Tweets 'Only One Thing Will Work' On North Korea
President Trump posted a pair of messages on Twitter Saturday afternoon, saying that "only one thing will work" when dealing with North Korea, but declined to specify or elaborate on what that thing was. The tweets were the latest in a series of cryptic comments that appeared to be directed at the isolated communist regime and its dictator, Kim Jong Un. Thursday evening, Trump told reporters as he posed for photos with senior military leaders and their spouses that "this might be the calm before the storm." On Friday, the president refused to elaborate on what he meant by that, saying simply, "You'll find out." Fox News
VOA VIEW: The elimination of Kim Jong Un.
Wants Secretary Of State Tillerson To Be 'A Little Bit Tougher'
President Trump on Saturday denied a frayed relationship with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson but said he sometimes wishes the country’s top diplomat would be “tougher.” “We have a very good relationship,” Trump told reporters before he left for a trip to North Carolina on Saturday evening. “We disagree on a couple of things. Sometimes I'd like him to be a little bit tougher. But other than that, we have a very good relationship.” The president also denied a NBC News report this week that said Tillerson, frustrated with the job, was considering resigning and had called the president a “moron.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Trump cleared fake news.
Hurricane Nate Closes In On Gulf Coast
As Hurricane Nate sprinted through the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, officials in Louisiana and other states implored residents to finish their storm preparations and get inside. The core of Nate, where there are sustained winds of 90 mph, was speeding toward the mouth of the Mississippi River and an expected landfall during the night long the coasts of southeastern Louisiana or Mississippi. Soaking rains were already present in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. CNN
To Propose Repealing Obama-Era Rule On Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to propose the repeal of a sweeping Obama-era rule on power plants meant to curb greenhouse gas emissions, according to a leaked proposal obtained by CNN. The proposal to repeal the milestone Clean Power Plan could be officially released as early as Tuesday, a source close to the process told CNN. The text of the proposal says it is the outcome of President Donald Trump's executive orders calling for the review of the Clean Power Plan and questions the legality of the original rule. CNN
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US Soldier Killed In Niger Ambush Identified
Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25, from Miami Gardens, Florida, was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Johnson had been initially listed as missing following Wednesday's ambush that took place in a remote area along Niger's border with Mali. He was one of about a dozen U.S. Army soldiers conducting a joint patrol with about 40 soldiers from Niger when they came under attack by about 50 enemy fighters. ABC News
Marijuana Is Spreading To California, Massachusetts And Maine
Recreational marijuana sales will launch in three states next year, including the biggest one of all: California. It's already for sale in five states, but the addition of a legal retail marijuana market in California, with its massive economy and population, will dramatically change the landscape. California is aiming to open retail marijuana stores by January 1, Massachusetts and Maine plan to open stores next summer. CNN
Willing To Pursue 'Temporary Deal' On Healthcare
Looking to break the logjam in Washington on repealing and replacing ObamaCare, President Donald Trump said Saturday evening that he was willing to pursue “a temporary deal” to get a new healthcare plan in place. In remarks on the South Lawn of the White House before leaving for a fundraising trip to North Carolina, the president referred to a popular GOP proposal that would have the federal government turn over money for healthcare directly to states in the form of block grants. Fox
VOA VIEW: Republicans better wake up.
Jong Un Promotes Sister To North Korea's Ruling Politburo
North Korean state media reported Sunday that leader Kim Jong Un had promoted his sister, Kim Yo Jong, making her an alternate member of the country’s top decision-making body, the politburo. Kim’s appointed of his 28-year-old sibling was viewed as a move to further consolidate his power. The sister reportedly replaces Kim Jong Un's aunt, Kim Kyong Hee, who was a key decision maker when Kim’s father – the late Kim Jong Il – ruled the country, Reuters reported. The promotion was announced Saturday, at a meeting in which Kim also described North Korea’s nuclear weapons program as a “powerful deterrent” that guaranteed the nation’s sovereignty, Reuters reported, citing the state media report. Fox
Mayor Slams 'Despicable Visit' As Another Torch Rally Held
Officials in Virginia denounced white supremacist Richard Spencer and dozens of his supporters who held another rally holding tiki torches in Charlottesville on Saturday night. The city's mayor, Mike Signer had a blunt message for them: "Another despicable visit by neo-Nazi cowards. You're not welcome here! Go home!" Charlottesville was rocked by violence nearly two months ago during clashes between white supremacists and counterprotesters. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed in the event August 12 when a car plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN wants and likes to keep the fire burning.
Tries To Cut Risk Of Pollution From Storm In Mississippi
Environmental officials are releasing 40 million gallons (150 million liters) of partially treated wastewater in Mississippi in advance of Hurricane Nate, trying to prevent a worse spill. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is treating wastewater from a closed fertilizer plant to cut acidity, saying it needs to free up storage in case Nate brings heavy rain to two giant mounds of gypsum. The material is left over from when the Mississippi Phosphates plant in Pascagoula declared bankruptcy and closed in 2014. . ABC
Murder Trial To Resume With Lab Visit For VX Evidence
The trial of two women accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader enters its second week with the court moving temporarily Monday to a high-security laboratory to view evidence tainted with the toxic VX nerve agent. High Court Judge Azmi Ariffin declared that prosecutors and defense lawyers, along with the two suspects, will hold court at the laboratory for chemical weapons analysis to examine samples of the women's clothing before they are formally submitted as evidence. . ABC News
Orleans Clubs And Restaurants Close Ahead Of Hurricane Nate
Even before Hurricane Nate spun into Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, the impact of the storm had already knocked out much of the nightlife from the clubs and restaurants of New Orleans. With a mandatory curfew in place, festivals were canceled Saturday, chefs closed their kitchens, and jazz clubs known for playing into the early hours of the morning shuttered their doors ahead of ahead of the storm. NBC News
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Video Again Casts Doubt On Police Shooting Of A Black Man
On Wednesday, the white police officers who shot to death a black man in Salt Lake City in August were cleared by the local district attorney. But when authorities then released body-cam video footage of the incident, the case suddenly got a lot more complicated, and once again questions are being raised about whether the actions of police officers are given full scrutiny in these cases. In the video, the 50-year-old man who was killed, Patrick Harmon, is shown running away from the officers after he was stopped for riding a bicycle at night without a rear tail light. NBC News
VOA VIEW: The liberal media wants to make something out of nothing.
Says Open To Temporary Healthcare Reform Deal With Democrats
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would be open to cutting a one-year or two-year deal with Democratic rivals as a way to kick-start reform of the nation’s healthcare system, a key campaign pledge made by Trump and the Republican Party. Republicans fell short several times this year in their drive to repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, a promise the party has campaigned on for seven years. Reuters
Output On U.S. Gulf Coast Curtailed As Hurricane Nate Nears
Hurricane Nate had curtailed 92 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil output and up to 3 percent of refining capacity on Saturday as it sped toward energy facilities in the central U.S. Gulf Coast that largely were spared by Hurricane Harvey’s wrath nearly six weeks ago. The fast-moving storm has forced evacuations at more than 300 U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore platforms, far more than the number affected by Harvey, which packed more of a punch when it hit the Texas coast. Reuters
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Trump Marks Hispanic Heritage Month By Mocking The Puerto Rican Accent
President Donald Trump used an exaggerated Spanish accent during a speech marking Hispanic Heritage Month at the White House on Friday. It did not go down well. Trump was talking about Puerto Rico’s humanitarian crisis following Hurricane Maria when he suddenly began overpronouncing the island’s name. “We are also praying for the people of Puerto Rico,” he said, emphasizing the first two syllables of the word “Puerto.” “We love Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico,” he added, before reverting to his normal accent to say, “We also love Puerto Rico.” Huffington Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal media stupidity.
Arrested On Accusation Of Rape
Auburn Police in Washington arrested rapper Nelly Saturday morning on an accusation that he raped a woman on his tour bus. He has yet to be charged, but the police department did book him in a local jail. “At 3:48 AM a female called 911 to report that she was sexually assaulted by a male, who is known as the rapper ‘Nelly,’” the department said in a statement. “The alleged assault was reported to occur on the tour bus that was parked at the listed location. Huffington Post
Looking For ‘Companionship’ At Infamous Bunny Ranch
The Juice is loose and so are his hormones. Among the first items on O.J. Simpson’s to-do list upon re-entry to the free world last week was to find some “companionship” after nine years in prison, an insider said. “He sent word … to the Bunny Ranch,” the insider said of Nevada’s famed legal house of prostitution. “As far as I know, things are going down,” the ranch’s flamboyant owner, Dennis Hof, told The Post. He had earlier told Radar Online that Simpson buddy Tom Scotto had called looking for “a Nicole Brown look-a-like.” New York Post
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Hannity And Jones On North Korea: A Parody In One Act
North Korea, marking the Oct. 10 founding of the ruling Workers' Party, has launched a nuclear strike on Seattle. Hundreds of thousands are dead. The U.S. gears up for war. To discuss what comes next, Chris Wallace of Fox News brings together an all-star panel: Sean Hannity, Alex Jones and Rush Limbaugh. Wallace: Seattle, Washington is no more. For the first time since the War of 1812, an American city has been destroyed by a hostile power. I’m embarrassed to say that Fox News has brought together three people I have to pretend are experts: Sean Hannity of Fox News, Alex Jones of Infowars, and Rush Limbaugh of the Rush Limbaugh Show. So, gentlemen, what now? USA Today
Sinatra Told Trump To Go F---k Himself, Says Former Manager
When Donald Trump got under Frank Sinatra's skin, Old Blue Eyes told him to go f--- himself. Or at least he had his manager do it. Eliot Weisman, whose book “The Way it Was,” managed Ol' Blue Eyes from 1975 to 1998. In his book, which come out Oct. 24, he recounts the 1990 opening of Trump’s Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, where Sinatra has planned to perform. According to Weisman, he had a deal in place with the new venue's operator Mark Grossinger Etess, who died in a helicopter crash before they could cross the T’s and dot the I’s. That's when The Donald got involved. NY Daily News
Starr On Russia: I Expect Indictments
Ken Starr, the former independent counsel whose investigation of former President Bill Clinton's real-estate investments and extramarital affair led to Clinton's impeachment, said Saturday that he has "a sense" there will be indictments in the federal investigation into allegations of possible collusion by the Trump campaign in Russia's efforts to influence last year's election. CNN
VOA VIEW: Starr is a loser and so is CNN.
Democratic Ads Would Give Steve Bannon Assist In War Against Paul Ryan,
If President Trump's former chief strategist Stephen Bannon intends to target House Speaker Paul Ryan, Democrats will lend a hand. The Democratic party’s official campaign arm for House races is unveiling its first ad campaign of the 2018 cycle – and the cable television and radio blitz will prominently featuring the Wisconsin Republican, the group told USA TODAY. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will cast Ryan and his attempts to unravel Obamacare as an ongoing threat to the health care coverage of millions of Americans. USA Today
Says He’s ‘Not Surprised’ By Weinstein Harassment Claims
President Trump waded into Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment scandal Saturday, saying he’s “not at all surprised” by the allegations. “I’ve known Harvey Weinstein for a long time,” Trump told reporters before boarding Marine One for a GOP fundraiser in North Carolina. “I’m not at all surprised to see it.” Trump spoke out two days after the New York Times published a bombshell exposé of sexual abuse allegations against the famed producer spanning nearly three decades. NY Daily News
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Pelosi Must ‘Pass the Torch’
A top member of the House Democratic Caucus on Thursday said the time has come for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other members of the party's leadership to step aside to make room for a new generation. "I do think it's time to pass a torch to a new generation of leaders, and I want to be a part of that transition," Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., said in a C-SPAN interview. Pelosi, 77, has represented the San Francisco area in Congress since 1987 and was the first woman elected speaker of the House. US News & World Report
Harvey Weinstein Has Tried To Discredit His Alleged Victims
Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood superproducer who was accused on Wednesday of decades of sexual harassment and abuse, does not seem inclined to forfeit the power that facilitated his alleged offenses. The New York Times exposé that stockpiled Weinstein’s various alleged misdeeds—reported requests for naked massages, unwanted touching, verbal harassment—returned, over and over again, to Weinstein’s unfathomable influence. Weinstein was known as a kingmaker as well as an angry and intemperate executive, but he was rarely if ever called out for what he was to so many women—an executive who was too influential to offend and too powerful to be dethroned. Daily Beast
Shores Mayor Issues Evacuation Order For West Beach In Gulf Shores
Residents in affected areas are being urged by Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Nate. Residents of all properties in Emergency District 32 and all beachfront houses and duplexes within Emergency District 33 were designated in a release by the City of Gulf Shores as areas under the mayor's evacuation order. "District 32 includes all properties along West Beach Boulevard located west of Little Lagoon Pass/Lee Callaway Bridge. District 33 encompasses the west beach area between West 8th Street and Little Lagoon Pass/Lee Callaway Bridge," the release reads. Google News
Warns U.S. Against Imposing Fresh Sanctions
Iran warned the United States against designating its Revolutionary Guards Corp as a terrorist group and said U.S. regional military bases would be at risk if new sanctions are passed. “As we’ve announced in the past, if America’s new law for sanctions is passed, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 km range of Iran’s missiles,” Guards’ commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said, according to state media. President Donald Trump will announce new U.S. responses to Iran’s missile tests, support for “terrorism” and cyber operations as part of his new Iran strategy, the White House said on Friday. Reuters
Takes Aim At Late Night TV Hosts In Series Of Tweets
President Trump thinks late-night comedy is no laughing matter. He slapped back at TV hosts and their snarky monologues on Twitter Saturday morning — and hinted at regulatory retaliation. “Late Night host are dealing with the Democrats for their very ‘unfunny’ & repetitive material, always anti-Trump!” he complained at 8:00 am. “Should we get Equal Time?” The Federal Communications Commission’s “equal time” rule requires broadcast TV and radio networks to give opposing political candidates equal opportunities for airtime. But it has never applied to commentators – or to sitting politicians outside of campaign season. NY Post
VOA VIEW: The late night TV hosts will fail by their ratings dropping.
Leaders Look To Avoid A Fight With Base Over Guns
Republican leaders on Capitol Hill are signaling that they want the Trump administration to write new regulations for a gun accessory that may have allowed the Las Vegas shooter to fire hundreds of rounds per minute. While not explicitly ruling out legislation to outlaw bump stocks, the GOP leaders’ words and actions suggest they’d rather avoid a head-on fight with the National Rifle Association — which prefers a regulatory approach to passing a new law. The Hill
Control Mandate Narrowed, Religious Freedom Rules Expanded
The Trump administration announced plans on Friday to significantly narrow the mandate that requires insurance benefits to include coverage for birth control, vastly expanding exemptions under existing law to include publicly traded companies and other organizations that claim a sincere religious objection to contraception. The rule change, kicked off by an executive order on religious liberty President Donald Trump signed on May 4, will grant the litigants involved in some 50 lawsuits – comprising about 200 participating entities, and coverage of about 120,000 women – exemptions requiring them to provide contraceptive coverage. US News & World Report
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North Korea 'Should Have Been Handled 25 Years Ago'
President Donald Trump said in an interview that aired Saturday night that tensions between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program is an issue he should not have had to deal with. "This should have been handled 25 years ago," Trump told former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on his TBN show "Huckabee." "This should have been handled 10 years ago. It should have been handled during the Obama administration. The truth is, Mike, I was handed a mess. Not only there, I was handed a mess in the Middle East. Just a total mess." CNN
VOA VIEW: No question NK has gotten away with too much.
Nate Lashes Mississippi, Alabama Gulf Coast
Hurricane Nate made landfall as a Category 1 storm, first striking the mouth of Mississippi River late Saturday and then making second landfall near Biloxi early Sunday. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph as the eye of the storm moved over Keesler Air Force base in Mississippi. Gulf Coast residents scrambled earlier to finalize storm preparations as Hurricane Nate raced swiftly over the central Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, gaining added strength as forecasters said it would smash into the U.S. coast during the night. CBS News
Contraceptive Move Could Lead To More Abortions
The Trump administration's moves this week to cut back on free birth control and tighten abortion restrictions could add up to an unintended consequence, according to experts: Women will have more abortions. On Friday, the administration rolled back a key Obamacare requirement for most employers to provide free birth control as part of health insurance coverage. NBC News
To Declare Iran Noncompliant With Nuclear Deal Obligations
President Trump looks set next week to “decertify” Iran’s compliance with its obligations under the nuclear deal negotiated by his successor, after reiterating Thursday his view that the regime in Tehran has “not lived up to the spirit of the agreement.” Before meeting with senior security leaders at the White House, Trump said the regime “supports terrorism and exports violence, bloodshed and chaos across the Middle East.” CNS News
Says He Rebuffed Another Offer From Trump On Health Care
President Trump reached out to the Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, on Friday to propose yet another effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but Mr. Schumer later said he had quickly shot down the offer. Mr. Trump’s phone call, which he announced in a tweet on Saturday morning, was his latest overture to Democrats, after reaching a bipartisan spending deal and forging an unexpected, if tentative, alliance on immigration with Mr. Schumer and the House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Info from NYT is questionable.
Iran Gambit To Keep 'Worst Deal Ever' Intact
President Donald Trump is weighing a new strategy to confront Iran’s nuclear ambitions that would leave a 2015 agreement intact for now but ask Congress to toughen a law overseeing the Islamic Republic’s compliance with the accord, according to three administration officials. The goal behind the strategy, which Trump is expected to announce next week, would be to present a unified front from the administration and Congress to European allies, according to the officials, who asked not to be identified discussing an issue on which the president hasn’t announced a final decision. Bloomberg
In Las Vegas: 'We Are United In Our Resolve To End Such Evil'
Six days after the shooting along the Strip, Vice President Mike Pence visited Las Vegas, and told residents that America is united with their city in grief. "We do mourn with those who mourn and grieve with those who grieve, but we do not grieve like those who have no hope," he said. "Because heroes give us hope." President Trump was in Las Vegas on Wednesday, when he visited some victims of the shooting at a local hospital and met with first responders. Pence's speech echoed the president's, in its somber tone, religious language, message of unity — and in eschewing discussion of guns or gun control. NPR
From Govt Discrimination Law To Take Effect In Miss. -- LGBT Opposes
Unless the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear an appeal before Tuesday, Oct. 10, Mississippi's new law that protects the "moral conviction" of people who uphold marriage as being between one man and one woman will take effect. As it is defined, the law (HB 1523) provides "broad protection of free exercise of religious beliefs and moral convictions," and would shield people in government and the private sector from having to engage in or facilitate transactions they view as immoral, such as catering for gay marriages, renting rooms to gay couples, or assisting homosexuals to adopt children. CNS News
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