Donald Trump's pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been widely denounced as another instance of the President's scorn for the judiciary. Yet one set of voices has been missing: that of Chief Justice John Roberts and the nation's leading judges. They have been silent since the beginning, when Trump derided a judge of Mexican heritage during the 2016 presidential campaign and during the furor over an immigrant travel ban early in his presidency when he referred to a "so-called judge." That pattern held after Trump's repudiation Friday of a US district court judge's conviction of Arpaio for criminal contempt. The July 31 conviction arose from Arpaio's flagrant defiance of another judge's orders in a long-running case over the former Maricopa County sheriff's targeting of Latinos in Arizona. CNN

Hollywood Treats Trump Like Voldemort At The MTV VMAs
The entertainment world is inarguably superficial, frivolous, and cruel. For those of us who spend our professional days on the margins of this twisted, self-congratulatory industry, monitoring Kim Kardashian’s assistant’s cousin’s Instagram for gossip or frantically googling Bebe Rexha (seriously, who the hell is Bebe Rexha), it’s nice to think that pop culture might actually be good for something. After all, pop stars have the ability to reach thousands of fans, spreading political messages through ever-growing platforms. Shows and movies can evolve to showcase characters that look, act, and sound a little more like our diverse reality. At its best, this industry can make people feel seen and heard. The Daily Beast

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