Trump: Outrage Over Kneeling
A defiant President Trump said Sunday afternoon that the outrage over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem "has nothing to do with race," but rather is about "respect for our country." Speaking on the tarmac in New Jersey before boarding Air Force One, Trump doubled down on his comments about the NFL and its players. "This has nothing to do with race. I never said anything about race," Trump said. "This has to do with respect for our country and respect for our flag." When asked if players who kneeled today should be fired as he suggested earlier, the president said, "I think the owners should do something about it. It's very disrespectful to our flag and our country."  Fox
VOA VIEW: The athletes will lose the battle - Trump looks good by America First.

These Were The NFL Players Protesting Amid Trump Criticism
Rather than taking a knee, most NFL players opted for a show of unity Sunday, locking arms ahead of their games amid criticism from President Trump who slammed players opting to protest during the national anthem. Still, plenty opted to kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner," with the Baltimore Ravens' Terrell Suggs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Mike Evans among the stars following the lead of former pro quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who pioneered the anthem protests last year over what he was said was social and racial injustice.  CNN
VOA VIEW: The NFL and other athetes will lose this battle.

Attorney: Kushner Used Private Email Account
Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser and son-in-law of President Donald Trump, has occasionally used a private email account for correspondence with fellow administration officials, his lawyer, Abbe Lowell, confirmed to CNN on Sunday. "Mr. Kushner uses his White House email address to conduct White House business," Lowell said in a statement. "Fewer than a hundred emails from January through August were either sent to or returned by Mr. Kushner to colleagues in the White House from his personal email account." CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is a liberal trouble maker.

NFL Ratings Become Entangled In Political Battle With Trump
President Donald Trump has turned watching football on Sunday, one of America’s most popular activities, into an act of political protest at a time when NFL ratings are already under pressure. Trump’s call for fans to boycott the National Football League leaves viewers in a quandary over whether to heed a president who calls some players’ patriotism into question, or support the teams that have tied families together through decades and instilled local pride. TV networks are already worried about declining viewership of the NFL, which has endured a rash of public relations disasters in recent years. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: This battle with Trump is further costing the NFL.

Merkel Wins Fourth Term As German Far-Right Party Makes Gains
German voters rewarded Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in national elections on Sunday, sending the chancellor to a record fourth term as one of Europe’s key leaders, while a far-right party in the country made some initial and possibly disruptive gains. Exit polls conducted for public television channels ARD and ZDF suggest Merkel's conservative bloc finished first in Germany's election, with between 32.5 and 33.5 percent in Sunday's vote. Polling indicates challenger Martin Schulz's Social Democrats trailed in second place, with between 20 and 21 percent support. ABC News


Tennessee Church Shooting
One woman was killed and seven other people were hurt after a shooting suspect, identified as former churchgoer Emanuel Kidega Samson, opened fire at a Tennessee church Sunday, police said. Samson, identified as a 25-year-old man who immigrated from Sudan two decades ago, is suspected of bringing two pistols and a mask to Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, southeast of Nashville, before opening fire just after 11 a.m. Fox
VOA VIEW: From the Sudan is questionable.

NFL Players Can Have The 'First Amendment Off The Field'
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended President Donald Trump's comments calling for NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to be fired, saying, players "have the right to have the First Amendment off the field." “This isn’t about Democrats. It's not about Republicans. It's not about race; it’s not about free speech. They can do free speech on their own time," the treasury secretary said in an interview with ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz on "This Week" Sunday. "This is about respect for the military and first responders and the country." ABC News
VOA VIEW: Fighting the National Anthem is not the right way to solve any problem.

Hurricane Maria Sets Puerto Rico Back Decades
Hurricane Maria's destruction has set Puerto Rico back decades, even as authorities worked to assess the extent of the damage, Puerto Rico's nonvoting representative in the U.S. Congress said Sunday. "The devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back nearly 20 to 30 years," said Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez. "I can't deny that the Puerto Rico of now is different from that of a week ago. The destruction of properties, of flattened structures, of families without homes, of debris everywhere. The island's greenery is gone." CBS

Once Used As Sex Slaves By ISIS, These Yazidi Women Are Rebuilding Their Lives
Women's chatter echoes down the staircase inside an unassuming concrete apartment building.
"Aveen," 26, calls this her sanctuary. She lives in one of more than 20 dorm-like rooms that are just big enough for a small metal bed, a desk and a locker. Her name has been changed to protect her identity. Aveen’s life in a sleepy Stuttgart suburb is a stark contrast to what she left behind in her native Iraq. She is a former ISIS sex slave. For almost 12 months she was subjected to horrific abuse; kidnapped, drugged, beaten, repeatedly raped and traded between fighters. NBC News


Mark Cuban: Pres. Trump Needs To ‘Be Able To Take the Blowback’
Dallas Mavericks owner and businessman Mark Cuban has fired back at President Donald Trump’s criticism of NFL players who decline to stand during the national anthem, as well as the president’s decision to revoke a White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry. “If the president's going to say something condemning a person, an industry, a sport, then he's got to be able to take the blowback that's going to come back,” Cuban told NBC News in an exclusive interview for “Meet the Press.” NBC News
VOA VIEW: Trump is taking the alleged blowback and he will prevail.

U.S. Air Strikes Kill 17 Islamic State Militants In Libya: U.S. Military
Six U.S. air strikes on an Islamic State desert camp in Libya killed 17 militants and destroyed three vehicles, the U.S. military said on Sunday, the first American strikes in Libya since President Donald Trump took office in January. U.S. Africa Command said in a statement that strikes on Friday targeted a camp 150 miles (240 km) southeast of Sirte, a city that was once the Islamic State stronghold in Libya. The camp was used to move fighters in and out of Libya, plot attacks and store weapons, the statement said. “ISIS and al-Qaeda have taken advantage of ungoverned spaces in Libya to establish sanctuaries for plotting, inspiring and directing terror attacks,” the statement said, using an acronym for Islamic State.  Reuters

Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill Gets Last-Minute Revision
The authors of the Graham-Cassidy health care bill on Sunday appeared to make a last-minute effort to revive the GOP push to repeal and replace ObamaCare with a bill that gives more control to states through block grants. The New York Times reported late Sunday that the revised bill would provide additional funding for an unnamed “high-spending low-density state”—likely Alaska. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R- AK., is one of the Republican holdouts and has said she is evaluating the bill and how it would affect her state.Fox News
VOA VIEW: Republican who vote against, should change parties.

Trump Targets Paul, Murkowski, McCain On ObamaCare Vote, In Tweets
President Trump, with his United Nations debut over, turned his attention Saturday to make-or-break senators in their chamber's upcoming ObamaCare vote, encouraging GOP Sen. Rand Paul to “find a way” to vote yes. The Senate is scheduled next week to vote on another plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, the Cassidy-Graham bill, which like other previous attempts this year by the GOP-controlled chamber appears a few votes shy of passage. “I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!” Trump said Saturday morning in one of several tweets. Fox News

Trump's Culture Wars Take Over American Sports
The biggest question in the NFL this year, isn't who will win Super Bowl 52. It's what you think of Donald Trump. The President's decision to use the bully pulpit to start calling political plays from the sidelines has brought the all-Trump, all-the-time mania that has raged through Hollywood, late-night talk shows and the arts, roaring into professional sports. It was probably inevitable, given the way he has seized the nation's psyche since his shock win in last year's presidential election, that the most powerful man in the world would sooner or later turn his attention -- and his volcanic Twitter feed -- toward America's most powerful sports league. CNN

Trump Weighs Replacement To Travel Ban
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday was considering a replacement to his executive order temporarily barring travel to the United States from several majority-Muslim countries. The current ban, enacted in March and set to expire on Sunday evening, extended to travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. The new order could fall short of a complete ban, instead tailoring travel restrictions on a country-by-country basis. Trump received a set of policy recommendations on Friday from acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and was briefed on the matter by other administration officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a White House aide said.  Reuters

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Milo Yiannopoulos Flounders At Desperate ‘Free Speech’ Rally On UC Berkeley Campus
What was supposed to be his four-day Woodstock at the University of California turned out to be his alt-right Fyre Festival. It was canceled before it ever began, and the notorious provocateur was forced to offer refunds to travelers during a very sad press conference on Facebook Live. But Yiannopoulos doesn’t go down without a troll. As he admitted defeat, he promised an “unofficial” rally for his followers on Sunday, effectively mobilizing hordes of counterprotesters, anti-fascists and anyone in his far-right brigade brave enough to face them. Huffington Post

Cruz Opposes Latest Obamacare Repeal Attempt
Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday said he doesn’t support the latest Obamacare repeal plan, dealing a fresh blow to Republicans’ last-ditch effort to kill Barack Obama’s signature health care law. After seven years of promises to repeal Obamacare, Republicans have six days to pass legislation with a party-line vote. But with Cruz’s opposition, at least five Republicans in the 52-member caucus have signaled that they either won’t vote for or are leaning against supporting the Graham-Cassidy bill. The legislation, authored by Republican Sens. POLITICO
VOA VIEW: Let the repeal of Obamacare fail and so will Obamacare shortly.

The Latest: Cheers As Arrested Protesters Released From Jail
Protesters who were arrested at an unruly demonstration at a suburban St. Louis shopping mall are out of jail amid cheers from demonstrators. Several people gathered at the St. Louis County Justice Center Sunday afternoon, a day after 22 protesters were arrested at the St. Louis Galleria in Richmond Heights. Among those released Sunday was the Rev. Karla Frye. Protesters claim Frye was choked by police. Frye is charged with assault, rioting and two counts of resisting arrest. A court document released Sunday accuses her of jumping on the back of a police officer, injuring the officer. ABC News


Dark Posts And Facebook's Deals With The Devil
Advertising is a way for consumers to get something for a subsidized cost. This has always created problematic relationships: People got glossy magazines for a low cost because they were willing to look at ads for liquor companies and overpriced financial services. People got their local newspapers for next to nothing in exchange for allowing girdle ads to infiltrate their brains. Social media, especially Facebook, has taken down the guard rails that used to offer us at least some protection. Advertising used to be mostly transparent. Forbes

Rocket Carrying Top Secret Cargo Launched From Vandenberg
It was actually a rocket launched from  Vandenberg Air Force Base Saturday evening carrying a top secret payload.  The spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launched just before 11 p.m. Seconds after the scheduled launch —  the ship’s main engine and four rocket boosters — were off with a roar. The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket is carrying a classified NROL-42 satellite. Rocket scientist Olympia LePoint said the ship reached the speed of sound in 35 seconds. CBS Los Angeles

Trump Tax Plan Said To Cut Taxes For Wealthy And Whack NY And NJ
President Donald Trump and Republican leaders plan to release a tax framework this week that would dramatically cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy, provide a measure of middle-class tax relief and punish some households in Democratic-leaning states like New York and New Jersey. That summary, based on a list of details that’s circulating among Washington lobbyists, breaks from the president’s recent rhetoric against tax cuts for the rich. It sets the stage for a battle with Democrats and faces a litany of obstacles, including intra-party disputes about whether to pay for the tax breaks upfront or increase the deficit. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: The tax cut on individuals, not enough.

GOP Revises Obamacare Repeal With Bill Headed To Likely Defeat
Senators sponsoring a last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill scrambled to save it from near-certain death Sunday, circulating a new version aimed at winning over several GOP holdouts, according to two people familiar with the discussions. Some of the changes, which come as Republicans face a Sept. 30 deadline to pass the measure, were designed to appeal to moderate holdouts like Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, while others appeared tailored to lure conservative skeptics like Rand Paul of Kentucky. But with several senators expressing severe doubts or outright opposition to the version released last week, it’s unclear that the revisions will win enough support to resuscitate the repeal effort. Bloomberg

Why The GOP’s Tax Plan Could Leave High-Wage Earners With Little To Gain
Today, a business owner making $500,000 gets taxed much like a corporate executive with a $500,000 salary. How they make their income doesn’t matter much. That could change dramatically under Republican plans aimed at driving down tax rates on business income, leaving high-income wage earners with much less to gain from a tax overhaul. Republicans, eager to drive down business tax rates in a bid to boost economic growth, want roughly similar tax rates for corporations and for so-called pass-through firms that report business income on the individual tax returns of their owners. WSJ

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Fired By Trump, Bharara Fires Back
A lot has changed for Preet Bharara since March 11. "I'm not a different guy. I had a different job" Bharara, the former US attorney for the Southern District of New York and a CNN contributor, told CNN's Bill Weir. "There's a difference in how you're supposed to input yourself when you're acting on behalf of the United States government, as opposed to being a private citizen. (That's) something that the President doesn't seem to feel." Bharara, who was appointed to his position in 2009 by President Barack Obama and once served as the chief counsel to Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, was one of the highest-profile federal prosecutors in the country and had a reputation as one of the most aggressive prosecutors of corruption and Wall Street crime. CNN
VOA VIEW: Once a liberal anti America loser, always the same - including CNN,'

Stanley Cup Champion Penguins Accept WH Invitation
Sidney Crosby is backing the Pittsburgh Penguins' decision to accept a White House invitation from President Donald Trump. The reigning two-time Stanley Cup champions announced their decision Sunday morning. "I support it," Crosby said after the Penguins' 4-1 loss against the St. Louis Blues during the annual Hockeyville USA exhibition game Sunday night. "It's a great honor for us to be invited there." The Penguins' decision came on a day that President Trump's criticisms of players who kneel during the national anthem sparked a mass increase in such protests around the National Football League. ABC News

John McCain Fights Back
On Friday, John McCain announced that he will once again vote against repeal of the Affordable Care Act -- once again disappointing his fellow Republicans and President Trump.  CBS News

W.H.'s Marc Short Defends Trump's NFL Comments
Following President Trump's suggestion that NFL team owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem, the White House stood by his comments, saying he's "raising attention" to an issue of disrespect. White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said Sunday on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that Mr. Trump has made a case that "there are coaches across this country, at high-school level, who are penalized and disciplined for leading their players in prayer. And yet, you see an issue in the NFL where the media champions those who are taking a knee to disrespect the American flag." CBS News

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Trump ‘Kneel’ Attack Gives His Base Reason To Stand
President Donald Trump is getting exactly what he wanted from a racially charged confrontation with professional athletes and sports team owners: A morale boost for his base and a fight with those who see the refusal to stand for the National Anthem as an appropriate form of dissent. Trump’s fiery declaration on Friday night that National Football League owners should "fire or suspend" players who kneel during the anthem was met Saturday with fierce criticism and on Sunday with mass demonstrations of resistance on the field. NBC News

Iraqi Kurdistan Is Holding An Independence Referendum
America's most reliable ally in the fight against ISIS wants its own country. This long-held ambition moved one step closer to reality Monday as millions of Iraqi Kurds began lining up to vote in an independence referendum. Despite huge pressure from other countries to cancel the vote, the streets were festooned with Kurdish flags and voters showed off their ink-stained fingers. Experts say the result will almost certainly be a resounding "yes" — but what that will actually mean in reality is still unclear. For the Kurds, the vote presents an opportunity to finally break away from Iraq. NBC News

Trump Cranks Up North Korea Threats
U.S. President Donald Trump dialed up the rhetoric against North Korea again at the weekend, warning the country’s foreign minister that he and leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer”, as Pyongyang staged a major anti-U.S. rally. North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that targeting the U.S. mainland with its rockets was inevitable after “Mr Evil President” Trump called Pyongyang’s leader a “rocket man” on a suicide mission. “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!” . Reuters

Fighting For Survival In London, Uber Says It Can Improve
Uber called on Monday for talks with London’s transport regulator as soon as possible and pledged to make improvements in the way it reports serious incidents in a bid to retain its license. On Friday, the British capital’s transport regulator deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service and decided not to renew its license to operate, which will end this week, citing the firm’s approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers. London police complained earlier this year that Uber, which is backed by Goldman Sachs and BlackRock, was either not disclosing, or taking too long to report, serious crimes including sexual assaults and that this put the public at risk. Reuters

President Trump Is With Majority Of Americans On Anthem Protests
The White House’s chief liaison to Capitol Hill on Sunday said President Trump is siding with most Americans in criticizing National Football League players who kneel during the national anthem as a form of protest. “I think that the president is standing with the vast majority of Americans who believe that our flag should be respected,” Marc Short, White House director of legislative affairs, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”  Washington Times

Strange In Trouble In Alabama
The White House and senior Republicans are deeply worried about Sen. Luther Strange's chances in Tuesday’s GOP runoff here — even after unleashing the full weight of the party machinery to stop his opponent, flame-throwing conservative Roy Moore. Top administration officials and allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have spent days poring over public and private polling that shows Moore consistently leading Strange, though the race has tightened, say those familiar with the numbers. POLITICO

Tony Blair Says The Left Has Lost Its Way
Tony Blair thinks Americans are way too worried about Donald Trump—and not enough about Bernie Sanders. The former British prime minister, a perennial lightning rod for controversy across on both sides of the Atlantic, has in recent months chosen to return to the political fray, warning of the “destiny-changing” dangers of the British exit from the European Union and insisting—how, he’s not exactly sure—that last year’s “Brexit” vote can and should still be undone before it’s too late. In a new interview for The Global Politico, our weekly podcast on global affairs, he tells me that he’s sure “the same feelings that gave rise to Brexit gave rise to the election of Donald Trump”—but that the left-wing populism peddled by Sanders and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Britain are not the answer, either. POLITICO

Right-Wing Activist Hold Short, Small California Rally
A weeklong conservative free speech showcase at famously liberal University of California, Berkeley was supposed to start Sunday. But it apparently ended the same day after a blink-and-you-miss-it appearance by right-wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos and angry shouts from small groups of competing protesters who came to celebrate and condemn him. Yiannopoulos blew kisses, posed for selfies and briefly addressed a few dozen supporters at the campus while a slightly larger crowd protesting him was kept separate by police.  Washington Post

Catastrophic Lack Of Sleep Killing Us
A “catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic” is causing a host of potentially fatal diseases, a leading expert says. In an interview with the Guardian, Professor Matthew Walker, director of the Centre for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley, said that sleep deprivation affected “every aspect of our biology” and was widespread in modern society. And yet the problem was not being taken seriously by politicians and employers, with a desire to get a decent night’s sleep often stigmatised as a sign of laziness, he said. Google News

Immigration And White Identity In The West
In a famous essay from 1969, the Anglo-Jewish liberal philosopher Isaiah Berlin distinguished between “two concepts of liberty.” The first concept, negative liberty, implies freedom from external coercion. “By being free in this sense, I mean not being interfered with by others,” Berlin wrote. The second concept, positive liberty, is more prescriptive. It asserts that freedom lies in self-direction and self-mastery. These two concepts of liberty correspond to two types of liberalism: negative and positive. Negative liberalism, championed by Berlin, is value-neutral, maintaining that all forms of human endeavor are equally worthy and that people should be free to pursue them so long as they don’t interfere with others’ rights.  Foreign Affairs

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