Trump Tweets Support For Strange, As Bannon Makes Best Pitch For Moore In Alabama
President Trump late Monday tweeted his support for Sen. Luther Strange in the hotly contested Alabama Republican runoff for U.S. Senate, in a race that has pitted the president against his former strategist, Steve Bannon. The runoff is set for Tuesday. Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Strange in Birmingham while Bannon spoke at a Moore rally at the coast. Taking the stage to prolonged applause, Bannon said Alabama can show the world "that this populist, nationalist, conservative movement is on the rise." Fox
VOA VIEW: Strange and Trump should win.

Republicans Wonder Aloud If A Health Care Vote Is Worth The Pain
Shortly after Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced Monday that she would not support the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, some Republicans considered their next move and whether the bill is even worth a vote. Collins was the fourth GOP senator to come out against the bill, making it impossible for it to pass without two senators flipping their position. Opposition by three Republicans kill the bill. Collins joined Sens. John McCain, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz in opposition. Collins told reporters that she made her decision despite a phone call from President Trump, who’s been trying to press unhappy GOP senators to back the measure.  Fox

North Korea's 'Gruesome' Murder Of Kim's Brother
Kim Jong Un wanted to assassinate his half-brother in the most “gruesome” and public way possible earlier this year to “horrify the rest of the world” and instill fear among his doubters, according to a Monday report. The daring assassination of Kim Jong Nam in February undertaken by two prostitutes in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur airport has mostly been shrouded in mystery, with few reports from South Korean media speculating why the estranged half-brother of the North Korean despot was killed. A South Korean spy agency initially said the death was part of the leader’s five-year plot. Fox
VOA VIEW: Un is a desperate killer.

Gregg Jarrett: Trump Is Correct
The First Amendment does not protect National Football League players from being fired. The Constitution’s freedom of expression applies only to government action, not private businesses. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.”  It says nothing about private action or reaction.  Thus, it is a public misconception that free speech or expression extends to the workplace.  It does not, as the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently ruled. Fox
VOA VIEW: The President of the US should speak out against those who deny and humiliate the National Anthem and American flag.

The Republicans Are On The Verge Of Another Obamacare Loss
The Republican effort to repeal Obamacare is once again on life support, just one more "no" vote away from having their latest effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act scuttled. The next 24 hours are critical for the future of Graham-Cassidy, the latest Republican plan to overhaul Obamacare from South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN would like the lose and explosion of Obamacare.

Cruz On GOP Health Care Push
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that he does not currently support the Senate GOP's latest bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, though he emphasized that he's working with the sponsors of the bill in order to get to a "yes." "Right now, they don't have my vote, and I don't think they have Mike Lee's either," Cruz said, referring to the Utah Republican, at the annual Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, according to the Tribune. "Now I want to be a 'yes,' I want to get there because I think Obamacare is a disaster ... but the price to getting there, I believe, is focusing on consumer freedom." CNN


Senior Senate Republican Calls ACA Repeal Vote ‘Impossible’
A key Senate Republican voiced doubt that the latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare would succeed, as health-industry groups reiterated their opposition and a hearing on the bill was briefly halted by throngs of protesters. “It’s nearly impossible. I’m not saying anything is impossible, because we could always maybe work it out in the end, but so far I haven’t seen any” indication that suggests that will happen, said Utah Republican Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. The panel was holding the only scheduled public hearing on the measure before a possible vote this week. In a hallway outside the hearing room, demonstrators jeered at lawmakers including South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, one of the measure’s backers. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Obamacare will imploud.

North Korea Claims Right To Down U.S. Jets Outside Airspace
North Korea can shoot down U.S. strategic warplanes in international airspace as part of its right to self-defense under the United Nations charter, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said in New York as tensions between the nations remain high. “The UN Charter acknowledges member states’ right of self-defense,” Ri said outside a hotel near the international body’s headquarters on Monday. “As the United States has declared a war, even though its strategic bombers don’t cross our border, we will come to own all rights to respond for self-defense including shooting down its planes at any time.” Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Kim Jong Un is looking to end his defiance.

Protesters In Wheelchairs Removed By Police
Protesters in wheelchairs were removed from a hearing on the Republican health care bill Monday afternoon after disrupting the session with chants of "No cuts to Medicaid! Save our liberty!" The disruption prompted Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to adjourn the session until the protesters could be cleared out. "If you want a hearing -- if you want a hearing, you better shut up," Hatch said. Capitol Police officers struggled to remove people, with some sliding out of their wheelchairs and onto the floor. ABC News
VOA VIEW: People are against the facts.

'Apocalyptic' Devastation In Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria whipped Puerto Rico with Irma-level winds, drenched the island with Harvey-level flooding, crippled communications, decimated buildings and damaged a dam that puts downstream residents at risk of catastrophe. But help has been slow to come to communities where the devastation is described as "apocalyptic," officials and residents argue. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said the nation faces a humanitarian crisis. CNN


White House Sidesteps Questions About Trump's Profane Language On Anthem Protesters
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders deflected questions Monday about the specific words employed by President Donald Trump to describe NFL players kneeling in protest during the national anthem, saying only that it's "always appropriate" to defend the flag and national anthem. On Friday at a campaign rally for Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama, Trump diverged from talk of the state's forthcoming Republican primary runoff to share his thoughts on the protests as he explained that he and Strange share the "same great American values." ABC News

North Korea Calls Trump Tweet "A Declaration Of War"
North Korea's top diplomat said Monday that President Trump's tweet that leader Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer" was "a declaration of war" against his country by the United States. "This is clearly a declaration of war," Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters through a translator in New York. "... The U.N. Charter stipulates individual member states' rights to self-defense. CBS News
VOA VIEW:  North Korea is heading for total destruction.

Tom Brady Calls Trump's NFL Comments "Just Divisive"
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is at odds with President Trump on the issue of players protesting the national anthem, calling Mr. Trump's comments "just divisive." Brady told Boston's WEEI-FM sports radio that he "certainly" disagrees with Mr. Trump's comment that NFL owners should fire any player who refuses to stand for the anthem. "I just want to support my teammates. I am never one to say, 'Oh, that is wrong. That is right.' I do believe in what I believe in. I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust. Those are the values that my parents instilled in me.  CBS News
VOA VIEW: The National Anthem is sacrosanct.

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Trump Cheers The NFL Fans Who Booed Players Taking A Knee During National Anthem
President Donald Trump was back on the attack on Monday, saying that "many" fans booed those players who took a knee during the weekend's NFL games. "Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!" Trump tweeted the morning after an NFL game day that saw players or owners on nearly all of the teams take action or issue statements against the president. NBC News
VOA VIEW: Standing for the National Anthem is the right thing.

Trump Tweets On Monday: 'The Issue Of Kneeling Has Nothing To Do With Race'
In three tweets Monday morning, President Trump said his comments about NFL players who kneel during the national anthem have nothing to do with race. He also praised the fans who booed those players, and he praised NASCAR for refusing to put up with such behavior: -- "So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won't put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag - they said it loud and clear!" -- "Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). CNS

Supreme Court Cancels Arguments On Previous Trump Travel Ban
The U.S. Supreme Court canceled oral arguments scheduled in October to decide the legality of President Donald Trump’s previous travel ban, signaling the court might dismiss the case. The Court acted after the White House announced on Sunday it was replacing the temporary executive order with a more tailored ban on eight countries that legal experts said could be harder to fight in court than the prior ban. The justices ordered further briefing on whether the new presidential proclamation, which indefinitely restricts travel from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea, would render the prior case moot. Sunday’s order also bars certain government officials from Venezuela. Reuters

Ben Roethlisberger Regrets Steelers Boycotting Anthem; Trump Supports Fan Boos
"I personally don’t believe the Anthem is ever the time to make any type of protest," the Super Bowl-winning QB says. Ben Roethlisberger on Monday afternoon released a statement saying he regretted his Pittsburgh Steelers boycotting the national anthem on Sunday. The NFL team was the first of three to not come out for the pregame ritual. "I was unable to sleep last night and want to share my thoughts and feelings on our team’s decision to remain in the tunnel for the National Anthem yesterday," the Super Bowl-winning QB said in a statement.  Google News
VOA VIEW: Good reverse stand by Roethlisberger.

The Politicization Of Everything
Healthy democracies have ample room for politics but leave a larger space for civil society and culture that unites more than divides. With the politicization of the National Football League and the national anthem, the Divided States of America are exhibiting a very unhealthy level of polarization and mistrust. The progressive forces of identity politics started this poisoning of America’s favorite spectator sport last year by making a hero of Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games.  The Wall Street Journal

Cowboys, Cardinals Lock Arms For National Anthem In Show Of Unity
The Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals displayed unity before their game Monday night in an expression of displeasure with comments made by President Donald Trump on Friday . As the Cardinals were introduced, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, and executive vice presidents Stephen Jones, Charlotte Anderson and Jerry Jones Jr., stood locked arm in arm with Dallas' players, coaches and staff. Before a giant American flag was unfurled that covered almost the entire field, the Cowboys -- including Jerry Jones -- took a knee briefly as a group. This took place before the national anthem, and led to a smattering of boos from the crowd in Arizona that included a large number of Dallas fans. ESPN


North Korean Foreign Minister Says Trump Has ‘Declared War’
North Korea's foreign minister said Monday that President Donald Trump has "declared war" on his country and that Kim Jong Un's regime would consider shooting down American bombers. "Since the U.S. declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down the U.S. bombers even when they are not yet inside the airspace border of our country," Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York. "Last weekend, Trump claimed that our leadership wouldn't be around much longer and he declared a war on our country," he added. NBC News

Chelsea Manning Says She Was Denied Entry To Canada
Chelsea Manning was turned back at the Canadian-U.S. border because she was convicted of espionage for passing information to Wikileaks, the former U.S. intelligence analyst said on Monday. Manning told Reuters via direct message on Twitter that she drove up to the Canadian border in Lacolle, Quebec, on Thursday evening, planning to vacation in Montreal and Vancouver. She said she was stopped at the border and detained overnight before being handed a report stating she was inadmissible “on grounds of serious criminality,” according to a picture of the report she posted online.  Reuters
VOA VIEW: Good - there is no place for a traitor.

Appeals Court Revives Texas Anti-Sanctuary City Law
A federal appeals court revived Texas’s anti-sanctuary city law Monday, allowing key parts to take effect — including a prohibition on cities and states trying to thwart cooperation with deportation officers. Police and sheriff’s departments also are required to comply with detainer requests when the federal government asks that illegal immigrants be held for pickup, under the 3-0 ruling by a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision overturns an injunction by a district court judge — though the appeals court said the big arguments remain to be heard later. Washington Times

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Voter Group Puts 248 Counties On Notice Over Bloated Voter Rolls
The Public Interest Legal Foundation is warning nearly 250 counties that they could face a lawsuit over bloated voter rolls, after their own analysis released Monday found they have more people registered to vote than could theoretically be eligible. New York City’s big counties are on the list, with New York County — also known as Manhattan — listing 54 percent more names on its voter rolls than the total number of people of voting age, according to Census Bureau figures. The other boroughs also made this PILF list this year, as did San Diego in California. All told, some 248 total counties spanning 24 states were getting warnings for having bloated voter rolls in the 2016 election, the PILF said. That’s up from 144 counties across 21 states warned after the 2014 election. Washington Times

Congressional Aides Risk Conflicts With Stock Trades
On Sept. 28, 2016, three members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to the Justice Department suggesting that the drug company Mylan was violating Medicaid laws. Nine days later, the Justice Department reached a massive $465 million settlement with the firm. In between, another action happened almost invisibly: A Judiciary Committee aide to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) dropped somewhere between $4,004 and $60,000 in Mylan stock from his and his child’s portfolios. If an aide had done the same thing in the executive branch, he or she could be investigated for violating federal conflict-of-interest law. POLITICO

Von Miller Ads Being Pulled After Anthem Protest
Broncos linebacker Von Miller may be out an endorsement deal as a result of kneeling during the national anthem. Before the team’s game with the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Miller was one of 32 members of the Broncos who took a knee to protest what they see as racial injustice in the country. President Trump on Friday, and again several times through the weekend, said athletes should be fired for taking a knee during the national anthem, tweeting that “if a players wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem.  CBS Denver
VOA VIEW: The NFL and athletes who go on one knee will lose big.

President Donald Trump And His Daughter Ivanka Are Unveiling A New Federal Computer Science Initiative With Major Tech Backers
President Donald Trump will issue a new directive Monday to supercharge the U.S. government’s support for science, tech, engineering and mathematics, including coding education, as the White House seeks to train workers for high-demand computer-science jobs of the future. To start, Trump is set to sign a presidential memorandum at the White House later today — a policy, first reported by Recode, that tasks the Department of Education to devote at least $200 million of its grant funds each year to so-called STEM fields.

Impeach Trump Over NFL Kneelers!
Come hell or high water, Maxine Waters is going to try to impeach President Trump. During a weekend appearance on MSNBC, the California congresswoman told host Joy Reid that Trump “is the most deplorable person I have ever met, seen or witnessed,” and that he should be impeached in part due to his response to the NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. “It is absolutely outrageous and dangerous what he’s doing,” Waters declared, referring to the president’s call for a boycott of the league. “He started dog-whistling to that constituency during the campaign and started his division,” she said, bringing up former White House advisor Steve Bannon. The American Mirror
VOA VIEW: Waters is nuts.

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US Government Satellite Image Shows Puerto Rico Blackout
Millions of people in Puerto Rico remain without electricity in the wake of Hurricane Maria, a new image taken by a US government satellite shows. Outside the capital city San Juan, residents are still isolated without power or communications, and it may take months to restore, officials warn. Clean water and medicine are also scarce, locals residents report. The island's governor warned on Monday of a "humanitarian crisis occurring in America", and called for more aid. "Puerto Rico is part of the United States, and we need to take swift action," Governor Ricardo Rossello told CNN. BBC

Weiner Sentenced To 21 Months In Prison For Teen Sexting Scandal
A weeping Anthony Weiner got 21 months of hard time. The disgraced pol, crying and grabbing tissue after tissue, was sentenced Monday by Judge Denise Cote for sending sick messages to a 15-year-old. As Cote read the terms of Weiner’s sentence — including a Nov. 6 surrender date, three years of supervised release and a $10,000 fine — he bowed his head and sobbed, holding a hand over his eyes. NY Daily News

Conservatives Accuse The Pope Of Spreading Heresy
Several dozen conservative Catholic scholars and clergy have charged Pope Francis with spreading heresy, a bold but perhaps futile salvo against Francis and his reform-minded papacy. The widely publicized, theologically dense letter was delivered to the Pope with 40 signatures on August 11, according to its organizers. It has since gained 22 more signatures and was released to the public on Saturday. In a press release, the organizers say they speak for "a large number" of clergy and lay Catholics who "lack freedom of speech."  CNN

Manafort’s Mood 'Amazingly Good' Despite Coming Indictment
Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort is “in an amazingly good mood” and is still “entirely loyal” to the president, despite having been informed by special counsel Robert Mueller that he will be indicted, according to his former business partner Roger Stone. Manafort “does not want to go down in history as John Dean,” Stone said Monday, referring to the former White House lawyer who revealed Richard Nixon’s involvement in the Watergate coverup to federal prosecutors and Congress. “And — and I don’t think he will.” Yahoo News

Battered Puerto Rico hospitals On Life Support After Hurricane Maria
Puerto Rico’s medical services are in critical condition in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The strongest storm to hit the island in decades has left hospitals flooded, strewn with rubble and dependent on diesel generators to keep the neediest patients alive. The precarious shape of the island’s medical facilities is adding to the misery and devastation of this U.S. territory, whose 3.4 million residents are American citizens. For some, the only option is to evacuate to the United States for treatment. Among them is Cheira Ruiz and her baby girl Gabriellyz, who was born two weeks ago with a serious heart defect.  Reuters

Driverless Hover-Taxi Makes First 'Concept' Flight In Dubai
Dubai has edged closer to its goal of launching a pioneering hover-taxi service, with the authorities announcing a successful "concept" flight was made on Monday without passengers. Safety features for the two-seater air taxi include emergency parachutes and nine independent battery systems, according to Dubai's Road and Transport Authority (RTA). It said the prototype, supplied by Germany-based Volocopter, can fly for 30 minutes at a maximum speed of 100 kilometres per hour (62mph).  Phys.Org

Ala. Senate Candidate Pulls Out His Gun During Campaign Rally
Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore drew a handgun from his pocket during a campaign rally on Monday as he made a final push to sway voters ahead of the state's Republican runoff for U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Moore -- who’s vying for the Republican Senate nomination against the incumbent, Sen. Luther Strange -- pulled the gun out in an effort to convince voters that he believes in the Second Amendment, or the right to bear arms. “It’s been very hard for my wife and myself to wither two, nearly three months of negative ads that we couldn’t answer with money because we didn’t have it. Ads that were completely false. ABC News

Hillary Clinton Slams Trump Admin. Over Private Emails: 'Height Of Hypocrisy'
Hillary Clinton hit back at Donald Trump's White House after The New York Times reported that at least six administration officials communicated about government business through private emails. "It’s just the height of hypocrisy," Clinton said in an interview with SiriusXM’s Zerlina Maxwell after being asked to respond to the news on Monday. As for the repeated attacks by Trump during the 2016 election over Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state, "They didn’t mean any of it," she said. ABC News
VOA VIEW: Hillary is a lying idiot.

Susan Collins Opposes Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill
Sen. Susan Collins attributed her decision to vote "no" on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill to the partial score released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) late Monday afternoon. "It found, as I suspected would be the case, that it would have a negative impact on millions of Americans who are now insured, so it was the final piece of the puzzle that I had been waiting to confirm, Collins told reporters outside her Senate office. "It was clear to me that the Graham Cassidy was not the answer." Like her colleague Sen. John McCain, who said Friday he would not support the bill, Collins criticized the process by which Senate Republicans were making a last, desperate effort to repeal the Obama-era Affordable Care Act with just a simple majority of GOP senators. CBS News

Most Americans Disapprove Of Trump's Handling Of North Korea, Health Care
Most Americans continue to see North Korea as a threat that can be contained, though the number who say it requires military action has risen slightly in recent weeks. A majority disapprove of President Trump's handling of the situation, and more voice concern that the U.S. would go to war too quickly than too slowly. Republicans approve of the president's handling, and worry the U.S. will not act fast enough. A clear partisan division underlies the differing concerns about North Korea. A majority of Americans continue to see North Korea's weapons program as a threat, but one that can be contained for now.  CBS News

Twitter Promises To Clarify Rules In Wake Of Trump North Korea Threat Tweets
Twitter said Monday that President Donald Trump's weekend tweet warning that North Korea "won't be around much longer!" didn't violate its terms of service, which it said it would clarify publicly at a later date. Trump tweeted Sunday that if North Korea's foreign minister "echoed thoughts of Little Rocket Man [Trump's nickname for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] they won't be around much longer!" NBC News

Pacific Fleet Commander To Retire In Wake Of Deadly Crashes
The commander of the United States Pacific Fleet is retiring after learning there's no possibility of him being promoted out of his current job, he said in a statement to NBC News on Monday. Admiral Scott Swift was in charge of the Pacific Fleet during the period this summer when two different ship crashes left 17 sailors dead. Swift said that Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson told him that he would not be nominated for the Pacific Command post, which is senior to Pacific Fleet. NBC News

North Korea Appears To Bolster Defenses After Flight By U.S. Bombers As Rhetoric Escalates
North Korea appears to have boosted defenses on its east coast, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, after the North said U.S. President Donald Trump had declared war and that it would shoot down U.S. bombers flying near the peninsula. Tensions have escalated since North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3, but the rhetoric has reached a new level in recent days with leaders on both sides exchanging threats and insults. Reuters

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