NEWS   SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER  9, 2017   NEWS

Trump Signs $15 Billion Harvey Relief
President Trump on Friday signed a $15 billion Hurricane Harvey relief bill that includes a short-term suspension of the debt ceiling and funding to keep the government running for the next three months. Earlier Friday, the package passed in the House of Repreentatives by a 316-90 vote, with all opposing votes coming from Republicans. Congress moved with uncharacteristic speed on the bill to avert several looming crises – the prospect of not only triggering a government shutdown, but hitting the debt limit as the federal government burns through cash it needs to respond to both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma which is barreling into Florida.Fox
VOA VIEW: A no brainer.

Evacuate Now And Avoid Irma's Wrath
Residents of the Miami area and the Florida Keys streamed north in packed vehicles Friday, anxiously rushing to dodge Hurricane Irma as the deadly storm took aim at the state after devastating the Caribbean. The dramatic mass exodus from South Florida could turn into one of the largest evacuations in US history, CNN senior meteorologist Dave Hennen said. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties are home to about 6 million people combined. But the clock is ticking for those who haven't left yet, officials warned. "Get inland for safety," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said. The National Hurricane Center predicted late Friday afternoon that Irma could strengthen into a Category 5 storm again before it hits the Florida Keys this weekend. CNN
VOA VIEW: A major problem and expense.

Scrapped Deal For Trump Tower Moscow
Around the time presidential candidate Donald Trump was touting his real estate dealings at a Republican primary debate, a proposal was in the works to build a Trump Tower in Russia that would have given his company a $4 million upfront fee, no upfront costs, a percentage of the sales, and control over marketing and design. And that's not all: the deal included the opportunity to name the hotel spa after his daughter Ivanka. An internal Trump Organization document from October 2015, obtained by CNN on Thursday, reveals the details of a 17-page letter of intent that set the stage for Trump's attorney to negotiate a promising branding venture for Trump condominiums, a hotel and commercial property in the heart of Moscow.  CNN
VOA VIEW: A CNN liberal story that goes nowhere.

$3 Billion Of Power Grid Upgrades To The Test
As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida this weekend, the state’s utility customers will find out exactly what $3 billion worth of power-grid upgrades got them. NextEra Energy Inc.’s Florida Power & Light Co. used that money in recent years to replace wooden poles with concrete ones, install flood monitors to protect low-lying substations, and deploy smart meters to help track power outages. And it’s still forecasting a record blackout, with 9 million people projected to lose power -- or more than 40 percent of the state’s population. Restoring service will take weeks should the company need to rebuild its system, not merely repair it, Eric Silagy, Florida Power & Light’s chief executive officer, said on Friday. Bloomberg

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Massive Effort To Ship Fuel Into Florida
The Trump administration has waived a key statute to allow for “as many ships as possible” to bring fuel into Florida, as part of a massive effort to ease gas shortages for Florida residents and others in the path of Hurricane Irma. “We’re bringing in as much supply of refined fuel as possible,” Tom Bossert, White House homeland security adviser, told reporters on Friday. The move was made in conjunction with state officials in Florida who are scrambling to get fuel to the pumps and alleviate gas shortages. Florida has taken several steps to expedite those shipments. At the federal level, the step Bossert cited involves an obscure but critical law known as the Jones Act, which says only American-made, U.S.-flagged vessels can ship products between domestic ports. He said the secretary of Homeland Security waived the statute so that foreign-flagged vessels can help. Fox

Strongest Quake In Century
Mexico was hit by its strongest earthquake in more than a century, killing dozens of people in southern states and shaking buildings in the capital. The tremor revived memories of a 1985 earthquake in Mexico City that killed thousands, though early indications were that last night’s quake, which struck off the Pacific coast hundreds of miles south of the capital, hasn’t caused fatalities on that scale. With information about the impact on remote rural communities still coming in, the government said at least 58 had died and warned of aftershocks. Concern that the quake could hurt already sluggish growth in Latin America’s second-biggest economy drove the peso lower. The temblor hit offshore near Chiapas state at 11:49 p.m. local time. It had a magnitude of 8.2, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and Mexico’s National Seismological Service, making it larger than the 8.0 quake of 1985. Bloomberg

No 'Credible' Threat Leading Up To 9/11 Anniversary
White House Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert says there is no "credible" terrorist threat against the United States leading up to the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Bossert says Friday that there is no "current, credible, actionable threat." He also says "no terrorist should view us as vulnerable right now." The anniversary of the attacks is Monday. Bossert says President Donald Trump will "receive a comprehensive picture of terrorist threat level and what we're doing to counter it." He says that's a practice that started after 9/11. ABC News

Equifax Is Trying To Make Money Off Its Massive Security Failure
The credit monitoring company that let criminals steal personal information pertaining to nearly half the U.S. population is offering free credit monitoring to those affected but there’s a catch. Victims of the Equifax security breach who sign up for the company’s “complementary” service will only get one free year. After that, unless they proactively cancel, they may have to pay. The terms of use say customers must have internet access and a credit or debit card to sign up. “We will not bill You until the free trial period has expired and provided that You have not yet cancelled your trial membership,” say the terms, dated Sept. 6. Huffington Post
VOOA VIEW: Giving your credit card in advance is not smart.

White House Urges Against “Hurricane Amnesia”
With Hurricane Irma seemingly headed for a landfall somewhere in south Florida this weekend, the White House on Friday expressed confidence in federal disaster preparedness for this second major hurricane to threaten the United States in recent weeks, but officials also warned those in the path of the storm not to underestimate the power of the tropical system that has left a path of destruction in the Caribbean. “Let’s hope there’s no hurricane amnesia,” said White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, as he urged Florida residents to follow evacuation orders from local officials. Atlanta Journal

When Wjill Uber And Lyft Suspend Service In South Florida?
With Hurricane Irma rapidly approaching South Florida, Uber has already suspended its ride-sharing services in the Florida Keys. Lyft has announced it will do the same at midnight Friday. Riders in Miami-Dade and Broward counties can continue to use the services until weather conditions deteriorate to the point where it is considered too unsafe to be on the roads, both companies confirmed late Friday. Miami Herald

Few Airline Seats To Be Found
Residents and visitors of Miami are showing up to the airport in droves and finding very few seats available as Hurricane Irma approaches. Despite airlines adding more than 10,000 additional seats by scheduling more flights and bigger aircraft out of South Florida since Wednesday, the demand is far outpacing the supply, airline officials told ABC News. Airline and airport officials say all flights are sold out, but they are working on bringing in additional planes to fly customers out.  ABC

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Hurricane Jose Strengthens
Hurricane Jose became an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane Friday, threatening Caribbean islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. As of Friday afternoon, Hurricane Jose had maximum sustained winds of 150 mph as it moved west-northwest toward the northern Leeward Islands at a speedy 18 mph. The eye of the storm was located about 380 miles east-southeast from the islands. It was expected to pass near or east of the northeastern Leeward Islands on Saturday. CBS News
VOA VIEW: A very dangerous situation.

Examining Massive Equifax Hack
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Friday that his office is investigating Equifax, a consumer credit reporting agency that was the target of a massive cyber attack in the summer, which has likely exposed personal information of up to 140 million people across the U.S. In a press release, Schneiderman said he sent a letter to Equifax on Friday inquiring about the company's established safeguards before the attack and how it alerted affected customers. CBS News

Up To 9 Million Floridians Could Be Without Power
Utility officials are predicting up to 9 million Floridians could be without power after Irma strikes, and are weighing drastic measures before the storm — including shuttering both of the state's working nuclear plants. Florida Power & Light (FPL), the nation's third-largest electric utility, warned on Friday that Irma, a Category 4 hurricane, could cut power for weeks. "We are looking at outages that are probably going to impact 4.1 million of our customers. That's about 9 million people," the utility's president and CEO Eric Silagy told reporters Friday.  NBC News

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Trump Team Prepping Aggressive Options For North Korea
The Trump administration is readying a package of diplomatic and military moves against North Korea, including cyberattacks and increased surveillance and intelligence operations, after the nation's sixth and largest nuclear test, according to senior White House and Pentagon officials. The U.S. may also propose a U.N. Security Council resolution mandating the inspection of ships arriving or leaving the reclusive state, the officials said. The expanded inspections would target vessels carrying missile parts and technology that North Korea exports as well as materials the country imports, a senior administration official said. NBC
VOA VIEW: NK is a major dilemma - UN's last stand.

FEMA Director: Irma ‘Is Going To Devastate The United States,’
FEMA Director Brock Long, in a Friday morning update, told a news conference there’s no question that Hurricane Irma will devastate parts of the souheastern United States: “Obviously, Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States in either Florida or some of the southeastern states,” Long told a 7:30 a.m. news conference. “This is a complex forecast. Anybody from Alabama to North Carolina should be watching this storm very closely.  CNS

Schumer ‘Hopeful’ For More Bipartisan Deals With Trump
The budding romance between President Trump and Chuck Schumer was still blooming on Friday — with the Senate minority leader optimistically predicting even more bipartisan cooperation down the road. Days after the president sided with Democrats Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on a deal for emergency aid for Harvey victims, raising the debt limit and maintaining funding for the government, Schumer said they could also come together on immigration and trade.NY Post
VOA VIEW: A Republican loss.

Miami Shelters Homeless Against Their Will
On what is likely the last clear day in Florida before Hurricane Irma's monster wind and rain, social workers and police officers are giving Miami's estimated 1,100 homeless people a stark choice: Come willingly to a storm shelter, or be held against their will for a mental health evaluation. With the outer edge of the storm approaching Friday, these officials — backed by a psychiatrist and observed by an Associated Press team — rolled through chillingly empty downtown streets as dawn broke over Biscayne Bay, searching for reluctant stragglers sleeping in waterfront parks. SF Gate

Special Counsel Robert Mueller Has Long List Of Potential White House Witnesses
Special counsel Robert Mueller appears to be interested in talking to current and former White House officials as part of his ongoing federal Russia investigation – and his list of potential witnesses is long. President Trump's aides could provide information that may prove relevant to Mueller's investigation into contacts between Trump associates and Russians who sought to influence the election by hacking Democrats close to candidate Hillary Clinton. Mueller's office is also investigating possible obstruction of justice – a front opened after the president abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey in May for his handling of the Russian investigation. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Mueller will waste taxpayer money.

Trump Dumps The Do-Nothing Congress
Donald Trump is president today because he was seen as a doer not a talker. Among the most common compliments paid him in 2016 was, "At least he gets things done!" And it was exasperation with a dithering GOP Congress, which had failed to enact his or its own agenda, that caused Trump to pull the job of raising the debt ceiling away from Republican contractors Ryan & McConnell, and give it to Pelosi & Schumer. Hard to fault Trump. CNS

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Qatari Emir Speaks To Saudi Crown Prince
Saudi Arabia says plans to hold talks with Qatar have been suspended, shortly after the emergence of reports that a phone call between Qatar's emir and the Saudi crown prince hinted at a potential breakthrough in a major diplomatic crisis in the Gulf. The call on Friday between by Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was the first official contact between Doha and Riyadh since the start of the crisis more than three months ago. In the phone call, which was reported by state media from both countries, the two leaders expressed a willingness to discuss an end to the rift. Al Jazeera

Eric Bolling Leaves Fox News
Eric Bolling has left Fox News, after he allegedly sent lewd photos to multiple colleagues, the news channel said Friday. News of his departure comes after he was suspended for his texting habit. “Fox News Specialists,” which was co-hosted by Bolling, will be canceled, Fox News said in a statement. Bolling’s co-hosts, Kat Timpf and Eboni K. Williams, will remain at the network as contributors, HuffPost reported. NY Daily News

The Judicial Resistance
They don't have the numbers in a Republican-majority Congress, they lack the executive firepower of the presidency, and the possibility they'll get reinforcements at the ballot box is 14 months away – in politics, an eternity. As a result, liberals alarmed at President Donald Trump's deeply conservative agenda, and frustrated by the GOP lawmakers paving his way, have repeatedly deployed the most powerful weapon left in their depleted political arsenal: The federal courts.  US News & World Report

Republicans See Tax Reform Complicated
U.S. Republican party lawmakers warned on Friday that President Donald Trump’s legislative deal with Democrats to help hurricane victims and keep the government running for another three months could complicate his next big priority - tax reform. Trump’s sudden shift in strategy hands a clear victory to Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and that could slow the Republicans’ legislative agenda, they said. “This kind of creates complications relative to tax reform,” said Representative Ryan Costello from Pennsylvania. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Republicans  failed and could very well cause them major problem, unless they wake up.

How To Live In A World Where Your Data Is Not Secure
If you were not yet convinced that your personal data was at risk from cyber thieves, the latest breach of 143 million consumer records at credit bureau Equifax should scare you straight. Nick Clements, co-founder of personal finance site magnifymoney.com, goes about his daily life just assuming that his data will be stolen at some point. The irony is not lost on him that the latest incident involves a company tasked with tracking people’s credit and selling identity theft protection services. “If this wakes people up that their data is at risk, that’s good,” Clements said. You can check to see if you were personally affected by the Equifax breach by entering in part of your Social Security number at equifaxsecurity2017.com.  Reuters

Trump Not Worried If Deal With Dems Upsets GOP
President Trump is not concerned that he angered some Capitol Hill Republicans by striking a deal with Democrats to quickly pass emergency disaster relief, the White House said Friday, saying it was more important to break the gridlock in Congress. “The biggest message is we are a lot less focused on what makes Congress happy and [instead on] what makes Americans better and stronger,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.Washington Time

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Florida Air Travel Shuts Down
The last scheduled American Airlines and Delta Air Lines flights left Miami International Airport Friday evening as major airlines ceased operations in South Florida before Hurricane Irma slams the region. United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue and other carriers are closing up shop at Florida airports after flying as many passengers as possible out of the path of the storm and giving their staff time to prepare. By late Saturday, Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale - home to the 12th, 13th, 21st largest airports in the U.S., respectively - will be largely dormant as the extreme weather rolls in.  CNN

Irma Zeroes In On Florida With $200 Billion Damage Bill Forecast
Hurricane Irma was strengthening ahead of an all-but-certain collision with southern Florida after devastating the Caribbean islands and threatening to become the most expensive storm in U.S. history. With top winds of 155 miles (249 kilometers) an hour, the life-threatening storm grew in size, meaning most of Florida will face hurricane-force winds as it cuts a path through the peninsula into Georgia. Now a Category 4 system, Irma is forecast to regain power through Sunday when it may reach Category 5 again, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said late Friday. Bloomberg

U.S. Calls For UN Vote Monday On Fresh North Korea Sanctions
The U.S. said it would seek a vote Monday on a draft United Nations Security Council resolution on North Korea, as it pushes for fresh sanctions against the regime after its recent nuclear test. The U.S. informed the Security Council on Friday night of its plan to call the vote, the State Department said in a brief statement, adding it would look to impose further penalties on Pyongyang. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said he hoped for a firm UN resolution, adding stronger economic penalties might lead to a change in North Korea’s behavior. “Oil sanctions are the most effective sanctions, so I’d like to strongly ask for this,” he said on Saturday on Nippon Television. Bloomberg

House Republicans Lash Mnuchin
It was supposed to be a call to unity. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney joined a closed-door GOP Conference meeting Friday to try to rally wary Republicans around a debt ceiling bill they hated. But the huddle quickly went off the rails when Rep. Tim Walberg stood up to say President Donald Trump needed to play more with the team. The Michigan Republican said he was all for bipartisanship, but he argued that Trump shouldn’t have blindsided the conference when he struck a deal with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, undercutting GOP leadership. POLITICO
VOA VIEW: Republicans proved their ineptness.

Kelly’s Deputy Annoys Trump
Chief of staff John Kelly’s no-nonsense deputy, Kirstjen Nielsen, has been working in the White House for only five weeks. But in her short tenure, the new sheriff’s No. 2 has already helped set a new tone in the West Wing that was described by more than 10 senior administration officials and outside advisers to the president as one that can be dismissive and lacking in collegiality. These people worry that Nielsen — who now occupies former chief strategist Steve Bannon’s old office — is at risk of squandering the morale boost that accompanied the arrival of the four-star general and the hope for a fresh start.  POLITICO

Florida Gov. Scott: 'Get Out quickly'
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Friday urged thousands of residents in the state's evacuation zones to "get out quickly," particularly those in South Florida where a scheduled closure of Port Everglades will mean less fuel. Speaking at a news conference midday in Tampa, Scott said that because of Hurricane Irma's "massive" size, "the majority of Florida will have major hurricane impacts, the entire east coast and entire west coast." "We will quickly run out of good weather to evacuate," he said. "Leave, get out quickly. The roads will fill up quickly so you need to go." UPI

What Would Happen If North Korea Fires
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said recently it would be "game on" if North Korea were to fire a missile at the United States or its allies, but how fast things would happen is not so clear. A leading expert in missile defense told Fox News there would not be much time to decide to shoot down a North Korean missile. “This is a game of minutes, but the initial detection of a launch would be really in terms of seconds,” said Thomas Karako, senior fellow and director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Un is more mad if he thinks he would get off easy if he fire a missle.

The White House Tried To Calm Furious House Republicans
House Republicans unleashed their fury Friday over President Donald Trump's deal with the Democrats at Steve Mnuchin, with conservatives calling the treasury secretary's appeal to them to "vote for it for me" insulting and inappropriate. Mnuchin, along with Trump's budget chief, Mick Mulvaney went up to Capitol Hill shortly before a vote on the package, which included money for hurricane aid, a continuing resolution to keep the government open and a three-month extension of the debt ceiling.  CNN

Navy Orders Aircraft Carrier Ready For Irma
The US Navy has deployed the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and other battleships to get into position to provide humanitarian relief and support from the effects of Hurricane Irma if requested. Adm. Phil Davidson, commander of US Fleet Forces Command, also ordered the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima and amphibious transport dock ship USS New York to join the Lincoln to support federal, state and local authorities responding to the impending Category 4 hurricane and its aftermath. The Drudge Report

Congress Approves Trump's Aid And Debt Deal With Democrats
President Donald Trump signed a bill on Friday extending the government debt limit for three months and providing about $15 billion in hurricane-related aid, bringing his surprising deal with Democratic congressional leaders this week to completion. The bill, approved in a 316-90 vote by the U.S. House of Representatives, had drawn criticism from some conservative members of Congress. But the Senate passed it on Thursday and the Republican president signed it soon after arriving at Camp David, Maryland, for the weekend. Reuters

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Ryan’s Already-Shaky Status With GOP
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s wobbly standing with staunch conservatives took a fresh hit Thursday, and while critical colleagues stopped short of demanding his ouster, they made it clear they were not content with his performance. Conservatives, optimistic and enthusiastic earlier this year over the prospect of a Republican president and GOP control of Congress for the first time in 10 years, have been instead frustrated with their party’s inability to win any major victories. They are fuming over the failure to repeal Obamacare, which barely passed the House but has been stalled in the Senate, or the delays in pushing tax reform. McClatchy DC

Nato Chief: World Is At Its Most Dangerous Point
The world is more dangerous today than it has been in a generation, the head of Nato has said, days before the mobilisation of an estimated 100,000 Russian troops on the EU’s eastern borders, and as a nuclear crisis grows on the Korean peninsula. Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the military alliance, said the sheer number of converging threats was making the world increasingly perilous. The Guardian

Continued Risk Of Catastrophic Damage
Hurricane Irma continues to wreak havoc in the Caribbean, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake, the United Nations humanitarian wing said today, warning that areas along its path continue to remain at risk of significant damage. “There is continued risk of catastrophic damage from hurricane-force winds, storm surge and flooding in areas on Irma's trajectory,” read an update issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).United Nations

Military Gears Up To Respond
Military branches are laying the groundwork to respond to Hurricane Irma, deploying ships, personnel and equipment to Florida and United States territories in the Caribbean to respond to a storm that has already wreaked devastation on several islands. So far, the Pentagon has sent six ships, an aircraft carrier, numerous aircraft and thousands of gallons of fuel to the region, as well as activated thousands of National Guard troops in Florida and Puerto Rico. The Hill

Hurricane Irma's Storm Path: What You Should Know
Hurricane Irma returned to Category 5 as it made landfall on Cuba late Friday, with wind gusts of 160 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported. At least 23 people have died as Hurricane Irma ravaged the Caribbean this week, destroying buildings and uprooting trees on its potentially catastrophic path toward Florida. Around 5.6 million people have been asked to evacuate their homes ahead of landfall, officials say. Fox

Hurricane Irma: Like A ‘Lawnmower From The Sky’
Earlier this week, Brock Long, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, sent a surprise package to meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. It contained enough water bottles and enough MREs (meals-ready-to-eat) to last 10 days. “Being an ex-marine, I can tell you, those MREs will taste pretty good soon,” said Dennis Staley, the chief of operations for the National Centers for Environmental Prediction.  The Atlantic

Death Toll Rises To 61 In Mexico
ne of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck off the country's southern coast, toppling hundreds of buildings and sending panicked people fleeing into the streets in the middle of the night. At least 61 people were reported dead. The quake that hit minutes before midnight Thursday was strong enough to cause buildings to sway violently in the capital city more than 650 miles away. As beds banged against walls, people still wearing pajamas ran out of their homes and gathered in frightened groups. Chicago Tribune

Democrats See Opportunity — And Peril
Democratic leaders have been running victory laps in the days since they struck a deal with President Trump, over Republican objections, to extend the nation’s borrowing limit and keep the government open for three months. But new divisions among Democrats show that peril may yet lie ahead for Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), whose newfound connection with the president has put them in a similar spot as many Republicans this year: working with an unreliable and unpopular partner to attain legislative goals that may never materialize. Trump’s abrupt overtures to Schumer and Pelosi this week have raised difficult questions for the party out of power about how much to collaborate with a mercurial president whose policies and rhetoric have stirred widespread anger and fear on the left. Washington Times

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club Ordered To Evacuate
President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club — which Trump has christened the “Winter White House” — was ordered to evacuate on Friday, along with the rest of ritzy Palm Beach island, as Hurricane Irma's powerful winds and storm surge approached the Florida coast. The evacuation order went in place at 10 a.m. Friday, part of a series of orders that will require 155,000 people to leave their homes in Palm Beach County alone. The Palm Beach County evacuations cover low-lying areas along Lake Okeechobee, as well as a long swath of neighborhoods along the Intracoastal Waterway and the barrier islands off Florida's east coast. Washington Post

An Israeli Scandal With Political Consequences
There was “bottle-gate,” a scandal over deposits on empty bottles; there were several allegations of abuse made by former household staff; and there were the claims of a shopping spree paid for by a donor. Through them all, Sara Netanyahu, the wife of the Israeli prime minister at the center of those scandals, emerged mostly unscathed and free of legal troubles. Will it be different this time? On Friday, Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said he will indict her on charges of fraud and breach of trust. Her alleged crime: spending the equivalent of $102,000 in state funds on catering while claiming falsely the household did not employ a cook.

Trump Tortured Spicer And Priebus
Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus are among six current and former White House aides with whom special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is likely to seek interviews in his Russia investigation, as The Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig, Rosalind S. Helderman and Ashley Parker report. The fact that top Trump aides would be interviewed isn't hugely surprising. The probe has gradually grown in scope in recent months, and given its apparent focus on President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey, it seemed logical that his top spokesman and aide, among others, would be sought out for their versions of events. Washington Post

Target To Slash Prices
Target shares dip following retailer's promise to slash prices Target shares dip following retailer's promise to slash prices Target shares dropped after the retailer posted a blog on Friday, promising to lower prices on thousands of goods. The cuts will be on items including cereal, paper towels, baby formula, razors and bath tissue, Target said. And the news comes just days after Amazon started cutting prices at Whole Foods' stores across America. Target shares were trading around 3 percent lower Friday afternoon on the announcement. CNBC

Marines And Special Forces Declare War On Hurricane Irma
As millions of Americans flee the path of Hurricane Irma, several thousand are headed for it: Marines. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday authorized four U.S. Navy ships and Marines to redeploy from recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey in Texas and sail to the Florida peninsula. The main support force is the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The Daily Beast

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