NEWS   SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER  3, 2017   NEWS

President Trump Meets Victims Of Hurricane Harvey In Texas
President Trump spent Saturday touring areas heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey, saying he’s witnessed “a lot of love” from residents recovering from the devastation while warning it will likely take the affected communities years to rebuild. Trump begun his day in Houston, where flooding has devastated Texas' most populous city. The president, along with first lady Melania Trump and other officials, then traveled to Lake Charles, Louisiana, which was also hit by the storm. Fox
VOA VIEW: No president has ever taken so much time to help those in need.

Hurricane Irma Expected To Strengthen In Atlantic Ocean This Weekend
Powerful Hurricane Irma is expected to strengthen over the eastern Atlantic Ocean during the weekend – potentially becoming as potent as a Category 5 storms as it swirls its way towards the Leewards Islands where it could make landfall next week. Irma strengthened to a Category 3 storm on Thursday but had been downgraded to a Category 2 on Saturday. Fox

Kim Jong Un Watches 'H-Bomb' Loaded On New Missile
North Korea's regime has "succeeded in making a more developed nuke," according to state news agency KCNA. During a visit to the country's Nuclear Weapons Institute, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "watched an H-bomb to be loaded into new ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile]," KCNA reported. There was no independent confirmation of the claims. CNN
VOA VIEW: Un is a madman that must be stopped.

McCain: Trump 'Poorly Informed,' Congress 'Not His Subordinates'
Sen. John McCain issued a plea for bipartisan cooperation as Congress returns from its extended summer recess, saying pragmatism, compromise and mutual respect are more critical than ever given what he considers the lack of experience emanating from the White House. "That has never been truer than today, when Congress must govern with a president who has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct," McCain wrote Thursday in a Washington Post op-ed. CNN
VOA VIEW: McCain is a loser that should retire.

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Trump Uncovers Evidence Of Dreamers Loophole Hidden By Obama
Thousands of Dreamers have used a loophole in federal law to get on a full pathway to citizenship, top congressional Republicans revealed Friday, citing government data withheld by the Obama administration but provided by the Trump administration. The Dreamers were all part of DACA, the legally questionable amnesty program that’s under scrutiny right now as President Trump decides whether to scrap the Obama-era amnesty. The House and Senate Judiciary Committees revealed that more than 45,000 DACA recipients were approved for “advance parole,” which is permission to leave and reenter the U.S. despite not being in permanent legal status here. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Obama has been a traitor to the future of the US.

Trump’s Tough Trade Tactics Have Negotiators Looking At Options
President Trump has rattled Mexico and Canada with his bare-knuckle negotiating style and threats to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement as they enter the second round of talks Friday to redo the three-way trade deal. Economists warn that the U.S. would suffer an economic hit if NAFTA gets nixed, but the impact would be just as hard on Mexico and Canada. Mr. Trump is pushing that leverage to the limit as he takes the most muscular stance on trade of any president in modern history. Washington Times

Despite Trump’s Dig, The Media Did Go ‘Into The Winds’ Of Hurricane Harvey
President Donald Trump cannot seem to suppress his contempt for the news media  even when he is speaking about something completely unrelated. In remarks to members of the United States military in Texas on Saturday, Trump singled out the Coast Guard for rescuing nearly 11,000 people stranded by Hurricane Harvey. He then compared it to what he described as the relative lack of courage exhibited by journalists covering the storm. Huffington Post
VOA VIEW: The liberal media acted like idiots even through Harvey.

How Fidel Castro’s sexy mistress almost took him down
Marita Lorenz is the Forrest Gump of the Cold War. She was Fidel Castro’s lover and his would-be assassin. She was also seemingly involved in or present for almost every important geo-political event of that era: from the founding of communist Cuba to the Bay of Pigs invasion to the Kennedy assassination. NY Post

U.S. Army Unprepared To Deal With Russia In Europe
The U.S. Army’s rapid reaction force in Europe is under-equipped, undermanned and inadequately organized to confront military aggression from Russia or its high-tech proxies, according to an internal study that some who have read it view as a wake-up call as the Trump administration seeks to deter an emboldened Vladimir Putin. POLITICO

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No Evidence Trump Tower Was Wiretapped, Justice Department Says
The U.S. Justice Department has no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s statement in March that phones in Trump Tower were wiretapped at the order of his predecessor, Barack Obama, before last year’s election, according to a court filing Friday. The assertion came in a motion filed in a Freedom of Information request from a government transparency watchdog, American Oversight, which sought information about any surveillance involving Trump, his tower in New York City, or his presidential campaign from the FBI and the Justice Department’s national security division. Bloomberg

2 Killed, 4 Injured After Inhaling Toxic Fumes At Pennsylvania Power Plant
Authorities say two workers were killed and four others were injured after inhaling toxic fumes at a Pennsylvania power plant. Enerfab Corp. chief executive officer Scott Anderson says two employees were discharged from the hospital Friday. He says a 43-year-old worker still hospitalized "continues to show signs of improvement." There was no word on the status of a fourth injured worker. Police said the contractors were in a "confined, well-type" area at the Bruce Mansfield Power Station in Beaver County when hydrogen sulfide gas was released early Wednesday. Police said 34-year-old Kevin Bachner and 42-year-old John Gorchock were unable to reach safety and were killed. CBS News

Philly Police Union President Calls Black Lives Matter Activists ‘A Pack Of Rabid Animals’
The president of a Pennsylvania police union responded to Black Lives Matter activists demanding accountability for the police killing of a black man by calling the group a “pack of rabid animals.”  Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby made the statement Thursday during a rally held by and in support of police, according to NBC Philadelphia. Huffington Post
VOA VIEW: A minor statement of fact.

Who are the Rohingya Muslims?
The Rohingya are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority". They are an ethnic Muslim group who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar. Currently, there are about 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims who live in the Southeast Asian country. The Rohingya speak Rohingya or Ruaingga, a dialect that is distinct to others spoken in Rakhine State and throughout Myanmar. They are not considered one of the country's 135 official ethnic groups and have been denied citizenship in Myanmar since 1982, which has effectively rendered them stateless. Al Jazeera

First Harvey, Now DACA In Peril: Houston-Area ‘Dreamers’ Face Another Storm
Jesus Contreras, a Houston-area paramedic, barely slept this week. There wasn't much time for rest after Harvey started pummeling southeast Texas last Friday. Too many people needed his help — diabetics, cancer patients, elderly folks trapped in their homes. Contreras camped out at a fire station when he wasn't rushing around in an ambulance. He didn't make it back to his house in Spring, a suburb north of Houston, until Thursday afternoon. That's when he turned on the news and heard that President Donald Trump was considering ending the federal program that allowed him to stay and work in the United States. NBC News

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Southwest Airlines Begins Its Houston Return
Southwest Airlines Co. resumed commercial service to Houston Saturday in the wake of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, landing its first passenger flight at William P. Hobby airport at about 12:35 p.m., according to tracking website FlightAware.com. That puts Southwest behind United Continental Holdings Inc. and American Airlines Group Inc., which started limited service Thursday at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Since Aug. 24, a day before the record-breaking storm made landfall in Texas, the Dallas-based carrier has held sprawling, twice-daily emergency meetings. Bloomberg

Two Officers Placed On Leave Following Utah Nurse Confrontation
Two Salt Lake City police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave after shocking video of a nurse's arrest sparked nationwide outrage. The Salt Lake City police department announced Friday that it had put Detective Jeff Payne, the officer who arrested Alex Wubbels, plus a second employee, on leave "pending the results of an investigation." The second employee was not identified, but police spokeswoman Christina Judd confirmed to NBC News on Saturday that he was also a police officer.  NBC News

Trump Boys Gather Rations Of Comic Books
Saying they could “live out here in the wild for months” if they had to, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. reportedly spent Wednesday rounding up supplies of comic books and candy bars as they prepared to hide out that night from special prosecutors in their makeshift White House Rose Garden fort. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal media propaganda.

Donald Trump's policies worry Muslims at Hajj
American, Canadian and British pilgrims in Mecca this week for the annual Hajj say they are worried about the policies of US President Donald Trump targeting Muslims. "People are irritated, angry, sombre, a little bit worried," said Yasir Qadhi, an Islamic scholar who travelled from Tennessee for his fourteenth pilgrimage. Al Jazeera

Temple student found slain after leaving Philly bar with suspect
A 22-year-old Temple University student was reportedly found brutally slain Saturday after leaving a Philadelphia bar with her suspected killer. Jenna Burleigh was reported missing Friday after disappearing from a popular bar near the Temple campus early Thursday. Her body was found at a home 140 miles north of Philadelphia. NY Daily News

80% Of San Fran Bay Area Marijuana Poses Health Hazards, Such As Cancer
Four-fifths of the San Francisco Bay Area marijuana studied by a product testing company posed health threats such as cancer and reproductive toxicity. “The greatest threat standing in the way of California’s march toward legalized marijuana isn’t Attorney General Jeff Sessions or Big Pharma. It’s the cannabis industry itself,” San Francisco Magazine reports: “Much of the roughly $1 billion in cannabis sold in California’s 1,000-plus dispensaries every year is dirty.” A study of buds, edibles and concentrates entered in last August’s HempCon competition found that 80 percent was tainted. CNS

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Trump Increases Federal Funding For Debris Removal
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday authorized an increase in the level of federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures as a result of Hurricane Harvey to 90 percent from 75 percent, the White House said. “President Trump increased cost sharing to 90 percent federal funding for debris removal, including direct federal assistance, and a 100 percent federal funding for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance,” the White House said in a statement. Reuters

Can This Governor Teach Democrats How To Win In The South?
Half of Louisiana is under indictment,” the old saw goes, “and the other half is under water.” Louisiana politicians haven’t been keeping up with their end of the bargain lately. No major political figures are under indictment or in prison today. The devastating storms haven’t abated one bit, however, and that’s why Gov. John Bel Edwards in early August was in the suburban town of Youngsville, where two days of non-stop rains a year earlier had flooded 300 homes. One of them belongs to Paul Hebert, a 29-year-old operations director at an equipment manufacturer. With federal and state aid, he and his pregnant wife have settled back into their refurbished home on Flanders Ridge Drive. POLITICO

‘Bannonists’ See Trump as Path to ‘Deconstruction of Administrative State’
Why does Trump continue to do things that are so divisive and alienating to the majority of Americans? Why does he keep fueling the white-hot fire of his base to the exclusion of the other segments of the country? I have a theory: Trump and the people who either shield or support him are locked in a relationship of reciprocation, like a ball of snakes. Everyone is using everyone else. Breitbart
VOA VIEW: Contrary to what is reported by the liberal media, Trump is supported by the vast majority.

Smoking marijuana causes fertility problems because it makes men's sperm 'lazily swim in circles' say experts
Men who smoke too much marijuana could face fertility problems because the drug makes sperm 'mellow' causing it to 'swim in circles'. Cannabis - which is the most widely-used illegal drug in Britain - tends to leave users feeling chilled out and relaxed. But now researchers have revealed that it has the same effect on sperm and regular weed smoking can cut counts of the cells by as much as a third. Daily Mail UK

How our immune systems could stop humans reaching Mars
The astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson commented that ‘dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked the opposable thumbs and brainpower to build a space programme’ Yet although we now have the technological ability to leave Earth, scientists have found another stumbling block to colonising new worlds - our own immune system. Telegraph

New Pneumonia Is Drug-Resistant, Deadly And Contagious
In the past few years, there have been so many "superbugs" appearing in hospitals around the world that we here at Goats and Soda haven't had the time or resources to report on all of them.  But a new type of pneumonia emerging in China seems so important that we dropped what we were doing to write about it. Doctors in Hangzhou in southeastern China have detected a a type of pneumonia that is both highly drug-resistant and very deadly. It also spreads easily. NPR

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Trump Hints At Withdrawal From U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Deal
President Donald Trump said on Saturday he will discuss the fate of a five-year-old U.S.-South Korean free trade deal with his advisers next week in a move that could see him pull out of the acocrd with a key American ally at a time of heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula. Trump made his remarks to reporters while visiting hurricane-hit Houston a day after he spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and struck a deal allowing Seoul access to longer-range missiles as well as a potential arms sale. Reuters

Russia Protests Planned Search Of Its U.S. Trade Mission
The Kremlin summoned the top U.S. diplomat in Moscow to formally protest Washington's decision to search the Russian trade mission, the latest jab in an ongoing diplomatic tussle. Russia called the search "illegal" and "an unprecedented aggressive action" by the United States. The Kremlin also said the searches could be used to "orchestrate an anti-Russian provocation by planting compromising items." UPI

LA Residents Ordered Out As Raging Wildfire Threatens Homes
Authorities in Los Angeles have issued mandatory evacuation orders for about 200 homes in the Brace Canyon Park area of Burbank as a raging wildfire approaches. The La Tuna fire has already burned about 2,000 acres of land in the La Tuna Canyon Park area, and due to “erratic fire behavior, driven by strong, gusting winds,” it’s difficult for firefighters to predict all the areas at risk, the Los Angeles Fire Department said early Saturday. The National Weather Service also warned of “extreme fire behavior” due to high winds in the area.  The Daily Beast

Peaceful Protest Interrupted By Swarm Of Aggressive Black-Clad Militants
Quickly turning what had been an orderly demonstration into a violent melee, a peaceful protest Friday was reportedly interrupted by a swarm of aggressive, black-clad militants. According to bystanders, the protesters had been marching and chanting without incident when they were suddenly set upon by the hostile militants who wielded blunt weapons and concealed their faces. CBS News
VOA VIEW: The militants should have been shot down.

Taylor Swift Unveils Even Darker Persona With New Single ‘Skull#$%^& Maggot Shit Boyfriend’
In a dramatic break from the singer’s past incarnations, including her more aggressive recent image, Taylor Swift unveiled an even darker persona Friday with the release of her new single, “Skull#$%^& Maggot Shit Boyfriend.” “From the moment we see her chewing the entrails of a bound-and-gagged man wrapped in coils of barbed wire, it’s obvious this is a version of Taylor we definitely haven’t seen before,” said Billboard magazine writer Joseph Wohl in a post analyzing the new song and its accompanying music video, which feature graphic images of self-mutilation, a bass line sampled from a recording of cattle slaughter, and multiple lyrical references to genocide. New York Post

Former Conservative Recalls Belittling Tirade From College Student That Brought Him Over To Left
Explaining how the string of personal insults and sharply worded accusations caused him to reevaluate every one of his political leanings, former conservative Vincent Welsh recalled for reporters Friday the belittling tirade from a college student that brought him over to the left. NBC News

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Russian Diplomats Vacate Three Properties On U.S. Orders
Russian diplomats vacated three properties in the United States on Saturday including the six-story consulate in San Francisco, complying with a U.S. order issued in retaliation for Moscow cutting the American diplomatic presence in Russia. Staff at the San Francisco consulate were seen moving equipment, furniture and small items from the building into minivans and driving away, before coming back for more 20 to 30 minutes later.   Reuters

Federal Judge Richard Posner, A Leading Legal Voice, Retiring From Bench
One of the nation's most influential judges and legal writers, Richard Posner, is retiring as of Saturday from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Posner has written more than 3,300 opinions in nearly 36 years on the bench, along with scores of books. He is known for a sharp wit, clear writing and opinions that could be equally biting and humorous, with occasional references to his cats. Posner said in a statement he is "proud to have promoted a pragmatic approach to judging... and to apply my view that judicial opinions should be easy to understand and that judges should focus on the right and wrong in every case." NPR

Houston Shelter Offers Respite For Pets And Their Owners Displaced By Harvey
After thousands of people were forced to leave their homes as a result of the flooding in Houston over the weekend, many have one thing on their minds: their pets. As the water began to rise, Thomas Hayes, 73, stayed in his house in the neighborhood of Tidwell with his five dogs. He measured the water's climb by the height it hit on his car — first covering the tires, then the bumper, and it continued to rise. He didn't want to leave his home without his dogs. "I wouldn't do it," he says. "I wouldn't leave without them." NPR

Colombia's FARC Rebels Launch Political Party
Colombia's FARC rebel group has realigned itself as a political party following an accord that ended one of Latin America's longest guerrilla wars. The Marxist-inspired guerrilla rebels responsible for terrorizing the country for decades with kidnappings, bombings, extortion and the deaths of more than 220,000 people look to enter the political arena with a new name and logo but some of the same principles. UPI

Man Finds 10-Foot Gator Inside Flooded Home Near Houston
A Texas homeowner returned to his flood-marred home Friday in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey to a shocking surprise: a 10-foot gator in his living room. Brian Foster made the discovery while assessing how badly the water had damaged his house near Lake Houston, north of Houston, he said. CBS News

A wave of homicides overwhelms Tijuana
By the time the Red Cross ambulance pulled into a crowded apartment complex known as Torres del Lago, the man lying face down on a dirt lot was already dead. Neighbors leaned out their windows on this warm Friday evening, taking in the activity below: flashing lights of patrol cars, forensic specialists dressed in white, members of the ambulance crew checking for vital signals. And outside the cordoned crime scene, two young women clasped in a tight embrace, one crying out for her brother: "Mi hermano, mi hermano." The Atlantic

EARTHQUAKES RUMBLES THROUGH SOUTHEAST IDAHO
The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.3 earthquake has rumbled through southeast Idaho. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The agency reported four separate quakes Saturday evening in an area about 63 miles from Pocatello and 130 miles from Salt Lake City, where tremors were felt. AP Wire

Dead woman gets pension for almost 20 years
A dead woman's bank account received a pension deposit for almost 20 years because city officials didn't learn of her passing until June 2016. The woman, who was not identified in a July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016, audit that The News Journal obtained, received spousal benefits starting in June 1974. She died in November 1997 but Wilmington officials didn't know she had died and continued to automatically deposit about $150 into her account every other week. USA Today

Trump Administration Announces New $20 Bill Design Honoring Harriet Tubman’s Owners
Saying they wished to pay tribute to the legacies of these distinguished, law-abiding Americans, the Trump administration announced Friday that a long anticipated redesign of the $20 bill would honor Harriet Tubman’s owners. “These were patriotic business proprietors who followed the laws of their time to further their economic interests, and this new currency design finally recognizes these enterprising individuals for their success,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at an afternoon press conference, explaining that the bills commemorating those responsible for enslaving the famed abolitionist, Civil War nurse, and women’s rights activist for the first three decades of her life would be in circulation by 2018. Philidelphia Inquirer

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