Slams Mayor In Puerto Rico
President Trump on Saturday defended his administration’s hurricane recovery effort in Puerto Rico and questioned the leadership of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz who is criticizing the president's effort to get supplies, electricity and other relief to the U.S. island. But after facing criticism over his attacks of the mayor, Trump tweeted praise for several other officials involved in the recovery, including the governors of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. He also praised Puerto’s Rico’s representative in Congress. Fox
VOA VIEW: The mayor of PR is a liberal fool.
Called San Juan’s Mayor A Weak Leader
When Hurricane Maria destroyed the infrastructure of Puerto Rico, it turned the mayor of its capital city into a spokeswoman for a stranded people. Carmen Yulín Cruz told the world of the "horror" she had witnessed in San Juan's flooded streets, which she had been walking ever since the storm, on an island she expects to have no power for half a year. Until then, she had not been a well-known politician outside the island, which many mainland Americans don't even know is a U.S. territory. But after Cruz criticized Washington's response to the hurricane this week — "save us from dying" — President Trump decided to size her up on Twitter. Washington Post
Say U.S. Talking With North Korea On Nuke Program
The U.S. is communicating with North Korea about its nuclear program and testing Pyongyang’s appetite for negotiations, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in the first public acknowledgment by a senior administration official of direct contact on the matter. A State Department spokeswoman later tamped down prospects for a breakthrough in the tense relations between Washington and Pyongyang. Tillerson, speaking to reporters on Saturday after meeting Chinese officials in Beijing, insisted that the U.S. would never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea. Bloomberg
Not Middle Class, Would Be Big Winners In GOP Tax Plan
The top 1 percent would be the biggest winners under Republicans' plans to rewrite the tax code, according to a new analysis, while some moderate-income people would face tax increases. Though the administration says the wealthy would not see their taxes go down under the proposal, the Tax Policy Center said Friday that they would actually reap the biggest cuts — about half of all the tax benefits in the GOP plan. In 2018, the wealthiest 1 percent would take home a $129,000 tax cut, the group found, boosting their after-tax incomes by 8.5 percent. POLITICO
VOA VIEW: Liberal BS.
Plane Engine Fails Over Atlantic
An Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles was forced to make a sudden diversion when it lost part of an engine over the Atlantic. One of the four engines on the Airbus 380 flight AF66 failed west of Greenland on Saturday. No-one was injured in the incident, but passengers remained on board hours after the landing at 15:42 GMT. The plane was carrying 496 passengers and 24 crew at the time, an Air France spokesperson told AFP news agency. BBC
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Rush To Put Saudi Women Behind Wheels Of Their Models
Car companies haven’t wasted any time courting the 9 million potential customers unlocked when Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on women drivers. The decision has lit up social media, with both cheers and jeers for the ruling, which takes effect in June. Also joining the chorus are automakers looking to capitalize on the move, racing each other to get their first words out to woo prospective female drivers in the Middle East’s biggest economy. Bloomberg
Trump Compliments Kim Jong Un, Makes Case For North Korean Nukes
Presumably, President Donald Trump believed he was sticking a rhetorical dagger in North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s heart by calling the latter “Rocket Man.” But what greater compliment could there be for the leader of a small, impoverished, and isolated nation than being recognized the U.S. president as joining the global superpower in possessing intercontinental missiles and nuclear weapons? By the president’s own words, Kim is now one of the “Big Boys.” President Trump also threatened to “totally destroy North Korea.” Huffington Post
VOA VIEW: Dumb view by the libeal media.
Breaking Point With Price
Tom Price’s downfall was his penchant for pricey jets. But his demise was months in the making, as the president continued to lose trust in the Health and Human Services secretary who rarely attended Oval Office strategy meetings, had little sway or influence on Capitol Hill, and was associated in the president's mind with one of the administration's biggest defeats — the failure to repeal Obamacare. Of particular notoriety: A picture of Price in March drinking at Bullfeathers, a famed Capitol Hill bar, as his colleagues tried to wrangle votes for the president’s signature initiative. POLITICO
Stockman: Trump Tax Reform Overhaul Is A Pipe Dream
Stockman, the Reagan administration's director of the Office of Management and Budget, isn't stepping away from his thesis that the 8½-year-old rally is in serious danger. "There is a correction every seven to eight years, and they tend to be anywhere from 40 to 70 percent," Stockman said recently on CNBC's "Futures Now." "If you have to work for a living, get out of the casino because it's a dangerous place." He's made similar calls, but they haven't materialized. In June, Stockman told CNBC the S&P 500 could easily fall to 1,600, which at the time represented a 34 percent drop. This week, the index was trading at record levels above 2,500. CNBC
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Shuts Down Catalonia Independence Vote Technology As Tensions Rise
Spain's foreign minister vowed Saturday that a planned independence referendum in Catalonia would not take place as the Madrid government sought to dismantle the vote's IT systems. Spain's Interior Ministry said police had sealed off "most" of the region's 2,315 polling stations and disabled software being used in the referendum. Enric Millo, the highest-ranking Spanish official in the northeastern region, said parents and students were occupying at least 163 schools that were to be used as polling places by mid-Saturday, when about 1,000 more still needed to be checked. In a later update, the ministry didn't provide a new figure but only said "some" schools remained occupied. Fox
Miranda To Trump: 'You're Going Straight To Hell'
"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda did not mince words in his message to Donald Trump following the President's Saturday morning Twitter attacks on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. "You're going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump," the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright tweeted at the President. "No long lines for you. Someone will say, 'Right this way, sir.' They'll clear a path." "She has been working 24/7. You have been GOLFING," Miranda added in a follow-up tweet. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberals don't like the truth, including CNN.
Trump's Last 7 Days Are Just Mind-Bogglingly Bad
It's beyond a cliche to say that a week in the presidency of Donald Trump feels like a month. It also happens to be totally true. The sheer pace at which Trump and his administration move -- and the massive amount of news those moves create -- is absolutely unprecedented. Social media -- and Trump's active use of it -- speeds things up even more. Ditto cable TV (and Trump's obsession with it). There is simply no such thing as a slow news day anymore. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN liberal propaganda.
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On IS-Held Areas In Syria Kill And Wound Dozens
Airstrikes on villages and towns held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria have killed and wounded dozens a day after an attack by the extremists killed more than 120 pro-government fighters and briefly cut off the highway linking the capital Damascus with eastern Syria, opposition activists said Saturday. It was not immediately clear if the airstrikes on areas including Mayadeen, Boukamal, Bouleil, Bouomar and Mushassan were carried out by the Russians or the U.S.-led coalition. ABC News
List Of Officials Who Have Left The Trump Administration
Donald Trump's campaign had its fair share of staff shakeups before the election. And a little over eight months into Trump's presidency, his White House staff and administration have also seen a lot of turnover. Here are some of the departures of White House staffers and other administration officials, starting with the most recent: Steve Bannon out as White House chief strategist, Priebus out as chief of staff, Trump names Kelly as replacement, Tom Price, Sebastian Gorka, Anthony Scaramucci, Sean Spicer, Mike Dubke, James Comey. ABC News
Just as he eluded tacklers during his NFL days, O.J. Simpson avoided a media frenzy by being freed from a Nevada prison during the early hours of Sunday morning. Simpson was released after serving nine years for a botched 2007 hotel-room heist in Las Vegas that brought the conviction and prison time he avoided in the killings of his wife and her friend after his 1995 acquittal. Nevada state prisons spokeswoman Brooke Keast told the Associated Press that Simpson was released at 12:08 a.m. PDT from Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada. Fox
VOA VIEW: A murderer free - joke.
Crime Rising Throughout US, FBI Says
The violent crime rate is on the rise throughout the United States, with statistics show 2016 had the largest single-year increase in 25 years, according to new FBI data released Monday. The bureau’s annual Crime in the United States report said the violent crime rate increased in 2016 by 3.4 percent, a slight tick up from 2015’s 3.3 percent year-over-year increase. “For the sake of all Americans, we must confront and turn back the rising tide of violent crime. And we must do it together,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. Fox
Signed Presidential Directive Ordering Actions To Pressure North Korea
Early in his administration, President Trump signed a directive outlining a strategy of pressure against North Korea that involved actions across a broad spectrum of government agencies and led to the use of military cyber-capabilities, according to U.S. officials. As part of the campaign, U.S. Cyber Command targeted hackers in North Korea’s military spy agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, by barraging their computer servers with traffic that choked off Internet access. Trump’s directive, a senior administration official said, also included instructions to diplomats and officials to bring up North Korea in virtually every conversation with foreign interlocutors and urge them to sever all ties with Pyongyang. Washington Post
Latest Travel Ban Faces First Court Threat
The American Civil Liberties Union said Friday it will challenge the Trump administration's latest travel ban, the first such legal action to be announced against the new ban. The ACLU and other groups who had previously sued over the administration's ban on visitors from six majority-Muslim countries said in a letter Friday to a federal judge in Maryland that they want to amend their existing lawsuit. The groups say the latest version of the ban, the administration's third, also violates federal law and the Constitution. Trump announced the latest restrictions last weekend after the previous ban expired. CBS News
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Shows Fired Las Vegas Officer Slamming Woman Onto Car Hood
Las Vegas police have released body camera footage after a former officer pleaded guilty to excessive force this week. Richard Scavone, 50, agreed to a plea deal Thursday admitting that he used excessive force, CBS Las Vegas affiliate KLAS-TV reports. The body camera footage from the January 2015 incident shows Scavone touching the woman's neck. He asks "what do we have here" and tries to reach for her necklace or inside her bra. She turns away, and Scavone immediately slams her on the hood of his police vehicle. CBS News
Prisons Have A Cellphone Smuggling Problem
Cellphones smuggled into prisons — enabling inmates to order murders, plan escapes, deal drugs and extort money — have become a scourge in a bloc of states where corrections officers annually confiscate as many as one for every three inmates. Contraband devices snuck in by visitors or prison staff are a problem at lockups across the nation, but an NBC News review of data from 44 states shows that nine of the 10 states with the highest cellphone seizure rates are in the South. In South Carolina, prison officers have found and taken one phone for every three inmates, the highest rate in the country. NBC News
Killed By Rockfall At Yosemite’s El Capitan Was Trying To Save Wife, Family
The British man killed by falling rock in Yosemite National Park this week reportedly died sacrificing his life — shielding his wife as the debris rained down. An aunt of Andrew Foster, a 32-year-old avid rock climber from Wales, told the British newspaper The Times that Foster had jumped to cover his wife, Lucy, as tons of rock came cascading down the face of El Capitan on Wednesday. NBC News
Unveil 'Stop Killing Us' Banner At St. Louis Baseball Game
Demonstrators unfurled a banner that read “Stop Killing Us” at a Major League baseball game on Friday in St. Louis, where they were protesting the acquittal of a white former police officer who was accused of murdering a black man, local media reported. A video posted on Facebook showed a group of demonstrators high above the playing field holding a banner with the St. Louis Cardinals’ mascot drawn on it as they shouted “No Justice. No Baseball” and “You can’t stop the revolution”. Reuters
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Fire Rubber Projectiles In Barcelona
The Latest on Catalonia’s plans to hold a referendum Sunday on breaking away from Spain (all times local): 11:10 a.m. Spanish riot police have fired rubber projectiles at protesters outside a Barcelona polling station during Catalonia’s disputed independence referendum. Several people have been wounded. The officers fired the projectiles while trying to clear protesters who were trying to impede National Police cars from leaving after police confiscated ballot boxes from the voting center. An AP photographer witnessed how several people had been injured during the scuffles outside Barcelona’s Rius i Taule school, where some voters had cast ballots before police arrived. Washington Post
Says Israel Pushing Region To War
Lebanon’s Hezbollah accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on Sunday of pushing the region to war in Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, and said nowhere in Israel would be safe if such a conflict were to erupt. Tensions have risen this year between Iran-backed Hezbollah and its arch enemy Israel, which last fought a major conflict in 2006. Israel has said it would use all its strength from the start in any new war with Hezbollah. In a speech to followers, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the Israeli government did not have “a correct assessment of where this war will lead if they ignite it”, and did not know how it would end. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Israel is pushing peace.
Rally In Sweden Leads To Injuries, Arrests
At least 50 people were detained Saturday during a far-right demonstration in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city, that left one police officer and several others injured, according to police reports. The Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM), a neo-Nazi group founded in Sweden but steadily growing in influence in Finland and Norway, had said on its websites that it expected 1,000 people to march Saturday. Police placed the number closer to 600, making it the largest neo-Nazi rally in Sweden in recent years. Black-clad demonstrators bearing shields and waving the group’s green-and-white flag marched in the city’s center. Google News
Rally In Dublin Against Ireland’s Abortion Ban
Thousands of people marched in Dublin on Saturday to demand an end to the country’s constitutional ban on abortion, one of the strictest such laws in the Western world. The March for Choice is an annual protest against the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which enshrines a ban on abortions, but this year it was held just days after the government announced it would hold a referendum next year that could potentially change the law. Saturday’s rally in Ireland’s capital drew demonstrators from across the country and led to solidarity events in several British cities. NY Times
Conservative Tax Hike
President Donald Trump’s tax-reform plan is in total a very expansive steaming pile of irresponsibility — and the president’s argument that it will lead to sustained 6 percent economic growth is pure fantasy — but it does have one attractive provision: raising taxes on blue-state progressives. The plan would eliminate the deductibility of state and local income taxes for federal tax purposes. In the highest bracket, Californians are paying 13.3 percent in state income taxes, and that money comes off the top when those high-earning Silicon Valley types are calculating federal taxes. In New York City, the Wall Street guys are paying 8.82 percent to the state and another 3.876 percent to the city, which lowers their taxable federal income by almost 13 percent on the marginal dollar. National Review
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Of Dementia: Study Finds Inability To Smell Peppermint Linked To Disease
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with an annual research budget of around $480 million, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. But the “holy grail” of contemporary dementia research is determining the risk factors that make people more likely to develop the disease, neurologist Ronald Petersen, who directs the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and Study of Aging at the Mayo Clinic, tells Newsweek. Newsweek
Please Get Ready To Lose
There’s a saying that what matters isn’t winning or losing. It’s whether you beat the spread. But what’s the spread for Democrats in 2018? Is the spread — which means the predicted margin of victory or defeat — gaining the 24 seats in the House that are necessary for a majority in the chamber? That’s certainly doable. I could argue that it’s probable. But I could also make the case that Democrats fall five, 10 or 15 seats short. And I could imagine a demoralization that shadows and thereby dooms the party in 2020, when the stakes are even higher. Is the spread control of the Senate? NY Times
VOA VIEW: Dems will lose more.
News' Sean Hannity Sets Interview With Donald Trump
Trump will discuss tax reform, the economy and current news. Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity is set to have an exclusive interview with President Donald Trump, to air Wednesday night. The interview, which will be pretaped, will feature a studio audience comprised of Democrats, Republicans and independents. Trump will discuss tax reform, the economy and current news, per a press release from Fox News. The president will answer questions from the audience after the sit-down, which will take place at the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown, West Virginia. Hollywood Reporter
Why A 45-foot Tall Nude Sculpture May Be Coming To The National Mall
If you walk along the National Mall this November, you'll see the Smithsonian Museums, the Washington Monument, Capitol Hill, and, possibly, something else: a 45-foot tall nude sculpture of a woman. The Amazonian figure would tower over the National Mall next to the Washington Monument, directly facing the White House until March 7 to promote women's equality. Organizers are trying to raise funds to transport the R-Evolution sculpture from San Francisco to Washington. They've gotten conditional approval from the National Park Service to have the structure on the grounds of the National Mall. USA Today
High School Football Players Thrown Off Team For Kneeling During Anthem
Two Texas high school football players were thrown off their team literally moments after kneeling in protest during the national anthem before a game on Friday. The two teens from Victory & Praise Christian Academy in Crosby, Texas planned the protest in advance -- and even told their coach -- who immediately asked his players to take off their uniforms and booted them off the team, according to ABC station KTRK. ABC News
VOA VIEW: A clear and proper message.
Puerto Ricans Feel Like "Second-Class" Citizens In Wake Of Maria
Xavier Totti moved to the mainland United States from his native Puerto Rico 43 years ago. He is still asked routinely if he is "legal," and when he mails packages to relatives back home, he has to fill out an international form. So, the 65-year-old anthropologist was not surprised by a Morning Consult-New York Times poll that showed more than half of Americans don't realize that Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory -- and that its residents are U.S. citizens. CBS News
VOA VIEW: The double standard free ride must end sometime.
Grows In Iraqi Kurdistan, Partner In U.S. Battle Against ISIS
There's election fallout in Iraq after Kurds voted overwhelming this week for independence. Iraqi Kurds have been a crucial partner of the U.S. in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. They say the Iraqi government is now taking steps against them that could hinder their efforts. Turkish and Iraqi troops held military drills along Iraqi Kurdistan's northern border this week and in its main airport on Friday, people took the last planes out after Iraq's national government canceled international flights. CBS News
Director Brennan Defends NFL Protests, Says Trump Should Focus On Puerto
Former CIA Director John Brennan on Saturday defended football players who take a knee during the national anthem in what they say is a protest of racial inequality, and seemed to suggest President Donald Trump's focus on the issue is misplaced. "Taking a knee during the national anthem shows respect for the flag and for all those who fought and died for it and, at the same time, concern about problems within American society that need to be addressed,” Brennan said in a statement released by former deputy chief of staff Nick Shapiro. . NBC News
VOA VIEW: Brennan is an idiot.
Prisoner Swap’: Critics Slam Erdogan’s Comments On Jailed US Pastor
Turkey’s Islamist president came under fire Thursday for comments linking the fate of an incarcerated American pastor accused of espionage with the extradition of a U.S.-based Turk accused of masterminding a failed coup attempt last year. Critics viewed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks as an effective admission that evangelical Pastor Andrew Brunson is being held hostage in a bid to compel the U.S. to extradite Fethullah Gulen, an influential Islamic preacher who has lived in the U.S. since 1999. “They say, ‘give us the pastor,’” the Hurriyet daily quoted Erdogan as saying during a speech to police graduates in Ankara. CNS
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