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Trump, In Somber Address, Calls Las Vegas Shooting An 'Act Of Pure Evil'
President Trump called the Las Vegas attack an "act of pure evil" Monday morning, in a somber address to the American people following the mass shooting now considered the deadliest in modern U.S. history. The attack left 58 people dead and 515 hospitalized. The president announced he will visit Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with law enforcement, first responders and families of victims. He also ordered the flag be flown at half-staff at the White House and other federal buildings to honor those who died. “It was an act of pure evil,” Trump said. In a unifying, faith-focused speech from the Diplomatic Room at the White House, the president offered his prayers through this “very dark period.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Better words could not be spoken and Hillary acted like the idiot she is.

Army Veteran: Las Vegas Shooting Worse Than Iraq Skirmishes
Iraq War veteran Colin Donohue was in the thick of the gunfire last night at a Las Vegas country music festival and said "words can't describe" the horror. Around 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, a gunman opened fire on approximately 22,000 people from the 32nd story of a hotel, killing 50 and injuring more than 400. It is the largest mass shooting in modern United States history. "We had a little bit up towards Mosul but nothing comparatively," the Army reservist told "Fox & Friends," comparing the gunfire in Vegas to his Iraq deployment. . Fox

Top Democrat Suggests Wells Fargo Should Be Shut Down Entirely
A powerful Democrat in Congress says regulators should consider shutting down Wells Fargo for abusing the trust of millions of its customers. Maxine Waters, the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, issued a 38-page report on Friday slamming regulators for failing to punish the bank more severely for its recent scandals. The report, prepared by the Democratic staff of the committee, described Wells Fargo as a "repeat offender" for, among other things, opening as many as 3.5 million potentially fake accounts, forcing up to 570,000 borrowers into unneeded auto insurance and allegedly discriminating in mortgage lending. CNN
VOA VIEW: Waters is not powerful - she is a loud mouth like CNN.

The Sandy Hook Senator Has A Blunt Message: 'It's Time For Congress To Get Off Its Ass And Do Something'
Chris Murphy is unapologetically playing politics in the wake of the largest mass shooting in modern American history Sunday night in Las Vegas. "It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren't public policy responses to this epidemic," the Connecticut Democratic senator said in a statement released Monday. "There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It's time for Congress to get off its ass and do something." CNN
VOA VIEW: Anit gun nuts are out again and so is CNN.

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Facebook Blew Its Response To Fake Russian Ads
Facebook doesn't just have a fake news problem. It also has a fake ads problem. Last month the company disclosed that it found about 3,000 ads that ran during the 2016 US election that were run by fake accounts linked to Russia. While the company hasn't shown the ads publicly, there's evidence that they were designed to influence voters by promoting polarizing topics. It was a wild abuse of Facebook's automated ad platform. Business Insider

Egypt Ordered 30,000 Weapons From North Korea
A U.N. investigation uncovered an arrangement between Egypt and North Korea in which Egyptian business executives ordered millions of dollars worth of rockets from North Korea for their country's military, according to U.N. officials and Western diplomats familiar with the findings, The Washington Post reported. The business executives planned to keep the transaction hidden, but an investigation was prompted in August after a secret message was sent from Washington, D.C., to Cairo warning of a vessel headed toward the Suez Canal. The ship was flying Cambodian colors but had left from North Korea and was carrying a North Korean crew. Its cargo was hidden by large, heavy tarps. US News & World Report
VOA VIEW: All North Korea ships back and forth should be stopped and reviewed.

Is Trump The ‘Bad Cop’ With NKorea? It May Not Be Working
If President Donald Trump and his top diplomat are playing “good cop, bad cop” with North Korea, it doesn’t appear to be working: Entreaties of diplomacy aren’t yielding meaningful talks, and military threats aren’t scaring Pyongyang into halting its nuclear advance. Instead, America’s mixed messaging may be increasing the risk of miscalculation by the isolated, communist government, which lacks insight into the Trump administration’s thinking and could mistake brinkmanship for an overt threat of war. Washington Post

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Jong-Nam's Murder Trial Resumes Today From The First Four Witnesses
The murder trial of Kim Jong-Nam kicked off today with testimonies from the first four witnesses that last saw the victim alive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 in Sepang. The first witness was Lance Corporal Mohd Zulkarnain Sanudin who was stationed at KLIA2 during the Feb 13 incident. "I was approached by a Malay lady, who works at the airport information counter and a 'plump man with a chubby face' whose race I was unable to tell seeking to lodge a police report. "However, after asking him some details, he said he wanted to go to the clinic first," he told the court during the packed trial at the High Court. Sun Daily

Lockdown At USC Prompted By False Active Shooter
Los Angeles police said they found no evidence of a shooting on the USC campus Monday after reports of gunfire prompted a lockdown and a huge LAPD response. “No danger to community,” the Los Angeles Police Department said on Twitter after completing a search of campus buildings. Public safety officials said evacuations were prompted by a false report that came in at 12:10 p.m. USC Department of Public Safety chief John Thomas said in an emailed statement, “It was reported a faculty member during class falsely told her students there was an active shooter in the building.” LA Times

What Drove 'Aggressively Unfriendly' Gunman With Weapons Arsenal To Kill
Law enforcement officials were working Monday to determine what may have motivated a gunman described as “aggressively unfriendly” — with an arsenal of weapons — to kill at least 59 people and wound more than 520 enjoying a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. The killer, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nev., was a gambling multimillionaire who made much of his money investing in real estate, according to his brother, Eric, who added that he had no reason to believe the gunman had run into financial trouble. Fox

ABC News' Terry Moran Blasts 'Right-Wing Media' On Heels Of Vegas Massacre
ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Terry Moran on Monday slammed “right-wing media” on the heels of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, saying conservatives will “instantly politicize” acts of terror committed by Muslims but not mass shootings by Americans. Casting any sense of journalistic objectivity to the wind, Moran took to Twitter on Monday to write, “A Muslim commits an atrocity, right-wing media instantly politicize it: ‘Pass the travel ban!’ US mass shootings—’Don’t talk about guns!’” Fox
VOA VIEW: Moran is a liberal idiot that lost his mind.

The Latest: Officials Update Number Of Firearms Found
Investigators have updated the number of firearms they found in the hotel room and home of the Las Vegas shooter. Assistant Clark County Sheriff Todd Fasulo says officers have found 23 firearms in the Mandalay Bay hotel room of Stephen Craig Paddock and 19 firearms at his home in Mesquite, Nevada. Fasulo stresses that investigators believe Paddock was the sole shooter. Religious leaders, elected officials and mourners have gathered at multiple prayer vigils in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman spoke to mourners in the setting sun Monday evening outside the downtown City Hall. Washington Post

Russians Took A Page From Corporate America By Using Facebook Tool To ID And Influence Voters
Russian operatives set up an array of misleading Web sites and social media pages to identify American voters susceptible to propaganda, then used a powerful Facebook tool to repeatedly send them messages designed to influence their political behavior, say people familiar with the investigation into foreign meddling in the U.S. election. The tactic resembles what American businesses and political campaigns have been doing in recent years to deliver messages to potentially interested people online.  Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Should be no surprise.

Mass Murder In Las Vegas
Once again, the big downside of American freedom is on gruesome display.  A psychotic gunman in Las Vegas has committed the worst mass murder in U. S. history. 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who lived in Nevada, began firing from a hotel window about 10pm Pacific time last night.  His targets were folks attending a music festival below him.  When it was all over, more than 50 human beings lay dead, 400 plus wounded.  Paddock apparently killed himself as police closed in on him. The murderer had a number of deadly weapons in his room and you can count on the gun control debate to ramp up. . Bill O'Reilly

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Security Officials Cannot See What Prevents Another Vegas
Hours after a 64-year-old man smashed open his hotel room window and opened fire on an outdoor music festival down below, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said there was no way anyone could have stopped the nation’s deadliest mass shooting from taking place. “This is an individual described as a ‘lone wolf,’” Lombardo said at a news conference Monday. “I don’t know how it could have been prevented if we didn’t have any prior knowledge of this individual.” Miami Herald

Robert Mueller Has No Comment
Robert Mueller is rarely seen and almost never heard. He doesn’t frequent popular restaurants, appear on television or even issue statements. When he meets in person with President Donald Trump’s lawyers, he does not visit the White House where reporters might notice. He instead summons them to the conference rooms of his southwest Washington, D.C., office, the specific location of which is among his many well-guarded secrets. In those meetings and others, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election strictly limits the number of outsiders who may attend. Militant about leaks, the former FBI director swears participants to secrecy that they have honored to a remarkable degree. POLITICO

NFL Owners Clashed In Private Over Protests On The League
The National Football League’s more muted approach in recent days to responding to attacks from President Donald Trump followed a tense meeting last week in which several owners argued the league’s combative stance was unproductive, according to three people familiar with the meeting. Those owners argued that taking on a sitting president over whether players should be required to stand for the national anthem was bad for business, while others thought the league should continue to stand up to the criticism, these people said. The Wall Street Journal
VOA VIEW: The NFL has lost and will loose much more.

Obamas Eyeing Upper East Side Apartment
Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle are eyeing an apartment in a historic building in Manhattan, multiple sources exclusively tell Page Six. The Obamas have been looking at 10 Gracie Square on the Upper East Side, situated between East End Avenue and East River Drive and near the mayor’s residence, Gracie Mansion, according to sources who have seen the couple arriving at the building for viewings. Built in 1930, the white-glove, full-service, pre-war building has 15 floors and 43 apartments. Other notables who have lived there include Gloria Vanderbilt, conductor André Kostelanetz and New Yorker critic Alexander Woollcott. Page Six

Country Music Fans Are 'Likely Trump Supporters'
CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny appeared to suggest in an interview Monday that many of the victims of Sunday night's Las Vegas mass shooting were Trump supporters. Zeleny made the bizarre observation after noting that President Trump's morning press conference about the situation in Las Vegas was "pitch perfect." He went on to say that it was worth it, however, to “keep in mind” that there is significant crossover between Trump supporters and country music fans.  Daily Wire
VOA VIEW: Pitiful!

Did Manafort Use Trump To Curry Favor With A Putin Ally?
On the evening of April 11, 2016, two weeks after Donald Trump hired the political consultant  Paul Manafort to lead his campaign’s efforts to wrangle Republican delegates, Manafort emailed his old lieutenant Konstantin Kilimnik, who had worked for him for a decade in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. “I assume you have shown our friends my media coverage, right?” Manafort wrote. “Absolutely,” Kilimnik responded a few hours later from Kiev. “Every article.” “How do we use to get whole,” Manafort asks. The Atlantic

More Than 40,000 Troops In Russian War Games
A senior US general said Monday that he believed controversial Russian military exercises last month involved "more than 40,000" troops, vastly more than Moscow acknowledged, but the event did not involve a simulated nuclear strike. General Ben Hodges, commander of US ground forces in Europe, said Russia split up the Zapad-2017 (West-2017) drills into smaller events to flout international agreements on reporting military exercises. Yahoo News

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White House: Now Is Not The Time To Talk About Gun Control
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday repeatedly deflected reporters’ questions about gun control, saying “there will certainly be a time for that policy discussion to take place, but that’s not the place that we’re in at this moment.” During the same media briefing, however, Sanders weighed in on the exact “policy discussion” that she said the White House would not engage in on “a day of mourning.” The Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Good thought.

Ukip’s New Leader Says The Weight Of Immigration Is ‘Burying British Culture’
The weight of immigration and the rise of Islam is leading to British culture being “buried”, according to Ukip’s new leader. Henry Bolton said there is a concern amongst people that their way of life is being “pushed aside”, and vowed to “address it” as he spoke to The Sun a day after his shock election. The 54-year-old ex-Army officer had said he wanted to move the party away from focusing on Islam after their manifesto earlier this year contained an "integration agenda" which was almost entirely about Muslims. The Sun

Trump’s Right: His Media Coverage Is Mostly Negative
President Donald Trump frequently complains about media coverage of his administration, and a study released Monday confirms his suspicion: Most of it has been negative. The Pew Research Center, in a content analysis of the early days of the Trump presidency, found that 62 percent of the coverage was negative and only 5 percent was positive. In contrast, President Barack Obama's coverage in early 2009 was 42 percent positive and 20 percent negative, the study said. Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush had higher negative than positive coverage early in their administrations, but not nearly to Trump's degree. Clinton had 28 percent negative coverage and 27 percent positive in 1993, while Bush had 28 percent negative and 22 percent positive in 2001. NBC News
VOA VIEW: Trump has been right.

Russian ‘cannibal couple’ Claimed Pickled Remains In Jar Were Of Woman ‘Killed In Jealous Rage’
AN eerie new photo shows the "Russian cannibal couple" kissing as forensic experts claim pickled human remains of their last victim were found in a glass jar in their fridge. The sinister snap was revealed after it emerged suspect Natalia Baksheeva, 42, has complained  she has been mocked by fellow prisoners in jail, with regular taunts of: "Did you eat enough human meat?" Her husband Dmitry Baksheev, 35, is being kept in solitary confinement amid fears he will be "beaten" by other detainees. Glass jars were found in the couple's home in the grounds of a Russian military academy along with still unidentified frozen body parts and "steamed human meat."  UK

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Stephen Paddock, Las Vegas Suspect, Was A Gambler Who Drew Little Attention
The man who checked into a Las Vegas hotel and massacred dozens of concertgoers with a vicious deluge of bullets late Sunday lived in a quiet retirement community in Mesquite, Nev., about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, the police said. Relatives and neighbors said he and his companion drew little attention. The gunman, identified by the police as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, was described as a retiree who loved to gamble and who lived with his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, 62. Relatives said Mr. Paddock had not displayed strong political or ideological beliefs in their interactions with him. NY Times
VOA VIEW: What is needed are facts not speculation and dumb remarks.

Tom Petty Pulled Off Life Support After Going Into Cardiac Arrest
Tom Petty, the long-haired rocker whose famously nasal voice was behind some of rock’s greatest hits, was in the hospital Monday as unconfirmed reports of his death circulated. The “Free Fallin’” singer, 66, was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home, and was subsequently taken to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital Sunday, where he "had no brain activity," according to TMZ.  NY Daily

Republicans Won’t Rule Out Tax Hikes For Some In The Middle Class
President Trump and Republican leaders have positioned their sweeping tax rewrite as a way to cut taxes on the middle class. But some top officials are now saying the plan may not benefit everyone in that income group. The acknowledgment could complicate the administration’s ability to sell the tax plan, which is already facing questions from Republicans and Democrats over the cost and effect of the ambitious rewrite. Those questions have gotten more pronounced after an analysis last week by the Tax Policy Center, which found that the plan could cost $2.4 trillion over the next decade, with the biggest benefits flowing to businesses and the wealthiest Americans. NY Times
VOA VIEW: The real truth is NYT can not be trusted in what they report.

Rich Men With Extreme Politics Have The Happiest Marriages
People are being pickier about who they marry and waiting longer to tie the knot. And with half of marriages ending in divorce, it’s gotten a lot easier to exit unpleasant unions. So, the state of the American marriage should be happier than ever, right? Instead, the quality of American marriages has dropped significantly. While most Americans say they’re  still “very happy” in their marriages, the number is down from the early 1970s, from 68 percent to 60 percent. What’s souring American marriages? University of Maryland sociology professor Philip Cohen looked for clues by analyzing which Americans are happiest in their marriages.  Bloomberg

Nevada's Gun Laws Like 'The Wild, Wild West': Law Enforcement Expert
The man suspected of opening fire on thousands of concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing more than 58 and injuring hundreds, had roughly 19 guns in the hotel room from which he carried out the shooting, sources familiar with the investigation said. Investigators are working to determine what type of weapons were used by the suspect, Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, who police say killed himself by the time officers arrived at his room. The probe will also look at where the suspect got the weapons and whether they legally obtained and licensed. In Nevada, it is legal for people 18 and over to carry a firearm openly without a permit, according to the website of the gun-rights organization, NevadaCarry.org. ABC News
VOA VIEW: One or two dozen guns - so what?

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CBS Executive Fired After Saying Las Vegas Victims Didn't Deserve Sympathy
CBS fired a legal executive Monday after she wrote on Facebook that she was not "sympathetic" to the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. “I’m actually not even sympathetic [because] country music fans often are Republican gun toters," former executive Hayley Geftman-Gold wrote. At least 59 people were killed and more than 520 were injured after a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night. "This individual, who was with us for approximately one year, violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS," the network said in a statement Monday. The Hill
VOA VIEW: Well deserved - liberals are pitiful.

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma Lift U.S. Factory Activity Index To 13-Year High
A measure of U.S. manufacturing activity surged to a near 13-1/2-year high in September as disruptions to the supply chains caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma resulted in factories taking longer to deliver goods and boosted raw material prices. Still, details of the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) survey on Monday underscored the economy’s underlying momentum, with factories reporting stronger order growth last month. A measure of factory employment hit its highest level since 2011. “Much of the gain is presumably linked to the aftereffects of the hurricanes. . Reuters

NRA Goes Dark After Vegas Massacre
Democrats lashed out at the National Rifle Association after the worst mass shooting in American history on Monday, but instead of fighting back the gun rights group retreated to a familiar posture: silence. The NRA’s website, Twitter feed and Facebook page — all of which are typically updated frequently throughout the day —went dark on Monday, posting no new content, and the group did not respond to several calls and emails seeking comment. But that doesn’t mean the powerful Washington lobbying organization isn't extremely busy behind the scenes. POLITICO
VOA VIEW: This is not the time for recrimination or debate.

Tragedies To Test Trump As Nation's Comforter
President Donald Trump begins two days of consolation on Tuesday, traveling to storm-battered Puerto Rico before making his way to Las Vegas to view a different type of wreckage at the site of the deadliest shooting in modern US history. It's the most concentrated stretch of presidential comforting to occur during Trump's tenure, which has been marked more by stoking of divisions than displays of empathy. Nevertheless, Trump on Monday hewed to presidential precedent, striking a unifying sentiment during a solemn address at the White House. CNN

Wells Fargo CEO Admits 'Unacceptable' Response To Scandal
Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan plans to tell Congress on Tuesday that management failed to take decisive action to head off the scandal that has rocked the bank for the past year. "We recognized too late the full scope and seriousness of the problems," Sloan said in prepared testimony he plans to deliver to lawmakers. Sloan, who took over for longtime CEO John Stumpf last fall, seemed to place some blame on his predecessor. "The bank's leaders acted too slowly and too incrementally. That was unacceptable," Sloan said. Wells Fargo (WFC) is being hauled back before Congress almost exactly a year after the bank's first hearing on the fake account scandal. Since then, Wells Fargo has admitted to even deeper problems. Sloan called the past year a "time of great disappointment and transition" for Wells Fargo. CNN

North Korea Appears To Have A New Internet Connection
A state-owned Russian telecommunications firm has given North Korea a new Internet connection, potentially increasing Pyongyang's ability to stage cyberattacks and protect the embattled country's online infrastructure. The new connection was first spotted by Internet analysts at Oracle Dyn, who noted that a new connection for North Koreans provided by the Russian firm TransTeleCom appeared in Internet routing databases about 5:38 p.m. Pyongyang time Sunday. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: North Korea and Russia are enemies of the US and society.

Facebook Turns Over Thousands Of Russia-Linked Ads To Congress
Facebook turned over more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads to congressional investigators Monday. The social media company was expected to provide the advertisements to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and the Senate Judiciary Committee, which are all investigating Russian election interference. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee confirmed his committee received the ads. ABC News

Ryan Can't Guarantee Everyone Will Get A Tax Break
House Speaker Paul Ryan is pushing ahead with the Republicans' latest effort to overhaul the nation's tax code, telling CBS News' "Face the Nation" that the main goal of the plan is to "help the people who are working paycheck to paycheck and keep more of their own hard-earned dollars." "They haven't had a break in a long time," Ryan said. "Our economy's been growing between one and two percent for a long time. We haven't had three percent growth in about a decade, and that means workers are struggling." The White House rolled out the new tax plan last week. It aims to decrease the number of individual tax brackets from seven to three and lower taxes on businesses. CBS News

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